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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,212
Reviews: 3,599
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 494
Gots: 2,121 | FT: 26
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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 ZorPrime
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color beer, lightly veiled. Soapy head on top of it. Hangs in there for a long time. Looks indicate this will be a very good craft beer. The aroma has some notes of citrus, grapefruits with some piny notes. Caramel malts is noticeable too. Well balanced and complex at the same time. Nice. Taste is wow... So awesome. Full bodied beer in the mouth. Sweet and aggressive at the same time. So well balanced. Citrus and caramel malts. Bitter. It hangs in the mouth for a good time. Awesome. A very excellent imperial IPA. Dangerous since the alcohol is hiding well.

ZorPrime, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The Dogfish Head 90min IPA is not for the weak Hop Hearted. This is a big beer with massive flavor and high ABV. The color is a rich copper with nice think head that laced. The smell included alcohol, hops, malt and hints of pine/citrus. The taste was an explosion of bitterness mixed with Alcohol. There is a definite attempt to mask the ABV with malt and hop...who wins is hard to same cuz your mouth turns slightly numb due to ABV. Mouthfeel....one is more than enough. Overall its not too bad...just not a session beer.

WoodBrew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of taigor
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, pine hops, earthy smells with slight floral hints.

T - Very bitter and hoppy with alcohol towards finish and citrus aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - Excellent DIPA that definitely deserves to be tried.

taigor, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice dark gold color. The head is very weak and doesnt stay for long.

S: The smell is by far the best I have ever smelled from an IPA. It has its typical IPA hop smell, but also some cocoa and alcohol in there.

T: The taste has a nice bit of hops, bitterness and a little bit of sweetness to finish it off.

M: The mouthfell is nice. Has a good amout of crispness, but pretty smooth.

O: This is a very great beer. Dogfish Head knows how to make something great with a twist. By far one of the better Imperial IPAs out there.

gtermi, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this treat dozens of times, first time reviewing.

Beautiful amber IPA, small coaster-thick head, disappears slowly -poured into wide goblet, so I didn't expect a huge head.

Sniff: crazy malty caramel and fruit (peachy sweet) nose for an IPA, bu the hops are still nicely present. Can smell a hint of the alcohol, which I kind of like in this case.

Sweet malt, sour hops, and booze combine for a mouthful of awesome. So unique among the style. Feels like an IPA/Strong Ale combo. Has that scotch-like finish. This is one boozey tasting brew.

I like the semi-sticky but moderate mouth-feel of this beverage, however, I've never been a fan of how it finishes out with a sour/acidic coating lingering on the tongue. It's the only real drawback for this beer.

I love this beer. Funny thing is that I would never grab this if I were looking for an IPA.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 14, 2011.

Beer is amber/orangey in colour, with a nice, well-sized white head. Pretty good retention and some lacing.

A nice citrus nose- grapefruit. Also pine and caramel malt. Hops are the focus but it is certainly a well balanced beer, as DIPAs go.

Taste is pretty similar to the nose. The caramel malt is more upfront than in the nose, and the pine a bit more forward than the citrus. Still some grapefruit, but not a lot. Bitterness is present throughout, but nicely balanced with the malt. Crisp.

Moderate to mild carbonation and relatively full bodied. Pretty good feel.

I think this was the first DIPA I had, and it remains a favourite. Really a nice beer.

jrenihan, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of uawildcat
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served into an English pub glass. It poured a nice carmel color that yielded a 1 1/2 finger creamy head that stayed around awhile. The head remained for awhile that left lacing behind.

The smell again for an IPA was kind very subdued. Lots of malty sweetness, which I was not expecting. The hops gave a citrusy smell.

The taste was very sweet. It kind of was like a mix between maple syrup and carmel syrup. The sweetness was nicely balanced out with the citrusy hops. Together they had a nice meld, however, not as hoppy as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel for this beer was good. It was full bodied for sure, and was slightly thick. The hops yield a nice oiliness that coats the mouth.

Overall this is a well done beer. It is an imperial IPA that is quite strong (9.0% abv). So one and your already packing a buzz. I wonder if mixing this with a Stone Ruination would give a good result.

uawildcat, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of lancecenter
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden amber and mostly clear. Nice head with very good retention. Well above average lacing.

S - Piney awesomeness. That's really all I can say.

T - Piney hops, very bitter, followed by alcohol.

M - Probably the best part of this brew. Very chewy mouthfeel for an IPA.

O - Unbelievably good. Wow.

lancecenter, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-soft wheat-orange in color into my pint glass, moderately creamy head, leading to a nice bit of thin lacing.

S-sweet, syrupy molasses and mild hops hinting at citrus, plum, and prune.

T-surprisingly understated in the hops department; nevertheless, the hops are present alongside a balance of wheat and barley. sugar coated finish.

M-medium carbonation and surprisingly mild feel given the ABV. a bit of slick malt character.

