Beer Review: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

I take some time out of the hustle and bustle of moving to present you a beer review today which is quite special. 120 Minute IPA is practically the crown jewel of Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Known for pushing the envelope, this Imperial IPA gets its name from the boil time. Depending on batch, the ABV can vary between 15-20% (with 17-18% being about average) and weighs in at 120 IBUs.

Had on tap at Vagabond Pizza in Abilene, Texas. Pours a hazy red-orange color with a thick cream-colored head that stick around and laces the glass like crazy. Citrus, pine and floral notes on the nose along with alcohol astringency and a little bit of a syrupy sweetness. Very complex flavors starting with a grapefruit attack supported by a sweet and fruity backbone consisting on caramel, molasses, brown sugar, banana and pineapple. Finish consists of floral and pine notes but is not really bitter per se. Very warming going down. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation, this drinks way too smoothly and easily for its heft.

A beautiful beer indeed. This reminds me more of an American Barleywine than an Imperial IPA truth be told. A great sipper for sure. Pair with a hearty steak dinner or an artisan pizza. Even if you don’t like IPAs normally due to the bitterness, this is one I think anyone will love. Rating: 5/5.

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8 thoughts on “Beer Review: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

  1. Great review Lynn! I’m one of those people that normally doesn’t like an IPA, when you say barely wine, is that really sweet? Five stars is a high rating though, may have to try this one if I get the opportunity. Do you ever see it in stores?

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    • Depending on your local alcohol laws you might have to find it in a liquor store just due to the really high ABV but yes, it is commercially available.

      Barleywine is a style of beer all its own that’s very heavy and typically high alcohol. It’s called that because it’s intended to be a wine substitute almost – they’re usually very fruity and tend to be quite on the sweet side. Hops can vary anywhere from mild to intense depending on the barleywine.

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