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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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11,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,675
Reviews: 3,515
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,258 | 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 hops4me


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

A - deep gold to amber. A fluffy eggshell white head slowly dissapates and leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

S - Floral, spicy hops. Big fruity malt. Peaches and Plums?

T&M - First thought is this is thick as it slides across the tongue. Definite chewiness. Everything is big but everything is balanced. A lot of floral hop bitterness but the malt counters this with a sweet caramel flavor and subtle roastedness in the aftertaste. Very complex.

D - For 9% it really goes down easy. I could drink a few of these and of course will buy it again. Very good beer. All the little characteristics play off and compliment one another.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 02:22:17 | More by hops4me
Photo of tayner


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottle date 10-05-07 so aged for apx 5 months.

poured a very stunning clear amber color with a 1-2 inch dense foamy head that settled into a thick ring that laced remarkably well the whole glass. very nice appearance.

Smell was of an early hop with a sweetness in the background. there was also a whiff of floral hops too.

Taste was very pine-y, earthy hop up front with a strong midpalate sweet crystal malt presence which then finishes with a floral hop bitterness.

It is medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

as for drinkability, it goes down pretty easy, and the 9% is well hidden... in fact, i didnt even realize it was that high until it was half gone and i started to feel it... two or three of these and id be ready for bed!

this is not my most revered style of beer, but this is one of the few i have tried that i would choose to drink again on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 21:20:46 | More by tayner
Photo of macster


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With DIPA's being my favorite style, I must say I haven't enjoyed one as much as this in quite awhile. Balanced and luscious in every way. The floral / citrus hops just fill the air. Gotta enjoy this one on the warmer side (55-60 degrees) to really appreciate the aroma. Lots of sweet crystal malts balance out the orange-grapefruit hop flavor and snappy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a long bitter-sweet finish. Easy drinking for a 9%'er, goes down so smooth and silky. This baby's tough to beat!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 04:01:48 | More by macster
Photo of kaboose72


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish, in my opinion one of the top 3 breweries in the US. 90 minutes it in my top 10 beers to drink. perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Of course the abv does not hurt either. 3 or 4 of these and you are off to a great start. But nothing like their world wide stout at 18%. NOW

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 17:49:00 | More by kaboose72
Photo of Darien


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours nicely with a deep gold to amber color, nice white head with nice lacing.

S-Very, very hoppy, with citrus aromas taking a backseat to the hops.

T-A lot of hop flavor up front, but not to much. It has a faint citrus aftertaste that works well here.

M-Smooth, medium bodied beer, but could use a bit more carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable for me, I love the hoppiness of this beer and the alcohol is not as prevelant as I thought it would be considering the 9% ABV. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 17:18:28 | More by Darien
Photo of erosier


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice orange amber color with a tall thick head that laces the glass all the way down. It has a rich piney hoppy aroma with some citris hoppy aroma as well, but mostly hoppy. The taste is excellent for a double IPA. It has a nice roasted malty base with a huge amount of hops layered on top. Nice citrisy and piney hoppy bitterness flavors layered together over the malt makes for a very well made IPA. It has a very crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. It is a very drinkable double IPA and definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 23:02:39 | More by erosier
Photo of dnichols


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

I sampled this beer at a local tasting event involving 17 beer lovers sharing 17 great beers brewed east of the Mississippi and Canada.

A: It poured a classic IPA body with a bright, hazy orange topped by an abundant white head of nearly 2 fingers. The body receded to a rich ring around the collar and supported a dense lingering lacing.

S: It begins and is dominated by rich piney hops with a strong but recessive aroma of malts. The piney hops are accented by other floral hops...however....this beer is all about pine.

T: There are abundant and varied hop flavors from the sharp flavor of pine to the biting citrusy blend of oranges and grapefruit. The hops are balanced by grainy lightly toasted malts.

M: It was medium to full bodied with very light carbonation but sufficient ABV to have a clean and warm finish and just a slight bitter aftertaste.

D: I am not a big Imperial IPA fan but this one like those from Stone make me think about reevaluating my wants and likes. It is abit over the top hoppy for me but this is an excellent representive of this style. It reamains a one and out beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 01:10:24 | More by dnichols
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3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another strong offering in the great series of ipas from dogfish, this 90 min and the 120 min are not for the faint of heart, very strong, high alc. bitter and crazy on the tongue and kickers in the back, limit yourself to about 2 at a time or the morning may come too quick. very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 03:29:34 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of NealCassady


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

Pours golden honey color, with a thick frothy off white head. Extraordinary sweet hops smell immediately.

Taste of strong hops and a hint fruity sweetness, finishes with smooth hop flavor.

Very drinkable, one of the favorite beers.

Overall great IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 02:33:47 | More by NealCassady
Photo of phantomwyse


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Dated 10.17.07

Appearance: one finger thick head, incredible head retention, head intensely foamy, thick bubbles. The head isn't going anywhere any time soon. Lots of carbonation, honey amber light caramel coloring.

