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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,909
Reviews: 3,582
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 477
Gots: 1,930 | 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 TheHoppiest
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer falls into the category of one I've wanted to review for a while. While I've always loved beer, I'd have to say that Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA was the first beer that made me realize that beer can be every bit as complex, tasty, and enjoyable a drinking experience as good wine or scotch. It was this very beer that demonstrated to me that what I had thought was "good" beer was really nothing more than mass-marketed swill pretending to be sophisticated.

With that said:

I poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a honey-gold color, with a white foamy head that reduces to a thin blanket of head.

Smells hoppy; citrus and pine, with a fair amount of malt and a slight yeastiness to it. There's also an underlying fruity-sweet smell of apricots and grapes, with a hint of alcohol.

Mmmmm, what a wonderfully tasting brew. It starts bold and hoppy, spicy and warm. Lemon and other citrus, sweet malt, and alcohol warmth underlie a resiny astringency that flows over and around the tongue while simultaneously drying it out. Finishes much smoother than you'd expect from an imperial IPA. Though it isn't cask conditioned, it has some characteristics of a cask conditioned IPA.

Highly drinkable, you just have to be careful that you don't knock yourself on your keister with this 9% brew. I can't recommend this one enough!

TheHoppiest, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of mcnkuckles
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPA's of all time. Also had this beer at a special tasting put on by the brewery at a pub. The color is very rich, almost an amber color, with very sharp hop and spice notes that pop into you olfactory receptors as you raise the glass to your mouth. Taste is very bitter, yet it is smooth and finished with subtly sweet, almost caramel flavor. This beer is thicker than most IPA's, and packs a very strong alcohol content, and is therefore understandably not exceptionally drinkable, yet hard to stop drinking!! If you drink an entire 4 pack, you should definitely tie yourself to the couch!

mcnkuckles, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (bottled on 05/13/10) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a 1/4" dense off-white head that died down to a 1/8" persistent head across the top of the beer. Plenty of thick walls of lacing down the glass as I drank it down. The beer is a nice clear coppery-orange color with plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer.

Smell: When first poured, there is a mild sweet malt + grapefruit smell. As it warms up the smell is not as pronounced, and the smell is more of a mild grapefruit hoppy smell along with some lemon/citrus smells. For a beer that has been hopped this much, it's remarkably muted in aroma - at least to my nose anyway.

Taste: This is an incredibly well balanced beer. There is a grapefruit citrus taste followed immediately by a balancing sweet malt, then a hit of bitterness followed by a very smooth finish. For an imperial IPA this is not a face-slap of hops, and yet is hoppy enough to be notable. The malts do an excellent job of not making this beer too extreme in any one direction. It's quite good.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly thick and smooth, with just a hint of carbonation on the tongue. Very nice body to this beer.

Drinkability: Even at 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. I really want another one and sadly I only bought one bottle. The beer went very well with a hot summer meal (BLT sandwich and salad) and I know it would be good with many other meals. I will definitely pick this up again.

damndirtyape, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have reviewed this beer in bottle format before. But I feel overwhelmed yesterday after having it first on draft at the bar after the keg was just tapped and then out of a growler after I got home today.

This beer is remarkable fresh. Flavors that stand out are fresh pineapple, pine, and grapefruit notes. I taste some apple tartness. The sticky pine notes are remarkable. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat heavy. The alcohol is warming. This beer is very easy to drink. This whole growler has been a pleasure to enjoy, along with some homemade hot wings and cheese fries.

mtnbikerpa, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Erish
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: one-finger head that quickly dissipates, but leaves a nice layer of lace that lasts forever, the color is reminiscent of orange-blossom honey.

S: not what I was expecting, but interesting nonetheless, immediately detect a vinous character to this brew, and there is a lot of sweet bread and floral notes, some yeast.

T: again not what I was expecting: very vinous overall in character, with plenty of sweetness, citrus hops, and plenty of honey, there is a medicinal note I detected in the first taste which I could never duplicate - probably just the punch of hops! - alcohol is detectable and most pronounced in the middle; the finish is hopped, but mixed with a lingering sweetness and plenty of ester, ripe apple, grape and a hint of citrus. The more I drink the more I like it.

