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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,491
Reviews: 3,623
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 514
Gots: 2,301 | FT: 28
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 Mayhem976
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Fizzy orange hue color, small head and zero lacing present on the ol' glass.

S- Orange fruit citrus smell, tiny bit of honey as well, don't get any hops whatsoever. Smells a tad sweet.

T- Citrus bitter flavor, has a tad bit of honey, obviously the smell translates very welll. Very dry and has a bit of a barley flavor.

M- Medium body, carbonated, and slightly creamy. Leaves my tongue very dry.

D- I could put these down all night, but not at 9% abv. Very affordable for a Dogfish Head brew, will purchase again.

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

I've reviewed this out of the bottle, time for the tap review. Was enjoyed at 'Yesterdays' in Newport, RI. from notes:

A- Served in a DFH snifter. Beautiful coloration and head. The DFH snifter adds to the experience, too. Wonderful presentation. Great lacing, too.

S- Hops, hops, hops. DFH has found some proprietary blend of hops that is just fantastic. New pine growth and floral sweetness dominate. This beer is begging to be drank.

T- Hoppity hops! Amazing taste. As noted, DFH has an amazing hop profile. Truly tasty beer. Very good body and aftertaste. Rich caramel backbone is what sets this beer apart from many other DIPAs.

M- Leaves you wanting more. Sublime.

D- Considering the ABV, this beer is extraordinarily drinkable, especially if you have a designated driver. A snifter of DFH 90 minute is one of my all-time greatest beer experiences. Truly a masterpiece.... If you ever see this on tap, order three!

Photo of halfhorsefilms
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank while listening to Roy Rogers & Robert Johnson.

Very little head that seemed to disappear, but those happy tiny bubbles kept doing their job to keep a faint outline around the edges. Honey-like appearance with a VERY strong aroma of oranges.

WOOO! Watch out, because I didn't expect that much malt! I should have given more attention to the label, which reads "balanced by a ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley." They were right. Very smooth with a lingering crispness in the back of the throat, but neither the malt nor hops becomes dominant over the other.

As it warms, the smell of malt and hops becomes much more predominant than citrus. My only complaint is that halfway though I smelled a strong boozy smell that detracted from the taste.


1. It goes down smooth.
2. It tastes like nothing I've ever had.
3. It's the maltiest IPA I've ever had.
4. It's 9% ABV.

What more can I say?

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

Can't say enough about how great this massive ipa is. Another hit from DFH. Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Golden color with amber tones. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is overwhelming, hop smack to the face. Tastes incredible hops, bready malts, warming alcohol. At 9.0 ABV this one is no joke. Highly recommended for you fellow hop fans out there.

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

Bottled 4-3-09

This is my first DIPA so I'm reviewing this more as a master of other styles.

I pour it into my tulip glass it pours a nice rich copper/amber/red. Decent head retention in my Duvel glass as it recedes after a few minutes leaving very nice lacing.

Smells hoppy im not smelling really any malts just some grapefruit and piney notes.

Taste is fantastic, and suprisingly there's malt here. That was the big shocker here for me being my first DIPA. Not a huge blast but enough. But up front you get that hop madness, with some pine and citrus notes. Finishes with a good malt flavor thats a bit syrupy.

To me this beer has exceptional mouthfeel and is much more drinkable then anticipated.

Overall this was a solid, solid beer, 120 is next up for me it appears.

Photo of zenjamin
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber, with a thick creamy head. Leaves a nice lace down the glass.

S: In your face hops. VERY Strong but fantastic. You know the cartoons where something smells so great that you see the smell grows arms and grabs the character by the nose and pulls him closer. That will happen.

T: HOPS!!!

M: Bitter sweet sticky. Lingering, warm. I'm really blown away.

D: Here is the only fault, 9% ABV. Wonderful to drink, but i think one at a time is enough.

Photo of bigdogplaypen
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My favorite IPA of all time.

