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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

5,692 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,692
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 816
Gots: 1,779 | FT: 112
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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Padron4KM

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. 12 oz bottle.
Pours cloudy orange with a nice two finger, slow to disapate, creamy tan head.

Aroma is ruby red grapefruit crushed with lots of pure cane sugar. It literaly smells like you took a 5 lb bag of grapefruit, placed it on a 20 lb bag of sugar and stomped the hell out of it. One whif and you can tell this beer is well rounded.

Flavor starts out a bit sweet, almost sugary, but is tempered by the caramel, and the well defined grapefruity hops.

Slick, begining mouthfeel almost detects high abv, but by the way it goes down you would never know. more please

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 09:03:45 | More by Padron4KM
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

08-28-2013 17:34:23 | More by ryser2k
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a wine glass.

A: Caramel in color and as expected based on the abv, very little head.

S: Floral hops out the wazoo, caramel and alcohol.

T: Sweet caramel, sweet floral hops, dark fruit - possibly apple, rasins and apricot with a bitter dry hop alcohol finish.

M: Thick and nearly syrup-like, little to no carbonation.

D: This is definitely a sipper, to be enjoyed as you would enjoy a brandy or similar wine-type drink. Similar to a good Port or cognac.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:53:23 | More by ujsplace
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Dogfish Glass

A: A nice golden brown in color, with slight head at the top and barely any lacing around the glass.

S: Slight hints of grapefruit and a sour beer, the alcohol is present in the nose as well.

T:First taste is booze warms you right to the bone, more malts than hops very odd for a DIPA, good balance though.

M: Mid-high carbonation, medium bodied.

O: Not quite what I was expecting, I was thinking this was gonna be off the charts but it was just simple. Lots of booze, one was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 16:22:55 | More by thedoubler55
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soze47

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-16-2013 14:25:29 | More by soze47
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GallowsThief

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Slightly hazy amber pour with one finger of stark white head. Spotty lacing.

S – Nice floral smell with an aggressive citrus note. Grapefruit and lemon. Big on the malts as well. Huge bittering hop smell.

T - Surprisingly sweet first taste. Apricot. Hop taste comes next with citrus showing through as well as a pine. Really taste the grapefruit. Certainly has bitter flavors but not overpowering at all. The whole mix of sweetness with bittering hops and huge ABV make a wild ride. Finishes peppery and warm of course.

M – Medium bodied. Has a very creamy feel almost sticky. Solid carbonation. Tingly finish on the palate.

O – Crazy tasty brew here. Definitely a sipper. This one will knock you on your ass. Great all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:33:21 | More by GallowsThief
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SteeleWright

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-28-2012 16:20:35 | More by SteeleWright
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BRD14

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-03-2013 01:50:42 | More by BRD14
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mcphish22

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-03-2012 03:56:10 | More by mcphish22
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split between 3 of my buddies. Bottled on Feb 6, 2009.

A - Pours a murky hazy orange to dark yellow. Very little head that was white, dissipated very quickly.

S - Sugary caramel, lemons, oranges, earth.

T- Wow, very interesting. It is like a huge fight is going on between the hops and the sweet malts. Lots of caramel, toffee, butterscotch followed closely with the fruits (oranges, tangerine, lemon, even some apple).

M - Considering it is 18%, surprisingly not too hot. It is quite sweet and tacky, feels like it coats your throat.

O - I actually enjoyed this one. It has syrupy feel to it and the sweetness didn't completely overpower some of the more subtle fruit and hop flavours. I'd have it again, but would be splitting it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 17:41:40 | More by OakedCanuck
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-22-2011 03:38:03 | More by jsnoek
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mzeld

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-03-2012 04:21:17 | More by mzeld
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been sitting on this 12oz., vintage 2004 bottle for over a year now. Could have let it sit longer, but... what the hey!

Served in a snifter at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a slightly hazed bright orange-caramel color. An off-white head rises to about 1/2 inch at best (with a vigorous pour) and quickly dissapates as expected. Remaining bubbles are soapy and big, sticking together in a big clump. Lacing is sporadic, but noticeable.

S - Juicy sweet, nectar dripping fruitiness. Pineapples, peaches, apricots and pears. Kiwi fruits even. In lesser amounts, there is also a tinge of pine. Orange blossom honey.

