An Elusive Lady: Dogfish Head 120 Minute I.P.A. – craft beer review

An elusive “lady”…

Pours into a snifter. Deep amber colour with a white small head, that reduces to a thin lingering lacing.

Dogfish Head 120 minute I.P.A.

Dogfish Head 120 minute I.P.A.

Exceedingly intense aroma, in which we can detect orange marmalade, caramel, biscuit, raisins, with the alcohol (18%) being rather prevalent. Very light herbal/floral notes coming from the hops. As the brew warms up, a liqueur note is ascending, that gives a burning sensation to our nostrils, reminding us that the beer has been ageing (14/1/15). Not your average imperial IPA nose, intriguing and pungent, nevertheless.

A taste with an edge… Heavy sweetness, which consists of a malty backbone, along with alcohol, dried fruits (mostly prunes), bitter orange, cookies, ageing, and some wooden and honey notes. The hop character has toned down a great deal, hence we can barely perceive some piney hints, as a result of the abundance of the malt and the maturation, giving a mellow profile to the brew. Alcohol is even more pronounced as it’s getting warmer, but it’s surprisingly drinkable, considering this is a high-octane 18% behemoth of an ale, and quite a balanced one. The body isn’t as full and robust as someone would expect, but with an oily and a tad sticky texture. Mildly bitter and dry finish, with a long aftertaste.

The verdict… We have mixed feelings if this “lady” lives up to the hype of a world-class imperial IPA, since it’s failing in having the profile that the category suggests… On the other hand, it is definitely a fine paradigm, that extreme double IPAs can turn into sublime Barley wines with the aid of time… Or maybe, we should invent a new name: Quad IPA… Either way, and as the iconic troubadour, Ray Alder, so lyrically puts it “it’s just a point of view”… Intransigent hopheads, beware and keep away…

Not for the faint-hearted…


Posted on by Agis Kontos in ale, Art, Craft beer, Imperial I.P.A.

About Agis Kontos

Three are Agis' greatest passions: music, linguistics, quality ale. He has studied History & Archaeology, faculty of Philosophy, university of Athens. Specialization in Greek linguistics and History. His fascination for language has led him to purchase job as a free-lance proofreader (books, texts), copywriter and translator. He has also worked in several bookstores as a manager. In 2009, a new job offer occurred, and a new love immerged… The ale… Since then, he savors craft beers only, in his attempt to indulge himself and develop his palate. He has written articles and critiques about beer for some well-known and acclaimed beer-blogs, being one of the main columnists/editors for one of them, for a brief period of time. In 2015, he launched “Get your hops up”, a site in which he reviews quality ales of his choice, along with a friend of his. He is a music enthusiast also, having been involved in some underground rock/metal musical acts, as an amateur, self-taught vocalist. He listens to various musical styles and genres, constantly looking out for new releases, which can evoke emotion of some sort. He’s currently working at Beer Factory, a specialized beer liquor store, as a co-manager, and as an unaffiliated proofreader/copywriter/translator as well, continuing his perpetual journey in the cosmos of music, ale and linguistics, driven by his pathoses.

One Response to An Elusive Lady: Dogfish Head 120 Minute I.P.A. – craft beer review

  1. πετρος

    Nice review

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