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%.

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Photo of muchos
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/12/16, I think. It's a little hard to read, maybe 6/12/16.
Either 9 or 7 months in the bottle.
L. Murky orange to light brown with a short 1/2 cm head which recedes very slowly.
S. Big toffee and booze, more booze, then bitter citrus if get your nose in there, orange, lemon, grapefruit.
T. Oh yeah. Big sweetness, big bitterness, nice balance on the first sip. Second sip has me thinking of cough medicine. Third sip is bitter orange marmalade. My taste buds need to get dialed in to these big flavors and abv. Toffee and citrus seem most prevalent. As it warms there's caramel, spicy and sweet lemon, orange, brandy-soaked caramel apple. Aftertaste is the same with a little mouthwash in there.
F. Full mouthfeel, smooth, sticky. Warming but not really drying in the aftertaste.
O. The high abv didn't "burn," but had a flavor that was slightly off-putting, but a little age may change that. Would I buy a bottle again? Absolutely. Cheers!

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Very hard to rate this beer. On this snowy winter night, I poured the 120 into a pint glass & let it breathe for 10 minutes. Very cloudy with a medium head which thinned out over the 10 minutes. The first sip was like a blinding shot of bourbon - lots of alcohol heat and malty burnt butterscotch. At this point, I'm thinking I wasted $11 on the bottle (well, ~$90 on the two 4-packs). Halfway through, it had a whole different feel, much smoother and tastier - the burnt taste turned to pleasant piney citrus. And I liked it. Definitely a beer you only of which you have one or two at a time, not one to pound at a party. Gotta have another...but not until next weekend.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter at a local WOB. Thick creamy but short lived head atop a golden yellow body, good lacing. Boozy smell and taste. Butterscotch notes and some fruitiness. Nice beer for an occasional something different.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

120 ipa . . . Been sitting on this bottle since 2012.

Gotta admit, this beer has a very lovely look to it. Appearance is deep candy colored burnt orange. Thin head if at all. Aromas are almost barleywine like with a subdued hoppy nose. Caramel, molasses, leather . . . I honestly wouldn't think much about the aromas if I thought this was a newly bottled ipa. However, I know this is 4 years old so I'll have to take that into consideration.
Here we go . . . 2 quick small sips reveal a mature American barleywine flavor profile similar to Bigfoot or Old Stock. I actually think this beer is more reminiscent of an old ale than a barleywine which is what I was expecting. The hops are still present though not as dominant as though definitely were 4 years ago. Thin sweet, candy layers are upfront and a tangy alcohol finish on the end. Feel again is reminiscent of and old ale or American take on a barleywine. Sticky, thin, sugary and malty flavors and feel. This beer is hard to pin point on style and feel. I like this a lot . . . It's a big beer and not just because of the abv %. I'll be sipping this for the next hour at least. Overall, excellent beer . . . I personally wouldn't consider this an ipa but perhaps more of an American Barlywine or even an over the top example of an English Old Ale.
In closing . . . . If you like complex beers and perhaps want to over think things (nothing wrong with that) grab a bottle of this.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a monster of an IPA and it stands apart from most others I've had. At 18%, it hits you quickly, but it's got enough of a nice, smooth, almost honey-like flavor that you want to keep drinking it. An excellent offering from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.09/5  rDev +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 Blackop555
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber pour with short head that doesn't last long. Very light lacing

Smells mostly of malt and alcohol hints of piney hops

Sweet and malty at first with a little alcohol burn fading to faint hops. Finish is mostly dry. Light Bitter and a lingering light pine and citrus. As with warms i get a very light vanilla hint

I would buy and let it age to see. You don't have to worry about losing hops flavor because it's quite muted

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: .25L draft
Glass: Panama 66 snifter
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.50
Purchased: Dec. 20, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 20, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Board read 16 pct. ABV, but I still think it was 18 pct. ABV

First time I saw this one and insta-purchased it. Had been wanting to try this despite not really thinking much of the 60 (3.45) and thinking the 90 (4.08) was just good. Probably would have paid up to $10 and locked it down at $8.50 for a 500-ml. pour. Hoping to be in the 4.20 range.