A - Pours smooth, color is amber orange and builds a nice 2-finger head leaving some creamy white lace.

S - Smell is earthy, hops and spice.

T - Taste is hoppy and well balanced.

M - Very smooth, this is how a beer should feel in the mouth.

D - Very good if you can handle a high ABV beer. I Recommend drinking these at home with friends.

Photo of Sleepisforthewik
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a nice golden color with hints of red. Nice thick head with a tid bit of lacing down the side.

S-Smells upfront of hops, but seems to be very fruity hops. I enjoy this immensely.

T-TASTE IS AMAZING! The first thing I taste is a hops, not too over powering, not too subtle, just balanced nicely with a transition into what I call a strawberry citrus flavor. Then it moves back into hops flavor, but it is a mild piney hops with a good solid malty flavor to balance.

M-Incredibly smooth, not thick, but a perfect mouthfeel to compliment the flavor of the beer immensely. This seems to be the perfect time to drink this beer, the summer, and the mouthfeel of this would compliment many summer foods to get excellent food pairings.

D-I would drink this all day if I could. So many beers, only one mouth.

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

A: Pours a rich copper color with huge off-white head. Heavy lacing down the entire glass. What a beautiful beer.

S: Huge hop aroma. Pine and citrus, earthy hop oils. Great malt presence as well.

T: Great depth of flavor, extremely balanced. Citrus and piney hops, followed by bready malt and carmel. Alcohol is present as it finishes.

M: Incredibly smooth, full bodied ale. This beer has a creamy texture thats wonderful.

D: This is as drinkable as a 9% beer can be. Incredibly smooth and balanced, and packed with great flavor. I can sip these all night. Another excellent offering from DFH.

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

I've waited to be able to taste this beer for a long time. I found some here at the Florida gulf Coast. Poured into a chilled pint glass. A large amount of white foam with lacing. Smelled hops before my nose was near the glass. I've had hopped up IPA before, but this is different. It is not as sharp, much more pleasant. First sip is so different from the smell as to be disconcerting. Hints of roasting and a depth of flavor that it is obvious why this beer has received so much praise. Dense on the tongue and full in the mouth. I will definately drink this again.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head is easily becoming one of the most consistent breweries around, IMO. I have not had a beer by these guys that I've been disappointed by yet. They have my full support.

12 oz. bottle poured into Stone Levitation tulip.

A: Absolutely one of the best looking beers I have come across. This one pours a beautiful deep amber color topped with a very thick off-white head. Full lacing on the glass.

S: Smells oddly malty and definitely sweet. Hops come through, but are balanced well by the malt.

T: One of the most complex IPAs I have ever had. The continuous hopping is definitely present in this one. Truly rips the enamel off of your teeth, but I would have it no other way. Very well balanced by the bizarre toasty malt presence. Almost tastes a bit nutty. There is a sweetness as well and a hint of alcohol creeps in towards the back end. Truly wonderful.

M/D: Pretty syrupy, but I don't know if that's a bad thing. This is the definition of double IPA. I once drank an entire 4 pack in one sitting, I don't know if that was the best idea, but I'd say this one's highly drinkable.

Thank you, Dogfish Head.

Photo of McDiddyPop
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3-19-09, enjoyed 7-14-09. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass.

This one poured a bright amber/orange with some chill haze and a dense white head that sticks around for quite a while. Sticky, spotty lacing coats the glass. The aroma is all hops. Pungent, bitter, and minty. More strong pine than citrus. Not much malt showing through until it warms. Alcohol is apparent. Tastes very sharp. Lots of intense hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Not much balance in this one but that's not what I think they were going for. Crisp, fizzy mouthfeel compliments the hoppy edge nicely. The hoppiness works wonders in covering the alcohol, and enhances the overall drinkability. Far from my favorite DIPA, but good nonetheless.

Photo of ABOWMan
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Ale pours a nice golden orange color with perfect clarity. A nice two finger head of tight white fluffy head paints a pretty picture atop this colorful brew. Good lacing is prevalant on the glass as you take sip after sip.

