120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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4.11/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,087
Reviews:
2,386
Ratings:
8,445
pDev:
15.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 8,445 |  Reviews: 2,386
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sombrasenelsol
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Khaki tan foam that disappears after about a minute of pouring into glass but leaves a ring of foam around the edges. Beer is caramel or rust color.

Smell: toffee, sweet fruits, apricot jam and almost a bit like potpourri.

Taste: Starts off very sweet followed by an ocean if delicious hops, alcohol is well hidden but presents itself slowly but subtle but warms you up sip after sip, apricot and grapefruit rind, finish off with rye bread blending Quickly into biscuit like flavor as It settles on palate. After taste feels like i just had some Marble Rye with apricot jam, and feeling warm and fuzzy.

Mouthfeel: very oily and syrupy, not to thick but not light, very medium weight type of feel, starts oily but almost finishes a bit dry with some slick spots like after it rains, the sun dries a good part of the pavement but still leaves some wets spots, the 18% of alcohol in this does not leave the mouth dry, pretty much a perfect finish.

Overall: This is now the best IPA i've had so far, DogFish nailed this one in my book, the recipe on this is top class, well done my friends! $10 per bottle was well worth and i'm now aging 2 bottles which 10 years from now I can only imagine how awesome it will be.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled July 22, 2011. Served at around 45F. Stored in the refrigerator since I acquired this in 2011 so this hasn’t aged like a typical cellared year-old bottle.

Pours cloudy amber with a small white head that leaves some short-lived lacing and recedes to a light cap and ring.

The aroma is a big potent punch of resinous hops and alcohol. Grapefruit, apricot, a lot of caramel malt, pine, sinus-clearing alcohol. Very strong strength.

Flavor is more intense hop resins, apricot, pine, loads of caramel malt which offer some sweetness to balance the bitterness. Also a lot of warming alcohol, but that is to be expected.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, very sticky, oily, good carbonation.

Incredibly unique beer. A monster. Borders on a Barleywine or even beyond. Is it the best IPA I’ve had? No, not even close. But I like it for how unique it is, for the experience. Sum is greater than the parts here.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of HardTarget
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, sampled fresh.

Appearance: Going to give big points here for being able to hold a collar at 18% abv. The glass is a viscous orange amber that shows slowly rising bubbles. Good clarity.

Smell: Heady alcohol vapors carry loads of sweet malt base supporting a slightly earthy hop oil. Total package goes for sugary syrupy sweetness with an almost raspberry ester.

Taste: Scary how well the alcohol is hidden. A Barleywine sweetness gives exuberant amounts of malty goodness. Alcohol flashes a hint of medicinal, almost vodka sterile then helps evaporate all the sweetness. Slight caramel, creme brule crust, with that dark, bruised fruit ester, almost a raspberry jam. There and undercurrents of viney, leafy hop oils, but they don't even pretend to provide any balance.

Mouthfeel: Numbing, lightly carbonated, deceptively thin, yet deeply oliy body.

Overall: Hard to be objective with a legend like 120. I've enjoyed many bottles over the years and have found that this is the only beer that actually becomes hoppy-er with age. All the sugars and alcohol seem to meld a bit with time and let some of the leaf show. Not with this fresh sample though, pure sugar and alcohol driven, smooth barleywine. Moonshine, rocket fuel, best shared.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass, bottled date 2012. This pours a small head slightly off white, color a nice copper. The smell are of strong hops, pine, obvious alcohol. The feel is medium to think, I can taste the alcohol right away. The taste is okay, a load of alcohol very noticeable, some burn, some hop bite but its overshadowed, a load of sweetness, this is different, pushes the boundaries of beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8,445 ratings