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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,142
Reviews: 3,532
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 411
Gots: 1,517 | FT: 26
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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 yesyouam

New York

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA is a crystal clear, very sparkling amber ale with a small off-white head that leaves nice, even lacing. It has a very floral aroma. Perfume, wood, resin and sugar are present in the nose. It is medium bodied and reasonably smooth. The flavor is very resiny with a round sweetness. It tastes medicinal, minty... maybe a bit of oak? The aftertaste is green. Maybe a touch sweet, but well done.
(rated Feb 5, 2008)

12-12-2008 04:10:58 | More by yesyouam
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

One of those brews I've had hundreds of times but never reviewed. Wow its changed. Poured into a chalice from bottle.

One finger off white head on an amber copper body. Lacing left from the head is seawater sponge. Smell of a dark malt with woody hops. Taste is sweet, super well balanced for an IIPA, not overly hoppy on my palette at all. Though I can remember a time when this one tasted hoppy to me. Other note would be this has been in my fridge for months, at least 6. Only slightly bitter on the back end, and sweet up front. This one is well crafted and balanced, tasty.

12-11-2008 02:45:30 | More by ballewblake
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.4/5  rDev -20.6%

Hmmm, totally not what I was expecting. Rosy amber color, plenty of head & lacing.

Smell is very strong and complex, spicy, complex fruit smells, but also a little boozy aroma.

Taste is somewhat sweet, tons of complex fruit flavor and complicated hop flavor. So much going on I can't really describe it all.

Mouthfeel is full and frothy.

Just way too much going on for me to find this refreshing and want another. This is an odd brew indeed. I love the 60 minute, but this is on a totally different planet from that.

12-09-2008 15:42:27 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of sophisticated


4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: lovely dark honey colored, clear with 3 fingers of head and good lacing

Smells: a little citrus, grapefruit, not overpowering smell but pleasant

Taste: hop-tastic, grapefruit and pineapple but a caramel malt also present. Alcohol taste/warmth only slightly there, this is mainly dominated by hops, not unpleasantly so!

Mouthfeel: medium, medium carbonation

Drinkability: Really good, watch out for the 9% ABV

Have had on tap as well, was a little more fruity and mellow - enjoyed it highly.

12-09-2008 04:23:12 | More by sophisticated
Photo of Dannyt


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Brew poured in a light copper with traces of orange, with a nice thin head with great lacing.
Big time hop aroma, as was expected, grapefruit is the main player here followed up by subtle pineyness.
The hops and malt have a great balance in the taste, with the spicy-pine and citrus wining out, finished with a small alcohol burn.
A thick medium body brew with moderate carbonation.

Overall a great Imperial IPA, the great balance between the malts and the hops make it enjoyable for all, even if your not a "hop-head".

12-08-2008 16:35:07 | More by Dannyt
Photo of olegv40


4/5  rDev -6.5%

Beautiful golden honey color with a thin head that laces all they way down the glass. Nicely effervescent with a clean citrusy taste at first. Then hoppiness kicks in. Nice flavor from the hops, you can almost taste the actual oils there are so many hops in this thing. Coated the whole mouth with its flavor and aroma. finished strong finally letting its alcohol content show. A fantastic beer.

12-08-2008 00:19:47 | More by olegv40
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Original Rating Date:
June 7, 2008

Best aroma I've ever smelled in a beer, period. Strong grapefruit, pineapple aroma. Average IPA palate and appearance. Flavor is hoppy, obviously. If you love hops, you'll love this beer, but there's more there. The beauty to this beer is the super complex taste under the hops. Lots and lots of different fruits, lots of good aftertastes. This beer is just a pleasure to drink. Update (06.28.08) - This beer is overpowering, in a good way. Having this after a token American light beer is a kick in the junk, to relate it to the average American male. It gets in your head, your stomach, and your taste buds. Few beers recreate the satisfying feeling you get while sipping on this IIPA. Hop-heads, rejoice. And if you don't like hops, well... Go drink wine.

