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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,595
Reviews: 2,022
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 2,244 | FT: 130
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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5/5  rDev +22%

DrunkyMcGee, Oct 26, 2013
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TR0219, Oct 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

guido19, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of rdilauro
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start with I am a big fan of Dogfish Head brews. I have tasted some of their more unique beers, some which I loved, some which I didnt like at all.

This 120. First time I had it was about 2 years ago. I remember back then that it was 'over the top' for me. Too much, the bitter hops really didnt come across. But instead, all I picked up was the alcohol.

Now, I tasted it again and came away with the same conclusion

We make it a deal that at the end of the night, when the store closes up, we taste one or two brews. Lately, I've been working with this young fellow (Joe) who has recently gotten into the premium crafted beers. I select the beer, we taste them and he always enjoys them. He may say that this one has too much or, that it wasnt until the second sip, etc....

But when it came to the 120. It was hard for him. As it has been hard for me.

I love DogFish Head Beers, but the 120 isn't one for me

This is probably my fifth time tasting this one in a serious fashion. I noticed that the overall appearance, color, and head were a bit more vibrant then I remembered in the past
The aroma was also more appealing. A definite nose of hops, but not that strong citrus grapefruit you get from highly hopped beers. The taste was full, for the amount of hops, you would expect more bitterness, but I think the amount of malt used here sort of masks the hops. I also did not pick up on the high abv. I've tasted beers in the 9% range that had a more distinct alcoholic taste.
I have to admit, I am beginning to enjoy this more. Its a beer to be taken seriously. Its not a chuggable easy drinking beer. Its more like a fine quality snipping beverage. I have 2 in my cellar hoping to age them for about 2 more years. It will be very interesting to taste them later.

rdilauro, Oct 25, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes. I forgot to review this back in April.
Bottle 2-15-13 (fresh in the sense this beer needs to age.)

Appearance - Copper, clear, lively body below a tiny white head that left no lacing.

Aroma - Alcohol, sweet malts, faint whole cone hops.

Taste: The same as the nose, just more pronounced. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol-soaked hops.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, average carbonation, warming alcohol presence.

Overall: I would drink it again and again. Alcohol is king though. I would rather age for a while. Definitely drinks smooth for being 18% alcohol. Almost too smooth.. Would like to try this aged in oak barrels.

KVNBGRY, Oct 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

1424IpA, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Rau71, Oct 22, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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

ubenumber2, Oct 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

AdamElb, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 6,595 ratings.