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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,795 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,795
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 1,053
Gots: 2,377 | FT: 145
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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 Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split a bottle of this with the other Matt a few days ago. Bottle from my cellar. Vintage December 2006.

The beer is hazy and orange / ruby hued. The head is insubstantial, and leaves only faint traces of lacing behind.

The aroma is dominated by a large alcohol and hop presence, despite the nearly five years of aging.

The taste is very bold and assertive, with notes of sweet fruits and a lot of booze. Hop presence is still there, though less forward than in a fresh bottle. The beer is more of an American barleywine than double IPA.

This is a seriously high octane beer. Three to four ounces is more than enough. A 12 oz. bottle could easily be shared four to six ways.

Overall, this was a decent brew. However, I much prefer beers like J.W. Lees if I want a beer of this ilk, i.e. strong and sweet.

Photo of teetee523
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very intense beer, no surprise at 18%. An opaque/copper color with orange hue. Small, off-white head. Really sweet malt and honey smell with orange and floral mixed in. Definitely can smell the alcohol. Very sweet taste and thick mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Alcoholic taste is strong at end but still drinkable. Lots of stuff going on in taste. Hop taste is dry and not bitter. Definitely a sippin beer, took us quite awhile to finish and nothing can follow this.

Photo of jvajda
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only thing really overwhelming about this beer is the amount of alcohol. It can be pretty safely described as DF 90 Minute IPA with twice the alcohol, but no more taste. That's not necessarily bad, but the 10% ABV of the 90 is more than enough for me. This would make a good sipper to substitute for a whisky or scotch.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

perhaps i should not have tried this before their 90-min DIPA, cuz now i'm probably spoiled...

slightly cloudy, deep amber. head is not long-lasting, but very creamy. not very lacy though

aroma is extremely fruity with some citrus notes.

not too viscous, but definitely substantial. the sweetness was a huge surprise. a bit off-putting at first, but soon i was kinda hooked. this is not as bitter as you'd expect from a DIPA, the hops are much more floral. probably all the extensive dry-hopping involved?

i guess i'll be aging a couple of these to see if they're even better in a year or so. that is - if i can't avoid the temptation to just go ahead and open them ;)

all that being said, this is probably just a bit too sweet (even with the dry finish), especially for the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a tight inch of off-white foam. Impressive that it can even form and sustain a head with all that booze in there.

Smell: Whoo! Even upon opening you get a whiff of alcohol-soaked hops. Very apricoty, maybe a few golden raisins. Leafy and tremendously resiny hop character and, of course, an excessive, though exciting amount of fusel alcohol.

Taste: Whoo-boy!! Ultra sweet, incredibly juicy apricot taste. Searing alchol presence upon that first sip, but give it some time, friends, that'll pass. Sharp flavors of ruby red grapefruit citrus oils and pine resin. Still, though, I get alot of apricot. All of the high levels of malt, hops, and alcohol push and shove each other around without letting one quality sit on the tongue for too long. The grapefruit and apricot come together, become morphed, and start tasting of mango and passion fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Sticky yet also pretty warming.

Drinkability: A sipper, for sure, but a good one. Really holds itself together fairly well for being packed to the gills with malt, hops, and booze. Like it or not, it's hard not to be having a good time when you finish the bottle.

Photo of wafers
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cratez
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My 500th beer and 175th review on BA.

355ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida. Pours into the snifter a hazy and bronzed red with orange hues and a yellowish, off-white head that subsides to a paper thin ring. A few dots of lace, but the ABV produces a dull appearance that resembles a barley wine. Aroma is bold citrus, Pine Sol, booze soaked wood, apple butter, and peppery, fusel alcohol. Taste delivers a complexity that one would expect from such a strong and highly hopped beer. I get sweet caramel, some nuttiness, apricots, Sultana raisins, juicy and leafy hops, a sharp citric bitterness, and hot liquor to finish. Full-bodied mouthfeel has medium carbonation and a spicy hop bite. IBUs linger on the palate with warm cider and a mild dryness in the aftertaste.

It took me an hour and a half to savour this ale and I really enjoyed the experience. 120 isn't a "proper" DIPA but it's still a complex and pleasing drink in its own right. Cheers to DFH for constantly reshaping my perception of what beer can be.

