120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.6/5 rDev +12.5%
Medium honey colored with a light to no head. Huge lemon oil honey vanilla nose; nice thick mouth feel with gigantic honey/lemon/ripe apricot, candied/seared lemon flavors that are sweet, malty and very impressive, complex and appealing. A huge beer that gives the unexpected and may well be great with almost any dessert. Extreme nose, taste, flavor and complexities but clearly a beer of quality and one well made. A wonderful experience and perhaps a "one of a kind" beer.
Highly recommended and clearly worth the experience.
Re-tasted: 18% abv. This is 1 of 21 DFH beers tasted 6/13/09 in Los Angeles. Simply put, this is liquid lemon mirangue pie! This beer is huge and extreme in every respect. You either love it or hate. Huge lemon/lemon mousse nose. Medium/light carbonation. Big, full rich mouthfeel of creamy lemon and malt with orange and spice characteristics. Big sweet rich lemon and malt flavors and a thick almost lemon syrup finish. A beer for extreme flavors in foods, amost any dessert or just to sip. A treat! Drink or age.
05-12-2009 07:12:46 | More by GRG1313
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
So I've had the opportunity to have this as a fresh release back in 2009 and as of last night I got to try an aged bottle from 2009. What a difference two years makes on this beer!
The first time I had this I bought a 4 pack directly from Dogfish Head in Milton after a brewery tour. I had drank 3 of the 4 over the course of time but only left one for aging. The fresh ones were very lively and bright colored orange. They had a nice head at first that settled into a thing covering over top. The smell was extremely hoppy and had a monster amount of booze on the nose too. The taste reminded me of a very strong fuzzy navel. It had from very fresh citrusy peach flavors going on in there and one hell of an alcohol burn in the throat. The mouthfeel was semi-thick but not really heavy. Overall it's a really impressive powerhouse of a beer.
The aging process transforms this IPA into something that I saw as more along the lines of a barley wine. The color had now become a darker shade of brown with a tan head that faded off just like the fresh batch. The smell was more earthy now but still had notes of the citrus that it once had. The taste has mellowed a bit. The massive citrus boost it had has now changed into something a bit more heavy and complex. The beer has because something like a hoppy barley wine to me.
I suppose that both versions are good but I prefer the fresh batch I think. Hopefully the people at DfH will be able to release this again one day so we can all enjoy or more this brew.
05-10-2011 18:14:36 | More by Knapp85
4.05/5 rDev -1%
My first crack at this bad boy its been a long time comin,pours a clear golden with some deep orange tint with a thin white head.Citrus infused vodka is the aroma I get mainly with this puppy with a light nuttiness barely peeking thru but this beer shows its alcohol and hops in the nose for sure.This bottle was was bottled this year so its relatively young and very powerful,pretty syrupy tongue-coating mouthfeel.Very interesting complexities going on pretty darn sweet for an IPA very alcoholic the hops are asexpected intense but everything about this ale is intense.now at $8.95 for a 12 ounce thats pretty high but this is quite the experience,one other thing I notice as this warms a little not only does the alcohol show thru more but a tropical fruit flavor lingers as well pineapple mainly man this complex.
07-03-2005 18:42:22 | More by oberon
3.23/5 rDev -21%
Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.
The first of a couple surprise bottles cracked at the latest Bliss tasting. It pours a slightly murky orange-straw-amber topped by a finger of bright cream foam. The nose comprises heavy pine resin, mentholated honeydew, rich caramel, and a hardy backbone of alcohol. The taste brings in much of the same, with everything taken to the nth degree. Honestly, it's all a bit much when put together like this. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy, syrupy feel. Overall, what could have been a decent DIPA is hindered by what I can only call too much girth and presence. There's just too much of everything here for anything good to come of it.
10-11-2011 03:03:38 | More by TMoney2591
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Poured out an orange/bronze color with a small, light, fluffy, white head. Some residue-like lacing.
