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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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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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7,918
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3.96
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16.41%
 
 
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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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Photo of EdwardK77
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pour from my favorite beer store

A- Copper with a nice foam level that stays present for the whole drinking experience.

S- This is a winner in the smell category, the depth of the sweetness is epic. My sense of smell is pretty poor and I'm thrilled with what I'm getting off of this. This is caramel and sugar in a real good way.

T- Definitely in an IPA world of its own, complex sweetness and booze in a damn good way.

M- It has the sticky presence I expected for an 18.5% ABV. Certainly a full mouthfeel sipper.

O- I had begun to sleep on Dogfish Head a little bit, suffice it to say I'm awake again or at least I will be after this one wears off. This is what I look for in a beer, something that makes you take notice. Something that makes you want to sip for a good long time.

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Photo of tshanahan
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hop bomb just went off in my apartment. Wow, this thing is a slow burner that doesn't allow you to appreciate the hops or ABV until a moment after you've finished. Like a habanero pepper that's "not that hot" until about 15sec later

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally broke down and picked up my first bottle of 120

bottle date - 11/6/2008 - Very fresh!

Pours a beautiful tangerine with a reddish hew and a nice layer of white foam settled on top. Miniature bubbles leave the the tiniest bit of lacing along the inside walls of my snifter.

Aroma of fresh grassy hops, citrus peal, dried fruit/candy sweetness, a little bit of envelope glue and booze. On a good whiff the alcohol stings my eyeballs a little.

Full bodied like hell with a syrupy slick texture, alcohol tingles the palate.

This beer is incredibly sweet at with the flavor of canned peaches in syrup. Fresh juicy hop flavors that are absolutely delicious, a light pine/citrus hop bitterness from the hops. Most of the stinging bite however comes from the incredibly high abv, which is masked very well among the delicious brew. That envelope glue taste that I've been getting in in some of Dog Fish's big beers comes through in the end but is much lesser in this bottle. 21% goes down way too smooth!

I give this beer's drinkability rating a 5 based on it's extreme drinkability despite huge abv.

I was able to get this beer fresh on-tap at the brewery this past summer and this bottle was just as good. Overall I think that this beer was outstanding and completely worth the ching!

Cheers!

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Photo of dedge85
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden brown with a small amount of head.

Smell: Caramel and malty

Taste: Delicious!! This definately hit the spot. Think and syrappy and even hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Tons of flavor hitting every part of the mouth.

Drinkability: A little hard to drink which is why you have to sip it.

I know that a lot of people say that this beer is overkill, but i wish that they would make a 150 min IPA because I think that it was a little bit too easy to drink!

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW! I have never experienced a beer like this one before. I decided to pick up a 12oz. bottle from across the border. It was unlike anything I have tried in the past. In the glass, it resembles Amontillado sherry with carbonation that rises fast and violently. The deep amber color and a thick sticky head is an immediate turn on. The aroma is reminiscent of warm buttersctotch and honey, followed by a thick honeyed accent. On the palate, there is the immediate presence of honey, candied fruit, and malt. It finishes with a slight hop flavor of garden flowers.

This is one of the most full-bodied beers I have ever tasted. It is not ready to drink at this point, but will benefit from age. This is the Chateau Latour of beers... It may be expensive, but it will be worth the pricde in the long run... Drink at least three years from the date it is bottled...

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Photo of HopHottie
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured out in an amber color in the snifter glass. About an inch of head graced the top of the special beer. The aroma of the beer was sweet, winey, and fruity. The aroma group made one want that to dance on there taste buds.
Now, time to taste, very sweet to the taste. As the first sip moves to my stomach, I get this warm feeling. As if the hops are telling me "everything is going to be ok." I don't feel that the Hops are overpowering in this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth not to much but juse enough that you know that this is the kind of brew that you need to respect.
As for the drinkability; if you have a good dinner one or two should just be enough for you to enjoy it. Anymore would be over kill. You don't want to be known as the guy who fell asleep as the bar.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color with a thin white foamy head that quickly fizzles out. The nose is hoppy but not in the traditional IPA way, it is more like carmalized hops with a little heat from the high ABV. The palate come across as sweet with flavors of carmalized orages and baking spices. The high ABV starts to show through n the finish with some heat. Great beeer just not something you would drink everyday

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head's brewery has always been at the top of my list, but I just recently got a chance to sample their 120 minute IPA. This beer truly is the "holy grail for hopheads."

