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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,969
Reviews: 3,759
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
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Gots: 2,888 | FT: 30
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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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Ratings: 13,969 | Reviews: 3,759
Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice coppery color with a quickly dissipating light cream colored head that recedes to an island of bubbles and a thin cover.

S - Citrus tones hold hands with the hop/malt wave that comes out right away. Maybe I had this too cold, but it didn't release full aromas for a few minutes.

T - Real nice. Once again, there is a citrus taste along with the hop presence and maybe some sort of spicing which I can't quite lay my finger on. For a high ABV beer, there is not any sort of overwhelming alcohol taste at all. Couldn't even detect it. I tend to gravitate towards more crisp IPA's, but this one is truly an exception. Then again, it's a different animal than a typical IPA, being a double and all...

M - Thick, smooth and a touch dry on the finish. Not heavily carbonated. No discernible aftertaste either.

D - I could probably have one of these an evening, kinda like the same way I treat an RIS. Doubt that you'd want to down 3 or 4 of these in one sitting though. I can see myself drinking several of these over several weeks...

Photo of case4816
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into Snifter. Nice Golden Auburn, Orangery colour. Clear as well. Nice foamy head that lingered fairly long.

S- Super hoppy. Wonderful smell the hops are very floral and heavy. Also picking up lots of fruity smells. Apricot seems to be present, along with what seems like berries (strawberries, raspberries)

T- Very Sweet. the hops are wonderful, far better than the 60 min. The fruity flavour comes out with the hops and blends with them very nicely. There is also a hint of some citrus flavours. The beer has a very smooth mouth feel as well and sits in the mouth nice and somewhat creamy texture. There is very little bitterness to be had as well in the after taste, also an improvement over the 60 min.

D- Definitely one of the best ipa's out there. Hops and fruitiness and balanced very well to make for a beer that is very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of beorn7676
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper amber like buckwheat honey, medium sized eggshell white head that leaves some good lacing. Complex aroma of sweet caramel malts and brown sugar with floral hops. Some pine in there. A hint of peach or apricot. Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet malts cut with piney, floral hops. Lots of flavor here, but balanced flavor. Finish is resinous bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel on this one is really enjoyable, slightly creamy with just enough carbonation. This beer to me kind of has barleywine qualities. If i was going to age a IIPA it would be this one.

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, white head that holds for the entirety of the glass. The body is clear, but sights of resin sleek in the glass. The deep golden body is rich. The lace that is left, is a huge swathing blobs of resiny lace.

S: Underling malt characters are swept by a floral hop aroma. Earthy and citrus hops are present. Full bodied aroma is sure to make this a full bodied brew. As brew warms, the notes of the alcohol are more present.

T/M: The explosive of hops is a nice blend of citrus and herbs, a great layering of these and some other earthy note. The mouthfeel is sticky and full in body. Long finish, with prolonged hop notes, but the real lingering taste is that of a strong malt backbone. As the brew warms up, the hop character sits back and the malts take over, with burnt autumn leave coming on the front. 

D: This is a very good strong ABV beer that hides it very well in the layers of flavors. A IPA that really sets the standards high for many developed flavors. Taking the best parts of the style and making all of them extremely great. The body while thick, is easy to drink from the amount of smooth hops used. A very good example of the style, perhaps a benchmark.  

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear golden copper, one thumb of creamy white head retained well, nice sticky lacing
S - resiny, herbal, floral hop highlights, roasty almost burnt malt
T - dank and resiny hops dominate, with florals adding to the bigness of the hop profile, roasty malt gives it some balance, with light spiciness and sweet alcohol to finish
M - low carbonation, smooth and surprisingly not much bitter or dry given the hoppiness, not quite what I was expecting
D - this has a great hop profile that you don't taste often, and the malt is strong enough to hold its own, the high alcohol is very well hidden, only small knock is the feel is not what I like in an IPA but not a bad feel, overall a unique and very drinkable double IPA

Photo of nkersten
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/1/10 poured into a new belgium tulip, a thin white head levels out and remains on the surface. Some lacing. Color is burnt orange with reddish hues. Aroma is basic - a little bit of malt, a fair amount of (European?) bittering hops I expect more from a fresh imperial IPA. Taste is great - some citrus hops at first followed by a spicy bitter taste. Just enough sweetness from the malt to offset bitter hops. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is heavy with light to medium carbonation. Drinkability is good for the style - no one element is so overpowering that I get tired of it.

