Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

I wrote: "I have three bottles. Two I bought once a while back and one sometime later. I've kept all of them in a cupboard since I've bought them. Today, I put one in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Just to get the serving temperature down a bit. It has the general smell of pine, but perhaps a slightly sweeter smell than most IPAs. I might actually smell the caramel in a beer for once. Amazingly, the taste is not as bitter or as strong as I was expecting. It's alcohol content is high enough to give a slight burning sensation on the tongue. I don't feel the burning sensation down the throat. I guess the alcohol only has an immediate effect. Complex and powerful. It'll take a while for me to finish this one. It doesn't taste like an IPA. (At 18% ABV it should be powerful)" 12:33 AM

Ultimately I couldn't finish the drink. I started too late at night and I was feeling too tired. That's about $5 down the drain; I was only able to drink about half the bottle. Next time I open a bottle of 120 Minute IPA I will definitely split it at least two ways.


Nice beautiful smell. I'd normally describe such smells as floral. But I feel this one has a little something extra. Unfortunately I can't tell what goes into it. Spicy on contact. Slight burning alcoholic sensation. Some alcohol in the taste. It's so strong that it takes a long time to drink. This is a beer you can't just down. It's strong. Definitely sweeter towards the end. I'm not absolutely sure, but I believe the initial alcoholic burn numbed the front area of my tongue a bit.

12 fl. oz. of 18% beer is a lot of alcohol. It would be the equivalent of four shots of 36% alcohol (note that a shot is 1.5 fl. oz.).

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

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Website Information:
120 Minute IPA

Availability: Limited
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!

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, 120 Minute is by far the biggest IPA ever brewed! It's easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads!

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles -- some to enjoy and some to age.

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Food Pairing Recommendations:
Smoked almonds, smoked meats, grilled lamb, gingersnaps
Glassware Recommendation:
Wine Comparable:
More whisky than wine

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