sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ughsmash (7280) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one powerful beer. Appearance is similar to the 90 minute (orangish-amber and cloudy), but the limited head dissipated faster. Aroma consists of citrusy hops and alcohol in abundance, and is strong enough to be a room air freshener... not that that is all too bad! Mouthfeel is slightly oily, and the hops and alcohol hit you hard. Aftertaste was slightly astringent, yet pleasant combined with the residual hoppiness.
Goblincat (386) - Westland, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep gold, thin white head, great lacing. The aroma is all hops. The taste is awesome... A rich sweet hoppy mix, very nice. Wonderful is the word for this. The hype on this brew is true.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
120 Minute IPA
$8.49 / 12oz brown bottle
Wow, there is 20%abv in this? Poured into glass, little to no head. Zero retention, due to alcohol level of this brew. Nose of citrisy hops (of course), and slight fruit (although hard to qualify exactly). Mouthfeel, wow, can you say warmed up maple syrup? This of course helps to balance the extreme amount of alcohol and hops in this monster. Taste begins with almost overwhelming hops, fades to apricot and oranges and then to pure sweetness. Upon swallowing the palate is assaulted by hop taste and aroma leaving a slightly sticky and oily yet wonderfully-tasting residue of goodness. Overall an enjoyable beer that balances the extreme amount of hops with the malt sweetness quite well.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
God damn! Bought this as a single for $8 (!), and it was worth it. Pours a rich golden amber, but no head really. Laces quite well nonetheless. The alcohol is masterfully disguised. The flavor is sublimely rich and fruity, and quite sweet for such a hoppy beer. There are hints of some spice, but I canít quite identify it. Overall, I very very impressed. Then again, Iíve never been let down by Dogfish Head.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Pours a dark orange amber, small white head, some lingering. Alcohol aroma dampens what seems to be a primarily spicy floral hop aroma. Those hop aromas carry over to the flavors in the nose, which are followed by a big brandy-like character. Also present is a faint malty sweetness that cuts through the alcohol. The finish is really more of the same. I am glad that I am getting more than one bottle, otherwise I would feel bad that I didnít age this guy. It definitely needs it.
eblackmanicus (4) - USA - APR 20, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Amazing!!! Dogfish head brewery never dissappoints. Despite the high potency of the ale (21% woah), it is extremely palatable...but only for the extreme beer lover....who can also afford the price. Yikes! Nice pine, hoppy flavor, excellent aroma. Not for weak at heart.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - APR 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Clear copper colour, almost no head, and the little that was there, quickly diminished. Typical american hop aromas with a heavy, sweet maltiness. Caramelly, malty and pretty sweet taste. Some coffee and chocolate, but rather in the background. Leaves a warming alcohol punch in your stomach. Ends not as bitter as I would have thought. Hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is oily and quite thick. I found it to be not overhopped, actually it was quite balanced. Well, rather balanced on high levels of hops and malt, that is. It is quite alcoholic, but not as much as I had expected. Really nice, and I could have drunk this faster if I had liked, than most highly alcoholic beers. Many thanks to yogi_beera and pivo for specifically searching out this little gem for me.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 2003! Pours a Golden orange, caramel colorÖvery clear. The aroma is immediately deep and complex with sweet molasses/caramel, warm brandy like alcohol, and fruit. The mouth feel is syrupy and really sticks around for a while. The first sip starts with bright sugary fruit (think peaches and dried apricot). The flavor continues to evolve (always with fruit though) and has alcohol rich brandy and some bitterness deep down (most likely a combination of pine and citrus peal). This is one unusual syrupy sweet barley wine/Belgian/2IPA hybrid. I regret horribly the most likely fact that this is the only 2003 120 DFH I will ever have. HUGE thanks to the most generous of secret Santaís (who was not even my Santa), Kinz! You are a King!
Sampled again at Falling rock during GABF 2005 (Me so Hoppy). This Krazy stuff had been pushed through Randal the Animal so Iíve rated it again. Hazy orange with no head. The aroma was strong with orange and lemon hoppyness and sweet malty sugar. EXTREMELY sweet (orange hard candy) with an alcohol bite at the end. Bitter is an after thought of (you guessed it) hoppy orange peal. Thick syrupy body with no carbonation. This stuff Kick my Butt! I was rendered useless after a 12 oz glass (though I had been drinking all day prior). As for rating, the only thing that changed was flavor up one and palate down one, so the score remains the same, as will the initial rating.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow . . .be very careful with this one. The aroma could double as a living room air freshener. Hints of pine and cane sugar drown out my sense of smell. Starts very sweet and syrupy and follows through with a swift hop-drop-kick to the throat. I would recommend buying a few and aging a bottle or two, as I sense this one could mature and yield a "little piece of heaven."