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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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6,905 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,905
Reviews: 2,065
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.82%
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Gots: 2,504 | FT: 149
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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 JTSbeerislife
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, at Bully’s, Columbia PA.
10 oz served into a Dogfish Head Signature glass at my request. Thanks Dave and Erik.
Notes taken at bar, when served.

Pours a thick one finger head, which rapidly reduces to a thin cap, easily revived though, it is a live ale.
Surprisingly light color, medium amber at best, fine bubble carbonation.

Big malt aroma when first poured, but quickly overpowered by “crushed hops”, alcohol, citrus, lemon, dried fruit (fig?), yeast and bread. Spicy. Complex.

Very boozy, hot entry on the palate, followed by a hop “burn”. Then some light malt comes forward, only to lose to the hops in the end. Very full, oily, mouth feel.

Long finish of hop oil, not overly bitter, but coats your mouth forever.

Well I have had this before in bottle and really did not like it at all.
The draft is a much more pleasant experience by far.
Definite hop burn, but that being said the overall flavor is quite good (tasty malt and spicy hops).
You really can’t say this is a balanced ale, but still an interesting experience, and I am thankful for it.
Seems at its best warm, say 55 + degrees. Everything that this ale has comes out then, and that is quite a lot. A huge ale. ABV is 18% or better depending on the keg, and it is very noticeable. That being said it’s OK by me as I am a “big beer” fan.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one gushed out a lovely, transparent amber bottom full of carbonation, with thin white lace on top forming a very small head.

Sweet, fruity nose, with phenols and alcohol. Also, strong on grapefruit.

Heavy carbonation with strong hop bitterness and a warming alcohol presence. Cloying fruitiness, ginger and spice, and a dominant phenol character in the taste. Biting tartness with a medium body, but surprisingly not too heavy or overwhelming.

Beware of this one, alcohol is VERY well masked. Not a bad showing from DFH at all.

Photo of tedpeer
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured reddish orange with a thin white head. No real lacing.

S - Smells like hops with a hint of alcohol.

T - Hops, sweet malts. Hops were so strong I didn't get much else.

M - Syrupy and viscous. Just a bit of carbonation.

D - It killed the taste buds pretty quick.

Photo of lbkornlb14
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The infamous 120 minute IPA definitely holds its weight, kinda thick. I love the dogfish head brewery and IPA's, so this was a must try for me, at 21% abv, I was impressed with the taste. However that being said, for the average beer drinker it is semi too much, most non beer enthusiasts will make a face if you let them try or smell it, It is a must try for all IPA lovers but ill stick with the more drinkable 60, or 90.

Photo of Duff27
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark, dark copper/gold. Head is short lived. Love the carb bubbles.

S- Almost smells of a cider. Alcohol.

T- Alcohol overpowers everything which I was expecting. Slight sweetness followed by bitterness, neither of which is too overwheming. A definite sipper.

M- Creamy.

D/O- Drinkability is near zero but loved every second of my 6 ounce glass...split a 12 ounce bottle of this 18% monster with a friend who then blew a .4 on my BAC device. Been looking forward to this day for awhile after having many 60 and 90 Minutes. Thanks PTMcB!

Photo of alpinebryant
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy medium ale color 60L?. Some head, but nothing exceptional. I would imagine if you were hopping it every day for a month, you would be losing carbonation in the process and would need to add more CO2 at the end.

Smelled very fruity, candylike aroma / bubbilcious / Cotton Candy

Tasted extremely sweet, almost like a fruit punch flavored wine. So sweet that you need to sip it and I immediately wanted to pour it into a wine glass and have a friend try it while they were over. Naturally, it wasnt their type of beer : )
After being hopped for a full month, the hops have to decompose partially, which lends to a little bit of a sour funky taste in addition to the sweet hops.

Drinkability: I would probably want to drink this on special occasions, but fear what it would do to my head if I drank a 6 pack of these... Very good, but not a session beer. Definitely a sipper

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this 12 ounce bottle for Christmas from my brother. I have had it cellared since but decided to drink it with my upcoming move down South and all.

