Location: Milton, DE
Style: Imperial IPA
A.B.V. – 15-20% (not a typo)
Price: – $10.39/ bottle (Also not a typo)
So, when we started this blog, I went on a bit of an adrenaline-fueled beer buying frenzy. I lost sight a bit of the beers that I enjoyed and decided instead to blow a lot of money on a lot of beers I’d never had before convinced that I’d love each and every one of them. However, instead of enjoying them to the limit, I discovered that instead of one type of beer that I really don’t like, I now have two. I have known for a while that I really don’t enjoy wheat beers all that much – just not a strong enough flavor for me. Now, I am absolutely positive I also dislike beers with an ABV over 10%. Dogfish 120 fits squarely into this category.
My rationale for this beer was as follows: “I love Dogfish 60 Minute, so since 120 is double 60, I should like it twice as much!” Not so much. Beers with alcohol content this high have to forgo a lot of complex flavors in favor of sugars to keep all those alcohol-makin’ yeasts happy, and they end up being very thick and very sweet. I tried very hard to find other flavors in this beer, but the booze was having none of it. It got to the point where I was considering pouring the rest of it down the drain when I just took a swig and threw it back without even trying to taste it, when lo and behold, the flavor appeared! I found that if you get the beer down the hatch quick, the alcohol flavor is gone and you’re left with a surprisingly good IPA. The hops shine through and the distinct Dogfish flavors really hit home. However, I personally don’t like a beer I have to chug to actually like, so unless I find the desire to age this one for a few years and try it again I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up again. I’ll stick to the half time double enjoyment of the 60.