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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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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%.

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Reviews: 2,274 | Ratings: 8,059
Photo of dedge85
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden brown with a small amount of head.

Smell: Caramel and malty

Taste: Delicious!! This definately hit the spot. Think and syrappy and even hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Tons of flavor hitting every part of the mouth.

Drinkability: A little hard to drink which is why you have to sip it.

I know that a lot of people say that this beer is overkill, but i wish that they would make a 150 min IPA because I think that it was a little bit too easy to drink!

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Photo of barleyman
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz bottle into my straight sided tumbler. Appearance is a cloudy medium brown with good initial head receding into a faint one. Smell is of citrus mainly, with a hop undertone. Taste is of raisins and clove, hops and citrus with a strong hop finish. Mouthfeel is quite complex, more so than most beers out there. Drinkability is limited, one would do most people.
Overall, a bit over the top in my opinion.

Just a thought,


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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent head that stays around for a while. Pured into a tulip glass.

Nice hoppy smell with some malts on the nose as well, mainly caramel malts.

Decent taste, Decent hoppiness that is overshadowed by extreeme sweetness and maltiness.

Mouthfeel is decent and thick, but the maltiness takes away from crispness. Syrupy in mouthfeel.

For a 21% alcohol beer it's not that hard to drink, but the extreme thickness and sweetness of the malt make drinking more than a couple of these a chore.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy pale amber, very little head formation although a constant ring around the glass throughout consumption.

S: Aroma is a mixture of alcohol, malt, and citrus fruit. Reminds of scotch with the addition of grapefruit-like citrus aroma.

T: Starts with acidic, sweet grapefruit flavor, moves into hoppy bitterness and ends with an alcoholic bitter note that lingers for awhile. Lots of hops evident in this brew, but balanced with the fruity/malty flavors. This beer reminds me of a slightly stronger Old School Barley Wine (also by DFH), with similar flavor profiles although quite a bit sharper.

M: a little syrupy, with an expected heaviness although it is still quite light for a 20% ABV beer. Almost sticky.

D: For its strength this is a surprisingly drinkable beer. Given the ABV I was expecting something closer to a scotch or whiskey, but the balance of alcohol to the rest of the drink was about on par with wine. Although this is a quite bitter beer I would probably serve this with a dessert because the fruity sweet flavor seems to strike me more. Not something I would drink regularly, but certainly worthwhile to pull out for a special occasion, or if I can find a good food match.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a bottle of this at Coopers a few weeks ago. This beer needs to sit and cellar for a long time before it is even drinkable. Perhaps if it was store in a cave like the one from the move "Deep Impact" it would be more enjoyable after 300 years.

It look golden and hazy. Almost murchy.

It smelled like heat. Seriously, the smell had an overwhelmiing hotness to it.

It tasted like burning.

It didn't stay long in my mouth so I couldn't give a good review of the mouthfeel. I was in such a hurry to swallow it because I was afraid my tounge would burst into flames.

I can't imagine going to a bar and ordering this and enjoying it. Perhaps if global warming were actually real and I needed to hide from the impending ice age I would drink this to warm me up. Since global warming isn't real, I guess I will never have to drink another one again.

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Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got two of these courtesy of two great BAs. (drseamus and nathan15) Thanks guys! I figured I would drink one now, and one later.

I heard about this beer about 3 years ago, and have always wanted to try it. I am a total hop head, but I had a feeling that at 21% ABV, that this one wouldn't be all that hoppy... let's see.

I poured this into an oversized Riedel wine glass. It poured a nice slightly cloudy orange color, with a great looking white head.

Aromas are very biting on the nose. Super charged alcoholic fruits, and some pine notes as well.

First sip... wow! If you set this in front of me, I would have never guessed this was a 21%!!! ABV beer. I would have said at least half that amount. There is a surprising light flavor to this beer. It doesn't really bog you down with huge overbearing flavors. It is big, no doubt about it. But it doesn't wack you over the head with any particular flavors. It has a sweety creamy undertone to the first sip, the beer then settles into a bitter hoppy finish, that does give you a bit of a jolt from the alcohol. But it's not overwhelming. This is a wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. This is so full bodied, and well crafted. The beer really coats your mouth nicely.

