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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
92
outstanding

7,005 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,005
Reviews: 2,091
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 1,152
Gots: 2,675 | FT: 169
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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 Teleweizen2
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - delirium tremens snifter

A - pours an orangey golden copper color with a thin bubbly white head.

S - big on alcohol and big on grapefruit hops. Those smells are so dominate I can only make out some faint toasty malt sweetness in the background.

T - sort of like a hoppy Irish whiskey. Bighting alcohol and big bitter grapefruit hops steel the show muting the maltyness a bit but that sweetness is still present in a sweet lingering finish but the beer does get maltier as it warms.

M - medium full bodied. Light on the carb but more than I was expecting.

D - not something I could drink often. Maybe like once a year is good for me but I'd really like to see how it ages.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on date of 4/17/08.poured into a snifter,nice hazy amber/orange color.smells like orange peels,slightly herbal,bit of alcohol.

taste has some semi sweet caramel flavor,orange peel,a bit herbal,slightly bready and alcoholic in the finish.bit of a medicinal phenolic flavor hits me real hard in the after taste.overall not what i expected.alcohol is masked pretty well,imo.

medium bodied,drinkable despite the abv.worth picking up a bottle.i'd like to try a fresh one.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Duvel snifter...

A: pours a murky orange clay color with a 1 finger head that is an orange-cream color.

S: sharp earthy hop aroma, lots of orange and orange peel, with a rich buttery, malty background.

T: very rich, buttery, and sweet, sugary malt and spicy orange juice flavors upfront. this becomes very sharp with the hop flavors(orange peel, grapefruit, pine sap) lasting through with a bite of alcohol.

M: thick and syrupy with a light fizz to it. mouthfeel is oily and slightly sappy.finishes very bitter and very warm.

Overall, i was suprised at how hoppy this beer continued to be even with the high abv. I also expected the alcohol to have a stronger presence. quite good, but at halfway through, my face is already feeling quite warm.

Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours golden amber, with a minimal amount of white head. A very sweet and boozy aroma, with maybe a touch of floral hoppiness. On the palate, I get sweet honey malt, apricots, a bit of citrus and alcohol. Very syrupy and sweet, the hops are nowhere near enough to balance this one out. A somewhat one dimensional beer, not for everyday drinking.

Photo of Daktyls
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color common to most bears, with a nice creamy colored head which dissolved to a fine lace fairly quickly.

S: All I can say is, WOW. Normally you need to get your nose pretty close to the beer to smell it, but this one could be smelled during the pour! Fresh hops and malts were very apparent.

T: Quite a bit of sweetness to be had with this one, the alcohol is readily apparent and the finish is rather bitter. There were caramel malt, and fresh flavorful hop notes as well.

M: Low amount of carbonation, very slightly tickles the roof of the mouth. Fairly clean feeling.

D: While this is one rather good beer, and very drinkable, I'd probably not have another due to the high alcohol content.

Photo of techfed87
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately sized head. Head is quick to disappear, with a residual ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell is a highly refined alcohol content. Has a syrupy like sweetness to it that may come from some of the residual sugars that are present.

First sip has at first a very bitter hop presence, which is quickly swallowed up by a barleywine like sweetness. Alcohol content is covered up by the beer's bold flavors.

A rare find, this beer is definitely one of the best.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper beer, little head, but slightly more than expected from a practly non-carbonated beer

S - smell of malt and a hit of hoppyness, slight alcohol smell.

T - Nothing like I expected of a beer this hoppy, taste barely any hops, taste is much more like a weak cognac. Much too sweet for me though, would like to see it slightly less sweet so the hops can come out.

M - medium body, complex feel but still is like a weak liquor and no longer a beer.

D - Drank almost the entire bottle to myself and would not suggest anyone else do the same, tried to share it with a loved one but she was not into it at all, so i would suggest finding a friend or loved one interested in sharing it, as it would be a great beer to talk about while drinking. I would strongly recommend any hop-head or beer lover give this one a try, even though it was not my favorite but now i would like to try an aged bottle and see if some sweetness recedes.

