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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

6,911 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,911
Reviews: 2,067
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 1,107
Gots: 2,515 | FT: 151
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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%.
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Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a bottle, poured into a straight sided half-pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazy orange-gold-copper color with a 1/4" thin white head. The head only lasted a short while, dropped to a skim, and left just a few spots of lace.

S= The most dominant smell was of course a huge solventy alcohol. My trick is to blow softly across the glass to clear this away, and then take a good sniff. In that instance, I found an aroma profile dominated by super sweet malts, tropical fruit, and some piney hops.

T= Very sweet malt character up front lead into a middle filled with tropical fruit (mango, grapefruit, melon) and citrusy hops. Finish was all hot alcohol with a slight aftertaste of hops. Overall taste: The alcohol is once again the 800lb gorilla here, but the flavors do at least mesh well with that peppery alcohol hammer.

MF= Heavier bodied with a syrupy and slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation level does keep this from being too syrupy.

D= A very interesting beer here. Not something I will want to drink too often or in very high quantities (thus reducing its drinkability). It is a well crafted beer however and one that everyone should try from time to time and certainly a great candidate for aging a year (or three).

Photo of DmanGTR
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes Jan 28 2010

Poured a clear honey amber with a nice white head. Very sweet, citrusy, with a hint of pine resin. Lots of caramel and alcohol as well. Lots of bitterness in the finish and maybe a hint of cognac too. Hops linger long after the finish. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good for the amount of alcohol given.

Photo of thetachibro
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i finally cracked this one open last night and poured it into my duvel tulip. It had a nice golden color with a 1\2 in white head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. As soon as you cracked open the bottle you immediatley smell the hops with the alcohol. This becomes even more evident once you pour it into the glass. the first thing that came to my palate was hops,hops, and more hops and then take a guess what was next...the alcohol..once this beer warms it becomes a nice sipper that i might just sit back and relax with. Be careful who you let sample this because if they don't know what's coming it may just destroy them

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 12 oz. Bottle

Appearance - An orange-ish amber hue, similar to other IPA's. Forms a tan head upon pour with a good lacing.

Smell - Dense malts, and loads of hops. You can tell upon smell that it's going to be pretty extreme.

Taste - Wooah!! Very different, that's for sure. A massive explosion of hop flavor is complimented by a huge amount of malty sweetness. Very sweet, yet somehow, surprisingly balanced. Doesn't taste like a traditional IPA, in the sense that it is much sweeter. But the hops still dominate the palate. Beer candy is the best way to describe it.

Mouthfeel - A full bodied beer, with medium carbonation (would you expect anything less than a full bodied beer @ 20% ABV?).

Drinkability - The scary part about this beer is how drinkable it is for how strong it is. The extremely strong flavor will probably make most choose to savor it, but I was expecting something harder to drink for a beer of this strength (strong flavors conceal the high ABV). Any more than one of these is asking for some serious drunk time though.

Overall - A very unique beer, and definitely something I think every beer fan should try at least once, even if you're not a fan of traditional pale ales or IPA's.

Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a miniature snifter glass at Capones in Norristown. What a treat.

A: A medium amber orange color with a slight layer of tight laced head. Tight small glass lacing.

S: Wow, lots of sugar sweetness with layers of bubble gum, hard candy and citrus pine hops. Second sniff produces a large amount of bubble gum sweetness, almost like a blow pop. Alcohol is noticable on the nose.

T: Syrupy sweetness with flavors of a sugar cube, candy, bubbble gum, sweet fruits, caramel and a real citrus pine bitter hop bite. The finish comes back to the sugar sweetness and finally ends with hops lingering in the mouth minutes later.

M: Heavy and coating with a fairly heavy alcohol feel when the beer warms up. Sticky sweetness with bitterness lingers in the entire mouth.

D: Medium for this alcohol level. The beer does go down fairly smoothly but with a big alcohol bite. One can only drink a minimum amount of this beer.

Overall a real unique beer that everyone should be lucky enough to try. It really is a testament to DFH that they actually make this beer, it is groundbreaking.

Photo of finepaws
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden orange, somewhat cloudy color. Small white head, was creamy then dissipated, to an out lacing. Smelled very floral. Tastes sweet, not hoppy as I expected. Warming as it goes down. Thick mouthfeel. Aftertaste somewhat bitter, leaving a taste of alcohol. Drinkability? Not all night, I'm guessing one's enough. But I will definetly have it again! Very pleasing and completely new taste for me.

Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the second time I've had this beer, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. There's no comparison point.

It pours a beautiful golden red color, very slightly cloudy, and I swear that it's glowing from within. Very little head, very little carbonation.

Smells sweet -- honey, clover, honeysuckle, and alcohol. Hard to detect hops through the alcohol smell, but it's there.

