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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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

I chose to open this guy fresh.

L: A hazy honey, a slightly lighter looking DIPA, lingering head
S: A mixture of Chinook and sweet malt. The alcohol is definitely there but not over powering.
T: Great DIPA that is ridiculously strong. The flavors are so on point that it masks the high ABV. A nice bright hop flavor that is smoothed out with a mellow sweet malty backbone and finishes with the slight kick from the alcohol flavor.
O: A fine beer that is definitely worth the search. Wish I could try some older ones

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Graciously given to me as an extra in a trade by member newbeeraday.

Bottled on 6/30/14. Aged a couple years, it looks like.

The pour is beautiful, just a golden froth the color of OJ from the bottle. It forms into what I can only describe as Tropicana or fruit juice. Lots of reds, oranges, heck it even looks like a tomato beer. The head is 1 finger but diminishes very quickly to moss on top. 100% opaque, but sunlight gloriously illuminates the sides. A beautiful, stunning appearance.

Aromas of ocean tides, melon, papaya, dark skinned grape, prunes, raisin, a hint of burnt brown sugar, freshly uncapped barley in a barrel. It really is an amazing nose.

Holy shit. I mean holy, freaking, shit. Insane beer. Flavor just jumps out at you. Each sip is different. I'm getting figgy fruits (that is to say, dark...plum, prune, raisin), and bright fruits like cantaloupe, melon, and honeydew. An aggressive dry hopped character hits you in the face with what I imagine some high quality space dust would taste like from another planet. I'm also getting tomato soup notes, which sounds bad but isn't, and finishing off with a a vinous quality, wine casks, and bourbon barrel. And I just noticed it's 18%. whoops. If there were anything to improve on, it's that the alcohol comes out more as it warms and takes over the beer.

Feel is hot, smothering, creamy, yet intensely carbonated. Hot, dry finish.

Overall, I mean...what can you improve on this? Insanity in a bottle. The warmth makes it a bit medicinal and hard to swallow, but if this is what NE IPA's are like, count me the F in. This is awesome right here.

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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!


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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 04/08/16

Pours slightly foggy amber red-orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like slightly astringent booze, almost like a sherry wine or cognac style hard liquor, some big grapefruit citrus, red melon, dried fruits, dark toffee, caramel, honey, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, with earthy herbal pine. Tastes like slightly bitter boozy heat, an almost dessert wine-like note, dried fruits, red grapefruit, melons, dark toffee, caramel, honey, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, with bitter earthy herbal pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice strong bitter and boozy IPA.

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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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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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