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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Photo of slinky0390
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Golden with reddish hue

Smell: Citrus/Sweet almost like a Fig? Alcohol

Taste: Extremely sweet, I have a 2011 bottle served at room temp and its nothing like what I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be so bitter my teeth would pop out of my mouth but instead the sweetness of this nectar overpowers the bitterness of the hops. It's almost too balanced for what it's claiming to be (an Imperial Indian Pale Ale)

Mouthfeel: syrupy

Overall: I probably would not buy this again as I prefer both 60 and 90 minute as they are true IPA's, however, this is definitely something to try at least once. I definitely like their World Wide Stout better in terms of their limited ageable offerings.

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Photo of sailorastro
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EDIT 06/05/2012:
Since this initial review I've tried 120 Minute both on tap and aged for over two years in the bottle, and both are immensely more enjoyable than anything liquor store shelves stock. This review is based on my experience with a recently bottled batch 0f 120 Minute and doesn't reflect how amazing it is aged or conditioned in a keg.

Overall: If I blindly sampled this beer without knowing what it was, guessing it was an IPA would be a long shot. It carries the characteristics of an aged beer casked conditioned in a secret chamber. A good beer, but hard to overcome its odd charisma.

Appearance: Deep orange-gold, reminiscent of a sunset. Light on the carbonation. No head, no lace.

Smell: Hops; pine; lemon Pledge; green onion.

Taste: Wood; oak barrel; whiskey--there is not a great spread of flavors raving the palate here.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and acidic.

Sampled from a tulip glass.

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Photo of ddarden
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 12oz bottle in a snifter
The beer poured a golden color with very little head and little carbonation ( as expected in such a high abv brew). Left nice lacing as the head settle very quickly into a thin white covering. I was disappointed with the smell of this beer. I was expecting a great hop smell, but the sweet smell over powered the hop smell. It smelled of candied sugar with a hint of hops and alcohol following. The beer (like the 90 Minute) first hit me with a overly sweet taste, and followed with a decent hop presence. Alcohol warming definitely is a flavor in the profile, but not as dramatic as I expected in such a high abv beer. I don't think this beer tasted like a DIPA, but more like a really sweet barleywine. The mouthfeel was medium to thick and really coated the tongue. The drinkability was good for such a high abv beer, but sweetness really detracted from the overall experience. This beer is not really my cup of tea, but it is interesting enought to atleast try if you get the chance.

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Photo of photomike
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A very highly anticipated beer for me--mostly due to novelty. Prior to cracking this beer, I think I actually FEARED it. 21%? Sweet Jesus. 9 month old bottle.

Pours beautifully; almost prototypically DIPA. Grapefruit juice hazy reddish orange with a surprisingly long lasting off-white head. An everlasting swirl of bubbles lasts on the surface and a thick ring of head sticks around forever. Some lacing, but not a ton; the only area where the appearance lacks.

Smell is really pleasant as well. Grapefruit and candied orange peel are backed with a HEAVY wallop of vapory alcohol that predictably gets more intense as the drink warms.

Taste is a party. Pine, grapefruit and tangerine citrus jive happily beneath a disco ball of carmelly malts until the local bad ass, the one the Sheriff calls "Boozy Heat," kicks down the door and clears the dancefloor. Thankfully, "Bordering-On-Cloying Sweetness" comes in and restores balance to the situation; everyone dances together in a state of tense, forced peace. Whoa, this review is getting off the rails. Lots of nice flavors here held in a delicate balance by huge honey-sweetness. As a man that hates an overly-sweet DIPA, I am amazed at how much I like this. The ultrahigh ABV keeps you from drinking this fast enough for the sweetness to be a real issue. Minimal bitterness for a beer with so many hops invested.

Full bodied and syrupy, this beer is oily and slick with a nice warming feel going down that is rarely experienced in beer. Lightly carbonated as it should be.

This is a sipper. There is no denying it. Take it slow, take it easy, enjoy every sip, and don't reach for a second. Somehow, the bottle went by too quickly.

My fear of this beer was misguided. I loved every sip. Would buy again.

That said, this is a hard one to rate. My rating came out a B+, but I enjoyed this much more than other beers I've rated higher. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on date of 4/17/08.poured into a snifter,nice hazy amber/orange color.smells like orange peels,slightly herbal,bit of alcohol.

taste has some semi sweet caramel flavor,orange peel,a bit herbal,slightly bready and alcoholic in the finish.bit of a medicinal phenolic flavor hits me real hard in the after taste.overall not what i expected.alcohol is masked pretty well,imo.

medium bodied,drinkable despite the abv.worth picking up a bottle.i'd like to try a fresh one.

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Photo of brewmyster
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful golden-amber with a 1/2" head followed by pretty lacing
S-Hops,honey,and light alcohol
T-Sweet,hops (little bitterness for the amount of hops),coppery metallic after taste and alcohol.Quite hot on back half (due to high abv)
M-Syrupy ,smooth, even with carbonation, felt flat
D-For the abv and the amount of hops this is surprisingly enjoyable, but not too much, due to high abv
I love this company and their daring in various beer types. This particular type is a love it or leave it.

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Photo of ledouge
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of remhaze
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice golden amber/orange with a thin head

S: dried apricot and citrus aroma

T: very smooth and full flavored and very-very sweet with a warming alcohol finish

M: Very thin mouthfeel due to the high alcohol content and low carbonation. A small sip went a long way to coat all of your taste buds.

