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120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

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%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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Photo of nvsblman
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper in color, poured with about a half finger of off-white head. Slowly rising carbonation. Noticing the fruity sweetness first in the aroma. The clean grassy hop aroma with some pine undertones is strong, but not overpowering. Wow, what a huge beer. I'm not even sure how to describe this. Almost a hoppy port? The sweetness stands out, mostly fruity. Raisins, plums, grapes... This is a big, sticky, chewy beer. Good God, there is no way this is 21% ABV. A beer that big just should not be this drinkable.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA pours a burgundy red with a moderate white head. The head is very thick, not in height, but in amount of bubbles….if that makes any sense. It looks very creamy. The bubbles are very small and compact they leave good lacing. It smells of hops, did you expect me not to say it? It has a very floral aroma with breads, tropical fruits and just a hint of caramel underlying. Of course there is an alcohol smell to it but if you didn’t see that one coming from around the corner then you need to step off of the short bus.

WOW! There is sooo much going on here. Well, firstly, it is a little syrupy and viscous. Sticky! There is really a nice balance of malt, hops and alcohol here. It has a nice sweet, fruity taste. The alcohol isn’t overpowering, surprisingly. Mouthfeel is really excellent. Although it is slightly thicker than I typically prefer, it is nice. It coats the mouth and feels chewy. Good carbonation. Not too much though; I was afraid that there was going to be a ridiculous amount of carbonation in this one.

At the outset of this endeavor, I went into it with an idea of what this beer was. I thought that it was a novelty of sorts. I was wrong. It isn’t overpowering and has plenty going on. I thought that I was going to be getting myself into a bottle of pancake syrup with lots of burning alcohol. Again, I was wide of the mark. I am impressed. I paid about $9 per bottle, but it was worth it. It was tasty, enjoyable and entertaining. I am anxious to cellar the other bottles. I rate the drinkability at 4.0 due to the fact that it is about 21% abv and about $9 a bottle. That means that I can only drink a couple of them before I am piss ass drunk AND broke.

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Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Dog Pub...
Appears an amber color with a small white head that retains nicely and sticks around the glass with solid webbing and lace.
Smell is of intense sugary malt with tons, and tons, and tons of hop varieties. I'm getting rich biscuit, bread, followed by massive amounts of pine, citrus, grapefruit, orange, pineapple.
Taste is equal to the aromas in terms of intensity. To me, this is really the 90 minute stepped up a notch but it's a little harder to handle due to the high abv and intense flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, bitter, and bread-like chewy.
Drinkability is good. This certainly didn't come across as being a 21% abv in the chalice but I was feeling it by the end of the chalice.

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Photo of hero27
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No ABV listed on the label, just two words in bold lettering.. "AGES WELL." Somehow, I believe them.

Clear orange color with a small, tight head of bubbles that erodes to a whispy haze after a minute or two. The aroma is hefty pale malt and a floral hop background.. can't believe it doesn't smell hoppier than this. I expected my nostrils to be permanently damaged after smelling this. Taste is...surprisingly (dare I say) malty? The 90 Minute IPA "seemed" hoppier, although there's no doubt in my mind that the 120 had more hops in in. The gigantic malt and alcohol helped mask the brutal hops quite a bit...but not completely. Oily mouthfeel and thick, syrupy texture. Very drinkable for a 20+% ABV monster.

This is one creation by DFH that is even a bit extreme as far as "extreme" beers go. A nice one to try, but the high-price tag (around $8 for me) make this a beer that is saved (or cellared) for special occasions or to try once or twice. I couldn't imagine drinking this on a regular basis. An interesting and unique beer, that turned out to be much more malty than I could have possibly expected.

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Photo of akorsak
2.19/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am drinking a cold 12 oz poured into an Appalachian Brewing Co. tumbler.

Appearance: An auburn colored ale, this poured with a nice head and kept a residual amount of lace as the beer was consumed. It is translucent, with no sediment.

Smell: There are some light hop oils that I detect, but for the most part, I smell malts, lots and lots of malts, akin to a barleywine. For the beer advertised as the Holy Grail for Hopheads, this is more like the Messiah of Malts.

Taste: As with the smell, malts overwhelm any hop sensations throughout the sip. At the end of the sip, a bitterness of hops appears, but it is not sufficient to redeem this DIPA. On the bright side, the GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS, GINORMOUS ABV of approx 21% is not detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel lacks any hop profile, which is disapoointing, as the 90 Minute IPA is a work of art. The malts sit nicely on the palate, but that is not typical of a DIPA.

