120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
8,235 Ratings
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%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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Ratings: 8,235 |  Reviews: 2,343
Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
2.63/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Flabbyjandro
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ScottJWing
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of KevChiTown
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of Tertullian007
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of therica
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow I was in the mood for an IPA and all I had was junk in the fridge until I found this bottle given to me a few months ago by my son. Great! I thought.... Well, I'd totally forgotten how powerful this stuff was supposed to be! I already feel over-warm and I was just looking for a nice IPA to cool me down on a 90-degree too-early-summer day in April!


A= nice copper-amber, just-off-white creamy head about 1 finger in a tall glass 1/2L stein, tons of lacing. Profuse tiny dancing bubbles coming up erratically and swirling like a gnat-swarm. Where's Jerry Garcia when you need a good light-show?!?!?

S= very evident, with strong everything-- hops, florals, malts, liquor.

T= a bit overpowering on the first gulp before I realized what I was drinking. Actually a bit nauseatingly sweet. But after readjusting my brain, a fantastic display of hops, a solid foundation of malts and some bready traits, definite liquor evident, high sweetness.

M= sweet, with bold varietal hops, bready malts, occasional hints of a woody hops taste of some sort; lasts for quite some time.

D= one only, for me. I'd love to let this go flat and serve it in 4-ounce snifters and see how that works.

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Photo of stevehagy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ccozzi
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcloeren
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden orange with just a touch of bright white head trying to form but the weight of this beer definitely won the battle.

Great citrus and tropical fruit hop notes explode out of my glass. Grapefruit and orange peal along with sweet mango. Caramel malt sweetness backing it all up. There is definitely some heat on the nose. Reminds me of when I used to wear Sex Panther.... it stings the nostrils.

Whoa! Tons going on here. While the hops are definitely present, sweet caramel maltiness takes the lead on the tongue. Very malty with some serious heat. I personally love the heat on this though. It's definitely not for the faint at heart. The citrus and tropical notes have been rounded off and lost their bitterness. Great tasting beer for sure.

Full bodied and a tad bit on the syrupy side but with plenty of carbonation to make up for it. This beer coats every bit of your mouth, gives it a nice prickling feeling and then leaves it with a slow burn from the booze. I'm definitely loving it.

Overall, I thought this was a great brew. Dogfish Head knew what they were doing with this one. Sam knocked it out of the park. While this beer clocks in at a whopping 120 ibu's... I do wish that it was more of a hop bomb. It is on the sweeter side for sure. If I could critique it at all, it would be to let the hops shine through a little bit more. Other than that, a great beer and I will be seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of straightlambic
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chcfan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of darktronica
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 22, 2015, so this is a fresh batch. Dark amber in color, with minimal head that dissipates quickly and a light haze that clarifies upon warming. Smells of malt, crackers, scuppernong grape, lemongrass, and alcoholic heat. Flavors of raw sugar cane, orange gumdrops, maple, grassy hop bitterness, and booze. When fresh, this makes no effort to disguise its high abv. None whatsoever.

I'm enjoying this more than the objective score would indicate, so chalk that up to the alcohol talking at the end of a long day. It's intriguing to call this an IPA; it's certainly not "too extreme to be called beer," but it also goes hard enough to end up outside of the typical IPA box. Interesting enough for me to set some on the bottom cellar shelf to forget about for a few years and see how time treats it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of davet100
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Aug. 2012

Pours hazy orange/yellow with just no head. No lacing, just alcohol legs and film along the glass.

Smell offers big resinous hoppy notes, tropical fruits, sweet malts, orange, booze.

Pretty sweet on the palate.Big sweet fruit notes, tropical notes, well balanced for how chaotic it could be..some warming alcohol

Big chewy body on this..slightly bitter finish

Definitely a sipper but highly drinkable in that realm. You pay for the ABV but there's a good beer behind all of that.


Sipping this same batch now 12/15/13

Very dense looking beer. Some floaties and bubbles around the glass.

Hops are very subdued. Sweetness and malt has taken over. Caramel, candied pineapple, a touch of booze.

Incredibly sweet. Caramel malt, brown sugar, nearly no hops. Very little bitterness. Cloying aftertaste.

Huge, dense, mild carbonation.

Way too sweet with over a year of age on it. I prefer this beer fresh.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Beersnake1
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp to tulip. Bottled in March of this year, so it's fresh. Pours a golden orange with minimal head. Quickly dissipates. Nose is citrus and hops. Not getting much alcohol heat on the hose. Taste is quite a punch in the face. I love the hops and alcohol heat, which is definitely present on the taste. To me, this is a classic strong American barleywine. Kind of an Old Guardian on steroids. There is a sweet syrupy taste which evolves into a dark fruit (cherry) flavor. Definitely some burn on the way down. Mouthfeel is nice, although not as thick as I would have expected. Overall, a really nice beer.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8,235 ratings
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