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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

12,926 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 12,926
Reviews: 3,583
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 476
Gots: 1,946 | FT: 26
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 obrike
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what the heck happened...I tried this beer a bit over a year ago and thought...meh.

Well, I'm admitting my mistake. My mother-in-law brought over a 4 pack last night to go with my grilled chicken dinner. Thanks Mimi!

This beer looks freaking awesome in a pint glass. Brilliant orange/amber clear pour, huge sudsy head, clings like glue to the glass for the entire drink...this is what a beer should look like.

Nice blend of citrus hops and sweet caramel/toffee malt in the scent. A little bit o'honey as well. Not overpowering, but fresh and enticing.

Immediate taste of oily hops upon first sip, followed by some spicyness I can't really place, then sweet malt. The only thing that really throws the taste for me is the dryness. It's certainly creamy and smooth, especially for such a big beer...but that dryness throws off the flavor just a bit.

Overall, this beer is very nice. Certainly not a hop bomb though. I'm a bit pissed at myself for not going back to it sooner. A very good, but not great DIPA.

obrike, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a 16oz. glass from a bottle. The bottle was bought as part of a four pack. The pack states that it's "perhaps the best IPA in America" and judging by the taste I'd agree.

As for appearance the color when poured is amber. There is not that much head on the beer but as I drink it there's a fair amount of carbonation resulting in a good mouthfeel.

It's not overly bitter and does have a hint of sweetness which most IPAs lack. The smell is fairly sweet before the first sip as well. I'm not a huge fan of the higher IBU beers such as IPAs but this is a real treat.

Ryanm1, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of osubuckeye99
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark orange color. Medium amount of head, off white color.
Smell - Floral Hoppy, a little bit sweet.
Taste - Nice citrus hops. Not as bitter as the 60 minute, do to it being a bit more malty and sweet in the finish. Very balanced taste. Really nice DIPA
Mouthfeel - Rich, smooth. Medium carbonation. Very nice finish.

Very enjoyable beer. A crowd pleaser- great for those who are usually not into DIPAs and big beers, because of the exceptional balance.

osubuckeye99, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Beer pours an amber color with a tendency towards gold. Very minimal carbonation visible through the glass, but a fairly decent head presents itself. Starting at about two fingers and working itself down to a very fine mist on the surface of the beer, the ecru head leaves minimal lacing, but holds plenty of bubbly goodness.

Smell: Splendid! Malt is just beautiful; butterscotch or toffee malt type thing, lightly roasted. Within that is a very mellow hop profile of fruity bitterness, and a warming amount of alcohol to the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wildness...awesome. The malt is definitely the base of this brew, some toffee sweetness with a gentle toastiness. Hops are a beautiful citrus/apple kind of flavor, and the alcohol is very similar to the nose; warming, but not overpowering. Beer is bubbly the whole time, but not over-carbonated by any means. Aftertaste is a woody kind of bitter, very pleasant. Well suited to dark chocolate pairings.

Overall: Very, very good. Definitely worth a try, even if you aren't an Imperial IPA fan; there's a lot going on here with the taste, and I'm sure I only picked up on bits and pieces of it.

Overall:

Lauthaha, May 31, 2011
Photo of 6thomas3
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light armed brown hues with candescent smatterings of subdued brown colors are present throughout; small scale carbonation bubbles that infrequently rise upwards when my glass is disturbed topped off with an odd color white head that dissipates rapidly only leaving tenuous sheets of lacing desperately clinging

Smell - A clean floral smell that flattens out into faint citrus and wheat aroma

Taste - Umami combination of hop and malt with traces of floral and citrus notes accompanied by a fresh clay and yeast mixture that has impressive synergistic qualities providing sheer drinkability and an all most hidden alcohol taste that snaps at the end of my sip

Mouthfeel - Excellent cohesion that leaves a brilliant freshness intertwined with a dry finish and uniform mouthcoating ending in a formidable slippery snap

Overall - A dramatic beer that has 9% ABV hidden very well in a complex array of tastes

6thomas3, May 30, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, amber orange....1/2 to 3/4 inch white head. lots of lacing throughout drink.

S- Spice, pine, sweet malt.

T- Smooth and creamy. Hops and pine.

M- Creamy, spicy. Slightly chewy.