Drinkability: The drinkability is redeemed by the masking of the ABV. One does not realize the high ABV when enjoying it, although that can easily get one in trouble.

Overall, this is an interesting creation from DFH. I enjoy the ale and recommend it. The low scores result from my attempt to review within the DIPA style.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into the snifter creates a .2" white head that partially recedes, and then persists as a bottom-fed thin layer with some aggregate clumps of bubbles. The beer is a light amber in color.

smell: A moderate presence of light fruits and caramel from the malt. Definately picking up a considerable ethanol sharpness. The hop aroma is not as large as I had expected, but is big nonetheless...and is mostly aroma and little bitter smell. The smell is reminiscent of the hop material that I filter out of my homebrew batches while pouring into primary...somewhat tealike and a little grassy. I feel as though I am picking up some hints of scuppernong grapes and honey...this one smells pretty sweet.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is at the peak of the medium range. The body is slick and on the heavier side of the medium range. Though it feels thick, something about it makes it seem lighter than one would think.

taste: Sticky sweet caramel, white grape, and clover honey notes. Big hop flavor, but not much bitterness. Moderate alcohol presence...pretty well hidden, actually. Finish is of a red appley sweetness and a light bitterness.

drinkability: Shite, I had no idea this was a 21% beer until I got toward the end of my review...very well disguised. Highly drinkability, considering both the style and the ABV.

Split a 12 oz. bottle with dirtylou on the last night of my stay. We've been pining to try this beer since the beginning of our beer enlightenment period...this has truly been a "momentous moment". This one kind of threw me for a loop. There was a pretty big hop aroma and flavor, but the bitter/sharp/acidic characteristic both in the nose and on the tongue was low. Very low for a DIPA. I assume that primarily low AA hops were used, but who knows.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single split with some guy "blackie" who probably wont enjoy it since he is a bitter, ungrateful, southern "man"...Thanks to Px2GrafX for the sampling

appearance: strawlike golden-amber, slight pale, a tad hazy, soapy and bubbly white beige head, leaving a decent white rim along the snifter

smell: not nearly as alcohol-dominated as i anticipated, tropical fruit is nice, juicy and potent floral hops, mild alcohol aromas, sweet malt backbone

taste: again, not nearly as potent as I would have thought...tropical fruit explosion hits the tongue first, definitely a little nutty. there is a defined alcohol burn present but it is not too offensive...malts are light and quite sweet...mild citrus, a little pine

mouthfeel: full bodied, sticky and syrupy, alcohol burn...over the top as expected

drinkability: not quite what i expected but tough for the style

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Photo of Brodirt
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Im taking a lot away from this beer because of the MASSIVE alchol content that you can smell, taste and feel. It is really a unique experience that is hard to compare to other IPAs, but I feel I must. If there were another beer of its type I would rate it differently but with such huge alchol there is a lot lost to other IPAs.

The flowery hops is there, the mild body is right on for a good IPA, but you cant get away from that 21%. It pours golden rich but the smell of the alchol pours out over the glass like a mad science experiment. The taste is nothing like you have ever experienced....IPA hops and body, but a burn like someone poured in grain alcohol.

I have had this many times, and like it regardless of what I said above, but I usually pour this in a "vertical" tasting for friends with the 60 and 90 minute IPAs along side. Everyone gravitates to the 90 and expresses genuine fear of this.

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Photo of battlekow
2.01/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

120 Minute IPA is a nastily-sweet brew more closely related to Midas Touch--or even Liquor de Malt--than either the 60 or 90 Minute IPAs. It claims to be a hophead's dream, but would be more appropriately marketed to the asshole wine people that purposefully leave the price tag on their expensive bottle of Merlot. Yeah, there's some hops, but there's also a huge alcohol burn if you hold it in your mouth for more than a millisecond and a meady honey sweetness that is truly disgusting. The only redeeming flavor is the barest hint of nuttiness, but that's like complimenting John Merrick on his lovely tan.

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Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper with a small head and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of hop aroma and sweet maltiness. The smell reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 min IPA. Alcohol is upfront and noticeable, but not over the top considering the 21% abv. Easily the strongest beer I've ever, except for Utopias. 120 is like a really strong beer, where as Utopia's, for better or for worse, deserves it's own category.

Taste: Extremely sweet and with a ton of hop flavor and bitterness to back it up.

Drinkability: For 21% abv, I am surprised at the drinkability of this beer, but I'm happy to be drinking half now and half later in the night.

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Photo of veggiemafia
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. split with Melchizedek served in wine glasses.

Really nice color with good head given the amazing abv dissolved to patches of lace after awhile. Nice peach golden orange color.

