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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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5,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,713
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 819
Gots: 1,786 | FT: 110
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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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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

01-18-2013 07:01:04 | More by Kelp
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this back from his travels up north.

Pours a dark, hazy orange with a quarter inch of soft, dense, white head that has good retention. The nose is very bready and malty with a hint of birthday cake sweetness and some faint citrus hop aromas. There are some definite alcohol esters here. The flavor is identical to the nose. The taste is heavy malt up front with notes of birthday cake and bread followed by a mild citrus hop character with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. The alcohol makes itself known throughout. It adds warmth and body as well as some bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, incredibly warm, very smooth, and mildly carbonated.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's like the 90 minute on steroids. The malt character is intense and lends to a more barley wine-like flavor. The hops are more mild but noticeable. It's incredibly boozy, but in a good way in my opinion. I'm sure age would mellow this out big time. If I can ever come across it again, I will definitely be buying a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 21:56:31 | More by tdm168
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3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a little guy (12oz) single at Liquor Mart in Denver.
Pours a glossy rust color, orange and copper hints. Big, big foam of off-white thick head. Chunked a bit. Nice lacing
Spice and citrus dominate the aroma, with alcohol and the pine hops coming in and out.
Taste is intense. Spice, citrus, alcohol, hops, pine, oak, some sweet malt. The syrup feel clings a bit and reminds me of PineSol. The abv is huge, and this bottle was all I can gulp.
A good try, but I'll stick with the 60/90 ipa

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 22:47:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a good copper color that lightens up to amber when held up to the light. Big two-finger white head that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Pretty cloudy, and not much lacing.

Smell is very sweet. The alcohol is also noticeable, and there's just the faintest tinge of hop bitterness.

Tastes very sweet as well. The alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden, but it does feel warm on the way down. There's a little taste of hop citrus at the beginning and end, and both the bitterness and the sweetness can be tasted when I lick my lips.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is at a good level, and it's very thick. Goes down as smooth as is to be expected with 21% ABV.

Rating the drinkability on this is hard. It's certainly a sipper, but for a beer this big it's pretty drinkable.

Overall I'm glad I finally got my hands on one of these. Very interesting, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 15:35:14 | More by glid02
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-02-2013 23:32:39 | More by sendbeer
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color on the pour a lightly hazed deep copper with a rather smallish head that is spumescent in texture and the color a light tan as the lace forms it creates a thick and sticky sheet to smother the glass. Whoa Nellie! Nose big time hop floral, sweet malt, fusel alcohol, just from the nose you know this is going to be one bad assed beer. Start is devastatingly sweet with a thick malt profile and the top all rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops robust and delightful in their bite, but the alcohol rules the day, aftertaste somewhat alcohol bitter, vinous and desert dry with the hops, sweetness and alcohol all lingering on to the very end, what a “Hoot”, I thank my good buddy , The_Tsunami for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 23:43:08 | More by Gusler
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 01:14:07 | More by PEIhop
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer was bottled in December of last year. Thanks Nathan15! Pours a very nice dark copper/amber-ish color. Pretty. The aroma comes off as strong and hoppy with some alcohol aroma as well. The taste is, how do I describe, warm and alcohol-ish but tastes of caramel toffee in the back of my throat. Hops are somewhat subdued but the beer has a sweet, syrupy consistency to it. Definitely a sipping beer!

Overall, I enjoy it. It beats out the DIPA that I've tried from Magic Hat, which is the only other DIPA I've had anyway.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 01:02:23 | More by Brad007
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, had on tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth. This batch was part of the RnD that Bryan was working on.

Appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white creamy head.

smell: Fresh hops, caramel malts, sweet

taste: very sweet, caramel malts, citrus hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonatioin, medium body

drinkability: by far the best 120 min I've had in years. Hopefully they can figure it out on a larger scale so we can start seeing 120 in bottles again.



Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 15:42:17 | More by THECPJ
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2.43/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle dated 5/1/09 poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky orange amber color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma is sweet, sugary and boozy. The hops pretty much either faded away at this point or are overshadowed by the sweet maltiness. Caramel, brown sugar and alcohol are the main flavors I get out of it.

