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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

12,893 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 12,893
Reviews: 3,581
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 474
Gots: 1,921 | FT: 27
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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 Bbloom1989
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As someone who does not see this beer very often, getting my hands on this beer made me more than excited.

The pour on this beer shows the gold bronze color to this beer. Crystal clear and beautiful, this beer is really a work of art to look at. I wish I could have this much more often. The head is similar to 60 min, in that it is not too thick, but lingers through out the entire session. Even after letting it sit out for a bit, the lacing and some foam continue to persist.

Smelling this beer reveals piney, citrus, herbal and grapefruit. I'm sure I'm missing some part of this beer's nose, but I can hardly wait to taste it.

Hop overload is an understatement. One of the most hop solid beer I have ever had, and I know that I am drinking truly one of the best DIPA's in the country. I will leave telling you that if you have the chance have a glass or two and you will realize that DIPA's are one of the only good things in this world.

Bbloom1989, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Bottled on 6/18/10. Poured a gold orange clear color with a 1 finger head of tiny bubbles. Fairly strong piney aroma with some citrus characteristics, but mostly the pine. The first sip is a barage of bitterness with a nice balance of sweet malts. Finishes crisply with a lingering bitterness. Not too bitter in that it really kills your pallet but for sure more probably bitter than most people would like. Actually prefer this one over the 60 minute version. Medium mouthfeel.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/25/10.

A- Clear amber-red body with a one finger off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves a coat of fine, spotty lace.

S- Hops and sweet sugar, reminiscent of a west coast IIPA or Barleywine. Definite peach notes, earthy hops, caramel malt. Decent aroma strength.

T- Not quite as hoppy as the nose, more hop bitterness than flavor. The hops do, however, lend earthy and piney notes, just a bit of fruit and citrus. Booze comes through along with a good deal of sweetness. The malt is very heavy and unique, I have always liked the caramel, slightly roasty malt profile of this beer. It adds a new dimension to the style.

MF- Moderate body with high carbonation stinging the palate. The body is creamy and very warm. Lots of bitterness on the tongue.

DB- Strange how much a beer changes in my view in about a year. The thing I remember, and best part, is the malt profile here. It is just a bit roasty, toasty biscuit and caramel. Stronger and boozier than I remember, very aggressive. A Double IPA of a different brand, huge malt, alcohol and bitterness, the malt really makes this one what it is. This one draws a fine line between IIPA and Barleywine, try it if your one of the very few BAs that hasn't.

cbutova, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an immaculately clear copper color with a thin white head. Visible carbonation is average; not super assertive nor lax.

The smell is sweet and malty without a trace of the biting alcoholic aroma I was expecting. Herbal-smelling hops, reminiscent of a British IPA.

The taste is very sweet, with quite a bit of sweetness coming from the significant 9% ABV. Hops bitterness, while pronounced, is not overpowering. The slightly roasted and sweet grain is exquisitely complex and perhaps a little atypical of what I would personally think of as an American IPA.

Thick-bodied and viscous, drinkability is excellent.

MrHassellYaHurd, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, murky caramel color with lots of lively carbonation snowing upwards and culminating in an inch of thick, fluffy, cream-colored head that has very nice retention and shows some decent lacing.

DFH 90 smells sort of like a barleywine. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee malts come through in the nose, bolstered by a sweet and slightly spicy hop aroma that comes in after the initial malt rush. Pretty fragrant, too, you don't really have to search for the smell.

This is a damn good beer, but a very malt-forward IPA. Once again, the sweet, thick caramel malts show up first and foremost, providing a solid backbone upon which some sweet, candied citrus and spicy hop flavor build upon. Bitterness is nearly non-existent. A slight bit of alcohol comes through towards the end of each sip, giving a slightly dry feel to the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and juicy, which goes nicely with the malty background of the beer. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a little nip of alcohol.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I love the fact that it's different from 60 minute IPA in that it's much maltier and a bit thicker. Different strokes for different folks, but I like 'em both. Another very drinkable beer from DFH, even at 9% alcohol. Now all that's left is to try the 120 minute.

feelmefoam, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer knowing that dogfish knows how to do an extraordinary IPA. I have few complaints about the beer, it poured such a beautiful amber-brown and was so perfectly hoppy I shed a tear for beerkind...but told everybody else it was only my allergies...

The first thing you come into with this beer is just what "90 minutes of constant hop addition" can do to a well crafted malt. It was truly a tasty reminder to why I enjoy IPAs so much.
Of course this dogfish head has an ABV well above normal, but i'm not complaining. Although 9% does push the limits of personal drinkability, it was surprisingly gulp-able.