I poured mine into a tulip rimmed chalice at around 50 degrees. The color is light mahogany to oak. The initial head was frothy and thick which quickly reduced to a thin lacing around the edges to the end.

The aroma of alcohol, vinous fruit, and orange peels is only out-matched by the extreme hop presence.

Upon first taste mouthfeel is huge and the alcohol is almost too much at low temperatures. Better serve this beer around 55-58 degrees to minimize the alcohol bite and let the hops take control (let's face it that's why you wanted this beer anyways).

The taste is hoppy and full but not bitter. I think the alcohol cuts the bitterness into shreads. The twang is almost in line with a flanders style red. If you love the flemish sour ales you will absolutely love this!

The carbonation is reduced as a result of the long fermintation, but it isn't missed. The bottle variety is almost like a cask ale (without the oak overtone).

I will definately keep the other three I bought in storage for a while as these need some time to cure (probably 2 years plus). I loved it and I think in a few years I'll love it even more. I think trying a flight of these from five different years would be interesting. I would liken its current taste to a Samichlaus Helles. Enjoy this one slowly!

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Photo of Stingray5
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 2003 bottling. Pours a clear amber, short lived head, large bubbles. Very pleasing aroma of fresh, pungent hops and sweetness. Taste yields sinus clearing, super sweet fruit, with mellow hops. Cherry and grape.The sensation of the alcohol is there, but is masked unbelieveably well for such a high abv. Tastes like a 13% barleywine. Solid malt evident in the finish.
Complexities arise as it warms.

I was expecting much more of an onslaught of hops from this. Instead I found less an IPA and more a kicked up barleywine, if that's possible.

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Photo of Homebrewpat
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had this many times both on draft and by this bottle. THis is without a doubt an extreme brew. I think of it as the port of beers. Big Alcohol and Sugary hops up front, tropical and dark fruits as it warms. Very rich mouthfeel, similar to high end BW's. Taste is toffee, maple coated hops, figs, and booze. I feel it gets even better with age. Drink this bad boy over and evening and smell and taste the wonderful change as it warms.

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Photo of ARoman
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a murky bronze color with a dense, white foam head that retains well and leaves decent lace. It's aroma is a bright, juicy orange / tangerine note with floral hints and a resinous woody undertone. As it warms up caramel starts to poke through with cloves and a hint of acetone. It's highly citrus bittersweet that both compliments and counteracts each other (not necessarily balanced), with perhaps a touch more sweet than bitter. The beer is viscous and creamy with a soft fuzzy carbonation. The full body is woody and citrus with a pine grit and alcohol on the tongue. The finish is warm (vodka or strong bourbon) with spicy clove and woody notes and a clean, vodka-alcohol aftertaste that's dry and astringent.

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Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Stamp on bottle says 'Bottled on 02/15/13', which makes is just shy of 3 months old.

Appearance: Pours a copper/deep amber and leaves about a half finger of off-white head.

Smell: Surprisingly light smell - concentrated citrusy hops, malts, and I detect a hint of raspberry. Definitely different aromas then any beer I've had.

Taste: Matches the smell, but everything is more pronounced. Very sweet, especially for an "IPA". I still get the raspberry flavor along with the malts and citrusy hops, as well as some mild alcohol. Also some other fruit flavors including apricot, peaches and figs. The finish of this one is plenty of hops, counteracting the sweet start - very interesting and complex.

