Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (2012)
18.0% ABV
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
12 oz btl
Served in Burley Oak tulip glass
Purchased 1/2013 (aged about 6 months)
Reviewed on 3/13/13

This IPA pours a hazy dark gold color with a bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

Smell consists of hops, alcohol, malt, citrus, some dark fruit, some floral, some spices.  Hops, malt, and alcohol dominate the nose.

Taste has malt, alcohol, hops, some bitter citrus, touch of dark fruit, brown sugar, whiskey, syrup, wood.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth for a beer that's quite hot with alcohol.  Some bitterness comes through.

Overall, a quite strong IPA that resembles a barleywine more than it does a traditional IPA as the hops, while there, are not the most dominant aspect, and there's a decent amount of maltiness.  Hops, malt, and alcohol dominate the taste, with touches of citrus, dark fruit, brown sugar, whiskey, and wood coming through.  It's quite complex even as three tastes dominate, and its high alcohol content demands sipping.    I've had this on tap at the Dogfish Head Brewpub, and I find it to be a much different beer on tap (I'd probably give it 4-5 more points on tap). Definitely a unique beer, worth trying at least once, and if you're into aging, it's a good candidate to see how it changes over time (if you can bear the high price point).

My score: 92

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