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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
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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

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Photo of Tone


4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark golden color. 1/2 inch head of a off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet brown sugar, earthy malt, and even some hints of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Double/Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smooth hops up front, then earthy malt, some slight alcohol throughout, hints of raisin, and the finish is again hops. A slight dryness associated , but not too noticeable. Overall, wow a smooth, strong, complex, amazing flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 03:03:50 | More by Tone
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

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

This beauty pours a crystal golden hue into the glass at about 50 degrees. The white head sits heavy on top with some tiny bubbling. Excellent lacing and retention.
The smell is good old american hops, and plenty of them. There is little else to the smell, the hops really bully everything else out of the picture.
The taste starts off the same as the smell but is balanced midway through by a decent surge of fresh malty sweetness. Very surprising, excellent.
The mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, good carbonation for the style. Very nice.
The drinkability is pretty good for 9 percent. It is smooth, and easy to throw back.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 21:44:05 | More by grayburn
Photo of jlandis


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first of the 60/90/120 series, and I found it to be a very tasty drinkable IIPA. Crystal clear light amber in color with a consistent 1 inch white head. Prominent fruity hop aromas with subtle malt thrown in. Fruity citrus hop bitterness that was very smooth and consistent. Hard to notice that this was 9% ABV, very drinkable with a slightly thick consistency. Low carbonation and a bitterness that catches you in the back of the throat. Very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 18:44:07 | More by jlandis
Photo of johlendorf

New Jersey

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


A = Dark amber, nice carbonation, thin head.

S = Dry smokey hops, citrus and sweet.

T = Sweet hops. The hops kick your ass but there's a nice malt finish. As balanced as a strong IPA can be.

M = Clean. None of the sticky clingyness associated with high ABV.

D = Get a six rack. You'll want more than one.

It's a good series. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 23:58:09 | More by johlendorf
Photo of uclajd


3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to like this beer, as it is highly-regarded and I know where to find it, but it was a bit disappointing. Rather than getting hit by a hop bomb, I was hit by an ETOH bomb. So much alcohol bite it tasted mediciney. I know it's 9%, but I have tried other beers that make 9% almost unnoticeable (Moylans Hopsickle being a great example). In a DIPA I expect hops to dominate. Alcohol dominates this beer, and the Maris Otter (presumably) malt is noticeable as well.

Sorry, but this is just not an A beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 07:32:59 | More by uclajd
Photo of Thanby


4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All across the board this beer delivers.Nice hazy honey color with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Nice citrusy smell, spices, huge hops as you would expect from a DIPA. Surprisingly malty flavor, the hops are potent but not overwhelming and the complexity of the citrus and spices makes for a great taste that you can keep drinking all night, as long as the ABV doesn't get to you. Medium body, full and round, dry hoppy finish, a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 23:34:28 | More by Thanby
Photo of JonMich13

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = Pours a amber/orange color. 1/2 finger head was disappointing. Some lacing.

S = Smell is quite floral. Hops are very evident. Some sweet notes there too. Honey maybe? Alcohol there as well.

T = Bitter hoppines followed a sweet malt beginning. Nicely balanced between the two. Would be better if not for the everpresent alcohol. 9% shows here.

M = Pretty full in the mouth. Creamy and oily but the carbonation helps.

D = Not incredibly drinkable with the pervasive alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 18:18:23 | More by JonMich13
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

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

Pours deep amber color with great big off-white head. Very nice looking beer. Smell - a bit yeasty, hoppy, interesting, not a regular DIPA aroma. Taste - WOW - this is ubelievable. It is definately not a hop bomb, it is closer to american barley wine. Still hoppy though, yeasty, a bit of warming alcohol is coming through. bitter finish. Balanced, very creamy, sticky and almost chewy. Full bodied. Dangerously drinkable. amasing stuff. Very different.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 07:00:09 | More by Voonder
Photo of BarrelO


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date stamp says "POURED ON 10/03/08."

A: Copper color with a thin head. Good lacing.

S: Piney, grassy hop aroma doing battle with caramel malt notes.

T: The best way to describe it would be candy-like malt and extreme hoppy bitterness at war with each other in your mouth. The remarkable thing is how it all balances out. Right when the malt threatens to become cloying, the hops assert themselves in a big way. The reverse is also true; just when you think the hoppiness is securely enthroned, the malt beats it back. Be careful, though; when it becomes too warm, the malts become a bit too pronounced and the beer becomes a quasi-barleywine.

M: Syrupy and resiny, like congealed hop juice. Carbonation balances it out.

