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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

11,783 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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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RodBurg

Missouri

2.53/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this in a four pack at Old Town Liquor in Temecula. I'm assuming it was pretty fresh because I pulled it off a pallet that had just been rolled out onto the floor. Now to the beer. Pours a very dark golden color, slightly hazy, decent tan head and lacing. I can tell this stuff is thick just by looking at it.

Initial smell is surprising. I'm expecting to get smacked across the face with hops but instead get hit with a heavy caramel-malt scent. With a few more whiffs I can pick out the hops.

Tastes of strong caramel and biscuity malt and alcohol. Has a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

I'm still trying to figure out where all the hops are in this. Not very drinkable and the heavy malt sweetness is very unbalanced. I personally don't think this should be called an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 21:00:22 | More by RodBurg
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Abbaye (3rd and Fairmount) in Philly

this place is pretty cool
i met up with a girl to watch the last game of the world series this year

they had a dogfish head special (All you can drink dogfish head for 2 hours , keep the glass for $10) awesome

had a great time, drank quite a few of these

just a good ipa, not too east coasty..
but just smooth, a little head and you cannot really taste the high abv

def pleasent if you like hops( I do!)
check it out

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 09:40:24 | More by gdfan47
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inhoc00

Illinois

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

Another beer I drank for years and am just now getting around to rating.

A- Amber gold.

S- Sweet caramel pine.

T- Middle of road in taste between a 60 and 120

M- Creamy, low carbonation

D- No session but certainly could finish a couple of these.

Best offering from DFH by far. NO fruit or crazy extras. Just a huge IPA well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:48:08 | More by inhoc00
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and clear, the color of a slightly aged penny. Has two finger widths of off-white head that starts out pretty bubbly and then creams up to a nice layer which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Good amount of bubbles cascade up the side of the glass.

The scent has an earthy characteristic to it which is hard to pinpoint. A pretty pungent citrucy scent in the background. Detect some toffee in there as well.

A delightful toasted nut flavor, very earthy delicious hop bitterness with a load of citrus flavors and a mild sweetness throughout.

The beer appears pretty medium bodied but it has thickness to it that sticks with ya, although the relatively high carbonation makes this quite a refreshing beer, especially considering the ABV which is very well hidden. This could be dangerous, as I really enjoy the beer, but it wouldn't take much to be "one too many".

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 01:53:11 | More by Soneast
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Douglas88

Utah

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

Bottle at the Clark Sreet Ale House in Chicago. Pours a clear amber body with a medium white head. An awesome nose of citrus and grapfruit hops, also some sweet cake. The taste was full of tons of hops, not too bitter except in the finish, generally quite sweet actually. Some wood and sugary flavors too. Very good IPA. Enjoyable and not too hot.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 00:47:55 | More by Douglas88
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are those who contend this is THE best IPA being made in the United States these days. Such a bold claim had to be vindicated. Off a tap in Bar Harbor Maine this beer was a deep orange color with perfect clarity. The head was off-white with a slightly yellow tint. Very good retention and nice lacing. The aroma was very aggressively hoppy, big notes of pine and citrus with some resin behind that. The flavors followed suit but were better balanced. Deep and complex hops with a pale malt backbone in the middle. The hops make the beer distinctly bitter but not much so though the finish was a little oily. The carbonation was spot-on, the body medium to full and the mouthfeel excellent. To claim any beer is the best of its kind is rather pretentious but I had to admit this was definitely one of THE best IPA's I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 10:52:47 | More by thekevlarkid
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9-15-08

Pours dark golden in color with a nice head that settles quickly. Leaves a slight amount of lacing as it maintains a spotty head down the glass. Piney hops on the nose with a funky sweet bread/nut note that I have not detected in other DIPA's. The taste is very smooth - the hops commingle perfectly with the malt to keep this beer well balanced, especially given its high ABV. Finishes long, with great lingering bitterness from the hops. A bit of alcohol pokes through at this point to add depth and warmth. Good carbonation and a medium body add to the great drinkability of this brew. Glad to have finally tried my first Dogfish. Very good beer that I will buy from time-to-time but nothing that needs to be in my fridge 24/7.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 03:38:10 | More by bound4er
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of a double IPA.

