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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,905 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,905
Reviews: 2,065
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 1,104
Gots: 2,503 | FT: 149
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

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

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.
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Photo of hargettf
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Certainly not an every day beer. I can only take down this amount of alcohol in one beer if I am at home surrounded by people who love me that i also trust. But on those occasions where you only want one, but want the effect of many, this is great. winter is the right time, with a fire roaring. the first taste may put you off, pretty alcohol filled. after that it is smooth as silk. it has a big thick mouth feel. one of my top 3 beers, under the right circumstances

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

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a deep clear orange with minimal head. The aroma is very sweet and medicinal. There are very strong alcohol notes as well. IMO the flavor is more of a strong Belgian than a DIPA. The flavor profile is of a sweet booze with a hint of grapefruit. The beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. With a 21% ABV 120 is a definite sipper. This is a beer evry one should try, a high alcohol beer with a great flavor profile.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found singles at Total Wine and More in Claymont, Delaware.

Appearance: Poured a deep, cloudy orange with minimal head. Not much head, but great lacing as you work your way through the glass.

Smell: A lot of alcohol aroma hit my nose first. Some very light fruit notes in there as well. A bit intimidating, as if the ABV listed on the bottle wasn't intimidating enough.

Taste: A lot of grapefruit. I'd call it a grapefruit bomb if it were not for the citrus taste that came in later. Hard to swish this brew around in the mouth for too long as the alcohol burn kicks in.

Mouthfeel: Very oily hop feel that sticks to your palate. Little carbonation. Very warm alcohol feel in the back of the throat that travels down your chest for a few seconds.

Drinkability: I found this to be a very good tasting beer, albeit a sipper for sure. I docked it a little in the drinkability department because the ridiculous ABV makes it very hard to get through more than one without being quite drunk. I finished one in about 30 minutes and it was a very surreal feeling getting that tipsy that fast. Thats not to say I didn't like it :)

A great beer for the hophead in you. I would certainly buy it again, but be weary of having more than one.

Photo of ironlung
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz '08 edition. Thanks mfielden for the awsome trade!!!

A: Super heavy orange.Very little carbonation. So cloudy no light comes thru when I shine a led flashlight on the opposite side of the glass.

S: Hops&booze, and more booze!! After a few sniffs I can make out faint fruity notes.

T: Oh man this is some good firewater! I read reviews from all over b4 I finally got this beer in my grubby paws, so I was expecting all kinds of gnarley flavors and alcohol burn. To my suprise I find this beer smooth, with great orange/grapefruit/lemon flavor. It's really shocking how well this beer hides the 21%! Scary. To sum it up easily it tastes like alcoholic citrus juice.

M: Pretty smooth going down. After-taste has me licking my lips. Citrus really lingers along with the warming alcohol.

D: I'm in love! I wish I could buy this whenever I pleased in Cali. I've got one more bottle(thanks again mfielden!). I'll try to age it, but I doubt I'll have the warewithall to stand the temptation of this beast...

Update: Drank the second bottle that same night!

Photo of xfactor9600
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Nice color and very cloudy when poured cold, No head and no carbonation. There was a last drizzle of color as i poured the bottle into my glass.

S. Paint thinner and honey ( I was assured this was normal).

T. Sweet with a bite. I liked it more than I though I would after the initial smell. However, I don't know if I overhyped it in my mind.

M. No carbonation

D. The experience was just too complex for me. Too many flavors mixing with alcohol. I suppose I could develop a taste for this beer overtime, but found the experience overwhelming from a beer drinking perspective.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/14/2008 (bottled 3/30/06, aged in a cool fridge):

Pours a light red body, clear, small white head. Dark fruit plummy aroma, sweet, some alcohol, no hops whatsoever. Strong sweet flavor, some flavors like roasted, dark fruit. Almost woodsy. Some alcohol. (bottled 5/10/07, aged in a cool fridge) Pours a darker red color, white head, small & not lasting. Very hoppy aroma, bitter. Very hoppy taste, non-sweet grapefruit aftertaste. Some alcohol, some dark fruit. More balanced.

Photo of Kobangus
2.49/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A. Nice amber color, cloudy when poured cold, honey-like color when warmed up a bit, no longer cloudy. No noticeable head. Little carbonation.

S. Rubbing Alcohol. Very little hop aroma. Honey.

T. Alcohol, very sweet- and I mean very! Hops? Barely getting through the alcohol and honey taste. Way too sweet to be considered an IPA in my opinion- more like a barley wine.

M. Warm, sticky, thin

D. This was one of the hardest beers for me to drink. The alcohol and sweetness are just too overpowering. I feel like I'm fighting to get to the bottom of the glass.

