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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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11,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,783
Reviews: 3,521
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,329 | FT: 24
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

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Photo of TheFeintingGoat

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen Glass. Very excited to get this in my small little town, and at 9.99 for a four pack, moderatly well priced.

Pours a clear copper tone with a nice head and moderate carbonation, a nice differential in bubble speeds is a plus.
Smells very hoppy, gives my nose a burn. Cinnamon and sugar also worked in there. Very fresh picked smelling.
Very sweet and matly on the forefront, giving way to a sticky, taffy like taste. On the back is a moderate hops bite, that comes back up after the swallow to leave a sticky hops taste that's reminiscent of toffee in the back of your throat. This may seem contradictory, but it finishes very clean and leaves the feeling that you've just eaten something very strong.
The mouthfeel is light in body and the hops comes out to play a bit, but never get to the point where one thinks they should (a plus). A pleasant balance is achieved here.
Drinkability? Hmm. It's nice and light, but commands you to taste every sip. Lots of malts and sweet flavors at first which gradually let the hops through while maintaining center stage until after the swallow. The finish is quite sticky and hoppy, resin-like if you will. The head sticks around quite a long time as well. I could drink 2 of these at a sitting, I believe (the price is too high to try right now). It's a great summer beverage that can use it's sweet, resin-like textures to be perfect in winter too. Decently complex, this is a great brew-- (and at 9% ABV) packs a bit of a wallop too.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 03:02:07 | More by TheFeintingGoat
Photo of enki

British Columbia (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Coppery red, no head at all, tiny amount of lacing.

S - Caramel, HOPS, and a touch of alcohol. A tiny hint of pine.

T - Maltier than I expected, but the hops are not overwhelming. Good rounded flavor. VERY well balanced. Hint of alcohol at the end, but not as much as it's 9% would suggest.

M - Again, very well balanced. Not syrupy, but not thin either. Perfect match for the fantastic flavor.

D - You can tell that this is a strong beer, but it is drinkable enough to get you into trouble. I wouldn't have more than a couple.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:13:00 | More by enki
Photo of dyingwrist

New York

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Clear amber/copper clear with a creamy off white head. I expected a nice floral hoppy nose and it delivers. Pretty simple taste when it first enters your mouth, but it has a very nice long finish. It fills your mouth with the aroma of hops. Great taste of hops and not as bitter as I thought it would be.This beer has great body and feels the way an IPA should imo.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 20:56:23 | More by dyingwrist
Photo of superswing123

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well to borrow Dogfish Head's own label:

"what you have h-e-r-e"

Hey, one heck of a great beer, to say the least.

Outside of the 120 minute of which I had only one (too alcoholic for more than one).... this one is the best available.

Appearance: Bronzy, bold, good head that doesn't last all that long but swill a bit and <back> it is! Minor lacing along the glass.

Smell: Citrus, pine, loads of hops (loads), and malts at play.

Taste: Wow. Just one of the best balanced IPA's going. I can understand why this has been voted in the high rankings it has attained. The flavors abound...kinda take you by surprise now and again. I've had this brew many times before this rating and it's always been like that. Just GREAT!

Mouthfeel: Some bite in there to remind you this is no soft drink. Coats your whole mouth and throat in an envelope of flavors. Sweet and rich. (Like some gals I've known.)

Drinkability: I'd rank that pretty high. This one's something to slow down and savor awhile. Contemplate what went into making it. When they talk about a 90 minute hop addition and dry hopping after that... well, somebody's gone to a lot of trouble to bring this beverage to you in this state of quality.

Dogfish.... What can I say? I only hope your brewery can keep up with the demand for the fine beverages you're sending out there. 'Cause the demand has to be big. I can hardly find this anymore here in NJ and everyone's telling me "sorry...sold out...not available."

Oh well, I'll go back to homebrewing my own hopped-up IPA's soon, but I don't know if I'll ever get close to the taste of this one.

Thanks DH!

