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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,312
Reviews: 3,541
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 427
Gots: 1,610 | FT: 25
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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 cavedave

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

01-10-2010 20:45:43 | More by cavedave
Photo of jamiesessions

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4%

A clear golden-orange pour with a tiny white head that laces my glass nicely. Smells of hops quite strongly at first. Citrusy smells pervade my nostrils, oranges and grapefruits enter, but wait. what's that bringing up the rear. It's a beautiful bouquet of caramel, here to balance out the instant hop-death I'm preparing myself for. I taste it, and while those same hops are certainly present, the caramel does a wonderful job of balancing out that hop attack for a very smooth and balanced taste that I wasn't expecting out of a DIPA. Carbonation is a bit high, and the alcohol is definitely quite noticeable, but what do you expect with a 9% abv beer? This a delicious little brew that gets my wholehearted seal of approval

01-09-2010 00:13:32 | More by jamiesessions
Photo of Lunch


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Served from a 12oz. bottle (12/02/09 date stamped) purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/07/10).

A: Pours a beautiful glowing golden amber with a deep copper hue capped off with one finger of a creamy yet frothy off-white head. The head dissipated into a nice skin and collar leaving some patchy lacing.

S: I was a little a surprised that a bottle about 4 weeks old had lost quite a bit of its hop aroma. Some citrus and piney hops along with a dominant caramel malt. At first the malt smelled slightly burnt, but as the beer warmed the burnt tone diminished leaving a much more citrusy aroma.

T: A piney hop starts the flavor profile off followed quickly by and sweet caramel malt with some citrus undertones. This is certainly not the best 90Min I have had, but it certainly improved as it warmed. More citrus tones came out and the burnt flavor went away.

M: Fuller-bodied and quite creamy with smooth carbonation.

D: The 9% abv. only slight shows itself in a slight warming tone in the finish, but overall this is a fairly easy drinking beer, especially on-tap.

Overall this has been one of my favorite DIPAs over the years and perhaps my first ever. Unfortunately, this beer seems to be quite inconsistent regarding its flavor profile. Highly recommended on-tap and just recommended out of the bottle.

01-08-2010 15:23:07 | More by Lunch
Photo of BabyBastard

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Considering how much of this brew I have consumed over the past twelve months, it may be time for a review. Pours out of the bottle a nice dark amber color with a big, white foamy head that tends to sink down shortly. Best lacing that I have seen on a beer in a long time.
Smell is a strong, malty nose, with citrus notes hidden in there somewhere. Very malty for an imperial IPA, but I see no complaints in this section. Batch was bottled on 11-5-09, may explain the superb malt smell.
Taste is very similar to the smell, a very subdued hop character lingers in the background. Surely it does not taste like your typical imperial IPA. This is in no way a negative attribute, in my opinion.
Feels great at first sip, very smooth and easy to drink. Almost too easy to drink, due to the high alcohol content. This is one of my "go to" beers, being an excellent value and very good in the taste and smell department.

01-07-2010 02:40:44 | More by BabyBastard
Photo of camcroteau

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -3%

90min was a very good beer. I thought it was lacking in the hops department for an imperial ipa. It pours well with great lacing. I liked how smooth a finish it has. Overall this beer was very good but as a hop head I crave a much hoppier beer. I would recommend to someone who likes mild hops but for hop head i recommend hopslam.

01-07-2010 00:52:09 | More by camcroteau
Photo of eth916


4.45/5  rDev +4%

I have enjoyed other Dogfish brews in the past and heard good things about the Dogfish IPA's from friends. Decided to pick up a 4 pack and give it a whirl.

A - Deep amber color with a large foamy head - at least 2 fingers high - and I have fat fingers - and the foamy head never totally disappears. Nice!

S - Strong hop and barley w/ distinct hints of citrus (orange).

T - Strong hops with nice hints of citrus.

M - Smooth and sometimes slightly bitter beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Slightly bitter to this reviewer with the first few sips, but the beer grows on you the more you drink it. Love the beer. Could not put it down.

