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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

12,140 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 12,140
Reviews: 3,532
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 411
Gots: 1,516 | 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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BeenJammin

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Amber color with a nice head. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of floral hop aroma as well as some sweet biscuit in there

T - You can really taste the citrus hops from this beer. There is also some caramel malt and maybe some orange or other fruity flavor to it.

M - Has a nice full body that kind of sticks to the palate

D - Overall this is a great imperial IPA. I wish that someone would distribute these closer to where I live.

09-09-2008 03:02:59 | More by BeenJammin
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gatorguy813

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

The dogfish head 90 minute IPA is a mild amber color with an good aroma typical of a strong IPA. The taste is good, i prefer the sam adams imperial pilsner as a comparable brew, but even so, i would not turn down the chance to enjoy one of these. It has an above average mouthfeel, but not perfect. I did give it a perfect score for drinkability. Given the fact that it contains 9% abv, it was very easily masked.

09-09-2008 02:11:45 | More by gatorguy813
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I went to pick up a six pack of DFH 60 but the little beer store was all out. They had the 90 Minute so I bought that. I poured a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light amber color with moderate head. Lots of lacing. Smells more sweet and citrusy than hoppy, though the hoppiness is certainly noticable. Medium bodied and slightly carbonated. Leaves a little stickiness in the mouth. The taste is very nice...similar to the aroma and well balanced for a DIPA. Not as much of a hoppy bite as I've noticed with other DIPA's. Almost no bitter aftertaste. Goes down real easy for a stronger beer. I look forward to bottle #2.

09-08-2008 21:38:13 | More by mtbbaboon
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oneeye

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours a clear amber with lots of carbonation. A gold tint with a soapy fluffy head. A good looking beer that leaves lots of sticky lace clinging to the rim of the pint glass.
S. A floral aroma with citrusy hops. The smell of grapefruits and caramel.
T. The bitter taste of citrusy hops. A slight bitterness with a strong malt backbone. Biscuity malts that taste of caramel. Grapefruit rind with a touch of alcohol.
M. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Slightly bitter with a warmth of alcohol. The finish is a little dry and a bit lingering.
D. The drinkability is surprisingly good with the abv. at 9%. But easy to drink. Quite refreshing. I would like to drink a couple of these at the next session. Highly recommended.

09-08-2008 13:44:27 | More by oneeye
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PhxHorn

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -15.2%

Color is a deep orange with a bit of white head, but not much. Smells strongly of citrus. Tastes of citrus: grapefruit, some orange, and some spices, maybe ginger. The spicy taste tended to distract from the hop flavor. Something is just off with this, but it's hard to put my finger on it. At any rate, it's not as intense as most DIPA's and it didn't impress me all that much.

09-07-2008 05:44:51 | More by PhxHorn
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boralyl

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Pours 1 finger of off-white head into a chalice glass. The retention is pretty good and leaves some nice lacing. The beer is a copper/amber color.

S - The aroma is very apparent as it is poured. It has a sweet caramel malt, strong piny hops, citrus, grapefruit, and traces of alcohol. There's a whole lot going on in the aroma and it gets better as it warms.

M - A medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It has somewhat of a sticky feel to it.

T - With a completes smell comes a complex taste. The piny hops hit almost at once with a nice bitter flavor. They are then followed by the caramel malts. It finishes with some citrusy hops that leave a bitter taste. A great combination of ingredients that balance one another very well. It doesn't end quite as bitter as a lot of other imperial IPAs, but certainly does the job.

A delicious complex imperial IPA. It hides the 9% abv extremely well with the loads of flavors, making it easy to drink. One of my favorites of this particular style. If you haven't tried this one you owe it to yourself, especially if you are a hops head.

09-06-2008 01:51:44 | More by boralyl
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -40.9%

Pours a nice clear copper with few bubbles and a medium, off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Smells strongly of bitter hops and sweet earthy grain. Slightly metallic. Taste is bitter, citric, hops with a lot of strong, sweet, biscuity malt and some spice. I appreciate that DFH tries to counter the hops with malt, but rather than coexisting to create a nice balance, 90 minute is simultaneously a hop-bomb and a malt-bomb. It's certainly very flavorful, but very disjointed and seriously unrefined. The malt at least gives it a thick feel. Too big to be very drinkable.

