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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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2,143 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,143
Hads: 7,512
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 31.14%
Wants: 1,316
Gots: 3,274 | FT: 209
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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%.
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Reviews: 2,143 | Hads: 7,512
Photo of BDTyre
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased June 2006 and allowed to settle and age for a few months.

Starts off looking good, even though the head is a little thick. Amber to burnt orange colour. Very vibrant, almost like some Belgians I've seen.

Smell is off for an IPA, especially a DIPA. Hoppy, but not bitter and not too hoppy. Malt presence. However, the scent I pick up most is a blend of alcohol and candy sugar with a hint of spice, almost like a tripel.

Well balanced taste. Very hoppy with definite bitterness, but this is countered but a big blast of malts. Very sweet, almost syrupy. Again, I can taste candy sugar. This is almost like a Belgian-style DIPA. Very noticeable alcohol profile.

Decent mouthfeel. Thick, maybe undercarbonated but not unpleasant. Alcohol burn is somewhat distracting.

Okay, its good, tasty and I would buy it again...maybe even age it a few years. But it is not so drinkable...you can really feel the alcohol in this one. And at 20% (my bottle is 20%, not 21%), to think you wouldn't notice the alcohol is just silly.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW, another great Beer from Dogfish Head. This beer poured a nice dark amber color with a very white head. The head was thin, but lasted most of the beer with fairly good lacing. The smell was that of a sweet malt and hops... lots of hops.

The taste was not what I expected. I thought it would be SUPER hoppy, but I was suprise how good this beer was. The taste was a nice balance of hops and malt. The malt had a distinct sweetness to it that help balance it self with all the hops. There was also the taste of alcohol, but that is to be expected with a beer with this much alcohol. The mouthfeel was good, it was a fairly thick beer, but it lacked a little in the CO2 department. There was a nice burn that you don't get from many beers.

Another great beer from DFH, not a beer that I would drink every day or every week for that mater. A very interesting beer that is alot more complex than some people give it credit for. I say it's worth the price to try and you should pick one up if you can.

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Photo of jarsh
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 12 brown bottle. Kinda cocky stating "The Imperial India Pale Ale". Bottled on date of 03/03/06, not as fresh as I would have liked.

Appearance: Pours a nice ruby red. Decent off white head that dissipated to a pankake right in the middle of my glass.

Smell: This is one odoriferous brew. The alcohol makes itself known on the first sniff. Additional, softer sniffs reveal a fruity sweetness, which is actually nice once you get down to it.

Taste: Again the alcohol is very evident in this beer, but really at 20%AC it should be expected. Very full and syrupy mouthfeel. It starts off hot and sweet, you feel it going down and warms your belly. Hop character is definately there and hangs on the back of your tounge but the hope bite that I was expecting was not there. I definately enjoyed it more over the course of the hour or so I was sipping it. As it warms the alcohol subsides and lets more of the flavor out.

Overall: For the "Holy Grail for Hopheads" I was a little disappointed. A little too sweet for my tastes. I understand and respect DFH for what they were going for here and I did enjoy this beer and I will have it again, in about a year when the other one I bought has aged a bit.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated 04. Pours with small head, leaving decent lacing. Body is orange. Aroma of grapefruit and alcohol.

I appreciate this beer more every time I have it. I get grapefruit, liquid hops. The malt isn't overpowering, especially considering the high ABV. Mouthfeel is thick, drinkability good for me.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Stone IPA glass.
A-1" (maybe a bit more) off white head. Cloudy deeper copper color. Nice lacing that sticked to side of glass.
S-Hops. Maybe lemon mixed with floral hops mixed with little bit of malt and alcohol.
T-Warming of alcohol in back of throat and chest. It is very different tasting. Weird kind of hop character. I couldn't tell what I was tasting maybe little bit of malt mixed with a variety of hops? Not really bitter, but does have the bitter taste on lips when you lick lips afterwards.
M-Full body, light carbonation.
D-I'm glad I tried it but I won't be getting it again any time soon. I was expecting more citrus hop taste and a lot more bitterness to it.

