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%.

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Reviews: 2,264 | Ratings: 8,035
Photo of Sabtos
2.97/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Un-aged, as fresh as possible, pouring orange amber, 120 shows a surprising amount of tan carbonation. It sounds like cola, showing a lot of promise, but disappears just as quickly, leaving only champagne like bubbles. The alcohol leaves some legs on the glass, like wine.

Smells like a full-on pine forest, with candy, caramel, and grapefruit combining in such a way I've not experienced before, all coming together as one. Graham and honey aromas surface as it warms, and then some cannabis, gasoline, juniper, tobasco, green apple, and wood. It's intriguing but kind of a hot mess.

Again, hot ass pine forest emerges first in flavor. Actually, it tastes more like a wild fire. Then, grapefruit-cherry cough syrup. This is extreme, but what else would you expect from this? Also got some toast, graham, grain, and corn.

At times, there is an unreal amount of froth on the palate for the style and ABV. But all in all, it is truly wine-like, even without aging. This is some really hot, fire-breath inducing booze.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottle 05/01/09

This beer pours a deep amber color bordering on copper. Very little head forms atop of it.

It has a very sweet aroma. I get dates and figs. The hops have completely faded leaving a sweet, syrupy aroma.

It has a really sweet taste. I get fig and dates like in the aroma. Also some brown sugar and molasses are present. It comes across as an English barleywine at this point in its maturity.

Thick, viscous, syrupy mouthfeel

I had been saving it for some reason. Ohio getting the 12% abv law lifted seems like a good reason to drink it. Now I need a fresh one to compare.

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Photo of Dmcdonald33013
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Specifically the 2014 release was nothing short of MASTERFUL. HOWEVER the 2016 did not show up the same. 2016 release of the 120 was sweet and a pale comparison of the 2014.

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Photo of kmoen
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, this was not so good. Almost medicinal with very harsh alcohol. Then I just had a bottle that was aged 4 years and it was much more balanced. More like a barleywine, with delicious caramel maltiness and well hidden alcohol. Hop presence is muted due to the age. Excellent, tasty beer worth aging.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright/copper color. Candy/citrus hops & caramel toasted malts. Barleywine-ish. Claims to be the HOLY GRAIL, as my first DIPA I may have believed that but as I have tried more its been finding its way down my top 10 list. However I do have some that have been aging for almost a year now and I will be drinking those soon. I will write another review at that time. DRINK LOCAL

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Photo of DevWand
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I knew I should have let this guy sit. Might have been a gem after a year long age...
But what can I say, I like drinking beer I haven't tried yet. Oh Well, there's always the next bottle.

Waaay too boozy, has a nice golden amber hue though... If you like beer with that malt liquor taste: drink immediately; if not, do yourself a favor and let this bad boy age.


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Photo of ryannosaurus
1.94/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz poured to tulip

Great amber color with nice head, mild haze.

Odd aroma, floral, cough syrup, bandaid, sweet over ripe fruit? Fairly offensive.\

Flavor worse than the aroma. Sickly sweet with little interesting going on either the malt or the hop side.\

Mouth feel is heavy and cloying.

Amazingly hard to get my hands on , don't think I'll bother with it in the future. It's like a wine cooler and a barley wine had kids out of wedlock. They say it ages well, but I don't see how aging is going to clean up this hot mess, other than the offensive aroma maybe dropping off some. Love DFH and I don't think I've ever rated anything from them under 3.5, so this took me by surprise in a big way. Seriously, not a beer I care to purchase again.

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Photo of scottdills
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber color with a quickly dissipating one finger head. Smell is mostly hops but with a noticeable malty sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows the smell being a little sweeter than one would expect from an imperial IPA. Some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very nice, a little sticky. The ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best IPA I have had yet. Hoppy smooth taste and the high alcohol content doesn't really hit you until much later. I would never have guessed how strong this one was.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler filled at Total Wine in Fredericksburg, it pours amber with a small head. Hops and alcohol in the nose (as might be expected considering the ABV). The mouth enjoys the pretty well balanced hops and is tingled by the alcohol. Dangerous stuff!

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Photo of DaveBar
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got on trade! Nice 12oz bottle served at 9deg C in a tulip. 2015 edition. Fresh!

A- Opens well and pours a nice 1/2"high white head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Nice dark gold almost a honey colour. WOW.

S- Sweet. Malt. Hops. WOW. Has an at the end popsicle scent. Nice

T- Hops. Hops. Hops. This is a barley wine and an IPA combined. Very good. Keep going boys as this is a wonderful blend between barley wine and imperial pale ale. The barley wine wins out. Nice experience to say the least. A nice flavor experience and I want them to keep going this way

M- Sticky and sweet and expected

O- Nice brew. I like this one. Has a heavy hop and huge malt presence. Super rich and thick. I like this one a lot. One thing you should do is split as one bottle is a lot.

