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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,886
Reviews: 3,581
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,917 | 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 ubermick
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard American pint glass.

A: Poured a nice light amber colour, with a little haze, and nice head.

S: Hops. Good God, hops. Did I mention hops???

T: Somwhat malty, followed by lots and lots and lots of hops, that stuck around for a while.

MF/D: Thick mouthfeel, a little rough, with decent carbonation. For a double IPA it's drinkability is decent, but one of these is enough for me to scurry back to the hop saftiness of a Sierra Nevada. It's a to each their own brew, and I think that your relationship with hops will be your relationship with this brew - if you LOVE 'em, you'll LOVE this. If you like 'em, you'll like this.

ubermick, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Rich copper-amber with pinkish tint and thick head that exhibited nice retention and left light lacing.
Nose is of hops, apricot, light citrus, nice lightly toasted malt, resin, grapefruit, and sweet but faint passion fruit.
Taste is sweet on attack with rich backbone of malt and hops throughout the midpalate. The hops put forward primarily grapefruit, and the pine with sweet tropical notes plays a nice second fiddle through the dry finish.
Mouthfeel is very good...body is a smooth medium texture, and sweet malt and fruit notes balance will with dryness.
Highly drinkable. I'm glad it comes in a 4-pack.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: clear yellow gold, rocky off-white head, very enticing
S: very floral hops, lemon, caramel
T: slightly piney hops, more caramel, floral end
M: pretty smooth, light carbonation
D: one of my favorite IPAs, hefty, but not too strong

pheggeseth, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Jerico
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - A beautiful, crisp coppery gold color with a lush head that settles into a light froth on the beer's surface.

S - This one is intense and focused, clear apricot and citrus smells swirling around with the smell of hops.

T - Very hoppy but incredibly smooth, with the same apricot and orange tastes that you can smell. This beer's taste is very cohesive - very well pulled together!

M - Smooth yet warm, with a clear hoppy bite.

D - This is an oustanding beer, worthy of it's own hype! It is perfect for savoring - I can sip this and think about how tasty it is, before diving back for more!

Jerico, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, VA. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear copper amber with a thin brite-white head with fantastic retention. I mean this thing just continued to disperse all through my enjoyment of the glass and everytime I swirled the contents, a heavy finger of foam would fire up and leaves thick lacing behind. Very nice. The aroma is a heavy mix of pine, grapefruit citrus, rich sweet malts, and heat.

The taste is thick, sweet malts up front that give way to biting, piney hops and a flush of tart grapefruit juice. Finishes with a sticky mix of bitterness, sweetness, and warmth. The mouthfeel is rich, full, with a viscous feel at times. It wears it's 9% right out there on it's sleave but the alcohol never gets intrusive, only adding extra beef and warmth to the overall feel.

IMO, this is probably the best East Coast DIPA out there. Big with heavy hitting character that is well balanced, this is one to sit down with, sip, and savor. Just an overall great beer from Dogfish!

Kegatron, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI for $2.49 in March 2008.

Pours a rich golden amber with a pretty white head.

I could smell this the second the opener cracked the seal on the bottle, it's that strong. Out rushed a wonderful hoppiness, herbal and piney, but not overpoweringly oily.

Flavor is a solid hop bomb following the tones of the aroma, but with a nice full bready malt backbone as well. The label says that this one is "balanced". I have to disagree- this is very much unbalanced, but when the mood strikes, that is a wonderful thing.

Full rich creamy mouthfeel.

Definitely a very good one, up there as one of my top 3-4 Imperial IPAs at this point of my travels.

