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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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10,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 10458
Reviews: 3472
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%

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:
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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Photo of Beer4B


4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very nice appearance with nice head.

S: smelled like sweet caramelized goodness to me.

T: was a big shock how good and smooth this was after thinking the 60 minute was "ok". One of the best surprises from a "larger" brewer that I've had.

M: Malty and creaminess blended wonderfully with hops.

O: I could make a meal out of this beer. I will be grabbing growlers of it when I see it and hope the bottles of it aren't a let down.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2014 16:35:08 | More by Beer4B
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from growler into snifter.

Orange color with about a finger of white head. Very hoppy and fruity smell, bit grassy.

Taste isn’t overpoweringly hoppy. It’s got a raspberry kind of flavor, almost soapy, bit of caramel.

Claims to be high on the IBU, but I don’t taste it as that bitter. Pretty drinkable for the ABV.

Used to like it a lot more, but it’s not as good as it used to be in my eyes

Serving type: growler

07-14-2013 22:39:36 | More by Smurf2055
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3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the total wine growler station today

Pours a dark gold with two fingers of foam that have kept excellent retention . Good transparency, little carbonation, some good lacing. Smells of hops, citrus, strong malts, and some alcohol. Some pine and peach come through also. Taste follows the nose well, hops, very sweet malts, citrus undertones and floral notes. A little bit of booze, but the sugar is what really jumps out and hangs around. The feel is medium bodied and creamy. The sweetness really hurts the drinkability, also really cuts into the bitterness. The liter I have of it might be a little much

Overall this stuff is well made but I wouldn't care for it often, just too sweet

Serving type: growler

04-13-2013 04:56:24 | More by lordofstarside
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an exceptionally dark golden hew which is pleasantly complimented with an eggshell white half inch head. The inside of the glass is practically painted white by the retention.

S: For a DIPA there is much more of a malty sweetness than expected. The hop notes emerge subtly, providing a pleasant complex citrusy aroma.

T: Complexity does not begin to describe this brew. The hops are present, but not in the typical bitter fashion that tends to linger on the back of the tongue. The malt sweetness works remarkably well at subduing the bitterness of the hops and the warmth of the alcohol. What truly comes to mind is a slightly toasted hop cone cover in syrup and dip in sugar.

M: Astoundingly perfect carbonation delivers the flavors beautifully throughout the mouth. Once the loftiness subsides, an overwhelmingly chewy sensation rushes in to replace it. Truly a wolf in sheep's clothing.

O: Quite an astonishingly unique brew. I know it's labeled as a DIPA, but try to be open minded when enjoying this beer. Dogfish Head uses "labels" like titles for a book. A few little words to describe an entire story, so sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2012 00:03:40 | More by turnerk3
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Clear copper body, with an illuminating orangish hue. Thick, bubbly, frothy white head, real sticky.

S: Big malts, slightly sweet. Skunky, herbal, fruity (oranges) citrus hop aroma.

T/M: Yum. Simple and straight forward sweet malt taste that explodes on the palate. Hops same way, not in your face but abundance of flavor resulting in sensory happiness.

O: Tons of malts, tons of hops and the best part is they act as complimentary domains. They never try to fight for attention, instead blend together for one of the nation's best IPAs. Huge fan. I have not had this or a 60 minute in about a year, I wanted to test my pallet and the beer still holds up:)

Serving type: growler

06-26-2012 01:41:51 | More by One2Remeber
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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a beautiful golden golden golden orange color with a nice white frothy head. Good retention to the last sip. Nice beautiful lacing as well.

S: Large burst of citrus. Grapefruit, orange zest, little pineapple (I get that a lot with DIPA's for some reason), little peachy, little piney. Slight malt in the background.

T: Taste like I hope that Jesus would. You can tell how oily the hops are in this brew by the rich hop character it gives off. So many flavors comin' atcha! Hops, pine, malt, booze, little more pine, little citrus, little bit more booze, then BAM comes the fruit and malt again. Smooooth finish.

M: Smooth, medium, and rich. Not crisp, just smooth.

O: I LOVE this beer. I could drink it everyday...and would if I could afford it. It is just very well balanced, beautiful in color, rich in taste, and worth every penny.

Serving type: growler

09-08-2011 03:13:19 | More by hippityhophead24
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler at the DFH in Rehoboth Beach while my wife and I were driving from FL to NH. Enjoyed the brew one night later, and poured it in a pint glass. The beer was a light, pale copper-golden color with a thick, two and a half inch layer of big-bubbled, biege head. Aromas of grapefruit and pear, with a heavy dose of tangy hops, with a lemon-peppered like spice to it. Flavors are very well balanced, with citrus-pear sweet tones once again, balanced with a peppery, roasted hops character that takes over the palate. The sweetness and the round body keep the hops from being too dry, and the carbonation level keeps it light and crisp. Great lace cling on the glass. The aftertaste is slight caramel malt and hops, with a clean and smooth finish. Very tasty!

