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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,902
Reviews: 3,581
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,928 | FT: 27
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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 frognot
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden amber with a two finger fluffy head.

Smell: Equal blend of pine and citrus predominate with a little aroma of maltiness in the background.

Taste: Crisp with less hop bitterness than expected from 90 IBU. Very nicely balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a nice smooth finish

Drinkability: Very drinkable but the 9% ABV will sneak up on you.

frognot, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of deadliest
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Clear golden copper, frothy finger+ of head settles down quickly but leaves lots of dotted lacing.
smell: Citrus, alcohol, and a dry malt sweetness.
taste: Citrus hops, and hoppy alcohol taste, strong biscuity malt backbone
mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation carries along alcohol slickness and matly stickiness.
drinkability: Very good, the alcohol taste is a little strong though and builds up on me a little.

deadliest, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bright crystal clear beer. The color is amber with golden hi lights under a 2 finger thick head. When it fades and it never truly faded, it produces nice thick wispy veils that explode with every disturbance of the beer.
Very good beligum lacing.
Aroma is that of citrusy and flora lhops and hints of pine resin.
The aroma is not bold and in your face but well reserved and confident. Sweet malts boost up the hop aroma.
A very well balance beer. The malts have a sweet flavor with some underlying breadiness.
The hops are excellent they balance out nicely.
Hops have a flavor of citrus and pine with hints of floral tones.
Medium mouthfeel that is very smooth. A slightly dry finish with a hoppy bitterness that lingers deep into the after taste.
Alcohol? What alcohol. You wouldn't even know that it's there.
A perfectly made beer that is in perfect harmony.
I read reports that this could be the best beer in the world and I'm inclined to agree.
I think this beer is the best there is.

micromaniac129, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of diomz88
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - citrusy, floral, hoppy, malty, caramel like smell, good alcohol aroma.
A - golden brown in color, one finger whittish head that does not stay long with a minute amount of lacing.
T - one of the first craft beer I tasted and the first double IPA, and it's great. Very hoppy with enough burn on the palate, and will still appreciate the citrusy, herbal, malty, sweet flavors that's within this great brew.
M - medium to full bodied, perfect with spicy foods. Starts and finish with enough bitterness but no aftertaste for me. Just right.
D - if your palate is in to the hops that's twice the amount or more than regular beer, then this is for you. Very drinkable and will drink again, very soon.

diomz88, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 12/10/10 - poured inna tulip

Startled (been awhile I guess) to find that this pretty much tastes like a "doubled" version of the 60 Min - duh! Swear this had a denser malt and hop constitution, and it may have once or twice before - I did have this a couple times via Randall (equating malt sweetness with hop syruposity?).

Pours a little spritzy/champagne-like - clean-filtered brassy gold - HUGE foamy 2" head with a pale saffron color and fab retention, crystalline lacing. Smells like the 60 Min, too - hops especially, just more regal and whiskey-like. Punchy baked malt caramel aroma. The hops fume dense and pungent (reminds me a little of Hop Wallop) while an isopropyl hooch faintly pokes through. The taste recalls the 60 Min as well (duh redux), only now the hops and malt have been separated a few hairs. Not that this drinks dry, per se. The Hop Wallop similarity retains, though this definitely sports a lasting, building cookier(?) biscuit maltiness. Hops are assertively piney with some zippy clementine/grapefruit citrus colors but not firmly bitter. Phenol whispers.

Mouth action: fairly clean, split on a dry/malty finish - leans toward dry w/o being sharp or rough (brings out the hops). Mild after-effects of booze felt - a little hot. It all drops off lovely with that sweetness only lingering, thin.

Damn! More drinkable than i remember. I could actually knock back 2-3 of these. Oh no...

Bouleboubier, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of TicklishSubject
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Medium copper with some brightness, mostly clear.

S-A brief whack of grapefruit and tangerine, followed by a strong undertone of pine and other woody characters. Not overly frangrant.

T-Follows smell closely, the citrus quickly ceding to the piney and quite resinous hop background. The malt is well done, but quite strong for even a DIPA. Alcohol warmining but well hidden.

M- Thick and rich, quite nice.

D- I seem to get tired of this after a single bottle, probably because I'm just not crazy about this level of maltiness in an IPA. I've enjoyed a few on several occasions but usually I'm ready to move along after one.