Photo of aaronh
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/light copper color. Nice off-white head. The aroma is very hoppy, but not pungent. Just a good hop note with a few alcohol esters. The taste is very sweet, with noticeable alcohol, but not like drinking schnapps (which generally has the same ABV). For all the hops, the malt dominates. The mouthfeel is solid, but actually seems lighter than expected. I guess all the alcohol cuts it a bit. The drinkability is fairly good for a brew this strong, but who in their right mind could drink a 750 ml bottle? I wouldn't mind seeing this in 12 oz like WWS. This is a very good, interesting sipping beer.

Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy and foamy white head that eventually reduces to a small layer skimming the top, no lace left behind

S- lots of booze on the aroma, the hop aroma is there with notes of pine & citrus, but the alcohol gives a sweet aroma that mixes with malty undertones

T- taste similarities are very similar to a barleywine up front, sweet alcohol dominates up front, with notes of citrus hop and pine kicking in mid-palate, more citrus continues to the finish with more booze

M- heavy bodied with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and silky warming finish, lingers of alcohol

O- this is definitely a unique beer that is in a category of its own.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy dark gold color with a small head that faded quickly and leaves very little lace
S-malt, strong malt and strong hop
T-you get a strong sugar taste that goes to a strong hop aftertaste, but the sweet taste is mixed with it along with an alcohol warming
M-full body and low carbonation
O-Bottled on 7-8-2008, so it was aged and do not know if it had changed. I am looking forward to trying a fresher one

Photo of kaimcm
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from a 2003 batch, reviewed in May of 2006.

A: deep golden, turning to medium brown body. little to no head, though its more carbonation than I expected for the age of this bottle. doesnt look likemuch but I didnt buy it to look at it.

S: loads of sugar, and sweet candied fruit, raisons, some more tropical as well. no hops whatsoever. a little booze and a bit of toffee. plenty of carmelization.

T/M: nice viscosity, thick but coating and pretty drinkable considering. lots o' malt and sugar. very sweet. the hops have completely faded from this brew leaving this big thick and sweet body thats out of balance. plenty of juicy tropical fruits, even some candy qualities, a little cloying. hints of rum.

D: what can one say? a 21% DIPA? come one. this beer exists in its own world where mere mortal language and concepts arent sufficient. who knows? just drink one and you know what can never be said.

while my score for this isnt very high I enjoyed this brew and was impressed at how well it held up. the label says you can age it for a decade or so but i suspect you'd have really expensive paint thinner by then and not much else. get this sucker fresh, despite the alcohol content, dont make the mistake of cellaring this thing.

Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright dark gold, with a really flowery hop nose. Amazingly, I get very little alcohol off the aroma.

Wow. Apricot fruity, with a muzzy haze of hop flavors and aromas all over the place - not really bitter (actually quite sweet and syrupy, but not cloyingly so) but the hops are really trying hard to keep up with all of the lmaltiness going on here. The alcohol strength is extremely well hidden - dangerous. I keep expecting a bitterness to balance the malt, but that's not what this beer is about. There are a lot of floral, citric, and herbal hoppiness behind the malt that make this one well worth quaffing. A bit too big for extensive drinkability - NOT a session beer by any means. But it does work well as an homage to the flavor of hops.

Photo of codysjb
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased in October of 2011 and had just been delivered the second weekend of the month. Pours a Golden-Amber color and looks very clear with not head. Continued to bubble for a good ten minutes despite that fact that it was poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass with no rough marks or chips to induce bubbling. First taste is a strong IPA, not my favorite style in general but it’s very hoppy and has a nice bitter taste to it. Defiantly some pine flavors and I can smell and taste the hops. Then the alcohol hits and burns the back of my mouth. While I’m glad I got to try this one, between the lasting alcohol flavor that lingers far longer than the actual IPA taste, and the price tag of 9.99 or so, it’s not something I would drink a lot or buy except to try maybe once a year if that.

Photo of jsanford
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Bottled 10/3/09 and split 3-ways with friends during a homebrewing session.