I certainly enjoyed this beer and wouldn't hesitate in purchasing it again.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-orange colour with huge white head. Good head retention as the head settles down a bit and lacing surrounding the glass. Not sure how the appearance could be improved. Smells of piney hops and lots of caramel sweetness. Tastes like a very well balanced double IPA. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a hop bomb, in which case this wouldn't be the right beer, but for a balanced double IPA with lots of malt, not sure this can be beat.

kwjd, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack a while back. Last one left in the fridge.

A- Poured darker amber color. Good size head to it. Stuck around for a bit. Left nice lacing.

S- Nice aroma of citrus hop to it. Pretty subtle. Smells like it's going to have a good bite to it.

T- Starts out with nice citrus, pine hop taste. Malts balance out quickly to make for a very smooth drink. The balance is perfect as the beer ends with no emphasis on hops or malts, just great balance.

M- Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Some bitterness to it.

D- Very good beer! Good hop flavors to it. The alcohol is masked very well. Does start to come out a bit as it warms, but still nice. Felt like I could drink a few, but did creep up on me.

HosP, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of boomer31
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy this beer. I've had it a few times but finally getting around to reviewing it.

A - Pours a clear-gold color with a plain white quarter inch head that sticks to the glass. Really nice

S - The citrisy and fruity hops come out first then the malt hits you in the face. This smells balanced...the hops don't overwhelm the malty goodness.

T - First the piney hops and alcohol hit you then the malt and more alcohol. Maybe this has been sitting around for a while because I remember more hops from previous tasting. Nonetheless the alcohol really stands out here and adds a nice peppery finish.

M - Full and highly carbonated but very rich for an IPA. Nice

D - Again the alcohol really stands out...much more so than before. I do like this beer but where did the hops go?

DFH always seems to draw either a lot of praise or a lot of disdain. I happen to enjoy most of what they put out and this is no exception.

boomer31, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper with a long lasting two finger white head. Decent carbonation with great lacing.

Smells of hops, floral and citrus. Some sweetness in there as well, slight raisin.

Tastes like an IPA, this one's got a big, sweet malt note. Some dark fruits in the malt, but not too strong, caramel and bread in the malt as well. Hops come out at the end and unleash their flavor and grapefruit. Not overly bitter. I'd say almost a 50/50 mix of strong malt and hops.

A little thick, pretty wet. Alcohol is noticeable sometimes.

If this wasn't 9%, it would be pretty darn drinkable.

BranfordBound, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of hastings
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA at the Brewpub as well as the Brewery and it was a well made beer. It had the taste of what most IPAs wish they had. This beer is one of the best beers that Dogfish Head makes and it is very unfortunate that many local distributors don't care this great beer.

hastings, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/light amber color with a large foamy and fluffy white head. Good retention with a decent layer of lace that sticks behind.

S - Good amount of different hoppy aromas come out with citrus/orange aroma, tropical fruit (mango, some pineapple, grapefruit, and others). Some floral and pine also present. Good backbone of caramel and other sweet malt aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. A lot of the hop flavors are sweeter fruit flavors along with touches of floral and pine flavors. Along with the sweeter caramel malt, this is a bit of a sweeter IPA. Not a lot of caramel flavor, but some, and definitely a malt presence in this one. There is a nice spiced and bitterness underneath this and some more earthy flavors as well.

M - Fuller side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - Pretty easy to drink with lots of fruity hop flavors. Definitely has a sweeter side, but there is enough bitterness and other flavors that it isn't cloying. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Notes: Overall this is a pretty good beer. Lots of fruity hop flavors and it comes off a little on the sweet side for the style(somewhat barleywine like), but it isn't cloying. Nice, easy to drink beer that is a good quality and easy to find beer.

FreshHawk, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of foogerd
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a gorgeous clear golden orange with rich white colored head
S- for all its hype the smell is kind of a let down its very balanced with the hops coming through the caramel malt smell that you first will get
T- Tons of sweet fruit notes come in at first grapefruit,citrus, and even a bit of a berry presence, after which an avalanche of piney fresh cut hops make their march. For a double IPA this is extremely well balanced an excellent the malt/hop mix was perfectly done here despite the very strong hop presence . Sweet caramel malts and piney hops dance with each other while the 9 % abv makes its presence quite known
M- rich thick and creamy
D- at 9% theres only so much you can drink of this although its extremely tasty

foogerd, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/4/10. Poured into a pint glass, a brilliant orange color with a small head. Lacing however is great with notches left each time I take a drink. Smells are big on sweet grapefruit. Its still hoppy even though it isnt incredibly fresh. Caramel sweetness and fresh pine flavors keep me coming back for more. Finishes a touch boozy, as expected for a true DIPA. I really dont what else to say, this is an amazing brew! Thank you DFH, thank you!

kylejohnson03, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Nesued
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DIPAs, not the class I drink/review willingly. I'll admit my bias upfront.

