Review: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Almost a decade ago a friend of mine went to the US and acquired me a bottle of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA - Trying anything from DFH was one of my top items for my Beer Bucket List way back then. I had a great chat with Sam Adams' Jim Koch a few years ago when Dogfish Head and Sam Adams merged, one stipulation was that Dogfish Head would be coming to Canada.. unfortunately COVID happened and it never ended up happening.

Today's review is their 120 Minute IPA, which was one of the holy grail IPAs in 2012... it's crazy how far IPAs have gone since then.

I don't recall how much I spent but it was one of the most expensive purchases per beer I've ever done. I think it was something like $10/12-oz bottle but when you've been craving something for a decade, you just gotta do it.

Appearance: Pours a rich honey-copper brown with minimal clarity to it. The head is yellow-beige and hefty at first but diminishes only to a mild amount of bubbles touching the glass. 

Aroma: Is this an IPA/DIPA/TIPA/QIPA or a Barley Wine? It seems like there's a fine line between said styles now days. This is very malt-forward and sweet with a heavy bitter pine presence at the end that definitely tingle the nostrils.

Taste: Quite sweet with a booziness to it. Notes of caramel, toffee, pine, a bit of a roastiness, a bit of grassiness, raisin, even more toffee at the end. Fairly dry, the carbonation burns a tad, so it's quite boozy.. to the point I'm starting to feel it.

Overall Thoughts: I have no idea what the ABV is for this beer, it's listed anywhere from 15-20%, making it one of the strongest beers I've had so far. Definitely a slow sipper beer, very boozy and pretty much just like most Triple (non-hazy) IPAs and Barley Wines I've had over the years.. very sweet.

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