Drinkability? Well... one and done for sure with this beast. But this is a special beer, and I am really glad I got to try it. I was skeptical about aging this at first... (I prefer double IPAs fresh) But this isn't really a double IPA. It's really more like a super alcohol hop charged barleywine. I think the other bottle is going to sit for a while. I also think this will stay on my wants list. Well done Dogfish Head!

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was an orange/amber with a big fluffy white head. color: mango,pinapple,oranges. The taste: big fruity,high acidity,strong alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thick and silky. This brew drinks like a well aged barley wine. My freind gave me this one sample I wish I had one more to try. This beer is very complex and I need more time to pick out more flavors. I'ts huge pollen season down here in GA. and it's kinda hard to breathe!

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Photo of adowney523
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a snifter. Color is orange-amber and clear. Head is slightly off-white and thin.

Pineapple, some subtle floral scents, and alcohol present in the smell.

Malt taste is doughy. Citrus fruit from the hops dominate the taste, but there is some less-obvious fruity sweetness.

The beer is quite complex and rather drinkable considering the ABV.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really pretty clear golden orange in the glass with surprisingly larger head than you would expect with a beer this big. White head melts quickly but never goes away...remains a sticky ring all the way down the glass.

Aromas are fruity, tropical, and piney.

A definite sipper. Flavors are intensely sweet tropical candy and alcohol with a lot of pine oils that sort of stick to your tongue.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/18/06

A beautiful beer: lots of bubbles swimming inside a toasted rust/copper glow. Small head, but you would expect that at 21%. Poured into a tulip glass, and the head stuck around longer than expected, fed by an amazing number of bubbles. Lace is thick and ever-present.

Aroma is one-of-a-kind. Big juicy pine essence, fragrant, flowery, orange-y...not at all nostril-flaring. Kept perfectly in check. One of the purest hop aromas you'll experience, aside from standing in a field of the stuff.

Flavor is as delicious as the first one I ever had, and as illuminating as all the others that have come since. It's remarkable how well the big hops and big alcohol are balanced against a hefty malt backbone. The hops are sticky, juicy, succulent, even a bit spicey and spikey, but well-balanced against a sweet malt that feels lightly toasted. 21% alcohol makes this a sipper, no doubt, but we've all had beers with half the ABV that were ridiculously hot and out-of-whack. This is not.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, utterly smooth, and luckily no pastiness in the mouth. Feels (and tastes) like a big ol' barleywine in some ways. Perfect.

Drinkability for a beer like this should be considered relative to similar beers. I doubt another 21% beer with such insane hoppiness could be made to be as luscious and enjoyable as this. And no significant weaknesses either. In a league of its own...one of the best freakin' beers in the world.

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Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 12/18/06

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, copper color with a one and a half finger head. Head was retained nicely and left a really nice coat of lace.

Smell: Very sweet smell. Hops are really strong. Nice pine aroma. Citrus notes add to the sweetness (grapefruit and orange). Surprisingly, I cannot pick up any scent of alcohol.

Taste: Sugary, sweet taste is the first thing to note. This is a sweet beer. Grapefruit taste adds to the sweetness. After that rush, there's a bitter hop kick to it. It's balanced out a little by the malty taste, but it's still pretty bitter. Again, alcohol is hard to detect. It's blended extremely well for such a high abv.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is pretty heavy and syrupy. I'm sipping it. Due to the 21% abv, I'd be extremely hard pressed to drink more than one. Drinkability is extremely limited. Overall, it's a good beer. Definitely extreme and pushing the envelope. Recommended.

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Photo of klewis
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to markgugs for this one.
12 oz. bottle

A: Pours a clear golden with a small bubbly head and small bubbles of carbonation that fight their way to the surface. The head quickly subsides to a frothy ring and leaves spots of lacing.

S: Nice smell with both malt and hop characteristics like a barleywine. Sweet-smelling aromas of candy sugar and floral hops. Not even a trace of alcohol in the nose.

T: Like the smell, the taste is simultaneously malty and hoppy. Very well-balanced with a complex flavor. Again, little of any sign of alcohol in the flavor.

M: Thick and syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation. It's here that the alcohol makes its presence known with an intense heat that makes me warm and fuzzy after just a few sips.

