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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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3,757 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,757
Hads: 14,736
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 22.17%
Wants: 696
Gots: 3,785 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA "perhaps the best IPA in America." An imperial IPA best savored from a snifter, 90 Minute has a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate.

90 Minute IPA was the first beer we continuously hopped, allowing for a pungent -- but not crushing -- hop flavor.

90 IBU
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Reviews: 3,757 | Hads: 14,736
Photo of jimmah120
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lives up to its reputation as one of the best double IPAs.. Nothing too impressive to look or sniff at, but it drinks great - really smooth and sweet with tons of clean hop flavor

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Photo of breardon1776
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

so clean, crisp and not heavy. A great bite and smooth finish. The 90 IBUs and hops hit just right. With a lot of IPA I get get citrus, pine, etc. here it's almost like a clean hop-focused taste and pine hints are an after taste my brain barely picks up in.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

**FROM OLD NOTES, 08/04/12:
Fruity Nose. Strong beer with a light feel. Hops, Citrus.Impressive persistent carbonation. Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass at Barclay Prime, Philadelphia. Great start to a great meal. **

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Photo of MVG7113
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely incredible IPA.

A: It looks about perfect. 12 oz. Bottle poured into 16 oz. widemouth mason jar. Instinctive pour produces a nice off-white/nearly beige head. Lacing sticks to the glass--along with a half finger head. Superb on appearance.

S: Smells even better--Bubblegum with a malt background.

T: The malt presence here is what balances the beer to world-class standard. The flavour on this beer is unique and ultimately one of the best IPA's on the market. Maybe I'm alone on the malt-bubblegum profile, but that's what I'm noticing. The most quenching IPA I've had.

F: Balanced while complex. Smooth with a sustain rigor to the beer all throughout. The feel to this beer is what really brings it all together as a world-class IPA.

O: It seems that most craft breweries aim to have the backbone of their business be a solid IPA. For some reason, IPA's dominate the craft beer market. Don't get me wrong--I love IPA beer. But a lot of times what ends up happening is you get this hop override or a misguided malt presence. Dogfish 90 Minute is not only a contender--it might be the best IPA on earth.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a world filled with IPA's and DIPA's and as breweries who brew too much of this style and don't do it right end up closing, what DIPA has stood the test of time. Yup, you got it. This one.
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had sweet orange, bitter citrus rind, and a light amount of grapefruit. Caramel malts play with the balance.
The taste was bittersweet all of the way through. Lingering caramel to citrus aftertaste with a semi-dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping to sessionable sticky sweet sort of feel. Not cloying, but good.
Overall, I see people saying DFH is past their prime in making this style and I beg to differ as this one was a go-to for me back in the day and still is today.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The thing I was not ready for was the malts in this thing. Holy cow. Lots of carbonation. LOTS. Very attractive Amber color. Nice head retention. Sexy lacing. Smell is just of a hop-forward beer but the taste is where it stands out from the rest. Piney resin with a malty sweet, thick feel. Also a slow sipper for sure.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Attractive golden amber with a respectable 1-2 fingers of white foam on top;

Smell: Pine, caramel

Taste: Surprisingly sweet upfront; Transitions to a citrusy grapefruit toward the end, that
lingers on the palate.

Feel: Syrupy; Full; good carbonation.

Overall: Really a different and very enjoyable pour. Loved the sweetness paired with the
bitter grapefruit close: Looking forward to a rematch evaluation.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First, let me say that I drank this in the cafe car of the Amtrak Acela from NY to Washington. The fact that you can get a beer of this quality and freshness (just a few weeks old) on the train is a very good sign of the state of beer culture in America. I remember when the best you could get was a skunky Heineken there.

Into a clear plastic cup, the beer is a very nice deep clear copper with a 1-finger light tan head. Smell was a little subdued, but it is more on the earthy ripe fruit side, though some pine was coming through. Some sweet malt too.

Beer tastes great. I like IIPA's like this that have some malt character to balance the hops. The feel is very good--highly drinkable but with excellent body. Neither watery nor oily, which I don't love in IPA's.

Overall this is a super high-quality IIPA that I will gladly drink on the train or anywhere else.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouted from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours an orange sunset with an half inch head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Hop forward flavors with deep resin and citrus notes to balance it out.

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Photo of Johnor3
2.27/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Looks very nice when poured, nice 1/2 inch head and amber color. Smells like wet hay, and citrus. Taste explosion of way too much malt and hops. Feels kind of thick. I did not like this beer, but this is my first IPA. I did not know what to expect, but many people love this IPA. It was awful from the first taste to me. I know that others enjoy this Dogfish Head, but I will not be getting it again. I am glad that I only bought the one bottle or the others would have been poured down the drain.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a colorful beer...a golden red look, copper, medium and clear body.
The smell isn't sharp, there is a deeper fresh scent of hops but a damp citrus smell after sloshing it.
The same tastes come through from the smell but deep in the midst of sharp hops, very strong malt backing take some of the smell and taste and keep this beer smooth...The abv is high and comes through in the end

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Photo of millses90
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start out by saying that this particular batch of beer has been in the fridge at the store for a little bit too long. It was bottled on 8/27/15 and today is November 7th. The sad part is that I picked the youngest 4 pack on the shelf. I will have to update my review when I get a fresher batch.

