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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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11,776 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,776
Reviews: 3,520
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 388
Gots: 1,325 | FT: 24
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA "perhaps the best IPA in America." An imperial IPA best savored from a snifter, 90 Minute has a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate.

90 Minute IPA was the first beer we continuously hopped, allowing for a pungent -- but not crushing -- hop flavor.

90 IBU

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Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy-orange with a big fluffy cream-colored head with good retention. Very thick lacing right off the bat as the head fades away. High carbonation visible and rushing up to feed the head.

Smells a lot lighter than some of the other strong IPA's I've had. Probably because of the lack of flavoring hops. Still sort of a "tease" of an aroma- a mixture of super sweet ruby red grapefruit with an underlying floral character.

The bittering hops work well with the alcohol. Not overwhelmingly bitter, actually a fairly mild IPA in terms of bitterness. Some more mellow bready malts in there as well as some faint crystal that's pretty evident in the color as well, but it gives a very slight nutty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very nice- sort of rounded and Belgiany but finishes crisp and dry. Drinkable because it's not extreme in any particular area, but I do think the recipe makes an error in leaving out a strong flavoring hop contribution. I don't really feel like I'm getting much of a hop character in any particular aspect of the beer, but maybe I was just expecting something a little more extreme from a brewery known for extreme beers and for a beer with such a strong name.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 05:32:51 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of Seanibus


3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a vibrant, rich amber with a light head, which dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing. . The aroma is strong and malty. The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet and sticky, with strong caramel and some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous. This is an interesting beer but not one I'd sit and drink more than one of. It's drinkability is hurt severely by it's vast size and sticky, viscous character.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 23:13:22 | More by Seanibus
Photo of scooter231

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a few strays at the local grocery store, hiding in the tiny craft beer section. I feel pretty much the same about this as I did when I had it on tap a few years ago. It's a solid beer, it's not bad, but it's not my favorite DIPA.

It pours a lovely rusty orange color with a fair amount of head and some lacing. Smells earthy and grassy and malty. Taste is malty-er than expected, and overshadows the hops some. But the earthy and grassy flavors help balance it all out.

Mouthfeel is slick and chewy, and overall, this is highly drinkable, especially for 9%. Still, I'd prefer to sit down with the 60 minute. But not at all shabby.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 06:19:14 | More by scooter231
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Golden amber with an orange tint. A decent head and lace. The aroma is piney,hops,fruity and hints of malt.

The taste is sweet,full of hops and bitterness with a good balance of malts. The alcohol is in the background. The beer is really fruity.
The overall feel is oily,medium carbonation with hop bitterness.

Notes: A well balanced brew. Not sweet in an overwhelming way,just fruity and full of hops.
I think I really,really,really, like this beer-really. I will buy a six pack next time. Never mind the ABV,full steam ahead.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 02:40:01 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Saunapoika


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deliciously dark amber with an orangish hue. Small receding head but finishes with a nice lacing down my pint glass.

S: Outstanding. I think the aroma off this brew should be the definition of an IPA. It's amazing.

T: Once again, outstanding. Bold and beautiful. Full bodied and in complete balance with the huge malt and hop bill in this one.

M: Smooth and slightly undercarbonated for my ideal brew. BUT, this has got to be one of my favorites overall.

D: With a whopping 9%, this one is just too much to quaff more than one or two at a session. Overall, this is one of the more outstanding beers I've ever come across period.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 17:26:40 | More by Saunapoika
Photo of stephens101


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

After having tried the 60 minute and 120 minute IPA's I figure it's time to try the 90 minute. If it's anything like the other two, it's gonna be good. Pours dark copper with orange hues. A thick, 1/2 inch white head sits atop for a good while before patiently settling down with little lacing left behind. Smells of sweet and smooth citrus' with the hops blended in the background among some sweet malts and an earthy and grassy essence floating around as well. The palate is filled with zesty oranges, lemons, spices, grapefruit, dry hops, some underlying breadiness, phenols and a good hit of alcohol which ends the event perfectly. Really good carbonation keeps things interesting and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth, albeit a bit of chalkiness exists. I would describe it as light to medium bodied. Excellent brew, and I hope we get the Dogfish in these parts soon. The word on the street says it could be so. This is quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 23:17:04 | More by stephens101
Photo of drxandy


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

Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, pours a honey golden color, slightly reddish, with a creamy white head.

smells of malts, hops, hops, and more hops, and dry hops

tastes extremely balanced, an amazing DIPA, bitterness blended with alcohol and just the right amount of caramel/biscuity malts, slightly sweet, orange peel, dry grassiness, piney, floral, this is not the first time i've visited this beer, nor will it be the last.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thicker o.g., easy to drink for abv, one of my favorites ever :D

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 01:32:54 | More by drxandy
Photo of GilGarp


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, it's a beautiful golden red color with ample head and fair retention.

