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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,787
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 1,047
Gots: 2,364 | FT: 146
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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 mattboyer182
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clearish orange color with a thin white head.

S - honestly it doesn't have a great smell. I mean it's a lot of hops but not complex.

T - taste is great. Very very hoppy and fades to a sweet balance of malt. Very harvesty tasting.

M - heavy bodied and medium carbonation.

O - very good tasting. Very powerful. Glad I got it on tap

Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, enjoyed at AZ Wines, poured into what looks suspiciously like a 12-ounce glass. If so, I'm in for quite a night.

Dusty copper, very hazy. A thumb of frothy tan head is sticky as gum in summer, clinging to the sides in paint-thick walls.

Heavy, sugary nose. Grapefruit and orange peel, caramel, green apple, some biscuits, honey. I can tell it's sweet, but it's not as intense as I know it should be. Tricky tricky, aroma.

Bam! A sucker punch of flavor, like baked orange slices coated with sugar and torched with flame. Oranges flambé? That's what I get initially, anyway. Allow the stuff to stay in the mouth for a while and different flavors emerge — honey, toasted biscuits, white rum and floral notes among them. Something almost herbal, like basil, shows up from time to time. The finish is intensely sweet, yet toasty as well, almost like a burnt sugar cookie.

The body, as expected, is heavy and creamy, like swishing maple syrup. Moderate carbonation pinches the tongue while the alcohol adds enough heat to make you think you're drinking salsa. No getting around 18 percent ABV.

This batch of 120 Minute is the first released since Dogfish famously dumped an obscene number of gallons of the previous lot and tweaked the recipe. The adjustments paid off; this is way more drinkable and balanced than any previous iteration I’ve tried.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the dogfish tap take over at novare res.

Served in a small dogfish tulip. Golden amber color and a good head forms and stays

The aroma is perfect sweet citrus aroma and hint of alcohol to let you know to slow down but never to much

The taste starts malt with an earthy bitter. The hops and alcohol come in and create a numbing feel mixed in as the carbonation subsides nice

Photo of biggied
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark golden amber/orange with a thin head.

S: Very strong apricot and citrus aroma, gave way to a rather strong alcohol waft when swirled in the glass.

T: Very smooth and full flavored, very sweet with a warming alcohol finish. The first dinks were fruity with hints of honey, after I had a chance to warm a bit; it gave way to a sweeter honey flavor.

M: Very thin mouthfeel due to the high alcohol content and low carbonation. A small sip went a long way to coat all of your taste buds.

Photo of pvo
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, hops are there, but are pretty well balanced out by the alcohol. Perhaps I should consider that an achievement in balance, but it just seems like I'm having beer concentrate. Good aroma, almost no head.

I had high expectations, and while this isn't by any means bad, I just feel like I don't get it. I'd rather have one out of their regular lineup.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle neck stamped 2011 106 1 (maybe the day of the year and batch number?). Poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Clear amber body. Small pancake batter head with decent stick.

Smell - Very hoppy and malty. Smell keeps changing. Coffee after a few minutes. Alcohol.

Taste - Extreme complexity, beyond almost any beer I've had before. No off flavors. Definite world class beer. Perfect balance and extremity all in one.

Mouthfeel - Very warm. Full bodied. Freels almost irrelevant since the taste is so all-consuming. But very pleasant.

Overall Drinkability - Insane complexity and a lack of off-flavors make this what I consider a perfect beer.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter in honor of my new baby girl born on Tuesday September 27th @ 6:28am.

Color: A mid-light brown (honey) color.

Smell: Hoppy and an alcohol presence.

Taste: Sweet, hoppy and a bit of alcohol. The sweetness almost takes away all the alcohol I smelled. VERY GOOD!

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice alcohol presence.

Overall: I opened this brew in celebration of my second Daughter Ella Monika! This brew was actually sweet which I was not expecting but loved. A very hyped and brew which went above and beyond my expectations. It's a celebration! Cheers!

Photo of kdmcguire10
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, Deep Orange. Beautiful 1-finger head. Nice, tight bubbles

Smell- Not at all what I was expecting. I'm detecting very little citrus. Malty, honey, bourbon-like smell. Very boozy, but what would you expect in a 18% beer?

