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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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95
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12,673 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,673
Reviews: 3,569
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 458
Gots: 1,804 | 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 champ103
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep orange color with a big white head and lacing all the way down the glass. This looks great.
S: Lots and lots of hops! Very complex with orange, lemon, lime peals. Also lots of grapfruit. Wonderful smell as well.
T: Just as I thought, lots of hops and citrus. I like a well balanced IPA, but I don't think I am big into DIPA's. To much hops and nothing to balance it with.
D: Not bad considering this beer is 9% abv.

I loved almost everything about this beer except the tast. There are just too much hops. I guess that is the style, but I prefer the malty side of beer to the hoppy side. So as DIPA's go this is a very good one, just not my glass of beer.

champ103, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of kellyst
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange, slightly amber. This one must have some malt behind it. Nice white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Big hops aroma. Citrus and pine.

T: Masterful. Big hop flavor. Lots of pine and citrus. Oily. Thick. Perfect big malt background. A wonderful DIPA.

D: Medium. Watch out for this one, it's big. But I'll definately come back for more.

kellyst, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of JustinOSU99
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden rod color with a small off white lacey head. Definitely not an overpowering smell coming from the beer no matter how deep I get my nose in it. What I do get is sweet cream, raisins, almonds, licorice and orange scents come in later.
I tasted the beer and was immediately shocked at how much hops are packed into this awesome IPA! Huge hop flavor, smooth finish and excellent mouthfeel. I definitely get an oak taste and raisin hints along with the evident hops and barley. A really good beer with a lot of flavor.

JustinOSU99, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. in what always seems an overpriced 4-pack (key word--seems) to kick off the Penn State Brew Fest with brother Jer and friend Ryan...deep orange body that supports a strong,firm inch-plus head--perfectly intimidating...yeasty aromas from Pavlovian hops work intermittently with peach hints to put runners at first and second..now, the meat of the order: the 9% is the slightest bit noticeable, as the tongue is attacked by a full-bodied, dry carbonation...was the beer even there? Sip one is crisp and pleasant, not quite measurable, an aggressive taste with a short aftertaste....fruity as much as it is hoppy--by the third sip, settles into a truly soft(!?!) IPA...hints of a barleywine, but beautifully balanced--all these DFH's were right after all... #1 on a short but growing list...this beer only leaves one with the question, is 90 IBU’s possible? Unreal experience...bring on the Brew Fest!

dacrza1, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear orange with a big ole hoppy head that is sticky and laces your glass the whole way down. Wow, the aroma can be smelled in another room. Big hops and a nice bready, sweet malt characteristic also; big-time pine syrup and very thick hop oils in there as well -- even actual hops oils don’t smell this oily. Taste is dry and sweet, piney with hops coming out the ying-yang. Finish is dry and sweet, but not too sweet.

I still prefer its more drinkable little brother if I am going to have more than one, but there is no denying this is a masterful brew.

saintwarrick, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of slagle9480
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with a nice fluffy head.

S: Best part of this beer IMO. The hops are definitely floral. The malt also smells great.

T: I love the hops but the malts make this brew syrup-y. Probably caramel or somethin. Nothin like I anticipated.

M: The mouthfeel was interesting. It was warm and inviting at times. Some parts were too syrup-y though. The longer I let it sit...wow!

D: The malts are strong. I would've liked to see less malt and more hops. I wouldn't classify this as a session beer. Overall, not bad.

slagle9480, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at D's Six Pax & Dogz, east Pittsburgh, PA.
This has been one of my favorite beers for a while, but I'd never had it on tap before. It was everything I remembered it to be, and then some.
Poured a delicious-looking orange-gold color with a thick layer of sticky tan head that had very nice lacing all the way down the glass. The smell was very hoppy with some fruity scents. I'm not sure what types of hops they use, and I'm sure it's a mix, but whatever it is, it's perfectly balanced; a good amount of kick but not overpoweringly so. The taste is much like the smell, with some extra bite in the mouth from the hops. The bitter hop flavor persists throughout the taste but goes through varying levels of intensity; an interesting ride. The aftertaste is smooth yet complex, nippy yet comforting. Every time I put the glass down, I want to pick it up again. All in all, a great beer.

LeftyBWS, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber color with a nice head that leaves a ton of lacing as you go. No complaints here.

Smell: Nice citrusy/hoppy smell. Does a good job getting you ready for the first sip.

Taste: This is where this beer gets you. A mixture of citrus, flowers, hops, and Dogfish's trademark sweetness makes this a tremendous beer. The aftertaste is sweet at first which then gives way to a perfect amount of bitter hops.Each flavor is balanced perfectly making this one of the best tasting beers I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Just thick enough to let the flavor linger until your next sip.

