90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint glass.
A: Bright golden-amber; sparkling body when held up to light; lots of tiny carbonation bubbles racing to a slightly rocky white head, about 1 finger thick. Head reduces to a ring on top of the body; lots of sticky, white lacing.
S: Pungent, citrusy hops hit the nose from the moment I pop the cap - huge, tart grapefruit, herbal notes, slightly minty, a tad bit of earthiness. Just faintly pick up on the malts in the background - just a light, sweet biscuit/baked bread note hiding behind the volume of hops
T: Hops blast the palate with a uniquely grapefruit citrus flavor - a tart, rind-like edge with a lot of residual sweetness following the initial burst of bitterness. Hops also give off a faintly minty/herbal bite which quickly fades as the malts ascend. Malt profile features a smooth, sweet biscuit and honey flavor that plays nicely with the residual fruity sweetness. Alcohol comes in near the finish with a quick, spicy punch. Aftertaste comprised of some lingering hop bitterness which gives away to a milder, malty biscuit note. Delicious and very smooth; flavors meld nicely.
M: Very crisp carbonation across the palate keeps the mouthfeel lively and refreshing. Carbonation plays well with the abundance of citrusy hops. Slightly slick feel on the swallow.
D: 9% ABV means one, two bottles max, will suffice, but this beer is tempting. A lot of reviews suggest the 90min IPA is almost too sweet, but I think it tastes amazing and the sweet side probably helps with the drinkability by masking some of the heat from the alcohol. Rest assured, the alcohol does peek through with greater presence near the end of the glass, as the beer reaches room temp.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a "hop head" or that big into IPAs in general, but this beer is superb - my favorite DIPA. I liked the Stone Ruination, but I think I have to give the edge to the 90min. The citrusy grapefruit notes (I quite enjoy grapefruit) balanced beautifully with a steady malt backbone to create a bold yet highly refreshing beer for a warm summer evening. I was really diggin' DFH's 60min , but this is far and away superior, even if a 4 pack of 90min costs me the same as a 6 pack of the 60min... definitely worth the price.
I must say that it is this kind of well-executed DIPA which nudges me back into the direction of giving new IPAs another chance to impress. This is the yardstick by which I will measure.
05-30-2009 04:28:21 | More by Buschyfor3
3.35/5 rDev -21.7%
The dogfish 90 min IIPA is a significant step up from the 60 min. The volume has definitely been turned up in the malt department and to a lesser extent the hops.
Appearance wise this beer is a bit better than average. A decent head that recedes quickly to a small blanket of foam. The colour is light honey brown There is some lacing but it's not remarkable.
Smells of sweet toasted malts and fruit can be found within. These are nice but not particularly outstanding either. The taste is similar with sweet malts up front, some fruit, but with a significant hop presence towards the end. And to be honest I think I was expecting more hops.
The beer itself is slightly thick and the carbonation gives it a prickly feeling in the mouth. Drinkability is average for the style.
05-28-2009 17:07:24 | More by Ralphus
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
12 oz bottle date 3/27/09. Poured into a 22 oz. DFH snifter. A beer i've had before but has probably been a year since my last one. Good beer but not the taste i like in this style, too much caramely-malty dominance that mask the hops. That said its a good offering from the DFH brewery.
05-28-2009 03:23:09 | More by wtarheel1
3.5/5 rDev -18.2%
12 oz. into snifter/ Bottled on 2/27/09
P: Deep amber with a thick and creamy eggshell-colored head that features somewhat of a whipped consistency. Decent retention, but didn't leave as much lace as expected.
A: Smells like a lot of hops! Citrusy, piney, and some vague floral notes underneath. Not to be outdone, the toasty caramel malts make their presence known as well. I just hope it's not as malty on the palate...
