120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #330
Ranked #1,823
4.18 | pDev: 14.83%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
Notes: 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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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Deep mahogany color, white head dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing.

Very sweet citrus. Notes of blood oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, pine resin, citrus hops like mandarins and oranges, and tropical hops like pineapple, mango, and papaya.

Very strong beer. I can really taste the brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel, almost like a molasses sort of taste. Fruity hops taste really ripe in this, and add supplemental sweetness to the brown sugar and caramel. I also taste butter and cracker. Overall, incredibly malty and delightful. Body is medium-light.

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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a finger and a half frothy headed beer with a deep amber color. Lively bubbles floating throughout.
S- Smells of sweet citrus, like blood orange, with nice hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Malty sweetness is there with almost no booziness. Pretty incredible for how high the alcohol is. There's a buttery umami aroma that is also there. The happiness is hidden, but it's there.
T- Sugary sweet. Citrus forward with sweet spice flavors. Malty and buttery. Maybe some cracker too. Incredibly sweet and buttery. Bitter bite at the end as well. Delicious.
F- Thick and juicy mouthfeel. Almost crystalized sweet.
O- A pretty special beer, for sure. The sweetest, most complete imperial IPA I have ever had. Also the highest ABV... A delicious and potent drink for sure. I can't wait to have it again and age it.

Jun 30, 2020
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DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 9-13-19. Poured hard into a pilsner. Pours kind of a rusty amber color, slight haziness, with a small head that dissipates after a minute or so. Aroma comes off malt driven. Its a little catty, with notes of carmel and maybe cinnamon? Taste is interesting. Comes off like a full bodied beer, very malt forward, but I think you have to throw out your impression of the first sip. The more you drink it the more you pick up on the hop character and bitterness you expect from an IPA. Theres definitely a boozinees that carries throughout, and lingered a little longer than I prefer (hence why I rated mouthfeel a little lower) but if I'm being honest, knowing what the ABV is on this thing it's pretty amazing what flavors they were able to get to come through. May get a couple more just to try at different ages, but definitely not a everyday drinker for me lol but overall glad I tried it!

Jun 20, 2020
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howardnss from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Heard many good things about this beer. Head was small and faded quickly. Not much of a smell when opened but flavor was exceptional on dinking. Bottle had no date stamp so it wasn’t known when it was bottled. Very good beer but at $19 for a 12 ounce bottle very pricey.

Jun 17, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 120 poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped below the label "0336 B2 1/22 5 or S],"* gift from friend "a couple years ago," into Teku 3.0 tulip.

*Does anyone know how old this bottle is?

The huge aroma of citrus (and pine) off the pour, backed by moderate malt, builds one's expectations. They are not disappointed. Distilled citrus fruits, brandy, hop and alcohol bite in the finish.

May 14, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Look- Deep amber, no visible sediment, hazy, lower than average head retention, above average lacing, cream colored frothy head.

Smell- Malty, bready, boozy, sweet.

Taste- Sweet, boozy, bready, caramel.

Feel- Full bodied, average carbonation, syrup like, sticky, surprisingly smooth finish for a 120 ibu’s.

Mar 22, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A bottle dated September 13, 2019, purchased i October ad squirreled away per the "ages well" label.

Pours a murky reddish amber with a fast subsiding head but excellent lacing. It sort of looks like unfiltered apple cider.

The aromas are daunting and inviting at the same time. Caramel malt, bread, tropical fruit (papaya and mango) and some booze, but not as much as expected.

The brew is certainly a sipper. Strong caramel malts on the tip of the tongue, backed by overripe versions of the fruit on the nose--mango, papaya--and some strong booze. The hops ride in the back initially on this one, but they slowly grow and hammer with a vengeance at the finish, with cedar resin bitterness.

Definitely full bodied, the brew is less boozy and more drinkable than expected.

Does it live up to its hype? I'm not sure, which means, probably not. But it's an impressive brew nonetheless.

Feb 23, 2020
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4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It’s been said this is the holy grail of IPA’s, and based on my experience that is completely accurate. I always keep some in my basement for a rainy day, a celebration or to impress some beer loving friends. This beer drinks well new or old. I have had bottles that are 5+ years old and still taste great. My opinion is that bitter notes mellow out with age, while all the other flavors remain about the same.

If you see one, grab it, drink it, enjoy!

