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120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

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%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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Photo of palliko
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a copper/golden orange with a little foam that lingers a while. Aroma is ethanol, citrus, sweet malt and almost no hop smell. Initial taste is sweet, and then the hops jump on board, followed by Apricot Brandy Syrup. It goes down like lighter fluid, and is not all that pleasant. There is an oily hop-finish, and thus it took me a LONG time to finish this – and I am a Stone Hop-Head.

I have since tried the 90 Minute version, and prefer it infinitely.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to vwcraig for this via trade. man, what a beer. I've debated before in the forums whether DIPAs and the like really should be barleywines. This one is a clear example in my mind. I get the marketing angle 60 -> 90 -> 120 min IPA. Build off the amazing success of the 60 and 90 series brews.

Doesn't do this beer justice.

A - hazy golden color, wispy white head that actually increased as the beer warmed up from cellar temp to room temp. 1/8th inch head lasted the full glass.
S - Never smelled anything quite like it. Go to your local homebrew shop, buy a half pound bag of hops. Rub vigorously in your hands till you have a good coating of resin. Cup your nose and inhale. Yeah, something like that. Huge piney hop with citric undertones. A nice underlying malt body. Viscous aroma. Feels like I'm taking a taste as I breathe it in.

T - Less hoppy than the aroma suggests. Strong pine hops balanced out amazingly well by a golden buttery caramel sweet malt. Somehow the balance between hops, malts and alcohol tease the taste buds and swirl with an amazingly intoxicating flavor (pun intended).

M - definitely a full bodied beer. Mellow and clean finishing.

D - At 21%, thankfully it's only 12oz. One finished my night quite comfortably. Pour into a tulip or other glass to enhance the aromas, clear the schedule and sit back for a sipping indulgance.

A big ABV effort from DFH that blows me away!

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hefty pour creates a inch of head that thins some, but has some staying power. Under the off white head is a lovely burnt orange brew.

Smell - Intoxicating smell. Definetly smells of syrup and balanced with piney hops.

Taste - First thoughts - oh wow! I was unsure of what to make of the first sip. Very complex and well balanced taste. Fruity, flowery, syrupy taste give way to hints of hops and finishes dry with a taste of alcohol. After warming the sweetness becomes tough to handle and is really overbearing.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy at first then turning towards an oily moutfeel. Very little carbonation and the alcohol is smooth and not overbearing. It really sticks to your pallate.

Drinkability - Definetly a sipper, but what delightful sips they are. Might be best to split this with a friend, even if it is only 12oz.

Notes - Great for a special occasion, with its high alcohol content and price. I may have one again down the road, but I don't anticipate this being a regular purchase. A must try beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Slightly hazy translucent red-orange body with a thin film of off-white head. Smells strongly of citrus hops. Tastes much more hoppy than I remember it being. A fair bit of caramel malt to support all those hops, but definitely more hoppy than malty. Some alcohol present, but more noticeable as alcohol warming than flavor really. Medium, syrupy mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper. Better than I remember.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wonderful orange/ golden color. Intense aroma of hops and alcohol soaked fruit. Flavors of hops, alcohol and marmalade dominate. Sweet finish with lots of warming alcohol. Honestly, I'm not sure I have a need for this beer once I tried it a couple times. Certainly worth a try, but it is more of a liability to have around, as I need to make sure I have a couple friends to share it with to guard against sudden inebriation. It's like having a really irresponsible friend that you have to make all sorts of preparations for before he can come over to your house.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been ageing this one for about two years. Pours a hazy amber with almost no head. There was quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is citrusy hops and sweet malts. Tastes a lot better than it did fresh, lots of hop flavor, malts and alcohol.Full bodied, This has developed into a good beer, fresh it was nothing but sweetness, bitterness and alcohol burn. Well worth the wait...

