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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

6,450 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,450
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 1,004
Gots: 2,157 | FT: 128
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.

(Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of Dizzy
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been ageing this one for about two years. Pours a hazy amber with almost no head. There was quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is citrusy hops and sweet malts. Tastes a lot better than it did fresh, lots of hop flavor, malts and alcohol.Full bodied, This has developed into a good beer, fresh it was nothing but sweetness, bitterness and alcohol burn. Well worth the wait...

Dizzy, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW! I have never experienced a beer like this one before. I decided to pick up a 12oz. bottle from across the border. It was unlike anything I have tried in the past. In the glass, it resembles Amontillado sherry with carbonation that rises fast and violently. The deep amber color and a thick sticky head is an immediate turn on. The aroma is reminiscent of warm buttersctotch and honey, followed by a thick honeyed accent. On the palate, there is the immediate presence of honey, candied fruit, and malt. It finishes with a slight hop flavor of garden flowers.

This is one of the most full-bodied beers I have ever tasted. It is not ready to drink at this point, but will benefit from age. This is the Chateau Latour of beers... It may be expensive, but it will be worth the pricde in the long run... Drink at least three years from the date it is bottled...

WYVYRN527, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wonderfully into a champagne flute. Dark, hazy orange with a gigantic white head.

Smells fucking amazing. Giant sticky hops, pineapples, roses, and marijuana. Like mixing centennial and cascade hold them up to your nose and breathing deep.

Tastes good. Very good. The hops are more aromatic than anything, and the smell serves to blot out much of the amazingly sweet maple syrup malt that takes over most of the start and lasts throughout the middle. Ends on some pine and floral hops and a long, lingering bread yeast. Very well balanced, but the syrupiness is a bit too intense for me.

A sipping beer, for sure.

mynie, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of maundythirsty
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty pink-tinged peach-colored beer. Poured easily off of the thin yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle, but there is a little bit of particulate roaming around with steadily streaming bubbles. A quarter-inch head thinned to a loose mat of foam.

Candy sweet smell and taste. Matching tropical fruit aromas and flavors that mean business. Smells of grapefruit hops. Spreads out in the mouth with some powerful malt that goes to fruity flavors like citrus, peach, pineapple and mango before hanging a sharp turn into clearly heavy -- but mellow -- booze.

Nearly syrupy mouthfeel, and I wouldn't want it any other way. Very little carbonation breaking it up, and the alcohol is soooo smooth. A velvet hammer.

I'm sold. This is not a six-pack session beer, understandably -- six of these will buy you more than a case of most craft beers, and put a few martinis' worth of alcohol in your gut. But it certainly tastes good.

maundythirsty, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2004
Pours a cloudy peach/umber color. No head(none expected), and patchy lace.
The aromas remind me a lot of Bigfoot Barleywine maybe a bit more intense. Smells of candied fruit. Banannas, pineapple, grapefruit dipped in caramel.
Whoa!!! On first sip my sinuses are clear and my ears warmed. This made my freakin eyes water and it's 2+ yrs old. And I like it!!
Not the intense hop flavors I was expecting. Taste more like a big heavy malty barleywine that is uber sweet. The alcohol is very noticable and is a complementary star player to the huge malt sweetness. The alcohol flavors add to the beer and not subtract from this. In fact I think this beer would be incomplete with out the potentacy of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is good. I'd call it refreshing. My head feels clearer anyway.
How drinkable could a 40 proof beer really be.
I'd have this again but save it for special occasions.

wcudwight, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into 2 short glasses to be split with my girlfriend. It pours a deep amber color with a slight haze (maybe because it was in the fridge for a while). There is really no head and the carbonation is so little that you have to wait for a bubble to rise every couple of seconds. The smell is rich with an appely-grapey tang to it. You can smell the sweetness synonymous with an American Double IPA and strangely, no alcohol smell is present. The taste is rich, woody, sweet, creamy, and bitter towards the end. It is very fruity and rich. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and a little buttery before the bitterness hits. I thought it was going to be hard to drink this one, but it is as smooth as silk. Wow, this is good craftsmanship.

Rudgers73, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber color in the bottle, but I accidentally shook it up, and now it is cloudy, in the bottle. Pours with a inch high head, and laces very nicely.