Taste- Reminds me a little of Hopslam, but a lot less drinkable. This is more like a port wine to me. You get the honey-sweet, malty flavor. Tons of booze.

Mouth- almost a syrup-like consistency. Very heavy feel.

Overall - Not at all a hop-lovers dream. The sweet, syrup-like consistency makes this much like a dessert beer. Meant to be sipped and shared. Glad I tried it, but not at all what I was looking forward to.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with the Dogfish Head 120 IPA... a 2009 keg at the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ.

Pours a wonderful amber-brown wooden color with a little foamy head. Perfect carbonation with some nice bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is sweet and hoppy and very intense. At over 20% alcohol, it isn't going to be timid. Hops are mixed with honey and a little citrus. But the overall dominating factor is the sugary scent.

While many others said it was just too sweet and overpowering, I happened to really enjoy it. Yes, it's intense but it's meant to be sipped. It was a treat. Plenty of sugar and hops blend very nicely for a smooth finish for such a huge beer.

Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my cigar city snifter, a deep orange.., thin head dissapates quick to a thin white lace.

smells sweet, citrusy hops, sharp twinge to the nose letting you know.." this may burn a little"

full body.. malty.. Hop Syrup is a good description for mouthfeel.

Tastes sweet like a well aged bourbon whiskey.. nice alcohol backbone..

Very good.. Much better at room temp. I am speechless. Hop liquor... hop syrup... umm...Cheers Sam.

Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

826th Review on BA
Bottle to tulip
12 oz bottle
2011 Vintage

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one!!

Shared with GuruDel

App- A deep orange with a one finger head that falls to about 1/8” of bubbles around the edges. Nice scattered cling and lace.

Smell- Huge malt profile on this one. Hops were pretty tamed IMO. For a hop monster I certainly didn’t get it. Smelled a bit boozy but nothing overpowering or offensive.

Taste- This had a lot of honey behind it with malts. I am missing how this is a hop lovers dream. It was still very good and very powerful just not what I was expecting at all. The honey created a lot of sweetness and the malts smoothed this out.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation, almost a bit thick with a honey sweet.

Drink- Hot damn, this was really good for what it still is. It wasn't super hoppy but just a thicker, malty strong beer.

Photo of Jules11788
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy light golden color; small head, very little lacing

S: Sweet malts with some slight floral hops

T: Very very sweet malts dominate the flavor with a little bit of hop bitterness and boozy sharpness at the end.

M: Medium thickness, a little bit sharp on the tongue

O: This is the second time I've tried this beer, and both times (2 year old batch and 6 month old batch) have had almost no hop presence whatsoever. If this is what they consider their holy grail for hopheads, then they have seriously failed. It says it ages well, but I wouldn't recommend drinking one past 4 months old unless you wanna drink straight malt syrup, which is what it tasted like to me both times. Very disappointing, as I was expecting a ridiculously hoppy brew to satiate my hop withdrawals, but this has failed to deliver both as a fresh bottle and as an aged one.

Photo of bierguru
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours a very golden body thin-ish head which i would have liked to stay longer

S - sweet oh so sweet maly very hopy piney booze on the back end

t - malty hops oh loads of hops caramel

m - syrupy low in carbontion

O - awesome this beer is really too drinkable for its abv

Photo of RRRRRT
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a Dogfish Head 120 appx 2 years ago from a bottle this time from tap at Engine 15 in Jax Beach. There is a big difference in my two experiences. Much smoother taste and smell than from the bottle, nice small head with very fine Belgian lace, great color, and very drinkable.

Photo of fishacura
2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well, turns out too much of a good thing can be a problem.

Let me start by saying I am not the biggest IPA lover to begin with but if it's a balanced IPA I would enjoy it. For some reason, with DFH the more hops the better which, to me, is like putting too much of any spice into a dish....there's a limit.

Now this beer does have its place. It's more of a liquor than a beer. At 18%abv it's something to be sipped. I actually prefer 6-8 ounces at a time as an after dinner beer. I have to say while it's hop infusion to the extreme, it's not as bitter as even some of the double ipas out there. It does have a reasonable balance.

