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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,385
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 984
Gots: 2,112 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
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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 BrewMaven
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$10!! a bottle at a local bev center..But I had to try this at least once.

Pours a cloudy gold/orange with a slight fine head that faded to a ring soon after.

Smelled somewhat lemony with a hint of banana?

Taste was pretty wild with the lemon zing, malty sweetness and prominent alcohol along with the dry finish. The sweetness of this beer drops the drinkability score.

A unique velvety mouthfeel from this full bodied brew...Not overly carbonated.

Not a beer to be taken lightly..This is a sipper for sure. I'm not sure I'd really have this again even if it were less expensive. The 90min is the way to go for me.

BrewMaven, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of dstc
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby color with a light tan head that falls very slowly. Head does stay and leaves a nice sticky lace.

Obvious hop aroma yet also syrupy sweet.

Amazingly sweet taste with a big bold hop flavor. Not sure how they got those two conflicting tastes to be so bold and go together so well but they did it. Both are fighting for the prominent taste. Follows by a huge alcohol flavor, very warming. Sweet but somehow dry finish, maybe because of the alcohol.

Very full and smooth in the mouth with an alcohol bite on the tongue.

Interesting brew, sip slow and enjoy. Could not drink more than one and not too often.

dstc, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Union Jack Pub and Restaurant (Winchester, VA):

Appeared a very nice rich copper/amber color with a huge white head that had good retention that was reduced into a thin cap.

The aroma, WOW, no real hops to mention, smelled more like a wheat wine, sweet, rich, fruity. I think that the alcohol was hidden very well.

The taste is excellent but if you are a hop head, stay away. The taste is much like the aroma, malted barley sweet with no hops to mention, with some fruit hints and again more like a wheat wine than a DIPA. I don't really recall much alcohol at the beginning of the beer, but much more so as the beer warmed up. Going into this beer, I was aware of the style, so I gave it a lower mark than if I had not since I was trying to compare it to other DIPA's.

Heavy/Thick body, rich and it took me about 90 minutes to finish, very much a sippin' beer.

PhillyStyle, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Jisho
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep redish color, absolutely gorgeous to look at.
S: Smells more like a barley wine than a beer. And before drinking it's rather apparent how much alcohol is in this drink just by smell alone.
T: Wow, very very strong taste. Both the alcohol as well as the hops kick you in the face right away. After that, very sweet aftertaste that I can describe as fantastic. Still, the initial taste is off-putting to say the least.
M: No complaints, nothing special.
D: Given how alcoholic it is, it drinks surprisingly well. Unfortunately given the price you can't drink often.

Jisho, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of aesopsgato
2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

appearance-thick rich orange amber

smell-vinegar is dominant, with sweetness highly present also. alcohol comes in too, with a hint of masked hops

taste-sweetness paired with vinegary-taste hits hard, with ethanol coming in. i am wondering where the hops are? some fruity caramel aftertastes, which just add to the overly sugary taste that lingers for ages. the sweetness lasts on my lips as long.

mouthfeel is very nice, i enjoyed it a lot. thick and velvety.

I am having a hard time splitting a 12 oz. drinkability poor.

aesopsgato, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of notCreative
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Payed $9 for a 12 oz bottle, and I set it away for an occasion. I recommend splitting this beast of an ipa with friends, as it might be a little too much to take down by your lonesome.

A: Nice rustic golden color
S: Smells more like an imperial barley wine than an IPA
T: Holy liquor
M: Rather viscuous
D: Maybe too intense for a 12 oz bottle, all I need is 6oz


notCreative, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with Soulfly967 in Pennsylvania. Aroma is strong, hoppy, and surprisingly fruity - the orange and hop aromas battle for dominance, so one whiff is hoppy while the next is of orange. It pours a hazy orange-amber with a fairly thick and rather persistent white head. Flavor is richly orange and a little sweet with a firm hoppy but only slightly bitter hop undertone. This is quite unlike any IPA I have ever had - well worth the effort of setting up a trade! Texture is rich and silky smooth, yet fairly tingly and lively.

Cyberkedi, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was dated 11/6/08.

Pours into a goblet a golden orange with small head that is quickly gone. Minimal lacing.

Smells like a marker to me. Boozy, rubbing alcohol, bit of hops. The empty bottle smells like one gigantic hop.

Sweet, caramelly, warm alcohol. Complex malt and hops. Winelike complexity to this beer.

Feels like honey on the pallate. Outstanding carbonation feel on the tongue. Velvety smooth and full bodied. Warming sensation all the way down.

Definitely a sipper with this kind of ABV. I didn't think it was 21%. I guessed 15% when drinking it. I would like to age a bottle or two of this. Have to try this once in your life.

jera1350, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy copper-gold. white bubbly head that dissipates instantaneously and leaves not a trace.