Wow! This beer packs one hell of a punch! 21% abv is just ridiculous to me. I think 9% is pushing it. I appreciate the fact that beers with this kind of abv are actually made but I think that's what straight liquor is for.

This is supposed to be the holy grail for hopheads- I don't agree. More like the holy grail for alcoholics! I'd rather have a DFH 60 Min IPA.

(p.s. I tried a Duck Rabbit 2008 Barley Wine just the other day that was hoppier than this.)

Photo of imperialbigswig
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let me pretext this review by saying I am in no way a fan of IPAs or hoppy beers in general. I think there is a ridiculous hop craze and I wish it would end!!!
All that said, I tohught this was a great beer- hats off to Dogfish Head!
The appearance was a rich lite golden amber and poured a beautiful head.
The smell of course was boozy and hoppy.
The taste for a 20%er was wonderful. The hops really provide balance to the big abv.
certainly not a very drinkable beer with such a high abv but worth having in the fridge for solo occasions to sip and ponder.

Photo of chakadrum
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - There really isn't much lacing or head but the cloudy thickness of it makes me feel like it deserves a more than average rating. I like a beer that just by the sight makes me want to investigate further.

S - Actually very hard to describe. Lots of weird things that don't quite sit as an everyday smell. I thought of manila envelopes. I thought of resin. I thought there was a hint of something illegal in some countries. There are some very earthy fruits.

T - The thing that really surprises me about this is how sweet it is. I suppose that with a beer this big you've got a lot of residue sugar. At the same time there are a ton of hops but not so much the traditional feeling of bitter on the tongue. I suppose that is due to the sweetness. It is a unique taste I struggle for adjectives. I think the alcohol taste is very well hidden as there are only hints of it on the end of a sip.

M - very viscous.

D - You obviously shouldn't plan on driving anywhere. In fact, I'd schedule this as the first beer of the night or you're in for trouble. It will always be a novelty beer for me.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Julian's in Proividence RI poured into an 8 oz wine glass

A - Beautiful hazy golden apricot in color with a white head.
S - Grapefruit, some caramel, toasted malts and a touch of alcohol
T - Sour/bitter up front then came the malt sweetness. Caramel. Some flavors reminiscent of a dessert wine.
M/F -Rich, creamy and thick.
D - A very nice sipper.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally broke down and picked up my first bottle of 120

bottle date - 11/6/2008 - Very fresh!

Pours a beautiful tangerine with a reddish hew and a nice layer of white foam settled on top. Miniature bubbles leave the the tiniest bit of lacing along the inside walls of my snifter.

Aroma of fresh grassy hops, citrus peal, dried fruit/candy sweetness, a little bit of envelope glue and booze. On a good whiff the alcohol stings my eyeballs a little.

Full bodied like hell with a syrupy slick texture, alcohol tingles the palate.

This beer is incredibly sweet at with the flavor of canned peaches in syrup. Fresh juicy hop flavors that are absolutely delicious, a light pine/citrus hop bitterness from the hops. Most of the stinging bite however comes from the incredibly high abv, which is masked very well among the delicious brew. That envelope glue taste that I've been getting in in some of Dog Fish's big beers comes through in the end but is much lesser in this bottle. 21% goes down way too smooth!

I give this beer's drinkability rating a 5 based on it's extreme drinkability despite huge abv.

I was able to get this beer fresh on-tap at the brewery this past summer and this bottle was just as good. Overall I think that this beer was outstanding and completely worth the ching!


Photo of rhinos00
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Mahogany colored hue, with some visibility. Produced a very small amount of white head.

S- Liquid candy. Combination of sugar, malt, hops, and fruits.

T- This beer can be very deceiving if you go into expecting a traditional IPA. The combination of sugars, dark fruits, and malts made this taste very similar to some barleywines I have had before. Fortunately for me, I love barleywines.

M- Thick and syrupy. Coats the tongue perfectly leaving an almost chewy feel to it.

D- As much as I love the taste, you have to watch yourself with this one. Even having split the 12 oz. bottle with a friend, I was still feeling the effects. That +20% abv will get you.

Overall, I went into drinking this beer with an open mind. Like I stated above, this beer seemed to have many similar features of a barleywine and less of the IPA. To me this was a positive, but to others, I can see how this might be a negative.

