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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

5,696 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,696
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 816
Gots: 1,782 | FT: 112
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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huddyball

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-05-2014 21:56:34 | More by huddyball
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LostHighway

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-28-2011 13:25:48 | More by LostHighway
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ibbjamin

California

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Paid $7.99 for a loose 12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a snifter.

Leaves a fizzy quarter inch white head. Opaque with cloudiness, this has a autumn orange hue to it. Great lacing.

Smells very potent. A fairly strong nose of well hidden alcohol for a 21% ABV. Some orange grapefruit hoppiness mixed into the naughtiness of this one.

Taste is a bit too much for a beer in my opinion. Alcohol comes through more, but is still pretty well mixed in with the grapefruit hoppiness. If I didn't know better, I'd say this was a mixed drink with grapefruit juice.

The mouth is somewhat carbonated. Rather bitter/sour after a while. Medium to full body.

As I drink more of this, I like it less. It is still crazy to me that this is the equivalent to 5 cans of Coors Light in ABV.

Hats off for making a DIPA that is moderately drinkable and 21% ABV. Will I be buying again? Probably not, but I am surely glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 02:47:43 | More by ibbjamin
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alkemy

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper/amber color with no head. This thing is all sweet in the nose. Burnt sugar, molasses, and caramel. The hops are there but really covered by the sweet malts and the alcohol. Tastes about the same...uber sweet. It's just way to sweet for me. I know that's a product of the high ABV, but I'd like to see more hop presence. I've been sitting on this for a while, but a bit of a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 18:12:26 | More by alkemy
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jamescain

Texas

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

Poured into a sniffer, 2008 vintage.

Appearance: Poured clear copper with small flakes, topped with an off white head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Booze and more booze, with sweet caramel malt, and still resiny hops.

Taste: Surprisingly not as boozy as the aroma would lead on, however, it's really sweet. Caramel, toffee, and bread with a piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and syrupy with a hot cloyingly sweet finish.

Overall: An experience for sure, but not something I could ever finish by myself. Even with 4 of us, we couldn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 16:23:00 | More by jamescain
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-04-2013 17:51:55 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-16-2013 13:54:28 | More by PaulyB83
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zbodnar1

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-30-2013 21:28:01 | More by zbodnar1
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Redwood21

Virginia

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

A: A nice tight head to start with, a little ring survives but at 21% i was suprised by what i got there is a nice amber almost peach applecider look to it. very nice to look at.

S: there is definatly some hops and estery aromas. Its suprising the alcohol is not more prevalent. there is also some ripened fruits raisons?

T: wow, suprised. I had one friend who likes this beer, one who hates it. one who feels its like liqour another who thinks wine/beer. I feel a hoppy barley wine comes to mind. there is a decent amount of hops, there is some ripened fruits, grapes raisons(same thing) plums? there is a dry
bitter taste

M: suprisingle medium bodied. this is by no means a heavy beer. its almost wine like and very easy to consume and enjoy. i was almost "scared" to try it simply due to the novelty of 21% made me think this has o be too over the top....it wasnt, it was very good, and id have it again some time

**note, i finished this beer in about 45 mins, and feel fine. more a point that (in my opinion) you can enjoy without worry of getting hammered

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 00:56:49 | More by Redwood21
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KGarrett

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 01:19:14 | More by KGarrett
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a 12 ounce bottle from 2008, not sure if it was the 21% or 18%.
A: Dark and cloudy reddish brown. Slight tan head, with some decent lacing.

S: Citrus and caramel, syrupy smell. Boozy too, for sure.

T: Talk about complex. Up front is a big sweet caramel like hit mixed with grapefruit. Finishing off with a very boozy, almost bourbon-like hoppy taste.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy, can only mask that much alcohol so well.

D: You probably shouldn't drink more than one of these. Not only for the high ABV, but ranging $9-10, you are getting your money's worth.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 15:25:39 | More by mostpoetsdo
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teddyarrowhead

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-16-2012 04:39:22 | More by teddyarrowhead
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sliks96

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

06-08-2013 01:59:45 | More by sliks96
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled in 2012.

A - Poures an apple juice amber color with a bubbly head that dies almost immediately. Leaves a halo of white carbonation around the edge. Some cloudy wisps of sediment settle towards the bottom.

S - Very dank hops, molasses, a touch of rubbing alcohol, and some fruitiness (apple, date).

T - Menacingly sweet up front. Tastes a bit like maple syrup or sweet tea. I get some hops on the back end, but they don't stand up against the massive malty sweetness. Among the other flavors I can pick out are golden raisins, burnt sugar, caramel, and mandarin orange. Despite the obnoxiously high ABV, I don't get much alcohol in the flavor, just a little bit of heat in the back of the throat.

M - Sticky with a very mild carbonation. Pretty thick, but enjoyable and smooth, like a fine liquor.

O - I find it hard to give this beer a rating because it is so very different from any other IPA out there. I shy away from really sweet beers (English BW, Quads, etc.) but I thought this wasn't too bad. I had it fresh in hopes that some of the hops would cut the sweetness, but I think the freshness mostly just kept the alcohol heat. I have a few in the cellar from the last couple of years, so I look forward to trying it aged for a few years to compare. It's definitely a sipper, but pretty good and unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 01:39:47 | More by NoLeafClover44
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baconman91

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-18-2012 20:40:46 | More by baconman91
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

10-26-2013 00:00:20 | More by TripelMark
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jpd026

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

08-02-2013 00:38:40 | More by jpd026
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roodie

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14%

08-06-2013 20:40:58 | More by roodie
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KMcG

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-23-2011 01:28:57 | More by KMcG
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Davit

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-05-2012 00:26:23 | More by Davit
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A. Nice thick 2 finger head with lots of lacing that just sticks to the sides of the glass all the way down , nice amber color

S. A little off flavor on the smell , I think its the cross between the IIPA and the Barleywine type of brew this is

T. Wow , this should be called a Barleywine , I want this aged in a Bourbon Barrel

M. Nice thick mouth on this brew , perfect for the style

O. I had two bottles , one to drink , putting some age on one , this should be called a barleywine , it is great

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:08:07 | More by ubenumber2
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Michigan

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-19-2013 04:52:34 | More by Michigan
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Greasy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-13-2013 18:21:52 | More by Greasy
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Jon

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA? No. Super barleywine? Sure. This beer receives much attention, and rightfully so. This brew pours a golden color with a quickly-fading bubbly white head. Leaves no lace in the glass. Smell is not too far from an IPA with some aroma hops present, although the main draw here is an almost overpowering sweetness. Taste is huge, with a monstrously huge sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel and residual sugar. Hops are hard to pinpoint in the flavor department, but they're certianly around. Finish is oily to be sure, with an alcoholic burn as it goes down. Similar to Dogfish's World Wide Stout, this extreme beer is very drinkable for its overly substantial alcohol content (21% abv), although it's not on my list for continual drinking. If you can locate a bottle and have some funds to part with, I would suggest giving this special brew a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 17:41:38 | More by Jon
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slvrmon82

Delaware

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best tasting beer I have ever had. It is absolutely the hoppiest beer I have ever had. It walks in at a delicious and deadly 18%+. 36 proof beer. I now see why it costs $10 a bottle. It has to be one of the best large extreme beers there are. Every time I can find 120 I will be grabbing some for the vintage closet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2007 01:15:50 | More by slvrmon82
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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