90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Caj1:
4.24/5 rDev -0.9%
Well, I'd been putting this one off for a while since every time I was at the local package store something else caught my eye first. First impressions weren't all that great, to be honest; I popped the top on one of these a few days ago and wasn't the biggest fan, but I reserved harsh judgement at the time. Every beer except the worst of the worst deserves a second chance. That in mind, I'm reviewing this beer, my second of the four pack, as I drink it.
The initial pour gave me a lot of head... a lot; probably I poured too hard. Oh well, no real harm done. The head is slightly off-white, really frothy, dissipates very slowly. I've let it sit for about five minutes and I still have three-quarters of a finger remaining, with a lot of lacing. Color is a very pretty medium-dark amber, closer a very deep straw color when held to the light. It's not crystal clear but I'm not struggling to see through it, and there are a lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface with a good deal of vigor.
Smell is good... sweet and complex. Pine, grass and grapefruit predominate at first, with some more fruity ester smell. Some alcohol hits the back of the nose and palate, but it's very faint. Underneath the hops is some diacetyl butterscotch smell and some nice bready malt, almost like cookies.
The first sip reveals more butterscotch immediately before it's swiftly replaced with fruity and slightly astringent hops, really nice. Fruity flavors predominate, some citrus and another fruity sweetness I can't quite put my finger on; I'm not sure whether it's hops or grain, but either way it's good overpowering. They did a good job of masking the flavor of the alcohol. I can taste it ever so slightly, but it helps add flavor rather than detract from it. The piney, grassy notes are more subdued than I'd imagine, which is a shame since I really enjoy those and look for that in an IPA. After the swallow the fruity sweetness remains for a while, hanging back and not really going anywhere, which is fine with me. The astringent qualities of the hops comes through more and more in between sips; if I wait longer, I get more of those flavors, and they taste kind of like a ruby red grapefruit. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, a little oily from the hops and has the tiniest bit of burn from the alcohol; on another note, the sugars in the beer leave the lips a little bit sticky.
My overall impression of this beer is that it's quite good, but a bit overhyped; I'm sensing a pattern here with Dogfish Head beers. They're good and I'd be glad to drink them, I appreciate what the guys at Dogfish Head are doing, but I feel they're slightly overhyped and overpriced. My main complaint with this brew is that it's just too damn sweet; I realize it may be a matter of personal taste, but I prefer lighter, more bitter flavors with my IPAs. All that said, you'd be missing out if you didn't at least try this beer. Cheers to good health and good beer.
07-31-2013 06:32:45 | More by Caj1
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4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a freshness date.
Appearance: With the massive amount of hops I expect nothing less than a superb lace and that is what I got. A solid ring after every sip ... amazing. Slightly hazed bronze gold color the haze is most likely from the hops.
Smell: Fresh hop aroma, very oily with herbal and piney notes. Ripe fruity esters and some sweet malt in the back.
Taste: This beer is so juicy, what a hop punch it has. Lots of bitterness and a ton of hop oil flavor from front to back. Very smooth with a thick malty body. Nice cake like maltiness in the middle with a ripe fruit and alcoholic kick in the end, finishes a little sweet with lingering bitter hop tones.
Notes: An exceptional example of an American Double IPA, no worries about getting my hop fix here.
02-23-2004 14:42:31 | More by Jason
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
A bit hazy, golden / amber, and topped with a very creamy, enticing looking head. Retention is decent and clingy.
Aroma is full of spicy, floral, herbal, pine-like, pineapple, bready malt and estery characters. Nose is very intricate.
Smooth upfront, big and chewy in the mouthfeel with a creamy palate. Hops are BAM! in your face with prickly, bitter, herbal, pine, citrus rind, salt, slick viscid hop oils, raw leafy hops, earth, resin-like, hints of English cheddar and a touch of soap in a complex and intense medley of characters. Malts are a bit masked by this and take a backseat for most of the drive with some bready flavors and a lot of backseat driving as far as the mouthfeel goes. Alcohol is very present, with a warming feel in the head and fumes in the breath. Light notes of toasted malts / caramel as the beer warms. Dose of yeast in a drying finish.
This beer has really tightened up since its initial release ... of which I was not a fan of.
In the realm of Imperial / Double IPA's, 90 Minute IPA is King ... or at least one of the mighty Kings within its growing empire.
02-21-2004 21:10:10 | More by Todd
3.48/5 rDev -18.7%
Pours a nice orange with a fluffy head that dissapates into a soapy like finsih,aroma is strong almost to strong hop/resin dominate it.Taste was harsh on first sip,ultra hop taste very resiny with a malty sweeter finish,this beer is not for the faint of heart a real hophead beer here.
02-10-2004 23:53:57 | More by oberon
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearnce: a very appealing pour...clear golden-orange with a foamy, medium off-white head. as clear as apple juice.
Smell: hoppy and sweet. plenty over-ripened fruits...apricot, peach and bitter orange peel. oozing of hop.
Taste: sweet off the top with a cotton candy like fluffiness. orange peel and again, ripe aprcots. the sweetness maintains its staying power while giving way to some serious hop bitterness. the combine nicely and offer up a well balanced and big palate. both the fruity sweetness and hop bitterness linger nice and long and the maltiness is present too although hidden beneath it all.