Poured a deep gold hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of white frothy-to-rocky head when I got it. Was quite dark in there, but appeared to be light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class uneven foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled kind of a lot of mush up front, More malty than hoppy, getting caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, sappy pine and hints of Citra and Cascade. Smelled more like an American Strong Ale or an American Barleywine than I would have thought. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste follows the nose as more of a strong ale or a barleywine, getting toffee, caramel, earthy leather, maple syrup, brown sugar, sappy pine, dates, raisins and dark fruits. Not picking up any specific hops. Crazy smooth for 18 (or 16) percent. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Earthy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Wow. This was much better than I thought and much better than the 60 and the 90. Might have even underrated this a tad. (Overall - 4.25)

4.23 | 94 | A-

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Photo of scurfie
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the tap at the Rehoboth restaurant. I was expecting a more bitter, over the top hoppy beer. This beer is just too thick and almost malty sweet. To be honest, it's too strong in the ABV to be an everyday beer. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't miss it.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Comes out thick and oily for an IPA (although it is an Imperial). 1-finger head, but recedes quickly. Residual bubbling and lacing continues. Deep orange brown color.
Smell: Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Quite a bit of booze comes through. Malty and caramelly.
Taste: A huge kick in the teeth with the first sip. Bitterness explodes. The bitterness is quickly overtaken by a shot of alcohol. The alcohol burn is bigger than expected. After the alcohol dissolve into your bloodstream, there is a brief taste of caramel, malt, bread, and yeast. Many different hop flavors take turns throughout (citrus, mango, pine, floral). Some fruit flavors linger behind after everything else fades.
Feel: Medium but almost full. Feels pretty thick, oily, and slick. A bit under carbed, but understandable.
Overall: Very powerful Imp IPA. Couldn't sit and drink a 4-pack of these though. More carbonation would be good. A slow sipper for sure. There is a decent amount of sweetness to help balance out the high IBUs.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful orange cloudiness. Very smooth for a double IPA with very little hoppy bite or acidic burn and much more complexity. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, tropical fruit and malt with a long finish that continues to develop. I will be scrambling to find more of this.

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Photo of Cachookie
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 8/9/2016 poured into a Dogfish Head Goblet Glass. Pours cloudy orange, light head, a less than expected amount of carbonation. Really strong nose, can pick it up 2 feet away. Very boozy,malty, fruity with a strong caramel bite. First sip feels thick, medium thick like you would expect from stout, but pleasant. Get the hoppy taste, but the taste of burnt sugar helps make the high IBU balance fantastic. As the beer sat and breathed for a bit, it has a more pronounced hoppy taste. Much more reminiscent of an American Barleywine, but I do see the Imperial IPA angle. Very complex beer, aging a few to do a vertical and will see how it changes.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drink this one nice & slow. Pours a deep orange color with a thin, bubbly head. Slightly cloudy. The flavor and aroma are both more perceptible when the beer warms up a bit. Aroma is tropical fruit and caramel malt, a bit of alcohol vapor as you inhale. That alcohol is in the flavor as well. Very warm, & complex. Herbs, spice, fruit and malt. A very strong, yet smooth DIPA with character. Worth trying at least once in your life.

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Photo of KarlosT
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very refined double IPA. My experience w/ such beers are they taste alcoholic to me, as though someone had upped the ABV by adding vodka. However, that was not the case w/ Dogfish 120. Very smooth, with complex flavors.

Had from a 12 oz bottle.

Would love to find this beer on tap

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored and plenty hazy with sediment from all of that continuous hopping. There's a half inch of densely packed creamy foam. Amusingly all I smell is alcohol and I'm talking about along the lines of vodka. I'm not getting anything else. I've had this a few years ago and thought I remembered some semblance of hop aroma. The taste is very warm and boozy. I'm getting some hop bitterness in the aftertaste and I guess I would describe it as herbal to grassy. The mouth is warm with alcohol and there's a light burn to your throat.

