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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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96
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13,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 13,283
Reviews: 3,603
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 500
Gots: 2,171 | FT: 26
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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 dcloeren
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful transparent burnt orange with 2 solid fingers of cream colored foamy head. Excellent retention and excellent sticky lacing

Smells of citrus and pine hops explode out of the glass as it is poured. Oily/resinous hops dominate the smell with sweet caramel malt in the back ground. Great smelling beer!

Taste follows the nose. Pungent piney and juicy citrus (orange and pineapple mainly) hops dominate the palate. I love how oily the hops are in this beer! The caramel malt tries to balance this beer out but it is too weak to take on the hops. Like the old saying goes, if you cant beat em, join em. So the caramel malt lives in harmony with the hops and just enhances the total flavor in the end.

The mouthfeel is one of the things about this beer that really makes me love it. Nice and full body for an DIPA. Its borderline syrupy but the carbonation definitely keeps it from going over the line. Coats your entire mouth with hop sex appeal with each sip. Lingering aftertaste, makes you thirsty for more.

As far as I am concerned a fresh 90 minute is about as close as a staple of a DIPA as you can possibly get. It is a very well made beer. Sticky, oily, juicy hops! Great body! Great aroma! This beer has it all without going overboard to get there in my opinion. It is a staple in my fridge when I can get it relatively fresh, but it doesn't last long sadly

dcloeren, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this beer as I haven't had it in a while, pours a beautiful amber color with a really nice inch of head. Smells pines, slightly oily and happy.

Up front you get some citrus flavors followed by a slight malt undertone and finishes with a light yet balancing hoppiness. Pretty full body, decent carbonation and smooth finish with only a slight alcohol estery presence.

My favorite part of this beer is the slight grape presence it has about it that lingers with the hops. Its a grape taste that reminds me of a Belgian style triple yet its sweetness is cut almost instantly with the hops that accompany it, super unique, super awesome.

Very good go to beer

jtierney89, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of thatruth
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle poured into pint glass.

1/8" white head that dissipates quickly with minimal slippery lacing.
Medium copper hue body with an orange tint.

Cherries, firewood, vanilla beans, hint of evergreen or a light mint.
And of course, HOPS.

Tastiest malts I've ever had, oaky and nutty, not just filler. Hops have a great infusion here, barley sensed too. More herbal and spicy than citrus hops.

Rather bitter on-bringing, crunchy aftertaste that owes to the 9% alc. content and plethora of hops.

A fun, damn hoppy, easy to drink for an accustomed enjoyer, even easy to get drunk on IPA.

thatruth, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Wreckoncile
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass

A - Pours a translucent rusted orange hue with a single finger of stable foam that gradually disappates leaving solid lacing and a centimeter thick film of stable head topping the beverage.

S - An initial grapefruit scented hops note that gives way to a sweeter malty undercurrent.

T - Initial hops bitterness with notes of citrus and a slight grassiness, yields to reveal a perfect malted barley complimentary note at the finish that sweetens the beer considerably. Still leaves a strong trademark IPA hoppy aftertaste, but well mixed with a sweeter flavor from the malt.

M - Medium bodied with dry finish and very little in the way of bite.

O - Overall a solid offering and I very much enjoyed the way this IPA is balanced. The hops are still the critical element, but the strength of the malt enhances the hops and brings this beer to another level.

Wreckoncile, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of mayorwalda
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go, my first review of a pale ale and it's a mighty "Imperial IPA" no less.

Right off, Dogfish Head's Imperial IPA pours a nice (curious) amber color and gathers at the top of your glass a nice foamy head, which releases a bouquet of floral hopps and a very slight, if there is said to be one at all, grassy aroma which IPA drinkers know and love. The explosion of aroma that you get from pouring a good head of this beer is a perfect example of why people love the head on their beer--and right now, I’m loving it.

Upon the first sip, well, simply put, I was shocked, maybe a little floored. This beer is so amazingly well balanced and it took me completely by surprise with all the talk (on the bottle) about this being hopped for 90 minutes, etc. etc. I had been expecting a swig of pure hopps with a tail end of alcohol bite, but this beer is really, really malty and its smoothness is unparalleled by any IPA I’ve ever had. This beer also has a unique alcoholic bite (09% ABV), and I find that odd too, but this is an Imperial IPA after all, and with the title comes (much) more of both hopps and barley and that of course means more sugar for the yeast to turn into blessed, blessed alcohol. The somewhat higher ABV is unique especially given the depth of this beer’s taste and I think that while some beer’s higher ABV is a detriment to what might be an otherwise smooth brew, this IPA benefits from its boost in ABV. I might go as far as saying that this brew’s ABV keeps it an IPA, because honestly this beer is so smooth that it makes you forget you’re drinking an IPA. It is the aroma of this beer and its curious alcoholic bite that make you to remember you’re drinking a very fine, surely unique IPA.

