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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

12,526 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 12,526
Reviews: 3,559
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 451
Gots: 1,731 | 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 franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me a clean dark orange/amber with a creamy head that goes away slowly. Smells of exquisite floral hops, grapefruit, some malt and a hint of fig. Tastes like freshly cut piney hops, citrusy rind with no sign of the alcohol. Right before the punch of hops seems over the top the malt quickly balances it out in perfect fashion. Finishes deliciously, hoppy dry and bitter with excellent carbonation. Drinks as smooth as a babys bottom. An excellent choice and a must try.

franksnbeans, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of cameraman
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden to amber color with a half inch off white colored head forming on top. Surprisingly a strong malt fragrance at first scent, followed by a combination citrus, pine and grassy fragrances at the end. The taste starts out with the malt coming right out, and then blending itself to a strong citrus flavor, hints of a grassy flavor as well. A very well balanced flavor. A medium bodied feel, that never loses that texture all the way across the palate. This is one of the best IPA's I have ever had, and incredibly well balanced flavor and strong aroma, I longing for another glass.

cameraman, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of drumrboy22
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Amber/Copper colored beer with a large, rocky, off-white head. Lasted for a while, with minimal lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sweet malt, citrusy hops and mild caramel.

Taste matched the aroma. Fairly bitter, but also well balanced by the malt. Strong alcohol flavor and fairly thick tasting beer. Consistency was thick, almost like a syrup.

I love this beer. It's fairly bitter, but again, it's very well balanced. It's nice to sip and enjoy in the summertime. Not as drinkable as the 60 Minute, just because of the bitterness and high alcohol content. But still, drinkability is high and it's a phenomenal beer.

drumrboy22, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep amber, forming a very thin head, with light lacing. The aroma is fantastic! A mix of hops, caramel, and alcohol. The taste is just like the aroma, consisting of hops, followed by some dark fruit flavors, caramel, and finishing with a light noticeable alcohol presence. Very rich and complex. The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth. If it were'nt for the high abv., this would be a great sessionable ale due to its extremely delicious flavor. Overall, I was very impressed with this brew. I expected an overpowering hopped up brew, but instead got a very rich flavorfull well-balanced brew. I would highly recommend trying this one!

beeragent, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper tone with an incredibly thick head with great retention. Lacing stays with the entire way down. Smell of coffee and citrus blend is present. Taste is definately of coffee with a touch of caramel and a slight citrus hop backing that doesn't last like I expected. Taste resorts back to malt and doesn't leave a bitter after thought I was hoping. Mouthfeel is where this one doesn't quite do it for me. Thick syrup-like mouthfeel that doesn't make this one the easiest drinker. As it warms, the alcohol taste really starts to break through. Drink this one nice and cold, don't let it sit around too much, and you'll really enjoy this DIPA.

DrinkinBuddy, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of frankbro
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color that has a reddish hue. Head that sticks around and incredible lacing, it trails down the glass and remains when the glass is empty. The smell is more malt than hops and hints at Sam Adams Triple Bock.(My 4 cases just recently ended) The taste is more of hops, but the syrupy sweetness of malt is still there. You can taste the alcohol, too. The mouthfeel is rich and substantial, fresh baked bread. Drinkability is good, but not for chores. Especially with power tools. Buy often!

frankbro, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of sessycuban
3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Lone Hill Liquors.

A - The beer pours a beautiful copper. I'm getting about an inch of head with good lacing.

S - I'm getting a lot more caramel malts than hops which is quite the surprise, given most reviews of this beer. This is definitely not what I've come to expect from a DIPA.

T - The beer has an overwhelmingly sweet, almost syrupy, taste. The hops are not very apparent compared to the sweetness of the malt. The alcohol is very pronounced, although it is masked by the sweetness. This tastes more like a barley wine than a DIPA.

M - The mouthfeel is very syrupy. The alcohol taste is pronounced much like a tanic wine, which is weird for a beer.

D - Given many of the taste and aroma profiles, I think this beer takes a hit on drinkability. It's so sweet and alcoholic that it almost comes across as a barley wine. Nonetheless, this is a good beer that I recommend. I certainly preferred the 60 Minute IPA.

sessycuban, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of leviathan85
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark copper with some reddish hue. Eggshell head that started about a finger and a half thick with great retention.

S:Lots of hops, but not overwhelming.

