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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

6,398 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,398
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 987
Gots: 2,125 | FT: 128
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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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Photo of chas1326
2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not a recreational beer. It is meant for beer "sipping". It pours with a sweet aroma and little head. It is a deep amber color and totally opaque. If you are a true IPA fan you will probably not enjoy the experience since what hoppiness it has is overpowered by the strength of the alcohol content. It will definitely make you feel good, but there are more satisfying ways to make that happen. NOT FOR IPA LOVERS!!

chas1326, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Pour a deep golden color, much darker than the 90 minute IPA, no head or lacing to speak of on this. It's very sweet on the nose with almost no hoppiness to it. A little suprising, but at 21%abv... don't expect anything.

taste is crazy, obviously very strong, more like a desert wine han a beer. No hop to it at all, which is a bit sad because the alcohol covers it all up and just dominates. it's very sweet and syrupy. Drinkability is so low because it's so strong. One is plenty. I split mine with a friend. You should do the same.

kingcrowing, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Deep amber color, Ring and film of light beige froth, finely textured rings of lace.

Bright, powerful aroma of lemon, grapefruit, fresh spruce tips, sweet white wine, and light caramel. Just a bit of alcohol, surprisingly little. Tart and zippy, this aroma is surprising and very pleasant.

Tastes like sweet white grapes/ white wine, quite a lot, with bright citrusy hops. More lime than lemon, along with grapefruit and a bit of pine. A medium level of bitterness gradually comes in, barely putting a dent in the sweetness, but that's ok, the sweetness works well with the citrus flavors and is quite enjoyable. Long finish, sticky sweet white grape juice and bitter lime zest.

Thick sticky sweet texture. Surprisingly easy to drink for what it is, not that I would crack a second bottle.

Good interesting beer, with surprising finesse.

Beerzebub, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shimmering copper with an off white head. More of a head than I was expecting. Also, I was expecting it to be a little more gloopy.

Even mentally preparing myself, and making sure to be open minded, I was still pretty surprised by the smell. Lots of alcohol, but also a decent amount of citrus and sweetness. Avoiding big whiffs, the heat from the alcohol combines with the citrus to make an interesting smell of perhaps caramelized grapefruit. Bigger whiffs reveal a bigger punch from the alcohol.

Approaching the taste the same way as the smell, taking small sips, makes it much more palatable. Sweet pine and citrus. Toasty malts in the background. Leaves a comforting warm finish.

The subtle carbonation helps out quite a bit. If this were thicker, it may be pretty hard to drink. It also avoids being overly fizzy...but that probably wouldn't have been an issue.

If I didn't know what I was getting into, my review would probably be different. It is really boozy for a beer...but it is still drinks like a beer. I drink most of my beer fairly slowly anyway.

Overall, it's not really what you'd expect for the style, but I wouldn't disregard anything that is pushing the envelope.

sjccmd, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular extreme IPA. Complex, heavy, and very boozy. A sipper to enjoy slowly.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Iconic though simple Dogfish Head Design. Another understatement other than for the front phrase, which is nowhere near to hinting at what the bottle actually holds. Green warning bottle cap points to those in the know that this is one of the extreme experimental brews from Dogfish. Printed bottling date on side (07/08/08 F), neither shows IBUs or °Plato, nor Alc. (which at about 18.0% is something that is a critical part of its identity) Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Hazy copper color. Touch of head on the first pour that quickly goes down to a faint ring with minimal surface presence.

S - Touch of orange peel and pine resin surrounded by balmy alcohol that subdues all hoppiness. A fragrant booziness that is perceived well outside the glass.

T - Very sweet and alcohol laden first sip. It offers further complexity as it goes through with a strange heavy fruity hoppiness as the backdrop.

M - Minimal carbonation within a very heavy body and something of an oily bite to it.

D - It's a delight to drink. It has to be taken with the right attitude, in essence knowing that it is a complex brew that is better drank like one would a fine brandy

Notes: These eccentricity is a total favorite. Great as the final warming sipper after a meal or the final note for a group beer tasting dinner. I think a common misconception is that this is going to be a heavy DIPA very hoppy and bitter, whereas so many hops and malts make it very sweet, boozy and complex taking it to another range of flavors.

Daniellobo, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So here it is, the 120.

Comes in a 12 fluid ounce glass with a neon green Dogfish Head logo "warning sign" cap. Says it ages well. Bottled on 11/06/08, so its realatively fresh. If this one doesn't go over well I'm definitely keeping one of these to cellar for a few years. It has just under a year under it's belt since it has been bottles. I would also want to try a completely fresh version of this.

