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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
92
outstanding

7,003 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,003
Reviews: 2,090
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 1,151
Gots: 2,671 | FT: 169
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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%.
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle of the 2011 stock and pour a rich, caramel colored brew. It holds a one finger head of beige bubbles, showing very nice retention. This clings to the glass as it goes, leaving a single sheet of lacing down the walls. Big aggregates remain throughout the entire tasting. There is a thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears light. The aroma is much like a Scotch ale or American barleywine. There are deep caramel malts, with buttery diacetyls sweetness. Additional sweetness comes from strawberry, fig, and pear. This all sits against a massive fusel alcohol sting, and some light woody qualities. There is mild phenolic bite of medicinals and plastics with warmth. Our first impression is that the taste is so fruity, and that the booze is surprisingly subdued, at least in the beginning. As we sip, sugary sweet dextrin caramel malts hit, along with fermented prunes, raisins, and sweet banana. The front is very syrupy, and big and bready. Sweet honey adds to the drink. The middle peaks with a bit of the alcohol, imparting a peppery bite. More raw honey continues, with the raisin enhancing, cutting back all of the other fruity elements. These do their best to cut the booze, but fail through the end, as a huge fusel peppery bite cleanses the palate of all life. The fruit stays sweet, but becomes more tropical, with pineapple sugars. Hops are finally present, with a light citric brush. The aftertaste breathes of more honey sweetness to cut the booze, black pepper, caramel malts, plum, raisins, and light lactic sours. The body is full and thickly syrupy, and carbonation is low. Each sip gave a sticky, sugary coating around the mouth and to the lips, which became pursed and puckered due to the booze and the sweetness. The mouth is eventually dried from the coating, as the booze evaporates all moisture. The abv is massive, warming, and catches up with you, and drinkability is certainly slow.

Overall, what we enjoy most about this brew is the boldness of flavoring, and how fruity it is. We were a little disappointed that the hops didn’t hold up as well in either the nose or the taste, but the fruitiness really did surprise us. There are deep and syrupy notes which really help to cut the booze. Even with warmth the booze does not seem as strong as it actually is, which makes for a tasty, sippin’ treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7-22-11.

A- Pours a thick, viscous, hazy gold. Almost a rust color. No light makes it through. Very little head, but pretty good lacing for the number of alcohol legs trying to stop the lacing..

S- Harsh alcohol and sweet malts dominate. Almost an acetone scent is present. Almost burns the nose.

T- Starts sweet then transitions smoothly into the hops. Hops are present and strong, but not overpowering. Definite caramel and toffee flavors are present among the sweet flavors. Slight hint of coffee/coffee bitterness is also in there. Sweetness returns and is dominant throughout the drink. Alcohol spiciness ends the drink.

M- Thick and creamy. Little to no carbonation. Alcohol heat is fairly intense, but well hidden for 18%. A nice sipper.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with this one. For the polarizing reviews here and opinions in the forum, it was actually very good. I'll keep my other 2 in the cellar and test them with age in the future.

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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful dark amber color, quarter inch head lasted less than a minute

S - grapefruit citrus and malt, alcohol

T - starts sweet, with a rich maltiness dominating, then strong citrusy hops rush in and maintain balance for several LONG minutes before flavor fades. Strong alcohol throughout.

M - almost syrupy, but not quite; very pleasant

Overall - Interesting that Dogfish Head calls this "the holy grail for hopheads" if extreme bitterness is the measure of holiness. The hops come through, but they are so well balanced with the chocolately coffee malt I thought I was drinking a barley wine. The 18% ABV was warming and kicking my butt. Stood up well to a peppered ribeye steak. I'll enjoy this through the winter. A great find!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in Chimay goblet, on tap at 99 Bottles in Carnegie, PA. $12

Thin off white head recedes quickly, but sticks around as a thin surface cover. The body has a golden brown color, much like a whisky. Surprising clarity. You can see straight through this ale.

Smells of juicy citrus, prominently grapefruit. When I say juicy, I mean JUICY.

Grapefruit, grainy alcohol heat. Hops tickle the tongue, complimenting the moderately boozy mouthfeel.

Yeah, it was good. Nothing to go crazy over, and if not for the limited availability, not really worth the price. I know, it's meant to be a bit one-dimensional when fresh, but I felt it was just a little too... one dimensional. Would be interesting in trying it aged.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 7,003 ratings.