T: Great. Hops are most definitely present but don't dominate. Great malt balance.

M: Smooth, not much else to say.

D: A little bit of alcohol is noticeable but nothing that hinders the drinking. I could drink this all day, but at 9% abv I better not.

leviathan85, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Daehpoh
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented a clear, light brown brew with slight orange coloring. Aroma is a unique combination of floral hops, dense sweetness and perhaps some coffee. Excellent hop/malt balance. One of the best of any DIPA I have tried. Fresh floral, grassy hop flavors jump out. Big earthy hop flavor fully backed with caramel sweet malt. Some nutty, roasted malts in the finish. Slightly fruity. Excellent feel, oily, smooth, velvety, but ends slightly dry. Somewhat heavy, flavorful, sipping style. A must try.

Daehpoh, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of foxmul924
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Bottle into Room-Temp Pint Glass)

Appearance: Light Orange with Off-White (Cream-Colored) Head.

Smell: Intense Hop Bouquet. Personally believe that it smelled far better than it tasted.

Taste: Grassy with Hints of Citris. Lingering Piney Aftertaste that Becomes Somewhat Undesirable.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium Body, Much Alcohol Bite. Oily/Filmy. Finish Not Nearly as Clean as I'd Have Liked.

Drinkability: 1 was Enough for me. Definately a Sipping Beer. Did enjoy the Cool Buzz.

Other: Undesirable 'Gritty' buildup on and around Tongue Upon Completion. Have not tried the 120 min (yet), but I'm not Confident I Would Care for Much More Hops in my Beer.

Personal Rating: 65%

foxmul924, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught

Clear dark brownish amber with streams of bubbles supporting a very substantial head that clumps and sticks all over the glass.

Roasty, sweet malt with pine-like and slightly citrusy hops.

Caramel, toffee, creme brulee with a mostly piney and herbally but a tad bit of citrus hop on the finish.

Creamy, sweet and chewy mouthfeel. Overall well balanced and a good job hiding the high alcohol makes it very drinkable for the style.

BeerZack, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an infinitely frothy, billowing, pillowy two-finger tan head that leaves ample lacing as it edges its way down to the (clear as crystal) robust red amber body below.

S - Snappy floral hops assail the nose (pine, grass) laid on top of a caramel, even slightly chocolatey(?) malty backbone.

M - Thick, creamy mouthfeel that's at once chewy and silky.

T - Probably one of the finest IPA's I've had. Deep, buttery malts canvassing the array of hops that coat your mouth long after you've finished the bottle. Supremely balanced, fresh, and delicious.

D - As you can tell by the gushing review, this is one of my go-to IPAs; a beer that's spicy enough to satisfy the hophead yet creamy enough to placate the malt man in us all. The drinkability only suffers in that its masked ABV prevents any sessionability.

yourunclewalt, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Smixam
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 Pack of bottles, poured into a pint glass.

First impressions - wow, this is a perfect looking American craft beer. Really nice moderately dark amber/gold coloring, 1-2 finger off-white head. It looks like it should be in show business. The smell is interesting - it's very strong at first, due to the relatively high alcohol content, but then the other aromas, hops, malt, and a bit of citrus come through and it becomes really inviting.

The flavor is a lot like the smell - at first it's just hops hammering your taste buds, then it backs off really nicely and you can taste the malt and the citrus undertones. At the end, it finishes by letting you know this is a 9% abv brew, and then it's clean. Because of the high alcohol content and the heavy hops, this isn't my idea of a session beer, but it's a great companion to a good meal or to enjoy by itself. If you want better drinkability, go with the 60 minute. This one is for the true IPA lovers - and it's a really great American craft beer.

Smixam, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass... A great looking deep amber color with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Classic looking crew, but nothing special.

Smell: Sweet hoppy goodness dominates the nose. Aside from the hops, nothing else really has the chance to shine through... there;s a slight metallic undertone, but nothing distracting.

Taste: An explosion of hops punches you right in the face after the fisrt sip. Puckeringly bitter at first glance, but as the beer warms the brew becomes more and more balanced. A bit of citrus shines through with some barley coming in at the midpalate. Everything else is hops, hops, and more hops. They weren't kidding when theyh said this thing was continuously hopped for 90 minutes. Unmistakable hop dominance throughout.