Beyond the taste of this beer, which lends you a variation from your day-to-day IPA, this beer feels and drinks more or less like an ordinary IPA. The beer is crisp, well carbonated and light in mouth. If you’re into IPAs give this one a shot. It might not take the spot of your favorite IPA but you certainly won’t forget it any time soon!

mayorwalda, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had this in a long, long time. Bottled 1/12/11 - curious to try one with a little time on it.

Poured into a tulip a light honey color with tons of smooth white head that clings to the glass.

Big hit of citus and floral hops on the nose, some caramel malt.

Sweet caramel malt and a nice smooth citrus hop bit. Dry finish with both lingering sweetness and rindy bitterness.

This is a smooth and sticky - still an easy drinker - could use a hair more carbonation. Abv floats around after a sip with some great warmth.

It's DFH - it's 90 Min IIPA - what else do you want? Lost a little bit of the citric bite in the 8 months since bottling, but still really impressive.

OldIronLungs, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 07/08/11) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger cream-colored head that recedes after a few minutes to a thick and somewhat clumpy coating and thick foam ring. The body is a hazy orange amber. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Citrus and pine hops combine aromas to create a well-blended, nearly singular aroma with some spiciness in the background. Notes of citrus peel and grapefruit make up the citrus hops aroma nicely. Sweet, caramelized malts add a great balance to the nose.

Sweet, bready, and caramel malts pair with citrus, grassy, and pine hops to create a very well-balanced taste. The hops flavors are complex and bold but kept well in check by the malts. The bitter aftertaste does not become very strong but is quite satisfying. A slight alcohol warmth is present in the back of the throat.

Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is not the most drinkable DIPA out there, but is certainly one of the most delicious. The body is a little thick and is certainly both coating and sticky. The carbonation is not easily apparent as it is mostly found in the creaminess of this beer.

output01x, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-orange in color with off-white head with decent retention leaving nice lace.
S: Floral, hops, herbal aromas with hint of malt.
T: Sweet malt at first with citrus and hop bitterness. Grapefruit tartness is present.
M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation. Clean finish with hop bitterness. Alcohol makes itself felt.
O: Intensely flavored beer that pairs very well with flavorful foods. Will definitely drink more. Cheers!

Addendum:
I sampled this beer with a tangelo infusion via the Randall at the Savannah Craft Brew Fest and WOW! The hops still dominate but the infusion brought out the citrus complementing the bitterness beautifully. Very nice touch by very creative brewers.

Paincane, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of tykees88
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- toffee amber colored brew. nice white pillow head.

S- smells super sweet. malty, but then an overpowering floral hop aroma.

T- a little boozy. detracting for me. The hop flavor is nice. a real bitter bite. the malts are also nice.

M- pretty much a medium bodied beer. good carbonation.

O- it's good, I won't get it again because I can't now, but it was good.

tykees88, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of agomega
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden toffee color.

Smell: Notes of citrus, honey, floral, and malt.

Taste: Up front is a sweet malty caramel flavor that gradually shifts to a hoppy grapefruit flavor with a slight hint of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not much carbonation, a slight hint of alcohol, but overall very smooth.

Overall: This is a complex beer. It is extremely well crafted and all of the different flavors bend together perfectly. This is definitely one of my favorite beers and its fame is only reduced by the fact that it is almost always readily available.

agomega, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A Golden coppery color with about a finger of cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Good fresh hops right off the bat and with a load of malts to smell as well.

T - Just like the smell. A nice hop profile and a sweeter malt to balance the end of the drink. A good dry, bitter finish.

M - About a medium bodied beer with decent carbonation.

O - One of my all time favorite beers. let alone one of my favorite IPA's.

mattboyer182, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4oz->Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours a brown/toffee color with a golden hue. Starts with an inch of head that fades into gurgly swirls--Gorgeous. Good lacing with partial retention. I expected this to be very hazy for some odd reason.

S ~ Pine Resins & Grapefruit fading into bitter notes of cut-grass slathered with honey. Malt aromas are rich & full.

T ~ Barley coming through really strong lending brown sugar, marmalade, sweet bread & leafy vegetal notes. Hops are ever-present as well; Bits of Orange oil, Spruce & a touch of herbs. The resinous notes that drive the nose meld well into the background beside the bold malt flavors.

M ~ Bitterness & hop bite are really unique paired with the subtle carbonation achieved here. Large amount of fresh/dry hop flavor with a Malt-driven body. Citric, Sweet, & Never becomes too "oily."

