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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Beer Review

I told you the beers would get better, and this review, steps it up to an unhealthy level. Unhealthy only because Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA clocks in at an amazing 20% ABV. Before I go any further, let me post what the brewery has to say about their beer:

“Too extreme to be called beer? Brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full 2 hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month & aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!!! Our 120 Minute I.P.A. is by far the biggest I.P.A. ever brewed! At 20% ABV and 120 IBUs you can see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads!”

I’ve only ever had one bottle of this stuff, partly because it is tough to find and partly because it cost me $8.99 for a single bottle. I did recently see it at my local distributer for $160.00 a case ($6.66 a bottle). But when you think about it, the price really isn’t that bad. 20% ABV is equivalent to 4-5 “normal” beers. Aside from the price, this beer is special for other reasons.

It pours an amber/orange color and, not surprisingly, it has a strong hop aroma. The beer is very thick, and seems to pour slower than other beers (just like how an oatmeal stout pours differently from a shitty macro).

Before I tasted this I was expecting to be blown away with hop flavors. 120 IBU’s is insane. The smell was there, and with with IPAs, I was expecting the taste to be there was well.

Surprisingly, the hop flavor was smooth and not overpowering. Overall, all of the flavors were very smooth. Shocker. The first thing that hits your tongue is a bit of alcohol. This flavor quickly dissipates to a fruity, woody, slightly hoppy feel. Later in the beer the hop flavors become more noticeable. It takes you by surprise, but not in a bad way.

This beer is very well balanced. There is not a single element that overshadows another. For the new craft beer drinker this would probably not be a great beer, but I really enjoyed it. One thing you need to remember is to drink this beer slowly. I had this over the period of an hour and a half (and it doesn’t taste bad warm). If you drink this like a normal beer, you are not going to get very far. This is a great cold day beer that I will be having again very soon.

Yuengling Lager Beer Review

For this site’s first beer review, I had to pick a beer that I am so familiar with, that I can smell it at the thought of a pint. I’m from Pennsylvania, so Yuengling is by far the most popular adult beverage of choice. Call me a homer, but I do love the stuff.

Let’s start with how it looks. It pours a light amber, almost a dark honey type color. There is a slight head, to goes away quickly, but lingers on the top in a very small layer. The smell is nothing special, slightly malty, but normal.

The best part about this beer is how drinkable it is. You could easily down a sixer or more of this, and that’s not just me being from PA. There is a slightly malty character to the beer, with a little citrous, and hop finish. There isn’t a ton of flavor there, but a lot more than your typical macro brewery. Another nice thing is the variety of bottles Yuengling comes in. In PA you can get it in your standard bottle, a 22 oz bottle, and a quart bottle; of course draft and cans are there.

As a beer drinker from PA, I will always have a special place for this beer. It was the first macro brew that made me think there was more out there. And for this blog, Yuengling will do. There are better beers to come, I assure you.