Dogfish Head ‘120 Minute’ Imperial IPA


33216258_859400270910786_4601829974721167360_n“Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it’s the Holy Grail for hopheads!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Nice bright amber hue with a thumb of persistent head perched on top. Thick lace decoration as we hook in.

Aroma: Holy moly! This is massive. First thoughts are dank, extremely boozy and aggressive with a sweet toffee malt structure. Tonnes of stewed dark fruits, cognac/sherry, burnt orange, tree sap, syrup and resinous pine oils. The booze content (16.5% ABV) is fierce and really stings the nostrils! You could very easily mistake this for an American style barleywine. Absolutely mammoth.

Flavour: It opens with a huge palate wrecking warmth, stewed fruits (apricot, plum and raisin) and sharp resinous pine notes cutting in. More of a sweet orange accent, syrupy toffee/caramel malts and cognac/sherry midway. It all intensifies in to a sweet, dry, warming and complex finish that goes the distance on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick and dense in texture with some oily-ness to it. Average co2. Certainly for the more adventurous.

Overall: We’ve been waiting years to try this beer and it isn’t exactly what we expected. It’s excessive and aggressive! A super quaffer. To be honest the 90 minute is better!