Mouthfeel: Lightly prickly carbonation throughout. Carbonation does not die off quickly. Pretty refreshing, but fuller-bodied than what I was expecting. Punches you right in the bck of the throat immediately...

Drinkability: The bitterness of this one makes this less drinkable in my opinion, but some people like that. I'm more of a malt fan, but for those that like really up front, punch-you-in-the-mouth beers, this is for you. I actually think this is more balanced than the more widely known 60 Minute IPA, since there is some malt evident. I had to drink this one slowly, but it's the best of the IPA style, in my opinion...

BucBasil, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper color with a nice off white head. Aromas that are floral, and sweet hints of grapefruit. In the taste, a smooth bitter sweetness, with a touch of alcohol in the end. It is a bit sticky/ sweet, with a big bitter after taste. Very easy to drink. A great double/ imperial IPA, although I do miss the 750 ml bottles.

OWSLEY069, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At this point, this is the best double IPA I have come across. Crisp, refreshing and very drinkable for double IPA at 9%. The smell is nice and hoppy and the taste is crisp and clean especially for a double IPA. The mouth feel is intense and it hits all of your tastebuds. Another enjoyable experience from Dogfish Head.

mymrnngjckt, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of mhaugan
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice big head with great retention. A beautiful copper color. Nice fragrance, but lighter than I expected. Fist taste is nice and hoppy, with a remarkably smooth finish. Almost a sweet finish or undertone to it. Nice alcohol taste to it, but the beer packs enough of a kick to it to restrict the drinkability just a bit.

mhaugan, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Windigstadt
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful topaz color; very clear.
S: My first response was that it wasn't as hoppy as I would expect. Certainly you have the piny and citrusy notes of northwest pacific hops, but you also have peach, honey and bubblegum aromas as well.
T: You get a slightly tart, acidic feel on the top of your tongue at first, with a honeylike sweetness that gives way to a resiny, bitter finish. While the flavor of grapefruit rind lingers after you swallow, so does the sweet, almost caramel-like maltiness. For something that has a reputation as a hop bomb, it's very well balanced.
M: Appropriately carbonated--light but not too light.
D: Wouldn't have guessed this was 9%.

Overall: as somebody who is not a hophead and rarely reaches for an IPA, this was a very pleasant surprise. Much in the same way that I think the best barleywines have a nice bitter finish to lend some balance, this XIPA has enough malty sweetness to stand up to the IBU's. I would definitely grab another one of these (which is a good thing since I bought a four-pack).

Windigstadt, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of pieper
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic taste.

Color - light golden hue
Smell - I give everything a 3 because I have a poor sense of smell
Taste - great initial taste - nice burst of flavor right at the beginning and pleasant alcohol aftertaste
Mouthfeel - perfect carbonation
Drinkability - nice beer but due to having 9.0 a.b.v. might not be a session beer.

pieper, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Tiger in Greenwich. Love it.

Being a west-coastie, I've been looking forward to this for a long time. The only other DFH I've been lucky enough to get my hands on was Raison D'etre at Stone's outfit in Escondido. It is now poured, and sitting before me, foamy, relentless head perched maginficently upon it's orange/copper shoulders. Smell is alive, sweet creme brulee and brilliant piney hops. An enviable balance is acheived in the flavor, and though there are no surprises that deviate from what's suggested by the nose, it's wonderful. The mouthfeel isn't luxurious, it's luxury itself, with a deeply satisfng warm finish. All this, and it manages to be incredibly refreshing. I think you could safely say that I enjoyed the hell out of this beer, and will jealously seek it out whenever I find myself back east.

jeffjfindley, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Blupoet03
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've considered this my favorite beer ever sine I had it on tap one night at the Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. I tasted it again tonight after much more beer experience, and I'm still going to leave it in my top two.

It poured reddish-gold with a thin, lacey head in a pint glass. The nose was hops hops hops, with a side of fruitiness. Taste is crips, more hops, and bitter with an alcohol tail.

This is a great summer BBQ or porch-sitting beer, in my opinion.

Blupoet03, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of TheClassical
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from Delaware, I've had the chance to sample a lot of Dogfish Head's best ales. I've been down to the restaurant, toured the brewery, knocked back some samples of 90 Minute at various beerfests, and had the pleasure of drinking the 90 Minute fresh from the tap. Just so you know where I'm coming from: I really like how Dogfish does their IPAs, and this may be my favorite. But I wanted to review a bottle, to see if it can match the draught I've previously enjoyed. And so, from a cold 355mL/12oz bottle and into a glass mug ...

