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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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96
world-class

13,260 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 13,260
Reviews: 3,603
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 498
Gots: 2,153 | 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 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
Photo of Bogforce
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...

12 oz bottle poured into my Maudite snifter, bottle dated one month ago.

A: Beer looks good in the glass, nice bronze color and a decent head with some lacing.

S: Smell is decent, getting some hops and some sweet malt.

T: VERY sweet malt, with not enough hops. One month shouldn't change a beer this much. This thing is too malty.

M: Mouthfeel is okay, just too sweet and leaves a funky taste in my mouth.

O: Overall I'm disappointed, this thing is a malt mess. After a month being stored cold that is a not good. Guess I will try to get a bottle that is more fresh and review it again. But a month old I wouldn't buy this

Bogforce, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of cetherid
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewing this beer a 2nd time.

poured into a tulip glass

bottled 7/14

A.

Beer is a dark gold/amber color with about a fingers worth of thick and creamy off-white head. Nice lacing going on as well. A pretty attractive looking DIPA.

S.

First aroma I get is sweet malts..notes of caramel and perhaps a little tea. Hops are noticeable, but not as pungent as I was expecting. Some slight citrus and grass in there. Alcohol presence is subtly detectable.

T.

A good combination of sweetness and bitterness. Tastes of toasted malts, caramel, citrus rind and some pine. It is pretty malt dominant IMO, however the bitterness prevents this from being a total malt bomb. It is still a pretty enjoyable DIPA and pretty much what I expected from DFH.

M.

medium to full bodied with great carbonation. Creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel which is expected from the sweetness to it. Pretty solid mouthfeel for an East Coast DIPA.

O.

A pretty decent showing from DFH. Not sure how much difference a fresh bottle would taste as this is only a month old, but I would've like the hops to be a little more up front. Still enjoyable and will very much enjoy finishing off this 4 pack.

cetherid, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusty brown pour with about a one finger light brown head. Sweet aroma ripe with caramel malts, and some toffee and biscuit notes. Citrus and pine hops are also very evident. Taste is definitely on the sweet side, thanks to the high alcohol content which really isnt noticeable. A lot of caramel/toffee flavors, backed up by a big hop presence. Finishes bitter, but not uncomfortably so. A completely different beast than the 60 Minute, but still surprisingly drinkable for a 9.0% beer.

GeorgeAldi, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Ilovesuds
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a four pack and after reading the label (ABV 9%) I was expecting something overly hopped and a bit harsh. I couldn't have been more wrong! Poured into a pint glass revealed a creamy head, beautiful brown orange color and a muted sweet/hop nose. The first taste was terrific. This is a complex IPA that is extremely well balanced. The best description (that I borrowed from another reviewer) is that it has a "cake like" quality. The only downside is that the high alcohol content is hidden behind this extremely smooth brew. And it can sneak up on you.

Ilovesuds, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seen this before on some very experienced people's top lists for beer, so despite being widely distributed I was excited to try this, and on-tap no less.

Overall, it's a good beer and a solid DIPA. It's got far more caramel malt/dark fruit character than any other DIPA I've had, almost making it barley wine like, but the hops are definitely there. It's sweetish, but never quite goes into 'sweet' with the persistent hoppy character. Glad to have tried it but in the end I must admit it's just not my thing. If you're into the darker, maltier DIPAs then this should roll right through your alley. Otherwise, if you find yourself concentrating on well-accentuated hop characters, this might be a bit of a turn off.

Klym, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of kflorence
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper in color with hints of amber and orange. A good half inch of thick, foamy head sits atop, dissipating to a thin layer of creamy film with plenty of lacing on the edges of the glass as you drink. Nothing special here, but quite appropriate for the style.

S: Very intriguing aroma. Malted barley, pear, grapefruit, lemon, spice, and maybe a bit of pine are predominant. There is definitely some alcohol lingering in the background. Seems to be pretty balanced for the amount of hops present.

