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Yuri_Rage 03-16-2008 03:02 AM

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
This one's gonna end my day of commercial beer tasting. I've spread them out across a few hours, so each beer has been fairly "fresh" on my palate. I've had the 120 before, but I was a little drunk by the time I got to it, so I'm sipping this one sober (won't be sober by the bottom of the pint).

Standard DFH 12 oz bottle and label. Deep gold/light amber color, quite cloudy, thin head, not much lace.

This may sound strange, but I get a very strong molasses nose. Despite the heavy hopping, the sweet caramel/malty notes really dominate the aroma. Dark fruit is also present with a strong hints of date, fig, and raisin. American hops are there, but the spicy citrus notes take a backseat to the malt.

Much like the nose. Very sweet, deep fruit and caramel throughout. Bitterness is quite subdued for the advertised 120 IBUs. You really have to concentrate to taste any citrus/spice notes from the hops, though I'm sure they're responsible for some of the fruitiness. Little alcohol bite despite the high ABV.

Thick - almost syrupy with moderate carbonation. Very little heat from the alcohol.

1/2 a bottle is plenty! It's certainly a unique experience, but it's not one that you need to repeat often. I can enjoy this beer, but I probably won't have another anytime soon.
Expensive pricetag at over $15 for a single! (I actually had to talk the "beer guy" at the store into getting one from the store's "private stock" for me)

MULE 03-16-2008 03:38 AM

Yuri, I agreed 99.9%

I have been lucky enough to try this beer at $11.00 a bottle.

landhoney 03-16-2008 04:49 AM

I got two a few days ago for the cellar at $8 something a bottle. Guess it was a good deal. I have not tried this beer yet, going to give it some time, just because I guess.

CEMaine 03-20-2008 05:44 PM

A Long time in the cellar
A brewer friend and I have both tried this and agree, it needs MONTHS in the cellar. Way Way too sweet. No notable hops aromas.

A year or two would do this a whole passel of good.

Air Pirate 03-21-2008 02:57 PM

ive had the same experience, Yuri

its good, but not really $10 good.

I think ill try cellaring a bottle for some months and then try it. i think the label actually recommends this too.

RoaringBrewer 03-21-2008 05:27 PM

I have a bottle in my cellar that is about a year old. I am itching to try it again now that you posted this... I got this straight from DFH Rehoboth for $10 last spring and have put off the temptation... until Easter! ;)

Mine says, "Age to a decade..." on the label. Is this the normal label?

Ryan_PA 03-21-2008 07:11 PM

The Age A Decade thing is standard on all labels. I would like to seewhat this would tast like after 5+ years of aging, I was not fond of it after a month in my basement.

RoaringBrewer 03-21-2008 07:18 PM

I would think the longer aged, the less hop character there is... Kind of defeats the purpose of 120 Minute IPA I think... And probably makes it even sweeter than Yuri is talking.

I haven't drank it out of plain laziness really, not particularly trying to age mine. I'll drink it soon since I am going back to DFH in May and can pick up more if it is OK...

Yuri_Rage 03-21-2008 07:32 PM

The quote from my bottle is:

What you have here is the holy grail for hopheads. This beer is continually hopped over a 120-minute boil and then dry-hopped every day for a month. Enjoy now or age for a decade or so.

Ryan_PA 03-21-2008 09:14 PM

It is not the hoppiness that came off as offensive to me. I am a huge PA, IPA, and IIPA fan, my experience with 120 was not good. I have had 90 off the Randall in Rahobeth, and that was very impressive.

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