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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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5,888 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,888
Reviews: 1,972
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 866
Gots: 1,862 | FT: 114
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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 Drew966


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

120 Minute IPA pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle that says it was bottled on 3/30/06. Hops and malt are both present in the aroma, as is a bit of fruitiness and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is downright thick. The flavor is very sweet, almost syrupy, followed by alcohol in the end. You can pick up hops and malt in the flavor, but this is not the hop bomb many might imagine. This is a sipper, the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:40:37 | More by Drew966
Photo of DIPAbrewer


3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Finally found one of these at a local liquor store. I poured the sweet hoppy brew from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass and was immediately struck by the deep resiny hop aroma. The color was deep amber with an off white head that fell into a ring around the glass and left significant lacing.
Another whiff of the ale rendered even more hoppy aroma with a deep dark almost smoky note from the malt. The hop aroma was complex but pleasant and the strong alcoholic content is revealed in the nose of this formidable heavy hitter.

The first sip overwhelms with hop flavor then fades into a syrupy sweet malt taste. This is a heavy slow sipping drink. The hop flavor is resiny, piney, and vegetal. The malt is super sweet and smoky. The malt seems to outweigh the hop bitterness in my opinion, leaving this ale a little too sweet. Despite this perceived flaw this is still an excellent beer that any IPA lover should try at least once. The drinkability is low given the extreme flavor and alcohol percent. I would recommend sharing a 12 oz serving between two people. After half of this beer my taste buds felt numb and burnt out. In summary, if you love hops try this beer, if not forget it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:19:04 | More by DIPAbrewer
Photo of gkatsoris

4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Okay, beautiful! Golden honey, freshly harvested honey. BEAUTIFUL!!! The head isn't pure white, but there seems to be a tint of grey and tans w/ delicate little bubbles that take a few minutes to dissipate.

S: Sugary (if this can be considered a smell) and obviously hoppy. Not bitter yucky hoppy, but smooth, pleasant, and hypnotizing hoppy.

T: This is the part I've been waiting for. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!! Sweet, tangy, hoppy, honey, and nutty. These flavors are all blended together perfectly. Honestly, this is the Holy Grail of any beer I've ever had.

M: Smooth. Smooth. Smooth.

D: Other than drink 2 of these and you may need a nap, smooth, sweet, tangy and absolutely delicious!!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 01:32:18 | More by gkatsoris
Photo of Limberg316


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic Pour but the head didn't last too long. Deep amber color and just slightly cloudy. Highly aromatic with hints of raisins, and a slight hint of ethanol. It's suprising how easily it is to drink. The taste is complex without aging and almost flowerful. It finishes with a slight taste of ethanol and alittle warmth when swallowed. Overall a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 03:50:18 | More by Limberg316
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North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #120. How appropriate. Thanks goes to zutmin.

Sort of a ruby orange with a hint of brown thrown in the mix. Great carbonation and a whispy white head.

Looks potent, though I already knew it was because I smelled it long before. This stuff packs a serious punch! Alcohol is quite present but so are many other wonderful scents. Huge hop presence, from pine to citrus. Caramel malts are also there and honey also adds sweetness.

Taste is crazy. It's a thick, potent flavor of enormous hops, the malts providing some backbone to this monster. A little booze is also present but actually plays well because of the resinous character of this beer. It's like drinking some hop juice with a sweet honey glaze.

Never experienced anything like the mouthfeel of this one. It was very warming. Not extremely bitter, though somewhat dry. But, wait...in comes a creamy, buttery like sensation from the alcohol like never before. Damn, this stuff is good!

Considering this is a 21% motherload of a DIPA, it's quite drinkable. I shared my bottle with a friend and we both enjoyed it from the first sip to the last. Not something that I'll be drinking on a daily or even weekly basis. This is one to enjoy on a special occasion and I would also advise you to sip slowly.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 23:40:00 | More by ncvbc
Photo of HoustonTX


3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

"The" Imperial India Pale Ale.

Damn, that's one sexy hop picture on the label. Wonder if it's scratch and sniff... hmm, no go. Says on the label the holy grail for hop heads, lets hope so.

Visually, this beer is absolutely amazing. What a great pour! Very dense viscosity with color swirls melding together. Body ends up a very hazy orangish-brown. Head is solid.

The aroma is very fresh smelling. Ripe fruit, aged oak, and caramel malt. A strong booziness amongst a deep layer of citric hops.

