- Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
- Beer- 120 Minute IPA
- Style- Imperial IPA
- ABV- 18.0%
Description- Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA pours a clear amber orange color reminiscent of a beautiful autumn evening in New England, with a white head that disappears extremely quick. The aroma of the beer has hints of citrus, mild caramel notes, and slight whiskey notes.
Upon your first sip you may be quite surprised at just how sweet this beer tastes. After the initial surprise at the sweetness, you notice the citrus coming through from the hops, but what you will also be surprised about is the lack of a hop bite. Considering that this beer is continually hopped for 2 hours during the boil, plus dry hopped to death, the fact that hops are more of a background note in this beer is quite shocking, but does make this beer exceptionally balanced.
After swallowing, the creamy thick body from the beer remains on the palate, but the mild carbonation cleanses the mouth quite well, then the alcohol heat makes an ever so slight appearance, just as a reminder that this is definitely not a light beer. An absolutely incredible beer.
Food pairing – A beer this high in alcohol makes it a bit more difficult to pair with dishes as it can overpower a lot of food very quickly with its sheer power. So what we are looking for is dishes with a lot of flavor behind it to stand up to the 120 Minute IPA. A nice dish would certainly be blackened pork or chicken with Creole rice or anything with a bit of spiciness to it.
Another wonderful pairing is with a spicy Enchilada in a fine cream sauce, the spice would bring out the hops in the beer and the creaminess in the sauce matches the body of the beer very well. Moving on to dessert 120 Minute matches absolutely perfectly with a delectable vanilla bean gelato, the creaminess in the gelato will absolutely meld into the taste of 120 Minute IPA or if you are more of a cake fan, pair this with a decadent carrot cake for a truly amazing experience.
Is it worth trying? – A resounding yes, however be warned that this high alcohol IPA is not for the faint of heart. This is a highly hopped beer, so if you are new to the India Pale Ale (IPA) style stay away from this for a while until you become more acclimated to hops . However, this is a perfect beer to age for up to a decade, and even beyond, so you can buy a bottle now and keep it until you are ready, but be warned that as this beer ages the ABV increases, reaching around 22.0%.
Due to the high alcohol causing slight whiskey notes in the beer, after all whiskey is just distilled beer, 120 is a great beer to give to that whiskey lover in your life. Another note of warning, to match the above average ABV, this beer also carries an above average price tag, but fear not, it is worth it Also, keep in mind this is not your dads PBR, this is a beer to be revered and feared, so sip this one, make it last all night, and just enjoy every last drop of it.