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Dogfish Head 120

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by astrovol, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. astrovol

    astrovol Aspirant (45) Illinois Nov 16, 2010

    It's a shame, but I just had my first ever 120min IPA. HOLY CRAP!!! Why have I never had this before!? I have never really had an opportunity to buy it due to its elusiveness, but today my local bottle shop had a few and man am I glad i bought a bottle at $10.99!

    It might just be my taste, but this is now tied for my #1 beer with goose island bcbs. It's so good I wish I could go buy another one! My top 3 beers prior to this were bcbs, hopslam and zombie dust. I will now be disappointed with any other IPA. What do you think BA?
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  2. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    My first 120 was the 2005 version about a year ago. LOVED IT! Tasted like a sweet European barleywine. No hop presence what so ever at that point. Then over the last year I've had recent years 120, which taste like a completely different beer, and definite hop presence. Try saving a bottle for a few years....CRAZY diff. Luckily I still have a 2005 version in my cellar to pop open in 2015.
  3. My first 120 was a few years ago. and it took me an hour and half to finish it and it knocked me on my ass. Great beer though!
  4. You got raped at 10.99. Just throwing that out there. And are crazy for buying it at that price IMO. But yeah, definitely unique.
  5. whiskey

    whiskey Advocate (535) California Feb 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    I wouldn't say "raped". $10 seems to be a pretty standard price around the country.
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  6. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    Yea, from what I've seen $10 is pretty standard in most areas.
  7. huysmans

    huysmans Savant (415) New Jersey Dec 5, 2007

    I don't think $10.99 is "raped", but it is a bit high. All the bottles I have seen have been in the $8-10 range. I have a 2010 and a 2012 in my cellar, and had some 2012 on draft a few months ago. I quite enjoyed it on draft and look forward to my aged bottles whenever I might open them. 120 is a polarizing beer. My father is a huge hophead, who loves 90 min, and hated it. He called it a "waste of hops" and said it tasted like cough syrup. That was a fairly fresh bottle in perhaps 2009. He also sampled my 2012 and was not enthused.
  8. I had it on tap a few months ago. I thought it was terrible.
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  9. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012

    What are you talking about that's standard price
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  10. Really? My apologies then. I bought a bottle once and I definitely paid $7.99 for the bottle.

    EDIT: this was around august-september btw
  11. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Advocate (515) New York Jan 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Used to be able to get a 4 pack for 28 bucks at the Brewery but last time I went it was up to $33 or $35.
  12. drank a bottle that had been aging for about 9 months with my brother when he got back from california. it's his favorite beer but it was my first time having it. loved it! i've heard some people say it was overly sweet but i thought it had a great balance.
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  13. Never had a bottle of it. I did find it for 8 bucks at a Giant Eagle so for everyone to just accept a 10-11 dollar price tag must be loaded.

    I had a 4 oz pour on tap for 3 bucks but that was plenty I couldn't imagine a 12oz pour and I usually pound big beers like a champ.
  14. Jacob007

    Jacob007 Advocate (500) New Hampshire Sep 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    I paid 15 and would do it again!
  15. Jacob007

    Jacob007 Advocate (500) New Hampshire Sep 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    I bought 14
    @15 bucks a piece
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  16. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

    I hate it...cloyingly sweet to me...but I've only really had it fresh...there's like a case sitting at my local place at like $8/bottle...no care ever.
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  17. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Savant (405) Illinois Jul 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    While $10 is standard everywhere that doesn't mean its not completely overpriced.
  18. beerborn

    beerborn Savant (345) Georgia Jan 22, 2012

    ISO: your bourbon county FT: 120 minute
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  19. chekako

    chekako Aficionado (100) New Jersey Dec 28, 2007

    I agree it basically turns into candy. don't know any other IPA that can do that
  20. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    I drank it once, paid $9.99 for it. I drank it in about 45 minutes. Then I went to a bar with my friends. Probably the wrong night to drink something like that. :confused:
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  21. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    That beer is no IPA
  22. BeersAndBears

    BeersAndBears Advocate (600) Nebraska Dec 30, 2012 Beer Trader

    The sweetness ruined it for me. The flavors were good but the sweetness became nauseating halfway through. I had been pounding zombie dust the night before though.
  23. DanK4