Feb 22, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, particulate laden pale amber producing almost 2 fingers of moderately lasting, chunky, white head that leaves a lumpy surface cap, thick collar ring and nice rings and strings of lace. Aroma is an earthy blend of humidor cedar, caramel, pale brown sugar, sugary vanilla, pine resin and thin citrus hops swimming in alcohol booze but for an 18% ABV I might say it is reserved. Taste is sugary malt sweetness, fruity candied apple, cedar, resinous pine and thin citrus hops up front through mid-sip; it reaches full throttle hop dominance just before the finish. It is delightfully bitter in the aftertaste. Starts predominantly sweet before turning hoppy, finishing extremely hoppy and bitter. Alcohol prominent throughout and expressed as warmth, bitterness and spice. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-medium carbonation, oily and a little syrupy, mouth coating it is slightly astringent in the aftertaste. I have long waited to try this beer and was not disappointed. I look forward to the result of aging a bottle of two for several years. I'm glad they finally decided to bottle it.

Feb 16, 2020
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BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Deep, ruby tinged amber. Beautifully hazy, with off white, thick head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: caramel, fresh bread, toffee, mango, citrus, papaya. A little booze in the nose.

Taste: matches up with the smell almost exactly, but very bright. Some crisp green apple thrown in. The booze is definitely present, and has an almost brandy quality when combined with the flavors at hand.

Feel: very silky, slight oil presence from all the added hops, causing it to coat the entire mouth and stick.

Overall: an absolutely amazing IPA here. Extremely deep and well thought out blend of flavors... just make sure to sip!

Jan 19, 2020
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mjurney from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber, murky. Small, fast rising bubbles. Creamy like head, disappears slowly. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, sweet bready, sugary.

Burst of bright hops up front, not overwhelming, well tame. Pineapple, passion fruit, mango, minty, a little resinous. Strong malt back bone, sweet bread, slight caramel, sugary. Bitter-sweet finish, semi-dry, lingers pretty long. Full bodied, sticky, a little syrupy, smooth, warmth, a little carbonation bite.

It's an outstanding Imperial IPA!

Jan 12, 2020
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: 7/22/15
Palate Contaminants: none

Look is a murky amber-brown. Some head that goes away quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

Main scents up front are marmalade and malt. It's kind of like a tea that has a lot of sugar in it.

The taste is spicy, and that's due to the combination of a vegetative element and the alcohol heat. It's the most kick I've ever gotten in something that didn't have hot pepper. Unfortunately those cover up anything and everything else. Mild-moderate bitterness, too. Palatable, certainly. Unique, sure. Superlative in any way, not quite.

The alcohol really lingers, like, as much as a typical distilled beverage. Weight is medium-thin. Not much carbonation seems to be left after the pour.

Dec 22, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Went out with my fellas, could hardly get a buzz, saw this on draft, saw the ABV, thought wow! This might give me a buzz.. Woke up the next morning in a hospital bed.. NOT A CHUGGING BEER

Dec 16, 2019
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spectru from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy darkish straw color, short white head, retention is good - still has a head after about half an hour-, somewhat lacy. The aroma is rich, sweet, fruity; Flavor is unusual, hoppy but not bitter, with something special I can't name, plus a hint of alcohol; mouthfeel is tangy, nicely carbonated. This is a special beer - it had better be at $10.99 a bottle. DFH's 90 minute is my favorite IPA. The 120 is a step beyond. Dogfish Head really knows how to do IPA.
As I drink it slowly, the alcohol definitely becomes more apparent In the flavor and also in the feeling of it.


Dec 11, 2019
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SoCAlifer from California

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Draft pour, boozy smell put me off a little bit but the taste is a real treat. Slightly sweet, this is an excellent choice for anyone looking to enjoy a higher alcohol, sipping beer. As it came to room temperature, it improved. If you're in the mood for whiskey but want something truly smooth, this is an enjoyable choice

Dec 10, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/23/19.

Pours an orange brown color. Minimal head formation. Looks like iced tea sitting in the glass. No lacing. A very inactive brew. Not much to loo at.

Nose is light pineapple hiding under a sweet malt exterior. Some citrus reminiscent of orange. Not much going on in the nose.

Taste is huge malt and booze. BOOZE! Hoppiness present underneath. The hop presence and malt profile is so strong yet so divided. It's like a barleywine with a strong hop presence. A tad sweet. Not unpleasant. It's like spiked sweet tea with hops. A very slow sipper.

Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. A mild sticky consistency.

Overall this is a brew defiant of tradition. Very different and stands apart from anything else I've tasted. A little ungraceful but interesting nonetheless.

Dec 01, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle.

Pours a murky light brown with a small and short lived head of foam. No lacing.

Huge notes of caramel in the smell. Sherry and some fruity aromas.

Caramel taste up front but not as sweet as the smell suggested. Oxidation brings some notes of Sherry more than Port. A little bit fruity, a lot boozy but at the same time smooth. Reminds me of an aged Barleywine or Old Ale from the UK.

Full bodied with light carbonation.

I'm pleased.

Nov 30, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Booze, booze, and more booze. This is the most that we could imagine ourselves enjoying in any beer, and it is saved by a back note of sweetness and malt that truncate the alcohol burn. A beer for special occasions only, but damn if it isn't a great one.

Nov 22, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Stamped bottled on date is '05/16/17'.
Medium amber colored body, with some cloudiness. Slight off white head. Left behind are a few scattered, small spots of lacing.
Aroma is alcohol soaked pine hops. Reminds me of a port wine. Apricot and pineapple. Sweet malts.
Taste is strong with alcohol, and the mouth is quickly dried out with each sip. Good balance between the sweet malts and the bitter, piney hops. Leaves behind a booze soaked dried fruit flavor, such as from candied pineapple and apricot. Has a similarity to a barleywine mixed with port.
Sticky mouth feel, with above medium weight. Has a continuous show of very tiny, rising bubbles, which then sink again and appear as tiny black particles (hops or yeast?).
This is a very distinctive beer (going way beyond what "regular" beer is like), with lots of flavors and then the mouth is dried out with each sip. The mouth is numbed somewhat by the drinking experience, but the lingering high and sweet candy flavors never leave the mouth without a lingering taste. Very much a beer for a special occasion, when one has full opportunity to relish all aspects. The high ABV% is certainly a felt effect with the second half of the pour.

Nov 09, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours deep amber with minimal foaming. slight carbonation stream. thin ring on outer rim

S: definitely smells of wine or champagne.

T: tastes like a barleywine but is incredibly balanced

M: Astringent yet soft at the same time considering the abv.

O: I would probably not buy it again considering the price but it is well worth the try.

Oct 24, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 2016

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep golden orange that's a little hazy. The beer is topped by a dense finger of off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of faded hops with some citrus and pine notes along with a lot of sweetness from the malts. Hints of orange marmalade
T: Taste is sweet orange marmalade up front with some pine and citrus along with a strong caramel malt backbone. Slight oily hops with some earthy notes on top of the pine and citrus. Hints of toasted malts in the background as well. On the swallow there's more orange marmalade, caramel malt sweetness, hints of brown sugar, citrusy, piney, and earthy hops.
M: This beer is full in body with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end of things but adequate for the beer given the ABV while the beer has an oily hop finish that's a little drying due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really interesting beer. I remember this being very abrasive when I had it fresh a few years ago but it mellows out well. This beer is honestly something more akin to an American Barleywine than it is an IPA. It's worth a try if you want to try a very extreme beer.

Oct 20, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. A warm blanket that left me cozy, content, and a little sleepy. Boozy pineapple, ever so slight pine with even fainter gunpowder- as if I’m a detached, amused spectator to a silent forest shelling of Verdun during the Great War. Somewhat reminiscent of a fine Xmas ale but without overwhelming St Nick Nostalgia. What I imagine Sargon II and great Assyrian kings drink on a weekday alone. Hidden hops for sure. A delight. Strong temptation to reach for a 2nd but better sense prevailed. Looking forward to another tomorrow night if there are no distractions.

Oct 15, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

De Beershelf. En copa Teku. Viendo Mr. Robo. El alcohol se nota sin molestar, y se sube mucho a la cabeza. Predominantemente maltosa , con notas a galleta,pero el lupulo se nota tambien

Oct 04, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma of alcohol and caramel. Taste of alcohol with a hint of citrus. Easy to drink. Good mouth feel.

Oct 03, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost a hop wine with significant bite albeit the high ABV does accommodate such expectation. Shared a bottle between myself and 2 friends. All shared same anticipation and expectations were definitely met. A treat but not something to be tread into light hearted. The shear bite of bitterness and booze is off putting for the more faint of heart but you are rewarded with a great back of palate hop and mellow delight.

Sep 29, 2019
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