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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,662
Reviews: 3,568
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 458
Gots: 1,803 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001)
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Photo of GarrisWH
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, rich orange-tinged amber color with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Great retention and leaves some very nice lacing behind.

S - A bit of sweet, caramel maltiness hits the nose first, then the potent hop aromas come through. Citrus - mostly grapefruit - and pine are most notable. There is also a slightly herbal character to the hops and a hint of tropical fruit. For 9%, the alcohol is barely noticeable in the aroma.

T - More balanced in flavor than I expected from the smell. Ample amounts of rich, slightly toasty caramel malt stand out in the flavor through the finish. The hops are definitely there though with a nice, spicy character, and lend mostly pine and citrus flavors. A bit of alcohol comes through, but it's pretty mellow for 9%. Very tasty, powerful flavors, and a nice balance.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation. Very smooth drinking overall.

D - A very solid DIPA that goes down pretty easily despite its fairly high ABV. I probably wouldn't want to drink more than one or two of the 12 oz bottles in a sitting, but I will definitely revisit this brew again.

GarrisWH, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of 60 min, so I've been waiting all week to try this beer. Pours a amber color with a thin layer of head that hung around for a while. Smells mostly of floral hops with some pine notes and a bit of maltyness mixed in. The taste, as expected, is a more intense 60 min. Wave upon wave of hop flavor, mixing between bitterness and citrus. Full bodied with some medicinal undertones, the balance is pretty darn good for the amount of hops they say they put in it. The finish is slightly lingering but not unpleasant. Overall, mighty tasty treat.

curasowa, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something I have had time and time again, but never bothered to review. But with the slamming it has gotten again by hop crazed West Coasters...I though it could use a fair evaluation to complement the other 2,200.

Reddish orange color with massive head that's doesn't go anywhere...best head retention Ive ever seen...

Lots of fresh oranges and pine, some citrus. Little floral character. Lots of fruit.

Warm alcohol presence upfront, held together well through its malt background and and creamy mouthfeel. Mellow hoppiness rides high here, but with this gigantic malt background, its a nice ride...comfortable, smooth, sporty and stylish.

This brew exchanges over the top hoppyness for balanced character and overall depth. This is a hop fix, no doubt, but its not quite the scorcher than some others are. You can drink more than one and not burn your tongue out.

allboutbierge, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my own personal records since everyone and there brother has had this beer. Pours a translucent orange amber. Two inches of thick white head. After it recededs I believe this is the thickest stickiest lacing I've ever seen. It coats the glass like gobs of pudding. The aroma is super piney, floral hops abound through the nostrils. Grapefruit and lemon are present as well. The flavor much smother then I expected. The hop kick is there but, the malt comes in and mellows everything out. It's piney and bitter fruit yet smooth like bourbon. Medium to full body little carbonation. Slight warming effect. I find this to be a perfect balance of hops and malt. I know why everyone holds this beer in such high regard.

beerwolf77, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small brown bottle into a chilled standard pint glass.

Appearance: A clear deep golden color bordering on amber. A nice two finger tan foamy head that held out for quite a while and left nice sticky lacing behind. Good carbonation, but not overtly effervescent.

Smell: A very unique sweet and floral hops nose, with hemp and citrus scents in the mix. Smells very clean and bright.

Taste: A big mouthful of unique tasting hops (hemp, orange peel, fresh grass) up front with a little bitterness that leads to a slightly sweet and dry finish with a little lingering hops bitterness, plus a surprising little caramel malt in the mix. A very delicious IPA, and the claim of being "possibly the best IPA in America" may not just be hype...it's a really fantastic and unique IPA.

Mouth Feel: Clean and crisp, light-to-medium body and a good clean finish on the palette.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A perfect straight-from-the-cooler ice cold IPA option on a warm summer day. I will definitely seek this one out again when I'm in the mood for a great American IPA. The ABV is deceptively high, so watch out for that...because these beers go down VERY easily. This is easily my favorite IPA out there...and there are A LOT of them!

ChopperSmith, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of mmmd925
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous hop aroma when poured into a standard 16 oz. pub glass. Beautiful copper color. Nice foamy head which slowly dissipates with each sip. Extremely smooth but with an almost single malt scotch flavor intertwining. Noticeable lacing which maintains a gentle spiral descent. An excellent IPA.

mmmd925, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of anzalonec
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Imperial IPA I have had the pleasure of tasting time and time again, every beer connesuir should pick up at least a four-pack if not a case.

A: A reddish-orange ale with a substantial head from a pour that dissipated as slow as molasses. There's a layer of foam every time you take a sip.

S: Smells like a combination of fresh oranges and pine. I could really get a sense of the fruity bouquet that went into this.