Serving type: growler

08-10-2011 03:37:59 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Jimmys


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from growler filled at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub.

A: clear body. rich amber. thick slightly off-white head with average retention.

S: very pungent american hop aroma. classic citrus with more of an emphasis on pine.

T: talk about some lip smacking hop goodness. bitterness is smooth and well balanced with a good amount of residual malty sweetness. drips with caramal towards the finish and then back to a refreshing bitterness.

M: a fine carbonation lets the flavor shine on this big bodied beer.

D: overall just a real easy drinking DIPA that doesnt taste like a 9%'er.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2011 20:34:44 | More by Jimmys
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dogfish 90! 32-oz growler bought at Whole Foods Tribeca for $8.49. I have had these beer many, many times in a bottle and on tap, but never on a growler.

Appearance: My assertive pour produced a hefty foamy caramel-speckled head that lasts and lasts and then some! Outrageous retention, great lacing and beautiful carbonation. Color is a deep-red caramel, reminds me of bourbon.

Smell: There are bitter hops, sugar, some coconut flakes. Very sweet, but not unpleasantly so. Also aromas of wet dog, creme brulee and booze as it warms up. Lemon peel, citrus. Pineapple juice spiked with rum/vodka.

Taste: Bread and biscuit, malt all around. Butterscotch, caramel, dessert. Toasted wheat bread with artisanal Chimay butter. Less hoppy and tropical than in the nose, never bitter. Very sweet and nourishing but delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low-but-adequate carbonation, full flavor. Thick and oily, sticks to your tongue and throat. Tingly-dry finish. Surprisingly smooth despite the heftiness, but also a tummy-warmer.

Overall: It is amazing how different this is from the bottled version (and even draft!). The bottle is sometimes harsh and too hop-forward (although I always love it very much). On the growler, the hops are mellow and there is more sweetness and an overall smooth feel that makes it outrageously drinkable. Outrageously, I say! I polished a growler in no time and wanted more.

Serving type: growler

06-29-2011 03:35:50 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy brought me back a growler of 90 Minute IPA. I have always liked this beer, but I can't believe the difference a FRESH batch makes.

The aroma has a refreshing hops feel... the overall taste has a nice hoppy flavor without being over powering.. The body was just a tad heavy for an IPA.

Serving type: growler

04-17-2011 02:29:19 | More by gdfullwv
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4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm in the tank for Dogfish Head 90 minute and looked forward to loving this, which had been in the growler almost two days when reopened, with a champagne-bottle "pop!" Carbonation speaking to me.

Respectful offspring pours for me, into one of those pretty tulipy Sam Adams perfect pint lager glasses. This is a familiar, lovely looking brew: handsome white head over burnt orange body. It sits there with a kind of haughty grandeur, as if it comprehended its distinguished pedigree and reputation. Its lacing is fine - like tree rings - I cannot believe it has been in the growler for as long as it has and has been opened twice for pouring.

Hops overpower the nose, delightful, citrusy hops, with a bare undertone of malty sweetness. I don't want to take my schnozzle out of the glass, inhaling, exhaling, and consider hitting it nasally.

As much as I expect the sock of hops after lingering long on the fragrance, in the mouth it surpasses my expectations. Big big big. As bitter as can be, but something about this refined bitterness connects with higher mammalian neurology and lodges squarely in the pleasure center of the brain, which cries, "again!" The carbonation is present but discernible only if you're trying really really hard. Otherwise its just hippity hoppity hops.

This is it, really. I should just give it straight 5s and be a total Dogfish Ho', then go back to the brewery - only 2.5 hours off - and fill my trunk.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2011 05:06:00 | More by PaulfromNoVa
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New York

2.98/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

32 oz Growler pour from Whole Foods Tribeca. My first time having this on tap, always in bottle, never a huge fan but curious how it would taste on tap for a while...

A: Hazy reddish brown, slight head, no lacing.

S: caramel, sugar, super bready malts. Not much of a heavy hop scent here. Smells like a desert drink.

T: Hmm..This really tastes sugary and bready to me. I don't taste any hop bitterness, just a silky smooth sugary slurp with a little bit of pine at the close. I'm really not nuts about this beer.

M: Probably the best part of this beer to me is the texture. While the sweetness is off putting to the taste, the round sugary syrupy feel to it is nice.