An aroma of floral hops, citrus (orange), fruity yeast and malt is prevalant.

The flavor is reminiscent of Belgium fruity funky yeast, orange, carmelized sugars, bitter hopps and some spicy note (maybe cardamen?) provide a nice balance of bitter hops, sweet fruit and malt provide a sensory delight. This ale is complex but someopwhat light on the palate.

A very drinkabel brew, but the ABV will catch up with you.

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very clear, much clearer than most IPAs, golden amber with a slight touch of orangeish tint. About an inch of just off-white head dissipated quickly, leaving a just less than moderate amount of lacing.

Nicely big hop aroma, a noticeable hint of toffee. More of a malt foundation than a lot of ImpIPAs, but the expected citrus is there.

Average amount of body for the style. Nicely drinkable for a hop heavy beer. Worth trying.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to my girlfriend for packing a bottle of this in ther suitcase on her return flight from NYC.

A-Hazed orange-amber brew, somewhat glowing in the setting sunlight. Minimal off-white head rose off the vigorour pour and promptly receded to a thick collar.

S-Earthy, herbal hop aromas. Strong malty aromas, bready, nutty, crackery.

T-Sweet malts, bready and toasted, with a strong toffee flavor. Hop bitterness does a fine job balancing this big malt presence. Hop character is thickly resinous, perfumy, and herbal; flowery. Finishes herbal, resiny, and very bitter; semi-sweet malt remnants, as well.

M-Full bodied beer. Medium-low carbonation is pleasant and easy.

D-A good brew. It's tasty, though perhaps balanced a bit more toward the malt than expected. Warming from the well-hidden alcohol emergees after a couple sips, very comforting as the evening is setting in.

Enjoyed on the porch on a cool summer evening while reading The Satanic Verses for bookclub; a heavy brew for a heavy book :)

Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a amber almost orange, with a nice white head that pops up, stays a while not forever. Nice lacing for an IPA.

It smells very hoppy with a hint of citrus.

This taste is hoppy with a fruit, with a lite of bitterness at the end. This is a very good beer.

Photo of Anthony1
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

pours a golden, slightly orange color. very clear with a bollowy white head.

Intense aroma and flavor. smells of citrous and malt with a kick in the face of hops. the flavor is hoptastic with pine, citrus, and some other herbs (perhaps grapefruit?). great feel, great taste, good level of carbonation. sweet but HOPPY, good mix, good beer.

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- red to orange hue with very little head and light lacing

S- Hops and Malt and Hops and Malt. The malts actually smell like a dark roast.

T- Crip Hop punch from all corners while the malts dance around the finish. The malts taste darker than the color would dictate.

M- cripsy yet light carbonation, medium bodied

D- amazingly complex hop/malt notes and well hidden ABV

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

12oz poured into a plain tulip glass. Bottle on 1/29/09.

A: pours dark amber with a nice one inch off white and think lacing.

S: hops with a great mixture of wonderful caramel malts and burnt toast.

T: yummy! I taste almost exactly what I smell. Wonderful bitter hops that go perfectly with the toasted malts.

M: medium/heavy feeling in the mouth. Good carbonation. Very crisp.

D: I could drink this beer all night long. Except for the fact that it's 9% ABV which you can hardly even notice it's so drinkable.

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend that every beer lover try this beer. It's amazing stuff!!

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: On top there is a very good tall just off white colored head. It is very thick and creamy, long lasting and makes cool rings of lace on the glass after each sip. The body has a slight hazy appearance and a golden amber color.

Smell: The aroma is full of sweet malt and pine resin and citrus hops.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor hits you with a full bodied punch of piney, resiny and citrus hops balanced by thick sweet malt and sweet warming brandy like alcohol. It finishes with more herbal and piney bitterness. The palate has a smooth mellow carbonation with a smooth slick almost sticky texture.