Photo of JB12383
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours to a amber copper look with very little head

S-Has a hoppy citrus smell and boozy,but not as bad as i thought it would be for being 18%

T-sweet carmel taste and not so bad on the hops.Still not your typical dipa.

M-taste too much like cognac for me,but i could see where someone could enjoy it.

D-if your going into thinking it's 18% then your fine and oh yeah don't drink alone.

Photo of Richardberg
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a tulip. Hazy, frothy copper with a surprising amount of head for such a big beer. Settles quickly though, without a trace.

S - very sweet caramel malts, booze, rose petal, overripe orange, grassy undertone. You get the sense there's more hops complexity hiding under the sweetness, for better or worse.

T - sweet caramel malts continue to dominate. The finish is (finally?) quite bitter, almost coffee like. Interesting, though not sure it's my thing.

M - medium body, very sticky, yet plenty of carbonation to go around. Hard to recall a strong beer that's nailed so many dimensions.

D - fairly drinkable for an 18%; if anything the oddly strong sweet->bitter balance is harder to stomach. There are some beers out there (eg Russian river) that have really sold me on the taste (and expense!) of big IPAs; this one is a nice attempt but didn't fully win me over.

Photo of alkemy
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper/amber color with no head. This thing is all sweet in the nose. Burnt sugar, molasses, and caramel. The hops are there but really covered by the sweet malts and the alcohol. Tastes about the same...uber sweet. It's just way to sweet for me. I know that's a product of the high ABV, but I'd like to see more hop presence. I've been sitting on this for a while, but a bit of a letdown.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color with a thin white foamy head that quickly fizzles out. The nose is hoppy but not in the traditional IPA way, it is more like carmalized hops with a little heat from the high ABV. The palate come across as sweet with flavors of carmalized orages and baking spices. The high ABV starts to show through n the finish with some heat. Great beeer just not something you would drink everyday

Photo of 05Harley
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/05/09

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $9.49

Appearance: Copper in color. Pours with a slite head that settles down to a thin ring around the glass. As you sip it, patches of foam stick to the side of the snifter due to the lite syrupy nature.

Smell: Caramel, alcohol and honey come to mind. A slite citrus aroma is begging to come through but held back from the malt sweetness.

Taste: Caramel and raisin with a definite warming sensation from the high alcohol content. Much more complex in the flavor than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Viscous with a quick bitter nip of the hop gods followed with sweetness. The experience ends with a dry/tart finish.

Drinkability: Remarkably smooth for the style and ABV. A big alcohol kick if drinking alone.

Wow, this is the cognac of beer by far. This is an extreme beer!! Certainly should be shared with a friend and enjoyed as a sipper (no funnel here). This beer is best served as an after dinner treat.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy amber color with a little head and a sticky lacing. Not much carbonation but thats to be expected.

S- Lots of citrus and piney hops with a boat-load of biscuity malt aroma engulfed with sweet fruit and hops. Lots of hops....Did I mention Hops?

T- Nice array of flavor actually. I was expecting alot of booz and hops but it is nicely balanced. Still warms the throat and is very hoppy but its not overdone. I get alot of yeast in the back of the mouth which has some spicey aftertaste. Orange and pine mixed with biscuity malt flavor.

M/D- Great session beer for a few people to share. I had two buddies share a bottle that I purchased afterwards because I enjoyed it so much. It is a one and done type of beer but all should enjoy it atleast once.

Photo of cratez
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My 500th beer and 175th review on BA.

355ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida. Pours into the snifter a hazy and bronzed red with orange hues and a yellowish, off-white head that subsides to a paper thin ring. A few dots of lace, but the ABV produces a dull appearance that resembles a barley wine. Aroma is bold citrus, Pine Sol, booze soaked wood, apple butter, and peppery, fusel alcohol. Taste delivers a complexity that one would expect from such a strong and highly hopped beer. I get sweet caramel, some nuttiness, apricots, Sultana raisins, juicy and leafy hops, a sharp citric bitterness, and hot liquor to finish. Full-bodied mouthfeel has medium carbonation and a spicy hop bite. IBUs linger on the palate with warm cider and a mild dryness in the aftertaste.

