120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #310
Ranked #1,738
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 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 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
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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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Photo of aethersix
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks great, orange copper color. Smells slightly of ethanol, but has a sweet citrus smell. Taste is hoppy and sweet. Bitter aftertaste. My favorite beer hand down. For special occasions, really high test and difficult to find being brewed so infrequently. I've had a few in the past years and each batch is a bit different. My 6 day old daughter got me a 4 pack for Father's day.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Happy 60th to me. 60x2=120 seems the perfect time, no?
The aroma is good but not great, the taste on this, however, is a Wow!, no doubt.
Clear darker amber with a nice dense head with great stamina (wang dang doodle all night long).
The aroma is kinda' sharp almost fusel hop with a rich hop oil quality, that never crosses the line in excess (yah!). Not as complex or fruity as so many other, but for the hops of the time is this quite nice.
The taste. Ahhh, the taste. Rich but not sweet. Solid malt backing contributes to the taste instead of vale to allow the hops to show. Nope rich combination and yet still a hop forward drink, no doubt.
Alcohol has an appearance (rose water and a little perfume) but absolutely no burn. It's quite impressive really.
Lovely finish. Very, very, very, very long laying on the tongue, and a good thing that, but too fast and this will hit good and hard. Pleasing with apparent but not excessive hop flavor, more than bitterness although there is some of that too, and it blends quite nicely. Lovely really.
Body is not as big as expected, but smooth it is, with a bit of heat, and soft as hell with excellent feel from the carbonation. Impressive.
Better than I expected. Deserves all the accolades it has received. A true ground breaking beer that still holds up well compared to it's followers.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.4/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a very dak amber colour witgn a head that dies quickly
S - Sweet aromas of molassis and brown sugar
T - Well up front its so very sweet and that sweetness just completely dominates everythig
M- Mediun body and carbonation
O - Maybe aged too long. Bordelin drain pour

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Photo of augustgarage
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

17.5% ABV. Bottled 8/30/2018 (I think - the printing is quite faded); consumed on 5/14/2019 - poured vigorously from a 12oz bottle into my Moinette goblet.

Atomic tangerine body with a champagne cap, receding slowly to a fine collar and a modest archipelago in the center. Fine sandy lacing; leaded glass legs; decent retention for the ABV.

Sweet kettle caramelized maltiness in the nose along with some spicy/citrus/forest aromas from the hops. Some candy and white wine notes as well.

Sweet, bitter, and earthy with a deep pervasive maltiness reminiscent of an eisbock though not as dark/roasty. Peppery/grassy hop flavor, though the bitterness and alcohol wins out in the finish which is extremely long and never quite dry. Bears some resemblance to an American barleywine.

Alcohol is certainly present, though never dominant. With the viscous heavy body, this is almost like a carbonated hop cordial more than an ale.

I'm surprised that this isn't more abrasive from all the hopping, but it would make a wonderful winter warmer. Difficult to rate as it goes rather beyond style limitations...

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 04/05/18 - so a year old. Pours out an almost clear orange copper colour with sparse off white head.
Aroma is decidedly malty sweet alcoholic with over ripe orange, boozy pineapple, and caramel.
Taste is a mixture of sweetness and hop bitterness that seems to work really well - boozy caramel, some ripe citrus, and a pleasing warming effect.
Slow sipping this full bodied bittersweet booze bomb is an absolute treat (took me two nights) - great beer.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This boozy brew improves with age. I choked a fresh one down one time, found it drinkable only at 6 months additional bottle aging, and at three years age it was like nectar of the gods! Aged one 4 years and it has lost something so thus far three years is the sweet spot and what I have rated it on.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-22-2017 - Consumed on 4-23-19

Pours a nice amber color. 2 finger off white head. The head is quite frothy, which shocks me for such a high ABV beer, and the retention also shocks me. Beautiful lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
The nose is a combination of a nice caramel aroma mixed in with a pleasing hop aroma that backs it up. It smells like it's become more of a barleywine at this point.
Taste - The hops actually hit me first. Nice pine hop, then the caramel kicks in and mixes well with the hops.
The body is full. I do get some carbonation. Fairly smooth, but there's a slight alcohol burn, but not as much as expected from such a high ABV beer.
This is a solid beer fresh, and, I also know now it's a solid aged beer. I've got 2 more from this date, and will try them over the next few years to see how it ages, but I can say it ages very well.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Rusty orange color. Two fingers of white head. Murky body.

