Monday, June 9, 2008

Beer Review: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

This is as it is described. The holy grail of IPAs. I have yet to find a beer more ridiculous or extreme. This colossal brew is continuously hopped for 120 minutes then dry hoped every day for a month. This is by no means light in hops. But as the brew master ups the hops, the malt content also needs to be raised. And it is indeed raised. At 20% ABV this is truly an extravagant monster of a beer. Pours a dark, clean, copper color with a cream colored head that yields great lacing action.

This is the kind of extreme beer that will push the boundaries of what you think beer is. The flavor is very sweet and malty. This is surprising considering the large mass of hops used in this. The hops are there though, they provide the background spicy and herbal qualities that really give this beer some complexity. This beer is extreme in all things, malt, hop flavor, and alcohol.

The is such a good beer. The 20 percent alcohol really packs a punch. You get a serious buzz going even halfway through the beer. I can't find fault with the flavor, aroma, or any other traditional reviewable beer quality. I can't however give this beer a 100 percent. The biggest downside to this brew is the high price tag. All the extravagance comes at a hefty price. $8.99 for a 12 oz. bottle is staggering for any beer lover. I thank Sam for his courage to release such a great beer. The price is worth it for a special occasion but not something that most people could afford to drink regularly.

Final Score: 96% (One of the Best Beers Ever Made, Really Expensive Though)

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