T: Opens deep and warm and very orangey. There is a creaminess that ties all the taste incorporated in this brew all together. A slight hoppiness takes over at the end together with a flowery piney taste which is a change from the strong malty backbone this beer presents.

M: Creamy and light to medium bodied. There is a very silky mouthfeel here with a bit of bite from the carbonation.

D: This beer is something wonderful and is really making a strong pull for me to join the lighter side. An amazing example of the double/Imperial IPA style that I wouldn't mind enjoying again and again.

anzalonec, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nice golden color with a noticable copper hue toward the wider part of the glass. the thumb width head recedes to a nice ring and patches across the top. it effervesces a nice piney aroma with a surprisingly balanced malt and ester background. the taste follows with the expected hop bitterness, balanced by a nice sweet fruitiness toward the end. it certainly warms you a bit, but with the full body and nice hop arrangement, i'd say that this is a fine example of an imperial ipa, and not a hard drink for it's nine percent. I'm once again thankful for the growler fill at sam the beer man.

almychristopher, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/1/09. Sampled 9/2.

I poured this beer in to my very large, bowl shaped B&B cognac snifter. The color is light amber and clear. Nice, billowy head that turns down to a nice nice foamy lace. The head is lost likley due to the huge surface area in my glass, but a quick swirl makes a nice, foamy, one finger head.

Aroma is very herbal. This was probably the first DIPA or very hoppy beer I've ever had, and I remember being amazed at how aromatic it was. This is still one of the best smelling DIPA's I've had, although a few were probably stronger. The character is very nice though. The first aroma that comes through is an obvious woody pine or tree aroma. There was recently a storm in my area that destroyed a lot of trees, and the smell in the air is a lot like this beer. There is also an obvious grapefruit aroma that doesn't just resemble a grapefruit, it smells how a grapefruit tastes. The aroma blend here is just a classic American hops used for a classic pale ale only more resiny and strong. As it warms up, some alcohol shows through.

The flavor is big in both malt and hops. Very bitter and resiny, with a big pine needle presence. The malt comes through with a syrupy, caramel malt sweetness that really rounds the beer out and justifies the "imperial" name.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Carbonation is medium or medium low. A nice sipper good in small quantities. You wouldn't finish a four pack of these like you might take down a six pack of a normal strength beer.

Overall, this is a very good beer and one of the DIPA's I've bought consistently. The freshness date is there, so you know what your getting in to. A couple months of age doesn't really hurt this beer unlike some DIPA's, which I really give it credit for. I will try to age one of these for a year and see how it does, I'd imagine it can improve. Another note is that the squall IPA is very similar to this but with a more interesting, tropical fruit aroma and a much better mouthfeel.

jeffthecheff, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: A semi-cloudy reddish orange brew with an impressive 3 finger creamy head from a vigorous pour that dissipated very slowly. The head was rather fine from a moderate amount of carbonation and lacing left is simply incredible. There's a layer of foam every time you take a sip, seemingly chronicalling the journey.

S: Smells like fresh candied oranges if there was such a thing. Very piney and I could really get a sense of the fruity bouquet that went into this.

T: Opens deep and warm and very orangey. There is a creaminess that ties all the taste incorporated in this brew all together. A slight hoppiness takes over at the end together with a flowery piney taste which is a change from the strong malty backbone this beer presents.

M: Creamy and light to medium bodied. There is a very silky mouthfeel here with a bit of bite from the carbonation.

D: This beer is something wonderful and is really making a strong pull for me to join the lighter side. An amazing example of the double/Imperial IPA style that I wouldn't mind enjoying again and again.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of bcastine
2.42/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: color reminds me of butterscotch starts with a nice head the dissipates to a skimming with some spotty lacing

S: I get darker fruit notes, raisin, alcohol

T: holy malt batman! Where's the hops! Citrus flavors are non-existent, more plum and raisin, malt is very toasty and sweet, slight hop bitterness none of which shows itself up front, 90IBU, no way this is 90ibu's! Way off balance. Alcohol burn, like straight whiskey and hits you 20 seconds after a sip, and burns for minutes after. This could cure a cough.

M: lots of body for the style, pretty sticky.

D: about as drinkable as straight cheap bourbon.

I love IMP IPA's and can't even begin to understand the buzz about this beer. In fact it makes me mad when its held up as the example of an east coast imp IPA, there are numerous better east coast ipa's. The alcohol stays on the palate for multiple minutes after drinking. I've had 90 min. now at least 6 times to try to be fair on the review and give it a chance and end up always drain pouring. There is no other imp ipa or ipa on the planet i'd choose DF 90 over.

bcastine, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of DanielDanza
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really a nice beer. The aroma is echoed in the full flavor. It has notes of hoppy pine, as well as a very direct malt. This is a surprisingly fruity and effervescent beer with quite a bit of character.