09-05-2008 22:48:20 | More by philipquarles
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +4%

Burnt orange color with carbonation slowly rising to the top. Considerable head when first poured. Smell of hops, grapefruit..

Smooth and powerful Double IPA. Very bitter and strong (as are all in this style), but this IMO has more flavor than most. I could have several of these in a night without a problem. One of my favorites.

09-05-2008 03:02:43 | More by webmanspidey
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erikm25

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +4%

A: Pours a medium orange and amber tint with a cream white head. Tilt the glass in natural sunlight and there is a bright copper color laced with deep gold tones.

S: Tangy coupled with citrus pine aromas. A caramel sweetness is present.

T: Complex hop flavor. A sharp hop taste with no lack of malt. To me the pine hops seems to be in the forefront here but rounded with toffee candies.

M: Medium body with strong great interplay with sweet and bitter.

D: Pretty unique take on this style especially considering some of the huge hop bomb beers out there.

09-05-2008 00:07:14 | More by erikm25
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bv74550p

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

Drank this at the Dogfish Head alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD. Also had an Alehouse 75 which is a mix between the 60 and 90 min. and decided that this was a genious mixture.

The smell of this beer is amazing., I love the sweet smell of this beer althought the overall aroma is somewhat similar to the 60 min.

The abv is 9% on this beer however it doesn;t truly reflect that on the taste. Smooth mouthfeel with an awesome hop balance.

Looking forward to having more of this beer!!!

09-03-2008 17:03:09 | More by bv74550p
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enso

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness information apparent.

Appearance: Brilliant Orange/garnet with a dense meringue head that lasts for a few minutes. Leaving a slight foam layer with delicate lacing.

Aroma: Sweet bread. Coconut. Slight hop aroma, subdued. Pleasant.

Flavor: Again sweetness and coconut are present upfront. Hop bitterness asserts itself fairly quickly leaving a definite enjoyable hop aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Fairly substantial. Dextrinous, almost too much, but not completely over. Could be a bit thinner perhaps.

Drinkability: Very nice for the style. Perhaps a bit too "thick" to enjoy more than one at a time.

09-02-2008 19:41:29 | More by enso
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A.Dark gold or light amber, almost pink in color. Nice head, good retention.
S.Piney, Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit.
T.Lots of hops, kind of sweet,
M.Almost syrupy, but in a good way. Thick and bold for an ImpIpa.
D.I could keep drinking these, but the alcohol will sneak up on you.

08-30-2008 08:09:21 | More by alovesupreme
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

Not a big fan of IPA's but this was great!

Never did like IPA's too much, but I had been dying to try this for a while. Poured a clear tan/ orange with small head. Smelled of plenty hops and spices. Taste was so good. Yea there were a ton of hops but they just added a good flavor. It was really smooth, some bite, but I could get past it. You could tell the ABV was a higher but the alcohol wasn't so overpowering as to guess it was 9%..

After the first my tongue was feeling a little damage but I wanted a second.. the 4-pack probably would have been a little to much to handle in one night..

Definitely try this wether you like IPA's or not.

08-28-2008 15:54:14 | More by nrpellegrini
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

A great beer with alot of malt and a crapload of hops

A- Clear transparent dark amber color with a lacing, tight-bubbled, 1/2inch head.

S- Lots of grapefruit with a sticky-sweet malt backbone

T- Tastes like it smells, but with more spicy IPA hops complexity. As it warmed up, I got a hint of roasted malt that tasted like coffee

M- Feels somewhat sticky, but moderate body

D- Goes great with my favorite spicy foods

08-27-2008 03:04:18 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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PatronWizard

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

Lucky enough to get hold of a bottle.

Pours a light golden amber copper. That's what I said. Thick ass head, slowly sinking like dough. Great retention.

