120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 bluemoonswoon
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber peach and topped with a thick and pillowy one inch head that fades into a cap and leaves little lacing. Big as the ABV on this beer is, it still manages to leave some, but there are obviously betting looking DIPAs out there than this one, and so I cannot honestly rate the looks of this beer any higher than this.

S: This is just intense. I think someone snuck some weed in this beer because a smell like this cannot come from any kind of normal hop, it's like some mutated, super hop, on steroids, on a three day meth binge. Just super sticky, super, sweet, boozy, essential oils, essence of hops, whatever you want to call the most pure form of distilled hop aroma ever created. If you don't take time to enjoy some of the nuances this beer has to offer it may come of smelling like nail polish remover, the beer is big and such things are possible, but there is so much more than just booze here.

T/MF: Hot and sweet, syrup on the tongue and the back of the throat. Boozy hop juice, little carbonation, if any at all. Super full bodied, syrupy consistency. Taste is big everything, big malt sweetness, hot, wet, sweet, hops. Sweet, almost overripe pineapple and mango, serious nutty and pine resins and mild booziness all mix together yet are able to define themselves as seperate entities in the beer. Just needs a bit more carbonation to keep things a bit more interesting in the long run.

D: I've been drinking this beer for well over a half hour and have barely gotten halfway though. For as big as this beer is, it hasn't turned into a giant boozy mess and this shows incredible skill on the part of the brewer. An amazing accomplishment to say the least, and certainly an adventure to drink. The taste and complexity of this beer make for an interesting drinking session, not to mention the size of this beast, whose size, though it lets you know it's bit, still stays remarkably well hidden.

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Photo of jws6w7
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really boozy good but a one trick pony

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Photo of mooseo
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip. (2012)

A - Sunny yellow-orange with a small white head. Tiny specks of sediment float freely.

S - Fresh grapefruit, citrus hops, caramel malt, slight graininess. Surprisingly, the alcohol is a bit muted here.

T - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus zest. Slight undertones of mango and honey. A light earthy bitterness lends balance. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Impressive.

M - Medium-full body, creamy and oily. Average carbonation, warming alcohol, dry finish.

O - This bottle is around a year old now, and it has aged well. For a double IPA, it's pretty good. It's a tad too sweet for my taste, but still tasty. The alcohol is masked well, and is very drinkable at 18% ABV. I just wish there was a bit more complexity/depth.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Served from a 12oz bottle from little raven vineyards. You know that you have an amazing local liquor store when you bring a bomber of homebrew to the owner and he gives you a 120 min IPA in exchange. Peter you are the best.

Normally I do the A,S,T,M,D thing but this beer can't be summed up like that. There is so much going on in the beer that it is tough to put a finger on it. I have had this three times now, every time I split a 12oz bottle with a friend. If you are a beer geek you have to try this one. I am a lowly homebrewer/beer geek. I don't make the stuff or write about the stuff for a living; I just really like it. This beer makes me excited about beer. I don't drink it frequently but I always have a bottle or two on hand "just in case". This is one to appreciate/enjoy/share/celebrate. Thank you Dogfish head for pushing the limits on brewing and giving me an unobtainable goal of re-creating this in my garage...

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Photo of Eman17
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdwalsh
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly less than one finger head on a sort of dull red-brown body. Not sure if it's chill haze or yeasty or what, but the appearence just isn't all that appetizing.

S: Honey and mature hops dominate. From a snifter, I get a very very little alcohol smell, but in my goblet I get a very sweet malt nose. No caramel, but some dark fruit, almost what I would expect from a RIS instead of this.

T: Whew, smoooth. The texture on this beast is almost like a half-melted milk shake. Thick. But that's mouthfeel. I get no alcohol, again a sort of aged/faded hop and a lot of malt. But the malt isn't a caramel malt, more of a very very intense and piled up pale ale malt. I'm tasting lots from the yeast I think, some ginger? Definitely some spiciness. Very smooth though, dangerously so. It's good, and I like it, I don't know how much the taste would continue to appeal to me.

M: Like I said, thick and creamy. A good example of a beer that doesn't look to dark but feels like chocolate syrup.

D: Drinkable, yes, very, much like a port. But not something I would want all that much of and nothing I would NEED all that much of. Definitely something I am glad to have tried and something I would get again if I came across it at the right time, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with light fluffy head that disappears to nothing. No lacing. No biggie. Smells are strong alcohol and zesty citrus. Taste follows nose but more pronounced and more complex. Still strong abv heat. Abv actually takes the cake with this one followed by spicey citrus piney after taste. Light malty backing as well. Full bodied and med to high carbonation. Super tasty and totally different. Yet addicting. Of course ill seek this one out again.