Drinkability: As stated above, one of my favorites. While not an IPA fan, this beer is near perfect. The 9% might limit how many you can have in a sitting, but this beer has no downside to it whatsoever. Near perfection here.

hellcatsjg, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of HopDerek
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with burnt sienna hues in the light. A good inch of cream colored head fades nicely leaving nice lacing. Smells are of sweet malt and barley, citrus, pine, and grass with some alcohol burn. Taste is very similar, sweet barley and malt up front before a plethora of citrus and grassy tones finishes off with a good sticky adherence to the palate. Very nicely balanced and medium in body with good carbonation. A highly drinkable IPA loaded with flavor and balance, though with the abv so high, it's not sessionable.

HopDerek, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Appearance is dark, gold with active carbonation. Small, tan colored head with impressive lacing.

Smell is earthy barley with citrus notes blasting at the nose. Orange, pineapple is made out with a rustic, almost cinnamon fragerance.

Very crisp on the tounge where the barley comes out strong followed by the hops which builds into a fantastic finish that lingers plesantly for some time. The solid alcohol presence is not very noticable in the flavor though it says "hello" with a warm stream down the throat.

A chewy beer that excites the palette and top of the mouth with a mild numbness and bitter feel.

I have enjoyed this one for a few years and pick up a 4-pack ($9.99) 4-5 times a year. If you are looking to enjoy a complex beer and need to relax, look no further. The beer should be nursed and savored, a great choice to start off the night.

jdoncbus, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of bigeyedfish
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a bottle with freshness date into a snifter. produces a thick, foamy, slowly dissapearing head with an awesome, deep amber red and a 3/4-circle of lacing

S: some alcohol, some hops, and a subtle, lolli-pop like fragrance

T: hops at first impression, followed by more hops plus the beginning of a candy-like fruit taste, and finishing with an almost alka-seltzer like fizzing of the back 1/3 of the tounge; all in a good way.

M: the hops absolutely stay and almost effervesce on the back of the tounge. the front of the mouth is almost shocked into submission

D: not as dry and hoppy as some other Double/Imperial IPA's, so it's possible to drink a couple in a night. However, and this is the big part, at a big, but sneaky 9% ABV, the question of whether you would want to/could drink this all night is something that will weigh on you

Notes: I had this on tap a week-and-a-half ago at Tria and it was not nearly as hoppy, it more smooth, the alcohol less pronounced, the head greater, more lasting; the bottle seems to bring out the hops and the alcohol. Either way, a great Imperial IPA, and as many have said, one of the Kings of the style.

bigeyedfish, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of feilb
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, what to say about this great bottle.

The pour: Pours a medium amber color with a fluffy cream colored head that lasts a few minutes, not to bad for 9% abv. Makes for an attractive presentation and really displays the aroma.

The smell: Hops. Not that you were expecting different, but the sweet floral citrus aroma of this beer lets you know that its coming.

The taste: With such a strong component of hops, one would expect a strong bitter taste, which is present, but this beer also delivers some interesting notes. Slightly sweet with notes of honey the spicy flavor of cloves. Interestingly, very smooth, though with a slight astringency from the alcohol, though only briefly as it finishes.

The feel: Smooth, not to heavy, and a bit dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Definitely not your "session" beer, though it drinks smooth and isn't to much of a fight like some IPA's that display only the bitterness. About one will set you well for a while.

feilb, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

the only dogfish head beer available in my area, i bought a 4-pack of the esteemed 90min ipa

A- poured a hazy brown coppery orange with a few floaties in the bottom maybe yeast? maybe remnants of the insane amount of hops? 2in of creamy cloud-like off white foam with deep pits and great retention.

S- very complex sweet fruitiness like pear or apple, resinous herbs, sticky hops toasty malt, cleanser, alcohol, and something i can't quite put my finger on.

T- earthy piney fruity pineapple apricot alcohol with a definite yeasty twang. oily resinous hops, burnt marshmallows, caramelized malts, and a cake icing sugar syrup type finish that was sweeter than i am used to, followed by a lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

MF- warm feeling from the first sip. oily, dry and thick feeling with great carbonation, all the hops give me a pucker. very syrupy, which is probably unavoidable when making a beer of this nature.

D- too sweet of an ipa for my taste. i prefer to go without that sugar sweetness that this ale possesses. the aroma of this beer is truly remarkable and i expected it to carry over into the taste. i realize however that there are many different versions of american ipa and this one was undoubtedly made with integrity.

hustlesworth, Aug 14, 2007
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 12, 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
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,673 ratings.