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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,278 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,278
Reviews: 1,999
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 954
Gots: 2,067 | FT: 124
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.

(Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a bright yellow-green cap, 06 or 07 vintage I think.

Pours a deep clear amber with a small soapy head that recedes immediately to nothing.

Really sugary sweet nose but with lots of hops too. Almost like sugar-dipped grapefruit and pineapple. The alcohol is evident and burns the nostrils.

Taste is massively sweet with tons of caramelized malts and sugar, with a nice dose of hops that still shine through after a few years. Grapfruits and oranges, which get swept away by the boozy burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel is close to that of a dessert wine - port-like really. Low, soft carbonation and heavy sugary feel.

This is certainly a big beer ith lots of flavor and lots of booze. Not too bad if you're looking for an alternative to a dessert wine. If you're looking for a DIPA (or triple IPA for that matter), look elsewhere.

gford217, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of xgrigorix
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Year of brewing notched on label.

Deep burnished golden colour. Capped by a thick, rich off white head. Nice lace.

Dense piney hop aromas are dominant.

Richly sweet. Apples & other fruity flavours are all over the place. Huge pine loaded hop flavours with a touch of lemon zest to keep it interesting. Tongue, throat, & belly are left warmed from the high alcohol level, along with some sticky sweetness left on the lips. Medium-full bodied, modest carbonation. Quite a unique & interesting brew.

xgrigorix, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from the latest vintage into a duvel glass.

A: body is a clean orange amber, slightly golden, absolutley no head after even an aggressive pour, looks a little bit syrupy, no lacing, i guess that is probably due to the alcohol content.

S: when cold it smells like sweet citrus with hints of pine and earthy hops, as it warms the sweetness and alcohol content become more pronounced as the beer warms. Sweet caramel, alcohol heat, deep pine and earthy hops, smells good, smells like a barleywine.

T: very sweet, notes of burnt caramel with. The hops and a touch of bitterness are there, but i kind of wish they were a bit more pronounced.... The malts seem to hold the heavy hand here. Kind f reminds me of sweet sweet hop juice.

M: medium body with low carbonation, oily. Pretty good mouthfeel for such a high abv

O: a good beer, this one deffinatly walks the line between ipa and barleywine but pretty tasty overall worth giving a go rspciallynif you have a sweet tooth and enjoy a high abv brew

PeterIngemi, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky cloudy orangish color. Looks like muddy water or rusty water. White head that forms a layer of bubbles on top and then some spotty lacing.

S- Smells very sweet, I think I can pick up an apple smell here, quite a bits of malts here also, and a ton of citrusy hops here.

T- Again very sweet. Not at all what I expected here. Pretty large malty backbone here and not nearly as bitter as I expected at all. I can't pick up hardly any alcohol in this one at all.

M- Chewy, full bodied and low carbonation.

D- For this one being so high on ABV its really easy to drink. For sure you can't drink a lot of this and a sipper for sure.

nrbw23, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of STEG
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ridel wine glass.

A- Pours a honey colored golden orange hue with very little head that goes away quickly

Smell - Smells like Pineapple and Honey with a definite alcohol presence

Taste - Tastes like pineapple, star fruit, brown sugar, with a definite alcohol presence and a typical IPA finish.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and smooth at the same time with the sweetness it feels like it could give you cavities.

Drinkability - Its a big brew that is wonderful when sipped I cant imagine drinking more than one of these. Overall I am very happy I spent the 9$ on this bottle.

STEG, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, not sure what year. I was expecting something that you can strip paint with. Luckily I was wrong.

Pours a deep golden/bronze color with a head that dissipates to a sticky film for the rest of the glass. How do they get any head at all from a 21% beer?

Ready for the first sniff, will it be all hops? Will it be all alcohol? Not at all, big surprise. There is some citrus in the smell and just a tinge of alchohol but mostly sweetness.

OK I think i'm ready to take a sip. All i can say is not what i was expecting at all. Very sweet, almost a little too sweet. I imagine that is has to be to get 21% but i was expecting much more of an alcohol and bitter taste. Both are there but they don't stand out the way you would expect.

The only thing i can say about mouthfeel is syrpy. The sweetness sticks to your mouth. No aftertaste at all!!! Again a big surprise.

Drinkability - if you look at this as being able to drink more than one at a time it fails misserably. My belly is already warm and my head is spinning. But if you look at it as a question of whether you would try it again and recommend it, it gets a big yes. This is a must try beer if for no other reason than to appreciate how Dogfish managed to brew a 21% beer. This beer surprised me in many ways and my only complaint is that i would have enjoyed a little more of a hop character.

beermanbrian, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of rodlavers
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, into a Belgian Independence Day 10 oz. tulip.

A. Very light tan almost white head, thin, subsides rather quickly, ad clings to the ring of the glass. No lacing on this one. Translucent golden orange coloring, takes light well.

