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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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11,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,684
Reviews: 3,515
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,265 | 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 aravenel

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't realize it was possible for a beer with this much body and hop to finish as smoothly and cleanly as this. One of the best beers I've ever had. Strong notes of honey and grapefruit, with plenty of hoppy pine notes. Mouthfeel especially is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 03:36:53 | More by aravenel
Photo of

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

On tap at The Firkin.

Poured a clear, dark gold color. Developed a large, creamy, off-white head. Lacing was minimal, but legs were pretty evident.

Huge pine scent greeted me as the glass slid towards me. Grapefruit in there as well. Caramel and melons added a sweet component.

Taste was pine juice. Alcohol quickly followed. Sweet tastes seemed much more submerged in this tap version compared to the bottled. Bitter flavors win the day, but it would be unfair to say that this beer wasn't well balanced. Taste lingers well.

Medium + body. Low carbonation. Sweet more than dry.

IMO, much better on tap than in the bottle. I really enjoyed this, and I can't say I am a huge fan of the bottled version. A very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 02:12:17 | More by
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

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

This could have been close to all 5's. But I just can't give anything all 5's I guess. I've come close on this one and a brewbar's oatmeal stout so far.

Poured a gorgeous orange/gold color with a nice fluffy white head that laced beautifully throughout the long slender glass. The head lasted to the bottom and had sparkly bubbles of carbonation that lasted until the end as well. Smelled of sharp pine/grass with some citrus tones. Tasted awesome. Fresh hop, bitter, some citrus and a punch of nutty and grassness to it. Goes down smooth... this is one easy drinking 9% brew. I can't get enough of this stuff. I could drink these all day, or atleast until I fall on my face. Awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 18:41:46 | More by beeroclock
Photo of MiguelMandingo


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn. This is a fantastic beer. Lives up to all the hype.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - Transparent honey gold with a 1+ finger head. Leaves lots of lacing. You can count how many sips it took for me to finish with the rings it leaves behind.

Smell - Citrus, pine, malt, and pineapple. Mmmm...Pineapple.

Taste - Sweet malt front with a hop kick-in-the-jaw ending. Malt, honey, pine, grapefruit and hops. Incredibly balanced.

Mouthfeel - Oily, syrupy, coats the mouth and throat in an even film. Finishes very dry, which I like. The dry finish seems strange for how thick the beer feels. The carbonation is near perfect.

Drinkability - 9 % ABV? You don't say? Give me another four pack.

This is my favorite DFH.

What are you waiting for? Go get some now!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 01:35:54 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of shroompod


4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is from my cellar and hand dated 2005 by myself.

Pours a clear orange hue. Good carbonation. Some lacing sticks around.

Smell is primarily hoppy, citrus , but also some caramel.

Taste still has plenty of hoppiness, but much more of a pronounced sweet maltiness, then when fresh.

Mouthfeel is thin/medium, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall a great beer that some prefer fresh. IMO it's ages just fine, taking on an almost barley wine character.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 01:59:22 | More by shroompod
Photo of ejimhof


5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be the best American made beer of all time. IPA but with a touch of sweetness. High alcohol but very good taste. Everything about this beer is exceptional. If you see this on tap this should be your number one priority. Just remember that you can't drink very many of these and still drive home.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2007 01:42:27 | More by ejimhof
Photo of TheBierBand


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in Southern Pines, NC while visiting family. I was grocery shopping at Harris Teeter and was pleasantly surprised to find a good selection of good beer at this grocery store. The Dogfish Head 90 Min. IPA is sold in a FOUR PACK... a bit pricey... at $7.99 for a 4 x 12 oz 4 pack.

I poured it into a pint glass and noticed it's deep copper color and the 1" head that gradually dissipated to a lacy cap.

The aroma was nicely intense. Hints of pine,a nd grapefruit.

The taste was very good. The hops came through immediately giving an immediate warming sensation and the pine/woodsy/citrus flavors command your attention. Some malty background taste to help balance things off. over-all a nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel was good for the style. Good amount of carbonation... not too fizzy. The hoppy taste leave a lingering after taste that is pleasant.

