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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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96
world-class

13,512 Ratings
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97
world-class

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Ratings: 13,512
Reviews: 3,627
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 511
Gots: 2,331 | FT: 28
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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 jacobseyb
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=Copper color and clear

S=Caramel, malty and some fruity notes

T=Seems well balanced hops are striking but expected. Fruity notes are present. Alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming

M=Nice feel, carbonation tingles, light aftertaste

D=Drinkable but more than 4 might be a little much. Not super heavy or filling.

Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-pack snagged up at a QFC in LaCamas WA of all places.. bottled on 01/30/09. Poured into a tumbler glass that just had the 60 min. in it, then rinsed w/ water.

- Darker copper clear tone as compared to the 60 min. Lacing and minimal head.

- Smell is of barley and mild caramel malt.. roasty. Light alcohol flare.

- Rich malt and barley combo... caramel.. sweet.. and floral fragrant hop notes.. very well balanced. I like the more notable barley presence in their IPA's.. a nice change.. but not a favorite of mine in an IPA.. only session pales do I like the barley. Hides the alcohol well.. much like the 60 min. does but better. (I swear the 60 min. is stronger than it states.)

- Tad dry, sweet, chewy.. but complex. Bit bubbly.

- Would love to try on tap or cask.. but is still rather drinkable. I could get a six pack down.. but 4 leaves room for the 60 min. after hehe.

Reminds me of a better version of SN Torpedo Extra IPA, but this is much more complex and balanced.

Photo of unitas3
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amazing orange honey hue with a great amber glow. Decent head with great lacing. On the nose it is rather malty and a bit sweet with nuances of pine and fresh, sweet citrus.

The taste is incredibly smooth and balanced. The balance shines brilliantly from hops and malt with an offsetting sweetness that finishes with a good citrus kick. I don't get much alcohol on the finish, making this beer tremendously drinkable. The mouthfeel is medium to full and the offsetting sweetness is the only aspect that makes this the powerhouse that it is at 9%. For an IPA it is balanced beautifully with hops shining on a great solid oily/malty body. Love it

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

I had always expected this to be an extreme beer with tongue-numbing hops and a crazy floral nose.

For an IPA this one seems all about the balance. There's a solid hop presence but built on a backbone of malty sweetness.

Dark amber color and a head that never went away made me really appreciate this beer.

Really, really enjoyable.

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

12 oz pours a nice golden orangey color with lots of frothy head that just won't go away. Fed by infinite streams of tiny bubbles that results in amazing lacing. Gorgeous.

The nose is subdued for an DIPA. Piney and grapefruit hops, a surprising level of malty sweetness.

The taste is not the hop bomb that you might expect. The malts are bold and right there with the hops. Some initial sweetness followed by bittering hops, a little pine and floral notes, hints of citrus and then the malts kick in again... some more sweetness and hints of honey bread. Slight ethanol kick in the back. Dry mouthfeel but not puckering, tons of carbonation.

Way more balanced than I expected. Also, the hops are more bittering than many others who go with a grapefruity variety. Lots of sweetness, variety of hop flavors... this is a solid go-to IPA for many an occassion. Great with food, heck ya I'll have another!

Photo of berserker256
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just had the 60 minute IPA and it was pretty good. So I found this 90 minute IPA and decided to buy the 4-pack for just over ten bucks. It has a golden orange hue with a thick dense white head. My nose picks up a huge presence of floral hops and maybe a sweet bready aroma as well. There's a thick, heavy, and syrupy sort of consistency but a great taste. It tastes like oily hops with much less pine and citrus than I usually associate imperial IPAs with. Quite bitter... As it should be and malty. There's a flavorful contrast of bitter and sweet going on. As I drink the beer down rings of foam are left behind. I think I feel some alcohol warmth in my throat now, also. Good beer... But I'm still trying to find one that will top Bell's Hopslam. I'll keep searching.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a hophead. In fact, I generally avoid beers for which hoppiness is the defining characteristic.

That said, I do want to enhance my palate, and I've heard nothing but good things about this beer. So, during a small beer run before tomorrow's larger one, I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA as part of a mixed six-pack. And now I understand all the praise.

Appearance: Really beautiful beer. Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my 14-ounce tulip, 90 Minute IPA pours a rich, firey, translucent dark honey-amber with ample carbonation. A solid one-finger cap of faintly off-white head recedes to a persistent film and leaves quite a bit of lacing throughout drinking.

Smell: Floral/fruity (not overly piney) hops cruise over a sweet, malty backdrop. I also pick up a fleeting hint of honey-ish aroma, but it's barely there. The hops are the star of this show.

