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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,697
Reviews: 3,683
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 547
Gots: 2,561 | FT: 26
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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 rawthar
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to reviewing one of my first favorite crafts.

A- A clear ruby red rye color with a sticky dense white head that defies gravity against the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus and grass hops become more pronounced as the beer warms, breaking through a hefty wall of grainy, buttery malt sweetness. But once those hops find their way out, they aim to please.

T- The first flavor that breaks onto the scene is a dry, grassy hop flavor, but this is swiftly chased away by a pasty, thick, sweet malt, an alcoholic flavor that I didn't pick up on until I had the 120 and got it in spades. Now I can't miss it. This is a strong IPA, and very unique in the level of malt intensity.

M- With the strong malt comes a thick, sticky feel with a decent carbonation attack to the tongue.

D- I used to put these suckers back like they're going out of style, now I find it a little heavy to be a multi-drinker, but then I usually don't drink more than a few anyway.

Photo of spoons
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to a tulip.

A dark clear amber/orange body with a good head and leaves nice lacing.

Smells is muted. A little roasted/toasted/marshmallow. Kinda sweet.

Has a nice medium carbonation.

Tastes sweet of the bat. Light bitterness follows. This brew is pretty complex, and tasty. Doesnt have that IPA bitterness though.

As far as DIPAs go this is pretty nice. I wouldnt say it has that balance that other world class DIPAs have. Overall a great beer and I would drink it again.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark copperish amber color, with fluffy head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops with candied fruits, so good.

T: Has a strong citrus and grapefruit hop taste to it, combined with great malt and sweet dark fruits. Incredibly well balanced. This was less than a month from the bottle date, so it was one of the hoppier 90 minutes I have enjoyed.

M: Very smooth, great carbonation.

D: These are a pleasure to drink, but watch out for the ABV.

Photo of livingregret
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ample lacing, gorgeous colour and plenty of carbonation throughout giving ample head. Amber/copper

Smell: Slightly spiced hops, ample hops, Fresh fruit on the back. Alcohol on the end due to the amount of alcohol

Taste: Thick malt, Ripe fruit esters throughout the enjoyment of the drink, bitterness is so so, Sweetness throughout but the hops do not overwhelm

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, Oily. Dry. Oilness is a little off putting

Drinkability: Enjoyable, not bad at all.

Photo of Sam21
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip. "Bottled on" 02/25/10.

Appearance - Gorgeous amber/copper body with a tight off-white head. Great retention. Eventually recedes to a nice cap. Small pockets of large bubbles rise from the bottom, although the nucleation point on the tulip is providing a spectacular fireworks display of bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops and pine. Little bit of pineapple. Caramel malt hidden underneath the hoppy goodness. Really inviting aroma.

Taste - Bingo! Matches the aroma. The citrusy and piney hop flavors really come alive from the second it hits your tongue. Malt is noticeable at the very beginning before being enveloped by a carpet bombing of hops. Surprisingly, it does maintain a nice balance as the sweetness emphasizes and brings out the citrusy and sappy nature of the hops. Wonderfully vicious bitterness at the end. The pineapple/caramel flavors stick around long after the sip is gone alongside the bitterness.

Mouth Feel - Full bodied, slightly chewy, coats the mouth with stickiness and smooth carbonation.

Drinkability - Had this before, but not in a while. I'm absolutely in love with this beer. It has everything I ever look for in an IPA/DIPA. Citrus hop dominated flavor profile (love that grapefruit bitterness), a little pine, and a nice malt backbone to give the beer a little depth. Big bodied without sacrificing palatability and the alcohol is stealthy. Plus, it looks gorgeous. Fantastic drinkability and a fantastic DIPA. Where's the 9%? The big body and the 9% ABV are the only things keeping me from giving drinkability full marks.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obviously Ive had this beer many times. I havent reviewed it yet because I havent actually brought any home for a long long time. I got bored so I thought a 4-pack of this was in order.

