Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA Makes Its Return

Dogfish Head’s infamous mega-hopped and high alcohol behemoth 120 Minute Imperial IPA returns to taps and bottleshops today, April 10th, 2017.  One of the strongest IPAs in the world–ranging 15 – 20% ABV and 120 IBUs–120 Minute is not so much a beer you drink and enjoy but try for the experience.

Dogfish head accurately describes 120 Minute as a “gigantic, candy-like India Pale Ale is copper in color with sweet-citrus, piney and floral aromas, with a delightfully bitter mouthfeel.” It’s been a few years since I have had one; I don’t know if I would call its sucking-on-a-hop-cone bitterness “delightfully bitter,” but I am glad I tried it.

More from the press release:

Unfiltered and generously hoppy, the gigantic 120 Minute is carbonated like an IPA and loaded with heaps of flavor and grand complexity.  Six times as hoppy as a traditional pale ale and four to five times as strong, this sipper is an ideal candidate for sharing and is best served cool, not cold.  Ranked by “Business Insider” as one of the 17 most sought after beers in America, they describe 120 Minute as the ultimate IPA, stating, “it’s so hoppy that it’s not even hoppy anymore; unlike other IPAs, it’s not that bitter, just really flavorful and very strong.”

Continuously hopped with more than one-hundred twenty hop additions over a one-hundred twenty minute boil, this huge brew is packed with a hefty amount of high-alpha American hops.  In 2001, Dogfish Head introduced the continual hopping method to the beer loving world with the introduction of 90 Minute IPA, the world’s first Imperial IPA, and followed the release with adding more continuously hopped beers to the family, including the iconic 60 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA and 75 Minute IPA – a cask-conditioned blend of 60 and 90 Minute IPAs.  Dogfish Head found that by dosing small bits of hops continually, in equal increments, over the whole boil, they can make a beer that is intensely super-hoppy without being brutally bitter.

Debuting in 2003, the staying power and fan love for this big beer is indisputable.  “Like Fort and World Wide Stout, 120 Minute IPA gets even more special with age,” says Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  “I recommend buying a couple bottles, drink one fresh, and lay one down for a year or two – you’ll discover that time brings forward delicious, fruity marmalade and sherry notes in the beer.”

Dogfish Head is excited to announce they will be shipping 120 Minute IPA to the following states for the first time: Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina and New Mexico. California and New Hampshire will receive the off-centered ale for the first time in 12oz bottles, in addition to draft.  To find and enjoy 120 Minute IPA and other off-centered Dogfish Head brews in your area, visit


About Dogfish Head:

Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American brewery 21 years ago. Today Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year. Today Dogfish Head is a 250+ person company based in Delaware with a brewpub/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, an innovative seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, a beer-themed inn on the harbor in Lewes and a production brewery/distillery in Milton.  Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 35 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2017. For more information, visit, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.

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  • anne malone
    anne malone
    Fri Feb 9, 2018 1:17 AM

    My 0nly regret and complaint is that I am not always able to find the particular Dogfish that I want! OMG it is so good.