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RATINGS: 2444   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 45°P, 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 IBU’s, 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest '04: Hazy brown with orange tinge. Aroma is hoppy (obviously) and caramel. It feels excellently malty and sweet on the tounge and then BAM it hits you with the hops. Damn this is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2004
A slight chill haze yellowy-orange color, very thin white head barely lasts, but not expected really much there with the 20%. Fairly good amounts of delicately thin lacing though. Not much aroma wise, mostly some very soft butterscotch-like warmth in alcohol, seemingly malty sweet mostly with light touches of waxy fresh hops. Taste is quite warm, moderate malty sweetness mostly, a bit complex yet mild, subdued fruityness of melons and a few darkened qualities with yellow raisin and fig. Some toffee and butterscotch meld together with a schnapps-like boozy warmth. Ends with a little extra kick of warmth, somewhat port-like and/or even vinous in character. Feel is well rounded, smooth, clean, and pretty full with a little burn of booze nearer the end and has some nice lingering sweetened mixtures that come through late in the finish...ah yes more malts...and more warmth. This is a major sipper and a great warmer-upper. I can see how some would be put off by its unusual presense and unexpected character, I went in with an open mind not trying to judge it from what I knew about the long hopping process this brew has. I was either expecting something overly hoppy or heavy malted, its the later, more like a sweeter aged barleywine then anything. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2004
Dark brown-orange. Aroma of alcohol and aceton. Fruity and spicy. Spicy, sweet flavor with tones of alcohol and cinnamon rolls. Bizarre is not better in this case. Please, don´t try something like this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2004
This does not work for me. Thick condensed grapefruit juice that I find much too sweet. On a plus note I cant detect the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Well, I have had 3 boittles of this before I rated it. And each time I exspect more out of it than I get. I love the 90 minute IPA. But this just seems to fall short. It pours a thick golden orange in color. Aroma is good with hops and citrus. The taste is so sweet that It seems to take away form the hop taste that I like so well. So sweet that it sticks in yoour throat when swallowing it. If you are looking for a Big Hop Beer, stick with the 90 minute of perhaps, Stone Ruination IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
Brewed 03/04/05 ... Golden orang with a white head. Malty alcoholic flavour. Flowery syrupy aroma Honey spicy citrusy syrup warming alcohol. Dry IPA bitter, not as strong as I thought it would be. Ate a brandy filled chocolate with it as well when I getting to the point of finishing it, balanced it quite well. This is more like a liqeur then a beer. Bit to syrupy for me though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
12 oz bottle, at the Map Room, Chicago, December 2003. I really do not get the high ratings on this one, not at all. Honey light, no head, syrupy-looking. Hints of citrusy hops, mostly honey in the nose, kind of weak. Flavor/palate is all honey and Karo syrup, with just a tiny touch of rather chemical bitterness to finish. At first I thought, as the WWS is the port wine of beers, this is kind of like a nutty liqueur; but the amaretto hints I found didn't stick, and at the end I'd have to say, "this is the mead-flavored cotton candy of beers." That is not a compliment. I would never have this again, it gets most of its points for creativity, but crazy hop-throwing and high alcohol alone do not a great beer make.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Full of flavor, was suprised to find out how strong it was, but afer drinking it quickly understood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
sweet and slightly fruity, sticky nose. barely pours a thick, still, and white and frothy head. bronze straw body. the tight bubbles struggle to reach the top. wow, the first drink seems incredibly smooth. slightly sweet and smooth, but then no longer than a second in my mouth the hop swiftly drowns in an undertoad of over-the-top maltiness, excessively immoderate sweetness, which leads a miniscule alcohol bite. after i swallow i'm left with a slightly thick, sweet, alcohol, and tingly... after awhile it's just smooth and slightly sweet, lip licking. OK! the hops have drowned! it needs more bittering and hop character. i expect more hop presence in an IPA. needs less alcohol and it is indeed a bit too sweet. you have to be brave to drink this with nothing. i like it, but for me it's just a bit too over-the-top. this is not the holy grail for hopheads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Definitely a unique experience, but I paid $8.99 for a 12 oz bottle of this stuff and won't do it again. Very malty for a beer with 120 IBU's, as you might expect to generate 20% ABV. The 90 minute is a much better beer--this is just too over the top.

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