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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,896
Reviews: 2,063
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 1,096
Gots: 2,493 | FT: 149
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.
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Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of lpotter
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Nameyourhop
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of admiralcrunch
1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of EA728
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this On-Tap at O'Bannon's 11/11/11

A: Orange, with a small amount of head, hazy

S: so hoppy it almost burns, but in the most pleasant way possible.

T: sweet, hoppy, but not as bitter as you'd think. the flavor of the hops is incredible, with the booze very well masked.

M: definitely feel the booze. little syrupy, but not as bad as other 18% beers I've had (Tokyo*). Medium carbonation, but goes down smooth, then warms the stomach.

O: Loved this beer. very different from any other IIPA I've had. almost a class of its own, as the bitterness is much less, the hop flavor is much more present and not masked by bitterness, and of course that ever present sweetness.

Photo of homebrew311
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange, minimal clarity, thick bubbly white head, thick lacing

S: nose features a huge sweet malt profile with lots of molasses, some honey, this is followed by assertive hop profile that leans the tHe earthy resinous side of things. The booziness is reminiscent of a spirit... Maybe a vodka

T: taste starts off very malty and sweet, some of the sweetness is cut with pine cones, this is followed by significant alcohol heat... Considering the abv it is decently balanced. Kinda tastes like a 90 minute with a shot dropped in it. This seems more like a gimmick than an enjoyable drinking experience.

Mf: body is relatively light considering the robust alcohol content, high carbonation

O: glad to have finally tried this, not really my thing, I'm all for ipas and high gravity brews, but this one goes into the range of being too much

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle.
Hazy dark orange/red body. Small amount of off white head that leaves only a few small puddles. Nose is resinous pine hops. Earthy, deep woods. Rich toasted caramel malts and a large overlay of Booze. Pungent. The first couple sips very surprisingly smooth. Creamy caramel, toasted Portuguese bread. Hops aren't overly bitter. A dark fruity character upfront and a pine sap finish. As it warms up the booze really starts to come through. The malt flavors start to become syrupy medicine halfway through the glass. I look forward to reviewing this batch again in a couple of years. I have confidence it will gain complexity and balance out.

Photo of grittybrews
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light, clear tangerine-amber with a small cap of off-white head. Relatively mild aroma dominated by sweet caramel, hints of grapefruit and orange, and some hints of alcohol.

Moderate carbonation and a sticky, oily mouthfeel. Burst of very sweet caramel/honey biscuit up front followed by pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and a warming finish with more malt sweetness and booze.

Worth trying on tap at least once but I don't know whether I'd seek this out in the bottle. The alcohol was noticeable but better masked than I had expected. The hops are big, but again, I wouldn't peg this at 120+ IBUs. Fun to try, though.

Photo of rodney45
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: This is the late 2011 batch of this beer. Im trying it in early Nov, and was told it came in late Oct. Saved one to age.

A- Sandy colored decently sized head, for the ABV, sits atop a beautifully defined aurburn, the way a very worn football looks. I could swear that a two thirds of the way through this beer, the spider web like lacing spelled out my name.

S- At first the nose fills with malt character, then is quickly replaced by ethers and grapefruit/ mango hop notes.

T The anticipation and sheer complexity of this beer makes me proceed this tasting with a fine-toothed comb. The first and most lingering note is the hop flavor. It can be broken down into several invidual distinctions: Blood orange, mango, grapefruit and the type of orange you find in diner fruit salads(only way to describe it). This is all laid on a menagerie of distinct malt flavors, that are present in most of dogfishhead's big IPAs. A barly wine/congac type of warmth radiates through you after drinking this, which is the only indication of a high ABV.

M- It hides the ABV very well, but for 10 bucks a 12 oz, i cant imagine it sneaking up on you. Its smooth and meant to be sipped as slow as she can go. It is bitter, but is not overpowering.

O This is the top tier of beer-dom. Its not meant to be reached without climbing the ladder. You can purchase this, review it, and give it a score, but i somehow feel that this beer is judging you. The people at DFH know what theyre doing, and judging by their recent delay of the 2011 120min IPA (because they didnt think it was up to par), I can safely say that they know when they have made the best IPA around (and never settle on less than perfect) The burden of judgement lies not upon them, but on you. When you reach the point that this becomes the grail for you, perhaps you can safely say that you have the ability to judge what a masterpiece this beer really is.

Note: This ruins all other beers.

Photo of harrymel
2.4/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled Sep 2011

Well, tried this side by side with an '09 of the same time frame. They both poured crystal clearly amber with a finger of off white foam which fell quickly to an extreme clarity. Old smelled sweet. New smelled vegetal. Old tasted sweet. New tasted sweet and astringent with a weird soured grape and acetone flavor. Both were appropriately carbed with a thin, syrupy feel. Both were a disappointment.

Photo of suncrust
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 version on-tap, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pale golden yellow with a small, frothy straw colored head. Little carbonation and lightly active bubbles rising slowly to the top.