Smell is a lot of hops and alcohol as you'd expect, but balanced with a syrupy maltiness that's kind of like sweet brandy. Hops are really citrusy and sticky, with a backbone that's very piney.

Taste is dominated by fruity hops and above all else, alcohol obviously, but not in a bad way. Very much like liquor, but still pretty tasty and refreshing.

Chewy sticky mouthfeel that leaves a little bit of a film on your teeth it seems. REALLY warming alcohol, as you'd imagine.

After about 6 or 7 oz. of this, I'm ready to move on. The alcohol mixed with the hops are just too much for me to want to drink more than 1 or 2 of this one.

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Photo of gbarron
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this exceptional product last night at the poker game. I'm always impressed with the Dogfish Head offerings and was expecting great things from this beer. It was great, but the flavor was not what I was expecting at all. Not sure what vintage this was - 2004 or 2005.

Appearance - orange colored, light amber. Clear, bright white, compact head. Head stays around, lacing as it goes down.

Nose - I'm bracing for the hops . . . but no, malt! Toasty, sweet, caramel. Finally the hops come through, some citrus, resin. But not nearly as much as you would expect from an IPA continuously hopped for two hours. Also the alcohol is there, but dominated by sweet smells and esters.

Taste - amazingly balanced. In fact, tilted in favor of the malt. Sweet, with citrus in the background. Tastes like alcohol infused brioche with hops on top. Lots of alcohol, but not overwhelming. In fact, I wouldn't guess this was as high in alcohol content as it is in a blind taste. The more it warms, however, it almost turns into a nice, light port wine. Winey flavors abound - dark fruits, grapefruit, raisins.

Mouthfeel - light to medium-light bodied. Coats your tongue with sugar. Hop bitterness very muted on the tongue. Amazingly thin for the beer's size.

Drinkability - highly, highly enjoyable. I would love to be able to sit around and drink several of these, but it would probably kill me - both financially and from alcohol poisoning. A beer I will definitely seek out and hang onto for special ocassions, but a sipper.

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Photo of thetachibro
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i finally cracked this one open last night and poured it into my duvel tulip. It had a nice golden color with a 1\2 in white head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. As soon as you cracked open the bottle you immediatley smell the hops with the alcohol. This becomes even more evident once you pour it into the glass. the first thing that came to my palate was hops,hops, and more hops and then take a guess what was next...the alcohol..once this beer warms it becomes a nice sipper that i might just sit back and relax with. Be careful who you let sample this because if they don't know what's coming it may just destroy them

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Photo of Goldorak
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found an occasion to pop open this 7.50$ for a 12oz luxury item at Beersignal's place...

Appearance: A clear melted copper colored brew that was pellucid, the kind that seems to give an opposite image of your finger, like in that perfect spot in front of a magnifying glass. Head was fleeting, but bright white.

Smell: Highly alcoholic and medicinal, like those disinfected gauzes. But this wasn't that infected, band-aid kind of aroma. It sort of reminded me of Laphroag...The hops are massive, but it's different than most of the other hop monsters I've tried before, as if the hops aromas were extracted by maceration in booze, like a crème de cassis.

Taste: The malt is there, and chunky as hell. Take a heaping spoonfull of DME, put in a few drops of vodka and mix it into a rough paste, and chew it like gum. Then shove a few hop pellets in there. I wouldn't exactly call this Beer a balanced one, nor did the brewer intend it to be this way, I bet. A very present malt sweetness that stands side by side with the hops like two gigantic robots fighting for the fate of the universe in some japanese manga. Taste is like rapinis blanched in maple syrup. Even in the aftertaste, smaking your lips immediately brings back the herbal, mouth puckering hops, but the lingering malt also! It's like rock candy with the hop bud center.

I can understand why some may hate it, and why some love it, this Beer is dancing on the outer edges of brewing, and my palate was teetering on that cliff for a while but made it though safely.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, not sure what year. I was expecting something that you can strip paint with. Luckily I was wrong.

Pours a deep golden/bronze color with a head that dissipates to a sticky film for the rest of the glass. How do they get any head at all from a 21% beer?

Ready for the first sniff, will it be all hops? Will it be all alcohol? Not at all, big surprise. There is some citrus in the smell and just a tinge of alchohol but mostly sweetness.

OK I think i'm ready to take a sip. All i can say is not what i was expecting at all. Very sweet, almost a little too sweet. I imagine that is has to be to get 21% but i was expecting much more of an alcohol and bitter taste. Both are there but they don't stand out the way you would expect.