S - It smelled of sweet maltiness - very strong. Also, a nice grassy, hoppy aroma.
T - This had a very hot alcohol taste/feel (almost like menthol). It was very, very malty with a very bitter hop kick.
M - It was soft and smooth with a very hot alcohol presence. It was medium to heavy-bodied.
D - This is an amazing beer. With its high ABV it was actually quite drinkable with great malt and hop flavors.
09-03-2008 02:51:22 | More by zeff80
3.25/5 rDev -20.5%
Appearance: Burnt orange with extreme hop haze. The head never really reaches more than a ring, but this stuff IS 18% ABV, so it's not entirely unexpected.
Smell: Plenty of noticeable alcohol from the start along with sharp resiny pine. Notes of ripe fruit are lingering underneath, bringing to mind oranges and apricots.
Taste: Caramel and overripe fruit. This stuff is intensely sweet. Undertones of Mandarin orange, apricot and mango. The hops don't stand a chance against the malt; pine and lemon rind-like bitterness are present but never quite break to the forefront. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden in the taste, though the slight burn in the finish makes it known that this is strong stuff.
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, more comparable to a liqueur in texture than a beer. Carbonation is slight but enough to keep things lively.
Notes: Very interesting stuff, and pretty enjoyable. Not something I'd drink often, but I'd definitely try it again.
04-17-2008 01:13:41 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Ok, it's Repeal Day Observed, in our southern neighbours, and my Yankee ancestry is encouraging me to try something special from south of the 49th. Tonight that can only mean one thing - a slightly chilled bottle of this sweet elixir to share with my own sweetie. I procured it on a recent trip to impressively beer-rich Austin, Texas. I actually got to try this a few months ago, in the BeerBistro bar in downtown Toronto. A special order from the LCBO, I got past the $30/bottle cost (hey it was dinner, thank you Accounts Payable), and proceeded to kick off that Saturday night in amenable style.
Now, this 'beer' pours a dense cloudy apricot-brown, and looks like fresh-squeezed fruit juice. There is no appreciable head, just a minor reminder of effervescence, and no lacing to speak of. The smell is very strong, crisp, and hot, like fermenting grape must - it actually twinges my nose - and evokes raisins and molasses, and pine hops. The malt only seems omnipotent at first - there is an underlying citrus hoppiness that seems to struggle to make itself known. The flavour starts with grapefruit hops becoming more prevalent, holding the huge raisin malt body at bay only for a bit, until, buoyed by the alcohol, it washes over and envelops your palate. A number of warming spices also appear, difficult to discern amongst it all. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and a tiny carbonated finish delivers a warming to my system that I had previously associated with port or sherry. Accordingly so, this is a slow sipper, lovely for a quaff with the pine scent of the newly-erected Christmas tree nearby.
My hat is off to those sensible folks 75 years ago who reinstated the law and the mindset that paved the way for a brewery like Dogfish Head to create such a sexy beast as this offering.
12-06-2008 08:47:47 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a flute glass.
A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is strong with wheat alcohol, hops, honey & caramelized malt. I was expecting a bit more hops in it though.
T: The flavor is boozy, but with a 21.00% ABV, it was what I anticipated on that front. What I hadn’t anticipated was the intense syrupy, honey & brown sugar sweetness that accompanied the sting of the alcohol. There’s a little bit of hops there, but it’s simply over-powered. Knowing what the 60 & 90 Minute IPA’s are like, I definitely thought that there would be a heck of a lot more hop character in this one. The only real hops significance comes out a little bit in the after-taste as the beer warmed some.
M: Smooth for something so powerful, medium body, medium carbonation, oily & sticky finish.
O: Even though this beer isn’t filling and is very flavorful, I can’t see how this beer can’t see how it can be anything else but a sipper with such a huge ABV. However, I probably drank it a little quicker than I should have. Luckily I was plowing pretzels along with it to help with alcohol absorption.