Drinkability is also good.... I had two back to back... and the 9%ABV didn't bother me. Maybe this isn't a beginner's beer, but if you like hops....then go for it.... I would highly recommend Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 12:52:02 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of Monsone


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

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass. Decent 1 to 2 finger white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lace.

Smells are lots of floral hop and some pine.

Tastes is big oily hop. Pine. Decent sweet malt in the midlle. Finishes with a full hop bitterness.

Meduim bodied mouthfeel with a decent amount of malt.

Pretty drinkable, but this beer is expensive($12 for 4) and strong 9%. That give it a little hit.

Overall a great example of a Imperial/Double IPA. Compares favorably to others I have had, like Dreadnaught.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 01:58:08 | More by Monsone
Photo of illidurit


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained via trade with Rodenbacher. Poured into a pint glass. Goldenrod body sits under a one finger white head. Head reduces to a moderately large halo and leaves some sitcky resiny lacing on the glass. A quick swirl actually reconstitutes the one finger head.

Piney citrusy hops on the nose, grapefruit, grainy malt

Taste follows the nose, also maybe some apricot, brown sugar. Nice oily hop explosion here, but not overly bitter.

Carbonation is perfect, finish is drying and entices the next sip, and alcohol is well hidden.

Very easy to drink, just beware the 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 19:35:40 | More by illidurit
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pale golden color, clear, generous head.

Nose is somewhat soapy-like with a citrusy clean component.

Palate has an odd sweetness that is quite prominent and then followed by a dryish hop finish. Very atypical to me, as far as my DIPA experiences have been.

Scary how drinkable this ale is.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 05:23:31 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with an average off-white head. The smell is of oranges and grapefruit, sweet and twangy. A nice mellow grapefruit flavor, some resin and pine hints. No fresh grassy hop flavors. The hops are followed by a creamy caramel type flavor, which mellows out the hops and makes this very drinkable, though a bit on the sweet side. The feel is moderate and creamy, not overly carbonated. I am a bit torn on the drinkability. The first beer drinks way easy but the sweetness will catch up and limited me to maybe 2 in a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 03:45:41 | More by Gmann
Photo of Erdinger2003


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

I got this beautiful beer in a trade with Reed415

Pours a beautiful head that retains very well. The color is a light gold copper. Lacing is sticky and presents a beautiful looking beer. The smell presents a hop presence that is strong. The taste just bursts with grapefruity hoppiness that's balanced very well. The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, just not enough to make the experience any the worse. Overall this seems to be a very good dry hopped Imperial IPA and would be my session beer of choice if I could get it fresh. It's so powerful with great hoppy taste it's just very very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 08:59:51 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a clean dark amber color with a creamy head and modest lacing.

Smell of the gods with this one. Malty and sweet with the fruitiness of pineapple and light citrus. Enjoyed the aroma as much as the taste.

Malty and sweet with a lot of depth. Hops are there but more subdued. The alcohol is well hidden. A bit of warm caramel lingers at the end of every drink.

Smooth and very creamy with a nice chewiness to it. Slick feel to the tongue as well. Carbonation is very light.

This beer is so drinkable even with the higher alcohol content. Start me on a Friday night and I'd try to drink straight through to Sunday night.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 01:40:11 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of SQNfan


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a bottled date of 11/29/2006

A coppered amber in color the beer poured a 1/4" head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose was filled with citrus hops (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) and balancing caramel malt. In the mouth the beer had great density and a wonderfully rich texture. The huge amount of hops was very well-balanced in the palate with sweet hops though kept enough of a dry bitterness to get you know it was all Double IPA. Even at 9% this is very drinkable. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 02:43:28 | More by SQNfan
Photo of cooncat


4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, with a bottled date of 7/06, and reviewed on 5/07, so its had a little time to settle.

The pour produces a huge, rich and creamy tan head over an orangish-amber colored brew. Sheets of lacing form all down the side of the glass all the way to the end.