Notes: I'm not a big hop head but this is a hop bomb that I can get into. It is big, bold and very tasty.

Photo of wampahoofus
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a golden amber, good head retention, a good deal of carbonation present.

The aroma of the beer is loaded with hops! Lot's of grapefruit and a bit of Juniper.

The taste is loaded with hops. That is what it is all about. Some might consider this over the top. Not me. This is the IPA that all IPAs should be measured against. The grapefruity flavor is intense and enhanced by the strong aroma.

The beer is very drinkable for those in love with big IPAs.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent IPA. I loved it.

Appearance- amber, clear, nice lacing

Smell- hoppy

Taste- hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very refreshing

Drinkability- excellent IPA, I loved it, will be drinking it again, It was super good. It was everything I thought it would be and highly recommended.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled 03/09/09. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

clear, classic amber. 1-finger, off-white/light beige head, recedes to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: some moderately fresh pine resins and a moderate note of grapefruit rind and zest. gentle notes of malt and caramel with hint of apple esters.

taste: malty sweetness meets moderate hop resins of both pine and citrus, with more of a rind-based quality and only moderately fresh, but fruity enough. mixes with yeast apple esters and giving a moderate, yet not quite bold bitterness. sweet malts and fruitiness in finish, with touch of resins.

medium body, smooth, with a very crisp carbonation, almost fizzy, but back off before getting distracting. finishes quite smooth with just a hint of resins.

seems like my tastes have changed here as well. don't know why i felt it was so hoppy before. this is actually more of a malt-forward DIPA.

A 3.5 -> 4.5
S 3.5 -> 4.0
T 3.5 -> 4.0
D 3.5 -> 4.0

OLD REVIEW 2-14-2008

clear golden amber, some head, but it soon fades to only a thin fizzy ring. lacing is sparse. why no bottle conditioning?

piney, fruity aroma, approaching, well... pineapple. flowery and slight breadiness. otherwise seems subdued, even though i'm serving this at cellar temp.

flavor is sharp and resiny pine, with citrus rind undertones. a sweet malt makes a slight whimper of a note, but the hops beat it back down. resiny and bitter finish, which is nice (you can definitely sense the dry hopping), but still, something just seems missing here - this not as dynamic as i'd hoped. i really wanted to give at least a 4.0 in taste, but somehow i just wasn't feeling it...

at least the feel is nice and substantial, although there is a slight astringent or acidic roughness. carbonation is lively but not overdone.

i dunno... i guess i expected more out of dogfish.

Photo of CHickman
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the Dogfish Head brewpub on tap, then on tap at the Dogfish Head brewery and then brought a 4 pack home for this review.

Poured amber in color with a nice 1/2 inch creamy head that laced well. Smelled of hops and floral hops; very aromatic floral smell that had a nice combination of sweetness and hops.

Medium carbonation with a delicious taste of hops and floral hops which had a sweet spicy finish; well balanced and smooth. The 9% ABV is not a factor as the hoppy floral flavor is so dominant that you can't taste or feel the alcohol because you are too busy enjoying the mix of flavors on the palate. Gets better as it warms up and is an excellent beer!

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap today at Porter's Pub at UCSD in an 8oz serving in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Actually a little more yellow than I expected, but still with a nice little head of just over a finger with good foam and a fair amount of carbonation.

Smell: Solid, with hops and citrus being the primary wave, followed by a light sweetness to it of a candy-like nature.

Taste: Hoppy, strong pine, and almost juice-like flavor in its oily texture. It's hops are certainly the primary flavor, with the citrus esters coming through. It's a smooth and complex build with hops, fruit, hops, and alcoholic hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and pretty refreshing, with a slight oily texture and hoppy prickly alcohol on the end.

Drinkability: I tend to be pretty solid at picking out what the ABV of a beer is, but this would've struck me as maybe a 7. Definitely drinks like an IPA for a DIPA, and easily could've had another. Very solid, not out of this world, but still very good.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,491 ratings.