T: ...damn it! As expected, this is one of those DIPA's that strives for balance instead of the full-throttle hop explosions that, admittedly, I am partial to. The citrus side of the hop bill tastes like grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple while the piney side is more resinous. Those floral notes come through even less on the palate than they do in the aroma. That huge caramel malt presence bullies its way in to share the spotlight with the hops and provides more than enough sweetness to counter-balance the bitterness.
M: All those malts make for a body that's medium-full with more of a smooth & creamy feel rather than a sticky, dry one.
Notes: I can appreciate this beer for what it is, and can definitely see why some people love it so dearly. Having said that, this just isn't my cup of tea when it comes to DIPA's. Is it because I live on the West Coast and am biased towards huge hop bombs? Probably. But that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the fact that this is, obviously, a well-crafted beer. It's just too malty sweet to break into my upper eschalon of hoppy beers. If you like well-balanced, sweet DIPA's then this is your holy grail!
05-27-2009 00:28:09 | More by sweetbrew82
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours to a nice copper color with a very fine head. The smell was that of a caramel covered raisin. The taste is a wonderful blend of citrus , hop, and that faint caramel flavor that gives this a mild sweetness I find I want more of. It is a soft blend that just balances each other perfectly. As far as drinkability one thing is for sure it won't take 90 minutes to drink and hopefully it won't take that long to find more.
05-27-2009 00:03:41 | More by nopucophop
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured from bottle into my Great Divide cervoise goblet.
A - Beautiful deep amber color with large white head.
S - Sweet, malty aroma with nice dose of hops lurking just around the corner waiting to pounce.
T - Big, bold flavor with a huge rush of malts and hops. This is a complex DIPA which will always have a spot in my cellar and/or fridge.
M - Definitely full bodied for a DIPA; an absolute pleasure to drink.
D - This is not a brew to be taken lightly, or pounded down with wreckless abandon. One or two at a time is plenty and should be enjoyed slowly!
05-26-2009 21:50:20 | More by rlcnmeyer
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
poured from bottle into tulip glass
a- dark golden ruby, clear, great white head with thick, sticky lacing
s- mostly nutty, caramel, the smell almost reminded me of captin morgan spiced rum, sweet, syrupy. pine
t- this is what a double ipa should taste like! also sweet on the tongue, very very well rounded, a little nutty, caramel, spice, pine.
m- fairly thick, fairly heavy, slightly sticky feel.
d- sort of expensive, not an everyday beer, but i would buy it again
05-26-2009 04:06:49 | More by tj4288
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours insanely thick, a gooey rush of deep dark gold. Head is insane and the lacing is amazing - it leaves wonderful patches down the glass just from the slight dissipation of the head. Bubbles don't know what to do to punch their way out through the body, but they make a valiant effort. Looks wonderful.
Big piney, almost solvent like pungency on the nose. Pepper, latex, resin, citrus rind and acetone all bubbling and gurgling together in some insane witches' brew of powerful aromas. Oh so grand for an IPA - hoppy up the hilt.
Oh, before you even get a dose of those lovely hops, that heavy belting richness makes its presence felt, with a slick, thick, chewy texture coating the mouth. Once it's there it releases its bomb - a phenomenally astringent hop bitterness cascading over the tongue. Apart from the thick body, there's almost no whisper of the malt backing, but that's ok. That's what this beer is all about.
It's a big hop-bomb this one, almost to the point of insanity. It teeters oh so close to the edge of being irredeemable, but stays gloriously on our side of the realm.
05-26-2009 02:14:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.88/5 rDev +14%
A- Medium sized head, depends on pour and temperature but when done right can definitely get 2 fingers out of this. Very nice copper color, and lacing and retention are well above average.
S- This is something of its own, I know its not just the continous hop addition, their is a strong caramel smell along with the ridiculous hops.
T- The most well balanced strong ale out there. One of the best dipa's around, I have yet to have a better one, but I also don't have the money to try different dipa's im unsure of. The hops, malt, and caramel flavors are in such perfect balance I could cry. So well done, there isn't much else to say.