The taste is also extremely sweet and boozy. There is some caramel maltiness to it, but it's more of a sugary, candy like flavor. The finish has a touch of residual hop bitterness, but not nearly enough. The alcohol also shows through too much, giving it a hot, boozy finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low for the style. Overall, I don't think it aged well at all and was approaching undrinkable. The lack of hoppiness just made it cloyingly sweet and boozy. It was kind of like a bad, really unbalanced, one dimensional barleywine. I've had it fresh and remember liking it better than this bottle. I'll make an effort to revisit a fresh bottle and update my review when I can find one.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:43:51 | More by billab914
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage with 3 years cellaring.

A: Burnt-orange, off-white head, no retention, residual sugar produces a little leg.

S: Big nose: pine, appricot, toffee & grapefruit citrus.

T: Toffee, appricot, pine; solid bitterness but it's overwhelmed by the residual sweetness; acidic; alcohol is warming, yet the true strength is well-hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is slightly syrupy, modest carbonation, hop acidity.

D: It's a sipper.

I'd say it's closer to a barley wine.

Thanks Mike (MDS).

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 01:12:12 | More by Derek
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3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 04:43:50 | More by dirtylou
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-04-2012 03:51:24 | More by dmorgan310
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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

Nice to have tried it, but moving on.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 12:15:03 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of afsdan


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-22-2014 21:42:07 | More by afsdan
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-20-2011 18:49:58 | More by xnicknj
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-10-2013 19:25:45 | More by harpus
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3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle from the first batch this year.

Appearance- A strong amber with hints of anti-freeze translucence. The bubbles for this IPA are clearly slowed by the amount of alcohol mand malt sweetness visible in just the color. Some mediocre head, looks like any nromal, run-of-the-mill IPA.

Smell- Not at all like any IPA I've had before. Insanely sweet. Is there even hops in this??? Sweet caramel candied apples drizzled with Skol vodka. I thinks it's sort of cool because of the shot before you even taste the beer.

Taste- Starts with more Amaretto like swetness that quickly develops into a more malt intensity beer than hops. The flavor lets you know they added insane amounts of mlats and removed water to just boost the abv. But it is unique for its resiny sweet, toasty malts. Almost like biting into a caramel apple with two inches of caramel and only haalf of a whole apple in the center. This will be my relaxing nightcap beer.

Mouthfeel- An almost over bearing malt sweetness mixed with an alcoholic burn never felt before in any burn. These new sensations in this highly heralded IPA are very intriguing because they break the mold for any normal IPA. The bitterness is there, but only a little due to the crazy amounts of malkt. Drank like it was fine cognac.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 04:25:36 | More by scruffwhor
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into chalice april25 2010

A cloudy pale orange with a few sediment swirls for a minute or two, not much of a head and no lace

S some grapefruit with some caramels and a fair bit of booze

T again there's a fair bit of citrus with lots of sweetness with a good hit of booze, much less liquor then I expected but still pretty hard to miss, perhaps some orange rind and honey to go along with everything else

M a little syrupy and just enough carbonation to please, not as much bite as I expected fairly smooth all thing considered

D I couldn't see myself drinking more then one of these and in fact I wish I had a someone to share this one with, pretty strong but not at all undrinkable

I've waited quite a while to try this one and now that it's over I'm a little relieved, this is a extreme beer and everyone should try it at least once just for the novelty alone. I would like to try a 10 year old bottle and see if it mellows out a bit. thanks ritzkiss for knocking this one of my want list.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:16:43 | More by wordemupg
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2012 15:41:57 | More by rolltide8425
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4/5  rDev -2%

12-07-2011 23:16:25 | More by drummermattie02
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 06:25:03 | More by ccrida
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4/5  rDev -2%

02-29-2012 16:07:22 | More by Zaphog
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2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 03:55:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve at my 22nd birthday. 12oz bottle, 2010 date on the bottle.

Poured a slightly hazy orange brown, moderate amounts of retention and lace. Nose has loads of hops and citrus notes, mild pineapple among other things. Herbal notes, that I'm sure come as a result of the sheer amount of hops here. Some fusel alcohol. Massive malt base - caramel and toffee, some toasty malt notes as well. Taste has lots of resinous hop flavours, lightly toasty malts and sugary caramel and toffee notes. Chewy and sticky feel, but not extremely heavy. Ethanol and heat in the finish, fairly bitter but not palate shredding. Super sweet and rich overall, a sample of this was adequate. I wasn't terribly blown away with this, but this was certainly an experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:09:26 | More by liamt07
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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