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Photo of Deconstructionis
1.59/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer had been lavishly praised by a friend but it can't be had where I live, so when I saw it on a trip, I bought a 4 pack. I was very disappointed (The price is absurd-- ahh, the wonders of marketing). I found it had no balance and the hops were so overpowering the only other flavor besides unadorned sweetness I could really distinguish was a strong raw alcohol. Rather than a malty flavor, it tasted more "woody" and sugary as if pine bark and molasses were part of the wort.

I was impatient and drank the first one after only a short stay in the fridge. The best description I could come up with would be ultra-sweetened hop tea mixed with grain alcohol added to a run of the mill IPA..

Maybe I got a bad batch but I did not think it was good at all. It was essentially undrinkable lukewarm and I had to chill it to the point my palate was numbed for it not to be unpleasant.

If we want to give points for extremism. that's one thing, but if tasting good and being pleasurable to drink are criteria this one fails.

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Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a rubyorangebrown, coppery and cloudy. A thick finger of frothy off-white head piles on, then ebbs slowly to a pillow of foam. Lacing is plentiful and puffy.

The aroma is very thick with candy-coated and malt sweetness, sugary and with plum, caramel, a very vague spiciness. The alcohol is decidedly manly, with tendrils that ooze and plunder.

Upon tasting, the honey and sugar sweetness invades again, but this time more mitigated by sloe fruit, caramel, and a vinous port splash. The hops are more notable here as well, with a strained but present citrus note. The alcohol is more incorporated, sending a whiskey-like message through the center. A credible bitterness struggles near the close, losing out to the residual and long-lingering grain and honey sweetness. While absolutely massive, it presents itself with considerable manners, and a plesant, though sweet, profile.

Very full bodied, it's more than syrup, it's treacle and honey, laying cloyingly on the palate, though with the merest hop bitter glow in tow.

Like it or not, this is one beer that is guaranteed to induce a "wow!"
What's amazing to me is how understated the hops present, knowing the prodigious amounts used. And yet, with the scale weighted to the grain and sugary fermentables, it still does come through as quite bitter and hoppy, though in the background, not upfront. The ABV is glaring in the nose, but decidedly more down-tempo in the taste, or as understated as 21% can possibly be. This is one for the occasional occasion, but when the occasion hits, it's worth each viscous drop.

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Photo of dherling
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2003 vintage, opened August 2006. Pours out a reddish brown, with a thin off white head, and plenty of carbonation. The nose is fruity, with peaches, and strawberries, bellied by hops and yeast. Taste sweetly carbonated, but finishes fairly dry and clean.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy honey color with a nice taut head that fades to a ring.

This beer has a delectable nose of caramel, orange peel, a slight hop spiciness, and some brandyish boozy smell.

This is a sweet treat with a long finish. Just as much a treat for malt heads as hop heads, and probably more so. Very sweet, perfect for an after dinner quaffer.
Spicy with hops and coriander up front, then a long, long malt bomb with very nuanced flavors of dried apricots and cherries, spice, and honey. This is followed by a long finish of honey spiked piney hops. Delicious now, but this would be absolutely extraordinary with some serious age on it. There is the slightest soy note that dissipates as it breathes.

The mouthfeel is very thick and rich with good carbonation throughout, something that I miss dearly in certain other over the top abv brews.

Drinkability is very good for its style- and after dinner sipper that is quite addictive.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this 12 ounce bottle for Christmas from my brother. I have had it cellared since but decided to drink it with my upcoming move down South and all.

Poured a tangerine brown in color with a thick-ish white head. Layered lace around the edges of the glass while the head slowly receded. Nose was phenomenal. Deep and musky with some woodiness and just bits of cherries around the edges.

