120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,813 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,813
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 1,061
Gots: 2,394 | FT: 146
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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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2011: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with chunks floating in it and a 1 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded after a few minutes, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells was not as hoppy as I expected, in fact it had no hop aroma and smelled more like booze or a barleywine than an IPA. Rich malt, caramel, dark rum, dark fruit, pine cone, brown sugar and alcohol make up the nose with very little hop essence coming through; the age must have really turned everything to sugar as it smells very sweet and boozy.

Taste is also more like booze or a barleywine than an IPA. There are more hops present in the flavor, but this is still almost cloyingly sweet and not the massive hop attack I expected. It is very complex with a mix of dark fruits soaking in rum or starting to rot, malt, caramel, syrup, dark rum, pine cone, brown sugar, herbs or some light spices, warm orange juice (with the pulp in it) and alcohol. There is no hiding or denying the alcohol, it comes at you like a gorilla pounding it’s chest to state it’s there. After each sip there is the alcohol burn with mild warming heat that’s not abrasive, leading to other flavors like the yeast/penny taste, honey, lightly toasted grains and some more booze soaked fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and heavy, with a dense body, very mild carbonation and only a slightly bitter aftertaste that was just as malty and boozy as it was sweet.

I remember it being better in the past, so perhaps I’ll have to get a fresh bottle and try it as this was way too sweet and syrupy, and devoid of the massive hops used to make it. Strong ale or barleywine would be a better classification for what I just drank as there were not any IPA characteristics in the brew I just consumed. Overall it was OK, but nothing special.

7/4/14-Bottled on 3/18/14: Pours hazy gold amber color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded slowly and left great foamy lace coating the sides and a foamy layer on top. Much better head and appearance than expected based on the ABV, it looks great since it’s only 3 months old.

Smells of massive hops, booze and caramel sweetness, but there is no hop distinction, just hops. Grapefruit, candy and pineapple seem to define the nose along with the booze and sweetness, but this smells much better fresh than it did aged.

Flavor is sweet overall, but the citrus and piney hops seem fresh and juicy, and then there are floral and herbal notes that let the dry hopping come through and shine. After the hop bombardment, there are sweet toffee, caramel, brown sugar and malty notes that try to add balance but basically just contain the ABV and make it drinkable/sipable. It’s over the top, but tasty and extremely complicated at the same time, making for an adventurous brew. More like a Barleywine than an IPA, the sweetness is almost like a fruit shake with gummy bears and rum jammed into a blender, but it still manages to mask the 18% ABV very well; smells more boozy than it tastes.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, like a hop bisque with honey and molasses in it, mild carbonation and a slick feel that trails off very sweet and hoppy. This beer is much better fresh and I’m glad I had a few fresh bottles this spring since the aged bottle I had in March did not impress me. This 3 month old bottle was great so my view is to drink this beer fresh. This review raised the overall scores across the board here on BA, as this is how I recall this beer being when I first had it years ago. Buy it fresh and drink it. Cheers!

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4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one was a gift, and much appreciated. Pours a hazy orange, like watered-down, golden orange soda. Very minimal head - just a thin rim around the glass. Very tiny bubbles on the bottom gradually expand on their trip to the top; it's like watching an out-take from the closing moments of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Deep, woodsy caramel aroma. Some pine, some dark rum. I let this one warm a bit, and the alcohol smell is more pronounced, really the only negative.

It's a very pleasing initial taste: Very sweet, slightly bitter, and intensely hoppy. Then a ton of ripe fruit: plums, bananas. Some gumball flavors, brown sugar, more rum. The alcohol really is present in the vapors, and I'm not tasting an alcohol burn or even a liquor-type burn. This tastes like a beer.

This is one that is a pleasure to sip and savor. It's an IPA, a heavy one, but the carbonation is perfect in that is creates a lightness where its needed and allows the flavors to breathe, expand, and work.

I'm a happy camper. Too bad it is not in Alabama.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 6,813 ratings.