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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
92
outstanding

6,814 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,814
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 1,062
Gots: 2,398 | 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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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber with a thin white head. Given the high ABV, the fact that it retained a head at all was cool.

S: Strong pine and citrus notes from the hops. A bit of white pepper smell to it actually. A slight hint of rubbing alcohol.

T: Very well assembled hop profile. Very palpable hop presence of the pine and citrus variety following the smell nicely. Slightly astringent alcohol undertone that goes from interesting to annoying as the beer warms.

M: Heavy! This is deceptively syrupy and full-bodied.

D: 21% ABV means that this is a one and done affair and should be paired with food. I like this one, but the 90 is better balanced for my taste.

Photo of photomike
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A very highly anticipated beer for me--mostly due to novelty. Prior to cracking this beer, I think I actually FEARED it. 21%? Sweet Jesus. 9 month old bottle.

Pours beautifully; almost prototypically DIPA. Grapefruit juice hazy reddish orange with a surprisingly long lasting off-white head. An everlasting swirl of bubbles lasts on the surface and a thick ring of head sticks around forever. Some lacing, but not a ton; the only area where the appearance lacks.

Smell is really pleasant as well. Grapefruit and candied orange peel are backed with a HEAVY wallop of vapory alcohol that predictably gets more intense as the drink warms.

Taste is a party. Pine, grapefruit and tangerine citrus jive happily beneath a disco ball of carmelly malts until the local bad ass, the one the Sheriff calls "Boozy Heat," kicks down the door and clears the dancefloor. Thankfully, "Bordering-On-Cloying Sweetness" comes in and restores balance to the situation; everyone dances together in a state of tense, forced peace. Whoa, this review is getting off the rails. Lots of nice flavors here held in a delicate balance by huge honey-sweetness. As a man that hates an overly-sweet DIPA, I am amazed at how much I like this. The ultrahigh ABV keeps you from drinking this fast enough for the sweetness to be a real issue. Minimal bitterness for a beer with so many hops invested.

Full bodied and syrupy, this beer is oily and slick with a nice warming feel going down that is rarely experienced in beer. Lightly carbonated as it should be.

This is a sipper. There is no denying it. Take it slow, take it easy, enjoy every sip, and don't reach for a second. Somehow, the bottle went by too quickly.

My fear of this beer was misguided. I loved every sip. Would buy again.

That said, this is a hard one to rate. My rating came out a B+, but I enjoyed this much more than other beers I've rated higher. Tasty stuff.

Photo of bgjohnston
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This has been one of my favorite beer drinking experiences since I discovered it. I only have one once every 3-4 months or so, but am enjoying one on a special occasion tonight, and feel inclined to finally write a review.

Appearance is not what this beer is about. It doesn't have much of a head, even if poured vigorously; it's cloudy and a dull brown in color, and it really doesn't do much in this category.

However, as the glass gets closer to your nose, you pick up a sharp astringent smell that let's you know this one is hot. If you like this sort of thing, like I do, then you know this is something special. It is very distinctive, with grapefruit, pine sap and some sweetness, too.

A sip brings more of the same, and with real force. A major reason why I rate this one highly for taste and mouthfeel is how a few drops of this beer light your mouth up. Having been a whiskey drinker for many years, it still surprises me that a "mere" beer can do this.

Drinkability is what anyone should expect from something this strong. I would never dream of drinking more than one in a night, but even so, you still spend the whole evening drinking it, as it is a slow sipper.

More of an experience than just a beer. Try it at least once. If you like this sort of thing, you know who you are, and you will be back for more.

Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: A hazy golden/straw color with a pretty solid white head.

S: Citrus, especially orange and grapefruit, lots of caramel and sugar.

T: Incredibly malty and sweet, too much sugar in your tea sweet. Tons of booze. Some orange flavor and seemed like some banana also. Not really any hop bitterness to this, which is unfortunate, because I feel it would really help this beer out in terms of balance.

M: Obviously this thing has enormous body, but their was almost a grainy feel to it, probably because of how sweet it was.

D: As much as I'd like to be a tough guy on the subject, this beer is not very drinkable. I'm glad to say that I've tried it, but I don't think I will have it again any time soon.

Photo of ditch
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I give this probably a higher rating than it should have for it's uniqueness and ability to mask the ABV!

Pours like a hazy iced tea with a white head that hung around for longer than i expected with the ABV.

Smell is lacking of the hops mentioned on the label. more orange and fig than of a hoppy IPA.

Taste... WOW and WTF? was not expecting it to taste like this at all! Overly sweet and lacking the bitterness i was expecting fro the hophead reference on the label. Where's the hops? hidden behind the over powering sugar and alcohol flavor that's where.

