120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #327
Ranked #1,816
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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Photo of BigGold
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.

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Photo of UWDAWG
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of L1ng
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!

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of BoodahMoogle
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!

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Photo of mjurney
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!

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Photo of Zythophile
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.

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Photo of Wopwagger
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

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Photo of spectru
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.


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Photo of SoCAlifer
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

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
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.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of CRAFTKING954
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of Screwbird33
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of dd53grif
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.

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Photo of SoothsayerJJ
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I have searched for for a decade. Finding it was anticlimactic: stucck in a mini cooler in an otherwise nondescript beer/wine shop in Germantown. Irony is life.

Pours a dark honey color with a tan head and no lace. The nose is sweet with malt and booze and lots of yeast. As expected, this texture is thick and syrupy but still not quite adequate to protect against the candied alcohol. There are hop notes but the boozy sweetness kind of swallows all the other flavors and subsumes them.

This reminds me of a barleywine or an old ale. A smoothish finish evens out some of the harshness. The aftertaste is big on notes of wood and vanilla. For what it is, an eighteen percent beer with complexity and some balance, this is an achievement. Whether or not it is really an IPA, even a double, is up for debate.

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Photo of akaizer
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring out a bottle I got in 2017. Has a pretty minimal tan head with what can best be descried as a very opaque brown complexion. The scent is an impressively caramel scented sweetness with some sweet (alcohol) coming across compared to any hoppiness. Really a treat on the nose. The flavor is fantastically bold: rich, caramel maltiness with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste that rounds it out. A robust experience if you let it linger in your mouth as the heaviness has a chance to fully realize itself. Definitely a beer to sip over time to fully appreciate.

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Photo of JohnFred4
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of a fresh bottle:

Look: pours thick and juicy looking but then mellows to an amber orange. lacing still present even 10 minutes later.

Smell: orange, mead, pine, tobacco. like honey that has been around for a long time, but hasn't gone bad.

taste: not as hoppy as you'd expect. there is definitely some alcohol heat there, but hey, it's 18%. orange, astringency, bitterness. not as good as i remember.

feel: hot on the tongue. almost as boozy as something like BCBS. would be interesting to see how it ages.

Overall: I was surprised by how much I didn't love this; I usually love everything from dogfish. i'll have to see how it ages.

Review of a 2 year old bottle (that I got for $1.50!)

Look: peach brown? Don't know how else to describe it.

Smell: Csndied orange, vanilla, wood, mint, lemon and lime zest

Taste: Despite it claiming to be super-hopped, I get almost exclusively malts. Sure, there's some piney, zesty citrus, but this is such an earthy, malty, brown-y beer. Vanilla, oak, wood, tamarind, ginger, earth, citrus zest, lemon.

Feel: I mean yes, it's super boozy, and syrupy, but what did you expect? It's not hot though.

Overall: Man, two years in the cellar does wonders for this. 3.75 new, 4.5 aged. Initially I thought it was intolerably bitter, now it's delightful.

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Photo of Joe_Tool
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012. Sat in the cellar with 3 younger brothers. I have to say this is a mellow beer of such strength. I've had them fresh and its such a waste. Hats off, DFH, it's a well made brew. I'm a BW guy but this is special. A cloudy rust with low/no head. No lace or much carb. Plenty of aroma of caramel with a hint of booze. This one is a mouth full. No heat, bitterness is still balancing the malt sweetness. Full long lasting finish but not cloying. I hope you get a nose full of an old one of these. Good thing I have 3 more just a year younger. Brent, Jimmy, Chris let's go!

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