120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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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%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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Ratings: 8,221 |  Reviews: 2,340
Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a big beer. I was able to purchase four of these because I saw them sitting on the counter at one of my local liquor stores. I asked if they were for sale and yes they were for a cost of $10.99/each so I bought them all! The beer poured a one finger head but dissipated pretty quickly. There is no ABV listed on the bottle but the fact that the head disappeared immediately I am assuming it is quite high. On the nose I pick up some molasses and sweetness of malt. The hops and the ether taste is what catches my palate. This is a big beer and it is not for everyone. If this beer is indeed 18% ABV it is well hidden and drinkable. Could I drink it all day long? Hell no, but I could drink it daily. I am fortunate to have found it! I will age a few bottles and see how it is at a later date. This is a wheelhouse beer and if you can't handle a big, hoppy, high ABV beer you better leave this one for the folks that drink "big boy beer"!

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Photo of eastcoastdan
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KarlHvK
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbeebe
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Murph106157
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at Green Jug Fine Wines in Woodland Hills, CA. 2017 bottle, 12oz.

Look: Pours a slightly hazy rust-colored orange, really nice hue. No foam, slight lacing.
Smell: Toffee, fruit, hops, all balanced into an amazing smell. Definitely a lingering caramel aroma, with evident boozy smells as well.
Taste: incredible sticky toffee comes back, balanced by notes of raisin and dark fruit. Clear bitterness that lingers in the back of your mouth. Warm heat, with a structure more like a barrel-aged saison. Either way, amazing beer.
Feel: pretty heavy body, with low but even carbonation and a lingering stickiness. Really smooth for such a heavy hitter.

Amazing beer! So much more than I expected, with a a lot more to this beer than just overwhelming hoppiness. In fact, I found it taking a back seat to all the other flavors found in this beer. Amazing find Dogfish Head! Highly recommended. Take your time with it!!

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Photo of Coho11
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely big. I wouldn't really call it an IPA, also its not overtly hoppy either. Bitterness is present but feels on the lower end of things, drinks sort of like a nice Brittish pale or ESB in regard to hops. In regard to malt, feels a lot like a German Bock, lots of dark fruit flavor and aroma, slightly caramel and toffee like.

Booze is up front and bold in this one. Actually in general pretty smooth and the ethanol heat you get meshes with the dark fruit, but there's no denying its present.

Overall this is pretty good. But its like running a marathon, you gotta get yourself psyched up for this one, easy drinking is certainly not a word that comes to mind here.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeLoynes
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnTurano
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After 5 months aging beer is much less bitter and has more of an alcohol flavor up front. 5 / 3.75 / 3.5 / 3.5 / 3.25 = 3.6 overall.

One year aged coming soon.

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Photo of JoeK89
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gilgar
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orangish body with lots of floaties; small head, but long lasting and good lacing (high marks for the lacing)

Smell: malty sweetness with good hop aroma; much maltier than I expected; peculiar aroma in background, pleasant, maybe like a dried tropical fruit, but also a bit solventy.

Taste: very malty, syrupy sweetness with good hop bite, but not quite enough to balance it out, surprisingly. This is extremely sweet and cloying. It would be a great dessert beer. You could probably pour it over ice cream (or pancakes for that matter). But the flavor is good, so I'll give it a good mark.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and creamy. You can watch the beer slide back down the glass as you drink it.

Remarks: I bought this beer to share with a friend to say we had it. But he moved. I think this one IS best shared.

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Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am rating this beer based upon it being at least 2 years old and properly cellared. Fresh this beer is a hot mess, in the worst way possible. I made the mistake of drinking it fresh once and it tastes primary of alcohol. As it ages the hops really come through ,there is a nice malty sweetness and it is quite unique, a real good sipper.

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Photo of FilumDee
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eschaton
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is essentially a hop liqueur. I'm tempted to mix it with bourbon and an orange zest but it's just so damn good strait.

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Photo of Brick1981
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shade1951
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is weird, but not in a bad way. As long as one doesn't expect a "normal" IPA.

Because of the super-high ABV, I knew I had to pour it emphatically to get any kind of head. Doing so yields a thin, light amber head that quickly dissipates in a wisp of foam floating at the top. The smell is pleasant - but not overpowering. To me, it doesn't smell as boozy as it is. There is hops, but it's actually more subdued. Very light citrus, almost no piny-ness to speak of.

The taste is where any divisiveness will really surface. Those expecting mouth-puckering tanginess because of the high hops content will be disappointed. The flavor borders on sweet. For 18%, I get very little alcohol burn in the mouth and throat. It is surprisingly smooth. Carbonation is moderate, and there is a bit of creaminess. This beer *might* possibly go well with certain desserts.

At the potency and price, this is not a beer to drink more than one of at a time, or even on the same day. It should be an occasional indulgence, unless one has bottomless pockets and a very high tolerance for alcohol.

It would be a great prank to pour one of these for an unsuspecting Bud drinker, except that it's such an over the top ale that the person would likely not drink more than an ounce of it. Too expensive to be used in a prank.

In fact, this beer is absurdly expensive. Is it worth the exceptionally high price? Probably not. Is it worth the occasional splurge for a bottle. Probably.

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

Big malty double ipa type smell but the taste is something else completely..

Some hops flavor but mostly sweetness and a vodka type alcohol flavor come thru .

Maybe aging helps but fresh as is I'm going to say this is a over rated beer that doesn't back up the hype..

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 82.2% out of 100 with 8,221 ratings
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