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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,717 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 3,717
Hads: 14,524
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 673
Gots: 3,534 | FT: 33
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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: 3,717 | Hads: 14,524
Photo of Ksmoove27
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Nice golden-orange, one finger head (pale tan) on my pour from the bottle. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Not as strong as an aroma as some of my favorite IPAs (AleSmith), but good earthy, malt and hop mix

Taste - balance. malt, citrus and nice hopping...smooth not bitter.

Feel - Medium body. A good chew. Warm going down.

Overall - A very good IPA, but "best in America", not so much. I have had this beer many times and in PA the quality, ABV and price on tap/bottle can't be beat. (491 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brew pub. In a razor thin glass.

L: amber. Very persistent head
S: muddled pine, resin and some citrus.
T: balanced. Malty with pine and resin
F: nice and sharp. Medium body.
O: good but not mind blowing (222 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark honey/copper color. Clear. Two finger fluffy/pillowy white head. Medium carbonation
Smell - Floral, spice, earthy, sweet caramel malts
Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of floral/spice notes. Some earthiness. A lot of sweet caramel malts coming thru. A touch of bitterness on the back end.
Feel - Medium/medium + body, very sticky, dry finish
Overall - I feel this beer is overrated personally. I prefer my DIPAs to be citrus bombs while 90min is much more floral. If you love Victories Hop Devil or Bell's Two Hearted....you'll love this beer. I'll take a 60min over this anyday. With that said, this is no doubt a solid drinkable beer. (653 characters)

Photo of DSWeller
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice, long lasting head. Poured copper and held minimal lacing.

Smells very earthy. Hints of malt and caramel.

Very smooth tasting. Very hard to believe this is 9.00% abv. I taste lots of caramel and small amounts of lingering bitters. It also has a small amount of hops.

Overall, solid beer. I can easily understand how this beer was a pioneer for the IPA style. (408 characters)

Photo of codekiln
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Unfiltered clover honey with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Nice lace left in the glass.

Smell: sweet, musky

Taste: hoppy, bitter ... but also smooth and warm.

Feel: bubbly.

Overall: delicious - a bit stronger and more bitter than I would prefer, but with lots of great qualities to round it out. (321 characters)

Photo of TCUFROGS
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Other reviews are spot on, pours a golden honey color, smell of pines, grapefruit, and strong hops. Taste is extremely clean with a hoppy finish that isn't as bitter as the IBU's suggest. Very well brewed beer, and is my go to IPA. (231 characters)

Photo of BobbyBill
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is still great. I've been drinking it for years and it has more than held up. It's got fantastic hop flavor and aroma with a malt backbone that is legit. Also at 9% ABV it works. (191 characters)

Photo of theopholis
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours crystal clear pale honey with a very creamy 2 inch head. Head fades fairly quickly to a tight, white cap. Nice lacing.

S - Smells of pine, hops, with a nice undercurrent of earthiness.

T - Very nice, well-balanced melange of Flavor and buttering hops with some pineiness and that earthiness that I love so much. Then aftertaste is a nice balance of residual malt sweetness and the last remnants of the hop earthiness.

S - good carbonation level, medium body, bit of an oily slipperiness at first that moves into a very slight dry, puckering finish.

D - Not my favorite DIPA, but probably in my top 5. Got it on draft at a sports bar. (651 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Champagne's outside Detroit for $10.00 for a 4pk. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for 3mins before film out. Dark amber color and filtered clear

S- Oodles of hops and malt. Sickly sweet.

T- Lots of hops but a touch bitter. Good overall blend. Nice extra boil with the sugar makes this one sing in your mouth.

M- Dry but a touch creamy

O- Very good. Had this one before which is why I invested into a 4pk. Would like to try on tap. Will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This nice brew went very well with....... Spicy chicken stir fry with oyster sauce, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and sliced carrots. Throw some bean spouts on and it's a meal

Enjoy (736 characters)

Photo of Shorthillsbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally managed to bring a couple of these back to Canada to indulge in. After admiring the the bronz/copper tones and big hop aroma, the taste was just what I needed, hops up front,malt in the middle, and hops on the sides, yet balanced and smooth, no boozy end flavors or astringent aftertaste. A Great beer to sip at and enjoy right down to the last drop. (358 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber color with bright white head. Nose full of citrus, grapefruit and caramel malt. Taste followed - not as citrusy as some of the newer big hoppy beers but nicely balanced. Dry finish. A classic for sure. (238 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a Amsterdam Boneshaker snifter. Purchased while cross border shopping but it worked out to like $3.50CDN per bottle. No freshness label given.

Appearance - Medium pour yielded a dark copper colored beer with just over one finger of sparkling fluffy white head. Very modest carbonation is made up for by great retention and a swath of lacing just plastered to the glass.

Smell - Big and boozy, plenty of hops, with a decadent caramel booziness with floral notes and roasted grain in the background.

Taste - Quite sweet, not quite cloying due to lots of malt, tastes like caramel with some floral hops up front too and the roasty grain in behind. Very tasty and well put together. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, despite 90 IBU's. Some heat arises as the alcohol content finally makes itself known. On the maltier side of DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and sticky and the flavors cling to your mouth and lips. Carbonation is slight and the body is very full.