10-26-2006 03:45:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Deep ruby red with a huge off white head that sticks around remarkably for such a strong beer.
S - Spicy, peppery hop aroma. A lot of corriander, pepper, chili, and smokey herbal notes. This kind of smells like an indian grocery store (I mean that in a good way).
T - Odd sharp bitterness is very powerfull. Sweet, malty, and a bit sour. It has distinct alcoholic warmth in the finish.
M - Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I little bit of astringency in the back of the mouth.
D - It is always hard to give a drinkability rateing to a beer this unreasonably strong, but overall this is a solid beer. Many "extreme" beers are almost undrinkable in my opinion but this goes down relatively easy, the only fault is the mouthfeel which is syrupy and a bit unpleasant. The high alcohol is kept in check by other flavors and the smell is quite extraordinary. I have to say this is one of the best truely extreme beers that I have had, from Dogfish Head or anyone else.
08-14-2007 00:55:59 | More by nickfl
4.58/5 rDev +12%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery all hail to this amazingly revolutionary brewery that push the envelope and shake the industry up to keep things exciting. Here is one of the finest Imperial IPAs I have come into contact with 120 minutes of continously hopped amber goodness with an off white cream toned short lived head, but at 20% abv it's all good. Aroma contains a plethora off hop tones including those of the floral, pine cone, and citrus (grapefruit) varieties along with one very distinct alcohol nose butterscotch. The taste is strikingly sweet with overly ripened fruit tones apricot and plum notes very nice very hoppy, but amazingly balanced with one hell of a warming effect. Mouthfeel is syrupy and full carrying all of these flavors very nicely. The drinkability at 20% is straight rediculous and at 25.6 oz. beware don't crack a bottle of this by yourself because you might be tempted to finish it.
07-04-2003 18:51:42 | More by WVbeergeek
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
Got this in trade from DDarden, cheers! Bottled on12/16/06
Pours caramel/apricot with 2+fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Big-time breadyness & piney hops.
T: Cakey, with honey, dates & in your face piney hops, plus some booze burn up front. Middle has pralines, caramel, baker's chocolate & more booze. Finishes dry, boozey with port notes, apricots & apple skins (fruitty)
MF: Chewy, slick, but a touch of carbonation, skews a bit malty to say the least
Drinks good for the abv, but I prefer a more restrained DIPA, at say 1/2 to 1/3rd the ABV. I would say based on my 2 tastings to age at least 3 years
08-09-2007 04:35:32 | More by russpowell
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
Gorgeous bright ruby red color, very sizable, bubblingly creamy head...
Aroma...massive, intense, huge, towering, flowering, flowing over in the air, in the senses, in the soul, ...big, fat fruit, grapefruit, peach, apricot, mango, more...and not too bitter, surprisingly pleasant...
...and, to taste...Oh, my goo'niss! Ah, ah, ah!!!
INCREDIBLE occurence on the palate, prodigious, amazing, and highly flavorful...floods and gushes, uplifts, elevates, urges pleasure at the very instance lip meets cup and ale enters body...full-bodied to say the least, with a long, tantalizing finish, and additional candyish notes that linger on and on...
An IPA that lays me low, knocks me down a notch, and leaves me no recourse but to bow down and let it wash over...every subsequent taste provides further onslaughts of flavor...oh, yum, yummy, McYum-Yums...
During consumption of this ale, I had no idea of the ABV, for it's been carelessly omitted from the label...20%!?!?! ...hot damn!
Sticky, fruity, gummy, sweet, this surely transcends the boundaries of the India Pale Ale, and feels closer to a barleywine, or even a mead or brackett...but whatever the Hell it is, I love it!
Everlasting thanks to DrewS. for this bottle!
