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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

6,397 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,397
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 987
Gots: 2,125 | FT: 128
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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 Damian
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a beautifully bright and glowing, deep crimson-amber. Slight chill haze disappeared as the liquid warmed. The beer was capped by a small, bubbly, one-finger head that quickly faded to a frothy ring. On each sip, the sticky, viscous liquid slowly carried spotty blankets of lacing down the glass.

The aroma was ridiculously lush and intense. Calling the malt backbone "stiff" in this double IPA would be a huge understatement. Sweet, fruity and boozy with strong notes of canned peaches, citrus, pineapple, maple syrup and white candi sugar.

The flavor was also super sweet and fruity. Peaches, apricots and mango came through strong. Orange peel, grapefruit and hints of jasmine appeared as well, diligently making their way through the malty sweetness. Brown sugar was also noticeable. It was not until the beer reached the back of my palate that I discovered any element of bitterness. The finish was hoppy and citrusy with a slight alcohol warming, and the aftertaste was sweet and syrupy with a touch of pine.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and viscous to the extreme. Rich, creamy and smooth with a fine, mild carbonation.

Aside from beers that have been sweetened "artificially," this was definitely the sweetest brew I have tried to date. It's understandable why many people (especially hop heads) would dismiss this DIPA as cloying, yet I enjoyed it very much. With the 21% ABV being so incredibly well masked (I have tasted 12% beers that that were hotter than this one) this beer is perfect for enjoying slowly. In fact, if there ever was a hoppy beer made to sip as a wintertime nightcap, it would be this one.

Damian, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Phocion
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Traded a little over a year ago from ManiacalOne.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip with a beautiful semi-transparent copper color. Being such a high-alcohol brew I was expecting a smaller head, but this thing is massive. Huge white frothy head just isn't going anywhere...

Whoa. I think I might've actually gotten a little dizzy smelling this thing. Immensely sweet fruit salad in my nose... grapefruit, orange peel, apples, plums, God only knows what else.. oh and of course, a ton of alcohol. Somewhat of a floral hoppiness too hiding in the back.

First swallow... took me completely off-guard. This is not at all what I expected out of a beer that advertises itself at 120 IBUs. In fact, it's downright sweet. I expected a little bit of sweetness from the ridiculously high alcohol content, but after reading on the label about this so-called "holy grail for hopheads" I am sorely disappointed. But still, just because it's not what I was expecting doesn't make it bad. Very bread doughy malts and a ton of tropical fruits here, oranges, mangos, peaches, etc. Not a lot else minus the huge alcohol flavor.

Very thick, sticky mouthfeel. Definitely full-bodied and actually somewhat reminiscent of schnapps....or maple syrup. In fact, I'm having to grab some water every couple sips. Frankly, this one is just going a little too far... try it for novelty if you get the chance, but don't go too far out of your way.

Phocion, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Dark candy orange color. The head is off white and it disapears immediately.
S: Very strong bisquity smell. There is a fiarly big malty sweetness as well. Grapefruit hops pop out right at the end.
T: Really sweet. Candied apricot sweetness. All other flavors get tangled up with the candy.
M: Super thick and syrupy. Gives it a warming. feeling.
D:Obviously a huge fricking beer. People will be suprised that it is not explosive with hops. Definitely a different brew. I love it.

Scoobydank, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off thanks to RickSawyer for the opportunity. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice. Bottled 10May07. The color is a hazed deep orange/amber topped with a minimal head. Smells of big sweet Belgianesque malts balanced with a hefty amount of spicy hops. First and foremost this beer is a sipper. I was expecting a big "syrup-like" beer from some of the forum posts. Don't get me wrong the body was very big but very well balanced nonetheless. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of spicy, piny, juicy hops. This is balanced with a nice malty sweetness and maybe some apricot fruitness too. A good boozey aftertaste tags along in the aftertaste. I will admit that I was hoping for a "hop-bomb" but considering how much malt went into this beer I am quite pleased with the hop profile. I would certainly enjoy this beer again and would love to try it on-tap poured through a Randall.

timbro81, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of flood
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok - this is the most interesting beer I have ever tasted. The hops almost balance the sweetness - and that is impressive in itself.

