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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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12,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,882
Reviews: 3,581
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 472
Gots: 1,915 | 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 mcarroll10177
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a great surprise to me. I have to say that I am not a fan of the IPA style. I recently purchased a few summer sample packs and did not like the IPAs that were offered. I also was not a fan of the 60 minute. I grabbed a bottle of this as a lark.

What a beer!

A- dark copper with a big big white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- Hop oil, citris fruit and alcohol

T- wow, the hops are ever present but unlike many in the IPA/DIPA style the alcohol adds balance to the flavors. There is a lot of citris fruit flavor in this beer as well making it a very complex wonderful tasting brew

M- sticky and perfectly balanced

D- an easy drinking DIPA with a 9% ABV? Thats right as so so well done.

mcarroll10177, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My second crack at this. Purchased at the Candlewyck in Buckingham, PA for what seems like chump change.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear amber with a nice half-finger off-white head. It hangs on for quite a while as a result of the large amount of cascading bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is tremendous and comes in sheets.

SMELL: Mild piny, spicy, and pungent hops hit the nose first. Some sweet malt hides in the background, and hints of apricot also come out. Overall, a nice balance, but slightly underwhelming.

TASTE: The hops are sweet, citrusy, and piny and blend well with the rest of the beer. The malt background is excellent and is able to shine through as the beer crosses the palate. The finish is hoppy again with the same hops flavors lingering to the end. Balance in a double IPA? Believe it.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, if not a bit syrupy. Carbonation is a bit on the lighter side.

DRINKABILITY: The balance is exceptional and makes this one of the more drinkable DIPAs. A bit syrupy to be considered refreshing, but goes down nicely and the 9% ABV is hardly detectable. A great summer sipper.

How lucky I am to have such access to Dogfish Head, and even more lucky that 90 Minute IPA is as easy to find as it is. A definite winner.

jmalex, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Tim2000
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2007 Mondiale de la Bière.

Crystal clear golden yellow with some copper highlights.

Aroma is of sweet caramel with lots of fresh citrus fruit.

This is a sugary beer, some nutty caramel malts with big grapefruit notes as well as some herbal, grassy hops. Alcohol is pleasantly warming.

Body is thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation.

I love my hops, and this monster does not disappoint in that department. Good balance, but definitely a sipping beer.

Tim2000, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light orange, thin white cap.

S - bit of malt sweetness, hops are not overpowering, but the hint of alcohol tells you there is something more sinister going on.

T - The first taste is quite a whollop. That's what you call a solid malt backbone! Hops are quite smooth throughout, and not what I would call overly bitter, especially with such a strong malt presence. I'm also picking up dark berry and raisin flavours blended in with the alcohol, which is noticable but again quite smooth.

M - A touch syrupy, and quite heavy, but the dry resiny finish helps wrap things up.

D - I'm having no problems gulping this baby down, but 2-3 at this pace would certainly catch up to me in a hurry.

I have no idea how old this bottle is, but it certainly did not live up to my expectations in the hop department. It's a very enjoyable beer, but is far more about malt sweetness than hop bitterness. I'm guessing that a fresher sample would be more indicative of this beer's true characteristics.

Thanks for the bottle demcorhip!

markaberrant, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of ttu94
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle, bottled on 3/16/17.
Has a mostly clear golden color to it. Average head but good lace. The smell is fantastic. Lots of hops, lots of citrus and malts. I don't think it smells like most other beers but it smells great.
This may one of best tasting beers I have ever had. I remember after having my first one raving to my friends about it. Super strong hop flavor and malt. It has an alcohol punch to it but it is not offensive. It also has a very creamy feel. It reminds me of ice cream if that is possible.
By the time you finish this beer you will feel like you have consumed a very rich decadent dessert. I wouldn't say you should drink lots of these at one time cause the ABV is 9% but I'm gona have another right now.

ttu94, May 29, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear, light copper, fingers worth of head.

S - Not getting much off of this beer. Stupid nose

T - Harsh bitterness. This is full throttle bitter that is for sure. Fair amount of carbonation. Not sharp, but present

M - Lingers some. Not too thick, but you know it's there.

D - Meh. Execution seems fine, I just don't like the results. Overly bitter, I can't really find a taste beyond that.

enfield249, May 27, 2007
Photo of aravenel
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't realize it was possible for a beer with this much body and hop to finish as smoothly and cleanly as this. One of the best beers I've ever had. Strong notes of honey and grapefruit, with plenty of hoppy pine notes. Mouthfeel especially is exceptional.

aravenel, May 27, 2007
Photo of
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Firkin.

Poured a clear, dark gold color. Developed a large, creamy, off-white head. Lacing was minimal, but legs were pretty evident.

Huge pine scent greeted me as the glass slid towards me. Grapefruit in there as well. Caramel and melons added a sweet component.

