goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Poured a clear ruby with a golden tint and a thin off-white head. Aroma is thick, sweet, malty, and sugary. Flavor is very sweet. Alcohol warms quickly but do not really taste it. Bitter finish is almost buried under the sweetness. This bottle is at least one year and maybe two years old. I need to get a fresh one and check the difference. This is still good however if you can take all the sweetness (my wife can’t..said it is horrible). Full bodied and sticky. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 I like my beer to be able to take lunch money from Wine so any beer that gets into liquor range gravity has me interested. I’ve had this several times, but I only didn’t lose my rating notes from the 2004 version.
Pours very syrupy, but you can tease a head out of it. Smells sweet and citrusy. The alcohol is so high that it really doesn’t have much hop flavor in fact it tastes like sweet grapefruit with alcohol mild carbonation. That being said there is just something satisfying about this that only a real geek can appreciate. 1FastSTi (3360) - 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. I’ve 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. It’s still quite carbonated. I’d love to see this aged to 8 years. 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 it’s 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. tobias (208) - 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.
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
Aroma:alcohol,hops and grapefruit...
Appearance:orange amber,good head.....
Flavor:alcohol,hops,sugars and caramel..
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3, 2, 1......$8 for this gem and I’ve kept it on ice long enough. Will it live up to the hype??? Not sure what to expect. Cap comes off like usual. I don’t 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. I’d like this with some teryaki chicken and sweet potato chips. Yes. Ughsmash (7508) - 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. Goblincat (399) - 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. notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2005
120 Minute IPA
$8.49 / 12oz brown bottle
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.