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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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5,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 5254
Reviews: 1939
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 16.26%

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 bak8976


4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately, I don't have notes from the night I was able to get my hands on this beer, however I have read some of the horrible comments about it and cannot for the life of me see where anyone could think this doesn't taste amazing (though we all have different opinions so it's certainly possible you just don't agree with me). It's a sweet and caramelized feel to it and goes down smooth. Little head, when poured into the snifter I was drinking from, but it had this note at the end of a sugary variety that just hit the palate perfectly.
I was lucky to have it in a growler from the brewery and brought up to Philly for Philly Beer Week at $5 a glass (such a good price I had 2!), but I can't seem to get a hand on it anywhere else.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 02:38:15 | More by bak8976
Photo of smerrell


4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: head dissipates quickly, golden in color

Smell: Hops! floral spice - notes of honeysuckle and sugar

Taste: Wow. Very similar to a barleywine, but much more intense. If someone told you it was a Caramel liquor, you'd likely believe it. Incredible flavor with a ton of complexity. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering

Mouth feel: a sweet attack that coats your tongue. There is a long, hoppy finish.

Overall: This is a powerful beer - much closer to a fine whiskey than a beer. This one is defines what a "sipper" is - no sane person would drink a whole bottle in an evening. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 23:17:01 | More by smerrell
Photo of ryan0585


4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, plain and simple. Check the Dogfish Head website to see when it is available in Total Wine and other liquor stores. Rare to find, great to drink.

For an IPA, surprisingly not very hoppy, at least compared to the 60 and 90 minute brews. And for a beer with quite a punch at 18% ABV, does not taste too strong, until you feel the effects after the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 00:39:29 | More by ryan0585
Photo of TastyTaste


4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was going to save this for a special occasion, but I figure today is special enough. Pours out more like a normal pale ale than I expected, clear copper body, with very minimal carbonation, but has a head that lingers longer than I expected. The nose hides the ABV very well, I just smell huge hops, quite impressive.

The taste is a through and through hop bonanza. Huge bitter, unrelenting, punishing in some respects. The alcohol adds to the intensely sharp flavors this beer has in store for the consumer. 21%? Yeah, but extremely drinkable for being stronger than some hard alcohol. Wow, DFH, keep it up.

A very huge thanks and dumptruck full of beer karma to Twilight for the awesome sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 03:52:30 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of BeerMang


4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apperance is a hazy orange with a medium head that dissapates into a ring around the glass when drinking. A good amount of lace is present when drinking.

Smell is of hops with citric and pine also present. The alcohol is not as powerfull as I would have thought.

Taste is unbelievable hops all around your mouth. A citric and pine taste is very present too. Everything is so well balenced....awesome for such an extreme beer to be so well balenced.

Mouthfeel is oily and for a 21 Abv it is not overpowering with alcohol.

Drinkability is exceptional and if it wasnt for the 21Abv I could drink this beer all night. I personaly like it better than the 90 min IPA for dogfish.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 07:01:04 | More by BeerMang
Photo of Dogfishipas


4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Proabably the best IPA I've ever had. The alcohol taste is there, but for 21% you couldn't tell until that buzz kicks in :)

This beer reminds me alot of a liqour and has a peachy liquor(for lack of a better description) smell to it. The biggest draw back to this beer is the cost at $8.99 a bottle, but you do get your moneys worth. Don't plan on drinking other IPA's with this beer at the same time because it's in a whole other league.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 02:59:21 | More by Dogfishipas
Photo of berpwillie


4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a copper orange color with spare pearl white head and spare lacing. lots of fizzy carbonation. floral hoppy aroma which is probably the most tranquil smell i have ever smelled before. a bit of a perfume like hoppy taste that reminds me of a feeling similiar to falling in love for the first time. the taste of alcohol is apparent but not as forward as i would've thought. long flavor duration that is very sweet and just a tad bit bitter. This is probably if not the best, the second best beer i have ever drank. simply amazing. you will certainly have a really good buzz going after your first one. would be my everyday beer of choice if it wasn't so pricey, and i didn't have work and other shit to do on a regular basis that takes up perfectly good drinking time. if you haven't tried it i suggest you do so now. if you are a lightweight i would take your time this beer will creep up behind you and punch you in the neck. one of the best experiences i've ever had drinking a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 12:41:28 | More by berpwillie
Photo of HellsBELLS24


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time

Excellent finish and clean taste.Not as hoppy as some IPA'S. Can not tell that it is 21% by the taste, only when you give it time to process in the liver!!

