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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 13,826
Reviews: 3,727
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 575
Gots: 2,734 | FT: 28
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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 herman77
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 5/30/10

A: Golden amber. Thin white head. Good retention. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Hops, sweet malt, unfermented sugar. A touch of maple syrup. Surprisingly the hop aromas aren't that strong. The barley overpowers the hops.

T: Nice hop flavor, its not citrus or pine, just clean, fresh hops. TONS of sweet barley to provide an awesome balance. Its unbelievably smooth! Nice mellow hop finish. Ever so slight detection of booziness to let you know its 9% abv, other than that its hidden nicely. Haven't had a IIPA like this before, excellent!

M/D: Medium to fuller body. Lower carbonation. Feels pretty smooth and thicker then it really is. Great drinkability for a DIPA, especially since its 9%. First Dogfish Head I've had, wish I could get this on a regular basis. Bottled 4/22/10.

Photo of beerhan
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
The one that makes me scream...90 minute on cask at ashley's in ann arbor. My mouth is still watering thinking of that glorious day I had this. 90 minute is one of the most drinkable and delicious widely distributed beers in the country and having it on cask is just a heavenly experience.

Photo of jhire70
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear rusty orange. That had an ivory colored head with a long retention.

The lacing is evident after the head subsides and it gently falls back into the glass followed by oily remnants that also fall even slower almost like a wine.

The alcohol is hidden and this is an incredibly smooth double ipa that is very dangerous cause at 9% alcohol you could easily find yourself 3 or 4 glasses in.

The smell is slightly citrus but is overwhelmed by the stronger scents of honey, toffee, chocolate/coffee and a touch of molasses. The smell is very rich,and almost savory.

Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, and not dry at all in fact you could almost detect a slight oiliness after drinking. This beer also has a medium level of carbonation.

The taste is complex. When it is cold the 90 Minute is much more crisp but still has a whole heck of malt to go with that. After the beer warms the crispness sneaks away and you are treated to sweet toffee honey slight chocolate/coffee and molasses flavors. The finish seems to change with each sip. Sometimes you get a slightly floral/citrus finish and other times you get a burnt tobacco/espresso finish both of which I enjoyed.

This is a great beer that a wide range of beer and even wine lovers could enjoy. Despite its 9% abv its incredibly drinkable and definitely has characteristics of other styles of beer. This is by no means a west coast style DIPA. I am very glad to have this offering from DFH.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange with a nice malt backbone. The flavor is caramel malt with citrus hops. The beer has some nice sweetness from the malt but it is balanced nicely with the bitterness from the hops. A very balanced Double IPA. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ryno09
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours relatively clear for such a well hopped bear. I prefer the haziness of other IIPAs. Noise is nice but maybe my bottle isn't the freshest. Hops hit you first and then there's just a ton of malt sweetness that washes it away. Love the malt backbone this beer has. Very drinkable at 9% ABV - they hide the alcohol exceptionally well.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear pale honey with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to an oily cap. There are a few sticky rings of lacing.

S - Smells of pine hops, hints of coffee/espresso, and an alcohol sharpness.

T - Pine hops are dominant at the beginning with a toasty coffee essence that comes next. There is a sweet aftertaste on the finish.

S - This one was somewhat flat. Beer was creamy but I think this was more due to the flatness.

D - This beer is OK but I was expecting more from it. I might have gotten a bad bottle (I purchased a single). I don't think that I would try this one again.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard glass. Looks very good for the style. Didn't expect it, but it's very clear, obviously filtered. Has a nice dark amber color to it. Not quite what I expected for a Double/Imperial IPA, but still pretty good for a beer in general. Most Double IPA's I've had are generally unfiltered. This beer has some better than average lacing to it. The smell is pretty good, not as hoppy as I expected, but the maltiness is kicked up a notch. Pretty good, but I'd expect a little more from a DIPA. I find many DIPA's to be very strong, but this one seems to be struggling to find it's identity in the smell department. The smell pretty sweet, almost a light toffee and some pine hops follow. The taste is a step up. Again it's pretty heavy on the malts, caramelized malts a d some citrus/pine hops to follow it up. It almost has a bit of a buttery taste to it as well. The mouthfeel is the best part in my opinion. It touches on all the major points that beer drinkers like. It's well balanced, more full bodied. Has a smooth texture (mentioned the buttery taste ealier), and not too much or too little carbonated, yet it finishes clean and a little bitter. It's a good drinkable beer as well. I found it difficult to review this beer a little based on the style. It really tasted more like a regular IPA than a Double IPA. I've had more IPA's with more DIPA characteristics than this. Still a reliable beer, but I guess I just expected more. Worth the try.