Smells mmm. Hops in the nose, grapefruit.

Has a unique flavor. I love unique flavors. Wife says "a big fat yuck for me." Why I oughtta...! Hops aren't overpowering. Very tasty, then moderate hop finish. Well balanced. Not a big hop monster like I oft prefer, but very nice.

Overall: giver a shot for sure

08-26-2008 06:04:12 | More by PatronWizard
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown glass bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is printed on bottle: 04/10/08.

Pours a beautiful orangey-golden-amber, developing a solid single-finger slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly and sticks, leaving nice rings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet and herbal; nice, though not much out of the ordinary for an IPA, and similar to that of the 60 Minute IPA.

Body is full, with a thick, slick mouthfeel that goes down smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Flavor is surprisingly sweet; I was expecting a huge bite of hops, but the first notes to hit are sweet, blueberry-ish notes that are soon followed by a perfect hop bitterness, with a balanced slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish with some slight alcohol burn in the throat as it goes down.

Honestly, I don't think I have ever enjoyed a beer as perfectly balanced on the palate as this one. As far as flavor goes, this ranks up there as one of the best beers I've ever had. Despite the relatively high 9% ABV, I want more, and more, and could easily drink more, and more. It is just too good.

08-26-2008 04:14:33 | More by superdedooperboy
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changeup45

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Nice copper color with a off-white head and some really nice lacing. The aroma is fruity with hops but not over powering. Sweet caramel malts, a bit candy-like, with grapefruit hops. Some bitterness but the hops are relatively tame for the style. Balanced nicely. This is a nice beer but could use stronger hops with more bitterness to make this a true top Imperial IPA. But despite that this still very tasty.

08-24-2008 16:03:32 | More by changeup45
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Patrick999

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Had this on tap for the first time, at the Abbey.

A - Same burnished gold color, a little less head than I get out of the bottle though. Lacing still top-flight.

S - More of a grapefruit hop explosion and less sweet caramel and tea-cake than in the bottle. Smells great, but actually comes off as less complex than out of the bottle.

T - This had to have been a pretty fresh keg, because this is not the balanced 90 Minute I know from the bottle. The hops are definitely packing a hell of a punch. I've had fairly fresh bottles, but even they are not quite as hoppy as this. Just lots of grapefruit-rind hop. I can tell the drizzled-caramel cake malts are there, but they take a back seat to the hop out of this obviously fresh keg.

F - The ultra-sticky, resiny feel we know and love. This is basically unchanged from the bottle.

D - Excellent, but I think I could get hop fatigue if I tried to drink more than two. This was a real eye-opener. Very good and rated accordingly, but if pressed, I think I would prefer a bottle with about 3-4 months age on it, as I gave a similar bottle straight 5s in an earlier review. I love the fresh barley malt bill in this beer too much to have it almost completely overshadowed by hops.

08-24-2008 03:55:38 | More by Patrick999
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Pours a bright copper color with a masive, frothed head and copious carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine and spiced hops. Subtle hints of caramel malt in the background.

T: Huge hops infusion upfront with notes of grapefruit, pine, citrus rind and salt. Toasted malts and sweet caramel on the backend, particularly as the beer warms. Finishes sweet and dry with the warming presence of alcohol.

M: Creamy smooth with a rich and chewy mouthfeel.

D: Not bad for an Imperial.

08-22-2008 21:43:52 | More by CaptainIPA
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Brew33

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Wow! Let me start by saying my favorite style of beer is IPA. I include in this Imperial IPA's and Double IPA'S.

Of all the India Pale Ales I have had, this one is THE best. Incredible beer, it smells like hops, citrusy and bordering on sweet. It has a nice foamy head that laces all the way down the glass. The taste is wonderful; bright, hoppy, and surprisingly smooth and sweet. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel isn't something I usually get hung up on but this beer has a wonderful consistency. Beautiful beer.

For being 9% abv, you would never know it, hides the alcohol very well.

I can't find enough great things to say about this one. Hopefully I can find it on draft somewhere locally. Enjoy! Seek this out if possible! Wow!