Taste: Not dissimilar from the nose, although it should be noted that the malt and hops are VERY well-balanced on the tongue. The first flavor is of prominent floral hops, followed quickly by a growing wave of amber malt. As the hops recede, the malt steps gradually forward, and by the time a sip is swallowed, I'm left with equal parts hoppy bite and malty sweetness. An intriguing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Light, but full; certainly not heavy, watery, sticky, or creamy. Just the right amount of effervescence for the flavor -- the carbonation deftly carries DFH 90 Minute through the mouth and down the throat, elevating the taste and making it easy to discern different flavor components.

Drinkability: Maybe I should give this a 3.0 based simply on the 9.0% ABV, but I can't. Alcohol is nearly imperceptible in the nose and flavor of this beer, and I think it would be rather easy to put away a pair of these tasty beverages before realizing that you're feeling it. This beer is, in my opinion, a little too hearty to be called "refreshing," but it does call out for the drinker to take sip after sip.

Although I'll probably never be a serious hophound, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I'll buy it again -- a first for me, with a hops-forward brew. Good stuff!

Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber/yellow color with a nice foamy head that leaves nice lacey rings all the way down the glass.

S- Strong hoppy nose with floral, citrus, pine and lots of caramel malt.

T- Mirrors the nose with lots of hops, pear, grapefruit, and pine flavors. A malt character can be easily found which help to balance the hops without taking away from them. A very hoppy AND malty DIPA.

M- Crisp and clean with a good amount of carbonation. Medium bodied but light enough to enjoy a few (watch that ABV).

D- Nice brew that is a fairly malty version of the style.

Photo of Nick3
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Pint glass. Beer pours a 2 finger foamy white head that disappears quickly. Nice carbonation and bubbles in this amber colored beer. Both smell and taste are dominated by the hops, very floral. However, unlike many other strong IPAs, this one does not have a bitter bite and is very smooth. Hard to believe the alcohol is this high. I'm not a huge IPA fan but I was very impressed by this one.

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

Appearance: A nice finger of head with some beautiful lacing. It has an awesome clear amber color.

Smell: lots of citrus and floral smell to it with a nice piney odor. It has a hint of sweetness to it.

Taste: There is pretty good balance between the malt and hops to make the hops not completely over power everything, but this is definitely a hop focused beer. The taste is very similar to the smell with definitely some piney, earthyness to it. The alcohol is definitely present, but does an okay job hiding underneath the hops.

Mouthfeel: It is pretty thick and chewy with a nice amount of carbonation. The carbonation really helps smooth out everything in the beer.

Drinkability: For me this beer has some solid drinkability. The alcohol in it and the fact that the alcohol isn't as well hidden as in some higher alcohol beers make it hard to have multiple in a sitting. It does taste awesome though, making it one of my favorite beers.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

Poured a golden amber with medium white head what mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Complex aroma of hops and malt with sweet tone. Full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with medium to heavy bitter finish of long duration.

Very good double IPA.

Photo of GWaters
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass
Temperature: Refrigerated

Pour: Pours smooth with light carbonation. Small foamy head builds as the bottle empties. 1 1/2 fingers of white foamy head.

Smell: Sweet floral hops fill the nose. Scent of grapefruit and malty sweetness.

Taste: Tastes a lot like the scent - sweet hops, and a lot of them. Not bitter in the slightest. Taste of grapefruit and flowers rounds ou the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth feel. Slight residue sticks to the side of the tongue.

Drinkability: Yes please. Although this beer has a strong hop presense, it is not bitter, and does not bite. Very easy to drink.

Photo of brianlg
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first time having the infamous DFH 90 minute IPA. It pours a hazy amber with a finger width head. It smells very much of pine and citrus. On first sip the taste is identical to the smell, and very hoppy! It is a very good tasting beer! Mouthfeel is very smooth and goes down easily, I think I'm getting the hang of these higher ABVs. My only problem with the beer is the price. I feel like there are other cheaper IPAs that can do the same thing for me. But price out of the way, this is a solid tasty refreshing beer!

Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite from DFH. Medium amber with a red tint. Lots of hops and citrus...smells refreshing. Hint with hops right off the bat but calms down afterwards with a very refreshing finish. A great double that I drink often...a must-have for IPA fans and a great beer from DFH.

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

Classic double and another good one from DFH.

appearance: golden amber and reddish hues, decent lacing residue

smell: loaded loaded hops, very pleasant for a hop fans. The pine aroma comes out in this IPA more than any other that I have had.

taste: Very strong hops aroma, this beer is loaded, nice grapefruit taste, loaded pine liek running through a forest and head onto a pine tree. This beer is loaded with notes of pine.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. good malt backbone.

drinkability: really strong double and I would have it again, and again. DFH makes IPAs really well.

Photo of bimish
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a thin, bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Hazy, medium to light orange-brown color.

S - Floral, piney hoppy aroma. Grapefruit notes also. Light malt aroma.

T - Floral, piney hop flavor. Strong caramel malt flavor. Starts fairly hoppy, finishes with a nice, full malty flavor.

M - Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - Very intense flavors. Malty flavors really stick to your palate. Probably wouldn't have more than 2-3 in one sitting.

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

A - honey colored with a one-finger head that stuck around for a long time...lacing that lasted at least 5 minutes after I had finished the beer

S - resinous hop smell...lots of pine...notice more of the sweeter malts as the beer warms

T - earthy hop flavor, with a good bit of pine as well...sweeter, biscut-like maltiness balances it very nicely

M: creamy...hoppy bitterness up front with a nice alcohol warming...really coats the tongue

D: considering the ABV, this beer is extremely drinkable...something that I could have every day

Photo of squaremile
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is horribly inconsistent for me. I have had it in bottles several times and on tap at the brewery (the best experience with it), and the mouthfeel and taste are all over the place in my experience. At it's best it is a very well balanced and smooth east coast IPA, at worst it is forgettable and overly malty and juicy. I don't buy it anymore.

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

A: A golden Orange Color, plenty of carbonation, and a massive white head.

S: Hops, grapefruit, and other fruit scents.

T: Some hops in there, but also a nice nutty/ biscuit like flavor. Slight fruit tones, and overall very well balanced.

M: Clean and crisp.. a little bit of coating as it finishes..

D: I tell ya, if 60 Min and 90 Minute were the only IPA's I had ever tried, I would profess my love for this brewing style. These two beers have turned me around on a style that I typically do not enjoy. Very well balanced, and very much worth getting again.

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

Appearance: Somewhat hazy rich pumpkin body. A finger and a half of off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: As you might expect, it smells a lot like 60 Minute with the volume cranked up even further. Hoppy as hell, but backed up with lots of caramel malt and alcohol. The hop profile is of Cascadey grapefruit and pine. Very appetizing.

Taste: Still lots of grassy, earthy, ctirusy and piney hops, but there's a lot more malt in the taste. The sweet caramel malt backbone is very much up to the task of maintaining balance, not an easy feat when there is so much hoppiness. Pleasantly assertive alcohol throughout and a lovely bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and sticky with good carbonation. You can really feel the booze in your throat. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: It's a sipper for sure, more due to the alcohol content than the flavor profile. A sliver above average for the style.

Verdict: Compared to most Double IPAs, 90 Minute has a lot more malt than usual, making it much more of a balanced proposition than most. While not my favorite Double IPA, 90 Minute is still very much a standout beer.

Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= orange color with a huge head that's sticky to the glass and thick. Not too many bubbles are floating from the bottom but head retention is still very good
S= A pretty thick malt character to it but still a lot of pineapple and fruity hops come through.
T= Hoppy with pineapple and grapefruit tastes but still there is a lot of great maltyness too it.
M= Ligher than expected and a little creamy
D= Excellent, a great beer. complex and world class

Photo of TLove
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A truly exceptional beer in taste, balance, and flavor. Through years of drinking well-received IPAs, in my opinion, this is without a doubt the best IPA I've ever had.

Pours a light, translucent brown into a tumbler glass with a thick, creamy head.

Strong, hoppy, light malt in the nose, with a floral sweetness.

Taste full of caramel, cane sugar, pine nuts, raisins, whole bunches of bitter hops and rounded out with mushy, browned barley. Phenomenal balance and plum character.

Mouthfeel lightly carbonated, with beautiful, oaty smoothness.

Finish just rolls back, with no conflict of any kind on the palate. Incredibly round at the end with a delicate, rotund warmth.

Individual elements are reminiscent of the big picture, which is that this is a truly wonderful brew.

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

This beer is so smooth and delightful. It soon became one of my favorite beers once I had it on tap. I had had it in bottles a few times, but on tap the chocolate/coffee tones were more subtle and the flower notes were accentuated. I fell in love all over again. The high alcohol content makes it unnecessary to have too many, but to slowly savor each sip.

Photo of Newmerator
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from City Beer Store in SF, shout out.

A. Amber/bronze, almost a thick honey

S. Hoppy all the way. Hop heads dream, hoppy, yeasty, pine notes.

T. De-fukin-licious Great, medium body, almost oily

M. kinda chewy

D. not too strong of an IPA, good sesh beer in my opinion.

I highly recommend picking up one, or several if possible.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big dog pours a transparent copper/orange with a BIG white, foamy head with dense carbonation giving way to a sticky icky icky lacing.

The aroma is like rubbing a handful of pure hops together. Further, of the grassy/pine, and even citrus and funky variety, but also some touches of sweet malt.

Not what I was expecting, much more sweet/toffee malt in the flavor with citrus and again the pine/grass/funky hops. Slight caramel flavor as it warms, the malt becomes more prevalent and accommodating to the piney hops.

Creamy, chewy, full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Tons of character, so much to explore, I think I'll explore another. This stuff is great, if not for the high abv, it's a go to all night.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,512 ratings.