120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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Reviews: 2,107
Hads: 7,370
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,289
Gots: 3,099 | FT: 200
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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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Reviews: 2,107 | Hads: 7,370
Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orangey color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head and good lacing.

S: Very hoppy smell, along with pine, malt and a strong sugary quality.

T: A huge, almost overwhelming flavor. Sweet malt, pine, hops and a sugary aspect. The alcohol content is bracing, but the beer is tasty.

M: A high carbonation rate and a thick, slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a tasty beer, but not one I could drink all the time. Still, a well made beer. (520 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single split with some guy "blackie" who probably wont enjoy it since he is a bitter, ungrateful, southern "man"...Thanks to Px2GrafX for the sampling

appearance: strawlike golden-amber, slight pale, a tad hazy, soapy and bubbly white beige head, leaving a decent white rim along the snifter

smell: not nearly as alcohol-dominated as i anticipated, tropical fruit is nice, juicy and potent floral hops, mild alcohol aromas, sweet malt backbone

taste: again, not nearly as potent as I would have thought...tropical fruit explosion hits the tongue first, definitely a little nutty. there is a defined alcohol burn present but it is not too offensive...malts are light and quite sweet...mild citrus, a little pine

mouthfeel: full bodied, sticky and syrupy, alcohol burn...over the top as expected

drinkability: not quite what i expected but tough for the style (877 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (12/18/06) into a snifter, the 120 is a gorgeous hazy amber, with a 2 finger olive tinged egg-shell head that left sticky lace.

The smell is weird, strong and sweet but funky, a little off-putting at first, medicinal, sherry and some cinnamon, a bit like sour candy. Very unusual, and ultimately, strangely attractive.

Whoa, this sucker is one crazy beer, unlike any other. Thick sweet malt is tempered by a nice hop bittereness, although no hop aroma or flavor per say, just this really malty, almost candy like flavor. Surprisingly, this is not as hot or ethanol tasting as some 10-12% beers can be, although there's not fulling it's a booze bomb, but in a more visceral way. Or like a drug that takes a bit to kick in!

The mouthfeel, well, is actually much lighter then you might fear, and even though it's a sweet beer, it's not syrupy or a sugar bomb, a la Burton Banton, and is really well done.

As for drinkabilty, what can I possibly compare this to?? It's a +20% ABV IPA, so of course it's a really slow sipper. Nevertheless, the 120min IPA is a beer drinking experience like no other. Over all it's really nice, although it gets a little rough on the belly by then end. (1,221 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.77/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Before I review this, Id like to say how pleased I was with buying it. It was totally worth the try, but really, I think that it would GREATLY benefit from sitting in my basement for a few years.

A - Quickly diminishing head (poured into a 6 oz. glass so to share the bottle). Fresh amber color. Slightly cloudy and syrupy looking due to slow bubbles.

S - Incredibly complex smell. Fruity, hoppy, and a smell of a cleaning solution (from the copious amount of alcohol no doubt).

T - Thick, fruity, sweet yet hoppy. All of this is outshined with in milliseconds by the amount of alcohol. I think that 2, 3, maybe 4 years would smooth this beer out in ways that would really make it much better to me. Very mead like - fruity, honey.

M - Smooth, very thick and rich. Burning from alcohol

D - Incredibly low on the drinkability scale. This guy could be consumed once a year in my opinion. And, each time I'd share it too. (923 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with Soulfly967 in Pennsylvania. Aroma is strong, hoppy, and surprisingly fruity - the orange and hop aromas battle for dominance, so one whiff is hoppy while the next is of orange. It pours a hazy orange-amber with a fairly thick and rather persistent white head. Flavor is richly orange and a little sweet with a firm hoppy but only slightly bitter hop undertone. This is quite unlike any IPA I have ever had - well worth the effort of setting up a trade! Texture is rich and silky smooth, yet fairly tingly and lively. (541 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Oak, 6-oz in a tulip. Nice golden-yellow with strong overtones of orange. A bit foggy in the glass, small white head that doesn't last for long. The nose is oh-so-powerful, full of hops, citrus, and alcohol to the max. Going into this knowing it's an ~18% ABV beer, I was nervous about the taste. To my surprising, it's not nearly as strong or overbearing as you might think. The brew is laid out with a malt character, toasted grains, and a bit of yeast. On top of that are wild, bitter hops, and intense citrus flavors. The bitterness is balanced well by the citrus and the malt. Now I'm not saying the alcohol wasn't noticeable - it certainly was. It provided a strong bite on the forefront and fizzled into an intense warmth and tingling sensation for the rest of the sip. You can feel it warming up your throat and stomach on the way down, too. BUT - it worked well with the beer and was done quite masterfully. It wasn't too strong, making the beer undrinkable, rather it turned the beer into something you have to sit and sip gently, like a fine whiskey. Thick, heavy, carbonated a ton, and a bit sticky on the mouth.

