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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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95
world-class

12,941 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 12,941
Reviews: 3,583
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,957 | FT: 26
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 sneth019
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of if not my favorite IPA. During the summer my friends and I will go to the DFH brewpub and get a variety of their excellent beers on tap. However, this one is always my goto. It is one of the staples of the DFH line up of exceptional beer. A sweeter IPA, hops don't seem to overpower the beer. Great combination of malt and hops.

sneth019, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely golden color with a massive 3" head which took awhile to dissipate. Fresh clean hops smell. Taste is mildly sweet with more fresh clean hops, caramel, prune and fig. It's so fresh in fact that even the day after if I smell the empty bottle it smells like I just then opened it. Clearly a high quality IPA but I take exception to the box claim this might be the best IPA in America - it's a quite good IPA though.

MoreThanWine, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of drowninginhops
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at Boone's on King Street ion Charleston. Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Gorgeous clear dark amber body with white 1 1/2 finger head that leaves good lacing.

S: Fantastic, Citrus Hops citrus hops and more citrus hops, mmm. Some caramel and malt notes if my nose does not deceive me.

T: Citrus, Hoppy some malt. Just fantastic.

M: Good medium not to thick or to thin. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I could drink this beer all day.

drowninginhops, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of fireman462
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber appearance with a wonderful hoppy aroma, Has a great hop bite for hop heads like myself. The hop taste lingers in the mouth, really lets you know its there. Drinkabilty: This not a beer to quaff a 12 pack down this is a beer to enjoy when you may have only one or two

fireman462, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having taking some more effort I am re-reviewing this one. Bottle is date Jan 13 2011, we are good to go!

Straight down the middle pour into a Nonick pint glass gives a wonderful creamy off white brown head of four fingers. Head is very creamy and fluffy it looks right our of the tap. Great burnt orange amber body, clear with zero visible carbonation.

Small malt, a good bit of bread, and of course some smelling hoppy ness. A very subtle nose and some type of sweet hard candy. Much more varied than I expected. Good but still all very subtle.

Dense malt and orange coat the palate, mouthfeel is big bold and DENSE without being syrupy. Orange citrus washes my mouth and no hint of boozyness. Good balance of taste, with a hint of sweet malt in the finish, lingering but not overpowering hop bitters, and orange zest and flesh goodness.

Wow this is even better than I remember it and why I fell in love with this brewery many years ago.

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- old review from 5-18-2008

A clear consistency of bronze hue, with sharp hops on the nose.

Light bodied, but has a very long finish. The mouthfeel is not as dense as I was expecting and seemed very thin. Great bouquet and high hop consistency seems balanced on the nose, but it's thin body seems to pull more of the alcohol out instead of the flavors. Overall though still very good.

smakawhat, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a clear light amber with half a finger of frothy white head. Great lacing.

A lot of citrusy hops in the scent. Mostly grapefruit and tropical fruit. Some malty sweetness to back that up.

Taste is very sweet and malty at first (with some honey flavors), followed up by a nice splash of fruity hops. Bitterness is just right. Alcohol taste is masked well. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Almost has a light syrupy feel to it. Carbonation is right on point.

Drinkability is high. Very smooth and tasty. Good thing I bought a few!

VMWhelan, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable golden IPA with frothy white head. Retention is ok. Great pine and citrus notes on the nose and the taste follows with a sweet grapefruit with touches of pine and citrus hops. Nice malty middle of biscuit and toasted breads. Touch of sweet. Slightly oily. Mild and mellow. Very drinkable.

JayS2629, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of mixitchugit
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The great IPA from Dogfish Head is one you need to be careful with. Exceptional drinkability this 9 percent beer with sneak up on you. Great dark amber apperiance and sweet almost grapfruit notes in this beer. The smell you pick up on the sweet notes and the bitter hops.

mixitchugit, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: on the darker side of the spectrum as far as orange goes with a 1.5 finger white head that had excellent retention and lacing.

S: There's some piney hops on the nose, but overall I wasn't really impressed by the smell as I really had to search deep to find much of anything.

T: The flavor was way more welcoming and complex than the smell. There was a nice balance of grapefruit citrus hops and piney hops, with the edge going to the piney hops. Although, there is a bit of orange juice like sweetness at the finish mixed in with the general bitterness. Overall this was quite good in my opinion.