O- I love this beer. Have been calling it my "every day beer" for over a year. YUM!

capeannbass36, May 29, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice orange color with a 1 finger white head

S- Has a nice aroma of citrus and hops also some subtle hints or herbs

T- Has a nice refreshing citrus hops begging followed by a slightly dry bitterness in the middle and then finish's with a nice malty hoppy flavor

M-Medium bodied . Great carboantion

D-Overall this was very nice. Loved the hops and citrus. 60 min is smooth all th way through . 90 min has that point in the middle where its alittle dry but i like it . What a Great DIPA . will get this again

zrab11, May 27, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
On tap at The Tap House Grill, Seattle, WA

Appearance: amber, small head, and good head.

Smell: floral hops, and slight grain.

Taste: floral wet hops, a nice maltiness, and some spice.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. Plenty of flavor makes this a really nice session beer. It is smooth and easily drank. The alcohol is masked well.

megahurts4, May 27, 2011
Photo of alf212
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this a bunch of times but never got around to reviewing it. Recent batch was fresh so I'll just review it with this recent tasting

Appearance: amber orange, a little hazy and lacing errrrywhere

Smell: Spicy, fruity, and piny hops all at once, you know it's going to be good already. There's also some breadyness and maltiness

Taste: Very smooth and creamy with huge hops mostly floral and herbally but with that piney bite. Alcohol is definitely present but not overwhelming. Hits you pretty quick.

Drinkability: Very creamy and smooth definitely drinkable but the alcohol leaves a presence in your breath and throat that makes you drink it slowly. Definitely dont wanna be knocking these down quickly unless you wanna pass out reaaaal soon.

Love the beer, typical Dogfish head character with an abundance of flavor

alf212, May 26, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep amber color with a pinky width head that stays around for a little bit and leaves a little white lace on the side of the glass.

S-A strong smell of hop spice and apricots and oranges. Love it.

T-Tropical fruit and major hop spice combine for an excellent flavor combination.

M-Creamy and spicy. A bit chewy as well.

O-This is one hell of a brew. One of the best that Dogfish has to offer and one of the best DIPA's I've ever tasted. Well done Dogfish Head!

danmcg62, May 26, 2011
Photo of hoppyweasel311
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass a nice coppery-orange color.. nice head retention too. Not that good of an aroma honestly but didn't smell bad. Delicious malty, fruity brandy cake with a nice hop bite. This beer is not as hoppy as i was expecting it to be.. also for a 9% abv beer, the alcohol content was well hidden. Looking forward to try the 60 minute IPA, I just can't seem to find it anywhere. I will definatley be keeping this beer stocked in my fridge.

hoppyweasel311, May 25, 2011
Photo of BestOfBatonRouge
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a recent business trip I was ecstatic to see this beer on tap at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. In Louisiana we don’t have it and with the introduction of the television series I’ve wanted it. I immediately ordered it. It pours a nice clear orange with about 3/4 inch of foam in a tall tulip glass. The carbonation presents very well balanced and it looks very tasty. I was very excited at just the visual presentation which is of course where we all first taste our beer.

First impression on taste was far less harsh in bitter than I’ve come to expect from American made IPA’s. I had a similar impression when I first had the Samuel Smith IPA in that it was far less harsh bitter than I expected. At 90 IBU’s in 90 minute versus 45 IBU’s in the Samuel Smith you can see the Dogfish methods in hopping are really great. A nice mellow citrus and malt taste that goes down really smooth. You definitely don’t get the impression that it has big alcohol in it. Easily one of the most enjoyable IPA experiences I’ve had.

BestOfBatonRouge, May 22, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Poured hazy orangish color with a decent white foamy head.

smell is grapefruity with a little bit of malty scent

taste is somewhat sweet with the hops present but not overpowering. Finish is good with slight alcohol presence at the end.

One of my favorite "regular" double IPA's.

jsulko, May 20, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured nice hazy orange with bone white thick one finger of head. Decent lacing.

S: I expected this beer to explode out of the glass with juicy hops but it didnt. Smell is oily, medicinal, herbal hops. Raw dough is noticeable as a second layer.

T: There are the juicy hops. Starts off with bite then quickly massive grapefruit. The bitterness and juicy grapefruit battle it out back and forth. Again with the raw cookie dough in the back. This thing coats your mouth.

M: Bigger and chewier than medium but not big or chewy.