I used to love 90 minute, and have had it a few times over the last few years and have been really let down and stopped purchasing dogfish beers. Since noticing that dogfish head was dating their bottles, I have been purchasing A LOT of their beers and as long as they are fresh, I have been very happy. This is no exception, it is the 90 minute I remember.

Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a mix of grapefruit hoppiness with some thick malt included. There's more of a balance in the aroma than I had figured.

Pours out a dark blonde, allmost an amber color. Decent head of about a half inch.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy. Immediately, a decent hop bitterness appears, although I don't believe it's quite as high as many other DIPA's. There's a distinct sweet, candied malt undercurrent that is present throughout the swallow as well, though. It's a bit biscuity, and while it obviously comes in 2nd to the hops here, it's noticeable and provides a balance. At the the finish, the sweet, heavy malt and the hops provide a very good simultaneous balance between sweet and bitter...I think it's done quite well. In the end, the alcohol does show itself, albeit not to the point of detracting from it. Not much bitterness lingering at all...very clean.

So what can I say? I think this one is done very, very well. I'm actually impressed. The balance is done very well, though it does seem to be one of the sweeter DIPA's that I've had.

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is gorgeous looking but not a typical IPA coloring with an almost orange amber color and light white head but the head retention is decent but not great for an IPA.

The nose has beautiful floral notes with strong malty sweetness with hints of caramel, citrus and a little hoppy acidity.

The flavor is a beautiful blend of caramel, malt and high alpha hops. Definitely some Cascade and Chinook hops. While well malted and hoped there is still a bit of heat that seeps through.

The beer has a nice medium body with a smooth finish and enough carbonation to tickle the tongue on the way down.

I could drink this IPA everyday, it is one of the best IPAs to ever come out of the East Coast.

Photo of dcx10music
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep orange-red that is transparent when held up to light. Moderate white head, excellent lacing all the way down.

S - Bright and clean. The grassiness of the hops is blunt, but in a good way. Mild fruity sweetness at the end of it all.

T - The bitterness from the intense amount of hops is balanced out perfectly by the smooth malty backbone. Per usual for a DFH brew, the 9% ABV is almost completely hidden.

M - Not too thick, but not too thin. Absolutely perfect for this style of beer, and very refreshing on the palate.

D - Very easy to drink; even with the high alcohol content this is a very sessionable drink.

Notes - DFH's flagship brew, and for good reason. The flavors are bold, explosive, and brilliantly conceived. One of the best beers I've ever had, easily.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color with a off-white head. Head leaves nice lacing throughout the beer.

Smell has a noticeable hop quality, though it is balanced with the sweetness of the barley.

Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated, but as you drink, it becomes smooth and enjoyable.

Taste is where this beer hits its biggest mark. Hops are up front, with a big noticeable sharpness, but through the finish comes the malty sweetness of the two-row barley. Almost perfect in the balance, though in the end the alcohol does creep up a bit.

A great beer and a most try.

Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear copper with quite spirited carbonation. Maintained a good head for the duration of the drink and left gorgeous lacing.

S- Pine and caramel are dominant.

T- Grapefruit notes from hops at first. Strangely the aftertaste is all pine. As it warms up, there's a very smoky flavor. There's a lot of caramel that doesn't make the drink, but it seems to exist in most of the flavor in a secondary way. While it's not sweet, there's some apple flavor in it as well.

The hops are a big part of the drink, but they seem to be a foundation for the other flavors, IMO. It's bittersweet at first, and then it works it's way into a smoky flavor. It's almost as if there's cocoa in this from the dry bitterness, and perhaps some coffee.

I've had this with some age and it was pretty sweet, but having it fresh seems to add a ton of bitterness which really supports the flavors better.

M- Full body with perfect carbonation. A little bit dry and syrupy (while somehow creamy too) and coats your whole mouth and even your lips a bit with it.

D- Easy to down, and one of the most complex beers I know of. Describing it is a bitch for me, and I feel like I've only scratched the surface. For a Double IPA, it's got a ton of hop bitterness, but has even more malt character. It has great balance, and is something I appreciate more, the more I understand beer, and recognize the flavors.

It's an easy drinker, but at the same time I like savoring it. The 9% is pretty far away, but still is there. Masked pretty well though. I would recommend this drink to anybody.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one, here we go!

