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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,503
Reviews: 3,627
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 511
Gots: 2,320 | FT: 28
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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 RossCain
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (dated 9/19/2011) into a Dogfish Head pint glass:

A: Pours a clear, blood-orange/light copper hue with a handsome 1" head. Fill the Dogfish pint very nicely with great retention. This has the look of an IPA just waiting for you to drink it.

S: Loads of floral and piney hops hit the nose upfront (jacked up from the 60 minute nose, as expected) with a tantalizing sweet citrus holding its own in the background. Resin like and slightly earthy as the scent tapers off.

T: The beer blasts the tastebuds with juicy hop goodness right off the bat, bursting with a great combination of bitter grapefruit, sweet tangerine, and earthy pine notes. The finish is balanced out by a sweet, crystallized malt character with hints of honey which locks horns with the bitter finish of the hops. Great finish and really beckons one to keep on sipping. The 9% alcohol is dangerously subdued, but does rear its head as the beer warms.

M: Slick, somewhat sticky with a medium body that leaves the palate with a slight oily coat. Good carbonation, finishes dry with a polished amount of bitters.

O: There is a reason this beer has an overwhelming number of positive reviews - It simply is an excellent rendition of the east coast Double IPA which highlights a flawlessly executed, intense hop profile. Infinitely drinkable, I would hardly ever turn one down.

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

This is by no means a bad beer, but I had heard so much hype before trying, that it perhaps had too large expectations to live up to.

The appearance is a standard, creamy orange, as clear as can be for being a IIPA. The aroma is intense and complicated, many shout outs to many different hops in the nose.

The taste is hop-strong and powerful, a little more "bitter smack" to it than gentle hop flavor, which I generally seek out in the style. The malt is definitely present, as well as the hop flavor, but I don't think they meld together as one as they should.

Certainly good, glad I tried it, but Pliny is still the King in this arena as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of ikantspel
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

chilled served into a russian river goblet

pours a slightly reddish amber with a pretty small head and a light sticky icky lace

first its a citrus smell followed not too far behind by a piney earhy delight. maybe some malts? at the end

sweet which is a shock. not getting as much hops as i would have thought but its really not a bad thing. well balanced the grapefruit taste isnt too overpowering and the sweet maltiness kinda takes over. feels like butter in my mouth

man head to head with pliny this might, just mighttt, have a slight edge over it. my first doghead but definitely not my last

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

A: Pours a nice rosy amber. Tons of reds, and pinks in this brew. There is a puffy white head that fades slowly. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells bready and malty with some notes of lemon and grapefruit. But there is also a noticeable alcohol kick in it.

T: Starts off sweet with some nice malt presence accompanied by some big carbonation. Midway through, the alcohol starts to come shine alongside the grapefruit flavors. The booziness fades in the finish as the sweet, bready, malts return.

M: Medium bodied beer. There are some lingering sweets left on the palate long after the beer has been sipped.

O: This is a decent IPA. There is a big punch of booze in this beer, and it's defiantly not a hop head's dream. It's way more malty that I really want in an IPA. But that's just a personal opinion.

Photo of bierbrauer
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. Bottled on 6/29/11. Brought back from visit to New England in August.

A: Cloudy amber, with 1/2" off-white head that settles quickly, leaving fine ring of lacing.

S: Mostly sweet, caramel/toffee fragrance, with some slight citrus and vanilla.

T: Initially very sweet and somewhat fruity, then it levels off. Subtle bitterness -- how does this happen with 90 IBUs? Some evidence of alcohol.

M: Full and very rich. Medium carbonation. Neutral finish.

O: Remarkably balanced, quite complex.

Photo of kkrez
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous peach and orange color. Pours a
bone-white bubbly head.

Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste is full of citrus hop, orange, mango, grapefruit, and a little pine. The hops are front and center in this one, very bold and lingering, almost astringent. As with most Imperial IPA's there is a substantial malt presence and this one is no different. Caramel and
biscuit malt, but just slightly. Booziness is present, but hidden well. As it warms the alcohol profile increases.

Mouthfeel is a bit resinous and sticky.