Overall, this isn't something you'd relax with and throw back a sixer. It's obviously much to assertive for something like that. It deserves more care and pampering, like a top shelf mixer. Even though this beer wasn't the greatest, it provided a nice experience and is something I would definitely have again, given the time. (1,466 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle is the latest batch to come out as it was bottle 7/7/08. Poured into a snifter because I was told this batch was maltier than the usual so I figured I would go with that instead of a winge glass or tulip. Poured a cloudy auburn with gold tints that gave one-finger head that stuck around forever and left a slight lace ring. A complex array of sweet malts like caramel, butterscotch and maybe honey or something. Also in the nose is a great hop presenece that brings both citric fruit notes (lemon) and some tart and dark fruits like sour apples, pear and a little black cherry. My first instinct when trying this is that it would be a "hopbomb", and it VERY hoppy, there is a thickness and stickiness to it from the sweet malts (mostly caramel in this regard). There is also tart and citric fruit tastes in this fuller-bodied beer that rolls across the tongue for the most part (like I said, a tad sticky at some points). The only drawback is a very minor alcohol burn on the backbite which stems from the immense ABV%. For that reason (the ABV, not the burn) and the cost (I'm not rich) prevent me from sessioning this bad boy. This reminded me a of Belgian Triple and maybe a heavy Dubbel, and is one of the best beers I've had in a long, long time. If you haven't tried the current batch I recommend so immediately. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/18/06. It pours with authority, a hefty sound and reasonable head that quickly dissipates to an even, thin blanket of white. The aroma starts strong with a bitterness suggesting grapefruit, very crisp. Give it a little longer and there's a hint of sweetness, cherry perhaps. The appearance is a beautiful golden brown with plenty of floating goodies suspended evenly throughout. The first roll onto the tongue is startlingly thick and sweet. Tangy at the tip of the tongue and a heavy apricot rolls to the back of your mouth. This is strong stuff and proves itself quickly as it warms its way to your belly. By the third or fourth swallow you feel like your mouth has been converted to a new level of thinking and the dark cherry bitter-sweetness reveals itself with authority. This is obviously quality stuff but probably a bit too much ale for my palate. It stays tasteful at the front but overwhelms me a bit at the finish. I added a little mild cheddar cheese to this taste experience which was a nice pairing, but for me this definitely demands thoughtful sipping. It definitely holds its carbonation as ten minutes into this glass the head looks as good as it did a minute after the pour and the bubles still sizzle on the tongue. There is some degree of an oak overtone here as the flavor matures over the long haul. But this is still some strong stuff, I imagine somewhat an acquired taste for most. Taking it slowly I found that as it went closer to room temperature it seemed a bit tamer to the tongue, more manageable so to speak. I will need to try this again, hard for me to rate as a relative neophyte. But it is quite a taste sensation and a heavy brew to ponder! This won't be my favorite Dogfish brew but I have good faith that it is another quality offering for those fans of this variety. However you shake it, it is impressive. Thanks to DH for the experience! (1,891 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle "Bottled in 2012". Pours amber-orange with nice clarity, thin white head as expected that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are citric and floral hop, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, with caramel and grainy malts. Tastes are complex with notes of sweet fresh pineapple, citrus, mango, grapefruit, caramel, and honey. It's sweet with a large amount of booze that is noticeable. I was surprised at the lack of bitterness on the finish - the sweetness rides right on through the finish. It goes down too easy for the enormous ABV, while being creamy, smooth, and full bodied. Towards the end as the ale warms, the alcohol gets hot. Overall, this was a treat I've wanted to try for some time, but never was at the right place at the right time. At $10 a bottle I probably wouldn't get it again, but definitely glad I finally got to try it! (880 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.49/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The big boy...the 120

A-Orange in color with a standard head. Looks thick. Also looks intimidating considering this freak is nearly 20% alcohol.

S-A tit load of alcohol in the scent. Really sweet/malty smell hiding behind the big alcohol smell. Not a lot of hops going into the schnoz.

T-Once the liquid enters my mouth I begin to frown. The shocking amount of booze transitions into a violently malty drink. Not a hoppy beer by any means. Incredibly rich but incredibly unsatisfying.

