156. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
This one has moved to the top of the highest alcohol content beers I have reviewed at somewhere between 15-20%. It also has the highest IBU rating of any beer but does not have the hop bite that I expected. Color is a great orange with a slight head that retained well throughout. Beer is well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles. Aroma is probably the best part of this beer with lots of sweet citrusy hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very well balanced and masks the alcohol content well. I recall the 90 Minute version having a lot of pine taste and this one was much more subdued. Overall this is a drinkable beer even with the high ABV and while I still prefer the 90 Minute version you should certainly give this one a try. I am also going to store one of these away for a few years as I hear it ages well.
Pros: Aroma, well balanced
Alcohol Content: 15-20% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 120
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!
We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age.
Every Beer Has A Story…
Check out this Quick Sip Clip to see Sam talking about 120 Minute IPA. In the video, Sam also shows off some of our vintage pieces of brewing equipment, including our second-generation continuous-hopping device, Sir Hops Alot. He also touches on why we dialed 120 Minute IPA back in ABV, some aging recommendations, and a little lesson on IBU measurement. Enjoy!