Taste is otherworldly. Enough hops to actually sting your tongue into remission. I love it! Upfront DFH 120, has a strong barleywine flavor tone. Some pleasant sweetness, that is not overwhelming and acts as the backbone for the immense hops to come. The sweetness does linger, and really only finally balances out near the end of the sip. The dry-hopping has produced some extremely nice flavor tones about midway through the sip. A deep herbacous floral mixture with sassafrase, oak, and light tobacco. The alcoholic burn/sting is relentless and does not give up.

An amazing feat of a beer. Truly unique, and definitely a beer, that not everyone can handle.

*Side notes* Hop burp after 2 sips, and it was one hell of a hop burp.
This beer is worth buying just for the hop burps alone, god they just keep coming.
I am already starting to feel a buzz after drinking maybe only 1/8th of the 12ozer. That is 21% for ya...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 23:11:16 | More by HoustonTX
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange-rust color with huge, white head.

Smell - Spicy with hints of pepper.

Taste - Very bitter, but in a good way. Resinous with sweet taste as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer but nothing I could drink on a regular basis. The alcohol wasn't overpowering which is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 02:37:30 | More by Beerbuddha
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New York

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I finished up the DFH brewery tour I was ecstatic to be informed by our guide that they would be pouring the 120 Minute for samples. I have a few 12 oz. bottles of the stuff, but I have been reluctant to open them without cellaring for a while. The beer was a dark, tawny orange with a frothy tan head that subsided kind of quickly and smelled of amber and pale malts with a layered hop character. The taste was arresting and beautiful. Caramel-y and hoppy, this is the way a Double IPA should be. It wasn't a brutal and bitter hop slap in the face the way you'd expect something boiled with hops for 2 hours and then dry-hopped for a month to be, the malts came through excellently; it was amazingly well-balanced from the hops and malts to the different varieties of hops in there. Mouthfeel also was exceptional, it was thick and chewy, coating the mouth and smooth going down despite the alcohol content. I could drink so much of this despite how strong it is, it's just... wow

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2007 17:22:12 | More by robrobrob
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

perhaps i should not have tried this before their 90-min DIPA, cuz now i'm probably spoiled...

slightly cloudy, deep amber. head is not long-lasting, but very creamy. not very lacy though

aroma is extremely fruity with some citrus notes.

not too viscous, but definitely substantial. the sweetness was a huge surprise. a bit off-putting at first, but soon i was kinda hooked. this is not as bitter as you'd expect from a DIPA, the hops are much more floral. probably all the extensive dry-hopping involved?

i guess i'll be aging a couple of these to see if they're even better in a year or so. that is - if i can't avoid the temptation to just go ahead and open them ;)

all that being said, this is probably just a bit too sweet (even with the dry finish), especially for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 22:32:21 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby red with a huge off white head that sticks around remarkably for such a strong beer.

S - Spicy, peppery hop aroma. A lot of corriander, pepper, chili, and smokey herbal notes. This kind of smells like an indian grocery store (I mean that in a good way).

T - Odd sharp bitterness is very powerfull. Sweet, malty, and a bit sour. It has distinct alcoholic warmth in the finish.

M - Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I little bit of astringency in the back of the mouth.

D - It is always hard to give a drinkability rateing to a beer this unreasonably strong, but overall this is a solid beer. Many "extreme" beers are almost undrinkable in my opinion but this goes down relatively easy, the only fault is the mouthfeel which is syrupy and a bit unpleasant. The high alcohol is kept in check by other flavors and the smell is quite extraordinary. I have to say this is one of the best truely extreme beers that I have had, from Dogfish Head or anyone else.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:55:59 | More by nickfl
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full amber with quickly diminishing head. Noticeably thick with hop resin. Smells a little like soy sauce and lemon. Comes across peppery with a dull bitterness upfront before spreading out into soy, heavy caramel, earthy and green hop resinous hops. Turns a little nutty and tartly acidic on the backside ending in very spicy alcohol. Remarkably tame for 21% abv though. Body is immensely viscous, though surprisingly not nearly to the level i expected. Carbonation is low but appropriate. Drinkability is what it is, but very good for 21%, and this is not at all cloying as i'd feared it would be.