Very hard to find sometimes since it it only released 3 times yearly

Excellent Job Sam

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 18:18:13 | More by HellsBELLS24
Photo of jzholloway

Rhode Island

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, however, at 20+% ABV, not for the faint of heart. Wonderful flavor, excellent feel. I typically buy this beer for special occasions, buying 2 - 3 bottles to share with a couple of friends who enjoy beer as much as I do. Last time bought was last week in Providence, RI - where I now live, took it down to Thomaston, GA, where I am from, and shared two bottles a piece with my brother, excellent time!

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 00:25:35 | More by jzholloway
Photo of Cresant


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been holding on to this one for several years. 2006 vintage. I was inspired to open this one after watching the Brewmaster episode where they were comparing the older versions and they deemed the 2006 the best. I thought it was time to try it.

I served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Chouffe tulip glass. The body was a rich golden color. Clear and bright. The second pour made it a little hazy, but still beautiful. The head was modest and left only a light ring of white bubbles.

The smell was deep marmalade and brandy. Malty. Very well hidden alcohol. Complex and interesting.

The taste was worth the wait! The flavors mirrored the aroma. Sweet marmalade and mellow alcohol. Complex but everything worked together. A sweetness coated the palate without becoming cloying. It served to balance the alcohol well. Hops oils and syrupy malts melded together better than it sounds.

The mouthfeel was smooth but expanding carbonation gave it a liveliness. Even the mouthfeel was complex. This has turned into a world class beer. Finally a DFH beer I can love. Generally I'm not a big fan - I don't like the their 60 and 90 min. IPAs at all. Aged 120 is the beer for me!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 15:58:43 | More by Cresant
Photo of WSB


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color is honey, clear, no bubbles, and it seems to have an oily sheen on the head, with only hints of off white lacing remaining. A very thin head returns with a swirl of the glass, but quickly retreats.

Smell is awesome. Huge hops, all hops, it wafts from the snifter and engulfs the nose. Sweet and piney with an alcoholy backside, this aroma comes to you.

Mouthfeel is active and intense. Thick on the palate, oily and alcohol fuzzy on the tongue.

Taste is intense, deep hops, piney, grapefruity hints, with a subtle sweetness and warm finish. Oddly unbitter given the sheer amount of hops.

For the amount of hops, an oddly smooth finish. The hops are super tasty, they don't ruin the palate like with a Stone Ruination IPA. You can really taste the distinctiveness of the hop flowers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 16:40:13 | More by WSB
Photo of HopNelius

New York

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage October batch
A-orange red body. one finger head.
Smell-one of the most aromatic beers I have ever had. Citrus hops and a little grassiness coming through.
Taste-citrus hops hit first followed by a piny/grassy taste with a malty finish. Extremely complex.
M-like syrup or wine.
O-drank this out of a very small sniffer glass for New Years. Drank it at the pace I would enjoy a digestif. One of the best beers I have ever had, so complex, drinkable but I wanted to sip it to savor. I am cellaring a 2011 vintage for as long as possible to compare.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 16:58:55 | More by HopNelius
Photo of Doobiendo


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I recently tried this beer during the DC craft beer week event that was held at the DFH Alehouse in Fairfax, VA. It was served endlessly to about 50+ people at the 7PM "tapping" of the keg. 18%abv.

A: The head left by the pour was a solid 1/2 inch of vanilla-mocha color that remained nice and firm for at least 2-3 minutes after the pour. The beer itself was a glorious dark auburn color that gave you a feel that all beers should look as such (OK, OK, maybe just strong IPAs).

S: Smell is the most subjective of all my senses, due to inherent sinus problems. However, the smell of this beer fit directly to that apparent disability. This beer has a smell that deserves a category all of its own. With an abundant smell of the hops (of which I include the aforementioned 'alcohol' smell that others describe) that remains fresh up to the taste, the smells that remain are of molasses and caramel (of which, take your pick).

T: If only I could hold a half-mouthful of this beer for every time I drank a beer. As I tasted, the flavors cascaded over each other with one of the best tasting "hops" taste followed by a sweet, yet not overwhelming molasses type of flavor. Hardly any bitterness whatsoever and fruitful flavors dominating over the former description. For a beer that has 18%abv, this is not only an achievement; it is a master of the art of beer craft.

M: Perfect, for my subjective taste. I could hold this within the mouth for about 5-6 seconds to obtain the flavors until I felt it was just "meant" to be swallowed. As with many of the DFH beers, this beer goes down lighter than expected and is pretty much on par (yet heavier than the 90 Min.) with any other high-gravity brew.

O: I'll admit that the beer cost $10.50 a pour (which were into 12 oz. snifters, that were given for keeps to the customers), but overall it was well worth the cost. I admit that I enjoyed this beer after a hard day's work at the office and arrived 5 minutes before the keg was "tapped," so my taste could have hardly been experienced in a more favorable light. If on draft, I would strongly recommend this beer to anyone who loves the finer qualities of the beverage. I cannot speak for the bottled version, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the finer qualities of this beer were lost in the bottling process (as great as it still may be).