Upon uncapping there is a rampant syrupy cough medicine scent. I pour it into an over-sized wine glass, has a small 1 finger head that dissipates within a minute leaving behind some speckled lacing. The lacing is very gooey, expecting a high sugar content. The beer itself is a nice dense copper/orange. There is a fair amount of yeast visible.

Initial smell was medicinal when I uncapped it but in the glass it has a decent amount of hops, and some sweet malt along with an uneconomical blast of alcohol that stings the nostrils. The hops are fruity, citrusy, and a bit spicy. You can smell the massive amount of dry-hopping that went into this brew. The malt is decidedly rummy and mixes with the alcohol.

Has a creamy, thick, and chewy mouthfeel. Not enough carbonation. Surprisingly the taste is hoppier than expected, although still dominated by cloying sweet malts though. Initial drink gives some major sweetness and some hops but on the second you can pick out a lot of citrus and tropical fruits. The alcohol serenades the tongue and intensifies the sweetness. Ends with a dry finish with some bittersweetness. It actually mellows sip after sip, probably the alcohol acting up, haha.

Overall this is one bad motherfucker, I would recommend a half bottle for yourself, and the other half to share. Its a slow sipper with just enough hops on the palate to make it worthwhile. Just pure intensity.

crossovert, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Tates
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Will knock you on your ass. One of the sweetest yet highest alcohol content beers I've ever had. I don't like their 60 or 90 minute IPAs, but this is a beer to be respected. It goes down way too smooth to be so strong. I imagine a hangover from this will make you want to give up beer though.

Tates, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of huguey
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I read about this monster, found it at a local Whole Foods, and just had to have a taste.

Ten month old bottle (vintage 11/06/08) poured into oversized wine glass.

A: The color is impressive, looks like a mixed orange juice and rum drink (sorry, it's the best I could describe lol).

S: Brown sugar overpowers, with Maple Syrup and orange undertones.

T: Very sweet. Extremely sweet in fact. Hops are completely overpowered, so it was weird to drink expecting a Double IPA. Alcohol comes through at the end and warms the throat, makes me shiver!

M: Oily and not extremely pleasant.

D: Good luck drinking another, I was feeling buzzed a third of the way through and I don't think I'm much of a lightweight!

Notes: Wow, I think the thing to expect with this beer is not beer but instead, make sure you think of this as a mixed drink in a bottle. It's ok, nothing I'd recommend more than once for the experience.

huguey, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber with a thin white head. Given the high ABV, the fact that it retained a head at all was cool.

S: Strong pine and citrus notes from the hops. A bit of white pepper smell to it actually. A slight hint of rubbing alcohol.

T: Very well assembled hop profile. Very palpable hop presence of the pine and citrus variety following the smell nicely. Slightly astringent alcohol undertone that goes from interesting to annoying as the beer warms.

M: Heavy! This is deceptively syrupy and full-bodied.

D: 21% ABV means that this is a one and done affair and should be paired with food. I like this one, but the 90 is better balanced for my taste.

DeathbySexyBT, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of photomike
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A very highly anticipated beer for me--mostly due to novelty. Prior to cracking this beer, I think I actually FEARED it. 21%? Sweet Jesus. 9 month old bottle.

Pours beautifully; almost prototypically DIPA. Grapefruit juice hazy reddish orange with a surprisingly long lasting off-white head. An everlasting swirl of bubbles lasts on the surface and a thick ring of head sticks around forever. Some lacing, but not a ton; the only area where the appearance lacks.

Smell is really pleasant as well. Grapefruit and candied orange peel are backed with a HEAVY wallop of vapory alcohol that predictably gets more intense as the drink warms.

Taste is a party. Pine, grapefruit and tangerine citrus jive happily beneath a disco ball of carmelly malts until the local bad ass, the one the Sheriff calls "Boozy Heat," kicks down the door and clears the dancefloor. Thankfully, "Bordering-On-Cloying Sweetness" comes in and restores balance to the situation; everyone dances together in a state of tense, forced peace. Whoa, this review is getting off the rails. Lots of nice flavors here held in a delicate balance by huge honey-sweetness. As a man that hates an overly-sweet DIPA, I am amazed at how much I like this. The ultrahigh ABV keeps you from drinking this fast enough for the sweetness to be a real issue. Minimal bitterness for a beer with so many hops invested.

Full bodied and syrupy, this beer is oily and slick with a nice warming feel going down that is rarely experienced in beer. Lightly carbonated as it should be.

This is a sipper. There is no denying it. Take it slow, take it easy, enjoy every sip, and don't reach for a second. Somehow, the bottle went by too quickly.

My fear of this beer was misguided. I loved every sip. Would buy again.

