120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,330
Ranked #5,319
4.12 | pDev: 15.05%
Today at 04:22 AM
Mar 24, 2003
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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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by SoupKitchenBeerSnob from Florida

Been wanting to try this beer out for a long time now and finally came across it at a local liquor store that sells a wide range of craft beers from all over. The store owner said that he was sent two cases of it. So anyway, I pay $40 (!) for a 4-pack and rush home to put a bottle in the freezer… First off, it looks fantastic. Pours a deep copper color with good lacing on the glass. The smell was a little surprising though; seemed very malt-forward, like a good beer that had sat in an unconditioned garage for a couple of years and the hops had been burned out of it (yes, I’m familiar with such scenarios; when you have wildly varying temperature changes of 20 degrees in the winter and 110 in the summer, that ugliness can play havoc on an unprotected beer. Welcome to NW Florida). The taste was unexpected as well. I thought some serious hop action was on the way but said hops seemed nonexistent. I typically don’t care for hop heavy beers but hey, a balance would be nice. And strong? Yeah, you could say that. You can almost feel the alcoholic vapor rising up out of your chest. I couldn’t find an ABV anywhere, although BA says it’s in the 18-20% range and that seems about right. So bottom line, this is a serious beer that demands attention. Is it all that I expected? Not so much. A good barley wine maybe. Don’t get me wrong, I like this brew, but I guess the hype just left me wanting a little bit more. Still, I feel comfortable giving it a solid 4 out of 5.

Today at 04:22 AM
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4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

My father in law gave me a $50 bill to spend on some fancy beer, so this is what I chose. I saw the 4 pack sitting on the shelf for $42 and knew right away that's how I'd spend the money. I've had the 60 minute and 90 minute as everyday drinkers at my local bars on Saturday nights out, but never thought too much about them. But I knew given this beer's reputation I had to try it eventually. Poured out pure gold, richly golden, glowing with a copper luminescence, but it's murky and dense, and cannot be seen through. A beautiful white head formed that dissipated into a mess of mismatched bubbles around the rim of the glass. The smell is all orange and lemon zest, perhaps some grapefruit in there too. No alcohol on the nose. The taste is richly citrus and a full strong wash of hops, bittering and balancing the sweetness of the fruits. Hints of grass and wheat, and a golden touch of honey complete the sphere of flavor. The beer bounces around in my mouth in a lively brew of bubbles, and is quite thin and watery that goes down quickly and easily. I cannot detect the astoundingly high ABV that is present in this beer. This tastes rich and full, but not any more strong than what i remember the 90 minute to be. Overall, this is quite refreshing and lively, thirst quenching and smile inducing. It's not particularly unique, but i don't think it has to be to earn higher marks from me. I'm in Florida and in this heat this is the perfect summertime brew and I'm glad I'm drinking it on vacation. I noticed several reviewers are comparing this to a barleywine, and I would agree on that point. Two thumbs up.

Tuesday at 04:06 AM
4.35 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jun 19, 2022
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Scott_45 from Ohio

This is the most satisfying, delicious, and outstanding DIPA I have ever had the of consuming! Words are unable to describe the blast of flavor. Clocking in at 16% ABV and 120 IBU, the absolute highest, this brew will not disappoint!

Jun 17, 2022
4.59 by zhrike from Pennsylvania on Jun 10, 2022
4.18 by Hawkfish from Washington on Jun 05, 2022
4.79 by Bryan-K from Pennsylvania on May 30, 2022
4.06 by jak from North Carolina on May 27, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, 15-20% ABV. Pours clear copper with a two-finger off-white head that left prolific lacing. Nose is sweet toffee/caramel. Taste follows, more sweet than bitter, and boozy. Decent mouthfeel, lightly dry, decent carbonation. Overall outstanding. This will knock you on your ass.

May 16, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by laketang from Arizona

Beautiful copper hue, clear and an attempt at a head.settle for a bubble ring
Notes of caramel and burnt sugar,
Butterscotch and caramel, like some cognac qualities hop bitterness as well.
Medium feel, liqueur booziness feel.
I've drank many times over the years so decided to review.

May 15, 2022
4.25 by brureview from Massachusetts on May 14, 2022
Photo of Youvegotyourselfastew
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Youvegotyourselfastew from New York

Super boozy feeling and loses the charm of the 90 min

May 10, 2022
4.63 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois on May 08, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by KnoxvilleRob from Tennessee

Better categorized as a Barleywine - this potent potable is strong, sweet and bold. Not for a casual drink, the 15-20% abv asserts itself more quickly than this guy is used to experiencing. Tastes sweet, with an excellent mouth feel.

Apr 30, 2022
3.65 by TheItalianStallion from New York on Apr 23, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

2022 Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours golden copper amber with a frothy cream white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little thin lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt, big honey, citrus, floral notes, dark and stone fruit, some spice, resinous pine, and a bit of alcohol that gets stronger as it warms.

T: Candied citrus, orange marmalade, lemon, and grapefruit, resinous pine, spice, underlying fruity notes, apricot, peach, fig, white grape, and golden raisin, bready malt, brown sugar and honey sweetness, and a little alcohol.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly syrupy, definitely a little alcohol warmth, though it's pretty well managed and never really gets unpleasant or overwhelming.

O: Another beer I know I've had before, but never logged, so here we go with a fresh bottle to establish a baseline before cracking into a vintage bottle.

