Sunday, February 8, 2015

120 Minute IPA - 2011 and 2014

120 Minute IPA is an intense beer. From the Dogfish Head website: "Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we call this beer the HOLY GRAIL for Hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is 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 and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.

Um...That's a lot of hops. Crunchy's recently had several Dogfish Head beers on tap including 120 Minute IPA - both from 2014 and 2011. I had to stop by and check it out. I did have a bottle of 120 Minute once and apparently wrote a haiku about it in 2009. I was wondering if 6 years and more, well, experience drinking would change my opinion.

They were served in 4 ounce glasses for $4 which I thought was very good considering a 12 oz bottle tends to go for around $10. I started with the 2011 one since I was not sure if I would want both and opportunities to have one of these aged is rare! (Unless one has great self-discipline; I do not).

The 2011 poured a very pretty bright amber and was very low in carbonation. The hops were very present in smell and taste; the alcohol was quite noticeable in both as well. Very pleasant, tingly, and a light mouthfeel. It drinks more like a beer than straight liquor but feels like a hybrid of both. Others have described it as similar to a Barleywine which I think may be the most accurate comparison.
I enjoyed it but had to compare it to the 2014 pour. Still a beautiful orange-amber but with more carbonation and a handsome head. The citrus notes stood out more but also tasted more sweetness and dark fruit. It was drinkable enough but I felt like I had enough 120 Minute in my system after 2 ounces (6 ounces total).
 
This is probably the opposite of a session beer; its presence demands you pay attention to it. I'm glad I gave it another (2) tries. I'm a big fan of Dogfish Head and like to take advantage of opportunities like these. How can you not like them with videos like this?
Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.
- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/120-minute-ipa.htm#sthash.SKq0tPSm.dpuf
Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.
- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/120-minute-ipa.htm#sthash.SKq0tPSm.dpuf
Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.
- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/120-minute-ipa.htm#sthash.SKq0tPSm.dpuf
Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.
- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/120-minute-ipa.htm#sthash.SKq0tPSm.dpuf

1 comment:

  1. Whenever you do come to St. Louis, we'll have to go here: http://urbanchestnut.com/our-beers/ for some local brews and good food. But I might also force you to do the Annheuser-Busch tour. Bud Light Lime FTW!

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