Overall, a really good Imperial IPA but it's no Maha

Photo of danieelol
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepest thanks to mulder1010 for gifting the bottle to me. Cheers!

Pours a red-gold colour.

Nose brings lots of malty sweetness integrated with the hops. Overall impression is of caramel and orange with some grapefruit and tropical fruit. Nice. Nose has some of the most genuinely grapefruity qualities I've smelt in an IPA.

Taste is sweet, but it's also hoppy. Perhaps like a really, really ripe grapefruit. Little bit too sweet for me.

Body and carbonation are medium but the hoppy sweetness is strong and has almost a dessert character. As is so often the case the added sweetness paradoxically emphasises the bitterness.

I like this one more as an American Strong Ale than a DIPA, cause of the malt and sweetness; but perhaps I'm just unused to East Coast style DIPAs. Would probably rate this about on par with 60, although they're very different.

This beer is definitely one and done, took me quite a while to get through the bottle.

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

With a deep yet clear golden brown color and a thin head sticking fast to its glass the beer is inviting right off the bat. The beer has a strong roasted aroma with the excellent 'grapefruit' variety hops coming out of the gate. The flavor has the very strong bitter pine anchored by a heavy malt backbone. There is a warming sensation due to the high ABV. Pleasantly bitter overall - not as drinkable in large quantities as the 60 min of course.

Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack of this from Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago, IL for $10.99. Poured one of the 12oz bottles w/ a brief description on the front into a 16oz Samuel Adams Pint Glass. Has BOTTLED ON: 10-05-11 on the neck of the bottle.

Aroma- A strong citrus aroma starts this one off like it should be. Has a dry hopped aroma in here as well. Maybe have a clean maltiness behind all this but hop definitely hits the nose hard.

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep amber/reddish colored body with a bit of haze. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has an extremely high hop flavor and the strength is very great with an appropriate bitterness at the finish. The piney flavor involved here lasts the entire time. Very great drink!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, but then only has a sweet finish... The hops/piney flavor noted in this brew are almost not present at all.

Overall Impression- Hearing so much about these 4 brews (60, 75, 90, 120), I have now enjoyed 2 of the 4. This one wasn't as impressive as many other 2X IPA's I've been enjoying... Still very good but will have to get my hands on some 120. Would suggest this one for anyone! More like just an American IPA.

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

Poured a clear dark copper color into an oversized brandy snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Date of bottling and the % ABV were marked clearly.
Nice one finger frothy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Good carbonation with a nice steady flow of bubbles.
Aroma was very fruity and sweet upfront. almost like candy. As it warms the hop aroma slowly takes over with citrus, grapefruit and faint notes of piney, floral hop goodness.
In terms of taste, this DIPA justifies all the hype. Hits the bulls eye; the malt backbone balances the hop excess perfectly. Finish is nice and clean and in my opinion this has to be one of the best examples of a perfectly balanced DIPA.
The alcohol is also masked so well that it makes this ale very easy to drink.
Of all the three bottled DFH ipa's, this stands out as the clear winner. One of my all time favorite beers, and a must-try for every hop head out there. If you haven't had a chance to try this one, you absolutely, positively should.

Photo of DividedAvery
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium Snifter

A: Great color on this, the beer is really a looker. Pours a golden copper color that has a great translucence. The head is about a finger and a half and lingers for quite a while.

S: Great smell, this guy has a lot of grapefruit, citrus and caramel sweetness. The hop presence is all up front, if it tastes like it smells we will be having a good drink

T: Super clean and great grapefruit and citrus notes. Great sweetness and a great finish. Bitter but not overbearing and the alcohol is hidden really well

M: Great carbonation and overall smoothness here. Great drinkability.

O: I am a big fan of IPA's and this is one of the best I have had. It's a little on the expensive side so that's the only reason it doesn't get slightly higher marks. Great beer though.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint.

Color: Amber with an amazing off white head.

Smell: Hops, sweet, citrus.

Taste: Very hoppy, sweet tone, citrus, a lovely bitter kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and smooth.

Overall: I love everything about this IPA. It's the brew that brought me into the craft world. What else more can I say about this beer than that. Makes all my five senses float on a hoppy cloud. Cheers!