Photo of bobhits
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a crystal clear, syrup thick, amazing golden color. I don't know what it is but this is amazing looking stuff. This is in the Utopias world, only with a touch of fizz on the top that doesn't last long. The clarity of this beer is beyond belief.

Nose of amazingly complex caramel malt, citrus hops, and dominant amounts of alcohol.

Port with hops? Hops with port? I'm not sure what this is, but it's tasty. I've had 120 before, at 22% and a year or two old the last time i had this, it was a beast of a barley wine. This is something all together different. The malt gives off an amazingly liquor like flavor. Giving off just layer upon layer of caramel sweetness. Attempting as best it can the hops give off a nice bite, tending toward the citrus vs floral side of the American hops, but they don't reach that point. Alcohol is nearly non existent and what alcohol is there is hidden in the hop bite.

This beer is sinfully drinkable. I really can't believe what I'm drinking. There is hardly any carbonation, heat, and even the syrup like thick look doesn't translate here. This beer is just way too drinkable, way too mellow, and simply put the best 13%+ abv beer I've seen yet.

This beer is often seen as a gimmick and I thought this about the beer to a degree in the past. This version is simply not what I've had before or age does this beer terrible injustices. If you like a THICK malty double IPA or you want an english barely wine malt profile with american hops give this beer a try. A truly amazing effort that justifies the two dumped out batches. This review shouldn't go along side the older versions as this is simply a new beer!

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Blazing burnt orange color with a decent sized, smooth, creamy white head. Pretty good retention but almost no lace. Surprising given the ABV.

S - Sweet citrus and stone fruit. Caramel malt and some booziness. Pine hop aroma is also in there. Pretty fruity overall.

T - Like the aroma, there is a good amount of citrus, tropical and stone fruit. Mango, apricot, peach, grapefruit and orange all in there. A touch of booze on the finish but not much given the ABV. Caramel malt is also fairly strong. Much more sweet than bitter, but bitterness does come out.

M - Medium starting toward full body. Nice carbonation and has a smooth and slightly viscous feel.

D - Even with the ABV it isn't too boozy. It is a little on the sweet side though. That said, given what this beer is, it is very drinkable.

Notes: On tap at Beer Revolution. Not sure the year. It was surprisingly not too boozy. Having had 90 Minute, I knew this would be sweet and it definitely was. Nice beer with plenty of sweet hopiness, but there is a touch of bitterness. Good, but I don't know if I'd pay the price for a bottle.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.
Pours a quarter fingers worth of creamy bubbly head. This as many have said dissipates to just about nothing, just a slight ring around the edge. Hazy deep orangy amber body.

Smells of sweet sticky juicy oranges soaked in spirits. Quite a bit of alcohol is mixed in with the carmel malt sugary smells.

Tastes quite complex. A mixture of carmel, orange, herbal, grassy, a hit of whisky or scotch. This was interesting to me. I was expecting a big boring alcohol burn, this was not the case. It's very smooth for 18%. Maybe if this was from a later vintage it would have been what I expected.

Mouthfeel is full. Very little carbonation. There is a hop bitterness that helps keep this one from being a one sided malt and alcohol bomb. This is very alcohol and malt forward.

Overall I'm quite pleased with this, is it worth the price, yes at $10, not at 18$ where I've seen it at other stores. Thank you Ian for this bottle. This bottle can easily be shared with a few friends. I was not blown away with this but none the less very pleased with it. I'd consider cellaring a few of these for future tastings.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/5/09 bottling date. Pours a light red amber, with burnt orange hues with the faintest trace of a foam cap leaving thin lacing. Barely any carbonation that works well with this beer. The nose hints you with warm port/sherry booze right off the bat. Baking spices along with spiced apple pastry, rich oloroso sherry, currant and booze soaked raisins and a touch of figs as well. Very nice complex nose definitely more fortified wine than beer. The taste brings sweet barleywine like malts with enough alcohol to wash it away - i might be able to tell the abv is this high but it is so well balanced it never comes across as hot. Hops really arent perceptible at this age, there is almost some caramel as well as light red fruit and raisins. Extremely drinkable and a rare treat in CA, would love to try this fresh.

