120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
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
Ratings:
8,153
Reviews:
2,313
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
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1,441
Gots:
3,892
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Shawn_D
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of rjs246
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

This was pitched to me as the holy grail of American IPAs. And, you know, it was good but the 18% ABV is a little unnecessary and influences the taste. The beernerd orgasms over the 120 minute didn't connect with me. Maybe it was just too much hype.

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4.85/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of rebel-fist
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Bought and opened same day, poured at fridge temp and allowed to warm up a bit.

A: Gold-orange. Slightly hazy with a sticky head leaving lace all the way down the wall. Really attractive colors coming through

S: Hops and more Hops, nearly overpowering. Some tropical fruits on the nose, as well as something not so sweet. Onion? More wafts bring sweet caramel.

T: Oh my god the sugars, its so sweet! like liquid candy, caramel and bread mixed. The word "cloying" comes to mind but NOT in a bad way. Definitely a sipper. Then the hops, they assault the senses and make you wrinkle your nose, again, NOT in a bad way. As it hits the throat, alcohol makes itself known. Spicy and warm all the way down to the belly.

M: Big, Bold, and Chewy. More of a mouthful that some of the best barleywines

O: A remarkable beer, and fantastic experience. I have two more aging for future enjoyment.

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Photo of RichKent
2.12/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

My problem with DFH 120 is that it's presented as an IPA and it's VERY different from what I was expecting based on that broad categorization. I consider DFH 120 a heavily hopped barley wine, and if you open your first bottle expecting that you'll be better off in my opinion.

The appearance is a nice, hazy orange - it certainly looks like a good IPA.

Smell is sharp and boozy. The hops are there, but overpowered by sweet malty smells mixed with the sharpness of alcohol.

Taste follows the nose. This is a sipper - and a very boozy sipper at that. It's tough to get past the alcohol as it overpowers most of the other flavors. Not really surprising at over 15%, but again, this drinks like a barley wine - not an IPA. There's sweetness from the malts, and definitely hoppy bitterness, but any citrus or fruity flavors take a back seat to the booze.

Mouth is sticky, syrupy, and a little thick. The carbonation is there, but overwhelmed by how sticky it is.

Overall - if you love barley wines you'll probably dig DFH 120. If you (like me) love nicely balanced, smooth, and fruity DIPAs, like Heady, Abner, Ghandi, etc.. then you'll probably be disappointed like I was.

It's possible that the bottle I tried wasn't very fresh and that resulted in less hop flavor and more booze - but from what I've heard 120 is pretty boozy regardless. I'm glad I got to knock it off my list, but I won't be seeking out 120 again.

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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage. Poured into snifter, a honey gold amber with a razor thin off white head. Aroma upon pouring is sweet floral bouquet, honey and caramel malt notes, some brown sugar. Taste same as aroma, has a nice fruity, citrus orange alcohol flavor with a mild hops bite, which has undoubtedly been mellowed by the aging. Plate is a full creamy and smooth body, with good carbonation. The finish is a combination of all the aforementioned taste and flavor, although they intensify as it warms up, the ending is sweet with some light annotations of some vanilla and earthiness and actual bitterness intensifies a bit as well. alcohol seems to be well hidden. Almost barley wine style. Overall a very good, full flavored after dinner drink.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,153 ratings.
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