Beer Review: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 60 minute IPA, 90 minute IPA, 120 minute IPA

60 Minute IPA

  • ABV: 6%, Style: American IPA
  • Bottled on 1 August 2012

Dogfish Head - 60 Minute IPA

Look: All three beers look pretty much the same, dense orange, 90 (in the middle) seems a little clearer, 120 (to the right) looks a little denser.

60 Minute IPA is an copper, orange coloured beer with a little hazing. The head is white and the lacing is minimal. The head doesn’t stay around for long.

60, 90 and 120 minute IPA heads

Aroma: Coffee aroma with citrus and orange peel.

Taste: Quite sweet with hints of coffee bitterness coming through. Lots of citrus, a little herbal. Finish is present, but not deeply bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, quite smooth to drink.

Overall: Decent IPA, not sure I’m really amazingly sold on it, but I’d happily drink it if I saw it in a bar. 4/5

90 Minute Imperial IPA

  • ABV: 9%, Style: Double IPA
  • Bottled on 13 September 2013

Dogfish Head - 90 Minute IPA

Look: There is a hint more red in the orange colour of this beer. White head with dense bubbles.

Aroma: More malty than the 60 minute IPA but again, lots of herbal hops and the same strange coffee overtone. A little more boozy.

Taste: It starts quite heavily, like a barley wine, lots of rich, sweet malt with roasty hints, then citrus bitterness builds. Not a really intense finish, but enough to indicate there’s a lot of hops happening. 

Mouthfeel: Similar light carbonation, to the 60. It is quite refreshing considering the ABV.

Overall: Considering this is held up as an example of a top quality double IPA I’m pretty disappointed by this beer. It’s perfectly nice, but I don’t think it’s very special. I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink it, in the same way that I would with Pliny the Elder or Double Jack.

Overall, is it a better beer than the 60? I’m not sure. It is more intense, but also sweeter and maltier. I’m not sure that I really want so much toffee coming through in my IPA. Good but not amazing. 4/5

120 Minute IPA

  • ABV: Around 18%, Style: Triple IPA
  • Bottled in 2012

A hangover waiting to happen

Look: Deeper orange colour beer than the previous 2 IPAs. The head is half a finger off white and there’s a little lacing. Surprisingly there is not as much in the way of legs on the side of the glass.

Aroma: We are firmly in barleywine territory here, very boozy and sweet, spicy and fruity. Smells of dried dark fruit, apricots, raisins. There is also  molasses and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Wow, there so much toffee in the taste. It totally obliterates any noticeable hoppiness. There’s a bitter aftertaste, but it comes with a really cloying sweetness that’s hard to ignore.

Mouthfeel: More carbonation than I’d expect for the ABV, but still very sticky and drying at the end.

Dogfish Head 60, 90 and 120 Minute IPA poured

Overall: Tastes like a barleywine because it has so much toffee and sweetness. In the same way that Sink The Bismark becomes more palatable when you move beyond considering it an IPA, this is a fine sipping barleywine.

Even if the methods of creation are the same as the shorter boil versions, calling it an IPA is a bit of a stretch. The bottle claims 120 IBU (international bittering units) but I don’t feel that at all. The 90 feels more bitter to me.

I’m glad I’ve tried this beer, but I don’t think I’d ever feel the need to try it again. I’m afraid to say that I can’t really recommend it either. Even as a barley wine. Please Dogfish Head, save the hops for a nicer IPA! 2.5/5


UPDATE for Stever: I got them in Philadelphia, I think the 120 was $12, but I’m not sure. God knows what it would cost if you got it over in the UK. I just saw another big American classic, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout in a reasonably priced bottle shop going at £8.11 for 355ml.

- 5th February 2013, Sustainable Alcoholic

  1. stever said: I dread to think how much the 120 must have cost.
  2. whosisbrew said: In 120’s defense, that’s a beer that absolutely must be aged, and I would suggest for more than five years. It develops into something.. well, quite unique, let’s say. But fresh, it’s an undrinkable beer.
  3. sustainablealcoholic posted this