The taste is complex. I'm not terribly good at picking things apart and identifying components, but here goes: I get a little orangey/lemony citrus at the front end followed by a burst of sweetness with maybe a little oakiness. As it sits in the mouth, the hops come out, and then the alcohol burn overpowers it all. The aftertaste of the film left in the mouth is hops with a caramel character. Overall, I think the incredible strength is a drawback -- the alcohol is too astringent. As it warms up, the alcohol comes out even more.

It's thick and syrupy and filmy. It clings for a long time.

The beer is to big and powerful to be very drinkable. I've been working on this one for about half an hour, and I'm probably not quite halfway through it (this is definitely a sipper).

I would be interested to try this beer after aging it for a few years -- I wonder if the sweetness would mellow out?

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2012-04-01

Again in a 12oz bottle (not aged -- I have another one aging). Doesn't look so ruby red as I remember or as I reviewed. Looks flatter. Cloudy orange instead.

Still totally overpowered by the alcohol. It's probably better than I rated it "overall" last time, but I think this is more of a novelty beer than anything else. Well crafted, but gimmicky. Alcoholic to the point of ridiculousness.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a 12 ounce bottle from 2008, not sure if it was the 21% or 18%.
A: Dark and cloudy reddish brown. Slight tan head, with some decent lacing.

S: Citrus and caramel, syrupy smell. Boozy too, for sure.

T: Talk about complex. Up front is a big sweet caramel like hit mixed with grapefruit. Finishing off with a very boozy, almost bourbon-like hoppy taste.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy, can only mask that much alcohol so well.

D: You probably shouldn't drink more than one of these. Not only for the high ABV, but ranging $9-10, you are getting your money's worth.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper color with a medium thin and frothy bone white head that burns off slowly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of piney hops and citrus with some sweet malt. Rich, full body with a thorough underlying malt and sherry sweetness that is somewhat surprising considering the increasing hoppyness of the 60 and 90. Hops are present to be sure, but are masked by the caramel malt and alcohol flavors. The finish is syrupy sweet as well, and by the end of the bottle you can definitely feel the 21% ABV. An enjoyable beer despite not being what was expected, still I doubt I would pay the premium price for another bottle any time soon.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brouwers.

A pours a clear orange topped with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S lots of sweet fruity citrus with some booze.

T very sweet and fruity balanced out by a lot of alcoholic bite.

M thick with a warming feeling.

Overall this is a surprisingly good beer, I was expecting something like hop infused paint thinner but instead I got a smooth tasty beer. While the abv definitely makes this one a sipper, I recommend trying this one.

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Note: it is much like I remember my 2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy orange. Hops come through on the nose, but malts dominate the taste actually. It's incredibly sweet. If it weren't for the medium body & carbonation this thing could be like a barleywine. Hops do peer through in the sips - they'd have to considering how much is in there - but this isn't really a beer for hopheads or even big IPA fans. It's just not like any other IPA in the world. It'll disappoint some and surprise others, but yeah, everyone should give it a shot.

Considering how expensive it can be, one bottle is plenty, for a few years at least, but I bought a couple to age this time. The hops are hardly present in there now, so I'm not worried about losing them to let the rest of the beer mature. It could be nice. I guess we'll see.

Dogfis Head knows how to market this thing. It is a beast and a costly beast indeed. Worth it to try once or twice, but in the end it'd be best to save the money for a pack of 90-minute.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Emits an iridescent glow of hazy dark amber while a slight, creamy off-white head drops rings of lace and a viscous film clings to the Dogfish Head snifter.

Strong, fruity alcohol with caramel, grapefruit, some grains and juniper. This one develops more of a floral aroma with rum as it warms.

Sweet white wine immediately comes to mind upon entry while hope flavors and bitterness are rather subdued for the style. Apple juice, grapefruit, and ginger develop with over-ripe orange. The finish is filled with citrus fruit.

A full body with satin texture and soft carbonation. Alcohol is quite prominent, actually hot, but seems to have mellowed none-the-less with age.

This is a tasty beer, well worth the experience, but is clearly a special occasion sipper. I can’t imagine having two in any given month.

This bottle aged 21 months before serving and is far and away superior to the one I had fresh. The alcohol in the fresh bottle totally overwhelmed the experience. This one, however, did seem to assume qualities of a strong barleywine. I have left two other bottles to age for comparison.

Photo of lnashsig
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my unicorn, I was lucky to find it at Capone's in East Norriton PA last week on a business trip. 2008 bottle, bottled 7-8-08. Opened 5-29-11. Poured into my dfh snifter, shared with a good friend. Pours a MURKY dark dark orange, bordering on brown color. Completely opaque. Smell- buttery, sugary, some vinegar, spice, apple. Wow. A lot going on here. Taste- some astringency, a warm buttery flavor, sweet apple. Almost a tart type finish- This is very very complex. So much going on in this beer. Mouthfeel- it has lost a lot of its carbonation, but you don't even miss it here. Something about the crisp tart finish of the beer doesn't even make you think about the potential flatness of the beer. Drinkability- especially improves as it warms. Came out of my cellar at 55 degrees, and didn't really reveal itself fully until almost an hour passed. This is an epic beer....and truly demonstrates why you age beer and what it can do. My final thought is that this should be classified as an old ale after a few years...very hard to consider it part of the IPA family.