Overall, it's a great desert beer

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy copper with a thin layer of white head. The nose was dominated by citrus fruits and alcohol. Sweet taste dominates the flavor profile and this offering has a mouthfeel that comes off thicker than it actually is due to the lingering syrupy finish. Some hops are present, but they get drowned out by the sweetness and the alcohol.

Not what I expected, but good in an over-the-top kind of way.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery Snifter.
Bottled 2011 106 1

A - Pours a dark amber orange with a nice creamy, tan head. Fades to a ring around the edge with some streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Hoppy grass and very floral. Smells nice.

T - Wow, super sweet brown sugar, but with the IPA hops, grass, and floral tones.

D - Sweet! Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - WTF was that? I glad I bought 2 bottles, curious to see how it ages.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/22/06- Purchased via mail order..can't remember who with though.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. Bottled in year 2004. Has sat in my fridge for almost two years. Poured into my St. Feuillien goblet style glass.

Appearance- Glowing golden orange in color. 1/2 inch head at first...very sparkling white. Light rim of foam left behind while leaving medium spotty and streaky lace. A very nice sight indeed.

Smell- Really doesn't smell like much. Medium fusel alcoholic fumes with a light malty base and some muted sugary fruits. None of these smells really stand out though.

Taste- At first taste it doesn't seem like it's a 20% beer. After the first few sips you can feel it though. It's deceiving for sure. Malt actually comes out to play nicely. Good base leading to some sugary grapefruit and floral hops. Not to bitter though. Alcohol flavor is pretty strong and stays around into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation than thought. Nice light bitter sugary coating on the tongue. Warming to be sure. Nice beer by the fire beer.

Drinkability- Umm, session beer...no. Maybe a once a month beer is you can stand to pay the $10 a pop. Not the hop bomb people expect, but a very nice sipping liquor-like beer.

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Photo of acbe
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nomis
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Aug. 2012

Pours hazy orange/yellow with just no head. No lacing, just alcohol legs and film along the glass.

Smell offers big resinous hoppy notes, tropical fruits, sweet malts, orange, booze.

Pretty sweet on the palate.Big sweet fruit notes, tropical notes, well balanced for how chaotic it could be..some warming alcohol

Big chewy body on this..slightly bitter finish

Definitely a sipper but highly drinkable in that realm. You pay for the ABV but there's a good beer behind all of that.


Sipping this same batch now 12/15/13

Very dense looking beer. Some floaties and bubbles around the glass.

Hops are very subdued. Sweetness and malt has taken over. Caramel, candied pineapple, a touch of booze.

Incredibly sweet. Caramel malt, brown sugar, nearly no hops. Very little bitterness. Cloying aftertaste.

Huge, dense, mild carbonation.

Way too sweet with over a year of age on it. I prefer this beer fresh.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelLamb
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow, it's like an IPA liqueur.
Pours nice, a little lacing. Clear amber with some cream colored head. Lots of hops on the nose along with some alcohol. Taste is the same, big alcohol burn on the finish. Thick and oily mouthfeel, a bit much with the high abv. A novelty beer but fun to collect. Have a couple from a few years back. Will have to re-review when I have one that has sat for a bit.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet:

A - amber brown color, thin head.

S - Smells strongly of alcohol and citrusy hops.

T - Alchohol dominates the taste. Sweet and thick as well. Hops are very evident.

M - Heavy bodied, lightly carbonated.

D - Not what I expected, cant say this is very drinkable. Very strong and harsh. I kind of developed a palette for it by the end. Different but not my normal cup of tea.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beernut
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

WOW! pours a maple syrup color but not the consistency. Aroma is pure malt heaven with a touch of hops, and the alcohol. Taste is malt, malt, and malt (like syrup) OH! did I mention the alcohol...WOW!! Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, alcohol warms your mouth and your body. Drinkability is average because you will be just shit faced!!

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Photo of SalukiAlum
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, shared with the wife. Thanks to Miamilice for this extra!

Appearance: Some lacing, retained the head some, nice amber color.

Smell: Very sweet smell, maybe a raisin smell?

taste: Good beer, just not my style. Honestly maybe a little to strong alcohol for me.

overall: Good, nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of NicholasSchell
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber honey color with little head but I feel this is due to a slow pour. Looks viscous, bubbles move lazily to the top.

S- Alcohol, pine, resins, wood, citrus.

T- Alcohol, resins, pine, citrus.

M- Warming, prickly bubbles, slight stickiness.

D- This one bottle is very drinkable, but the alcohol and bottle price should keep consumption to a minimum.

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Photo of SDDanC
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Tasted on July 13th. Poured an '09 bottle into taster glass. Pours a hazy amber with no head at all, even with the aggressive pour. In my nose I find a bit of orange and grapefruit, lots of alcohol. . . LOTS, bread, small amount of hops. On the tongue the alcohol is a little less, but I was definitely overwhelmed by the warmth of it. Lots of caramel and malt with a small bit of citrus hops, but barely. Goes down the gullet with the burn, lack of carbonation brings that forth. I would much like to try it fresh. I will definitely acquire again. I hope for it to be more hoppy/citrus.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 8,203 ratings.
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