Serving type - Bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful amber with a nice, creamy single finger off-white head, which persists for a minute or so, then recedes to creamy lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is of caramelized, piney hops, bready malts, candied orange peels, and some mild alcohol presence (no surprise at 9%)

T - Just fantastic..Rich, bready malts, orange, and caramel, with some stout-like roasted coffee/chocolate notes mixed in. Spicy, slightly piney hop finish. Not too bitter, actually quite well balanced. Amazing.

M - Body is on the medium to heavier side of medium, with moderate carbonation, and a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Slightly oily like most DIPA's, but far from cloying. Excellent.

D - Obviously, 9% and fuller body prevent this from being a session beer, but nonetheless is very enjoyable.

Overall - Definitely one of the best DIPA's out there. This one stands out from the crowd with it's mix of traditional DIPA flavors, and darker beer flavors. I will say though, if you're looking for nothing but hop bitterness, look elsewhere. This is a complex, balanced ale!

Photo of drtampa33615
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish 90 is a wonderful recipe and is prepared by master craftsman - it is one of the best imperial IPA beers readily available in It's usually one of the most expensive Imperial IPAs on the shelf.

I have compared this to a few other Imperial IPAs and have found Dogfish 90 to have consistant smell and mouthfeel. Again, good recipe.

Photo of woosterbill
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 7/1/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A high, straight pour results in two fingers of sticky, creamy, dense tan foam atop a clear orange-amber body. The head shows fantastic retention and leaves a decent amount of lace. Very nice indeed.

S: Fairly bold aromas of piney hops, caramel malt, and just a bit of spice. Definitely not as hoppy as I'd like from a DIPA, but it's an enjoyable smell nonetheless. Rather barleywinish.

T: Much like the nose, there's a balancing act between sweet candied malts and bitter, piney hops. The hops do a nice job on the finish, but the malts are clearly the overall winner. Tasty, but not all that great for the style, really.

M: Smooth medium body with a solid amount of rather sharp carbonation. Both hefty and lively.

D: Big sweetness + big bitterness isn't exactly a recipe for drinkability, but at least the substantial ABV is kept pretty much completely in check. Not too bad.

Notes: I enjoy this, but it isn't what I remember 90 Minute being (hop-wise) the last time I had a bottle many moons ago. Of course, I was less of a hophead then, so maybe it's the same and I've just undergone LTS. Whatever the case, this tastes as much like a hoppy American Barleywine as it does a DIPA. It's less hoppy than Squall and less complex than Burton Baton, and therefore a bit of a disappointment for me. I'll always have a fondness for it as one of my gateway beers into the wonderful world of craft, but it really doesn't impress me anymore.


Photo of Baraka
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours copper with a solid head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is pine/citrus hops mixed with a caramel maltiness. Like the nose suggests, this is a very complex IIPA, containing both an assault of hop bitterness and a strong balancing malt backbone. The flavor is heavily tilted toward the hop side (no doubt a result of DFH's dry hopping). Absolutely incredible beer; my favorite DFH offering.

Photo of obireidkenobi
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that made me fall in love with Imperial IPA's.

Smell - Hops, and smelling a bit deeper, caramel malts.

Taste - Sweet malts, caramel. Borderline biscuit and bread. The 9% ABV is fairly well hidden by the bitter hops and the caramel malts.

Drinkable? Amazingly so for an Imperial IPA

Photo of obrendano
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer...wow...THIS BEER

poured from the bottle

A - exceptional burnt amber/caramel color, sticky head that I stared longingly at for minutes

S - a big wallop of caramel malt and hops, undertoned by light fruit flavors...apple, pear, pineapple, all were found by smelling numerous times

T - sweet malt front with hops punching around the entire time, middle shows off some of the 9% alcohol, followed by a caramel, bready malt finish with hop spice everywhere. surprised by the fact that the hops are perfectly balanced and not overbearing in the absolute least

M - creamy and velvety, light carbonation adds wonderously

D - after I made my above notes I grabbed some Taco Bell and chowed down, the two matched well. I ended up not paying attention at all and suddenly realized I only had two sips left...the first time I've ever truly been bummed and upset that there wasn't any left. I bought this as a single on the way home from a long day, should have bought a 6er....sigh...

Photo of mjaskula
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/19/2010, reviewed on 9/7/2010, probably not as fresh as intended.

Served in a sniffer. The beer is a nice clear amber with a thick tan head with a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is thick and syrupy sweet with some hop bitterness and alcohol. Flavor continues the aroma and is very well balanced, includes some maple and dark fruit flavors. The hop bitterness is assertive, but not over powering, very nice. I imagine that it has faded some with age.