The beer pours a nice amber with a good 1 1/2 finger head which dissipates over time. Lacing is nice and sticky. This beer has some chewiness and some candy like esters. It's really a classic and unbelievably drinkable considering the ABV. A true American IPA of the highest standard!

DanielDanza, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep amber gold with a thin white head. Dissipates to a film.

The smell is rich malts and floral hops. There's a sweetness almost like molasses.

The taste is shockingly sweet! Molasses and rum notes with very subdued wet hopping. The dry hops are only apparent in the aftertaste, then only subtly. This is a rich flavor. It manages to have a definite hop taste without being very bitter.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth. The carbonation is light and plays a small role in the experience.

In one word: decadent. Not a fan of IPAs, but this is very hard not to like. Rich, flavorful, hoppy but not bitter. Packs a punch for an IPA. A great beer.

Cylinsier, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of infestaxion
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my notes. Had it at The Brass Tap in Tampa.

A - Hazy orange with a fluffy meringue head. Good clarity. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Wonderful citrus hops. A bit grassy.

T - Same hops with a big malt balance. Good bitter finish.

M - Sticky & thick. Good carbonation.

D - Easy going down.

infestaxion, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of oldpinecone
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

First off I think every time Ive had this beer its been off. Ill explain why.

Appearance....nice ambery gold with decent 2 finger head that sticks around. Nice looking beer.

Smell....Coffee! Lots of heavy coffee aromas coming through and I have no idea why. It kind of freaked me out. Ive had this beer maybe 4 times and its been the same smell every time. Ive heard people talk about this in off batches or bottles so Im not sure whats going on here. Getting through the coffee smell which is difficult theres a light earthy smell.

Tastes like coffee as well. Sort of a really roasty bitterness with all those hops. Its such an odd taste. i couldnt tell if I liked it or not. Not a drain pour but not worth the hype.

Mouthfeel was nice. More "thick" than I expected. Nice carbonation with a boozey sting. Pleasant in all aspects.

I would drink this again even if the bottles Ive had were off but i really want to try a fresh batch to see what all the fuss is about.

oldpinecone, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Beautiful orange that is very murky and hard to see through. Foam head leaves lace and residue on the side of the glass.

Smell - Smells of hops, hops, and hops! I also pick up some barely notes and maybe some pine.

Taste - First thing that comes to mind is hops of some kind that I've never had before, barley does play a big role in the taste of this beer too. It is "two-row" barley (so says the bottle) The beginning is a constant barrage of hops then it balances sort of, it leaves a semi-sweet/semi-bitter after taste. Very enjoyable though.

MF - Medium body. Easy to drink but should be drank slowly because of high ABV. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability - I am impressed with how a beer with this high of an ABV and 90 IBU can be not a completely wet finish. It's not dry but crisp, making this a very enjoyable IPA.

bgreg3, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a DFH off-centered pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color with almost no head. A little bit of lacing, but not much. Smell is a bit disappointing for an IIPA. It's very sweet and malty but there isn't too much hoppiness to it. There is some piney notes to it though.

Taste is very sweet, with quite a bit of hoppiness but it's not quite as good as Pliny. There are still some toasty malty notes to it as well. It's a solid IPA, but not quote the hop flavor profile I was hoping for.

kingcrowing, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of animal69
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally got around to reviewing this one, 3 mos. old:
A- pours a startlingly clear golden-amber color w/ a creamy white head that lasts a good bit before settling into a lace that totally coats my snifter
S- a nice sweet, very "green" hop aroma dominated by citrus and slightly flowery notes, a nice malt backing w/ it, kinda smells like cotton candy & hydro, a bit of alcohol lingers
T- taste is very similar to the smell, was surprisingly not over the top with bitterness, a sweet whole-grain bready malt flavor backs up what could only be described as "zingy" citrusy hop flavor a bit nutty too, prob. the best blend of hops i've found in a D/IIPA, very impressed by the flavor/aroma emphasis instead of mad bitterness, some alcohol but not distracting
M- a rich, full, creamy mouthfeel, moderate co2
D- quite drinkable for the ABV, not to mention it's damn fine brew, a def. must try for anyone into beer

animal69, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of imperialstout27
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper color, somewhat hazy. Poured a nice, fluffy, slightly off-white two-finger head. Good retention with good lacing.

S: Sweet malt is the first thing I noticed under the the obvious hop character that you expect in the style. The hop presence is rather piney and rather subdued compared to many DIPAs. Nice fruit smells, plus caramel malt and some graham crackers. The malt smell was unexpected and very welcomed!

T: The big time malt backbone indicated on the nose is front and center here. Piney hops with some citrus. Hoppy, but not ridiculous, especially for the style. Fruity upfront, with a distinct black pepper character appears on the midpalate and persists to the finish - awesome. Alcohols are well hidden.