M- Full bodied, suspended carbonation, this is something special, when the mouthfeel is right, and everything else is right, you got a perfect beer, this is it.
D- Well it is heavy, but alcohol flavors are low so for such a strong beer you can have a lot of these (if the alcohol doesn't kill you first).
Between this and la fin du monde you can't go wrong, either way you'll end up with your taste buds spinning, and so will your head.
05-25-2009 06:13:18 | More by cheapxceptbeer
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
The appearance is near perfect. Amber color, great head that foams nearly precisely the right amount, then fades perfectly leaving you a beautiful pint.
It has a very hoppy nose - but not overpowering. Mild floral tones are there, but again, nothing overpowering. Very nice aroma.
Wow, there's a lot of deliciously complex tastes happening here. There's obviously a great deal of hops here. Tons of lovely, lovely hops. It's bitter without being overpoweringly so. Again, a mild floral note from the hops, but it's very abbreviated.
The mouthfeel is very nice. Not too fizzy/foamy - nearly perfect.
If I were forced to complain, I'd say that the bitter aftertaste hangs on a bit long, impairing drinkability ever so slightly.
All around fantastic beer.
05-24-2009 21:51:50 | More by Ell
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
Wow I am so glad I picked this beer up. After reading all the reviews on this one, i feel lucky.
A - Beautiful amber color with soft white small head. Nice lacing.
S - Very balanced smell of citrusy hops and bready caramel malts. Fruity esters present as well. Can't wait to taste.
T - Damn good beer. The taste follows the nose with the balanced hops and sweet malts. So much flavor between the two and the alcohol is well hidden. Since I have been introduced to craft beer, this is the best beer i've had so far.
Very drinkable and enjoy it tremendously. I will buy more.
05-24-2009 04:46:17 | More by BayouBengal1537
3.88/5 rDev -9.3%
A- Clear dark golden bordering on amber in color. Bone white head stays around throughout the entire glass.
S- Nice piney hop scent, the hops don't fly out at you rather the dry hopping was really well done. Rather subtle hops blend nicely with light carmel malt scents.
T- Far less hoppy than other Imp IPA's, it was kinda disappointing. This beer reminds me more of a high alcohol, overly hopped pale ale. It's possible I had an older beer but the store I got is from is usually good about freshness, a date code would help resolve this.
M- Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation throughout the entire beer. Nice dryness in the throat.
D- Very drinkable, not an extremely high abv but the alcohol is hardly noticeable so it may sneak up on you. Overall a good Imp IPA but I wasn't too impressed, the brew smelled nice but the tasted just didn't back it up.
05-24-2009 04:32:09 | More by brow1901
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
Picked this up recently because I've heard so many good things about this beer and I love my IPA's. Sure enough, this lived up to the hype, although it was not the "hopbomb" that I was expecting. As odd as it sounds, this beer has a nice taste that's both subtle and refined. The hops are there but they don't hit you over the head. Instead, they're present, solid, and addicting. Needless to say, I wish I had more than one bottle in front of me.
Good pour to this - clear, dark amber, and bubbly with a fairly frothy head. It almost reminded me of a west coast IPA like Stone or Sierra Nevada because of the amount of carbonation that could be seen. Like those beers, that didn't necessarily translate over to the taste. What did stick out was the sudsy, leathery, dry-hopped aspect of this. It's only a bit floral and citrusy but the warmer, metallic notes dominate more. The body is near perfect and this won't leave you wishing for a glass of water by your side to wash it down. Now that I've worked my way down to the bottom of my pint glass, I can certainly taste a bit of bourbon and caramel in this. What exactly what this aged in?!?!??
Sure, this is 9.00% ABV but it'll go down so easily that it can hardly be felt. Just give this a shot and enjoy it - Dogfish Head is arguably the best East Coast Brewery at putting these kind of beers together and this proves why beyond the shadow of a doubt. Instead of overloading the senses, this puts the "craft" into craft beer. While it's not the best I've ever had, it's up there and can more than hold it's own. All that's left for me to sample now are their other IPA's - this beer has made me thirst for those, it's that good!