D: While I am not nuts about this beer, it is very easy to drink, even for its ABV. I don't quite get why this beer is so highly heralded. Maybe this batch is a bit off, but I am disappointed and glad I didn't get a 64 ounce growler fill!

This beer is way too bready sweet and malty for my DIPA taste. Give me a citrusy DIPA anyday over this.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2011 03:27:44 | More by Avantyawn
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bamadog for bringing this to our superbowl gathering.

A: Clear orange, good white head that leaves a skim that goes on for quite a while.

S: Pine hops, citrus,

T: Bitter up front, mild malt coming in to mellow all out.

M: Very mild carbonation. Easy to drink. Much smoother than the bottle imo.

D: Bamadog left the growler - that's a good thing. It won't go to waste!

Serving type: growler

02-13-2011 01:58:21 | More by beerman207
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY for the Superbowl. Game came out all wrong, but the beer came out all right. Review is from notes taken on 2/8/2011 and poured from the growler to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a honey/golden/coppery color and it starts with a big thick and lush creamy, off-white head with decent retention that fades slowly to a thick and full cap and leaves thick webs of lacing on the sides of the glass; body has just a touch of haze to it but is mostly clear and it shows strong carbonation bubbling up slowly.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops ranging from pine to grapefruit to something with a tropical hint (perhaps pineapple or mango?); very firm malt backing provides just a touch of balance but lets the hops lead; I love how the hops are big, and they just smell sticky -- also, the nose is quite robust... not as robust as it comes from the tap, but this is probably the next best thing.

Taste: Fan-freaking-tastic -- hops in the mouth are bitter and cover the array mentioned in the nose; definite strong malt backing that is honey sweet and has just a touch of graininess; definite presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and comes across a little slick; carbonation is good and it comes across a little soft, but smooth and creamy still; a thick coating that's sticky and becomes cottony dry is left sticking to the roof of the mouth; gums and belly are left warm and tingly from the higher ABV.

Drinkability: Overall, the flavors are outstanding, the smell is great and it packs a wonderful punch... Unfortunately, the punch that it provides may be a bit much and I feel it realistically lowers it a bit, but I would still easily get through a couple of pints in a night.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2011 02:40:07 | More by bamadog
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer and as a hop head love Dipa's. The appearance of this beer is a cloudy amber orange hue with light carbonation and a 3 finger head that lasts quite awhile. the smell is of pine and citrus fruit with underlying sweetness in the background. The taste was misleading not bad at all but not as hoppy as I expected you still got that citrus flavour but more sweetness than I expected. The mouthfeel was great at 9% this was remarkably smooth. I could def drink this all day this growler was very enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2011 03:20:07 | More by Arinthos
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 oz growler into my DFH snifter (what else?).

Pours a really pretty orangeish amber that's pretty transparent. Thinnish white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving lots of sticky, spotty lacing. Sweetish citrus smell, with a lot of maltiness and a light floral and fruity character. Not a lot of hops, which is surprising. I don't really mind, to be honest!

Taste starts off rather sweetly, which is again, surprising. Lots of malts and sweet fruits to begin the flavor experience, followed up by the big citrus hoppiness. Bitterness takes over and lingers long into the aftertaste. Alcohol really isn't evident in the taste, as the bitter hops take center stage over pretty much everything. The balance between bitter and malty isn't quite even, but it manages to achieve a nice tastiness. Mouthfeel is on the light-to-medium side. It sits nice on the tongue with a tiny bit of effervescent carbonation and a good bit of oomph to it.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm not a hophead by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a pretty darn drinkable IPA. Yeah, it's bitter, but it's still got a good balance of hops and malts. You'll feel that hefty alcohol though, so make sure you pace yourself.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2011 07:24:31 | More by r0nyn
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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler into 400ml New Belgium branded snifter.

Appearance: Ruby-caramel color with a smaller beige-ish head that dissipates slowly and leaves heavy lace.

Smell: Toasty aromas with strong earthy, piney, and floral hop notes.

Taste: Begins bitter, rounding out to a finish that is buttery-sweet with very tasty, not overly bitter, hop flavors and a hint of alcohol. Nice earthiness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Full, chewy body with light carbonation. Dry on the palate and very oily in the throat.

Drinkability: A sipping beer, but a damn good one nonetheless. This one should definitely be tasted; hopefully it is as good out of the bottle as my growler was!

Serving type: growler

07-16-2010 03:04:37 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have reviewed this beer in bottle format before. But I feel overwhelmed yesterday after having it first on draft at the bar after the keg was just tapped and then out of a growler after I got home today.