D: An amazingly smooth and tasty sipping beer. In a blind tasting, there is no way I would pick this as having an ABV of 21%. I need more.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Waaallll smack me down, this here is one serious beer. Poured with a small head and some lace. Has a clear orangish amber color. Nose is hoppy, fruity, honey, malty, and sweet. Flavor is all of that and more of the very ripe fruit, yeasty, and big honey. Alcohol is definitely there, but not as noticeable as the actual strength would suggest. Looong sweet finish. Big beer.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 edition I've been holding onto this one for awhile- somewhat scared to drink it. Finally, after an exceptionally long work week I said to hell with it. Down the hatch

Pours out quite clear with a golden hue. Not much head to speak of- lacing was decent but thats about it. The nose is sweet with minor hops in the background. Taste is in a nut shell- lapping up lquid malt extract. Holy shit that's sweet! Boozy, huge caramel malts with some breadiness with a hint o' hops in the background trying to sneak through. Given that this is four years old, I think I would prefer a fresher version that has more hop presence. The sweet malts are just too much in the aged bottle. There is some bitterness on the tail end which helps the finish of this beer immensely. The hops that are there lend more of a resiny quality than anything else, but given the age I was expecting a hop aroma bomb. I am very happy I had a chance to try this monster and if given the chance would love to try a fresh bottle.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good sized, off-white head with nice retention. Amber/auburn color with good carbonation.

Sweet, fruity hop aroma. A hint of candy/medicine smell and some peppery alcohol notes become more noticeable as it warms.

Very sweet flavor with more fruity, hoppy, almost candy-like characteristics. A touch of alcohol burn and warmth with some nice hop bitterness in the finish. Sweetness is not overpowering, and the alcohol warmth just gives it a nice dimension.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel but the good carbonation keeps it pretty drinkable. Hides the huge alcoholic strength very well. Probably not as good as the 90 min, but certainly more unique and worth a try.

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Photo of sacfly
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 04 notched
Pours a rich clear orange color with a thin head of tan bubbles. Aroma is of apricots with a hint of grass. Taste consists of apricots and pear with a pleasant bitterness cutting through the thick sweet mouthfeel. Sticky sweetness cut with a tinge of bitterness coats the mouth in the aftertaste. Wonderful. Age has done this beer some good. I love it fresh, but with a few years on it, it takes on a very smooth barlywine character. Never would guess it is @20% abv until you are drunk after one.

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Photo of Gaben
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I love this beer for a few reasons.... the gootness factor(ABV%) and overload of hops!

The appearance is amazing .. lots of bubbles on the side of glass when poured , a very strong color orange and hardly no foam on top.

The smell is goot as well kinda like hoppy citrus with a bunch of alcohol.

Taste is kinda overpowering at 1st , very spicy hoppy pine smell with that alcohol kick. 90 min x 3.

Mouthfeel isnt the glory of this beer, the alcohol makes it tough and very carbonated in some way as well.

I would truely drink alot of these beers for some reason, the taste makes it very easy to drink and you kinda forget about the 21% in it after a while.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing a 2006 version.

Pours golden-apricot with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly leaving only slight lacing.

Smell is bitter citrus hop and comparatively mild caramel malt sweetness. However, everything is eclipsed by the strong alcohol sting.

Taste is not what I had expected from the nose. Strangely, it reminds me of a screwdriver. Sweet and citrusy, with stinging solvent like alcohol. Caramel malt is present but completely overwhelmed. Citrus sweetness turns slightly sour in the finish. Lingering alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Generous hop oil.

This is unlike any IPA that I have had the chance to enjoy. It will definitely need some time in the cellar to mature. The alcohol sweetness is a little overwhelming. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reiviewing a 2006 bottle.

Poured a dark hazy orange with a long lasting and sticky short off white head.

Smell is sweet malts mixing into a big green juniper hop odor.

Taste has a huge sweet alcohol taste mixing into a big and bold citrus and juniper hop taste. There is almost no hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel has a heavy oil like quality along with a big and lingering alcohol heat.

Shockingly easy to drink for the high ABV. Not for everyday but definitly worth drinking every so often.

