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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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11,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,705
Reviews: 3,517
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 383
Gots: 1,276 | FT: 24
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

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Photo of alovesupreme


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

A.Dark gold or light amber, almost pink in color. Nice head, good retention.
S.Piney, Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit.
T.Lots of hops, kind of sweet,
M.Almost syrupy, but in a good way. Thick and bold for an ImpIpa.
D.I could keep drinking these, but the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 08:09:21 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of nrpellegrini


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of IPA's but this was great!

Never did like IPA's too much, but I had been dying to try this for a while. Poured a clear tan/ orange with small head. Smelled of plenty hops and spices. Taste was so good. Yea there were a ton of hops but they just added a good flavor. It was really smooth, some bite, but I could get past it. You could tell the ABV was a higher but the alcohol wasn't so overpowering as to guess it was 9%..

After the first my tongue was feeling a little damage but I wanted a second.. the 4-pack probably would have been a little to much to handle in one night..

Definitely try this wether you like IPA's or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 15:54:14 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great beer with alot of malt and a crapload of hops

A- Clear transparent dark amber color with a lacing, tight-bubbled, 1/2inch head.

S- Lots of grapefruit with a sticky-sweet malt backbone

T- Tastes like it smells, but with more spicy IPA hops complexity. As it warmed up, I got a hint of roasted malt that tasted like coffee

M- Feels somewhat sticky, but moderate body

D- Goes great with my favorite spicy foods

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 03:04:18 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of PatronWizard


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

Lucky enough to get hold of a bottle.

Pours a light golden amber copper. That's what I said. Thick ass head, slowly sinking like dough. Great retention.

Smells mmm. Hops in the nose, grapefruit.

Has a unique flavor. I love unique flavors. Wife says "a big fat yuck for me." Why I oughtta...! Hops aren't overpowering. Very tasty, then moderate hop finish. Well balanced. Not a big hop monster like I oft prefer, but very nice.

Overall: giver a shot for sure

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 06:04:12 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown glass bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is printed on bottle: 04/10/08.

Pours a beautiful orangey-golden-amber, developing a solid single-finger slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly and sticks, leaving nice rings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet and herbal; nice, though not much out of the ordinary for an IPA, and similar to that of the 60 Minute IPA.

Body is full, with a thick, slick mouthfeel that goes down smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Flavor is surprisingly sweet; I was expecting a huge bite of hops, but the first notes to hit are sweet, blueberry-ish notes that are soon followed by a perfect hop bitterness, with a balanced slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish with some slight alcohol burn in the throat as it goes down.

Honestly, I don't think I have ever enjoyed a beer as perfectly balanced on the palate as this one. As far as flavor goes, this ranks up there as one of the best beers I've ever had. Despite the relatively high 9% ABV, I want more, and more, and could easily drink more, and more. It is just too good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 04:14:33 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of changeup45


4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a off-white head and some really nice lacing. The aroma is fruity with hops but not over powering. Sweet caramel malts, a bit candy-like, with grapefruit hops. Some bitterness but the hops are relatively tame for the style. Balanced nicely. This is a nice beer but could use stronger hops with more bitterness to make this a true top Imperial IPA. But despite that this still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 16:03:32 | More by changeup45
Photo of Patrick999


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

Had this on tap for the first time, at the Abbey.

A - Same burnished gold color, a little less head than I get out of the bottle though. Lacing still top-flight.

S - More of a grapefruit hop explosion and less sweet caramel and tea-cake than in the bottle. Smells great, but actually comes off as less complex than out of the bottle.

T - This had to have been a pretty fresh keg, because this is not the balanced 90 Minute I know from the bottle. The hops are definitely packing a hell of a punch. I've had fairly fresh bottles, but even they are not quite as hoppy as this. Just lots of grapefruit-rind hop. I can tell the drizzled-caramel cake malts are there, but they take a back seat to the hop out of this obviously fresh keg.

F - The ultra-sticky, resiny feel we know and love. This is basically unchanged from the bottle.

D - Excellent, but I think I could get hop fatigue if I tried to drink more than two. This was a real eye-opener. Very good and rated accordingly, but if pressed, I think I would prefer a bottle with about 3-4 months age on it, as I gave a similar bottle straight 5s in an earlier review. I love the fresh barley malt bill in this beer too much to have it almost completely overshadowed by hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 03:55:38 | More by Patrick999
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper color with a masive, frothed head and copious carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine and spiced hops. Subtle hints of caramel malt in the background.

