Friday, March 23, 2012

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Generally speaking, I am a big fan of Sam Calagione, his brewery, and his brewery's beers. What craft beer drinker isn't? I have Sam's book and I have read most of it. I loved his brief T.V. series and am still hoping that it gets picked up again. The dogfish way defined (and continues to define) lots of what the craft beer movement is all about. Dogfish Head always has the longest line at GABF. I love the brewery and all that it stands for. 

I hate to say it, but I am not really a fan of the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

If you are a craft beer fan, especially if you are a hop-head, you probably think I'm an idiot, but I just don't rank the 120 minute IPA up with my favorite beers.

Don't get me wrong. It is a good beer. I would, of course, rank it above BMC beers, and I am extremely glad I tried it, but it is not something I am going to seek out again. For me, it is too expensive and contains too much alcohol for a beer.

If you are a hop-head who really loves big IPA's, you are very likely going to love it. According to their website, it is 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs. To me, all that alcohol makes it too sweet and "boozy". I don't feel that the hops cover that sweetness. Untappd has the 120 minute IPA at 4.16 stars out of 5, so my opinion is not shared by the typical craft beer drinker.

I suppose you could say it is just too extreme for my taste. Perhaps I'm just not worthy.

It is, of course, one of the beers that appears on on Zymury's 2011 list of the best beers in America. It is tied for #38.

Again, if you are a fan of HUGE alcohol, you are going to like this beer. Don't take my word for it. Give it a try.

So, now that I have tried this beer, I have (still) tried all 15 of the top 15 on the Zymurgy list. I've tried 41 of the 52. I'm happy I can check this one off my list.

Here are the ones still left on my "not tried list":

T16. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ... year round beer. Should be able to find in CO.
19. Bell’s Expedition Stout ... doesn't distribute to CO. Should have had my sister look for this.
T20. Samuel Adams Noble Pils... spring seasonal that I should be able to find in CO.
T20. Troegs Nugget Nectar ... PA brewery. Can't get in CO.
T29. Three Floyds Alpha King ... A Chicago-land beer. Can't get in CO
T29. Three Floyds Dark Lord ... available one day a year in April at the brewery
T34. Dogfish Head Indian Brown ... year round. Might be able to find in CO.
T34. Three Floyds Gumballhead ... don't even see this beer on their website.
T43. Russian River Blind Pig ... not sure if I will be able to get this in CO.
T48. Dark Horse Crooked Tree ... Midwest distribution only.
T48. Summit EPA ... Another MN beer I should have had my sister look for.

You can look at the entire list here:

1 comment:

  1. Good luck getting Dark Lord... ;) I've had it once and wanted to go to Dark Lord Day ever since to try again.

    Of your remaining ones, I've had a great number of them. You could probably work a trade with BigD for Troegs and Bennett for the Surly (I did with both for both of those). Let me know if you need a hookup for AK or GBH (I have both in my fridge). I have Bell's as well, but no stout at the moment. As for Noble Pils, it will be a year-round beer starting sometime soon, as they replaced it as the spring seasonal with the Alpine.