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Photo of maybrick
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the 18 to 20 %ABV, I could drink this all day. I really doesn't taste like 20% abv - sweet - pineapple-like hop character - I was surprised how much I liked it.

More orange in color and suprising amount of pinapple in the nose. Excellent head retention as well as a modest to decent amount of lace. First time I've ever had it and went right out the next week and procured some for home. Definitely NOT a beginner beer!

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Photo of beertastegood
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second try. Can't remember much about my first review other than it was not at all what I was expecting.

Pours a deep orangey gold with a surprisingly large head, considering the alcohol content. Head fades slowly. This beer has legs!

Aroma: intensely resiny, piney, with a grassy floral note to it - like grapefruit and fresh pine sap. Slight mintiness to it. Alcoholic - not solvent, but strong alcohol aroma. A moderate amount of caramel-like maltiness in the background. The hop aroma is not what you would find in your average DIPA - powerful but not rough.

Taste: Hop flavor is the word(s?) here. This beer has hop bitterness, to be sure. But there is a lot of malt, a lot of alcohol, and consequently a lot of residual sugars to make for a huge sweet malty backbone. But the hop flavor is showcased here - wonderful pine/lemon/peach flavors that meld into the slightly fruity and over-the-top maltiness. Finishes slightly sweet, but with enough bitterness to stop it from being cloying - coats the mouth with a hoppy glaze.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body and medium carbonation make this beer slide down your throat - in a good way.

Drinkability: Well, it is DFH 120...don't expect this to be way up there. But as far as ~20% beers go, this one is pretty damn good. Their Raison D'Extra is the only one that will top it, IMO.

Don't get me wrong. This is much more like a liqueur than a beer. But if I had to drink liqueur instead of beer, sign me up for this one! I think I appreciate this beer for what it is now, rather than trying to cram it into the IPA category. This beer is in a class by itself.

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Photo of scottoale
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BeerBeing for the bottle.

From a brown 12oz. longneck bottle with a cool label and (fluorescent) green bottlecap, pours a bright apricot orange-amber with some haze and an inch of white fluffy head. The head fizzles down to some surface foam and leaves some serious sticky thick lace behind. There is no freshness date on the label but it does mention that it Ages Well...I'm sure it does!

It smells very sweet and "Malt Liquor" like with a peppery alcohol and hop juicy background...very interesting.

The taste starts super sweet and malty and then..slam, hot and peppery alcohol and abundant hopping take it away, but only for a brief moment. The sweetness returns and goes down with some warmth, leaving a spiky little tingle on the tongue.

There is a meaty body to it, but the high ABV kinda lightens it up a bit...the alcohol is very evident, it's hard to hide at 21% by volume.

Easy to sip and that's what you best do with this one...the ultra sweetness helps make it a sipper. Big @$$ gnarly ale here...go easy on it.

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Photo of dawg
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into my bulbous tasting glass. Nice creamy white head topped the golden orange body. Smelled very sweet and citrusy.

Nice hoppy suprising warm from the high ABV. Very sweet. Tastes like whole leaf cascade hops.

I could drink this all night if the ABV was lower.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, split this bottle amongst several friends at a poker game. Smell was not indicative of what was to come. Yellow-orange in color and had a good head. The taste was syrupy, sweet and woody/smoky which I thought very odd. This bottle was cellared for a year prior to consumption. this one was just way too big for me.

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Photo of mcallister
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Main reasoning for the 4.5 over a four is the lovely creamy thick head that possesses great retention. Considering this beers ABV this is a feat in itself. Cascading lace down the glass also has substance and great retention. Nearly opaque copper with an amber reddish hint too it.

Nose is nice and very piney. Alcohol is there but not as big as anticipation led me too believe. Very green and earthy aromas. A nice bit of malt to balance out the aroma and not make you overwhelmed by the hops. An odd metalic aroma is noticed on the very end of the nose.

Alcohol is hidden terrificly considering the ABV. Piney, piney, piney. RS is high in this beer but it fits well. Thick with a candied malt that fills the mid palate out nicely. Finish is moderate and sweet. Overall a great beer that hides the alcohol nicely. Not sure how drinkable this is however. Definitely a sipper.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 8,059 ratings.
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