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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
91
outstanding

6,402 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,402
Reviews: 2,009
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 987
Gots: 2,128 | FT: 128
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

fortierv, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Zehaeva, May 29, 2012
Photo of Taylor8189
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, this beer is quite possibly the best beer (not just IPA) in the world.

The appearance is typical for an IPA, dark orange, and a cm white head sitting on top.

I gave the smell a 4.5 only because it is very deceiving. The smell is typical for an IPA; citrus, hoppy, a little bit of alcohol, and some piney notes.

Now for the taste...this is where this beer shines. When you read 18% alcohol you're expecting a little bite from every sip..not a hint of alcohol on the initial taste of this beer. Tastes like a ridiculously good DIPA. As this beer got warmer, the flavors came out even more.

The carbonation is perfect, not too much, not too little. The drinkability of this beer is unreal. It's 18% alcohol but i found myself finishing the beer within ten minutes and this was my fourth beer of the night!

Overall, the beer is fantastic. The price is what it is for a reason; its amazing. Possibly the best IPA in the world. Dogfish has really set the bar with this beer.

Taylor8189, May 29, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ccozzi, May 29, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color, a deep color for an IPA. The cream head stands a half inch tall in my DFH signature glass. It recedes to a thick ring and a couple rocky islands of foam. The aroma is hoppy: grassy, citric, piney. Not actually as hoppy as I expected. There is also a light sweetness in the aroma. The first taste is floral bitterness, with a touch of malt. Next I get pine and syrupey flavors. As it leaves the palate, I get a touch of citrus and a lot of alcohol warmth. There is a flavor in this that I dislike, it's about 2/3 the way through, it seems medicinal but that may not be a perfect description. The mouthfeel is one of the thickest I've tred for an IPA, no suprise there, but the body is slightly lightened by a ticklish carbonation. This isn't exactly what I expected it to be, but that seems to be how DFH works, they make delicious things that make you scratch your head a bit. Okay, time or a glass of water, this sucker is boozy.

gkunkle, May 26, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 4.5 oz taster of this for 3 bucks at the Beermuda.

A - OK so I know this beer is supposed to be dark (or at least hazy compared to pictures online) But mine arrives clear bright amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head. Close to the Sculpin in color actually.

S - I agree with others it just doesn't seem to smell that hoppy. It is a double edged sword as I smell little to no alcohol as well.

T - I had to double check but since the owner knows his beer (and a caught a small buzz from the sample) this has to be 120. Taste is almost like hop juice but doesn't really hit any overbearing bittering aspect. The middle of the palate is like a barleywine where the malts hit you hard like a DIPA should and the finish is again bitter but in no way overbearing. I did sip this moderately slow so I could see over 4oz be overbearing (especially as it warms up the ABV shines through) but the 4oz I had was perfect.

M - Not as heavy as I anticipated but I could see this turn away the average beer lover. Such a big bold DIPA.

Overall considering this I would gladly pay the 8 bucks to try it in the bottle to see if it's close to this experience but its really nothing to seek out again strictly novelty.

DrDemento456, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Hanzo, May 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

OP7iK, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

ww54174, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

WynnO, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

KBennall, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Koltar, May 25, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this a while. Finally had on tap at Toronados.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a very thin cream colored head.

S: Smell is way more "IPA" than I was expecting. Citrusy hops, pine, cedar and oak all present with a bit of caramel and earthy malt tucked in the background.

T: It's definitely a big boy, but this is smooth as hell. Big and malty upfront with a firm and piny hoppy backbone. Alcohol is definitely there, but it's remarkably well hidden. Mouthfeel has just enough prickly carbonation to hold down the syrupy ness. Really well done.

notchucknorris, May 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

BigRob329, May 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Havion383, May 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Stockfan42, May 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Channel10Geuze, May 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Joshhod, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MaseFace, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

hubster712, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Carpentiere, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

HEADYdb, May 23, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Arrives a lot darker than expected. Tan head drops pretty quickly to a ring. Won't see any lace here.
Smell is full of grapefruit and pine with oak and a moderating maltiness, vanilla as well..
Taste is hoppy with pine/evergreen notes, some citrus and a lot more malt than I expected. Alcohol, no surprise, is noticeable but not off-putting. Vanilla, spice and whiskey notes as well.
Full bodied, lightly effervescent. Some coating of the palate and tongue. Warming throughout. A serious beer meant to be lingered over, not slammed back. Enjoy slowly.
Additionally, this is a fresh keg and as such, will be more aggressive in the hop notes and weaker in the malt. Need to try it aged a few years or even months. Definitely a "must try" beer, even for malt heads like me.

PorterLambic, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

CCR557, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

toolg, May 22, 2012
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,402 ratings.