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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
91
outstanding

6,379 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,379
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 982
Gots: 2,107 | FT: 124
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Actionbastard, May 15, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I recently tried this beer during the DC craft beer week event that was held at the DFH Alehouse in Fairfax, VA. It was served endlessly to about 50+ people at the 7PM "tapping" of the keg. 18%abv.

A: The head left by the pour was a solid 1/2 inch of vanilla-mocha color that remained nice and firm for at least 2-3 minutes after the pour. The beer itself was a glorious dark auburn color that gave you a feel that all beers should look as such (OK, OK, maybe just strong IPAs).

S: Smell is the most subjective of all my senses, due to inherent sinus problems. However, the smell of this beer fit directly to that apparent disability. This beer has a smell that deserves a category all of its own. With an abundant smell of the hops (of which I include the aforementioned 'alcohol' smell that others describe) that remains fresh up to the taste, the smells that remain are of molasses and caramel (of which, take your pick).

T: If only I could hold a half-mouthful of this beer for every time I drank a beer. As I tasted, the flavors cascaded over each other with one of the best tasting "hops" taste followed by a sweet, yet not overwhelming molasses type of flavor. Hardly any bitterness whatsoever and fruitful flavors dominating over the former description. For a beer that has 18%abv, this is not only an achievement; it is a master of the art of beer craft.

M: Perfect, for my subjective taste. I could hold this within the mouth for about 5-6 seconds to obtain the flavors until I felt it was just "meant" to be swallowed. As with many of the DFH beers, this beer goes down lighter than expected and is pretty much on par (yet heavier than the 90 Min.) with any other high-gravity brew.

O: I'll admit that the beer cost $10.50 a pour (which were into 12 oz. snifters, that were given for keeps to the customers), but overall it was well worth the cost. I admit that I enjoyed this beer after a hard day's work at the office and arrived 5 minutes before the keg was "tapped," so my taste could have hardly been experienced in a more favorable light. If on draft, I would strongly recommend this beer to anyone who loves the finer qualities of the beverage. I cannot speak for the bottled version, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the finer qualities of this beer were lost in the bottling process (as great as it still may be).

Doobiendo, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dontcounttoday, May 15, 2012
Photo of BeerCon5
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy copper-orange color with about one finger of fluffy khaki head with decent retention.

The scent is of citrus, some subtle earthy hops, and lots of alcohol.

The taste is first of crisp dry citrus hops, notes of other fruits, and alcohol which becomes dominating as the beer goes on.

Full body, pretty smooth with low to moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, but I was a little disappointed. It notes that it is the holy grail for hop heads but I thought the hop presence was greatly lacking. Also, the beer becomes more and more out of balance as it goes on leaving basically just an alcohol taste toward the end.

BeerCon5, May 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

cfcairns, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

jnolan, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Profchaos20, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Drk93TT, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Snowrs, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

nookie0529, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ejw127, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

apocalypsezombie, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

jaay, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

cloondog, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

standardcherry, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DrFunkenstein, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

judex, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

juliusseizure, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Domeshot14, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

deapokid, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

howard12, May 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

fringefocus, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

nknauz, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

wesley14, May 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

graphicsguy, May 07, 2012
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,379 ratings.