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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- It pours a ridiculolusly clear amber into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. It started with a nice thick and frothy, honey hued head that faded away, and left some decent legs of sticky lacing around the rim of the glass. Very effervesent for a beer of this ABV!

S- Orange blossom honey, caramel apples, ALCOHOL, tangerine, grapefruit rind, pineapple, and touches of peaches. Like walking thru a citrus grove surrounded by a pine forest while eating a Sugar Daddy that you keep dipping in Moonshine!

T- A rush of citrus, tropical fruit, pine sap, caramel apple... ... ... and then the booze kicks you right in the mouth!!! It's like being kicked in the mouth by a Donkey after doing a shot of caramel/citrus vodka! Holy Cow! I love it! It's a little abrasive, but what did you expect... it's friggin' 18%!!!

M- Sweet, citrusy, piney, and a wallop of alcohol! Really neat how it turns from sweet, to citrus, to completely mouth stripping!!! LOL! Listerine should make something this flavor! Way more carbonation than I expected!

O- This is rediculous and redonkulous!!! Bursts of caramel maltiness, tropical and citrusy fruitiness, and a shit ton of nasal passage cleansing booze!!! Glad I have some of these to put away to see how they develop over time. I had a 2007 in 2010 and it was really awesome! Really looking forward to reviewing another in a few years.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange brown pour with very little head and perfect lacing. Scent is massive with a sweet sugar scent up front with some malts and alcohol backing. A little deeper in the scent lies some citrus and blueberries with a hint of caramel and cinnamon. The taste is ridiculous, powerful sweetness with some alcohol initially, fades into a calm sugary sweetness with citrus and malts weaving through. Mouthfeel is slightly biting, but very smooth. Drinkability is pretty high, too high in fact. A perfect example of a dangerously drinkable beer.

08 bottle reviewed. I will definitely get this again, but I will try an older bottle to see what age does to it.

My favorite thing about this beer is the mouthfeel, and because of it's strength, if you hold it in your mouth, it takes over your senses. After a few seconds it starts to crawl through your sinuses and you pick up some more depth to the scent of this beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2003. 12 oz.

You can't make an Imperial IPA and just ignore hops. And, if you focus on hops, it can't just be all about the surprising citric and floral flavors you can extract from them; you've got to get bitter. And, by anyone's standards, 120 IBUS -- a practically impossible measure of bitterness to reach on a homebrew level -- is an atomic lupulin bomb. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, at 120 IBUs and 20% alcohol by volume, drinks like a session IPA and does everything a beer can.

The overwhelming sweetness in this oh so young beer balances out the high alcohol and intimidating bitterness (take, for example, Stone Ruination which, at the same IBUs, I twice poured down the drain). Yes, it is much like a barleywine or old ale with so much malty sweetness and notes of vin santo and sauternes, but the unctous extract serves only to make this beer palateable and nothing else. The nose is of raw, grassy hops tinged with alcohol and the finish is as leafy as any IPA. Without so much sweetness, we may likely be struggling to even swallow this beer.

Nectarous with so much residual sugar yet flavored predominantly by the hops, I think of this as I think of a good lemonade -- it has to be sweet to be drinkable, but real lemonade still tastes as fresh as the oils from the rind. Sure, I could do with a bit less sugar, but it gives it structure which is something a 20% alcohol beer needs to avoid tasting distillate. I've had several beers with half the alcohol that haven't done even half the job of masking their volatility.

As I have said before, this "Minute" hopping has done well to blur the lines between bitterness and flavor when it comes to hops. And though some might rightfully prefer the taxing bitterness of brews like Ruination, Dogfish Head shows off what American IPAs have always been great at showing off and that is the glory of the hop in all its forms.

A focus on bitterness simplifies the bud by blowing off all its flavor, while aggressive dry-hopping without much bitterness rarely makes more than a perfumey hop tea. In this beer, however, nothing is compromised.

Indeed, 120 Minute IPA is everything a single brewer can possibly achieve. Yet I suspect this is only the beginning for Dogfish Head. It is to us what Thomas Hardy Ale was to the Brits (and now is once again). The joy of malt. The joy of hops. The joy of one man and his glass.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of Kadonny
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a miniature snifter glass at Capones in Norristown. What a treat.

A: A medium amber orange color with a slight layer of tight laced head. Tight small glass lacing.

S: Wow, lots of sugar sweetness with layers of bubble gum, hard candy and citrus pine hops. Second sniff produces a large amount of bubble gum sweetness, almost like a blow pop. Alcohol is noticable on the nose.