Taste was pine juice. Alcohol quickly followed. Sweet tastes seemed much more submerged in this tap version compared to the bottled. Bitter flavors win the day, but it would be unfair to say that this beer wasn't well balanced. Taste lingers well.

Medium + body. Low carbonation. Sweet more than dry.

IMO, much better on tap than in the bottle. I really enjoyed this, and I can't say I am a huge fan of the bottled version. A very pleasant surprise.

, May 27, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This could have been close to all 5's. But I just can't give anything all 5's I guess. I've come close on this one and a brewbar's oatmeal stout so far.

Poured a gorgeous orange/gold color with a nice fluffy white head that laced beautifully throughout the long slender glass. The head lasted to the bottom and had sparkly bubbles of carbonation that lasted until the end as well. Smelled of sharp pine/grass with some citrus tones. Tasted awesome. Fresh hop, bitter, some citrus and a punch of nutty and grassness to it. Goes down smooth... this is one easy drinking 9% brew. I can't get enough of this stuff. I could drink these all day, or atleast until I fall on my face. Awesome brew.

beeroclock, May 23, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn. This is a fantastic beer. Lives up to all the hype.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - Transparent honey gold with a 1+ finger head. Leaves lots of lacing. You can count how many sips it took for me to finish with the rings it leaves behind.

Smell - Citrus, pine, malt, and pineapple. Mmmm...Pineapple.

Taste - Sweet malt front with a hop kick-in-the-jaw ending. Malt, honey, pine, grapefruit and hops. Incredibly balanced.

Mouthfeel - Oily, syrupy, coats the mouth and throat in an even film. Finishes very dry, which I like. The dry finish seems strange for how thick the beer feels. The carbonation is near perfect.

Drinkability - 9 % ABV? You don't say? Give me another four pack.

This is my favorite DFH.

What are you waiting for? Go get some now!

MiguelMandingo, May 23, 2007
Photo of shroompod
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is from my cellar and hand dated 2005 by myself.

Pours a clear orange hue. Good carbonation. Some lacing sticks around.

Smell is primarily hoppy, citrus , but also some caramel.

Taste still has plenty of hoppiness, but much more of a pronounced sweet maltiness, then when fresh.

Mouthfeel is thin/medium, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall a great beer that some prefer fresh. IMO it's ages just fine, taking on an almost barley wine character.

shroompod, May 21, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be the best American made beer of all time. IPA but with a touch of sweetness. High alcohol but very good taste. Everything about this beer is exceptional. If you see this on tap this should be your number one priority. Just remember that you can't drink very many of these and still drive home.

ejimhof, May 19, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in Southern Pines, NC while visiting family. I was grocery shopping at Harris Teeter and was pleasantly surprised to find a good selection of good beer at this grocery store. The Dogfish Head 90 Min. IPA is sold in a FOUR PACK... a bit pricey... at $7.99 for a 4 x 12 oz 4 pack.

I poured it into a pint glass and noticed it's deep copper color and the 1" head that gradually dissipated to a lacy cap.

The aroma was nicely intense. Hints of pine,a nd grapefruit.

The taste was very good. The hops came through immediately giving an immediate warming sensation and the pine/woodsy/citrus flavors command your attention. Some malty background taste to help balance things off. over-all a nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel was good for the style. Good amount of carbonation... not too fizzy. The hoppy taste leave a lingering after taste that is pleasant.

Drinkability is also good.... I had two back to back... and the 9%ABV didn't bother me. Maybe this isn't a beginner's beer, but if you like hops....then go for it.... I would highly recommend Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA.

TheBierBand, May 17, 2007
Photo of Monsone
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass. Decent 1 to 2 finger white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lace.

Smells are lots of floral hop and some pine.

Tastes is big oily hop. Pine. Decent sweet malt in the midlle. Finishes with a full hop bitterness.

Meduim bodied mouthfeel with a decent amount of malt.

Pretty drinkable, but this beer is expensive($12 for 4) and strong 9%. That give it a little hit.

Overall a great example of a Imperial/Double IPA. Compares favorably to others I have had, like Dreadnaught.

Monsone, May 17, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained via trade with Rodenbacher. Poured into a pint glass. Goldenrod body sits under a one finger white head. Head reduces to a moderately large halo and leaves some sitcky resiny lacing on the glass. A quick swirl actually reconstitutes the one finger head.

Piney citrusy hops on the nose, grapefruit, grainy malt

Taste follows the nose, also maybe some apricot, brown sugar. Nice oily hop explosion here, but not overly bitter.

Carbonation is perfect, finish is drying and entices the next sip, and alcohol is well hidden.

Very easy to drink, just beware the 9% abv.

illidurit, May 15, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale golden color, clear, generous head.

Nose is somewhat soapy-like with a citrusy clean component.

Palate has an odd sweetness that is quite prominent and then followed by a dryish hop finish. Very atypical to me, as far as my DIPA experiences have been.