    DanK4 Aficionado (240) Maine Jan 17, 2012

    Great for what it is, but that's one you split and sip or just plan on working on for a good hour- hour and a half.
  24. T-RO

    T-RO Savant (410) New Hampshire Nov 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    I had for the first time a few months ago, bought a bottle for $9, if I had to have spent $11 as the OP did I would have foregone my morning $1.09 mcdonalds coffee for 2 days to make up for my losses. I'm thinking buying 1 bottle to try at $8, $9, $11, or $15 bux isn't too crazy. just saying.
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  25. Congrats on your new brew. I think you paid a fair price and I agree that beer is a treat. If Worl Wide Stout sounds good and you've never had it I would encourage you to pick it up some time as well. And it may be too late but if you ever see a Raison D'Extra floating around on a shelf grab that too.
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  26. AttitudeBrew

    AttitudeBrew Aficionado (130) Texas Aug 20, 2009

    $10.99 doesnt sound bad .$9.99 around here .
  27. Pinky

    Pinky Aspirant (25) Jan 5, 2013

    Hellhound, while not in the discussion, was pretty delicious. New to this so please cut me a little slack. x
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  28. 9.99 for me at my shop in Washington state. Had the '12 on Christmas, loved it. I think the people saying they didn't like it probably went in expecting a DIPA. While it is 120 ibu and high alcohol, it is by no means your average DIPA. Drink it from a snifter and enjoy it like a brandy. Only then will you achieve Dogfish nirvana.
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  29. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (450) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    Avery Maharaja does.
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  30. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (450) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    Agreed, its more like a barleywine than an IPA.
  31. I know someone here in Spokane who sells it to a poor soul for 25 a bottle. But seriously, for some reason this just sounds nasty to me. It was hard enough to adjust my palate to ipa's, one that is too strong and hoppy would probably make me scowl.
  32. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

    I've had 4 bottles...all 2012...the first bottle was a case of what you described...and I hated it...the second bottle I enjoyed...the third I enjoyed more...then...a few months later...bottle #4 was horrid to me.
  33. martyl1000

    martyl1000 Savant (340) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2011

    Had it on tap at a restaurant while traveling in San Francisco. $12 for a 6 oz. pour. Worth every penny, especially since I've been looking for this for years and had given up hope.

    Definitely in my top 5 most memorable beer moments. "Cough syrup", eh? I think some audiences just don't get the bigger of the big beers (12%+ abv). I drink them like dessert wines, not to quench my thirst, not to get drunk (though that's a common side effect!) I lingered over my snifter (which dwarfed the six ounces of 120 Minute luxuriously) for an hour.
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  34. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Champion (750) New York Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    This beer changes significantly after 1 year+. Goes from the hop bomb that it is to a caramel imparted, sweeter(but not cloyingly so)beer that for me is just very enjoyable, like a fine Liqueur. It's definitely a sipper, though. I actually just bought an '06 recently, but am saving it for a special as hell occasion.

    Not everyone has to enjoy Dogfish, but this certainly is a unique beer. Then there's Fort, pretty much 120 with Raspberries, which is another polarizing beer in itself...
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  35. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Champion (870) Illinois Feb 13, 2010

    I really like it as well, and have 2 bottles left from this past years' batch. I think I paid $10.99 and was not too terribly upset about the price.
  36. FlyingKelly

    FlyingKelly Savant (260) Texas Nov 28, 2012

    $9.97 in Delaware 30 miles from the brewery, so you did fine.
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  37. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,200) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    I had it fresh and would like to try it aged. It's strange to think of an IPA as being better aged, but it certainly sounds intriguing.
  38. My first (a few years back) was fresh: Tasted like paint thinner... hated it.
    My next was a 3 year old pour paired with food, and it was one of the best beers I ever tried.

    Have since had others that have been in that 0-3 year range, and agree that it is much more Barleywine-style thick than DIPA sharp, but have truly enjoyed the nuances every time. Unique and worth the price, provided it's less than $1/oz (my personal limit on beer).
  39. LarryAppleton

    LarryAppleton Savant (360) Quebec (Canada) Dec 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Never had it, is it totally different from 60 and 90 minute? Is it worth 3x the price?
  40. Just as the 60 and 90 are very different, the 120 is a whole new animal. It's 3x the materials and time, justifying 3x the price. I say worth it, but to truly enjoy it get a couple, drink one and age one.
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