The lower than B ratings are confused - they need to take a second chance and really figure out what is going on with this beer. It is impressive.

flood, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
2.33/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear red with 3/4" off white head that leavs sparse lace. Somewhat subtle nose that is moderately malty with resinous pine to citrus hops on the grapefruit side of things. Hint of spice and a little sweet smelling. The taste is big, sweet malt with mildly bitter hops with a decent balance that is a sweet and almost medicinal. It transitions to an aftertaste that is sweet and very medicinal. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very syruppy with a soft carbonation and an alcoholic finish. The bottle says "enjoy now or age for a decade or so." The bottled on date was not entirely readable, but appeared to be in 06. My impression is that this is a beer that really needs to age to mellow. The flavor is nearly overpoweringly sweet . Almost like artificial sweetener mixed with cough syrup. I would definitely not buy this again, especially at its very high price. Not sure what everyone sees in this one, and I sort of wonder if I got a bad bottle, but I won't be trying it again to find out. There were no off smells, and it looks good, so I don't think this is the case. I give Dogfish head respect for this attempt. I like big beers, but this is more like a malt wine.

walshclimb, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to grab the last bottle from the shelf at Marty's Liqour (Allston, MA) during my visit in BoTown. I haven't had a Double IPA for almost three months now, so I'll admit I'm a little nervous. The only problem is this isn't a Double IPA, it's greater than that. The numbers are earth shatering, 20% ABV, 120 IBU's, and 450 calories. Love the design on the bottle cap, though I think there should be a warning in text on the label too (Idea: if a fizzy yellow beer drinker inhales this, seek medical attention immediately.) Something's missing...oh yeah, my bottle opener and my oversized wine glass. Let me get those, and as soon as I come back, let go on to the beer:

Into the glass it goes...it's a deep orange color, chill hazed. Ruby red hues are mixed in this eye candy. The head is short-lived. The aroma isn't strong, but it is deep. Hops? Yes, there are hops, but it's surprisingly sweet. Lots of juicy tropical flavors in this one. More like concentrated syrup is what it is. It's like ecstasy; I want to continue smelling it. But I must press on to the taste...

Here we go...WOW, that is one smooth devil. I can still feel the alcohol inside of me. It isn't really "bitter" at all, it's just like the aroma. Sweet, juicy, tropical fruits all around. I want to continue sipping on it, but I must break a little more than I want as this is some very thick stuff. Very syrupy and carbonation is short lived on the palate. Oooo, ahhhh. Another sip please. Yes!!! More! WooHoo!! Although you feel the booze on your insides, you can't find much of it in the beer. Hold on, I got to lick the flavor off my lips. Yum. Hey, I'm feeling good now. I think I feel the alcohol starting to kick in. Let's wrap this up.

I was expecting to struggle against this beer, but my palate won the battle. I'm really glad I tried it out. I have nothing else to say expect this: get yours hands on a bottle if you see it. That is unless you hate thick syrupy beers.

DoubleJ, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber- orange with minimal head, but good retention of what head it has... slightly cloudy(chill haze?) Not super-pretty.

S- Smells like resin and slight citrus, alcohol, a decent malt profile supporting. Perhaps a bit of cane sugar... smells quite sweet and quite hoppy- Perhaps the strongest on both counts of any DIPA.

T- Initially ridiculously sweet. Like--drinking honey. Then the hops come in to balance and override, with tons of sappy, resinous flavors and a bit of grapefruit. Alcohol flavor comes in quite strong towards the end, and it finishes almost like a port. Actually, the whole thing is like a port. If someone made a port with hops and barley instead of grapes, it would be exactly this. The overall impression is just like drinking a good 10 year.

M- Slick, smooth, chewy. Low carbonation, quite warming and slightly astringent in the finish.

D- This is extremely dangerous at upwards of 20%. Scary good.

khiasmus, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Oxymoron for the trade.

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber. Little to no head and very soupy on the pour. Nose is of strong hops, sugar, and alxxxohol. Wow!! Taste is very very very sugary. Not as much hop flavor as I was expecting. Very good sugary taste, the hop taste is there but it is not as bitter or obvious as I expected. Defenitely some pine and particularly citrus flavors here though. The most marvelous thing about this brew is that for 21% it goes down riotously smooth. Sugar is plastered on the lips. The mouthfeel is real thick, but not mud. Alcohol heat is present especially in the stomach after the finish, but still is hard to beleive this is 21%. The drinkability is life threatening. This is a good brew from DFH, and truly a unique experience. This is one beer you will not want to drive after. Good beer. Props to DFH. I think this will actually cellar quite nicely.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Too strong, to sweet and too expensive! Here is a case of extreme brewing that has gone too far, IMO. They probably should have stopped at 90 minutes on the hopping. I just don't find this stuff that drinkable. At DFH pub, they serve it in a brandy snifter. So strong it is just not very refreshing and the hops ratio is so overpowering that it obliterates the palate so that every other IPA you try within the next few hours tastes like a pilsner! Looks fantastic though and smells like heaven. Strangely, I was getting faint vinegar notes in the times I have tasted this beer. I applaud DFH for taking this style to the limit though! Just not for me. 90 Minute through the Randall is my ultimate DFH choice.