05-23-2009 07:11:33 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.48/5 rDev -18.7%
A- Beautiful transparent golden amber body with a thin soft white head. A truly wonderful looking beer.
S- Citrus fruits hops and barley. lots of malt... yikes! Nothing too overwhelmingly special here.
T- This is a decent DIPA. There is a nice subtle hop bitterness that lingers throughout and is topped off with and almost candy-toffee-like maltiness and citrus fruits. None of the flavors really dominate so it is "balanced" all the way through. There is a great subtle sweetness to the aftertaste that begs you to drink more. overall, though, much too malty and sweet for a DIPA. a good beer, not a great DIPA.
M- on the lighter side of full-bodied for a DIPA, and it is slightly over-carbonated for my liking.
D- decent drinkability, but again, too malty and sweet to be sessionable for long periods of time. i could have a few more of these tonight, but not a whole nights worth of drinking.
05-22-2009 04:22:34 | More by jdklks
4.75/5 rDev +11%
Aroma from the freshly opened bottle: malts and florals
Aroma after the pour: floral and citrus
The Dogfish 90 minute DIPA pours into a tall pils glass with a huge tan-orange head and beautifully clear amber body. The head settles to 3+ fingers after a little over a minute w/ light lacing.
What's most impressive about this DIPA is the balance in the taste from the start of the experience. It's hoppy for certain, but not as uber-hoppy as some others in this style; and, as mentioned, expertly balanced with its malty side. Beware the 9% abv, it's well hidden.
The mouthfeel has a nice amount of carbonation (when poured down the side). The gravity of this brew is a perfect match for its characteristic elements.
The Dogfish Head 90 Minute DIPA is the work of brew artists; an absolutely delicious brew.
05-22-2009 03:08:25 | More by MVotter
4.28/5 rDev 0%
Pours a honied amber color with a copious amount of head. Fantastic head retention and lacing like glue.
The aroma is what you would expect from the style, all citrusy hops and some bready, caramel malt. Nice. Present. But not heavy handed. It adds wonderfully to the taste.
The taste is more malty and much less bitter than expected and only slightly more bitter than a 60 minute IPA. Huh. There's a nice and solid caramel backbone---somewhat of a butterscotch and honey vibe going on here. The resin of the pine and the grassy citrus works well with it. The alcohol creeps up with every sip as it warms. There's an element of-- and I don't mean this in a bad way, because it tastes nice -- dishsoap to it. Really, this is a delicious and elegantly restrained DIPA, not the over-the-top hop dropkick that makes me normally prefer an IPA to a DIPA.
It's oily and there's very little carbonation here which kind of makes it stick to your tongue and causes the hops to really register and linger. It's creamy and chewy and delicious.
At 9% I'm good for one of these at a time. Two, tops. But that doesn't mean I don't want more or that it isn't a pleasure to drink.
05-22-2009 01:10:38 | More by MeisterBurger
3.83/5 rDev -10.5%
First of all, compared to the 60 min, I think I enjoy the 60 min more. This was a orange color with lots of sticky lacing. Very sweet smell with citrus hops. Upon first sip I could tell this was a very sweet beer. Not too much hop backbone that I can taste but it does have a pretty bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed this one but overall it was just a bit too sweet for me.
05-21-2009 00:25:37 | More by flexinwext
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Dark copper with a thin white head. There are enormous amounts of sticky white lacing that waterfalls down from start to finish.
90 min has a very balanced smell to it. The nose is mostly grassy/earthy and pine with a strong malt presence. There are citrus hops and a sweet fruity ester smell in the backround, but not as pronounced as the hops in the nose.