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

Pours a clear gold body with two fingers of white head with excellent retention and lacing properties. Aromas are predominantly of honey and oranges, with a fain whiff of that high abv and funky ethers coming off the top. The taste and texture blow my socks off. The sweet and bitter elements are both intensely concentrated and yet perfectly balanced and finessed at the seams where they meet. Caramel and honey sweetness blend harmoniously with orange and grapefruity tastes while gentle floral notes float delicately through the senses. The gentle, ultra-fine carbonation could not possibly be better. This is a very fine beer, one that I think should be enjoyed entirely on its own.

Photo of Centennial
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Ruby Amber, very clear, 2 finger head with dancing small bubble carbonation

S. Caramel malts, citrus and grassy hop notes

T. A lot of chocolate malt comes through at first and in the end with mild hops subduing it slightly, but not enough hops here to balance out this malt.

M. Crisp and bubbly, slightly oily

O. Average DIPA, sorry DFH 90min fans, this is not what it was 10 years ago at the brewpub....but I sure wish it was:(

Photo of CyclingLush666
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers, and I buy it almost every week. It may be expensive but is no doubt worth the price, especially at 9 % you don't need many.

The appearance is a dark brown amber. With a nice thick white head that stays on the top of the beer throughout. I would say an impressive appearance and could be spotted out as a nice IPA a mile away.

The smell is very sweet just like its taste. You can smell the hops and malt, but its not overpowering. It smells how it tastes, delicious and sweet, but not too sweet. I like bitter IPA's but this one is not bitter at all and still packs a huge punch. Dogfish obviously has some master brewers on their hands.

The mouthfeel is great too, very smooth and goes down easy. It is pretty heavy, so if you put away a few of these get ready to feel a nice beer stone in your stomach.

Go buy this beer now if you have never had it. It may seem pricey that a 4 pack is around 12 bucks. But once you try it you'll be hooked and realize all you need is a 4 pack.

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I love this beer

Start off by the pour from the bottle to the pint glass, it is a beautiful color. Perfect amount of carbonation flowing. The head stays, but especially when I twirl the glass it builds right back up.

The smell is a nice fruitful mix with a slight smell of malt and hops.

The taste is the best part! I cannot say enough good things about the taste of this beer. Its a great balance. The strong ABV (9%) is not evident, and the strong hops are tasted in every sip, but not overpowering. Malt is not too strong, but its there. I love the mouthfeel, the after taste, the everything about the taste of this beer.

I have to get more of this. Dogfish Head knows what they are doing, and they do it so well. I highly reccomend this IPA to all of my friends.

Photo of Hophead717
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of my absolute favorite IPAs. DFH gets it totally right with this brew.

A: A lovely, deep organgy-gold color. One finger head settles and there's great lacing along the glass after each sip. Gorgeous beer.

S: A lovely mix of sweetness and fruity hops. Orange/pinapple scents, with a great fresh hoppy scent. A touch of alcohol is present.

T/M: A smooth, creamy beer with moderate carbonation greets you with your first sip. Hops, with a touch of bitterness upfront, give way to a fresh fruity flavor in the middle (similar to the nose, a sweet citrus flavor), with a present, yet not overwhelming malt flavor throughout. The finish has just a hint of alcohol warmth, but it's very restrained. As the beer warms, the bitterness from the hops becomes the primary flavor, overwhelming the malt that had been balancing the beer. If you enjoy hops, you'll appreciate this brew all the more.

O: One of my favorite beers. I'm an DIPA man, and the 90 Minute is one of the bests. If you haven't had the chance to try one, you're missing out!

Photo of aldizy
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A;. Amber head dossent last to long

S: It smells so good and fruity i think it going to be sweet it smeels like cherys and other fruits

t: you can taste the fruit at first then the hoppyness hits you

O: Agian i love this company i guess my expectations are so high because the story of this company. I WOULD DEFINATLY NOT PASS THIS BEER UP MUST TRY

Serving type: bottle

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

Poured into a glass

A;. Amber Hue, Head dissipates to a MM ring around the glass.

