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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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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3.96
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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown/Amber with little to no head.

S: Brown sugar, piney hops, malt, booze (orange liqour)

T: Sugar, Carmel, just a hint of full blown hoppyness. Warm boozy (Orange liqour) finish. Had no idea that the hops would just make this taste like beer mixed with simple syrup.

M: could use a bit more carbonation. sticky, chewey.

D: Everyone should try this once, but thats about it. I'm still cringing at the thought of another full bottle... way to sweet. Took over an hour to finnish 12oz. The absurdley high ABV is hidden to some extent by the sweetness.

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Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer was bottled in December of last year. Thanks Nathan15! Pours a very nice dark copper/amber-ish color. Pretty. The aroma comes off as strong and hoppy with some alcohol aroma as well. The taste is, how do I describe, warm and alcohol-ish but tastes of caramel toffee in the back of my throat. Hops are somewhat subdued but the beer has a sweet, syrupy consistency to it. Definitely a sipping beer!

Overall, I enjoy it. It beats out the DIPA that I've tried from Magic Hat, which is the only other DIPA I've had anyway.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Opaque golden & hazy orange colored beer. A ring of white head around the side of the glass.

Smell: A malt bomb for sure. Some Citrus is in the there too. Oranges, lemon and maybe grapefruit. malt smells kind of bready, but sweet too.

Taste: This is really sweet. Almost like a bready honey. The hops are also there, but the hops just don't quite balance out the malts. Not a whole lot of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is syrup and just thick.

Overall: A once in a lifetime experience with this beer. I am glad I tried it, but I would probably not drink this one again. It was great for what the beer was, but it just too big to call a traditional Imperial IPA. Maybe this would be along the line of a Quadruple IPA, not a double IPA if the style existed.

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 2/9/09--aged in cellar for a year plus.

Appearance: dark orange/yellow in color, cloudy, minimal carbonation, minimal head

Smell: caramel, biscuits, alcohol, and pine hops

Taste: caramel, biscuits, alcohol, sweet citrus fruit, honey, and pine hops

Mouthfeel: thick, heavy bodied, minimal carbonation, very sweet with alcohol heat.

Drinkability: I loved this one and it is now one of my favorites from DFH. I have had this before the aging and the hops are more pronounced, but I love the mellowness from the age. This one drinks more like a great barleywine. I would buy this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Viggo
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage I believe. Pours a crystal clear orange, big white head forms and never leaves, tons of lace, one of the prettiest beers I've ever seen. Smell is piney caramel and alcohol, very strong but smells great. Taste is caramel, pine, some citrus, and a little bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is amazingly thick, low carbonation, very warming from the throat on down, slight alcohol burn. The warming/burn is really the only alcohol presence you get, besides the fact thatr 6 oz will give you a mean buzz. Very surprisingly drinkable, it was a shame to see the end of the glass. Very underrated in my opinion, this beer is a feat. Good on you for the pickup DrJay.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer's got a nice clear flaming copper appearance. A slight beige head recedes to a thin collar quickly. Lace is sporadic, but pleasant enough. Really nice citric orange peel aroma. Good hop nose. Not overwhelming. Nice little sweet malt accent on the nose as well. The flavor profile has such a nice balance of sweet malt, bitter hop resin and spicy alcohol. None of those characteristics comes through in an overwhelming way. The drinkability is beyond belief for 20%. DFH does it again in this respect. The sweet qualities are really appealing in the context of this IIPA. I just want to keep sipping, drinking, gulping, etc.... The lingering aftertaste has a little alcohol sting. Hops add some bitterness and pine sap/ hop resin tones. The carbonation seems just right....not too high at all. The body is close to full. Wow. This is better than I expected.

Give me a quarter barrel of this and I'd be set...for about a week.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. Split with a friend.

A - Hazy dark gold. One finger of thick white head. Strong carbonation streaming up the glass. Tons of boozy legs when swirled, no lace but a film of retention.

S - Tons of pineapple, booze, glazed pineapple and cherry, sweet smelling.

T - A huge hop profile that doesn't quite balance with the huge alcohol. All the elements of booze, hops, and sweet malt seem to balance though. Lot's of pineapple from the hops and a very sweet note from the malt, almost too sweet. A strong alcohol element is there too.

M - Not bitter in any sense of the term when the alcoholic finish comes through. Fairly well carbonated. Big syrupy body.

O/D - Odd. A very boozy, sweet, and hoppy beer. Probably needs more hops. An extreme beer in every sense of the term. Nice. I was happy to try it but didn't exactly enjoy it as a DIPA. Extremely drinkable and smooth. A solid beer, but too boozy for me.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a finger of fluffy head. Much more clear than I remember it. Every other batch I've had there was a ton of yeast floating around.
A big hoppy bitterness up front. But the sweetness and booze stand out more than the hops. Its got that cloying sweetness that makes it feel like you are drinking a liquer. Good bitterness with boozy after taste.
Low carbonation and a heavy mouthfeel.
When I drink one of these its usually split between two people. Its an interesting beer to sip on but I wouldn't want to drink 12oz by myself.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A cloudy orange amber with a rocky, bone white head that had significant lacing.