That said, this is a hard one to rate. My rating came out a B+, but I enjoyed this much more than other beers I've rated higher. Tasty stuff.

photomike, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of bgjohnston
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This has been one of my favorite beer drinking experiences since I discovered it. I only have one once every 3-4 months or so, but am enjoying one on a special occasion tonight, and feel inclined to finally write a review.

Appearance is not what this beer is about. It doesn't have much of a head, even if poured vigorously; it's cloudy and a dull brown in color, and it really doesn't do much in this category.

However, as the glass gets closer to your nose, you pick up a sharp astringent smell that let's you know this one is hot. If you like this sort of thing, like I do, then you know this is something special. It is very distinctive, with grapefruit, pine sap and some sweetness, too.

A sip brings more of the same, and with real force. A major reason why I rate this one highly for taste and mouthfeel is how a few drops of this beer light your mouth up. Having been a whiskey drinker for many years, it still surprises me that a "mere" beer can do this.

Drinkability is what anyone should expect from something this strong. I would never dream of drinking more than one in a night, but even so, you still spend the whole evening drinking it, as it is a slow sipper.

More of an experience than just a beer. Try it at least once. If you like this sort of thing, you know who you are, and you will be back for more.

bgjohnston, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: A hazy golden/straw color with a pretty solid white head.

S: Citrus, especially orange and grapefruit, lots of caramel and sugar.

T: Incredibly malty and sweet, too much sugar in your tea sweet. Tons of booze. Some orange flavor and seemed like some banana also. Not really any hop bitterness to this, which is unfortunate, because I feel it would really help this beer out in terms of balance.

M: Obviously this thing has enormous body, but their was almost a grainy feel to it, probably because of how sweet it was.

D: As much as I'd like to be a tough guy on the subject, this beer is not very drinkable. I'm glad to say that I've tried it, but I don't think I will have it again any time soon.

womencantsail, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of ditch
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I give this probably a higher rating than it should have for it's uniqueness and ability to mask the ABV!

Pours like a hazy iced tea with a white head that hung around for longer than i expected with the ABV.

Smell is lacking of the hops mentioned on the label. more orange and fig than of a hoppy IPA.

Taste... WOW and WTF? was not expecting it to taste like this at all! Overly sweet and lacking the bitterness i was expecting fro the hophead reference on the label. Where's the hops? hidden behind the over powering sugar and alcohol flavor that's where.

Overall not a good beer for it's classification but a well designed beer and extremely unique. a good one to share with your buddies. Not gonna be a regular pick up for me.

ditch, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.4/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Hazy straw hues with a good sturdy white
head. Lazy carbonation.

S: No real hop nose with a dominant alcohol
aroma.

T: Boozy! This was a keg from 2007 (2yrs. old)
The storage caused the loss of nearly all
hop character and made the beer entirely too
sweet. The ABV was dominant and allowed
little else to come through less the sugars.

M/D: Smooth and crisp with plenty of body and
smoothness. Unfortunately the ABV and
lack of hoppiness makes this a less than
desireable aged brew.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of cfleisher
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a medium amber, with pretty decent head for a beer this powerful. Some sticky lacing stays on the glass. The smell is strong with sweet fruit -- apricot, raisin and fig. A bit of spicy hop, like Chinook maybe, but not as much as you'd expect for a beer that proclaims to be "the holy grail for hopheads." Taste is very sweet, too much for an Imperial IPA, with strong orange and tangerine, and finishes with pepper. The mouthfeel has some alcohol heat, stabs at your tongue and leaves a light burn down your throat, almost like bourbon.

Does it want to be loved or feared? I think feared.

cfleisher, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Lion's Pride (Brunswick, Maine)

Rich amber-gold color. Very large head, poured into a snifter.

Nose is enormous and awesome. Tons of booze, but a heap of hops as well. I can detect some complex Simcoe, though I could be wrong.

Flavor is cloyingly sweet. Tastes like syrup. This wasn't even a full pour and I had a hard time finishing it off. I know it's hoppy, but the the syrupy sweetness dominates everything.

You should try the 120, simply because there's nothing quite like it. But, this does not make it great beer. I'm not even sure this is beer.

dasenebler, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of david18
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is very interesting but it definitely isn't a double IPA. It's much too sweet and also very strong. I would put it in it's own category but at the very least call it a strong ale or a barley wine. That having been said, it's a great sipper but not recommended for anything else.

I had a friend once take it out of my fridge. He saw "pale ale" and didn't know much about beer. He was very surprised when he took a big gulp from the bottle.

david18, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, clear copper with a thin white head that remains throughout. Lots of lacing.

