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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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95
world-class

12,938 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,938
Reviews: 3,583
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,955 | 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 Silenus89
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice amber color with a minimal head and nice lacing. The smell is nice citrusy hops to it. the taste is a bit bitter with malts too. Overall i like this beer very much the only thing that i dont like is it only comes in 4 packs but that certainly wont stop me from getting it again.

Silenus89, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of captnamerca
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

9-10-08

Poured out of a bottle into a glass mug.

A - A deep golden orange color. About a finger of head which dissipated quickly to a thin layer on top.

S - Very hoppy. There is a sugary-sweet smell to it also. Honey-like.

T - Strong hops, lingering bitterness. The edge comes off it rather quickly, which I like. It doesn't overwhelm the bitter parts of the tongue. A nice touch of alcohol with out burning.

M - Medium thickness. Coats the taste buds, but not in an overwhelming way. trong up front, finishes very smooth.

D - Very drinkable. I could buy a 4-pack of these and be happy for the rest of the night.

Overall
I really like this beer a lot. It has the strong taste of hops bt not the extreme bitterness that can turn me off of some IPAs. Highly recommend this one.

captnamerca, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of chrisafari
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. Pours amber/orange with small white head. Aroma of sweet hops and citrus. Cloudy. Flavor begins spicy and hoppy then finishes with flavors of nice citrus and roasted nuts. Very impressive Imperial IPA! Damn this is good!

chrisafari, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange with a big off-white head that falls very slowly leaving a very nice lace.

Strong hop aroma with mild malts and a somewhat burnt toast hint.

Touch of sweet malts followed by intense hops and bitterness with a surprisingly dry finish.

Medium bodied and nice carbonation.

Very drinkable Imperial IPA.

dstc, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been quite a while since I've had this bad boy. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce b rown bottle.

Appearance: 90 Minute IPA pours out a crystal clear amber color that had some golden highlights when held up to a light source. A hard pour resulted in about a finger of frothy white foam. Head faded a bit on the quick side, into a thin white layer atop the beer. Some decent streaks of lace were left behind on the glass.

Smell: A nice robust hop aroma out front with some grainy malt tones. Slight citrus undertones with some resiny pine aromas. Slight hints of toffee and chocolate deep in the background. A bit of bread and tobacco.

Taste: A huge bitter hop bite right out of the gate. A bit of a chemical like presence behind the hops. Plenty of sweet malt to give this beer some balance. Almost too sweet but the hops definitely rule this beer. Tons of pine flavor and more of the tobacco that was present in the nose. Finishes dry, and damn hoppy. Warming alcohol is definitely noticed in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Full bodied and almost chewey. Thick feeling and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Drinkability suffers a bit from the sweetness and huge flavors of this beer. Also a bit hot. Definitely a sipper in my opinion.

jaxon53, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeenJammin, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of gatorguy813
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

gatorguy813, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mtbbaboon, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of oneeye
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oneeye, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PhxHorn, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of boralyl
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

boralyl, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
2.53/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

philipquarles, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

webmanspidey, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

erikm25, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of bv74550p
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!!

bv74550p, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of enso
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

enso, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

alovesupreme, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

nrpellegrini, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

PatronWizard, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

superdedooperboy, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Patrick999, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

CaptainIPA, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Brew33
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Brew33, Aug 22, 2008
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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