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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

5,708 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,708
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 818
Gots: 1,783 | FT: 110
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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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Novare Res in Portland ME into an 8 oz glass on Dec 31, 2011. Happy New Year.

A: thick golden orange with very minimal off white head. Looks thick and opaque, some lighter orange at the edges when held to light.

S: difficult to pick out given the half-pint glass it's served in. Definitely get some malts, caramel, hop character a but muted but again this could be the glasswear, wish I had a snifter or wine glass.

T: pretty malty up front but with definite heavy hop balance. I get hints of toffee sweetness in front palate, a little piny alcohol burn midpalate and it finishes a bright bitter. Very complex, very good. This beer has been nurtured and loved by the brewers making it.

M: dry, low carbonation but in a good way. Pretty good alcohol heat.

O: this is an extreme beer, very good and one every BA must try. It's very complex. While an IPA it's not exactly a hop bomb as expected by an IPA given the absurd amount of malt they must use to get their yeast to get this thing to 18%. A very interesting accomplishment of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 01:12:31 | More by beerbiatchMD
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GuinnessDude7

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-31-2011 23:30:02 | More by GuinnessDude7
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zachary80

Indiana

1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

12-31-2011 19:30:41 | More by zachary80
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Morningside

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

12-31-2011 18:04:55 | More by Morningside
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

12-31-2011 16:51:38 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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tjfilippo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

12-31-2011 15:01:30 | More by tjfilippo
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hawkmage

California

4/5  rDev -2%

12-31-2011 04:30:43 | More by hawkmage
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GrabMeAnAbbey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-31-2011 04:21:39 | More by GrabMeAnAbbey
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christopheraknox

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-31-2011 01:11:34 | More by christopheraknox
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sponch51

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-31-2011 00:51:40 | More by sponch51
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GallowsThief

Florida

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Slightly hazy amber pour with one finger of stark white head. Spotty lacing.

S – Nice floral smell with an aggressive citrus note. Grapefruit and lemon. Big on the malts as well. Huge bittering hop smell.

T - Surprisingly sweet first taste. Apricot. Hop taste comes next with citrus showing through as well as a pine. Really taste the grapefruit. Certainly has bitter flavors but not overpowering at all. The whole mix of sweetness with bittering hops and huge ABV make a wild ride. Finishes peppery and warm of course.

M – Medium bodied. Has a very creamy feel almost sticky. Solid carbonation. Tingly finish on the palate.

O – Crazy tasty brew here. Definitely a sipper. This one will knock you on your ass. Great all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:33:21 | More by GallowsThief
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DTown

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-30-2011 22:37:41 | More by DTown
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bostonbluenose

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

12-30-2011 17:10:03 | More by bostonbluenose
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

12-30-2011 12:29:22 | More by BierBliss
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-30-2011 08:39:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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karatebartender

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-30-2011 07:34:51 | More by karatebartender
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NWer

Washington

4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage
Finally tapped into my stash that I collected a couple of months ago. First time with this puppy and man! What was I waiting for?
Beautiful pour into my brandy snifter.
Better than brandy. Served at room temperature.
At 18% abv you want a little alcohol feel and that's what you get. A little. Well masked with a beautiful flowery hop and malt balance.
Appearance is clear with a copper color. Slight head, sufficiently viscous.
Mouthfeel is outstanding making this the perfect sipping beer.
One of those beers you must drink before you die.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:45:12 | More by NWer
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TheEvilGenius

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-30-2011 01:42:40 | More by TheEvilGenius
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120 pours a dark hazy cooper color with little head. This beer smells like a plant, very hoppy. The taste is very hoppy with a nice dogfish head like malty background. I thought it was easy to drink butthe alchool sneaks up. overall a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 00:13:25 | More by vette2006c5r
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MatthewAHarter

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-29-2011 23:59:34 | More by MatthewAHarter
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

12-29-2011 19:19:21 | More by savagepm
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

12-29-2011 15:40:38 | More by jculler82
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With this high of an alcohol content I wasn't expecting a head like this. I poured this into my DFH becker and was rewarded with a good three inches of cream-colored foam. The lacing left behind is pretty impressive. The beer itself is a bit murky (chill haze) but is a decent golden amber and it clears a little as it warms, of course.

The smell isn't what I was expecting either. Citrus and green onion come together nicely with bready malts making a strong back-up showing, promising alcohol. I'm not a fan of the oniony smell in any beer, but it's not as bad here as elsewhere.

My God! That's a strong tasting beer! The 18% is not masked at all and attacks like a cheap sherry or even turpentine. I did expect heat, but I figured the hops load would rule the day...they don't. They're there to be sure, but with citrus and pine and not the onion so much. The heat is the main sense you'll get. This is not a shy beer and one to be sipped. As it warms it gets a bit more drinkable and the alcohol only hits like pine solvent, rather than turpentine...a mild upgrade.

It's not as bitter as expected and is very heavy for an IPA, approaching viscous. The alcohol heat will make you wince on first sip. This beer is definitely meant for aging. I can't quite figure out the bottling date for this one (nothing on the bottle), but with all the issues DFH has had getting this out to its customers it must be from this year. I have another bottle that I will age for a "decade or two" as the label suggests and see if that helps. I promise to amend my review at that time.

Another TIPA and another one where I fail to see this as a desirable beer. But I once felt this way about barleywines until I warmed up to them. This beer will be hard to finish as I think the one sip my wife took is all she'll want.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:27:42 | More by Naugros
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rmcnealy

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

Served very chilled. Drinking slow to get a good taste profile across the entire spectrum in hopes of experiencing changing flavors. Poured a medium, medium/dark non-translucent golden amber. It appears to be totally filtered. As with high ABV brews, there was virtually no head. First smells are of undiscernable citrus (grapefruit?), booziness, sweetness, VERY MILD hops and a noticeable maltiness. The tastes are incredibly boozy. The hoppiness definitely gets drowned out by the alcohol tastes. Citrus, grapefruit, tangerine tastes are very strong. I still believe hoppy beers are best enjoyed with a moderate booziness. The mouthfeel is average. It is definitely syrupy and there is little to no carbonation. A decent beer overall (although not a proto-typical iIPA) But as a hophead, I'm disappointed in what is generally regarded as one of the best IPAs. I'm glad I tried it again to reaffirm my original thoughts, but at $10.99 a 12oz'er, I'll probably opt for something else next time unless I ran across it on tap.

Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:11:07 | More by rmcnealy
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jrcmlc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-28-2011 23:46:59 | More by jrcmlc
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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