Dukeofearl, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

90 minute IPA pours a clear orange with good fizzy head that lingers for a few minutes. decent lace. Nose is spicey chewy hops. Taste is predominantly hoppy, but not terribly bitter. Hop flavors are rich and abundant with a good malt backbone, but I would like more bitterness. Maybe I'm biased, being a west coaster, but I love the citrus hops more so than these sort of spice flavored hops. There is certainly some citrus flavor in here, but not the blow out ruination type of feel. The malt presence is very impressive, a nice unique sweetness is quite satisfying. Mouthfeel is quite good, and drinkability is fantastic for a 9%er. Defenitely a great choice for some DIPA sessions, but don't drink too many too fast, or you'll end up like that guy in the avatar below me! (your last one was much better shabb, too bad somebody had to gank it.) great beer. Props to Sam and the crew.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of shabbtastic
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep orange with a bubbly white head. Sticky lacing was all over the place [I love when that happens].

S - Very piney hop smell as well as grapefruit citrus hops smell - filled the room [almost].

T - Bang! Hop explosion. My buds went wild. Very pleasant. Warming of the alcohol in the end makes this a very balanced offering.

M - Sticky and tangy, with a great medium body. A great IPA.

D - I could enjoy one or two but that would be about it. I look forward to having another, highly recommended.

shabbtastic, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 03/26/08 at Hopjacks in Pensacola, Florida.

Clear amber/gold completely lacking carbonation. A soapy one finger head rapidly dissipated to a few stray bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and Cascade hoppy - resin and grapefruit with light grassiness.

Mouthfeel only a little thicker than water and is slightly parching on the tongue, which you will forget about instantly as the significant hop profile demands your attention. Is it like chewing on a pine needle and a grapefruit rind? A little, though it's both spicier and hotter than that. Slight green grass flavor. Maple sugar and fresh bread malt flavors lurk furtively in the background, overhsadowed by the hops. Aftertaste is very bitter.

Very well executed and surprisingly drinkable, however, despite the big profile of the flavors. One is my limit, though.

charlzm, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just realized that I hadn't reviewed this beer yet. Crazy. I was cleaning out the closet and found this hiding in a back corner. It has to be at least a year old, and really shouldn't be aged long. Poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden orange with a thin half finger of bone coloured foam. Lacing clings to the sides and lingers for the duration. There are very slight hints of legs on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Grapefruit and orange citrus hops with a hint of pale malts giving a very solid backbone to this hoppy ale. A bit of a piny rustic scent also on the nose. I recall fresher 90 min having more of a scent. I'll review it from the tap soon just to be sure.

Taste- Creamy, hot maltiness with big levels of hops all through the beer. The hops are definitely not as pronounced as they are fresh, but there are still pronounced hops burning the mouth along with the warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Warming, creamy, sticky, medium full bodied, and evenly carbonated. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability- Good drinkability, but the beer is 9% and will creep up on you if you're not careful. Two in a night is cutting it a little big unless you really are good with your alcoholism. Fresh is much more deceptive.

blakesell, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice copper orange color with about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear very fast and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing on the side of the glass as the beer level drops in the glass
s: sweet caramel malts are deffinatly dominated by citrusy and piny hop bitterness
t: sweet malts come towards the finish but there is a strong bitter grapefruit and other citrus fruit flavor bitterness lingers for a bit
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall this is a fantastic brew but not very sessionable at all

happygnome, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this on tap alongside the 60 minute IPA.

Both were approximately the same gold/amber color, which was interesting considering the great difference in malt quantities. The 90 smelled strongly of floral hops. Upon taking a sip I was pleased to find that the taste was similar. It tastes like a big mouthful of delicious hops. This is certainly an extremely hoppy beer but it's incredibly well balanced too. The 9% is well hidden, and tasting the 60 alongside the 90 you wouldn't guess there's such a difference in alcohol content. The 90 tastes just like the 60, just moreso in every good way. A fantastic beer on all counts.

HardcoreKeith, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of hyland24
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

A- Poured a clear amber/copper with good carbonation forming a inch and a half firm yellowish white foam head with thick rings of sticky lacing after each sip.

S- The smell was a strong citrus hop with tangerine/grapefruit coming through. Did not get any alcohol smell which surprised me considering the ABV at 9%.

T- The taste started with a strong alcohol bite followed by a sweet hoppiness mixed with a slight grapefruit bitterness. As the beer warmed up the sweet malty flavors became more prominent.