01-06-2010 04:49:18 | More by eth916
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a beautiful golden brown with a small head an minimal lacing. Strong but appropriate carbonation.

S: Wonderful full smell of brown sugar, malt, pine, with a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Ingredients are perfectly balanced as the carbonation doesn't overwhelm the deep flavors of malt and some fruitiness. It's very full and very smooth. Bitter but welcome aftertaste lingers for 30 seconds or so.

M: Perfect balance of hops and carbonation.

D: Would have another, but not more than two. High abv and the "fullness" of the drink is almost a meal in and of itself.

01-05-2010 22:35:36 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours golden amber with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Sweet brown sugar and bitter pine.

T - Powerful resiny bitterness with a sweet finish. Clean.

M - Medium/thin bodied, low carbonation.

01-05-2010 19:34:39 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%

Slight bronze gold color, cloudy with a decent head and lacing.

Smell: Fruity sweetness with some malt and a slight amount of hops.

Taste: Very smooth, sweet maltiness. More fruit taste than hops which was not expected. I was hoping for more hop flavor.

Over all a very good smooth Imperial IPA which has some nice kick at 9%ABV.

01-03-2010 05:09:55 | More by rwrk42
Photo of samie85


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/24.

A- Pours a bronze color with a white, one finger head.

S- Lemon citrus and piney hops.

T-Lemon and piney hop bitterness with a caramel malt in the middle and finishes bitter.

M-A little light bodied for my taste with decent carbonation.

D-Pretty easy to drink, but as with some of DFH's other beers, the price is a little hard to justify.

01-02-2010 22:55:41 | More by samie85
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a cognac glass.

Appearance - beautiful copper-amber colour with an off-white, short-lived head. A ring around the edge remains as does the thinnest of surface bubbles. Majestic lacing throughout even with such little head to work with.

Smell - tonnes of fresh hops jumping out over soft malt. Deep citrus aromas as well as a subtle pine bark influence.

Taste - deep, onward rolling layers of malt pushing back and forth against a steady bitterness. The lengthy finish of the hops carries on the malt flavours well past what would be expected. You can still taste the fullness of this brew over a minute after drinking. Very good.

Mouthfeel - the right amount of activeness from the hops and carbonation. Perfect balance.

Drinkability - would someone have more than one of these at a time? I never have. Good to start a night off, like I am tonight, but one will be all.

12-31-2009 22:38:51 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of birchstick


4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

A - pours a very light copper/darker yellow color with a 1.5 finger head that is very porous. You can tell it is loaded with hops just by looking at it.

S - who would have thought an Imperial IPA would have smelt like a ton of hops? Very piney with a touch of citrus (grapefruit primarily). There is also a toasted malt present and a smell of burnt biscuits.

T - Starts off with some bitter, piney hops. The hops are balanced on the finish by some sweet caramel/toffee and toasted malts - this beer is extremely well-balanced. There is also a bit of pepper throughout the middle of the flavors. The final flavors I am left with is grapefruit, thanks to the hops, that is blended together with caramel malt. I gave this a 5 because I can't imagine a more well-balanced Imperial anything (and because it tastes really really good).

M - very smooth and full; goes down nicely. I also wouldn't have had any idea that this is 9% - the abv is very well masked.

D - Being that this is an Imperial IPA, I found this to be amazingly drinkable compared to others in this style. The malt balance might have helped this for me. This beer held my interest throughout, and I enjoyed it very much. I am glad I finally got my hands on some fresh ones - I have passed this beer up many times due to it sitting on shelves for a while. I can see why this is one the most-rated beers on this website.

12-31-2009 06:01:15 | More by birchstick
Photo of Ghenna


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

I have to admit, the moniker of Imperial IPA has scared me away from this beer since I first saw it at the local bevmo. Reason being that I've had regular IPAs that have totally killed my malt loving palate. Feeling adventurous I figured I'd give it a shot and, if nothing else, finish it after I had already had a few more beers (and would no longer be as concerned with things like taste).

