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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
91
outstanding

6,439 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,439
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 1,004
Gots: 2,149 | FT: 128
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

MSandahl23, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

HopChef44, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

thegrimone, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

FleetwoodMatt, Nov 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Stevotex, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of coldy
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow....

I first had this beer about 5 years ago from a bottle, and have had it several times since. I recently had this on tap at the Dogfish brewpub.

This is an unbelievably tasty, strong beer. I really enjoy trying the strong beers out there, and the 120 continues to be the benchmark in my opinion.

Interestingly enough, the 120 actually has less hop characteristics than the 90, and even 60. My understanding is that is due mainly to the high alcohol content.

The 120 has just the right amount of strong alcohol notes, carbonation and complexity to make it an outstanding beer that is just right for sipping and enjoying in a snifter or wine glass.

I am a huge Dogfish fan, and I know they love to experiment and create new beers constantly, but this is one that hopefully remains in limited production and unchanged.

Delicious

coldy, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

scottwurst, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

rmargeson, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Benesi88, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Quafftastic, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Bstewart, Nov 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

GoBlue12, Nov 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

jwgkicks, Nov 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

ChadSabin, Nov 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

seanswee, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

jscheuf, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

drunk1, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is 4 years and 1 month old, to the day, making this the oldest DFH120 I've ever tried. The bottle advertises that it ages well, and I'm curious to see how it compares to fresher versions.

A: Murky copper with apricot edges. I let a lot of sediment into my goblet towards the end of the pour, peppering flecks that cling to the curved sides of the goblet, huddling towards the bottom. A half-finger head of yellowed creme quickly falls to a small blob of fine bubbles in the middle from the etching, and then the head further recedes to a thin collar of tan.

S: The nose is really interesting on this because I remember it being hop-heavy, but this one is a sweet, complex, plum fruitcake. It's chewy and a little hot, and the fruits are both dark and citrus-laden.

T: Tangy pineapple. This beer is sweet and resinous. Hot alcohols yield to sticky sweetness, touched off by the fruity notes of the west-coast hops. There's a lemon tang, and a slight metallic flavor, but both could just be features of the heat behind the flavor.

At 4 years, I notice DFH120 has a huge Belgian-candy spicy sweetness, and the finish tastes of fusels, but not enough to spoil the flavor. I also think I'm getting some acetaldehyde from start to finish, but it's masked by some of the heavier flavors and heat. There's a slight toasty breadiness malt also buried in there somewhere, but the theme is spice and heat.

As it warms, some vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, and nutty flavors become more pronounced, and this beer starts to have an aftertaste and mouthfeel like drinking a Scotch on the rocks. Since it's 3X the strength of a standard craft beer, I feel the effects of the alcohol only halfway through. The sweetness remains through the full session, keeping the heat in check.

M: Hot, astringent, and thin, but not unpalatable. It feels oily from the viscousness of the alcohol, and carbonation seems very low. It's very prickly on the tongue, with various spicy, hot, and astringent sensations happening and different times on different parts of the tongue. The finish is very interesting with many different elements to focus on, like a distinct stickiness in the center of the tongue.

This beer is a nice sipper, a winter warmer. It's a blend of harsh flavors, and the hope is that they balance harmoniously. The 18% alcohol is impossible to mask, but DFH120 is very smooth given it's strength. However, it's heat, metallicity, and green-apple flavors detract from it's overall palatibility. I'm not sure if two of those words are actually words, but either way, DFH120 is obviously a famed, huge beer, and it's delicious despite some unpleasant flavors.

Overall, there are so many different sensations to focus on while drinking 120 minute, that this beer stays interesting through every sip, and for every bad flavor it seems like there are two delicious ones, so it's not fair to knock this beer for some of its harshness.

SPThirtyThree, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

jdense, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

bman_85, Nov 05, 2013
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2.36/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from 11-26-08. Poured a deep orange with some whitish head. Very little lacing. Aroma was mostly boozey nail polish. Taste was about the same; really boozey, some citrus, some vanilla, some medium malt sweetness. Ended up drain pouring this. Sad, because this beer is great fresh, and great with 2-3 years on it. I'll be cracking the rest of my old bottles soon to see how they're holding up.

mverity, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Molson2000, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Bwagner1122, Nov 03, 2013
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,439 ratings.