Overall not a good beer for it's classification but a well designed beer and extremely unique. a good one to share with your buddies. Not gonna be a regular pick up for me.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Hazy straw hues with a good sturdy white
head. Lazy carbonation.

S: No real hop nose with a dominant alcohol
aroma.

T: Boozy! This was a keg from 2007 (2yrs. old)
The storage caused the loss of nearly all
hop character and made the beer entirely too
sweet. The ABV was dominant and allowed
little else to come through less the sugars.

M/D: Smooth and crisp with plenty of body and
smoothness. Unfortunately the ABV and
lack of hoppiness makes this a less than
desireable aged brew.

Photo of cfleisher
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a medium amber, with pretty decent head for a beer this powerful. Some sticky lacing stays on the glass. The smell is strong with sweet fruit -- apricot, raisin and fig. A bit of spicy hop, like Chinook maybe, but not as much as you'd expect for a beer that proclaims to be "the holy grail for hopheads." Taste is very sweet, too much for an Imperial IPA, with strong orange and tangerine, and finishes with pepper. The mouthfeel has some alcohol heat, stabs at your tongue and leaves a light burn down your throat, almost like bourbon.

Does it want to be loved or feared? I think feared.

Photo of dasenebler
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Lion's Pride (Brunswick, Maine)

Rich amber-gold color. Very large head, poured into a snifter.

Nose is enormous and awesome. Tons of booze, but a heap of hops as well. I can detect some complex Simcoe, though I could be wrong.

Flavor is cloyingly sweet. Tastes like syrup. This wasn't even a full pour and I had a hard time finishing it off. I know it's hoppy, but the the syrupy sweetness dominates everything.

You should try the 120, simply because there's nothing quite like it. But, this does not make it great beer. I'm not even sure this is beer.

Photo of david18
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is very interesting but it definitely isn't a double IPA. It's much too sweet and also very strong. I would put it in it's own category but at the very least call it a strong ale or a barley wine. That having been said, it's a great sipper but not recommended for anything else.

I had a friend once take it out of my fridge. He saw "pale ale" and didn't know much about beer. He was very surprised when he took a big gulp from the bottle.

Photo of theghost3
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, clear copper with a thin white head that remains throughout. Lots of lacing.

Smell is mostly citrusy & pine cone hops. The taste is where this starts to get weird. Way too sweet. There are obvious citrus (orange, lemon, tangerine) flavors along with soft drink-like sugary sweetness. Then the mouthfeel is rather chewy at first but there's an artificial carbonation that lingers & is acidic in the throat.

The ABV make the drinkability lower than alot of IIPAs. Very odd beer; a little too extreme for me.

Photo of haddon
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured 12oz bottle into goblet

A- poured thin head that almost disappeared immediately. caramel brown color in the glass

S- orange citrus smell with the alcohol drowning out any other flavors

T- very sweet...orange fruity flavor is only note I could detect. alcohol doesn't really hit til the back of the throat and in the aftertaste. much too sweet for my taste

M- very thick and syrupy. could have used more carbonation

D- this beast is definitely a sipper. took me an hour to finish. everyone should try at least once for the experience. couldn't get paste the sugary sweet taste...kind of like those orange cough medicines I used to take as a kid.

Photo of dislogik
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't sure what to expect with the high alcohol content, but wasn't impressed by the beer. It had good color and a good smell, but it tasted like liquid brown sugar. Surprisingly it wasn't an overpowering alcohol flavor I expected, though you felt it in the back of the throat after having one.

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown/Amber with little to no head.

S: Brown sugar, piney hops, malt, booze (orange liqour)

T: Sugar, Carmel, just a hint of full blown hoppyness. Warm boozy (Orange liqour) finish. Had no idea that the hops would just make this taste like beer mixed with simple syrup.

M: could use a bit more carbonation. sticky, chewey.

D: Everyone should try this once, but thats about it. I'm still cringing at the thought of another full bottle... way to sweet. Took over an hour to finnish 12oz. The absurdley high ABV is hidden to some extent by the sweetness.

Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (bottled 02/09/09) into a snifter.

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a one inch head that gradually fades to a cap which actually retains. Not much in the way of lacing, but there's a bit, and for the ABV, I'm surprised there's any head.

Aroma is excellent. Exploding with citrusy, floral hops and a huge sweet sugary and boozy background that reminds me of rum soaked raisins.

Taste is delectable as well. I think the bottle I had last time was a lot older and this one has much more hops. At first there is a big burst of hops but it is quickly supplanted by a huge dose of caramel and sugary sweetness again with the raisin taste recurring. The sweetness is taken over by the hops once again to leave a wonderful citrusy hop flavor on the palate. Finish is actually quite balanced with nice fruit and sweet malt flavors blending with the hop bitterness, just tasting awesome making you want another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, quite smooth going down, I would guess this at 8% ABV at most. The alcohol is hardly noticable at all.

