90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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Ratings: 13,546
Reviews: 3,636
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 514
Gots: 2,375 | FT: 27
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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 Dspohn
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. My first DFH beer. I'm pretty excited.

A. Quite clear with a dark gold body and quite a nice fluffy head. Good retention.

S. Mmm floral hops and bready malts. Smells of toasted and caramelly malts. Just a touch of alcohol in the nose, but not in an offensive way.

D. This beer exemplifies the stereotypical balanced east coast balanced IPA as opposed to the west coast raw hop bomb IPA. In general I prefer the intense citrus and tropical fruit forward IPAs but the balanced taste of this beer is quite delicious. Slight fruit rind with a good dose of piney hops and a hefty presence of bready malt. Neither overly bitter or sweet.

M. Very nice medium body and just the right carbonation.

D. Drinkable and approachable due to the balance. A good beer and the flagship DFH IPA.

Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet pour, nice deep golden caramel color with a big honey colored head. Nose is hops, vanilla oak chips, brandy barrels and pine resin. I must say the nose is heavenly, with a welcome boozy profile.Tastes like it was aged in oak brandy barrels. Lots of pine, caramel and apricot in the flavor with a thick honey-like finish and feel to it. Many say this beer tastes too malty and I understand that-but this is a hop monster first and foremost. The only pro the malt character offers is a thicker feel, a sweeter profile and a more balanced finish. (Quite a plus I would say!) Outstanding example of the style. A sipper with a medium feel and a bitter oaky finish.

Photo of haddon
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice amber color with an orange hue. nice two-finger head and good carbonation

S- pretty typical ipa smells with nothing overpowering. citrus, hops & a hint of pine

T- very well balanced. strong hops but the malts are there as well. also pine resin with a bitter aftertaste

M- smooth, medium bodied. good amount of carbonation.

D- one of the better ipa's I've had in a while. it only gets better as it warms. very smooth for 9% abv. very nice.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a St Bernadus goblet. Beer is copper in color, slightly hazy. As I drink this beer the haziness clears up, this is chill haze and indicative of poor brewing technique, although is common with DIPA style. Carbonation is minimal, forming a thin head on the very surface that barely covers the top of the beer. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is not overly hoppy but sweet and malty.
Taste is sweet, warming, strong. Lots of back end bitterness, a nice thick feeling to this beer. Beer is shy on the front end of the palate, bitterness builds. There is a slight aftertaste, very interesting. This is a good beer. It has the characteristic malty sweetness other imperial IPAs have. Overall a good example.

Photo of thartman
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Poured into a stemmed beer goblet, nice opaque head, plenty of lace, apricot haze color,... looks great!

smell: smell of sweet malt, fresh hops, grain, hint of pine and citrus.

taste: hops, and hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, booze, .. picking up unique nut/oak taste that I find unique to other Dogfish IPA-style brews, complex and not your typical imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: juicy and slick! Nice hearty feel.

drinkability: I like this one, 9%alc. by volume makes it a little dangerous.

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

I was glad to see the nearby liquor store, not known for a stellar beer selection, just got 90 minute in, and at a great price. I poured into my beer tasting wine glass and marveled at the deep amber reddish hue of this slightly cloudy brew. The white fluffy head was quickly eaten by the alcohol. The smell is fruity, piney, a little bit of alcohol. The taste is a little bit of pine, spice, grapefruit, and a plum sweetness. The alcohol warms nicely, has that nice east coast hop taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, but not offensively. Very drinkable, at 9% dangerously so. Just a great strong IPA, and a unique one.

Photo of supercolter
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall- I didn't think this beer was quite at the level people have rated it, but good nonetheless. Appearance is fairly standard but would have liked it to be a bit more oily. Nice head and lacing. Smell and taste could have use a bit more floral hops in my opinion, but nice spicing and balance. Mouthfeel is on par, but again wish there was more oil. Drinkability was very good for the style.

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

Pretty solid Double IPA again - I am really taking to the style - one of my favourite foreign styles in facyt.