Massive hops here. Candied fruits: pineapples, grapefruits, mangoes, apricots, etc., etc. I could smell this beer all day.

Very sweet and not bashful in alcohol either. Taste is primarily of sweet candied tropical fruits and a slight toffee-like malt.

Full-bodied with a long sticky finish.

I am a lover of hops and this was even a little tough for me. A definite nightcap.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another beer DFH can make, because they can, moreso than bc its good.

Nothing wrong with appearance, looks ok from here, a little darker than expected, minimal carbonation.

Aroma, not suprising to find lots of alcohol, I guess it hides it decently for how high it is. Taste, ugh, not a bitter hoppy beer, but a thick, sweet barleywine almost. This beer tastes more like a strong ale/barleywine than a double ipa. Think Old Stock Ale.

Can't get into the flavors, so disappointed expectation wise. This is like the port of beers. No thanks.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An impressive murky gold/orange pour. Very large white head. Aroma is powerful hops with some underlying citrus, grass and some sugar. Flavor is completely dominated by that sweetness. Syrupy honey, molasses and raisin. Not much citrus. Sticky/chewy mouthfeel in the heavy medium body. The hops really struggle to balance this out and pretty much can not do it. Does not finish nearly as sticky as it starts, is fairly clean. I actually liked this because it was nothing like an IPA, but if that's what you're looking for, this will not be for you. Definetely closer to an English Barleywine.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage bottle.

A - Pours a semi-hazy amber color with a frothy ring of lacing.

S - Sweet candy malt aroma, lots of booziness.

T - Booziness dominates from start to finish followed with fermented caramel sweetness, with some citrus and pine emerging at the tail end of the sip, borderline medicinal without crossing the line.

M - Pronounced alcohol warming on the way down and continues to keep the throat toasty warm. Thick, full bodied, lip smacking sticky, velvet on the tongue.

O - Everyone already knows about the reputation of this beer, definitely a sipper and will take quite awhile to work through this bottle if you're drinking alone. I'd rate higher but the alcohol really masks a lot of the beer. (Had this beer so many times in the past, why haven't I rated this one yet???!)

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Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I just want to say that from every beer person I know, including myself, this beer should be aged for approximately 1 year for maximum enjoyment. Over a year the hop profile will begin to evaporate (over 3 years and it will have none!) and under a year and it is too cloying and not (alcohol wise). As an IPA this beer should be consumed within a year of bottling regardless of the ABV, suggested bottle aging, please, trust me!

Aromas are of malt sweetness, with some earthy hops attempting to show their face, but the caramel/sugary aroma overwhelms, for sure.

The taste starts off with caramel/toffee/brown sugar sweetness, but then as the beer warms you get the subtle apple cider, light stone fruitiness and pitted figs. The body is rather smooth with a medium body, even a creamy feel under the tingly and generous bubbly texture.

Overall this is a great drink/beer. Its strength makes me not even want to call it a beer but it is definitely a nice sipper, it may not feel tremendously assertive early on but holds its own very enticingly as it progresses.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Waaallll smack me down, this here is one serious beer. Poured with a small head and some lace. Has a clear orangish amber color. Nose is hoppy, fruity, honey, malty, and sweet. Flavor is all of that and more of the very ripe fruit, yeasty, and big honey. Alcohol is definitely there, but not as noticeable as the actual strength would suggest. Looong sweet finish. Big beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, most expensive of that size I have bought.

Appearance is a dark golden color with a smallish head.
It smells boozy, some vinegar, some sweetness. The taste is carbonated, molasses, sugar, hops, very thick. Mouthfeel seems to be a combination of a strong barleywine and a DIPA with an extra couple punches. This beer is serious, as you could easily see just be looking at the ABV. Drinkability was fine for one of these. I was glad that I finally had one, a very unique and good beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium bright clear orange that is very pretty. The head is a very light tan or off white that only rises about half a finger and is gone quickly. There is light lacing.

The aroma is very strong, bitter crazy, almost so strong you it overwhelms your olfactory senses all once and drives them down so you don't smell it anymore. There is also a light citrus note.

The taste is very surprising, the aroma is totally misleading. The first you get a burst of sweetness of citrus and then get some light hops and towards the end a burst of hops an alcohol. The flavor is very complex but not very remisicant of an ipa or how hoppy I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel is heavy and complex. Drinkability is very good considerin its abv.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle bought in MI for $8.99. After trying it I can say it's way overpriced based on taste, but it sounds like DFH employs a labor-intensive process to make it (the bottle says dry-hopped with daily additions for a month).