Such a unique and excellent beer. Love it or hate it, this is just something that needs to be tried at least once. Personally, I love it.

Photo of wknight167
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with very little head. Very little carbonation as is usual from these high abv beers.

Nose- Oranges, faint floral hop aroma, burnt sugar?

Palate- Much sweeter than expected. Hops are present, but not what you would expect from a 120 ibu beer. Personally I think it could use a bit more bitterness. The orange flavors carry though to palate, combined with the alcohol it reminds me of a fine orange liquor. Alcohol is present but hidden well.

Mouthfeel- Thick, syrupy

Drinkability- I thought one would be my limit, but as I near the bottom of the glass, the hops start to shine through a bit more, making me want another.

Overall- an interesting brew, but definitely not an everyday kind of beer.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy dark amber with a tan-yellowish 'compact' foamy head. A layer of bubbles sticks around and laces the glass the entire way down.

S - Sweet malts and fruits. Very sweet malts and fruits. Hops are obviously present in big quantities, but the malts are equally overpowering.

T/M - Thick caramely malts, overripe grapefruit and orange. A bitterness comes through after the sweetness has worn off. Alcohol is present everywhere in the taste. Feels like a syrupy wine with a little frothy feel (crazy description of mouthfeel, but that's what first came to my mind).

D - No no no... definately a sipper. Can't drink this fast. You feel the alcohol before you get halfway through.

Photo of supercolter
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So I tried to take the style/alcohol content into consideration while rating this one, but it was difficult.
Appearance was good, nice and thick with small head and almost no lacing. Smell is ok- strong alcohol with some citrus and a faint hint of hops.
Taste is more of the same, but too creamy for my taste. This was an odd brew.
Mouthfeel was good, thick and buttery.
Drinkability was not that great but given the alcohol content, I have to give it ok.

Photo of Kraken
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, consumed on birthday 1/27/09

Had this stored for about 1.5yrs and was at least 2yrs old at time of purchase. Green cap. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass to celebrate my 33rd birthday. Moderate pour evokes a 1/2 inch of head which really surprised me given the alcohol content. Very spotty lace. Color, due in part to the second portion of the bottle, is a very cloudy dull orange.

Nose- Alcohol, a thick aroma of sour oranges. Reminds me a bit of a barely wine.

Palate- Super sweet and sticky. Very reminiscent of a port wine only a bit hotter. Some very nice concentrated caramel flavors. Some woodiness and notes of orange rind. Like a sweet less volatile version of grand mariner.

Mouthfeel- Cloying, tangy and thick.

Drinkability- I was glad I split this with the GF. This really feels like an appartief.

Photo of STEG
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ridel wine glass.

A- Pours a honey colored golden orange hue with very little head that goes away quickly

Smell - Smells like Pineapple and Honey with a definite alcohol presence

Taste - Tastes like pineapple, star fruit, brown sugar, with a definite alcohol presence and a typical IPA finish.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and smooth at the same time with the sweetness it feels like it could give you cavities.

Drinkability - Its a big brew that is wonderful when sipped I cant imagine drinking more than one of these. Overall I am very happy I spent the 9$ on this bottle.

Photo of carsonplunkett
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been curious about this beer for awhile...mostly because of the 21% abv. Picked up a 12oz at Frugal MacDoogal in Nashville for $8.49.

A: This beer pours a very cloudy orange color, with a finger of tan head that slooowly dissipates. Not much of lacing, but it still looks great.

S: Lots of alcohol. Orange and lots of floral notes. Doesn't smell like any beer I've ever had.

T: Tons of citrus and alcohol. So many flavors going on here that I don't know how to describe it. Its great. Huge alcohol finish.

M: Heavy and lightly carbonated. The flavor remains on the palate for awhile after swallowing.

D: Considering the abv it really isn't too hard to drink. Can't say I'll have more than one bottle in one sitting though, haha. I'll definitely buy this again.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Got in a trade from xpimptastikx. Poured into a snifter.

A- Good looking sticky white head, it dissipates into a ring leaving some lace. The beer is bright orange, like coolaide, although slightly hazed.

S- Strong orange rind, grapefruit, alcohol and some floral notes.

T- Super sweet upfront, orange, floral hops. I get the sense of biscuty malts laying a base. Followed by some big alcohol. Theres some piney flavors.

M- Thick syrupy, its like sap almost. Medium carbonation.

D- Real boozy, sticky and sweet, makes this one a sipper Ill probably not try again.

Photo of esv
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Beer is orangish. Great head, it dissipates over time, but good considering the ABV. White head. Sediments floating around. Beer got stirred up on a short hike before drinking. Lacing all the way down.