The beers is bitter sweet again with piney hops and maple type malts. Not quite as good as say Great Divide brews or even Victory but pretty damn good and ages ahead of the IRS.

Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing with medium body true to style and you dont taste the booze - GOOD

Photo of JohnL9013
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Oh man. I heard good things about this beer, and just didn't expect the awesomeness inside.

A: Poured a golden amber with a perfect head. Lacing galore.

S: Double IPA this is. An unbelievable combination of hops gives this beer a smell that is just pure fresh hops... makes Sam Adams Boston Lager seem like Natty Lite.

T: This beer is so full of flavor that I can't really describe it. It's predominantly hops, and hardly any bitterness at all. Malt adds character and makes this less dry on the tongue than I expected. Loads of other flavors are present.

M: Just perfect. Not too much carbonation... the full flavor can be noticed without any discomfort.

D: Take it easy. It's 9% alcohol... you really only need one of these a night.

I am making a bee-line for Kroger tomorrow to get a 6-pack of this stuff, because it's ridiculous. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

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

a pours orange-copper from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet. Genourous 2+ finger head (almost eggshell white) settles down but does NOT seem to dissipate. nice healthy lacing.

s: pure hoppiness. (pine?) the maltiness is mostly overwhelmed, but manages to make an appearance.

t this comes on strong with a lot of hops, then follows up with more hoppiness. the malt backbone is there.

m I dont note the superhi alcohol content but welcome the effects nonetheless. (haha) I read someone else calling this oily and have to agree.
carbonation is a bit lite here.

d: this one, much as I love hops, I would call a bit TOO hoppy. this shortcoming will be overlooked in favor of the 9% alcohol. For most livers this cant be a real session beer but this is truly good stuff if a bit over the top.

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

The benchmark for which all double IPA's east of California should be measured. Juicy citrus hops are bursting through the malt backbone in a way that tantalizes the tongue and spirit. Stupendous beer fresh, 6 months old, 12 months old or cellared. Amazing warm or cold, in sickness or in health.

Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served in a standard pint glass. Amber in color, served with a mere surface coating of sticky, barely off-white head. Obvious heavy carbonation.

S: Loads of pine, pine, pine. Some citrus and grapefruit. (pint glass doesn't help)

T: More pine. Pine resin. Spicy and bitter. A little sweet on the front end.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation, though I'll say, I've had this beer multiple times previous and I don't recall the carbonation ever being this heavy. Fuesal spice on the side of the tongue.

D: A consistently spot on, hop forward IPA. Good on tap and in the bottle.

Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 7/24/09 lasered onto the neck. Was a clear copper color with some carb streams. Outstanding lacing. It had a massive white head that very slowly settled into a constant foam.

The aroma was exceptional. Floral hops, grapefruit, pine resin and sweet malt. Great balance. The taste followed the aroma. Starts out with sweet malt then the hops build to a slightly bitter finish. Balanced between hoppy and sweet but kinda wish it had a bite more of a hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy with good carb levels and crisp finish.

Overall, an excellent ADIPA that I highly recommend. It's an imperial but it won't shred your tongue so also a good one to share with friends new to the hoppier beers. Rotation: available here. will be in regular hops rotation.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this on tap and growler why not a bottle.

A: Nice looking deep hazy copper color. A finger of white head. The lacing is very impressive.

S: This was a bottled in June and it honestly does not have that much a nose at all. The hops are there but nothing nearly what I am looking for.

T: Nice sharp malt with quite a bit of hops with a subtle boozy finish. This is a classis. I do find it beter on tap though.

M: Litle sticky and thick.

D: This beer is a classic. It is one of the top 5 East Coast DIPAS. Just be sure to check your bottled date.

Photo of kpoole25
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to glass. Copper color, generous foamy head. Strong aromatics, getting cereal, pine. Taste is very well balanced between aggressive amounts of bitter hops, sweet malt, and warm alcohol, which I think may also contribute to some apparent sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel. Has a lot of coffee and bitter chocolate flavors on the finish. This is a very big beer, has a great flavor but drinkability is limited to just one bottle at a time for me. This had me feeling like I wanted a crisp summer ale afterwards, but no denying this is a very well made brew. Compared to the 60 min IPA, I think this comes across as more malty/sweet, as the 60 had a more obvious hop/bitter finish.