Poured a tangerine brown in color with a thick-ish white head. Layered lace around the edges of the glass while the head slowly receded. Nose was phenomenal. Deep and musky with some woodiness and just bits of cherries around the edges.

Flavor is not as whacked out as I expected. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol but the burn is not nearly what I would have imagined. Kind of a fruit/cherry juice thing going on and a wood aged tannin flavor too. Malts are surprisingly strong and hold up quite well. Best part is that the hops are not nearly as astringent as I imagined. Medium mouthfeel that improves as the beer warms but in the sense that the beer evaporates off the tongue and becomes more light bodied. Nice beer but not sure I have much interest in trying a second bottle.

Photo of TylerTremelling
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Burnt caramel/orange color. Poured a thin, creamy light beige head that had some orange hues to it. The head dissipated quickly. Generous lacing was clean.

S: Very sweet and sugary. Pungent grapefruit floral aroma. Piney aroma round-out.

T: The initial flavor was pungent grapefruit, a big sugary sweetness and floral hoppiness; also some sweet caramel and sweet pine resin. Caramel and sweet grapefruit finish. Slight alcohol awareness for a beer thats 21% ABV; guess its masked by the huge sweet malting and citrusy sweet hopping. The strange balance brought to this beer has to be experienced.

M: Thick and oily. Coating sweet grapefruit and pine resin. Astringent floral bitterness on the finish. Warming alcohol subdued.

D: Assaults the senses so this is a sipper. Massive 21% ABV could be dangerous. A monster IPA. You just gotta taste this for yourself.

Photo of BierFan
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flute. Bottled on date of 11/05/08.

Appearance: Small fizzy light tan head. Good carbonation, I was expecting it to be rather flat. Kind of a golden orange color.

Smell: The hops still have a somewhat citric aroma even though it's nearly 4 months old.

Taste: Really amazed that the hops can stand up to such a high abv. Definitely a big malty backbone to this beer, as well.

I was a little nervous about trying this but overall it's just a really great(but strong) hoppy beer.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After much anticipation, over-hype, unfulfilled deliveries, etc etc etc. The 120 minute finally arrived at the liquor store. And suddenly was an extra $4 a bottle... maybe Sam planned this whole thing out. Anyway, poured this into my chimay chalice, obviously a 2011 batch.

A: Dark red amber color, a lot clearer than I remember the 08 batch being, with a minimal off-white head forming a ring around the glass. Looks thick, like mead.

S: Honey, alcohol, sweet and citrusy fruit, floral hops, there is definitely a malt presence, but there is so much sugary alcohol sweetness drowning it out.

T: Extremely balanced hop and malt blend up front. sweet malts mixing with citrus hops, fading into a sweet and warming alcohol finish. lingering sticky candy/sugar, pine hop and raisin aftertaste.

M: Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation; it's a real sipper, quite warming.

O: Although I never wrote a review on the 2008 batch (the last time I had this beer) I'll do my best to compare the two:

The 2011 I found to be much sweeter, yet much easier to drink. The 2008 was REALLY overwhelmingly hoppy; like it almost hurt on the first sip. Obviously the 2011 is hoppy enough that my taste buds are a bit destroyed for the next beer or two, but it was definitely easier to put down. I wish I could have bought another bottle to age and smooth it out. All in all this beer is more of an experience than it is a top 5 kind of thing.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle served in a snifter glass at the Dogfish Ale Cafe in Gaithersburg, MD. Nice orange color - not much foam on the glass though.

Smell - strong in the hops, but there is definitely something sweet and floral in this drink.

Taste is not at all what I expected. First hops (bergamot) followed by something very sweet (almost sugary), then grapes, and a slight bitter finish. You can also taste the alcohol, but just barely under the sweet and the bitter.

Mouthfeel - no carbonation on the tongue that I noted, nothing special really, but I'll admit to being very uneducated on this point.

Drinkability - due to the high alcohol content and the unusual flavors I'd say that this is a beer to enjoy if you like cognacs. This beer reminded me more of a cognac, which is something you sit back and savor. I view it as a good experience and worth drinking, but not something that I would go out of my way for.

