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RATINGS: 2453   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3344) - 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 (2570) - 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 (204) - 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 (2987) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goblincat (391) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2005
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Ramsey Liquor Ramsey, NJ $8.49 / 12oz brown bottle 2003 vintage 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2005
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
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.


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