TicklishSubject, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

335ml (12oz) bottle, consumed Jan 2011, bottled May 2010.

A - Slightly hazy copper coloured body with a light head that hangs around for a while, leaving a moderate amount of lacing that lasts until the end.

S - Malty aroma with some prominent hops and a little alcohol in the aroma.

T - Starts quite sweet, fruity and malty with the hops coming in during the middle of the taste, building up a balanced bitterness. Finishes dry with a faint alcohol warmth.

M - Substantial body, crisp and light but punchy carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability in and of itself, though with the 9% ABV you probably wouldn't drink *too* many in one session!

Wattsox, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of gpatt55
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Bar Food

Beautiful rich dark copper color, nice frothy fine head.
Nose is a knockout of spicy, bitter, powerful resiny hops. Rich, thick and sweet on the attack, a real mouthful of an IPA. This is so rich and sweet with a boozy toffeeish finish. Alcohol is masked by all the sweetness but it's almost like a 9% Belgian in terms of it's weight. For me, this is tasty but it steps outside the realm of everything I like about American IPA's, bold assertive bitterness and hoppiness that balance a huge malt bill and keep you coming back for more. Here the palate is just too sticky and sweet to make this at all sessionable. Actually difficult to finish a 10oz pour. If you like your IPA's big thick and sweet, this could be for you but I'll take a more balanced Pliny or Sculpin any day.

gpatt55, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I havent had 90min in a few years... eager to give it another try!

A- Gorgeous copper colored elixer poured into a tulip glass. Bright white foamy head with tons of lacing as it fades away.

S- Pink Grapefruit, tangerine, sweet malty bread, honey, tangy hops, and a touch of alcohol. It seems I can smell a different type of hop each time I swirl the glass and re-sniff. Heady aroma... really fruit forward that changes as it warms.

T- Honey, malts, citrus, and slightly bitter hops. Sparkling carbonation that tickles the tongue. I don't see how this can get any better, but it does as it warms up. Grassy, clean, and sweeter than alot of IPA's.

M- Great balance of bittering hops, and fruity, bready sweetness. I love the way the sweet honey, carbonation, and hoppiness mix. Niether one overpowering the other.

D- The most perfectly balanced IPA I have yet to drink. I have got to get some more of this before it dissapears from my local beer distributor!

Thickfreakness, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of jbsg02
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After all the hype of this beer I decided to buy a 4-pack I saw at a local store. This beer delivered on that hype and then some. Knowing beforehand that this beer was packing 90 IBU's, I was expecting very intense hop bitterness, but soon found out that wasn't the case. The hop flavor is not overpowering and plays very well with the maltyness. This beer is actually very sweet too, which masks some of the bitterness you would expect from a 90 IBU IPA. Already one of my favorite beers of all time! Well done Dogfish!

jbsg02, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of mdunman
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Clear gold-amber color with a thin head that lingers the whole way down.

S: Hops. Hops. More Hops. Thin undertone of alcohol and a twist of lemon

T: Starts out with a thin layer of sweet malt and is then dominated by tons of hops.

M: Light-medium body with a great mix of carbonation and smoothness. Fantastic feel.

I love this beer. Fantastic smell, taste, feel. Something I could drink every night.

mdunman, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Ty1erC
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.*

a: copper-colored, lots of head and lacing.

s: citrus, malt, alcohol.

t: sweet malt, citrus, some alcohol. hoppy finish.

m: medium-full bodied, smooth carbonation.

d: pretty drinkable for a 9% beer. hence the fly-by review.

Ty1erC, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light-amber or copper colored. Fairly clear. When first poured not much of a head, but about 10-15 seconds after pouring it rose up to about 1/2" and then quickly settled back down.

Hops, hops and more hops! And grapefruit. Smells a tad more sweet than your average IPA. A definite amarillo/simcoe combination. Looking it up, it also contains warrior hops, which don't come through in the aroma quite as clearly as the others.

Very sweet while your lips are still on the glass, followed by a buildup of bitterness. That's where the warrior hops went. A bit like a sour grapefruit, though meant in a complementary way. As the bitterness resides the high alcohol content becomes apparent. While not overwhelming, it definitely tells you that you're not drinking a regular pale ale.