12-07-2008 00:24:10 | More by Vendetta
Photo of mithrascruor


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy glowing orange-gold color. Nice white-ish head leaving a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops with some pine, but also nicely balanced with malts.

Taste: Big flavor with citrusy hops, balanced with malts, pine spicyness, etc. Finish has a bit of alcohol in the taste, but is also nicely tangy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied yet with a rather hearty, dense feel. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, despite the high ABV. The alcohol in the taste is the only distracting factor, but at least that flavor found in conjunction with other tastes.

Excellent and solid Double IPA; too bad this is so hard to find here in Southern California! Well worth picking up by anyone, "hop-head" or not -- it is definitely strong in the hop department, but probably more balanced than other similar IPAs.

12-06-2008 02:57:25 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of magictrokini


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Yum. Orange-gold pour with a nice little head. More citrusy in the aroma with some pine. Medium mouthfeel, not sticky. Bitter and sweet hop flavors ranging from grapefruit to resin. A little woody towards the back. One of the better IIPA's, but not the best.

12-05-2008 23:29:25 | More by magictrokini
Photo of dborginis


4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

Quickly becoming my favorite beer. Been making a few extra trips to local bars that have it on tap until I just sprung for the case.

Appearance is a thick amber with (as I poured it) about an inch of head. Used a Harpoon IPA pint glass. Clearly smells of hops and a sweet bit of malt. Has a rich warming taste, a bit sweet, with hops and you can't miss the alcohol, though it doesn't stand out. The deliciousness stays in the mouth a bit after each sip. Truly a great experience, but definitely a slow beer to enjoy at a relaxed pace.

12-05-2008 03:32:13 | More by dborginis
Photo of trbergman


4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Amber-orange with a half inch of off-white head.

S - Resiny grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Sweet toffee and caramel malts.

T - Supremely balanced for a DIPA. Starts off with strong hop flavor, grapefruit with perhaps a hint of pineapple and lemon and orange zest. Assertive, sweet maltiness stands out in the middle of the palate. Caramel, toffee, and some estery qualities. I can't be certain, but I think I taste some nectarine. Plenty of hoppy bitterness rounds out the taste, although it's not as lingering as others of the style.

M - Medium- to full-bodied and good, but not too much, carbonation to play up the acidity of the citrus flavors.

D - Delicious, but intoxicating. I can't ever drink more than one these days. Still, it's always a pleasure from start to finish.

12-04-2008 04:19:44 | More by trbergman
Photo of jjboesen


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Had this Imperial Pale at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg. Poured into a goblet, it opened with little head and a copper color body.

Detected notes of toasty almond and tasted what was a surprisingly smooth beer - and, even more surprising, not at all hoppy. Could have passed for a sessional - at this high abv even!

I recommend letting it sit (if served too cold) as the warmer temperature tends to kick it up a bit.

I visit this DFH pretty frequently and would have it again when available.

12-04-2008 02:13:31 | More by jjboesen
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, malt and a citrusy quality.

T: Lots of sweet malt up front, followed by hops and citrus. Well balanced, tasty and smooth.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish.

D: This is one of the better IPAs produced in this country. It's very well balanced and easy to drink, more so than the 120 Minute.

12-03-2008 15:05:08 | More by avalon07
Photo of sgoodship


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Picked up a 4 pack at the Lakeview Whole Foods in Chicago.

A: Nice yellowy bronze color with amber on the edges. Only slightly hazy. Pretty white, fine, fluffy head. Slow moving carbonation pillars. Head dissipates to a dusting and a thick ring. Leaves really nice lacing on the glass but disappears over time.

S: You can smell the hops from a distance. Nice strong alcohol, caramel malt and floral hops - a little piney. Quite sophisticated. Not too aggressive.

