120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Ratings:
8,120
Reviews:
2,297
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
Wants:
1,434
Gots:
3,876
For Trade:
238
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Photo of Murph106157
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at Green Jug Fine Wines in Woodland Hills, CA. 2017 bottle, 12oz.

Look: Pours a slightly hazy rust-colored orange, really nice hue. No foam, slight lacing.
Smell: Toffee, fruit, hops, all balanced into an amazing smell. Definitely a lingering caramel aroma, with evident boozy smells as well.
Taste: incredible sticky toffee comes back, balanced by notes of raisin and dark fruit. Clear bitterness that lingers in the back of your mouth. Warm heat, with a structure more like a barrel-aged saison. Either way, amazing beer.
Feel: pretty heavy body, with low but even carbonation and a lingering stickiness. Really smooth for such a heavy hitter.

Amazing beer! So much more than I expected, with a a lot more to this beer than just overwhelming hoppiness. In fact, I found it taking a back seat to all the other flavors found in this beer. Amazing find Dogfish Head! Highly recommended. Take your time with it!!

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Photo of Coho11
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely big. I wouldn't really call it an IPA, also its not overtly hoppy either. Bitterness is present but feels on the lower end of things, drinks sort of like a nice Brittish pale or ESB in regard to hops. In regard to malt, feels a lot like a German Bock, lots of dark fruit flavor and aroma, slightly caramel and toffee like.

Booze is up front and bold in this one. Actually in general pretty smooth and the ethanol heat you get meshes with the dark fruit, but there's no denying its present.

Overall this is pretty good. But its like running a marathon, you gotta get yourself psyched up for this one, easy drinking is certainly not a word that comes to mind here.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeLoynes
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnTurano
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeK89
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gilgar
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orangish body with lots of floaties; small head, but long lasting and good lacing (high marks for the lacing)

Smell: malty sweetness with good hop aroma; much maltier than I expected; peculiar aroma in background, pleasant, maybe like a dried tropical fruit, but also a bit solventy.

Taste: very malty, syrupy sweetness with good hop bite, but not quite enough to balance it out, surprisingly. This is extremely sweet and cloying. It would be a great dessert beer. You could probably pour it over ice cream (or pancakes for that matter). But the flavor is good, so I'll give it a good mark.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and creamy. You can watch the beer slide back down the glass as you drink it.

Remarks: I bought this beer to share with a friend to say we had it. But he moved. I think this one IS best shared.

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Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am rating this beer based upon it being at least 2 years old and properly cellared. Fresh this beer is a hot mess, in the worst way possible. I made the mistake of drinking it fresh once and it tastes primary of alcohol. As it ages the hops really come through ,there is a nice malty sweetness and it is quite unique, a real good sipper.

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Photo of FilumDee
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eschaton
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is essentially a hop liqueur. I'm tempted to mix it with bourbon and an orange zest but it's just so damn good strait.

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Photo of Brick1981
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shade1951
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is weird, but not in a bad way. As long as one doesn't expect a "normal" IPA.

Because of the super-high ABV, I knew I had to pour it emphatically to get any kind of head. Doing so yields a thin, light amber head that quickly dissipates in a wisp of foam floating at the top. The smell is pleasant - but not overpowering. To me, it doesn't smell as boozy as it is. There is hops, but it's actually more subdued. Very light citrus, almost no pinyness to speak of.

The taste is where any divisiveness will really surface. Those expecting mouth-puckering tanginess because of the high hops content will be disappointed. The flavor borders on sweet. For 18%, I get very little alcohol burn in the mouth and throat. It is surprisingly smooth. Carbonation is moderate, and there is a bit of creaminess. This beer *might* possibly go well with certain desserts.

At the potency and price, this is not a beer to drink more than one of at a time, or even on the same day. It should be an occasional indulgence, unless one has bottomless pockets and a very high tolerance for alcohol.

It would be a great prank to pour one of these for an unsuspecting Bud drinker, except that it's such an over the top ale that the person would likely not drink more than an ounce of it. Too expensive to be used in a prank.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big malty double ipa type smell but the taste is something else completely..

Some hops flavor but mostly sweetness and a vodka type alcohol flavor come thru .

Maybe aging helps but fresh as is I'm going to say this is a over rated beer that doesn't back up the hype..

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twax
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was told if I found a 120 minute IPA to try it. I'm not much of an IPA guy but here goes. Great rich color and super hoppy smelling. Awesome taste. So very different I can't describe it. The hops have a new meaning. Easier drinking than I imagined. I will buy this one again when available. From a 12 ounce bottle at Ron's Corner Tavern. Thanks Jesse!!

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