11-03-2003 17:49:34 | More by feloniousmonk
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Not sure what year this is but I'll assume its a 2009 vintage. Beer is orange / brown, high haze, thin white head, tiny to medium bubbles, carbonation mild. The beer clarifies as it warm, it becomes almost completely clear, this is chill haze. They should just add "chill haze" to the style description of DIPA since I have yet to have one that does not have this characteristic, and I penalize all of them for it.
Aroma is strong, full of hops and alcohol, malt sweetness, it is a lot to take in. Smells more solventy than I expect, slight deduction.
Beer is very sweet and has a lot of bitterness at the back end. The sweetness is a mixture of alcohol / solvency and malt character. It is very interesting and the hop bitterness is well balanced. This is NOTHING like the 90 minute IPA. Let us be clear, they are different beasts. It is not as thin as I thought it would be and the mouthfeel is really great. This beer is surprisingly (dangerously) easy to drink. Drinkability very high. A well crafted fine DIPA, more like a QIPA. Overall a good drink, this is probably the third or forth time I've had it, still a good drink.
11-02-2009 02:04:39 | More by drabmuh
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
holy moly! this is the hophead mecca as far as i am concerned. pours a heady cloudy golden bronze color with what surely must be the thickest head in the history of beer. textured like a bouncyball! smell is elemental hops, resins, oils, saps, lupulin, all of it. there is a noticable alcohol smell as well, which of course there must be at 18%. the flavor is hectic, evacuating all other flavors from the mouth in favor of the hops in this beer, its got a slight bready thing going on, but its more like a hop loaf. a novel idea brilliantly executed, but this could never be anyone's daily drink. its just a huge huge beer. mouthfeel is sticky and chewy and bogged down by the absurd hopping. i like to have a couple of these every year, and i find the on tap version to be even more pronounced than the bottled version. another classic from dogfish head
11-07-2011 22:34:25 | More by StonedTrippin
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
The beer pours a hazy reddish gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm pale malt scent with a smooth floral hop aroma that balances the elevated abv. nicely. The taste is good. It has a rich and tasety pale malt flavor with some carapils and a warm finish. It is rich in hops as well with a very complex hop palate. It is sweet and satisfying. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer that goes down slow, but is a good drinker. I love hops.
02-06-2005 22:55:55 | More by WesWes
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
First had: bottle from Eulogy (secret stash), Philly, PA
I've now had the '08 vintage bottle (April '11), the '11 batch on tap, and a sample from an '03 bottle (Oct. '11). Thanks to Brewerdan for the latter.
*The following review applies to the '03 bottle. The on tap batch, and the '08 were similar to each other and I wrote a separate review for them. The '03 was almost like a different beer altogether.
This was an entirely different monster than I expected, after having the '11 batch, and recollecting the '08 from a few months ago. I don't know if the beer was tamer back then, or if it just mellowed out a lot over the past 8 years. Poured a slightly hazed orange-amber, noticeably lighter than the Raison D'Extra sitting next to it. Slight patchy layer of white head. Aroma of oak, leafy hops, and sugar. I prepared myself for the strong-tasting quaff I've experienced before, but my eyes lit up when I took my first sip of the '03 vintage. Very mellow and flavorful. Instead of being right in your face like newer batches, the alcohol punch took a back seat to a creamy lemony hoppiness overlaid on sweet caramel malts. Notes of pine and butterscotch too. Wow...I liked the other batches, but this was...drinkable! Smooth mouthfeel, a little heavier than medium-bodied.
If this batch has been brewed consistently the same with no change to the recipe, then I can safely say: it take 8 years [minimum] for this beer to evolve to its perfect state.
11-01-2011 12:47:59 | More by Rifugium
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Very sweet, but there is some hop presence too. The hop bitterness is somewhat herbal.
Taste: This is less cloying than the aged versions that I've tried. The herbal hops balanced things out well considering what they had to work with. Sweet and boozy in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy with smooth and fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.
Overall: This was better fresh than it is ages. The balance is pretty good all things considered. Don't know that I need more, but perhaps.
12-04-2011 03:33:41 | More by oline73
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