M: Thick, even a little oily on the tongue, mouth-coating: this beer stays with you.

D: A memorable DIPA, a real standout.

Erish, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of tdawgydog
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is just one of those beers that I've been intending to get to forever... You know it's good, there are just too many beers to try. This has certainly been the summer of IPA's.

A - Pours a nice copper color with a good 1 1/2 finger head that leaves a nice lacing around the top of the glass.

S - A little sweet, almost candy like. I think it's the barley that stands out in the nose of this beer. Maybe a little caramel as well.

T - A great IPA. All of the praise that this beer has received is well worth it.

D - Just about perfect, esp for a 9%ABV. Goes down super smooth and the sweet taste wants you coming back for more.

M - Great mouthfeel, almost perfect density. Will definitely be coming back to this one.

Job Well Done!

tdawgydog, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of DrewKid4
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served: From a bottle bought from Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord, NH (nearest pick 6 deal in the area). Wanted to try this IPA for a long time.

A: Dark brown but hints of red-orange when held up to light. Minimal white head but lots of lacing left on the glass.

S: HOPS ... and some fruits too.

T: Bitter citrus hops that would allude to a bitter finish, but some sort of combination of the citrus and the bitterness from hops and high ABV makes a crisp finish.

M: Very smooth for an imperial IPA. Somehow the sweetness in this brew is something I've never seen from a beer like this, and there something in the sweet ending that begs for more of it.

D: Very drinkable. Dangerous for a high ABV and crisp camoflauging finish.

DrewKid4, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of gracebeliever
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into glass. Reviewed from written notes within 10 minutes of last sip.

Appearance: Nice clear copper. Thick bubbly head, off-white in color. Head dissipated at a moderate rate. Carbonation bubbles floated to the top for several minutes. Minor cascading lace.

Smell: Grapefruit/hops mostly. After the first sip and all others thereafter there was an odd odor present which I am left to describe as a pissy diaper smell. I don't know any other way to say it. This is only detected when sniffing the contents of the glass. It is not on the palate otherwise I would have tossed the brew forthwith.

Taste: Hops bitterness present. Grapefruit. As I put some distance on this beer the hops taste became more prevalent.

Mouthfeel: There was a thickness in this beer which surprised me. It wasn't cough syrup thick but it was getting there. The mouth began to get that numbing sensation fairly quick. Feels like a beer meant to be a beer.

Drinkability: This seems like a stronger beer with a bit of a punch in terms of affecting the senses. Would like to try with food at some point but I get the feeling I better be prepared for a long nap afterwords because I am feeling this one. Not quite as refreshing as I would like.

gracebeliever, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper orange with with a nice head retention through the first couple of sips. Big sticky lacings reaching all the way to rim of the glass. THe lightest haze on a beer that I've ever seen - nearly clear. Deep tropical citrus araomas - grapefruit, pineapple, with a bit of a funky smell in there too. Huge hop flavor that overwhelms the malt and masks the higher alcohol. The huge bitter hop character tends to wear you out a bit. As much as I enjoyed it, I prefer the 60IPA. My tastebuds enjoy some maltiness.

IronLover, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife grabbed me a few of these for my Birthday. What a delicious gift!!

A - Pours a golden copper with an orange hue, slight haze, and thin layer of head which dissipates into small islands with some lacing.

S - The citrus and pine hops are prominent off the top. Little bit fruity with some pineapple present as well, and a bit of a peppery finish.

T - The bitter citrus hops are delicious, and the high ABV goes unnoticed. Some mild chocolate hops balance out this delicious ale, and a woody flavour lingers on the finish.

M - A little on the syrupy side due to the low level of carbonation, however, that being said, it is by no means a turn off. Still goes down extremely smooth.

D - Even at 9% I could toss back six of these no problem, which is a sign of a dangerously good beer. Any hop head must try this offering, and it ranks up there with some of my favorites with respect to IPA's.

andrenaline, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of aaroncoop
2.3/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initially I was enjoying this beer - the aroma was pleasant and the relatively strong hoppy bitterness helped to mellow the sweetness. As the glass progressed, however, the alcohol content of this beer overpowered the aftertaste and it lost its depth. Ultimately, I was left to "enjoy" a rubbing alcohol flavor at the end of each sip. Not good.

aaroncoop, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a ripened apricot color that yields 2 fingers of off white head with lots and lots of carbonation and leaves a little lacing.

