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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
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outstanding

7,028 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,028
Reviews: 2,096
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 1,156
Gots: 2,700 | FT: 170
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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 Deus1138
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been dying to try this stuff for a while. Since we can't get it here in GA, I had my cousin from Delaware pick me up some.

Pour into a pint glass. Hazy, cloudy, gold color with very little head. Not a lot of carbonation, but it's cool watching the the bubbles slowly make their way through this thick, hazy brew. This is one of the strongest smelling brews I've sampled. It's very sweet and citrusy smelling. It's almost like a citrus candle. Taste is pretty good. Very hoppy, citrusy. Grapefruit comes to mind. There's also a lot of sweetness is the background. Alcohol is present, but not as much as you'd expect. I mean, it's 20% alcohol, so I was expecting it to be very noticeable. You definitely feel the alcohol as it warms your mouth, throat, and stomach. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. It's a slightly syrupy brew. Whoa... excuse me. Burps are very citrusy. :-) Drinkability is good. It's something you should try at some point. Can you handle all the flavor and alcohol?? I don't think I could have done this a couple of years ago when I first ventured into craft beer. No one should drink more than one of these per night! It's drinkable, not chuggable!

Very glad I tried this. If this were available in my area, I'd buy for special occasions as a novelty for people to try.

Photo of Larrytown
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant orange with a tiny cap of quickly dissipating foam. We definitely have a boozy smell here. Lots of sugar too, but it's not covering up the alcohol. I've only smelled it and I feel kind of drunk.

This is an intense beer. I almost wanted to say "complicated", but that's not right. It's not like there are a lot of flavors delicately darting in and out of your mouth or anything. Instead it's BAM alcohol, BAM sugar, BAM hops. Repeat. Then repeat again.

My first impression was simple: "This isn't beer; it's liquor." Put aside for a moment the incredibly high ABV, that's not even what I'm talking about. I'm referring more to the experience of drinking it; it's a lot like scotch or bourbon. The smell hits you hard and you ain't taking anything more than a sip at a time. The deeper you get in the glass, though, you start to pick out the deeper elements.

Sure enough, as the drink went on, it began to recede into a beer-like category for me, but still way over the top, though not necessarily in a bad way. As you get used to the more vibrant flavors, the hops have a chance to come out and you almost notice something you'd call "balance". But not quite.

At the very least, you have to concede that this is one-of-a-kind. I don't know if I see myself coming back to it, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pours a nice orange/amber color with about a half inch of white head. I'm surprised this has head at 21%.

S- Honestly, it smells kind of like vinegar. Lots of alcohol, but lots of buttery, citrusy hops.

T- Alcohol! Very acidic. Some hops present. Sugar and honey come through when you can get by the initial alcohol bite. Definitely the most unique beer I've ever had. I'm not sure I like it though.

M- Medium bodied. Goes down smooth. Velvety. Carbonated.

D- Tough drink. I don't think I'm ready for this.

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

Dogfish 120 Minute IPA...21+ alcohol content. Bottled date of 01/07/08.

A- Very thick dark orange fluid that shows a mildly active head that falls to excellent heavy lacing that sticks to glass. Supernova look in the light mild orange tint in middle and dark firey outer shell of glass. NICE.

S- The beer is over a foot and a half from my nose and I smell it! Heavy sweet sugar scent with thick overtones of Malts and hops. Very appearent hop oil smell with alcohol esters obvious.

T- Severly complex in flavor that is combined with every flavor in mind. Starts with heavy brown sugar thickness, massive malt body, followed by a alcohol warmth, finishing with a great hop bitterness tart and tang.

M-D- Thick and very alcohol feel and taste. It's my favorite "can you?" beer. Can you drink it all like any other? Yes I can! Heavy malts and hops can almost crush any average drinkers palate. I personally can down the whole damn thing in about 15 mins. Hardcore flavor means a need for a hardcore drinker. Like light beers? Dont waste the money on trying a true massive hopped and aged beer like this.