S. Spices, hops, sweet malts.

T. This is very sweet, with a little bit of spice at the same time. It's hoppy, too, but there is no evidence in taste this is 18% ABV. It's strong, but does not taste as strong as it is. Aftertaste is spice with hops.

M. Not terribly impressed with mouthfeel, hurts drinkability a bit. Syrupy, but goes down real slow.

O. I enjoy this beer, but only very rarely. I'd like to age a few bottles if I can get my hands on it. I recommend trying it. 120 is like the 90, but way more intense; flavors are similar.

rodlavers, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from Sulldaddy (thanks!) and shared with MABZ in June 2005. Poured a one-finger light cream head that left decent lacing on the inside of the glass. The beer was clear and light orange in color. Smells almost like a crystal sugar with and orange character. Some apricots. Flavors start with hop-tangerine, oranges, a *really* sweet malty, some cinamon and then APRICOT. There is a tiny moment of piney and pineapple to the hops. Hop bitter and co-ho comes along only during the swallow, prior to the swallow, the beer is all about the sweet and fruit. There is a gentle alcohol sting, that in no way presents as 20%. The aftertaste just hangs around forever. There's just a ting of carbonation forming on my tastebuds that combines with the alcohol on the inside of my lips. This combination counters some of the sweet and fruit. I think this beer need more hops and some caramel. To me, it's just too sweet and I felt like I wasn't able to catch everything that was going on. Thick mouthfeel and mildly caronbated. The beer just sticks to the tongue. It isn't quite syrupy, it's just really pleasant.

mentor, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good sized, off-white head with nice retention. Amber/auburn color with good carbonation.

Sweet, fruity hop aroma. A hint of candy/medicine smell and some peppery alcohol notes become more noticeable as it warms.

Very sweet flavor with more fruity, hoppy, almost candy-like characteristics. A touch of alcohol burn and warmth with some nice hop bitterness in the finish. Sweetness is not overpowering, and the alcohol warmth just gives it a nice dimension.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel but the good carbonation keeps it pretty drinkable. Hides the huge alcoholic strength very well. Probably not as good as the 90 min, but certainly more unique and worth a try.

AaronHomoya, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to try this on tap while at the brewpub. I didn't really like the bottle versions I have had as they were way too cloy. However, this is an entirely different beer on tap. The pour is lush orange toped with a lovely white head. The carbonation and the freshness really brings out the hops in the nose, full of heavy floral hops citrus, piney. The alcohol comes through with a heavy handed sweet malt smell. The taste is something else, full hop attack is quickly diminished as the malt sweetness takes over and the alcohol finishes and the aftertaste lingers on and on. The malt flavors are like a brandy a little sherry, also some full caramel tastes. All in all much beter on tap but still a sipper as there are many flavors to go through in this beer @20%.

Higravity, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of gauchebag
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really a beautiful looking beer. Little to no head to speak of but the color is orange and copper and very deep. It looks great. The smell is also incredible, hoppy, grapefruity, and slightly of honey.

After tasting it the sweet and honey odors are much more present and dominate the smell, making it not as great, but when I first smelled it before tasting it was incredible.

The taste is good and for the 21% abv the alcohol is surprisingly masked. The issue here, as others have noted, is that it doesn't taste hoppy or like an IPA really at all. It's just sweet and malty. The more I look at it and taste it the more it's reminding me of honey, which isn't necessarily bad but now what I was looking for here. Mouthfeel is great...for how sweet it is it's not syrupy and rolls around in the mouth quite pleasantly.

It's pretty drinkable but I won't be having more than one and I don't know if I'll drink this again, with the exception of an aged bottle perhaps. I keep hoping that one of these 20% abv beers is going to blow me away and become one of my serious go-to beers but thus far they are all just sweet and while they do have redeeming qualities they're not all that great. This is still a very good beer though and it has to be tried.

gauchebag, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of jpiper
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a small off-white head.

The smell is dominated by pine and lemon. Medicinal. There's plenty of strange maltiness which is a bit tough to pinpoint: orange syrup?

Again, pine and orange on the palate. Very sweet, rich, and hardly bitter at all - at least for a 120 minute. Very different than any other beer I've had. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.

The feel is smooth and mouth-coating, and a bit cloying. The carbonation is nice - light and effervescent which this beer need.

This is dramatically more drinkable than expected. But, to be real, it is a 100% sipper, with consequences when under pressure to drink too fast. I was in a bit of a rush to make my dinner reservations, and this beer is tough to drink at anything faster than a slow sip.

The exception already noted, this beer gets better and better further through the bottle. I get the impression on both the nose and palate that the hops used are a little scattered and unfocused. It creates an experience which is a bit all over the place and extremely unclean. I like my hoppy beers to be clean (thus my preference for West Coast IPAs). This beer is well balanced, even fresh; and it is easy to see how this beer would change with cellar time. I'd like to try that at some point, and I do wish this were more available for me.

jpiper, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've wanted to try this beer for some time. Let's see if it's worth $10 for a 12-ounce bottle.

