120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 8,117 |  Reviews: 2,296
Photo of RobinLee
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMOSNN
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - a nice hazy golden orange with a small off-white head and decent lacing.
Smell - nice aroma on this one: citrus, toffee, molasses, and booze.
Taste - citrusy hops, caramel and breads malts, and booze.
Feel - decent carbonation, full body, smooth finish.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is it a perfect IPA? Maybe, but I'll hold out hope that something even better is out there. I've got a case of 24 that has aged for over a year now and it's still fantastic/ getting better.

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Photo of S-Taylor
2.69/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quigmann
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of TooLucid
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer (ha) on three or four occasions, but I could never catch it in-stores. Quite the experience. Sophisticated, intermingling tropical fruits, earthen tones, and herbs do a phenomenal job of masking the potent ABV. You will know it's their without a doubt, but once you begin to acclimate it's rather inviting. It's not even comparable to the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA. I don't know when it will be but I look forward to catching it again.

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Photo of GNRoofDawg
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muchos
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/12/16, I think. It's a little hard to read, maybe 6/12/16.
Either 9 or 7 months in the bottle.
L. Murky orange to light brown with a short 1/2 cm head which recedes very slowly.
S. Big toffee and booze, more booze, then bitter citrus if get your nose in there, orange, lemon, grapefruit.
T. Oh yeah. Big sweetness, big bitterness, nice balance on the first sip. Second sip has me thinking of cough medicine. Third sip is bitter orange marmalade. My taste buds need to get dialed in to these big flavors and abv. Toffee and citrus seem most prevalent. As it warms there's caramel, spicy and sweet lemon, orange, brandy-soaked caramel apple. Aftertaste is the same with a little mouthwash in there.
F. Full mouthfeel, smooth, sticky. Warming but not really drying in the aftertaste.
O. The high abv didn't "burn," but had a flavor that was slightly off-putting, but a little age may change that. Would I buy a bottle again? Absolutely. Cheers!

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Photo of AmitC
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHead_MI
4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

By far the best IPA I have ever had.

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Photo of rorjets
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Very hard to rate this beer. On this snowy winter night, I poured the 120 into a pint glass & let it breathe for 10 minutes. Very cloudy with a medium head which thinned out over the 10 minutes. The first sip was like a blinding shot of bourbon - lots of alcohol heat and malty burnt butterscotch. At this point, I'm thinking I wasted $11 on the bottle (well, ~$90 on the two 4-packs). Halfway through, it had a whole different feel, much smoother and tastier - the burnt taste turned to pleasant piney citrus. And I liked it. Definitely a beer you only of which you have one or two at a time, not one to pound at a party. Gotta have another...but not until next weekend.

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Photo of Mikeszab
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter at a local WOB. Thick creamy but short lived head atop a golden yellow body, good lacing. Boozy smell and taste. Butterscotch notes and some fruitiness. Nice beer for an occasional something different.

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Photo of Timtac
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

120 ipa . . . Been sitting on this bottle since 2012.

Gotta admit, this beer has a very lovely look to it. Appearance is deep candy colored burnt orange. Thin head if at all. Aromas are almost barleywine like with a subdued hoppy nose. Caramel, molasses, leather . . . I honestly wouldn't think much about the aromas if I thought this was a newly bottled ipa. However, I know this is 4 years old so I'll have to take that into consideration.
Here we go . . . 2 quick small sips reveal a mature American barleywine flavor profile similar to Bigfoot or Old Stock. I actually think this beer is more reminiscent of an old ale than a barleywine which is what I was expecting. The hops are still present though not as dominant as though definitely were 4 years ago. Thin sweet, candy layers are upfront and a tangy alcohol finish on the end. Feel again is reminiscent of and old ale or American take on a barleywine. Sticky, thin, sugary and malty flavors and feel. This beer is hard to pin point on style and feel. I like this a lot . . . It's a big beer and not just because of the abv %. I'll be sipping this for the next hour at least. Overall, excellent beer . . . I personally wouldn't consider this an ipa but perhaps more of an American Barlywine or even an over the top example of an English Old Ale.
In closing . . . . If you like complex beers and perhaps want to over think things (nothing wrong with that) grab a bottle of this.

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Photo of km02600
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmeehan
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a monster of an IPA and it stands apart from most others I've had. At 18%, it hits you quickly, but it's got enough of a nice, smooth, almost honey-like flavor that you want to keep drinking it. An excellent offering from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with light fluffy head that disappears to nothing. No lacing. No biggie. Smells are strong alcohol and zesty citrus. Taste follows nose but more pronounced and more complex. Still strong abv heat. Abv actually takes the cake with this one followed by spicey citrus piney after taste. Light malty backing as well. Full bodied and med to high carbonation. Super tasty and totally different. Yet addicting. Of course ill seek this one out again.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber pour with short head that doesn't last long. Very light lacing

Smells mostly of malt and alcohol hints of piney hops

Sweet and malty at first with a little alcohol burn fading to faint hops. Finish is mostly dry. Light Bitter and a lingering light pine and citrus. As with warms i get a very light vanilla hint

I would buy and let it age to see. You don't have to worry about losing hops flavor because it's quite muted

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Photo of Ealanjones
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBonez477
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: .25L draft
Glass: Panama 66 snifter
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.50
Purchased: Dec. 20, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 20, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Board read 16 pct. ABV, but I still think it was 18 pct. ABV

First time I saw this one and insta-purchased it. Had been wanting to try this despite not really thinking much of the 60 (3.45) and thinking the 90 (4.08) was just good. Probably would have paid up to $10 and locked it down at $8.50 for a 500-ml. pour. Hoping to be in the 4.20 range.

Poured a deep gold hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of white frothy-to-rocky head when I got it. Was quite dark in there, but appeared to be light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class uneven foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled kind of a lot of mush up front, More malty than hoppy, getting caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, sappy pine and hints of Citra and Cascade. Smelled more like an American Strong Ale or an American Barleywine than I would have thought. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste follows the nose as more of a strong ale or a barleywine, getting toffee, caramel, earthy leather, maple syrup, brown sugar, sappy pine, dates, raisins and dark fruits. Not picking up any specific hops. Crazy smooth for 18 (or 16) percent. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Earthy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Wow. This was much better than I thought and much better than the 60 and the 90. Might have even underrated this a tad. (Overall - 4.25)

4.23 | 94 | A-

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Photo of zrroot
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,117 ratings.
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