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW! I have never experienced a beer like this one before. I decided to pick up a 12oz. bottle from across the border. It was unlike anything I have tried in the past. In the glass, it resembles Amontillado sherry with carbonation that rises fast and violently. The deep amber color and a thick sticky head is an immediate turn on. The aroma is reminiscent of warm buttersctotch and honey, followed by a thick honeyed accent. On the palate, there is the immediate presence of honey, candied fruit, and malt. It finishes with a slight hop flavor of garden flowers.

This is one of the most full-bodied beers I have ever tasted. It is not ready to drink at this point, but will benefit from age. This is the Chateau Latour of beers... It may be expensive, but it will be worth the pricde in the long run... Drink at least three years from the date it is bottled...

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Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wonderfully into a champagne flute. Dark, hazy orange with a gigantic white head.

Smells fucking amazing. Giant sticky hops, pineapples, roses, and marijuana. Like mixing centennial and cascade hold them up to your nose and breathing deep.

Tastes good. Very good. The hops are more aromatic than anything, and the smell serves to blot out much of the amazingly sweet maple syrup malt that takes over most of the start and lasts throughout the middle. Ends on some pine and floral hops and a long, lingering bread yeast. Very well balanced, but the syrupiness is a bit too intense for me.

A sipping beer, for sure.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty pink-tinged peach-colored beer. Poured easily off of the thin yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle, but there is a little bit of particulate roaming around with steadily streaming bubbles. A quarter-inch head thinned to a loose mat of foam.

Candy sweet smell and taste. Matching tropical fruit aromas and flavors that mean business. Smells of grapefruit hops. Spreads out in the mouth with some powerful malt that goes to fruity flavors like citrus, peach, pineapple and mango before hanging a sharp turn into clearly heavy -- but mellow -- booze.

Nearly syrupy mouthfeel, and I wouldn't want it any other way. Very little carbonation breaking it up, and the alcohol is soooo smooth. A velvet hammer.

I'm sold. This is not a six-pack session beer, understandably -- six of these will buy you more than a case of most craft beers, and put a few martinis' worth of alcohol in your gut. But it certainly tastes good.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2004
Pours a cloudy peach/umber color. No head(none expected), and patchy lace.
The aromas remind me a lot of Bigfoot Barleywine maybe a bit more intense. Smells of candied fruit. Banannas, pineapple, grapefruit dipped in caramel.
Whoa!!! On first sip my sinuses are clear and my ears warmed. This made my freakin eyes water and it's 2+ yrs old. And I like it!!
Not the intense hop flavors I was expecting. Taste more like a big heavy malty barleywine that is uber sweet. The alcohol is very noticable and is a complementary star player to the huge malt sweetness. The alcohol flavors add to the beer and not subtract from this. In fact I think this beer would be incomplete with out the potentacy of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is good. I'd call it refreshing. My head feels clearer anyway.
How drinkable could a 40 proof beer really be.
I'd have this again but save it for special occasions.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into 2 short glasses to be split with my girlfriend. It pours a deep amber color with a slight haze (maybe because it was in the fridge for a while). There is really no head and the carbonation is so little that you have to wait for a bubble to rise every couple of seconds. The smell is rich with an appely-grapey tang to it. You can smell the sweetness synonymous with an American Double IPA and strangely, no alcohol smell is present. The taste is rich, woody, sweet, creamy, and bitter towards the end. It is very fruity and rich. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and a little buttery before the bitterness hits. I thought it was going to be hard to drink this one, but it is as smooth as silk. Wow, this is good craftsmanship.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber color in the bottle, but I accidentally shook it up, and now it is cloudy, in the bottle. Pours with a inch high head, and laces very nicely.

S - Strong grapefruit, peaches, pears, almonds, caramel sweetness, plums, grapes, and a bunch of solvent-ish alcohol, dominate the nose. Really an over overwhelmingly aromatic aroma that puts a lot of DIPAS to shame.