It took me an hour and a half to savour this ale and I really enjoyed the experience. 120 isn't a "proper" DIPA but it's still a complex and pleasing drink in its own right. Cheers to DFH for constantly reshaping my perception of what beer can be.

Photo of backfat
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

location- buddies couch.
bottling date-07/08/08
split four ways, i get the last pour. pours an impenetrable amber. mine (full of sediment) was the color of a dirty brown apple cider. no head, but a thin, swamp like film. the smell is strong strong strong. rubbing alcohol? elmers glue? paint thinner? strong toffee/caramel and sweet floral hops, all overpowered by the alcohol content. luckly, the taste isn't as jacked up. taste is good. caramel, hot booze, cider. some cognac like qualities, nice, but deadly. chewy and thick. strong toffee and caramel malt as it warms and much more drinkable at room temp. i could go without the smell, but all in all an interesting experience. at nine bucks a pop, i won't be getting another until a fresh batch comes out, but it was cool to try an aged one.

Photo of rfabian
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass it forms a small head with ample lacing. The appearance is copper amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops and strong malt. The taste is mostly malt and rich, like a sweet liquor with a nutty flavor, and marked alcoholic warmth. (Eighteen percent ABV you say? I believe it!.) The feel is full bodied with a sherry sweet finish.

This is definitely pushing things to an extreme. It's very enjoyable if sipped at a relaxed pace.

I'm glad I got to try it, but at $9.75 for 12 ounces from the discount store I won't be returning to it often.

Photo of imblane
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this just last weekend when I made a quick trip to Vegas. Found it at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Place late Saturday night.

A - Copper color with a thin whispy white head that quickly dissipated.

S - Hops, moderate alcohol and a surprising port like character.

T - More malt than hops with a bright blast of hoppiness. Like the nose, port like in character and warming. Quite pleasant!

M - Much more like a cognac or brandy than a beer.

D - Surprisingly for an 18% beer it was pretty tasty. Getting the whole bottle down by myself was not happening. I took the last few ounces in a to go cup (I love Vegas!) and woke my wife up with it in the hotel room.

Overall it was a great experience and I did not even blink at the $18 it cost me. I would probably enjoyed this a bit more if I had found it earlier in the evening!

Photo of speter
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an extremely tough review. I'm a huge fan of the 60 Minute IPA. But this is one of those cases where scaling is not linear. (Ever say you name or a common word over and over again until it sounds completely odd? That's what this is like with respect to hops.)

A: Copper colored with a light amount of off-white head that fades to a thin wisp.

S: Hops soaked in brandy is the best I can come up with. The hops are there, but not in the normal way.

T: This has moved beyond beer flavor to a liquor. In spite of the premise of the brew, I'm getting much more malt than hops.

M: Warming. Very warming. If I were in front of a roaring fire in a ski lodge, this would hit the spot. It's a big beer, meaning that the body is very full and the carbonation doesn't really play much of a role.

D: This is akin to cognac or brandy or port. For what it is, it's drinkable (sippable), but splitting one of these is the way to go.

Photo of Dogfishface55
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in to snifter

A - Bronze in color light head that fades quickly. leaves little residue on glass.

S - Very earthy... grass and grain.. for hop fans its wonderful

T - Taste is very sweet and leaves a bit of an after bite... there is a lot of hop in this brew. Leaves a nice warm alcohol feel.

M - Not the best... your going to want to sip this baby down

D - Surprisingly good for the abv (21%)... sometimes taste like more of a barley wine.

It is a wonderful beer for the hop fans... i really enjoyed it, but it took me about an hour to sip it down. Even thought it has a hefty price tag it is well worth it!

Photo of aubuc1
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 2/9/09 poured in to a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a thin bubbly, lacy off white head.

Smell is a huge hop bomb. sort of sweet, chalky, and boozy.