Photo of jazzmanblue
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tired of the poor beer quality available in my neighborhood, I took a trip to Park Slope to visit Bierkraft, a beer specialty shop, and purchased a four pack. I am always on the lookout for a good IPA, and this was the last four pack available of this particular brand.

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into my Le Merle goblet:

It has a rather pleasant coppery/amber hue, with a small head which laces nicely. Very easy on the eye, it looks like a quality brew.

The smell bring forth a mix of sensations. The first thing I noticed was the clean hops, followed by a slight sweetness. There is a fruity undertone which is difficult to define, but is rather nice. It is one of very few beers to make me elicit a slight "wow" while examining its aroma. I immediately liked it.

Taste: This one is good folks - enough to cause me to write my first review after being on the site for five years. It has a clear hoppy flavor with a very mild sweetness. The fiinish is nicely dry, with an aftertaste that balances bitter and sweet. It is just plain nice - and just what I look for in a brew.

Mouthfeel is not something I usually judge or look for in a beer, but this rates well - it has a solid body with no watery thinness. At the same time, it will not overwhelm you with unnecessary distractions.

The drinkability is held back by the 9% ABV. Otherwise, this would be a 4 or 4.5. For all it's strength, it is very easy to drink. The alcohol does not reveal itself in the flavor, so be careful to note the potency.

I am going back for a second bottle, and could not be more pleased. This is an excellent representative of the IPA style, and am very pleased with having discovered it.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy dark honey color with golden edges, solid white head. Decent retention.

S: Woodsy, pine smell. A little bit of lemon peel and very small hint of ash.

T: Unique flavor - has a caramel, almost syrup-like sweetness up front, with some bready notes. Hops don't really cut through as expected with an imperial IPA, but it is balanced. Hops sit at the back of the throat - very wood/piney hops.

M: Hop oil, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Mouthfeel throws me off a little since it has that sticky/syrupy essence to it.

D: Dogfish makes great beers, so it's definitely drinkable. I like the hop flavors/aromas even though they are not too bittering. For the price and taste however, I prefer the 60 minute.

Photo of jpittman80
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a very thin head. It doesn't last either. I've seen higher ABV beers with much better head.

S - Yeah, I smell the hops. And the booze. But i almost feel like the malt is taking center stage here. Very roasty and some caramel. As for the "centerpiece" hops, some American variety aroma. It has that earthy, oniony smell that is ok in some beers, like Ruination, but it seems to clash with the roastiness.

T - I'm grading this as compared to other DIPAs. Don't get me wrong, it's a tasty brew, and one of the redeeming qualities of DFH is their propensity to experiment. Maybe overly chocolaty for an IPA, too much onion hop flavor. Pretty boozy. Not bad, but not great.

M - Very smooth and easy on the tongue. Perfect carbonation, almost alcohol warmth is there, not too bad thugh. Not very dry. You can tell, at least that this is expertly crafted.

D - I'm only gonna have one of the fourpack tonight. Not that it's ard to drink really, but I find DFH beers, with very few exceptions, are overly sweet. This one doesn't doesn't finish as dry as you'd expect an IPA to. I really wish they'd cut down on the sweetness in most of their beers. I'd enjoy them much more.

Photo of leokbelo
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, rich and dense copper, dark apricot colour on a Snifter Glass. Extremely inviting! 1 inch head dissipates to a nice 1/2 inch lacing that lingers.
Delicious, sweet caramel scent, citrus hops.
Sweet on the tongue, rich and chewy. Did I mention sweet? Alcohol and Hops are present but not overwhelming.
Extremely drinkable, even with the 9% ABV.
WOW ! What an AMAZING beer, extremely rich and delicious. Must have more!
Highly recommended!

Photo of garuda
2.68/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I decided to revisit this one after I was sure that I had a bad bottle the first time. This review was from a bottle drank within 40 days of its marked bottling date.

A - Poured a crystal clear deep amber, thin white head with little retention clinging to the edge of the glass and minimal lacing.

S - First whiffs are very good with pine notes, some citrus zest with a deep underlying caramel malt backbone. However, after a couple sips, the hops seem to disappear and the malt flavoring turns into more raisin, prune tasting, with alcohol becoming much more prevalent.

T - Follows the nose with similar effects as it warms. Pine and citric hop profile from front to back with caramel malts in the background in the beginning, but as it warms, pruney malts and alcohol overtake any other complexity that may be in the beer.

M - A nearly full body with ample carbonation, smooth across the palate, dry astringent finish.