08-22-2008 14:50:46 | More by Brew33
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czfreeman

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This truly is the hallmark of session IPA in my opinions. Pours of a fluffy capped grapefruit-orange color, amber shades, leans to a burnt golden tone.
Smells absolutley fantastic. Here all the aromas of the 60 minute are heightened, concentrated and intensified. Citric hops, pines, notes of alcohol, bitter orange rind, grapefruits, fantastic IPA aroma.
Flavors are delicately-perfect balance of citric sweetness, hoppy bitterness, all finished by alcohol warmness. Flavor is biting on the finish, crisp, clean, no sticky sickening sweetness left gumming up your throat or mouth. Completely, utterly drinkable to sum it up. If you aren't a fan of IPAs or hops(I wasn't) then let this beer convert you and become a proud HOPHEAD!

08-21-2008 23:17:58 | More by czfreeman
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +7%

The beer is copper coloured and a centimeter head, there is a bit of carbonation. Those nose on this beer is fucking godly. The nose is sweet with carmel and has a nice background of hops. There is a slight bit of roastiness as well. This beer tastes fucking awesome. Malty, sweet and bitter; a nice citrus or fruitiness comes from the hops. There is a nice toastiness at the very end that comes out as you drink the beer. The beer so balanced, yet not bland at all. The mouthfeel is probably as close to perfect as I could imagine. Creamy and slightly carbonated. This beer is incredibly drinkable.

This is one of the best DIPAs I've had.

08-21-2008 21:55:47 | More by swizzlenuts
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Reanimator

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

The very first thing you notice is the ridiculously tasty nose oozing out of the bottle top. Fruity hops, grapefruit and citrus rind. I could seriously sniff this all day. Pours a complex deep golden orange with reddish hues.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced, with loads of fruity hops initially followed by a slow hop bitterness and a smooth malty finish. Hardly even a hint of the 9% abv.

The mouthfeel is crisp, creamy, and syrupy - perfect.

Hugely delicious, balanced and drinkable, definitely a "wow!" beer that you won't be able to keeps your lips off of! This has probably spoiled me and tainted my view of any other DIPA. If this isn't a solid A I don't know what beer would ever be.

Infinite thanks to swizzlenuts for this one!!!

08-20-2008 00:11:27 | More by Reanimator
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WetCoaster

California

4.45/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Surprisingly pale, a slightly orange tinged gold with a an off-yellow, thick head. Low carbonation level with s-l-o-w moving carbonation; probably a pretty thick body, me thinks. Good, not great.

Smell: Hmmm. Very sweet and fruity, pineapple and citrus. A bit bready as well, must be the malt. Quite nice.

Taste: Wow. Must be "mystery hop X," this is an incredible juicy DIPA, almost cloyingly sweet, but it's an obvious hop flavor. Sweet, sweet citrus; overripe pineapple, mango, orange juice - whoa. Sort of reminds me of the Stone anniversary IPA from some years back. Malt blends seamlessly, very precisely blended flavors. Quite something.

Mouthfeel: Scha-moove. Very oily, and combined with the low carbonation level, creates a thick, creamy, almost chewy mouthful of brew. Nice.

Drinkability: Very good for a beer this big. Wonderfully blended flavor and supremely smooth feel make this a easy, painless 9 percenter. Glad this is FINALLY available in the Bay Area. I'll be back.

08-19-2008 05:31:50 | More by WetCoaster
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Nice, clear, copper/amber body with lots of streams of carbonation. A big fluffy off-white head with great retention. Leaves lots of sticky lace around my tulip.

Some floral notes with some sweet malts. A little boozy.

Piney hops up front with some sweet malts following. Citrusy hops and some bitter hops. Finishes a little boozy. A little on the hoppy side, which is how I like my DIPA's. Very light and thing body, slightly oily. One of my favorites for a long time.

A greatly drinkable beer, espcially considering its 9% ABV.

08-18-2008 21:44:26 | More by Hojaminbag
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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