A- Huge, billowy white head sits forever atop a clear amber beer with orange highlights. There is tons of lacing as well. This beer is a very pretty one.

S- Malty sweet matched with some piney hops. Lots of caramel, peaches, oranges and grapefruit with pine resin. The smell isnt very big. I think this beer would benefit nicely from a bit more hops in the aroma.

T- This is a very good IIPA. Its very good in a different way than most other IIPAs that I like. Normally I love big, fruity, tropical hop character. This definitely has some of that sweetness, but its different. There is lots of caramel and doughy malts laying along side sweet and bitter citrus and piney hops. I think the pine flavors win out and finish the taste with a nice bitterness. The fruits are like apricots, oranges and sweetened grapefruit.

M- Dry, full-medium body, slight stickiness.

D- A very nice and refreshing beer. Its pretty unlike a lot of other IIPAs.

Photo of klikger
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2 oz taste from a 2002 (2003?) 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Copper red, cloudy, no head, decent lacing

S - All honey, no hops

T - Time has certainly tamed this DIPA. I can barely detect hops, and the brown sugar, honey, and malts are overpowering. This is an incredible beer fresh, and I also enjoyed tasting it after such a long period - but it's night and day.

M - Smooth, sweet

D - 2 oz. was just about enough for me. For what it's worth, I had just had several imperial stouts and some 8-year aged Raison D'extra, so this may have had something to do with it.

The 2002 sipped pretty decently, but I can't really call it a DIPA at that point. Good for a barleywine/old ale type. But just good.

Photo of levifunk
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Madison, WI BA Tasting #2

This is an '02 bottle.

appearance - golden red, slightly cloudy
smell - sweet sweet fruit, almost like candy (think skittles)
taste - sugary fruit. little to no hops remaining.
mouth - good feel. smooth.
overall - Aged to the point its a completely different beer. Its more along the lines of a barleywine at this point...mmmm

Photo of Beerocrat69
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a deep copper color and a nice tan white head. Ample carbonation, but not too much. It smelled slightly piney and fruity but was not very assertive. Tasted great. Lots of fruit mingled with a pine-llike hoppiness. Weighted a little toward the bitterness, which is great, but it also had a nice firm maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium to full. Very drinkable beer. Mucho gusto! Good job, Dogfish Head!

Photo of OskarL
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a big frothy head that has good retention and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Smells of fruity, herbal, piney hops with some sweet malt in the back.

Tastes amazing! Juicy sweet fruit, citrus fruit, herbal, pine notes, sweet malt, warming alcohol and a lingering bitterness. Not as bitter as other IIPAs.

Has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a medium/full body and a matching carbonation.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code: Bottled on 04/06/10 C

A- Very pretty beer. Amber to copper. Head is not impressive but the light ecru foam

S- Smells very good. Lightly smokey. A bit like both malt and hops were smoked. Lots of alcohol. Pretty complex.

T- Not sure what that taste is but I'm guessing it's the massive amount of barley the label talks about. This is a malty beer. Hops of course but a very floral hoppy and in one of the softest ways. Not much of a hop bite (sharp citrus or pine) and very little bitterness compared to other IIPAs. You do get a taste of fresh hops when you burp. A bit of dark fruit but can't quite put my finger on it. Doesn't really taste like maple syrup but reminds me of it. Pretty damn close to delicious. Just got what I was looking for: It's amaretto or some other kind of almond liqueur. Really... hoppy amaretto.

M- Not much carbonation. Thick and full but could still feel refreshing... if served cold enough. Sticky and syrupy.

D- Pretty good. Tastes great like a very light desert so you want more but I don't know how many pints I could take.

I thought this was going to be a hop bomb. It isn't. It's a malt and flavor bomb. Lot's of stuff going on. Alcohol gets to you. Had it on an empty stomach early in the day and I can say I'm kind of dizzy. Very interesting and a must try if you love beer. So different from the 60 and making me anxious to try the 120.