Appearance - Apricot color with a slight haze. The carbonation is mild, feeding an ample tan two-finger frothy head. Noticable lacing forms on my pint glass as the head resolves, leaving a nice community of foam. As it warms, the lacing continues and the residual ring continues to remain. Nicely done.

Smell - Sweet caramel malty aroma coupled with a somewhat muted hop presence. Muted when you compare this to the big grapefruit/citrus nose that you find in a Hopslam, Pliny or Boy King. Very inviting and balanced for a DIPA.

Taste - The opening is a bite to the tongue, as expected, but it's a "one-two-punch" with a caramel malt presence to make this more than a one-trick pony. The middle has great bittering notes that proceed to the finish, with the alcohol keeping your mind on your manners as you drink this. The finish is dry and crisp, but with a sweet residual.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation remains throughout the life of the beer, aiding in the transport. Warming as you progress.

Drinkability - Look what this is classed with: Pliny, Hopslam, Dreadnaught, Boy King, Racer X. How do you compete with these? You bring more than just a "tougue-ripping" to the game. DFH 90 minute does that, very well. A nice sipper to go along with the other sippers in the DFH stable.

Nesued, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in the Support Your Team BIF, 341ml bottle courtesy of TMoney2591. Poured into a tulip, cheers dude.

Pours a clear amber, with a generous 3 finger off white and thick, mega-creamy head. Huge lacing too. Big aroma, getting grapefruit, some peach/pineapple, orange, a touch of pine and some other citrus all sitting upon a nice malt base. A little bit of alcohol comes through in the nose also. Malt and alcohol hit me first when it touched my lips, and then smoothed into a citrus fiesta across my tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily with a drying finish, with medium carbonation, and its got some pretty good drinkability given the ABV, although the alcohol is not hidden. Bottle is just under two months old, so it scores a little lower than it probably would've fresh; I'll re-review when I have it fresher. Still a definite palate wrecker, and the bitterness is clearly presented.

EDIT: Received another bottle from 67couple via another trade. Bottled on date is even older, May 4, 2010. Old notes remain the same, but I'm getting heavy mocha/coffee notes from the finish this time round. Hmmm.

liamt07, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head 90min IPA is commonly referred to as a beer that is overrated, but that doesn't mean it isn't a very well made, tasty beer. The beer is a deep orange amber with wispy, irregular, rocky foam that leaves fantastic sticky lacy cling. The beer smells citrusy with a very distinct apricot and peach sweetness and slight bit caramel malt. The taste is bitter with a lot of complex hop flavor, mostly floral and fruity. The malt provides a thick full body and sweet bread flavor. Very well balanced with a bitter finish.

Soonami, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a caramel amber color with a full frothy head to it. It had excellent head retention and left some great lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty hoppy with some nice citrus and tropical fruit flavors to it. It's also floral with a bit of pine to it as well. Very nice multitude of hop flavors to it. It has a decent and relatively bold malt base to it as well.

The taste is not surprisingly hoppy. It has the tropical citrus hop flavor to it with some pineapple and grapefruit to it. It finishes on the bitter side with some more grapefruit and a little pine coming through. The malt flavor also comes through and lends a moderate sweetness with a bit of caramel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Pretty good mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability is very good, it's very flavorful, hoppy, and a very solid beer overall. Another one of my personal favorites that I drink pretty frequently, considering I have a Dogfish restaurant right down the road from me.

billab914, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of McDizzle
2.08/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I'm sorry, but I don't know what people see in this beer. I guess it is all a matter of preference. My preference is that sweet and beer were never meant to be, at least not like this. The taste was unbearable. Took 2 sips, stopped. Came back for another sip and stopped. Poured into a glass, tried another sip and down the drain it went. The taste is not something I enjoyed in the least. Give me a blue moon belgian white or a sam boston lager or something else any day.

That being said, the appearance and mouthfeel were nice, the smell was similar to the taste which made me want to wretch.

McDizzle, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind a couple years ago.

Bottle from Bottleworks. Great grapefruit hops aroma. Pours a clear orange with light white head. Tastes very sweet with citrus and honey, with only slight bitterness. A bit syrupy, but a clean finish. Good example of the style, but not my favorite IIPA.

(NOTE: I have had this on tap out on a randall at the DFH brewpub and this WAS one of the best IIPAs had, so bottles don't do it justice. Well, that plus the randall is amazing!)

ChrisPro, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled July 26, 2010. Very fresh.

