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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
92
outstanding

6,633 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,633
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 1,023
Gots: 2,275 | FT: 134
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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Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

nollie77, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

blastoderm55, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

dspinler, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ChrisinRI, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of photomike
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A very highly anticipated beer for me--mostly due to novelty. Prior to cracking this beer, I think I actually FEARED it. 21%? Sweet Jesus. 9 month old bottle.

Pours beautifully; almost prototypically DIPA. Grapefruit juice hazy reddish orange with a surprisingly long lasting off-white head. An everlasting swirl of bubbles lasts on the surface and a thick ring of head sticks around forever. Some lacing, but not a ton; the only area where the appearance lacks.

Smell is really pleasant as well. Grapefruit and candied orange peel are backed with a HEAVY wallop of vapory alcohol that predictably gets more intense as the drink warms.

Taste is a party. Pine, grapefruit and tangerine citrus jive happily beneath a disco ball of carmelly malts until the local bad ass, the one the Sheriff calls "Boozy Heat," kicks down the door and clears the dancefloor. Thankfully, "Bordering-On-Cloying Sweetness" comes in and restores balance to the situation; everyone dances together in a state of tense, forced peace. Whoa, this review is getting off the rails. Lots of nice flavors here held in a delicate balance by huge honey-sweetness. As a man that hates an overly-sweet DIPA, I am amazed at how much I like this. The ultrahigh ABV keeps you from drinking this fast enough for the sweetness to be a real issue. Minimal bitterness for a beer with so many hops invested.

Full bodied and syrupy, this beer is oily and slick with a nice warming feel going down that is rarely experienced in beer. Lightly carbonated as it should be.

This is a sipper. There is no denying it. Take it slow, take it easy, enjoy every sip, and don't reach for a second. Somehow, the bottle went by too quickly.

My fear of this beer was misguided. I loved every sip. Would buy again.

That said, this is a hard one to rate. My rating came out a B+, but I enjoyed this much more than other beers I've rated higher. Tasty stuff.

photomike, Aug 18, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

salinasa, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mlefebvre7, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of DaveRinn
5/5  rDev +22%

Phenonminal - the only Dogfish head product that lives up to the crazy hype

DaveRinn, Nov 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39%

OleDixie, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked "bottled on 12/18/06 ". Surprisingly, because it is an DIPA, it leaves just a one finger tan head that quickly recedes to just a foam ring at the edge, and leaves not much lacing, either, hmmm. Body is a slightly hazy orange tinted amber.

Smell - medicinal alcohol, pine resin, hint of caramel.

Taste - a little more than the nose indicates. Medicinal alcohol, sugar, caramel, and toasty malt. More medicinal alcohol, and bitter pine resin on the finish, with lingereing aftertastes of sugar, pine resin, and of course, medicinal alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and very dry.

Drinkability - this is good, but it's definitely not sessionable owing to the very high abv.

ultralarry2006, Jun 04, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of tviz33
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter. I was lucky enough to find this at Lewis Bros. in Horseheads, NY. Fresh out of the fridge, I let this beer sit for about ten minutes before drinking. Bottled on 2/17/14.

A- The brew pours an opaque copper body with a little white frothy cap that hangs around for quite a while.

S- The aroma is so different than any beer I've ever smelled. I spent a good 5 minutes with my nose stuck in it. Yes, there is a bit of grapefruit and the typical DIPA stuff, but they take a back seat to a sort of sweet, woodsy aroma accompanied by just a little bit of alcohol presence. I can't hold back any longer, I just have to take a sip!

T- No amount of review reading can prepare you for the taste. Totally unique. My first sip was a big one, and I immediately noticed the alcohol. My next sip was a bit smaller and this time the hops really flexed their muscles. This isn't the "palate-wrecking" (for lack of a better term) type of hop character that a typical DIPA has. Here a powerful hop flavor of most pine sap mingles with a huge sweetness that tempts you to down the whole thing extremely quickly. The alcohol is there, but I notice less with each sip. The warming is quite nice.

M- Full-bodied to the max, especially as far as DIPAs are concerned. Light to medium carbonation. Thick and oily.

O- This beer should be a bucket list item for everyone. Not to be drank regularly, but enjoyed to celebrate an occasion or after a hard day's work. This thick mother F-er even sticks to your lips and you can taste the hops again after your sip! Just try it.

tviz33, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of nodder
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nodder, Nov 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

ALLISON01, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

h4ger, Nov 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22%

RyanGoodman, Nov 15, 2011
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Travcofarms, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

dannyfayy, Nov 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Jd2391, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Julian's in Proividence RI poured into an 8 oz wine glass

A - Beautiful hazy golden apricot in color with a white head.
S - Grapefruit, some caramel, toasted malts and a touch of alcohol
T - Sour/bitter up front then came the malt sweetness. Caramel. Some flavors reminiscent of a dessert wine.
M/F -Rich, creamy and thick.
D - A very nice sipper.

ThirstyBird, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 5/1/09.

A: Dark amber body with an impressively vigorous head which leaves some lacing.

S: Sugary sweetness and alcohol hit you like a ton of bricks. Hardly any trace of hops.

T: Total malt bomb. Caramelly sweetness with a faint trace of hops that show up mostly in the aftertaste. Astonishingly, alcohol is barely detectable. It comes across more like an English barleywine than any IPA. In fact, I'd say the beer I've had that matches its flavor profile the most is Thomas Hardy's Ale.

M: Syrupy, almost sludgy.

D: You know, I'd like to see how this would have turned out if DFH had followed the logical progression and made this 12% ABV. As it is, it's probably the biggest beer the average beer geek will have access to. But don't be afraid. As long as you treat it with respect, it's a gentle giant. It certainly carries its weight more gracefully then WWS. It may not be a very good IPA, but it's an excellent after-dinner beer.

BarrelO, Nov 04, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

agreenman19, Apr 01, 2012
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 6,633 ratings.