T: Ding ding ding. We have a winner. It is a cold, wet day with a turkey pot pie cooking - just the perfect drink. It's very warming. I can't say the alcohol is well masked but it isn't harming the experience either. The drink has a very sweet malt start followed by a tangy biting hop. It then turns back to a more bready malt, a little soapiness and retains some of the hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice progression.

M: The mouthfeel is full, round and syrupy - certainly fuller than you would expect. It is pretty smooth except for some tongue prickling from the light carbonation and the hop bite on the palette. A very satisfying drink.

D: This is a pretty well balanced brew. The hops are big but the solid malt backbone just really keeps it in check. Not designed to be a session beer but it is very easy to drink. I think it is a fairly distinctive but solid example of it's style.

12-03-2008 03:57:38 | More by sgoodship
Photo of ironbike1

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Beautiful copper color with a nice thin head that stays through out this beer in my imperial tulip glass. The high abv is hidden very nicely which makes this an easy drink.
Hop scent mixed with carmel notes hits my noise right away, the taste is smooth & very sweet. The hops hit you almost instantly & finish this beer perfectly. A must have in my cellar.

12-03-2008 00:16:24 | More by ironbike1
Photo of shanecb


3.98/5  rDev -7%

A - Very nice copper/golden color. Not too much of a head, and what was present disappeared rather quickly.

S - Nice pleasant smell. Hoppy is pretty much the only way to describe it, but there are hints of subtle fruit flavors. Not an exceptionally strong smell, but the hops definitely come through and are the forefront of the smell.

T - Initial taste is quite hoppy but not too much to be off-putting. You can get a taste of the fruity flavor that's present in the smell, as well as the alcohol content coming through. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, and has a nice dry finish, which was expected in this beer. Aftertaste also did not have any of the slight fruity flavor of the initial taste.

M - Not too heavy on the carbonation, and smoother than I expected. Goes down nice and leaves your mouth with a pleasant bitter hoppy taste as it is being drunk.

D - Very drinkable if you are having a bottle or two. Is relatively smooth and the taste is very good if you are a fan of hops. Beyond one or two it loses points in drinkability only because of the slightly high drinkability. It's not a beer you want to down a bunch of. The hops may also start to get to you after having a couple, which docks it a little in drinkability. A great beer to have if you plan on drinking one with dinner, etc.

12-02-2008 23:21:41 | More by shanecb
Photo of SirChugsAlot


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

pours a rather clear golden amber color with a 1 finger white head which fades rather quickly. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass as i drink this down.

Very hoppy and sweet malts

Tastes just as it smells. Very smooth with a hoppy and sweet flavor. very smooth and very drinkable!

11-30-2008 04:13:33 | More by SirChugsAlot
Photo of beckje01


4/5  rDev -6.5%

From notes:

A nice gold color with a white head. Plenty of lacing. A very nice hoppy nose. The flavor is sweet with a touch of maltyness. It's a very nice flavor with citrus notes coming from the hops. The thickness is good with some nice activity.

11-29-2008 03:58:35 | More by beckje01
Photo of SmithwicksNut


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Clear amber color with a thin white head.

S: Not the intense hop smell I was expecting. Some sweet malty aroma with no real alcohol detected for this big beer.

T: Clean with a fair amount of hops. Some malt with long lingering bitterness. Very smooth for a 9% beer

M: Medium carbonation. Medium Bodied.

O: A very stron IPA without deep malt flavors.

11-28-2008 17:58:28 | More by SmithwicksNut
Photo of popery


3.58/5  rDev -16.4%

This beer is sublime. It was one of the first beers that I discovered through the internet and one of the best beers I tried in the first few months of drinking good beer. Dogfish Head is a masterful brewery and I dearly wish that they would distribute more styles out to California. This beer pours a beautiful amber with a fine sticky head. It smells just exquisite. It's sweet and oily with hops. The hops are citric but smoother than most hop bills on a DIPA. There's also better balancing malt than some competitors. The beer is honey sweet and floral with bittersweet finish that hits the spot. The feel is like a gentle surf breaking on your tongue. It's just fantastic beer. I can't wait to one day get my hands on a bottle of the 120 minute version.