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 01:16:13 | More by Doobiendo
Photo of Taylor8189


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, this beer is quite possibly the best beer (not just IPA) in the world.

The appearance is typical for an IPA, dark orange, and a cm white head sitting on top.

I gave the smell a 4.5 only because it is very deceiving. The smell is typical for an IPA; citrus, hoppy, a little bit of alcohol, and some piney notes.

Now for the taste...this is where this beer shines. When you read 18% alcohol you're expecting a little bite from every sip..not a hint of alcohol on the initial taste of this beer. Tastes like a ridiculously good DIPA. As this beer got warmer, the flavors came out even more.

The carbonation is perfect, not too much, not too little. The drinkability of this beer is unreal. It's 18% alcohol but i found myself finishing the beer within ten minutes and this was my fourth beer of the night!

Overall, the beer is fantastic. The price is what it is for a reason; its amazing. Possibly the best IPA in the world. Dogfish has really set the bar with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 02:09:34 | More by Taylor8189
Photo of topharry123


4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a lot of hype about it, and it sure does live up to it ! As the thick aroma hits your nose, you know you are in for a treat. It is bold, has a lot of character and you can certainly taste the alcohol. However, unlike most beers, the strong alcohol flavor takes nothing away from the taste. If anything, it adds to it. This is a beer that you want to sip on and if possible, condition if for a while as it ages very well. Overall, this is one of the best beers around. My only complaint is the appearance is very plain. However, we all know that it doesn't make a bit of difference to the taste which is why this beer gets a perfect overall score in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:14:19 | More by topharry123
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ok, going into this not knowing what to expect, super hops, super alcohol, super good?

A - pours a tea brown, with a white head that thoroughly laces rather quickly

S - Hops, hops, and more hops! a great smell with citrusy aromas with slight twangs of alcohol, vodka-y alcohol aroma

T - WOW!!! velvety smoothness, like a liqueur, surprisingly sweet. Of course the expected hops explosion, but to me, it tastes very well-balanced. This is one of my top 3 beers of all time!

M - what can i say, like drinking syrup, has a thick mouth coating sweetness, but not overkill, ive never had a more extremely well-balanced beer

D - super high, the ABV is the only drawback, dont drink any more than a bottle of this stuff if youre driving.

btw, the price is the only detractor. but worth it, just not every day

well done DFH

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 23:45:00 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of letsgopens


4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dogfish Head really crushed one out of the park here. This is a HUGE beer. An awesome experience.

Pours a cloudy red amber-gold with a dense milky tan head that retains well and leaves solid lace.

A really great aroma as well. Fruit (light/dark), citrus, peach, spice, and some hops. A honey-like sweetness and a bit of alcohol.

This American Double IPA has massive flavor. Robust and formidable. Wonderfully and complex. A variable whirlwind of flavors all over the palate. The initial sweetness is that of orange blossom honey and light molasses, but intensifies to more resemble pure cane sugar. Caramel and hops. Nice hops. Almost syrupy, with notes of candied fruits. A nice bite on the front of the tongue and citrus toward the back. Stunning.

The texture is smooth and thick leaving a coating on the palate. Heavenly warmth. Even and decadent. There is a distinct alcohol presence but its difficult to comprehend that this beer has a 21% abv.

Definitely a beer to sip and savor. And savor it you will. One on my all time favorites. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 19:28:54 | More by letsgopens
Photo of prsguitarsr4me

New York

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This. Beer. Has. Balls. 21% is no joke. Pours nice darkish amber w/ not a big head, but it lasts. Smells fantastic - really refreshing and extremely fruity and sweet. Taste is similar - kind of took me by surprise. Its thick and syrupy and really carbonated, all of which are a nice blend with the high alcohol volume. High alcohol makes this a very slow drinker, but each sip is so fulfilling that it works out nicely. Highly recommended - I'll be getting more of this to age for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 05:04:25 | More by prsguitarsr4me
Photo of jsp2


4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one mind-altering brew. Had it on tap at the DFH alehouse in Falls Church, I was charged $10.50. Cloudy bronze appearance in the what I think was 12 oz sniffer glass with a reasonable head of foam. The flavor and mouthfeel are excellent. Great marriage of hops and alcohol, this beer will kick your ass if you take a big gulp of it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 23:50:18 | More by jsp2
Photo of dbedway


4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a real full bodied IPA. The Brits could have sailed from England to New Zealand and this beer would have not spoiled. I Love it!

A) Beautiful color, lovely lacing
S)The smell reminds me of the lovliest combination of citrus, pine, nuts, and glorious hops.
T) The taste delivers everything the smell promises and more!
M) Very nice...this is a beer you should chew!
D) If you drink more than one, have a designated driver. At 18% ABV, this is not a beer you will want to drink by the 6 pack.