Definitely an extreme beer, but a balanced one.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 01:13:16 | More by numenor1
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper/Orange with 1-2 finger head. Doesn't last and not as much lacing as other IPA's
Smell: Citrus/Hoppy and Alcohols
Taste: Less Hoppy than expected, given the hype this beer gets. The sweetness that makes me love the 90 minute is not as prelevant here. As with the smell, citrus and hoppy flavors are dominant. Warm alcohol follows soon after swallowing but is not immediately noticable.
Mouthfeel: Medium feeling beer. About what you would expect here.
Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable. Tastes smooth and sweet at first, but after a few minutes, the 21% starts to make itself known.
Final Thoughts: At $10 for a 12oz bottle, I would recommend a buy, but wouldn't make this a regular visitor to my fridge. Definitely prefer the 90 Minute, which has become one of my favorites. Other than price, this beer has nothing going against it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 05:22:17 | More by hellcatsjg
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had the 120 Minute IPA several times now, and have been looking forward to reviewing it. This one is poured from a bottle with a "bottled on" date of 5/10/07 into a belgian style snifter. A 12oz bottle costs me $10 in the DC area.

Appears a very golden copper color with a sticky, off-white and slightly orange head. Held up to the natural light from the window the true beauty of this beer shines through; hues of ruby red and deep orange bronze shine brightly. The nose is, as could be expected with a beer of such high alcohol, boozy. But it's still attractive, because the layers of complexity filter down from there. Strong malts, powerful hops, aged dark fruit, citrus on steroids. The taste is bold and, if you're unprepared, can hit you like a mack truck. Strong alcohol presence eventually gives way to dark fruits, rich molasses, and hoppy resin. To me, it's almost like dining on an overwhelming serving of a piney butter pecan ice cream. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. At times it's almost syrupy.

This is an intense beer and should not be taken likely; 21% ABV is hardcore for any brew. This is best served as an after-dinner drink, in my opinion, like a fine sherry or brandy. To be enjoyed in the smoking room with a cigar over a discussion of Rudyard Kipling or Ernest Hemingway. Something absurd like that.

But damn it's tasty. This one has been on the shelf for a few months, and I'm sure this sucker ages quite nicely, seeing as its alcohol level could sustain it for years. But I actually prefer the 120 Minute as fresh as possible. I think the piney/citrus notes in the hops stand out more when the beer is fresh. But I highly recommend it either way to fans and self-declared afficiandos of IPAs everywhere. But be warned... this is a BIG beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 22:56:45 | More by Atlas1
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from DDarden, cheers! Bottled on12/16/06

Pours caramel/apricot with 2+fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Big-time breadyness & piney hops.

T: Cakey, with honey, dates & in your face piney hops, plus some booze burn up front. Middle has pralines, caramel, baker's chocolate & more booze. Finishes dry, boozey with port notes, apricots & apple skins (fruitty)

MF: Chewy, slick, but a touch of carbonation, skews a bit malty to say the least

Drinks good for the abv, but I prefer a more restrained DIPA, at say 1/2 to 1/3rd the ABV. I would say based on my 2 tastings to age at least 3 years

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 04:35:32 | More by russpowell
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky orange with a nice and tame finger of head. Smells very malty/sweet and alcoholic along with just a hint of hops which is weird for an IPA. VERY sweet tasting with dried fruit, alcohol and I think there might be a little hops but that might be from me expecting a heap of them present in a big bad IPA. Though the alcohol is recockulously high, it’s not obvious at all. Feels extremely syrupy and thick. Totally not what I was expecting but that’s not necessarily bad. A nice treat but I can’t imagine drinking more than one at a time. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 03:09:34 | More by franksnbeans
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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was burnt orange with a sticky lacing that hugged the glass leaving little room for a great head. 120 minute had a very sweet and tropical smell while the alcohol was surprisingly not too noticeable for a beer at 20% ABV (Alcohol By Volume). The first taste brought a punch of caramel which flowed into a tropical fruit much like a pineapple then finishing quickly with hops. I expected this to be intensely hoppy but it yielded an overpoweringly sweet, thick and syrupy taste and mouthfeel with an astonishing hop balance. This DIPA (Double India Pale Ale) is definitely a sipper; very thick and heavy with little carbonation and high alcohol. Although the price seemed quite steep, one could justify it in ratio (ABV/price) to wine. The 120 minute term refers to the full two hour boil of high-alpha American hops. In addition to the full two hour boil, DFH radically dry-hops the fermenter daily for a month and then ages the brew for another month on whole-leaf hops! Pick one up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 02:18:52 | More by brandoneast
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark orange with a slight white head that drops to a ring. Leaves some sticky lace.