Food Pairing
This wonderful IPA slash barley wine went well with........ Sticky pork sweet and sour bamboo salad with peppers, onion and garlic. Touch of ginger, brown sugar. Very good to throw in a smidgeon of whole grain mustard. Super nice. Enjoy

Thx Dave

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Photo of KevCan
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My coworker offered me a 12 oz. bottle of this from the office minifridge since our kegerator was tapped out. Bottled on 4/18/14! Poured into a plastic cup.

Look: Yellowish brown and very cloudy. A lot of sediment came out of the bottom of the bottle at the end of the pour. Not a looker!

Smell: Sweet, intensely malty, fruity, boozy. Golden raisins. Not too much hoppiness.

Taste: Very hard-hitting. Extremely boozy, sweet, and a little bitter. Pretty tasty!

Feel: Syrupy. Thick body with not much carbonation.

Overall: I think this 2-year-old bottle has aged very well. Not too hoppy anymore, but still extremely boozy and flavorful.

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Photo of Flickerdart
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle. Beer is cloudy orange, with no head.

Smells like walking into an evergreen forest. This beer is all hops.

The taste begins with a pronounced caramel maltiness as the high carbonation tickles your tongue. The hops come crashing down quickly - but the sweetness brings out more of a citrusy flavour, like a slightly-off tangerine, or those chocolate covered orange rind candies. The hops linger on the palate, seemingly forever. I will taste hops until the day I die.

Overall, it's a pleasant deviation from "enormous hop bomb" but still not going to be attractive to people who are not hop bomb fans.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky amber color with a small head.
S - Aroma is sweet and malty.
F - Flavor is sweet, caramel, malty and boozy. Surprised by sharp alcohol burn on the finish.
M - Medium mouth feel, below average carbonation.
O - Wow this is a big beer. This would probably be a little better with some age on it.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a bright orange amber color with a thin layer of white head around the top

S-caramel malt, tropical fruits, and citrus fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell with a bready malt backbone, tropical fruits, citrus, and a pretty sizeable alcohol kick

M-medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall a pretty extreme beer and on the expensive side, but worth having at least once

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Golden amber color, creamy light tan lead. Unfiltered
Smell: Alcohol, citrus/pine hops
Taste: Follows nose. Fair amount of sweet pale malt as well. Lots of alcohol, not as bitter as I expected.
Feel: A little syrupy, medium/heavy bodied, warm, moderate carbonation. Smooth

A lot sweeter than I expected. the sweetness helps tame the alcohol and bitter hops, but all three flavors are stilll strong. I felt that the sweetness was a bit overpowering.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a deep orange with a good-sized head. Smells primarily of roast malt, like a stout, with little hint of hops. Tastes more like a barleywine: sweet caramel mostly. An almost complete lack of bitterness shows the IBU rating has little to do with perceived bitterness. Feel is thick and sticky. Overall a unique beer, quite good, and not exactly like anything I've ever had.

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Photo of ChiCubs78
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Beautiful amber. Cloudy, almost opaque. Thin head dissipates quickly.

S - Alcohol, caramel and pine.

T - Amazingly malty for an IPA. Drinks closer to a barleywine but remains balanced by the extreme hoppiness buried within. Definite alcohol burn at the end.

F - Solid mouth feel, almost closer to that of a stout than an IPA. Mouth feel almost dissipates due to the high APV.

O - Insanity in a bottle. Malt, hops, burn and repeat.

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Photo of puffthestuff
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L:!dark almost opaque light brown color. I'm not sure what to expect from this. Color is pretty dark but appealingly. It is appropriate to call it an amber color.

S: slightly hoppy and quite malty, a slight sweetness to it. Very attractive because it led me to think its not a hop bomb. It's a pleasant smell and unique to the style

T: what can I say? This taste is unique hoppy and honey sweet at the same time. Reminds me of the syrupy sweetness of a stout with the very sticky syrup mouthfeel. Taste is fantastic if you like hops and sweet stouts. This high ABV is hidden by excellent flavors.

F: The carbonation is good. Mouthfeel dissapates, appropriate for the style. Wonderful feel for this Style. Excellent and superb for me.

