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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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7,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,138
Reviews: 2,128
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 1,193
Gots: 2,827 | FT: 175
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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%.
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Ratings: 7,138 | Reviews: 2,128
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Evarigan
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of twelvsies
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ok here we go, my first review. and what a beer to start with! heard lots of good things about this one so i thought i'd see if it lives up to all the hype. definately impressed. pours very smooth, appears a dark amber color. smells very strong and hoppy (duh). loving the taste... i can definately pick up on the high ABV (20%), but in a very good way, not bitter. it feels warm going down in the throat all the way down to the beer belly. excellent. tastes as smooth as it looks, almost sweet tasting/feeling in the mouth, don't notice a lot of carbonation. drinkabilty... well, if it weren't $8.99 a bottle i'd drink it all the time, as it packs quite a punch, but it's a bit intense for an everyday beer. a great treat every once in a while (or more). definately pumped about this beer, everyone should treat themsleves to this one. cheers.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pours a nice orange/amber color with about a half inch of white head. I'm surprised this has head at 21%.

S- Honestly, it smells kind of like vinegar. Lots of alcohol, but lots of buttery, citrusy hops.

T- Alcohol! Very acidic. Some hops present. Sugar and honey come through when you can get by the initial alcohol bite. Definitely the most unique beer I've ever had. I'm not sure I like it though.

M- Medium bodied. Goes down smooth. Velvety. Carbonated.

D- Tough drink. I don't think I'm ready for this.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of straightlambic
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JamesMN
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled back in March.

Appearance: Semi-transparent deep honey color with some off-white suds.

Aroma: Drunken oranges and caramel. Bit of alcohol. Quite sweet.

Taste: Starts with sweet caramel malt and orangey hops. Back end is moderate hop bitterness and some heat from the 18% ABV. Finish is smooth and hot with an aftertaste of ebbing alcohol and orange/caramel with hop bitterness. More barleywine than DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Easily full in body with subtle carbonation and average drinkability for a beer of this magnitude.

Final Thoughts: After years of searching for the legendary 120 Minute IPA, I've finally gotten to try it. Since this is a beer that I never had incredibly high expectations for I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though I will say it is much more akin to the barleywine style. Not outstanding but very good. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of mattboyer182
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clearish orange color with a thin white head.

S - honestly it doesn't have a great smell. I mean it's a lot of hops but not complex.

T - taste is great. Very very hoppy and fades to a sweet balance of malt. Very harvesty tasting.

M - heavy bodied and medium carbonation.

O - very good tasting. Very powerful. Glad I got it on tap

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not even sure how to begin this review... or how to properly score based on the usual criteria. This just isn't your everyday brew. I try to score based on other brews in the same category, but this one just doesn't quite fit. It falls somewhere between an insane DIPA, a Barleywine, and grain ethanol... not necessarily in a bad way.

a. pours a beautifully rich bright marigold verging on pumpkin, with a billowy, thick golden head that isn't going anywhere. It seems to be sculpted out of syrup. The lacing is some of the thickest and most mollasseslike I've seen.

s. Alcohol. Definite hops, with an almost artificially surreal grapefruitiness on the nose. It mixes up front with an intense and nearly intoxicating alcohol bite. Some floral hops peek through, as does the brown sugar and maple notes. bread and malt notes are all but drowned out by the alcohol and the overwhelming hop aromas.

t. Wow. It tastes like I'd expect a 21% DIPA to taste like. Overly sweet and sugary at first, and then the tongue is bombarded by a one-two punch of intense grapefruit and pine hops, and then the intense alcoholic maltiness.

m. Thick and syrupy, it leaves a lingering bitter alcohol oil on the roof of my mouth and back of my throat. Even the strong carbonation couldn't absolve the intense hoppiness clinging to my throat nearing the brink of alcohol burn. Definitely an interesting experience.

d. This is definitely a big brew, and it's pretty much in its own field. Definitely for sipping, this one was almost too over the top - and I love over the top brews. You have to try it if you have any interest at all... but whether or not you need another one in your life is up to you. Definitely an experience.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of perrymarcus
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: 02/09/09

pours a slightly hazy bright orange/amber tone with with a short-lived, thin beige-colored head.

nose is malt-heavy with a few muted, secondary hoppy notes. hands down a sweet smelling beer. (expected as much given the malt bill on this beer for starters, then aged 2 yrs.)

taste largely follows the nose. veeeerry sweet, almost cloyingly so. to me this is more closely related to an english barleywine than a DIPA, and not an especially good one. not sure i'm going to be able to get through the bottle.

mouthfeel is good, rich and full bodied with slightly below medium carbonation.

overall this is not one of my favorites from DFH. at least aged. i've had it fresh(er) in the past, and recall enjoying it... this is average at best.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 7,138 ratings.