120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
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 Dewsby
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rand
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ALLISON01
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aaronh
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/light copper color. Nice off-white head. The aroma is very hoppy, but not pungent. Just a good hop note with a few alcohol esters. The taste is very sweet, with noticeable alcohol, but not like drinking schnapps (which generally has the same ABV). For all the hops, the malt dominates. The mouthfeel is solid, but actually seems lighter than expected. I guess all the alcohol cuts it a bit. The drinkability is fairly good for a brew this strong, but who in their right mind could drink a 750 ml bottle? I wouldn't mind seeing this in 12 oz like WWS. This is a very good, interesting sipping beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a golden with a bit of head. The smell was heavily fruity. The taste was also fruity, and despite having 120 IBUs wasn't very hoppy at all. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, and certainly didn't seem to be 21% at all. As for drinkability..........I'd have as many as possible before falling flat on my face!

I've been looking forward to this beer since they announced the release for May 1st, and it didn't disappoint! I called this one "beer schnapps" today, and that's the best way to describe this. I'll certainly be on the lookout for this one in the future!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle brewed 3/29/06.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy red hued copper color with a thin white colored head and a milky way of film in the center.
S: Heavy fruit hops with grapefruit, orange, lemon, passion fruit, and pine all are noticeable. Spicyness of the high abv is bold. Sweet wafer notes also.
T/M: Holy crap what a huge body this brew has! Big massive juicy mango, orange, and grapefruit fruityness with luscious pine notes. Extra sweet with a big spicyness that stings the taste buds and combines with a bold bitterness that hangs out. Creamy, oily, and resiny crawl across the tongue. Extra sticky with a sweet sugary residue left on the lips. It seems that as this beer warms it gets thicker and more syrupy. Not extremely bitter as I thought it was going to be. The back of my neck is getting warm---extra warming in the chest and head.
D: Ahhh, drinkable? Drinkable how? quantity?--no way. It's worth getting a hold of even at the steep price tag (~$9). 21% abv--Holy Crap! Definately a sipping beer---and only one at a time! But also a very tasty offering from DFH, not that I'm suprised.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally found this in Vegas.

I love the huge hop on the label. Way cool.

Pours a caramel/copper/apple juice color. The appearing head quickly vanishes to a few bubbles.

Aroma consists of sweet candy, prunes and alcohol. Reminds me of an old or strong ale.

Inital sweetness on the taste quickly kicks into a rush of candy and booze. There is a slight alcohol burn on the swallow. Definitely a sipping beer and a cigar would pair with this nicely.

Putting one back on my own was tough and would make most call it a night after one.

Overall the major sweetness and booziness was a hindrance in my enjoyment and my ability to call this a "world class" beer. Definitely happy I tried it though.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish 120 Minute 12oz. Bottle (dated 07/22/15) from Mary for Christmas purchased at Copper Vine, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - A normal pour creates 1-finger of dense, khaki head. The body is a very hazy, burnt orange, looking almost like a pulpy fruit juice. There are small bubbles consistently making their way toward the surface behind the cloudy body. The head sustains at 1/4 finger ring around the edges, and a thin, lacy film through the middle. There are really nice, lacy rings left on the glass.

S- I'm initially hit by a load of hops, mostly grapefruit, but there's a big, sweet, malt backbone behind it that comes off as caramel or English toffee. Another whiff and the aroma melds into a tobacco leaf and leathery goodness. Within the sweetness, the alcohol becomes apparent. Not harsh, but something of fruit brandy (like apricot or even a cherry cordial). Hops become more spicy too.

T- Whoa! There's a lot going on here. Very sweet up front, something like brown sugar and maple syrup. Then the hops kick in through the middle, bringing a leafy and spicy quality. The finish is a combination of the sweet and hoppy. More of the brown sugar, but with a juicy hop that combines grapefruit and spicy aspects. Things don't change too much with warmth, but become more pronounced. The spicy hops begin to hint at freshly cracked black pepper toward the end.

M- Very full bodied. High viscosity. The hops provide a spicy bite and combine with the extreme ABV that adds a smooth, warm heat. All in all, the finish becomes rather dry after the syrupy sweet mouthful.

O- I'm so glad my wife pulled the trigger for me. I've been tempted every time I see it on the shelf, but walked away due to the cost combined with an apprehension over the perceived flavor profile. This is definitely a one and done sipper for the evening, but I'd be more than tempted to pick up a few more, maybe one to drink fresh and one to lay down for some aging.

4.5 4.5 4.25 4.25 4.25

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Photo of GPHarris
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that i've cellared for one year

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter. left some nice sheeting and lacing throughout. i was amazed how much it billowed with a swirl of the glass considering the high ABV. the body was a bright deep amber shade.
s - i could smell the hops from three feet away. lots of grapefruit and sweet malty aromas in this one.
t - malty and sweet, hoppy, grapefruit.
m - sticky and bubbly, it really coats the tongue. i can feel this sticking to my teeth, i might need to floss after drinking this.
d - this is a smooth sipper and it makes you want to drink it fast even though it has some heat to it but it's not overwhelming. i like it a lot. i think this could be amazing with 5-10 years of cellaring instead of the 1 i put behind it.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of addiwilliams
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Dougwillhike
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of gshak
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange. Created half a finger of head upon pour, that receded into nothing in a matter of seconds.
S - Orange, grapefruit, apricots, plums and other stone fruits make their presence felt.
T - Oh boy, this is where it is becoming undone...supremely phenolic. No attempt has been made to hide the alcohol, and that is a major distraction. I really had to nurse this one through, with a glass of water, just like I would have done with a shot of bourbon.
M - Alcohol all over the place, just feeling the burn and not much else.
O - 3.5/5 and I'm being very generous. Glad to have tried it, and glad to have purchased just the one bottle. I doubt if there will be a repeat.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of batt6343
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of LutherBrau
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BostonHops
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: 02/09/09

pours a slightly hazy bright orange/amber tone with with a short-lived, thin beige-colored head. nose is malt-heavy with a few muted, secondary hoppy notes. obviously a different animal from your typical DIPA. very sweet smelling beer. (not surprising given the malt bill coupled with the age.)

taste largely follows the nose. veeeerry sweet, borderline cloyingly so. to me this is more closely related to an english barleywine than a DIPA, and not an especially good one. not sure i'm going to be able to get through the bottle. mouthfeel is chewy, rich and full bodied with slightly below medium carbonation.

overall this is not one of my favorites from DFH. at least aged. i've had it fresh(er) in the past, and recall enjoying it more... this is average at best. ultimately though 120 falls into that extreme category of beers that tends to be pretty polarizing. of the three siblings i'll stick with the 90 minute.

(originally reviewed on: 05-15-2011)

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Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,116 ratings.
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