A thick creamy warm foamy head dissipates in a slow burn around the perimeter of the glass, large bubbles yawning as it simmers but never settling, maintaining the creamy head. The head continues in a thick, pulpy foam halfway through the beer, the copper colors looking rich against the white head.

Smell is hoppy, fruity, and a metallic smell faintly discernable. The smell lets you know that this is going to be a hoppy mouthful. A subtle fruit note hangs on to the edge of the smell, promising a really complex taste. I don't know if I lingered over the smell too much, because I woldn't exactly call it complex (just a lot of hops!), but it's a smell that got me excited to plunge into this beer. A musky oak, maybe, but that fruity tinge is unmistakable, always undercutting any prevailing scent to remind you that this will be flavorful. Scorching charcoal? Maybe, maybe not.

Taste ... ahh, how nice. An instant hoppy bite on the palette, but a smooth and tempered followup that doesn't overindulge in the bitter hops. They're there to be sure, but what could be overpowering turns out upon tasting to be well balanced and measuered.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but not biting; dry but not scorching; powerful but not overpowering. There's a lingering sweetness after a generous swallow that plays well off the bitter front. There's an unmistakable creaminess and fullness in the mouth, resplendant flavor at each step of the sip, that makes this feel like a real hearty drink. Each sip feels really balanced as well, nothing too overpowering that makes me taste the high alcohol. Maybe picking nits, but the beer is a little dry toward the end.

Drinkability is fantastic. I'd love another. Especially having had this beer fresh on tap at the DFH brewpub, I know how good this beer can taste fresh, and this bottled incarnation is damn near perfect. The hops are a little stale by the end, and the maltiness never diminishes, but it's a solid drink that never lets up in delicious intensity or fullness. The high alcohol content could be a turnoff, but the taste is so rich and balanced that there should be no problems slowly sipping and enjoying a few of these.

TheClassical, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured an amber that was crystal clear, poured a huge 3 inch head that lasted for a long time. It was an offwhite head.
S- Very hoppy, a little fruit essence is noticable from the floral hopiness, can notice some malt presence in the beginning too
T- Strong malt, slightly sweet, which turns into a heavy piny bitter hops that comes on very smoothly, but very strongly. an extremely satisfying and crisp
M- slightly strong carbonation with a medium, but solid body
d_ with the alcohol this is dangerous, very delicious, especially for a hophead like myself

Atron67, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Flyer
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my two favorite everyday IPAs (the other being Flying Dog Double Dog). Pours a great orange-straw color, with a nice, sturdy head. Great, luscious pineapple aroma. The flavor is full of bittersweet pineapple hops and just enough malt to hold it together. Like all DFH beers, it has a wonderfully smooth, creamy mouthfeel, despite some generous carbonation. It does produce a little harshness at the back o the throat, but the finish is clean and hoppy.

Flyer, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of viperpiper522
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

DEAR LORD! my favorite brew right now. I have had it on tap at American Beer Fest, and Max's on Broadway hooked up to Randall; and in the bottle.

A- An absolutely gorgeous copper. As close to the actual color as I have seen. The head is a half inch thick and white. Lacing follows this one in a clean glass all the way down.

S- A strong aroma of Pineapple hits me first, and makes me want to dive right in. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS CONSIDERING THE ALCOHOL! On the back notes dance malt and Simcoe hops.

T- Well to say the the malt hits fast and hard would be an understatement. Very sweet, but the balance is there. The next is the fragrent aroma of the purest west coast hops that you have have ever had. Citrus bursts through, then spiciness. There is a cutting bitter and alcohol that balances everything.

M- WOW! Talk about the full experience. It has a velvet malt mouthfeel. With the roll onto your back palate with a balance of bitter. IT IS VERY FULL AND VERY FILLING!

D- O DEAR LORD!
This one is so drinkable and so smooth that I have had the worst night of my life on this one. I remember showing up at SALT in D.C., with no reservation, and sitting at the bar slamming them back. It was my second experience with it, and it demanded respect. I remember getting to the table and not being able to speak. From then on I have respected this one limiting myself to 3 at the most.

P.S. Can't wait to try this one on Monday.

viperpiper522, Jul 13, 2007
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,526 ratings.