120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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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3.96
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16.16%
 
 
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Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've had the opportunity to have this as a fresh release back in 2009 and as of last night I got to try an aged bottle from 2009. What a difference two years makes on this beer!

The first time I had this I bought a 4 pack directly from Dogfish Head in Milton after a brewery tour. I had drank 3 of the 4 over the course of time but only left one for aging. The fresh ones were very lively and bright colored orange. They had a nice head at first that settled into a thing covering over top. The smell was extremely hoppy and had a monster amount of booze on the nose too. The taste reminded me of a very strong fuzzy navel. It had from very fresh citrusy peach flavors going on in there and one hell of an alcohol burn in the throat. The mouthfeel was semi-thick but not really heavy. Overall it's a really impressive powerhouse of a beer.

The aging process transforms this IPA into something that I saw as more along the lines of a barley wine. The color had now become a darker shade of brown with a tan head that faded off just like the fresh batch. The smell was more earthy now but still had notes of the citrus that it once had. The taste has mellowed a bit. The massive citrus boost it had has now changed into something a bit more heavy and complex. The beer has because something like a hoppy barley wine to me.

I suppose that both versions are good but I prefer the fresh batch I think. Hopefully the people at DfH will be able to release this again one day so we can all enjoy or more this brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, what the hell is this stuff? I mean, everything about this beer is so incredibly extreme, even the description of "age for a decade or so". The beer poured a reddish color that was a little dark for a DIPA, maybe a tad lighter than red. The color of the liquid and its clarity were nice but the foam is where it lost points. The foam, while sticky, was a nasty urine soaked whitish-yellow color. I can only assume thats the oils from the hops that are continually added.

The aroma is malty and sweet but at the same time I got this impression that I was just opening a box of new shoes. The grapefruit smell of hops (lots and lots of them) mixing with a ton of alcohol smelled of fresh rubber. The reason I gave it a 3 is because it had that nice malt backbone to it. This odd rubber quality was more subdued in the flavor. The alcohol was also subdued in the flavor. The flavor was an interesting mix between a ton of hops and a ton of malt. I would really like to try a decade old version of this just to see what its going to turn into. My theory is that it will be intensly sweet, like a low abv mead or an ice wine or something.

The body was definitely heavy on this one. Heavy for a DIPA especially of this size. Would drink again but its pretty expensive.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high, dense beige head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface as well as lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular. Hints of alcohol are also perceptible.
T: The overall taste is quite bitter, but the flavors of underlying malts are very apparent given the high alcohol content; there notes of alcohol and malty sweetness along with some hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit syrupy and sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of alcohol warming throughout the taste, not just in the finish.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but a small fraction of the alcohol is masked from the taste and there is enough bitterness to counteract all of the malty sweetness. It’s not a bad sipping beer if you prefer IPAs over barleywines.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Package store got a batch of these in for $6.99 a 12 oz bottle so I had to try it...

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head, smell is very citrusy and hop filled. First taste I was not prepared for.. felt like a full on shot of booze.. didn't sit well with me. The next sip, and following sips for that matter, went down much smoother. Maybe I had to warm up to it? Either way, it was enjoyable after the initial sip of it. Was it simply amazing? I wouldn't say that.. but it was cool to have a beer that is 21% ABV and I would have it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man...that's a serious kick in the teeth! Even puts the most seasoned beer drinker back on their heels. The beer just plops into the glass, then laces and legs and carbonates around boastfully. Releases aromas of bigtime hops and malts with every descriptor word that has ever been used on this website. Flavors to the same, and more. Use every 'hop' adjective you know, use every 'malt' adjective you know. That's what this beer is. Use every 'mouthfeel' word you can think of. That's it too. The beer is more that an IPA; it's an IPAwine. Must be sipped like a cognac. The hops never subside under the imense malts and alcohol. Could easily be put in the 'Strong Ale, or Old Ale' catagories. Easily competes with Utopias for most powerful beer. A 100% joy and honor to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, it's Repeal Day Observed, in our southern neighbours, and my Yankee ancestry is encouraging me to try something special from south of the 49th. Tonight that can only mean one thing - a slightly chilled bottle of this sweet elixir to share with my own sweetie. I procured it on a recent trip to impressively beer-rich Austin, Texas. I actually got to try this a few months ago, in the BeerBistro bar in downtown Toronto. A special order from the LCBO, I got past the $30/bottle cost (hey it was dinner, thank you Accounts Payable), and proceeded to kick off that Saturday night in amenable style.