Smell: extremely floral, slightly piney, even less citrusy

Taste: Whoa. Very hoppy. Balances incredibly. Definitiely imperial. Piney, some citrus. Malt cuts the bitterness, pleanty sweet.

Mouthfeel: Upfront, the head makes it creamy. Pretty chewey, carbonation light, doesn't effect mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Highly, but very dangerous.

This is what an IPA should be. The next closest relative to compare to is Troegs Nugget Nectar, for sure. Highly recommended, but not for a light weight.

Brought to you by Brian and Graham

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 00:28:52 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of JackWeizen

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After making a "Dogfish Head pickup" today, I decided to enjoy a 90 Minute IPA after dinner. It pours a light copper with a small head that faders with each sip.

The aroma is sweet. So much sweeter then I remember from previous tastings. The hops are there in full force. Floral.

As I taste this beer, I'm amazed at how well the hops and malt seem to balance, as opposed to total hop dominance. Maybe my American Barleywine kick has left me vulnerable...

Yeah, who am I kidding, this is a hoppy beer. Its just soooo smooth.... The finish is bitter though. Smooth and bitter. Can't name the hop, and its probably a blend of several varieties.

Okay, So this beer goes down smooth. Who cares, right? Its shocking when you take your first sip, but I took my first sip of 90 min. years ago. This stuff was probably one of the top 5 beers to turn me on to craft brew. As I taste it again, after drinking so... many... beers... I find that this one really is one of the best.


Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 00:25:20 | More by JackWeizen
Photo of largadeer


3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear, bright amber with an inch of foam that ultimately settles into a thin ring.

Smell - Floral and honey-like. A bit boozy, but not unpleasantly so. Hints of pine and apricot.

Taste & mouthfeel - Malty and a bit estery at first; apricot and honey spring to mind with an undertone of toasted grain. The hops really round out the flavor, leaving notes of pine, citrus and pineapple on the tongue. Body is about medium and quite slick and oily on the palate. Hop bitterness is fairly mild in the finish, smooth and pleasant rather than biting.

Overall: A decent albeit very malty East Coast-style DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 01:15:52 | More by largadeer
Photo of pacothrash


4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler amber brownish with a slight haze. Very nice floral aroma and taste. Some citrus and caramel flavor. This beer is very drinkable for a DIPA. I finished off 4 pints last night and the last full pint tonight. This beer lives up to its' reputation and is my 2nd favorite DIPA to Hopslam.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2008 00:58:17 | More by pacothrash
Photo of ffejherb


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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty pint glass on 2/20/08.

A - Clear amber/orange body with mammoth 2+ finger frothy white head and slow rising bubbles of carbonation. While the head retention was fair, it left behind some exquisite thick lacing around the glass.

S - Juicy citrus notes paired with a perfumy aroma produces a unique sweet hop profile. Malt is predominantly sweet caramel with a touch of fresh bread. Whiff of alcohol in the mix as well.

T - Sweet candy-like hops start off juicy and end with some floral and perfumy notes. Meanwhile, the bitterness is countered by a smooth, sweet malt backbone that is present throughout. Hints of orange peel, candy sugar, sweEt menthol/tobacco and eucalyptus.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with a bit of a syrupy feel. Perfect amount of carbonation. Mild heat from the ABV produces a subtle burn on the tongue. Moderate dry, bitter finish that pitches a tent in the back of the throat for a while.

D - Fantastic IPA with a complex hop profile and sturdy malt backbone. Incredibly smooth, sweet and easy to drink, despite the high ABV%. Another great DFH creation!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 03:02:19 | More by ffejherb
Photo of satowns


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/28/07

Extremely clear with lots of carbonation. Pours a golden amber; nice thick and creamy white head of meringue sits on top for a looong time.

Spicy/earthy hops, apricot, raisins, grapefruit and toasted bread fill your nose. It's a very pleasant introduction to the beer.

Flavors of caramel/crystal malt. Balanced hop bitterness. Black pepper, alcohol warmth, and a mild herbal character round out the palate.

Overall I think this is one of the most balanced 9%abv/90IBU IPAs out there. The IBUs and alcohol are covert operators; its really hard to tell that they are there until you are finished...the 9% catches up with you. Maybe are palates have been ruined by huge citrus hop bombs, but this is easy drinking at its finest. A "must try" for strong IPA lovers. An excellent choice for 294 calories. Whose watching them anyways...Not your average session IPA, especially since its upwards of 10 bucks a 4-pack. This is a beer to reserve for something more than just hanging out. IF you only drank 1 beer each night, 90 Minute would not serve you wrong. Not as aggressive and in your face as other Imperial IPAs, this guy is a smooth operator. The continuous hopping adds layers of depth not seen in other beers of this ABV and IBU. Smooth and dangerous, this IIPA could be your new best friend. Sorry Dublin.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: STP by Sublime

