billtheman (87) - milford, Delaware, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 such a smooth velvet like flavor, almost a cross between a good red wine and a great beer. Very expenesive per bottle at the Dogfish head restaurents, but someting all beer lovers should try at least once. Probably won’t appeal to those whose taste buds are so dead that they think Budwieser makes a drinkable beer. Goes down so smooth, most definetly a King amongst beers! Smell, appearance, taste and palate all tops. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 ABV: 21 %
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Consumed at: home
Former Impression: Wow. Knocks you over. 0-60 in 3 sips. The aroma fills the room with flowery hops. The malt is jumping. The bottle conditioning is a nice touch. I like a little haze in my 21% ABV ale (!). It’s syrupy with sweetness. It seems like a barleywine style, except for the IPA overtones. You are absolutely forced to sip and recover. The aftertaste is long, palate damaging, and delicious. I would find it hard to pair this with anything but the richest foods. This is the death by chocolate of hoppy beers. Thick yellowish head reduces to a wispy white foam with nice lacing. The reputation of this beer precedes it and it does not disappoint, though I thought I would enjoy it a bit more than I am, it simply whacks you over the head. It’s like trying to drink coke syrup. It’s exactly what I asked for, but as they say, be careful of what you ask for, they might serve it to you in a 12 oz bottle for 9 bucks.
Current Impression: It is the essential full bodied beer. There is no other like it, save for some Avery brews. It is overwhelming, delicious in very small quantities, and a force to be reckoned with. There is very little to compare to this collection of peach, cherry, chocolate syrup, hops bitterness, and mint leaves. Superb. jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2008
It has been a while since I have found a five but this is it. Pours with a three-finger, bubbly cream head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is sweet, gingery, malty. Starts with a perfect mix of malt and hops and finishes smooth and sweet NOT a session beer . . . savor this beer . . . their site has this at 20% ABV. Medium bodied. This is the best IPA brewed in the States. Worth $7.99 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, Me pollardjt (27) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours hazy orange color with a thin head. Aromas of orange, hops, spice, and alcohol abound. Thick and rich mouthfeel, almost syrupy. There is some sweetness in the flavor, but its not overpowering, and is a nice offset to the bitterness of the hops, as well as the orange zest and spice. Everything seems to play off of everything else perfectly. A GREAT BEER. LisaJane (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009 does not count
Bought myself a case for my birthday after trying one. I LOVE it. If you are only going to have one beer, this is the one to have. Sip it and savor the perfection. We treat it like a dessert wine. Sharing a bottle after a meal. Sweet and thick.
Jasbstone (3) - USA - JUN 13, 2010 does not count
King of Beers I drank two and felt great can’t remember everything that night, want to age a few. bhiner41 (193) - Darien, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2016 Smell is amazing, malty and hoppy, deep citrus notes. Hazy orange color very small white head. I had been waiting to try this beer for over a year given the issues in the 2010 batch. Less alcohol burn than expected. Very mellow finish for such a big beer. Almost an orange taste and a fizzy texture. Saved a bottle from 2011...amazing barley wine. Find a bottle and save it. Worth the wait. rygjones (4) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
Incredible abv at 20%, but not overpowering, still manages to maintain flavor of its weaker brethren the 60 and 90 minute ipas. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2012
I cant imagine a better version of IPA. The nose is just like drinking a Tuscan melon in summertime drizzled with honey and like juice. Full bodied, complex and delicious. More of a stone fruit palate along with the expected citrus and pine. Bitter, but balanced within the sum of the parts- just amazing. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - APR 17, 2012
Pours beautiful orange with a small white head. Smells incredibly hoppy, and malty; nice citrus and pine with a solid toffee and caramel backbone. Taste is bitter, lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes, some malt sweetness, and a touch of alcohol burn. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA finishes with a warming alcohol sensation down the throat.