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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

12,315 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 12,315
Reviews: 3,541
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,612 | FT: 25
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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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stoutman

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

W-O-W. I love this stuff. Dark amber body under an off white head with nice lacing. Smell suggests a good deal of caramelized malts, candy sweetness, raisin. Wow. Beautiful balance of sweet malts and bitter hops, a touch of stout style charcoal at the end with bitter chocolate. As a man who enjoys stouts, this came as a surprise, Wow this is good. Palate is soft and medium. If I bring more of this home, my wife will be jealous. :)

01-14-2009 23:35:30 | More by stoutman
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev 0%

A: Pretty amber colored pour

S: Nice piney hop and malt aroma, with a little hint of spice.

T: Nice well balanced taste. Hops are very apparent and smooth, yet bitter. The malt comes through adding a little sweetness. The hint of spiciness from the smell is there somewhere in the taste. Great balanced DIPA.

M: A little thicker than some IPA's and DIPA's due to the malt, which was pleasant. Carbonation could have been a little more, but I'm partial to carbonation. This brew is also a little pricey and that reduces the drinkability in my mind. What good is being able to drink a lot of a beer if it $10 a 4 pack! Maybe I'm getting spoiled going to school in the midwest on price. Big Beers are a little cheaper here.

D: For the style it was pretty good. More carbonation would have eased it on down a little easier.

01-14-2009 04:46:11 | More by johnnybgood1999
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Dark golden brown with a nice one finger head on top of the pint glass.

S: Big bouquet of florals. The essence of pine and the citrus are the best in this imperial.

T: Tons of hops, carbonation is on point with a cool aftertaste of the pine and citrus that virtually turns the 9 upside down.

M: The highlight of this brew. Sip to enjoy and limit the experience, less is more.

D: Very drinkable. Recommended as a must stop on the road to hop nirvana.

Consumed at Mr. Goodbar on 1/11/09

01-14-2009 03:43:37 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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Hokies

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

12oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Pours a reddish amber colour with a huge off-white head with an extremely sticky lace on the glass.

The aroma is filled with earthy notes of pine and citrus hops. The hops dominate the aroma with a sweet malt hint at the back end.

A smooth DIPA to say the least. The piney hops dominate but the bitterness is well hidden as the malt backbone plays a big part in balancing out this beer. As it warms it is a lot sweeter than most DIPA's that I have had which is what I prefer a balanced beer but this one lends more towards the malt side.

One of my all time favorite beers because of the incredible balance and easy drinkability.

01-14-2009 03:07:30 | More by Hokies
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plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

On tap at Rattle N' Hum, NYC.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balmy cereal malt and a n earthy hop.

The taste consisted of a robust toasted malt with a good caramel sweetness and earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice malt driven DIPA.

01-13-2009 23:51:38 | More by plaid75
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

This beer pours a dark amber/copperish color with a thick and frothy white head that clings to the glass leaving spider webs of lace behind as it slowly dissipates. Nose is strong fresh pine and with lots of floral hops. It leaves no doubt that you're in for a great brew. Taste is hops all the way, however is blended very well with slight malts to balance out the beer. I thought the alcohol was decently hidden by the burst of hops - but that's just me. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel. This is a great beer and can't believe it took me this long to try!

01-13-2009 15:27:10 | More by Jayli
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a clear amber body with a two finger head that fades very slowly. There is tails of carbonations streaming up to the top of the glass.

S - Hops, pine needles and a citrus aroma all welcome your nose.

T - Pine hoppiness combined with a citrus flavor hit your mouth initially followed by a brandy type sweetness. The 9% abv is non existent.

M - The hops and citrus flavor hit your mouth early and it is followed by a nice sweetness.

D - A pretty solid drinker. I could have a few in a sitting.

01-13-2009 04:29:40 | More by Wisconsin
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heath1agnew

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

appearance- poured a golden/light amber color with a one and half finger head that eventually came down but still lingered for the whole time it was being consumed. the lacing was excellent and a bold notch was left everytime a gulp was taken.

smell- loads of hops and great floral scent, and a hint of alcohol.

taste and mouthfeel- an intense hop flavor that is bitter but not over the top. has a floral and pine taste in the finish. it had a great chewy mouthfeel.

drinkability- the high abv will sneak up on you if you're not careful after a couple of these but it is delicious brew.

this and stone IPA are the best IPA's i've had to date.