Fresh, it's an absolute behemoth. The 2022 edition sits at 16.6%, so not the full 18-20% of old, but still plenty big. There is a hop presence so there's no denying it's an IPA, but there's also a ton of sweet malt there as is required to hit that ABV. Well made and fun to try fresh to say you've had it (Go for a short pour or share a bottle with a buddy), but if you're after a big and hoppy experience, stick to DIPAs and TIPAs. (4.04)

Apr 22, 2022
4.4 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado on Apr 17, 2022
4.2 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Apr 16, 2022
4.44 by FrankCastle from California on Apr 07, 2022
4.27 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
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4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JBBEER100

Awesome Beer!

Mar 12, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

2019 bottle.

Pours a cloudy, semi-opaque dark brown color. Thin off-white head forms and dissipates quickly leaving just a thin layer of foam.

Aroma has notes of old piney hops, light maple sugar notes, some rich malty notes and some mild raisin or date fruit notes.

Taste follows the nose with a blast of rich malts, strong piney hops, with some notes of raisins, dates, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, Even at 4 years old - this is still extremely hot. it warms up the pit of your stomach as you sip on it.

Feel is thick, syrupy, warming and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry, trending dry on the finish.

Overall this is a unique beer that is a must try, even if it is not one to drink often. To me, its essentially an American Barleywine - but a really well done one.

Mar 06, 2022
4.25 by johnny_c from New York on Mar 02, 2022
3.71 by psweet70 from New Hampshire on Feb 22, 2022
3.75 by Stealth862 from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2022
Photo of tekstr1der
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Drank way too much of this when on tap locally, outstanding compared to any bottled version previously.

Feb 17, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by MadMadMike from Florida

Tell you a story.,. I used to have keg parties in my backyard long ago and far away. Live music, BBQ, tackle basketball, etc.
It would get to about 10 PM and everybody was feeling right. Then my friend Daniel would show up with a jug of Wild Turkey and everything went to shit.
So nowadays, I be sitting with my beer buds (or beer and buds as it were, having lain down liquor 16 years ago) and long about 10:00, I’ll whip out a couple of 120’s and split ‘em up in tasters, pass ‘em around. Cheers!
Everybody gets goosebumps, cheeks turn red, and they make ‘that face’. (I truly mean that in the most complimentary way.)

120 Minute IPA is an Extreme Novelty that always satisfies. Sweet and hoppy, boozy and offputting, lowbrow and dispicable - yet the most underrated beer in America.
It’s a nipple pinch - whether you like it or not, you know you got pinched.
Can you dig that?

Feb 13, 2022
3.5 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 13, 2022
4.09 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by 4bstr4ct from New Jersey

Super boozy. Surprisingly dark. If you’re into IPAs you gotta give this a try. Bottled 08/2020

Feb 12, 2022
4.56 by ColoradoPhil from Colorado on Feb 09, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Perioddicals from Texas

L - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass (snifter) at 60 - 65 degrees. One finger off-white head on aggressive pour. Opaque medium honey color. Inclusions present when held up to bright light. Good lacing and has alcohol legs. With a swirl/agitation mid-way through drinking, the head returns and fades to a thin foamy layering with lacing and alcohol legs returning.

S - Light hops of a floral and citrus nature. Sweetness from a molasses. A little bready/biscuit scent mid-way through drinking it.

T - Very complex. Malt and Molasses comes up front and the hops are in the back on the finish. Light bitterness on the finish. Minor caramel hints in there. Overall low bitterness and flavors mask the higher alcohol. Very surprised with the complexity and balance of flavors causing each taste to find something a little different. As with most high alcohol beers, the alcohol becomes more present as you drink and the beer warms up.

F - Mild carbonation. Very smooth to drink. Slightly crisp finish.

O - Overall this is a top notch beer. Perfect for planning your evening around drinking just one. The complexity in the flavors have me guessing whether I’m going to get more malts or more hops with each sip. This is definitely in my yearly rotation and comes highly recommended.

Feb 06, 2022
4 by Ajlvt from Washington on Jan 24, 2022
Photo of Electricalhair
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Electricalhair from Pennsylvania

Sweet. smooth but still bitey. Slightly hoppy, very boozy. Good beer to split with my husband.

Jan 11, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Andrew_NYC from New York

Apple juice orange brown copper color. With a thin head and lots of suspended sediment.

Sweet alcohol smell and spice on the nose. It almost smells like a dry sake.

Fist sip is heavy on the alcohol. It’s sweet from the alcohol content but then there’s the typical piney resiny flavors you expect from a Dogfish IPA. But mostly this one is dominated by the alcohol flavor.

Feel is kind of heavy and also dominated by the alcohol flavor. Not a ton of carbonation.

This is a fun beer to try for the novelty, but I think the 90 minute has better flavor.

Dec 29, 2021
Photo of backblast
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by backblast from Alaska

Pours a cloudy amber with an almost nonexistent ivory colored head.

Tastes almost like a citrus barleywine. I was pleasantly surprised by this as I don't generally care for IPAs. It has the rind of tangerines and grapefruit mixed in with what I can only describe as barleywine. Wonderful it is. The alcohol is very mild considering the ABV, so be careful.

Dec 18, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Edgewise

I'm biased. When I can get it, this is my go-to beer. Yes, it's expensive, but you really only need to drink one, so there's a certain bang for the buck. The potency of this brew is itself very attractive to me, because it puts me exactly where I want to be in one shot.

The booziness is very present and it's very hop-forward, but I consider this to be a surprisingly well-balanced beer. The secret is a very sweet malt. Some might not appreciate the aggressive flavor, but it really suits me. You're entering YMMV country here. If you're willing to scour the hills and shell out cash for an utterly uncompromising beer, then you'll enjoy the 'hundred-twenty, but others will balk. But the only time I'd pass up a bottle is if I've already had one...or two.

Dec 16, 2021
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