T: Syrupy sweetness with flavors of a sugar cube, candy, bubbble gum, sweet fruits, caramel and a real citrus pine bitter hop bite. The finish comes back to the sugar sweetness and finally ends with hops lingering in the mouth minutes later.

M: Heavy and coating with a fairly heavy alcohol feel when the beer warms up. Sticky sweetness with bitterness lingers in the entire mouth.

D: Medium for this alcohol level. The beer does go down fairly smoothly but with a big alcohol bite. One can only drink a minimum amount of this beer.

Overall a real unique beer that everyone should be lucky enough to try. It really is a testament to DFH that they actually make this beer, it is groundbreaking.

Edit: I'm editing this review and upping socres because of an experience I had while drinking a fresh bottle not long ago. Bottle was dated January 2015 and was consumed February 2015. I tell you that beer was mind blowing. So complex with huge mouth numbing hops, huge malt sweetness with less candy sweetness as I got before. Make no mistake, it was sweet and alcoholic, but fresh this beer is balanced by the huge hops and boy is it fantastic. I've been aging these in the past, but I think from now on if I find them fresh...I'm drinking them.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Arrives a lot darker than expected. Tan head drops pretty quickly to a ring. Won't see any lace here.
Smell is full of grapefruit and pine with oak and a moderating maltiness, vanilla as well..
Taste is hoppy with pine/evergreen notes, some citrus and a lot more malt than I expected. Alcohol, no surprise, is noticeable but not off-putting. Vanilla, spice and whiskey notes as well.
Full bodied, lightly effervescent. Some coating of the palate and tongue. Warming throughout. A serious beer meant to be lingered over, not slammed back. Enjoy slowly.
Additionally, this is a fresh keg and as such, will be more aggressive in the hop notes and weaker in the malt. Need to try it aged a few years or even months. Definitely a "must try" beer, even for malt heads like me.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark fruit wonderful! I dunno why its 120 IBUs.....thats not cuz of the hops! maybe cuz of the alcohol!! Its not super hoppy at all.....but has a lot of dark fruit like a quad belgian.syrupy kind of thick.... Still a super good sippy beer.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly sweet and easy to drink for something that's so massively full of alcohol. HUGE hop taste here too, and a pretty good hoppy aroma as well. This mother is going to straight up knock you on your ass but you're going to love every minute of it.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger of off-white/tan head. Hazy amber in color. Pretty lacing. Active carbonation.

Smell: Heavy duty pine and earth. Smells like a hike through a pine forest. Some interesting grapefruit-like citrus.

Taste: Delightful amber and caramel malts. Light toast. Soapy pine hops. Slightly citrusy tropical fruit. Malts really overshadow the hops. Pretty dang complex and fairly well balanced for a DIPA. Heat is well subdued.

Feel: Barely sticky. Good carbonation. Perfect body.

Overall: This is a delightful and fun beer. Not sure how I feel about the price point... Ultimately I feel glad that I grabbed a second one to cellar. If $14 is to much for any single beer for you, I would still encourage you to get one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2014 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy, juicy, and boozy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Earthy and herbal hops with big hints of spicy pine resin and wet grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Sweet hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Big malt backing with sweet hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Alcohol is quite noticeable. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a huge earthy, juicy, and boozy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and sweet malt. Upfront earthy, herbal, and floral hops with dank and spicy notes of pine resin and grass. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Sweet taste of brown sugar and some subtle notes of vanilla and other candied sugar. Big malt background with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Fairly boozy. A very good aggressive taste.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very oily, chewy, and drying. Alcohol heat is pretty noticeable but it’s not too extreme.

Overall: A very good monster of a beer. Huge aggressive bitter hops with an almost equally big sweet malt backing. It’s almost too much but it’s quite good as a sipper.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been ageing this one for about two years. Pours a hazy amber with almost no head. There was quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is citrusy hops and sweet malts. Tastes a lot better than it did fresh, lots of hop flavor, malts and alcohol.Full bodied, This has developed into a good beer, fresh it was nothing but sweetness, bitterness and alcohol burn. Well worth the wait...

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this back from his travels up north.

Pours a dark, hazy orange with a quarter inch of soft, dense, white head that has good retention. The nose is very bready and malty with a hint of birthday cake sweetness and some faint citrus hop aromas. There are some definite alcohol esters here. The flavor is identical to the nose. The taste is heavy malt up front with notes of birthday cake and bread followed by a mild citrus hop character with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. The alcohol makes itself known throughout. It adds warmth and body as well as some bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, incredibly warm, very smooth, and mildly carbonated.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's like the 90 minute on steroids. The malt character is intense and lends to a more barley wine-like flavor. The hops are more mild but noticeable. It's incredibly boozy, but in a good way in my opinion. I'm sure age would mellow this out big time. If I can ever come across it again, I will definitely be buying a few more.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't even remember if I've ever tried this.
Damn, I remembered this being 12% or something.. not 18%!
Cool.