Overall - An excellently crafted DIPA, that delivered everything I was expecting of it. I was hoping for more of a hop dominated DIPA, but this is smooth and a very easy sipper. Would happily purchase this frequently if available in Canada. (1,258 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely on the maltier side for a DIPA. Pours a light orange with thin head. Nose is a bit muted to me maybe because its less hop focused than similar brews. Resinous texture that comes off as sticky but not sweet. Orange and grapefruit notes. (248 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marvelous beer. Super drinkable, but definitely complexity in flavor. Not to hoppy for the "non-hop heads" and yet definitely not another "run of the mill IPA". This one stands out. Easy to get, and easy to drink, makes a definitely great brew. (248 characters)

Photo of Hammertimeee1
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great taste with slight taste of Malt that does not linger in your mouth. A touch of grapefruit. Good foam and color. . This is a must have in everybody refig. Can't wait to try the 60 minute next!!! (200 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a glossy hazy pale orange color with a slim finger's worth of foamy to bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.
The smell had a sweet grapefruit with some extra lemon and a balanced caramel malt.
The taste was bittersweet fully all of the way.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to follow the DIPA style. Nice grapefruit - sweet to bitter edge rolls over my tongue.
Overall, good for the style, not sure why Esquire calls this the best IPA in the U.S. Hmmm...its good, I just don't see it being the best one. I still have so many IPA's to try in life. (669 characters)

Photo of reds2harleys
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer but to me it did not live up to the hype. I prefer 60 or 75 minute. Dogfish Head is hit or miss with me. As I said, 60 or 75 minute are both excellent brews but 90 or either version of Raison missed the mark. (221 characters)

Photo of michaellabreche
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really was dissapointed with this beer. It smell like a normal american ipa. It feels really sticky. It taste a bit like licorce. hard to drink. I sadly bought a 4 pack (170 characters)

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

Light hazy golden orange color with off white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy, caramel, pine, citrus fruits. taste is very similar to the aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. (183 characters)

Photo of FrothFanatic
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best of the best for me, as far as IPA's go this thing is flawless. It's just perfect. Delicious. And with a high abv you would never guess it because it tastes so good. Loge Dogfish Head. (203 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, clear golden-amber color with a thick, one-finger head. Thick, chewey, almost CREAMY mouthfeel - very unusual for an IPA. Nowhere near as harsh as 60-minute.
The maltiness is also unusual for an IPA. It nicely balances the hops. 90-Minute is not sweet, though - just well-balanced. Alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable. Possibly my favorite offering from DFH (although that's what I say about 60-Minute and 120-Minute, too). (446 characters)

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may be a little biased. Poured this after finishing my final paper for my last class for my B.A.

L: Beautiful sunburnt orange, heavy one inch head that follows the beer all the way down. Good lacing too.

S: Light pine, lots of English malts.

T: Spicy hops, pine is gone. It's been replaced by medicial, herby hops. Malt backbone is very present. It carries the beer. Definitely a change up from the usual harshness of the American IPAs i frequent.

F: Thought it was going to be heavily carobnated by the pour, but it's only moderate. Mouthfeel is creamy and a little chewy, and the head...man that head sustains the duration of the beer. I don't know if I finally got my glasses clean or what. But it's exceptional.

O: Love it. Excited to try 120 minute. Actually seemed less harsh than 60min. Extremely drinkable for the abv. (836 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the Imperial IPAs by Dogfish Head and I also have been to a couple of their Ale houses and have tried their beer sampler, but was not sufficiently prescient to make mental notes that were detailed enough to write a review after the fact. However, I stopped at the local warehouse and picked up some of this Imperial IPA for the explicit purpose of reviewing it. It is a pleasure to do so. And with a beast like this that boasts 9% ABV and, of course, 90 IBUs, you can’t go wrong.

Look-It pours a clear golden amber color with an angry giant head which settles into a foamy soapy and delicate finger or two deep head. The lacing is absolutely beautiful and droops slightly, but has a sticky component to it.

Smell-I get grapefruit, pine, and toasted English malts. The malt variety that they chose was an excellent idea, because Esquire magazine said was “the best IPA in America”. It has a brandy and smoky bread smell, too that carries over into the taste.

Taste-The taste is toffee and citrus like grapefruit that lingers throughout the entire experience, but is also dominated late-in by an intense hop flavor and bitterness from the strong hops. The brewers boast a “ridiculous amount of English two-row Barley” that comes out toasted and delicious. I also get some resin and buttered biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel-It has a full-bodied and syrupy feel that is so pleasant and not overly sweet. Somehow, my aversion for overly sweet syrup malts has been avoided here and the barley malts are well-balanced and fine-tuned.

Overall-I would describe this beer in few words rather than many. I would describe this variety as memorable and delicious. It is fine-tuned and powerful. It is Dogfish Head! Cheers! (1,725 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best easily available IPAs out there in my opinion. Really nice hop character on the nose, with a well balanced taste. It doesn't compete with some of the top tier IPAs, but this is great and affordable. (222 characters)

Photo of NateMoss
1.94/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This just doesn't do it for me at all. The English barley and malting make this taste more like a tart brown ale than an IPA. There's absolutely no pine or citrus tones to this which you expect from a good IPA. I was really hoping for more because I'm a fan of the 60 Minute. Luckily I only bought a single bottle. I'll take a Fresh Squeezed or a Sculpin over this any day. (373 characters)

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