Reasonably smooth, somewhat creamy. The carbonation tickles the tongue a bit, and if it were flatter the creaminess would really come through. The feeling sticks in your mouth for a bit, which is nice because it lets you enjoy this 9% beer a bit more slowly, but still taste and feel it.

Everything but the ABV and the price makes it very drinkable. If you're a hophead you could probably drink several, but the ABV will limit you if you have to drive home, and the price per 4 pack will limit you if you're on a budget.

evanlarkin, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer poured into a perfect pint. A very heavy, hazy beer, the head almost seemed weighed down, but was well retained. The smell is just a beautiful bouquet of hops and the taste is that with the malty well-balanced sweetness. You can notice the higher alcohol content, but in a nice, warming way like you would in a wine. The beer is thick and velvety, super pleasant, and well enjoyed.

wcintula, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of SirRuss
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A fine haze runs throughout the deep, rich copper body indicating a malty treat ahead. The head is solid, if ephemeral, but leaves some sexy lacing to the last drop.

S - Wow. Straight away those coppery malts breeze up the glass, and are soon followed by a complimentary whiff of resinous hops. There's also a creaminess on the backdrop, but what gets me most is the gentle nature of this brew's aroma. It doesn't make you work for it, but at the same time the senses are in no way bombarded. It's a seductive style that leaves you hankering for more.

T - Wow again. No word of a lie came from the aroma. This is a gentle giant with a suspiciously silver tongue. The malts are first on the scene. and express themselves delicately at first, with shortbread nuances on the fore-palate. Almost immediately they roll into a richer, bicuity character reminiscent of a decadent cheesecake base. While you're trying to wrap your head around the unctuous malt transition, the hops flank the rest of your palate as they increase their presence in a similarly smooth maneuver. United, the perfect balance of hops and malt command a peculiar onslaught, allowing huge - massive - flavors to seem somehow mild, and completely palatable. The finish is yet another melange equally comparable to the midpalate and nose, and then finally settles down on a soft piney bed.

M - Like a giant multicolored feather duster, this brew will softly reach every nook of your senses. The malty sweetness creates a momentary stickiness, as does the oiliness of the mega hops. But the 9% -which can only be detected indirectly through its negation of that stickiness - cuts everything back into balance as it collaborates with the very diplomatic carbonation. The clotted cream hinted at by the nose also comes forth in the mouth and palate, and lends a further luxurious layer to the mouthfeel.

D - Although the brilliance of this brew is in its balance, which is a more sophisticated illusionist than Dan Brown - or dare I say it, Houdini himself - the one thing it can't do is fool you for long. After mustering the discipline to leave more than a millisecond between each sip, you finally come down to earth and realize its true weight is more than most people can handle beyond the first bottle. Of course, for those of us with less self-restraint, there's always the issue of 9% and real gravity to act as a secondary natural check, and lliterally bring you down to earth by less gracious means.

SirRuss, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of mjrod2142
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this from the bottle and on tap.

At home from the bottle, I used a Perfect Pint glass.

The beer pours with a heavier feel than most beers, which was expected. It has a nice caramel color and lots of pin point bubbles rise quickly to a thick off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

The citrus aroma was subtler than I expected from a strong IPA, but the caramel-malty scents were a pleasant surprise. I even got a hint of chocolate.

A first sip, I got a sharp initial bitterness that quickly quieted down to a heavenly taste of butterscotch.The mouthfeel is creamy and not too carbonated. I can sense the high alcohol content, but not in an unpleasing way. Very drinkable, but be sure to savor it.

Could this be the perfect IPA?

mjrod2142, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy copper/amber colour, not much in the way of head, dissipates quickly (to be expected with lower carbonation and the fact I wet the glass prior to pouring).

A pleasantly distinctive hoppy, citrus/fruity smell

A noticeable sweetness at the start followed by a dry hop bitterness which starts slow but quickly builds to a very pronounced level with some alcohol warmth. Although it's a strong tasting beer, it doesn't go too far in any one way, even the bitterness although extreme in itself feels very much at home here.

Light carbonation, feels slightly denser, almost silky in mouthfeel compared with other beers. I think the carbonation is just right.

An absolutely exquisite beer. Big in smell, taste and mouthfeel but combined it just all binds together to form one of the nicest IPAs I have ever tasted. Please Sir, may I have some more?