Hoppington, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really loved this beer. 120 pours into the snifter with a large off white head. Very good retention for a beer with such a high abv. Has a deep amber color.

The nose is packed full of sweet caramel malt, spicy citric hops, rum like alcohol, dark fruits and licorice.

This is one powerful brew. The palate starts with a huge caramel maltiness, oily citric hops, black licorice and a warming alcohol. This is one of the best nightcaps I have ever had.

irishkyle21, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter at home. Aged approximately one year.

Brilliant amber coloring, relatively thin head that dissipates after a short while. Smells of very sharp citrus and pineapple hops. Some honey and candy scents as well. Extremely sweet on the palate, huge alcohol hits immediately (think schnapps). Lots of honey and peach flavors at first, with caramel and candy, followed closely by the huge citrus hop kick. Not overwhelmingly hoppy as would have expected, much more dominant malt sweetness, but still the hops resonate. This beer is every flavor of a great IPA amplified by 10. Alcohol warms the throat and stomach. The mouthfeel is all syrup and slick. Drinkability? Considering the 21%, very. But one bottle is plenty, or better yet, to split with an appreciative (beer-worthy) drinking buddy. A nice, warming dessert beer.

IgnatiusReilly, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fl oz bottle which somehow escaped bottle date. Poured into DFH Snifter.

NO head on ale. Some small bubbles, larger bubble build up in center of glass. Color is a nice reddish-amber hue, very Hazy.

Smell is magnificent. Very hoppy, nice notes of evergreen and hints of fresh Maui Pineapple and floral tones.

Before describing the taste, I must mention the nice full mouth feel which stands out in this beer. I wondered why they compared this to port: now I know.

The taste is sweet and extremely complex. Notes of citrus, sweetness balance well with the hops.

This is a wonderful beer. It would be hard to rate in terms of drinkability on this one. It is definitely a beer that should be sipped on.

mattster, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of adamdotson
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bought from Wine Gallery in Brookline,MA(Rt.9)

Opened young(only 3 months in bottle. Youngest I've had but I'm still so impressed. Its a totally different beer than 1 year old 120. Poured orangish amber. Nice white head. More head than any other 120 ive had.

Smells so brilliant and gorgeous. Toasted sesame oil. Ive never tasted that in a beer. Hop smells like pine nuts. Mikado ginger dressing is what this immediately reminded me of. Defintitely some citrus as well.

Pleasant sweetness. Ahint of freshly cut grass I actually taste the sesame as well as smell it. I bit of orange flavor. I can't believe how well the alcohol is hidden. That is master craftsmanship. If I guessed the alcohol in a blind tasting i would probably guess it to be 11-13%% or so. Not much phenyl aroma or flavor. I bit of smokiness. I'm in love with this beer. If you love extremities in art you'll love this beer in the name of creativity. Scarily drinkable. I'm glad it's 10 bucks a bottle. If it was cheap I'd quit my job, buy a hammock and take up the accordion.

The hop finish is rich with pine. Not really that hoppy despite the toil of sir hops a lot. I'm brewing a double ipa as I write this review and am salivating at the thought of bathing in this delightful field of dreams.

adamdotson, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 12 ounce bottle at Walnut Liquorette (for $13). The color is dark yellow to light orange as it pours into the glass and clear medium orange in the glass with a modest, fluffy head that sticks to the glass, leaving a dense lacing as the beer drains away. The smell is surprisingly sweet and suprisingly mildly hoppy with an earthy background. The mouthfeel is sticky (which I like) and the taste is sugary sweet with a much subtler hoppiness (at first) than I expected. As the beer warms a bit, more hoppiness comes out in the smell and the flavor. But still, this is definitely not in the mold of a CA-style IPA or DIPA (I don't mean that as a complaint, just a comparison). I suppose the hopping is more nuanced, but with my (non-super taster) palate and frame of reference, I'm afraid some of that nuance may be lost on me. For me, the sugary sweetness is most noticeable; and due to it, I couldn't drink a whole lot of this beer in one sitting.