Photo of StonyB
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now here's a beer I have wanted to try for a while. Barcade, I salute you, thanks for tapping this...

Appearance - Thick, viscous, cloudy, almost chunky. Looks a lot like old-school apple cider. No head, a thin coating. Unusual, to say the least, though not unappealing.

Smell - Pungent. Real strong aroma of paint thinner. Tangerine, a bit of hops, and a whole bunch o' alcohol.

Taste - Oh my. Sweet, sweet, sweet liquer. Tart apples, toffee, floral and citric hops, bubblegum, oak. A potpourri of flavors here, amazingly complex.

Mouthfeel - Chalky feel, almost powdery. Thick. Quite acidic.

Drinkability - This really depends upon your definition. Incredibly complex with a 21% ABV, versus a tasty and interesting beer that seems to get better with each sip. You make the call.

Leave it to Dogfish Head to not push but eviscerate the boundaries. 120 Minute IPA is unique, and a must try.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 6/10/2007, courtesy of one of the DFH employees (many thanks!)

Surprising. I was thinking this would either be too sticky and sugary sweet per the other reviews, or just a massive hop bomb by nature, but its something completely different.

Yes, it's sweet, and yes, it's sticky. But it's not overboard on either. Definitely a slow drinker, not a whole lot of aroma to my bottle, but the aging seems to have mellowed out the profile.

Much more drinkable than I thought. Some lingering hop resin on the tongue late, not as much as I expected but about as bad as I've had just the same. This was something I'd try once, maybe get halfway through, but I easily finished it, enjoyed the fruity and sweet nature, definitely worth another try.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle of the 2011 stock and pour a rich, caramel colored brew. It holds a one finger head of beige bubbles, showing very nice retention. This clings to the glass as it goes, leaving a single sheet of lacing down the walls. Big aggregates remain throughout the entire tasting. There is a thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears light. The aroma is much like a Scotch ale or American barleywine. There are deep caramel malts, with buttery diacetyls sweetness. Additional sweetness comes from strawberry, fig, and pear. This all sits against a massive fusel alcohol sting, and some light woody qualities. There is mild phenolic bite of medicinals and plastics with warmth. Our first impression is that the taste is so fruity, and that the booze is surprisingly subdued, at least in the beginning. As we sip, sugary sweet dextrin caramel malts hit, along with fermented prunes, raisins, and sweet banana. The front is very syrupy, and big and bready. Sweet honey adds to the drink. The middle peaks with a bit of the alcohol, imparting a peppery bite. More raw honey continues, with the raisin enhancing, cutting back all of the other fruity elements. These do their best to cut the booze, but fail through the end, as a huge fusel peppery bite cleanses the palate of all life. The fruit stays sweet, but becomes more tropical, with pineapple sugars. Hops are finally present, with a light citric brush. The aftertaste breathes of more honey sweetness to cut the booze, black pepper, caramel malts, plum, raisins, and light lactic sours. The body is full and thickly syrupy, and carbonation is low. Each sip gave a sticky, sugary coating around the mouth and to the lips, which became pursed and puckered due to the booze and the sweetness. The mouth is eventually dried from the coating, as the booze evaporates all moisture. The abv is massive, warming, and catches up with you, and drinkability is certainly slow.

Overall, what we enjoy most about this brew is the boldness of flavoring, and how fruity it is. We were a little disappointed that the hops didn’t hold up as well in either the nose or the taste, but the fruitiness really did surprise us. There are deep and syrupy notes which really help to cut the booze. Even with warmth the booze does not seem as strong as it actually is, which makes for a tasty, sippin’ treat.