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Photo of jlervine
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass a deep amber-orange with a white head that put up little fight. Lace receded to the edge of the glass. Smell is hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus hops, herbal hops, piney hops. Caramel malts seem to support them. The taste is other-worldly. You start with a head on collision of hops, then a strikingly surprising sweetness paired with loads of alcohol notes. It slightly burns, slightly numbs, and slightly dries out the mouth, making you even more succeptable to the next sip. You taste oranges, rum, plums, caramel, maple syrup, it's all briefly tossed in. The mouthfeel is such that you can't drink this one too quickly. It is almost like a port in that regard - yeah, it tastes really really good, but there is a bit of apprehension involved with taking that next sip. You really want to spread this one out.

And it indeed, as another reviewer mentioned a possibility of, goes fantastically well with pancakes. Seriously. Why else would I be reviewing this beer at 9:30 in the morning - I planned this! ;-)

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Photo of JonnyRebel
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 510a
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris912
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for 1 year. Pour is dark burn orange with little to zero head. No effervescence but slight lacing. Thick pour. Smell is of slight hop character and alcohol. If you didn’t know this was 18%, now you do. On the taste you taste the malt and of course the burn of booze, Very drinkable beer surprisingly considering the high abv. Might buy again, but at 10$ a bottle, it makes it tough.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be a fantastic beer. The quality has dropped in recent years...

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Photo of MJ64
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I open this beer I get bombarded with a dose of pinesol smelling hops. It pours a murky copper/brown with some floaters, almost looks like apple cider. A thin white head, some nice lacing.

Smells of really piney hops, sweet citrusy malts, apple cider, wine, vineger, alcohol, very complex.

Tastes sweet and cidery upfront, a nice piney hop aftertaste, not really balanced, seems more sweet than a hopbomb. The alcohol is very well hidden and will creep up on you for sure.

Thick cidery mouthfeel, not too carbonated. This is a sipper for sure, an interesting beer, possibly the strongest beer I'll ever try!

*Update 01/14/2013*

Just opened a beer from June 2009 and wow does this bad boy ever age well! The alcohol is very well hidden, alot of the same flavours come through, but highly drinkable and delicious. I recommend aging this!

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Photo of bmcl16
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium orange/amber with minimal head.
Aromas are very big, lots of malt, lots of sweetness, plum/raisin.
Taste is in line with aromas, not much alcohol burn considering the ridiculous ABV here. Very tasty, but very little hop presence.
Mouthfeel is really nice, lots to chew on.
Overall, a tasty and interesting beer. Hard to consider it an IPA as I barely pick up hops, but still very good and enjoyable.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Slightly hazy amber pour with one finger of stark white head. Spotty lacing.

S – Nice floral smell with an aggressive citrus note. Grapefruit and lemon. Big on the malts as well. Huge bittering hop smell.

T - Surprisingly sweet first taste. Apricot. Hop taste comes next with citrus showing through as well as a pine. Really taste the grapefruit. Certainly has bitter flavors but not overpowering at all. The whole mix of sweetness with bittering hops and huge ABV make a wild ride. Finishes peppery and warm of course.

M – Medium bodied. Has a very creamy feel almost sticky. Solid carbonation. Tingly finish on the palate.

O – Crazy tasty brew here. Definitely a sipper. This one will knock you on your ass. Great all around.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp to tulip. Bottled in March of this year, so it's fresh. Pours a golden orange with minimal head. Quickly dissipates. Nose is citrus and hops. Not getting much alcohol heat on the hose. Taste is quite a punch in the face. I love the hops and alcohol heat, which is definitely present on the taste. To me, this is a classic strong American barleywine. Kind of an Old Guardian on steroids. There is a sweet syrupy taste which evolves into a dark fruit (cherry) flavor. Definitely some burn on the way down. Mouthfeel is nice, although not as thick as I would have expected. Overall, a really nice beer.

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Photo of rawfish
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of One100grand
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of scaba
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GatorCoop
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, talk about strong. Had a glass at Mick's restaurant / pub in Staffirt, Va. Pretty good but fad a bite.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent golden orange with a thin off-white head that fades to a thin ring on top and leaves thick faint spots of lace. The smell is of caramel malt, faint pine and sweet bourbon. The taste follows with sweet caramel malt and subtle piney hop flavor. Alcohol presence is noticeable but, nowhere near what might be expected. Full texture.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,201 ratings.
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