PhiloPsych, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with just a bit of age on it -- almost a year (bottled January 2007, opened 1/1/08) -- that I'm comparing to a much newer bottle (two months) from the newest batch of 120. Pours with excellent clarity and a small, yellowish head that fades to a collar on top of a dark amber body with some nice darker-brown "highlights". The nose is nicely balanced between the hops, which display a fine-grained, metallic grittiness (think 300 sandpaper) and the malts, which give off a honey graham note. On the palate, the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops are far more well-integrated than in younger bottles. Nice fruitiness that's hard to put a name to -- it's halfway between citrus, berry and tropical fruits -- comes out at the mid-palate. The finish sweetens significantly but somehow ends with hop dryness. Mouthfeel is improved with age, but still shows a lot of hotness throughout the palate. It's expected with a 21% ABV beer, but it's still distracting. Overall, 120 is much better with a year of age on it. The flavors play much better together, the sweetness is toned down a bit, and the hop astringency is gone. I would guess that 18 to 24 months would be the perfect age at which to drink this beer.

geexploitation, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at around 50 degrees. Bottled March 29, 2006.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a creamy white head...more of a red color appears as the head dissipates to a thin ring.

S - Powerful aroma of piney hops, alcohol, and a sweetness I can't quite put my finger on...

T - Caramel malt, alcohol, and dry, bitter hops are all extremely pronounced as they work very well together; needs to be sipped very slowly in order for all the flavors to come through. As every bit malty as it is hoppy...I was expecting more bitterness, but the caramel flavor comes through extra-strong as well.

M - Thick-bodied with a wonderful warming sensation as your reward.

D - Obviously with such a high ABV, it would never make for a regular selection...I'd say it fits well as a cocktail-hour beer, as a replacement for a liquor; a beer to be enjoyed over a long period of time.

JohnnyM2002, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, split this one with my brother in law as a nice after Christmas present from the wonderful Mrs. We poured this into oversized wine glasses and the color is a cloudy, dark amber. It is topped by a thin, off-white head that falls to a thin crown.

The aroma was difficult to pin down, but, is somewhat medicinal with the high alcohol content. It also has hints of cherry and other fruits. The hop characteristics are minimal in the aroma.

The taste is different from other Imperial IPAs I have tried in that the hop flavor is not one to rip your tongue out. The maltiness and fruitiness balance out the hop flavor to give it a different type of overall hoppiness. There is some warming alcohol but not overwhelming with the high content.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the hop flavor becomes more apparent when held in the mouth.

I enjoyed this one immensely as a late nightcap.

abcsofbeer, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle with about 6-oz poured into a tulip, and the rest split between two port glasses.

A = Copper tinted honey color, lots of very tiny bubbles of carbonation, small white head very light lacing.

S = Hops are very strong (more piney than citrusy), but an underlying sweetness pervades so the smell is less that of a pine attack than of a sweet bouquet of fresh flowers in the Spring. Good balance with sweet honey notes rising in with the hops.

T = Sweet honey flavors hit first, followed by light fresh baked bread notes, flowers, pine, not much bitterness until the good long finish. The entire experience has an alcohol hotness that is present but not unpleasant or over powering.

M = Luscious, thick, excellent mouthcoat.

D = This is a very good beer, which I look forward to having over time (since I have now stored some away), but with the strong flavors and high ABV, you don't want more than a glass or two at a time, but what a time!

Traquairlover, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of icebergfat
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orangish amber brew,not much head but swirl in the chalice left great lace.

S- Very piney hop aroma, incredible.

T-Citrusy,sweet great to nose,very hoppy,awesome.

M-Creamy ,Thick, almost syrupy.

D-Very good, scary because of the high ABV.

On closing any of the people who gave this beer a bad review need to take their balls out of their mom's purse and man up ,this stuff is awesome don't fear it embrace, I will definetly be drinking more when I get back from St. Martin, VI next month .

icebergfat, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a deep orange-amber with a white head.

S- Smelled very complex, a lot of spice and scents here. I got everything from ginger, vanilla, orange to pine. A very complex beer.

T- Lots of flavor here, also very sweet! Some spicy cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, with a decent ginger finish.

M- Very smooth, little carbonation, medium body.