S - Strong grapefruit, peaches, pears, almonds, caramel sweetness, plums, grapes, and a bunch of solvent-ish alcohol, dominate the nose. Really an over overwhelmingly aromatic aroma that puts a lot of DIPAS to shame.

T - The aromas transfer to the taste, but are melded into a cloyingly sweet taste, of thick, pungent fruitiness. All of it is good, but then it turns into an alcohol flavor bomb that lets you know that this is no beer to mess around with.

M Heavy, thick, and sweet to start then warms as the alcohol comes out, and lightens. Leaves a caramel-ish residue on the tongue.

D - Let this beast of a delight age.... for a while. Granted you'll loose the hop flavors, but man alive this beer is good. Sam, your one of the best.

quasimoto, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin head that lasts as a thin cover. Not bad head retention for abv.

The smell is of strong citrus, some pine, some peppery alcohol.

The taste is of thick, chewy hops - citrus and pine especially. Nice hop profile. Raw alcohol mixes in with hops, leaving some peppery heat in the mouth. Although not quite as much as a 21%er might. A bready malt background give it a thicker body and some balance.

The feel is thick and full-bodied. Syrupy with a rawness to it. A bit heavy on the tongue.

Well, this is well-hopped and alcoholic. It's nice, but alcohol does disturb drinkability, and even enjoyment to a degree because it kills quite a bit of the aftertaste. A nice DIPA, but I can't say I liked it more than the 90 minute. It states on label "ages well". I do suggest cellaring it a few years to see if it mellows some, as it does have good potential.

jwc215, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh example in 2007 that I just got. 12oz. bottle.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a whitish head. Slow rising beads of carbonation from all angles of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as it warms. Initial nose has grapefruit and pineapple juice smells. Some burning alcohol present if you inhale deep enough. Upfront taste is very sweet followed by an alcoholic burn. I imagine it's hard to hide 21% ABV. Looking for the bitterness here. Can pick up a piney hop taste if the swig in mouth is kind of for lack of a better word, "chuffed" around. If cellaring this mellows the hops, then I believe you want this as fresh as possible. Heavy mouthfeel and oily. Hardly any carbonation in mouthfeel. Overall drinkable if you can handle the sweetness. I respect DFH here for continuing to brew such an extreme beer season after season and may keep this around for years to come.

vwcraig, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bigreduw64
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Amber color, very nice head with good lacing
Aroma: Floral, strong alcohol and orange peel
Taste: Very sweet, tastes like it was brewed with a lot of sugar, not as much bitterness as I would have though. Tastes of candied orange, lemon and lime with a strong alcohol flavor.
Finish: Sweetness lingers for quite awhile; a touch of bitterness after a minute.
Mouthfeel: Light bubbly carbonation and surprisingly light body. Being as strong as it is I would think it would be syrupy, but its not.

bigreduw64, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle bought in MI for $8.99. After trying it I can say it's way overpriced based on taste, but it sounds like DFH employs a labor-intensive process to make it (the bottle says dry-hopped with daily additions for a month).

Beautiful hazy dark orange color with a foam that lasted forever despit the ABV (>20%). The smell is barley wine and hops, you can tell this is a strong beer. The flavor is really sweet and hoppy with an alcohol burn, I would have liked it better with less sweetness. Actually I tasted a cough medicine note which I objected to also. The beer was syrupy in more ways than one (viscosity, sweetness), but hard to finish.

Nice to have tried it, but moving on.

TurdFurgison, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of isaac
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle to my new, st. bernardus chalice. what a way to break this glass in.
music: billy bragg's "there is power in a union"

A - Amazing, ruby red body that seems to glow. above sits a creamy, beige head, which sinks to spotty lacing and medium-sized bubbles.

S - Huge, flowery hops with shouts (as opposed to hints) of grapefruit, apricot, mint, and slight pine. Malts are candied and sweet smelling and there exists a slight burn in the nose from the booze. This smells like the best of IPAs.

T - Very juicy, very sweet, much of the hops bitterness is lost to this sweetness sadly, but only momentarily, as they come back in the finish. again, this tastes much like candy from the malts, perhaps even hints of strawberry jam and butter (mmm toast...). booze is also present in a vodka-like way.
while i very much am enjoying this taste, it is far more reminicent of a barleywine than an IPA and it is for this reason that i question its catagorization. however, i review by beer, not by style, so... we're cool.