Photo of peterjk
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pores dark amber / red. Very light head fades quickly.

Smell: Cold the 1st hit its smell like strawberries and even some tropical fruit, pineapple and guava. Hops smell like pine rosin even earthly notes. As it warms I get honey and floral notes.

Taste: It's surprising how easy 90 minute is to drink given the big flavor range. From a rich salty slightly smokey bitterness to honey to delicate fruit flavors like peach and apricot. Sorry though, I'm not a hop head. The amazing malt sweetness really helps to balance this beer out but eventually the enjoyable crisp snap of the hops on the finish dries my tongue out and all that great flavor gets stepped on by the bitterness. Still this is my favorite IPA.

Mouthfeel: Tiny bubble carbonation nice and doesn't interfere with flavor, thicker / velvet mouth feel. This beer really fills your mouth and lets the flavors move around.

Drinkability: Love to drink it but it's a palette buster.

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

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... 1/4 inch off white head recedes, but never completely. Copper colored beer with light to medium activity.

S- Very hoppy smell with some citrusy and alcohol overtones

T- More balanced than the 60 minute IMO. Starts out malty sweet, and finishes with a nice dose of hops... less alcohol taste than I expected. Gets a stronger hoppy and alcohol flavor as it warms

M- Pretty smooth start with hoppy bite aftertaste... lightly carbonated

D- Way to drinkable for 9% abv... dangerous


Photo of goblet
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got a four pack and cracked a bottle poured into a pint glass and took a look.

a fairly dark and hazy orange color with a lot of carbonation .the monster white frothy head is thick and sticky looking and leaves a wall paper of lace down the glass.

a hops bomb of an aroma slightly citrus and piney notes,along with some floral charcactor with some sweet smelling malts underneath it all .

the taste has got power behind it,hop power .a thick coat of oily hops flavor ,more piney then citrusy that help conceal the alcohol very well.the malt,yeast undernearth give a bready sweetness that tops it off..

a medium to light body feel ,with a smooth malt and hoppy bitterness in the after taste .it's well balanced .

this puzzle was put together very well,could drink this again and again. a truely great IPA ,it lives up to all the hype, one of the best IPA in America maybe the world.

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

A: Pours a deep, glowing orange-amber color. The head is quite tall with bronze highlights and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is admirable, with very attractive lacing.

S: Significant caramel maltiness in the nose is accompanied by a big rush of juicy citrus. Grapefruit juice and orange pith. Even a bit of a peach/pineapple note. A second layer of resiny pine and herbal character lurks around.

T: A big mouthful of malt initially, both pale and caramel, providing substantial sweetness for the style. A rush of citric hop flavors immediately follows. Predominantly grapefruit, with splashes of orange and pineapple at times, along with a nice underlying pinyness. Bitterness is firm but by no means overwhelming. A faint note of alcohol is occasionally detectable.

M: Moderately full-bodied. At times quite sticky, oily, and resiny. A bit dry into the finish. Carbonation is medium-soft. The alcohol provides some flashes of heat.

D: This is a delicious beer no matter how you define the Imperial IPA. For this genre, I don't think it's necessary for every DIPA to be a 100+ IBU facemelter. Sweet, but still aggressively hoppy, allowing an unusual balance for such a big beer.

Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on sept21 2009

A clear golden copper with a small off white head that has good retention and leaves lots of lace from a little foam

S hops and caramel with a fair amount of citrus, pine and a fair amount of booze

T as it smells but the citrus becomes more focused on grapefruit and the caramel becomes more pronounced as you drink it. the hops are well established but somehow it has a balance too it that helps its cause.

M feels thick and creamy with a bit of zing and some bite

D a little too easy too drink if you ask me, perhaps a good thing it was only a four pack

what can i say other then this is a great example of this style, well worth the money and seeking out for that matter.

Photo of bierkoning
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Yard House in Long Beach, CA.

