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RATINGS: 2388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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Too extreme to be called beer? Brewed to a colossal 45įP, 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 IBUís, you can see why we are calling this the Holy Grail for Hopheads. Editors note: ABV reduced down to 18% in 2009.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3845) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Golden colour, white sparkling head. Big Cascade nose, with an alcohol note. Big on mandarin, with exotic fruits and new mowned hay in aroma. This is a fullbodied beer but not overly. It actually felt lighter and more balanced than DFH 90 min. Mandarin is also prominent in flavour, with notes of dried orange with a sweetish undertone. The bitterness feels very balanced. Tasty beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
Golden colour, white sparkling head with some lacing. Hoppy, citric, flowery flavour. Excellent bitterness. Thick mouthfeel. Hints of mandarin and orange. A real punch up the bracket. Extreme palte.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 A golden ale with hig carbonation and a stichy white head. Malty sweet, resiny hop, alcoholic aroma. Kind of a biscuty flavor. The 120 IBUs are not very detectable. Neither is the 21% abv for that matter. I canít tell much difference between 120 and 90.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Poured a clear ruby with a golden tint and a thin off-white head. Aroma is thick, sweet, malty, and sugary. Flavor is very sweet. Alcohol warms quickly but do not really taste it. Bitter finish is almost buried under the sweetness. This bottle is at least one year and maybe two years old. I need to get a fresh one and check the difference. This is still good however if you can take all the sweetness (my wife canít..said it is horrible). Full bodied and sticky.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 I like my beer to be able to take lunch money from Wine so any beer that gets into liquor range gravity has me interested. Iíve had this several times, but I only didnít lose my rating notes from the 2004 version. Pours very syrupy, but you can tease a head out of it. Smells sweet and citrusy. The alcohol is so high that it really doesnít have much hop flavor in fact it tastes like sweet grapefruit with alcohol mild carbonation. That being said there is just something satisfying about this that only a real geek can appreciate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2009 2003 vintage shared with Chuck. It pours to a mostly dissipating yellowish head that provides EXCELLENT lacing. The body is very viscous and opaque copper/gold in color. SLOW bubbling. The aroma is still HUGE. There are lots of citrus hops, caramel and doughy malts. OMFG, this aged well. Iíve had it fresh and it seems to get better with age. The flavor is very much a sugary honey malted barley candy. Peaches and mandarin oranges. The palate is thick and viscous, like drinking liquid caramel. Itís still quite carbonated. Iíd love to see this aged to 8 years.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 vintage 2003 aquired in a trade w/ Mike. a nice cloudy orange color w/ a fairly small white head laces pretty well. The aging seems to have mellowed the hops down as itís a nice pretty sweet malty smell w/ a great citrus blend, hints of carmel, and sweet apricots. Palate is big and creamy and thick coats really well warms after swallow. The aging has really mellowed this beer it is got a huge sweet flavor big carmel and apricots and almost like an overripe pear w/ a big citrus hop finish and a nice subtle kick of alcohol in the swallow. Overall this is just great and should always be aged a couple years as it mellows out incredibly well and tastes much better.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (203) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
2003 750ml champagne bottle: pours a bright glowing gold color with a tiny white head that faded fast. most of the hop aroma has faded during its 2 years in the bottle, but there are remnats of citrusy fruit under the the sweet honeyish carmel malt backbone. the flavors is very sweet yet blanced. man its been a long time since ive had this but it seems to have aged quite nicely. very mellow.falovrs of candied apricot and peaches hit the palate first, followed by flavors of sweet caramel. the only downside to this beer is that that hop flavors has faded. its really amazing how well balanced this beer is to have the initial sweetness that it does.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
Aroma:alcohol,hops and grapefruit... Appearance:orange amber,good head..... Flavor:alcohol,hops,sugars and caramel..

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3, 2, 1......$8 for this gem and Iíve kept it on ice long enough. Will it live up to the hype??? Not sure what to expect. Cap comes off like usual. I donít smell hops yet... Pours thin and quick with tight, small-bubble head. No hops yet. First sip--pine and malt. Where are those hops in this self-proclaimed "Holy Grail"? Oh, there, in the second taste. Not a beer I would have very often. Interesting for the approach, I suppose. Pine, sugar, malt, sweet maple. Iíd like this with some teryaki chicken and sweet potato chips. Yes.


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