Now, this 'beer' pours a dense cloudy apricot-brown, and looks like fresh-squeezed fruit juice. There is no appreciable head, just a minor reminder of effervescence, and no lacing to speak of. The smell is very strong, crisp, and hot, like fermenting grape must - it actually twinges my nose - and evokes raisins and molasses, and pine hops. The malt only seems omnipotent at first - there is an underlying citrus hoppiness that seems to struggle to make itself known. The flavour starts with grapefruit hops becoming more prevalent, holding the huge raisin malt body at bay only for a bit, until, buoyed by the alcohol, it washes over and envelops your palate. A number of warming spices also appear, difficult to discern amongst it all. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and a tiny carbonated finish delivers a warming to my system that I had previously associated with port or sherry. Accordingly so, this is a slow sipper, lovely for a quaff with the pine scent of the newly-erected Christmas tree nearby.

My hat is off to those sensible folks 75 years ago who reinstated the law and the mindset that paved the way for a brewery like Dogfish Head to create such a sexy beast as this offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor in Colorado and served into a nonical generic pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the hype, though I usually find Dogfish Head's beers are overrated.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of great cream, good thickness, and excellent retention considering the high ABV - it retains at least five minutes. Very impressive indeed. Bravo. Colour is a murky semitransparent copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hoppy, but not as much as expected. Floral character is dominant, with some malty sweetness. The bitterness is buried in there somewhere. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Fairly simple. A mild but fairly subtle strength aroma.

T: Extremely hoppy, bringing out the bitterness towards the climax. Structurally quite brief - the flavours are there for a moment but then they vanish. Malty sweetness helps hide the hop content and surprisingly little alcohol comes through. No yeast here. Clean malts form the backbone. Raw malts and sugars bleed into the finish, a poor effect here. It's very full-bodied - actually a bit overbearing, which is surprisingly for how consolidated the flavour is. No real pine or citrus comes through, just floral quality. It's shockingly simple for how monstrously hoppy they'd have us believe it is. Very little subtlety or complexity at all. I like it for what it is, but aside from how hidden the ABV is, there's little of note. Strangely balanced.

Mf: Quite oily, especially towards the back end. Smooth and wet, with some needed coarseness up front. Too slick towards the back end, allowing the flavours to escape all too easily. It gives you little time to enjoy what's there. Too heavy and overbearing on the palate. Makes my stomach feel a bit bloated. Slightly overcarbonated. Too thick.

Dr: Nowhere near as overtly hoppy as they'd have us believe - which is probably a good thing. It feels more like a sugar bomb than it does a hop bomb. It's alright, but it's not at all worth the hefty price tag. This is Dogfish Head's best beer? I'm really disappointed, though I'm getting used to that feeling with this brewery. I will say that it's shockingly drinkable for its well-hidden high ABV. It tastes like it's about 7.5-8.0%. It doesn't live up to its hype, but it remains a decent IPA. I wouldn't buy this again.

B-

An okay candidate for aging, as far as IPAs go.

Drank fine out of a nonical pint glass. I don't think there's any glass that'll do much better.

Best paired with food. Perhaps an acidic salad. Fresh apples.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet, but there is some hop presence too. The hop bitterness is somewhat herbal.

Taste: This is less cloying than the aged versions that I've tried. The herbal hops balanced things out well considering what they had to work with. Sweet and boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with smooth and fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This was better fresh than it is ages. The balance is pretty good all things considered. Don't know that I need more, but perhaps.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a modest white head - lots of tiny bubbles and a bit of lacing, too

Smell: So rich and hoppy at the same time it is hard to tell the dominant smell; on the sweet side is a brandy-like quality of high alcohol sweetness but there are just a ton of hops here too and they balance each other out in a massive combination

Taste: The front of the palate is on the sweet candy sugar side but the hops quickly make a dramatic entrance with their grapefruit and pineapple flavors; incredibly well-balanced and builds to a crescendo of honey sweetness and alcoholic warmth

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but relatively low in carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for such a high abv; an incredible achievement though just a bit too sweet to consume in quantity (even if the abv were lower)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a huge bubbly head with better then average retention and better then expected considering the high level content of alcohol. Aroma is well obviously very hoppy with some sweetness. Taste is way sweeter then expected with some bitterness but not as much as expected. The sweetness is a bit too much for me and even a 341 ml bottle of this stuff seems too much for my liking. Not bad just not a good everyday beer and there is a few strong extreme beers I would drink before this one.

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Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Burnt orange with extreme hop haze. The head never really reaches more than a ring, but this stuff IS 18% ABV, so it's not entirely unexpected.