Photo of Brewnami
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow... Absolutely overwhelming. I was very anxious to try this brew because I love the 60 and 90 minute IPA's but this cannot even be categorized with those beers. I guess I didn't know what to expect from a 21% beer, but I was at least expecting somewhat of an IPA taste. This tasted like a really strong, bitter, slightly carbonated wine. In my opinion, no resemblance whatsoever. I would probably have rated this beer higher if I knew what I was in for when I tried it for the first time. I would definitely say its worth picking up, but do not do so on the shear fact that you like 60 and 90 minutes as there is almost no similarities other than the name. If you like barley wines, definitely pick one up and try it. If you are a big IPA fan and are looking for a new imperial IPA to try, heads up, grab a bear republic, stone ruination, a 90 min, or something else. Only available in 12oz singles, my suggestion is that if you havn't had this yet, split it with one other person and/or pour it into a wine glass. The 25-27% ABV Sam Adams Utopias is normally poured in 2oz and this seems like beer that is best in small servings. I poured this into a pint glass and drank the whole thing and when I buy this again I am just pouring it into a small drink/wine glass and drinking a little at a time. This way, I may appreciate the taste more as opposed to trying to finish the whole 12oz bottle/

Photo of bifrostguard
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy amber color with a small off white head.

S - Hops, sugar, caramel, sugar, fruit, sugar, alcohol.

T - Wow...really sweet. Alcohol is noticeable, but the sweetness is overwhelming. Little bitterness with caramel and fruity flavors more noticeable.

M - Thick, sticky and cloying. Sweet residue coats the tongue leaving a lingering aftertaste.

D - Slowly. This was worth trying and I appreciate the craft in attempting to make such a big beer, but this just was not my style.

Photo of yeastsipper
2.42/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Well, this is an interesting beer that I have wanted to try for a while. Unfortunately, 'interesting' does not always mean 'good.'

Bottle obtained in a trade with Blazer 06. Cracked open the bottle to share in anticipation of the ball dropping on new years eve.

The 120 pours a light copper color with no head whatsoever. this is not surprising given the alcohol content.

There is a heavy alcohol scent to the beer (again, not surprising) and pine notes from the hops. I do detect some citrus, but not as much as many other IPAs. More than anything, peach notes stand out.

This beer is cloyingly sweet. Again, tons of peach flavor. Unfortunately, it is more of a peach schnapps flavor, very sweet and syrupy, than a subtle peach. I can't get over how sweet the beer is. As I tend to love DIPAs for their bitter hop characteristics, this is frustrating. A sweetness lingers on the tongue and palate. And I mean lingers.

For a beer that is hopped 'continously', why is it so sweet? It is simply too sweet, too syrupy, and too strong.

Did I mention that this beer is really sweet?

I love DFH. Their beers were really the driving force of me becoming a beer lover rather than a beer consumer. And I love the fact that they are pushing the envelope. However, the 120 is more of an experiment - and the results of the experiment are a crazy big beer, but not one that really tastes that good or is particularly enjoyable.

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

Poured a golden copper color from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. Hazy with a wealth of hops floating in suspension. Nice initial head diminishes quickly to a thin icing with nice lacing.

Strong smell of fruity hops mostly apricots and carmel. Ever present scent of alcohol.

Slightly overpowering sweet taste, with strong taste of alcohol. You can tell this was hopped for an extended period. A little too sweet for my taste.

Smooth not overly carbonated or bitter. Not much bite for an IPA. So much alcohol you can feel it.

Have heard about the 120 for a long time and had to try it. I am a big fan of the other Dogfish Head IPA's. But at $10.00 a bottle and 21% ABV not something I would indulge in very often. Had to hide the sales slip from my wife.

Photo of Stygr
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- golden thick with floaters, head dissipates quickly

S- Carmel hoppiness, like an extreme barley/hop wine.

T- Some kind of experience. Like you fermented hops in sweet grapefruit concentrate, froze it to remove the excess water, and then reduced it into a sweet hop bomb concoction rolling and swirling in its own hoppyness.

M- Thick, but surprisingly smooth for what it is,

D- Surprisingly over the top, but not when you take it for what is is.

We drank a bit of this when the local beer bar accidently was selling it half off on wednesdays for $4.25. What a dangerous steal.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into dogfish head pint glass (bottled 1/18/08)

A- Dogfish head 120 pours a very golden color with a slight touch of copper that appears quite thick. A slightly aggressive pour produces a nice sized head that dwindles down to a thin sheet. A nice amount of bubbles and debris is seen floating throughout the glass.

S- 120 has a super strong smell of sweet malts and some alcohol is present, but not as much as you would think coming from a 21% beer. Caramel on top of citrusy hops with some floral qualities. The dominance of the malts makes for a syrupy smell.

