TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 Draft: Glossy gold. Stark white foam yields healthy lacework. Airy aroma laden with marmalade, candied pineapple and hop resin. Hint of graham, pine needles, raw cane sugar, melon seeds, thyme, and phenolics. Creamy carbonation slices its way through the viscosity. Extremely meaty from the start, with oozing pine resin and a palate-coating honey drizzled hop backbone. Unmasked alcohol presence with a touch of perfume. Remarkably soft, yet possesses a grainy sugar texture. Scarce toasted malt sweetness. Intense sweetness with notes of syruped peaches and rich honey. Continually viscous, honeyish, and extremely full-bodied/sticky, mellows the massive hop assault. Ends sweet with a dollop of fresh honeycomb that lingers. Surprisingly simple, despite of its hefty gravity. I prefer the dryer/less sweet/more brightly hoppy, bottle-conditioned [750ml] version over this much sweeter/thicker rendition.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Super thick and syrupy. Boot leather taste. Smells like a boiled egg. The alcohol completely dominates, tastes like terrible rubbing alcohol, and consistently burns. There is no texture or flavor here. Absolutely no hops or bitterness, just a sludge of cough syrup with tons of alcohol. This is nearly undrinkable, and has nearly no redeeming qualities. at all. A complete failure considering the relative greatness of the 90 and 60 min.
76oz (4) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great beer but was a litttle sad to find out that it wasnt as hoppy as a lot of double IPA out there. It had a little head when poured from bottle and light carbonation level. It aroma did reveal the hop aroma but i’ve smelled hoppier IPAs. It’s color was a light orange amber. The best thing about the beer is it ability to mask the high alchol with its dense sticky sweet malty flavor balanced with its intense IBU’s. However I would consider this closer to a barleywine or beer scnapps then to a IPA.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Better get my comments in while still functioning: super pungent hop aroma; thin head, but decent carbonation; thick and dense - it is as if each sip is magnified by six. Sure a bit sweet, but not cloyingly sweet; just a really thick beer. Extremely on the edge
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy amber orange with little or no head. Peach, vanilla, hops, and light citrus on the nose. Heavey mouthfeel, with sweet viscous nature and a drying alcohol finish. Very sweet, with thick peach, grapefruit, hops and alcohol showing on teh warming finish. Very Malty...though a bit over the top making it a hard one to enjoy.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous bright ruby red color, very sizable, bubblingly creamy head...
Aroma...massive, intense, huge, towering, flowering, flowing over in the air, in the senses, in the soul, ...big, fat fruit, grapefruit, peach, apricot, mango, more...and not too bitter, surprisingly pleasant...
...and, to taste...Oh, my goo’niss! Ah, ah, ah!!!
INCREDIBLE occurence on the palate, prodigious, amazing, and highly flavorful...floods and gushes, uplifts, elevates, urges pleasure at the very instance lip meets cup and ale enters body...full-bodied to say the least, with a long, tantalizing finish, and additional candyish notes that linger on and on...
An IPA that lays me low, knocks me down a notch, and leaves me no recourse but to bow down and let it wash over...every subsequent taste provides further onslaughts of flavor...oh, yum, yummy, McYum-Yums...
During consumption of this ale, I had no idea of the ABV, for it’s been carelessly omitted from the label...20%!?!?! ...hot damn!
Sticky, fruity, gummy, sweet, this surely transcends the boundaries of the India Pale Ale, and feels closer to a barleywine, or even a mead or brackett...but whatever the Hell it is, I love it!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dirty orange in color with a thick and dense head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass. A pretty solid looking ale.
Not the most pleasant aroma. Suprisingly weak for what i was expecting. Old lemons, apricot, alcohol, tropical juice and grapefruit were easy to inhale.
Like a BIG sweet barley wine. Thick and warming mouthfeel. Felt very heavy in the mouth and certainly not for the timid. I cannot stress enough how well the alcohol is hidden. This can sneek up on you...fast! If I were to have guessed without knowing the ABV beforehand I would have said 11-12%.
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with a small head. Very vinous and malty in a very complex way. Sweetish but still in a balanced way. Has in incredible body and brings an oily and very good palte. The alcohol is well hidden, even if this is at least just as much liquor as beer. I liked it alot and would love to taste it again.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In one word ’wow’!! It better be for paying $12 a bottle. I never thought I could like an IPA this much. 120 Minute has all the hoppy-maltiness of an IPA, but a huge amount of sweetness to go along with it. I was extremely - pleasantly suprised that there was no alcohol detedted in the flavor with the beer sporting a 20% abv. rating. If you are a strong beer lover, go get yourself some, but save a share for me...
kumite56 (472) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poors a nice amber color with a a hazy body and a small off white head. The aroma is nice, tons of floral (some pine) hopps and an underlying sweetness as well. No decernable alcohol in the aroma for me in spite of the 20% abv. The flavor is syrupy and cloying to me but strangely balanced by the intesnse hop presense. The alcohol is well masked but as a whole the sum of the parts are better than the whole of this beer. An interestng experience and worth the try but not on my repurchase list.