M - big, juicy feel with medium carbonation and a syrupy finish that really brings out all the flavours quite nicely.

D - at the halfway point of this beer, i would have said that the drinkability was quite high, but now, with one sip remaining, i don't know if i can muster it... it is just so sweet... at this point all the hops are gone and i feel like im drinking vodka and honey, whisked together, microwaved, frozen, and then melted to room temperature. gross. i could keep drinking this beer... if only it stayed cold, or at most around 45 degrees.

this does for DIPAs as world wide stout does for double stouts. a very inventive take on an already great style. though, to be fair, i don't think im ever going to go back to either. glad i tried them both, but, yeah, ill stick to more traditional beers.

isaac, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off even before the served info,extra thanks to Susdog for sending me this beer which I always wanted to try. OK, served into my favorite large tulip gold rimmed glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Mirky,glowing reddish/golden color,apricot nectar-like color. 1" thick,creamy head with good retention,some tightly knitted strings of bubbles surging to the surface from the sides and center of the glass.
Spotty lacing with some small curtians of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Constant layer of foam with a never die attitude always on the top of the beer. Gotta love it!

Intense hop aromas, lots of pine and citrus,pineapple,sweet carmell maltyness,burnt syrupy aromas. A candy-like aroma,a slight boozy aroma,stings the nostrills a bit,you know the alcohol is in there. Still a very tempting aroma,not an aroma for the weak at heart.

Wow! Intense hop taste very piney/citrusy great pineapple taste,lots of sweet carmell tastes a great burnt taste to the carmell.Very sugary,reminds me a bit of cotton candy. Lots of candied flavors to the taste.Amazing balance to all the intense tastes,the balance is the key to this beer as far as i'm concerned.If the balance was a bit off this beer would really suffer in the taste department,no problem here.Lots of boozyness here as expected, don't have a problem with it and it is not offensive to me.Resiny and sugary in a good way, this beer just pushes the limit for me but just never exceeds it. A real palate buster,my tongue will never be the same again. Thanks,Ted

Thick,chewy,cloying,Whatta ya expect? A pleasure for the taste buds.
This beer was better than I could have even imagined.
A very balanced taste throughout. A nightcap beer, by no means a starter beer. The drinkability for this beer was astounding,would never think this beer would be as drinkable as it is.I wanted to savor it as much as I wanted to slam it. ABV 21.00% would never know it,was a bit fraid to give this one a try,now I'm glad I did. Thanks again,Ted
Send me this beer anytime !!

jcdiflorio, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, bottling date of 12/18/06 laser printed on the bottleneck with the proclamation fo "ages well" on the label (I'll find that out in about 2-3 years, but that's a review for another day), poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown color, rather clear with just a few carbonation bubbles rising. the head formed about 2-3 fingers thick (tulip glass after all) and faded very slowly into a thin layer that retained.

Aroma: All hops, very strong but oh so inviting.

Taste: Same as the aroma, hoppy throughout. Slightly bitter at first but it kind of sweetens up in the middle. The finish goes bitter and hoppy, along with a peppery alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and syrupy. The carbonation was light but fit perfectly for how thick this beer is.

Overall: At 20-21% possibly the highest ABV of any beer I've ever had, and definitey the most bitter. Still, very drinkable, doesn't taste like it should be so high in alcohol. If you're not sure about how much hops you can handle, start with the 60-minute, then the 90-minute. If you enjoy both of those give this one a shot. Be advised, it's VERY hoppy and bitter.

FenwaySquid, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of jordanmills
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce into a pint glass. Comes out a hazy copper with a rocky, tall head. Smells of lots of hops. Tastes - wow. Lots of hops, but sweet and complex. There's a flavor like molasses or something. I don't like hoppy beers, and this is great. Feels thick and smooth on the tongue, hops and sweet all the way down. It's a tad bitter and rich to drink all night, but I could have a Couple.

jordanmills, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of kipling
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

A: Gives the appearance of a slightly over-ripe peach; deep orange red through the thickest portion of the glass turning to a slightly golden orange nearest the surface of the glass. I was rewarded with a robust, off-white head two finger-thick. The carbonation, though present, doesn't keep the head alive and, sadly, it fades away within minutes, leaving me with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film towards the center of the beer. Some lacing left on the glass as I imbibe the beer.

