120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American 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%.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 2,428 | Ratings: 8,610
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice reverse cascade into a white fluffy head atop a hazy yellow bordering on amber body. There was tons of lace which does not surpirse me at all considering the alcohol contenet and subsequently the malt content. Smell was spicy and full of cinnemon, cloves, syrup, caramel and esters esters esters. There was a surprising lack of hops present. Taste was heavy. In fact heavier than most Imperial Stouts I have ever had. It was thick, hardly carbonated. This was the closest I will ever come to quafing a whole glass of syrup. It was incredibly sweet, a little sharp, but mostly maple syrup and honey. Hops were almost non-existent. Malts were all this beer was. The alcohol was not necesarily apparent, but it was also not hidden well. Hard to explain. The sweetness seemed to dominate masking the alcohol, but when you sat back and thought about it there was tons there. Drinkabilty? What can I say No one should drink more than one of these. An interesting brew that would be better designated a port or sweet brandy than an IPA. Many thanks to nomad for providing me with this hard to find brew! I will now go be drunk.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must give a big thanks to hoprus and francisweizen for the bottles that they provided.
Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a medium bubbled white head. The head dies pretty quickly.
Aroma: Piney and citrusy.
Flavor: In the first sip (and I emphasize sip, don't try gulping this one) you're hit with a sticky, syrupy flavor. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Little tingles of alcohol pop up & tickle your mouth.
What surprises me is that it's more sticky sweet than hoppy.

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Photo of nomad
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange color? Seemed more like amber. Had lots of carbonation, a thin foam head that died, and some lacing. It's hard for a high original gravity beer too look great.. Smelled of tons of maris otter malts, syrup, brandy, grapefruit, roses, and tiny hop leaves. Lots going, but mostly toward the sweet side. Taste was of big ass malts, potent alcohol, syrup, and hops that come on only with warming. Unfortunately, the hop flavor was oily and barely bitter. Had some strange creamy but earthy notes too, and also some strange alcohol and hops flavor in the finish. And, a thick and syrupy mouthfeel.

This beer is wide and varied to say the least, I got a sweet bottle I guess.

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Photo of dmarch
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The look of this beer doesn't suggest anything more than just a standard IPA. Amber in color with a thin white head. The aroma is grassy with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is very sweet. Even with all the hops in there it's hard to hide the sweetness of 20% alcohol. Actually in my opinion, the incredible amount of hops is necessary, otherwise this would probably just taste like vodka. Instead it just tastes like a beer, but it finishes with the warming sensation you get from a shot of whiskey. This is going to be one of beers where some love it, but some hate it. Well I love it. High alcohol beers seem like a fad right now, but dogfish head is doing it right.

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

Appearance: Golden amber, with thin white head. Very clear beer.

Aroma: Malty and a little bit citrusy. Wow. This one smells like a barleywine.

Taste: Pretty sweet. Not much in the way of hop presence. The flavors here are slightly meady. Brings to mind the 'Midas Touch' (also a Dogfish Head product). Alcohol warming in the middle of the tongue. Must be pretty high in alcohol. Finish is slightly bitter.

Notes: This beer is supposedly 20%abv. The bottle claims that it's prepared for a couple of decades of aging. I would like to try it again in a few years. This beer is very barleywineish. It's a good beer that should get better.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasty, until the alchohol hits the back of your mouth. The hops and sweetness is what I 1st enoutnered, the the alchohol taste hits on the way down. Nice lace in my super-tulip glass. Nice golden color through and throughStill thick to the last drop. Still a remarkable brew. My god more people need this beer. Sweet, yet enough hop presence to be known at the same time. Ma this stuff is too good for words, find it if you can, cause even my non BA-type freinds love this.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a different beer in the bottle. Golden peach color. Fine white head. Grapefruit rind in the nose with lots of malt sweetness. Warm ABV in the sinus. Initial taste of pine and sweet malt then the bitterness of the brew creeps from the tip of the tongue to a larger spread of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very smooth mouth with effervecent bubbles swirling around the tongue. Warmth in the stomach after gulping.Definately a sippin' brew. You can't get away from the pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. Very different looking and tasting from the tap version I had in March 2003. Certainly worth a try... not as bitter and hoppy as you would think. It's drinkability is still there for such a monster...

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hooo weee. I have sought, I have found, and now the day hath arri-ved. This is some serious stuff. Pours in a thick fashion, with a golden body and a thick head that disappears very quickly. Very few bubbles cascading to the top. I expected a potent hoppy aroma, but the aroma is rather subtle for such a big beer. It smells not unlike their other IPA's, hoppy and slightly fruity. However, sugar is much more noticeable in this than in the others.