S- hops, sugary sweet fruit and alcohol.

T- Taste is dominated by sugar sweetness mixed with alcohol. There is no more than a hint of hops. the flavor is pretty good, although too sweet. it is truly difficult to describe the flavor other than sweetness. some fruit in the aftertaste (perhaps peach or apricot?). Lots of alcolhol of course.

M- The best part of the beer. thick, and well carbonated. the flavors linger and continue to develop long after the swallow. amazing.

D- for what you would expect from 20% abv, this beer is highly drinkable. despite it being a little too sweet (which inhibits drinkability for me more than the alcohol) the only thing(s) that would hold me back from drinking multiple units would be the price and how hammered i would be after two or three.

all around, a good. beats the hell out of 90 minute and 60 minute.

jdklks, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of the craziest brews I have had so far. I had such high expectations for a beer that I thought I was going to have, then after the first sip those expectations were blown out.

The appearance is a good orange amber color. With a strong pour I could barely pull off a one finger head. The bottle is absolutely beautiful, and the yield sign on the cap is there for a reason. When moved around the glass the alcohol just left a residue of pure silk.

The smell was just out of this world. It smells like fresh grinded hops with sugar. I could not smell the alcohol, but rather a booziness to the whole feeling. When swirled in a wine glass the aroma rushes in and takes control. Amazing.

The taste was nothing of what I was expecting. It has a taste of sugar, and alcohol, and light candy taste. The alcohol taste is not hidden, but rather accompanied by the sugar, and it just makes for an unique experience. Maybe a little too much sugar for my palate.

The mouthfeel was nuts. You could take a sip, then wouldn't have to take another because the flavor of the brew stays and evolves on the palate. Imagine getting a deep tissue massage on your tongue, that is what its like.

The drinkability is not the greatest for some obvious reasons. There is an alcoholic boozy aspect that changes the name of the game. This is technically like drinking four or five brews, in the same time it takes you to drink one. It is a little too sugary and a hop characteristic is not as prevalent as I was hoping. I would for sure buy another, but getting this one was like pulling teeth off a tiger. Amazing brew from an amazing brewery.


Jmoore50, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I am rerating this one. It is one of my favorite beers. Pours a hazy copper orange with a deminishing light tan head. The lacing is great. The aroma is great pine, alcohol, caramel, and earthy. Has a great carbonation. Mouthfeel is excellent. The alcohol burn is very mild considering the %. Has good flavor. Not too bitter but well hopped. The balance is great. Has a resinlike texture. The finish is awesome with a perfect aftertaste. This beer is still the mecca.

Birdiebeagle, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Classic IPA appearance - nice rentention.

Smell: Elmer's Glue, Hops

Taste: Sweet, hops, pineapple tons of malt.

Mouthfeel: drinks like a port of cabernet sauvignon - very tannic soft mouthfeel. over the top.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Out of this world! I highly recommend!

LauraAlberts, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ThePeskyDingo for sharing this one with me.

Poured into Sierra Nevada Glass.

Pours a 1/2 finger, very slightly off white head. Color is slightly hazy golden sunset orange. Not to well of head retention, but what can a person expect at 18%abv.

Aroma: I get nail polish remover off the top. Very slight booze. Some citrus. A lot of earthy hops. Kind of weird, but what else are you going to get at this much abv. It is my first of its kind and very unique.

Taste: Here is the booze. Honey, citrus blend, massive amounts of floral hops, bready malts, some fresh pineapples. Very sugary.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but very creamy as compared to what I was expecting. Med-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Leaves a boozy floral aftertaste. 1 word to describe this: Wow!

Overall, this was quite the sipper. Glad I shared it with Russ. I don't know if I could have a lot of this. Not to bad for the abv, but definitely a beer to drink in moderation.

mothman, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very thin head fades very quickly leaving a thin lacing, almost none existent in the center, but slightly builds as you reach the edges of the glass where the is ultimately a thin ring of foam... Minor traces of extremely slothy carbonation... An intriguing and glowing ruby red color...

S - Absolutely scrumptious... The heavy dose of alcohol is evident, but in a sleek barrel aged sort of way as opposed to an off-putting solvent... Candied sugars... Grapefruit and assorted other citrus scents... Melon...

T - Loads of malt... Sweet candied beginning... Then we shift to a sweet melon fruitiness that quickly give way to a hoppy citrus kick... The aftertaste turns slightly medicinal...

M - Wow... What an impact... The flavors fill the mouth quickly... Much fuller than full bodied if that's possible... Extremely sticky and syrupy... Gummy... Loads of heats for the 20+% ABV... If the slightest sip will be felt in your chest... A decent amount of carbonation finds it way through and helps to balance things out (relatively speaking)...

