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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,398
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 987
Gots: 2,126 | FT: 128
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 charlzm
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed March 6th, 2012 on draft at Hopjacks, Pensacola, Florida. Reviewed from notes.

Beer is a clear dark honey hue with virtually no head. Small amount of sheeting on sides of glass.

Aroma is very floral and alcoholic with honey and cinnamon notes. Formidable!

Flavor has a strong alcohol component. Surprisingly, not disagreeable. Very sweet. Cinnamon and honey with low/no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, but less so than anticipated. No carbonation at all.

Hard to rate to style as this is a category-defying brew. It is what it is and works on its own terms. SO much better than the bottle I had several years ago.

charlzm, May 19, 2012
Photo of EnjoiThePureTrip
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

EnjoiThePureTrip, May 19, 2012
Photo of ksiazewski
5/5  rDev +22.2%

ksiazewski, May 19, 2012
Photo of erha2
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

erha2, May 19, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev +10%

DrGonzoDDS, May 19, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Bottle date 2012 but according to the vendor he says January 2012 because the bottles came in this February.

Appearance: A orange to amber color, slight bubbles through the body, head was thick on a vigorous pour rising to roughly 4/5". Head settled to maybe a quarter after letting it sit for about a minute.

Smell: Caramel slight butterscotch smell, with hints of hops. It is very light compared to other DFH IPA's.

Taste: Jesus this beer is strong, I mean the alcohol overpowers the Tate of almost everything else. You feel the caramel, which is slightly sweet coming off like scotch. Vaguely bitter and extremely complex.

Mouth: Comes off a but thin, not flat but a lighter medium body. Overwhelming and sticking after taste that says in your mouth.

Overall: This is good beer but not for everyone, you want to talk about an acquired taste this is it. I love IPA's but this one is a little tough to put at the top of the food chain. Granted it is a blessing to have because rarely you can get a buzz like this out of one glass. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, May 18, 2012
Photo of SickNukes
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

SickNukes, May 18, 2012
Photo of raydavis40
4.5/5  rDev +10%

raydavis40, May 18, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #166
Served On: 05/18/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 2011

I scored this beer in a 4-pack when touring the DFH brewery in Milton, DE last summer. It’s been laid down in my beer cellar since last July.

Look: The dark golden honey colored brew formed a surprising 2-finger head of a French-vanilla ice cream constancy. It ad a semi-clear transparency with an even uprising of carbonation bubbles. Head regenerated easily when swirling the glass.

Smell: Super sweet syrupy notes of honey and herbal hops. Some model glue maybe? I also detected a hope profile similar to the 90 Minute IPA. There was some booze, but it wasn't as bad as expected.

Taste: First was a heavy sweetness with a slight hop bitterness setting in to offer some balance. The middle had the sweetness returning with an alcohol warmth that seemed to bring up the finish along with a roasted quality. The aftertaste was an interesting fruitiness of mango and pear.

Overall this is an impressive brew given the ABV of ~ 18%. I honestly was expecting more of a one-track booziness. Instead there was some actual balance. I suspect cellaring for almost a year definitely helped to mellow out the alcohol.

CraftBeerTastic, May 18, 2012
Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +10%

baybum, May 18, 2012
Photo of Broklee
1/5  rDev -75.6%

Broklee, May 18, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma full of tropical and pine hops with lots of grapefruit, orange, citrus, and grassy aromas. There is also some sweet caramel malts, residual sugar, and booze.

T - Starts off with lots of tropical hop flavors with grapefruit, mango, orange, and some bitterness, alongside some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, lots of piney and grassy hops come through with strong bitterness with some sweet residual sugar and some booze. The finish is full of tropical and grassy hops, some floral hops, some good bitterness, sweet malts, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and resiny with a warming, bitter, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Huge hop flavor and strong booze, but the body is able to hold it all and the overall beer feels well put together.

ngeunit1, May 18, 2012
Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

herman77, May 17, 2012
Photo of itsthinking
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

itsthinking, May 16, 2012
Photo of Spider889
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Did a side by side comparison between an '06 bottling and a '11 bottling. Poured into two equal mini snifters in late February 2012.

12/18/06 D

At slightly over 5 years old this definitely promised to be an interesting beer.

Dark - much more so than the fresh bottle. Looked cloudy and unfiltered, the color was a fairly muddled and brackish burnt umber. Very little head off the pour.

Smells very sweet and slightly oxidized, of course. Raisin, toffee, and caramel are predominant.

The flavor is initially blocked out by the huge booziness. I found this one less smooth than the fresh bottle - however that works. Black raisin is an enormous part of the flavor profile. Fig and caramel apple amp up the perception of the already amped up sweetness. I found this to be both cloying and destructively boozy. Three people could not finish the two bottles we had opened.

Overall an interesting experiment, but one I will not bother with again on this beer.


Had great clarity with a nice head that actually had a small amount of retention to it. Fairly vigorous carbonation. Nice brilliant ripened peach skin color to the beer.

The aroma is sweet, and the hops are not super prominent. I really wanted to try this super fresh, but at 5ish months old I doubt the beer has lost much character. There is a touch of stone fruit, namely apricot, in the aroma as well.

Tastes very sweet, which wasn't all that surprising. There is a nice bitterness that is easily recognizable which I appreciated. Citrus flavors, some orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was tangy and very warming. Overall I prefer this beer fresh.

Spider889, May 16, 2012
Photo of kmoore149
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

kmoore149, May 16, 2012
Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev -2.2%

saxclar123, May 16, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
Photo of NanomiaCara
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

NanomiaCara, May 15, 2012
Photo of Actionbastard
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Actionbastard, May 15, 2012
Photo of Doobiendo
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
Photo of Dontcounttoday
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
Photo of cfcairns
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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

jnolan, May 14, 2012
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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