Note: Love Hops? Go for it! Just bought out the last of 08 120's in local store.

Note: 5/31/09 Had 5/02/09 bottle i recommend that you keep it for at least a year before drinking. Very mild stuff at first.

Photo of aglose45
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark reddish brown, can not see through the beer. The appearance somewhat resembles apple cider. Very thin layer of head on the pour.

S: Apple, wood, and a funky/sour smell - like it has over-fermented and turned sour, probably the smell of the immense amount of alcohol.

T: The alcohol flavor dominates this one. I do get some apple cider and pear flavor. This does not taste like an Imperial IPA, but I will rate it disregarding the style. As the beer warmed up I picked up a hint of orange flavoring.

M: Medium to full bodied, and it doesn't leave much oiliness/ stickiness on the tongue or in the mouth.

D: The funky/ sour flavor gets to me a bit, plus the abv is so high. I could only have about one of these in any given night.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This should have a category for WOW so it would score better. I don;t love it as much as I respect it. Amzing for a beer to be over 20% and be that drinkable. Amazing!

appearance: golden amber hues, almost red

smell: disappointed, alchohol covered the hop smell.

taste: decent hops flavor, this beer is loaded with it but again the alcohol content smears it. very sweet...

mouthfeel: medium to slightly full

drinkability: surprisingly smooth. another weird attempt to make beer different. Again I repsect DFH and what they do but this is not a beer I want to drink all the time.

Photo of jsh420
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 7/8/08

split this bottle with my pops because i wanted to have more then one beer tonight

pours a hazy copper with a 1 finger head that fades fast and leaves no lacing down the glass.

smell is straight up sweet alcohol

taste is of very sweet honey and alcohol but not as strong as some beers that are half the abv. this beer is almost like candy

mouthfeel for a beer that is 21abv was suprisingly not as thick as one might imagine - this is the beer that should be named hop juice

overall i think this will be a love hate beer - and put me down on the love side even though the first one i had was sour and i think it was infected and i am glad i did not review it because it was a hate. the consistency of dfh is not that great but when they are on the are on.

Photo of jgap
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BeerMan-lots-of-7's for the chance to try this one! Dark amber with a brilliant white, frothy head. Just popping the bottle I can smell the citrus hoppiness. A closer investigation reveals an apricot scent with a hint of bitter hops. Time to taste... Wow- this thing is crazy! Massive hops up front. It's not that bitter up front but not very bitter. Lots of sweet citrus, no pine at all. Slightly sticky though. This is followed by a huge caramel, syrup malt then a slight bitterness followed by a slightly strange chemical taste. This aftertaste would be my only criticism. I really liked this beer and look forward to another bottle.

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

Wow I was in the mood for an IPA and all I had was junk in the fridge until I found this bottle given to me a few months ago by my son. Great! I thought.... Well, I'd totally forgotten how powerful this stuff was supposed to be! I already feel over-warm and I was just looking for a nice IPA to cool me down on a 90-degree too-early-summer day in April!

SIP AT YOUR OWN PACE-- OR AT YOUR OWN RISK!

A= nice copper-amber, just-off-white creamy head about 1 finger in a tall glass 1/2L stein, tons of lacing. Profuse tiny dancing bubbles coming up erratically and swirling like a gnat-swarm. Where's Jerry Garcia when you need a good light-show?!?!?

S= very evident, with strong everything-- hops, florals, malts, liquor.

T= a bit overpowering on the first gulp before I realized what I was drinking. Actually a bit nauseatingly sweet. But after readjusting my brain, a fantastic display of hops, a solid foundation of malts and some bready traits, definite liquor evident, high sweetness.

M= sweet, with bold varietal hops, bready malts, occasional hints of a woody hops taste of some sort; lasts for quite some time.