D - The ultimate sipper... DFH is known for their extreme beers, and this is the poster child... This beer could last you hours... Some may consider this a "gimmick" beer, but they would sorely be missing the point... This is a unique and intriguing offering that all BAs should experience for themselves at somepoint... Truly one of a kind...

philbe311, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of BenJames1984
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The date on the bottle says 11/08/08, so this has almost 8 months of age. I notice a little bit of a difference, but nothing significant.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Spectacular, hazy ruby color. Head was very white, but very thin.

Smell- The best way to describe it would be a sweet, fermenting citrus aroma with a kick of hops.

Taste- A myriad of hops, natural sugars, and alcohol. Extreme.

Mouthfeel- Extremely full bodied, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability- Not much to say, here. It's a rare occasion when I buy these, and for a good reason. Never will I drink more than one in a session. Let alone, a good three months.

BenJames1984, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is hands down the most intense beer I have ever experienced in my life. Wow!

Poured into snifter, a deep amber color, clear, with thick light tan head. Great retention and lacing. A very good looking beer. Smell is intense of piney hops, citrus, sweetness, and alcohol. It almost smells like some sort of sweet, hard candy. Taste is similar. Strong, sweet, intense malt. Some caramel, candi sugar, and just general sweetness. A little bit of pineapple and/or general citric hops as it hits the back of the palate. Alcohol and a very warming/burning sensation as it goes down. Thick and creamy mouthfeel that I really enjoyed, somewhat velvety. Overall a drinkable beer in the sense that it is possible to drink this and enjoy it. Not drinkable in the sense of, "lets get a 6'er and slam it." This beer is intense and I think if you can drink this in less than 2 hours then you need to drink less.

bunnyhustle, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden amber with orange-red highlights. Medium sized head and a thin lace.
The aroma of alcohol,malts,fruits,grapefruit and alcohol.
The taste starts off with a sweetness that seems overbearing. Malty and heavy with some hops and alcohol. Caramel notes and pine. This is a beer that needs a chaser.

The feel is full bodied,some spice,medium carbonation and very syrupy.

Notes: Better than Old Schoole in terms of alcohol masking and balance. I really do not see how aging would help this,but I do not know for sure. It just was not what I thought of as a great beer. I will not buy this again,but it is worth a try.

Lexluthor33, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden into a taster glass with a small head with good retention.

The smell is overpowering piney hops with alcohol undertones.

This is a hop sandwich. Massive hops with lots of alcohol lurking beneath the hop assault. Very thick and chewey. This is a fine voyage to the outer limits of hoppiness. It is in a class by itself and, if you are willing to make the trip, it's an interesting destination. Be prepared to share the 12 oz. bottle because it's a lot for one person.

Unique and interesting but not your everyday beer.

jsapunor, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate head, sinks down to a thin layer across the surface, the lacing very sticky, thicker than mere streaks. Equally thick, cloudy orange haze to the liquid, more yellow gold around the rims. Heavy nose of glazed apricots, peaches and pineapple, this even beats down the sweet pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus, finds room for pine sap and a light dusting of cocoa too, smells like a "dessert" beer. Full-bodied, spicy, hot and boozy entering the mouth. Tiny fizz for carbonation, nowhere what's needed to cut through the abundant flesh of the apricot, peach, nectarine, pineapple, mango fruit. Oodles of pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime pulp. Shovels in molasses, honey and pine sap, relentlessly homogeneous and exaggerated. Not a lot more to be additionally said after the first few sips.

farrago, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Klgkenny
2.15/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into a room temp tulip glass.

Pours a thick caramel colored syrup which clings to the glass as it slides to the bottom. A thin ring of froth clings to the edge of the glass. Translucent... Almost opaque. Light penetrates, but that is all that penetrates.

Smells... Sweet. Uber malt over malt divided by malt to the maltiest power all of which is multiplied by isopropyl alcohol. Reminiscent of extract of malt liquor.

A variety of flavors... But not really. Sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, honey. Pure sweetness. And not in a good way. There is no balance at all to this flavor. At the very end of the swallow I can detect a faint honey-dijon mustard flavor.

The mouthfeel on this beer could be great, but the taste is so bad that I can't stand to roll it around long enough to tell. It's nice, but the flavor kills it.

As for drinkability... Ummm... No? That's what I have for that answeram I don't know if there is a zero rating or not, but I hope there is so that I can justify using it. For me, this is a novelty. Try one and trade the rest of your stash.

Klgkenny, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of BaltimoreMike
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I finally did it. I broke down and spent $8 for one 12oz bottle of beer. Overall impression - it is awesome. Very think, hoppy, strong, and surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer. Kind of reminds me of a Chimay Red label in it's flavor and drinkability. It's definitely not your football Sunday beer at the bar, it's much more refined. A beer that you would drink while enjoying a great steak, or hanging with some friends and talking in more of a relaxed setting. What I'm trying to say is that if you get this beer, be somewhere that you can truly enjoy the flavor and the quality.