01-12-2009 20:05:11 | More by heath1agnew
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

poured into pint glass

Deep orange /amber with big, white, two-inch head

Definite big hop aroma, with a slightly sweet malt essence

Tidal wave of hop flavor with citrus and pine in the mix. A bit of malty sweetness that fades into the finish

Dangerously drinkable for a beer of this (9.0abv.) strength

Overall, great flavor and drinkability without being overpowering- a delicious example of a double IPA

A must for any hophead--Get some!!!

01-12-2009 19:27:46 | More by hosehead83
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TheDoorman

New York

4.28/5  rDev 0%

Translucent amber color, with a nice white head. Exactly what an IPA should look like. Like the 60 minute, this beer is so different that the West Coast IPAs I am used to that I am somewhat befuddled. More of an earthy, piney, nutty aroma than the citris or florals of the West Coast hops. This beer has somewhat more florals coming throuigh than it's younger brother though. A nice dose of sweet malt upfront as well. Very malty for an IPA. Really creamy feel on the palate. Again, like 60, this beer lacks the really characterisitc lingering dry finish, and has a rounder finish than other IPAs.

This is a nice step up from the 60 minute, which I gave a B+. More complexity, more hops, and a nice malt character for an IPA. It's not the first beer I will go back for when I am on a hop hunt, that will remain Stone, SN, etc, but a very nice variation on the Double IPA.

01-12-2009 04:22:12 | More by TheDoorman
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magnj

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

a - Amber in color, crystal clear. Head is a very slight shade of orange, 1 finger reduces to a nice film. Maybe a little too thin looking to be "perfect".

s - Hops! Pine, like I've got my face in a Christmas tree and I have sap on my fingers.

t - Hops! But just enough, it's not offending or over the top just really hopy. Pine continues from the smell to the taste as does the citrus. All this hops is backed up nicely by malts as illustrated by the 9% ABV. On that note the 9% is hidden really well in taste, though I can feel it in the head. Finishes clean and leaves a nice hop flavor

m - Nice body, not too thick and definitely not watery. A little sticky.

d - Usually I review high ABV beers a little lower than other because they can not be drank all night, this is an exception. Of course the style calls for high ABV so I can't fault it for that but really I'm giving this a 5 because its so tasty.

01-11-2009 23:58:20 | More by magnj
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cowens22

Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%

poured into snifter. thin off white head that was less than half inch in thickness that fades quickly. Smell of grapefruits, a little molasses, and a little malt character emerges as it is swirled. When swirled in snifter a thin head reappears but diminishes quickly like when it is first poured. Cloudy body that was a beautiful copper in color. Taste of mild hops and underlying malty character. Grapefruit, orange notes are present along with malts as it finishes over your palate. The longer it sits out and gets room temperature, the more present the malt character becomes. Overall an amazingly balanced IPA that can be enjoyed by everyone, hop heads and non hop heads alike. I would recommend this top notch IPA to anyone.

01-11-2009 22:14:41 | More by cowens22
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

A: poured into a tulip, copper with a white head

S: grapefruit and grassy hops with a malty sweetness, most excellent

T: more of the same but not quite as exciting as the smell

M: just fine, the hops leave a nice tingling on the tongue

D: about as good as it gets for a DIPA at 9%, I'm not sure if I can tell a major difference with the continuous hop method though....

01-10-2009 20:18:40 | More by sjccmd
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4%

bottled on 11/14/08 poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear amber color with white heading and yellow highlights. Smell is immediate citrus off the bat with other light fruit's. Most likely an orange.Very dry hopped with I believe call me a crazy a touch of sea salt. Hops are almost too overpowering on the brink of being a little much. For a 9% ABV it is not too much at all so high drinkability, but not too much to get out of hand.