This is a damn tastey brew. It's very resinous and well balanced with the malt. The bitterness is there but not in your face. The sweet fruit and malt is just as much a centerpiece as the pine hops.
This has a great mouthfeel as well. It's creamy and oily, full bodied. Carbonation is damn near perfect.
The alcohol shows up a little, but overall this is so flavorful and balanced that it's enjoyable enough to have one after another.
This is a classic example of a DIPA, especially those coming out of the east. This beer is worth every ounce of respect it gets in the beer community.
05-20-2009 01:52:01 | More by Vonerichs
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
The DFH 90 Minute IPA pours a very pretty dark amber color with a white frothy head and apparent lacing.
The aroma is heavily floral/citrus, expected for an IPA of this quality.
The first taste is very dry, a hoppy whirlwind, with a finish that leaves a bitterness that is not at all unpleasant. While hops dominate the flavor of this beer there are also notes of sweetness, however they are quickly devoured by the hop explosion.
This is best described as a "bright" beer, although it is a little darker than some IPAs I have enjoyed. The carbonation combined with the hops make this a nice beer for session drinking.
Aged beer review (For info only. Not taken into account in grading):
I know this is not your typical review because this is a DFH 90 Minute IPA that has been sitting aging in a closet since 2005. My ratings are, therefore, for a 4 year old bottle, aged in complete darkness and in moderate temperature.
The pour was uneventful. Not much head at all. The beer appears to be a lovely amber color, although very cloudy.
The aroma is fruity, much more than when this beer was fresh I am sure. The Alcohol has come to the front and the hops have retreated...not your typical IPA of any sort.
The taste is more like a strong maibach with little carbonation. Not the tastiest of beers but that is probably to be expected. After 4 years, this has become more or less, a malt-alcohol beverage. The absence of carbonation takes away whatever flavor is enjoyable. This is obviously at least a year beyond a very enjoyable experience.
05-19-2009 04:16:35 | More by kindestcut
4.28/5 rDev 0%
Been enjoying this Dogfish Head mainstay for years now. It's genuinely an incredible beer. It's been months since I haven't had my fridge stocked with these--when one 4 pack goes a trip to the store is in order.
90 minutes of hopped up deliciousness..I'm expecting a lot on the appearance here and of course dfh delivers. It's a beautiful golden amber with a little bit of chilled haze. There's about half an inch of beautiful beautiful cloudy head that has great retention and incredible lacing.
The nose on this one has more depth than most beers can even dream of. Simply amazing. Some light bready and biscuity malt undertones as well as a brief note of alcohol. The true beauty comes from the incredible floral, spice, herbal, citrusy, etc etc etc hops. Almost perfect.
Damn this goes down so smooth but eventually it almost feels like you're chewing on delicious cold raw hops. mmm. Perhaps a little too much of an alcohol aftertaste that prevents this beer from being sessionable but otherwise you're looking at a winner, I feel like.
They market this as a double IPA but to me it feels more like a deliciously tasty and very drinkable IPA.
May I have another?
05-18-2009 23:09:52 | More by originalsin
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
My aggressive pour led to too much head and a close-call overflow. Still, I'm ready to have a good beer and I know this is one. The big bubbles and overly thick lacing concern me (see my Hoppin' Frog DIPA review), and this one is a wee bit on the light side in regards to color. The beer is almost translucent and, quite frankly, it doesn't look that cool.
Oddly, not much on the smell. Hops, sure; malt, sure; nothing distinctive, however, that jumps out at you and gives the beer identity. I smell balance and, I suppose, that's good. Still, even though I've already enjoyed this beverage and know it to be a good one, I'm at a loss to describe what is an average-smelling beer. +0.5 for smelling balance!
