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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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11,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,751
Reviews: 3,518
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 388
Gots: 1,313 | 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 Stoneman78


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

A- Rich, caramel golden hue, thin layer of white head that dissipates, minimal lacing
S- Pine and citrus hops, grass and floral tones, bread malts, alcohol, somewhat subdued for this style
T- Initial taste is unsurprisingly pine and floral hops, pale bread malts enter soon after, finishes oily and very bitter, a truly delicious beer
M- Medium/full-bodied, oily and chewy texture, moderate carbonation
D- Balanced and complex profile, the alcohol is well-masked, this is my favorite non-West coast DIPA and I can drink this all night long, kudos to DFH for great distribution, I look forward to when this comes back to California in the near future!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:42:08 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of mltobin


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

Pours from bottle a dark brownish/reddish color with a frothy head.
Smells spicy with a touch of carmel. This is a very hoppy beer and is delicious to put it simply. A strong ABV goes with it, good thing the come in 4 packs!
MF is complex as this is a double ipa and leaves a strong spicy aftertaste with a sweetness as well.
This is a hell of an IPA from those fellows in Deleware.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:39:12 | More by mltobin
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most hoppy Double IPA's I've ever had. Most DIPA's (especially with this type of ABV) have a huge malt character as a sort of base to the crazy ammount of hop flavor. I think the "continuous hopping" gives it lot of hop punch and keeps the focus there.

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass it pours a nice, clear copper color. It has about a half inch of head that is off-white and it is rather retentive. The aroma is pungent with piny, resiny American hops. Floral, dry, and bitter. The flavor is very sweet like grapefruit for a split second before the rest of the hops dump out on your tongue. This beer packs a punch. It reminds me slightly of arrogant bastard in the intensity, but I think it lacks a little depth.

For the big hop head out there: this is the one. For those who prefer a lot of character and a dynamic flavor profile: This is not what everyone tells it to be. There is way to much hop, and way to little malt to make this beer truly drinkable. I could only do one every few days.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 23:52:23 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a brown/gold that is clear with a sizeable light tan head that doesn't stay around long. Nose is pungent with a perfume like quality that masks any heavy hops that are present. Flavor is sweet with a slight hop edge. Tangy mix to it. Feel is thick and almost syrupy. Slightly drinkable, but overall a bit too sweet and lacking in any unique character.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:46:09 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of jeffmonarch


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

12 oz. bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Nice copper color with descent head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet smell with some hops and a hint of the alcohol.

T - Really good sweet malty taste that finishes with a light bitter hop flavor. Nice warming sensation from the alcohol but it doesn't comethrough to strong in the flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. If you get a chance to try it do. Also the 120 is great.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 06:28:44 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of GAPit


4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a copper red, huge amounts of tan head that eventually falls to a thin layer. Thick lacing remains.

Smells great, sweet fruit, wonderful fresh hop finish. No hint of the high abv. I'm excited.

I love the taste of this beer, very malty, very hoppy. Perfectly balanced. Sweet fruity malt starts, transitions into a dry hoppy taste that lingers on the back of the tounge in a good way, a really good way. No hint whatsoever (except for that familiar warm and fuzzy feeling) of the very high abv of 9%. This beer is fantastic.

Mouth feel is also great, entire tounge is utilized, carbonation is perfect. Dry, hoppy finish invites you back. Once again, if I didn't know this was a 9% beer I'd never guess it.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. I've yet to try their other IPA's, but I think that this will be pretty damn hard to beat. I'm going to buy a lot more of these and drink em till my tounge begs for mercy.


Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:09:54 | More by GAPit
Photo of mully


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

a -- golden/orange, head dissapates quickly

s -- sweetness - citrusy -- honey malt mingled with great hop aroma and a little brown sugar

t -- extreme but balanced, malt and hops in proportion to each other each over the top -- hangs around for a long time on the back of your tongue keeping the hop implosion around after the malt fades

m -- thick, good heft but clears out

d -- i can drink three or four but after that my tastebuds revolt because of all of the hops and malt

Great beer, my favorite beer from DFH better balance than the 120(too sweet) and more consistent than the 60.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 07:46:09 | More by mully
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

One of the best IPA's I've had and outdoes their own 60 Minute IPA.

Pours copper with a very decent head and plenty of lacing.

Taste is quite hoppy, but has an excellent balance of malt and some citrus notes. Overall it is one of the better balanced IPA's out there, neither too sweet or too much hops.

You'd never know that it's 9.0% because it's so drinkable, even for casual drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 22:58:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of boelker62


4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours small but rocky, white head over a distinctly clear, copper-hued body. Lacing is fair for the duraton, and the head withers away with time.

S - this is where this brew really pulls you in. There is a slight molasses hint in back of the nearly overwhelming citrus and esters that abound. Yeastiness is limited to a doughy note.

T - while the aroma is astounding, the taste does not do the aroma justice. Do not get me wrong, it's good. It's one of my top 5 IPA's, I'd say, but compared to the outstanding aroma, the taste is considerably less in amplitude. It starts with a heavily sweet , but oddly, moderately acidic initial impression. This settles down to a moderate bitterness with a long, sticky finish.