T - The aromas transfer to the taste, but are melded into a cloyingly sweet taste, of thick, pungent fruitiness. All of it is good, but then it turns into an alcohol flavor bomb that lets you know that this is no beer to mess around with.

M Heavy, thick, and sweet to start then warms as the alcohol comes out, and lightens. Leaves a caramel-ish residue on the tongue.

D - Let this beast of a delight age.... for a while. Granted you'll loose the hop flavors, but man alive this beer is good. Sam, your one of the best.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin head that lasts as a thin cover. Not bad head retention for abv.

The smell is of strong citrus, some pine, some peppery alcohol.

The taste is of thick, chewy hops - citrus and pine especially. Nice hop profile. Raw alcohol mixes in with hops, leaving some peppery heat in the mouth. Although not quite as much as a 21%er might. A bready malt background give it a thicker body and some balance.

The feel is thick and full-bodied. Syrupy with a rawness to it. A bit heavy on the tongue.

Well, this is well-hopped and alcoholic. It's nice, but alcohol does disturb drinkability, and even enjoyment to a degree because it kills quite a bit of the aftertaste. A nice DIPA, but I can't say I liked it more than the 90 minute. It states on label "ages well". I do suggest cellaring it a few years to see if it mellows some, as it does have good potential.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh example in 2007 that I just got. 12oz. bottle.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a whitish head. Slow rising beads of carbonation from all angles of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as it warms. Initial nose has grapefruit and pineapple juice smells. Some burning alcohol present if you inhale deep enough. Upfront taste is very sweet followed by an alcoholic burn. I imagine it's hard to hide 21% ABV. Looking for the bitterness here. Can pick up a piney hop taste if the swig in mouth is kind of for lack of a better word, "chuffed" around. If cellaring this mellows the hops, then I believe you want this as fresh as possible. Heavy mouthfeel and oily. Hardly any carbonation in mouthfeel. Overall drinkable if you can handle the sweetness. I respect DFH here for continuing to brew such an extreme beer season after season and may keep this around for years to come.

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Photo of bigreduw64
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Amber color, very nice head with good lacing
Aroma: Floral, strong alcohol and orange peel
Taste: Very sweet, tastes like it was brewed with a lot of sugar, not as much bitterness as I would have though. Tastes of candied orange, lemon and lime with a strong alcohol flavor.
Finish: Sweetness lingers for quite awhile; a touch of bitterness after a minute.
Mouthfeel: Light bubbly carbonation and surprisingly light body. Being as strong as it is I would think it would be syrupy, but its not.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle bought in MI for $8.99. After trying it I can say it's way overpriced based on taste, but it sounds like DFH employs a labor-intensive process to make it (the bottle says dry-hopped with daily additions for a month).

Beautiful hazy dark orange color with a foam that lasted forever despit the ABV (>20%). The smell is barley wine and hops, you can tell this is a strong beer. The flavor is really sweet and hoppy with an alcohol burn, I would have liked it better with less sweetness. Actually I tasted a cough medicine note which I objected to also. The beer was syrupy in more ways than one (viscosity, sweetness), but hard to finish.

Nice to have tried it, but moving on.

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Photo of isaac
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle to my new, st. bernardus chalice. what a way to break this glass in.
music: billy bragg's "there is power in a union"

A - Amazing, ruby red body that seems to glow. above sits a creamy, beige head, which sinks to spotty lacing and medium-sized bubbles.

S - Huge, flowery hops with shouts (as opposed to hints) of grapefruit, apricot, mint, and slight pine. Malts are candied and sweet smelling and there exists a slight burn in the nose from the booze. This smells like the best of IPAs.

T - Very juicy, very sweet, much of the hops bitterness is lost to this sweetness sadly, but only momentarily, as they come back in the finish. again, this tastes much like candy from the malts, perhaps even hints of strawberry jam and butter (mmm toast...). booze is also present in a vodka-like way.
while i very much am enjoying this taste, it is far more reminicent of a barleywine than an IPA and it is for this reason that i question its catagorization. however, i review by beer, not by style, so... we're cool.