T: Huge hops infusion upfront with notes of grapefruit, pine, citrus rind and salt. Toasted malts and sweet caramel on the backend, particularly as the beer warms. Finishes sweet and dry with the warming presence of alcohol.

M: Creamy smooth with a rich and chewy mouthfeel.

D: Not bad for an Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 21:43:52 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Brew33


4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Let me start by saying my favorite style of beer is IPA. I include in this Imperial IPA's and Double IPA'S.

Of all the India Pale Ales I have had, this one is THE best. Incredible beer, it smells like hops, citrusy and bordering on sweet. It has a nice foamy head that laces all the way down the glass. The taste is wonderful; bright, hoppy, and surprisingly smooth and sweet. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel isn't something I usually get hung up on but this beer has a wonderful consistency. Beautiful beer.

For being 9% abv, you would never know it, hides the alcohol very well.

I can't find enough great things to say about this one. Hopefully I can find it on draft somewhere locally. Enjoy! Seek this out if possible! Wow!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 14:50:46 | More by Brew33
Photo of czfreeman


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

This truly is the hallmark of session IPA in my opinions. Pours of a fluffy capped grapefruit-orange color, amber shades, leans to a burnt golden tone.
Smells absolutley fantastic. Here all the aromas of the 60 minute are heightened, concentrated and intensified. Citric hops, pines, notes of alcohol, bitter orange rind, grapefruits, fantastic IPA aroma.
Flavors are delicately-perfect balance of citric sweetness, hoppy bitterness, all finished by alcohol warmness. Flavor is biting on the finish, crisp, clean, no sticky sickening sweetness left gumming up your throat or mouth. Completely, utterly drinkable to sum it up. If you aren't a fan of IPAs or hops(I wasn't) then let this beer convert you and become a proud HOPHEAD!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:17:58 | More by czfreeman
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is copper coloured and a centimeter head, there is a bit of carbonation. Those nose on this beer is fucking godly. The nose is sweet with carmel and has a nice background of hops. There is a slight bit of roastiness as well. This beer tastes fucking awesome. Malty, sweet and bitter; a nice citrus or fruitiness comes from the hops. There is a nice toastiness at the very end that comes out as you drink the beer. The beer so balanced, yet not bland at all. The mouthfeel is probably as close to perfect as I could imagine. Creamy and slightly carbonated. This beer is incredibly drinkable.

This is one of the best DIPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 21:55:47 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of Reanimator


4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The very first thing you notice is the ridiculously tasty nose oozing out of the bottle top. Fruity hops, grapefruit and citrus rind. I could seriously sniff this all day. Pours a complex deep golden orange with reddish hues.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced, with loads of fruity hops initially followed by a slow hop bitterness and a smooth malty finish. Hardly even a hint of the 9% abv.

The mouthfeel is crisp, creamy, and syrupy - perfect.

Hugely delicious, balanced and drinkable, definitely a "wow!" beer that you won't be able to keeps your lips off of! This has probably spoiled me and tainted my view of any other DIPA. If this isn't a solid A I don't know what beer would ever be.

Infinite thanks to swizzlenuts for this one!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 00:11:27 | More by Reanimator
Photo of WetCoaster


4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Surprisingly pale, a slightly orange tinged gold with a an off-yellow, thick head. Low carbonation level with s-l-o-w moving carbonation; probably a pretty thick body, me thinks. Good, not great.

Smell: Hmmm. Very sweet and fruity, pineapple and citrus. A bit bready as well, must be the malt. Quite nice.

Taste: Wow. Must be "mystery hop X," this is an incredible juicy DIPA, almost cloyingly sweet, but it's an obvious hop flavor. Sweet, sweet citrus; overripe pineapple, mango, orange juice - whoa. Sort of reminds me of the Stone anniversary IPA from some years back. Malt blends seamlessly, very precisely blended flavors. Quite something.

Mouthfeel: Scha-moove. Very oily, and combined with the low carbonation level, creates a thick, creamy, almost chewy mouthful of brew. Nice.