Flavor is not as whacked out as I expected. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol but the burn is not nearly what I would have imagined. Kind of a fruit/cherry juice thing going on and a wood aged tannin flavor too. Malts are surprisingly strong and hold up quite well. Best part is that the hops are not nearly as astringent as I imagined. Medium mouthfeel that improves as the beer warms but in the sense that the beer evaporates off the tongue and becomes more light bodied. Nice beer but not sure I have much interest in trying a second bottle.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice reddish brown color, and an unexpectedly thick head. Rather pretty.

Smells rather nice. Had an odd stench when I opened the bottle, but after letting it breathe for a minute or two, what you get is a very sweet malty nose, with a hint of alcohol. Nowhere near as much alcohol as you'd expect from something 21% though.

Taste...wow. Very malty, very sweet, and with just the right amount of hops to balance out all of that. Manages to taste of raisins, plums, and lemon at the same time, which sounds impossible until you try it. Only a hint of alcohol on the finish keeps this from being absolutely perfect.

An expensive bottle, but absolutely worth every penny. A must try.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits a few months ago. I've been putting off trying it because of the high alcohol and high IBUs, but decided to give it a try tonight. I let this warm and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with a thick, fluffy, creamy, off-white head that leaves thick lace. For such a high alcohol beer the thickness and retention are striking. The head thins to a persistent quarter-inch layer.

Smell: Sweet sugar and caramel dominate. The aroma of spicy alcohol is also very strong. There are notes of citric and resiny hops, but these are surprisingly low.

Taste: The initial flavors are very sweet. The sweetness is reminiscent of raw sugar. Towards the center the sweetness becomes fruitier before being met by a strong spicy alcohol flavor. The finish is resiny hops mixed with residual sweetness. Overall the bitterness, though noticeable and significant is overpowered by the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full-bodied and syrupy.

Drinkability: The alcohol is noticeable, but it definitely doesn't seem like a 20% abv beer.

Overall: Definitely tasty, but the hop bitterness is overpowered by the malty sweetness. I was hoping that the balance would tip towards hops rather than malts.

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Photo of Omniscia
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: 12 oz bottle purchased from Martignetti Liquors on Cross Street, in Boston, poured into a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Lovely, hazy golden color, like clover honey. Tall, two-finger head developed upon pouring, leaving an uneven lacing behind, confined mostly to one side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, though not cloying. Somewhat like a barleywine.

Taste: The taste definitely leaves something to be desired. The hops, if they are indeed present, are completely overpowered by the malt. A strong medicinal character is present, as well. It's like Robitussin mixed with Ridge Runner... Too fracking sweet!

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth. It has a definite thickness in the mouth, again reminiscent of honey. It's surprisingly fluid for something that feels so viscous on the palate.

Drinkability: Well, it goes down well, and provides a nice buzz within the first few sips, but it's nowhere near as quaffable as its siblings, the 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPAs.

Overall: An interesting experiment, to be sure, but not something that's likely to take up residence in my cellar and, at nearly $9 a bottle, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle, hazy orange hue. Extra points for head retention on such a high ABV beer. Very sweet fruity aroma. Taste is amazingly sweet with a bit of alcohol on the finish and a small amount of hops trying to come through. The finish actually reminds me of cotton candy it is so sweet. Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. This is not a beer that has a high drinkability, this is something that you split a 12oz bottle of with a friend. Definately worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle a coppery orange-hued amber with the thinnest fizzy head that quickly vanished only to leave a spotted film with light whitish sticky lacing. Smell is sweet, caramelly malt up front, hops very faint but present, slightly grainy and grassy, followed by some light alcohol notes that finish out the nose. Taste is super sweet, huge alcohol presence, no suprise there, leaves a crisp and dry aftertaste with a hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is slippery and smooth, fuller bodied with low carbonation. Drinkability is impressive given the extreme +20% abv, sips smooth and wonderfully complex balancing act between some super heavy sweet maltiness and heavy hops. However, would recommend enjoying only one in a sitting, as the alcohol is smooth enough to catch one off their guard. Would purchase again.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ahh...the holy grail of hopheads. We bought 2 bottles back in 2004 and the first bottle we drank right away. We could barely choke it down. While I'm not a hophead, this one is MUCH better.