The nose is HUGE with citric hops (cascade and chinook, I think) and you can spend lots of time just enjoying the heady nose.

The first sip is definitely 'hop heaven'. This is no beer for the timid-tongued! I let a sip wash over the whole of my tongue several times before swallowing. While the predominant flavor is of citric hops (and some floral), there is a malt backbone that that holds up to the hop onslaught (2 row, and plenty of it according to the label). Mouthfeel is medium-full, and its very pleasant on the tongue. At 9% ABV, it's really not a 'session' brew, but rather, one to be savored. While very quaffable, one will satisfy all but the most hardened hop heads.

Bottom line, an Imperial IPA (meaning DIPA) that you can buy with confidence and know that you will enjoy it again, and again. Highly recommended.


Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 22:54:51 | More by cooncat
Photo of jtslay


4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First of all: "Mmmm"

Now on to the review...

This beer pours a very clear amber-orange with moderate head that doesn't stick around too long. The aroma is amazing. It is very complex like no other beer I have had before. The taste is equally complex. They managed to balance the hops and the malt for this style of brew that often is overbearing with hops that don't complement the malt. Excellent brew that I highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 17:59:13 | More by jtslay
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange/amber color with a white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a good amount of lace.

Smell is citrus hops with some malt aroma.

Taste is kind of sweet upfront, followed by some hop bitterness with alcohol taste/warmth on the finish.

A little too heavy on the malt and alcohol and too light on the hops.

One is enough for me, thanks

I read the reviews and the claim on the cardboard 4 pack carrier of this beer being "the best ipa in America" and I expected much more.
Give me a Stone Ruination or a Victory Hop Wallop anyday over this over-priced beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 00:04:59 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a nice amber coloe with just a finger of head that barely clings to the glass. Smells quite malty, with less hops then i would expect, but still a realy apealing scent. Taste starts off sweet with some hop flavor, and goes into a lot more hops with some bite, mostly citrusy and bitter twords the end. This is very drinkable for 9%, and quite enjoyable. Im very happy i opted for the 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 00:00:48 | More by dickieb
Photo of tempest


3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good beer, no doubt, but I found it a little underwhelming for a double IPA. There was a big malt profile that reminded me of Southern Tier's Big Red (imperial red) in that is was a rich fruit-like taste, but without much in the way of discernible flavors. Citrus edge to nose. The hops are most of a nice compliment to the malt with a juicy citrus flavor. Worth a try, unless you love double IPAs like Ruination and nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 02:41:26 | More by tempest
Photo of BMoney575


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

Sampled on 5-2-07
Bottled on 1-03-07

Pours a very clear amber, with long-lasting thin head.

Smell is surprisingly malty and sweet, with a subtle hop background.

Taste is a lot like the smell, with a strong malty character, and then a huge dose of hop flavor and bitterness. The 9% alcohol is slightly warming and well-masked.

Mouthfeel is good, perfect carbonation and syrupy.

Drinkability is very good, the sweetness and bitterness are extremely well-balanced.

Overall, a very good beer. It would be a regular in my fridge if it didn't cost so much money.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 20:56:09 | More by BMoney575
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a fine bronze pour into an Ayinger imperial drinking glass, the first time I've used it! I kept the head smallish but it still forms up over a finger's worth of creamy smooth goodness. A steady stream of dotted lace adorns the glass as it empties. And it empties far quicker than it should, but I'm getting ahead of myself...

Aroma - a light pungent and piny nose and grapefruit florals are in charge. Telling as always as to what will unfold.

Taste - sweet and chewy up front, the caramel influence is very nice. Segues seamlessly into a citrusy, snappy, mouth-owning bitterness that makes this one of the best DIPAs in existence. The swallow shows a flash of alcohol and the drying bitterness has a slow-burn effect to it. Lingering dryness and hoppy residuals allow you to enjoy the flavor for some time before taking another sip, but to hell with that...

