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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
Ranking:
#1,865
Reviews:
2,349
Ratings:
8,270
pDev:
15.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,440
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3,960
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of dasenebler
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Lion's Pride (Brunswick, Maine)

Rich amber-gold color. Very large head, poured into a snifter.

Nose is enormous and awesome. Tons of booze, but a heap of hops as well. I can detect some complex Simcoe, though I could be wrong.

Flavor is cloyingly sweet. Tastes like syrup. This wasn't even a full pour and I had a hard time finishing it off. I know it's hoppy, but the the syrupy sweetness dominates everything.

You should try the 120, simply because there's nothing quite like it. But, this does not make it great beer. I'm not even sure this is beer.

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Photo of Brown120
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sachie23
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TubaDan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Gaddabble
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Richter525
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sanitarium16
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewSTL
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper orange with one finger head.
Smells sweet and citrusy with a slight hoppiness behind it.
Taste sweet, a lot of citrus fruit. It's almost candy like. Finishes with very slight dryness. Really enjoyed it.
Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with next to no carbonation.
Great beer! Hope I get a chance to get it again.

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laxer8811
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Fcolle2
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ramrod666
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

120 minute ipa is like a nuclear blast in your mouth(insano hoppy) and your belly(20.0%abv). pours a dirty gold color with a thick, sticky billowing head. smell is a hop explosion with a heavy citrus(grapefruit) flavor. taste is unreal. so hoppy, oily, sweet with a tinge of alcohol that is well hidden considering the high abv. mothfeel is numbing and warming- very sticky. drinkabilty is compromised by the alcohol content but, one to start off or end your night will be highly enjoyable if not interesting.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ALLISON01
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of onlymurderers
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aaronh
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +11.9%
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 +1%
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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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8,270 ratings
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