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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
96
world-class

13,242 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 13,242
Reviews: 3,602
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 497
Gots: 2,144 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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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 haz77
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a thick, white two-finger head. Minimal amount of carbonation to be seen. The head drops to a ring and thin film, although is easily refreshed.

S - Piney/herbal hops, molasses, fig, prune, slight anise, dark cherry.

T - Relatively straightforward flavour profile. Piney (with a slight citrus bite) hops initially. They sit all the way past the middle of the drink. Grapefruit comes though as mouthfeel rounds towards the end of the drink. Lingering dry finish of piney hops and mild tobacco. Nothing too complex.

M - Creamy mouthfeel becomes syrupy. Tingle of carbonation at the start loses the battle to the full, coating mouthfeel. Very pleasant. As with the 60 Minute, the mouthfeel on the first sip is what hits me over the flavours.

D - A well crafted brew, although the flavours are quite one-dimensional.

haz77, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of hotzenklotz
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA. pours a clean white head on an amber body. Amazing smell of citrus and floral hop notes.
Sweet aromas up front with nice malt character. It is very well balanced beer with a small bias towards malt sweetness. The carbonation is just right and citrus, grapefruit hop flavours play with your taste buds.
Wunderful beer and recommendation to everyone! Just remember that this is not your everyday IPA. Prost!

hotzenklotz, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the VH WhirlyBall.

It's been a while since I've indulged in one o' these bad boys. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, grapefruit (both ruby red and ... yellow?), light pine, sweet caramel, and a pinch of powdered sugar. The taste holds notes of strong orange peel and grapefruit; this sits atop a mountain of rich, sweet caramel, providing a lovely dichotomy for my 'buds. The body is a wavering medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, a very nice DIPA, one of the standards of the industry.

TMoney2591, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear brown pour with a nice sized head that doesn't stick around very long, but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Smell is not as hoppy as I would expect, citrus tones with a light hint of malts.

T: Tastes of a distinct hoppiness, but a nice malt backbone. Expected dry finish is not overwhelming.

MF: Light with a bit of a tinge of carbonation. Smooth drink.

D: For an IIPA, this is extremely drinkable. The hops really don't overpower you.

russwbeck, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of titosupertramp
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper. White foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing. Good looking beer indeed.

S: Wow! Lots of sweetness. Citrus, malty and a some pineapple. Like it a lot.

T: Starts sweet, bitter in the middle and finishes sweet. I'm getting everything that I noticed in the nose, but also a little bit of piney hops and a taste that's almost peach like. Hard for me to pin down the taste exactly, but I like it.

M: Good carbonation. Slick, smooth mouthfeel. Not dry.

D: Alcohol isn't very present in the taste making this, one that you could blow through and end up making some mistakes(peeing in the hall closet). Oops.

Really delicious beer that I'll certainly have again in the near future.

titosupertramp, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Pecafaced
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite IPA out there right now so the review is a little bias.

A- A clear copper color with an awesome white, creamy foamy head that really stands out.

S- Very hoppy aroma hints of citrus and grass. The Warrior hops really stands out.

T- Actually very malty for an IPA but the hops are still present in the flavor and provides a lot of citrus flavors. The amount of a malts just helps to balance the beer better.

M- Carbonation is just right (a little low, but still present). Very smooth on the palate and not too heavy.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very well and some times too quickly! It truly is a "sneaky" 9% beer that doesn't taste like one.

I usually buy a case of this beer when I visit the brewery. Its just that good. Also great when run through Randall. It decreases the carbonation and increases the head, but it packs a nice punch of fresh hops!

Pecafaced, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Hamsteroceros
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into Dogfish signature glass.

I've been drinking this beer for years and it may be the single least-variable brew Dogfish Head produces. It never fails to deliver.

Great color with low(ish) carbonation. Sweeter than most double IPAs, but also very balanced and perhaps too easy to drink (I've had a notable bad experience or two...). Floral above all with hints of pine and citrus. VERY malty with an almost raisin-ish finish. Really solid beer that comes through time and again.

Hamsteroceros, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of csiewert
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color with two fingers of off white head. Smells very hoppy with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Taste is smoother than expected with a good mixture of hops and malt, although you can definitely taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel is very nice and clean. Good allaround IPA.

csiewert, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of bamojr
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a nice white creamy head. Its smell is a little weak in my opinion, but is quite flowery. It has a powerful malty taste, with a nice hop tone to back it up with some bitter. The one thing that I notice is the very well done carbonation in this brew. It has a good flavor profile is that of a very good IPA, but with a little more to it. A fairly standard mouthfeel with a good drinkability.