It pours a beautiful ruby red with a short foamy head and plenty of carbonation.

Wow, what an aroma! It smells of solvent alcohol and hops mixed with caramel. It's like nothing I've smelled before.

The taste is sweet with massive flavors of alcohol, leaving a strong warming in the throat after the swallow. There is a powerful citrus flavor that becomes apparent after several swallows.

The body is super smooth, thanks to the super-high ABV.

Overall this is a special occasion beer. Its qualities are so extreme that it's hard for me to compare it or judge it fairly. It reminds me of Avery's The Beast Grand Cru and their Samael's ale.

If you like strong beers, you need to have 120 Minute IPA.

Shaw, May 28, 2007
Photo of tlazaroff
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big nose on this one. Tangerine, mango, papaya, pineapple, lime rind, and caramel. All these flavors are easily picked out as none of them exhibits dominance over the others. Very well balanced on the nose.

Visible carbonation rising through the orange beer. It actually has a head which I am shocked to discover as it's only 18% alcohol, LOL. Lacing is minimal, but I expected none, so thats better than nothing.

Booze right up front, but it is controlled as this sweetness punches through. The tropical flavors outperform just about anything else in the taste here. It's as if I had just drank a tropical smoothie with caramel syrup laced within it.

120 Minute IPA is thick too, sticky sweet. The carbonation is at a moderate level, allowing the beer to self clean itself off your palate. It's a great beer for sure, but one that I don't see myself buying too often because of the $1/oz price tag.

tlazaroff, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice, hazy amber from the bottle. It left little head and what little there was dispersed pretty rapidly.

Smell is very strong on hops. Like being in a field of hops with the smell of hops being piped in from some other hops field. Of course with hops there's a little pine scent to it at well.

Wow, so ok, not what I expected at all. As it turns out this is a pretty sweet beer. Not like any other IPA I've ever had. It gets an 'A' for uniqueness, but a 'B-' for the style. Again, strong on hops flavor, minus the bitterness. Really, it's like sweet hops, it's hard to distinguish much else.

Mouthfeel was a bit of a let down as well. There's a reasonable amount of carbonation, but the beer still feels like is a bit too syrupy for an IPA.

Overall this is a reasonably drinkable beer, and at 21% abv, one or two of these and you're down anyway. I'd drink it again for sure.

Nowhereman529, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby red with a huge off white head that sticks around remarkably for such a strong beer.

S - Spicy, peppery hop aroma. A lot of corriander, pepper, chili, and smokey herbal notes. This kind of smells like an indian grocery store (I mean that in a good way).

T - Odd sharp bitterness is very powerfull. Sweet, malty, and a bit sour. It has distinct alcoholic warmth in the finish.

M - Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I little bit of astringency in the back of the mouth.

D - It is always hard to give a drinkability rateing to a beer this unreasonably strong, but overall this is a solid beer. Many "extreme" beers are almost undrinkable in my opinion but this goes down relatively easy, the only fault is the mouthfeel which is syrupy and a bit unpleasant. The high alcohol is kept in check by other flavors and the smell is quite extraordinary. I have to say this is one of the best truely extreme beers that I have had, from Dogfish Head or anyone else.

nickfl, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 2009 bottle with my brother on Xmas Eve. Poured into Duvel glasses. Not a lot of carbonation left, but decent lacing. Smell was sweet and hoppy. Flavor was pretty potent still for a beer a few years old. Very malt and hop forward. We both thought it was edging towards becoming a barleywine in terms of characteristics. Quite easy going down, so mouthfeel was good. Extremely tasty beer, but it's a tad hard to justify the pricetag. Trying it once on a special occasion is good enough for me.

morebeergood, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of pbsmooth
4/5  rDev -2.2%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.2%

DanGeo, May 30, 2013
Photo of MaxT
4/5  rDev -2.2%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -2.2%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -2.2%

SkiBum22, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

ripocceschi, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$14 for a twelve ounce 2004 bottle at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Maryland.

I expected this beer to be harsh, and a colossal hop blast, but I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong on both accounts.

It pours a dark murky golden. As it is a 21% alcohol beer, obviously a lot of that alcohol is present in the nose.

The taste is suprising. It is very smooth and highly drinkable. No choking, gasping, or yuck-face here. Extremely impressive. It almost seems like the 60 or 90 min IPAs have a more noticeable hop character than this one.

I would love to have this more often, if it wasnt so damn expensive. But (the prices) arent ever going to lower on this beer, so suck it up & enjoy your $10+ twelve ounce bottles.

chOAKbarrell, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Toasty
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Toasty, Jun 18, 2014
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,278 ratings.