Truthfully, I have been pleasantly surprised by this brew. It pours almost copper with a serious head that leaves rings of lacing till you hit the bottom of the glass. Plenty of malt and hop in the nose, but well balanced- I don't feel as if I am sniffing a bouquet of citrusy pine needles. The taste further highlights the perfect balance of strong hop and sweet malt. I thoroughly have enjoyed this beer, not only for the initial taste, but for the change of character over this last 45 minutes. As it has warmed, the malt profile has made itself more evident- much to my great pleasure.

I really lucked out finding two singles of this at World Market in their singles section- so it was like a buck sixty per bottle. Totally worth that- if not the regular price.

12-31-2009 02:36:35 | More by Ghenna
Photo of jbowers56


4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

Bronzish colour. Good 1.5 finger head turns to respectable layer.

Gorgeous american smell. Hugely rich caramel malts with a slight biscuity tinge. Heaps of resiny, piny american hops. Great stuff.

This is an old bottle, so with that considered - very malty taste for an IIPA. For me, it is probably too balanced. The hops dont win - they are balanced very well against the malt. That being said both are delicious, and most of the good reviewers have more accurately described what I am tasting. An exceptional beer.

Feels great in the mouth. I can't wait to try this fresh.

12-30-2009 14:26:51 | More by jbowers56
Photo of pdoran10


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance - Pours a deep copper color. Looks dark and flavorful as IPAs and DIPAs go. Gives a decent amount of head with a standard pour.

Smell - Very Malty smell right off the bat. I pick up a bit of citrus too, but malt and barely are the strongest smells coming through.

Taste - Right away I get malt and it finishes nicely with citrus and hop flavor. Very malty for an IPA, but pulled off very well.

Mouthfeel - The beer is carbonated well, and has a good amount of thickness for an imperial IPA without going overboard.

Drinkability - Pretty heavy even for a Imperial IPA, but surprisingly still very drinkable. I could see myself going through a 4 pack quickly.

12-30-2009 03:02:21 | More by pdoran10
Photo of goblue3509


4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a dark copper color with a nice frothy two finger head which gives way to some decent lacing. The aroma is a sweet malt backbone with some nutiness aroma and some bread there is also a nice floral hop aroma. The taste has a very nice sweet malt backbone with hints of nuts and breads. There is a floral hop taste midway through which is a nice balance. It isn't a hop bomb like the 60 minute more smooth. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with very little carbonation. Overall this is a very solid beer, the alcohol is well hidden and you can have these back to back to back and still want more.

12-27-2009 21:41:01 | More by goblue3509
Photo of TheJollyHop


3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Cascades a deep amber/copper with a fingers worth of head. Generous lacing.

Sweet malt aroma that is very pleasant with a nice touch of floral hops and hints of caramel.

Taste mimicks the nose quite well beginning with a nice malt sweetness explosion upfront. This brew is lightly nutty, a bit bready, and is balanced perfectly by the hop bitterness that builds to punch and lingers well after the swallow. A nice alcohol warming sensation is also noticeable at the tail end of the swallow. Sweet and bitter without being to heavily slanted towards either side.

The mouthfeel is quite perfect for this brew. Its heavy on the palate, creamy, and mouth enveloping given its medium/high carbonation.

Each sip is packed with flavor and is delightful. However given its potency and palate fatiguing flavor I wouldn't consider having multiples in any one session.

12-27-2009 15:05:36 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of ruckus232


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Nice amber color with a nice off-white head

Smell: Fruity smell that is slightly citrusy. There is a hint of bitterness but also a hint of sweetness at the same time.

Taste: There is a very strong fruity bitterness that is followed by a slight berry sweetness and finishes off nicely with a bittneress not as stron as the initial one.