Drinkability: Very good for a beer this big. Wonderfully blended flavor and supremely smooth feel make this a easy, painless 9 percenter. Glad this is FINALLY available in the Bay Area. I'll be back.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 05:31:50 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, clear, copper/amber body with lots of streams of carbonation. A big fluffy off-white head with great retention. Leaves lots of sticky lace around my tulip.

Some floral notes with some sweet malts. A little boozy.

Piney hops up front with some sweet malts following. Citrusy hops and some bitter hops. Finishes a little boozy. A little on the hoppy side, which is how I like my DIPA's. Very light and thing body, slightly oily. One of my favorites for a long time.

A greatly drinkable beer, espcially considering its 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 21:44:26 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of froghop


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orange-amber with a medium off-white head, very good lacing.

smell is citrus, light on the hops, touch of caramel, some malt, some leaves.

taste is oily at first and then as it warms becomes more watery, hops, roasted malt, some nuts, touch of sweet fruits, some citrus, just a wee bit of bitterness.

overall not bitter as i would like it too be, too be honest i don't see the reason for such a high rating.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 01:50:03 | More by froghop
Photo of bbeerman


3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very sweet IPA; something I did not expect this time around. Hints of sugar were strong. While not what I wanted from an IPA, it still tasted good and unique.

A good beer, especially considering the 9.0% ABV. Difficult to tell you are drinking 9.0% until you've finished the bottle (or glass). Can sneak up on you if you are not careful, but then again, that's half the fun, right?!

Well worth trying if you are not familiar with it, but not your typical IPA by any means.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 01:41:15 | More by bbeerman
Photo of treyrab


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark copper with active carbonation that leaves a nice 2 finger head..remarkable

S: Wow. Hops galore. Tons of citrus and pine hops in the aroma balance by caramel malts

T: Extremely flavorful of caramel malts followed by rich, citrus hops that takeover and leave that nice citrus hop taste

M,D: The mouthfeel is rather heavy on this one, but the active carbonation makes up for that. The high ABV is hidden extremely well by the hops, so don't expect to have just one!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 16:50:47 | More by treyrab
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Man oh man, hops never tasted so good. Light golden brown color with a full head that sticks to the top for the duration of the drink. Hoppy aroma of citrus, pine, mint, caramel/nuttiness from the malt. A crisp and refreshing brew that is medium bodied with light carbonation. Some initial citrus notes dance on the tongue with pine followed by a dry hopness monster along with nutty malt and cloying booze and mint. 9% ABV camouflaged in the garden of hops. It's crouching like a tiger ready to strike and knock you out. Wait...I think i hear something behind me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:14:42 | More by JRed
Photo of reignsong


5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color to this beer is smooth, clear and well defined. Rather pretty to look at, like a brown eyed girl.

The smell is amazing! One of three beers I like to smell as much as I taste it, it literally smells like a greenhouse of flowers.

This is the bench mark of the IPA, the platinum standard. The hops are bitter/sweet well chosen for flavor, the balance of malt makes them taste sweet and floral with a little bite. This is how hops should taste in beer.

Since I like malty smooth beers with minimal tart I wanted to give 4.5 on mouthfeel just to mark something off, but it's actually a 5! It is actually the exact mouthfeel and IPA should have.

One pint fills you up, but a second beer is very tempting if you aren't too far under because it packs a good punch. Possibly the best American beer, no kidding. I hope this beer never changes, and becomes cheaper than Bud.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 17:53:53 | More by reignsong
Photo of ommegoose


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

Bottled 5/30/08. Served cellar temperature.

Color is a bright and clear copper, with all sorts of orange hues when held to the light. The cream-colored head is frothy and long lasting. Some lacing.

Big hop aroma. Piney and herbal one second, and flowery and citrusy the next. I suspect Cascade and other C hops, and Amarillo, at least. Some honey-sweet malt comes through as well.

Impressive depth of hop flavor here. It's a strong kick of straight bitterness in the first sip or two, but complexities develop with citrus fruit (grapefruit, tangerine) and oily, leafy hops (piney, minty). It's so mouth-filling that you just want to take a bite out of the beer and chew on it. No shortage of malt here. Very pale, with some caramel/honey sweetness. Melon. Finishes mainly with minty/herbal notes. I would say there's more of this here than citrus. Some other IIPAs feature citrus much more. It wouldn't have hurt here, as sometimes the bitterness gets too close to that one-dimensional aspirin zone.