This beer is remarkable fresh. Flavors that stand out are fresh pineapple, pine, and grapefruit notes. I taste some apple tartness. The sticky pine notes are remarkable. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat heavy. The alcohol is warming. This beer is very easy to drink. This whole growler has been a pleasure to enjoy, along with some homemade hot wings and cheese fries.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2010 21:44:59 | More by mtnbikerpa
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper with a good head and decent lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, some pine, caramel malt and a bit of toastyness. Taste is well balanced. Plenty of grapefruit, pine and some pepperyness. Malt is caramel and biscuit and is well balanced with the bitterness. I am also detecting some toastyness in the finish. The 9% alcohol is completely hidden and does not show up till the beer is in my belly. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice long finish that ends up surprisingly dry. Drinkablilty is good for a double IPA. One of my go-to IPAs.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2010 00:49:35 | More by zoso1967
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: This is from a growler, and therefore from a keg. I have enjoyed this beer in bottles for years, but this is the first growler, and it is unlike my previous, and unreviewed, experiences with DFH 90.

It pours a clear and thick looking dark amber. No head to speak of from the growler, just a ring and bubbles rising.

It is a fairly light, but highly penetrating, aroma of pine, citrus, earth, and neutral grains. Very appealing.

East coast IIPA all the way, baby, that's what this is. Plenty of flavor, plenty of balance, clean as a whistle. It starts with a full flavored push of dark sugar, pine, subtle yeasty notes, and finishes a c-hair short of dry, with a long, tasty, bitter, citrus rind, herbal resinance (not a misspelling). The balance of these flavors make this a wonderful drink.

Mouthfeel, even from the bottles, has always been an issue, and from this growler it continues to be. Though it is light in the mouth and fairly creamy, it is too resinous for the amount of hops, and the amount of alcohol. Carbonation from this growler is perfect, low, but enough to brighten the sip. The finish is very good, but could be better is what I'm saying.

Drinkability is quite good, it is refreshing, interesting, and delicious.

Impression: Looking for an unbalanced, hop atomic bomb? Not for you. Looking for a wimpy no flavor IIPA? Not for you. Looking for a full flavored and balanced very brightly hopped IIPA? Get a growler of this fersure.

Serving type: growler

01-10-2010 20:45:43 | More by cavedave
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed my first dogfish head brew.

Pours a nice color, thin pour, with minimal head and some lacing. The taste is of a little bite, not much citrus balance to the hoppiness, although it is not overwhelming. The drinkability is good on this one and would enjoy another growler fill.

Definitely got me geared up to try the 120 minute to see what the fuss is about.

I enjoyed this brew though, nonetheless, but there are other DIPAs I prefer over this one.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2009 18:58:43 | More by gatorbreath
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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I picked up from Uptown Grille in Walled Lake, Mi.

A: Beautiful gold and even better looking in the sun. Great looking head about an inch thick. Nice lacing.

S: Big IPA smell. Hops, cirtrus, pine, a little boozy... A fairly aggressive smelling ale. I knew I had to taste it soon.

T: Very flavorful with lots of fruit characteristics. Grapefruit, pineapple and grapes. Along with the bitterness and hops it's very well balanced and makes for a great tasting brew.

M: Medium heavy mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated for being in my fridge overnight. Perfect really.

D: The great taste really makes this beer and makes it so drinkable. It's a little boozy but it tastes so good you just can't stop drinking it.

Overall, a really good DIPA that lives up to the hype. I will be filling my growler with Huma Lupa Licious next time.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2009 18:31:46 | More by BigAl723
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nice golden color with a noticable copper hue toward the wider part of the glass. the thumb width head recedes to a nice ring and patches across the top. it effervesces a nice piney aroma with a surprisingly balanced malt and ester background. the taste follows with the expected hop bitterness, balanced by a nice sweet fruitiness toward the end. it certainly warms you a bit, but with the full body and nice hop arrangement, i'd say that this is a fine example of an imperial ipa, and not a hard drink for it's nine percent. I'm once again thankful for the growler fill at sam the beer man.

Serving type: growler

09-03-2009 22:01:54 | More by almychristopher
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4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler amber brownish with a slight haze. Very nice floral aroma and taste. Some citrus and caramel flavor. This beer is very drinkable for a DIPA. I finished off 4 pints last night and the last full pint tonight. This beer lives up to its' reputation and is my 2nd favorite DIPA to Hopslam.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2008 00:58:17 | More by pacothrash
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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Amber, laced, frothy nice lace throughout the glass

S= all about the hops and floral nose, piney as well

T= very hoppy yet a smooth malt finish mid glass

M= rich, yet a bit grainy but full mouthfeel

D= very potent so watch out as can be dangerously drinkable

Serving type: growler

02-18-2008 21:29:48 | More by bierman2000
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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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