D ~ Very long overdue trying this one. The UK Malt used was really well played. Good body, good flavor, & ideal ABV for the style. Great Job!
cheers.

chocosushi, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour a darker honey colored ale. It holds a stark white head of one finger, which recedes rather quickly into a congregation of fatty bubbles over half of the surface of the liquid. A one finger head is easily reproducible with a quick swirl. The last drops from the bottle give thick swirls of haze, whereas no other sediment is outright noted. Carbonation appears active. The nose is sweet with bright citric hops, and a sugary citric quality. There is also a significant malty vibe, given with some slightly caramel and toasty grain. The booze is apparent, especially with more warmth, but doesn’t become overpowering. Sweetness is furthered by a light fruitiness of maraschino cherries and pear. As we sip citric, floral, and soapy hops meld and present up front. Here, too, we get bitter and souring grain with less sweetness and caramel as was found in the nose. The middle evens out quite a bit, giving a softer sweetness, of vanilla, and those exact fruity notes found in the aroma. There are additional honey sugars to move the taste along. In the end, the final flavors to leave the palate are a smooth graininess, and a spiciness, of brown mustard and oak. The aftertaste breathes heavily of hops and booze. The latter is in a rum-like flavoring, with stingy fusel alcohols and a synthetic fruitiness. Plastics also breathe through after the drinker sits for a bit. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The feel to each sip is with a nice froth and creaminess. The mouth is nicely coated, and left rather cooled for something so hoppy and initially bittering. The abv is within range and the beer drinks rather easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sweet and sticky aroma. It had a perfectly balanced malt character, with caramel and darker grain, but also delivered robustly on the hop front. These were citric and contributed nicely to what the malts were offering. This is a standup DIPA, and the exact older brother one might expect from something so outstanding as the 60 Minute IPA.

TheBrewo, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of bpw28
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Three finger very tight white shaving cream head, great retention, orange (about a 15 SRM), very nice lacing, steady stream of carb.

Smell: Big pine, big grapefruit, citrus, sweet malts, spicy, peppery, floral

Taste: Big floral, grapefruit, and citrus up front, then ends with nice roasted malts, yeasty, and a pine bitter. Leaves a spicy, herb taste in the mouth. The mouthfeel is nice and slighty chewy, carb is spot on. Semi-dry. There's a slight alcohol to it, but for a 9% it's hidden pretty well.

Final Thoughts: It's a pretty clear cut brew, but its done flawlessly. If you like IPAs, I can not see why you wouldn't like this one. Very good, but I expect a good IPA from Dogfish Head.

bpw28, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was funny how I have taken 90 minute for granted. It is available almost anywhere, but I always go for something new. My logic was that I could always get it when I wanted... tonight I realized that the last time I had this beer was about a year and a half ago. And, this is a beer that I really enjoy.

The restaurant poured the bottle into a shallow red wine glass. Normally I want to pour, but this waiter did it with a flourish.

He got about one finger head from pouring 6 ounces. The coloring is a light brown with decent carbonation.

The smell is still great. I get tons of hops.

The flavor is really well balanced. You get a lot of hoppiness, but no one hop takes over the beer. There isn't even a noticeable amount of bitterness.

This is a really good beer. Sorry I took it for granted.

ummswimmin, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2 finger thick foam head. Lots of lace. Light amber with straw and crimson hues.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit. Sweet malt and some spice.

T: Few beers have the same complexity that is so well demarcated from the front end, middle to finish as this beer. Up front sweet malt/caramel. This transfers to citrus, mostly pineapple and grapefruit. Finishes with mild pine and hop bitterness leaving a sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am not surre if the taste could get any better honestly. This has to be the best tasting beer I have had.

kylehay2004, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

A- Light ambery glow with almost no head

S- Great aroma. Smells strongly of pine and alcohol. Floral notes

T- Intense hop flavor with a strong malty backbone. Nice bitterness profile. You can taste the pine the alcohol definitely isn't hidden in the flavor

M- Nice smoothness; very little carbonation, which works perfect for this beer

O- Great IPA. Classic taste with a unique take. My first offering from Dogfish Head, looking forward to many more

MrDonQuixote, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Ninjabrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. A nice looking beer not a huge head but the color you want an DIPA to be.

S. Slightly citrusy and very faintly spicy.

T. "off centered" I like this beer but it's got something very un IPA going for it while Maintaing it's status as a DIPA. Good job dfh at keeping their own thing going while still being true to the style.

O. Great beer in it's own right. I just don't know how they did it, but who cares.

Ninjabrew, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of AlexF
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle a couple years old.

The 90 Minute IPA has a crisp opaque orange robe. Medium head that vanishes relatively quickly. One can expect a sirupy brew just by the look!