T - Big big sweetness up front, but ambiguously sugary and without much discernible malt presence. In the middle, the alcohol makes a big isopropyl-style entrance. At the back of the throat, the fragrant west-coast hops become very prevalent, although not as punchy as the smell would have you believe it should be. As you swallow, you notice that your mouth becomes sucked dry of any lingering moisture and the alcohol leaves a slight burning in the back of the throat. Big, warm afterglow.

M - Very thick and syrupy with a hint of carbonation. The swallow is slick, but the alcohol keeps it from being smooth.

D - The main thing I kept thinking as I was writing this review is that the alcohol is unnecessarily strong. I feel that it knocks everything else out of balance. Good thing I was sharing the bottle with my sister, because I would not have been able to finish the bottle myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 02:21:28 | More by EPseja
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-20-2012 20:33:42 | More by kspongeworthy
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Nordbier

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-27-2014 20:32:05 | More by Nordbier
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lstokes

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not something I would want to drink everyday, but an exceptional once-in-a-while special-occasion kind of beer.

It smells amazing--a sharp alcohol bite (it's a 21 ABV, for crying out loud) but surrounded with sweet citrus and pine and caramel and hops. I smelled it for five minutes before I got down to drinking. Best-smelling 21 ABV I can imagine, in short.

So many hops. A solid mouthfeel, maybe a bit too syrupy. Somebody lower down said a "hoppy barleywine" and I think that's just right, since it was much sweeter than I expected, and I had to sip it more than I'd ever have to sip an IPA.

There is an alcohol burn at the end, but I've never liked an alcohol burn so much before... I just wanted to keep sipping.

An entirely different beast from the 60 and 90 minute IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 15:02:03 | More by lstokes
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is hands down the most intense beer I have ever experienced in my life. Wow!

Poured into snifter, a deep amber color, clear, with thick light tan head. Great retention and lacing. A very good looking beer. Smell is intense of piney hops, citrus, sweetness, and alcohol. It almost smells like some sort of sweet, hard candy. Taste is similar. Strong, sweet, intense malt. Some caramel, candi sugar, and just general sweetness. A little bit of pineapple and/or general citric hops as it hits the back of the palate. Alcohol and a very warming/burning sensation as it goes down. Thick and creamy mouthfeel that I really enjoyed, somewhat velvety. Overall a drinkable beer in the sense that it is possible to drink this and enjoy it. Not drinkable in the sense of, "lets get a 6'er and slam it." This beer is intense and I think if you can drink this in less than 2 hours then you need to drink less.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 03:02:28 | More by bunnyhustle
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Dirty25

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

02-05-2013 00:29:13 | More by Dirty25
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-22-2012 08:09:27 | More by Pinche_Oso
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-19-2012 06:47:19 | More by foxyaardvark27
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-13-2014 02:22:48 | More by capnamerica
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dlello2

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**Note: Ha, ok this was my first taste of 120. It was the last drink of the night. My notes are a bit rambling so I'll be trying this one again and editing soon.

A - Lighter than I'd have though. Thick but inviting. nice head. Little carbonation. Alcohol lacing grips the glass forever.

S - Citrus and hops. Lemon + malts. Nice, not crazy.

T - Very complex. A lot going on here. Syrupy and hops and wood, malts all mask the ridiculous amount of alcohol. Yum. Makes me want to keep drinking (sipping) it. Wow is really well balanced and super warming. Really nice mouthfeel. Makes you smile and nod with each sip. Thick thick, tongue coating, and sticky.

O - Hmm. This is like drinking whiskey/bourbon in complexity: Take it slow and savor ever sip.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 17:58:19 | More by dlello2
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-29-2013 15:55:13 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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shroompod

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006

Pours a cloudy orange , small head.

I actually smell this beer about 2 feet away when opening. Very citrusy and piney , a small amount of orange juice sweetness is present.

Hops and more hops on the palette. Bitter grapefruit comes to mind. Alcohol is well hidden, considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium, cut down by high ABV and bitterness.

A very nice extreme beer, I may be afraid to try fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 02:37:48 | More by shroompod
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atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy very light amber color with a small head that fades rather quickly
S-citrus, peach, pine
T-Not nearly as much hops as I would have expected. Very sweet malt and honey flavor with peach flavor in the finish
M-medium-full bodied, light carbonation
O-Not bad but not sure it lives up to the hype. Was expecting alot more hops but I think the high alcohol content stomps some of the other flavor. Will definitely buy a bottle to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:42:02 | More by atr2605
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 5,692 ratings.