M-Syrup. Rich Syrup. Sticky and sweet. The booze clings to your tongue.

D- Well, any beer that is 18% will not be very drinkable to me. That being said, I had a hard time throwing back one bottle of this. Sweet honey booze bomb. Not my style.

Won't shell out 10 bucks for this again. Laughing at the fact this this is supposed to be some kind of DIPA. (842 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. Split with a friend.

A - Hazy dark gold. One finger of thick white head. Strong carbonation streaming up the glass. Tons of boozy legs when swirled, no lace but a film of retention.

S - Tons of pineapple, booze, glazed pineapple and cherry, sweet smelling.

T - A huge hop profile that doesn't quite balance with the huge alcohol. All the elements of booze, hops, and sweet malt seem to balance though. Lot's of pineapple from the hops and a very sweet note from the malt, almost too sweet. A strong alcohol element is there too.

M - Not bitter in any sense of the term when the alcoholic finish comes through. Fairly well carbonated. Big syrupy body.

O/D - Odd. A very boozy, sweet, and hoppy beer. Probably needs more hops. An extreme beer in every sense of the term. Nice. I was happy to try it but didn't exactly enjoy it as a DIPA. Extremely drinkable and smooth. A solid beer, but too boozy for me. (933 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage pours a very clear, light amber color. Foam is minimal, but the beer does have some legs. Not much lacing. Considering the ABV, not a bad looker.

I am amazed that the hops still jump out as much as they do. Wet grass, scotch and dark rum aromas. Vinous, muscat grape characteristics. Mild oxidation, but not much considering the three years of age. Sweet alcohol with even some light grains definable. Uber-complex, ridiculously bold.

Taste is...shall we say, unique? Thick, rich sugar coated grapefruit juice, lots of hop flavor but not a whole lot of bitterness. Very sweet, port wine with a squeeze of lemon. Like grappa mixed with cognac, crazy brew. I would say this was worth the price for the experience alone, although I cant say for sure whether or not I would buy one again. Split between 3 people would be about right. (844 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH chalice. Bottled on 12/18/2006 indicated on the bottle. Poured a semi-translucent plum color with a frothy, half inch, off-white/buttery-colored head that quickly dispersed into dense clusters of bubbles, with a dollop of foam in the center. Some spotty strands of lacing revealed on the tilt side of the glass. Huge, malty nose, definitely reminiscent of a barleywine. Lots of dark fruit (i.e. plums and prunes) and breadiness, with a suggestion of citrus acidity in the mix. Taste consistent with nose - wow, this is a total malt bomb; also getting some brown sugar and molasses in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a light, smooth background carbonation and a slightly oily quality. This is a pretty decadent treat. One will certainly do you; however, the alcohol is very well-hidden for an 18% brew. Not at all, what I expected in the way of a DIPA, but pleasant experience nonetheless. Definitely one of my DFH faves. (958 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.01/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: This pours a deep orange/red color. A very small head forms and leaves no lace.
S: Oh man, the alcohol overpowers the nose. Once I get past that, the aroma is very sweet. I can detect citrus, piney hops but way to much alcohol.
T: Alcohol from the start again. As been mentioned by other reviewers, the beer is very sweet and syrupy. Not much complexity.
D: Do I even need to say it? This is very hard to drink.

I was looking forward to finally trying this beer, but I don't see what all the hype is about. The alcohol is way to strong for this to be an enjoyable beer. I would like to try this after it has been aged for a while and the alcohol mellows out. I would not bother with this beer otherwise. (708 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheery wood red color, not so much beige foam.
Malty and hoppy smell. Or better, a lot of resinous hop over the maltiness.
In the taste the hop is again the master, overwhelming. Too much.
Bitter, too much. Strong grapefruit and bitter orange notes.
Aftertaste? Hop, hop, hop.
Extreme. (285 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a pilsner glass

A - slightly hazy orange amber with 2 finger fluffly khaki head with great retention and excellent lacing

S - piney, caramel sweetness, a bit of booze, almost gin like in character

T - initial sweet caramel and pine resin note followed by extremely boozy alcohol flavor and a mild piney bitter finish. Tasted like a weak gin mixed with a double ipa. I tried sippin this one and it just tastes a little weird to me. Some oak woody notes to boot.

M - Holy crap is this boozy. Quite a bit of warming alcohol. It's like a mixed drink at 18%. Moderate body, low carbonation.