A- Little Cloudy copper color with a decent head on it, good lacing as I drank it down

S- Hoppy, piney

T- more hops, pine

M- A little heavy tasting compared to the 60 min.

D- This is a pretty strong beer for an everyday drink

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 16:05:55 | More by mugglesandhops
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ncbeermonger

North Carolina

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

outstanding beer

It pours with some good head into my trusty Sam Adams Beer glass

The smell of hops is present, some other floral aromas are there, and is that honey I smell, or am I just on cloud 9 because of running the Dogfish Head gauntlet???

It tastes great, the hops are not overpowering, but they are there in force!

The mouthfeel is good, not heavy, it's crisp, and leaves a clean finish

drinkable? Hell yes, and may I have another??

It's not a cheap, beer, but it's worth every penny!

-NC beer monger loves this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 08:10:29 | More by ncbeermonger
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Offa

California

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding, rich double IPA that comes off as a nicely hoppy, lighter take on a barleywine (with some character elements reminiscent of Young's Old Nick or a much stronger Fuller's 1845).

Amber, it has a very big light tan head that slowly shrinks and leaves a permanent foamy top and a little weak lace.

The aroma is rich, caramelly fruit, bread crust, raisin, light grapefruit, some hay, dry leaves, candy.

The taste is interesting, sweet, spiceym and bitter, with flavours developing dry bread crust, prunes, hints of grpaefruit, leaves, caramel, candied fruit, spicey raisins, candy, alcoholic spice and warmth. The thick sweetness soon gives way, just barely, to rich hop flavours and tingly bitterness that sit on the sides of the tounge. It's wodnerfyl, rich, engaging, with everything coordinated and it's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 18:32:59 | More by Offa
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GoreStorm

California

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

Picked up from City Beer in San Francisco on a recent trip to a show.

Pours the color of a dark honey honey, maybe an alfalfa honey. The head is about a quarter inch and hangs around all the way to the end of the brew. Steady beading is maintained the entire length as well.

Hoppy but not overtly perfumey. The malty sweetness comes out in the nose. This particular bottle there's some sort of faint quality that I want to say is a nuttyness, but I'm really unsure.

Great tasting. Before this I swore hated on most DIPA's and pales in general. The hops are nice and bitter, no perfumey quality, what makes this great is the malty sweetness. To me, if a beer with hops like this doesn't have the high malt level to balance, I just can't handle it. The alcohol does poke through just a bit.

Strangely smooth and lightly viscous as well as having the typical mouthfeel qualities of pales.

This is definitely worth checking out. I wish it came in more than a 4 pack though. Even though the alcohol is up there I would love to session a beer like this. Because of availability and price I've never had more than 2 on hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 12:11:34 | More by GoreStorm
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smanders

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a keg at a summer party.

Appearance: Copper-colored with a big frothy, white head.

Smell: Very pungent. You know the hops are coming.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit rind. You won't believe this is 9.0% abv.

Mouthfeel: Almost creamy.

Drinkability: High, as long as you have a designated driver. This DIPA will knock you down if you consume as you normally would at a summer cookout. It's so good, I can't remember what I ate.

If you find yourself at the store trying to decide between the 6'er of DFH 60 Minute and the 4 pack of 90 Minute, go for the 90. It won't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 20:58:29 | More by smanders
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Taylor88

California

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hops and alcohol, alcohol and hops...what a beautiful thing it is! This is my first beer review so please excuse my lack of verbosity. Others before me have covered it nicely. I like this beer a lot! If you don't like hops and alcohol, stay away from this stuff. it will snap you head back...Nuff said

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 19:24:20 | More by Taylor88
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riored4v

Colorado

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

Reviewed on 7/22/08

Poured into a pint glass. Nice 1 finger thick, tight, white head. Dark golden in color. Clear.