A- A very nice but terribly hazy burnt orange. I think the head would be a dirty-white if I could manage to get one. It just fizzles out.

S- Citrus medley of all sorts... mandarin, orange a bit of grapefruit. Also smells of unfermented wort... like LME or something. Lots of alcohol, but it smells great.

T- Very smooth. The malt taste is peculiar, different than what I'm used to. Surprising how little hop bite there is. The bitterness doesn't linger. Not as syrupy and sickly sweet as I thought (or as people tend to say). Some white tea and the lightest touch of caramel.

M- Obviously not thin... not as thick as I thought though. Moderate carbonation gives it all a nice foamy texture.

O- I enjoyed this. Kind of a bummer since I want to buy more and I found this one for $12.95.

It's a sunny -1C day in Montreal and this has a nice refreshing yet warming quality to it. Good beer. A good way of seeing how versatile beer can be.
If there was a beer hall of fame, this should be in it.

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Photo of kmoen
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, this was not so good. Almost medicinal with very harsh alcohol. Then I just had a bottle that was aged 4 years and it was much more balanced. More like a barleywine, with delicious caramel maltiness and well hidden alcohol. Hop presence is muted due to the age. Excellent, tasty beer worth aging.

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Photo of GoGators
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First BA review and why not start with NJ's most elusive beer. Had on tap as a tasting at DFH brewery tour and then again hours later in 12 oz snifter glass at Brewpub in Rehoboth.

A-Amber/Orange in color with very little head, minimal lacing and a delicate carbonation.

S-Hops galore with grapefruit/tangerine/apricot and some peachy flavors and an overall sweetness that I loved. Would love to stick a glass of it in my A/C vents and fill the room with the aroma, but at 18% abv I'm afraid my kids might pass out.

T-Tastes just like it smells, sweet and citrusy with hops taste coming through. Alcohol is definately there, but given the ABV, not nearly as evident as i would have expected. Medium body but overall smooth with a cream like feel.

O-Been waiting for this beer for over a year and it did not dissapoint. Definately one of the more interesting beers DFH or anyone for that matter puts out. I actually ordered a variety 5 beer DFH flight while i sipped it so i could savor it longer. I have a bottle of it also which i think I will age, but definately happy to have had it fresh on tap at the Brewpub.

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Photo of gte893m
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful extreme beer from Dogfish Head. Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Color is a deep rich orangish-copper with little head. Carbonation is present and sticks to the sides of the glass. Smell is in your face hops, pine and candy sweetness. This is a beer you have to sip. It's amazing how this beer can be so incredibly sweet, yet bitter hops shine through at the same time. Delicious.

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Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, pumpkin amber with a creamy finger of eggshell foam that leaves rings of lace on the glass. Beer schnapps is how a German friend of mind described the nose on this one, and it's not a bad description. Floral hops and sweet malt with a touch of rum. Rich, hot buttered rum with enough hop bitterness to just stand up to the malt onslaught. A fabulously balanced sipper and way better than Utopias as far as extreme alcohol beers go in my opinion. Sticky and full bodied with perfect carbonation. A great beer for sipping slowly.

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Photo of jsm1289
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets get right to it people. This beer stands as one of the most unique brews I have ever had. A colossal 18-21%abv, an IPA that scares most away, but the ones that dare to try it are truly amazed. I would say it may not be something that a stereotypical " hophead" would potentially enjoy, because it does not possess the bite of hops that one would expect. Don't get me wrong, the hops are certainly present and ready to drop nuclear bombs on your palate, but it is a smooth, maple syrupy texture/taste that really makes this beer excel. Not a hint of alcohol, some mild heat going down, no burn in the throat whatsoever. It is not even overwhelming in any fashion, which of course is a positive considering the ABV and how easily this venture could have gone horribly wrong. Smooth, maple syrupy and full of hops, this beer is simply excellent.

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Photo of DrummerDan
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer served in a Brandy-style snifter. Reddish brown hue with soft white head that slowly reduced while I was drinking this lovely beer.

Complex aroma creeps up to my nose, outdoorsy, hoppy, fruity, and then a bit of brown sugar or burnt sugar or caramel. Delicious aroma.

Perfectly balanced hop bitterness and the a bit of sweetness not cloying but my friend described it as syrupy. The alcohol warms the back of your throat and you can feel it, but it is not a burning. I enjoyed it more as it warmed slightly.

