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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,909
Reviews: 3,582
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 477
Gots: 1,930 | 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 csmiley
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This brew had a clear copper color. Head was acceptable and made up of nice tiny bubbles.

S - Hops come first in this beer. There is also a background that reminds me of fruit but it was hard to pick up so I could not narrow it down to any fruit in particular.

T - Once again, hops come first. The balance of all the flavors work well together. That is no small feat for a nine percent IPA.

M - Thick enough to make this a sipping beer. As the beer warms the thickness seems to reduce slightly.

D - This one goes down pretty easy given how strong it is.

csmiley, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of scottblaze
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beatiful amber, frothy head, good retention, feathery lacing. Floral citrus in the nose. Complex flavors, malty, molasses hoppy, citrus, a little grapefruit. Wonerful mouthfeel, tingly, chewy and highly drinkable. This could be fixture in the fridge.

Sumation: delicious...

scottblaze, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Previous reviewed bottled version have this on tap at my house. Always review the beers i have on tap for future reference.

Served into a flaired tulip glass. Very creamy off-white head,slightly hazed medium color. Very good retention leaving sticky webby lacing down the glass. Constiant streams of tony bubbles rising from the center of the glass.

Clean,very malty aroma,sweet carmell with a burnt edge.Lots of pineapple with a hint of alcohol. Aroma was pleasing between strong to moderate leaning towards strong.

Strong burnt sweet carmelly taste,as in the aroma. Strong piney hop presence with a leafy/resinous feel. A warming alcohol feel not overbearing. Not a complex taste the first taste is about what you get through the entire beer.

Full/thick mouthfeel that's cloying and sticky. Goes down pretty easy,not a beer i could even imagine drinking all night.

jcdiflorio, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think this is a true case of what happens when you drink a beer too young. I have several 90 min's that are fresh and the remainder of this 4 pack is going into the cellar.

A. Poured a nice golden yellow with a medium white head that dissipates top a thin lace.

S. Some sweet malt and hops, but overwhelmed by the alcohol warmness. This is a hot brew.

T. The malt and hops struggle to show themselves, but again the alcohol rushes to the forefront. I hope the alcohol mellows with cellaring.

D. This is a strong alcohol with little payoff from the beer itself and the brewers skill. I plan to spread this 4 pack over the next few years to see if aging does work.

MarkSCCOT, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of cdrummer
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lovely, creamy white head of sparce foam that laces fairly quickly, but does remain for the duration of the enjoyment process.

S: The nose is huge and impressive. Pleasant grapefruit and floral aromas with hints of peach and apricot. As it warms, a touch of pine shows up for the party.

T: The hops attack quickly, setting up strong, bitter, cirtus tartness on the tongue. It feels quite thicker that I expected. The alcohol is evident as it finishes, leaving a dry, warming feeling across the palette.

D: This beer goes down easy, but works best as a sipper, since it tends to open up its terrific warming properties as it sits.

Overall, this is a great beer. I recommend it for strong-flavored cuisine like mediterranean food or kebabs.

cdrummer, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

App: Pours a clear light amber with a thick white head and big carbonation bubbles. there's some lacing, but it's uneven and strange looking.

Smell: Great flowery and fruity hops mix with a fruity malt profile. I can pick up melon and caramel, in a similar way that I can while tasting a maibock... but this is still way different.

Taste: Melon again, with hops on the aftertaste, as would be expected. Very malty and very sweet compared to the west coast DIPA's i've been drinking lately. The hops aren't very present until the aftertaste, but they do provide some floral highlights throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness is less than usual for the style, but it builds and is a pleasant balance to the sweet, creamy malt profile.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a dipa, and not as rough on the palate as some, making it easy to consume.

dbalsock, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of redneckchugger
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my dfh pint
pours a beutiful tan with about an inch of head. strong lacing
smell of pine, grapefruit, lemon, orange, malt, alcohol, caramel.
taste is hops, piney and citrusy up front with huge malt in the back, very balanced, after taste of ripe fruitness that i can't place
mouthfell is smooth, creamy, kinda thick, and bit of a boozy burn.
very drinkable for such an intense beer, the most balanced dipa i have had to date, i've drank this beer many times, and it never gets old.

redneckchugger, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Scoobydank
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Light orange almost amber. White frothy thick head
S: Orange citrus with mild sweet malt
T: Mild Old Enlgish toffee with some sweet candy malt
M: Very light carbonation give it a nice round warming feel
D: Awesomely balanced beer. Being a higher ABV it is not hot and the hops do not over power the beer.