Smell is nice and caramely with a smooth hop aroma that is slightly spicey.

Taste had a slight roasted caramel taste. Good amount of bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is oily with good carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability is good although there was slightly to much sweetness in it for me.

Overall, a really nice beer, even though I was expecting more bitterness out of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 18:01:07 | More by riored4v
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz into Cab glass. I haven't had this for a few years, so let's see if I can trust my palate memory...

Crystal-clear copper color with sparse carbonation. Head is thin and dissipates quickly, leaving yeasty bubbles.

Extra-grassy and earthy hops, but there is that DFH tell that I remember profusely...quite a bit of earth. There's actually a little cowpie stench in there, too. Copious amber/caramel malt.

Even thought there's clamminess and the cowpie stench shows up in the back of the palate, there is a nice malty taste to this with slightly alcoholic sweetness. Still...that extra-earthy tone detracts from this quite a bit and grassys up the hop bitterness a great deal. Good, but not as impressive as one would expect.

Palate feel is OK once the earth is traversed. It's mostly amber maltiness, with some austere grassy hops and maybe some pinyness. Still, that signature DFH earthy aftertaste will bite down on it hard.

Now I remember why I haven't picked this one up recently. Decently-crafted but maybe it's the water that provides that ultra-earthiness. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 17:45:24 | More by IBUnit63
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maddogruss

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four pack of this from the local Bottle King.

A: Pours a hazy, orange amber body with a small, white head (about one finger) with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, grapefruit smell with some balancing, hoppy, earthy, bitter notes that did well to seem like it would balance the grapefruit notes.

T: A bitter, earthy, hop taste with a well-balanced, grapefruit background that was slightly warming. A bittersweet, grapefruit note was evident in the aftertaste.

M: A smooth and pretty full-bodied beer that feels very nice on the palette and goes down like silk.

D: A very drinkable Imperial IPA. Hops and alcohol are not overbearing and well balanced by the sweet malts. I can definitely see myself hanging out, whenever, and really enjoying this brew. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:57:46 | More by maddogruss
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tadowdaddy

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours nice clear amber color with an off white head. Nice amount of lacing left in the pint glass.

S - HOPS, HOPS, and more HOPS! I have never smelled a beer similar to this. The hops are of the floral variety. Alcohol is hidden by the hoppiness of this beer.

T- This is my favorite beer! I absolutely love the taste of this beer. Goes down VERY smooth and has a very distinct taste. A bit of a nutty and floral taste when it reaches the mouth, followed by a hop explosion. Malt balance is tremendous, but the hops are definitely the more prevalent piece of this beer.

M- A bit thicker than you'd expect which leaves a nice coating in the mouth.

D - This beer is AMAZING. The initial complex taste of nuttiness and a floral hop taste makes this a fabulous choice for hop heads! The thickness of this beer makes it a difficult beer if you're planning to drink more than one or two, but it's most definitely the best beer I've ever had when it comes to relaxing and truly enjoying a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 19:10:18 | More by tadowdaddy
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice clear color with tiny bubbles racing to the top. The head is slightly off white with a good amount of lacing.

S - Pungent! Hops hops and more hops. However you still notice some sweet malt.

T- Alcohol is barely noticable in this hop explosion with a decent malt backdrop.

M- Thick and creamy

D - Personally I think this beer lacks drinkability. Its a great beer to have here and there but overall I could not see having more than one or two at the most in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 19:24:26 | More by ryantupy
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srroos

California

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. One finger of head fades quickly leaving lots of lacing. Very fruity and floral aroma. Initially sweet and malty, becoming aggressively hoppy and bitter. Full bodied and syrupy mouthfeel. Too heavy to be super drinkable, but very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 07:23:10 | More by srroos
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bifrostguard

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber color with an off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S - Sweet malt surprisingly, with hops taking the back seat. Not what I expected but interesting. Some citrus scents as well.

T - Yep. Very malty and sweet. Much too sweet and malty for a double IPA in my mind. The alcohol is well masked and some citrus flavors are detectable.