The bitterness has taken a back seat to a smooth, sweet alcohol ass-kick with a mid-taste bitterness.

I personally find this a bit hard to drink; it's more of a sipper, like a fine brandy.

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Photo of burnstar
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This most massive of IPA's pours an amber gold with a surprisingly thick white head which clings to the glass. The nose is full of complex fruity esters and sweetness and spicy citrusy hops. Some alcohol notes are also present. Taste is very very sweet at first. A little hop bitterness hits for a moment. Then the alcohol hits, strongly, but it doesn't seem like 21%. There is a lot of risidual sweetness in the finish. All in all, the sweetness is the most dominating characteristic. The taste really is much more similar to a barley wine than any other double IPA I've had. In fact I've many barleywines with a more noticable hop character than this. The mouthfeel is very smooth and rather heavy. This isn't very drinkable. But it's not meant to be. Overall this is pretty good stuff and amazingly smooth for the alcohol. Not what I was expecting but great stuff anyway.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, the date is rubbed a bit but looks like 3/27/06, so about 4 months old

Pours out a rich copper amber with a nice frothy and slightly tan head that is giving great lacing already, stays floating on top during the beer.

Smell. A very rich and potent hoppy and yeasty aroma. Smells like a very hoppy belgian tripel or bspa.

Taste. WOW. Very potent. Has a sweet and bitter taste. These hops have a bit of an earthy taste... i need to research and see what hops they have here cuz it is quite interesting. They dominate the flavor, but there is also that belgian characteristic that is quite noticable. There is a warming sensation from the alcohol during the swallow and aftertaste is still full of hops.

Mouthfeel is very full from the alcohol. It also gives a syrupy sensation that is getting quite sticky. Balance is heavy on the hops, but still seems balanced in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is more than i expected.

Overall one hell of an experience! this one is not for the faint of heart. I
really could have this one again and again, as long as it isnt in repeating
days. Excellent beer!

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Photo of UberWasser
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Popping the top on this beer illicits a suprising pop and gun smoke for a beer of this ABV. Usually I expect them to be rather limp, at least in the carbonation department, but not this time...which follows suit on the pour, when a copper orange beer, with a slight haze, comes to rest in the glass with a finger or two of off-white head. It does dissipate quickly, but it leaves a nice halo and film of bubbles on the top of the beer for a while. Quite attractive.

Taking a deep sniff brings up some pleasent stuff...a strong sweet malt/alcohol smell with just enough orange citrus hop presence to give it some balance. Also slightly peppery. Smells pretty good.

But then the taste...pretty good too? No. Much better. The very first taste you get from this is a strong candy sweetness on the tip of the tongue. As it moves further back, a subtle pepper and herb taste with a bit of saltiness spreads slow over the middle. As the beer hits the back of the mouth a nice floral and orange citrus hop flavor makes itself known, mixing in with the sweetness rather than overpowering it. After the swallow both flavors stay for a long time, leaving the mouth with an orange candy finish as the ABV goes to work as your throat tingles and your cheeks warm up. Mouthfeel is nicely slick and creamy, helping all of this flavor stick to your mouth.

I must say, this is a disturbingly well-balanced beer for how hugely powerful it is. I could, if I didn't know better, finish this off pretty quick, only to find myself planted to the floor, most likely. I really like this...though it is NOT something I would drink more than one of (which is why I ding the drinkability) or buy that often (dollar/oz ratio is a bit rough and I'm not out to get drunk) but yeah, I'm very glad that I tried it.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lookin' a pale Golden Amber, clear, lots of activity, 3" Foamy Vibrant head. Great Head retention. Fantastic lacing from top to bottom.