M - big, juicy feel with medium carbonation and a syrupy finish that really brings out all the flavours quite nicely.

D - at the halfway point of this beer, i would have said that the drinkability was quite high, but now, with one sip remaining, i don't know if i can muster it... it is just so sweet... at this point all the hops are gone and i feel like im drinking vodka and honey, whisked together, microwaved, frozen, and then melted to room temperature. gross. i could keep drinking this beer... if only it stayed cold, or at most around 45 degrees.

this does for DIPAs as world wide stout does for double stouts. a very inventive take on an already great style. though, to be fair, i don't think im ever going to go back to either. glad i tried them both, but, yeah, ill stick to more traditional beers.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off even before the served info,extra thanks to Susdog for sending me this beer which I always wanted to try. OK, served into my favorite large tulip gold rimmed glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Mirky,glowing reddish/golden color,apricot nectar-like color. 1" thick,creamy head with good retention,some tightly knitted strings of bubbles surging to the surface from the sides and center of the glass.
Spotty lacing with some small curtians of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Constant layer of foam with a never die attitude always on the top of the beer. Gotta love it!

Intense hop aromas, lots of pine and citrus,pineapple,sweet carmell maltyness,burnt syrupy aromas. A candy-like aroma,a slight boozy aroma,stings the nostrills a bit,you know the alcohol is in there. Still a very tempting aroma,not an aroma for the weak at heart.

Wow! Intense hop taste very piney/citrusy great pineapple taste,lots of sweet carmell tastes a great burnt taste to the carmell.Very sugary,reminds me a bit of cotton candy. Lots of candied flavors to the taste.Amazing balance to all the intense tastes,the balance is the key to this beer as far as i'm concerned.If the balance was a bit off this beer would really suffer in the taste department,no problem here.Lots of boozyness here as expected, don't have a problem with it and it is not offensive to me.Resiny and sugary in a good way, this beer just pushes the limit for me but just never exceeds it. A real palate buster,my tongue will never be the same again. Thanks,Ted

Thick,chewy,cloying,Whatta ya expect? A pleasure for the taste buds.
This beer was better than I could have even imagined.
A very balanced taste throughout. A nightcap beer, by no means a starter beer. The drinkability for this beer was astounding,would never think this beer would be as drinkable as it is.I wanted to savor it as much as I wanted to slam it. ABV 21.00% would never know it,was a bit fraid to give this one a try,now I'm glad I did. Thanks again,Ted
Send me this beer anytime !!

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, bottling date of 12/18/06 laser printed on the bottleneck with the proclamation fo "ages well" on the label (I'll find that out in about 2-3 years, but that's a review for another day), poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown color, rather clear with just a few carbonation bubbles rising. the head formed about 2-3 fingers thick (tulip glass after all) and faded very slowly into a thin layer that retained.

Aroma: All hops, very strong but oh so inviting.

Taste: Same as the aroma, hoppy throughout. Slightly bitter at first but it kind of sweetens up in the middle. The finish goes bitter and hoppy, along with a peppery alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and syrupy. The carbonation was light but fit perfectly for how thick this beer is.

Overall: At 20-21% possibly the highest ABV of any beer I've ever had, and definitey the most bitter. Still, very drinkable, doesn't taste like it should be so high in alcohol. If you're not sure about how much hops you can handle, start with the 60-minute, then the 90-minute. If you enjoy both of those give this one a shot. Be advised, it's VERY hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of jordanmills
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce into a pint glass. Comes out a hazy copper with a rocky, tall head. Smells of lots of hops. Tastes - wow. Lots of hops, but sweet and complex. There's a flavor like molasses or something. I don't like hoppy beers, and this is great. Feels thick and smooth on the tongue, hops and sweet all the way down. It's a tad bitter and rich to drink all night, but I could have a Couple.

