120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
8,506 Ratings
120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
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%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 8,506 |  Reviews: 2,405
Photo of Weston64
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of croog_smooth
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Addie22
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kinczx17
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "120 Minute IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 02/22/18 1718"
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well I haven't had one of these in a long time, years in fact. I don't really think of it as an IPA, although I won't argue that term, I just think of it as more of a barley wine, or at least a beer to sit down and relax with at the end of the day. Truth be told though, the last time I had one was at a pool party - BBQ and I still enjoyed that so... I don't know, you get the idea I think. It's quite hazy, even cloudy in the glass with a deep amber/orange body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy yellowed off-white. The head holds fairly well but it has dropped now and only a thin surface covering remains surrounded by a thicker collar and 'distant mountains' of lace rising along the rim. In the nose it's quite floral and malty. Some alcohol is in there as well, which isn't usually good, but it doesn't come off in a bad way. For a beer of 15-20% abv that's to be expected though; and I just happened to notice that that's no longer listed on the label. On to the flavor... there's a nice fruitiness to it, I assume both from yeast and the hops. I'm getting citrus including grapefruit and orange, and maybe a squirt of lemon, apple, pear, and dried orange. Maybe some other dried fruits as well. It remains floral and I wonder how much of that is from hops and how much is from alcohol. You can definitely taste the alcohol but it doesn't quite go over the edge and crash and burn at the bottom of a ravine. I've had better vintages that have had less alcohol, and more hops, but it's still OK. The malt has just a bit of caramel to it, which is nice, too much caramel would've weighted it down. It's sweetish and fruity, but there's also some solid bitterness to it, and the alcohol helps to cut through the malt and dry it out in the end so that it doesn't become too sweet or cloying. In the mouth it's full bodied and viscous, dextrinous but also cut by the alcohol, and modestly sharp due to that, coupled with a slightly less than median carbonation that allows it to have a slight edge and then become very soft and velvety smooth. It really is like a barley wine, an American barley wine, and I'm perfectly content to just slowly sip at it. It's not the best iteration that I've tried, and, in fact, it might be the worst, but I'm familiar enough that I can group the memories of those previous examples together with what's in front of me and come up with a composite score.
Review# 6,209

 2,593 characters

Photo of snapp1422
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aufinger
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Are you kidding me? OMG this beer is off the hook (so 90's terminology). To quote my counterpart above "Way to high ABV". But this guy doesn't even know to spell "too". I agree it is "Way to high ABV" and it is AWESOME! Excellent use of the word "high" BTW. Beer is a gift from G-d and I am thankful that this is an example of the Lord on High.

This is the highest ABV beer I have ever had that still just tastes like an excellent craft beer. Kudos to Dogfish Head Brewery for the genius move in crafting this beer!!

To my friend above I spit three times “pooh, pooh, pooh” . Yes I'm Jewish and I know this beer would get Bubbe's seal of approval.

 654 characters

Photo of MeIquiades
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ed3147
1.92/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Typical over done beer. Way to high ABV. To strong of an alcohol taste. Not the selection if you are looking to drink “beer”. Actually poured it out after 1/2 the glass. If you are looking for a substitute for a mixed drink it’s a choice.

 246 characters

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

Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a little haze, a few sluggishly slow bubbles and 2 fingers of off white head. Looks syrupy.

Smells of candied malts like a barley wine. Light fruity qualities like melon and pears. Some alcohol and stinky foot.

A huge balance of sweet, malty, barley wine like alcohol, and fruity, citrusy, slightly piney hops.

Syrupy body with low to moderate carbonation. Certainly hides the ABV, so that I'd put it down to 10-12% if I didn't know better.

More hoppy than I'd expected, this was bottled on July 3rd 2018, drinking in Redding, CA, August 9th, 2018. Just over a month old. Worth a try as a beer to seek out.

 635 characters

Photo of Mikecd234
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet

L: Nearly clear golden amber pour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head leave great lacing.

S: Sweet and boozy. Resinous pine and citrus hops.

T/F: Thick and sweet... toasty grains and alcohol (not surprising giving the hefty ABV). Bitter hop profile... so much so that it almost balances the ethanol. Fresh and citrusy... pine, resin, and dankness. Oily on the mouth... coating the tongue and warming on the way down. The finish is more sweet malt and citrus.

O: An outstanding and over-the-top kinda beer. Great flavor... complex and great for aging (I've had different vintages and they definitely change over time... becoming fuller/mellower with less bitterness... more like a big barleywine as they get older). A beer that only Dogfish Head could truly do justice to.

 824 characters

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jperry68
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of QuadCitiesMike
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a barrel-aged beer even though it isn’t. Excellent beer, but I can see it improving with a few more years of age. This beer was bottled in Feb 2018, so only 5 months old.

 186 characters

Photo of Gnilwod
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmtbuckeye
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2017 keg aged by the bar owner of McK's Tavern in Daytona Beach. I have had the beer fresh but this review is for an aged keg.

The look is a nice cloudy copper color with 1/2" khaki head that dissapears quickly leaving nice lacing. The smell has slight hop, caramel and some alcohol. Taste starts with caramel malt and cane sugar followed by a little alcohol with some citrus and pine kicking in at the finish. The feel is nice with slight, fine, prickly carbonation, full bodied side of medium and an enjoyable warming from the ABV.

Overall a year in the walk in cooler changed this as would be expected. The hops have faded but the caramel and some sweetness has evolved. The mouth feel has gained some viscosity and the alcohol heat has faded. Still a sipper and pretty darn good.

 795 characters

Photo of Knickfan3
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcc
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PicantePinguino
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

How do you even rate something as unique as this? On the one hand I’m surprised and impressed by the enjoyable bright citruseyness that breaks through the thick 18.5% ABV cloud of this brew. On the other hand, the alcohol burn is very potent and absolutely demolishes any flavors here aside from those related to citrus. This is a fun after dinner drink to share with friends but not something I’d generally seek out over a more balanced option.

 449 characters

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8,506 ratings