S: Zounds! Hops, hops and more fresh hops. There's something else there mingling with the hops...honey, nectar, molasses, I'm not sure, but it's definitely something sticky sweet . The smell is heavenly.

T: The hops are there from lips to gut in all their resiny, piney goodness, but so is the sweetness that I picked up through the nose and it doesn't go away. It almost tastes like that over-ripe peach that I mentioned earlier. It doesn't really detract from the taste, but I don't feel that it adds to it either. It's just somewhat distracting.

M: Somewhat oily up front, but finishes remarkably clean (although that damn sweetness won't subside). In a beer of this potency I am utterly astounded that the alcohol profile isn't running roughshod through and over the flavor, but it's not.

Overall I am glad for having tried this beer. Hell, it inspired me enough to finally sit down and write my first beer review after years of lurking on BA. If it happened to find its way back to Peoria I would probably do what I could to get another bottle, but realistically it's not something that could be considered a staple of any one's "beer diet", readily available or not. I must give a shout-out to BA MWalters for the heads-up on this one. Thanks-a-million!

kipling, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Took this one out of the fridge about 2 hours ago to let it warm up a little. Poured into my favorite glass. Big white head on this cloudy amber/gold beer. Very sweet malty flavor. Much more than I expected, and the first drink went down like a shot with the high ABV%. The hops came through mostly in the aftertaste. Smells a little malty, but I could smell more hops than I could taste. Nice mouthfeel. Light/medium carbonation, medium full body. For me, this is not very drinkable because I could only drink it in limited quantities. It's also too sweet for my taste. Perhaps I could acquire a taste for this one over time, but at $8/bottle that probably won't happen anytime soon because there are so many more beers I still need to taste.

BeerCheese, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. At 23% this is by far the strongest beer I've ever tried. As a hophead, I'd been wanting to try this for a while. Took a whiff of the aroma and WHOA! Hops galore. As expected, the hops come in strong in the taste, but they cannot overcome the medicine syrup qualities that all that alcohol creates. I'm glad I tried it, but it really wasn't for me.

atsprings, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle that I paid $9 for.

120 IPA is very floral from the hops overload, as well as a bit of grapefruit rind. I also detect notes of fresh cut grass, and pine as well.

This brew is dark golden amber in color, and was very clear at first, but after I poured the rest of the brew out into my glass, the brew clouded over like a hurricane. Produces a very light tan head, sticks around for a while, and leaves lacing the whole duration of the sample. This must be a fresher batch than the last reviewer's. There is a lot of CO2 action going on here, and this Imperial IPA is easily agitated.

This is surprisingly very sweet and not over dominated by the load of hops. I can't believe this is a 21% ABV. Not dominated by the alcohol, and the head retains very well for such a high ABV.

This brew bites a little bit, and is not watery by any means. This is slightly warm to the palate and back of my throat.

120 is great overall but a bit pricy for the 12oz sample I got. I suppose this is understandable due to the limited number of batches per year.

TheSarge, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of cbn
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

single brown bottle of the 12oz. type poured into a tulip. interesting, slightly hazy deep orange-gold with a creamy golden head quickly dissapting, lively carbonation forms islands of lace.

tropical fruits,black peppper and a complex acid aroma reveal a sweetness as of cherry tomatoes, queer yet intriguing.

sweetness from an impeccable malt is assaulted from every corner by a champion hop.

fairly thin and oily, yet clean, lightly astringent.

beware this is a bad boy, sit back at home relax and write a review.

cbn, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't sure I was ready to drink this beer, much less review it. Prior to this experience (and it was an experience), I'd not had a beer above 9% ABV. I had no idea what to expect here, as this was definitely uncharted territory.

A - Upon pouring, this had an odd, highly intriguing appearance. A cloudy, honey-golden, viscous pour revealed many bubbles, but they were moving around in a way I'd never seen before. The carbonation didn't just bubble up to the surface. It was...frenetic, moving in all different directions with no apparent rhyme or reason, though perhaps this should be expected with such a high volume of alcohol. The head was better than I expected, and it left very fine clingy filaments of lacing. This beer looked incredible in the glass.

