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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
96
world-class

13,247 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 13,247
Reviews: 3,603
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 497
Gots: 2,144 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001)
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Reviews by Norsebrew:
Photo of Norsebrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack.

A: Clear Red color with a moderate head and lace. The brew was highly carbonated and alive.

S: Sweat floral bouquet of spices, grass, and hops.

T: Sweet raison malt base with a punch of aroma and bitter hops. Very fresh grass undertone.

M: Chewy and highly carbonated.

D: For an imperial IPA, this was very smooth and drinkable. The packaging says this has been voted the #1 IPA, but I have a couple other IPA's I would rank above this one. I do, however, recommend this beer highly to IPA lovers.

Norsebrew, Mar 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of Jonada
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 3/4/2014. Served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange color with 1+ finger of a white creamy head. Decent retention and light spotty lacing. Body is relatively clear with medium amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit like citrus, sweet caramel and toffee, pine, slight earthiness, touch of booziness.

Taste: Big malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness in the finish. Flavors are more citrus and pine with lots of sweet and toasted bready malt character as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: Really good double IPA from Dogfish. This one is a classic for a reason.

Jonada, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

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.

Todd, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brightly polished tangerine-amber with honey colored accents, topped by a thick, creamy head of rich ivory that is tacky enough to stick around, seemingly indefinitely, and to leave an impressive lace legacy when it eventually departs.

Even though the brewery calls it an IPA, there's little doubt that 90 Minute is a DIPA and a good one. The nose is full of bright, brassy citric hops with a sweet caramel maltiness swirled into the mix. Specific fruits include orange, grapefruit and apricot.

This is definitely powerful stuff. Some breweries create DIPAs with a relative emphasis on malt so that there's as much caramel flavor as hoppiness. Others place a relative emphasis on hops in order to produce a tongue-shredding, bitter, explosive hop monster. This beer looks like the latter, but tastes like the former. Trouble is, I prefer the latter.

There's still a lot to like here. The flavor profile is an amalgam of melted caramel, fermented pine sap, concentrated essence of oily citrus peel and alcohol. The alcohol masking--like a few other DFH beers that I've had--is more like those small black 'eye masks' than a full-faced Godzilla mask. That is, it's not that hard to appreciate what's underneath.

Maybe this is an old bottle (although I don't believe that it is) and the hops have softened too much. Running it through Randall the Enamel Animal should fix it right up, but I don't have one handy at the moment. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is still good-very good beer, but it doesn't quite crack my upper tier.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Popsinc, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 I’ve rolled in the needles for a few hours. I mean, I can’t 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 I’m 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,” you’ve 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. It’s more of a grainy barley malt, but it’s 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 let’s 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 I’d write the review the same way. This is one damn good ADIPA.

RoyalT, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Medium white head. Thick collar and some nice lacing.

Smell - Mostly sweet caramel malts. Some grapefruits hops.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Caramel malt. Basically mimics the smell. Monotonous caramel malt that becomes oppressive in its sweetness. Mild bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Mild bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I remember liking this back in the day, but it's outrageously sweet.

Alieniloquium, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of handcrafty
3/5  rDev -29.9%

This used to be one of my go to beers when I first got into the craft beer scene. Now, I can't find myself finishing a whole glass. The color and smell is nice, but what I really can't get with is the huge malt presence. Not terrible, just not my type of DIPA.

handcrafty, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Freddie_Ray
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Well balanced hops and smoothness with a fruity character. A must try, and I would certainly drink it again.

Freddie_Ray, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of rjs246
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

People love this, but I prefer the 60 minute. Still a damned fine IPA.

rjs246, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mojohawk21, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Dekhar
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Dekhar, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

aszatk01, May 02, 2013
Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +11%

cam477, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of legalag11
4.75/5  rDev +11%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

beerhunter13, May 19, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DanGeo, May 30, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

tectactoe, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of jcr8611
5/5  rDev +16.8%

jcr8611, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

ExtraStout, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,247 ratings.