Photo of bheilman
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at the brew pub and got a four pack to take with me from the brewery. It's an overwhelming beer. It's a stretch to call it an IPA, this beer is more of maybe a monster IPA. The beer looks good, has a nice golden color. It smells good, but with more maltiness. The taste is very multidimensional. It's more like a port in terms of the sweetness, but the flavors are all over the place with a nice focus in the hops, with a slightly bitter finishing bite that regresses back to sweetness. The hops flavor doesn't stay long though because of the extreme alcohol. The flavor endures for a good 30 seconds after swallowing this beast with all sorts of sweet fruity goodness. I'm excited to try the beers I've been aging this summer to see what happens. A great beer for a special occasion.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours crystal clear yellow with minimal amounts of head. No lacing and no visible carbonation.

S: Aromas are fruity with hints of pineapple and the presence of the hops is easy to detect.

T: Flavor is cloyingly sweet and a pleasant amount of bitterness contributed from the hops and just a hint of the pineapple. The alcohol is subtly present in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. A little bit sticky.

O: Just too strong at 18% ABV to be easy to drink. I have enjoyed this beer the couple of times I have tried it but it just is not one of my favorites in the style - too sweet and not quite enough bitterness for me.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 3-years-in-the-cellar bottle a fairly clear amber-orange color with a very thin off-white head. No lacing with this one.

Boozy aroma of honey, sweet caramel malts and light grapefruit and pineapple.

Like the aroma, there were big boozy notes along with honey, sweet caramel malts, pineapple and light grapefruit. The 18% has mellowed a bit with no real hotness found.

Medium bodied and rich with a moderate carbonation.

A slow-drinking IPA for sure. I enjoyed it.

Photo of chefscott79
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I just sampled a bottle the other day from 2004

I found it for 9 bucks...score

A: nothing special

Smell: I knew I was in for a strong beer...lots of alcohol tinged with tangerine...

Taste....wow....it blew me away....super mellowed hop character....with lots of tangerine notes

mouth feel...great thick and viscous

Drinkability....I liked it....as a special occasion beer....too strong for everyday drinking...but I enjoyed it nonetheless

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/6/09.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange hue that produced a great 2 finger off-white to light yellow head that is staying around for awhile; after a few minutes, its down to a 1 finger size. Some tiny bits of lacing here and there.

(S)- Massive mango, peach, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus aromas with an equally huge pine/wood component. This is some strong smelling stuff!; has a pretty serious alcohol whiff to it.

(T)- This is just massive! Very sweet; almost candied mango & peach fruits followed by a very dry grapefruit, pineapple, and bittering pine with a robust to equally massive boozy burn at the end. An ample malt backbone exists somewhere in there that is providing a light honey sweetness to the middle but is mostly overpowered by everything else in there.

(M)- Huge boozy burn with really sweet fruits and big bittering hops really makes your mouth go through a rollercoaster of layers and complexities. Sadly, the ridiculous level of alcohol is almost off-putting and destroying some really superb characters in the beer.

(D)- Just ridiculous, massive, and potent on every level imaginable. Great stuff, but is lost in the overly boozy mouthfeel. Give this 5 years and try it again, give it 10 years and try it again. I want to buy a bunch and drink one as each year goes by to see how it changes. Share with a friend or two cause this one bottle kicked me to the floor. 20%abv?!

Photo of randeezy74
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Paincane
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper colored with one finger tan head that left a bit of lace. Poured into tulip glass.
S: Sweetness, malt and alcohol are dominant aromas.
T: Malty sweet presence up front with warmth of alcohol overtaking hops. Underwhelming bitterness, perhaps because of the 18% ABV!
M: Warm and boozy with syrupy feel. Mild carbonation. Not a typical IPA by any means.
O: Strong alcohol presence overshadows IPA characteristics. Definitely worth having, but only one at a time for sure.

Photo of Gizmo
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I just had to try this at least once. "Continually hopped over a 120 minute boil and then dry hopped every day for a month", sounds reasonable enough...