01-10-2009 03:02:19 | More by TheFightfan1
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Color: brilliantly clear, light caramel

Smell: the continuous hopping and generous malt creates a character of remarkable complexity and depth. fresh pine, sweet, ripe fruit, caramel, pungent flowers, harsh bitterness and alcohol all blend so beautifully together

Taste: very reflective of aromas. very bitter but balanced with lots of sweet malt and fresh, fruity, floral hop character. alcohol is obvious but shares the stage well

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. smooth

Notes: one of my favorite IPAs. i love DFHs style, with the 120 being my alltime favorite beer

01-09-2009 18:08:27 | More by Frosty80
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MPLS

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Made a run for the border, not distributed in Minnesota. Curious, but wasn't not necessarily seeking it out, I finally went on a short trip to Wisconsin to buy untasted beers.

A: Light copper that gets brighter when a light source shines through. Small white cap head 2 cm think that dissipates as the carbonation becomes evident.

S: Smells like hops, grass and pure citrus.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, a good citrus greeting with a grassy hop finish. Leaves a nice dry bite. I think this is my hops threshold? No, it can't be, keep drinking!

M: Carbonated, but definitely oily, probably from the hop oils?

D: 9% ABV here we be, great hops, great maits, nice.

01-09-2009 04:40:26 | More by MPLS
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a lovely copper color with no sediment. There is an off-white head the is initially small, but stays around a lacing throughout the life of the beverage.

The smell is my favorite part of this beer. It has great notes of pine and citrus, as well as fresh grass.

The taste is quite good with a fair amount of hoppiness with significant malty sweetness. The honey and citrus notes are readily present. There are hints of spice and the alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is also good with a fair amount of dryness and a medium body. The carbonation is nominal and it actually has a thick and sticky sensation on the tongue.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I was drinking this well before I knew the rankings and kept going back for me. I could enjoy this anytime of the year and feel it is worthy. However, if you're looking for unadulterated hops, this is not the best IPA for you.

01-09-2009 04:27:27 | More by SykDoc
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -25.2%

A honey stand on the side of the road in mid-to-late-June... Aroma of sunny days, fresh grass, and honeycomb, along with the crushed pine needles underfoot. A few off-white clouds in the sky come into view, then quickly drift away, and a light breeze whistles its way through the copses. "Someone must have toilet-papered the tree yonder, see the wisps still hanging after yestereve's rain?" The sky is clear and someone is blowing bubbles in the distance... one or two float up into the field of vision every now and then.
"Christmas pops" is what the man had called them. Apparently resin-infused honey sticks. There seems to be some artificial solvent sticking them together, though, lending somewhat of a chemical note. "I would have thought there would be more bitterness, or at least more pine notes, from how he described them." "I agree darling, there seems to be far more on the sweetness than the resin, though I suppose they were made for children."
And so it seems. An "imperial IPA" for those unaccustomed to them. For those with palates still used to malt-forward beers, and not ready for a true hop experience. Chewy and warming, low carbonation, and an intense alcohol character that does not seem to fit well.
An okay beer, but there are FAR better in the style, and this one is almost cloying in sweetness.

"Let's go lie down on yonder flat rock, shall we? Listen to the river and nap." "I agree darling, I am feeling a bit drowsy after that drug-pop... too bad I heard so many good things about them... perhaps his last batch was better? You never can tell with these things..."

Bottled 9/22/2008.

01-09-2009 02:49:36 | More by khiasmus
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gabe23

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14%

A - Beautiful honey color with a small white head. Very nice scattered lacing throughout the glass.

S - Loads of evergreen scented hops as you would expect, but a sweet grainy aroma comes through as well.

T - Starts sweet on the tongue, then the hops come rushing in. No real bitterness to speak of, just fresh, floral hops. The finish is slightly boozy and warm, but not overpowering. I'm impressed with how well-balanced this is given the strong hops and malt flavors and the high ABV.

M - Thick and rich but goes down smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5.0 is the ABV. I'm not much of a hophead, and I always assumed this was just a more intense version of the DFH 60 Minute. But instead of another jacked-up hop bomb, I found an amazingly balanced beer that suits my tastes perfectly. I could kick myself for waiting so long to try it. This will be a mainstay in my beer fridge from now on.

01-09-2009 01:52:10 | More by gabe23
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

Picked up a 12oz single at Wilburs in Ft. Collins, around $6. This is a beer I've heard a lot about, and have really been looking forward to trying.

A: copper/orange color with a few rose? highlights. off white head that was about half an inch thick, reduced to nothing. crystal clear. gobs and gobs of clingy lacing on my new belgium tulip.