D= one only, for me. I'd love to let this go flat and serve it in 4-ounce snifters and see how that works.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful glowing amber color with a very small head and no lacing. Smell was dominated by a honey sweetness, taste followed suit and was sweet but surprisingly tame. The alcohol was noticeable but not as overpowering as I would have expected. Mouthfeel was oily and medium/full bodied with limited amounts of carbonation. Drinkability suffers some due to the gigantic level of sweetness, but overall this is a nice sipping beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a few from the July 2008 batch during my visit to the brewery in Milton last summer.

A: Very bright orange-red color with a very nice head on it.

S: LOTS going on here with plenty of hops shooting out a grocery market full of citrus and tropical fruits. Solid malt sweetness to back it up.

T: Again, a ton going on here. Not as god as the nose, but quite tasty. Lots of sweetness and candy. It's simply overpowering.

M: Have to let this one sit on the palate for a while, as there's so much going on. Can definitely feel the alcohol, but wouldn't know it was 20% abv just from the feel.

D: Pretty good when it was relatively fresh (currently adding notes from old handwritten review). I've got a couple of these in the cellar, and I'm looking forward to popping one every July for the next few years.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI.

Poured into a tulip glass, this has an electric copper color with nice globby foam and rows of bubbles flowing from the bottom up for minutes after the pour.

Citrus, pine, pine, citrus super hoppy smell. A bit redundant to say I know, I know its a bit redundant to say. Faint alcohol smell on the nose as well.

Massive hops, like a ton of em. Coats your tongue with bitterness, almost like a hop syrup. Wow.

Mouthfeel is overly intense, hops galore, tingling sensation, and a sticky coat of bitterness lingers.

Oh my, I don't want to take away from this, because the style it is in is appropriate, but I don't know if this is for me. I'd still say it is a solid Imperial IPA

Photo of Freethyhops
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have just been dominated!!!

Poured into a tulip

A- Hazy orange color that radiates when held to light. Really beautiful.

S- The alcohol is very prevalent but underneath you can clearly smell hops and some sort of light sweet fruits

T- MOUTH EXPLOSION. Sweet, Sweet Sweet and Hoppy. Some caramal malts in there as well. While the flavors are overwhelming, I don't think I would want to taste this beer without them. The alchohol would just take over.

M- Syrupy and sticky. Really coats your whole mouth. Then, ooooh the alcohol burns, but then it gives you the pleasant warming sensation of sipping some liquor.

D- I was sitting at the review page adjusting the ratings as I was drinking. The more I drank the further the drinkability dropped. The next time I buy this I will split one with a friend. It's more economical and 1 would be the absolute maximum for one sitting. This thing kills!! But in a good way :)

Photo of Payso10
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap 3/25/09 in large dogfish head snifter.

there was no head apparent what-so-ever. nice subtle lacing with spider-web retention. bronze in color and has a dark haze over it. very much alcohol up front in the nose(nail-polish remover?). a sweet, spicy, and of course hoppy aftertaste. about half way through there is more honey apparent in the nose, but still smells of alcohol.

even before the very last sip there was a nice milky way haze left behind. hardly a bitter aftertaste (for high ibu's) due to the high alcohol content which made it more a sweet honey flavor. extremely dense towards the bottom of the snifter with a slight floral flavor. the smell clears the sinuses quite nicely. after 30 minutes, a swirl of the snifter leaves a lovely, thin glaze of head behind, and continues to annihilate my palate!

Photo of GregPearson33
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell:
Really, really sweet but with a bite in the schnoz that definitely makes you aware there's some booze in there.

Appearance:
Not at all what I expected: really light yellow-gold and completely cloudy with a minimal head that dissipated pretty quick.

Taste:
Very sweet, almost like a peach or melon with a sugary fruit texture. Analogous to a sweet wine? Alcohol definitely showed through though, I couldn't take more than a sip a time. Carbonation was pretty low, but considering I was prepared to sip a liqueur, it was surprised

Drinkability:
Way too strong for me, but from my perspective this isn't really a beer. I'd say if you drink with the knowledge that you're really drinking 4 beers at once, and take ¼ the swig you'd normally take, that'll be about right.

