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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,130 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 1,986
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 917
Gots: 2,000 | 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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antilogic

California

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%

Picked up a bottle of this when on the East Coast recently...

The aroma was a noseful of hops. It poured farily thick without much head for me. I enjoyed it, and am glad I tried it, but would not go out of my way to buy it again. It was just too difficult to drink, because it was as thick as syrup. Splitting this with another person or several others is the way to go..

09-22-2008 05:30:37 | More by antilogic
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slayer3604

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

I am very split on this beer.
At one edge of the knife, it's the most balanced high ABV beer I've ever had
At the other, it's a parade of malt with an acidic lash.

A- An off white head with firm structure, but one which possesses large soda-like bubbles as well! The color profile is a beige-amber and the head dissolves to unearth a fizzing mayhem of beer body.

S- Like a carbonated/hopped brandy...so rich and fruitful. I wish they bottled this smell. I'd wear it as cologne any day of the week. Watch out, beer ladies.

T- A sweet fathom of energy that gives way to a metallic/pale taste. The complexity is messing with my head, and all I can think about is BALLANCE! Not only in the literal sense that 20% abv is coursing through my veins, but in the sense that this beer delivers such a balanced wallop to every sense!

M- Caramel, molasses, pennies, battery acid, camembert, orange peel, apricot and alpha acid!

D- This is such an expensive beer I just want to curl up and die thinking I just drank 20 dollars away in 2 minutes! Due to the insane impossibility of a Californian getting this beer for anything short of a good trade on here, i have to give drinkability a 'four'.

09-17-2008 09:24:31 | More by slayer3604
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chileman13

New Mexico

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

Finally scored this @ Liquorworld in Durango Co., as you can't get Dogfish Head in New Mexico.
Poured from 12 oz bottle into Samuel Smith tagged glass. Bottled on 7/7/08.
A-poured cloudy amber/copper with beautiful white foamy head.
A-Citrus hops with malty undertones. Thought it would be a brighter floral hoppy aroma given all the hops that went into it. I smell yet can't ID some spiceness...
T-Hoppy first note then pow sweet maltiness. Honey, good bitterness, with some alcohol post note. My taste buds seem somewhat confused. This is complex....
M-Medium milky smooth feel.
D- I can drink this, however not all night long. I have a feeling this is going to creep up on me and well give me a good buzz, strike that, a great buzz.
I think this is a very good beer. I feel if your thinking about it, don't hesitate, buy one. Yes I thought twice when I saw it was over 8 bucks for 12 oz. I can't wait to see how well the other 2 I bought age.

09-16-2008 01:08:19 | More by chileman13
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1%

I think anyone who goes for one of these pobably has an idea of what they are getting into.. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that a lot of what I was expecting turned out to be incorrect. For such a high ABV beer I was expecting a much, much thicker, sludgey, malt-bomb. Indeed, there is a ton of malt in the smell and flavor, but it is (somehow) balanced quite impressively, that is, while working on this scale, with hop. It doesn't look the way I thought it might look (its a very cark, cloudy copper/orange). It smells very strongly of both hop and malt, moreso than even the 60 min IPA's malt aroma. The taste has a lot of hoppy tree/forest-like essence right behind an upfront flavor of dark cherries and raisen sweetness. The mouth isn't nearly as heavy as I was expecting, aside from the somewhat-extreme taste, its ABV isn't so noticeable in the mouthfeel. It is a little syrupy, however.Drinkability is a hard one to determine... on one hand, it's pretty extreme in aroma, flavor, etc. And, of course, its over 20% alcohol (and, I believe, something like 500 calories according to the DFH website). However, it definetely gains points for not being really that difficult to get thru or swallow. Its really good. As long as you in the mood for some heavy taste and aroma, as well as to be pretty drunk, its a good one.

09-14-2008 18:35:46 | More by BirdFlu
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured a deep copper color. Darker and cloudier than other DIPA, but this of course is not close to any other DIPA. Hazy almost apple cider appearance and color. White head with so so retention but quite good lacing.

Hoppy aroma to this brew I have not smelled before. The hops are very fresh, very organic smell. Some sweetness could be noticed in the nose but the over all hop aroma is right up front.

Very sweet flavor. Honey, apple and grape flavors. The bitterness can be noticed but is easily overtaken by the malt sweetness.
Warming alcohol but not hot like many other high abv brews.

Very smooth and creamy for the abv. Alcohol was hidden quite well. Suprisingly drinkable for 21%.