T: If I make it sound like all the elements of this beer are fighting each other for supremacy, it's because they are. But it's really amazing how it manages to maintain equilibrium. For a beer so loaded with malt, hops, and alcohol to not have one element completely dominate while remaining so dangerously quaffable is nothing short of astounding.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 05:09:33 | More by BarrelO
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

Had this ontap at the fantastic Rattle N Hum, NYC. 28/02/09

14oz serving in a Delerium Tremens tulip

Pours with a rich amber hue, shines of rich fizzy orange bubbles under a slight chill haze. Nictotine stained off white head, bubbly and foamy. Pretty solid retention and some patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, strong slick floral hops. Tonnes of sweet pine aroma, some grassy and grain character also. Little bit of bubblegum and a few esters lingering on the nose

Taste, crisp smooth oily hops. Thick sharp bitterness of the piney hops, cascade etc. Quinine bitterness well balanced by a solid malt backbone, some sweetness also in the finish. Slightly syrupy and a little touch of honey. Very little evident alcohol character, hides its 9%abv very well

A superb beer, one of many fantastic IPA's I had when I visited NYC, many of which were in the fantastic Rattle N Hum

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 20:30:56 | More by cypressbob
Photo of EllaLythe

New Jersey

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

Pored into a Sam Adams Pint glass from the home kegging system.

Smell is mildly intense for a ipa thats near freezing and 4 months old. Hoppy joy pulling my lips in towards the glass.

Color is an amber hue with shades of honey.

Taste...I have been sampling this keg for the past 4 months to try to determine how hops change over time. Sweet malt and bitter hop dance back and forth. The floral notes give way to the bittering hops with a follow and finish of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick with little linger after a few minutes.

Drinkability is wonderful. After a few trips in sub 15 degree weather to the kegerator (yes I know to cold) barely able to wait for the pitcher to warm...

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 05:00:58 | More by EllaLythe
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

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

An example for how the rest should be done. Poured into a pint glass, reddish/amber color with a light head. Strong smell of hops. Taste bitter hops with fruity undertones, Apricot? The high alcohol had a warming effect but was never harsh, like drinking a fine wine. Finish was perfectly bitter yet balanced, never wanted it to go away. Great beer, lives up to the hype. I'll be keeping a few of these ready to go at all times.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:25:33 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of amneziak


3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: When I hear people say that Imperial IPAs smell like cat urine I typically scowl in skepticism. However, I really do get that aroma in the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA; and I mean that in the best way possible. Along with this strong presence of pungent hops and powerful malt comes a touch of orange caramel, and oddly enough, even a faint smell of espresso beans.

Appearance: Pours an impressive clear medium burnt orange color with a diminutive tan-colored head. Right off the bat I can tell you there is not as much head as I normally like to see on an Imperial IPA. Even a forceful swirl of the glass brings minimal head to the surface. There is, however, a nice bit of lacing which at least proves there's something good going on in this bottle.

Taste: This definitely tastes like an Imperial IPA, yet it has a heaviness that you don't normally find in its class. Even as I taste it I'm reminded of the same bitterness one might expect from the mouth feel of an espresso. And while I do only get a faint taste of coffee, there is clearly enough hops to keep it firmly planted in IPA territory.

Palate: There is a good amount of bitterness here. Although, I would hope that an Imperial IPA would have a touch more luster than this seems to have. The bitterness and flavor profile that is left behind is quite pleasurable, though.

Overall: Not as impressed as I'd hoped, but I'd definitely drink a shit ton of these again. The hoppy bitterness is really pleasing and the flavor it leaves behind is quite enjoyable. At 9% ABV, I think this is a good session beer if enjoyed 12 ounces at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:46:53 | More by amneziak
Photo of xhcadamx


3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer once before and it was definitely not what I was expecting for DIPA. The color is a ruby brown with a slight white head and minimal lacing. Smell isn't very DIPA either. Complex carmel malt a slight hop note and alcohol. Taste blurs the line between barleywine and DIPA. A little too much alcohol burn. Too malty for a DIPA and not enough "umph" for a barleywine. Mouthfeel is creamy and enjoyable. Drinkability would be higher if there wasn't a persistent alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 01:19:55 | More by xhcadamx
Photo of jculler82


3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

Pour a slightly hazy amber orange with a thin head and minimal lacing. The smell was complex with alcohol, followed by tropical fruits, more fruity hops, and hints of bubble gum at times. The taste was more of the same with mainly the tropical fruits standing out. I don't taste the citrus and piney hops a lot of reviewers note.

As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more present, both in the nose and on the palate. A nice medium mouthfeel. Overall, my review might be slightly biased, as no Dog Fish beer has ever totally wowed me and the alcohol is a bit too up front for my tastes. With that said, the beer isn't bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 01:22:54 | More by jculler82
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Amber color. Poured 2 finger white head that dissipate. Laced the glass in fine rings.

S: Big floral hops up front followed by citrus and pine.

T: Big citrus pop and oily floral hops. Malt foundation in the middle. Enough bitter hops to clean the finish except a little pine that lingers.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Finish crisp enough to ready for another drink.

