120 Minute IPA is an American Double IPA that’s brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle.
The DIPA pours a hazy copper and is topped by a thick cap of off-white foam that reduces slowly. The head’s reduction leaves behind some sticky residue on the glass.
Initially, the aroma is quite pleasant as it offers a hoppy mix of pine and citrus. But then as the beer warms, the alcohol asserts itself with a strong scent of bubblegum and perfume.
The palate is hop-forward with pine and resin backed by caramel malt. But with the malt comes the taste of booze. The finish adds a bite of hops.
The feel coats the tongue with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly hot and astringent.
The 120 Minute IPA is as hoppy as you’d expect but its malty backbone provides a nice balance. Although the strength of that booze is off-putting. Is this beer or white lightning? Considering its lofty 18% ABV, it’s not easy to tell. I’m mostly kidding. But I am serious when I say I prefer the 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head. This is a beer to consider aging before consumption.
Dogfish Head recommends the following food pairings with their 120 Minute IPA: Époisses de Bourgogne cheese, smoked almonds, smoked meats, grilled lamb, and gingersnaps.
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Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione talks about the history of the brewery and their 120 Minute IPA.