S: Piney, Floral Vague hints of citrus but mixed with a heavy and Sweet scent from the malt

t: Floral and Perfumey front then ,Malty, Sticky Sweet finally cut by bitterness of Pine on the back of throat. A satisfying lingering of alcohol that reminds me of a sweet bourbon at the moment

M: Creamy with a good mouth coating prior to a lightly noticeable burn of alcohol

O: Wouldn't kick her out of the fridge- but I am not partial to the sweetness. For the style it leaves a definite impression

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

Dogfish head 90 minute

Nice yellow orange with a one finger head. Head disappears to almost nothing.

Hop aroma (floral, maybe) Not bright and citrusy like some IPAs. With biscuit in the background.

Bitter, but more balanced than some IPAs. Bitterness and some alcohol in aftertaste.

Medium-heavy bodied.

Although there are some things I don't absolutely love about this beer, it seems to come together for the most part. It's been a while since I've had this beer. And, I remember liking it a lot more before.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Amber color not cloudy at all which appears pretty clear. With a light-light caramel color head.

Smell: This beer doesn't smell it gives you an aura....before even putting your lips to the glass it is already giving you a taste of greatness to come. An Aura of hops and roasted nuts.

Taste: Like a malty bitter caramel. Slight bitter but goes down super smooth. I have turned people with 90 min-IPA, like turning a jew into a catholic. Yes this beer has that strength.I'm not talking ABV I'm talking taste here....when this goes down your throat realize you're having the best.

Mouth: Very sticking taste which for the taste of the beer it is a great. A beer which taste this f'n good should be complimented with an incredible mouth feel.

Overall: Incredibly finished beer start to finish, head settles quite quickly which is of no matter. This is one of the few beers on the market which you get everything from looks to taste...Dogfish Head has outdone themselves with this beer and you should be outdoing yourself; grab at least 2 bottles take the plunge into the best of the best.

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

poured from 12oz bottle into DFH goblet.

Appearance: a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that lasts throughout drinking it with nice rings of lacing.

Smells: A sweet floral hop backbone with hints of candied citrus fruit.

Tastes: sweeter than the usual double IPA, but that is what set DFH a little apart. I pick up a pine citrus hop that takes charge over the balance on the grain taste of the barley.

Mouthfeel: at 9% this is a fairly easy drinking brew. There is a tiny burn that is leveled out with a nice sticky hop taste that is sweet. It is very carbonated until the last sip.

Overall: This is a staple in my beer fridge, and plan to keep it that way. I enjoy drinking this ale, but it is a great brew for mixing for things like black and tans and a marinade for beef or pork when cooking.

Photo of firedog23
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a glass with sides and a bottom thaty is circular in shape.

I have been looking to try one of the Dogfish IPA's as we do not really get it over in England. It has a good taste and has a sweetness that I can compare to some Danish DIPAs. There is a little hint of hops in it but the main characteristic is the malt and the ensuing sweetness that follows.

It has a full bodied feel to it and pours as clean as any beer I have tried. At 9%, it makes for a nice slow drink and is quite refreshing on a warm day.

Overall this si a beer I will have again.

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

Intro: Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Medium copper color. Bright. Two finger off white head with a lot of carbonation that clings to the side of the glass. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

Smell: Plenty of hops with a prominent citrus smell. Smells sweet. The smell of alcohol is present but takes a back seat to the floral citrusy aroma.

Taste: Crisp, clean with a good dose a hoppy citrus flavor. Has a lingering sweet aftertaste that’s nice. Very refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Big body yet smooth. Fresh. Clean.

Overall: This is one of my “old reliable”, “go to” beers along with Barton Baton. At 9% ABV you can drink a couple in a session. I definitely keep a stock of this at all times.

Photo of match1112
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: clear copper color with a two finger off white thick soapy head that leaves tons of rings and lacing.

s: loads of citrus, grapefruit and a little earthy smell.

t: very sweet with a grapefruit pineapple tang to it, tons of hops.

m: great carbonation with a medium body and a dry finish.

o: dogfish continues to impress me with all of their offerings. this one was well balanced, with all the hops i was worried it would be overly bitter but it wasn't.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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