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Jonah!

Review from notes, 9/10/11. 12oz bottle, 2009 vintage I believe, split into Globes.

A: Pours clear golden and brilliant, followed by a bunch of sediment. Outstanding alcohol legs, and a wispy white ring of head.

S: Floral and sweet. Reminiscent of a sweet, robust white/rose wine. Lots of candy sugar, caramel and toffee underneath, some booze, and bits of spices, wood and nuttiness..honey as well.

T: Tastes a little like a spiced rum or sweet liqueur. All of the components from the nose are here, combined with some sweet fruits like apricot and papaya mixed with honey and booze. The alcohol isn't as noticeable as the nose, though you still feel a slight burn on the way down.

MF: Despite the alcohol presence this baby's got a thicker mouthfeel for this type of beer, and it's got some pleasant viscosity.

O: Liked this one a lot more than I thought I would, and glad I shared it; 6oz is plenty. A really well crafted ale, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of codewarrior
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

3 oz pour from a tasting glass at Rehoboth Beach

L: Cloudy amber ... can't see through to the other side. Pour is absolutely too cold, but we're at the source here ... I'm concerned already that they are trying to numb my taste-buds for what's incoming.

S: Crisp booze destroys all ... until the hops kick in at the back. Reminds me of Samael's ... my nostrils have been sanitized ... this much is for sure.

T: Booze. Fading into straight isopropyl alcohol with the tiniest hint of hops ... before the booze kicks back in. Blech.

F: Astringent in your mouth. Scope has a less obnoxious mouth feel than this.

D: 1 sip was enough ... in a lifetime of sipping ... i'm not sure I could have made it through my 3oz pour.

Photo of LAMAGS
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish heads 120 minute is, like all of their IPA's nicely crafted and very flavorful. When poured it has a opaque golden color with a thick creamy and persistent head. The flavor is a blend of pine, hops, and citrus, there is a boozy undertone but thats to be expected with a dipa. The mouth feel is creamy and thick. Overall its a solid beer, not the best this brewer has to offer but a great IPA none the less.

Photo of remhaze
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice golden amber/orange with a thin head

S: dried apricot and citrus aroma

T: very smooth and full flavored and very-very sweet with a warming alcohol finish

M: Very thin mouthfeel due to the high alcohol content and low carbonation. A small sip went a long way to coat all of your taste buds.

Overall, it's a great desert beer

Photo of beenitty
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz snifter @ CloverLeaf Tavern DFH tap takeover

A: Pours hazy yellow/orange with off white head that just sits there and doesnt move.

S: Whoa. Mostly pine, bit of grapefruit, and booze. Not like other DIPAs where the smells is like fresh pine, but definitely unique aroma here.

T: Malty, sweet. Tastes like a barleywine to me, which is a good thing. Bit of hops in the finish. Tasty, but not blowing my mind.

M: Creamy, sticky on the palate. ZERO bitterness. Im kinda shocked that this is a DIPA.

D: High, but beware, this one will creep up on you.

Overall: Awsome beer. Not really worth the hype IMO. Definite achievement to pack this much hops in a beer and still balance the beer.

As other reviewers noted and it has had much debate, this beer feels like a barleywine.

If this beer tasted like it smelled it would be a homerun IMO.

Regardless of the style categorization definitely an experience, I prefer some other DIPAs to this one but definitely worth trying at lease once.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with a fluffy off white head that leaves some spotting and mild lacing around the glass.

Smells like lots of pine and alcohol.

Tastes are tons of leafy bitter hops followed by a strong sticky caramel sweetness. Pretty harsh alcohol bite and a long lingering bitter aftertaste. This thing is so damn sweet it's not playing around you can tell.

Mouthfeel is heavy. Well carbonated I guess I can't even tell anymore what's going on here.

Overall is ok but I probably should have aged this for a while. I think all the hype this year compelled me to go ahead and try it. This is my second attempt at drinking this beer and trying to enjoy it. This time didn't go much better than the first.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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