Edit: Changed scores from new tasting.

11-24-2008 06:48:46 | More by popery
Photo of dalion037


5/5  rDev +16.8%

I know that many on BA will "turn on their stools" when they hear this but I believe that DFH 90 is the best IPA on the market. It has a great aroma that you can taste at the back of your tongue from the first sniff. The taste will make you a fan and make you open up a second, third, and forth at the first sitting.

11-24-2008 03:58:36 | More by dalion037
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange/amber with tons of lacing from a slight but sustaining head.

Smells of hop oil/leaf and sweet malt. Terrific strong aroma here.

Sweet malt backbone with strong herbal in your face hop flavor. Some citrus, and great balance with the sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and mouth filling juiciness. Finishes bitter but a "clean" and pleasant bitterness.

Warm alcohol and mix of great flavors make this a terrific one to have one or more. Outstanding beer.

11-23-2008 15:20:18 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of spmags


4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

Served in a standard pint glass

A-Pours a cloudy shade of orange, though closer to amber in color than the 60 minute, with roughly 1/2" of white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Distinctly hoppy in smell, though hints of citrus.

T-Starts sharply bitter with the hops taking center stage. This is shortly followed with a strong and almost bready malty flavor, and citrus tones. It finishes with a hint of alcohol, just dry enough to remind you of its potency.

MF-Medium bodied feel with enough carbonation to give it an almost creamy feel.

D-A very well balanced beer with a strong malt backbone that stands up to the 90 minutes of hopping. However, the high ABV is definitely a limiting factor.

Would probably have better drinkability at a slightly lower ABV, but the dry finish the high ABV gives is enjoyable.

11-23-2008 07:44:43 | More by spmags
Photo of Mazeraski

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle from a 4-pack into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a thin white head that dissipates with the first sip but leaves a sticky lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Hits the nose with a piney hop scent combined with bready malt, yeast, citrus and grapefruit notes accompanied by a general estery fruity note. All mixes very well.

T - Enters the palate with a nice smack of fresh and bitter hops followed by notes of citrus fruit in the background and more bready malt than I expected, which becomes more noticeable as it warms. Oily hops are obviously present through the sip, along with a hint of alcohol, all leaving a hint of a dry finish.

MF - A nice amount of carbonation with a more medium-bodied feel, although a slight bit heavier than other DIPA's I've tasted.

D - The malt balances with the hops well making this less of a hop bomb than I was expecting, however, it still retains the hop background. A pretty drinkable beer save for the ABV.

Notes - I was expecting more hops and less malt due to the fact that it's a DIPA, however, this is a surprisingly well-balanced brew. I really liked the 60 minute, but I had that a while ago, so it would be nice to do a side-by-side tasting of 60, 90 and 120. That might leave me on the floor, but the 120 is ready in basement for when the time comes. Overall though, a nicely crafted complex brew that I'd recommend trying.

11-23-2008 04:30:21 | More by Mazeraski
Photo of Grabbin2nd


2.15/5  rDev -49.8%

From notes: 9/6/08 Dogfish head 90 min IPA froma 12 oz. bottle 9% abv.

First off let me tell you I had really high hopes for dogfish head. Being from the west coast this is the kind of East coast beer you really only read about until a few years ago due to better distribution. Now i have my hands on it...

-Flat out too malty
-Not enough hops on the finish
-Nose is too malty
-Overall it is a beer I would never, ever seek out again.

I bought 2 cases of this crap only to be thoroughly disappointed. I'm a hop head so i was expecting a hop bomb. What I got was a beer that tasted worse than my first girlfriend.

11-22-2008 23:27:34 | More by Grabbin2nd
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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