D-entirely satisfying. this beer's hype supersedes and overstates it; this has no chance of becoming my "go to IPA" but it is still a very enjoyable brew and one i would have no problem revisiting in the future.

sirdrinkwell, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of shortbus7
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orangish amber color. Poured very syrupy.

S: Loads of citrus, grapefruit, and hops.

T: Just like the smell. Loads of hops and citrus. Has some malt that is present, just the right amount.

M: Very thick. Has a very slight oily texture but is smooth.

O: A very good beer. Not my favorite DIPA but a very good representation of the style.

shortbus7, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle marked 9/6/11 into a pint glass. this has always been one of my favorite dipa, but have never taken the time to review it.

a- color is right on for the style, if not a slight tad light. pours a golden amber. head is thick and creamy, leaving some great lacing on my glass.

s- lots of malt and tropical fruit. lots of caramel sweetness. nose is not as strong as i had remembered in past bottles.

t- tons of caramel like malt sweetness initially. then the grapefruit bitterness of the hops cuts through, followed by some tropical hops sweetness. delicious. this is what i think of when i try any dipa

m- feel is a bit dry and bitter, but just slightly oily. good body. flavor lingers on my palate quite nicely.

to me, this is my standard when it comes to this style. a great beer from an outstanding brewery.

crewfan16, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head, no lacing left behind

S-Citrus, grapefruit hops, also some malt as well

T-Citrus and grapefruit, rather malty, I am getting some bitterness but would like some more.

M-Light for DIPA and not much carbonation, smooth.

O-When I first tried this I was blown away, I finally came around to give it another go, it isn't worth the "hype" (Everyone getting on the DFH bandwagon post brewmasters) There are better DIPAs out there and more readily available.

rlee1390, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 08/24/11. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clean copper, with a half finger of sand colored head, decent retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Malty and caramely with an undertone of pine and some floral notes. Dominated by the malt.

T: Again, malt forward, discernibly English and caramely, with slight piney hop. No bitterness to speak of, although there is a slightly alcoholic flavor.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation, with kind of an oily mouthfeel.

O: A good malt-forward IPA, but disappointing in the lack of hops. Nevertheless, very drinkable given the high ABV.

pmarlowe, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a big bubbled foamy white head. Head dissipates to a nice ring around the top with some soapy residue across it.

Smells of tropical fruits like mango and a hint of banana, some citrus but more piney and floral notes. Caramel malt notes are not hiding in this one either. A faint burn of alcohol in the nose as well.

Nice and fruity flavors with an upfront bitterness that is really pleasant. The alcohol shines in this leaving it nice and warm on the finish.Caramel flavors come out enough that I think its going to turn sweet but never does.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, resiny across the tongue, with a pleasant tingle of alcohol on the tongue and back of the throat.

Overall this is tasty. Ive had it fresher before and it was delicious. This is my favorite DFH IPA out of the the trio of regulars. A must try indeed.

phiberoptik, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of hoopermcbeal
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour was a golden orange hue with a nice inch of head. intense hopp smell. Crisp taste with a hint of citrus, quite refreshing for a higher alcohol beer. Very hoppy flavour of coarse, but balanced nicely with barley sweetness. Nice carbonation, a malty bitterness kind of lingered in my mouth afterwards but in a good way. Very Niice

hoopermcbeal, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber with a faint orangish hue; quarter inch of thick, foamy head with great retention. You immediately notice intense, bready malts and mild alcohol esters in the nose. The hop aroma is subdued by the malts. The taste follows the nose. Intense, amazing, bready, biscuity malts with a subdued but noticeable hop character. The hops are piny and earthy and blend amazingly well with the malts; perfect smooth bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable and warms the palate, but does not detract from the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, warm and smooth.

Absolutely delicious! One of my favorites.

tdm168, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate; I've heard this hyped up by reliable friends, but it's also me least favourite style.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - especially for the ABV. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Strong bittering hops are dominant. Little else trickles in. Moderate strength aroma. It's pleasant and welcome.

T: Bittering hops are pleasant and nice, but restrained enough to avoid destroying the flavour. The light barley base is nice and unobtrusive. It's decently built but rather simple. It's certainly well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. Nicely complementary.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, and decently priced as an import to the opposite coast. I like it and would try it on draught, but it doesn't live up to the hype. That said, IPAs are me least favourite style but this one is nice.

kojevergas, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of stercomm
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - copper colored with a slight haze, huge frothy off-white head, lots of glass lacing

S - Toasty malts, pine resin, slight citrus, some malty sweetness, lots going on here, lots of depth to the scents.

T - I was expecting a very hop head brew, very surprised at how balanced this taste is. Still getting toasty malts, some nice pine notes, a nice bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation

D - I really like this beer, very complex yet nicely balanced to bring out the best of the hops and the malts.

stercomm, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to a Bell’s tulip. Bottled on 8/8/11.

2 inch head white/cream colored head. Pretty good retention, steadily dissipates after the pour. The lacing left behind is lacking. Random half crescents in a couple areas of the glass. Medium amber hue with superb clarity, very nice.