D- Too much alcohol for a session, but a decent dessert beer.

cichief, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

the holy grail for hop heads.... i can't tell you guys how many dozens of beer shops over the tri-state area i've been to, to get this beer. i had to trade a fellow member for this beer but it is hopefully well worth the wait...

as soon as i crack the bottle a quick pop of air comes out and i'm bombared with piney hop smell, its just overwhelming. i can smell it 3 feet away from the glass after i pour it. has a cloudy orangish haze to it with a small head and mild carbonation. my mouth is watering in excitement..

taste makes me giggle. i'ts just absurd. i can't even move my fingers to type what i'm feeling. its like losing your virginity. it has a very sweet first impression. like candy, in the mouth it is very thick, almost syrupy, my lips are chapped cause of the cold weather and the alcohol burns them its so strong. i can even feel the alcohol warmness in my stomach and up and down my throat, its unlike anything i've ever had.... ever
small sips is best cause it is very very strong. back to the smell it is almost mediciny, compared to every other strong ipa i've had (founder devil dancer, breckenridge 471, dfh 90) it just blows it out of the water...
i literally could write about every sip, but i wont bore you all.

the mouthfeel is exquisite, i love thick beers, reminds me of the old ale from Sam Adams homebrew contest last year. very thick and almost creamy.

the only negative part about this beer (besides the fact its not possible to get in Illinois, at least i can't find it, is how strong it is, which makes it great. i can only have one, even if i did have more than one, i think after i finish this i'll be going to bed.

cheers and thank you lawyer3624

1fastz28, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this brew from chadbrew in my very first trade. I’m a bit weary about this brew but I’m pretty excited to try it. I’m guessing its right around a year old. Drank from my snifter while watching season 1 of Lost.

Appearance- Pours a copper orange with a huge off-white fluffy head. Great cap and collar left for the entire brew and more lacing than I’ve ever seen.
Smell- Ridiculous amounts of grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Super fruity and citrusy and fresh. Some peanut brittle background does manage to seep in under all of those hops but barely. P.S. Loads of alcohol.
Taste- Starts super bitter with massive amount of fruity grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, bubblegum and cotton candy. That quickly passes and the ridiculously sweet caramel malt moves in and try’s to balance things out. It really isn’t successful but this isn’t the hop bomb I was expecting. It’s more of a malt bomb with loads of alcohol. Finishes with a lingering butterscotch aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Very thick and syrupy with a oily slickness, light carbonation and loads of warming from the alcohol.
Drinkability- Sitting at 21% this brew isn’t exactly sessionable, or really drinkable. It’s definitely a sipping brew; a sipping brew that you should enjoy with a friend, or six. This isn’t exactly my cup of tea but considering the extremes that this beer reaches, it’s really not that bad. Worth trying but don’t expect a whole lot. I’m going to try one more of these in my life and its going to be super fresh.

younger35, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy orange amber. Not much of a head, but there is some lace left behind.

Very strong pinecone-like hop smell--very fresh. This is too strong to detect much malt or alcohol.

This has the sweetness of fruit punch with a slight hop counter point. This is, for me, too much of a good thing. Strong alcohol warmth in the aftertaste along with the pine hop. Still, the sweetness prevails. Almost oily in the body with low carbonation.

This is an interesting beer, with extreme flavors all around. It is difficult to finish because of it overbearingness. I would say it is worthy of a one time try.

smcolw, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is called the "Holy Grail for hopheads." In my humble opinion, I would think a hophead would get more enjoyment out of a nice, powerful IPA or American pale ale as opposed to an Imperial IPA, only because the malt profile is so prevalent in this style of beer that it somewhat detracts from a real big hop bitterness. But that is not to take anything away from this delicious brew.

It poured a smooth, clear amber into a brandy snifter, with minimal head, but nice web-like lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma was very sweet. There were hints of fruits and flowers, as well as a musty smell that transformed into alcohol as the beer warmed.

The huge, caramel malt backbone really pushes through and navigates its way through a rambunctious hopfield to balance everything out. The bitter hops keep things interesting, as hints of fruits, citrus, and pine try their hardest to assault the palate. The alcohol is masked incredibly well, but you still feel like the beer has some weight behind it (and it does). Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, and not very carbonated. Obviously this is a sipping beer, one to be enjoyed with another (I was fine after splitting a 12oz bottle) and a perfect winter treat.

BBM, Dec 25, 2007
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,397 ratings.