Look: Light amber hue. Good clarity considering the abv. Pronounced head until the last drop. Nice lacing.

Smell: Pronounced malty sweetness, pronounced alcohol, peaches, and light pine.

Taste: Pine resin, candy sweetness and apricot. A little on the sweeter side, but I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. Desirable considering the style. A little like syrup in my mouth.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear orange body, no head.

S: Pinapple, strawberry, malt, and a bit of resin.

T: Caramel, malt, some light fruitiness and resin as well.

F: Medium bodied and foamy.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled 8.7.15
pours deep amber to gold with a decent off white head that left a lot of lace on the glass
smell strongly of alcohol, malt and sweet with floral notes as it warmed
taste sweet strong alcohol and floral not hoppy though
viscous feel
very enjoyable overall not a typical ipa to say the least

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Photo of SteveO33
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the 60 minute IPA and I didnt expect this to be much different. I was wrong. This is a much darker in color and more of a hoppy flavor. I recommend it to people who like the darker IPA.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer start to finish. Hard to believe I've been drinking craft IPA's for a solid 4 years without trying this one. Great fruity hop aroma. Great balance in this 2x IPA. I get the big floral/citrus aroma balanced against a sweet (but not coying) malt backbone. Fairly good amount of pine in the flavor, but it's complex. Gold beer.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth for a double IPA @ 9%ABV. Moderate flavor and scent of citrus and pine. Leaves your mouth with a nice tingling feeling, making one crave more!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Pours a light to medium caramel color with a nice thick white head, moderate carbonation.

S - Toasted caramel malt with some juicy citrus aroma.

T - Toasted caramel malt base from start to finish with grapefruit citrus and oily pine resin over the top, finished with a lingering pine bitterness to even out the toasted malt sweetness. The ABV is well hidden and deceptive.

M - Full medium body.

O - This beer is all about "balance" (at least coming from this keg it was. 'Cellars quite well also!

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Photo of jphipps83
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first love when it came to DIPA's, and I fell hard for her.

I love this beer, and while I have had others since that I enjoy more, 90 min is still an outstanding brew. It's a far cry from the trend of citrus fruit IPA's, so if that's your bag, you might not have a taste for this one. There are some citrus/floral notes in it, but nothing like a Fresh Squeezed from Deschutes, or the like.

Overall, a fantastic beer, and one that I'll likely drink as long as they make it.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Son in law purchased this on a family Penn State football weekend.
Pours a slightly less than crystal clear light amber with a off white head thas good retention and excellent side glass lace.
Aroma: Has sharp, pungent floral, fruity and piney hops.
Taste: Thick, juicy hops dominate. Orange rind, citrus hops thick on the tongue. Bready Malts are present and add some subtle balance.
The 9% ABV warms with every sip.
This is a beer that with each sip you savor and appreciate.

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Photo of puck1225
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap into a fluted glass, seemed very fresh. An excellent beer! Deep golden Amber with a thick creamy head. A beauty! Sweet fruity taste, maybe some sweet cherry. Also floral notes. I really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can't believe this is my first time having DFH 90 Minute. I was disappointed. Way too malty and sweet for my taste and has none of the wonderful hop flavors that I love in IPAs and DIPAs.

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gotta tell ya, this is the beer that started it all for me, and I am just recently trying it again. This beer is in no way a citrus bomb as someone else stated, but that does not take away from how great this beer is. This beer is so balanced at 9% and is one of the only DIPA's Ive ever had that can make a malty DIPA that is as drinkable and delicious as this. Bready, Malty and still a tad citrusy. Money Beer Here.

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Photo of BArunnerchick
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get this one on tap. Color is golden with a tint of orange, medium body, perfect amount of carbonation. It rolls smoothly over the tongue coating the mouth in flavors of citrus, floral, and distinct malt balanced by smooth hops.
Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

90 minute double/imperial is a beer/ale, from a beer-brand which I had seen before, and hence whose Double/Imperial I was intrigued to try.

The beer its self is not too carbonated, it doesn't share the tendency that many Double/Imperial's possess whereby they bubble out of the bottle as the bottle is opened. The froth/head is smoothe smelling, and smells/tastes quite good in general.

Along a spectrum of light->medium->thick, I would consider this beer/ale of medium thickness, its color is not very transparent, and is of a sort of harvest gold color. The smell is "seasoned" I would say, not in the sens of suggesting the presence of seasoning(like a Christmas season IPA for ex.), but in the sense that it seems very smooth, and in a sense palatable.

The taste of the beer, is smoothe, and somewhat rich. It doesn't possess the really distinct hoppyness of some Double/Imperial's, but it does posses the pronounced hoppy aftertaste characteristic of this type of beer/ale.

The beer's hoppy distinctiveness sort of lingers around the periphery of the beers overall rich smoothness, and overall I would say this is a great relaxing beer per se. This might be a great beer to pair with steaks, with buttered asparagus for example, or with a rich-buttery white fish(like seabass/monkfish) for example, or a desert, and might hence be a good choice for a "relaxing" with the television or with friends in general type of beer.

Overall I would say that this beer/ale is relaxing, satisfying, rich in some senses, and smoothe.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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