120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
BA SCORE
82.2%
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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

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%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,792
Reviews:
2,338
Ratings:
8,217
Liked:
6,751
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
15.99%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1,433
Gots:
3,920
Trade:
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Ratings: 8,217 |  Reviews: 2,338
Photo of VoxRationis
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production data, but appears to be the latest vintage.
A: Pours a very hazy, amber-orange with clearing evident throughout. Leaves a half inch foamy head with modest retention, but strong lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, peach, cocoa, and pine. Complex and enjoyable.
T: Sweet. Blood orange taste really struck me initially, but complex with flavors of caramel, sherry, and mead very evident. Strong, but exceptionally well balanced bitterness.
M: Full bodied with excellent carbonation. Boozy, but I mean that in a good way.
O: Color me impressed. Drinking this early clearly had its advantages based on the other comments (I refrained on reading them until I was done tasting). My pour was characterized by strong carbonation, head formation, and lacing, which evidently is not the case after aging. Not that aging will not add to the complexity. That said, even in its youth, this was a complex and really enjoyable example of the American DIPA style. Yes, it is at the level of a barley wine, so consider sharing it with a friend. Let me suggest, he or she will be a good one afterwards if they have any appreciation for beer.

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Photo of jhartley
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a 2014 vintage, so I'm thinking this one is in barleywine territory by now. But this was a gift from my bro @jzeilinger so I'm gonna give this one a shot.

Appearance: Dark and murky brown with no head to speak of.

Aroma: Toffee and burnt sugar. Mainly a dank smelling beer. I am NOT a fan of the aroma at all. It just smells...old. Hopefully the taste makes up for it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: First impression its like chewing on a handful of raisins and then a brown sugar and maple sweetness comes up and is all evened out with a huge hit of bitter hops. A boozy beer for sure, but the sweetness and bitterness don't let the alcohol come through at all.

Overall: I definitely think this is a barleywine and not an IPA, but of course with 3 years in this it's going to be well beyond an semblance on an IPA. A well crafted beer, however not one I would want to drink again alone, 6 oz. would be more than enough.

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Photo of Shaun_S
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Age unknown bottles we're brought out of storage at a local shop and the labels had begun deteriorating.
As others have said this is definitely more a barley wine than a beer. The taste was almost sickeningly sweet of floral, honey or maybe agave and as others have said possibly raisin?
The smell was comparable to fresh clover honey and the mouth feel even possessed a sweet stickiness.
Very expensive but well worth buying.

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Photo of jenrhart
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpmsu2003
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nausicaa-taos
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, I'm bitter (pun maybe intended). If you buy one of these at Dogfish, they limit you to one more drink. And I'm sorry, but it's not that much of a kick in the head. It's an average pinot with cherry and barley.

There's hype. I get the hype. But it's wine beer. Wine beer disappoints both categories. Thus beer is interesting, which is not a synonym for great. But that's the measure it's trying to live up to.

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Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wanderingwheelz
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This a beer that needs to be properly aged at least 2 years, and in my experience begins to peak sometime before year 7. It's just too hot fresh. I've had it 10 years old at the brewpub a couple of times and it's pretty tasty at 10, too. (Dogfish seems to wind down their stash of each beer at 10 years.)
Oh, one other thing. If you go into this beer expecting an IPA you're going to be sorely disappointed. 120 Minute is un-beerlike let alone un-IPAlike, so I would be extremely open-minded since it'll surely be different from anything you've had before. If you're drinking it after a few years on it you'll want a person to share a bottle with since the flavors are pretty overwhelming if you're going it alone. Not a beer for wimps!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IMHO, this isn't an IIPA, it's a barleywine...a very good barleywine!! Full of boozey, hoppy, sweet goodness. Only had one, as I came across it while on vacation to Cali and didn't have the time for a four-pack (I know...weak excuse). I hope to get another chance to review this, but thanks to NC's ridiculous law restricting .abv, I don't know when that may be.

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Photo of afroskully
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottle poured into a small snifter
A - Opaque dark straw color, carbonation struggles through the body top side creating a small ring of evidence
S - Warm leather, raisin, burnt sugar and toffee, alcohol rises through it all
T - Big flavors of malts then in come the hops, some old tropical fruit notes everything exaggerated.
M - Heavy and slick in body, the feel is oily and rich with barley wine qualities to it.
O - Glad this had a few years on it, still on a good trajectory, rich experience to say the least.

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Photo of Curt3
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Imperialjake
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of sparx1100
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigbeers84
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dtlyons11
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 tasting in August 2017. While this benefited from aging greatly, I will wait a few more years on my next one. So much more barleywine than "IPA". Nose is boozy, raisins, maybe a touch of maple. Tastes more like a quad: molasses and raisins with a decently rounded mouthfeel. That gives way to a light alcohol burnt and thinness that make me wonders how long this should be aged? It's boldness adds to the mouthfeel, but at the same time, it all feels like a bit too much at this point. It, lingers... 90/4's (at best) feels right for this 3 year old.

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Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Absurd, but intriguing, should be on everyone's bucket list, if even a spit bucket.
a) Mine was bottled 90 days ago, so entirely too young, and barely a head over a cloudy, dark, petrified amber body, fully expect to see fossilized (crystalized) hops and grasshoppers frozen within. No bubbles show, the beer could be solid.
s) Fecund, fertile, ancient, dank. Hoppy, with set, spent floral character, and a candy store worth of malty sweetness. Hop bitter on the tail.
t) Extremely hoppy, with strong bitter, tongue biting finish. Malty sweetness masks the hop parade (avalanche?) Alcohol masks the subtle flavors. This is a bear to age/hibernate at least a year before consuming. Ample sugars again mask the floral hop nuance. A sipper. A flawed monster.
f) Smooth and wet, oily. Let it age for better feel.
o) Headachy? Next to a 6.5% IPA it's no contest in favor of the IPA.

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Photo of Ned57
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ssippisam
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of faatcase
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy, dark amber with a thin head that was gone pretty quick.
Smell was sweet malts and hops.
From reading the bottle I had braced myself for a blast of bitter hops but was instead met with a sweet maltiness, there were hops present but not quite enough to be considered the holy grail of hopheads IMO. To be this high of an ABV the alcohol was very well hidden, this could be sneaky. Overall this one was pretty good, I would definitely drink it again if I find it in a normal retail setting.

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Photo of StanleysCup
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willbike4brew
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took a very long time to get my hands on these, but I was able to score a 4 pack. Three from 2017, and a single from 2016.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 82.2% out of 100 with 8,217 ratings
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