Photo of gkunkle
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color, a deep color for an IPA. The cream head stands a half inch tall in my DFH signature glass. It recedes to a thick ring and a couple rocky islands of foam. The aroma is hoppy: grassy, citric, piney. Not actually as hoppy as I expected. There is also a light sweetness in the aroma. The first taste is floral bitterness, with a touch of malt. Next I get pine and syrupey flavors. As it leaves the palate, I get a touch of citrus and a lot of alcohol warmth. There is a flavor in this that I dislike, it's about 2/3 the way through, it seems medicinal but that may not be a perfect description. The mouthfeel is one of the thickest I've tred for an IPA, no suprise there, but the body is slightly lightened by a ticklish carbonation. This isn't exactly what I expected it to be, but that seems to be how DFH works, they make delicious things that make you scratch your head a bit. Okay, time or a glass of water, this sucker is boozy.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle a month or so ago, and just split it with a buddy. Both poured into pint glasses.
Appearance: A solid amber color that proved to be very transparent. A head that wouldn't quite, awsome retention, absolutly enormous, light tan in color. Leaving rings of sticky lace all the way down.
Smell: Boozy, fruity, sweet, hoppy, a bit of everything.
Taste: Similar to the smell, high boozy taste as it warmed, then turned more sweet and fruity.
Mouthfeel: A bit too smooth for my taste in IPAs.
Drinkability: I don't know how drinkable anything with 21% alcohol is, but pretty damn good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of wspscott
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Gorgeous amber/gold color with a thin white head. The head disappears quickly and leaves a small amount of lace.
S: Holy crap, this is incredible. A massive burst of citrus hops hits immediately.
T: My wife described this as apricots soaked in grain alcohol :) I think this is a huge mouthful of malts and american hops. It comes across as very sweet/malty at first and then the hops.
M: It doesn't come across as thick but, it is very mouth-coating. The carbonation helps balance the malt but, it only helps a bit.
D: Like most Dogfish beers, this is a very interesting beer and I am glad I tried it but, I don't think I will pick up another of these. In the end, this is just too over the top for me. I like most/all double IPAs but this has too much of a malt backbone.

Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy and foamy white head that eventually reduces to a small layer skimming the top, no lace left behind

S- lots of booze on the aroma, the hop aroma is there with notes of pine & citrus, but the alcohol gives a sweet aroma that mixes with malty undertones

T- taste similarities are very similar to a barleywine up front, sweet alcohol dominates up front, with notes of citrus hop and pine kicking in mid-palate, more citrus continues to the finish with more booze

M- heavy bodied with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and silky warming finish, lingers of alcohol

O- this is definitely a unique beer that is in a category of its own.

Photo of Bpc24
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the very first Dogfish Head beer I tried when I first began my beer tasting hobby. It took me an hour and a half to finish, as I was not prepared for the HUGE flavor this beer packs. It turned me away from Dogfish Head for awhile. That was until someone coaxed me into trying a 90 Minute IPA. I loved it and I have tried several other DFH since then but haven't returned to the 120 Minute...until now. As it turns out the problem was my palate because, damn, this is a good beer.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Peach tan with a one finger head that dissipates into a foam halo on the beer's surface. A quick swirl of the glass brings the head right back.

Smell - Alcohol - and lots of it! At 21%ABV this is the most potent brew I have ever sampled. It certainly makes an appearance in the smell. I also smell caramel and hops. Overall, it smells very rich - a good indication of what it will taste like. The smell becomes a lot more apparent as the brew comes to room temperature.

Taste - Almost like the 90 Minute, just heavier on the sweet side and the hops side (obviously). The alcohol isn't as apparent in the flavor as much as it is in the smell and the mouthfeel. The alcohol makes its main appearance in the throat as it goes down. It has the sweet malty front taste followed by hop bitterness. It has a very balanced flavor - something I was surprised by.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Perfect carbonation level. Oily with warming alcohol as it slides down the throat.

Drinkability - I would never be able to drink more than one of these, but if a second was offered to me...you never know. I would probably be too tipsy to refuse. The fact that you would be plastered after the second is why I gave this brew an average score on drinkability. I was pretty tipsy 3/4 of the way through it. But it went down smoother than a lot of other beers that I have sampled that were less than 21%ABV.

This beer is a hell of an experience. Perhaps the most accessible high ABV brews out there - definitely not for the faint of heart. It still takes me an hour and a half to finish one, but I appreciate every sip.

Photo of copasetic
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy hell! Is this a beer?

In the glass, it's a deep cloudy orange with no head. Little bubbles float to the surface. The aroma is sort of hoppy, but also fruity and sweet -almost Belgian-like. Oh, and alcohol. Big hits of alcohol waft off the surface of this monster and overpower everything. Taste and mouthfeel converge, as the thick syrupy body and alcoholic zing carry in a huge maltiness and potent hits of hop bitterness and flavor. With other hoppy beers, I can usually detect differences in hop flavors and aromas, but not here. I just know there are hops entering my body aggressively and I can't see past that. All of this is overlaid on a base of sweet malt. Seems like the yeast, if they could have taken this beer up to 30% ABV, would have had plenty of sugars to work with.

Overall, this is a very complicated and very strong beverage. Unlike anything I've ever had (a title that formerly belonged to Dogfish's Fort). If you haven't, try it. You won't regret spending the $9 for a bottle. Will I buy another bottle? Maybe. Not anytime soon; this is not one that I'll add to my standard lineup, but a worthwhile adventure.

Photo of sammyt728
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 6,911 ratings.