Smell: Plenty of noticeable alcohol from the start along with sharp resiny pine. Notes of ripe fruit are lingering underneath, bringing to mind oranges and apricots.

Taste: Caramel and overripe fruit. This stuff is intensely sweet. Undertones of Mandarin orange, apricot and mango. The hops don't stand a chance against the malt; pine and lemon rind-like bitterness are present but never quite break to the forefront. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden in the taste, though the slight burn in the finish makes it known that this is strong stuff.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, more comparable to a liqueur in texture than a beer. Carbonation is slight but enough to keep things lively.

Notes: Very interesting stuff, and pretty enjoyable. Not something I'd drink often, but I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/bronze color with a small, light, fluffy, white head. Some residue-like lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet maltiness - very strong. Also, a nice grassy, hoppy aroma.

T - This had a very hot alcohol taste/feel (almost like menthol). It was very, very malty with a very bitter hop kick.

M - It was soft and smooth with a very hot alcohol presence. It was medium to heavy-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. With its high ABV it was actually quite drinkable with great malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 2/28/2013. Pours very hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon peel, pineapple, tangerine, peach, mango, citrus rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon peel, pineapple, tangerine, peach, mango, citrus rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon peel/rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and spicy alcohol on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish with zero booziness. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA, especially considering the ABV. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. Extremely surprised and impressed with this vintage, as there is still a ton of hop complexity present and it does not feel overly heavy or malty at all; even after being nearly 3 years old. Other vintages I have had at similar age have been much sweeter and a bit cloying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ThePeskyDingo for sharing this one with me.

Poured into Sierra Nevada Glass.

Pours a 1/2 finger, very slightly off white head. Color is slightly hazy golden sunset orange. Not to well of head retention, but what can a person expect at 18%abv.

Aroma: I get nail polish remover off the top. Very slight booze. Some citrus. A lot of earthy hops. Kind of weird, but what else are you going to get at this much abv. It is my first of its kind and very unique.

Taste: Here is the booze. Honey, citrus blend, massive amounts of floral hops, bready malts, some fresh pineapples. Very sugary.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but very creamy as compared to what I was expecting. Med-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Leaves a boozy floral aftertaste. 1 word to describe this: Wow!

Overall, this was quite the sipper. Glad I shared it with Russ. I don't know if I could have a lot of this. Not to bad for the abv, but definitely a beer to drink in moderation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a few from the July 2008 batch during my visit to the brewery in Milton last summer.

A: Very bright orange-red color with a very nice head on it.

S: LOTS going on here with plenty of hops shooting out a grocery market full of citrus and tropical fruits. Solid malt sweetness to back it up.

T: Again, a ton going on here. Not as god as the nose, but quite tasty. Lots of sweetness and candy. It's simply overpowering.

M: Have to let this one sit on the palate for a while, as there's so much going on. Can definitely feel the alcohol, but wouldn't know it was 20% abv just from the feel.

D: Pretty good when it was relatively fresh (currently adding notes from old handwritten review). I've got a couple of these in the cellar, and I'm looking forward to popping one every July for the next few years.

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby red with a huge off white head that sticks around remarkably for such a strong beer.

S - Spicy, peppery hop aroma. A lot of corriander, pepper, chili, and smokey herbal notes. This kind of smells like an indian grocery store (I mean that in a good way).

T - Odd sharp bitterness is very powerfull. Sweet, malty, and a bit sour. It has distinct alcoholic warmth in the finish.

M - Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I little bit of astringency in the back of the mouth.

D - It is always hard to give a drinkability rateing to a beer this unreasonably strong, but overall this is a solid beer. Many "extreme" beers are almost undrinkable in my opinion but this goes down relatively easy, the only fault is the mouthfeel which is syrupy and a bit unpleasant. The high alcohol is kept in check by other flavors and the smell is quite extraordinary. I have to say this is one of the best truely extreme beers that I have had, from Dogfish Head or anyone else.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first crack at this bad boy its been a long time comin,pours a clear golden with some deep orange tint with a thin white head.Citrus infused vodka is the aroma I get mainly with this puppy with a light nuttiness barely peeking thru but this beer shows its alcohol and hops in the nose for sure.This bottle was was bottled this year so its relatively young and very powerful,pretty syrupy tongue-coating mouthfeel.Very interesting complexities going on pretty darn sweet for an IPA very alcoholic the hops are asexpected intense but everything about this ale is intense.now at $8.95 for a 12 ounce thats pretty high but this is quite the experience,one other thing I notice as this warms a little not only does the alcohol show thru more but a tropical fruit flavor lingers as well pineapple mainly man this complex.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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