Mouthfeel is not as syrupy as the aroma indicated. Carbonation seemed appropriate. Overall very nice.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I'm in the beer store looking for something tasty and I stumble upon 90 min IPA. I have yet to review, so I buy. I looked for a freshness date and for the life of me I couldn't find one. Of course, I find it when I get home and the date is 10/24/06. I am fully prepared for 90 Minute Barleywine.

Pours a golden copper color with a little head forming on top. There is some lacing which is pleasant given the date.

The smell is sweet caramel bready malts. There are no hops in sight which is rather interesting but not at all surprising given the date. A little heat creeps in at the end.

All kinds of dark biscuit malts up front in the taste which transitions to an alcohol bite. The aftertaste is very clean with absolutely no bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full, smooth, and satisfying. There is a little missing on the back end, but it is decent.

Given the fact that this is a 4 year old IPA, it is what I expected. Barleywine-esque and nothing bitter. I look forward to trying a fresh bottle.

Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy copper with a one and a half finger head and massive webs of lacing.
S- Citrusy hops, with a bit of evergreen hops in there as well, with a sweet malt backbone.
T- Opens with a zippy citrus hop. Sweet caramelly and butterscotch malt fills in. finishes with a bit of hop zip, fruity flavor, and alcohol.
M- Medium, not quite sticky, body. Smooth, almost creamy carb.
D- A good tasting beer. This is one I defenitely could enjoy more frequently than I do. Sweeter than the 60 but still has all the hop zing. Very tasty.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Poured a hazy amber color with a 2 finger head that slowly dissipated to a 1/2 finger layer of bubbles. Chunky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A lot of hops and citrus on the nose, some grapefruit. You also get hit with a strong malt component as well.

T: Like the nose you get a a nice hop flavor as well as the grapefruit. This gives way to a great caramel taste from the malts and finishes sweet.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is sweeter than its 60 minute counterpart, but I really enjoy the 90. Have had it from bottle, tap, and through Randall the Enamal Animal which I suggest to do if you like this beer.

Photo of Meerkey
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass

A: Light copper/bronze with thick white head. Lots of bubbles. Beautiful lacing

S: Lots of hops followed by malt, pine, fruits

T: Hops and malts blend together with fruits and sweetness that briefly made me think of honey? Alcohol is present. Yeasty finish. Absolutely delicious and so complicated.

M: Light carbonation. Sweet. Nice.

D: I'd say very. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering.

Photo of Jeriba
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 6/17/10 into a pint glass.

A: A beautiful coppery amber color with a nice white head.

S: Bitter hops and pine followed by a strong malty aroma, and I'd swear I can smell vanilla.

T: The very prominent malts hit the tongue first, with notes of vanilla and cinnamon, followed by chocolate malts. Bitter orange, pine, and hop finish, and an alcohol aftertaste toward the bottom of the glass.

M: Creamy and slightly chewy.

D: This brew definitely emphasizes the "imperial" in imperial IPA. I was expecting more bitterness from a beer touting its 90-minute hopping.

Photo of JWU
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-beautifully clear amber with orange hues, thick white head with great retention, and even better lacing.

S-More pine oriented than citrusy hops, with very sweet malts. DFH signature yeast is also easily identifiable.

T-piney hops up front, a very sweet maltyness in the middle and a bitterness that can't quite overpower the sweetness on the backend. Big bold flavors, there's nothing subtle about 90 minute. You really get the heat of the higher ABV on the back end as well and it sticks with you between sips.

M-medium carbonation, slightly creamy.

D-a sipper for sure, I can't just down it one after another, but it definitely quenches a hops craving. I down right crave this at times, and it's easily in my top 5 DIPA's.

2/24/13- upped the taste category for my recent batch of this. I believe it's a fresher batch and the balance of the hops to the malt is quite spot on. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of heissebier
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice amber color with a slight haze and a good head with excellent lacing. This is probably about how beer looks in heaven.

Smell- More hops than MJ. The hops definitly come through on this one. I'm picking pine and flowers, although there is a pronounced malt presence, as well.

Taste- Big, heavy hitting hop flavors throughout, although they are balanced very nicely by the malt. Actually a decent amount of sweetness in this beer. There is just a flash of alcohol flavor mixed in there, which folds in nicely to the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth beer, full bodied but not quite as sticky as some.

Drinkability- About 98% of the general population would at the very least make a face after trying this beer, however there are those of us who cannot get enough of stuff like this. A bit pricy though. Cheers!

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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