A - Pours a glowing golden-amber with just the thinnest of white heads. The beer is slightly syrupy and viscous, and clings to the glass when swirled, leaving behind wisps of lace.
S - Easily one of the most unique beer smells in the world. Boatloads of honey, sweet malt, oranges, and pine resin with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Very floral and sweet smelling.
T - Intense honey/hop flavors! This is pure hop juice, no doubt about it! Orange blossom honey, grapefruit, caramel, and pine resin all make themselves known with just the slightest taste of alcohol.
M - Huge, sticky, viscous body with low carbonation. Surprisingly smooth, all that alcohol never really "burns".
D - Well, It's obviously not that drinkable. I'm glad I split a bottle 3-ways, perhaps if I had an entire night to dedicate I could drink a bottle by myself.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i have to admit that this one frightened me a bit, as it's abv is way higher than anything i've sampled in the past. i was anticipating the alcohol flavour to be just overpowering. thankfully, it was not. this one pours a nice amber colour with a tiny white head that has decent lacing effects. it smells hoppy as hell. wow. fruit, bread and earth notes can also be detected here. the taste is definitely less hoppy than the smell and more mild than expected for the 120. it is actually very fruity with a tropical/citrus flavouring to it. alcohol is apparent throughout but nicely intermingled with the rest of the flavours here. there is a bit of a tart, dry hop finish. different, but good. i'd sample this one again, but it's just too strong to throw back (and by throw back i mean take 1.5 - 2 hours to drink it, like i did) on a regular basis.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After much anticipation, over-hype, unfulfilled deliveries, etc etc etc. The 120 minute finally arrived at the liquor store. And suddenly was an extra $4 a bottle... maybe Sam planned this whole thing out. Anyway, poured this into my chimay chalice, obviously a 2011 batch.

A: Dark red amber color, a lot clearer than I remember the 08 batch being, with a minimal off-white head forming a ring around the glass. Looks thick, like mead.

S: Honey, alcohol, sweet and citrusy fruit, floral hops, there is definitely a malt presence, but there is so much sugary alcohol sweetness drowning it out.

T: Extremely balanced hop and malt blend up front. sweet malts mixing with citrus hops, fading into a sweet and warming alcohol finish. lingering sticky candy/sugar, pine hop and raisin aftertaste.

M: Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation; it's a real sipper, quite warming.

O: Although I never wrote a review on the 2008 batch (the last time I had this beer) I'll do my best to compare the two:

The 2011 I found to be much sweeter, yet much easier to drink. The 2008 was REALLY overwhelmingly hoppy; like it almost hurt on the first sip. Obviously the 2011 is hoppy enough that my taste buds are a bit destroyed for the next beer or two, but it was definitely easier to put down. I wish I could have bought another bottle to age and smooth it out. All in all this beer is more of an experience than it is a top 5 kind of thing.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle served in a snifter glass at the Dogfish Ale Cafe in Gaithersburg, MD. Nice orange color - not much foam on the glass though.

Smell - strong in the hops, but there is definitely something sweet and floral in this drink.

Taste is not at all what I expected. First hops (bergamot) followed by something very sweet (almost sugary), then grapes, and a slight bitter finish. You can also taste the alcohol, but just barely under the sweet and the bitter.

Mouthfeel - no carbonation on the tongue that I noted, nothing special really, but I'll admit to being very uneducated on this point.

Drinkability - due to the high alcohol content and the unusual flavors I'd say that this is a beer to enjoy if you like cognacs. This beer reminded me more of a cognac, which is something you sit back and savor. I view it as a good experience and worth drinking, but not something that I would go out of my way for.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this particular bottle from bstaffor in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF. Thanks, Brian!

Not sure of the year. Poured into a tulip pint: Three fingers of glistening, pillowy head with some peaks over medium-russet body. Hazy with burnt orange highlights. Leaves stripes of lacing.

Smells like a creamy orange liqueur or even a little like cognac. Cooked citrus, apricot, pineapple, with this surrounding "baked good" character tying it all in: caramel, sugary, a little toasty, like sticky buns or slightly overdone angel food cake. Rich smell, delicious & almost overwhelming. There's definitely some booze there too, but not as potent as I'd expected. Hoppiness is played down compared to the sugars, but gives it a little bite, like there's something lurking there. Complex is an understatement.

Whoa! Sweetness really hits at first, like candied oranges or pineapple upside down cake - strong & kind of cloying. The sugars really wrap around the palate & do some neat tricks, all under a citrus umbrella. I can tell the alcohol's there, but it blends with the flavors well, there's surprisingly little heat or booze taste, just a nice twist at the end. Good, but man, a little of that malty sugar goes a long way, way into the aftertaste, with some residual orange zest.