MF&D- The beer was creamy, medium to full bodied. It coated the mouth well leaving a sweet alcohol warmth behind. Very good beer but definitely one to drink sparingly as one or two would suffice. Good winter brew as two of these would leave you warm enough to walk through the snow in a t-shirt and shorts.

hyland24, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely pleased to find this one on tap.

Darkish orange amber color, tan head is big, strong, and foamy. Lace rings after virtually every sip. Remarkable stick.

Aroma and flavor are wonderful and powerful, if a bit one dimensional. The aroma is a slap of hops, not subtle whatsoever, citric and floral and piney. The aroma I feel has a better representation of the dark caramel malt bill, and the flavor felt thinnish to me, so I edged the smell up over the flavor, but it's hardly a knock.

Relatively luxurious for the size of the hop smack here, outstanding velvety mouthfeel. I dropped the drinkability as the alcohol peppers tend to speak up as it warms a bit. Still an outstanding IPA and a wonderful big ale.

BretSikkink, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best IPA's around in my opinion. It's worth the expensive 4 pack to enjoy it, and if you can finish all of them... Well let's just hope you've got a DD. Pours a clear ruby hue, with hops and caramel in the nose. Taste is outstanding- the balance between the hops and malts are dead on. Way to go, Dogfish! Again, what a great IPA, a must-have for any hophead.

thebarnesbomb, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemed tulip glass.

A - Clear Amber color with orange/copper hues. Foamy off-white head, scattered lacing.

S - HOPPY, floral, earthy, herbal. I got hints of pine in this one.

T - Distinctive to say the least. I don't think I ever drank anything quite like this. Up front it was smooth and oily. The finish was slightly, bitter, soapy and extremely hoppy. Lots of alcohol warmth in the finish. Really warms you up.

MF&D - Smooth and medium bodied double IPA. Strong alcohol content makes this one a sipper. Very unique, I still don't know what to make of this one, but I definitely want another. I think this brew would work well with a cigar.

nasty15108, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Coppery with a sizable head that will rock you.

S: Hops hops hops; but here is the thing: you smell malt too. Not many other IPAs can say that.

T: Very well balanced for a super-hoppy beer. This is what the others are trying to be.

MF: Velvety, thick and smooth.

D: Personally, I do not think IPAs are the most drinkable beers, but this one is the exception.

MerkinMan, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of moklett
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I already know this is my favorite IPA (and probably favorite beer overall)... but I realized I've never done a review. Kicking back with one now, so its time to type!

Looks a little like coppery syrup. If something can look "thick", this is it. Sort of like that amber resin they find prehistoric insects in, or something. Just a little carpet of tight bubbles on top.

Smells... like a 90 minute. Wait, try harder. Smells sweet and tangy. The hops have a pine scent. More pine than I remember in the past. But nutty too, like pine nuts - Pine nuts roasted in peanut oil. Mmmm.

Balance is the key to the taste of this beer. Its sweet, but the sweetness offsets the bitter and smoothes the alcohol. If I were forced to complain, I'd say its a bit too sweet. If they could bring the sweetness down one notch and still keep everything balanced, I could give it a 5 for taste.

It fills your mouth like it really does have some resin in it. Gooey, but smooth.

If drinkability means having fun and savoring each sip, then this rates very highly. But I don't really know what to pair this with, food wise. Maybe some pepper-crusted fish (but I don't love fish) or maybe some pungent cheese (which I generally dislike). That's okay, this beer is best on its own, as its own little course.

moklett, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Commercial Desription: Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA, "perhaps the best IPA in America." An Imperial IPA brewed to be savored from a snifter. A big beer with a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate. This beer is an excellent candidate for use with Randall The Enamel Animal! 9% ABV, 90 IBU's

