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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
95
world-class

12,471 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 12,471
Reviews: 3,553
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 443
Gots: 1,706 | FT: 27
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

A unique experience from beginning throughout. Citrus aroma. Dark orange color. Bit of lace for attractiveness. Hop attack on tongue and bitterness on palate. Unique mellower finish, after all those bubbles. Very drinkable.
Resampled in March 2005 same ranking, more pine aroma.

Sammy, May 16, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -29.2%

A - Pours a clear pale honey with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to an oily cap. There are a few sticky rings of lacing.

S - Smells of pine hops, hints of coffee/espresso, and an alcohol sharpness.

T - Pine hops are dominant at the beginning with a toasty coffee essence that comes next. There is a sweet aftertaste on the finish.

S - This one was somewhat flat. Beer was creamy but I think this was more due to the flatness.

D - This beer is OK but I was expecting more from it. I might have gotten a bad bottle (I purchased a single). I don't think that I would try this one again.

UCLABrewN84, May 30, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.5%

djrn2, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%

A: Darkened copper color, nearing a more bronze-ish hue. Plenty of lacing as it goes down and a good head to start.

S: Plenty of hops in this one, but the malt comes in strong with sweetness and fruit.

T: Sweet malt has definite presence to balance out the excessive amount of hops. The standard for an East Coast DIPA. Too bad it's a bad way to make what's supposed to be a hop-forward beer.

M: Big and creamy. Too sweet.

D: For this style, this is definitely quite drinkable. Pretty good beer all around.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +11%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

zestar, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; hints of caramel malts are also evident.
T: A strong amount of bitterness from the hops really stands out in the overall taste, although this is balanced to some degree by the underlying malts so it isn't overpowering. The finish is rather bitter and some hints of alcohol are present in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: For the most part, the alcohol is well masked, which makes this beer not that difficult to drink.

metter98, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance: Pours a light/medium amber clear color with a fluffy egg white head; excellent lacing

Smell: The grapefruit hops is the first thing that hits you; take a deeper whiff and some other odors break through, such as pine, brandy and a bit of toffee

Taste: Although the hop profile is unmistakable, this is actually somewhat sweet; starts out with toffee and grapefruit; builds into a bit of brandy soaked raisins in the middle; in the finish, the hops return to close the deal, subsuming everything else other than a touch of sweet toffee on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for an IPA; syrupy and oily with a modest amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Wonderful brew, but I sure wouldn't want more than one; there is a lot going on and this beer demands that you pay attention to it

brentk56, May 01, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

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 Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a larger then average head with good retention. Aroma is very floral with some bitterness coming from the abundance of hops. Taste is a well balance between floral and sweet hops and bitter aftertaste. Body if bit thinner then expected but alcohol is well hidden. Great beer but not as well balances the Dreadnaught I had last week.

Phyl21ca, May 27, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +4%

One of the best beers out there. Understand why it's about the best IPA in America.

Aroma: Fruits abound everywhere. Citrus fruits, dark fruits, spicy fruits. Definate bittering hops and added spices consequently. Mouth watering to tge smell. Mild tones of ethynol for a high alcoholic beer.

Appearance: Deep coppers, oranges, rust, and browns. Just off from clear (always makes things interesting). Nice off white head rose to about and inch and remained. Medium dense head that laced well. Also a nice cling to the glass as I swirled it around.

Taste: An aggressive blend of malts and hops. Very powering imediately. Malts pick up a lot of caramels, coconuts, other nuts, hints of brown sugar and deep fruits (figs?). Spiced up from multiple varieties of hops--fused well into the malts. Full and rich through the body, releasing multiple flavors as it crosses the palate. Picking up the bittering hops, spices, and citrus at it travels. Finishes full and moist. Most definately alcoholic. Polishes the palate very well.

Aftertaste: delicate balance of lingering malts, hops, and spice. Also develops over the course of a few minutes. Not terribly dry for a 9%er.

Impression: A well balanced, well aged IIPA. Very complex and satisfying. There is a flavor in there for all beer lovers. One worth stocking the frige with.