09-13-2008 18:37:35 | More by kzoobrew
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jeremyd365

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

I finally got my chance at The Holy Grail! I was expecting some sort of undrinkable wallop, but what I got was a delightful and delicious experience. Poured a dark, hazy copper with very creamy head that stuck around. Obviously the hops were apparent from the smell, to the mouth, to the finish, but what I found interesting was the slightly mild fruity finish which almost tasted of apricots. This beer was quite a delight and although one could tell the alcohol was there, it definitely didn't give the impression of being 21%. However, after even my 5.5oz pour, I could tell it was there.

09-10-2008 17:42:07 | More by jeremyd365
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1%

12 oz. bottle courtesy of edelweiss, purchased at Market Street Wine, downtown location, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass, because lord only knows what the proper glassware to serve this beer in is.

Appearance: Pours a muddy, hazy, particulate-dense orange/brown amber with a one-finger fluffy, tan, fine-bubbled head (this part is surprisingly normal-looking). Retention is average, but lacing is definitely alcohol-retarded.

Aroma: Orange zest, leafy, spicy mint notes, a sharp, spicy alcohol. Other fruits, too - apples, pears, bananas, and lemon.

Taste: Holllly crap. Leafy and spicy up front, followed by sweet, sticky caramel malts - honey-like, roasted, citrus and some slightly darker fruits (which, in conjunction with the wicked alcohol, lends a distinct spiced rum note). And there's banana - definitely banana, I taste it in the afterfeel (i.e., the belch). There are spiced notes here - cinnamon, and spicy, chemical-esque plant phenol notes. There's bitterness, too, and it's up there (duh), but there's definitely enough sweetness to balance - more than enough, even. Oh, did I mention there's alcohol? Um, yeah - there's alcohol. It's spicy, which melds with all sorts of other spices going on here in a pleasant way, but the alcohol itself is, while not harsh or hot, sort of chemically, which is where I have to knock this beer.

Mouthfeel: Low-to-medium bodied but incredibly fine-bubbled and smooth, creamy, milky, and with a thick, syrupy, resinous, sticky body.

Drinkability: Had this one with some sharp cheddar cheese, and thank god. This is one biting bastard of a beer. It's spicy, fruity, sweet, bitter, astringent ... how do you even rate a beer like this? This beer improves slightly with warmth, peaks, and then goes precipitously declines in quality. The alcohol is high, but not high enough to make it too difficult for me to spell precipitously. However, that probably shouldn't be the the barometer on what constitutes "too high," and this is pretty high.

09-09-2008 04:17:16 | More by CrellMoset
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etaggie09

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

Appearance: Caramel tawny brown color with a cappuccino foam head that is nicely persistent. very opaque.

Aroma: Huge grapefruit and resiny hop aroma. A little malted grain in background with some alcohol notes that are oh so tempting. very sweet and inviting but not overwhelmingly complex. A little blackberry reveals itself halfway through.

Taste: Sweet mother of god! This is ambrosia. Very fruity- grapefruit mixed with honey and a great malty flavor that balances everything out. Perfectly balanced and the best IPA I have ever tasted. There is a little blackberry in there, too.

Mouthfeel: Oh so perfect. Thick and meaty, but dry enough not to be too cloying. Nice moderated carbonation tickles the tongue and throat.

Drinkability: Very heavy. I would not have more than one of these in a sitting. It also packs a pretty heavy punch so I wouldn't want any more anyway.

Notes: This is one powerful IPA but it is most definitely one that I will revisit again and again. Just excellent.

09-08-2008 15:45:59 | More by etaggie09
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Roeters

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Rich amber color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly

S: spicy hops with a slight grapefruit aroma with a sweet alcohol burn thru the nose.

T: The hops are below the thick sweetness of the brew a lot less hoppy then I expected it to be.

M: Very thick with a burn down that back of the throat. Light carbonation

D: I wish that I had more, I would age any more that I had for at least a year or three so the sweetness could mellow out a bit, but a very god beer over all.

09-08-2008 01:09:48 | More by Roeters
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

God damn this is a unique beer. It's like a cross between beer and spirits/hard liquor

A- Dense, almost opaque orange-caramel color with an awesome creamy head that leaves a bit of lace. Looks like an unfiltered IPA

S- Smell is heavy on the alcohol but has some balance of fruity yeast, malt, and lots of hops. A very "big" beer.

T- Taste is exceptional for the 21%ABV(Really?) tastes like an IPA with every ingredient doubled, perhaps tripled. Truly unique and intense. Beware, this beer will shock you if you've never tasted a craft beer made for heavy flavor, like Arrogant Bastard.

M- Feel is perfect for what I look for in beer. Feels like silky carbonation with a 2% milk-like density

D- Wow, this can creep up on you. Too easy to drink alot and get smashed. Crazy drinkable for the ABV%

09-08-2008 00:01:19 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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mullenite

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured at room temp in to an "iced tea glass" (basically an oversized wine glass) The beer was a thick cloudy brown with thin creamy tan head that lasted for a good while and left excellent lacing on the glass. Almost like a cappuccino.