M - I call this a medium to full bodied beer, being a DIPA. The reamy texture, and soft carbonation just seem right.

D - get a case, have two every night. That's my suggestion, but just two.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 13:50:02 | More by boelker62
Photo of GbVDave


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, peachy-gold color. Creamy 2 1/2 finger, tan colored head. Lace everywhere.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose. Also found tropical fruit and caramel malt in abundance.

T: Just see above. The taste follows the smell so incredibly close.

M: Sweet and creamy with a killer bitter/hoppy finish.

D: This one is dangerous. The excellent flavors and aromas, and lack of obvious alcohol presence, sneak up on you pretty fast.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 02:17:51 | More by GbVDave
Photo of dsigmon


4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful bronze/amber color with a perfect one finger head. The amazing amount of hops sustain a great lacing time and time again.

Very hop forward smell with citrus and fruit offerings. I also get the smell of raisins and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily residue left behind on the palate. Carbonation is light and allows the taste to slowly roll across the tongue and down the hatch coveting every minute of its splendor as it goes.

This is by far my favorite offering by Dogfish and one of the best DIPA’s I have ever had the chance to try…and try….and try again. The hops do not overwhelm the mouth with bitterness due to the perfect balancing of the caramel malts. This beer has the perfect taste and feel and after every sip leaves you longing for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 17:36:34 | More by dsigmon
Photo of vdubmatt

New Jersey

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

A- This beer pours with a nice head and keeps great lacing. Has a perfect carbonation level and a beautiful deep copper color.

S- Hops, Hops, and more Hops. Obviously, the hops are the lead in this play. One of the most delightful smelling beers I have had the pleasure of smelling. Mostly a piney and citrus smell.

T- An absolute wonder. Truly deserving of the title "America's Best IPA". Perfectly balanced in my opinion. The malt is well balanced with the strong hoppiness. There is a strong bitter aftertaste, but I find it to be just right.

M- Nice and smooth, with a slightly sticky syrupy-ness.

D- Very drinkable for a 9.0% beer. It really hides the alcohol well.

All in all, one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 00:44:14 | More by vdubmatt
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Downgraded" to this beer after trying to have one of the 120 Minute IPA's. It was a lot better in my opinion, and quite drinkable. The color was a little bit darker than a typical IPA, and much hoppier on the nose. The taste was very fresh.. lots of hops and malted barley, with a well-balanced amount of alcohol. This is one that I would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 17:59:15 | More by alysmith4
Photo of MyGoodness

New York

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

Gotta love DFH. I think they're really a great company with a lot of awesome brews out there. Anyway, this 90 min IPA has a lovely honey colour and a great big creamy head. Quite lovely to look at. The smell is interesting; you definitely get the citrus scent but then there's also a whiff of something floral. The taste is nice- it's somehow bitter and tart-fruity, but sweet at the same time. A little bit of that citrus smell comes in as a final bite at the end, which was actually very nice. Fairly carbonated without being too fizzy. The mouthfeel was just alright, nothing to complain about but not particulary wonderful either, smooth but strangely oily (as someone else said earlier). Overall I thought it was great and I would absolutely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 04:52:03 | More by MyGoodness
Photo of BradLikesBrew


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

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on 06/14/07.

"What you have here is an Imperial India Pale Ale featuring a single, constant 90-minute hop addition. It's balanced by a ridiculous amount of english two-row Barley. Then we dry-hop it in every tank."

a: Slightly hazy yellowish gold body with white head.

s: Hops, loads of hops. Sweet, floral, citrusy hops.

t: Excellent hop flavor with a nice sweet caramel malt profile providing balance.
Citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit notes. Balance is excellent.

m: Syrupy texture, a bit oily. Good carbonation.

d: Very high given the insane amount of hops and high alcohol content.
One of, if not the best DIPA I've had.
Love the balance, love the brew, love the brewery.
Another great one from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 01:55:29 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a copper color with a big fluffy three-finger head. The smell is sweet with a large presence of floral and citrusy hops. The taste is very sweet with a large amount of citrus up front with some alcohol in the middle and a very lemon-rindy bit of a bite towards the end. The sweetness is really balanced out by the bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thick with a mid-level of carbonation. I didn't have any difficulty drinking this beer, but I doubt I'd reach for another one right away. Overall, an extremely pleasant beer that I'll have to pick up again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 21:34:40 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of shadow1961


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

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA pours A big stiff head over a cloudy
honey colored brew. The nose is fruity malt and floral hops. The flavor is
big sweet, boozy, fruity malt up front with a surprisingly restrained herbal
hop finish. Mouthfeel is big, round, chewy, and smooth. I like how Dogfish
Head's IPAs (so far) have had completely different characters- this one is
more like an extremely alcoholic strong herbal tea than the taste-bud killing
hop monster you might expect. They clearly understand that the smell wafting
up to your nose is as important as the taste. And at 9% alcohol by volume, it's
a good one to lay a supply of in, while we all wait out the coming hop shortage.
If you're lucky enough to live in a state (or close by) a state that sells Dogfish
Head, you'd best buy a case or two and stash it in your basement- it'll keep.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 07:42:11 | More by shadow1961
Photo of PhageLab


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

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Nice amber color, which fades to a deeper color near the top. Produced a 1/4 inch of head that rode all the way down. Great retention. Impressive presentation.

