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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

6,242 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,242
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 946
Gots: 2,055 | FT: 127
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Guzzle_McBrew, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

UncleAddie, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

blue-dream, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2003. 12 oz.

You can't make an Imperial IPA and just ignore hops. And, if you focus on hops, it can't just be all about the surprising citric and floral flavors you can extract from them; you've got to get bitter. And, by anyone's standards, 120 IBUS -- a practically impossible measure of bitterness to reach on a homebrew level -- is an atomic lupulin bomb. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, at 120 IBUs and 20% alcohol by volume, drinks like a session IPA and does everything a beer can.

The overwhelming sweetness in this oh so young beer balances out the high alcohol and intimidating bitterness (take, for example, Stone Ruination which, at the same IBUs, I twice poured down the drain). Yes, it is much like a barleywine or old ale with so much malty sweetness and notes of vin santo and sauternes, but the unctous extract serves only to make this beer palateable and nothing else. The nose is of raw, grassy hops tinged with alcohol and the finish is as leafy as any IPA. Without so much sweetness, we may likely be struggling to even swallow this beer.

Nectarous with so much residual sugar yet flavored predominantly by the hops, I think of this as I think of a good lemonade -- it has to be sweet to be drinkable, but real lemonade still tastes as fresh as the oils from the rind. Sure, I could do with a bit less sugar, but it gives it structure which is something a 20% alcohol beer needs to avoid tasting distillate. I've had several beers with half the alcohol that haven't done even half the job of masking their volatility.

As I have said before, this "Minute" hopping has done well to blur the lines between bitterness and flavor when it comes to hops. And though some might rightfully prefer the taxing bitterness of brews like Ruination, Dogfish Head shows off what American IPAs have always been great at showing off and that is the glory of the hop in all its forms.

A focus on bitterness simplifies the bud by blowing off all its flavor, while aggressive dry-hopping without much bitterness rarely makes more than a perfumey hop tea. In this beer, however, nothing is compromised.

Indeed, 120 Minute IPA is everything a single brewer can possibly achieve. Yet I suspect this is only the beginning for Dogfish Head. It is to us what Thomas Hardy Ale was to the Brits (and now is once again). The joy of malt. The joy of hops. The joy of one man and his glass.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of oakbluff
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 edition I've been holding onto this one for awhile- somewhat scared to drink it. Finally, after an exceptionally long work week I said to hell with it. Down the hatch

Pours out quite clear with a golden hue. Not much head to speak of- lacing was decent but thats about it. The nose is sweet with minor hops in the background. Taste is in a nut shell- lapping up lquid malt extract. Holy shit that's sweet! Boozy, huge caramel malts with some breadiness with a hint o' hops in the background trying to sneak through. Given that this is four years old, I think I would prefer a fresher version that has more hop presence. The sweet malts are just too much in the aged bottle. There is some bitterness on the tail end which helps the finish of this beer immensely. The hops that are there lend more of a resiny quality than anything else, but given the age I was expecting a hop aroma bomb. I am very happy I had a chance to try this monster and if given the chance would love to try a fresh bottle.

oakbluff, Apr 01, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. The "Holy Grail" for hopheads. This 20% "imperial" IPA certainly pushes even the most avid beer lover's perception of beer. It falls right in line with the rest of the Dogfish Head beers adorned with the CAUTION Dogfish Head exclamation point, daring the drinker to crack it open. On this occasion, I have had the privilege to open my 2006 vintage alongside my friend's 2003. It pours into my Dogfish Head Raison D'etre oversized wine goblet with pale golden amber body. At 20% ABV, one would expect no head at all but the head surprisingly erupts from the 2006 version whereas the 2003's head barley creates a film. The head of the 2006 leaves a nice film over the beer the whole way down leaving lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is almost nothing but malty sweetness, however this is also surrounded by notes of alcohol and citrusy hops. The taste is up front with the sweetness, followed by the alcohol, and finished with the bitterness and flavor from the hops, but the sweetness dominates over all. The 2003 is certainly sweeter. The beer exhibits more than a full body with an extreme amount of dryness on the finish and surprising lively amount of carbonation. In the end, the Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA is a very interesting beer. The warming sensations it brings can make it one of the most enjoyable beers on a cold winters night. However, its not an every night or even every week beer for that matter. If you are looking for that truly extreme beer though, this is the one you are looking for.

