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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,702
Reviews: 3,685
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 550
Gots: 2,567 | FT: 26
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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 prosper
1.9/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours a crystal clear amber colour with a very slightly off-white head. Disappears quickly, leaves some lacing.

Smells of sticky, fruity malts, and hops - but not as strong as expected.

Taste is wrong. Reminds me of rubbing alcohol - pungent alcohol, phenolic solvents. Almost belgian levels of malt-fruitiness. Melted plastic. Hot on the back of the throat - fuesels. A drain pour; yech!

Other than the foul taste, the body was decent, but the nasty flavours killed any drinkability.

This is a well-regarded beer, so I can only assume I got a bad bottle.

Photo of bjacobsen
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A- Pours a ruby, juicy color. Very nice, substantive off-white head that holds on nicely and provides some solid lacing as well.

S- Nice! Citrus and Pine/Floral aromas are great. The grapefruity citrus is a little more prominent than the the floral pine, but man am I thirsty! This aroma is why I love the DIPA so much!!! So inviting.

T-Taste mirrors the aromas. A wonderfully refreshing blast of citrus (led by grapefruit) and hops but it certainly has a sweet malt balance, much more obvious than any other DIPA. Dry finish, as anticipated with a barely noticeable warmth in the back. Leaves me puckering and salivating like a DIPA but it doesn't have the palate-obliterating quality that most would have. A touch sweet overal but very tasty!

M- Medium body with a pleasant carbonation. This beer has the right balance of resin and hop-oils that pushes a lovely flavor onto the palate.

D- Certainly the most drinkable DIPA to date. A great example of a hoppy gem that doesn't seem to have to flex it's muscles to do so.

If there is such a thing, I would suggest this as the gateway DIPA. It has a lot of the beautiful characteristics classic to the style without the intimidation (that Stone Brew Co. brags about).

Photo of Rhynes2
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to get to try this beer. Pours a nice orange color with an off white foamy head. Laced all the way down the glass. When I compare it to the 60 min IPA this one wins in every category. The smell of hops is better, color is richer. Im normally a fan of the Stone IPA but this one gets right in the top few favorite IPAs. I'll be coming back for more of this one.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a freshly washed Sam Adams "Bubble" glass.

Bronze in color, clear with a half inch head and some "legs' in the lacing.

The smell is complex; dark ripened fruit, citrus and piney earth-tones.

Taste is complex as well; sharp hop bite, sweet cara-malts. It has a slight grainy quality accompanied with an apricot and raisin aftertaste.

Very delicious! Easy to drink for a heavier IPA.

Photo of jjansen
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my non-technical review of this is simply: i love this beer. i could drink this daily although not in the quantities I would like to or else I would likely not have a job. This was my first intro into Dogfish Head and has kept me coming back to try every variety I can get my hands on.

Photo of Tballz420
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very sizable creamy white head tops off a clear orange body. Nice amount of lacing. Sweet malt on the nose backed by a very prominent floral hop arrangement. The taste starts with sweet caramel malt, but dominated by well-blended bitter and floral hop combinations. Spicy alcohol is present, but not overbearing. Medium bodied, wet mouth. Pretty solid IPA for sure.

Photo of realmpel
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious IPA, one of my favorites. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Deep amber color. It pours with a fizzy head of about an inch which takes a few minutes to recede. Lacing remains on the glass throughout.

Smell: A little bit of toasted barley scent, faint hop aroma.

Taste: Delicious. Balanced hops and malt, with a sweetness on the finish mixed in with the bitterness. For an IPA, it's not assertively hoppy to my taste.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness lingers a bit, in a nice way. I say it's good.

Drinkability: I could have several. The high percentage is masked by its smoothness.

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

After reading so many great reviews of this beer, i bought a bottle with high hopes. I wasn't let down by any means, but it's not as good as hopslam. Then again I could be biased because I live in Michigan.
This tasted bitter, but not too bitter, and also nice and malty. I would have liked more hops flavor but that's just a preference. Cant' taste the alcohol at all even though it's 9% ABV. Overall good, I would recommend it.

Photo of gixxerrider21
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This IPA is wonderful through and through. The beer is poured with about an inch of head, good head retention, and slightly cloudy yellow. The nose feel is not overpowering, with a nice hop citrus smell. The hop taste is not overwhelming, and the bitterness does not linger on the tongue. The beer starts and finishes smooth, and has excellent drinkability.

Photo of cpone
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to Duvel tulip.

A: Burnt orange cooper color. Off white head goes away quickly. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Strong pine, get some citrus. Toasted barley. Some caramel hidden in there.

T: Strong hop and slight malty sweetness. Get some orange and mild foral notes. Overall fairly bitter and not quite as balanced as the 60 min, but very tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied. A hoppy finish - fairly bitter.

D: Very drinkable for a 9.0% ABV beer. Without food more than one would be a bit heavy.

Photo of NeutroMan
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with a creamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is fresh floral hops, breaded malts, and some citrus elements like orange and pineapple.

The hops hit you like a ton of bricks on the first sip (although it is smooth at the start). Very bitter, with hop oil present all the way through. Malts are subdued somewhat, although they are here and have a nice chewiness to them. Strong alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body with little carbonation that rolls off the tongue. Although it goes down smooth, the complex flavors and 9% ABV limit me to one, two at the most.

Photo of Mayhem976
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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
4.07/5  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 +14.8%
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
4.77/5  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
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +6.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
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
4.32/5  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
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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