Smell is sweet pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste is super sweet malt and alcoholic heat. Some hops but not as potent as the malt. Alcohol is present, yet hides in the background.

Overall, a good brew. Pushes the boundries of beer. A bit too sweet for me to enjoy all the time, but is good as a once in while beer. Paired it with some hot wings and the alcohol cut through the heat of the wings. Very good balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 01:00:47 | More by bluegrassbrew
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I finally got my hands on this famous/infamous brew while visiting Northern Delaware. I found this beer and WWS at a liquor store across the street from my hotel and promptly releaved the store of their supply of both. The owner was more than happy to sell it all to me since no one else in this neighborhood was buying them. The beer poured a hazy amber/orange color with a rather large half inch head that receded quickly. The aroma was very malty and alcoholic, with the hops hidden in there somewhere. Where are the hops? Taste was hot alcohol, extremely sweet honeyish malts and citrusy hops. The longer I sipped on it though, the hops became overwhelmed by the massive sweetness. I was expecting a hopsmack in the face and instead got kicked in the balls with an un-Godly amount of malt. Mouthfeel was very thick and sticky in the palate. One 12 oz bottle is all I can handle. The combination of extreme sweetness and very hot alcohol makes this one a sipper. I'd be interested to see how this beer changes after several years of aging.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 16:18:06 | More by rodrot
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really a beautiful looking beer. Little to no head to speak of but the color is orange and copper and very deep. It looks great. The smell is also incredible, hoppy, grapefruity, and slightly of honey.

After tasting it the sweet and honey odors are much more present and dominate the smell, making it not as great, but when I first smelled it before tasting it was incredible.

The taste is good and for the 21% abv the alcohol is surprisingly masked. The issue here, as others have noted, is that it doesn't taste hoppy or like an IPA really at all. It's just sweet and malty. The more I look at it and taste it the more it's reminding me of honey, which isn't necessarily bad but now what I was looking for here. Mouthfeel is great...for how sweet it is it's not syrupy and rolls around in the mouth quite pleasantly.

It's pretty drinkable but I won't be having more than one and I don't know if I'll drink this again, with the exception of an aged bottle perhaps. I keep hoping that one of these 20% abv beers is going to blow me away and become one of my serious go-to beers but thus far they are all just sweet and while they do have redeeming qualities they're not all that great. This is still a very good beer though and it has to be tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 11:25:09 | More by gauchebag
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3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The much-vaunted 120 minute IPA - it took me a long time to finally track down a bottle of this stuff, as most places I knew didn't carry it. However, as DFH has gotten wider distribution it's become a lot more commonplace. Needless to say, as a hophead and a fan of DFH, I was excited to try it. This is from the 12oz. bottles.

Pours a bold orange/copper, with a decent white head. Head diminishes fairly quickly. Smell is hoppy with some elements of sweetness behind it. The taste is where the sweetness dominates however. My expectation was to get smashed in the mouth by pure hops, yet the sweetness of this seems to overpower everything else. Given that it's 21 ABV, I would imagine this is to help cover the alcohol taste. My hope is that they would have really amped up the hops to add balance, but the malty sweetness just dominates. Mouthfeel is syrupy yet smooth, with a strong alcohol presence.

Drinkability for me has this as a one-off or occasional beer. I've actually been meaning to pick 2 more up so I can cellar them for a couple years and see how it tastes with age.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 18:15:53 | More by YonderWanderer
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was 1.75 years old and pretty tasty. The aroma was malty sweet with notes of alcohol and little to no hops. The color was a orange gold. It had a small, tight creamy head. The flavor was bitter for sure with a lot of sweetness. The alcohol is nestled nicely behind the sweetness. I wish it were less sweet so the bitterness and hop flavor could come out to play. I love this beer and its a great sipper after dinner but I want more out of it. I know I am asking a lot since DFH puts so much into it but a man can dream. The most impressive thing about this beer is its smoothness. The mouthfeel is velvety and viscous while the lack of perceived alcohol allows for it to be pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 07:57:48 | More by beersabound
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4-pack from the Milton brewery on our beach vacation

a- pours a dark orange hue with 1 fingers worth of off-white creamy head that is mostly diminishing, minimal particulates and fair lacing

s- surprisingly sweet and syrupy malty nose for a DIPA, tones of citrus and dark fruit, pine-based hops well in the background