Full-bodied & chewy, nice & smooth without any burning sensation. Lots of mouth-coating sugars afterward, this one will stick with you with each sip.

I enjoyed this better than I remember - maybe once I knew how sweet it was, my expectations were calibrate & I was just ready to embrace it. So much more like a barleywine than an IPA, this is a sweet mother with almost no bitterness. The alcohol isn't that apparent while drinking, but I definitely feel a little goofy after half of a glass. Enjoyable, but I'm happy with this one once a year, tops.

Photo of bheilman
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at the brew pub and got a four pack to take with me from the brewery. It's an overwhelming beer. It's a stretch to call it an IPA, this beer is more of maybe a monster IPA. The beer looks good, has a nice golden color. It smells good, but with more maltiness. The taste is very multidimensional. It's more like a port in terms of the sweetness, but the flavors are all over the place with a nice focus in the hops, with a slightly bitter finishing bite that regresses back to sweetness. The hops flavor doesn't stay long though because of the extreme alcohol. The flavor endures for a good 30 seconds after swallowing this beast with all sorts of sweet fruity goodness. I'm excited to try the beers I've been aging this summer to see what happens. A great beer for a special occasion.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours crystal clear yellow with minimal amounts of head. No lacing and no visible carbonation.

S: Aromas are fruity with hints of pineapple and the presence of the hops is easy to detect.

T: Flavor is cloyingly sweet and a pleasant amount of bitterness contributed from the hops and just a hint of the pineapple. The alcohol is subtly present in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. A little bit sticky.

O: Just too strong at 18% ABV to be easy to drink. I have enjoyed this beer the couple of times I have tried it but it just is not one of my favorites in the style - too sweet and not quite enough bitterness for me.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 3-years-in-the-cellar bottle a fairly clear amber-orange color with a very thin off-white head. No lacing with this one.

Boozy aroma of honey, sweet caramel malts and light grapefruit and pineapple.

Like the aroma, there were big boozy notes along with honey, sweet caramel malts, pineapple and light grapefruit. The 18% has mellowed a bit with no real hotness found.

Medium bodied and rich with a moderate carbonation.

A slow-drinking IPA for sure. I enjoyed it.

Photo of chefscott79
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I just sampled a bottle the other day from 2004

I found it for 9 bucks...score

A: nothing special

Smell: I knew I was in for a strong beer...lots of alcohol tinged with tangerine...

Taste....wow....it blew me away....super mellowed hop character....with lots of tangerine notes

mouth feel...great thick and viscous

Drinkability....I liked it....as a special occasion beer....too strong for everyday drinking...but I enjoyed it nonetheless

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/6/09.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange hue that produced a great 2 finger off-white to light yellow head that is staying around for awhile; after a few minutes, its down to a 1 finger size. Some tiny bits of lacing here and there.

(S)- Massive mango, peach, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus aromas with an equally huge pine/wood component. This is some strong smelling stuff!; has a pretty serious alcohol whiff to it.

(T)- This is just massive! Very sweet; almost candied mango & peach fruits followed by a very dry grapefruit, pineapple, and bittering pine with a robust to equally massive boozy burn at the end. An ample malt backbone exists somewhere in there that is providing a light honey sweetness to the middle but is mostly overpowered by everything else in there.

(M)- Huge boozy burn with really sweet fruits and big bittering hops really makes your mouth go through a rollercoaster of layers and complexities. Sadly, the ridiculous level of alcohol is almost off-putting and destroying some really superb characters in the beer.

(D)- Just ridiculous, massive, and potent on every level imaginable. Great stuff, but is lost in the overly boozy mouthfeel. Give this 5 years and try it again, give it 10 years and try it again. I want to buy a bunch and drink one as each year goes by to see how it changes. Share with a friend or two cause this one bottle kicked me to the floor. 20%abv?!

Photo of randeezy74
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Paincane
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper colored with one finger tan head that left a bit of lace. Poured into tulip glass.
S: Sweetness, malt and alcohol are dominant aromas.
T: Malty sweet presence up front with warmth of alcohol overtaking hops. Underwhelming bitterness, perhaps because of the 18% ABV!
M: Warm and boozy with syrupy feel. Mild carbonation. Not a typical IPA by any means.
O: Strong alcohol presence overshadows IPA characteristics. Definitely worth having, but only one at a time for sure.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 6,795 ratings.