D - I could drink this again as a nightcap, but I will certainly not buy this again when I'm in the mood for a DIPA.

Photo of VTaler
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear amber color. Small head with good lacing
S - Very hoppy. Floral notes and a sweet bread aroma.
T - First is of floral hops but it is quickly followed by a sweet malt flavor. Overall this beer has much flavor. Very complex. It is also very balanced. The malt is sweet but not over sweet. It goes well with the hops. The hops have kind of a spicy/floral taste. The malt is very complex but not as complex as the hops.
M - Medium with medium carbonation
D - dangerously drinkable, although this is def a sipper.

Photo of branimal9
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Barley's Greenville 5/17/2010.

Pale, clear copper in color. Strong aroma of piney hops and malt sweetness. Taste matches the aroma with a smack of pine & citrus hops, followed by a balancing punch of caramel, toffee & spicy malt sweetness. Finishes dry and deliciously. Wonderful, highly drinkable big IPA.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third and final beer in Ales&Aces (Las Vegas).

Half a pint poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

The bar is fairly dark, but you can see this is a copper coloured beer with a thin white head on top without having to ask for extra lighting.

The aroma was all hop, a fairly bitter hop aroma at that.

The beer taste was predominately hops too, although a malty aftertaste appeared as the beer warmed in the glass, it got sweeter too, as it warmed.

I thought the alcohol well hidden at first, but it did show towards the end of the tasting. It didn't become overpowering, but you could tell it was hanging around waiting to attack if you'd let it.

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

First of all thanks to my mates Adam and Joel and i definately appreciate this is as this is the first time ive had the chance to sample some beer from this fine brewery that ive heard so much about and have been hanging to try some ever since and yeah love the brewery's name so original and catchy,anyway the brew itself pours a suprisingly light clear amber hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a creamy milkshake looking two finger head and heaps of foamy lacing,the smell is a perfectly balanced mix of aromas of piney hops and sweet caramel perfectly balanced,by the smell of this beer you can tell your not gonna be let down and im right it has a beautiful creamy sessionable mouthfeel which is neither thick nor thin and exudes that perfect balance of sweet caramel/toffee malts and piney/citrus infused hops all across the palette and no taste is dominating at all with its 9.0%ABV nowhere to be seen,this is definately a beer that ive heard alot about and have always wanted to try especially hearing alot about from mates and quite frankly it was worth the wait as its a perfectly balanced ADII that i could drink alot of and it would have a permanent place in my rotating beer collection and now my only bad thing to say about it is this brew is not currently regularly available in my home state but hopefully that will change as i would like to sample more of this brewery's brew's after tasting this one.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber. Generous head, nice head retention. A bit of lacing too.

S - A fragrant bouquet of floral and herbal notes. Some notes of caramel and toffee.

T - Rich and complex. Hops notes floral and herbal. A bit of citrus too. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of malt flavor. Sweet caramel malt notes counteract the hops. Some really nice balance here. Some apple notes present too.

M - Full bodied with a fairly high carbonation level. A bit syrupy.

D - For a robust, high alcohol beer this is pretty drinkable.

Photo of madjr80
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance was quite impressive. There was a nice thick puffy head of foam about three inches thick;the kind that sticks to the glass as it is consumed. The foam by itself even had a hint of hops. Foam eventually dropped down, but not until the end of the glass. The smell of hops was quite potent. The taste was very impressive. This beer is better to be consumed one or two per sitting.

Photo of aasher
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks the way a strong IPA should. It's a darker amber color and features little, off white foam. It smells very strongly of hops with slight sweetness. It boasts good, strong hoppy flavor with sugars and tartness present on the backend. Good mouthfeel and well carbonated. Drinks very crisp. Is pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content. A four pack is definitely worth picking up, especially if you've tried a good amount of IPAs.

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

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/2" offwhite head, which was well-retained and produced some nice lacing throughout the drink. The body was a hazy, mildly carbonated medium amber color.

S- A wonderful aroma of rich nutty vienna malt in balance with some earthy high-alpha hops. Subtle citrus nuances, fuity esters and impressions of bread crust on the nose as well.

T- Initially, it's a wonderful replicate of the nose- nutty vienna malt and earthy hops in balance. But on the midpalate some tropical-fruit-like notes come into play... perhaps a combination of yeast esters and hops. Then the balance tips slightly towards hop bitterness in the finish, which lingers with impressions of tropical and citrus fruit.

M- A medium body with a little oily slickness to it, and a nice soft carbonation. No astringency.

D- Incredibly drinkable... dangerously quaffable... the alcohol is so well hidden. And I love the fact that the hop bitterness is always kept in check- never becoming overbearing.