Photo of benclimbs
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at brouers cafe in Seattle...

Pours a golden copper in a sniffer

Nose is a lot of sweet malts and citrus, just a little alcohol, surprising for this beer

Taste is a mix of malts, spice, syrupy honey and alcohol
It is quite delicious and wine like - this is a huge beer and people must not realize how different this should taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich

Incredibly drinkable for a 21% beer

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A celebratory review honoring the birth of my newborn son and my own birthday.

A sniff from the bottle reveales a very high alcohol content, reminiscent somewhat to that of superglue or rubber cement with a hint of fruitiness.

A very amber pour into a weizen glass with little to no head. Semi-transparent and lighter that I expected. It takes a good few shakes to pull up the sediment up from the bottom of the bottle. Once pulled then poured, the sediment adds a little head and clouds the glass as can be expected.

The aroma is hugely alcoholic hinted with a sent of an over ripened peeled banana. Almost intoxicating in and of itself.

For such a high alcohol volume I would expect it to taste more like wine, but it powers through as an unusually strong hoppy swell. With the first sip a sharp fruity sweetness tickling to the mouth (carbonated very well); my nasal cavities are instantly permeated with the overwhelming ripened fruity burn. An after taste of carmely browns and hoppy greens mist across my pallet. For such a high alcohol content this is easy to sip yet tough to gulp.

It's effect runs quickly. Very smooth for such a high alcohol percent. I don't think I'll be able to review another tonight after this.

Cheers,
Jordan.

Photo of scifan
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to sirpsycho for this magical elixer. This was bottled on 12-18-06. Pours a very cloudy amber color with a small head that fades away into a small ring around the glass, leaving no lacing.
Smells pretty good. Getting TONS of sweet caramel malts, some sherry, raisins, vanilla in there as well. The alcohol is also noticable.
Taste very boozy and sweet. It's definitely a complex brew. It taste like there are alot of hops in here but I'm not getting bitterness from them at all.
Feels kind of slick and oily in the mouth carbonation is good though. I thought for a 21% brew this was fairly drinkable. This is brew to be savored every couple of years.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A=Very cloudy, golden amber color, pours with a slight head that sticks around shortly then rimms the beer

S=alcohol, fruity

T=fruity, sweet, alcohol

M=nice, slight carbonation, smooth, oily

D=not very, too sweet, and too potent.

A beer that is good, but in my mind is meant to be savored on occasion.

Photo of medic25
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After giving up beer for Lent, I had to sample a big gun to celebrate being back to the world of hops. Poured a copper-orange color, white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Taste is, well, like nothing I've ever tasted before. I can tell that it's got a good amount of hops, but it has none of the bitterness or astringency I associate with traditional hop-bombs. The fruity-citrusy flavor predominates, with a complex mouthfeel that is smooth, sweet, rich and hoppy all at the same time. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden; if I had not read this beers reviews I would never have guessed the ABV. Unfortunately it's price puts it out of range for regular consumption, but definitely something worth sampling for the true beer fan.

Photo of jonziefle
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: I may have gotten a bad beer (got a little shaken), which may skew the review slightly. However, at $10 a beer, it may be a while.

Appearance: Poured a cloudt opaque light brown color; looks like apple cider. No head to speak of and no visible carbonation. Some lacing down the glass. Overall, though, pretty dull and lifeless.

Smell: Smells like hops and booze, plain and simple. Very intense nose of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and lemon frangrances. Very sweet and syrupy in the smell. Very interesting, but foreboding at the same time.

Taste: A very big beer, front and center. Strong juicy hop and alcohol bite up front dominate the taste. Syruppy sweet after the bitter bite wears off. The taste is so strong/intense that I can't detect much complexity at all. The amount of alcohol is definitely limiting.

