120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Ratings:
8,176
Reviews:
2,322
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
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1,438
Gots:
3,899
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of barnzy78
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle "Bottled in 2012". Pours amber-orange with nice clarity, thin white head as expected that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are citric and floral hop, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, with caramel and grainy malts. Tastes are complex with notes of sweet fresh pineapple, citrus, mango, grapefruit, caramel, and honey. It's sweet with a large amount of booze that is noticeable. I was surprised at the lack of bitterness on the finish - the sweetness rides right on through the finish. It goes down too easy for the enormous ABV, while being creamy, smooth, and full bodied. Towards the end as the ale warms, the alcohol gets hot. Overall, this was a treat I've wanted to try for some time, but never was at the right place at the right time. At $10 a bottle I probably wouldn't get it again, but definitely glad I finally got to try it!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip. bottled in 2012.

A: pale orange/dark gold hued body. white head is frothy and has reasonable retention.

S: honey and molasses. bright and super sticky/floral hops. watermelon. cantaloupe. a super fresh spruce/pine aroma. great american hop variety here.

T: super sticky amount of hops battle with a massive amount of malt/light caramel sweetness. finish is loaded with rubbing alcohol and cheap vodka with a touch of malt sweetness. blah.

M: pretty moderate/mellow carbonation on a super huge, full body.

D: not sure if this is too young or what, but im getting almost an unpalatable amount of heat. however, some sips are a bit more tame and i can really get the balance between a shitload of hops and a shitload of malt. sort of torn here. looking forward to trying this again with a few years to tame out the heat.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cuttsjp
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (split three ways, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter) golden/copper color, slight haze from both the hoppiness and the fact that the beer is bottle conditioned (active yeast in the bottle), brilliant white head that dissipates into a ring of foam with nice lacing that remains throughout

Aroma: sweet citrus, particularly tangerine, with a distinct aroma of golden raisins/currants and a light twinge of brown sugar/rum/boozy nose

Flavor: tangerine, bitter caramel/burnt sugar, golden raisins, a slight amount of spice/cinnamon, then warming alcohol on the finish

Mouthfeel: silky, medium-low carbonation, definitely not overly syrupy, especially for a beer pushing 20% ABV

Overall: definitely a fantastic beer, certainly more of a barleywine than Imperial IPA, but very unique in its flavors and certainly an experience worth having. It would be very interesting to collect/age these for a few years and do a vertical tasting. DFH recommends trying it with some age on it, so whenever they have another release, I'll try to make that happen.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JBDADDY
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of ixodus
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2012 Bottle.

A: Deep reddish orange, no head, minimal lacing.

S: Sweet tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, resinous pine, sweet caramel, honey, booze. Very aromatic hops smell more sweet than anything.

T: Sweet tropical/citrus hops, pineapple, tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit. Hops come through sweet but still pick at your palate with moderate bitterness. Honey and caramel stay strong in the background to back the hops up. Alcohol definitely shows but it's quite subdued for it's abv. I've had much hotter beers with significantly lower abv.

M: Full bodied, smooth, slightly sticky finish. carbonation is soft-moderate.

O: I really enjoy this beer. It's more of an english-american fusion barleywine rather than an IPA. Threw a 4-pack of last years in the cellar definitely throwing a few in the cellar this year.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 3-years-in-the-cellar bottle a fairly clear amber-orange color with a very thin off-white head. No lacing with this one.

Boozy aroma of honey, sweet caramel malts and light grapefruit and pineapple.

Like the aroma, there were big boozy notes along with honey, sweet caramel malts, pineapple and light grapefruit. The 18% has mellowed a bit with no real hotness found.

Medium bodied and rich with a moderate carbonation.

A slow-drinking IPA for sure. I enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jokemon
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to the local liquor store to pick up some beer and the girl at the counter asks me if i would like to try a beer that they just got in. Lo and behold it's 120 min!

This beer is hard to find so I definitively had to buy a bottle.

The beer pours a light brown color with a thick initial head to it that settles down rather quickly.

The smell is very odd. Very sweet with a definite hop presence, the hops are not overpowering at all though.

Initial taste blows me away. This is a very unique beer. It's surprisingly sweet for how many hops are in it. In fact I barely notice that hops at all. All I get is a refined sweet taste. The after taste is a very pleasant caramel flavor. I could not taste the alcohol at all in this beer.

Overall the beer is definitely worth a try. I can see why some people would not like it because of the sweetness but i liken it to a fine brandy.

I feel as this would age extremely well.

Follow up

Aged 1 bottle for about a year. It improves incredibly well with age. The sweetness calms down a bit, but is definitely still present. I recommend aging this beer to get the best results.

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Photo of b2611
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a half inch white head that recedes to a thin ring.
virtually no lacing on glass.
amber in color
smell is honey with virtually no hop smell
taste is sweet becoming boozy with a slight bitter taste that sits on your tongue.
overall not my favorite IPA but a good offering from dogfish. Won't go out of my way to track this down but if offered why not.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of deaconoflove
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Medium Amber, a small head that leaves only a ring and some lacing very quickly.
Sm. Citrus hops, ruby red grapefruit mostly.
Ta. First nanosecond is malty sweetness, then it's a medicine/ hop/ alcohol burn. Finishes with the alcohol burn hanging on like a whiskey or a hot pepper. Improves with the 3rd, 4th, 5th sip.
Mf. Medium everything.
Overall. I had to try it, despite the $9 price tag. No need to buy another one. It'll be a long evening sippy beer.

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Photo of SFC21
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 and 2015 vintages, consumed in 2017 alongside one another. This review is for the 2012.

Compared to the 2015, this was much more mellowed out and less medicinal on the finish. Almost an apricot liqueur flavor. Low carbonation, significantly lower than the 2015.

Overall this was solid if not spectacular. I think if I drank this blind I wouldn't have thought it were anything special. Was interesting to have side by side with the 2015 to compare but not sure I would shell out the money again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of doughanson78
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,176 ratings.
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