Smell is mostly citrusy & pine cone hops. The taste is where this starts to get weird. Way too sweet. There are obvious citrus (orange, lemon, tangerine) flavors along with soft drink-like sugary sweetness. Then the mouthfeel is rather chewy at first but there's an artificial carbonation that lingers & is acidic in the throat.

The ABV make the drinkability lower than alot of IIPAs. Very odd beer; a little too extreme for me.

theghost3, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of haddon
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured 12oz bottle into goblet

A- poured thin head that almost disappeared immediately. caramel brown color in the glass

S- orange citrus smell with the alcohol drowning out any other flavors

T- very sweet...orange fruity flavor is only note I could detect. alcohol doesn't really hit til the back of the throat and in the aftertaste. much too sweet for my taste

M- very thick and syrupy. could have used more carbonation

D- this beast is definitely a sipper. took me an hour to finish. everyone should try at least once for the experience. couldn't get paste the sugary sweet taste...kind of like those orange cough medicines I used to take as a kid.

haddon, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of dislogik
2.25/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't sure what to expect with the high alcohol content, but wasn't impressed by the beer. It had good color and a good smell, but it tasted like liquid brown sugar. Surprisingly it wasn't an overpowering alcohol flavor I expected, though you felt it in the back of the throat after having one.

dislogik, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown/Amber with little to no head.

S: Brown sugar, piney hops, malt, booze (orange liqour)

T: Sugar, Carmel, just a hint of full blown hoppyness. Warm boozy (Orange liqour) finish. Had no idea that the hops would just make this taste like beer mixed with simple syrup.

M: could use a bit more carbonation. sticky, chewey.

D: Everyone should try this once, but thats about it. I'm still cringing at the thought of another full bottle... way to sweet. Took over an hour to finnish 12oz. The absurdley high ABV is hidden to some extent by the sweetness.

rfgetz, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (bottled 02/09/09) into a snifter.

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a one inch head that gradually fades to a cap which actually retains. Not much in the way of lacing, but there's a bit, and for the ABV, I'm surprised there's any head.

Aroma is excellent. Exploding with citrusy, floral hops and a huge sweet sugary and boozy background that reminds me of rum soaked raisins.

Taste is delectable as well. I think the bottle I had last time was a lot older and this one has much more hops. At first there is a big burst of hops but it is quickly supplanted by a huge dose of caramel and sugary sweetness again with the raisin taste recurring. The sweetness is taken over by the hops once again to leave a wonderful citrusy hop flavor on the palate. Finish is actually quite balanced with nice fruit and sweet malt flavors blending with the hop bitterness, just tasting awesome making you want another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, quite smooth going down, I would guess this at 8% ABV at most. The alcohol is hardly noticable at all.

Such a unique and excellent beer. Love it or hate it, this is just something that needs to be tried at least once. Personally, I love it.

roadhouse, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of wknight167
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with very little head. Very little carbonation as is usual from these high abv beers.

Nose- Oranges, faint floral hop aroma, burnt sugar?

Palate- Much sweeter than expected. Hops are present, but not what you would expect from a 120 ibu beer. Personally I think it could use a bit more bitterness. The orange flavors carry though to palate, combined with the alcohol it reminds me of a fine orange liquor. Alcohol is present but hidden well.

Mouthfeel- Thick, syrupy

Drinkability- I thought one would be my limit, but as I near the bottom of the glass, the hops start to shine through a bit more, making me want another.

Overall- an interesting brew, but definitely not an everyday kind of beer.

wknight167, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy dark amber with a tan-yellowish 'compact' foamy head. A layer of bubbles sticks around and laces the glass the entire way down.

S - Sweet malts and fruits. Very sweet malts and fruits. Hops are obviously present in big quantities, but the malts are equally overpowering.

T/M - Thick caramely malts, overripe grapefruit and orange. A bitterness comes through after the sweetness has worn off. Alcohol is present everywhere in the taste. Feels like a syrupy wine with a little frothy feel (crazy description of mouthfeel, but that's what first came to my mind).

D - No no no... definately a sipper. Can't drink this fast. You feel the alcohol before you get halfway through.

MunchkinDrinker, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of supercolter
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So I tried to take the style/alcohol content into consideration while rating this one, but it was difficult.
Appearance was good, nice and thick with small head and almost no lacing. Smell is ok- strong alcohol with some citrus and a faint hint of hops.
Taste is more of the same, but too creamy for my taste. This was an odd brew.
Mouthfeel was good, thick and buttery.
Drinkability was not that great but given the alcohol content, I have to give it ok.

supercolter, Jul 24, 2009
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,398 ratings.