Smell is incredibly disappointing. I’m getting very little if anything. Some slight caramel and roasted malts, no hop scents to speak of. Taste expands on that. A malt bomb, caramel, roasted malt, almost coffee-like, but still a ton of bitterness and a bit of pine. Not really enjoying this as much as I thought I did. Mouthfeel on the other hand is pretty good. Medium to full bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

I remembered this brew being better, but, sadly, I was wrong. I’m sure I’m a minority on this one but this was not any more than an average DIPA, in my opinion.

LSUPT, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of kagent777
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks are due to Sandy, who brought this bottle to me from Dallas. The date stamp is 7-14-11, so less than two months are on this bottle. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Clear burnt copper color, very nice. A one finger off white head sits on top, receding fairly quickly but leaving some lacing as they go.

Smell: I get the malt more than the hops, or at least equal. Nice toasty, caramel malts scents mixed with a piney, resinous hops scent. A little sweetness and slight boozy notes.

Taste: Perfect balance. The malts play so well with the hoppy bitterness. As with the nose, the malts have a slightly sweet toasted taste. The hops are pine mixed with some tropical fruit and slightly earthy, too. The liberator I had the other night was so unbalanced, and this is the opposite, perfectly balanced. The malt stands up against the hops. The finish is lingering but not overwhelming. I suspect this is my first 5 in this category.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to full, with enough carbonation to keep the beer from being heavy but not so much that it is like sprite.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer, I can see why they cut back on distribution. The demand should be great for this one. I would like to try it really fresh or on tap at some point. Naturally, they do not come to Utah.

kagent777, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber colour with excellent clarity with 3/8" of off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Pine hops and sweet malt are prominent.

T: The taste of this hop bomb is explosive like horseradish or wasabi. Strong at first and then it quickly disappears. Powerful and bitter pine and citrus hops up front give way to the taste of malt and alcohol lingering slightly on the tongue. Are the flavours well integrated? Not really. Are they interesting? Yes.

M: Thin viscosity and medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: Likely a pleasure for hop heads who enjoy their imperial hop bombs powerful, bitter, and piney. For the rest of us, it may be a little too over the top.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of chefelf
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generally I don't like IPAs and I'm never excited to try them. The other night we went out to eat and this was the only beer on the menu I hadn't tried before so I figured it was about time I gave it a shot. I like Dogfish Head so I wanted to like this.

It poured very dark, much darker than I'd expect from an IPA.

The smell was what I was expecting from an IPA with a slight hoppy aroma.

The taste was unlike anything I'd been prepared for. There wasn't much in the way of bitterness. It had an almost creamy and bourbon-flavored taste. Much maltier than I expected.

The aftertaste had a grapefruit flavor mixed with (and I know this doesn't sound appealing) a nail polish remover flavor. This is the ethyl acetate smell but, strangely, it wasn't displeasing at all. It was subtle enough that it didn't take away from the flavor.

Overall I was super impressed with this beer and would love to try it again. It's anything but a typical IPA but coming from Dogfish Head that shouldn't be a surprise. It's a very special beer and now I look forward to trying their 60 minute and 120 minute IPAs as well.

chefelf, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint.

A - Rich copper amber in color with a decent head. Poor retention, but a lot of sticky lacing.

S - Pine and citrus hops stand out, with a hint of roasted caramel malt.

T - Big hoppy flavor that is balanced out nicely with sweet caramel malts. Strong grapefruit and pine flavors come through as well, making this a very tasty IIPA. Caramel malts linger on into the aftertaste.

M - Medium-heavy body. A bit sticky on the tongue, but goes down smooth. Slight bitterness in the finish.

D - Excellent offering from Dogfish Head. Very drinkable for 9% ABV, as the alcohol is barely noticeable. Pairs nicely with salmon.

mooseo, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of LAMAGS
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion this is possibly the best beer offered by Dogfish Head. It has a beautiful golden red color and a nice white head. The nose has hints of maple and citrus, without any of the alcoholic overtones found in the 120 minute. The flavor is a subtle blend of fruity citrus, maple, and hops, really excellent. The mouth-feel is also impressive, a little thick yet still refreshing. This is one of my favorite beers, I've always been enthusiastic about IPAs and this is one of the best

LAMAGS, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of vkv822
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on 06/29/11

Pours a dark burnt orange color with a thin light toffee colored head.

The nose is of big resinous hops upfront, and is quickly followed by pleasant caramel malts.

The taste is quite enjoyable, though there is a significant balance in the hops and malts. Much like the nose, resinous hops and caramel malts dominate, in that order.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very slight mouth-coating slickness and average carbonation.

This was a very nice beer, but the balance in hops and malts reminds me more of a hop-forward American Barelywine than an Imperial IPA. I look for much more hops with less malts in an IIPA, which is what keeps me from giving higher scores in the aroma and taste categories.

vkv822, Sep 09, 2011
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