Mouthfeel: some fuzziness to the mouthfeel. smoothes out mid sip and generally has a light to medium body character. very easy going down.
Drinkability: i feel like im not even getting the 9% abv here. The easy drinking combo of fruitiness and hop galore simply pleases my palate to no end. I feel like I could have 12 of these over a day. Simply a great IPA. Loved it.
11-20-2004 18:58:25 | More by Popsinc
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance Nice, beautiful head that rose up nicely, went down slow, and laced the glass. The body is a lovely orange that screams, IPA.
Smell What do we have here? Did I inadvertently find one of the big boys? This beer reeks of piney hops. We have a lot of evergreen trees in Washington State, and this smells like Ive rolled in the needles for a few hours. I mean, I cant even explain how strong and sharp this is.
Once you get past that, there are some other, softer, more floral hops and actually some sort of malt in there for balance. But, I think Im going to nickname this one, The Pine Tree.
Taste Man, is this sharp. This is like IPA concentrate. Add 1 Tablespoon to 12 ounces of water and, Poof, youve got an IPA. This is extreme hops at their best. The super-strong hop flavors give this one yet another nickname: The Rind & Pine.
Interestingly, the malt balance is very clear. Its more of a grainy barley malt, but its there in force. This is amazing considering the preponderance of this ale to hops.
The taste of this ale will inevitably be compared to The Ruination, so lets get this out of the way. The Ruination is more refined. It is more balanced. It is more user-friendly. But, the 90 Minute IPA will stand your hair on ends. If the Ruination is the King, this is his crazy brother living in exile tenaciously dedicated to overthrowing the crown.
Mouthfeel This DFH is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, very smooth, and has terrific balance.
Drinkability This is a real treat. Drink it the way it is or age it for a few months to mellow out the hops.
Update I first reviewed this a month after joining the site. It has become one of my regular buys but thought it would be fun to re-review it with an 04 vintage. I juggled a few of the scores around a bit but basically Id write the review the same way. This is one damn good ADIPA.
09-30-2003 00:56:54 | More by RoyalT
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
Lurid orange body with a creamy milkshake head. Aroma is astringent and oxidizing, consisting of pine, orange peals, and lemon oil. Devilishly hopped but with a sweet malt front. Finishes dry and light, leaving a slightly burning citrusy aftertaste. Medium bodied, creamy yet biting. Excellent mouthfeel. Strong IPA.
02-26-2006 23:44:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Pours a dense, hazy, golden-yellow-copper color with a nice white head that shrunk but lasted and left excellent lacing on the glass. The nose is full of hops, hop oils, flowers, pines, roots, citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, earth, light malts, and alcohol. So inviting and very developed. Upon first taste, you are thrust into a hop explosion. Hops crowd your tongue, hop oils stretch out to every corner of your mouth. All sorts of things are going on here - pines, pinecones, herbs, spices, and floral tones nail you up front. As it warms in your mouth, out comes the earthy esters, grapefruit, orange zest, and sweet malt and yeast on the very back of the tongue. The alcohol provides a nice warming sensation without being overbearing. The mouth is a bit thick and chewy, leaving a sticky feeling in the mouth with a bit of a snap on the tip of your tongue from the carbonation.
One of the best "easy-to-find-year-round" DIPAs. Not only is it amazingly balanced and great tasting, it is easy to drink for a big 9%-er. Truly a great beer for the availability and price. An excellent "beginner" DIPA.
10-05-2012 18:36:43 | More by tectactoe
4.88/5 rDev +14%
What can I say that hasn't been said so far, it's a great brew.
Extremely well balanced, the hops, ABV%, etc. Other than being more costly, there are no real drawbacks to this fine brew.
I haven't had any other Dogfish Head Craft Brews to compare but I can't imagine finding a better one.
08-16-2009 18:43:37 | More by ExtraStout
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Reviewed from notes made on 12/15/10.
90 Minute pours a see through golden-amber-orange with a very light tan, half finger head into a big 'ol snifter. I love the color of this beer. The head retains well with a full-covering film. Carbonation bubbles are small, scurry at a swift walk, and rise in stingy lines. The lacing is attractive and reminds me of foam in the wake of a boat.
Every kind of hop aroma exists in this beer - bitter grapefruit, sweeter citrus, tropical fruit, flower, pine, and grass. You name it, it's in there. Standing up to the hops is a formidable caramel malt aroma. Biscuit and bread crust round out a really solid smell.
The "ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley" that the label speaks of is very evident in the taste. However, the hops lead off the flavor parade with aggressive floral, grass, and citrus flavors on the sides of my mouth. Then the sweet caramel malts drop a bomb on my tongue and play there for a long time. Finally, the bittering hops join forces with the copious malt for a lingering semi-sweet, but mostly bitter end.
The mouthfeel is so biting from the hops, but also creamy and full-bodied for an Imperial IPA from the huge malt presence. The carbonation complements the body perfectly. I really enjoy how this beer plays my palate.
This is so drinkable! I will definitely have repeated imbibings of this beer over time. I have never been disappointed by this beer and its groovy yumminess. The hop and malt combination is phenomenal and I daresay that I could have several in a sitting. Oh, snap!
12-20-2010 04:31:48 | More by TCHopCraver
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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