BEERchitect, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a beautiful clear, amber with a 1 finger head that stayed around for a while, and laced up the whole glass. Smell is very nice, hoppy, but subtle, a nice malty backround can be smelled, with a bit of a sugary tone. Taste was very nice. Could not tell this was a 9abv at all. Hops up front and in back, but much more then that. There is a spiceness and smoothness about this that makes this very nicely balanced. I could see this catching up with me quick if I wasn't careful. This is an excellent drink, by far a great brew and will be picking up more every chance I get.

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +16.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

A: I gave this one a vigorous pour into my Moonlight pint glass. The result is a dark caramel color with two fingers of a fluffy white head and some nice carbonation.

S: The smell is much more of a mix of hops and citrus than our West Coast IPAs. A nice balance of citrus and pine hops along with a sweet, caramel malt backbone.

T: The hop flavor is mostly bitter grapefruit. There is also a very strong malt component that has a very roasted, yet sweet flavor. The finish is a bit of pine and some more grapefruit.

M: This is actually quite full bodied, but that's not too surprising for a double IPA. The tiny carbonation bubbles help to keep things from getting too heavy.

D: For a 9% beer, this is surprisingly lacking in the booziness department (and a welcome change from certain other DFH beers). That said, I still find it hard to stray from our West Coast IPAs which are just so much more hop-centric.

womencantsail, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.5%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

It's nice to see that I'm a member of the flock here....no question about this one...a winner. I hate to simply be a member of the loud majority here but there's no getting around it for this one.

Nice honey color with white head. Lovely fresh flower nose with a pleasant hop character.

Wonderful hop balance with assertive and pleasant flavors of fruit and malt. Undertones of sweet malt in back palate.

Actually a beer big on hops but with nice balance, flavors and fruit and malt characteristics; quite complex and very attractive.

Clean, crisp hop/malt finish. An all around winner.

Also,
9% abv. This is 1 of 21 DFH beers tasted 6/13/09 in Los Angeles.

Pours a dark honey color. Assertive fruit and chocolate nose.

Full, rich mouthfeel with big flavors. Big full sweet malt and carmel flavors with a big full carmel-malt and bitter hop finish that lingers.

A serious IPA big in all respects. Full of character, style, richness and flavors and a wonderful whiskey finish.

GRG1313, May 17, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

A: 2 finger thick foam head. Lots of lace. Light amber with straw and crimson hues.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit. Sweet malt and some spice.

T: Few beers have the same complexity that is so well demarcated from the front end, middle to finish as this beer. Up front sweet malt/caramel. This transfers to citrus, mostly pineapple and grapefruit. Finishes with mild pine and hop bitterness leaving a sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am not surre if the taste could get any better honestly. This has to be the best tasting beer I have had.

kylehay2004, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev +11%

jaydoc, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small, creamy white head.

Smell: Lavish, rich caramel maltiness with pronounced accents of pine, juicy citrus fruits, and dried pineapple.

Taste: The malt and hops march side-by-side along the tongue with lush sugary caramel sweetness and pineapple juice garnished with pine needles. Sweet-bitter finish, with the bitterness enduring into the aftertaste. The purported 90 IBUs can hardly be felt what with all this rich, malty sweetness within. The ABV, though apparent, thankfully isn't glaring.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Quite warming.

Drinkability: I'd recommend a 7-day 90 Minute Imperial IPA Diet. Go ahead, blow your mind once a day for the next week. That is, If you want all the squishy parts of your brain to leak out my ears.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +4%

So freaking good! This IPA doesn't mess around. The brew is a deep copper color with an intense hop aroma that is unrelenting from start to finish. The flavors are so refreshing, Citrus, Pine, amongst many other types of bitter flavors just flooding this beer. The hop flavors are fresh and juicy, which make this such a treat to drink. The head doesn't stick around for a long while but it does have a nice lacing down the glass with every sip you take. There is no mistake that this beer is truly a gem. I must try for any hophead!

Knapp85, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Feb 10, 2004
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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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