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. WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2005
God damn! Bought this as a single for $8 (!), and it was worth it. Pours a rich golden amber, but no head really. Laces quite well nonetheless. The alcohol is masterfully disguised. The flavor is sublimely rich and fruity, and quite sweet for such a hoppy beer. There are hints of some spice, but I can’t quite identify it. Overall, I very very impressed. Then again, I’ve never been let down by Dogfish Head. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
Thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Pours a dark orange amber, small white head, some lingering. Alcohol aroma dampens what seems to be a primarily spicy floral hop aroma. Those hop aromas carry over to the flavors in the nose, which are followed by a big brandy-like character. Also present is a faint malty sweetness that cuts through the alcohol. The finish is really more of the same. I am glad that I am getting more than one bottle, otherwise I would feel bad that I didn’t age this guy. It definitely needs it. eblackmanicus (4) - USA - APR 20, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Amazing!!! Dogfish head brewery never dissappoints. Despite the high potency of the ale (21% woah), it is extremely palatable...but only for the extreme beer lover....who can also afford the price. Yikes! Nice pine, hoppy flavor, excellent aroma. Not for weak at heart. dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - APR 19, 2005
Bottled. Clear copper colour, almost no head, and the little that was there, quickly diminished. Typical american hop aromas with a heavy, sweet maltiness. Caramelly, malty and pretty sweet taste. Some coffee and chocolate, but rather in the background. Leaves a warming alcohol punch in your stomach. Ends not as bitter as I would have thought. Hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is oily and quite thick. I found it to be not overhopped, actually it was quite balanced. Well, rather balanced on high levels of hops and malt, that is. It is quite alcoholic, but not as much as I had expected. Really nice, and I could have drunk this faster if I had liked, than most highly alcoholic beers. Many thanks to yogi_beera and pivo for specifically searching out this little gem for me.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 2003! Pours a Golden orange, caramel color…very clear. The aroma is immediately deep and complex with sweet molasses/caramel, warm brandy like alcohol, and fruit. The mouth feel is syrupy and really sticks around for a while. The first sip starts with bright sugary fruit (think peaches and dried apricot). The flavor continues to evolve (always with fruit though) and has alcohol rich brandy and some bitterness deep down (most likely a combination of pine and citrus peal). This is one unusual syrupy sweet barley wine/Belgian/2IPA hybrid. I regret horribly the most likely fact that this is the only 2003 120 DFH I will ever have. HUGE thanks to the most generous of secret Santa’s (who was not even my Santa), Kinz! You are a King!
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
Sampled again at Falling rock during GABF 2005 (Me so Hoppy). This Krazy stuff had been pushed through Randal the Animal so I’ve rated it again. Hazy orange with no head. The aroma was strong with orange and lemon hoppyness and sweet malty sugar. EXTREMELY sweet (orange hard candy) with an alcohol bite at the end. Bitter is an after thought of (you guessed it) hoppy orange peal. Thick syrupy body with no carbonation. This stuff Kick my Butt! I was rendered useless after a 12 oz glass (though I had been drinking all day prior). As for rating, the only thing that changed was flavor up one and palate down one, so the score remains the same, as will the initial rating.
Wow . . .be very careful with this one. The aroma could double as a living room air freshener. Hints of pine and cane sugar drown out my sense of smell. Starts very sweet and syrupy and follows through with a swift hop-drop-kick to the throat. I would recommend buying a few and aging a bottle or two, as I sense this one could mature and yield a "little piece of heaven." gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2005
Expensive $8.00 beer but worth it for a try. Anyhow like most IPA’s you would not want to sit down to a 6 pack. Pours amber with a decent amount of carbonation that dissolves. Taste of strong hops, citrus, and alcohol. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 (4/09/05)2004. Copper. Big hops and big malts in the aroma, with touches of grapefruit and caramel. Smells big. Head dissolves quickly, but the lacing is practically engraved to the glass. Flavor matches the aroma with a full, syrupy body. Loaded with hops and just enough malts to keep it nearly balanced. [RR 8/1/06]:::> 2004. Gorgeous copper/amber/red pour. Modest, frothy, tan head settles slowly. Nose of pungent resinous hops: citrus, aloe, venom, pine, spicy; lots of sweet and toasty caramel malt for support; some cotton candy like sugar; and subtle alcohol heat. Same flavors along with some complexities gained in the past 2 years. Hints of anise like herbs and spices, trees (bark and core), tobacco, - something about this brew keeps making me think of alligators, especially ones in the everglades, wtf? - graham cracker biscuity notes to the malt, mild alcohol (cooled down a bit) in the finish is like what I think an oak aged gin’s alcohol would be like. Huge body, viscous. Some of the intense sweetness has faded. Great American Strong Ale, doesn’t drink like an IIPA. jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
Not so great...I’m a little confused. This beer is big on hype and weak on taste. The huge malt and yeast bill must have put these guys over the edge...this thing is SWEET!!! The IBU’s they boast is not well balanced...ton’s of fermentables (=sweet) and not enough bittering and aroma. Ok, so I have to admit I’m a hop head so that should give you some perspective. SHAKA TAMASA KATA FRATA BRADA!!