D: Great choice for an IPA. Big hops, enough malt to give it some body and bittering hops to balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 22:17:15 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


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

Good job putting this one on tap at the Trion Greg.
Poured a dark orange with a really nice looking read. One whiff of that citrusy aroma and you knew what you were working with here, a hop fest. Really piney flavoring slams into your mouth, but after a few sips the hop burn fades and leaves you with a rather enjoyable and complex double IPA. It's about the hops, but it's also about the other things that are going on in the beer and I like that very much.
This isn't my favorite Double IPA out there, but it's a really good version. It's my favorite of DogFish Heads 60-120 minute series. The 60 is a little boring, the 120 is like drinking port, this one hits the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 16:11:26 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Photo of aceman60


4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has it all - great apperance, smell taste, finish and drinkability plus the high abv that true quaffers crave. The first taste is quite hoppy, buy after that the smoothness sets in. Although it says it is a 9% abv, it tastes more like the 6% - 7% range. The only gripe I have about this beer is the high cost, but if you drink for quality over quantity, this brew is for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 14:12:18 | More by aceman60
Photo of dukedevil0


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

Single 12 oz bottle from Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL.

A: Slight red hue of amber with 1.5 fingers of white colored head and good lacing.

S: smells of bitter hops and some malt

T: superb balance of hoppiness and maltiness; i usually don't like this type of malt flavor in beers but it complements the hops very well

M: full and creamy, close to perfect for an Imperial IPA

D: Very drinkable, alcohol picked up is minimal, great flavor, goes down pretty easy

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:09:44 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of BigMike


4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 12/30/08
Poured from a brown 12 0z bottle into a pint glass.
A dark orange, gold color with a thick creamy head.
Aroma is of citrus and spice. The most prominent smell is of pineapple.
Wow! The hops hit you right in the face.
Hops hops and more hops. Piney and bitter/sweet.
Nice carbonation and nice smoothness.
This beer is so smooth and tasty that the 9%ABV. is almost non existent.
I could get in trouble from this as its extremely easy to drink.

Two thumbs up for this one!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:17:49 | More by BigMike
Photo of JimmieFrisbee

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. Code says bottled on 12/5/08, so about 2.5 months old.

Pours a very light orange. Super clear, can see bubbles continually rise from the bottom of the glass. About a half finger of white head dissipates rather quickly.

Smells really pleasant. Surprisingly balance, with the hops definitely standing out but not overpowering or stinging the nose.

Quite hoppy on the tongue, more than the smell led me to believe there would be. Even a little bit more of a hop push in the finish... more bitter than it initially hits. The flavor doesn't overstay its welcome, though, as it only lingers shortly. A few moments away almost begs for another sip. The 9% ABV is completely hidden... I wouldn't have even guessed. It's so well hidden, I almost doubt the label. I'm sure a few glasses would catch up to me, though.

Mouthfeel is very good. Just enough carbonation, surprisingly full body despite light color and clearness. Pretty drinkable. I'm no hop head, but it is just refreshing enough and is clean after the finish that I could probably have three in a casual drinking night with friends, especially if I'm in the mood for hops.

Would definitely get again, might be a good beer for this summer BBQing in the Ocean State. Don't have the 60 or 120 Min IPAs handy for comparison, but it is exponentially more palatable for me than the 120, but I think the 60 may stand as my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 20:46:07 | More by JimmieFrisbee
Photo of sholland119


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

A-Pours a clear honey amber with a creamy white head.

S-A strong honey malt sweetness balances nicely with a strong grapefruit hop aroma.

T-Delightful! Very sweet and very hoppy. The honey sweetness and the pine and grapefruit hops co-exist nicely in perfect balance.

M-Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the light side.

D-If ever a DIPA could be referred to as refreshing, this one is it. 9% so be careful but not wearing or tiring to drink at all.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 19:27:38 | More by sholland119
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 olmatty


4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a bright white, creamy two-finger head with moderate lacing, beer is a burnt copper color.

Smell- Nice malt and hops balance in the nose.

Taste- Full, biscuity amber malts that taste of sweet honey which are nicely in balance the hops. Hops are strongly reminiscent of spiced, dried orange peel. Complex and delicious with the brandy like alcohol rolling into the sinuses towards the end.

Mouthfeel- Smoothly carbonated with a full bodied and mouth coating thickness.

Drinkability- Exceptionally smooth and drinkable especially for a high ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 06:51:45 | More by olmatty
Photo of jera1350


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

It has been a long while since I've had this and I have to say it's not as good as I thought I had remembered.

Pours a burnt orange with one finger head, great lacing.

Smells of malt with small amount of hops.

Taste is a balance of toasted malt and hops. Pretty well balanced, not much bitterness from the hops like I had expected.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some moderate carbonation on the tongue. A warming sensation as it goes down the throat.

Due to the balance of malt and hops, this is a highly drinkable beer.

I have to say that I am a little disappointed with this. After waiting two years to have this again, I had higher expectations. Don't get me wrong this is still an outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 01:12:20 | More by jera1350
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