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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,935 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,935
Reviews: 3,583
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,952 | 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 Chizoad
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent in the glass with a decent amber, perfectly clear liquid. Weak head but I blame the pour, not the beer itself.

Didn't drink it that cold, but it was sort of meh on the nose. Something in there seemed good but I wasn't picking up more than just average hops.

The taste was interesting but not what i'd hoped for. Very very good on the first sip but then became flattish and finally just straight bitter. Lots of hops here, no doubt, but only good as the beer warmed. In fact, the balance was only present when the beer was room temperature, and then a nice malt/hop balance was there.

Very strongly bitter aftertaste, and a real boozy gash across the palate. Again, improved when it was warmer.

High alcohol and strong bitters is going to keep me from having a lot of this.

Disappointing, all in all.

Updated review

I had a 2nd bottle that was far better than the first. Excellent piney-woody hops and very well balanced with the malts. Didn't have that lingering bitterness present in the first bottle, and didn't need to be consumed at room temp. I'll give a bump to the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability.

Chizoad, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of peensteen
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HosP for this one here

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Session Beer Festival stein. A nice golden pale colour with 1 inch of head that held on to the glass and stuck to the side the entire time. Smells quite piney with citrus and traces of alcohol. The taste is so well balanced in terms of bitterness and malt and it finishes with a thin alcohol finish that is not overpowering and actually very nice, outstanding. Very nice mouthfeel, though I thought it would be a little thicker but I wouldn't say it was thin though. This drinks like a dream, I wish this was available in Canada. Really glad I got to try this, another gem from DFH.

peensteen, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Beertinez
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review, beer newbie here.

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pours a orange-bronze color. Thin, 1-finger head.

As soon as I opened the bottle, I immediately smelled the hop aroma; Pine-like.

Taste starts off with a subtle sweetness and finished with a big, bitter, hop bite. Like the smell, I also taste citrus and pine notes. Mostly the latter. A little alcohol taste in there too. (9% ABV, stronger than your average beer.)

Slight creaminess but not too thick. Crisp. Very Drinkable, though with the ABV, you should be careful. Overall, this is a great beer. I enjoyed it. This my first in this style, Imperial IPA which is known for a its bitter hop taste, that I've had and thought the hop bite was refreshing.

Beertinez, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip. Bottled on 9/7/10. Sampled on 9/24/10.

A: Two fingers of off-white head with a texture similar to that of a cappuccino. Fairly long lasting. The body is brilliantly clear, medium-dark ruby in color. Lacing is only fair but a subsequent pour into a pint glass produced a larger head and excellent lacing.

S & T: The hops are monstrous, heavily woody and full of fresh pine and resin aromas. 90 Minute IPA makes perfect use of dry hopping. The malts are no slouch either, presenting notes of heavily rendered caramel, toasted nuts and bread crust. The yeast quality stands out with deep aromas of dank earth and leather. Very complex and nothing short of beautiful. This brew is aerobics in olfaction. Warning of alcohol on the nose makes it no surprise that part of the 9% heat comes through to the palate. Again, very woody on the tongue, with slight hints of orange on the backend. The flavor is extended through residual sweetness which is more than less balanced by it's moderate bitterness.

M: The body is medium-full to full with any oily, semi-alcoholic texture. Effervescence is average.

D: Unlike any other DIPA I have ever had. Phenomenal aroma and flavor, but not for long term imbibing.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed this on tap now reviewing it out of the bottle. It smells like that piney hop smell that I'd expect out of a nicely hopped IPA plus with some fruit smells probably from the mixture of hops they use and the fruity yeast strain. The taste is that piney and citrus fruit flavor combined with a thicker more robust roasted malt flavor than the 60 minute. It still has that same malt flavor just a lot more of it so it comes off as richer tasting. The hops leave a nice resinous bite that mixes in with the citrus hops they use and that fruity alcohol yeast thing they have going on. This beer is amazing and one of the best tasting and ridiculously balanced Imperial IPA's ever. On tap it had a bit more bite but I'm sure if you get this super fresh in the bottle it will have that same effect. All in all one of my favorite beers of all time.

thebrood1987, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It's a very nice looking golden-orange color with a very fine head that dissipates a bit and leaves some nice lacing,

S - I expect more bitter and floral aromas from an imperial IPA, but this is mostly a lot of fruity aromas in the nose, not so much citrusy.

T - I love this one. It's got a great full creamy sort of flavor, with plenty of hops, but not overly bitter. It's not extremely complex, but there's a good amount going on and its all pretty interesting.

M - a good strong full-bodied beer.