NATOuk, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mikem0487
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into ale glass

A-When poured into glass gives a nice two finger head with with terrific head retention and nice lacing. Looks mighty good.

S-Malty sweetness with hop undertones. Can smell the high abv slightly.

T-Taste great but the after taste leaves something to be desired. After taste is good but can taste that alcohol minutely.

M-Smooth. You can feel the carbonation of this beer on the tip of your tongue.

D-High drink-ability. Could drink this all day if it was not for that 9.0 ABV. 2 or 3 of these and you will have yourself feeling alright!

mikem0487, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of drew2u
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer last nights, poured out exceptional with beautiful color. Poured into a large opening wine glass which allowed enough room for breating and the scent to be taken in, which was fairly light but nice aromas. Taste on my tongue was smooth just enough action. Flavors were mild, and not overwhelming. Very easy to drink, I could enjoy this beer often.

drew2u, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of sfz
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangeish amber that leaves a small head, with lots of lace.

S - Smells really boozy. Strong alcohol smell that isn't indicative of the taste at all.

T - Fruity and citrusy. Very full flavor. Came in anticipating a big time hop bomb and didn't find that here.

M - Light carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

D - Easily drinkable. High ABV isn't really noticeable past the smell. Not a great session beer due to the ABV and the price though.

sfz, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to my trusty irish pub pint (making my GrandFather proud) Nice white head that disapated slowly leaving a nice lace. This brew has an amber orange hue.
The nose was malt forward to my shock, but in a good way. Very bready so I assume this elixer to have a huge grain bill.A smooth herbal grassy hop is present but low key.
A very nice orange like citrus up front that leads into said large grain bill of quality artisan bready tastes.Very good fruity alchol balance on this, I had thought this to be boozey before I knew what beer is! WOW, These Cats Are Making Good F'n BEER.
Creamy and oily with spot on carbonation.
The abv. is all that keeps this from being an all night drinker, CUZ it delivers on a sooo many levels. These folk can brew!

welldigger888, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber/orange with a white one finger head which leaves great lacing.

S - This beer has a super malty profile. Some floral hop aromas with some citrus. Much less hops than i expected and prefer.

T - Sweet malts and a nice bitterness at first sip. As i sip more, i get some sweet grapefruit and citrus. The finish is long, complex and a tad too sweet for me.

M - This one unfortunately had little carbonation, but nice thick mouthfeel.

D - This is a good beer, but its far from "the best" as they claim on the packaging. I enjoy it but think there are many better examples in the style.

dubinsky, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Wamesit
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep hazy golden amber with a strong, thick white head that gives way to unbelievable lacing, thick clinging rings.

S - Profound piney hops, some herbal hops in there too. A rich aroma. A hint of sweet malts somewhere woven in there. Hops.

T - Gorgeous. Rich, smooth. Hops dominate. Oily and strong, piney and earthy. Creamy malts fill out the body and balance this beer. The 9% abv is noticeable in the finish. This an Imperial IPA through and through. I could go on and on...

M - Thick and chewy. Such chewiness. The carbonation (which remains visibly rising long after pour) is just strong enough to make this rich beer refreshingly playful.

D - If facing the chair this might be my last meal.

Wamesit, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of jds1469
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice gold color with white head.

S - Some citrus, but not much else.

T - Very nice. Red grapefruit with a bit of floral taste. Not much alcohol - but a bit as it gets a bit warmer.

M - good but not great, could be a little thicker.

D - Very good drinkability

jds1469, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangeish/amber. Nice white head, little more than one finger.

S - A mixture of fruitiness (raisins/grapefruit) and some nice spicy hops in the background, very nice smell.

T - Begins sweet and fruity, fades into some spicy hoppiness on the end, could taste a bit of that grapefruit from the smell. Very nice.

M - It's a bit creamy but not overly so. I liked the crispness of this beer on the finish, the alcohol is hidden very well.

D - I thought it was incredibly drinkable for the ABV, the hops weren't overpowering that it made it a more sipping beer, and I ended up finishing my glass pretty quickly.

Overall, it's not a glamorous beer, but if someone was asking me to introduce them to IPA/DIPAs/etc, DFH 90 Minute would certainly be one of the ones I would recommend. Just a very good beer.

BeerBuckeye, Jan 18, 2011
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,902 ratings.