O: I feel like this beer is much more complex than it comes across. Its hard to describe how it wars with itself. The end result is juicy but not fruity. Good stuff.

legalpete19340, May 19, 2011
Photo of mikul93
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me into IPAs and still one of my favorite IPAs.
I smell citrus hops and alcohol. You would think that the alcohol would be overpowering from the smell, but this is not the case. It is a smooth beer.
Recently had this on tap and even more delicious! I highly recommend this DFH

mikul93, May 18, 2011
Photo of FattyJLE
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A - Hazy, copper-orange with a thin off-white head and good, delicate lacing.

S - Dried fruits, citrus hops and sweet caramel-like malts.

T - Intensely bitter but well balanced by the sweet malts and booze, especially as the beer warms. A complex combination of earthy and piney hops and a mild citrus rind flavor.

M - Oily and slick. Perfectly carbed and medium bodied. Sweet finish.

O - A fine example of an east coast IIPA. Well bodied and flavorful, but without overdoing the "C" hop profile. Well balanced between hops, sweet malts and alcohol. I feel this one lives up to the hype.

FattyJLE, May 18, 2011
Photo of PoorArtist
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a nice beer. . . very deserving of it's fanatical following:

A: clear, pretty amber color, with lively carbonation that results in a giant, sticky head that laces the glass prodigiously

S: the usual lovely floral, grapefruit, hops bouquet that everyone is now all too familiar with in good American IPAs. Fresh and bracing. Utterly pleasant.

T: After the initial gorgeous blast of hops, a very interesting toasted barley accent, which eventually gets lost when that 9% alcohol glow takes over the taste buds. Exceptionally smooth and balanced for a "big" beer.

M: Big, thick, and chewy, with quickly diminishing carbonation that leaves you with the sensation of chasing a fine champagne with a vintage tawny port.

O: A superb beer. Makes me proud to be an Am***can.
This is the kind of product that temps me to break the rules and give all straight 5s.

V: I'm adding a "Value" evaluation to my reviews to reflect my belief that ultimately beer should be a working-class pleasure, and as such, should not be prohibitively expensive. Dogfish 90 is a lovely beer, but its high price merits only a good value, rather than an excellent value. I would buy this only as a "special occasion" drink.

PoorArtist, May 18, 2011
Photo of Swedes21
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a gorgeous clear copper colour, real nice 2 finger head with about 1 finger lasting power. there is some nice lacing as well good carbonation in the glass.

Smell - real delight! getting some hops and pine right away, along with a hint of sweetness. a nice malt blend near the end along with a slight earth/flower smell. there is also some citrus blended into all the smells.

Taste - very dominating beer, some good malts really come through in the taste. you get the hops combined with the citrus for a little bitterness. there is a nice lasting taste to this beer as well, overall its very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - real strong bitterness added ,actually was able to pick up some alcohol in the mouthfeel. there is some good weight in the mouth as well. flavours are enhanced.

Overall - very good tasting but prolly a little too much. there is some real good balance and design, but not sure the focus was enough on the IPA. this is a true DIPA.

Swedes21, May 18, 2011
Photo of Whobody
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden color with a decent foam on top. Maybe one fingers width. Bubble rising from bottom of glass showing consistent carbonation.

S- Excelent hop aroma. I'm getting plenty of citrus smell maybe grapefruit. Lots of floral

T- wow this tastes good. I'm tasting some caramel, lots of bitterness from the hops , nice and dry + sweet. Not too malty. The hops just dominate. I'm not detecting the alcohol as much as I thought I would.

M- Not sure how to describe, Just not much too it aside from bitterness. A little bit silky. Very easy to drink if you're a hophead!

Whobody, May 18, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into my Founders snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a creamsicle head with great retention. Slowly leaving revealing a nice lace. Very carbonated on sight.

S: Sweet citrus hops, light fruit. Malted barely throughout the middle and sweet little miniature kick of a tight booze all the way in the back, but you have to dig for it.

T: Bitter hops with a sour citrus through out. Strong barley in the middle with the slightest burn on the back end.

M: Light to medium body. Prickly mouth feel with a carbonation that can be a little overpowering at the beginning, but tones down rather nicely.

O: Very nice DIPA and the taste doesn't fall very far off from the smell. I enjoyed it very much.