S: Hops are citrusy, grapefruit rind, definite melon quality, which I find in almost every DFH beer I review, sweet caramel malts balance in there nicely. Somewhat of an isopropyl alcohol in there too, somewhat offsetting, but expected.

T: A lot sweeter than I thought. Big time caramel malts in this one, sweet honey flavors, and there in the back is a citrusy, rindy grapefruit hop characteristic. Bitterness is really subdued by all the malt flavors, the hop characteristic in this one is nice, but not the hop bomb, I was looking for. Alcohol is fairly present, but not overwhelming, melon characteristic pops as it warms.

M: Really thick, and smooth, big time malt stickiness on the lips, and a definite booze warmth. Carbonation is minimal.

D: Not bad, but not one of the better DIPAs. A good beer, but a little lacking, almost too sweet and malty for me, not that all DIPA's should be flaming hop bombs, but a little more hop characteristic would be nice. Not a bad beer, but I am a little let down.

01-08-2009 02:35:20 | More by pokesbeerdude
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -14%

Appearance: Nice head and lacing, hazy straw-pale-yellow-gold-peach

Smell: Fresh brassy hops, pine resin, hint of malt, grapefruit rind

Taste: Lots of hop bitterness and oil, alcohol

Mouthfeel: Some smoothness from the malts

Drinkability: Good, but doesn't hold a candle to Yulesmith

01-07-2009 17:26:31 | More by craytonic
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twbrewer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

A-Pours a clear copper hue with a 1" thick off white head and great lacing.

S-First smell is all apricots with a hint of toffe.Second smell hits you with a floral,citrus and pine wall,all I can say is hops,hops and more hops.

T-Taste is of dry grapefruit and sweet apricots.It has a light malt flavor towards the end but you also notice a warming alcohol finsh.

M-It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation.

D-It has a dry feeling leaving you wanting more which makes it very drinkable but I think 1 or 2 is enough for one night.

01-07-2009 05:52:13 | More by twbrewer
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. Bottled on stamp; 9/22/08.

A- Orange/amber appearance, and strikingly clear. Pours with <1 finger of white head, which fades quickly into a thin, sporadic cap. Heavy lacing.

S- Citrusy/grapefruit/pine sensations paired with a touch of spicy booziness.

T- Lots of malty sweetness dominates the first drink. Citrus/grapefruit emerge and pine rolls to the back of the tongue. Moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well blended/concealed. Quite drying on the finish. Initial "syrupy"/malty flavors seem to fade throughout consumption, which keeps it from becoming cloying.

M- Carbonation is moderately low and very fine. Slightly syrupy, and quite smooth.

D- Extremely drinkable for its 9% ABV. Good flavor + smooth drinking make this one quite dangerous in this realm.

Future outlook: No reason to believe that I won't be getting this again at some point in the future.

01-07-2009 03:49:21 | More by DoctorDog
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dqderrick

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into a Samuel Adams New Glass

Appearance - 4.0
Slightly cloudy copper-orange color. Very slightly cloudy. Head is very thin head. Slight lacing.

Smell - 3.5
Sweet malty smell. Slight bitter smell. A little woody.

Taste - 4.0
On the malty side of the IIPA category. Honestly, I'm more into the less malty and hoppier experience. However, I found one bottle of this to very enjoyable. Malty sweet surrounds my taste buds. 4.0 may be too nice.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Loved the mouthfeel. Carbonation seemed right on. I enjoyed the party on my palate.

Drinkability. - 3.5
I enjoyed one 12oz bottle. I think I could enjoy another bottle in a few weeks. But I'd rather have something else for my second beer.

I'd love to try their 120 hour. Maybe I don't deserve it after that review.

01-07-2009 03:45:15 | More by dqderrick
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brewintheLou

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours a deep gold with a puffy cloud like white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is overwhelmed by alcohol and I get a little biscuity smell.

Taste at first seemed to be too strong with the alcohol, but after taking a few drinks I am getting a little biscuit and fruit and of course the hop. Has a nice chewy mouthfeel, not too carbonated like some of the other Dogfish Head I have had lately. Drinkability is not bad although I am not getting as much flavor as I thought I would past the alcohol. Gets better the more I drink though.

01-06-2009 23:21:47 | More by brewintheLou
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