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA pours up with ample carbonation that creates a moderate whitish head that sits prominently atop a bright, deep golden-orangish copper body. Excellent head retention, very nice! The aroma is bursting with wet hops and a ripe fruitiness (grapefruit, pomelo, tangelo) supplimented by a solid toasted, caramel accenuated maltiness. Spicy, pungent, and definitely resiny. Alcohol warmth is detectable, but well masked by hops & malt. The inticing hoppy flavor starts off with some lightly sweet graininess that gives way to a scorching amount of bitterness. The bitterness lingers well into the warming finish, but surprisingly doesn't completely overshadow the underlying maltiness. Hints of bread pudding, mincemeat pie, spicy rumcake, and toasted pine nuts add to the overall complexity. This is an extreme hop bomb that shows both extremeness and finesse. Definitely easy to see why this has been voted the #1 IPA in America! Suggested pairings include pork chops, beef, grilled fish, frites, focaccia, split pea soup, Stilton cheese & escargot. Here's to another "Off-centered" creation from Dogfish Head!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in my basement (gotta love it) poured into a Delirium snifter.

A: Pours a nice deep amber-golden color with thick white two-finger head. I really enjoyed seeing the lacing after each sip, top to bottom.

S: The floral hops are the most dominant initial smell, but it is well balanced with a huge sweet malt aroma.

T: Not surprisingly, the hops are the first thing to hit the palate, but it's on the sweeter side of things...not an abrasive bitterness. Also got some fruity undertones (grapefruit?) with a solid malt background. Definitely a sweet hop aftertaste, very sticky, seems to linger...not as bitter as some I've had. Extremely well balanced.

M: Smooth. As smooth as I've had in an IIPA, or any style for that matter. The taste just hangs around in your mouth. Yummy!

D: This one will sneak up on you. It's extremely drinkable given the ABV.

This is certainly at the top of my list of IIPAs. It is an extremely satisfying, well balanced beer that gets better as it warms up. Highly recommended!

gford217, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in the back of the fridge. Bottled date of 7/1/2006 and enjoyed on 3/27/2008.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a deep and cloudy woody brown on the edges with a creepy dark amber vortex in the middle. Big, fluffy off white head. Very impressive.

Smell: Sweet sugary malt with a hoppy background. The in your face hops from the fresh bottle are gone, but the balance of these aromas is great.

Mouthfeel: Medium chewy body with muted carbonation. Puckering on this one brings back the hops.

Taste: Caramelly sweet and malty with a hoppy finish. This is like a wonderful, hopped up barleywine.

Drinkability: As this was the one I forgot about for a year and a half I don't have another, but I wouldn't mind. It's a fascinating maturation, but for true hop fans would probably be a bit of a letdown.

joezak5, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured a hazy orange with a creamy head. It smelled of sweet citrus hops. The flavor was surprisingly mild, with light hops and citrus, and moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. The texture was great - super smooth. Overall this was a very delicious and drinkable beer!

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My virgin venture into the DIPA world. The color is an amber to golden color with a sticky cap of foam which left considerable lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is raw oily herbal hops. The palate is again very hoppy, flowery and bitter. The big malt character manages to break through the wall of hops to provide some balance. These two giant flavors combine to produce a nice enjoyable beer. The finish is bitter and lingers for a few seconds. It is slick on the palate and the alcohol is detectable but not very much so. I am not a "hop-head" but was impressed with this brew. Thank you sir, may I have another.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a bright clear golden orange color. Nice head that stayed around for a while and laced the entire glass

S- tons of hops here. Piney and floral hops I can pick up here.

T- Pine hops and more hops here again. Very nice and smooth. Can also pick up a little citrus and grape fruit in there also. Really nice tons of hop flavor no let down here.

M- Medium body I'd say. Slight carbonation also

D- Alcohol is hidden nicely. Very drinkable and dangerous. Bring on the 120!!

nrbw23, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a thick, cloudy orange and smelled supepr hoppy with a mix of pine and citrus. It was full of body and flavorful. Although it was thick, hoppy, and high in alcohol, it was fairly drinkable. So watch out with these--they'll sneak up on you!

jeremyd365, Mar 21, 2008
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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