120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,117
Reviews:
2,296
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
Wants:
1,435
Gots:
3,875
For Trade:
238
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Photo of chrisjws
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a finger of off-white head. Poured 3/4 of the bottle rather aggressively into the glass. Head retention is okay with a ring of white foam lingering for a long while. No lacing left behind. Aroma is hand sanitizer with little hints of citrus hops behind. Flavor profile is boozy, with huge notes of hand sanitizer cleaning and cleansing the tongue before anything else hits. Citrus, and orange hops add to it. Mouth feel is a little fizzy, with a medium thickness. Overall, this brew is loud - LOUD. It's heavy, with huge boozy notes. Not picking up much else behind that. Hops are boisterous to the point of drowning out any singular notes.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a bottle.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very little carbonation, gorgeous look, tropical smell, taste balanced. Pretty amazing for an 18% DIPA.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gosox8787
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2011 vintage 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City tulip.

Appearance: Golden amber in color with not much head, but a bit of white lacing that hangs around for a bit. Ample carbonation on the pour.

Aroma: Pine, citrus, and pineapple upfront in the nose. A bit of vanilla and caramel. The malt presence is a bit stronger than I expected. A lot of booze burn, but that is not surprising considering the ABV and age.

Taste: Hop notes of pine and tropical fruits upfront. Very sweet overall. The booze makes this a beer for sipping for sure. The caramel, vanilla, and molasses are completely different from most beers. Interesting for sure.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, a nice touch of carbonation in there to stay light on the tongue.

Overall, a completely different and interesting interpretation of an IPA. A bit too boozy at this age. I would love to see how this evolves over time.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 version on 7/4/16 poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 16 ounce tulip. Pours a deep amber with a thin, white head. The smell is dank, some citrus, sweet, and boozy. The taste is very sweet, very boozy, and hard to pick out anything else. Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation and oily. Overall, this beer is incredibly intense and a bit difficult to drink. It definitely needs to age. I will revisit this review in a year or two when I open another.

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Griphon
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Undated (but presumably quite fresh) bottle split with a friend. (A split is probably a really good idea at this ABV. This is a really potent brew.) However, after 6 oz I was regretting sharing it. It was THAT GOOD.
Appearance is nothing special. Medium gold; tenacious white head; carbonation is spot on.
Taste: oh, my. Malty, sweet caramel, some hops bitterness but VERY subdued.
Smooth and extremely easy to drink. Syrupy, almost. The alcohol is there but it's so nicely integrated that you just go with it. Had a 21st Amendment Hop Crisis (one of my all-time favorite DIPAs) immediately following and it tasted thin and flavorless.
Keep telling yourself "sip it, sip it" - but it's SO good. Again, it's probably best that I split a bottle.
At ten bucks a pop and 18%, this would not be a regular indulgence. However, if you get a chance to try it (and don't have to drive), it's highly recommended.
I have a second bottle that's going in the cellar for a year or two. There aren't many rough edges on this brew, and it's an IPA (and therefore best if it's fresh?), but the bottle does say that it ages well so I gotta see.

Update: OK, so I had the opportunity to score a fresh 32 oz growler while in DE. So much for cellaring.) I reiterate everything I said above, and then some! Not yo mamma's DI(PA.

To elaborate: DFH 120 is thicker, sweeter, boozier, smoother than any IPA/DIPA. If you're looking for a hop bomb, this ain't it. I would contend that 120-Minute would fall into the Strong Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy category. And it would be near the top of the class no matter where you classify it. Kudos to DFH!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Buebie
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this bottle from Casanovas in Hudson WI today.
I also have one cellaring from '06 and have wanted to try this, but was reluctant to crack the '06 bottle.

Poured from a 12pz bottle into a snifter.
Head is white, light and fluffy, 2 fingers deep off a rigerous pour.
Hazy amber in color. Retention is medium, little to no laceing.

Big peach marmalade smell, alcahol fumieness, to be expected off a 20+ % beer.
Some grassy floral hop aroma, a bit of bready malt, but mostly overwhelmed by marmalade and alcahol. Smells delicious.

Holy bang me! This is one huge flavored beer!
(This was my actual reaction to tasting it)
I've come to the conclusion that I'm not worthy of reviewing this beer.
But I'll do my best.

Bittering hops with a yeasty bread tone, some dme/ malty wheat like quality.
Sour mash alcahol with a grapefruit zing through the middle and a good dose of carbonation.
Lemon zest mixed with the strongest white wine like flavor. All through this sour and sweet do a happy dance on my tounge, finishing dry with a hop linger and alcahol warming.
Maybe some champagne like flavor qualities?

I'm still not sure exactly what I tasted, that was awsome....

Mild syrup like feel, mostly dry in a champagne like similarity in texter.

I couldnt drink more then one of these in a session, but its a damn fine crafted beer. I will be purchasing more of these to cellar.

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of korguy123
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Robtobfest for this!
12oz poured into a snifter. (No bottling date)

A- Very hazy copper/straw color. Half finger off white head that settled to a tiny cloud of bubbles in the middle of my glass. Decent lacing. As I'm staring at my glass I can't get over the fact that it looks like I'm about to drink a glass of butterscotch syrup.

S- The alcohol does peak through but not as much as I was expecting. Grapefruit, pine, strong hop oils, sweet candy and hearty malt nose.

T- Pine right off the bat, sweet candy as it settles on your tonge, orange peel, pineapple, mild alcohol as the beer starts to warm. The hops do a good job at cutting through the alcohol IMO.

M- Creamy, smooth, sticky on the lips and a slight alcohol burn/warming feeling as you swallow.

D- Each sip was exciting and magical. I do put emphasis on the word "sip" this is something to be truly enjoyed at a slow pace.

I have to say after having a WWS and feeling sickened about how strong the alcohol came through in the nose and taste I was a little hesitant to try this. but I must say this really blew me away I enjoyed every sip of it and can't wait for August's batch to come my way to try one as fresh as possible.

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Photo of sanitarium16
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmwilliq
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GregSemenza
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Um. Wow?

Looks like freshly shaken corn syrup with little air bubbles rising. Golden-ish tone that just looks sweet. Aroma hints at pine trees and alcohol but drifts somewhere towards the tropics -- canned pineapple, sugary fake lime... Sweet on the tongue, fades to mild bitterness. Just bizzare -- but nice.

Putnam very correctly observed that this tasted better after baked goods -- namely the chocolate chip cookies that the 40-year-old "schoolgirl" (It was the day after Halloween; what can I say?) generously gave us.

Sweet, finnicky, bizarre, a bit overdone. Say what you will. It's probably all true.

But this is a hell of a beer with some real paradoxical complexities and simplicities that help you forget you're talking about a beer that weighs in at 20%.

A recommendation for the folks at DFH: Put a Surgeon General-style warning on the label: "Share with friends." Who the hell put this in such a huge bottle?

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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,117 ratings.
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