Beer Review: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Bottle Aged 1 Year

20150708_174320Name: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Style: Imperial IPA

IBU:120

ABV: Varies 15%-20%

“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.”

For those of you who have never had 120 minute IPA, it is a monster of a beer and intimidating with such a high ABV, which makes it more of a sipping beer. I wanted to try aging it for a year to see if I could smooth it out a little bit. The beer poured a nice orange amber color with a minimal head that quickly goes down. The aroma is more malt forward giving off caramel and hints of graham cracker to go along with dried dates. The taste is very toasted malt forward giving off tastes of honey and molasses to go with some light citrus flavors of orange and grapefruit. Even a fresh 120 minute IPA is not overly hoppy and after aging for a year the hops are only minimally there on the backend to remind you this is still an IPA and provide a balance to the sweetness. The beer fresh is almost chewy, but aging it has seemed to help the hop resin die down, but it is still a mouthful of a beer and the alcohol has definitely mellowed, but feels stronger, it’s not too noticeable when you are just sipping it. 120 Minute is a great beer when you don’t age it, but I think aging it brings it over the top. It is a complex beer that you can sip during a nice conversation. If you are interested in aging a bottle yourself, just find somewhere dark, where you can keep it at a consistent low temperature (between 55-70 dgrees) in your house or apartment age it for however long you want, under 5 years and enjoy.

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