The flavor did not yield the hop overload I had expected either. The alcohol in this young version seems to be the more dominant flavor. Hops are detectable, but I want more! Brown sugar is also very discernible in the flavor, and this finishes thick with a fairly strong alcoholic presence. Although the alcohol is strong, in a blind tasting I never would have guessed as high as 20%. This is highly drinkable for its alcohol potency, but not something I would drink a lot of in a given sitting. Definitely an interesting beer I am glad I picked up though, especially due to the demand for it. What will be more interesting is to see how the other bottle in the cellar turns out after some aging...stay tuned...

...re-reviewed May 16, 2004...a great way to celebrate my college graduation, with a bottle of 120 that has been in the cellar for almost a year. This brew has smoothed a bit. It's still intensely sweet and alcoholic, however a nicer fruity apple flavor begins to show. When initially poured it showed that it still had some carbonation, but any head was short lived. A random bubble will pop up every now and then, but most traces of carbonation are gone. Although not really hoppy when fresh, it has lost a little more of it's hop flavor, as I would have guessed. Still an enjoyable sipping brew, a tad smoother and easier to drink after nearly a year, and one that should undoubtedly be respected.

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Photo of Jon
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA? No. Super barleywine? Sure. This beer receives much attention, and rightfully so. This brew pours a golden color with a quickly-fading bubbly white head. Leaves no lace in the glass. Smell is not too far from an IPA with some aroma hops present, although the main draw here is an almost overpowering sweetness. Taste is huge, with a monstrously huge sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel and residual sugar. Hops are hard to pinpoint in the flavor department, but they're certianly around. Finish is oily to be sure, with an alcoholic burn as it goes down. Similar to Dogfish's World Wide Stout, this extreme beer is very drinkable for its overly substantial alcohol content (21% abv), although it's not on my list for continual drinking. If you can locate a bottle and have some funds to part with, I would suggest giving this special brew a try.

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

Tried this after a 60 Minute IPA. Great looking IPA - beautiful amber color with light head that screams "Drink me!". Strong hop aroma. Much maltier and hoppier than the 60 Minute version, but this was expected. The malt taste lingers long on the tongue, allowing extra time between tastes. This is an IPA to savor the flavors and drink slowly by itself (not for pairing with food). I bought it at $9.99 a four pack, and the price is worth it.

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Photo of purplehops
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale poured a copper brown color with golden highlights and a tight white head that left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty sweet with some notes of citrus and a hint of alcohol. The taste started with a rush of malty sweetness and some honey and molasses flavors along with a good slap of alcohol. This was followed by a mellowing of the alcohol and the coming forward of flavors of passion fruit, plums, raisons, and the first hint of citrus and floral hops. The finish had a bit more hop flavor but not enough to override the sweetness of the malt and the power of the alcohol. The aftertaste was warming with a lingering sweetness and fruitiness along with a feeble last attempt of the hops to assert themselves. The mouthfeel was sticky, not quite heavy enough to be called syrup, with a medium heavy body that had some chewiness to it.
Overall this was far from what I expected. If I didn’t know before hand what this was I would have thought I was drinking a very young barleywine. I would like to lay down a few 750s and try them in a few years to see how this one matures. My hats off to Dogfish for the attempt but I don’t think I would call it an IPA (strong dark ale perhaps?).

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Photo of avylover
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I normally won't review from memory but I had this last night and it was pretty memorable so here goes. It poured a very thick & light gold in color, with very little carbonation. Aroma was very sweet , along with taste, which was heavy on the apricots. Suprisingly the alcohol was masked well. It seems like Dogfish head can mask 20% beers well but fail to mask a 9% beer's alcohol...weird. Anyway, the hops really did'nt make much of an impact until after the beer went down, surfacing after the sweetness had receded in the aftertaste.A very nice mega-hoppy finish. I really enjoyed this beer and would try it again, not just as a novelty but because it was actually good.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Map Room during the AHA NHC Conference.

Well, this was it.. my last brew of the 2003 Chicago Conference.

The beer pours a deep glossy amber and oak in the glass with a dead head that reflects the later density of the brew.

The aroma starts with a bright orange focused aroma with a large alcohol and malt character lurking in the back. (Let's just call him Bruno the Orange. Bruno in many ways resembles EKU 28)

The flavor is big with a dominating burning sense of alcohol with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

As the beer progresses, Bruno tends to fade into the back ground and Penny the Orange County Citrus Queen tends to run forward. The strong alcohol EKUish character does eventually get supplanted by a more Pennyish citrus hop.