It pours a thick, beautiful deep caramel orange with a massive, chunky head that just sits there after a heavy pour; very nice for such a high alcohol brew.

The nose is intense, I'm not even sure how to describe it. Heavy orange marmalade, toffee, bubblegum, and a cotton candy-like sweetness; hops are there but very sweet and citrusy.

Taste is incredibly thick and complex. Heavy dextrin sweetness up front, more cotton candy and bubblegum, heavy tongue numbing alcohol, grassy pine notes, wow! This is a huge freakin' beer. Honestly the sweetness is a bit much, and pretty cloying and syrupy throughout. Finish is like sucking on a sugar cube; intensly sweet and hot from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is something like maple syrup, extremely heavy and viscous, with an equally heavy body. Carbonation holds together pretty well considering the amount of alcohol.
I'm not sure about this one. It's extremely syrupy and sweet, and the hops kind of get lost in all that malt. Pretty good beer overall, and very well done considering it's strength, but probably not something I'll have again anytime soon.

Photo of foogerd
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.
A- dark golden orange with a small eggshell white head, great lacing.

S- sweet brown sugared raisins, tons of bready malts come through and a whiff of sweet booze reminds you that this brew is 18%.

T- This is totally drinking like a barleywine at this point in the aging process. Really sweet malty flavors throughout, vanilla, caramel, candied malts, every type of description of sweetness thats what this is. The bitterness from the hops was detected somewhere in the middle of this mess of sweetness. Alcohol is present throughout as a companion to this orgy of sweetness.

M- A pleasant full bodied thickness throughout, seems to have lost most of its carbonation.

D- It's 18%! god damn how drinkable could that be?! This thing goes down like a liqour its as drinkable as this high in abv comes.

Photo of LAMAGS
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish heads 120 minute is, like all of their IPA's nicely crafted and very flavorful. When poured it has a opaque golden color with a thick creamy and persistent head. The flavor is a blend of pine, hops, and citrus, there is a boozy undertone but thats to be expected with a dipa. The mouth feel is creamy and thick. Overall its a solid beer, not the best this brewer has to offer but a great IPA none the less.

Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear orange/gold with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit hoppy but with malty sweetness that was a bit surprising. There is even a slight spicy flavor that gives a bit of a zing to the nose.

The taste is big bitter hop flavor with a good sized alcohol flavor. There is some fruit flavor there that is a little piney flavor mixed in. It is hard to draw on much since there is such a large bitterness there is also some sweet malt flavor that comes out when your able to get past the hops and alcohol.

The feel of this beer is big all around. The force of this beer as it mahandles your pallet is something else. I had to take my time with this one. I had a small glass but it still took me a while to get through the little I had. This must be the bitterest beer I have had even though I never did check the IBUs.

Photo of BBP
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a hark hop amber. Slight head but good retention. Laces nicely.

The aroma starts with a fruity hoppiness and a slight amount of malt. Somewhat floral as well. I found it a little light, while everybody else around me found that it was fairly intense. Everybody seemed to think it was one of the best aromas ever.

The taste is actually, surprisingly, incredibly easy hop drinking. Nearly no heat, and remarkably soft for an ~18% beer. It was all about the hop flavour but it didn't seem to bring much hop bitterness with it. They really nailed the balance as well. The malt is fairly rich as well, but it's not the spotlight. It sort of reminds me of 90 Minute in that way. It actually seemed a bit more refined and elegant. Really not the juggernaut I was expecting, but I was still happy with it.

The body was heavy in weight but not the fullest. The finish is dry with moderate stickiness (but less than you'd expect for the ABV).

Overall, it was a solid beer and very balanced. A great example of an extreme beer with great balance. Not as hoppy as I expected, but I had been warned before. Still quite nice. I'd be up to pick this up again to see how age treats it. Really great to try at least once.

Photo of biophiliadude
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

tap to snifter.

A: Amber, minimal head.

S: Caramel, fruit, booze.

T: Caramel, syrup, booze.

F: Super smooth.

D: A great beer to end a long, hard day of work with. Especially as it gets cold. Really enjoyable. I wish I could put it on some pancakes.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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