T: Impressive. A good blend of malted barley and various kinds of hops give this one a nice balance, though it is definitely hop-dominant (as it should be). The flavors follow the nose pretty well with notes of citrus and pine and a bit of spice on top of a wonderful toasty, caramel malt backbone. Finishes crisp and dry with a blend of malts, pear and alcohol astringency. The 9% ABV definitely makes its presence known, especially towards the bottom of the glass.

M: This one is medium bodied with a bit cream, ample carbonation and an oily quality to it that coats the tongue. Definitely sits a bit heavy in the stomach, but remains pretty drinkable for the high ABV.

O: Glad I finally got around to trying this one, it definitely lived up to its hype. That said, this is a very potent brew and probably not one I could handle on a regular basis. The blend of flavors is quite simple really, but also quite solid. I shudder to think of how powerful the 120 minute IPA must be. Cheers!

kflorence, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler at the DFH in Rehoboth Beach while my wife and I were driving from FL to NH. Enjoyed the brew one night later, and poured it in a pint glass. The beer was a light, pale copper-golden color with a thick, two and a half inch layer of big-bubbled, biege head. Aromas of grapefruit and pear, with a heavy dose of tangy hops, with a lemon-peppered like spice to it. Flavors are very well balanced, with citrus-pear sweet tones once again, balanced with a peppery, roasted hops character that takes over the palate. The sweetness and the round body keep the hops from being too dry, and the carbonation level keeps it light and crisp. Great lace cling on the glass. The aftertaste is slight caramel malt and hops, with a clean and smooth finish. Very tasty!

GarthDanielson, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/14/11, enjoyed on 8/7/11.

a-pretty orange hue with a creamy head. Had a one finger head that provides great lacing down the glass.

s-citrus hops, and a sweet malt smell. Has a great nose that has me excited for the first sip.

t-big hops that are full of great fruit flavors. Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, and pine. Malts are right there too, and they provide a great amount of balance. Finishes with some good bitterness.

m-rich and full of good body.

o-great beer that does not let down. Dogfish head continues to nail this style down.

, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled 6-30-11) to a DFH Snifter glass.

Pours a pretty ruby copper with highlights of red and orange, with a thin but solid bubbly lace around it. Strong sugary malt, followed by a delicate citrus hops presence. Big mango, apricot, grapefruit followed up by a warm but light lingering alcohol feel. Big sugary fruits touch on the tongue, followed with some spice and alcohol, very sweet and delicious. Full on the body, this beer has a big sugary feel to it that makes it a total sipping beer, but its is creamy and smooth and sweet. Overall this is a great beer, one of my favorites, lot of flavor lot of complexity and a lot of character.

gabedivision, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of BeerPhan86
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears consistently on the top ten lists of best craft beers in America, and for good reason. It is an excellent example of the style and delicious fresh and aged. This beer, the Barton Baton oak aged version, and Squall are three of my favorite DIPAs. Let's get into it!

A - Pours a mostly clear ruby amber with a one finger yellow/tan head. Good retention on the head and exceptionally sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very thick and sweet initially followed by noticeable Amarillo and Simcoe hops. I am fairly certain from reading various clone recipes for this beer that the "mystery hop" they have combined with the Amarillo and Warrior hops they list on the packaging is Simcoe. Lots of citrus and fruit notes in the nose.

T - The taste is not as sweet as I would expect from the nose. Huge amounts of hops with mainly grapefruit and pine flavors. The finish is fairly sweet and malty but has that classic Dogfish Head "toasted caramel" taste one can find in the 60 Minute IPA. A little bit of alcohol is noticeable in the finish but it is quite well hidden for the 9% abv. Very well balanced for an imperial IPA, neither too sweet nor too hoppy for my tastes.

M - Thick and quite sticky on the lips. Carbonation level is low which is perfect for this style and lets you really appreciate the flavors going on. A bit oily and slick.

O - Overall, one of the best DIPAs currently available and definitely worth checking out. Dogfish Head does an excellent job with this style of beer and I have highly enjoyed each one they put out. If you like the 60 Minute IPA this is definitely one to check out.

BeerPhan86, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly haven't reviewed this beer yet.