M: The mouthfeel was pretty run-of-the-mill as far as IPAs go for me. The carbonation was appropriate and the aftertaste was decent.

D: If it wasn't for the ease of finding dreadnaught and hopslam (this time of year) I would definitely have this more often. Overall, a solid IPA.

glazeman, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of pinkano
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark gold, orange. Nice creamy and firm head.
S - hops and hops and hops with some lemon tones
T - breathtaking taste of hops. In the middle of if you can feel both sweet and hoppy taste, unbelievable. Alcohol is enormously perfectly hidden in the body of the beer.
M - medium to full body with medium carbonation
D - incredibly drinkable and so much dangerous with respect to high ABV

This is one of the best IPA style beers I have ever had. Absolutely awesome.

pinkano, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a tulip glass.

Appearance is pretty, with a crystal clear penny copper color, light bubbles floating up from the bottom. About 1/3 of a finger of ivory head. Attractive, for the most part.

Some of the strongest smell I've ever ever experienced in a beer. Hops all over the place, faint breads and some caramel that I could smell perfectly at arms length as soon as I uncapped. In terms of strength, this is the sheer aromatic impact that every beer should shoot for.

Robust and simplistic in taste, an explosion of flavor that falls out quickly with a sort of nuttiness that I've come to find characteristic of Dogfish Head. Strong alcohol taste, hints, ghosts of the most profound parts linger.

Mouthfeel is very interesting, very oily in substance to my palate. I can actually see it leave a clear sort of oil around the edges of the glass as I drink it. Coats the inside of my mouth after about halfway through.

A very strong offering by Dogfish Head, and something that I can appreciate. My palate though finds it almost too strong and oily. This doesn't seem like a beer that I would pick up very often just for leisure (especially at 3$ retail per 12oz bottle..) but I'd be very curious to see how it paired with some foods.

Crossmd, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of betsona
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Fiddler's Hearth on-tap in a 10oz tulip.

A- Light amber orange with a two finger head when poured on draft. Head is off-white and frothy looking. Head dissipates with good amount of lacing on glass.

S- Bits of floral and citrus hops with ever so slight malt smell.

T- Lots of up front hops with a nice malt backbone, but it is hop dominant. Has a nice apple taste.

M- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Should try this beer on draft if at all possible. Much more lively and extreme than its bottle version.

D- Enjoyable. Not going to drink it every time I get the chance; probably one out of three, due to availability of other DIPAs.

betsona, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on-tap, through Randall the Enamel Animal filled with fresh hops.

the one category that I am scoring higher than my review in the bottle is the appearance, as there is a nice thick white head, and nice lacing.

as expected, the taste is more hop forward, with more of a crisp floral hop flavor and smell. I wouldn't say any better or worse, just a little different. cool twist on an already great beer. try it if you have the chance.

jmdrpi, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of camp0474
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 1/15/10

A: Light orange amber color with off-white frothy head. Good lacing.

S: Tart citrus and floral hops, grapefruit and maybe sour apple. Fresh smell up front. Nice sweet caramel malt in the back. Overall smells like a tart caramel apple.

T: Tart citrus and sweet malt balanced initially. Sweet and tart caramel apple along with grapefruit. Then the bittering hops come in with full force, more of a floral to citrus peel. Picking up the 9% abv with a bit of ethanol.

M: Medium body with carbonation. Pretty light for what I expected from an Imperial, making it that much more drinkable. Finishes a little bitter from the hops.

D: Quite well balanced. Goes down way to easy for a beer this strong. Extremely drinkable especially as an Imperial IPA.

camp0474, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of puckjer
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have had most of the offerings from Dogfish but i have to say this one is my favorite. this is a very intense beer and not for the domestic lager drinker. i found the flavor and hop profile to be exceptionally balanced and actually improved as i made it further down the glass. so i actually liked the beer better the more i drank of it. this is definitely one i will go back to.

puckjer, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of harrymel
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured to new Belgium globe.
Bottled 11/2010. Also drinking a 11/2009 just to compare.

A: gloden amber ale. No head development. Decent foam production of bubbles on surface which hug the edge. Decent spotty lacing

S: piney hops, caramel malt. Spicy. Some citrus. Nice

T: bitter with good balance of malt. Hops shine well in this. Great balance.