The only thing i can say about mouthfeel is syrpy. The sweetness sticks to your mouth. No aftertaste at all!!! Again a big surprise.

Drinkability - if you look at this as being able to drink more than one at a time it fails misserably. My belly is already warm and my head is spinning. But if you look at it as a question of whether you would try it again and recommend it, it gets a big yes. This is a must try beer if for no other reason than to appreciate how Dogfish managed to brew a 21% beer. This beer surprised me in many ways and my only complaint is that i would have enjoyed a little more of a hop character.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what year this bottle is, I think it is 2005 but I don't know for sure. This beer pours a clear golden amber with a half inch off white head that dropped to a small collar quickly. The smell is citrusy, like grated orange peels with a toasty malt lingering in the background. The first sip gave a bit of an alcohol burn on the tongue, more of the orange peel then some toast. It finishes very clean, almost no after taste, I was expecting some bitterness here but didn't get any. The mouthfeel is medium with a great deal of carbonation. Even though the inital taste had some alcohol; in the rest of the glass it was hidden very well. I finished the whole bottle and wrote this review with only one spelling error, I am impressed with myself.

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Photo of sopor
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perfect copper pours thick with a small creamy tan head that leaves behind a splotchy pile of bubbles and film. Smells are light, but of potent bitter and abrasive hops kissed with alcohol. Kind of surprised on the flavor profile. It’s strong and syrupy sweet to start with, and while bitter, is actually kind of balanced, which was not what I though I was getting into. The sweetness is like syrup and powdered sugar on French Toast made with lots of vanilla. The hops are not overpowering, not out of line. They are bitter and resinous, but blend well with the super-sweet malt profile and hints of alcohol, which are amazing light for a brew this strong. I was expecting, and kind of hoping, that this would be more of a super bitter hop brew, but the sweetness is so prevalent it fairly well balances the hops. Syrupy body and very light carbonation. Not bad, but not what I would call “drinkable” and not what I was hoping for. I shouldn’t mark it down for not meeting my expectations I guess, but for a beer said to be “The holy grail for hopheads” it sure could use maybe another 60 minutes of hopping or something.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$14 for a twelve ounce 2004 bottle at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Maryland.

I expected this beer to be harsh, and a colossal hop blast, but I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong on both accounts.

It pours a dark murky golden. As it is a 21% alcohol beer, obviously a lot of that alcohol is present in the nose.

The taste is suprising. It is very smooth and highly drinkable. No choking, gasping, or yuck-face here. Extremely impressive. It almost seems like the 60 or 90 min IPAs have a more noticeable hop character than this one.

I would love to have this more often, if it wasnt so damn expensive. But (the prices) arent ever going to lower on this beer, so suck it up & enjoy your $10+ twelve ounce bottles.

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Photo of wingnutter
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber with almost no head.

Surprisingly the smell didnt reveal any alcohol. Smelled like sugar coated hops.

Taste: How do I describe it? Oh yeah, sugar coated hops. Seriously, this beer hides the alcohol exceptionaly well, but covers it up with a flat out sugar taste. The hops take a back seat to the sugary stickiness. Mouthfeel is sticky and think, coating my mouth with the sweet aftertaste.

The problem is, Im not a fan of sweet beers - at least not this sweet. This beer tastes more like sugar than anything else. The hops play second fiddle here, if you can believe it. The fact that I cant even taste alcohol is amazing - the only indication that its 21% is the warmness in my belly.

Although I can see why some people would love this beer, its just not for me. I wont give it too bad of a score though, since this style isnt exactly mainstream theres not much to compare it to.

Drinkability cant possibly be very high with a beer this strong, so I cant go very high with that score.

Definately worth a try but not something I will be buying again. Well, I might buy one more bottle to cellar for a few years to see how the taste changes, but other than that, I can say Ive tried it and I will leave it at that.

Kudos to DFH for creating a 21% beer with almost no alcohol in the taste. I just dont see a huge market for this one aside from the curious.

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Photo of BillyB
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful orange-copper color. Nice light white head.
The bouquet is fantastic. Several different citrussy notes; orange, tangerine, mango? Malty sweetness and piney hop aromatics.
I think DFH creates their own styles. Yes, technically this is a double ipa, if you had to put it in a category, but it's much more than that.
Thick syrupy sweet mouthfeel. Obvious alcohol taste but it's married with a piney hop bight, big malty sweetness and hints of citrus throughout. Very nice alcohol warmth.
What impresses me so much is the drinkability of a beer that is so high in alcohol.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark rich amber color with a full two finger head.The smell is very hop filled with some spices,and alittle hint of citrus.For a beer with as much alcohol as this, this is a very smooth beer with a full hop flavor.but not as hoppy as I thought it would be.I wonder how it would taste if I tried an aged one.This is an excellent beer from Dogfish Head and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of gotbeer
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This review was from a 2005 bottle release.

