120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 8,178 |  Reviews: 2,324
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2016 Bottle.

Figured I would let this mellow for a bit.....Well that didn't work...hahah
This is a boozy son of a gun....much prefer the 90 minute over this...kind of a malt bomb, but it is an experience....

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Photo of dshansen1184
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopflyer
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 3/30/17

Pours a murky dull orange with one finger head which recedes to a sparse film but ample collar

Smell is somewhat fruity, bubble gum, a little orange and booze.

First taste is hot with juicy fruit or fruit stripe bubble gum flavor. Subdued tanginess, light bitterness. A touch malt, caramel flavor.

Lower carbonation and medium bodied. Boozy for sure and bitterness is lasting along with the alcohol burn in back of the throat.

I kind of consider this a novelty beer. I don't think its very flavorful, just more boozy than anything. I won't be getting this one again. Yuck!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter, bottled in 2017

A: Pours a amber, copper color with a white head that did not last, very little carbonation, slight lacing, slightly hazy.

A: Big hit of pine and resin that quickly fades into huge sweet, caramel, toffee, and vanilla malts, it's very aromatic but the hop notes are short, also picking up a good amount of alcohol, it seems like the aroma is breathing out of the glass.

T: Some pine and resin that quickly transitions into huge malt notes like caramel, toffee, vanilla, also picking up some rum like notes, it tastes like a lightly barrel aged barley wine. There's a moderate amount of bitterness, finish is semi-dry with lingering notes of malt, caramel, burnt brown sugar, toffee, vanilla. As the beer warms the alcohol gains some presence but it's not noticeable for such a high ABV.

M: Big, chewy, sticky mouthfeel, semi-dry on the palate, leaves that sticky caramel feeling on the roof of my mouth, low carbonation, drinks fairly smooth for such a big beer.

O: Not sure if I would call this a IIPA as the hop presence is lacking but it's there. The malt presence is huge but it adds a lot of depth and complexity, amazingly drinkable for such a high ABV. As the beer warms the slight hop presence fades and the malts gain more presence. Definitely a sipper. If you like IIPAs and barley wines then you must try this. Definitely worth the money at $10.99 a bottle.

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold in color with just slightly off white decent head. Good lacing all the way.
Aroma and taste hit you like a rum soaked fruit cake.
Crazy this is a double IPA. More like a Strong ale or barleywine. Not picking up the hoppiness you would expect.

Hits you with heavy 'booziness'. This would be better on a cold winter night in front of the fireplace.
Nice viscous mouthfel with light to medium carbonation which fits.

Overall, not an everyday drinker, nor can you buy it everyday anyway. Big and tasty but a bit heavy.

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

This is a big beer. I was able to purchase four of these because I saw them sitting on the counter at one of my local liquor stores. I asked if they were for sale and yes they were for a cost of $10.99/each so I bought them all! The beer poured a one finger head but dissipated pretty quickly. There is no ABV listed on the bottle but the fact that the head disappeared immediately I am assuming it is quite high. On the nose I pick up some molasses and sweetness of malt. The hops and the ether taste is what catches my palate. This is a big beer and it is not for everyone. If this beer is indeed 18% ABV it is well hidden and drinkable. Could I drink it all day long? Hell no, but I could drink it daily. I am fortunate to have found it! I will age a few bottles and see how it is at a later date. This is a wheelhouse beer and if you can't handle a big, hoppy, high ABV beer you better leave this one for the folks that drink "big boy beer"!

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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Tbeebe
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Avatar113
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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