D - Not the easiest beer to drink, but it's fairly smooth and really enjoyable.

ColdPoncho, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light amber with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of tropical fruit aromas in the form of pineapple and mango with lots of sweetness from the high doses of malt.

T: The flavors are the same as the nose with lots of tropical fruits and a nice grapefruit style bitter finish. One of the most balanced DIPAs I've ever had and very tasty.

M: The feel is creamy yet crisp and clean.

D: I reach for this anytime I'm in the mood for a fruity yet bitter IPA. Never disappoints.

GregSVT, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of brewski09
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

A. This beer pours with little head, but immediately displays lacing on the glass. The beer is a light amber color.

S. The initial smell is of alcohol (9%), followed immediately by the malt character and rounded, full bodied hops. This beer has a complex aroma profile that seems to continue alternating between the three through the beers consumption.

T. The taste starts with the big malty sweetness that is quickly offset with the alcohol and hops. Since the hops are added continuously over 90 minutes, this beer displays a depth of hops not usually present in Imperial IPA's. While the flavors are all battleing with each other, they are all uniquely balanced with each other.

M. The mouthfeel is much heavier than the beer shows with its color. The beer seems to coat the mouth and linger longer than one would expect.

D. This DIPA is a wonderful beer, but not for the casual beer drinker. This is a beer made for real IPA fans pushing the limits of hop fullness with their continual hopping technique. At 90 IBU's, it is bitter, yet balanced. This is my favorite beer I have had this year.

brewski09, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this form a a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass. I have had this beer many times over the past 3 years and am surprised that I've never reviewed it!

A= This ale poured a hazed deep gold color with orangey highlights. The head rose just about 1/2" and settled pretty quickly to a thin but dense cap. Tons of lace clung to my glass in rings and sheets. Pretty impressive stickage!

S= Lots of fresh hop smell, complete with the expected citrus and pine but also some nice leafy herbal character as well. A fair bit of boozy alcohol present along side sweet malt notes.

T= Started off with a quick burst of caramel malt sweetness then launched into the hop assault. Its more of a giant wave of hop flavor than a piercingly sharp hop bitterness. Hard to describe but I think its actually more hop flavorful and less hop bitter than 60 minute IPA. Boozy alcohol added some candy sweetness and complexity. Finished on the sweet side.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and feel.

D= A good/great beer for sure but the hot alcohol booziness that fades in and out takes away from the drinkability for me. Still, its packed with delicious hop flavor that has me revisiting this one fairly often.

spointon, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of 05Harley
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/23/10

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a soapy white head that fades to just a ring around the glass. Clear not hazey with lines of tiny bubbles rising to the top displaying it's freshness.

Smell: Not as strong as I was expecting. Definitely more of a malt and barley aroma with pine, grass and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Starts off tasting like medicine due to the alcohol (not well hidden). A Hop Bitterness comes through in the middle but the malt sweetness keeps it in check. Ends with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Starts out oily and ends clean.

Drinkability: I had no problem finishing the bottle. There just wasn't enough interest in opening another in one sitting. I'll take the more sessionable 60 minute IPA over this. A respectable beer none the less.

05Harley, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber color. It had a thin lacey head.

It has a soft citrus and malt aroma. You definitely notice the floral hoppiness.

90 Minute has a delicious sweetness that masks bitter hops. A caramel taste is dominant to give it an after taste of hops. The sweetness masks the alcohol content (9%).

It tastes smooth and medium-bodied. 90 Minute is pretty sweet compared to most doulbe IPAs but very drinkable. The alcohol is well-hidden. A great IPA for Fathers Day!

tetonka4kzoo, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of OhSoHoppy
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not you run of the mill Imperial IPA
Looks like dark gold. Has a great head, very consistent and last a period of time.
Smell is Very malty with a hint of hops
Taste has a strong sense of Alcohol, by far there is more Barley and malt in this beer than hops. The Initial aftertaste is kinda harsh/bitter and not very pleasant, then it becomes toasty and slightly more sweet.
Feel at first is pretty carbonated (correct amount for this beer) then it is very warm in the mouth and moves down the throat

This Beer tastes like the 9% ABV it boasts, No mistake. it's also definitely not a west coast IPA. I kinda with there was more hop presence. Great for Winter and other cold weather.

OhSoHoppy, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Parrotshake
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with a fleeting finger-and-a bit of head. After having read the Bros. reviews, I'm wondering if there's something wrong with this one - not much lacing at all. I've had it before but I can't remember how much there was at that time.

Quite sweet-smelling; fruity phenols more than hops, a bit of honey and stone fruit and eventually some pine. An IPA shouldn't smell like this, but it IS nice.