Hop aroma is immediately present but not overpowering. It's pleasant but it doesn't seem as fresh smelling as others like Hop Henge, my current favorite DIPA.

The taste is better than I remember with a nice balance between sweetness from malt and biterness from hop. Of course everthing is relative when drinking an imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little over carbonated and there's a slight alcohol burn.

Drinkability would be higher but one simply can't expect to make a session out of a 9% beer. I enjoy this one bottle but one is enough.

Overall, very good but I still prefer standard IPAs to double/imperial most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:56:49 | More by GilGarp
Photo of cthulu81


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, time to plunk down my two cents about one of the most reveared DIPAs on the market. Let me begin by admitting a personal biased FOR DFH 90 as it was my 'gateway' drug into craft beers. And I thank it every day for its enlightening effects. This bad little brew was my first imperial IPA and I haven't looked back since. Well, now that all the meaningless back-story is out of the way, how does it stack up after all these years of pleasurable quaffing? Pours a brillant light amber with a stout, dense little collar. It has such a distinctive smell; not overwhelmingly hop-driven, it seems to revolve around toasted, spicy aromas with an under-lying richness. Smells like DFH. In the mouth the smells are given new life with luxurious notes of deep malt, honey accents, resins in perfect harmony and a deliciously restrained bitterness. Very full bodied and full flavored. Once again exhibiting a tell-tale DFH 'house' aspect. Certainly not a bad thing, but it has a signature profile. Yup. Just as tasty as I remember it; not that I had any doubt.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 22:59:46 | More by cthulu81
Photo of orangemoustache


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this at the Brewhaus with some friends.This was my second time sampling this delicious brew and it was even better than I had remembered.It pours a brilliant gold,the color of Gold Passion Alize with amberish red highlights,it looks like a Tequilla sunrise in my pint glass with a tall tan head that has great hang time,this lacing is as nice as I've ever seen.The nose is full of hops,very fruity,with notes of pine.This tastes like a fruit smoothie packed full of peach,orange,and watermelon,not as hoppy as the nose leads on,but plenty of hops in here for all the hop fiends out there(myself included)!The mouthfeel is intense with hops,but not abrassive or taste bud damaging like a lot of other American Doubles can be,very citrusy finish,with a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the back of the tounge.The drinkability is off the charts,along with the price tag,oh well!Great beer!!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 02:30:06 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of gonzo46and2


4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my Favorite IPAs. A huge nosefull of grapefruit, herbs, and flowers. A great selection of hops are used in this beer including a mystery hop. Finishes bitter but balances well with the generous malts. Great with heavily flavored food. I've enjoyed the 60 and 120 but this ranks as an all-time favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 23:54:05 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of rye726


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

Nice amber color with a frothy tan head. The nose is a tantilizing mixture or hops and fruits. A big malt profile here. The flavor does not dissapoint. Very malty with some well balanced hops. The body is fairy full. This is a very good brew closer to a traditional English Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 05:16:35 | More by rye726
Photo of ROMER79


4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of the tap this beer poured a nice copper color with a two finger white head. It smelled delicious. It reminded me of the smell of geueze at first. Hops, wheat, honey, and sweet sugar was detected in the smell. The taste was hoppy. You could get the hops right away, but I caught the wheat/grain, and a little bit of citrus in there as well. The mouthfeel was crisp and I found this beer to be a slow beer to drink because of the mighty hops.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 11:36:57 | More by ROMER79
Photo of rgdgerard


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

Bought a four pack to try based on BA reviews.
An average pour into a pint glass yields a very impressive 2" creamy head. The first thing you notice is that this beer smells very floral and sweet, perhaps the most beautiful smelling beer I have ever had.

Taste starts out smooth, followed by the crisp bite of very pronounced hops, which last a long time and produce lots of mouth pucker! I mean, you can taste this beer 5 minutes after your last sip. Be wary of the hops in this beer! Still, the taste is very good, but you have to love hops to fully enjoy it. I'll admit it is not my favorite beer and will never be, but the second one I had was even better than the first, so maybe I am being converted to an extreme beer-lover.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 16:23:05 | More by rgdgerard
Photo of everetends


4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a four pack 12 oz bottles from Midtown in Nashvile. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Poured a nice amber tinted with shades of red. Very clear. Minimal head that dissipates quickly but still produces some good lacing.