Overall, this beer is good, but bewildering. 120 Minute !PA conjures hops during a forbidden tango with trails of wilting would be suitor taste-buds in the background. Instead what we end up in this admittedly young brew is a sweeter strong ale with an overriding alcohol run.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery all hail to this amazingly revolutionary brewery that push the envelope and shake the industry up to keep things exciting. Here is one of the finest Imperial IPAs I have come into contact with 120 minutes of continously hopped amber goodness with an off white cream toned short lived head, but at 20% abv it's all good. Aroma contains a plethora off hop tones including those of the floral, pine cone, and citrus (grapefruit) varieties along with one very distinct alcohol nose butterscotch. The taste is strikingly sweet with overly ripened fruit tones apricot and plum notes very nice very hoppy, but amazingly balanced with one hell of a warming effect. Mouthfeel is syrupy and full carrying all of these flavors very nicely. The drinkability at 20% is straight rediculous and at 25.6 oz. beware don't crack a bottle of this by yourself because you might be tempted to finish it.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head has another great beer here with their 120 IPA. Was fortunate to get a bottle from the trusty Vintage Cellar. The 120 poured smoot, pale in color, some white head. Nice to see decent carbonation in one of these bolder beers, as compared to some of the Sam A. products. Alcohol presence was well balanced by the flavors of the IPA, are similar but much more pronounced than those of it's younger cousin the 90 minute IPA. Good hoppy aroma and flavor, along with a good maltiness.

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Photo of Wildman
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I scored one of these(at 17 bucks I couldn't convince myself to get more)while on vacation in Virginia. This beer poured a clear copper amber color and formed a huge foamy white head that left laticed lace as it subsided. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and malt, but surprisingly balanced. I thought the hops would have been more dominating with the usual Dogfish experimenting, but I was wrong. A slight hint of caramel is also present with a touch of pine. The flavor was of malt and hops with a medium caramel like taste with a warm aspect of the alcohol present. The finish was a medium creamy body with a sweet finish and warming alcohol. After Imperials, IPAs are one of my favorites. As with World Wide Stout, while this was a good beer, the pushing of the limits pushes it out of the top contention for IPAs if it can even be called that anymore.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: 750ml corked and caged bottle, aged for about a month and a half at cellar temperature. 20%+ABV.

Exceptional! This beer was truly exceptional. This beer poured a dark yellow, orange colour with a nice fluffy white head, that was suprisingly large for a beer with this high of an ABV. The aromas were very complex, port like, syrupy, very fruity, a bit hoppy, boozy, heavily malty, and very sweet and dry. This beer tasted exactly how it smelled, it went down with a warming alcoholic flavor that was mixed in among the other complex flavors noted above. This beer was very similar to the De Dolle Brouers Still Nacht, but it was not as extreme, despite its 20%ABV. The mouthfeel was thick, but not cloying, and the drinkability was very good as well. I split a bottle of this with my friend as well as a bottle of the 90 minute IPA and we were warm for most of the evening. Although next time I will keep the 120 to myself. Sure it is very high alcohol and $17 a bottle (by me) but I could polish off a whole 750 of this puppy, and the next time I get this, I will do just that!

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

Dark amber/light copper color. Nice off-white head. The aroma is very hoppy, but not pungent. Just a good hop note with a few alcohol esters. The taste is very sweet, with noticeable alcohol, but not like drinking schnapps (which generally has the same ABV). For all the hops, the malt dominates. The mouthfeel is solid, but actually seems lighter than expected. I guess all the alcohol cuts it a bit. The drinkability is fairly good for a brew this strong, but who in their right mind could drink a 750 ml bottle? I wouldn't mind seeing this in 12 oz like WWS. This is a very good, interesting sipping beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a golden with a bit of head. The smell was heavily fruity. The taste was also fruity, and despite having 120 IBUs wasn't very hoppy at all. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, and certainly didn't seem to be 21% at all. As for drinkability..........I'd have as many as possible before falling flat on my face!

I've been looking forward to this beer since they announced the release for May 1st, and it didn't disappoint! I called this one "beer schnapps" today, and that's the best way to describe this. I'll certainly be on the lookout for this one in the future!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was able to snag a sample of this at the 2nd session of the AOBF on 5/24/03. The *huge* line put serious doubt into my head that I'd be able to secure an ounce or two of this mysterious concoction. I was very interested to see how this beast of a brew compared to its siblings.

