Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Beer: 120 Minute IPA
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 15-20%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: George Street Ale House, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Murky golden amber that clears to a coppery color, with a 2-finger off-white head.  Lava lamp-like carbonation bubbles float throughout.

Smell: The aroma of figs and hops.

Flavor: Caramel, pine sap, and a slight licorice taste.  The hops are definitely present.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

Concluding Remark: Dogfish Head has a 60 Minute IPA, a 90 Minute IPA, a 75 Minute IPA (review earlier this month), and this, the 120 Minute IPA.  The “Minutes” refer to the amount of boil time of the wort–the liquid extracted during the mashing process of brewing. During this time, the hops are continuously added; and the longer the hops are boiled, the more hop bitterness there will be in the beer.  So, you can understand why Dogfish would refer to its 120 Minute IPA as “the Holy Grail for hopheads.”

Now, when I first started appreciating good beer, I had a hard time coming over to the side of the IPA–I just wasn’t a fan of the metallic bitterness.  But, I’ve come a long way, and now I find it slightly ridiculous that, when I first tasted the 120 Minute, my initial reaction was, “This isn’t that hoppy.”  Don’t get me wrong: no doubt is this an IPA, and a strong one at that.  (I felt the tipsy after-effects of this guy for a looooong time.)  But it wasn’t offensive or intimidating; it was highly enjoyable.  I will admit, I enjoyed the 75 Minute IPA better; but Dogfish did a good job with what they call “the biggest IPA ever brewed.”

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