Alcohol tingles the tongue a bit, but that's part of the trade-off for more aroma at warmer temperatures. Starts off a bit bubbly, but becomes slick and fuller when the carbonation fades. Creamy. DFH continues to win when it comes to this aspect of beer.

A bomber of this would be ideal, but two bottles get the job done. Harsh for a few ounces but quickly becomes an easy drinker. I would say the booze is not especially hidden, but not a distraction. It maybe even helps. I find the second beer to be much more balanced and interesting to me. The rich malt really adds drinkability to this, as I keep finding new qualities well into the second beer. Not an everyday beer, but the availability and relative affordability make this a likely repeat buy when I have a taste for a IIPA. A rare big beer that could easily be sipped on all night.

Edit: Upon another tasting, I admired the appearance much more. Huge, thick lacing. Tons of slow-moving carbonation bubbles added to the appeal.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 07:45:37 | More by ommegoose
Photo of chesterspot


4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange/Amber color with a nice foamy head of about an inch. The head has disipated over 15 minutes but leaves a nice lacing.
S - Citrus hops. It has a very fruity and refreshing smell with a bit of that bitter hop smell (very very slight)
T - Citrus tastes with a nicely controlled hop. It's a dry-hop done well, bitter but not a kick to the mouth which is balanced by the sweet and citrus tastes.
M - The mouth feel has a light but full body feel. Because of the ABV there is a slight tingling sensation on the tongue which adds to this great beer. It is a refreshing beer to drink at any point during the day.
D - I could drink this every day of summer. The 9% ABV could be a reason not to drink many at a sitting. It's not for those who aren't into hoppy beers but it is no hop rocket either.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:16:47 | More by chesterspot
Photo of Shumista


4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle from a 4 pack into a pint glass.

A- Pours syrupy with a beautiful clear red amber color and very little head.
S- Wow does this beer smell good. Lots of citrusy hops and sweet malt.
T- Extremely complex. Lots of bitter hops with sweet malts to back it up. Actually the sweetness of this beer really stands out. Everything in the taste is extremely well balanced.
M- Thick and syrupy, noticeable alcohol warmth.
D- Would I sit and drink these all night? No. But for how high the ABV is, this beer is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 01:40:27 | More by Shumista
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Raisin colored. Deep amber with an off white head.

Smell: Earthy hop aroma with some malt backbone.

Taste: More malty than I expected. Sweet. Nice hops. No harshness. Needs more IBUs for me.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. I really like it. Feels like I'm chewing my beer.

Drinkability: Nice beer. Would buy again if I could afford it

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:08:23 | More by Squelch
Photo of WillieMoe


4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber color, thin head that dissolves slowly.

The hops in this are masked nicely by a roasted nutty malt scent. Not the typical DIPA scent.

There is some dark fruit present in the taste, as well as maybe molasses and or brown sugar, with caramel undertones. Hops are in there but are balanced well. Taste more like a dark beer than an DIPA.

Goes down very smooth, as the bitterness is not overpowering. Good dry coating on the tongue.

Overall a very unique and drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 23:29:12 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of rxdrewthejew


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

I had a pretty crappy day, so was happy to find this at a local store. Really haven't seen much DFH anywhere in the San Fernando Valley.

A: A clear reddish amber with many tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. The head is just a thin film, but with good retention and lacing. Pour appears somewhat syrupy.

S: Lots of citrus and pine hops with a bit of underlying sweetness.

T: Mild sweet beginning with some nice amber malts and decent amount of sweetness. Afterwards comes out mild hops, mostly citrus. Hop flavor is much less prominent that I had expected. Good balance to the flavor, but almost comes off as a hopped up amber ale.

MF: Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Fairly smooth going down, although the carbonation does leave a nice fizzy feel in the mouth. Moderate warming.

D: Supremely drinkable IPA, but not quite as hoppy as I would like, or as I was expecting to be honest. I had this on tap at The Library in Santa Monica a few months ago and it did NOT taste like this. This could mean one of two things-the bottle is pretty old (can't tell, no bottle dating), or the wasabi peas I ate a few hours ago completely killed my taste buds. Regardless, this is a very nice beer, but I'm just used to the taste bud assault of my west coast DIPA's, and just don't get it with this.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 05:01:52 | More by rxdrewthejew
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 11,705 ratings.