Smell was sweet and alcohol and was pretty hard to handle. I didn't get any hops on the nose at all.

Sweet and balanced taste, dark fruits in the sweetness with just a slight bitterness that balanced well. Alcohol taste well hidden while drinking but it burns going down.

Mouthfeel is very heavy, a little carbonation could do this beer a lot of good in my opinion. Left a film feeling on the mouth and a burn in the throat.

Mouthfeel and ABV kill drinkabiity for this one for most people. After sipping the first one over an hour or so I could have handled another just fine without any problems but it was so heavy I really didn't want to.

09-07-2008 06:51:33 | More by mullenite
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flannelman808

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

I freaking love this beer. It is like the best dessert beer ever. You can chew the hops almost, and the alcohol while not undetectable, is very well hidden for 21 %. Drink one and only after realize you have just had about 4.

Smells very hoppy and floral.

tastes very sweet but hop bitterness is very present too, drink after eating. or maybe eat with something very spicy.

do it now before its gone!

09-06-2008 02:08:55 | More by flannelman808
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a medium cooperish orange, good foamy head that sticks around for a while and little to no lacing. Medium carbonation, some haze from the yeast sediment.

Aroma of fruity oily hops and a hint of alcohol and malt. Flavor of fruit caracter hops, some pinnaple, some plum, some citrus. What amazes me is the alcohol. Its very well cloaked, almost to a point where you can't beleive its actualy that strong.

Wonderful ale, I'll look into getting more in the future.

09-05-2008 02:37:43 | More by bloberglawp
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Poured out an orange/bronze color with a small, light, fluffy, white head. Some residue-like lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet maltiness - very strong. Also, a nice grassy, hoppy aroma.

T - This had a very hot alcohol taste/feel (almost like menthol). It was very, very malty with a very bitter hop kick.

M - It was soft and smooth with a very hot alcohol presence. It was medium to heavy-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. With its high ABV it was actually quite drinkable with great malt and hop flavors.

09-03-2008 02:51:22 | More by zeff80
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -24.2%

It poured a golden orange haze with no head. There was just a ring of lacing around the head of the tulip glass.

It had a strong hop smell with a suttle malt undertone. The smell was not balanced.

It had a strong hop taste with a clean finish. Not sense of the malt in the beverage. I found it to not be smooth at all. It was very strong.

It was far to strong to drink more than one of these in a sitting. This beer is just a good daily visit, it is not a session beer at all.

09-01-2008 04:58:53 | More by Rennpferd
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aqsprint

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

A -- Good color. one finger of foam. Didn't linger.

S -- I like the smell, expecting good things to come.

T -- Thought the beer didn't have enough hop presence. For being a triple IPA I thought the 120 was lacking compared to the 90. With that said I would drink it again if someone was offering. Over all a good beer.

M -- What I expected. On the thicker side.

D -- One is good for me. Two is a little much.

08-31-2008 21:55:35 | More by aqsprint
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armock

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Of course hops but there sweet malt scents too

T - Starts off with bitter hops but the malt balances it out with caramel sweetness

M - This is a full bodied beer with light carbonation to it

D - This beer is meant to be enjoyed slowly and with the abv I'd say drink it slow I found it pretty easy to drink with an abv thats twice as strong as a lot of Belgians its almost less noticeable than those beers

08-31-2008 18:01:40 | More by armock
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Burnt caramel/orange color. Poured a thin, creamy light beige head that had some orange hues to it. The head dissipated quickly. Generous lacing was clean.

S: Very sweet and sugary. Pungent grapefruit floral aroma. Piney aroma round-out.

T: The initial flavor was pungent grapefruit, a big sugary sweetness and floral hoppiness; also some sweet caramel and sweet pine resin. Caramel and sweet grapefruit finish. Slight alcohol awareness for a beer thats 21% ABV; guess its masked by the huge sweet malting and citrusy sweet hopping. The strange balance brought to this beer has to be experienced.

M: Thick and oily. Coating sweet grapefruit and pine resin. Astringent floral bitterness on the finish. Warming alcohol subdued.

D: Assaults the senses so this is a sipper. Massive 21% ABV could be dangerous. A monster IPA. You just gotta taste this for yourself.

08-31-2008 12:25:24 | More by Haybeerman
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froghop

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

pour is a cloudy amber-orange with a small light beige head, and some lacing.

smell is of alcohol, grapefruit, a touch floral, some wood in there.

taste is creamy, alcohol is definately there, then comes the hops, apricote, and some orange peel in the back.

08-28-2008 01:17:38 | More by froghop
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

my 150th review and i have a dandy!