.... WIlly

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 02:24:10 | More by superswing123
Photo of Pitmonkey


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I am new to reviewing, I wanted to try reviewing two beers at once so I had some kind of control to work against. I happened to have 2 Imperial IPAs on hand, Tyranena Hop Whore and 90 Minute. This may be totally wrong, but I comparing them, side by side as I write up the reviews. I did however taste them separately.

A- Deep clear amber with copper hue. Poured from 12 oz bottle into .4l Mack Arctic Beer tulip glass. Aggressive pour netted a finger of head which quickly dissipated into a fairly dense cap, no lacing to speak of.

S- Some hop, surprisingly not a lot. As I work down the glass, sweet alcohol aromas become pronounced.

Taste- Malt sweetness followed quickly by the bitterness of hops. Not overpowering, very well balanced with a powerful alcohol kick taking over toward the end.

Mouthfeel- It’s a mouthful of well rounded malt and hop which is followed by a strong alcohol sweetness and a very dry finish.

Drinkabililty- Probably one of the most drinkable Imperial IPAs I have tried. In that I mean it is well balanced and not mouth puckering. Which in a way is why I wouldn’t necessarily revisit this beer. I expect bigger things from an Imperial at this price.

Paid 10.99 for a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 19:40:47 | More by Pitmonkey
Photo of GAPit


4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a copper red, huge amounts of tan head that eventually falls to a thin layer. Thick lacing remains.

Smells great, sweet fruit, wonderful fresh hop finish. No hint of the high abv. I'm excited.

I love the taste of this beer, very malty, very hoppy. Perfectly balanced. Sweet fruity malt starts, transitions into a dry hoppy taste that lingers on the back of the tounge in a good way, a really good way. No hint whatsoever (except for that familiar warm and fuzzy feeling) of the very high abv of 9%. This beer is fantastic.

Mouth feel is also great, entire tounge is utilized, carbonation is perfect. Dry, hoppy finish invites you back. Once again, if I didn't know this was a 9% beer I'd never guess it.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. I've yet to try their other IPA's, but I think that this will be pretty damn hard to beat. I'm going to buy a lot more of these and drink em till my tounge begs for mercy.


Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:09:54 | More by GAPit
Photo of Sperzel

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a rich gold color with a thick white head settling to a film and leaving great lacing all down the glass.

S: A big whiff of those wonderful flowers. Fruit is next, then the bready malt.

T&M: What a kick! Big, big bitter oily hop flavor with a fruit/alcohol/bread malt sweetness. Hints of grapefruit and pear. Smooth, medium body and quite juicy.

A couple of these will do just fine! I like my beers with a flavor that will give me a little kick in the ass and this brew was happy to oblige.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:16:50 | More by Sperzel
Photo of JerryG


3.04/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I don't understand the hype over this one.

Color - Poured a cloudy brownish orange with an off white head, particulate similar to very artisan beers

Smell - Not nearly enough hop aroma, malty

Taste - Bitter and malty with a hint of vomit. It seems they need to up the aromatic hops and lower the bittering hops, and lower the amount of malt. Plus switch yeast to something with less vomit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - good, smooth

I do love ipa's and maybe I am biased towards the west coast style. This isn't a bad beer, it is just not that good of an IPA these days. If you like a strong east coast style with a lot of malt and a little aroma this is for you

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 06:46:12 | More by JerryG
Photo of artnerd


5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-22-2012 16:44:05 | More by artnerd
Photo of cborder


4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-21-2013 05:55:34 | More by cborder
Photo of dethomp


4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

5.00 appearance. Nice smooth appearance of an ale. Great foamy top waits for several slow sips. Heck, never vanishes. How the heck does Dogfish Head do this?

4.5 smell. Yummy. Would have like a bit stronger smell, but not a problem

4.75 taste. Again almost perfect. Still waiting for perfect. Might not exist.

4.75 mouthfeel. Nice smith taste with the great complementary holiness.

4.85 It's been too long since I tasted this. Delightful

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:02:07 | More by dethomp
Photo of beermanWV

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is that of a typical American IPA. Moderate head retention, that sticks to the top of the glass.

Smell was not the strong smell that I was expecting for a Double IPA. Hops predominate, but some citrus.