12-24-2009 02:33:11 | More by ruckus232
Photo of punkrkr27


4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a nice amber gold color with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet maltiness with a good floral hop smell. Flavor is a perfect balance of malts to hops, finishes clean and refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden. This is the perfect example of what an IPA should be.

12-22-2009 21:44:56 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of jampics2


3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

An old favorite serverd on tap at the B Spot. A bronze colored beer with very small residual head. Looks tasty enough!

Smells like perfumey, citrus (grapefruit) hops with some sweet caramel and bready malt.

Taste is an assault on the taste buds. The bitterness reigns supreme, but the best part of this beer is that the malt, while overshadowed, is still there and makes itself very known. A nice caramel base lets the hops run wild.

Nice body and aggressive, tickly carb.

Obviously this isn't a sessionable beer. It doesn't go down fast. But every sip is a reward and drinkability is one of its strong suits.

A great joy to indulge in.

12-21-2009 16:32:00 | More by jampics2
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

A- Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of white head, decent lace left coating the glass when this one settles.

S- Citrusy/Tropical hops with lots of sweet malt. A touch of fruitiness in here as well.

T- Fruity/citrusy up front, bitterness in the end, and fairly sweet throughout. No trace of the 9% abv. This gets better as it warms for sure.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Not as oily as most DIPA's, but really creamy and smooth.

D- Not your typical DIPA, but nicely balanced like it's little sister the 60 minute IPA. I could drink these all night long, 9% abv be damned!

12-21-2009 05:10:37 | More by Dawkfan
Photo of Sixofsigmas


3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep orange in color. Inch and a half of nice frothy head. Lacing on glass appeared all the way through.

S: malty, boozey, mild hops.

T: Very malty, spicey bitter hops. Hops are overwhelmed by the malt and sweetness. I think I expected a stronger hop presence.

M: Smooth creamy feel with a nice carbonated mouthfeel.

D: Overall a good beer that I probably unfairly had expectations for before the tasting. Would recommend. A different take on the DIPA.

12-21-2009 00:24:22 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of thecarster1


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

a- bottle poured into a rocks glass, one inch of head, crystal clear brown coloring.

s- caramelly malt, loads of spicy hops, some alcohol.

t- really solid malt backbone - more than i was expecting, very earthy hops, slight alcohol on the backend, nicely bittered, and floral sweetness rounds all the flavors out.

m- medium bodied and slick.

d- very drinkable, this is obviously a top notch dipa, and dogfish head really nailed this one, i shared a bottle with some non beer nerds and they really enjoyed it as well.

12-19-2009 05:15:55 | More by thecarster1
Photo of blackdog1101


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A- This beer has a nice orange-amber color. A hard pour made a firm 2 finger head, which settled down after a while to a thin solid mat. Foam clings to the wall of the glass like crazy.

S- Smells largely of pineapple, with some pine in the background. Also some malt. Not as sharp smelling as some DIPA's.

T- Pineapple, resin, pine, sweet malt, and honey. Sweeter than most DIPA's I have had. Definite flavor of butterscotch at the finish. No booziness at all, even for a 9% abv beer.

M- Very smooth and oily. Very little carbonation noted. Has the syrupy mouthfeel of a porter, but with a lot more hops.

D- I could drink a couple of these. Very easy drinking for a high abv beer. It doesn't tire the pallet like some big IPA's can do. Really an enjoyable beer.

12-17-2009 01:07:36 | More by blackdog1101
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a slightly hazed orange golden colour with some very smooth looking carbonation. Nice white head with lots of lacing.

A lovely smelling IPA with tons of citrusy hop notes, pine, brown sugar and peaches, and the alcohol comes through as it warms up.

Tastes malty sweet upfront, nutty, bready and sugary sweet balanced by nice bitter, citrusy hops. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, more malty.

A very good DIPA with a very smooth mouthfeel. Overall I felt this wasn't hoppy enough and maybe a bit too sweet, still excellent nonetheless and worth trying at least once!

12-16-2009 00:58:02 | More by GodOfBeer
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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