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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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3,736 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,736
Hads: 14,636
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 683
Gots: 3,646 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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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: 3,736 | Hads: 14,636
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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Photo of TheWolf
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

If you think all IPAs should be juice bombs or piney bitter bombs don't even attempt. A dark Amber pour. Smell and taste are consistent. Roasted malt is batman with the hop profile serving as robin. Not what you expect in an iPa. But if you free yourself from your preconceived notions. You can sit back and enjoy this great dipa.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a complicated sipper. Lots of layers. The caramel, the hops, the Jack Daniels, all dancing together. My brother says there are too many notes, but I say it's a real pleasure.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep golden with a very nice white foam head. Smell is hoppy and malty, extremely well balanced. Taste is great, hops and malts are present, both balanced and very well combined. Bitterness is very friendly, not harsh, not astringent, very good Imperial IPA.

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Photo of apants007
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber color with a nice creamy head that sticks around for a good while. Herby citrus smell. Tastes sweet and malty and hoppy... Like a Belgian that you had after cutting grass... But perfectly balanced... Very little alcohol sting on the initial taste but the high abv fills your mouth as you go. Weirdly a great sipping beer that tastes worse as you go... Though never bad... It just goes from orange juice to honey over time ... Which I'm certainly not mad at, but is none the less awkward... I see what the hype is about - it's solid, but I don't see this as someone I'll spend a lot of time with.

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Photo of RVerduin
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from it's stylishly designed bottle into a standard pint glass. Slightly hazy, and amber in color. Nice firm head. Looks to be decently carbonated.

Hoppy nose, with hints of pine and herbs, balanced by a decent amount of sweet malts.

The taste is very interesting. The bitterness of the hops is strongly present, but then makes place for a caramel like sweetness. The aftertaste is delicious and keeps lingering for a long time after you've taken a sip.

One of the smoothest beers I've tasted. It's juicy, very balanced, and carbonated just right.

Overall this is an excellent beer that deserves to be enjoyed by itself.

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Photo of RMD579
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very malty with some citrus notes. Smells of malt and pineapple, very sweet. The feel is really where this beer is disappointing for me. It's very dry and sticky. Not a beer that I would consider refreshing, but it's fairly tasty and has quite a nice smell.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. I am not a fan of big, overly hoppy IPAs and was pleased to find that this one doesn't fall into that category. On the other hand, I found this beer a little too malty and sweet for me. A little more hops and a little less malt and I think I would like this one better.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark off-brown with some translucence. Light head.

S: Malts, brown sugar, hop resin.

T: Malty, resiny, earthy.

F: Slightly sticky, full body. Sufficient carbonation.

O: Glad this isn't too sweet. Would love to try it on draft.

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Photo of tcoppi
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very clear amber-orange with maybe a hint of chill haze.
Smell: Very citrusy, floral and malt notes with just a touch of hop resin. Not overpowering at all.
Taste: Much maltier than the smell would indicate, but there are distinctive citrus notes with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance. Very slight alcohol aftertaste, but you have to look for it.
Feel: This feels like the perfect DIPA.
Overall: This is exactly what I want in an IPA - great hop flavor without overpowering bitterness or resin character, and a malt backbone to hold it all together. You'd never be able to tell it was 9% until it hits you.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't notice, but the beer was bottled in mid June, so it's almost three months old. I'm curious if some of the taste and aroma are affected by age.
Look: Amber hued with plenty carbonation. I poured somewhat aggressively with little head
Smell: malts
Taste: malt flavor at first with some hops coming through in the middle and then more malt
Feel: about right
Overall: considering what I was expecting to what it tastes like, I'm surprised and a little disappointed, but I think it's largely due to an older bottle. That said, the flavor is still really good and I'll happily drink the rest of my four pack.

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Photo of Nickcal
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2- 5 - 15. Aged well. Wouldn't age it much longer the booziness taste has faded but the smell remains. Which is what Ive noticed with many aged boozy beers. Beautiful gold 'apple juice' color, with the smell of fire an alcohol. Tastes smooth and almost a vanilla quality mouthfeel sweetness that takes over middle of the mouth. With no bite on the back end.

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Photo of L0ne
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From backlog. 12oz bottle, July 2015.

Pours orange/amber with a couple fingers of off-white head. Earthy citrus hops, sweet caramel malts, medium bitterness, medium body. Very reliable DIPA, and one of my favorites of the malt-forward variety.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a 4-pack bottle, I bought this beer because it was an Imperial India Pale Ale AND because it had won 3 years as the best beer in America.
Tasty, but with lots of barley...maybe too much. Nice full taste, but lacks in the ultra-hop that I'd prefer.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of codekiln
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wide snifter from five inches up.

Appearance: hazy clover honey with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Nice lace left in the glass. The crown of the splash remained with larger bubbles longer than the other microscopic bubbles.

Smell: sweet, musky, esthery. Hints of pine. Resin and citrus.

Taste: milky hops with a bitter finish, but also smooth and warm.

Feel: bubbly, smooth

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

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4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of BobbyBill
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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