When it comes to types and styles of ales, Imperial Pale Ale is amongst my favorite.Â We have many great IPAs here in the Northwest including Widmer’s Broken Halo and Deschutes Inversion IPA.
The 120 Minute IPA is continually hopped over a 120-minute boil and then dry hopped every day for a month.Â According to Dogfish, the 120 Minute IPA is the “Holy Grail” for hopheads.
This IPA weighs in at 120 on the IBU scale for bitterness and has 20% alcohol – so this is definitely a sipping beer.
This beer snob was very surprised with my first taste of 120 Minute IPA.Â Surprised, that is, not in a good way.Â The beer, at first sip, is especially sweet, almost like a Barleywine such as the one from Anchor Steam of San Francisco, CA.Â The intense sweetness doesn’t last long and after it wears off you are greeted with a slightly bitter after taste.
This beer is so strong and sweet, that this puppy (pun intended) would take well over 120 minutes to finish – it’s truly a strong sipping beer.
Have you sampled Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA?Â What are your thoughts?
I look forward to the conversation in the comment section below.