S - Beautiful nectar-like aroma happening here. Very sweet and citrusy, yet also a tad malty. Definitely worth breathing in before sipping.

T - Despite the potent hop blast in each sip, this double has a wonderful balance that most in the style are lacking. A bit syrupy, but it's hidden well by the sweetness and bitterness, which seem to be on par with one another.

M - Medium bodied with low levels of carbonation. Leaves a slightly oily residue. Smooth overall despite it's potency.

D - Pretty good, I could certainly drink one a day, though I'm not sure how many would be safe in one sitting. Wonderful example of the style, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 16:38:45 | More by PhageLab
Photo of tigerdoc

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of dogfish head and this is one of their most balanced and delicious beers.
Color is light golden copper with a frothy head that remains lightly present throughout. Aroma is intense with floral hops with a backbone of sweet biscuity malt from english two-row pale malt. The flavor is initially sweet for an instant which is taken over by hop flavor throughout my mouth. Bitterness is present but not as intense as you might think with a big IPA. Alcohol is somewhat present in both the flavor and aroma, but hey it's 9% it's not going to be totally absent. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation with a creamy full body. I'm not sure I could drink too many of these, but not because the flavor isn't amazing only because I would get knocked on my butt.
As of now it's the best American double IPA's I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 00:58:50 | More by tigerdoc
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's on Fire Rd. in EHT, NJ.

Appearance: Clear, reddish-amber. Small white head settles into a thin, white bubbly film. Carbonation rising throughout glass. Some lacing left on the siides of the glass.

Smell: Hops,Hops, and more hops. Citrusy and piney. Some maly sweetness there too.

Taste: Plenty of hops. Some sweetness hitting the front of the tongue. Alcohol also comes through in the finnish.

Mouthfeel: Oily richness. Medium to full body. Heavy carbonation tingles the mouth.

Drinkability: A very good beer. Well balanced with a heavy dose of hops and cut a bit by the malt presesnce. Best $3.00 I spent in some time. Wish I had bought more then one. I need to keep a few stocked in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 04:35:14 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of slvrmon82


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

One of my absolute favorites. I drink it all the time. Lots of hops but very smooth and clean for a 9 %. I love what dogfish does with these beers. Can't wait to see what is coming. It is a deep red color but still very clean. Refreshing and can keep drinking them without being fool. In my top 5 IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2007 01:09:25 | More by slvrmon82
Photo of SargeC


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

Appearance: Deep gold-amber with a dense, off-white head.

Smell: Big hop presence, dense citrus and pine. Buttery notes with warm alcohol lingering under the surface.

Taste: Initial hop onslaught. Minor fruit flavors highlighted by apple and pear. Then the citrus and pine arrive. A solid malt backbone supports all of this activity. Alcohol is evident and the brew comes across a bit boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very oily and dense liquid. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Very bold, well crafted, one of a kind brew. This went down very easy. I am glad I finally found this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 07:16:01 | More by SargeC
Photo of timbro81


4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to evolbob for this one.

Bottling date = 15Jan07. Consumed in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Pours a deep cloudy orange/copper with a head that is quick to diminish. Smells rich and malty with nice deep floral hops, I can see an English influence here. Rich nutty malts balanced well with nice hops that transition from floral to citrus. Big bodied, thick, almost oily (not in a bad way), coats the tongue. MMmm. Lingering aftertaste. Warms you up as you drink it due to the 9% ABV. Not a punch in the face that I was hoping, yet very well balanced. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 07:03:23 | More by timbro81
Photo of roller


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden amber. Two finger head with nice lacing. Nose is roasted malt with citrus bitterness and alcohol. Taste is citrus bitterness balanced by a hearty, earthy malt presence. The warmth of the alcohol compliments the smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. This is a delicious beer and one of my overall favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 08:30:37 | More by roller
Photo of Biscuit033


4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark golden-orange, with a finger of head that falls with delicate lacing to a ring of bubbles. There are a lot of small bubbles pouring to the top all the way through this beer.

S: Fresh sqeezed orange and grapefruit, pine, amd a metallic-tin like smell. There is also a sweetness that lests you know that there are a lots of malt backing this beer.

T: Grapefruit, pine, orange peel, earthiness, and alcohol. Though there isn't much apperent malt sweetness you can feel the maltiness balancing the hops.

M: Sharp bubble, tingle on the tongue of this big beer. Nice linger of the hops on in the entire mouth. I would pay a good amount to taste this on an engine.

D: This is very well put together beer that displays the abundance of hops but adds enough malt backbone to hold it up but not take away from the aim of the brewer's objective. I would never turn this beer down no matter how many I had before.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 04:20:08 | More by Biscuit033
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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