S - Pretty darn sweet right off the bat like a cross between sugar and apricot/peaches. I am surprised that I don't get any hop aroma at all, smells like a summer desert.

T - I pick up a little hops but mostly syrupy and fruity sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy, good carbonation and slight slickness.

D - Definitely not your typical IPA, way more sweetness than I am used too, just not really of fan of this, I want more bitterness and less sweetness I guess. Glad I tried it but I would much rather drink Squall IPA than this.

semibaked, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Lutter
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden color with a tinge of red. A nice foam (not found in many IPAs) that gradually dissipates. It's a pretty beer to look at... a lot of IPAs just plop into the glass like malt liquor. Lacing is wonderful.

Smell: Hoppy. Damn Hoppy. With a tinge of alcohol that's just there.

Taste: Pornographic. It almost makes you feel bad it tastes so good. Bitterness at first with a sweet aftertaste, EXACTLY what I look for in an IPA. The alcohol taste is certainly there, but it's gonna be when you hit the 9% ABV mark.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick for my taste, but the taste makes up for it!

Drinkability: 60 Minute is definitely more drinkable but this is a main course in the beer world. All other beer is desert to this meat and potatoes IPA

All in all, my favorite beer!

Lutter, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought at Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley, CA

A: Hazy, unfiltered apple cider. Small creamy white head.

S: Peachy, cooked strawberries, hops. Sweetish and beautiful.

T: Unfortunately, the alcohol flavor jumps to the front, and while it's not quite overwhelming, it's a large part of the flavor, which I don't find pleasant. But what's to the side of it, and behind it IS quite nice. Hoppy, not very bitter. But the ratio of alcohol really hurts it for me. If that flavor was hidden more, and the others more emphasized, I would like it a lot better.

M: Soft, micro carbonation, but again the alcohol ratio leaves an unpleasant feeling.

D: It's not for me for the said reasons, but I can see why others find it great.

sfprint, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: caramel color with excellent carbonation, producing a two-finger head
S: powerful bouquet featuring the hops used
T: spicy with pepper notes, very hoppy, intense flavored, slight sweetness
M: dynamic character in the mouth
D: you will want another, but the first might floor you

The notes above are based on my home tasting of a variety bottled six months earlier. If you find that this beer is too jagged in its flavors, try aging it. Just a year or two is enough to mellow it out and allow the vibrant flavors to meld into each other. Highly recommended.

Arithmeticus, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of earthling
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I love the story and history behind Dogfish Head Brewery. They are true beer craftsmen.

The 90 Minute IPA is an imbalanced, bitter IPA. It's incredibly hoppy, but fails to extract and retain some of the best qualities of the hops it's brewed with. Although its complex flavor profile leaves the drinker with a lot to explore, the bitterness inhibits its drinkability and makes this beer hard to enjoy.

earthling, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden-orange hue with a crystal-clear body. Head is two solid fingers of bubbly light-tan foam. It's making me thirsty already.

Smell: big earthy/funky hop aroma against what smells like a biscuity malt background. I like it well enough, though I'm not in love with the biscuit.

Taste: big, rich malt flavor with a deep and complex hop character. The malt is thick and, though less biscuity than the aroma, has a bit of that quality to it. Hops start of with a bit of a bite and then transform to a funky headiness. At the end is a rich bitterness which works very well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a level of carbonation which seems high to me for the style (though I like a good carb, so it works for me). The overall textural effect is rather refreshing.

Drinkability: this is a pretty drinkable beer overall, but I find the hops a little too jarring to be really refreshing. That, plus the slightly-overly-biscuity malt bill detract a bit from this beer's drinkability. It's still quite good, though.

flagmantho, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of magine
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper colored brew, with an off white head. Head is thick and fluffy, settles to a lace island and has decent lacing. Good looking brew, especially for a high alcohol brew.

Brew smells of hops, barley, caramel, citrus notes, floral notes, yeasts. Great nose.