MSchae1017, Feb 18, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

SlightlyGrey, Sep 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

jpd026, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

sfr26, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mlefebvre7, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nice solid amber color with a finger of off white head. Head quickly recedes into a thin layer of bubbles which honestly is impressive with such a high abv beer.

S- lots of sweet caramel, toffee, and candied sugar aromas hit the nose at first. Pine and leafy herbal hop aromas barely push through the sweetness. Huge solvent alcohol on the finish with some phenolic qualities.

T- big malty sweetness at initially with a candied sugar and toffee note. Spicy herbal hop with a note of bitter tea leaf in the middle. Huge alcohol presence on the finishs with a phenolic solvent character that tends to overpower the other flavors leaving an almost cloying boozey sweetness. Very warming.

MF- thick syrupy mouthfeel with average carbonation and full body.

D- very hot and overly sweet low drinkability.

Viciousknishs, Jul 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

soze47, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of GallowsThief
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.

GallowsThief, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

fsck, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Rudgers73
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into 2 short glasses to be split with my girlfriend. It pours a deep amber color with a slight haze (maybe because it was in the fridge for a while). There is really no head and the carbonation is so little that you have to wait for a bubble to rise every couple of seconds. The smell is rich with an appely-grapey tang to it. You can smell the sweetness synonymous with an American Double IPA and strangely, no alcohol smell is present. The taste is rich, woody, sweet, creamy, and bitter towards the end. It is very fruity and rich. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and a little buttery before the bitterness hits. I thought it was going to be hard to drink this one, but it is as smooth as silk. Wow, this is good craftsmanship.

Rudgers73, Feb 02, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy, shit, I can barely read my tasting notes. We sampled this while we bottled my first-ever batch of homebrew. I saved it for last, knowing it would kill the palate, but even sharing it w/2 others left me on my ass.
A-Poured a thick copper w/slight haze and decent head that did not last.
S-Cascade hops, sweet citrus, and apricot.
T-Very sweet upfront, and the hit comes after about a second-hops and more hops, and typical hop characters like pine and citrus. It's actually quite good despite the texture. I was going to rate the taste lower, but the taste is fine...it's the mouthfeel that detracts rather than the flavor.
M-Thick and syrupy, like I'm drinking a schnapps.
D-An interesting experience. A great session brew for any raging alcoholic hophead with a sweet-tooth. Although I enjoyed sampling this one, it's a novelty item. I highly recommend trying it, but with friends, since you really don't want anymore once you're halfway down, and it's not cheap.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 16, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Iowacraft, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Barnsley, Jul 28, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Light amber, one finger head.

S- Lots of citrusy hop aroma with an unusual underlying sweetness.

T- Wow, impressive to say the least. The instant this beer hits your lips it could be mistaken for any other DIPA, this is where the similarites stop. The assertive up front bitterness is amazingly balanced out by not only a solidly sweet malt profile but also a strong warming alcohol note. The alcohol note then dominates the finish.

M- Syrupy, yet still has good carbonation.

D- If you think this is "drinkable" then your balls are bigger than mine.

In my opinion this beer defines extreme beer. Simply a must try for any beer geek, especially hop heads. To be honest I didn't really "like" this beer but damn do I respect it.

Pauly2X, Aug 23, 2008
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3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow, it's like an IPA liqueur.
Pours nice, a little lacing. Clear amber with some cream colored head. Lots of hops on the nose along with some alcohol. Taste is the same, big alcohol burn on the finish. Thick and oily mouthfeel, a bit much with the high abv. A novelty beer but fun to collect. Have a couple from a few years back. Will have to re-review when I have one that has sat for a bit.

Kevlee722, Jul 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

KlayWey, Jan 04, 2013
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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