Mouthfeel: Strong bit up front, but a little thick and syrupy feeling. Also, kind of flat. Coats the mouth well, allowing the flavor to linger.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, quite intense. One to try, but quite a different beer than the 60 and 90 minutes. Like some one else stated, the 90 minute is just a more intense 60 minute. However, the 120 minute is a different beer altogther (whether good or bad). I will say that I may have gotten a bad beer, as this one was rather dull and lifeless.

Photo of hayalex6
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mind you this tasting was after quite a long beer session with high abv brews, but my oh my this beer was not what I was expecting.

The aroma had a hint of citrus hops to it, but also a bit of a sweet smell as well. When the beautiful golden ale trickled from the glass to my mouth I was shocked. What was this I was tasting? Bananas! Holy crap this tasted like a banana smoothie, but with a hint of citrus hops. The hops were not as apparent as I expected.

Overall this beer is great. In my hazy mind I thought this was just a 10% beer and I thought it hid it well, but now I see it's 21% I'm just shocked at the lack of an alcohol note. Being that it is such a high abv brew, it will kick your butt.

Photo of lstokes
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not something I would want to drink everyday, but an exceptional once-in-a-while special-occasion kind of beer.

It smells amazing--a sharp alcohol bite (it's a 21 ABV, for crying out loud) but surrounded with sweet citrus and pine and caramel and hops. I smelled it for five minutes before I got down to drinking. Best-smelling 21 ABV I can imagine, in short.

So many hops. A solid mouthfeel, maybe a bit too syrupy. Somebody lower down said a "hoppy barleywine" and I think that's just right, since it was much sweeter than I expected, and I had to sip it more than I'd ever have to sip an IPA.

There is an alcohol burn at the end, but I've never liked an alcohol burn so much before... I just wanted to keep sipping.

An entirely different beast from the 60 and 90 minute IPAs.

Photo of Andreji
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

How how can i sit here and just describe this beer? blessed be the Blind Tiger @ NYC which had it (haven't seen it anywhere since)- and thank god for the fact i decided to try this one last, without knowing the ABV.

it has a cloudy red pour with a medium head, bright white and lasting. doesn't seem too far off at first, maybe a nice dubbel or something?

take a whiff. I was overwhelmed. amazed. i couldn't believe my nose this could be conceivable. heck, it's not my favourite array of smells but it is exceptional. i had to smell it twice and thrice and hand it over to my friend and have her smell it too. i spent some 8 minutes just smelling this beer. what's in here?? the smell of pines, kind of syrup, caramel, maybe charred apricots. i can't completely describe this.

And the taste? another 8 minutes just decrypting this. strong, burnt sugar-syrup feel with an as-much-as-possible hidden alcohol but it's just too much. it's not tacky like some other alcohol bombs which are plain revolting sweet, this beer is simply oh-so well balanced, but still so strong, so flavourful but so harmful, i cannot describe this fully.

It is exceptional but i couldn't drink more than one. by the end of the night i was asking the bartender at the BT if this beer was really 21%. of course- before it got to me fully. no way you'll handle more than one and a half.

I hold this one dear in my heart and seeing it is a hard-to-get baby i'm gonna be happy to be back in NYC one day. The mystique aura it deserves will make it a sure-thing next time in the big apple.

Photo of flynnc
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I went to my place on 56th street in Tacoma. when I bought the beer, the clerk warned me that "this is an extreme beer, I'd stick with the 90 minute if I were you." I decided against it. I shouldn't have. This beer has an initial taste of beautiful hops and a floral undertone, but as soon as it hits the back of your tongue the stark alcohol taste sets in and sets in hard. As I sat on the beer for a little bit, I don't know if it was the beer warming up or myself getting intoxicated from the 21%, but she softened up and smoothed out.

All in all, I would have and should have sticked with the 90 minute and will next time. But, at least I can say that I've had it.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 7,028 ratings.