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 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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled In 2011) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger cream-colored head that dissipates after a minute or so to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy dark orange bordering on brown. Some light lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

The nose is full and very complex. Citrus hops aromas meet caramel malts, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. Notes of tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, berry, and raisins.

Extremely sweet, grainy malts and spicy hops flavors start each sip. Upon swallowing, stronger sweet malts (like a barleywine) come out but quickly fade into dark fruit notes (raisins and prune). This then transitions to a strong booze flavor that rests in the back of the mouth. A good hop bitterness is noticeable throughout most of the tasting but becomes most evident as an aftertaste between sips.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is about as drinkable as an 18% ABV DIPA can get. And while it is a sipper, it is surprisingly drinkable. The body is thick, full, sticky, and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is a bit fizzy but really has its hands full keeping the body a consumable product.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep orange amber body, small white head that lingers for a while on top

S- smells very malty, dark fruits, alcohol, almost no hops, smells like 90 min but with booze

T- super sweet, very malt heavy, alcohol present, some lingering hop bitterness in there, I would love see how this beer ages

M- thick viscosity, some alcohol burn that gets better as it sits, thick like a fine porto, very subtle aftertaste

O- a really good beer, so different then anything I had, so strong so much flavor, great for winter because of the warming feeling caused by the alcohol

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz 2011 bottle into 22 oz wine glass

Nose: Alcoholic and woody. Very fruity - blackberries and prunes. Some minor citrus notes - mostly lemon.

Appearance: A thin skim of bubbles atop a mostly clear copper. Not so much lacing.

Sweet and grainy. Alcoholic, but not alarmingly so . Mildly grassy and lemony. Mellow bitterness that builds slightly.

Overall: It doesn't really taste like beer - it's hot and boozy, but surprisingly well balanced, all things considered. Nice vanilla notes really help mellow it out.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011 (May?).

A - Medium-hard pour gives a 1.5 finger khaki head in my wide DFH Zeno glass. A touch cloudy (unfiltered?) like some kind of deep amber tree sap. Lower carbo, but exceptional head retention given the ABV.

S - First impression is sappy, resiny pine. It does tame the ridiculous alcohol content of this beer a bit. Nutty. Perfumy - like the sea breeze on a beach. Some searching reveals a hint of grain spirit aromas reminiscent of whisky.

T - A lovely crescendo of sweetness into candied orange and port wine. Long finish with sweet marmalade and blood orange fading into nutty special B maltiness, bread dough, and caramel. Hop bitterness is (impressively) there, but it's almost overwhelmed by malt. Recognizable a DIPA, but undeniably extreme.

M - Syrupy like no other DIPA. Thickness you can actually see.

D - If I wasn't worried about developing diabetes or falling out of my chair I could easily drink more. Can't wait to see how it ages. Drinkability would improve greatly if it dries out and the alcohol mellows.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours orange\amber with a slim white foam. Very nice lacing, and some cloudy sediment in the glass.

S - The smell of fresh oily hops is impressive. Very strong notes of fresh pine\ fresh citrus, and spices.

T - Very hop forward, which is not surprising. There is also a boozy bite at the end along with some sharp bitterness. This is the grand-daddy of imperial IPA's. The pungency of the hoppiness is tantalizing and overpowering.

M - How can this possibly be so potent and be this smooth? The epitome of a well blended beer. You never feel how strong this beer really is (until a bit later). Slick coating hits the tongue. Gritty bite at the end. Just a joy to drink.

O - I split a 16oz growler with a buddy, and it was enough. While the beer itself is a one per sitting, you have to try this once. And a must try for anyone who loves big IPA's.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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