Photo of andyfrancis
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, lingering off-white head. Not surprisingly, hops dominate the aroma, though there is a noticeable malt background. Tastes similar, with a little alcohol heat on the finish. This is a "definitely drink again" beer, makes me want to do a flight of their "__ Minute IPA"s.

Photo of elcapness17
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA, even better than the 60 minute. I would highly recommend this to any IPA enthusiast. The bitterness and alcohol are really well placed in this beer, and they complement the hoppy flavors perfectly. I never thought I would like an IPA more than the 60 minute, but this has officially won my recognition. Another success; well done, Dogfish Head.

Photo of nelnutter
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a copper/amber with 2-finger off-white head that left nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Hops! Citrus, grapefruit, and pine, and a nice sweet malt presence. Getting a sharp, sweet smell of peach/apricot.

T: Blast of hops assaulting the palate! Grapefruity and grassy, followed by sour apple and peach. Alcohol warmth comes through just enough.

M: On the full-side of medium-bodied and carbonated perfectly.

D: Phenomenal DIPA. Great beer to sip on, gets even tastier as it warms. Though the alcohol taste is present, it works so well with everything else going on that it doesn't quite feel like 9% ABV. Easy drinking for a DIPA, but there's really no need for more than 2 of these at a time!

Photo of pugdogbeer
3.27/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep amber colour with good head and nice lace around the glass. Looked like a double IPA.

Smell was one of hops and rich piney forests, with a lot of spice. The taste was overwhelming hops accompanied by a bit gust of alcohol.

For me, the alcohol was too much and ruined my experience.

I know Dogfish is a king among craft brewerys and has incredible reviews and rating buts for me I was disappointed but can understand the appeal.

Just not for me.

Photo of korguy123
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into my Flying Monkeys pint glass

A- Slight hazy amber, 1" fluffy white head, excellent lacing
S- Pine, grapefruit, orange, fresh cut grass
T- Grapefruit, pine, lemon, slight malts bit of sweetness
M- Chewy, juicy, perfect amount of carbonation, right amount of sweetness
D- I could drink this all night.

It's by far my favorite IIPA to date! And this batch isn't super fresh either. Can't wait to try it fresh.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this bottle marked 4/6/10. Pretty much like getting it straight from the brewery!

A - Darkish brown with impressive lacing and a mountain of cool cloudy head.
S - Mostly of brown malt and some hops. I don't know...
T - Not as bad as I remember! Hops take a back seat as a malty thick aggressive malt profile hits the tongue first then bitter hops finish clean. Pretty nice.
M - Kind of cloying with the ABV but I drank it fairly quick.
D - This is kind of mixed. I mean I would use this experience to try the 120 and then the WWS but going back seems like as waist as I once considered this beer undrinkable and now its so/so by meaning enjoyable to a level. Meh.

Photo of PresidentSkroob
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden brown with a good sized head. Excellent lacing.

S: Like pine. Hops shine through. A bit of apple juice lingering in the background?

T: Sweet citrus and pine, followed by malty smoothness and a bitter hop kick. Alcohol sharpness at the end. Excellent. Not as complex as other IPA's that I've sampled, however, I'd say this is a strength of this beer, as opposed to a weakness.

M: Tingly, yet smooth.

D: Very high. Could session this. Sadly, I only bought one bottle. The 9% ABV is not too well hidden, but I don't mind.

Overall: Quite satisfied with this IPA. Tastes great, packs an alcoholic punch and goes down easy. Highly enjoyable. Simple, yet effective. I'd recommend it.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.17/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have really enjoyed Dogfish before but this one I will not get again. Good hops, but for an Imperial Ipa, it almost acts and tasted like a stout. I am wondering if maybe since I am in Michigan, that this bottle might be a little on the old side. Maybe my taste is not that refined, but I was disappointed with this one.