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:32:50 | More by satowns
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in the bottle a long time ago, and thought it was good, but not great. Tried it again on tap at the DFH Alehouse in VA and it blew me away. Color is an incredibly deep amber color, almost a straight red, with a nice looking head and a touch of lacing. Dissolved fairly quickly to a more cognac looking syrupiness, but still nice. Nose is fantastic, crazy hops and tons of sweet caramel. Taste is excellent; it's basically a perfect DIPA, with strong hops and malt, and absolutely delicious balance. Sweeter than the Hopslam (which is another of my favorite DIPAs), but it still works. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Body is thick and full and nearly syrupy. Really a delicious beer, one of my favorites from DFH.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 23:53:53 | More by soupyman10
Photo of brendan13


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into an oversized wine glass with almost an inch of off white head a top a amber ale.
S - Smell is pretty full on - passionfruit and apricot notes with a pretty strong woody pine touch.
T - Like the smell but with some sweet caramel hints as well.
M - Medium to full bodied, fairly low carbonation, a bit sticky.
D - A great IIPA indeed, some might say a classic. Something that I would have on hand but any more than a couple would be overkill.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 11:20:50 | More by brendan13
Photo of bierman2000


3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Amber, laced, frothy nice lace throughout the glass

S= all about the hops and floral nose, piney as well

T= very hoppy yet a smooth malt finish mid glass

M= rich, yet a bit grainy but full mouthfeel

D= very potent so watch out as can be dangerously drinkable

Serving type: growler

02-18-2008 21:29:48 | More by bierman2000
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a powerful beer. It had a deep amber color and a sticky white head. It tasted of dextrous, sweet malts, strong citrus and pine hops with hints of rich fruit and alcohol. It is definitely more balanced than I had anticipated. It's more powerful than it seems, I could only drink one!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 18:19:41 | More by cbleary
Photo of Morey


4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold-amber color with a very impressive head for having such a high ABV. Smell is crisp, clean, and citrusy. The head retention on this mother is out of this world! It sticks to the sides of the glass like maple syrup. Taste is both bold and hoppy, yet the alcohol is very well hidden.

Morey's Bottome Line: I've been waiting to try this beer for quite a while, and I must say....I'm definitely not disappointed. If you're into Double IPA's....this one should not be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 17:47:47 | More by Morey
Photo of ojclark


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange with very good clarity. Slight off white-head with traces of lacing. Aroma is mainly resiny hops (citrus, pine) with some toast malt notes. Flavor of resiny hops blends very nicely into a strong alcohol flavor. Hop flavor is mainly pine and citrus. Some toast malt, sweetness, and fruity notes apparent as well. Firm bitterness kicks in after a couple of seconds, but does not overwhelm. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly long finish of hop biterness and alcohol warmth. Excellent beer. Big and hoppy, yet well balanced and complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 01:52:16 | More by ojclark
Photo of AylwinForbes


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, it had a moderate head, good lacing, pale amber colour, just a slight haze. Aromatic pine nose, relatively sweet on the palate with a characteristic slightly Belgian style finish; not as in-your-face hoppiness as some of the DIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2008 21:17:29 | More by AylwinForbes
Photo of hopmeamadeus


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is exactly what an Imperial IPA should be. It has a sweet malty nose, which you'll taste throughout your session. This sweetness contrasts wonderfully with the fine citrus smell of the (Cascade? Chinook? hard to tell) finishing hops. When you take your first sip of this beer, you feel the contrast on your palate, and it feels GOOD! Don't let the OG or ABV fool you; you'll get very little alcohol burn from this. All in all, a wonderful session beer; just make sure that session maxes out at three!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 05:50:56 | More by hopmeamadeus
Photo of spaceranger


4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably one of the finest IPA's you'll ever put in your mouth. Robust, smooth, citrusy with the fully anticpated explosion of hops. A rich maltiness as well. Clean. Rich. Greatness. Dogfish is known for it's exceptional devotion to quality and taste and this brew fits their commitment to a T. The only disapointment I had with this beer is that it comes in a four-pack. As good as it is....they should market this fine product in an eight pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 00:01:07 | More by spaceranger
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some people are just personalities, they can't help it, and Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione is a rock star. Good looks, great marketing, and cutting edge unique beers have skyrocketed Calagione to the top of the celebrity food chain in brewing circles. Dogfish has a reputation for extreme beer. High alcohol, strange taste blends, and experimental techniques that make each of their new releases objects of desire.
90 minute IPA is one of Dogfish's year round beers, and what a beer it is. A deep golden amber pour, with a bright white head and loads and loads of citrusy and floral hops. In fact that's how the beer earned its timely moniker. Most beer is brewed with two or three hop additions; one at the beginning of the boil for bitterness, and a few more additions later on in the cooking process for flavor and aroma. 90 minute uses a Dogfish pioneered technique of adding small amouts of hops continuously through the entire 90 minute boil time. This unorthodox invention reduces the face-puckering bite some IPA's have, but adds an enormous hop presence. Dogfish uses this technique on all of their "minute" beers 60, 90, and 120, and with all the beers as the time increases so do the hops, alcohol and price tags. Just like people, some beers can't help but be personalities, and 90 minute is a rock star.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 18:05:31 | More by manleyphoto
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