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RATINGS: 2538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Pours a deep amber with a very light white head. There is extremely strong smell of alcohol and hops. Knew this one was gonna be strong. Tastes of pine hops with a nice mix of sweet malts. Very strong. Had to drink in moderation. Fantastic IPA, wish it was easier to get.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2005
2003 vintage 750ml sampled 7/9/05: Clear deep amber body with a small, but present white head. Plenty of alcohol comes through in the nose along with some resiny pine/citrus hops and grass. I expected the aroma to show more bitterness than it did. Tastes spicy with alcohol-soaked hops, grass and plenty of syrupy malt. Very sweet. Will try a non-vintage bottle of this soon an re-rate, but wanted to include these notes for now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2005
I have been sitting down here in Oz watching these beers with a great deal of interest. There seems to be a bit of an aura about them and certainly if there is an opportunity to taste one it is to be jumped at. Sincere thanks to Phil (Haddon90) for bringing this downunder. The initial psssst was a little quiet for my liking and so I was unsure about the head. After bouncing this into a Duvel glass there was enough of a head to last the whole way, and of course because of the viscous nature of this beer the lacing stayed strong and firm as well. This looks great in the glass with a fine amber presentation. The nose is a bit odd in that it is more muted than I expected. Definite whiffs of pine and hop resin donít give a hint to the flavour burst on the palate. This is big and surprisingly sweet, leaning to a certain cloying nature. I think it is a bit unbalanced and the lack of real hop presence is a surprise. Lots of maple syrup and honey overtones here which is a bit OTT. The ABV is well hidden as it does not taste like a plus 20% beer. I like it but canít give it really high marks overall. As an aside I think this would be an excellent glaze on barbecued pork ribs or chicken. Thanks again for the experience Phil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3091) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2005
12oz bottle at Firewaterís. Pours out a light amber color that you can tell is very, very thrick. The aroma is balanced not too hoppy, not too malty. The taste is suprisingly malty, I didnít believe it myself, but it almost overshadowed the hops. Still has huge hop flavor that packs a nice punch. Decent beer, but only for now and then

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2005
fresh 12oz bottle from Jonathan3584 - Thanks!! - Pours light amber but quite thick with a nice medium offwhite head that laces pretty well all the way down the glass. Aroma is sharp citrus and pine and almost tickles your nose to sniff it. Flavor is surprisingly sweet honey-like over malt with just a touch of the alcohol flavor but not enough to be overwhelming. Finishes with a big warm alcohol effect. On the palate this is the thickest beer of this color Iíve ever seen. Actually feels much like a barleywine on the palate and flavored like one too. Another very unique beer from DFH. I expected more bitterness in the flavor but I enjoyed what I got.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 "Was disappointed in this one. Normally like DFH. This one poured a couldy yellow with almost no head. Beer was way to sweet could taste the malts and wasnít till all the beer was out of my mouth that i got a hoppy taste and it was a weak one at that. Mouthfeel was very thick. Overall not great. And not worth the $$ at all."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Very thick, deep amber hue. Nice frothy grey head. Remarkably does not have a strong alcohol taste. I love IPAís which is why I bought this one. Iíll stick with the 90 minute.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Hoppy, almost no head when poured. I nice deep golden hazey color. Surprisingly sweet like honey. The bitterness balances the sweetness and the alchohol is well hidden. This is way more a Barley wine then an IPA. A masterpiece! I have already had 7 of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 re-rate. Huge hop nose, pine, grass, molasses, citrus; grapefruit. Pours a rich amber almost a light brown color with a dense white head that dissipates slowly. Huge malt backbone to balance the outragous hop flavor. Pine resin, big citrus hop flavor, with large amounts of caramel and molasses with brown sugar, sweet bread. And an enormous alcohol presence, 21% is hard to hide, it does well though. Surprisingly easy to drink for the hops and alcohol. Actually this beer is pretty well balanced, for the IBUís and ABV...................O.G. rating. Hoppy grassy aroma. Pale golden color. Sweet yet hoppy. A bit acidic. Kind of earthy. Thick tasting. I love hops and the 120 does me right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2005
í03 12 oz bottle. This is the sweetest IPA Iíve ever had. So sweet that the hops play second fiddle to the malt. I do love the flowery hops. The sweetness has a cider taste. This is a barleywine in my book. I split the bottle with my brother and 6 ounces was plenty for the night.

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