M: Nice and full. I found myself swishing this beer around quite a bit. No complaints.

D: I found this very, very easy to drink. Very high drinkability for the style.

Overall, I was very impressed with this DIPA. Not like the 1-D hop bombs that are so trendy within this style. Complex beyond my expectations. The malt is big and balances the hops perfectly - very enjoyable. Damn, too bad it's so expensive.

imperialstout27, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of jxhowell
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer from a tulip shaped glass,a light amber-orange in color with a dense cream colored head

The initial smell was a sweet malty smell with overtones of pine, citrus

The taste is an excellent verson of an American Imperial IPA ,a strong initial hop bitterness balanced with a sweet malty aftertaste

Very smooth effervescent mouthfeel that dries with a slight hoppy bitterness.

This is one of my favorite offerings from Dogfish Head. To me it's the perfect balance between the hop explosion of 60 Minute IPA and the overly malty 120 Minute IPA

jxhowell, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of bobjonesSD
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We had this on-tap at ToronadoSD served in a tulip glass. It poured a lovely amber color, very little head.
Sweet grassy, carrot juice like aroma. Hoppiness well balance by sweetness in malt. This is an exceptionally well balanced beer, very easy to drink.

bobjonesSD, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of ledomelor
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 12oz glass from Old Chicago

A: Poured a medium light amber color with a one finger, off white head, nice lacing around the edges

S: Not especially aromatic, but pleasant smelling hops with citrus, cantaloupe, and maybe a hint of pine. Almost a floral aroma at times

T: Pleasantly sweet, I was expecting a more bitter hop character from this Imperial IPA. Very well balanced, and the 9% alcohol is very well hidden beneath the flavors

M: Very pleasant natural carbonation, leaves a sweet lingering sensation in the back of your palliate. Very nice malty finish, but still maintains its hoppy integrity.

D: Very drinkable, I could sip on this beer all day long, although that might get a little expensive

Overall: I was expecting a lot stronger and more bitterness from this Imperial IPA, however I was not at all disappointed. Very nice taste and great finish, however it didn't have all the robust characteristics of an IIPA. Great beer nonetheless

ledomelor, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of hobojon
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blinded out of 12 oz bottle.

App- filtered, off white head. copper.

Aroma- floral, sweet, caramel, some alc, strong resin. hoppy but not identifiable. some alc.

Taste- great malt character. very sweet. good hop flavor, low bitterness. caramel, rye. hops are very smooth but neutral american. alc in throat, but clean.

M- full, creamy med carb. balanced to malty sweet finish.

D- very clean beer. well done. disappointing though for an IIPA.

hobojon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip, bottled June 2009.

A: Nice orange ruby amber color, body is not quite opaque but close, and the head pours a nice two fingers that slowly falls to a thin foam with excellent sticky lacing.

S: You actually get more malt than hop in the aroma, very caramel/toffee malt, a little breadiness, citrus and pine hop aroma with a hint of orange. Pretty floral as well.

T: Wow, very malty, lots of breadiness, sweet dried fruits, hops kick in after the malt, well balanced citrus and pine notes coming through with just enough bitterness to balance the 9%. Alcohol is covered well in the malts and overall flavor is smooth.

M: Nice carbonation, medium mouthfeel that is slightly viscous and very smooth yet crisp on the finish.

D: Pretty drinkable for 9%, not too hoppy bitter, not too malty sweet, this one hits the mark especially for a DIPA. Overall this is a fantastic beer and one of the best out there in this category.

RedBrewer83, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden urine colour with tan head, medium thickness with good retention, and a slow and miniscule bead. Lacing is wonderful and sticky, spewing rings around the glass. Not quite sure of how flat and clear the body is, but elsewhere excellent.

Nose is really nice, with a pungent, almost ticklingly strong aroma of hops, very tangy and citrusy but balanced out quite nicely with some rich caramelly malt. Hints of lemongrass and a lot of barley, pretty damned nice, but almost too strong. It makes my nose itch.

Taste is rich in malty goodness, with a great deal of barley and earthy toffee with an almond nougat kind of nuttiness around the edge, and a tart sizzle on the mid-palate not unlike lime. Has a very dank, potently rich and almost funky finish, with a lot of warming alcohol giving it a stately cognac character on the back, but never burning. It goes down smoothly, thanks I think to the hops which are there to lend it bitterness and an almost acidic back, but are noticeably ineffective in terms of exploding with hoppy bitterness.

In fact, the hopping seems very English and it gives this more of an American Strong Ale character than a DIPA. But it might just be that I'm used to the west coast Amarillo/Cascade hopped IPAs. The biggest character I get from here is the booziness. Very pleasant, this, but not a quaffer. Best enjoyed in moderation.

laituegonflable, Aug 19, 2009
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,662 ratings.