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep citrus orange with a dense white head that slowly reduced into a thin film that left good lacing after every sip.
S: Very sweet and fruity. Cane sugar, passion fruit, papaya, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, roses and other floral notes over a grassy hop backbone. Very delicious. Slight notes of alcohol as well.
T: Fruity and sweet like the nose with a lot more of the bitter grassy hops coming through to balance the sweetness. I get a lot of juicy passion fruit and papaya. Caramely malt undertones are present as well in between hop punches.
M: Carbonation is very soft and smooth, body is thick and slippery, and alcohol is fairly well hidden. Hops are bitter and well balanced by the fruit sweetness and malt undertones.
D: No matter if on tap or in the bottle, this is one of my favorite DIPA's. It is a very well balanced brew, albeit a little on the sweet side. One of the best offerings from DFH. Cheers!

Photo of Naugros
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: I am tasting this after trying the 60-Minute IPA, which I wound up giving a B+.

As one would expect the appearance of this beer is nearly identical to that of 60-Minute. It's amber to light-orange in color with a head that rises and then falls to a foamy coating on the top. Bands of lace cling to the side of the .5 ounce wheat glass I use for tasting.

The smell is nearly identical as well, but the sense of grapefruit is more assertive rather than just the general "citrusy" smell of the 60-Minute. However, I do get more of the malt in the nose than in 60-Minute. Maybe I agitated the surface more for this one?

The taste is where the two depart ways. I like this a lot better. It has a much better balance to it. The caramel malt comes through on the tongue to counter the bitter grapefruit at the back of the palate. The aftertaste is also better controlled.

The bitterness is also countered by a more assertive carbonation and the higher ABV can be felt at the roof of the mouth with a bit of alcoholic "tingle".

Downing a few of these will get your buzz on. I doubt I could do more than two of these at a time unless I was washing down spicy food or sharp cheeses. This would go well with strong curry.

Photo of Penguin3200
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting on the deck enjoying a 90 minute.

Impressed with this offering that I picked up in WI last weekend.

Appearance - golden amber with nice lacing and an initial 1inch head.

Smell - really like the nose on this. Apricot,honey,and a faint bit of pine tree at the end.

Taste - like biting into aan apricot and pear then hit with citrus and evergreen. Love this dipa

mouthfeel - feels full and coating in the mouth, but not overlly syrupy. Has a great long finish, that get sweeter and sweeter.

Drinkability - love it and wish I could get it in minnesota.

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

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Vibrant, clear amber with a one-finger white head. Good amount of lacing. As I've said before, I like haziness, but this looks really appetizing even without it. It's not much different from its 60-minute counterpart, but this must have a richer color (and it's bubblier); somehow it looks better.

Smell: Abundant grapefruit-like citrus and malts that impart a note of sweetness. I can smell a little alcohol, too.

Taste: Tangy, bitter hops up front, carrying that grapefruity flavor the smell suggested. Malts aren't in the spotlight; they're balancing out the flavor as they should be, but there's enough of them to make another pleasant aspect to the beer, especially since they really come out in the aftertaste. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good body here, not like a stout of course, but enough. Wateriness is never a good thing in a beer, I think, and this gives that flaw wide berth.

Drinkability: I like to drink beer. I like IPAs. This is a very good IPA. Needless to say, that makes drinkability for this quite high.

I'm definitely more impressed by this than I was by the 60-minute IPA I had yesterday. This is something worth having around. Now if only I could find the 120-minute version....

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

A - Looks absolutely stunning! Deep amber body, with a slight cloudiness to it. A rich creamy beige head. Great head retention and impressive lacing.

S - The smell is extremely intense, but it is quite a challenge to tell whether there is more maltiness or hoppiness in it. I also got some tropical fruit notes, like mango and papaya. The list of aromatic notes includes, but is not limited to: caramel, bread, toffee, oranges, grapefruit, pine needles, even chocolate!

T - Hops, more hops, then malts, and more malts! Packs a very good hop punch, with equal amounts of resinous pine and citrusy grapefruit, with some bitterness. The malts bring a very nice sweet breadiness to the finish, which is definitely more on the malty side. Not much bitterness lingers on. Very flavourful and balanced.

M - Medium-to-full body to it. Smooth, but slightly sticky and syrup-like.The alcohol is well-masked, but you will probably feel it. After a while, it gets a bit more difficult to swallow.

D - Enjoy this one in moderation, as it gets tricky with the well-masked 9% abv.

All in all, now I can totally see why this beer is so acclaimed. Great job, Sam Calagione and his team!

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 13,826 ratings.