M - Thicker than it looks. Actually, it's pretty creamy.

D - Not very drinkable to me. This one bottle has wiped out my need for sugar and malt for the night. Time for something bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 06:13:09 | More by bifrostguard
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BeerTaster

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head retention was good left lace on the way down. Taste was malty with hops and lots of them a little grapefruit. After taste was plesent and lingered for a min or two. Mouthfeel was thick but carbonation seemed a little lite. Drinkability was good I would buy it again but you have to be carefull this beer is stronger than it tastes. This beer left perfect lacing and was a perfect beer for a cool fall day like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 04:28:00 | More by BeerTaster
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had @ home...

A: pours a beautiful amber-orange with a nice, big, creamy, bubbly off white head that has excellent retention and leaves some nice sticky lacing on my glass.

S: big citrusy, bitter hops with caramel malts and a touch of spice.

T: wow, just...wow. Some of the smoothest malts I have ever tasted. Caramel, maple syrup, even some creamy chocolate on the finish. Good amount of hops throughout, but unlike many other IPAs, they do not overpower the rest of the beer. Incredibly well balanced. Mmm, such a nice maple syrup, mouth-coating linger - damn.

M: A rich, full, mouth-coating texture with a somewhat oily finish that remains on the palate for a long time. Very nice carbonation level that adds a crisp spiciness to the finish as well.

D: This is my first ever Dogfish Head beer and I think it's the best IPA I've had so far. The flavour and mouthfeel is so rich and creamy, yet, it is so well balanced that it is very easy to throw back. This is truly a beer to savour - truly the nectar of the gods. IPA fans, find this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 05:04:20 | More by Graham5161986
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JoeBloe

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer - I usually pour this into a rounded tumbler or stemless wine glass - color, clarity and head make for a nice looking beer to sit down with and savor on it's own - I find it amusing that another recent reviewer quaffed the smell of cat piss here - a friend of mine made the same comment when we were swigging a couple of these down after a bike ride - I'd never thought that to be, but since he mentioned it, I think of cat piss every time I open one of these (damn you, brendan!) and quickly get past it and move on to the excellent tastes that follow - a nice hop bite with a sweet finish - very drinkable - and not in the bud lite way- gotta watch that 9% - I usually enjoy two of these in a sitting - good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 20:39:22 | More by JoeBloe
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

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

Been a big DFH fan for a while, but honestly haven't sampled as many of their brews as I'd like. Thus, the beer store choice was an easy purchase with a 4 pack of 90 minute IPA.

A: Pours a light/medium amber clear color with a fluffy egg white head; excellent lacing

S: The grapefruit hops is the first thing that hits you; take a deeper whiff and some other odors break through, such as pine, brandy and a bit of toffee

T: Although the hop profile is unmistakable, this is actually somewhat sweet. Starts out with toffee and grapefruit; builds into a bit of brandy soaked raisins in the middle; in the finish, the hops return to close the deal, subsuming everything else other than a touch of sweet toffee on the tip of the tongue.

M: Fairly thick for an IPA with a modest amount of carbonation .

D: Extremely impressed by this brew, the sweet and hoppy balance was pretty unique and I was hooked! Definetly distinct from a West Coast IPA, but still provided that always hard to find balance between the hops and malt. DFH has another big winner here and this is further proof that I've gotta try me some more of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:10:43 | More by jdg204
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in my DT snifter. Poured a translucent copper with copious tiny bubbles adhering to the bowl of the glass and effervescing up to the underside of the cap. One inch frothy, off-white head lost half its volume in under a minute before settling into a soapy skim that coalesced around the shoulders. Some strands of watering lacing adhered during the session. Nose is pine, grapefruit/citrus and sweet. Taste follows nose with more piney hops, dry and bitter, but taste does not linger. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly viscous with a consistent, mild effervescence through the background. I'm really just starting to explore the style, but very enjoyable without being cloying.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:28:24 | More by Jwale73
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