t- initially dominated by caramel malts but quick transition to citrus and piney hops that quickly fades, minimal aftertaste characterized by syrupy sweet malts and alcohol, not the most balanced DIPA i have sampled recently but a decent showing

m- quite a heavy-bodied, thick DIPA with mild carbonation and a stiff alcohol presence that is not surprising given the abv

d- With a mouth-dropping abv, it would be hard to drink multiple servings in one session; 120minute reminds me more of a hoppy strong ale than the DIPAs I am used to on the west coast, $30 for a 4pack is quite a pricetag and there isn't much uniqueness here for a return visit; DFH makes some great ales, however, with 60minute and Raison (not reviewed) being big hits on this visit; i would be surprised to see how the 90minute compares to its 60- and 120-minute brethren.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 22:51:40 | More by Stoneman78
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had the privilege of enjoying this beer on tap at the at the sierra grille recently. It was served in a small glass chalice.

Appearance- deep orange color, with a head that laced the perimeter of the glass. a very clean looking beer

Smell- Citrusy, grapfruitey, piney, It's deceiving. Despite the alcohol content of this beer it doesn't smell like it's loaded with alcohol like other beer of this caliber.

Taste-Somewhat malty balanced with adequate bitterness. The alcohol comes thru like an ice pick in the forehead, but in good way.

Mouthfeel-This is a full bodied beer, that coats your mouth with alcohol from the first sip, and lingers til well after the last sip . moderatley carbonated, with nice hop balance.

Drinkability- at 18% abv this one, ain't no session beer. Share one with a friend as a littel bit goes a long way with this beer. It's a sipper for sure.

Overall it's a mighty fine beer, I'll have to pick some bottles up to stash in my cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2007 17:39:40 | More by deanhead
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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured gently into a tulip glass. A nice hazy amber, burnt orange color with minimal head and lacing. Very sweet smell, apricot, fig, molasses, earthy hops. I was expecting more hop aroma, but this one leans toward the sweet malt end of the spectrum. Taste is bold, very sweet at first with cherries, hard candy, pineapple, brandy. The hops come in at the finish, with some citrus flavors and just a slight presence of alcohol. Feel is slick and heavy. Viscosity reminiscent of liquor. This is a sipper for sure. The alcohol is well hidden behind the huge sweet malt and heavy hop addition. This is worth a try for its uniqueness and extreme nature.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 15:58:22 | More by Daehpoh
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love my friends& coworkers -- a former DFH employee moves away and finds a case of beer. Remembering my repeatedly yammering on about how much I enjoyed DFH beers, she hands it off to me. 6 120s, 6 60s, and a handful of Punkins. Not sure how long the 120s aged, but they're the caution/exclamation point caps.

A: Poured from the bottle into my Duvel Tulip. A 1-finger head with a fair amount of staying power leaves a very sticky lacing. Held up to the light it's a deep orange/brown with a bit of a ruby hint in the background.

S: On top of a base of a malty carmel, there's a strong, but not overpowering, hops smell of orange and other citrus.

T: Ahh, here we've got it... Starts with a bit of that carmely malt, but that's just a palate to paint the tasty hops flavors on top. The hops open with that citrus that you smelled. It's followed with a piney hops, but what's interesting is the way the flavors blend. It doesn't feel like two separate tastes, but they move into each other. The bitterness isn't overwhelming, but it fairly well balanced.

How can a beer this strong not have too much alcohol burn? It's definitely alchoholic, and you can taste it, but it doesn't kill the flavor, just encourages you to savor it like a nice bourbon.

M: This might be the closest thing to a weakness for this beer. It's still good, the alchohol makes itself known through the mouthfeel. It's a bit heavy, but it coats the mouth well. It's not strongly carbonated, but in the middle of the taste, tied with the piney hoppiness you feel like you're missing a bit.

D: This is a toughie to judge on drinkability. Compared with your average IPA, this isn't refreshing or exceptionally drinkable, but with the wonderful flavor, and especially with the high alcohol content, it's remarkably easy to drink. It drinks more like a good barley wine, so that's what I'll judge it on here, in which case, it's exceptionally easy to drink.

Overall -- I love this beer. It's the beer that I compare great beer with, but with all the great beer in the world, what do you need to pay $9.00 for a 12oz bottle for. Still I'll save the remainders and see what happens in a few years.

--Thanks Sondra!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:21:16 | More by AlephNull
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 5,888 ratings.