A clear golden color with tightly fizzing bubbles comprising a thin white head. Aromas are of definite sweetness, raw honey, sweet fruits. Barely any notes of bitterness in the aroma. Taste was certainly different than expected. Sweet, bordering on excessive. Virtually no hop influence, barely detectable at the end. Alcohol content surprisingly well-hidden, though. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, with a nice coating effect of the palate. Drinkability was OK due to how sticky sweet it is.

Notes: I had been waiting for this beer ever since it came out, unable to find it in Virginia yet. I am hoping that when I purchase a few bottles and let them sit for a few months that the flavor will soften and be a little better-balanced. For me, the choice is clearly the 90-minute IPA.

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Photo of pheurton
2.36/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

pours a very clear orange tan, with a better than expected off-white head, for such a high ABV beer. aroma is sweet surgary alcohol...almost liqour-like. taste is more of the same...overbearingly sweet candied tropical fruits and vanilla. struggling to detect any sense of hoppiness. slick and syrupy mouthfeel. alcohol warms the back of the throat and gut instantly. the cloying sweetness made it difficult to finish the bottle i split with my girlfriend.

is this an ipa? maybe in the loosest sense. an experimental strong ale seems more fitting to me. actually, it just seems like a gimmick.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review of 04JAN04.
I found a bunch of bottles of 120 at Harringtons today, at $8.95 for a 12oz serving. The color is a rich golden hue, with a suggestion of cloudiness present. Head was creamy and fine, a bit off-white, and lasted as a thin layer well. Lacing was nice as well. The nose was sweet and honey-like. Seemed to be a nice amount of hops lingering in the shadows as well, though the sweetness dominated. The body was well above medium, and the Bier passed velvety across the palate. Silky smooth! The flavor, like the nose, had lots of sweetness, and it was tasty! A bit of toasty malt, honey-ish sweetness, and then some spicy hops round things out. This is a huge mouthful of flavors! And soooo warming, too! The honeylike flavors and richness are almost too much to handle! Is this what mead is like? I am thoroughly enjoying this, but must remind myself to take my time drinking it, lest I find myself on my ass. Not yo Mama's IPA, that's fur sher!! Good stuff!! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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On-tap review from 25MAY03.
I was able to worm my way through the long queue at the AOBF and scored a couple samples of this. It has a stark copper/golden color, and the head on top is thin, yet finely bubbled. The aroma speaks mostly of sweetness and honey-like characteristics. The body was more than medium, having a nice fullness without being thick. It passed verrry smoothly over the tongue as well. Tasting the 120 produced a lot more sweetness and honey notes, reminding me of a mead. There seemed to be a touch of tropical fruit as well. Upon first sips the hops were very well hidden, yet they did tend to come out of hiding a bit as the bier warmed and gave you a little bite at the end. A very warming bier, to say the least. Though pushing the envelope on being an IPA, I really enjoyed this one. (4.0/4.0/4.5/4.5/4.5 - 4.30)
Zum Wohl!!


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Photo of sponberg
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright dark gold, with a really flowery hop nose. Amazingly, I get very little alcohol off the aroma.

Wow. Apricot fruity, with a muzzy haze of hop flavors and aromas all over the place - not really bitter (actually quite sweet and syrupy, but not cloyingly so) but the hops are really trying hard to keep up with all of the lmaltiness going on here. The alcohol strength is extremely well hidden - dangerous. I keep expecting a bitterness to balance the malt, but that's not what this beer is about. There are a lot of floral, citric, and herbal hoppiness behind the malt that make this one well worth quaffing. A bit too big for extensive drinkability - NOT a session beer by any means. But it does work well as an homage to the flavor of hops.

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Photo of davidlown
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought some from the online source vintage cellar in VA. I just opened a bottle last night and in my opnion it was close to amazing. Nothing like the 24% wws which to me tastes like hard alcohol. The 120 minute actually is not hoppy enough to meet the sweetness but it is damn close to. It is a beautiful beer. Not too carbonated (like most beers that use champagne yeast are). It is actually hard to taste the alcohol. Nothing like earlier reviews from people who tasted the keg and said it was spoiled or too thick or gooky. This beer looks beautiful and professional and it is a joy to taste. I guess this beer proves the theory that at a certain point hops can get more flavorful or bitter in a beer because it still wasn't enough for me. Great job Dogfish.

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Photo of sprinkle
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a deep golden color, with a viscous of a fine dessert wine. Nice lace because it just clings not to carbonated but suites me fine. Not too big on the aroma but still nice. Mouthfeel of a belgian with the sweetness which tapers down the high hops this has in it. It is amazing that this beer is so well balanced for 20.04% abv. This is definately one of the best put together extreme beers on the market.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8,610 ratings