T- similar to the smell with a start of an enormous amount of malt sweetness backed with a nice hop presence. the alcohol is present in the finish as the heat is noticed going down. the sweetness consists of caramel and sugars with a bit of grapefruit coming through. It's almost like i'm drinking syrup which is kind of weird, but most DFH offerings are considered weird to me.

M- Thick, thick and thick, with a full body. I have to say though that for a beer of this size it is pretty smooth going down.

D- For 21% very drinkable but i had to check myself after i found myself drinking this a bit fast. after the 1st few sips i could feel the alcohol taking effect. this is a big beer for big boys & girls who are down for a challenge so be prepared.

I have a 2005 version of this & will buy a fresh bottle to compare, but not until i have two people to help me with it.

Photo of Amalak
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm kind of all over the place with this beer, but here goes. I had it at Barcade in Brooklyn, NY, which is located on Union. Had to try it because I absolutely loved the 60 and 90 minute versions.

This is simply not my kind of beer, though I appreciate just how good this beer is. This was just way too strong and wine tasting for my likes. While it was extremely smooth, this simply is not how I want my IPAs to taste.

Photo of chaz410
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is truely an awesome beer,been waiting to try this one for as long as I knew what it was!
The pour on this leaves a very cloudy thick body, it's intimidating from the get go. It looks thick and smells completely different than I imagened. I assumed this beer would beer unbelievably hoppy, and while there is plenty of hoppyness on the nose, there's a ton of malty smells of raisens and peaty sweetness. The tast is similar but with definate alcohol pinch. It's very smooth with consideration to the alcohol and it really does ride the malt notes as much as the flower hop flavors. A great beer that everyone should at least try but I do recommend you tell them that drinking one is the same as drinking four+ standard strength beers.

Photo of bmwats
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy golden amber. Light carbonation pours into a thin layer of carbonation on the surface. Leaves fair lacing as you drink. A smattering of carbonation remains, as well.

S: Hops, honey, raisin, and peaty.

T: Sweet hoppy goodness. Hints of raisin and citrus. Peaty. Not really complex, but do you really expect much more than hops from a 120 minute IPA.

M: Strong alcohol taste. Not a really strong hoppy feel, but the strong alcohol is prominent, and takes away from the hops a bit. Dry. Brandy-like.

D: Good, if you have time to drink it. If not, don't waste your time.

Well, this is an extreme brew. Good to sip from the snifter, as the bouquet is important to this one. Atmosphere, good flavor (although not very complex), good feel. I definitely recommend this great over the top quaff.

Photo of deereless
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper color with a slight amber edge, thin layer of tightly packed head which dropped into patches on top - 4.00, S: Thick and aromatic, absolutely saturated with smells, reminds me of a brandy more than a beer, lots of candied sugars and signs of honey couple with a solid wallop of citrusy hops - 5.00, T: Like the nose this beer almost pushes one into sensory overload, heaps of overripe fruit flavors - primarily plums along with a solid infusion of honey which boosts the sugar level of this beer to astronomical levels, all of this is nicely balanced with a boatload of hops though I would not call that the dominate feature - 4.00, M: Slightly syrupy - 4.00, D: What a nice late night sipping beer, loaded to the gills with flavors and aromas, the price makes it a little prohibitive for routine drinking, but on special occasions it should be easy to justify - 4.25

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly sweet and easy to drink for something that's so massively full of alcohol. HUGE hop taste here too, and a pretty good hoppy aroma as well. This mother is going to straight up knock you on your ass but you're going to love every minute of it.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is really a whacky beer. At some level it really is like have a hop flower in your mouth.

There was a thin white foamy head that formed then faded. Split this bottle so I didn't get a full 12 oz pour. Not sure you'd want to drink an entire 12 oz bottle.. This beer was made for sharing. Bright golden amber with excellent clarity. Really a nice looking beer. No lacing or visible carbonation.

Aroma was huge and of pine & citrus. As if you were snorting hop pellets.

This really is an extreme beer. As huge as the flavor was, I was impressed with the balance. Huge sweetness and equally huge hop bitterness. Apricot, Melon/cantelope and honey flavors. Towards the end, some deep pine resin notes.

Syrup like and thick. Big doesn't begin to describe this.

It's very interesting, but I'm not sure I'd want an entire bottle for myself. At some level I guess this is a statement about it's drinkability.

Buy one to share. I have another and I'm going to age it for a couple of years.

Photo of anthony120ipa
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer cost me $9.57 at the local spirits store and it was worth every penny. The balance between the strength and smoothness of this beer is incredible and is deceptively drinkable. Highly recommended to anyone that has the 10 or so dollars to purchase it.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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