Pours clear amber with a two finger off white head that leaves a bit of lacing, holds a light cap.

Aroma is very nice and features juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, as well as floral and grassy hops. There is also a fair bit of sweet caramel and fruity malts.

Flavor starts with heavy duty citrus and resinous hops, golden raisins, and some serious sweet caramel malt for a DIPA, moderate bitterness that is held back by the big malt presence. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, gets sticky, low to medium carbonation.

It's been a long time since I've had this, always enjoyed it in the past but didn't realize how sweet and malty this is for a DIPA. Tone that back and let the hops shine DFH!

elgiacomo, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/26/10

90 Minute is a clear coppery orange with a nice creamy ivory colored head with nice lacing.

The aroma seems malt heavy but there are bright hop tones present and just a hint of alcohol.

Perhaps after just three and a half months in the bottle the hops have faded a bit but this double IPA seems a bit more malt heavy than I remember, however it was probably one of the first dozen or so craft beers I tried so perhaps it's my perceptions that have changed. Big full caramel drenched malts meet the tongue first and foremost but candied grapefruit and pine resin aren't too far behind (odd I remembered it the other way around). Alcohol backs up the flavors nicely and as the beer warms the hop flavors seem to step forward a bit while the finish remains pleasantly bitter.

The mouthfeel is full but not heavy, very slick and somewhat creamy while the carbonation creates a bit of bite on the tongue.

While my memories of this beer differ from my current reality this is good beer and I do recomend it. I feel I need to try it perhaps much closer to it's bottling date while it's as fresh as possible. If I can get it to match my first memories of this beer I am sure I will be upgrading my score.

BlackBearForge, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of SilverFoxxy
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First ever review so still getting my bearings. Drank on 11 Aug 10, bottled on 11 Dec 09.

Look: Careful pour into small tulip reveals a light brown/orange beer and a finger of white head which reduces to a collar. Aggressive looking carbonation.

Smell: Begins with a citrusy hop smell but as the head recedes as does this smell with sweet malts and brown sugar taking over. It smells sweet more than anything else. The scent finishes with a little bit of alcohol, reminding of the 9% abv.

Taste: Bit odd and uncharacteristic of the style even taking into account the 8 months on the bottle (not uncommon for US beer in the UK). Malt forward with the hops providing only a bitter finish tinged with some alcohol heat. As the bottle warmed it all came together a bit and felt much more integrated so I've been kind. Next time I would drink at room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good. A pleasant thickness but the high carbonation prevents it from feeling gloopy. Alcohol makes itself known with a warming around the gums after a few quick sips.

Drinkability: The fact that it's not a hop bomb aids drinkability but the booziness drops it back down one notch. After two I would stop; probably for the best.

Overall I enjoyed it even though I would prefer something a bit lighter and hoppier. Will get it again but try and get one a bit fresher.

SilverFoxxy, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of DeliciousSeeker
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden brown color, with about a fingers width of head. Carbonation throughout.

S- good amount of hopiness, and a little detection of alcohol at the end. Smells like it has some kick!

T- Strong hops flavor, blended in smoothly with a little bit of malts. The alcohol is very well masked in this beer, your main concern would be if you are a big fan of hops. If you are, then this beer delivers, in a nice package. Not ridiculously strong, but strong enough to remember. This beer would go great with a good sandwich too.

M- thick enough to have some density to it, watery enough to where it doesn't feel like you're eating the drink. Good balance of head and smoothness.

D- surprisingly drinkable. If you aren't much for hops, this might not be a good choice for you. But if you can stand or revel in hops, you can easily have one or two. This may be a sneaky beer though, so watch out!

DeliciousSeeker, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of uhhhaaron
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed 02-11-2009, 12oz bottle into snifter.

appearance: pours a rich orange/amber color. 1 finger head that leaves a nice lace on glass walls. beautiful & inviting.

smell: wonderful aroma. starts off sweet & is followed by pine notes, more malt, caramel, tropical fruits, citrus fruits. more of the pine along with sharp & quick booze smell. aroma is very fresh.

taste: starts off with caramel malts, followed by a slight alcohol taste that is quickly overpowered by the hop bitterness. but the fruit flavors nicely balance it out (pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango). finishes piney & with sweetness that leaves you puckering. i was expecting more of hop punch, but its actually very well balanced in the sweetness/bitter dept. there's really a lot going on in the mouth, this review doesn't sum it up.

mouthfeel: very smooth with excellent carbonation for the style. just a slight warmness from the alcohol is present.

drinkability: an easy brew to sip on, just watch out for the abv. highly drinkable but wouldn't session this.

uhhhaaron, Aug 11, 2010
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,893 ratings.