S: Nice floral and fruity hops, but malt (sweet malt) and grains ar still present. Very inviting.

T: Amazing balanced. The hops hit you but they are in no way overpowering. It is awesomely balanced with obvious malt and sweetness. Very tasty.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Very clean finish with a nice after taste.

D: Amazingly drinkable. I was expecting the hops to be overpowering but yet again suprised. I could drink the whole four pack tonight if the price was a bit more affordable. Very refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 05:02:18 | More by everetends
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


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

A: Pours a clear golden copper color into a pint glass. There is very little head. It is just a thin covering over the top of the glass. The way the light reflects in it makes it look almost oily.

S: A very strong smell of hops dominates the aroma. It has a fresh pine aroma as well. It definitely makes you want to take a sip.

T: Slight hop bitterness is the first taste you get on your lips. The hops however balance out quickly. It finishes very clean and refreshing. There is a lemony citrus taste that adds to the bitterness, but also helps balance the hops. I admittedly haven't had all that many IPAs, but this one along with Gordon IPA definitely are the best tasting examples I have had.

M: A medium body with an oily slickness to it. There is not much carbonation, but it will tickle the tongue a bit as your roll it in your mouth for a few seconds.

D: This one is very drinkable. Even though it starts out slightly bitter from the hops is finishes extremely clean. There is no warming effect from the alcohol at all. It is so refreshing you go back for more quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 23:14:01 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of k3n


4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 3/24/08.

A: clear, rusty tangerine orange. impressive, dense head that sticks around for a while, leaving thin lacing. looks refreshing

S: citrusy hops, citrus rind. a hint of caramel underneath.

T: maltier than i expected for what's listed as an IIPA, but very good nonetheless. an immediate caramel hit is mellowed by bitter citrus rind that is subdued, but keeps the sweetness of the malt in check very well. a slight, drying bitterness lingers.

M: tingly. rich and full in the mouth. hits all parts of the tongue nicely.

D: excellent. the 9% is no where to be found!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 03:44:09 | More by k3n
Photo of Tdizzle


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

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea. Bottled on 3/24/08 and consumed on 5/2/08.

A- Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear amber color with a white head that settles quickly, leaving some sparce sheets of lacing on the glass.

S- The aroma is very earthy and green, with lots of musty and piney hops. There's a good amount of sweet malts and fruity yeast, with only a slight alcohol presence and some carmely sweetness as the beer warms.

T- A moderate hop bitterness is backed up by a substantial amount of malt sweetness. The finish is clean, with almost no lingering bitterness on the palate, which is odd for a DIPA, but it leaves you yearning for the next sip. The alcohol is masked very well.

M- An oily, slick, and slightly syrupy feel, with very little carbonation.

D- I don't know how this beer could get more drinkable. It's incredibly well-balanced, and the 9% ABV isn't even a factor.

An excellent double IPA, though a departure from the extremely hoppy West Coast offerings. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:11:21 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic from a Randell full of Armadillo)

A- This beer has a crystal clear amber body with a thin ring of head that lines the glass. There wasn't much carbonation except for a few stray tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The smell of green mango and sweet fruit give way to green hops with apricot notes and a hint of caramel sweet malt popping through. The finish is a green pungent cat pee and pine blend that fills the nostrils.

T- Big fruity hops with hints of sweet toasted malt and sweet pale malt coming though with a bit of spice leading into more big green pungent hops with a nice pine bitterness. The finish has a soft fusel alcohol spice mixed with the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a full texture and a soft alcohol heat at the finish.

D- I was a bit let down that I didn't get any fuzzy feeling on my teeth but this beer is very floral and hopolicius. I don't think I could handle to many glasses but this glass was wonderfull.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 03:07:29 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of seaoflament


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tangfoot for sending me this one as part of the Top 100 BIF. This was one of the first craft beers I ordered online a couple years ago and I remember I used to describe it as "strong and bitter."

This bottle was bottled on: 02/14/08
A concentrated aroma of citrus and pine hit my nose as soon as I lift the cap.

Pours an amber color with some yellow spots when held to the light. A dense two inch head formed and takes a few moments to settle down, but I can use this time to describe the aroma.

Lots of citrus but it's a sweet citrus, and there is a brown sugar sweetness mixing in with the hops. Some pine needles are there too but the bready, toasted, malt is beginning to clear its throat and say "I'm here in good measure too." Caramel hides behind the toasted malt and brown sugar.

