120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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

Photo of EMH73
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eschaton
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shade1951
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -11.6%
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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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twax
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was told if I found a 120 minute IPA to try it. I'm not much of an IPA guy but here goes. Great rich color and super hoppy smelling. Awesome taste. So very different I can't describe it. The hops have a new meaning. Easier drinking than I imagined. I will buy this one again when available. From a 12 ounce bottle at Ron's Corner Tavern. Thanks Jesse!!

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Photo of sunflare9
1.52/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This isn't a beer. This is a light hard alcohol with a lot if hops. Got it just to try and that's all I am going to do with it. Not great in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerTest
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Slim_720
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lanedlr
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 codytwo
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jslice99
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shoegueuze
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 1/14/15 poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees F. No ABV listed on bottle. The beer is reddish, copper color with tan head. Retention is good for a 28 month old beer and there is more lacing than I expected. There is quite a bit of sediment for a beer that's been in a refrigerator at 55 degrees, but I poured aggressively to produce a one inch head. Aroma is sweet caramel and a hint of booze. There is also some pine from what's left of the hops. The taste is sweet smooth malt and dark fruit at first, followed by piney bitterness on the backend. The mouthfeel is rich and full transitioning to bitterness and a moderate alcohol bite. Carbonation is still abundant. Overall, very good. I purchased this 2 years ago and intended to age it and drink as a barley wine. I may have jumped the gun by a year or two. I've had this fresh and it's too much for me (overwhelming bitterness). I think a few more years would really smooth it out, but I could just buy DFH Olde School which is pretty smooth at two years.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerStud187
1.97/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

I don't get it, this is not a good beer. They succeeded in making it high alcohol content, but that is it. It does not taste good. It is not hoppy. To call it a TIPA is an offront to hops. This is an alcohol forward, non hoppy, non floral, non citrusy, sickly sweet (but not in a good way) mess. Congrats, bums would enjoy getting drunk on this, but it tastes like I imagine their piss would, alcoholic and awful tasting. I don't understand Dogfish Head at all, they make awful IPAs. It's no wonder Dogfish are nearly inedible because so is your s--- beer. Overrated...

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Photo of Lahey
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look is almost amber with light head and no lacing.

Smell is honey caramel and orange, heavenly.

Taste is complex and changes over the first few sips as your palate adjusts. Honey, caramel, orange and light hops. This beer is more of a sweet alcohol bomb than a hop forward beer. You get the warm belly feeling from the alcohol:-)

Mouthfeel isn't too thick or oily for the amount of sugar and alcohol in it. Pretty much what you'd expect.

Overall a delicious beer. I wouldn't buy it all the time (if it was available constantly) but for once or twice a year, why not. Its a one and done style beer, so don't plan a long session around it. Just enjoy the interesting flavor and the story of how you found it:-) If you like this, try the implication by oddside ales (michigan brewer). Its a 13% ipa.

Edit: just tried it on tap and it's a little different from my memory of it bottled. More fruit than honey notes and more boozy than i remember. Still good, but i think i prefer it bottled.

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Photo of Smoff966566
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beer if you like hops. At $10 for a 12oz. bottle, it's a wallet buster. But I ended up buying six, won't tell the wife. It is phenomenal. I'm kinda new to super crafts. But this lives up to the hype!!!

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,204 ratings.
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