Mouthfeel - the smoothness of this beer is what really makes it shine, IMO. Texture is a far too under-appreciated component of how we rate all we ingest. The creaminess almost divides the flavors into layers so you can sample them in succession. Should be worth 20% at least for this beer's score as it plays so critically into the whole scheme.

Drinkability - what are the odds that I would bring a growler of this to Dark Lord Day '07 with plans to crack it open Saturday night and then never get the chance? I didn't think the FFF party would end so soon, but it did. I figured there'd be some major after-party set up, but there wasn't. I found my way to a room at the Hampton on the second floor for a spontaneous beer tasting with absolutely no available table space for a friggin 12 ounce bottle, much less a growler. The exhausted owner of said room who put up with us until midnight was a friggin' saint, BTW - who was that guy? *Anyway*, I probably brought too much to share. Two other growlers and and 3 or 4 bombers hit the tables and this was to be my big finale, but circumstances fizzled it. So here I am, typing up the world's longest drinkability segment of the review, drinking this wonderfully delicious brew, planning my revenge for next year - I should bring 3 or 4 growlers of this alone and just push it out all day, that'll teach ya's. Rock on, 90.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2007 02:36:41 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of number1bum


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

Part of NEPA BC Split #1.

Pours a semi-clear copper color with 1 finger of off-white head. Not a lot of retention but some sticky lacing to the bottom of the glass. Smell is a nice mix of hops - floral, piney, earthy and woodsy, and just a touch of citrus. There is also a strong sweet malt presence in the nose, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is wonderfully balanced, starting with a ncie hit of oily hops - all those same flavor characteristics as came through in the nose - but checked through the finish by some subtly sweet, biscuity malts. That alcohol that was present in the smell does not come through in the taste. Oily and creamy mouthfeel from all the hops.

Even at 9% this really isn't a sipper - very drinkable for a DIPA because of the fantastic balance.

Edit: in subsequent tastings I have picked up more alcohol than I prefer and have edited the taste down .5 as a result.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 00:47:19 | More by number1bum
Photo of joeysmokedporter


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

Served in a brandy snifter, on draft at DFH Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD.

A: Light orange. slight amber color. Clear. Good head retention and excellent lacing throughout.

S: Mix of grapefruit/citrus and herbal hops in the aroma.

T: A fruity, estery start, leans more on grapefruit and citrus flavors, some malt charactr evident but this one is all about the hops. Ends with the hop bitterness that hangs around for awhile. The hop flavors in this beer are tremendous and complement the ester fruit flavors very well.

M: Light for a DIPA, although slightly on the syrupy side. Not spritzy but well carbonated.

D: felt the alcohol about 2/3 through. This is an incredibly enjoyable drink, I would only last through a few of them. One of my favorites of all styles.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2007 02:03:50 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Crytal clear, many small Co2 bubbles present with a thin white head not lasting all too long.

Aroma: A very grainy malt aroma is the first thing that you notice followed by a bitter hop aroma that average.

Flavor: Malt has a nice a grainy flavor not much sweetness at all. The hop flavor in this beer is not as much as you would think. It is mainly bitter followed by mild sweetness and not much finnishing aroma. I remember a few years back this beer being very sweet and floral.

Mouthfeel: This beer at 9% has some gravity to it and isn't thin or watered down. moderite Co2 levels, and the ballance is still done very well done what I remember it to be.

Overall: The 90 Minute IPA is a very tasty beer . It meets all the standards to be a great IPA altough having tasted the 60 Minute & the 120 Minute I would say the 60 is the best ballanced and all around drinkable beer, the 120 being very tasty/sweet/ & very floral where as the 90 just being avarage. Worth the buy if you never had it

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 00:39:36 | More by simmons
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden color, small foamy white head
S - Strong piney, citrusy hop aroma. Nice bready malts a touch of alcohol warmth
T - similar to the aroma but with a better maltyness
M - Medium bodied, smooth
D - I prefer this much better than the 60.

The downside to this brew is for the cost I typically choose other brews. Otherwise this is a tasty brew

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 17:12:51 | More by barleywinebrewer
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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