S - Iced Tea, caramel, butterscotch

T - Very sweet. Has parts American and English Barleywine with some hop dankness

F - Good carbonation. Not thick or syrupy. Intense, but drinkable.

O - An amazing feat in brewing. Good drinkability for such a massive beer.

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Photo of MattDecker
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Strong. For soooo many hops, not hoppy flavor in the traditional sense. Very floral and slightly earthy. The beer to ipas is what bourbon barrel stout's are to stout's.

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Photo of Wattie83
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks...dense! Burnt orange color, small head turning into.lacing around the edge of the glass. Opaque with some hop particulate settling at glass's bottom. Smell is unique. Citrus, alcohol and malt combining to give an almost coffe-like aroma. Taste is something else. Almost like eating under-rippened citrus that's been marinated in alcohol. It's got enough malt backing to make it work though. The alcohol hits first, then the citrus and pine shine bright, follwed by a nice bitter taste that really wipes the palate clean. Feel is medium bodied, maybe even a bit full as the carbonation is tight and refreshing. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste that leaves you wanting another sip. Overall, not what I expected! I enjoyed this beer a lot but wow! Have to take it slow...the alcohol gives quite a kick. Not as florally hoppy as I thought it would be, and that works really well for this beer.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 09/14/18 poured into a snifter shows a copper-orange body and floats a thick 1+in head of white foam and leaving spotted and erratic lacing.

Aroma is boozy apricot and peach with a bready malt.

Flavors are led by alcohol, yeasty, maybe sourdough bread, and stone fruits. The bitterness climbs up my olfactory while sipping.

Mouthfeel is soft, full and almost chewy with a sticky finish. Warmth builds in the throat and chest.

Overall wow. Beer, huh?

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Photo of Reef
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2018

Burnt orange, approaching umber in shade, nothing visible in suspension, scant cream head which stubbornly remains as a complete ring and surface continent. Lively full curtains of lacing.
Heady full aromas of citrus, earthy pine, malt, alcohol, even light florals.
Wonderful cascade of flavors across the tongue! Sweet malt, pIne, melon, toffee, apricot. Definite alcohol burn in the back of the mouth.
Smooth mouth feel at first, then bitterness and the alcohol accumulate. Residual slickness and yeasty aftertaste.
Glad I saved this for a quiet interlude when I could appreciate all the flavors and aroma. Amazing beer well worth the cost.

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Photo of pizzabutt
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

appearance: a bright hazy orange with a fairly small tan head. head very quickly becomes a gentle ring around the edge.

smell: very strong resin, dankness, and pine. at the same time, there's a subtle hint of sweetness, almost like a gentle molasses.

taste: some almost toffee-like flavors take over the back end, while a very nice juicy pine holds the front. the flavors blend together very well. there's a gentle maltiness to hold all of it together. a bit of an alcoholic kick but not nearly as much as you'd expect from a beer this strong.

feel: very thick, creamy, and smooth. absolutely wonderful.

overall: i've been putting off buying this due to its price, but i'm very happy that i got some. it has the feel and qualities of a russian imperial stout: big, bold flavors and a thick velvety mouthfeel, but it tastes like an ipa. very high quality beer, dogfish head never ceases to amaze me.

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Photo of CruzinCooler
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn. Heard about this forever and now that I had it it’s better than expected. Crazy ABV. Not as crazy hoppy tasting as I thought it would be. Love it.

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Photo of Rubicj
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extremely unique beer. So much bitter that you don't really notice it. Starts off as about a 3.5 out of 5, turns into a 4.5 after 6 months aging in a cupboard. I'd love to have the patience to keep one for a year or more!

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