The appearance was average really, with a pleasant golden, orange color and a head that went dissapated to nothing very quickly.

The smell was a little subdued from what I expected. Some citrus, and some fussel alcohols.

The taste made it obvious that this was a very big beer. Overly sweet malt flavors and huge citrus hops. The malt flavors were well balanced, but too sweet in my opinion. As the beer warmed to room temp. the fussel alcohols made themselves very well known in the taste.

The mouthfeel was viscous and chewy.

The drinkablity was low at this ABV (can you say booze bomb?). Definitely a sipper, and I took a couple of hours on mine. I definitely would not want more than one.

It's an interesting beer that you really can't compare to anything else. I'm glad I tried it, but I prefer it's little brother the 90 minute IPA. It won't be a regular in my rotation.

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Photo of phisig137
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was actually lucky enough to try this badboy on tap at Capitol Ale House in Richmond. If you have a chance, get there.... they've only got one 5 gallon soda keg of it!

Anyways, this beer poured from the tap a little cold for my taste, but a gorgeous orange toffee color. Head was absolutely minimal, and disipated quickly.

The aroma of this beer is actually a little subdued I felt. Definite smells of caramel, toffee, and of course loads of hops. Perhaps the beer was simply too cold, but I was surprised by how mild the smell was. For something this huge I was expecting more. What I did smell was great, but a bit muted.

As far as flavor though, this beer is HUGE. as soon as you sip it, specialty grains, caramel and mucho malt coat your tongue. The finish is purely dominated in all ways by hops. But perhaps not even hops, but pure alpha acids. The finish is so incredibly hoppy and tangy that it is incredible. The difference between the time it hits your tongue, and the time you swallow is unreal. It it literally almost beyond description. Maybe that's the 21% abv talking though...

The mouthfeel is thick and syrpy without a doubt. Kinda feels like your drinking a huge glass of Nyquil. The flavore just coat your mouth and linger there forever.

I had to dock the drinkability a bit due to the alcohol. I personally love huge beers, but many may be scared by it. Having experiance with large alcohol beers, I really enjoyed this one, but others who didn't really know thought this was horrendous. I guess it really just depends on your tastes. In any case, this beer goes down very smoothly, and hides it's huge amount of alcohol VERY well. It's almost easier to drink that the 90 minute.

All in all, this beer is incredibly good, and should not be missed. $9 for a bottle, or $10.50 on tap does seem expensive(expecially on a college budget like mine), but DFH 120 is well worth every penny. It's not a beer, it's an experiance. And this is one beer that should be experianced by everyone at some point. Granted, I don't think it's an IPA, or anything even close. It is way too malty and sweet to be classified as such. But regardless of what you want to call it, I like to call it heaven in a goblet!

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a modest white head - lots of tiny bubbles and a bit of lacing, too

Smell: So rich and hoppy at the same time it is hard to tell the dominant smell; on the sweet side is a brandy-like quality of high alcohol sweetness but there are just a ton of hops here too and they balance each other out in a massive combination

Taste: The front of the palate is on the sweet candy sugar side but the hops quickly make a dramatic entrance with their grapefruit and pineapple flavors; incredibly well-balanced and builds to a crescendo of honey sweetness and alcoholic warmth

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but relatively low in carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for such a high abv; an incredible achievement though just a bit too sweet to consume in quantity (even if the abv were lower)

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Photo of Marty
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I remember a long time ago, trying Unibrou's Maudite and thinking it was completely excessive, too flavorful, and just plain bad. Then again, at the time I'd probably never had a beer greater than 8% ABV. Wasn't I surprised, then, months later when I tried it again... and loved it.

I'm wondering if that's going to be the case with this beer. Granted, at almost $8 PER 12 oz. BOTTLE, I'm not sure it'll fit in my budget any time soon. At least, not until my portfolio matures.

My stance, for now, is that this is a beer for special occasions. If you drank one of these every day after work, you'd quickly become an alcoholic, because there is just a ton of alcohol in it.

As far as taste goes, this beer is all about the alcohol and the hops. The film left behind the dissipating head was so sticky that it never left.

Really, I have no gripes with this beer. I love hops, I love strong IPAs, but this beer was just too much for me. Once I've decided to stop being a pansy, I'll try again. Who knows, maybe I'll love it!

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,185 ratings.