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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:
#1,862
Reviews:
2,348
Ratings:
8,267
pDev:
15.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,440
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Ratings: 8,267 |  Reviews: 2,348
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Gagnonsux
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Review from 3/14/15 (ratings changed to reflect this review) - On-tap at Yard House. Still a little too much alcohol and too thick for me, but I appreciate this more that I used to. An interesting beer for sure, but still not something I think I'll ever be craving.


Original review from 5/12/06

Look - 4.0
Smell - 2.5
Taste - 2.5
Fell - 2.5
Overall - 2.0
Avg - 2.49

Sampled from a fresh bottle dated 3/3/06. Color is a bright copper with lots of big, slow moving bubbles for carbonation. Head is tall, thick, and off-white. Retention is high for a beer with this much ABV. Not much here in for smell. Traces of citrissy hops, alcohol, and a fruity malt are noted. Taste is of a very sweet, make that an almost sickly sweet malt, with a slight edge of fruitiness. Strong alcohol flavor is in the mix. Some citrissy hop flavor fades into the background. I was actually expecting this to be a very, very hoppy beer. This reminds me more of a supped up euro strong lager, like something from Russia. There's just too much sweetness and alcohol here for my tastes. I'm gonna set my other bottle aside for a long, long time and see what happens.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Ciocanelu
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy dark orange color with off-white head. Aroma has bittersweet dried orange peel and boozy orange liquor. Taste starts bittersweet with piney hops and orange peel but then the booze kicks in and burns your throat and insides. Medium body and carbonation. It has classic IPA flavors but with the alcohol overwhelming everything. Really difficult to drink.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Bright orange amber body. Light off-white head is thin with low lace, but what’s there manages to stick around with nice retention.

S – Soft, fruity alcohol, cloves, buckwheat honey, and a generous helping of apricots and stewed pairs. Round floral notes accent the nose.

T – Opens with a delicious combination of caramel, buckwheat honey, and an apricot reduction. White hot alcohol clears out the center of the profile to reveal bright woody hops. The bitterness glows through a cocktail of booze and honey on the slow, meandering finish.

M – The booze lends an ethereal quality to what is otherwise a full body.

O – Slow sipping, but complex and delicious. Think whisky IPA.

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Photo of billab914
2.46/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle dated 5/1/09 poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky orange amber color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma is sweet, sugary and boozy. The hops pretty much either faded away at this point or are overshadowed by the sweet maltiness. Caramel, brown sugar and alcohol are the main flavors I get out of it.

The taste is also extremely sweet and boozy. There is some caramel maltiness to it, but it's more of a sugary, candy like flavor. The finish has a touch of residual hop bitterness, but not nearly enough. The alcohol also shows through too much, giving it a hot, boozy finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low for the style. Overall, I don't think it aged well at all and was approaching undrinkable. The lack of hoppiness just made it cloyingly sweet and boozy. It was kind of like a bad, really unbalanced, one dimensional barleywine. I've had it fresh and remember liking it better than this bottle. I'll make an effort to revisit a fresh bottle and update my review when I can find one.

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Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Eulogy (secret stash), Philly, PA

I've now had the '08 vintage bottle (April '11), the '11 batch on tap, and a sample from an '03 bottle (Oct. '11). Thanks to Brewerdan for the latter.

*The following review applies to the '03 bottle. The on tap batch, and the '08 were similar to each other and I wrote a separate review for them. The '03 was almost like a different beer altogether.

This was an entirely different monster than I expected, after having the '11 batch, and recollecting the '08 from a few months ago. I don't know if the beer was tamer back then, or if it just mellowed out a lot over the past 8 years. Poured a slightly hazed orange-amber, noticeably lighter than the Raison D'Extra sitting next to it. Slight patchy layer of white head. Aroma of oak, leafy hops, and sugar. I prepared myself for the strong-tasting quaff I've experienced before, but my eyes lit up when I took my first sip of the '03 vintage. Very mellow and flavorful. Instead of being right in your face like newer batches, the alcohol punch took a back seat to a creamy lemony hoppiness overlaid on sweet caramel malts. Notes of pine and butterscotch too. Wow...I liked the other batches, but this was...drinkable! Smooth mouthfeel, a little heavier than medium-bodied.

If this batch has been brewed consistently the same with no change to the recipe, then I can safely say: it take 8 years [minimum] for this beer to evolve to its perfect state.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of paulish
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. Color is deep amber. Caramel and malty sweetness on the nose, with alcohol.
Very sweet on the palate. A bit of an alcohol burn going down, especially as it warms.
Not for everyone. Glad I had the experience.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy orange amber. Not much of a head, but there is some lace left behind.

Very strong pinecone-like hop smell--very fresh. This is too strong to detect much malt or alcohol.

This has the sweetness of fruit punch with a slight hop counter point. This is, for me, too much of a good thing. Strong alcohol warmth in the aftertaste along with the pine hop. Still, the sweetness prevails. Almost oily in the body with low carbonation.

This is an interesting beer, with extreme flavors all around. It is difficult to finish because of it overbearingness. I would say it is worthy of a one time try.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from DDarden, cheers! Bottled on12/16/06

Pours caramel/apricot with 2+fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Big-time breadyness & piney hops.

T: Cakey, with honey, dates & in your face piney hops, plus some booze burn up front. Middle has pralines, caramel, baker's chocolate & more booze. Finishes dry, boozey with port notes, apricots & apple skins (fruitty)

MF: Chewy, slick, but a touch of carbonation, skews a bit malty to say the least

Drinks good for the abv, but I prefer a more restrained DIPA, at say 1/2 to 1/3rd the ABV. I would say based on my 2 tastings to age at least 3 years

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a tight inch of off-white foam. Impressive that it can even form and sustain a head with all that booze in there.

Smell: Whoo! Even upon opening you get a whiff of alcohol-soaked hops. Very apricoty, maybe a few golden raisins. Leafy and tremendously resiny hop character and, of course, an excessive, though exciting amount of fusel alcohol.

Taste: Whoo-boy!! Ultra sweet, incredibly juicy apricot taste. Searing alchol presence upon that first sip, but give it some time, friends, that'll pass. Sharp flavors of ruby red grapefruit citrus oils and pine resin. Still, though, I get alot of apricot. All of the high levels of malt, hops, and alcohol push and shove each other around without letting one quality sit on the tongue for too long. The grapefruit and apricot come together, become morphed, and start tasting of mango and passion fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Sticky yet also pretty warming.

Drinkability: A sipper, for sure, but a good one. Really holds itself together fairly well for being packed to the gills with malt, hops, and booze. Like it or not, it's hard not to be having a good time when you finish the bottle.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8,267 ratings
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