Taste is a syrupy, sweet orangy with not as booze as expected, but it is still very warming. Not as bitter as expected.

Nice thick mouthfeel.

The drinkability is probably better than expected for the abv, but obviously not great.

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

This is an amazing beer. Bottled 05/01/09, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - 1 finger head, fades slowly but leaves lacing throughout beer and on glass. Clear reddish amber color. Very alive and inviting.

Smell - Very hoppy, oaky, and nutty. Definitely smell some citrusy hops and fruity aromas.

Taste - first thing that hits me is a malty caramel flavor. Definitely hops, but very well built. All ingredients blend so gracefully, nothing is overpowering.

Mouthfeel - extremely light and smooth.

Drinkability - I will have another this week! Very easy to drink, slight alcohol burn on back of throat that fades pretty quickly. I have one I've been aging since 2006, can't wait to try it!

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Capital Alehouse in Fredericksburg, va. Poured into a tulip. Poured a nice deep amber, with a very thin head that actually never dissipated much at all, maintaining a slim ring down to the bottom of the glass. Leaves some slight lacing.

WOW, not exactly what i was expecting from this one. still good, just different. Instead of the up front hops you get from most dipas, this one starts off with intense sweetness. As the flavor goes along, the honey like sweetness slowly rounds into a flavor full of hoppy pine, citrus, orange, and grapefruit notes. Wasn't actually a huge fan of the level of sweetness it had up front, but the way the flavors come together as a whole is great. Actually a difficult beer to rate for me.

Had a very syrupy mouthfeel, coating the mouth and forcing you to remember each of its flavors (which I didn't mind.)

I don't really know how to rate the drinkability of a beer like this. Would I want to drink more than 12oz. of this? No. But it was extremely smooth and enjoyable considering the high abv.

Photo of cdbooth219
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass

A: A hazy golden-amber color with almost no head and no lacing, but due to the alcohol content I was kind of expecting this

S: A very sweet maltiness, with some citrusy/piney hops and alcohol. Kind of smells like Pine-sol, but in a sort of pleasant way. This has a very strong aroma

T: Sweetness, tastes of honey and raisins, along with a grapefruit/pine hop flavor. The hops are not as prevalant as expected, this is kind of odd for an IPA, I was expecting more as far as bitterness, but this is a much sweeter beer. Also quite a bit of an alcohol aftertaste, probably due to the 18% abv of this monster of a beer.

M: A very full mouthfeel, with a bit of stickiness that lingers in the mouth after swallowing because of the sweetness. Also, a bit of alcohol warmth that lingers.

D: This is definitely a sipping beer. This is quite a bit of a challenge to finish, but its quite enjoyable. I definitely could not drink more than one of these

Overall, this is a good beer, but it is not easy to drink, and its a lot sweeter than I would expect for an IPA. I may pick this up again, but I'm not really sure

Photo of Pabs311
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle dated 02/09/09

A- pours a hazy, orangy straw color, with very little white foamy head . no lacing at all. i'm sure that the alcohol content help to knock both of these down.

S- Sweet, maltiness characterized by sugar, hony and raisins. behind this malt is citrusy and tropical fruit hops. a good deal of alcohol too.

T- Very sweet, unexpected for an IPA. Alot of malt upfront with the same sweet sugar, honey and raisin flavors. then followed and finished by the hops, presented as citrus and tropical fruits. also a good bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

M/D- very full bodied. a sipper for sure. I'm a huge fan of the 60 and 90 mins, but i think i'll pass on the 120 next time, especially at the price tag. I was expecting a huge hop profile on this but was dissapointed by that.

Photo of pershan
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a thin, white head that dissipated quickly into a chalice. The smell was of clean, crisp, citrusy hops and alcohol. The initial flavor was an immediate hit of alcoholic esters, with malt sweetness in the middle, with more alcoholic warmness and hop bitterness at the finish - fantastic! A bit oily mouthfeel, with malt sweetness, hops, and alcohol flavors lingering long, long after the swallow. Wish it wasn't so expensive, but still a great, super-high octane brew.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 7,005 ratings.