Beautiful hazy dark orange color with a foam that lasted forever despit the ABV (>20%). The smell is barley wine and hops, you can tell this is a strong beer. The flavor is really sweet and hoppy with an alcohol burn, I would have liked it better with less sweetness. Actually I tasted a cough medicine note which I objected to also. The beer was syrupy in more ways than one (viscosity, sweetness), but hard to finish.

Nice to have tried it, but moving on.

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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 jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh 2011 version and 2008 vintage drank side by side at the brewpub in Rehoboth. scores are for the fresh batch.

2011: golden orange in color. huge aroma of pine, citrus, with just slight alcohol. taste is obviously dominated by hops, but it's surprisingly not overpowering. there is some sweetness to balance it out.
2008 :is much darker, more of an amber color. the aroma is maltier and boozier. taste is sweeter, the hops have faded a bit but still provide a lingering aftertaste. some brown sugar notes have moved in.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a good copper color that lightens up to amber when held up to the light. Big two-finger white head that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Pretty cloudy, and not much lacing.

Smell is very sweet. The alcohol is also noticeable, and there's just the faintest tinge of hop bitterness.

Tastes very sweet as well. The alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden, but it does feel warm on the way down. There's a little taste of hop citrus at the beginning and end, and both the bitterness and the sweetness can be tasted when I lick my lips.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is at a good level, and it's very thick. Goes down as smooth as is to be expected with 21% ABV.

Rating the drinkability on this is hard. It's certainly a sipper, but for a beer this big it's pretty drinkable.

Overall I'm glad I finally got my hands on one of these. Very interesting, and worth a try.

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Photo of cbutova
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Elusive, missed it on tap a few times now, Sunset Grill.

A- Amber caramel into a 10oz ish snifter. Small white cloud but no real head. Tiny ring on edges with no lace at all.

S- Like a Barleywine and IIPA. Hoppy but also has a huge caramel malt presence. Hops are both citrus and herbal to me. Just a bit of solvent alcohol, like a spirit.

T- Hmmmm...Hops die down here a lot to me. Mostly like what an 17+ % ale would taste like, big caramel, raisin and oxidation. Hops are just a bit herbal and pine to me. Alcohol obviously comes into play. Very sweet.

MF- Nice level of lower silky carbonation in an oily substantial body. HOT from alcohol.

This batch failed to be hoppy to me. I had a nice 2010 hoppy sample. HUGE beer that doesn't being hops this time. Too hot and sweet.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH chalice. Bottled on 12/18/2006 indicated on the bottle. Poured a semi-translucent plum color with a frothy, half inch, off-white/buttery-colored head that quickly dispersed into dense clusters of bubbles, with a dollop of foam in the center. Some spotty strands of lacing revealed on the tilt side of the glass. Huge, malty nose, definitely reminiscent of a barleywine. Lots of dark fruit (i.e. plums and prunes) and breadiness, with a suggestion of citrus acidity in the mix. Taste consistent with nose - wow, this is a total malt bomb; also getting some brown sugar and molasses in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a light, smooth background carbonation and a slightly oily quality. This is a pretty decadent treat. One will certainly do you; however, the alcohol is very well-hidden for an 18% brew. Not at all, what I expected in the way of a DIPA, but pleasant experience nonetheless. Definitely one of my DFH faves.

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Photo of Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color on the pour a lightly hazed deep copper with a rather smallish head that is spumescent in texture and the color a light tan as the lace forms it creates a thick and sticky sheet to smother the glass. Whoa Nellie! Nose big time hop floral, sweet malt, fusel alcohol, just from the nose you know this is going to be one bad assed beer. Start is devastatingly sweet with a thick malt profile and the top all rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops robust and delightful in their bite, but the alcohol rules the day, aftertaste somewhat alcohol bitter, vinous and desert dry with the hops, sweetness and alcohol all lingering on to the very end, what a “Hoot”, I thank my good buddy , The_Tsunami for this bottle.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo. It's the only time I've ever seen it in a store around here.

A: Pours a deep gold, with massive reds and oranges. There is a puffy white head that dissipates over time leaving a thin ring of foam around the top of the beer and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like white bread, malts, a bit of citrus, and alcohol. You're not kidding yourself with an 18% IPA. The alcohol is there.

T: Right up front there is a sweet citrus, but only for a second. It then it changes to pure booze. It tastes like acne astringent.

M: Fully bodied for an IPA. There is some cloying of sweet malt and it finishes super dry with that massive alcohol kick.

O: I get it. The biggest, baddest, IPA on the block! But what I don't get is why people like this. There isn't much flavor to it, absolutely no subtlety, and a huge boozy rubbing alcohol punch in the finish. No thanks, the astringent quality of this beer ruins it for me. I just wouldn't look forward to trying another glass.

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