Taste is a bit of a mash-up of hops, malt and booze. The 60-min IPA is pretty tight, whereas this seems unfocussed. Green, vegetal hops are up front but fade to the same level as too-sweet malt and very noticeable alcohol a few seconds later. Doesn't really feel like an IPA/DIPA. Oily and resinous in the mouth, could use a touch more carbonation but otherwise on point. Kind of heavy, overall. I don't really want another but probably wouldn't say no if you offered me one. Prefer the 60 Minute.

Edit: I should note, in light of all the recent controversy about grey market US imports, that the bottle reviewed was one. I'm keeping the review up because I have had both the bottled 60 and 90-minute IPAs on their native soil and the impressions I had of the bottles I purchased in Australia conform to those I had previously. The 60-min was great both times, the 90 muddled and disappointing.

Parrotshake, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Amber-honey body with a white one finger head.

S: Very muted hops, honey and grapefruit. Very subtle all-around.

T: Taste follows the smell. The hops are pulling their punch and the balance is expertly crafted.

D: Very easy drinking for the big ABV. Everything goes down smoothly and the brew feels light and fluffy on the tongue.

Overall: This is a great East Coast DIPA. You can tell that their intention was to balance out the hops and hide the alcohol and in that regard it was an absolute success. Hopheads won't go gaga for this one, but that's not its purpose; its an easy drinking, malty, high ABV DIPA and a damn good one at that.

JohnnyChicago, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a beautiful light golden brown with a finger length white head. The head goes down, but stays pretty good til the bitter end

S- Very sweet as you would expect from an IPA with hoppy bitterness creeping in after a few deep draws

T- Cold i was hit immediately with a taste of coffee-like bitterness with hinds of cocoa. Very sweet finish that leaves the sour deliciousness on the back of your tongue for a while.

M- Very light, good amount of head as well as carbonation are a nice touch. It lingers the flavors quite while

D- A nice IPA, but a little too neutral for me. Nothing bold or exciting just a good all around beer. Not my favorite nor would I ever pass on a bottle if offered.

TheLVBeerGuy, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Tabni
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought bottle at Stop n Shop in the Gables. Bottled on 06-25-10

Appearance - Cola champagne color.
Smell - of citrus. Great IPA.
Taste/Mouthfeel - is like a strong scotch push to your head. Warms up your throat slowly. No wonder why this is a hop head's favorite, a real classic. Really malty, nice caramel flavor, great balance.
Drink-ability - I want some more!

Tabni, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a wonderful orangy/copper color with a bit of suspended sediment. On the pour a nice dense, off white colored head formed that had some nice retention. It followed with a nice lacing that clings to the side of the glass as you drink through the brew

The aroma on this one is strong. The malt is what sticks out on the first nose. It has a sweet smell that reminds me biscuits and almost what be considered caramel/sugary. The hops is strong on this one, with some aromas of grapefruit, piney, orange peel, grassy/herbal hops and a bit of a peppery smell, which most likely comes from the alcohol.

This brew has an amazing flavor that can only be discribed as huge. You can't expect any less from a DIPA. The malts at the front of this brew give it a nice sweet flavor. They seem to be a bit biscuity, sugary/caramel like. The back of this brew is loaded with all kinds of hops. I might miss some, but they at least include, some Pine, grass, citris, spicy, herbal, and I might even get a salty kind of flavor in the mix. It give this brew a sweet and bitter flavor that gives it huge balance points.

The mouthful on this one is medium to full bodied. Its almost syrup like. The carbonination on this brew is perfect and it definitly helps with the hops profile, bring out a lot of the flavors at the bubbles, continue throughout the brew. It is very crisp and clean brew.

The only part of this beer that could lose any points would be in the drinkability of he brew. It's an amazing brew, with a high ABV. For those who can do a second of these, I am sure it wouldn't take much for them to do so. This is another great brew by Dogfish Head, I will continue to seek more there brews.

mattgreger, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of RTrain12
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into my DFH hand blown snifter.

A: Pours a golden orange, with the color resemblance of honey. Quarter of a inch off white head that fades quickley. Some lacing is left behind.

S: At first I'm picking up alot of alchol, followed by some hops, and malt.

T: Awesome tatse! I'm tatseing alchol, malt, and pine. Its almost sweet tatseing at the end.

M: Medium bodied. Little carbontion. Leaves the palet pretty clean and smooth.

D: This is good stuff. Could def. drink a few of these in one sitting!

RTrain12, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this Dogfish Head offering, after hearing much pub about it... not to mention how fresh this is... 10-13-10 stamped on the bottle, so it's 19 days old.

