Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (2011)

This weekend, I hit up the Atlantic City Beer Festival. I had way too many brews to list and had a blast (see gratuitous picture below).

I didn’t do many reviews while I was down there (honestly, the festival kinda shot my palate), but I did manage to have this brew at dinner. I have to say, Mia (in Caesar’s Palace) had a pretty impressive brew list. They not only had some solid brews, but they also had about 5 different aged Dogfish Head brews.

ABV: 18%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Too extreme to be called beer? Brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full 2 hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month & aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!!! Our 120 Minute I.P.A. is by far the biggest I.P.A. ever brewed! Between 15-20% abv and 120 ibus you can see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 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.”

Random: I have another bottle of this aging, so I can see what the difference is in a few years.

This brew was served with a chilled pint glass…kinda annoying. I would have asked for a different glass, but as I was about to do so, the server poured the brew into the glass. Oh well. The brew had a barely there white head on a cloudy orange body. Despite the cloudiness, there was still moderate visible carbonation. The nose had hops, citrus and a bit of booze. It was really rich and nice. The taste was absolutely amazing. The hops weren’t in your fact because they were balanced by the malt, which was almost nutty. The booze was present, but not overwhelming, despite the huge ABV. This reminded me of a brandy or a cognac that you sip, not pound. The finish lingered for awhile with hops and heat from the booze. The body was medium with moderate carbonation. All the flavors in the brew worked in concert. I absolutely loved this beer. I can’t wait to try it aged.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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