S) Sweet and hoppy.

T) Big 'ol prunes. Big, spicy alcohol that cuts some of the sweetness. Sweet, Sweet, Sweet, Crusty-Sweet. Cotton Candy. Intensely bitter but easily overpowered by the malt. Winey.

M) Big and heavy and big.

D) I mean, what can you say here. I hurt all over. It beats you up a little. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't easy killing all 12 oz.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice and clear burnt golden orange, the last little bit of the pour provides a nice cloud of haze that falls through, and then clears up nicely. The head is moderate, but I mean, it's got to be hard to carbonate a beer this high in alcohol, leaves minimal lacing. But it actually looks nice. The smell is primarily peachy alcohol, some raw sugary smells, a bit of raisins and dates, a tiny bit of esters, maybe some tart cherries, a tiny bit of spice, and a sweet, syrupy maltiness. The taste is kind of interesting, like bread pudding, maybe french toast, soaked in rum, with raisins, dates, plums, cherries, etc., just like a syrupy, sweet, kind of malty, bready burst. Just huge on flavor, a bit of esters, some light tart cherry hoppiness, nice, but not as much hoppiness as you would expect from 120 minutes of hopping and 30 days of dry hopping. But the alcohol rules this one for the most part. Not my favorite thing in beer, but actually, for the ABV, this one seems like much less than it actually is. And surprising, a lot less syrupy than even some other DFH beers. It actually does a nice job finding the balance between dry and sweet. Very good. Light carbonation, and any burn provided is upstaged by alcohol burn. The drinkability, well it speaks for itself. It took me well over half and hour to finish 4-5 oz, and I can say that the last 5 or 6 sips will probably take me another 10-15 minutes. Very slow drinking. But overall, an interesting beer, though for the amount of stuff that goes into it, it has a few less dimensions that I would expect. Not an everyday drink, maybe not even possibly a once a year thing for me. But it's worth the experience I'd say.

Photo of neenerzig
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge since I picked up a few bottles of this in Arizona in September of last year. I also have 2 bottles sitting in my cellar. Finally decided to crack it open tonight. A 12 oz poured into my tulip glass. Pours a very cloudy and hazy orange/golden color. White head is about 1/2 inch when poured, settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with a thin surface coating about 10 minutes after being poured. I can definetly see some yeast bits in here too. Very nice lacing. The aroma of alcohol along with a nice strong citrus aroma and also a piney, floral tart smell. Has a sweet, caramel malt, Belgian candy sugar sweetness upfront, followed by the citrus fruit tart flavor, rounded with with some floral hops. The piney, floral hop flavor is here too, but not that strong. Certainly less hoppy here than when I had it on-tap in Boston last year. The flavor of alcohol also seems to me a bit more apparent this time than when I had it on-tap last year. Has a full bodied, syrupy, chewy, thick, crisp mouthefeel with moderate carbonation. Certainly easier to drink than I would have thought, especially as it warms up a bit. I can't wait to see what a few years will do to the bottles of this that I am aging.

Eric

Photo of MaxBrews
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz poured into a snifter

The holy grail for hopheads lets see how it faired in my glass.

Appearance: Glowing bright orange. Pours with a surprising head for the ABV as well as a soapy lacing. However as the beer warms up this dies almost altogether even upon agitation.

Smell: A musty hard alcohol smell is the first that hits you which is surrounded by citrus fruit and pineapple. A little bit of a biscuity malt in the scent.

Taste: Strong and intense pineapple taste and sweetness, followed by a biscuity finish. Surprisingly well hidden ABV for 18%. Alcohol warmth is more pronounced as the beer warms up. Being this strong of an ipa and with this alcohol content it does have a huge hop & alcohol bite bite but its pretty masked by the pineapple/citrus finish. This beer is very complex, the barley wine of IPAS.

Mouthfeel: bitterness followed by sweetness with a huge alcoholic warmth. There is a firm carbonation. This beer does bit your tongue and is an intense experience with a full body.

Drinkability: I give this beer a 5 due to the simple fact that it is fairly easy to drink for how high of a ABV. This not a beer to have often its a special experience. Its also 7-8$ a bottle. I feel anyone who is interested in strong beers and imperial IPAS should have this at-least once in their life. Anyone who doesn't like strong beers need not apply. I spent two hours sipping this beer and as it warms up it changes a lot. I'd give it a go again, I'm kinda craving it right now just because I feel i Diddn't get all the flavors down in my tasting.

I gave this beer an A because due to its high level of craft and the fact that Dogfish was able to pull it off. Just because its an A don't run out and buy it thinking it will be excellent. This is an experience not a session.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 6,814 ratings.