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RATINGS: 2335   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 8, 2003
very surprising ale, hada light amber color with a thin white head, understated hop aroma with a big licorice component. rather sweet with a lemony hop quality. the alcohol is masked perfectly. leavesa intriguing aftertaste that was reminiscent of tropical fruit juice such as lychee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Definitely not the aroma I was or the flavor I was expecting. Slightly sweet hop aroma. Hops, hops, and more hops with a sweet malt finish. Alcohol is masked quite nicely. Definitely a sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
Cloudy amber, super strong aroma of tropical fruit, papaya mainly. Man that aroma is strong, OTT! Fruity, bitter and sweet, yet all this is balanced surprisingly well. I've never had anything like this, it's an extreme barleywine really and needs age, the excessive sweetness becomes really cloying by the time you finish half a glass.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5179) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 Pours a beautiful bronze with a light brown head. The nose is hoppy but not as strong as the 90 IPA in my opinion. More of a fruity or sweeter nose to me with apples, peaches, grapefruits, or apricots standing out with only a slight piney hint showing up. The taste expounds on that with more of the fruit sweetness and alcohol coming out in the beer than the hops. Definite apples, and peaches with a hint of vanilla and an obvious maltiness. Nice "legs" on this. Seems almost like a sweeter EKU 28. The 20% is definitely not noticeable. Smooth sweet finish with a little of the bitterness in the aftertaste. Wonderful beer. I'd like to age some of this and taste it later.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 (bottle) Remarkably clear amber body with medium beige head. Of course the aroma is hoppy, but not overwhelming like you would expect. Floral dominates, with medium sweetness. Some maltiness too, perhaps nuttiness. Amazingly enough, no discernible alcohol aroma. Taste is syrupy, medium sweet, some alcohol but nothing fierce, and oh yes -- hops (floral). Still not the hop bomb you'd expect, not even as hoppy as the 90-minute IPA. You'd never know it was 20% ABV, but there's a definite warming on the swallow. (draft) Very clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is rich, floral, medium grapefruit, medium sweet. Taste is medium sweet, floral, fruity (raisin, orange), finishing with a mild burn. Sticky full body (8/3/8/3/16)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Clearest of the three (60, 90, and 120, done as a "hopizontal" tasting). Looks like an amber. Head sticks around forever. Can smell the hops from a foot away. Getting closer, obviously very hoppy, quite floral. Sweetness is very prevalent, smells very refreshing. Would not in any way this is 20%, would think from the nose it’s a bit of a lawnmower beer. Bit nutty. No cloudiness even with the pour. What the heck? Odd that it’s this clear, just not expected. Certainly question the admonition on the label that this can be aged “for a decade or two”. With nothing vaguely resembling a floatie, how much bottle conditioning can it do. Anyways, at the taste, it’s syrupy, thick, very much coats the mouth. As it warms, more burn, when colder no burn at all for me. Still warming. Some definite citric qualities, the tartness stays around for a good while replacing any alcoholic burn. Predominant flavor is a subtle sweetness, which is expected, as for the abv this has to be chock full of malts. Hops are definitely there; for a beer of this strength, quite impressive that it would even have this hoppiness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Extreme is right - this certainly doesn’t fall in as an IPA. I don’t know why they bother to call it that. A fantastic BIG beer - very warming & thick. Lots of fruit flavors with some spiciness and some hops, although the hops seem to get lost in everything else. That doesn’t matter though - this beer is like a nice port or cognac. I can’t wait to get a hold of another bottle!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Golden amber body topped by a medium thick head with decent lace. Very sweet and fruity hop aroma. Very sweet and fruity hop flavor with an underlying spiciness. Full bodied, relatively smooth, yet very warming.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2003
The aspect that stood out to me the most was how subtle (sneaky?) the alcohol presence is. Much more so than the WWS, thank goodness! Clear, rich amber. Hoppy aroma...mostly raisins. Initial burst of flavor mirroring the aroma. White grapes linger. I'd love to trade for more of this.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 This is a huge beer. Aroma of hops with hints of malt. Sweet flavor mixed with a grassy citrus bitterness from the hops. Nice IPA or Strong Ale or just giant beer. I think I can drink a few of these in a sitting but then I after consistering how much alcohol is in it probably not. Cheers. Re-rate After drinking 4 or 5 of these over the last several months, the sweetness really start to destroy this one for me. More Hops please!


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