Brew is hoppy, nice hop flavor; citrus, and then barley malts. Has a crisp peppery hop flavor initially in the mouthfeel. Then the barley malts are in there to smooth things out. Finishes slightly dry. Has a certain sweetness to it, but not overdone. Can taste a tiny hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Caramel malts, and some fruits as well as it warms. Absolutely delicious IPA.

This is the quintessential IPA for me. I know it is an Imperial/Double, but who cares I want the flavors in my IPA. Delivers enough hops to make you notice, then has the barley malts to even things out. Extremely drinkable, extremely delicious. This brew is one of my all time favorites, I forgot how damn good it was. Another world class brew, from a world class brewery.

magine, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft from Fatheads on 7/1/10

Update on the taste and aroma, the rest is pretty accurate. Rating on those from recent tasting and went up from previous bottle rating.

S-The nose is bready with caramel malts up front. Peach and citrus are present behind, huge balance and interesting aroma.

T-taste follows the nose, huge malt presence, lots of toasted bread and some caramel, good hop backing, notes of peach and citrus, hints of herbal marijuanna and grapefruit, light lingering bitterness.

Overall-love the balance now, very pleasant and still has a great hop presence but a beautiful malt balance make this a great bear to enjoy and I can actually keep drinking it unlike many of my favorite hop bombs that make me suffer towards the end of a growler.

cpetrone84, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of decadance
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice orangish body, with a decent head throughout that provides for some good lacing.

S - Bitter Citrus with a hint of sweetness

T - Very sweet up front, but not so much so it turns you off, than then finishes with a wonderful balance of bitter hops.

M - Carbonation is present, but the feel of the mouth is full, but silky.

D - I don't buy the ABV, as I am just getting started. I could quaff down a few more and be happy.

decadance, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful deep orange color into a snifter. Smells of Grapefruit and Brown Sugar up front Pine and Lemon rind at the end. Taste is quite sweet brownsugar and hops up front with a boozy middle and a mildly bitter end. Mouthfeel has noticeable but not at all unpleasant alcohol warming, with a definitive syrupy character but both are well balanced making this quite nice to drink. It is easy to drink given its alcohol content but I would tend to shy away from any more than 3 at once, and 3 is a bit of a stretch.

STEG, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of artcurtis
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Very cloudy, almost the color of a white ale, a little coppery. Pours a big two fingered head that hangs around for a little bit.
Smell is unremarkable, malt and hops, nothing special. Definitely not as hoppy smelling as I was expecting/hoping.
The first thing I noticed in the taste was the bitter, and then the rest came forward. Not bad, but different. VERY malty for an IPA. Not the mini hop bomb I was expecting. Definitely hoppy, but I think they tried to balance it a bit too much. Just a hint of flowery west coast style hops, but pretty understated.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but pretty disappointed and underwhelmed. A pretty unremarkable beer, I'd drink it again but I would go out of my way.

artcurtis, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Do you love hops? Then this is you ale. It looks, smells, and taste hoppy. It pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a nice cream-yellow head full of alpha acids. The aroma pure fresh green hop. If you have ever picked hops you know that fresh slightly oily, slightly earthy green aroma. The hop taste is balanced with an assertive yet low key maltiness that seems to support the hops rather than battle with them. 90 IBU's and 9% ABV and you will be warm and hoppy all night long. Dogfish Head is known for pushing the envelope and this ale does just that. This is an ale that is meant to be and is BITTER. What a wonderful thing.

bigdonniebrasco, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of snpub540
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper hue with a nice amount of carbonation. Very nice sheets of lace left on the glass.

Smells very boozy. Not a lot of hop aroma present except a slight tropical fruit.

Taste was very balanced. Malty sweet upfront and definately boozy. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Drinkability is good for a high abv beer. Another hit from DFH.

snpub540, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ujs glenside.

A- rusty orange in color with a good finger of off white head.

S- big sweet malts with caramel and biscuit. Hops come through with some conifers and a mild citrus hit.

T- malty sweetness up front with the caramel and toffee. Some honey wheat bread. Hops are big and lean more in the pine direction but there is some herbal citrus in there.

M- chewy and full bodied with a nice mid level carb.

D- very little sign of the abv and for what it is I can totally dig it. For sure its an east coast ipa.

oglmcdgl, Jun 25, 2010
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,909 ratings.