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RATINGS: 2521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
slimweebs (162) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 26, 2006
This is a strange beer. It is SO strong. Itís REALLY sweet... almost syrupy. The mouthfeel is amazing, but the flavor is overpowering. A few sips tastes good, but finishing just one 12oz. bottle was tough. Incredible alcohol content is covered up fairly well, but at the expense of too much malt and hops. This is the ultimate freak extreme beer... Iím guessing you either love it or really dislike it. I disliked it.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2009 Liquid gold!!! Beautiful gold color with great hop smell. Sweet and floral with bitter hop bite at the end. Very strong!! Had on tap a my local pub(as well as in bottle, draught better.) Passed out on my sonís bedroom floor after 3 chimay cups worth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
so........................... iím a hophead, right? i mean, right? so why do i hate the "hoppiest" beer ever? let me count the reasons. a) doesnít have any hop character in the flavor. b) itís a fucking barleywine. c) itís horribly alcoholic in flavor, and if that isnít bad enough, the incredibly excessive maltiness that is supposed to hide the alcohol just makes it more unbearable... reminded me of the samichlaus (sp?) and what an awful experience that was.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1641) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2006
Iíve waited so long for this beer and what did it do? It crapped on my heart.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
Just not my cup o tea {glass o beer}. I want to be a hop head...really I do!! This smelled just like it tastes, like a $10 bunch of flowers from the supermarket. No sweetness, no bitterness, just flowers, flowers, flowers. I know Iím going against everyone else here and I struggled with even rating this one because I love DFH so much. Sorry Sam, guess you just canít please all the people all the time!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2006
From a 12 oz bottle ($15!) in a tulip glass. This is the second time Iíve had this. Just amazing. Best beer Iíve ever had. This beer is all about hops. Fresh hop aroma. Huge hop flavor. Perfect hop bitterness, hoppy but not overwhelming. The beer actually smells just like sticking your nose into a bag of fresh hops. Full body, golden brown color. Just an excellent beer. The high alcohol content is perfectly balanced with the sweetness and bitterness of the beer. This is almost like drinking a scotch. Well worth the money.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13982) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
How to distinguish this from Belgian candy? How to believe itís 120 IBU? It is certainly fantastic. Extremely satisfying. Best to admit it is unique, and not to be compared with other ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2006
had a bottle of this around for quite sometime. had company in town came home after work to find them drinking it. thank the lord there was enough left for me to fill up half the snifter. asked our guest how he liked it and he said it was pretty "thick". nose of pungent alcohol doused hops and sweet , sweet fruit rolled up apples and apricots. flavor of thick sticky sugar and alcohol coat your palate with a medium bodied feel. way too sweet and overbearing. not enough hop flavor imo for the ipa category more of above the scale barley wine. reminded me almost of a brandy or liquor. would definately benefit for resting this one for a year or more. however, i couldnt believe it was 21% it tastes maybe 10-12. not what i expected from this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2006
Iíd have to agree about the taste with other raters. Itís shockingly sweet, and wow, what a head. I had this, luckily, on tap at the Gaithersburgh Dogfish Head Draughthouse 4/7/2006. This is a beer that should be taken seriously and respected. It goes down smooth, and itíll sneak up on your with the strength. I was hoping for more hoppiness, given the extent it was. In fact, the 60 and 90 definitely have it beat flavor-wise for hops. Almost chewy on the palate, and sweet odor, almost candied. Although most of th world will find this in a bottle, I highly recommend, if possible, to have it on tap, itís something to behold and admire. Itís almost in a category on itís own.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (605) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
This is one of those beers that is really difficult to rate. It is done well, but it is still difficult to put down a whole bottle. As everyone says, itís syrupy, sticky and sweet. The really strange thing is that the hops actually provide some balance. They give a bit of a pine flavor, but not much else. They hang in the background and keep the intense syrupy sweetness from actually becoming cloying. With so much of everything in here, nothing really stands out and impresses. The best thing I can say about this is how well the alcohol is hidden. There is pretty much no alcohol flavor at all. You can just feel it after you swallow. Now that I think about it, this would make a good dessert drink. It holds up with a port or grappa. Now that I look at it that way, I love it. Can we just add a liqeur category, because this is not an IIPA.


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