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Photo of kipling
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

A: Gives the appearance of a slightly over-ripe peach; deep orange red through the thickest portion of the glass turning to a slightly golden orange nearest the surface of the glass. I was rewarded with a robust, off-white head two finger-thick. The carbonation, though present, doesn't keep the head alive and, sadly, it fades away within minutes, leaving me with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film towards the center of the beer. Some lacing left on the glass as I imbibe the beer.

S: Zounds! Hops, hops and more fresh hops. There's something else there mingling with the hops...honey, nectar, molasses, I'm not sure, but it's definitely something sticky sweet . The smell is heavenly.

T: The hops are there from lips to gut in all their resiny, piney goodness, but so is the sweetness that I picked up through the nose and it doesn't go away. It almost tastes like that over-ripe peach that I mentioned earlier. It doesn't really detract from the taste, but I don't feel that it adds to it either. It's just somewhat distracting.

M: Somewhat oily up front, but finishes remarkably clean (although that damn sweetness won't subside). In a beer of this potency I am utterly astounded that the alcohol profile isn't running roughshod through and over the flavor, but it's not.

Overall I am glad for having tried this beer. Hell, it inspired me enough to finally sit down and write my first beer review after years of lurking on BA. If it happened to find its way back to Peoria I would probably do what I could to get another bottle, but realistically it's not something that could be considered a staple of any one's "beer diet", readily available or not. I must give a shout-out to BA MWalters for the heads-up on this one. Thanks-a-million!

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Photo of BeerCheese
2.97/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Took this one out of the fridge about 2 hours ago to let it warm up a little. Poured into my favorite glass. Big white head on this cloudy amber/gold beer. Very sweet malty flavor. Much more than I expected, and the first drink went down like a shot with the high ABV%. The hops came through mostly in the aftertaste. Smells a little malty, but I could smell more hops than I could taste. Nice mouthfeel. Light/medium carbonation, medium full body. For me, this is not very drinkable because I could only drink it in limited quantities. It's also too sweet for my taste. Perhaps I could acquire a taste for this one over time, but at $8/bottle that probably won't happen anytime soon because there are so many more beers I still need to taste.

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Photo of atsprings
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. At 23% this is by far the strongest beer I've ever tried. As a hophead, I'd been wanting to try this for a while. Took a whiff of the aroma and WHOA! Hops galore. As expected, the hops come in strong in the taste, but they cannot overcome the medicine syrup qualities that all that alcohol creates. I'm glad I tried it, but it really wasn't for me.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle that I paid $9 for.

120 IPA is very floral from the hops overload, as well as a bit of grapefruit rind. I also detect notes of fresh cut grass, and pine as well.

This brew is dark golden amber in color, and was very clear at first, but after I poured the rest of the brew out into my glass, the brew clouded over like a hurricane. Produces a very light tan head, sticks around for a while, and leaves lacing the whole duration of the sample. This must be a fresher batch than the last reviewer's. There is a lot of CO2 action going on here, and this Imperial IPA is easily agitated.

This is surprisingly very sweet and not over dominated by the load of hops. I can't believe this is a 21% ABV. Not dominated by the alcohol, and the head retains very well for such a high ABV.

This brew bites a little bit, and is not watery by any means. This is slightly warm to the palate and back of my throat.

120 is great overall but a bit pricy for the 12oz sample I got. I suppose this is understandable due to the limited number of batches per year.

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Photo of cbn
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

single brown bottle of the 12oz. type poured into a tulip. interesting, slightly hazy deep orange-gold with a creamy golden head quickly dissapting, lively carbonation forms islands of lace.

tropical fruits,black peppper and a complex acid aroma reveal a sweetness as of cherry tomatoes, queer yet intriguing.

sweetness from an impeccable malt is assaulted from every corner by a champion hop.

fairly thin and oily, yet clean, lightly astringent.

beware this is a bad boy, sit back at home relax and write a review.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,206 ratings.