Overall I enjoyed this beverage quite a bit and would recommend it to any IPA enthusiast.

bamojr, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Hoss76
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first official review on BeerAdvocate, but plenty of tasting experience...

A- Great dark brown color, a touch hazy. Head was typical and lacing was exceptional.

S- A bit of a dissapointment really. I expected more citrus notes, but it was too piney. Unimpressed.

T- I think this improved after warming for awhile, but malt profile was just too much.

M- Nice, again after warming up.

D- Way too boozy. I tend to stay down in the 7% range, so that's just my preference. The higher ABV made this quite harsh and didn't appear to be well hidden at all.

Overall, I've had this beer many times on draft and from a bottle and I just feel it's overrated. Every time I bust out $10 for a 4-pack thinking it'll be different and my tastebuds have gained refinement, I'm always disappointed. There are so many other better variations of a DIPA. I'm an east coast guy and I hate saying it, but stick with west coast IPAs such as Stone or Lagunitas.

Hoss76, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Willibomb
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is a very nice Imperial IPA that uses a continuous hop process to give it a unique hop profile that is definately the strong suit to this beer.

Unfortunately, it is only hopped with one type of hops, which makes it difficult to drink after one bottle, and the malt undertone is very strong. I think it was an attempt to balance a style that is defined by unbalanced flavor.

I think stylistically, it is a miss for DFH. They take a lot of chances within each beer, and some are hits and some are misses. Overall, this beer is a hit, but this choice is a bit of a miss.

This beer has a harsh alcohol finish which lowers the drinkability, but this is more of an Imperial IPA, than it is this particualar ale.

All in all, I would drink it over most, but I would like to see a larger variety of noble hops, and a little back off with the malts, and it would be a competitor.

Willibomb, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of mattkoon
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i IPA's are great because they tend to be very complex. the thing that shocked me about the 90min IPA is the fact that compared to most it is extremly drinkable for an IPA. it is very piney with a good bit of citrus. i found it very smooth. the aroma is great. this is a very good IPA.

mattkoon, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a somewhat murky amber color with a medium sized frothy head. Good amount of lacing. Excellent aroma. Big whiff of hops. Citrusy with a hint of pineapple. Smells a bit boozey. Taste is hops, citrus, bitter and delicious. Very little taste of alcohol considering the ABV. Drinkable and one of the better Imperial IPAs out there.

PicoPapa, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a very thin layer of foam on top.

Aroma is citrusy, fruity and grassy North American hops with British toasty, bready malts backing.

Taste is well balanced between sweet, bready malts and aromatic, bitter hops. The taste follows the nose quite a bit with fruity, citrusy hops and sweet, toasty, grainy malt. The bitterness in this IPA is much smoother than most and this contributes to easy drinkability and a very nice balance. The finish leaves hints of hop flavors and bready malts on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall this is a bit sweeter than most IPAs and has less hop aromatics but it is well balanced and easy drinking (for it's strength).

trevorjn06, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light copper/amber color with a nice 1/4inch head.

Smells of caramel and some fruity booze. Lots of malt character with some spicy hops that are well balanced.

Nice very bitter upfront taste that mellows extremely well from fruity to sweet caramel/earthy malty and leaves a nice bitter very defined hop residue.

This is an amazing beer but I can't afford to drink it all the time!

DrinkingDrake, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/9/10

A: Pours a hazy orange with a moderate white head.

S: Smells strongly of citrus and pine hopes with a bit of pineapple.

T: Lots of piney hops with some of the pineapple still there. Also has a bit of bread malt with some alcohol warming.

M: Medium, a bit oily or slippery. Carbonation is right on.

D: Moderate. High abv is the only thing working against it.

RunForYourBeer, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes made on 12/15/10.

90 Minute pours a see through golden-amber-orange with a very light tan, half finger head into a big 'ol snifter. I love the color of this beer. The head retains well with a full-covering film. Carbonation bubbles are small, scurry at a swift walk, and rise in stingy lines. The lacing is attractive and reminds me of foam in the wake of a boat.