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Photo of rifleman_zach
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 09/16. Pours hazy-amber with about a half inch off-white head. Nose has a very nice malty almost tropical aroma. Not as pungent as i was expecting. Very nice prominent hoppy middle. The malts compliment the hops well. The end is not as "boozy" as i was told. Nice dry finish definitely does not feel like 18%. Overall i definitely like this beer. I bought two, one I'm drinking bow and one I will age.

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Photo of nola1988
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: light orange. Clean and clear. Some sediment.
S: something between medicinal mint and cognac.
T: follows nose. Boozy burn in the back.
F: chewy.
O: Truly a unique brew in how bizarre it tastes. Having had it with some age (3 and 5 years) I'd say it was close to a barley wine. Having it fresh, I'd say it is some odd sort of taste closer to a licqurouse liquor than an ipa. Leave it in the cellar for something interesting, drink it freash for something strang.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed late 2013; drank 2/2/14. Drank on draft.

Orange haziness.

White head; thick lace.

Grapefruit & cognac nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Sweet liqueur; bold, tart grapefruit. Interesting for 6oz, then it gets too cloying.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with one finger off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet malts, brown sugar, piney hops and some solvent alcohol.

T - The taste is sweet malts, burnt sugar, toffee, brown sugar and piney hops. The finish has a light alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - This is a pretty good high ABV beer. The flavors remind me more of a Barleywine than IPA. The 18% ABV is not as noticeable as I expected.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't mean to sound rude or pretentious (too late!), but my only real issue with this is the name. IPA? No. American Barleywine? Yes, and should be approached as such in my opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of The_Epopt
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The overwhelming feeling of real bad cough syrup. Burns like cheap vodka. Some good flavor from the malt and hops underlying. Wouldn't buy another.

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Photo of dank203
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed a bottle with about a year of age on it. just enough to balance out the beer slightly, still pretty rich of malts, and hop flavors faintly blended. thick like a mead or wine.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is crazy. Easily the strongest hoppy beer I've ever had. Having on tap at Lucha Cantina.
The appearance is a deep amber with a slight haze. Had a half finger of white head that dissipated quickly.
The aroma is huge caramel malt sweetness and alcohol front and center. Also has pine and earthy dankness.
The taste is a massive sweetness from the caramel malt and alcohol. Also a substantial spicy heat from the high abv. Pine and resiny dankness follow the huge sweetness.
The palate is full with spicy alcohol heat and sweet malt along with a lingering resiny dank bitterness.
Overall this is an extreme example of an imperial ipa that is like an American Barleywine. Definitely feel that 18% although it does not become overpowering.

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Photo of rypkr
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 7-14-16

12oz poured into a north coast tulip. Pours a murky, tawny, orange brown. Frothy foamy 1 finger head. Minimal lacing.

S - wow. As soon as the bottle was cracked hops and alcohol hit my nose from 2 feet away. Up close it smell reminiscent of 90 minute. Piney and dank with tons of malt and caramel alongside it. A heavy whiff and you can really, really smell the alcohol. The potency of the aromas make this a 5.

T - wow. Extremely earthy and greenness in the hop flavor. Immensely potent and immensely spicy, both from the hops and from the alcohol. The taste sticks to my palate and it's almost fatigued between sips that it's hard to recognize all I'm tasting. There's a strange saltiness I'm getting as well. For what it is, I really wouldn't describe it as bitter. In fact, there's almost more sweetness that I'm struck with than pungent ibu's.

M - thick, dry, hot, and extremely filling. Love it here.

Overall I'm only an ounce or 2 in but so far I love it. We'll see if that holds true throughout the rest of the beer or if it becomes excessive towards the end.

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Photo of gcasher
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with thin white head, smelled sweet and hoppy. Taste was deeply hoppy and strong alcohol. Feel was heavy and smooth. Overall, like beer schnapps. Sip very slowly.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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