Appearance-Dark amber color with an off white almost yellowish head. About 2 fingers which has EXCELLENT retention and nice lacing.

Smell-First whiff I got some caramel and bready malts. Slight vanilla and slightly nutty. Then theres the hop aroma. Hops are there, but aren't the main attraction.

Taste-Sweet caramel and bready malts just like the aroma and then the citrusy grapefruit and orange juice comes out with some bitterness. Hops are not the star even when fresh. Booze is there, but it's balanced well with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel-Very creamy. Medium bodied with nice carbonation from first sip to last. Very drinkable.

Overall-Is this my favorite beer? No. My favorite IPA? No. But this beer is consistent and is very reliable. Fresh or Aged it's a great beer.

SWMeyer4141, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the light brown color with an inviting haze. Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. Starts off with a lot of sweet caramel followed by a big hop punch. The hops are there, don't worry about that, but they aren't blowing out everything else like I expected.

This is my kind of IPA. Huge hop notes, big bitter finish, but it's got some malt to go along with it. It's not like you're drinking hop juice. The 9% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn't have much presence other than that.

McNealc31, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 6/22/2011. Poured into a pint glass...

A - Nice, deep, rich, amber color with a nice 1 finger eggshell white head. The head recedes quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Pine hops and citrus hops come first as the sweet, caramel malt backbone rides right behind it. Hops and sweetness mix nicely with delicious citrus standing out.

T - Signature DFH malt sweetness stands out mixed with nice citrus and piney hops. Citrus stands out more than the pine. Caramel and biscuit-like breadiness finishes the profile.

M - Medium to full bodied beer. Nice smooth, velvewt like carbonation really makes this mouthfeel stand out. Coats the mouth well and is a bot sticky.

O - I have had this so many times and this is my standard, go to beer. It is always a great choice for me and I really appreciate having constant access to it.

KAP1356, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orange color. hazy. great head retention of off white head. great lacing.

very citrus hop aroma, pine, and grassy. nice malt backbone in the aroma as well, sort of tends towards caramel. very mild smell of alcohol.

intense hop flavor. again citrusy and grassy hop flavor. no real malt flavor. intense bitterness, but just a tad sweet, so as not to be overwhelming. bitter hop flavors lingers long after finish. once the beer warms up a bit the warmth of the alcohol becomes ver

big body, very viscous. medium finish, medium carbonation.

this is a good beer. not a lot of malt flavor here. its just about the hops, and is a lot of hops in this glass.

spitInTheOcean, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A-Pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange with a hint of red with little to no head and no lacing...

S-Sweet malts, some barley, nice floral notes, your citrus notes, smells like apple cider or pops cereal...lol

T-Taste like a bitter strong ale i would say... you get some nice barley and smooth sweet malts...has some slight fruitiness and a dry finish...alcoholic apple cider I'd say...also had a bread like taste...yeast i would say...

M-Medium body with lots of carbonation, very balanced with its flavors and bitterness. very nice...

O-This one caught me by surprise, well balanced and malty different from others of the same style...i would say from the barley or the addition of the hops process...definitely can feel the 9% here...decent brew would drink again...

DrinkThemAll, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Hulmeville Inn going through the Randall 2.0 with rum soaked cherries & Farmer Don's home grown Cascade Hops.

90 Minute looks the part with a burnt golden hue almost like rusted medal. Pretty clear beer, not much if any sediment at all. A nice cream colored cap leaving semi stick, good retention. Smell is the standard 90 minute with a heaping of malt giving off a candi like vibe. Cherry comes through minimally, cant really smell the hops under all of that. Taste is a rush of malt and candi sugar up front. Not sure how the candi sugar gets there since it is not used but that's what I get. After that rum soaked cherry with minimal rum and mo cherry. The aftertaste is where the cascade comes through giving off bitterness and floral all at once. Sweet with faded candi taste, if the cascade was not run through the randall this would be a hot mess cause 90 minute is kinda ewww. Feel is at a strong medium with adaquate carb that is not bitey with a bitter aftertaste after all is said and done. I enjoyed this good enough and would get again.