Every kind of hop aroma exists in this beer - bitter grapefruit, sweeter citrus, tropical fruit, flower, pine, and grass. You name it, it's in there. Standing up to the hops is a formidable caramel malt aroma. Biscuit and bread crust round out a really solid smell.

The "ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley" that the label speaks of is very evident in the taste. However, the hops lead off the flavor parade with aggressive floral, grass, and citrus flavors on the sides of my mouth. Then the sweet caramel malts drop a bomb on my tongue and play there for a long time. Finally, the bittering hops join forces with the copious malt for a lingering semi-sweet, but mostly bitter end.

The mouthfeel is so biting from the hops, but also creamy and full-bodied for an Imperial IPA from the huge malt presence. The carbonation complements the body perfectly. I really enjoy how this beer plays my palate.

This is so drinkable! I will definitely have repeated imbibings of this beer over time. I have never been disappointed by this beer and its groovy yumminess. The hop and malt combination is phenomenal and I daresay that I could have several in a sitting. Oh, snap!

TCHopCraver, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of gskitt
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, pale copper color with a fluffy white head with significant lacing.
S- Floral first, then lemons and hops. Grapefruit.
T- Hops! For as much hops, this beer is smooth and mellow, mixing floral, pine and citrus notes with the hops.
M- Smooth and mellow, with a slick finish.
D- Dangerously drinkable for a 9%. This is a great DIPA!

gskitt, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of AllFineThings
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this finally at a local pub Fiddler's Hearth to be exact.

Pours a nice inch thick head that lingers for a awhile until settling down. Nice dark, but transluscent orange/redish hue. Perfectly balanced between malt and hops.

You can taste the love in here-LOL!

AllFineThings, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Active review, I've had this a number times before):

A- Nice dark hazy amber, nice carbonation, a think head wtih great lacing

S- zesty hop scent, some piney notes- fairly mild aroma

T- Nice desticnt hops, good malts in the the middle with good pine notes. Citrus is in there but not a dominate flavor.

M- Meduim bodied and smooth, good tartness and surprisingly juciy. Great balance.

D- As I stated before I have had this IPA a number of times, this is a staple in my beer diet.

beersensei305, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of SASN
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice dark amber color

S: nice floral hops, milder aroma

T: starts out great but ends with an alcohol taste

M: decent mouthfeel, milder

D: fairly drinkable but alcohol end may limit

Conclusion: nice beer but overrated, does not end well and there are better examples of this style out there

SASN, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of bboelens
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at world of beer, poured into a tulip glass

A-Dark amber with hints of orange in the light, with a 1 finger creamy off white head

S-Where to begin, Hops, citrus, caramel, slight earthy hints

T-Wow, similar to the smell but so much more, the seeming conundrum of hoppy sweetness, fruit, toffee hints, caramel hints

M-Medium bodied, bubbly, fantastic

D-Incredible, even at 9% it's so easy to throw these back, making for a dangerous but o so worth it combination

bboelens, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A clear orange-tan, one finger head and great lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smells of strong grapefruit and intense hoppy goodness. Some pine accents as well. A little floral in the background.

Tastes really nice. Hops and grapefruit dominate, pine and light fruits combine with a solid malt background to complete this tasty DIPA.

A very rich feeling brew, nicely carbonated to just the right amount. Smooth, almost too smooth for the ABV, the alcohol is very well concealed. Bitterness lingers along with some grapefruit.

Fantastically drinkable, These will most assuredly find their way back into my fridge

BeerLover48Fan, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of suspect
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite Possibly, the world's best IPA. And they mean it.

The 9% ABV makes this beer dangerous. Very dangerous. Mostly because it's so good on top of being so potent. Consider yourself lucky if you find it on tap. I was lucky enough to find it on tap. On 2 for 1 pitcher night. It kicked my ass and I was thankful.

suspect, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of rjplumer
2.38/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this one after seeing Dogfish Head on Beer Wars. It has a nice fruity aroma. Has a deep amber color that is slightly cloudy. The carbonation has a nice zing to your tongue. Perhaps it's me but the taste just doesn't do much for me. The taste seems a bit fruity but sour. This is my third bottle because I wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something after all the rave reviews I've seen about this one. To be honest I'm disappointed in this one. It isn't bad but I doubt I'd go out of my way to have this one again.

rjplumer, Dec 18, 2010
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,242 ratings.