120 Minute IPA, an American Double IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery balances big pine and resin hops with caramel malt, awash with booze.

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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.

Packaging art for the 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Packaging art for the 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Appearance

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.

Aroma

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.

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Flavor

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.

Mouthfeel

The feel coats the tongue with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly hot and astringent.

Label art for the 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Label art for the 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Overall

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.

Recommended Pairings

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.

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