Smell - Very clean, brisk, hoppy smell. Big plant-like aroma, earthy pine and slight straw. Hops dominate the aroma, creating imagery of endless forests of hop vines.

Taste- Extremely flavorful and much sweeter than expected. Big malts give flavors of sweet biscuit and faint honey. The mondo amount of hops create an active, resinous phenomenon in my mouth, with notes of big earthy pine and citrus. It's like biting into a hop. Definitely boozy, and the warming effects of the alcohol can be felt quickly. I like the bigness and balance- enormously sweet malts meet enormously bitter hops meet enormous alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Syrupy, thick and slightly oily. Very full-bodied, but still refreshing.  

Overall- Rich, big and bold. Oddly drinkable despite such massive characteristics. This beer is so humongous it's like an "IPA concentrate" of sorts. All other IPAs are made from diluted Dogfish Head 120. A bit pricey, but certainly worth the try.

Photo of taigor
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured hazy dark amber almost brown color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts and alcohol with hints of hops.

T - Very sweet to start with malts, honey and caramel coming through and followed by slight biter citrus hoppiness and a boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Definitely an unusual IPA and fits more into wine category. I would recommend it.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got a finger of head. Body was coppery orange. Lots of bubbles slowly rising to the top.

A delicious citrus bouquet with a little bit of booze.

The taste was straight cough syrup...and I loved it. A sweet combination of tangerines and mandarin oranges, it paired well with the alcohol flavor.

Medium bodied, kind of oily like cough syrup, but still smooth. Medium carbonation. Good stuff.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.65/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo. It's the only time I've ever seen it in a store around here.

A: Pours a deep gold, with massive reds and oranges. There is a puffy white head that dissipates over time leaving a thin ring of foam around the top of the beer and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like white bread, malts, a bit of citrus, and alcohol. You're not kidding yourself with an 18% IPA. The alcohol is there.

T: Right up front there is a sweet citrus, but only for a second. It then it changes to pure booze. It tastes like acne astringent.

M: Fully bodied for an IPA. There is some cloying of sweet malt and it finishes super dry with that massive alcohol kick.

O: I get it. The biggest, baddest, IPA on the block! But what I don't get is why people like this. There isn't much flavor to it, absolutely no subtlety, and a huge boozy rubbing alcohol punch in the finish. No thanks, the astringent quality of this beer ruins it for me. I just wouldn't look forward to trying another glass.

Photo of tjkinate
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much better than I expected considering the high ABV.

A: Cloudy deep orange bodied brew topped with a 1+ fingered, tan soapy head that displayed good retention. Some lacing was evident as the head settled to a light film covering the brew.

S: Has notes of white wine, sour, citrus with other fruits notes followed by a light burn from the booze. Malts follow, subtle in the hop department.

T: Not quite what I was expecting. I liked it even though it shares almost no characteristics of the variety. Plenty of malts upfront followed by unpleasant bitterness that builds throughout the tasting and really detracts from the overall experience.

M; Medium bodied, very silky, coats your mouth thoroughly, burn from booze was pleasant!

O: Would love to try again, next time an aged bottle.

Photo of jamescain
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, 2008 vintage.

Appearance: Poured clear copper with small flakes, topped with an off white head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Booze and more booze, with sweet caramel malt, and still resiny hops.

Taste: Surprisingly not as boozy as the aroma would lead on, however, it's really sweet. Caramel, toffee, and bread with a piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and syrupy with a hot cloyingly sweet finish.

Overall: An experience for sure, but not something I could ever finish by myself. Even with 4 of us, we couldn't finish the bottle.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend from bottle (thanks Joe!).
Didn't catch the brewed date if it had one, but word through the grape vine has this at 22% abv.
Deep golden color with a crazy hop aroma. Alcohol and citrusy/grapefruit/pine notes. Very similar in taste. You really feel the alcohol in the mouth but its what I excpected.
Its probably one of the most desireable brews around and routinely sells out. While at least $15 a bottle seems avg, its deff pricy but well worth to try every year. I have had this a few times but never reviewed it...I'd like to purchase again and re visit this next year. You don't need to read this to know you should try it.

Photo of Beejay
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for helping me acquire this guy.

A: A very hazy orange amber. A nice thick, but soft head on the top, which is off white in color.

S: Huge hop nose. Like if pine sap was boiled with grapefruit, tangerine, and tropical fruits. Citrus notes dominate, but there is certainly a sweet finish to the aroma.

T: Yowser, that beer is crazy. Resiny, citrusy, sticky, sappy, piney hop flavor. There is a good amount of malt sweetness to back it up, and the alcohol certainly gives you a hell of a kick in the finish. Tropical fruits linger throughout, which helps create a yin and yang between the bitterness and the sweetness.

M: Thick and sticky. The carbonation is medium, and fine in size. I think it works. There is a certain oily feel to it.