Scoobydank, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Pitmonkey
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I am new to reviewing, I wanted to try reviewing two beers at once so I had some kind of control to work against. I happened to have 2 Imperial IPAs on hand, Tyranena Hop Whore and 90 Minute. This may be totally wrong, but I comparing them, side by side as I write up the reviews. I did however taste them separately.

A- Deep clear amber with copper hue. Poured from 12 oz bottle into .4l Mack Arctic Beer tulip glass. Aggressive pour netted a finger of head which quickly dissipated into a fairly dense cap, no lacing to speak of.

S- Some hop, surprisingly not a lot. As I work down the glass, sweet alcohol aromas become pronounced.

Taste- Malt sweetness followed quickly by the bitterness of hops. Not overpowering, very well balanced with a powerful alcohol kick taking over toward the end.

Mouthfeel- It’s a mouthful of well rounded malt and hop which is followed by a strong alcohol sweetness and a very dry finish.

Drinkabililty- Probably one of the most drinkable Imperial IPAs I have tried. In that I mean it is well balanced and not mouth puckering. Which in a way is why I wouldn’t necessarily revisit this beer. I expect bigger things from an Imperial at this price.

Paid 10.99 for a 4 pack.

Pitmonkey, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of baos
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into Mason jar.

A: A pretty transparent amber color with a one finger head and really nice head retention that dissapates to a nice ultra-thin sheet of foam. Beautiful.

S: Hops, touch of malt, oranges, apples, and other citrus, and oddly enough olive oil.

T: Awesome citrus hoppiness with hints of malt, oranges, and fresh grains. Finishes really dry. And again I get a sharp olive oil flavor thats really good.

M: Awesome A one and superb. I've been super lucky in this field as of late. Its really creamy and not a bit watery. A touch oily. It has great body and feel in the mouth (thats what she said).

D: This beer is Yummy drink it.. I can't wait to try the 120 minute. Bravo to Dogfish Head!

baos, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of beerbutcher
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've had this beer stashed away for about a year now.. sooo curious!! it seems like a sin to sacrifice fresh hops for malt, but everybody already knows what a fresh one tastes like..

pours deep reddish-gold with an off white head almost two fingers deep which stands for a minute.

aroma has a deep dried fruit component layered over fruit brandy with a beautiful caramel malt backbone.phenolics are pungent and almost sting the nose, i love it!

taste is broadly malty, biscuity and cakey, wtih an fresh leafy edge to the intense hop bite which is quite resinous, piney, and citric, on the grapefruit rind side of things. finish is expansive, rich, balanced and slightly warming. hops never leave go, long after the beer and alcohol fade.

mouthfeel- no doubt it's slightly sweet, a rich and full bodied ale. The significant hop presence and refreshing quality of the alcohol hold it all together nicely. Obviously not for the who cannot appreciate hops, but for the hop heads, it's dead on.

drinkability- this one will slow you down, but it has incredible balance and nuance. i could drink this stuff daily.

beerbutcher, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to travel to Wisconsin to get this beer. It better be as good as advertised.

Pours a clear, reddish-copper with a flothy off-white head that almost spills over the top of the glass. The head settles down but maintains its presence thoughout the session. Leaves slight lacing.

It smells of citrus and piney hops. I don't get too much else in the nose. I smelled better IPAs.