O: excellent brew. Which is was more available.the only downside I can see to this brew (ignoring strong ABV) is that it's hard to get. The finish is fantastic to my palate and draws me in for more. Head dissapated Quckly but who cares when the beer has a wonderful taste. I would like to have this more often and even would have a place among my stouts. The high ABV allows more complex flavors. I am extremely happy with this Dogfish head brew. It blows 90 minute out of the water and creates a style I love. If you can pick this up definitely due. I can't wait to see how my others age. One of the best dogfish brews.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing bad to say about this beer besides that it's boozy as f***!

Look: Looks like an IPA with a lot more malt than a regular IPA.

Smell: Smells like alcohol. Getting a berry note with a ton of butterscotch and some hops in the background.

Taste: Holy shit, this batch is boozy. I'm not getting a ton of hops but I'm getting the berry note with some fruit and a bunch of butterscotch.

Feel: The feel is super dangerous for this beer. You would have no clue that you were drinking an 18+% beer if you had this in front of you. It's too smooth almost.

Overall: I really love this beer and really enjoyed the last few batches but I feel that this batch fell a bit short. I will see how age does this.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was a bit scared of this one prior to opening as i expected a brutally hoppy ipa, this actually drank more like a sweet barleywine but it was still pretty boozy. Very surprising, nice mouthfeel and sticky sweet aftertaste, overall very good but definitely not your typical IPA.

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Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, viscous orange color. Bubbles ascend slowly as if in syrup. Yeast particular hang suspended as if in jello. Minimal head after a rough pour disipates quickly leaving not a trace of lacing.

Mild, honey like malt aroma. Bright, aggressive piney, grapefruit hop aroma.

Dense and sweet malt body. Caramel and honey come to mind. Big and bold, multi layer hop. Surprisingly well balanced.

Super heavy body. Light carbonation. Finish is dry and sticky at the same time.

An excellent triple IPA. Flavorful, complex, intensely hoppy, yet balanced.

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Photo of MattinHouston
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one special ordered and waited about a month to get a fresh 12oz. Honestly, they probably should not release this right after brewing after the 1 month of dry hopping. Has a very syrupy taste to it, sugar comes through more than an IPA hoppy taste. Probably needs more fermentation to convert that sugar to alcohol. Will let the other one I bought sit for some time. I am updating this after letting 1 sit a few more weeks. It needs at least ~2months at least to age before that 90m flavor comes into the brew, along with the IPA smell. Going to buy a couple more and let them sit longer. Just sip this one to bring out the flavor AND let this thing age a bit!!!

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Photo of SussexMan
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

To be honest, this is a novelty beer, not a premium beer. The high alcohol content masks the maltiness and there is strong citrus-sweetness to the front end of the beer (I don't get the bitterness score for this beer), following by a strong burn of alcohol. Value wise, one would be better off buying a 90 Minute Dogfish (which is a really good beer!) and adding a shot of vodka to it.

Again, it's a novelty beer so definitely get one and try it yourself.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh ass bottle... bottled 4/8, poured 5/4. I know, people say to age it or whatever, well I wanted to try it fresh. $12 for a 12oz bottle. My "May the 4th be With You" beer. Off we go.

Appearance: Who saw that coming? This is a hazy copper orange color with half a finger of a creamy head and a fair amount of lacing. I was anticipating a flat looking beer... this looks fantastic.

Smell: Intensely huge. Lots of alcohol, but also quite a bit of fruity hops with great malt sweetness. For some reason, all together, I actually get a slight maple syrup aroma out of this at times which I think is phenomenal... now that I'm thinking about it, maple syrup barrel aged IPA, anyone?

Taste/feel: Well, follows the nose. What a monster. The alcohol in one sense is really well hidden -- I don't think this is a very hot beer. It's not burning me going down. Also, I don't find that it dries my mouth up after every sip. However... there's a definite boozy taste, but that's to be expected at 18%. Pretty intense alcohol flavor up front fades with loads of fruity and tropical tasting hops with a surprisingly not overbearing amount of malt sweetness... I figured this would be super sweet, boozy, and hot, and it's not all that. The feel is syrupy in body, but there's a nice bit of lively carbonation to balance it out.

First sniff and taste I wasn't huge on this... but it has grown on me. This beer reminds me of Moltov Cocktail Heavy just in that it's the only triple IPA I've had at 18%. For me, Heavy is a slightly sweeter and definitely hotter beer with a little more flavor depth. 120 is actually a little bitter (or at least less sweet), but the flavors aren't quite as good.

120 is fabulous. It's definitely a beer that's maybe too intense for its own good, but that's the point of it. I know Dogfish says this ages well, but I don't know if I would bother doing that as it would just taste like sweet booze.. I enjoy the hop characteristics and everything that it is right now. If I had a handful of bottles, I'd try aging one, but to me, you're better off drinking this one fresh.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 8,035 ratings.
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