Full bodied taste. You can definatly tell this is a double with the strong hop bite. You can also tell there was a good bit of malt added, but the hops predominate. You can feel the warmth from the 9%.

Mouthfeel and drinkability-
Nice long hop finish. If you are looking for hops you won't be let down. Balanced for the style. Not a session beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:32:47 | More by beermanWV
Photo of PhilfromPA


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

A - 1 finger head diminishes to leave a nice small cap that remains, very nice amber gold color

S - Piney hops, citrus/graphefruit, sweet

T - Hops upfront but not overbearing, citrus and sweet malts combine with a slight bitterness towards the end that makes you want another sip

M - slight carbonation at first but smooth, slightly sticky

D - Moderate for the style, probably not the ipa you would be looking to session but that's not what it was intended for. Certainly a great brew that is easily enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 23:19:48 | More by PhilfromPA
Photo of jabel9

New York

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head's motto is "Off centered ales for off centered people". The 90 minute IPA is a good beer, make no mistakes about it. I feel that it leaves the drinker wanting and expecting more. It pours a very nice copper, but with little head and lacing. It has a nice nose but is unfulfilled. Its taste is very good but not quite hoppy enough for an IPA with 9% abv. Mouthfeel and finish are both very good but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 22:55:12 | More by jabel9
Photo of runesead


4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The epitome of IPA! If you love IPAs, get this beer.

Most craft IPAs tend to taste the same after a while. After going through an IPA journey, my tongue began tasting a lot of the same.

It's difficult to explain this beer, but I can say this. It has all of the taste of an Imperial IPA like Stone's Ruination, however it doesn't have the "sting" of an I-IPA. Instead it has a tamer, but fuller mouthfeel of regular IPAs.

I've had Dogfishhead's 60, 90, and 120 minute, and this is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 22:32:37 | More by runesead
Photo of jskoog

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber with white medium sized head.

S: Smells of pineapple, pine and grass, with something sweet malt. Not a powerful smell that drew me in. Average at best.

T: Just like the smell, with more of the pine and grass than the pineapple. There is a sweet malt backbone here that to me just didn't seem to go well.

M: Decent. What you would expect. Medium carbonation.

D: This one just didn't do it for me. For all the hype this beer gets I just didn't enjoy it.

For a different perception, my wife on the other hand really likes this beer. She says that she likes the balance of the malt backbone. I normally love a good balanced IIPA like Terrapin Rye squared, but for some reason this one just tastes...off... Perhaps it is the type of Hops/malts used?

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 20:16:04 | More by jskoog
Photo of VegasHockey


5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-21-2011 04:47:00 | More by VegasHockey
Photo of dharmabum326


4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-21-2012 21:40:34 | More by dharmabum326
Photo of bruffco


4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-17-2011 20:41:24 | More by bruffco
Photo of DeliciousSeeker


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden brown color, with about a fingers width of head. Carbonation throughout.

S- good amount of hopiness, and a little detection of alcohol at the end. Smells like it has some kick!

T- Strong hops flavor, blended in smoothly with a little bit of malts. The alcohol is very well masked in this beer, your main concern would be if you are a big fan of hops. If you are, then this beer delivers, in a nice package. Not ridiculously strong, but strong enough to remember. This beer would go great with a good sandwich too.

M- thick enough to have some density to it, watery enough to where it doesn't feel like you're eating the drink. Good balance of head and smoothness.

D- surprisingly drinkable. If you aren't much for hops, this might not be a good choice for you. But if you can stand or revel in hops, you can easily have one or two. This may be a sneaky beer though, so watch out!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 16:50:50 | More by DeliciousSeeker
Photo of dancheatham


4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-08-2013 22:57:42 | More by dancheatham
Photo of SK360


4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-05-2013 16:46:14 | More by SK360
Photo of caruso310


4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-30-2014 18:03:48 | More by caruso310
Photo of normanburner


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-21-2013 21:08:47 | More by normanburner
Photo of dino821235

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-13-2012 20:27:33 | More by dino821235
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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