M: medium body with moderate carb. Leaves mouth both dry and slick. Nice.

D: could drinkt this all night without issue.

harrymel, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of knm
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amazing tinted orange color with light head and good lacing. Smell in quite special, alot going on there. Its hard to pick out major components. Caramel and friut to name a couple.
Taste is very malty with a good hop kick. Very dry like the 60 minute, and just as drinkable. This one has more character though, a less refined feeling.

knm, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of windypete
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not a fresh bottle! but loved this DIPA!

pour into my leffe glass a nice coppery orange colur but not any head to speak of.

aroma was of grapefruit with lots of hoppyness to it.

taste, being that this was not a fresh bottle it had a very nice taste to it, loverly & smooth for me the hoppyness was just right in this dipa.

overall my fav dipa to date, i'd love to try a fresh bottle of this but its not to easy to get a hold of in england. wow love this beer, everyone should try it also.

CHEERS.

windypete, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

outstanding!!!....one of the best beers i've ever tasted....

the appearance is a light red brownish color....with a beautiful full white head...and splotchy lacing...

smell is malty...with a weird funky hop presence....the smell is absolutely great...

taste is the best i've ever tasted...hands down!...the malt and hop balance are perfect... it almost melts in your mouth....

the feel is also the best i've ever had...the most creamiest feel....of all time....

the drink ability is great...the only reason i give it a 4 is that its 9% abv not your average session

nickthegun12, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of DrStiffington
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours highly carbonated, with a big, foamy head. Smells kind of sweet, slightly citrusy. Tastes a little hoppy, a little malty. The 90 Minute gets better as you work your way through it. It's so creamy and delicious. This is my favorite double IPA that I can get year round. Nice!

DrStiffington, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of agirginis
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Might just be my go to beer. If i have a hard time picking something i usally end up getting this.

A orange ipa with a good size head on it

S sweet but strong smell to it. You can definitely smell the alcohol

T very very hoppy sweet beginning taste but leaves you with a kick

M medium build not to thick

D love me some dogfish head

agirginis, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Deep orange with a huge off-white head.

S. Whisky, ginger and a touch of honey.

T. Tangerines, barley sugar, traces of cough candy, very hoppy.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Quite a nice IPA offering from the Milton boys.

AEK, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark orange that almost glows. Exactly what I like to see in an IPA. Thin creamy off white head.
Mild hop nose that is more sweet malt and boozy.
More hops now on taste, but a sweet malty middle and then a nice bourbon style finish. Almost a Belgian yeast influence here.
Nice full body, creamy mouthfeel and sweet finish.
This is a bit heavy for me for other than a sipper and the alcohal is quite prominent. Where I have had other big IPA's that were thirst quenchers, this beer showcases the alcohal front and centre and comes off more like a barly wine to me. Very tasty though and the retention on the glass is art work.

LazyL, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 inch, slightly off white head rises and hangs around for a long time. The lacing is ridiculous on this beer, tilt it away, then tilt it back, and it looks like the foam just sticks to the side of the glass for ages. Really cool appearance. Color is a deep rich amber.

S- Carmel malts, citrus hops. A little toffee. I found the smell to be the one weak point of this beer. It was just a little more dull than I would like.

T- Wow. Just wow. So very, very complex and balanced. This is the most balanced IPA I have had at this point in my very young beer drinking life. Sweet roasted caramel malts meet right in the middle with a tangy citrus. DFH did a great job of balancing out the huge hops with a wonderful malt profile.

M- Pretty thick. Consistency matches up well to the flavors.

D- Very solid. I would drink these every day if they were easier to get a hold of in the UK (and cheaper).

IPA4LIFE, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Small head left tons of lacing. Beer is clear orange-ish with a few bubbles rising throughout.

Aromas of citrus, mostly grapefruit hops, sweet malts that are biscuit-y and full. Occasionally there's a little skunky aroma. Tastes are unique from a lot of DIPAs. Yes, it's hoppy with a nice bitter finish, but there's more to it than that. It's well balanced with malt and more flavors that I can't put my finger on. Dried figs or dates? Maybe the yeast is adding some flavor. Very nice.

The mouth feel is medium plus and it's quite drinkable, but beware of the 9% abv. Two's my limit.

airheadmtrcycle, Feb 16, 2011
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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