O - Not a beer to drink on your own. Share this with a few friends over a meal so the booze doesn't wear you down. Next time I think I would age a bottle for a few years to see if greater complexity can develop. (820 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color that pours a one finger white head that dissipates quickly

S-theres a lot in there, citrus and pine hops first, the champagne, pineapple, and sweet bourbon

T/M-wow...this is huge and strong, the alcohol is very present, it is smooth and extremely full bodied, there is citrus, pine resign, tons of bitterness up front but it actually mellows as it goes down, there is a malt backbone, a slight bourbon taste, not much carbonation. A slight warming from the alcohol.

D-I don't know what to say, I couldn't drink more than one, one is actually almost too much. This beer has so much alcohol, big hop taste; but it almost overpowers you. Definitely worth trying, I will age one or two for a few years to see how it mellows; but I wouldn't drink another of a fresh batch. Not that it is bad, definitely one to drink, it is an experience. One is enought. (873 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy butnt orange....flatish...little carbonation evident on the pour...nose is softer than expected..floral...also some sweeter citrus like oranges...maybe pineappples...body is substantial...very full...thick...syruppy....low in carbonation....taste is very sweet....honey like...ABV is very hidden..hops battle like heck to add some bite to the finish but it is very light....maybe just a tich of alcohol on the finish along with the sweet citrus hops...

Wow..I expected something completely different...I expected a very bitter hoppy beer but this is so sweet and syrupy...I actually like it just fine...in fact this is sliding down much quicker than I anticipated..

Overall...a big beer worth enjoying in the dead of the winter....a good belly warmer and I love the sweet flavors this exhibits...Not an all-time great but a very good beer.. (859 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Pours a nice yellow-copper color with a minimal white head. There was minimal lacing throughout. Aroma comprised of nice hop notes with alcohol. The flavor of this brew was a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness with an alcohol flavor that intensifies upon swallowing. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very strange IPA. The alcohol content is pretty high so drink in moderation. Trust me... I know. (483 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

All my thanks to JJFoodie for one of my best trades to date, this beer being the main focus on my end.

This one is the very epitome of copper-colored. A creamy head sits sturdily on top of this one, taking a good while to dissipate and leaving a thick ring of lacing followed by some spottier lacing in the glass.
The smell is sweeter than I expected. Not having read any reviews on this one beforehand, but well aware of the hype, I wasn't sure what to expect. There's lots of character and depth here, from caramelized sugars to dark fruits to possibly cane sugar to yeast to alcohol to barley (malt) and floral hops.
The sweetness is incredibly strong. Aside from the alcohol, this element is enough to keep one from chugging. All of the complexities from the nose are in here, and the hops are quite strong underneath all the booze and sweetness. This absolutely must be sipped.
The feel of this one is fairly thick, quite rich and creamy in feel. The body is medium to full. There's a light to moderate carbonation, and a crisp bite adds to the feel as well.
This one is obviously well-crafted; while some may have difficulty with the extremity of the sweetness, the complexity and balance in this one can't be denied, and it feels great. While this one's very good, drinkability's much lower than the quality might typically account for due to the extremely high alcohol content and the sweetness that forces this one to be a sipper. I'd certainly drink more than one in a sitting, but it might knock me out. (1,516 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A cloudy orange amber with a rocky, bone white head that had significant lacing.

Massive hops here. Candied fruits: pineapples, grapefruits, mangoes, apricots, etc., etc. I could smell this beer all day.

Very sweet and not bashful in alcohol either. Taste is primarily of sweet candied tropical fruits and a slight toffee-like malt.

Full-bodied with a long sticky finish.

I am a lover of hops and this was even a little tough for me. A definite nightcap. (490 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, well, it smells of nail polish remover. In the taste, dry, pine like hops and alcohol, with notes of nail polish remover. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and small hop presence in the aftertaste. It is like nail polish remover/ rubbing alcohol, with a touch of pine hops. (366 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, peach colored beer with a slight white head that bubbled up momentarily and faded away to a partial cap. That didn't stay for long either.

S - Smells pretty sweet, like a bit of a concentrated IPA. There's a lot of citrus in this one, some sweet oranges mostly. Pretty concentrated with candy and alcohol.

T - Quite sweet. Lots of candied sugar and candied oranges just like on the nose. The hops are a touch of pine, but mostly highly concentrated tropical fruit. There is a little bit of vanilla that is kind of obliterated by the alcohol.

M - Syrupy, fairly full bodied with active carbonation. A little dry on the finish.

O - A sipper. Too sweet and too boozy to drink particularly fast. It's okay, but for the price there's no way I'd buy this one again. (773 characters)

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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