BARFLYB, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice,slightly muddled,rusty orange with a dense,snow white cap of foam that stood 2 inches tall and stuck around for a good while before depositing gummy rings of lacing on the glass.

S-Sweetened breakfast cereal,citric hops,pine,caramelized grains and a wet grass/floral quality.

T-Sweet malts,grapefruit,wet pine,fresh flowers,brown bread and toffee.

M-Light/medium bodied but without the oily,hop punch I was hoping for.A little too malty for my tastes.

O-A good IIPA but maybe just not what I expected.I was thoroughly derided by an extremely beer savvy friend of mine for voicing this opinion but that's exactly what this is,my opinion.

StlHopHead77, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - A clear orange with a touch of red. A cream colored head forms with good retention and some lacing left on the glass.

S - Barley, malts, and roasted grains.

T - Smokey and roasted malts.

D - Good carbonation and medium body.

O - Hops? I have had this before and I don't remember it tasting like this. Bad bottle?

HuskyinPDX, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a thick, cloudy golden orange, with a creamy head and good lacing.

Smells strongly of hops, and a nice summer/grassy freshness.

Taste is of big hops, strong and punchy yet smooth and not too unbalanced. Finishes quite soft with a nice bittersweet taste.

Overall a great beer, I don't usually like Imperial IPAs but this is good, I will definitely have to try some more US IPAs in the future.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of sweett3k
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voted America's Best Beer. Well it is good but not $11.00 a four pack. I am from South West Michigan and micro beers rein supreme in my neck of the woods. With beers like Bells Hopslam, Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA, and
Founders Centennial IPA you know he got some competition. The 90 min. IPA pours like a nice and easy drinkable IPA with perfect head and a gorgeous copper color. Not too much citrus nor pine but very floral. Not a great punch in the mouth buds but very sour not enough hop bite. She's a good IPA but can not compete with a classic Michigan IPA!

sweett3k, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Along with Squall and Aprihop, the 90 Minute is just one more marvelous IPA out of the DFH stable. This is so smooth, it's ridiculous. The hops are a bit subdued, but you kknow they're there, and their role in both the smell and taste of the beer are still front and center. This is the kind of beer I can drink all day, and yearn for more. I highly recommend this to DFH lovers and hopheads alike.

Retail1LO, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 05/26/11. Enjoyed on 07/23/11.

A - This is a perfect looking DIPA. A bright, clear dark orange/amber color with a good two finger white head. Leaves a literal wall of lacing down the sides. Amazing.

S - That signature DFH maltiness is there. Big nutty, bready, biscuity malts along with some floral grapefruit, citrus hops. Just not quite as hop forward as I would like.

T - The taste is just like the nose. Very rich and sweet. Biscuity, nutty malts all the way through with a crisp grapefruit hoppiness through the middle and at the finish. Also a little hot. Leaves a lingering bready sweetness on the palate.

M - Mouthfeel is near perfect. Very creamy with pretty low carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a superbly crafted beer. It's no hop-bomb but it knows that and it is excellent for what it is. One of my favorites.

Janderson91, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta thank Jonah for this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A: Chill-hazy golden orange color, with an excellent frothy off-white head with tight bubbles. Carbonation is screaming off the bottom of the glass, and this beer leaves good lacing down till the end.

S: Unique hop profile, I'm picking up overripened mango and dried apricot, as well as black pepper and a significant caramel/sweet bread malt backbone. Barleywine-ish. Maybe a touch of alcohol?

T: Surprisingly sweet and malt-forward; this beer has a lot of the same characteristics as HotD Fred, with some added hop flavors and bitterness. Its definitely got that candy sugar feel. A touch hot.

MF: Thick body, with a good coating mouthfeel. The alcohol doesn't seem to cut the mouthfeel too much. Not too drying.

O: A tough beer to judge, I like it but it wouldn't be one I'd seek out again. It's hard for me to believe this is what it's supposed to taste like as a DIPA.

Scotchboy, Jul 22, 2011
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,260 ratings.