Treebs, May 17, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer @ Dogfish head Alehouse in Gaithersburg

A: Pours a pale-orangish head with a one-finger, creamy, white head that lingers for a while.

S: Wow – strong hops hits you like a punch to the face.

T: Very strong hoppy flavor fills you mouth at first. An interesting aggressive blend of malts and hops. Tastes of caramels, coconuts, pine, and oils. The alcohol is present here – but it is blended in perfectly with the hops and malts. This beer is in great balance.

M: Full and rich body and medium carbonation.

O: A great imperial IPA. Enjoyed this one from first sip to last.

ckollias, May 16, 2011
Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Orange-copper-to red from bottom to the top of the glass. Thin small head quickly disappeared so dont blink. Lots of bubbles floated to the top

Smell:

Herbal and grassy hops with a heavy caramel malt aroma present

Taste:

Moderate bitterness hits up front. Grassy hops are detected followed by a balance of sweet malt. Doesnt at all taste like a hop-centric DIPA

Mouthfeel:

Fairly heavy body with a low to moderate carbonation level. A bit of spice and alcohol burn is left on the tongue

Overall:

Decent. I was expecting much more bitterness as the label boasts about the 90 min hop additions and dry hopping etc. Head stability was lacking a bit and it was a little too sweet for a DIPA in my opinion

MonkeymooTJ, May 16, 2011
Photo of cbriggz
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Def one of my favorite beers. Typically i dont review them due to lack of time but apparently after almost 3 years on this sight and many of trades i need more beer karma to trade beer(crazy in my opinion). Anyway beer poured into a Dogfish head glass with a small head great smell and drinks wonderfully. By far one of if not there best beer!!!!

cbriggz, May 15, 2011
Photo of kdiggidy
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - an aggressive pour became too aggressive very quickly as an enormous head formed. Tons of lacing left on the upper glass by the couple inches of foam.
S - slight citrus/pine notes, but not as aromatic as I would've hoped for.
T - the taste is way less hoppy than I would like. I realize the perceived bitterness isn't going to be real high, but it seems way more malty than I remember, especially since it was bottled 4/10/11. Taste is somewhat sweet with a touch of bitterness on the back end.
M - I really enjoy this part of 90 min. Almost creamy, and very smooth. The type of beer I could drink a few of in a row for sure.
O - this is one of those beers that I really enjoy from time to time, and can even go multiples in a session, but it isn't on the daily menu. Even after seeing this fresh of a 4 pack at my local shop, I only bought one bottle. Perhaps a bit overpriced, especially for a year-round, but well worth it every time and again.

kdiggidy, May 14, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 3/9/11) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Haven't had this one in a long time - will be interesting to see if it lives up to my distant memories.

A - An aggressive pour that was curtailed just in time for the glass to contain the full contents of liquid and head yields a crystal clear pale amber color with about 3 fingers of fluffy, dense off white foam. Staying power is good - the foam very slowly dies over several minutes and leaves loads of sticky spiderwebbed lacing on the glass.

S - Good amount of hops here...but not as much as I'd expected or hoped for. Combination of hop aromas are there though - mostly citrusy with good grapefruit notes and some pineapple mixed in with a touch of pine also. I'm really noticing an overall earthines to this beer. Lots of dirt-like aromas come thru, giving a bit of a dry aroma mixed with some bready and biscuity aspects mixed in. Wanted to get blown away with hop aroma, but didn't - still a good smelling beer.

T - Sweet, malty, caramelly at the base. Tropical fruits layered on top with pineapple taking the lead and followed by the grapefruit.
Sugary, maltose sweetness, caramel and toffee from beginning to end. Hop bitterness really doesn't appear with any force until pretty much the swallow but comes and goes quickly. The sweetness of this one is a bit on the cloying side and has a bit of a honey-like aspect, but more than anything gives the maltose based under-attenuated flavor (think sampling a big DIPA wort before being fermented - exaggerated a bit) with lots of residual sugars left behind.

M - Medium/full bodied with a somewhat light and creamy carbonation. Overall sweetness, but certainly no lack of hops - East coast IPA balanced.

O - Still good, but doesn't quite live up to the memories. I prefer the more hop forward/hop bomb DIPA's in the west coast style. This is still pretty damn good, but can't quite live up to my hopes and dreams for what it could be.

portia99, May 12, 2011
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,926 ratings.