Taste is really where the beer proves its worthiness. It's probably the only Imperial IPA I've had that really maintains a malt backbone. The beer is further confirmation that they're onto something up there in DE at the DFH Brewery. It's perfectly carbonated such that the bubbles seem to blend the malts and the hops WHILE the brew is in my mouth! Every sip is a good one...I feel like that's basically indisputable. This is perhaps the template for an America IPA. Though it lacks the complexity of many other DFH beers, I think it achieves its aim: it is a unabashedly well-balanced Imperial IPA. I've enjoyed this beer countless times and it is consistently good.
Great for the balance that is bolstered by carbonation. I marvel at the fact DFH is mass-producing this beer. The brewery is terrific at making much of the simply good. I applaud that. In this one, what seems like 50% malt gets caught up in 50% hops and you end up with a tasty, fizzy, delicious, yet strong beer. Let's face it--these guys are good.
It is consistently enjoyable. That's huge. I think this beer is one of those to basically have around all the time. I give it extra credit for tasting virtually identical when tap versus bottle. I can have two and feel good. I can mix it with Guiness and have an awesome Black-n-Tan. The beer is both good and versatile. It's another winner from Dogfish Head.
05-18-2009 22:54:51 | More by marvin213
4/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a pale orange amber color with light white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is kind of weak for the style, this bottle could be old.... Hops up front, followed by some sweet notes that i can't put my finger on. This must be old, the hop flavor is minimal with a touch of citrus. The aftertaste is sweet and enriched with malt, there is a bitterness on the back of the tongue. But I can tell it should be more pronounced. The mouth feel is what makes this super drinkable, good amount of carbonation and leaves you wanting more. This would kick ass in its prime, will seek out again!
EDIT: Some of the most amazing lacing I have ever seen from a brew...
05-18-2009 04:22:51 | More by BDLbrewster
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
It's nice to see that I'm a member of the flock here....no question about this one...a winner. I hate to simply be a member of the loud majority here but there's no getting around it for this one.
Nice honey color with white head. Lovely fresh flower nose with a pleasant hop character.
Wonderful hop balance with assertive and pleasant flavors of fruit and malt. Undertones of sweet malt in back palate.
Actually a beer big on hops but with nice balance, flavors and fruit and malt characteristics; quite complex and very attractive.
Clean, crisp hop/malt finish. An all around winner.
9% abv. This is 1 of 21 DFH beers tasted 6/13/09 in Los Angeles.
Pours a dark honey color. Assertive fruit and chocolate nose.
Full, rich mouthfeel with big flavors. Big full sweet malt and carmel flavors with a big full carmel-malt and bitter hop finish that lingers.
A serious IPA big in all respects. Full of character, style, richness and flavors and a wonderful whiskey finish.
05-17-2009 06:00:06 | More by GRG1313
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
A: Pours a nice golden brown, caramel color. Nice off white fluffy head that stayed a good while. light lacing.
S: I enjoy the smell of this one. Very nice and sweet smelling, pleasing to the nose. Lots of citrus and pine notes.
T: This is what an IPA should be. Hops from the start to the end. Definitely packs a punch, with a bitter end as well, but not so much to pass up another. The citrusy notes can be picked up with every sip. Not only are the hops present, but it is an extremely well balanced IPA....hops are there..yes but so are the malts, to keep everything in check.
M: Just enough carbonation. Not too much and not too little.
D: Definitely a great session beer. No doubt about it.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2009 03:28:25 | More by Genuine
3.88/5 rDev -9.3%
12 0z bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours an amber/caramel colour with a two finger off white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles that continue to flow to top.
S - Drank this one with a bit of a stuffed up nose, so i did not get to much from the smell.
T - This one has a nice piney taste to it. Not as hoppy as I excpected it be, but very balanced. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finishes with a tone of citrus (maybe grapefruit).
M - A definite medium body with nice carbonation.
D - Wish I had more than a four pack. Could drink these till the sun comes up. Caught a small head change on a fairly empty stomach, but it probably would have only lasted a few minutes if I didn't follow it up with another. Overall a really enjoyable drink...
05-15-2009 19:43:49 | More by comfortablynumb1
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,278 ratings.