Photo of divineaudio
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter. bottled on 1/11/10.

pours a gorgeous copper color with a finger of rocky, off white head. after calming i get a thin film with some nice leggy lace patterns in the glass.

smell is herbal with a little bit of spice and alcohol presence.

this is definitely not your ordinary ipa taste wise. i would say follows nose, but there is so much more going on here. i'm getting pale and carmel malts with fruity notes that i can't quite place. hop presence is more subtle than i was expecting and has an herbal character. finish is bittersweet with noticeable alcohol content.

medium bodied and exceptionally smooth make for a great mouthfeel. slight alcohol warming going on.

surprisingly drinkable for a high abv beer. you won't be tipping back very many of these, but it's delicious and certainly worthy of it's reputation.

Photo of seanyfo
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a shaker pint glass

A- Dark caramel body(darker shade than 60min), 3 finger creamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Basil note as it warms, sweet malt note, metallic note with hop freshness(not as much as expected)

T- Hop flavours in front but this is not as intense as expected, what is more noticeable here is the alcohol note which i feel im wanting to class as hop bitterness. Light malt note in the background throughout.

M- Full body, very slight syrupy texture. Moderate carbonation.

D- Alcohol is a little bit abrasive which hurts its drinkability. The alcohol seems to take over the hop qualities. I prefer the 60 minute with its better hop/malt balance.

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. This bottle has a bottled on date of 1/19/10. Been a while since I had this one so I thought it was high time to give it another go. Great amber color, head formation and retention. Bright, fresh hops on the nose rounded by an underlying malty sweetness. The hops might not be as fresh as you would like but a few months hasn't hurt this beer too much. It has a supple texture without being overly malty like some high ABV imperials can err towards. The hops are at the fore throughout. Start to finish the malt stays in the background, allowing the hops to be prominently displayed without being overpowering. This might not pack the IBUs but its well-rounded character makes it very drinkable. I wish they would put this in a bomber.

Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good aroma with moderate notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit. A biscuity, toffee like malt is coming together. Almost a little nutty too.

Moderately clear amber colour with a small but creamy off-white head. Good head retention and a nice bit of lacing.

The flavour is good for something that has travelled all the way to Australia. Moderate hop flavour focused on the citrus end of the spectrum with a moderately strong bitterness. It is all balanced very well by the malt which is biscuity, smooth and very tasty. Just a hint of alcohol. Well done.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A tasty IIPA. It would probably be better if it was just a touch fresher but I really enjoyed this.

Photo of al3
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, big frothy top, good retention, lots o' lacing.

S - sweet grapefruit/citrus with a hint of pine. smells clean.

T&M - honey, orange, followed by a bitter grapefruit flavor. Feel is a medium, fits the flavor well. The finish is crisp and somewhat dry.

D - how many you got?

Overall a very well balanced and complex brew. Sixer worthy and would seek it out on tap. I am relatively new to imperial IPA and have been impressed with my first two selections. Had the Stoudts prior to this one, both great. Stoudts a little sweeter, with the Dogfish somewhat more hoppy and complex. recommend both.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first truly hoppy beers I started to enjoy, its been a while for me though.

A: light orange and copper, nice filtered look to it.

S: I get some orange or other citrus, some pine, some sweet malt or sugary aroma, and a slight funky aroma that's hard to place; maybe some slight diacetyl?

T: citrus and sugar upfront, and all at once. Very flavorful and in-your-face. Some tropical fruit or other fruit is also there, not sure exactly what. Maybe some kind of melon-like flavor. Sweeter than you would expect for such a hoppy beer with a good amount of bittering hops. Slight alcohol presence.

M: Nice and chewy, stays on your tongue a long time. Has a pleasant feel and is soft on the mouth.

D: The strong alcohol and massive flavor to this beer make it a sampler but not a guzzler, I would only drink one of these before moving on in a night. A good once in a while beer.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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