A: Deep amber, more brown than red. Nice lacing.

S: Beautiful! Citrus, pine, wonderful IPA hops. Malty and rich too.

T: SMOOTH! Very smooth. Very well balanced. Lots of alcohol though. The high alcohol content is extremely noticeable to me, especially lingering in the throat. Good bitterness but not bracingly so.

M: Creamy and delicate. Low carbonation for me.

D: The high alcohol content didn't sneak up on me, it was very present the whole time. I only drank one, it was all I wanted to drink. Rich flavor makes for strong flavor, but I think it was too much.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange color that can be seen through. Not much of a head, about half of a finger and not very much lacing.

S- The sweet malt and fruit/citrus are the first notes to hit the nose. Was a little surprised that I was not initially getting the hop smell, but soon afterwards it came on fairly strong.

T- Much sweeter than I thought a DIPA would be and not quite as bitter. Fairly well balanced for and I consider that a good thing in some aspects. The grapefruit taste was apparent up front with the hops coming on fairly strong. Hop oil taste seems noticeable as well. The 9.00% alcohol also becomes apparent, not a huge turnoff but it might be a little better if it was masked more, but of course it becomes a little difficult at such a high number. Different take on an IPA/DIPA from what I have seen, great to see that breweries aren't just sticking to the same exact beers that we see every day.

M- Fairly thin mouthfeel. Great for an IPA/DIPA and would work well for a summer evening or an early fall evening.

D- I would guess that a lot of hop heads would argue that this is too sweet to be a beer that is highly drinkable, but I think the sweetness molded with the bitterness makes this pretty enjoyable. Not hard to finish a beer let alone open up another one.

Photo of BigAl723
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I picked up from Uptown Grille in Walled Lake, Mi.

A: Beautiful gold and even better looking in the sun. Great looking head about an inch thick. Nice lacing.

S: Big IPA smell. Hops, cirtrus, pine, a little boozy... A fairly aggressive smelling ale. I knew I had to taste it soon.

T: Very flavorful with lots of fruit characteristics. Grapefruit, pineapple and grapes. Along with the bitterness and hops it's very well balanced and makes for a great tasting brew.

M: Medium heavy mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated for being in my fridge overnight. Perfect really.

D: The great taste really makes this beer and makes it so drinkable. It's a little boozy but it tastes so good you just can't stop drinking it.

Overall, a really good DIPA that lives up to the hype. I will be filling my growler with Huma Lupa Licious next time.

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

Crystal clear pale orange with tight thin off white head that fades fast and leaves speckles of lace. Nose is like Thanksgiving dinner: cranberry, spiced orange, dried leaves, dark cake and a whiff of alcohol. Bright juicy red berry malts with pine sap, bark, gingery, earthy hops, maybe a hint of blood orange. No real linger. Hops overtake malts as it warms (?). 9% ABV comes through, sticky, medium to heavy body.

It's been said before but: how is this not a Barleywine? Maybe I'm wrong, but first thought was SN Bigfoot.

Not a West Coast brew, no citrus to speak of. Heavy malts hide the 90 IBUs. Too hot and full bodied to be very drinkable. Still a heavyweight, though.

Photo of canislupus88
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer looks a little more amber colored than most IPA's and I think that is because of the amount of caramel in it.

The smell is grapefruit/citrus with some caramel.

It starts out very sweet I think (for an IPA) definite caramel in the start then the grapefruit and citrus comes through in the middle with the wonderful bitter after taste from the hops in the end just like a great IPA. The alcohol is well hidden, kind of feel the alcohol in the mouth in the after taste, but I mean for a 9% it is well hidden by the tremendous flavors of the beer.

The mouthfeel is great, hoppy, and well carbinated.

Not too drinkable from the flavors because it is so sweet and the high alcohol, it is a very filling beer. I could probably have two then I want something more IPA bitter like maybe a two hearted from bell's or something.

This really is a great beer though, I mean a definite must try for someone who likes IPA's, and is sweeter than most IPA's due to the amount of caramel in the beer, but will finish like a normal IPA does, which is a hoppy bitterness.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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