S - Wow. Forget drinking this beer, the smell is intoxicating enough. I smell hops, glorious sticky resinous hops. Quite honestly, it smells as if a metric ton of hops were compacted and concentrated into the singularity of this one bottle. A veritable black hole of hops, if you will. Smelling salts? Who needs smelling salts when you have 120 Minute IPA? Good god, this might wake the dead. What else do I smell? Alcohol, definitely a boozy fusel kick, especially as the beer warmed a bit.

T - This beer is too sugary. There, I said it. The excellent hops bitterness eventually cuts its way through the sugar, but it has to work way too hard, especially with such a blatantly hopped beer. Make no mistake, there's still a blissful cacophony of tastes here, which is why I give it a 4. Candy, grassy, piney, woody, oily, boozy, back to candy.

M - Oily, buttery, and surprisingly not harsh at all.

D - This is not very drinkable in large doses, even adjusting for the fact that this is 21% beer. It isn't the alcohol that is making this difficult to drink, it's the sweetness. I'm typically a pretty fast drinker, and this took me nearly one hour to finish. For all practical purposes, it's too much for one person....it would be better to share it. I have another bottle, and that is what I will do with it, after I age it a bit.

In summary, this is simply one beast of a beer. It could be an exceptional, legendary beer if the sugar was toned down somewhat. It might already be legendary.

Patrick999, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of stevecee2003
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A cloudy amber, with deep reds hidden inside. Lots of bubbles, settling into a one inch head. Sticks to the side of the glass. A good sign.

Smell - Wow! Never smelled these smells before! A heavy dose of flowers, with shavings of orange peel thrown in. There is a strong hops smell, probably waiting in the taste, is everpresent in the background.

Taste - A rush of flavors. It's surprising how much flavor can be pushed into one bottle. But then I remember I did pay about $8.50 for this one bottle, retail. The high alcohol quotient is not present in the taste, but you know it's there.

Drinkability - This is so rich, so flavor-filled I don't think I can drink more than one. But perhaps thats the point. One is all it takes!

Notes: In my IPA circles this beer is legendary. The 90-minute style has its points. But Wow this 120-minute version will knock your socks off! But only just one!

stevecee2003, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle bought a month ago so the beer is a bit hot. Lighter in color than a usual DIPA but DFH is never usual. A bit of hops and fruit in smell. It tastes fairly hoppy but the alcohol taste is a little strong which affects the drinkability (besides the massive ABV). This is a sipper for sure. I won't drink another one this fresh and see how aging affects this beer.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Washburne
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this at Trinity Hall Irish Pub in Dallas. The server said they only had a few left so I had to take the opportunity even at $16 for the bottle, especially seeing as it's not even legal to sell here in Collin County.

A - Lovely, deep golden brown colour with a creamy head which, unfortunately, didn't last too long.

S - I've recently been getting into dessert wines, so I could pick out notes I recognised from those on this beer. Definite honeysuckle notes, and I'm thinking tangerine, or at least something similar, along with some smooth caramel.

T - I never really imagined the possibility of a dessert beer, but this definitely qualifies. Again those sweet honeysuckle and caramel notes, with enough bittering hops to remind you that, yes, this is a beer. Surprisingly little alcohol flavour for a beer that weighs in at 20%.

M - Smooth, creamy and thick but without ever being cloying. Also, once it goes down it doesn't leave the somewhat sour aftertaste I've found a lot of the higher percentage beers have. I could feel this slide down my gullet as I swallowed and it definitely added a little warmth on this below-freezing night.

D - You know what? Were it not for the price tag and the fact that the pub quiz was over, I could have ordered another. While it's a definite sipper, the high alcohol content really doesn't make this as stand-alone as you'd expect it to. I enjoyed and could quite happile enjoy another!

Washburne, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent brown orange body, good carbonation. Light tan head with a white swirl, tiny to medium bubbles. Head collapses to a thin float leaving little lace.
Nose of spice, grapes and raisens, muskat, molasses, wet musty hayloft and a sour note. Very complex.
Sweet raisens and spice up front. Very strong molasses and toffee also with some fruit to it. The high alcohol content is nowhere to be found save for the fuzzy warm feeling it imparts. Although the malts certainly dominate the taste, there is a constant undertone of slightly spiked hops which are allowed more room in the long aftertaste.
Full heavy body with some coating and a slick sensation.
So drinkable and delicious, if the abv wasn't so high I'd indulge in this brew more often.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jan 14, 2007
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 6,450 ratings.