Taste is sweeter than the aroma and more balanced with a stronger presence of the malt. Very dough-like with tons of toast and caramel. Brown sugar is near the finish. There seems to be some hop bitterness trying to attack the tongue but the sweetness washes it away. Not bad, quite the change from west coast ipas that's for sure. This would make a good one to go for when you want an imperial ipa with more malt presence.

Mouth-feel is good to very good. Goes down smooth and the alcohol is almost non-existent.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 03:52:43 | More by seaoflament
Photo of dhd1491


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

Dogfish Head reprints a quote from Esquire proclaiming the 90 minute to be perhaps the best IPA in the world. Immediately, my BS radar is up. As much as I hate someone who hurts their arm patting themselves on the back, I think they may have a claim to the title. I personally have tried no better IPA.

Appearance is outstanding. Rich creamy head that recedes slowly leaving delicate lacing on the sides of the glass. Clear coppery amber coloring. Lovely grapefruity aroma. Hoppy sourness balanced just right with caramelized malty sweetness. Buttery mouthfeel. Almost no trace of alcohol despite the 9% ABV until numbness quickly starts to set in.

If you love the hops, you must try this brew. My only knock is that this is a BIG brew, as you'd expect from a double IPA. Not necessarily what I'd want to drink everyday.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 23:14:05 | More by dhd1491
Photo of fitzy84


4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove. Slightly gold in light, but mainly a very dark amber color appearance with a thin/medium head and eventual lacing. The aromas were incredibly vocal smells of florals, sharp citrus, malt and hops. Initially bitter taste leads to a somewhat sweet aftertaste that really takes advantage of earthy flavors. This beer was a bit heavy for me (especially after a Kolsch) due to its heavy carbonation and tons of hops in it. However, it was typical for an imperial IPA. This drink can easily be appreciated once you get by its harshness. Definitely a solid drink for any evening.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 16:30:56 | More by fitzy84
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass. (Though afterwards I saw BA's advice to pour it into snifter or tulip--next time.)

A - Pours a clear amber color with thick off-white 3-finger head. Great retention finally settling into 1/4 cap. Copius, sticky, lacing.

S - Earthy aromas akin to coffee beans and grass clippings. Some complicated things going on that I can't figure out. Sweet malts detectable in the background.

T - Immediately I taste some sweetness from the malts, followed by the onslaught of hops. A beautiful onslaught it is, releasing very minerally and vegetal flavors; raw vegetable peelings, bark, some sweet spice hints like cinnamon and nutmeg, all with the underlying coffee and grass from the nose. Alcohol is hidden exceptionally well. One of the best things I've ever tasted, beer, food, or otherwise.

M - Medium bodied with some prickly carbonation, the high ABV is barely detectable in the finish.

D - I could throw these back all night; only the price and the ABV hold me back. Delicious brew with very minimal negative characteristics.

I've never much liked super hoppy beers; the bitterness makes them unenjoyable. I don't know what Dogfish Head did with this one, but it's amazing and the bitterness is relatively low. A beer that everyone should have at least twice.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 06:18:38 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of jayrod20


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

The 90 minute pours a light amber color with a nice foam head that leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass. It also has a freshness date which is nice. The smell is a balanced hopiness to the nose with citrsy aroma. The flavor is a dominant hop one which is to be expected. You don't even taste the alcohol. I would love to drink a six pack of this one but it would be an expensive night. I would say it is well worth your money to buy this beer. It has a spicyness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:07:19 | More by jayrod20
Photo of MisterClean


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Praise Jesus. It made it to the West Coast. This is my first tasting of an East Coast IPA. Since the hops and preferences are from different regions this should be interesting.

A - Nice pale, golden color with light head, and nice legs. PA in this bottle is great. Most west coast IPAs are darker in color. Nice to see an IPA live up to its name.

S - Grass. Lots of grass. Slight body of maltiness with a little earthiness from bittering hops. Interesting. We only get hints of grassiness while this beer was just full of it.

T - Shocker! The grass is in the aroma, not the taste. The character of the malts shines through in this beer. Slightest hint of earthiness from the hops.

M - Very light in body. Although I prefer my IPAs Imperial style or packed with a hop punch, the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly warming with malts.

D - Definitely refreshing and I welcome the East Coast IPA version. Could almost settle for a session beer. Um, a short session.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 01:32:36 | More by MisterClean
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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