This beer tastes very balanced. It starts off with a nice hop bite but mellows quickly to slight pine and malt tastes. Leaves with a little alcohol kick. It is medium body with good carbonation, strike that, great carbonation. A lot of brewers could learn a lot about that from this brew. I could drink many of these and end up in a stupor if I wasn't careful and showed moderation.

morimech, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House Innsbrook as part of Beer Geek Week '07

Poured through Randall the Enamel Animal.

A: Transparent amber hue with roughly a finger and a half of dense, white head. Great retention and lacing, with a few hop flakes in the beer.

S: Very floral and citrusy hop profile in the nose, which dominates, but still a sweet and mellow side as well. Definitely amped up and fresh as all hell due to the Randall.

T: An immaculate hop presence, absolutely unbelievable through the Randall. Has nearly every kind of hop flavor imaginable, citrusy but still very mellow, with a certain sweetness to it. Good malt backing that keeps this beer in check.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a solid amount of carbonation, a real treat in terms of texture.

D: Astonishing. This beer as a drinkability that is out of this world when poured through the Randall. Already an outstanding beer in its own right, this method of serving only increases the freshness and hop flavors already present.

CharlieMopps, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of tronester
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a big white head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is very malty to begin with, a biscuity flavor. Then the hops. Very well balanced, floral. You can definitely taste the dry hopping here. The carbonation levels are just right. One of the best double IPAs.

tronester, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of imasickboy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very smooth amber color. It was almost syrupy. Fine, creamy head, which left a decent lacing as the glass went down.

Smells a bit sweet, which is encouraging for an IPA, IMO, with just a little bitter smell to it. Hop aroma is strong, yet not overwhelming. There's more to this one that just the hops.

Very smooth in the mouth, likely due to the fine carbonation. A decent bitterness to it, yet not overpowering like you might expect with a DIPA.

Tasted exactly how it smelled, slightly sweet, yet not malty, a palatable amount of bitterness, and the expected hop flavor. It gathers a more "fresh" hop taste as it warms, and gets a very well-blended taste/feel to it. The sweetness of the malt seems to fit right in with the hops.

Very drinkable, despite the ABV. I must be careful with this one in the future.

Other thoughts: Beats the hell out of their 60 minute IPA, when it comes to flavor, IMO.

imasickboy, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Musky
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a beautiful bouquet of hop aroma that intoxicates the drinker. Has a nice head that will lace the glass as you drink down this homage to the beer gods. It is malty smooth with a hop bite towards the back of the palate, which is not usual for a 90 IBU beer. The maltiness can completely backup the high IBU rating. This is an extremely smooth IPA that is worth anyones time.


Musky, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of mattster
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 26 April 2007; side poured into a stemless wineglass. Very light head that disappears in less than a minute, some lacing on glass.

Smell is great, but nothing outwardly discernable. Beautiful dark brown hazy in glass with good bubble appearance after pouring.

Taste is quite hoppy - hence the 90 minuted dry hopping. Some dried citrus rind taste with slight herbal overtones. Wonderful mouthfeel = very similar to a full-bodied red wine; It even leaves small legs on the sides of the glass. The bubbles are pleasant in the mouth and don't attack the palate.

I first tried this beer a year ago, and could only drink one. This evening it was enjoyed by itself as well (no more left). This beer would be excellent with curries or strong stinky cheases.

This beer is proof that Dogfish Head is one of the greatest breweries in the United States.

mattster, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle.

Into a fluted Ommegang glass, a good pour results in two fingers of foam and a convex puff that threatens to spill over. High-clarity reddish amber jewel tone.

Aroma is fairly subdued, a bit herbal and vegetal, with some underlying citrus like dried grapefruit rinds.

Lush mouthfeel, palate-coating and fully enveloping.That's really it's finest quality. Slightly sticky sweet. Strong and dry in the finish, a little spicy, more than a hint of the high abv. There's an underlying chalky & herbal aftertaste. The flavor has the obligatory pine and citrus, certainly full-flavored, but not pushing the envelope to me. It's huge and hoppy, but doesn't stand above the pack of other IIPA's out there.