Scary how drinkable this ale is.

yemenmocha, May 12, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with an average off-white head. The smell is of oranges and grapefruit, sweet and twangy. A nice mellow grapefruit flavor, some resin and pine hints. No fresh grassy hop flavors. The hops are followed by a creamy caramel type flavor, which mellows out the hops and makes this very drinkable, though a bit on the sweet side. The feel is moderate and creamy, not overly carbonated. I am a bit torn on the drinkability. The first beer drinks way easy but the sweetness will catch up and limited me to maybe 2 in a session.

Gmann, May 12, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beautiful beer in a trade with Reed415

Pours a beautiful head that retains very well. The color is a light gold copper. Lacing is sticky and presents a beautiful looking beer. The smell presents a hop presence that is strong. The taste just bursts with grapefruity hoppiness that's balanced very well. The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, just not enough to make the experience any the worse. Overall this seems to be a very good dry hopped Imperial IPA and would be my session beer of choice if I could get it fresh. It's so powerful with great hoppy taste it's just very very good.

Erdinger2003, May 09, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a clean dark amber color with a creamy head and modest lacing.

Smell of the gods with this one. Malty and sweet with the fruitiness of pineapple and light citrus. Enjoyed the aroma as much as the taste.

Malty and sweet with a lot of depth. Hops are there but more subdued. The alcohol is well hidden. A bit of warm caramel lingers at the end of every drink.

Smooth and very creamy with a nice chewiness to it. Slick feel to the tongue as well. Carbonation is very light.

This beer is so drinkable even with the higher alcohol content. Start me on a Friday night and I'd try to drink straight through to Sunday night.

Monkeyknife, May 07, 2007
Photo of SQNfan
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a bottled date of 11/29/2006

A coppered amber in color the beer poured a 1/4" head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose was filled with citrus hops (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) and balancing caramel malt. In the mouth the beer had great density and a wonderfully rich texture. The huge amount of hops was very well-balanced in the palate with sweet hops though kept enough of a dry bitterness to get you know it was all Double IPA. Even at 9% this is very drinkable. Yum.

SQNfan, May 06, 2007
Photo of cooncat
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, with a bottled date of 7/06, and reviewed on 5/07, so its had a little time to settle.

The pour produces a huge, rich and creamy tan head over an orangish-amber colored brew. Sheets of lacing form all down the side of the glass all the way to the end.

The nose is HUGE with citric hops (cascade and chinook, I think) and you can spend lots of time just enjoying the heady nose.

The first sip is definitely 'hop heaven'. This is no beer for the timid-tongued! I let a sip wash over the whole of my tongue several times before swallowing. While the predominant flavor is of citric hops (and some floral), there is a malt backbone that that holds up to the hop onslaught (2 row, and plenty of it according to the label). Mouthfeel is medium-full, and its very pleasant on the tongue. At 9% ABV, it's really not a 'session' brew, but rather, one to be savored. While very quaffable, one will satisfy all but the most hardened hop heads.

Bottom line, an Imperial IPA (meaning DIPA) that you can buy with confidence and know that you will enjoy it again, and again. Highly recommended.


cooncat, May 05, 2007
Photo of jtslay
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First of all: "Mmmm"

Now on to the review...

This beer pours a very clear amber-orange with moderate head that doesn't stick around too long. The aroma is amazing. It is very complex like no other beer I have had before. The taste is equally complex. They managed to balance the hops and the malt for this style of brew that often is overbearing with hops that don't complement the malt. Excellent brew that I highly recommend!

jtslay, May 05, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange/amber color with a white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a good amount of lace.

Smell is citrus hops with some malt aroma.

Taste is kind of sweet upfront, followed by some hop bitterness with alcohol taste/warmth on the finish.

A little too heavy on the malt and alcohol and too light on the hops.

One is enough for me, thanks

I read the reviews and the claim on the cardboard 4 pack carrier of this beer being "the best ipa in America" and I expected much more.
Give me a Stone Ruination or a Victory Hop Wallop anyday over this over-priced beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 05, 2007
Photo of dickieb
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a nice amber coloe with just a finger of head that barely clings to the glass. Smells quite malty, with less hops then i would expect, but still a realy apealing scent. Taste starts off sweet with some hop flavor, and goes into a lot more hops with some bite, mostly citrusy and bitter twords the end. This is very drinkable for 9%, and quite enjoyable. Im very happy i opted for the 4 pack.

dickieb, May 05, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good beer, no doubt, but I found it a little underwhelming for a double IPA. There was a big malt profile that reminded me of Southern Tier's Big Red (imperial red) in that is was a rich fruit-like taste, but without much in the way of discernible flavors. Citrus edge to nose. The hops are most of a nice compliment to the malt with a juicy citrus flavor. Worth a try, unless you love double IPAs like Ruination and nothing else.

tempest, May 04, 2007
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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