Aggressively poured into a Duvel Tulip. Nice white frothy head.

Smell is a late comer. Might be a bit too cold. But as the beer warms up, the hoppy goodness comes through.

Taste. Out of this world goodness!! Like someone took a Bell's Two Hearted and kicked it up a couple notches.

Mouthful. A definite warming sensation in the mouth. Very tingly.

Drinkability. Given the 9 percent ABV, two might be my limit for the night. But it's two very unforgettable brews.

Very, very impressed. When I saw this and DFH's 60 min. IPA side by side at Santori's Liquors in Lansing, IL, I opted for the 90 min and I was not disappointed.

cadizkyguy, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours an orange amber color with a slight amount of foamy white head

S: Has a very strong alcohol scent with deep scents of hops, beautiful

T: Strong strong hop taste aided by a very strong alcohol taste, also a bit of sweet taste on the back of the pallet

M: An absolute explosion of flavors on the tongue with a very strong carbonation tingle, awakens every last taste bud

D: Extremely strong drinking brew, really makes you want to take another sip but its almost like a heavy weight fight because it beats your taste buds and brain up so much with every sip

BigPlay1824, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 12/17/09*

Bottled on date: 11/4/09

Pours a nice copper color, with 2 fingers of off white head which leaves some nice sticky lacing throughout consumption. Surprisingly, the malt profile is the most prominent feature in the aromas, caramel and toffee scents, with just a hint of citrus hops. Malt forward in the taste too, with the hops finally showing themselves with a bitter, crisp finish. I prefer a much more hop forward profile in my IPAs & DIPAs, so this didn't do a whole lot for me, or blow me away like i thought it would (actually prefer the 60 Minute).

prdstmnky, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/2/10.. had this one a few nights ago; poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice orangish-amber color w/ a white fluffy head and sticky lacing. I love the way it smells. I get scents of orange and grapfruit, a little piney. The taste is pretty malty for a DIPA, but the hops do balance it out. There's also a slight caramel presense, maybe toffee as well. The mouthfeel is has a slight resin feel, but remains smooth; full-bodied. Drinkability is good, although this one can catch up to you. The aromas have you coming back for more.

Everytime I have a 90 Minute, it's a completely different experience. I don't mean that in a negative way.. great offering from Dogfish Head.

BB1313, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of rpardon7
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Pazzo's Pizz Pub in lex ky, Appearance is a nice light coppery hue with a tight small white that retained for the length of the beer and left nice lacings after each sip. Smell is dominated by the hops herbal citrusy piney all the wonderful hop smells that you would expect out od DIPA. Taste is bitter citrus and pine hops with a sweet malt backbone but the hop stays through from start to finish. Mouthfeel is clean and sharp, balanced carbaonation lends itself to the hops. For as strong as this beer is, it is easiably drinkable, and one of my go to's on hot summer afternoons when on tap.

rpardon7, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of LittleCreature
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours three centimetres of dense, cream coloured head over a bright orange to copper body with lots of fine suspended sediment. Sticky lace clings to the side of the glass and head retention is good.

Smell - 4.0
Surprisingly it is the malt that is first apparent upon sniffing. Smells very sweet, of biscuits and sugary fudge, with plenty of grapefuit, orange, pine needles, herbal and grassy hops, pepper from the alcohol.

Taste - 4.5
This is one seriously big beer (though it's a DIPA, so who's surprised?). Big, sticky and sweet with fudgy malt, a little caramel and an avalanche of hops; citrus, spicy, herbal, piney, even a little salty? Bitterness is high but in balance with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Medium to full bodied, quite oily, syrupy and sticky, which is somewhat forgiveable in such a strong beer, but others do it better. Carbonation is light to moderate, perhaps more would lighten the body.

Drinkability - 3.5
I could drink a second of these, but I generally wouldn't choose to. Still a lovely drink - I'd buy it again.

OVERALL - 4.2
A seriously tasty DIPA, but deserves a lighter body to let the hops shine.

LittleCreature, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of fostachild
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this beer a couple years back and remember enjoying it quite a bit. this particular 4-pack i bought was bottled on 08/06/2010.

the beer poured a fairly decent head which dissolved into a very nice lasting white lace. colour seemed to have a kind of pale amber/orange tint to it, not very dark. smell was nice, sweet, and hoppy. quite appealing.

taste was a bit strong at first, but quickly got used to it and the beer only became tastier as i went on. overall, well balanced and fairly easy to drink after a few sips. very tasty.

fostachild, Oct 25, 2010
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,935 ratings.