I received a tip from this website called Facebook that there is a rare sighting of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. For those unfamiliar with this beer, it follows the line of 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPA. What does this mean? The wort (beer before it’s fermented) is normally boiled for 60 minutes is in this case, boiled for 120 minutes and hops are continuously added. This not only brings up the hop flavor, but evaporates a lot of the water, leaving a more concentrated wort, thus driving up the alcohol level. Now this was not enough. Dogfish Head dry hopped for two months before bottling. The results are a strong and flavorful beer. This beer clocks in at 15% ABV, and 120 IBUs.
The beer poured a deep gold color with light lacing that fizzled out quickly. I noticed a strong toffee sweetness, spicy hops and alcohol scents. My first sip was very shocking. The beer was very sweet, but also had peppery spices from the hops and followed by a warming alcohol warmness. The consistency was a bit thick and syrupy on the tongue.
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA really is a fantastic beer! I shared it with my friend Jared and he felt the same. For those of you West Coast IIPA fans, this may not be for you. It’s much sweeter than any IPA I have ever had. If you already enjoy Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA, you might enjoy this one. Personally, it was a true pleasure to enjoy this beer.
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