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On this day: Four months after their legendary Triangle Ladder match at WrestleMania, the Dudley Boyz, Edge & Christian and the Hardy Boyz battle in the first-ever Tables, Ladders & Chairs match, which ends with Edge & Christian once again defeating both teams to walk out as WWF Tag Team Champions. (8/27/00)
The Raiders’ Maurice Jones-Drew - a touchdown capped with a “Hands Up - Don’t Shoot” pose.
“I am raising three African American boys,” Jones-Drew told the Chronicle. “Whenever you see things like that … and it’s not just Ferguson, I was in Jacksonville when Trayvon Martin happened, I was in Jacksonville when the gas station shooting over the loud music happened. Those things touch home.
“I definitely wanted to show the people out in Ferguson and around the world that as athletes, we understand and we try to do whatever we can to make a statement. If we could do more, we would.”
Dogfish Head “120 Minute”
120 Minute is a limited-release Imperial IPA, which is dry-hopped every day for one month, then aged for another month over whole-leaf hops. This is the final, and strongest beer in a family of IPA’s (See my previous reviews on 60 and 90). First, I’d like to thank my good friend Drew for donating a 4-pack he purchased while visiting Dogfish Head. The nose gives sweet malty notes like caramel and toasted bread. Hop aromas mimic sugar coated fruits, ginger spice, and a sour side like orange juice. Booze gives solvent notes like isopropyl.
The palate begins like candy as malts establish a firm, grainy backbone. Citrus-focused hops dance on the high register with flavors of grapefruit. Fruity characters give impressions of caramel apples and candied pineapple. Malts develop a Barleywine-like roast resembling honey and Cointreau (orange liqueur). Hops accumulate mid-palate with flavors of herbs, grasses, and garlic. Bitterness hits like evergreen and mint extract. Further fruity flavors are exposed before a sour astringency hits in climax. Alcohol arrives in a dry, spicy suggestion of Scotch, disembarking with residual heat that settles in the chest. The mouthfeel is heavy, full-bodied, and super sticky. Hop oils totally coat the mouth, so bitterness accumulates from sip to sip. Alcohol thins out the back-end, leaving a numbing sensation behind. I actually find it quite drinkable, but I’m not normal.
Finally! I have been waiting for years to review 120 Minute. It’s definitely one big, boozy, hoppy beast. My overall flavor impression: fruit punch cocktail. The malt character is stylistically similar to a Barleywine. Due to its rich sweetness, those 120 IBU’s of bitterness really don’t taste that striking. However, the same cannot be said of the ABV, because that 18% does come through. It’s a tough number to hide. Hops unravel a nice array of fruity, citric, herbal, and spicy characteristics, plus loads of alpha acid. Each ingredient has an equal measure of strength, and the result is epic (sort of like a Strong Ale). 120 Minute is a boozy, memorable sipper only the most genuine hop lover could appreciate.