Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that 120 Minute IPA, “The Holy Grail for Hopheads,” will return for a limited time in late July 2020 with a newly redesigned bottle carrier.
First released in 2003 and still one of the most sought-after IPAs in the world, 120 Minute IPA is an Imperial India Pale Ale that has been “continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and dry-hopped with another whopping pallet of hops.” Weighing in at a massive 15-18% ABV and 120 IBUs, the “unfiltered and abundantly hoppy” 120 Minute IPA “boasts sweet, almost candy-like, hop aromas with flavors of hop resin and a lingering bitterness.”
“The release of 120 Minute IPA is always one of my favorites times of year. I’m beyond excited to grab a couple of bottles of this year’s batch to add to my cellar, as well as a bottle to crack open and share with my wife, Mariah,” said Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and brewer. “To best experience 120 Minute IPA’s intricate flavor profile, I recommend serving it cool, not cold in a snifter or cognac glass. And if you can muster up the self-control to allow your 120 Minute IPA to age for a couple of years, the flavors and aromas will grow even more complex, with greater notes of marmalade and an enhanced sherry-like character.”
To ensure that 120 Minute IPA really pops on the shelf this year, the design team at Dogfish Head has “revamped the beer’s bottle carrier, making it bolder and more eye-catching with a jet-black background and metallic gold graphics.” The centerpiece of the new design is a “hand-drawn hop cone [that] exudes golden rays of light, assuring folks that their search is over – they found it, the Holy Grail for Hopheads.”
This latest batch of 120 Minute IPA is rolling out now and will be available through November 2020 or as long supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s nationwide distribution area (where legal). Prost!
Vital Information for 120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Release – Limited/Occasionals; late July – November 2020
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 15-18%
IBUs – 120
Suggested Food Pairings – Cheese: Epoisses | Other: Smoked almonds, smoked meats, grilled lamb, gingersnaps
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles
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