Mouth-feel: Thick and syrupy - there is definitely still some carbonation in here but not a whole lot. The alcohol is well hidden for such a monster at 18%, and it goes down pretty smooth.

Overall: A unique beer for sure. While this beer has characteristics of an IPA such as the bitter hop finish and citrus notes, it also takes notes from other styles such as the thickness and mouth-feel of an imperial stout, as well as flavor notes from several other different styles. This is definitely the sweetest IPA I have ever had, but all being said this was an extremely enjoyable drink experience and I can't recommend it enough. Obviously, this beer is one to tread carefully with, as it packs a punch.

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Photo of JBMK9
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I waited for about 4 years to try this beer. Because of living arrangements, I was never in a state that carries it. I found this in Texas, and was extremely happy. The 90 minute IPA is my beer of choice. After having this, that has not changed. The biggest surprise from this beer is the sweetness. It is sweet like the Three Philosophers is sweet, with an IPA finish. Very interesting beer. Very tasty. I drank an entire 12 oz bottle to myself over a two hour period. I have three more that I am keeping for enjoyment at different times. Going to hold one for at least couple of years.

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Photo of srroos
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 10/10/07, so this bottle isn't particularly old.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small, short lived head. Even an aggressive pour didn't develop much more than half a finger of head.

S: Very intensely sweet and fruity. Lots of grapefruit as well. Smells very much like a Port or Tokay wine. Perfect!

T: Not what you'd think when the bottle says Imperial IPA. Not much hoppiness, mostly malty sweetness. Very tasty!

MF: Well carbonated and smooth. Feels viscous and thick, a little syrupy.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for the extreme ABV. Of course, once you finish the 12oz bottle you can really feel it!

Bottom line, this is not what I'd call and Imperial IPA, but whatever it is I love it!

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter in honor of my new baby girl born on Tuesday September 27th @ 6:28am.

Color: A mid-light brown (honey) color.

Smell: Hoppy and an alcohol presence.

Taste: Sweet, hoppy and a bit of alcohol. The sweetness almost takes away all the alcohol I smelled. VERY GOOD!

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice alcohol presence.

Overall: I opened this brew in celebration of my second Daughter Ella Monika! This brew was actually sweet which I was not expecting but loved. A very hyped and brew which went above and beyond my expectations. It's a celebration! Cheers!

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Photo of GraySchneider
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Love this beer. Especially when aged for years. Just did a side by side tasting of an 08 vs 14. Completely different beers. The 08 was a beautiful dark amber. Time had done incredible things to it.

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

Poured from the tap (May 2007 release) the liquid is a light rubby with good carbonation.

The smell is both fruity sweet and quite hoppy.

The taste is very good, bets batch ever! Lots of malt beating back huge amounts of hops. This may be more like a barley wine with all the complex malt taste going on, the hops must be huge to compete the way they do.

The mouthfeel is rich and thick, with good cleansing carbonation.

The drinkability of this batch is great, Prosit MK

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

18% etoh! 120 IBU's! This is a beer to be enjoyed, not chugged! This is a special beer to be shared and savored like Sam Adams Utopia. The 2 are very similar except 120 is carbonated. A very heavy beer. This beer is one of my favs to start the night out with! Every year I stay at the Crosswinds Motel, right next to the Dogfish brewery/flagship store in DE, just to get my Dogfish fill!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of 3/30/2006. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter, the 120 Minute IPA pours an amber/red color with a very small white head. It smells like citrus and pine hops, caramel and a bit of brandy. The taste starts off very sweet and finishes slightly bitter. I can taste hops (both pine and citrus), caramel, apricots, brandy, and some spices. The alcohol is very well hidden considering it's 21% ABV, and it does pack a punch later. Mouthfeel is full, syrupy and oily. Drinkability is good, although this is definitely a sipping beer. It's nice and smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a well balanced brew. It wasn't quite what I was expecting but in this case it's a good thing. If you get the chance to try one, you should. It's a very good beer.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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