This beer really needs no introduction, so I’m going to skip all of the small talk and jump right into the commercial description from the website, dogfish.com.
Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute 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 between 15% 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.
You ready??? I am!!!
This brew comes in a 12 oz. bottle and, according to the website, clocks in at anywhere between 15-20% ABV with some going as high as 21%.
The 120 poured a slightly hazy, orange color with a barely off white head that was of pretty good size. It was semi-smooth with both large and small bubbles. The retention time was more than adequate and I was impressed by the amount of lacing that was left behind considering the higher than normal ABV. A thin film remained on top of the liquid for the entire drink. A ton of alcohol legs were imparted on the sides of the glass when tilted from front to back. The beer started to clear significantly as it warmed to room temperature. It looked very nice.
As to be expected, the nose delivered a tremendous amount of hops. Tons of grapefruit, orange, peach and pineapple. It was very floral and bright with heavy hints of pine. Accents of alcohol, but not nearly as much as one would expect. A redolence of sugars, breads and caramel were intermingled also, however there is no denying that the hops were the primary factor with the smell.
The taste reaffirmed the extreme amount of bitterness and hops. Hops galore to tell the truth. A tremendous amount of citric fruits dipped in alcohol. Grapefruit, peach, pineapple and orange. Rum like alcohol savors were much more prevalent in the taste than they were in the aroma, however they were infused so well that they never became distracting, bothersome or off putting. The flavor was very sweet to say the least. It had hints of candied sugars, pine and caramel along with a minute amount of breadiness to try and tame those hops, but to no avail. This brew is not trying to hide ’em, it wanted to accentuate them.
The mouthfeel was …. wow!!! Medium to full bodied with a gargantuan amount of heat radiating as it worked its way across the palate toward the throat, down the chest, and into the belly. It completely scorched the front and sides of my tongue. I loved it!!! It was surprisingly smooth, sticky, chewy and gummy. The flavor lasted long after each sip had passed.
This beer is awesome!!! Some might think its too much, but I sure didn’t. It is BIG in every way. BIG aroma, BIG taste, BIG mouthfeel. With that being said, I had no problem finishing this bottle all by myself. It’s a sipper for sure and it should be taken slowly, however I had to take a huge gulp or two just so I could gage the full effect of this concoction. If you like hops, I would highly recommend that you seek this thing out. It’s worth the conversation alone. I was able to obtain another bottle, so I’m going to hang onto it for awhile and see how it develops. I hope I can find some more somewhere though because I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait a year or two before I try this again!!!
Have you guys ever had the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA??? What did you think of it??? Was it too extreme??? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know.
Thanks for reading guys. Until next time.
Score: 4.65 out of 5