A- Pours a nice colorful reddish orange color. Like a tomato mixed with a pumpkin or better yet an orange tomato (If you ever ate one of those).

S- strong citrus hops aroma. alcohol and pine are the other dominant fragrances.

T- fermented alcohol is the first thing i taste but then there is grapefruit and pine that complement the strong essence of alcohol extremely well.

M- potent and citrus mouthfeel. Nothing to much except the burning alcohol sensation as it goes down my throat.

D- considering the high ABV this bad boy is only good for one or two a day at most. Finish a sixer of this and you will bein a coma. Good flavor and easy to put down for the most part.

08-24-2008 19:27:45 | More by Dodo2step
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

A- Light amber, one finger head.

S- Lots of citrusy hop aroma with an unusual underlying sweetness.

T- Wow, impressive to say the least. The instant this beer hits your lips it could be mistaken for any other DIPA, this is where the similarites stop. The assertive up front bitterness is amazingly balanced out by not only a solidly sweet malt profile but also a strong warming alcohol note. The alcohol note then dominates the finish.

M- Syrupy, yet still has good carbonation.

D- If you think this is "drinkable" then your balls are bigger than mine.

In my opinion this beer defines extreme beer. Simply a must try for any beer geek, especially hop heads. To be honest I didn't really "like" this beer but damn do I respect it.

08-23-2008 21:30:54 | More by Pauly2X
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

A: Deep caramel brown/orange or the color of really rusty water. No transparency at all. Barely a head. Carbonation is there, but hard to view it.

S: Sweet molasses, burnt caramel, slight floral pine aroma, fermented juice, the high alcohol is perceived just at the end.

T: Tremendous sweet and tart collision right at the beginning. Lots of malt notes, baked breads, warm biscuits. The hops are in there but they are submerged under a burden of malt.

M: Creamy, chewy, astringent just for a passing moment.

D: This is a beer to be a appreciated more than drank. It's heavy and the taste can be shocking to the unaccustomed. I've had this beer before and it always takes a gracious amount of time and a lot of little sips in order to retire it.

08-22-2008 23:10:15 | More by phantomwyse
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positiverpr

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

a: bronze and turbid with slight haze that was probably due to my serving it too cold. finely b
eaded, thin and wispy but lasting head.

a: pears and apples. winey? minimal hops. etoh!!

taste: sweet and ?cidery?. hop note there and bitterness is there but its overwhelmed by sweetness. not being a big dogfish fan, i didnt realize that this was 21% when i opened it. I was suprised by the alcohol in aroma but this beer hides it amazingly well in taste. i would have guessed 12% before i read other reviews. alcohol more prevalent as it warms. lingering maltiness that is not in initial taste.

mouthfeel: tart and viscous(cant bring myself to type syrupy)

overall: not what i was expecting. my initial impression was not good(mentioned that it was served cool). a unique experience indeed. dfh should think about re-categorizing this beer, so as not to have people expecting a typical dipa although i cant find a reason that it doesnt technically fit. one of my first questions was "would i recognize this as beer if i didnt know?" would i pay 10$ for another? yes but just barely and i'd split it with at least one other person, because i need a nap.

08-22-2008 20:22:48 | More by positiverpr
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itcomesnpints

New York

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

Surprisingly extensive creamy head covers a light bronze haze. A candied aroma of apricot, pineapple and ginger succeeds at masking the high abv. The taste is fruity and spicy, and there really is no apparent bitterness from the hops. The alcohol is concealed very well by the generously carbonated and full-bodied mouthfeel. 120 Minute IPA is more drinkable than expected, and the only factor keeping it down is the high price (lucky for me or I wouldn't be walking away from this one). All in all this is a great "beer". Calling it a beer is a stretch. Calling it an IPA is comical. But calling it incredible is an understatement.

08-21-2008 16:50:49 | More by itcomesnpints
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Nowhereman529

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer poured a very nice, hazy amber from the bottle. It left little head and what little there was dispersed pretty rapidly.

Smell is very strong on hops. Like being in a field of hops with the smell of hops being piped in from some other hops field. Of course with hops there's a little pine scent to it at well.

Wow, so ok, not what I expected at all. As it turns out this is a pretty sweet beer. Not like any other IPA I've ever had. It gets an 'A' for uniqueness, but a 'B-' for the style. Again, strong on hops flavor, minus the bitterness. Really, it's like sweet hops, it's hard to distinguish much else.

Mouthfeel was a bit of a let down as well. There's a reasonable amount of carbonation, but the beer still feels like is a bit too syrupy for an IPA.

Overall this is a reasonably drinkable beer, and at 21% abv, one or two of these and you're down anyway. I'd drink it again for sure.

08-20-2008 02:42:58 | More by Nowhereman529
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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