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RATINGS: 2482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
Too extreme to be called beer? Brewed to a colossal 45°P, boiled for a full 2 hours while being continually hopped with high alpha American hops, dry-hopped every day in the fermenter for a month, and aged for a month on whole leaf hops, 120 Minute IPA is by far the strongest IPA ever brewed. And at 21% ABV and 120 IBU’s, you can see why we are calling this the Holy Grail for Hopheads. Editors note: ABV reduced down to 18% in 2009.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2006
very hard to believe that it contains so much alcohol. remarkably smooth. delicious. not way too hoppy though. all around good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
What to say..... Just a ridiculous beer. The nose is a torrent of citrus, earth, evergreen, candy dish, star anise, etc.......The palate, destroyed. Destroyed by the obscene and unpretentious abv. Destroyed by the claimed 120 IBUs. Syrupy malt gives off candied fruit, toffee, vanilla, and sherry elements. Please age for at least one year, two or six if you can stand it. I really do think that this guy is a novelty beer. They brewed to prove they could, you drink to say you did. Certainly not heaven in the mouth, more like a busy train station at 5 p.m. Maybe do with a cigar, but it will overwhelm it. Maybe with dessert? The sugar is too intese, Maybe after a hard day? Not refreshing. Question? who sold there soul for the yeast?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2006
2004 Vintage, shared among about 5 people at a beer tasting. Poured rich rose brass colour. Head slightly off white, with a yellow tinge to it. Head tight and smelly. Nice. Aroma was fruity for such a highly hopped beer. Because the abv is not on the label, and because I had not really read the label or read reviews on this beer, the alcohol rocked me a bit. The sweetness of this beer offsets the hopping. In fact, I would have liked a little more bittering to go with my mouthful of golden syrup. Definitely one for the stash. Mouthfeel was as thick as the taste. Good ’un.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
2004 vintage. Off white head with low carbonation and a clear, orangey copper color. Aroma is floral hop and apricot notes, honey, and spice. The flavor is malt, bitterness, and nice hop floral notes. A velvety mouthfeel. Hints of apricot. Not as hoppy as I expected. The alcohol hides well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 didnt know what to expect from this one. so much hype, but also a lot of shit talk. i enjoyed every sip. wish they were still making this in the big bottles. very sweet--almost like a barleywine, but also retained some of the hop qualities that makes dfh ’minute beers’ great. nice job sammy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 11, 2006
Similar to what I said about the 90 min, but double. Where are the hops? if i were going to continously hop a beer for this long, it wouldn’t taste like this...it would kick your ass. It’s also so sweet you can’t taste the alcohol. Maybe this is what the brewers were going for, but it turned me off. It’s not nearly as good as the 90 min or other 2xIPAs commonly available.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2006
(01.07.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Bottle label states that beer was brewed on 03.04.05 and is good for aging. Hazy orange hued Imperial IPA having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Odd aroma of sesame oil and hops. Full bodied that starts with light malt sweetness and fruity, hop, and alcohol flavors. Finishes with light lingering hop bitterness. Well-balanced. Definite alcoholic warmth. Smooth, rich, and delicious brew but the sesame oil smell (oxidation product?) turned me off. Need to try another bottle in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
$8 12oz bottle, Rueben’s. She finally found one! Holy Grail, indeed. Blindside 6oz pour. She hands me the glass and instantly, I know it is barley wine. Slow, high viscosity, sweetness. Complex whole grain holiday fruit-bar. I doubted the 21% claim she said the sales girl had told her. I guessed 12, maybe 14. Well disguised. Wonderful little stocking stuffer treat that never made it to the stocking. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
12 oz botte, 4 oz sample, I’ll save the rest for later!!!! Light amber, very pale aleish!!!! No head, but pours pretty thick, like new motor oil, and about the same color. Thick, alcoholic legs on the glass. Aroma, surprisingly enough, is citrusy hop (grapefruit and lemon) as well as grassy and alcoholic. A bit sugary in aroma as well. Surprisingly, toasty malt is pretty strong, as is a bit of caramel. Beyond that, very little fruitiness. Well balanced for a huge beer! A bit on the sweet side throughout, but that’s to be expected in a 21% ABV beer. Sweet, and toasty malt, very little citrusy hop flavor, w/ some hints of brown sugar! Very little fruitiness as with the aroma, but it is all citrus hop for what little is there. Full bodied, lower med carbonation, and a definite warming, almost "hot" m/f. yet smooth at the same time! The 1st time I had this is seemed horribly out of balance. This one is actually pretty good. Not something I’d drink every day, but a nice treat once in a while!!! The hop nose surprises me the most!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tmas2day (3) - Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2005 does not count
This is a must-try. Golden color and citrus flavor and with an alcohol content of 21% what college peoson could pass this up.

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