Smells: Thick-sweet malt and hops overdose. Floral and fruity hops over Maple syrup. you can easily smell the heat from the 21% ABV.

Taste: I know DFH creates some sweet-dominated brews...this one is on another level. Maple syrup, molasses in the heady malt with a sick amount of mildly-bitter, fruity and citrusy hops...it's like drinking hoppy maple syrup with a high alcohol content.

This brew Really has exceptional feel, Medium/Full body, syrup-thick but plenty active with good carbonation. You can actually feel the alcohol going down like a scotch whisky when the bottle is fresh, the aged version of this brew is different with a more laid back hop and less heat from the alcohol. My lips are actually sticky from this stuff!

This is an extreme brew, Ultra-sweet, Super hoppy and heady. Mega ABV % that limits this to a maximum of two. If you can handle two!

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Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottom of the keg, with a huge stiff head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Copper color, very nice looking beer.

Smell: sweet, floral hops, and a good bit of alcohol.

Taste: much like the smell, but stronger. This is an intense beer! sweeter than I think I'd prefer, but well worth seeking out.

Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy, this was a low-point.

Drinkability: found myself wishing I'd gotten more beer and less head from the pour, but it was complimentary so no complaints! That said, the huge alcohol content limits drinkability.

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Photo of sopclod
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is so off the wall that it's prompted me to do my very first review.

Others stated that it has a lot of sugary sweetness, but I figured they were just being colorful... boy was I wrong! This is like a glass of maple syrup with alcohol in it.

For me the taste was so striking that I really didn't notice the sky-high abv. I sure felt after I finished off my 12oz bottle though.

I would definitely be interested to see what this is like after being salaried for a couple of years or even, as the bottle suggests, decades.

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Photo of bruachan
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

arrowine was selling singles so i figured i'd grab one and see what the hubbub's all about

it's a burnt orange color with a touch of haze, but i think that's my fault. some head with even better lacing

smells like a barleywine: fusels with a big caramelized sugar aroma—brown sugar? yeah, i guess it is. not that hoppy smelling of a beer, though

let's see what it tastes like. oh! that's an IPA? hottest beer i've ever had by far. so boozy. caramel and fruity (apricot, raisin) toffee up front (if i don't swallow it doesn't burn). not particularly bitter...the hop character is really quite limited, actually. i really do think i would have picked this out to be a BW in a blind tasting—reminds me of the "Old" barleywines (why are they all named "old"?) and if i were to age for a decade like the label says to the hops would be even less prominent. the label also says it's the "holy grail for hopheads." more like the holy grail for boozehounds with a sweet tooth

DFH certainly is pushing the envelope with this one, but it's just not something i see people drinking that much, especially since i could have two of these and call it a night

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a hazy golden color, with a cascade effect like I have never seen before. Much like a cream ale with the white top floating lightly on the beer down below, and it creeps op on the top. Interesting lacing left on the glass after all settles too, rigid on the side of the glass. Smell is almost non existent, but after swirling it a bit there is a touch of alcohol. Not the huge hop nose I was expecting. Taste is extraordinary. Very thick, and when it gets on your lips it wipes away like molasses. Amazing, not a hint of alcohol. You can taste the malt that was added to make the higher ABV. Almost scarily smooth, one could keep drinking this and be in trouble real quick!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I realized later that I didn't rate this beer according to style, just as a beer.

Head is thick and pillowy with a sticky lacing. The color is gold to slight red and clear making it very inviting.

The smell is very aromatic and sweet, almost like a barleywine or Belgian, but also hoppy like an IPA. The smell is a fight between amarillo hops and burnt sugar.

The taste is very spicy and hoppy with burnt sugar flavor as well. It also has dark fruit tones with a caramel behind it.

The mouthfeel is creamy and soft.

Overall it's a wonderful new flavor that makes me want more.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,143 ratings.