Over all grade is an A. The only downside is the price. It's really hard to justify spending $8 per beer on a regular basis, and it doesn't matter how good the beer is, that's just too much money. But for all beer lovers out there it's totally worth a try, you won't be disappointed.

BaltimoreMike, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of association330
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the 60 and 90-Minute versions of this brew, so when I saw the 120 singles on the shelf of my local co-op, it was an easy choice.

A - Pours a thick, cloudy amber. Fleeting cap of foam quickly evaporates to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S - Piney, citrusy hops. Bitter orange and grapefruit peels lend a distinct, juicy sourness. There's some caramel malt sweetness in the background, and even perhaps a touch of dark fruits, but the hops dominate as expected. I was anticipating alcohol to singe my nasal passages, but surprisingly I cannot detect any.

T - Extreme caramel sweetness up front, that builds into candy sweet flavors of dark fruit. The swallow is sour with bright citrus and only moderately bitter. Makes the mouth water, just like eating orange or grapefruit segments. Definitely some alcohol present, but it's held in check nicely. A sweet and citrusy aftertaste lingers.

M - Luxurious and creamy, which leads to a great swallow. Carbonation is on the low end of moderate. Warming, numbing alcohol present, of course.

D - At 21% ABV, this is the epitome of a slow sipper. At $8.99 per 12 oz. bottle it is pretty hard on the wallet for most, including me, but I'm glad I gave it a try. A unique summertime nightcap.

association330, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of 0tt0
2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

My second go at DFH 120. My recollection of the first one isn't too favorable, to be quite honest. Time to take another stab roughly two years after the fact.

You can smell it as soon as you pop the cap: big-time orange, almost candied orange, and a bit of peach and apricot. Swirling the glass creates this amalgamation of head and honey-colored beer that is about the most tantalizing thing I've ever seen. As it settles, though, it loses some of that appeal. A 1/4 inch head and a color that light cannot penetrate.

The taste: like the nose, oranges, but its odd. Sweet, candied ginger flavors mix with the tart citrus but are, alas, overcome by the hot, hot alcohol and big malt sweetness. (An aside: Sam Adam's recent double witbier suffered from this same issue--too sweat, too hot, handicapping any nuance from penetrating the surface). The hops are certainly there, but the dominant note, from start to finish, is heat. In fact, it reminds me of putting too much wasabi or horseradish on something: whatever goodness lies beneath is elided by machismo of too much.

I like 'extreme' beers, but this falls into the class of big guns/big tits/big explosion American-style overkill that ruins what might have been a good thing. Nuance? Forget it.

0tt0, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
2.08/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into my pint glass

Pours a dirty hazy orange color(not to attractive looking if you tell me)with a one inch light fluffy slightly off-white head. The head resides on average leaving a slight white layer on top of the beer(not much)and around the edges of the beer.

You could smell the alcohol on this as I was pouring it into the glass. Besides the prominent alcohol, which is almost liquor like smell, I got dried stale fruit, especially oranges come to mind, slight grapefruit, and some piney/grassy hops. The alcohol really dominates though.

Man oh man, too much going on and not in a really good way either. Starts off with a strong alcohol like burn/bite(go-figure since its 21%)and in comes a very sweet sugar like taste to try and cover the alcohol which fails very much. Thats about all your going to get out of this beer. Alcohol is dominant all throughout this beer and leaves a liquor like burn way after you taken your sip(and I mean you will be sipping this bottle of alcohol).

Mouthfeel is very syrup like and teeth clinching with an alcohol burn. Definite sipper.

For those who dare to have another bottle of this, you sir just want to get drunk. For the taste and high alcohol and price tag, I will never, I repeat never drink this stuff again. I will stick to 60 and 90 minute IPA for sure.

tr4nc3d, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of ralree
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Raisiny and dark, opaque, with a nice tan head. Retention good, lacing basically non-existant. A real winner for looks.

S: Really alcoholic and raisiny. It's like Mr. Raisin and the Raisinettes just beat the crap out of you, which isn't all that appealing in my book. Hops are somewhere down there as well.

T: Raisins, dark fruit, really tart, brown sugar, more raisin flavor after swallowing. The tartness makes it much more palatable than it could be, and the sugar covers up the alcohol flavor nicely. I didn't think I'd like this one, but even though it's really sweet for my taste, it is quite satisfying.

M: Really thick and chewy, almost like oil. Dry after swallowing. Leaves the mouth clean except for the insane flavor - no oily remnants. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down really well, but it IS really sugary. Not cloying, just feels like you're drinking dessert. That's the only thing stopping me from pounding this thing. Good for a dessert beer, but not to be served with a meal.

ralree, Jun 16, 2009
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,385 ratings.