2nd bottle: 10/07 bottling date, same review applies. 12/07

emerge077, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of N8TheGreat
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at 50 degrees

Poured a deep amber with almost a hint of rose. Unremarkable head. Citrus and pine aromas mingle with a rich sweetness. First sip is rewarded with thick chunk of malt in the mouth as the strong pine and citrus flavors emerge and complement. Alcohol elements are present as well and blend nicely with the sweetness of the malt. A testament to balance in a DIPA. Incredibly drinkable.

N8TheGreat, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts off red, turning into a dark amber color, hints of red still remaining, pretty clear too. A pillowy, white head - awesome retention. It crawls down to quarter-inch.

Hops are major in this aroma, also smells of pine. Bits of honey, bits of brown sugar, grapefruit??? Very pleasant smell.

Citrus attack! Immediate assault on the palatte. Hops take over after and the sweeter tastes come out in the finish. Slightly tangy, like lemons or grapefruit with hints of pepper.

Very easy to sip, very refreshing - medium bodied, moderate carbonation and overall wonderful.

dogger6253, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into an oversized wine glass a slightly hazy copper with a thin head, sticky as all hell clinging to the sides of the glass.

A hop bomb on the nose as would be expected, the usual pine and citrus aromas are present but they are balanced nicely with a carmel malty backbone.

Spicy on the tip of the tongue huge hop bitterness, well balanced. Relatively thin body, juicy clean bitter finish.

DaggerEyes, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would take this over the 60 Minute any day ( the 60 is still great ).
Has an amber color, the head is fluffy and creamy with an abundance of lacing around the glass as it settles.

Smells of piny hop oils ( a lot of hop trademarks), floral and grassy with a sweet caramel like malt.

Tastes sweet and hoppy. Pine, citrus and a warming alcohol that is well hidden but starts coming through as the beer warms. Another winner from Dog Fish Head.

irishkyle21, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep orangey red with a 2 finger head that fades to lacing and a small frothy topping.

S- Smells sweet and very piney, pretty characterstic of a DIPA, nothing too out of the ordinary but solid none the less.

T- tastes of black liquorice, subdued piney hoppy tones, hints of alcohol.

M- A bit thick for my liking but it complements the taste well. Medium carbonation.

D- This is a sipper to be sure. I am digging the taste because of how different it is from cookie cutter DIPAs but it is thick and definitely coats your mouth. Not the most drinkable DIPA in the world but very solid.

Lothore, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of david131
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This is as clear as it gets. A perfectly clear coppery liquid fills the glass with a tiny white head that settles to a thin covering and a tiny ring where the beer meets the glass. Looks kind of flat and bland.

S- Even when warmed, I can't get a lot out of this. Some pine and citrus with a strong malt backing. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the nose, but it is not too harsh. It has some aroma to it, but not like some other DIPA's I've had.

T- Some piney hops and a good caramel malt backing. This does have a kick to it, but half of that can be attributed to the alcohol bite. Some strong hops up front with a the malt to smooth things out on the finnish.

M- Very dry and tangy. The hops are sure getting the job done here. There is still something missing for me.

D- This is decent, but by no means spectacular. This is my sixth bottle of this stuff and I seem to enjoy it a little less every time. A quality beverage, but is not my favorite for the style.

david131, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of latercol
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I allowed this to warm slightly before serving.

This poured a very attractive orange/amber color with good clarity. Nice frothy off-white head with mostly fine bubbles that cling to the glass. Head settled to a thin layer that sticks around for the duration. This is a pretty beer!

This is an outstanding scent! I could savor this for a while. Like a walk through a pine forest after a rain. Love it!!! Maybe some very pleasant citrus tones as well. mmm...

WOW! This is strong... and really good! Yes, I like this a lot! Definitely the pine/citrus flavor that I detected from the smell. This is GOOD hoppy beer. Only slight bitterness... way less than I expected.

Smooth fine feel, almost perfect.

This is most definitely an exceptional sipping/smelling beer... needs to be looked at, swirled a bit, and savored. I wouldn't want to chug this. A snifter, red wine glass or a nice looking goblet works well to serve this.

latercol, Sep 17, 2007
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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