Full-bodied ale mouthfeel, not watery, but not heavy in any way. I could drink a lot of these but I'd fall off my stool after two.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a christmas present from my beloved wife to be, and have been looking forward to finally drinking it but I wanted to get over my head cold first.

A- A very cautious pour produced a single finger thick, foamy head that was set atop a red-orange-amber body. Head slowly receeded and left a sticky lacing- the body was very dark for an IPA, not what I expected at all.

S- Strong hop character backed by notes of pine, flowers and citrus. Could be smelled from at least a foot away.

T- Wow. The potent, abraisive, kick you in the teeth with hops characteristic of a true imperial IPA from the start of the sip mixed with the alcohol burn of a strong barleywine in the finish. Both of these are good things, by the way, and truly help this beer to live up to everything I hoped it would be. A true masterpiece in the art of brewing.

M- The thick and chewy viscosity is also something I wasn't expecting from an IPA, though I found it most enjoyable.

D- Definitely a slow sipper by absolute necessity due to the alcohol by volume and the complexity of the flavors, but this is not a bad thing. The worst thing about this beer is that its price point puts it out of reach as an everyday brew, but for special occasions this is well worth the money.

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Photo of gothaicus
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gulden Draak tulip.

Very smooth. Very warm going down. The high alcohol content masks the the hoppiness. Wonderful. Most drinkable IPA I've had. As with a lot of Dogfish Head ales it has a wine quality to it. Tastes like fresh cut grass and chardonnay.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (bottled 02/09/09) into a snifter.

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a one inch head that gradually fades to a cap which actually retains. Not much in the way of lacing, but there's a bit, and for the ABV, I'm surprised there's any head.

Aroma is excellent. Exploding with citrusy, floral hops and a huge sweet sugary and boozy background that reminds me of rum soaked raisins.

Taste is delectable as well. I think the bottle I had last time was a lot older and this one has much more hops. At first there is a big burst of hops but it is quickly supplanted by a huge dose of caramel and sugary sweetness again with the raisin taste recurring. The sweetness is taken over by the hops once again to leave a wonderful citrusy hop flavor on the palate. Finish is actually quite balanced with nice fruit and sweet malt flavors blending with the hop bitterness, just tasting awesome making you want another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, quite smooth going down, I would guess this at 8% ABV at most. The alcohol is hardly noticable at all.

Such a unique and excellent beer. Love it or hate it, this is just something that needs to be tried at least once. Personally, I love it.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White head that fades to ring around the snifter. Some nice lacing. Copper color that's hazy.

Nothing but strong and very sweet caramel, citrus and pine!

Strong sweet caramel, bitter citrus and pine! The alcohol is hidden very well becomes more noticeable as it warms. Some toffee in the dry aftertaste.

Medium body, light carbonation, leaves the mouth sticky. Slight alcohol detection. Hidden incredibly well for 18%.

Years of wanting to try this and it doesn't disappoint. If you like strong beers, here ya go; if you like IPA's here ya go. An absolute must try if given the chance!

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Photo of ryanonline
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours dark amber with a thick and rocky off white head. excellent lacing.

smells slightly fruity with a big malt (almost candy sugar) whiff and a large hoppy presence. booze is there but nicely masked.

hoooweee. sweet up front (candy sugar malt Again), with a MASSIVE hop and alcohol bite on the end, still is reeeally good.

the mouthfeel is really hard to get away from the taste, it seems creamy with virtually no carbonation (duh with this high an alcohol content) and has a very abundant finish that can't figure out if it wants to be dry or sweet.

i give this an average drinkability rating only because it is fairly smooth, aside from the alcohol, going down and it doesn't sit to heavy. but the alcohol makes it a one or two beer limit.

really astounding beer, the only thing that hurts it is that it is a little bit to much at times, but the taste and smell are phenomenal, the kind of beer Jesus would drink (not being sacrilegious just attempting humor).

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Photo of phishgator
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004

This is the type of beer that defines extreme! It pours copperish with little head and almost no carbonation. Thick and sticky, sweet mouthfeel, makes you sip it from start to finish.

The taste is not hoppy like one would imagine, but more of a malty sweet syrup. The alcohol warms, but does not overpower even with a 20% abv. There are tones of brandy. A great brew that is a must try!

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Photo of Shon4star
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. Bottled 2/23/13. Pours Amber with a 2 finger head. Smells of citrus, sweet fruits, pine. Taste goes straight to the middle with citrus and has a lingering pine on the back. Mouthful is dry and full. Overall this is a great ipa.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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