Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I scored one of these(at 17 bucks I couldn't convince myself to get more)while on vacation in Virginia. This beer poured a clear copper amber color and formed a huge foamy white head that left laticed lace as it subsided. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and malt, but surprisingly balanced. I thought the hops would have been more dominating with the usual Dogfish experimenting, but I was wrong. A slight hint of caramel is also present with a touch of pine. The flavor was of malt and hops with a medium caramel like taste with a warm aspect of the alcohol present. The finish was a medium creamy body with a sweet finish and warming alcohol. After Imperials, IPAs are one of my favorites. As with World Wide Stout, while this was a good beer, the pushing of the limits pushes it out of the top contention for IPAs if it can even be called that anymore.
DonutSeducer (20) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
obviously strong. So hoppy you feel like you are sitting in a field of flowers. I am not a hop fan but for some reason I love this beer. This high level of alcohol is not overpowering in this very strong malty hoppy beer. I love it.
DocJitsu (695) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully and perfectly. Poured properly, a one and a half finger light beige head sits atop clear, classic golden liquid. Lightly scorched greens and citrus. Alcohol is noted in the nasal passages. Oily, obtrusive, and warm mouthfeel. Large flavor. A lot going on. Barleywine meets citrusy DIPA.
Crompt (91) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle graciously shared by krompt during a family bbq where I was in charge of smoking the ribs. This is the highest ABV beer I’ve tasted and the first sip reminded me of that fact. Extremely abrasive and potent beer that by the time I finished it left me confused about whether I like it or not, confused about what I was supposed to be doing while drinking it and confused about life in general. Fun novelty beer I would try again.
asvec8215 (4) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow $18 for a twelve ounce bottle at the tap room. Worth it though. Great beer. Smells of sweet cereal like melted captain crunch MAybe. Taste is very hoppy at first then turns very sweet with an alcohol finish, mellow burn on the swallow.
krompt (611) - - FEB 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’d gag these down any day. I can’t get my hands on them all the time. Thanks to Lee3 from OB! Tastes more barelywiney than an IPA. I pretend to know what I’m doing.
Bigkid895 (13) - - FEB 20, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
love this beer its so hoppy and you can tell its frsh from the aromatics of it
electrotype (162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
18%? Il y a bel et bien présence d’alcool, le corps est assez lourd, mais 18%? Wow, très bien équilibrée cette alcool! C’est sucré mais pas d’un sucre envahissant et désagréable. Ce n’est évidemment pas une IPA méga fraiche et désaltérante mais ne tombe pas non plus dans l’autre extrême: elle se boit très bien. Impressionante et très bonne! Une des meilleures bières fortes que j’ai eu la chance de gouter!
jh773 (29) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like toasted cereal, caramel, nuts. Tastes is very sweet, slightly bitter -- alcohol comes through very strong. Reminds me a lot of fruitcake, in a good way. A remarkable beer. I think the DFH World Wide Stout has a better balance and profile, but only by a slight margin.
PriorL (1134) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Brugs Bierfestival 2014. Shared with Mathieu87 and other. THX to the ratebeer guy sharing! APPEARANCE: clear darker blond beer, nice stable off white head.
NOSE: hoppy, nice, bitter.
TASTE: hoppy, alcohol, nice and bitter.
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Dogfish Head goblet. It was bottled in 2011 and cost $9.99 ($0.83 per ounce).
Appearance: Ugly huge of rusty orange/brown. Extremely hazy, though no sediment chunks are visible. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.
Smell: Pungent aroma of liqueur and confectionery sweetness. Dried fruit and citrusy hops abound.
Taste: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is probably one of the most controversial beers on the market. Whether it’s truly an IPA and not a barleywine or strong ale of some sort is debatable. Additionally, people tend to love it or hate it. When I first tried over five years ago I was not a fan, but I’ve had it a few times since then and I’ve come around. While I still don’t think it’s amazingly outstanding, I definitely appreciate what it accomplishes.
There’s two distinct flavor deliveries to the palette here. The first half is strong confectionery sweetness - like drinking liquid toffee, caramel and butterscotch. The second half is more fruity, not unlike that of a Belgian - raisin, cherry, plum, fig and dried fruit. The actual hop flavor and bitterness has definitely faded in two years, though there’s a subtle taste of citrus. I even get a hint of orange sherbet in the finish, though it’s quickly obscured by the strong alcohol component. Since this is a huge beer it’s no surprise that alcohol plays a major factor in how it tastes, as it definitely imparts dryness and heat, but mostly at the end. Otherwise, the base brew speaks for itself and it’s quite lovely.
Drinkability: Let’s face it, when you’re drinking an 18% ABV beer, you’re not worried about the delivery. Though I was pleasantly surprised by how approachable Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA was. The mouthfeel is soft and viscous, yet it is not abrasive to the tongue or cloying in the aftertaste. There is strong heat on the throat as it goes down, but it’s tolerable. I found myself drinking it in more than just a sip, and the beer didn’t weigh heavy on my system, either.