This beer is expensive and worth every penny!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 20:48:53 | More by dbedway
Photo of martyl1000


4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at hops and Hominey,San Francisco. Awesome. Burnt orange beautiful poor in a snifter with I finger off white head. The aroma is surprisingly sweet Ford.

I love it. Rather than an imperial I pee a, this drinks more like an American style barley wine barley wine. listed at 22 percent ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 00:57:37 | More by martyl1000
Photo of jrc01003


4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt, this is the best beer I have ever had.

While I still consider a rookie when it comes to tasting craft beer, I decided to enjoy a night of Dogfish Head IPA, first sampling the 60 Minute, then trying the 90 Minute variety, and capping it off with a bottle of the 120 Minute.

It took over an hour for my buddies and me to find the package store that we suspected stocked this beer, and it was worth every second. The beer poured roughly, with very little head, but I was still impressed with its evident character in the liquid. The carbonation did nothing special, but such demonstrative beer behavior was unnecesary, since the beer is truly all about the taste.

Before even tasting the beer, I thoroughly smelled it, enjoying it through and through. When I finally brought myself to drinking it, it was literally pure bliss. The first taste was of slight wood feel; it was almost a dull variety of the 60 and 90 Minute, each which featured a strong nutmeg and wood taste. After swirling it around, the hops came straight through, and I knew I was priveleged to have had the opportunity to taste this beer. While it cost me $6.99 for a 12 oz bottle of it, it was worth every penny.

The worst part of the beer was the last sip, since I knew it meant I would have to wait to enjoy such a great beer again. This is the morning after I had my beer tasting, and I'm still drooling and yearning to taste that sweet nectar at least once more.

Buy this beer if you come across it, and drink it slowly. Best buy I have ever made.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 14:28:41 | More by jrc01003
Photo of zig77


4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Savored a 2005 120MIN IPA tonight. Beer poured with a minimal head and displayed a golden copper color in the glass. Aroma relects of a rich hop bouquet and discreet carmel undertones. First taste is an explosion of hop intensity. The balance of the high alcohol content, malt, and hop intensity creates what I would call a suprising sweetness. Subsequent tastes reveal the depths of the malt and hop mingling. The warming effect of the alcohol is evident, but not as intense as in the high-alcohol barleywine and stout offering by Dogfish Head. This beer is a tribute to the power of the hop and is to be treasured.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 08:01:57 | More by zig77
Photo of dogger6253


4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color, lighter toward the bottom. Cloudy and bubbly. Has a nice, pillowy head with great retention and great lacing left behind.

Smells of chocolate, hops, honey, brown sugar, lemon, banana and cloves.

The taste is where this beer REALLY shines though. With banana, cloves, honey, hops, plums, dates, figs, raisins, grapes, pine, grapefruit, ginger, lemon, and alcohol all working together, how can you go wrong? This is a glorious challenge for the palette, one that everyone wins with. Absolutely incredible flavor. A 5.0 might not be a good enough rating.

Medium bodied, little carbonation, but creamy and full of texture. However, there is a slight burn from the alcohol. The taste is so amazing, but I couldn't drink this casually, too much to not sit down and savor.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 16:31:47 | More by dogger6253
Photo of Buebie


4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this bottle from Casanovas in Hudson WI today.
I also have one cellaring from '06 and have wanted to try this, but was reluctant to crack the '06 bottle.

Poured from a 12pz bottle into a snifter.
Head is white, light and fluffy, 2 fingers deep off a rigerous pour.
Hazy amber in color. Retention is medium, little to no laceing.

Big peach marmalade smell, alcahol fumieness, to be expected off a 20+ % beer.
Some grassy floral hop aroma, a bit of bready malt, but mostly overwhelmed by marmalade and alcahol. Smells delicious.

Holy bang me! This is one huge flavored beer!
(This was my actual reaction to tasting it)
I've come to the conclusion that I'm not worthy of reviewing this beer.
But I'll do my best.

Bittering hops with a yeasty bread tone, some dme/ malty wheat like quality.
Sour mash alcahol with a grapefruit zing through the middle and a good dose of carbonation.
Lemon zest mixed with the strongest white wine like flavor. All through this sour and sweet do a happy dance on my tounge, finishing dry with a hop linger and alcahol warming.
Maybe some champagne like flavor qualities?

I'm still not sure exactly what I tasted, that was awsome....

Mild syrup like feel, mostly dry in a champagne like similarity in texter.

I couldnt drink more then one of these in a session, but its a damn fine crafted beer. I will be purchasing more of these to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 18:52:25 | More by Buebie
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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