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RATINGS: 2581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 495   ABV: 16.5%
Too extreme to be called beer? Brewed to a colossal 45įP, 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 IBUís, you can see why we are calling this the Holy Grail for Hopheads. Editors note: ABV reduced down to 18% in 2009.

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Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 well its 20 percent.....and it tastes like it.if ya like realy strong beers,this is for you. RE-RATE:not much hops here,mostly sweet syrup type malts,and loads of alcohol.

Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - SEP 3, 2004
dark amber with a decent off white head. bitter grapefruit and earthy aroma. i think there are a few hops in this. taste is thick and obtuse. obviously the hops are prevalent. taste is very strong with the alcohol that takes away from the flavor. finishes with a creamy dirty super citrus grapefruit and pepper flavor that is still overly sharp with alcohol. this is a grand experiment and i appreciate what theyíve done, but this beer needs to age for a few years. iíll get back to you then

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Bottle. Light copper in color and very clear. Small cream colored head. Good lacing. Not bad. Decent bitterness, not as bitter as I was anticipating. Tastes slightly of cherry and cedar. Good sweet bitter finish. Very nice.

FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Bottled in 2004, Sampled August 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear, bright copper color. A wispy head forms, but then quickly disappears. Surprisingly it has a medium level of carbonation, which I was not expecting in a beer of this alcohol content. The aroma is of apricot, hops and some brandy-like alcoholic notes. There is almost a smell of candied hops here.

The beer is thick and sweet, yet somewhat light and not nearly as alcoholic tasting as I expected. A fair amount of hop flavor manifests itself as apricot, tangerine, pine, wildflower fields, and a bit of bitterness in the finish. This beer is much more enjoyable than I was expecting from such a beast. It certainly could use a bunch more hop flavor (especially given the billing). In the end though the hot alcohol wins out, and is a bit too much. This is good in a 2 to 4 oz samples, anything else is just too much.

DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
12 oz bottle. Light copper/orange in color and very clear. Small cream colored head,, with good lace. Aroma is sugary sweet, but with apparent hop presence. Strong alcohol flavor and sweetness that is somewhat balanced by hop bitterness. Definitely on the sweet side of the scale. Slightly metallic in flavor. Might be a little young. It should improve and smooth out with some aging.

Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 A rich amber color with a strong initial carbonation, a tan head that dissipated, yet clung to the sides of the glass, a surprisingly mild hop aroma... and a flavor that kicks ass. The alcohol taste was negligible. What you get is a hopped-up brew that is very drinkable, and I will have it again.

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ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Aroma a lot less hoppy than I would have thought. Floral hops but a strong whiff of alcohol cuts the hops. Huge, off-white, fine bubble head. Cloudy orange in appearance. Head is lasting with excellent lace. First sip features a hit-you-over-the-head alcohol mouthfeel. In fact, similar to that in the aroma, the hops is drowned out by alcohol. But, this is still a very nice brew despite being a little over the top alcohol-wise, which I see now is 20?!? It really is too much alcohol to truly enjoy, however.

boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2004
750ml bottle: Iíve been saving this one and finally decided to give it a try. It pours into the glass a fairly clear, orande tinted dark golden color. There wasnít much head to it at all. The aroma is strangely both strong and subdued. Very aromatic floral hops to the nose. Some sweetness in there also. The taste is potent. You know that it is strong, but alcohol is hidden in the other flavors. Malty, hoppy, sweet, suprisingly not too bitter, very complex. Excellent.

biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Hoppy aroma. No head on the pour. Hoppy at first but after a while you donít notice as much. You donít notice the alcohol as much at first, but after a while it takes over. Yeah, this stuff will mess you up pretty fast. Insane. Def poss I will be getting this one again.

Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Not nearly as hoppy as I would have thought (Stone Ruination gives the impression of being hoppier). Quite malty sweet in fact, of course it would have to be to sustain the 20% alcohol. And that is exactly what it tastes like, malty grain alcohol. Burns.

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