Smells like overripe orange and lemon, grass and plum. The smell itself is very intense, but I fear that the beer might be a little too dense.

Woah! Not bad! I still wonder how this brew can be refreshing even with a 9% ABV and such an intense taste. Quite earthy, with lemon and orange vibes. Less hoppy that I thought it would be, but it could be due to the age of the bottle (2+ years).

This is the overall balance I wanted in a beer. Very enjoyable.

AlexF, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Sirbaron
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying a freshly poured bottle during an enormous summer thunderstorm. Appearance is wonderfully close to new penny copper. Smell is good but a litte lacking for an Imperial. Floral Hops is appropriate. Taste smooth and not boozy with hops on top followed by malt to bring it to a smooth finish. Nice carbonation on the mouth. A nice attempt overall but not there with the Big Boys.

Sirbaron, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Coplains
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice amber with good head that sticks around with good lacing. Smells piney floral that is hop forward. Really well balanced with lots of malt and well balanced hops, with a good hint of alcohol at the end. A really good beer, would like tom try all of the other minute varieties.

Coplains, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Raven3464
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful bronze color with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell: A complex floral blend of hops and caramel dominate the nose.

Taste: Sweet malt and a hint of orange flavor are noticeable before the bitter hop punch.

Mouth feel: The beer feels dry and spicy with a pleasant alcohol kiss at the end; it's just enough to remind you the beer is 9% ABV.

Overall: A very good IPA that I would have again any day. The smell and taste are much more balanced and "rounder" than the 60 minute IPA. The transition from sweetness to hoppy bitterness is wonderful.

Raven3464, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a pint glass

A- Incredibly clear, reddish-orange amber. Very neat carbonation. Half an inch of eggshell tan head. Medium to heavy lacing.

S- Hops, hops, and more hops. Extremely fragrant, like walking through a pine forest. Cascades dominate the extremely powerful hoppy aroma. Just a little bit of sweetness keeps it from being overpowering.

T- Very surprisingly, the malt character stands out just as boldly as the hops. Sweet and smooth, almost caramel malts provide excellent support for the rich hoppy flavor. Floral and fruity, spicy and sweet, it really is a buffet of hops. Hops dominate the aftertaste and leave a very strong presence behind.

MF- Full bodied and thick. Nice carbonation. A little syrupy, but generally goes down smooth.

D- I honestly ordered this expecting a novelty beer, but I was treated to one of the finest brews I’ve enjoyed in a very long time. I’m typically not a huge fan of Dogfish Head, but this is a prime example of what they do best: IPAs. Had I not known better, I’d have guessed a high ABV, but not 9%. That said, very drinkable given how strong it is. On tap always beats bottle, but that’s especially true with this beer.

OMGTheyKilkenny, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear coppery-amber color with a very nice dense frothy eggshell colored head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nice sweet caramel malt up front with a nice balanced nose supported by a nice florally-pine hop character towards the back end of the nose.

Great flavor and balance. Nice caramel maltiness balanced nicely with nice floral hops, a touch of pine resin and leather on the back end.

Full bodied with a creamy and semi viscous mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall this is just an excellent, solid, and clear east coast DIPA. Ive always really liked this beer and love to throw this in the mix now and then.

MrVonzipper, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of jbakajust1
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/18/2011 poured into SN Tulip

A - Briliantly clear deep amber with 1 finger beige head, tight bubbles, fades to sustained cap, leaves good lacing.

S - Very complex aromas, starts with caramel and toffee, plums, raisins, a light tangerine and subtle pine/resinous, hint of mild chocolate, peach, mango, and ripe melons. Has a mild floral alcohol note. As it warms it gives hints of vanilla and bourbon (w/o the wood). By the end there is a more pronounced piney/resinous nose.

T - A lot like the smell, but not as deep or complex. Caramel, bitter chocolate, melon, peach, spicy hops, vanilla, tangerine, plums, deep toffee, kind of earthy.

M - Smooth deep bitterness with a robust spiciness, med body, light alcohol warmth on the semi dry, yet sweet, finish

O - Great beer, really enjoyed the complex flavors and aromas from the deep rich malt backbone to the hops. Refreshing change from the West Coast hop bombs that have nothing to them but, well, hops. Very balanced IPA, intensely complex. This is my 4th dance with DFH 90 over 2 years. The first one I found quite sweet, the second too bitter, the 3rd not hoppy at all... I am glad I gave this another shot after letting my palate recouperate from all the West Coast hop bombs I was having a year ago. Looking forward to having one again when it is fresher.

jbakajust1, Aug 15, 2011
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,283 ratings.