O: Overall this is a very interesting beer, and I am very glad that I got to try it. While it may not be the best beer int he world, it is certainly one of the more interesting, and intriguing. This is certainly a beer that pushing the borders of what beer is, and what it can evolve into.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holy moly! this is the hophead mecca as far as i am concerned. pours a heady cloudy golden bronze color with what surely must be the thickest head in the history of beer. textured like a bouncyball! smell is elemental hops, resins, oils, saps, lupulin, all of it. there is a noticable alcohol smell as well, which of course there must be at 18%. the flavor is hectic, evacuating all other flavors from the mouth in favor of the hops in this beer, its got a slight bready thing going on, but its more like a hop loaf. a novel idea brilliantly executed, but this could never be anyone's daily drink. its just a huge huge beer. mouthfeel is sticky and chewy and bogged down by the absurd hopping. i like to have a couple of these every year, and i find the on tap version to be even more pronounced than the bottled version. another classic from dogfish head

Photo of RandomBattle
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time ever having this beer, have had the 60 and 90 minute countless times.
Poured from the bottle to a tulip, I didn't think to use my Dogfish Head snifter, gah!

Appearance - pours a pale gold color with a one finger soapy head. While it doesn't impress it has a solid look to it.

Smell - sweet sugary hops, and some slight ethanol.

Taste - very much like smell. Sweet hop flavor right up front, a nice malty back bone, and alcohol! Reminded me a lot of Southamptons Old Herb.

Mouthfeel - I happened to be sipping this one since I split the bottle, but wouldn't necessarily say it's a sipper. It has a slightly syrupy consistency.

Overall - it was quite enjoyable, I was happy splitting the bottle with someone, it was just enough. It sort of falls under the category of a hoppy barleywine in my mind. A nice boozy, hoppy kick in the mouth.

Photo of smerrell
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: head dissipates quickly, golden in color

Smell: Hops! floral spice - notes of honeysuckle and sugar

Taste: Wow. Very similar to a barleywine, but much more intense. If someone told you it was a Caramel liquor, you'd likely believe it. Incredible flavor with a ton of complexity. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering

Mouth feel: a sweet attack that coats your tongue. There is a long, hoppy finish.

Overall: This is a powerful beer - much closer to a fine whiskey than a beer. This one is defines what a "sipper" is - no sane person would drink a whole bottle in an evening. Fantastic!

Photo of Kbogac
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intense! That best describes this beer. Draft poured in a small snifter. Darker yellow with a nice inch of fairly dense foam. My color could be off a bit, the bar was dark. The smell is great. Like sticking your face in a bushel of hops. At first the taste is a little much. Extreme sweet hops with alcohol. Once your taste buds recover the sweet, juciy hoppiness takes the stage with some oak and citrus making an appearance. Mouthfeel is medium, not as heavy as you'd expect from something this big. Overall an enjoyable experience. Defiantly a one beer show. Not only due to the ABV by your taste buds are a little worn out when finished. Interesting ans unique beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of aorloski
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an incredibly lush burnt orange. I was amazed at how much of a head this thing poured at 18%. Looks like a beautiful regular american IPA. Alcohol legs obviously are pretty thick and a minimal head sticks around for the duration, pretty amazed.

Smell - As soon as i opened this bottle the hops jump right into your nose. Again i was surprised at how much of a juicy quality this one had, i was thinking it would be overly malted and sweet but rather the smell was incredibly west coast. Big juicy grapefruits and over ripe peaches but if you keep smelling you do get the big malt backbone and in the very end some of the alcohol. But honestly the thing smells amazing. I mainly smell simcoe, amarillo and cascade hops.

Taste - It falls a little flat in the taste, but not far. Bitterness right up front, juiciness in the middle and malts in the end. There is a lot of talk about this thing being too sweet and i am going to have to say that the people who say this are correct. However, i do like over the top beers and the sweetness and hop profile in this work really great. I would like to say they work great but it is just short of greatness. A very well rounded beer though. What blows my mind is that at 18% i dont taste barely any alcohol. you do feel it going down your throat though, very warm, but the taste is incredibly hidden. I get some warrior hops and more of those amarillos, some of my favorites. I am impressed.

Mouthfeel - This things drinks like a DIPA to me, well i guess technically that is what it is, but c'mon its 18%. It doesn't seam to coat the mouth as much as you would think and the bitterness doesn't stick around as much as i would hope but it is still very velvety and for the style perfectly carbonated.

Overall - I have been seeking this beer for years now but not enough to pay crazy prices for it. I walked into my local beer shop tonight and out of nowhere there were 3 bottles of this and i couldn't believe it, its not the type of store that would have it. It was also fresh i should mention. I bought three bottles in giddiness because DFH was the beer that got me into craft brews and ever since i have been looking for this. Well, 3 years down the line and with complete palate change i am still pretty impressed with this. Is it very sweet and malty? yes. Is it a hop heads dream? absolutely not. Is it a very good beer? in my opinion YES. i am very happy with this one.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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