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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,503
Reviews: 3,627
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 511
Gots: 2,321 | 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 beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark orange-copper with a thin micro-bubbly light beige head that quickly settled. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: rich with citrus and pine, alcohol and caramel.

T: The initial flavor was dry and spicy caramel, with a big citrus and pine hopping brought to live by the lively carbonation factor. The beer finishes spicy and dry with a floral hopping, a strong caramel presence as well some spicy alcohol fusels. The hopping and alcohol warming provide a nice lingering bitterness and warming to the finish.

M: A warm dry spicy alcohol gently warms up the mouthful with a puckering bitterness of dry floral.

D: A big hoppy treat balanced nicely against a huge sweet malty grain bill makes this a great drinking ipa with the abv% covered up rather nicely.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has this beer at the Office in morristown NJ in a 16 ounce pint glass on draft.

Appearance: nice dark penny copper colored ale with 100 percent clarity. Had a small head that left a nice layer with good lacing throughout the session.

Smell: sweet hops came through with nice fruitiness. Really fresh smelling with pinpoint aromas.

Taste: Is this beer really 9 percent abv? It holds the alcohol very well. Great tasting IPA with very noticable but smooth hops. Not over hopped like some of the double IPAs out there. Great strength of smooth hops and fruitiness. Very smooth, perfect carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Again, it was very very smooth, especially for 9 percent abv. Great flavors that lasted well after each sip. Nice viscosity.

Drinkability: This beer tastes, looks and smells delicious. The danger is that its so high in ABV and its hidden so well that have a few of these can really catch up. I had 2 at the office tonight and it was enough to give me a serious buzz. This is a beer everyone needs to try so they can have a benchmark for what american double IPAs should taste like.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got lucky enough to pick up a 4-pack at the local BevMo. Looking for the 120min IPA too... No luck yet.

Chilled bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep reddish amber. Small head with excellent retention and intricate lacing throughout the drink.

S: Fruity, piney hops. Sweet malts and alcohol come through.

T: Piney and citrusy hops dominate, but are well balanced with spice, sweetness, and alcohol. None of the flavors dominate, making it a very well-rounded brew.

M: Full bodied, good carbonation.

D: I'm not a hophead and I don't really seek out IPAs. I wouldn't buy this again (bottled) due to the price, but if I saw it on tap I'd make it a point to order it.

Photo of ewright
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: Crystal clear, copper in color with an inch of fluffy head that recedes to a ring of fat bubbles a round the rim.

S: Muted hop aroma with notes of tropical fruit... mango, a hint of pineapple. Some sweetness and a bit of grain are also apparent.

T: Smooth and surprisingly malty up front. The hops show up in the middle as a bold note of mint spiciness and maybe a hint of orange zest. There is a decent bitter bite late, but nothing like the knock-your-socks-off west coast DIPAs. Very well balanced throughout!

M: A hefty dose of unfermented sugars keeps this one meaty enough to balance 90 minutes of hop additions. Moderate carbonation is just right for this beer.

D: If not for the strength, I could drink this one all day long!

Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber yellow with orange/reddish hue with an off white head. There is some cloudiness in the beer.

Nose: Toasted malt, citrus, esters, and pine: There are hints of caramel, sweet bread yeast, and alcohol.

Taste: A nice toasted malt backbone with a hint of sweet bread yeast, citrus, esters, and resin.
There are notes of bananas, tart apples, diacetyl, and leather.

Overall: So far this is one of the best IPA that I have tried. It has a complex character, but is seems so simple. It has a powdery astringent mouth feel. There is a nice lasting finish that is pleasant. It is a very easy beer to sip.

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

I would say this is the best imperial IPA I've had. Heavy orange pour with an off white head. Nice aromas and flavors. Piney hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight red fruit. Leaves you with a little bitter bear face, in a good way of coarse. Not just a beer they tried to make as bitter and with as high an alcohol content as they could. Excellent.

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

The beer poured a nice copper color with a perfect creamy head about 1 inch thick.

Smell was of fruity citrus hops with a pine, caramel background.

Taste, WOW, hops and malt with a small bourbon note. Perfect balance.

Lacing was as to be expected from a terrific beer.

Great beer to kick back and relax with.

Photo of clemtig76
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my new friend Glenn for a sample especially since this is not yet available in SC. Maybe next year. I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. Pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice foamy head. The smell is like a fresh piney Christmas tree with some spice. At 9% ABV this beer is suprisingly drinkable and left me longing for another one. If you love hops, you will love this beer.

Photo of jonziefle
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a beautiful reddish amber. Minimal off-white head with excellent retention of the remaining head and good lacing.

Smell: Very intense fragrance of fruity hops. Some piney scents, sweetness, and some of the alcohol (9%) are also evident.

Taste: Very intense hoppy flavor, but not overwhelming. The bitterness of the fruity hops is balanced well with a good amount of sweetness. The piney flavor comes out also, along with a slight spiced flavor. The alcohol is definitely present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied beer. The sweetness and the fullness give it a slight syrupy feel, not in a bad way at all. The hop oils are definitely present as well.

Drinkability: Pretty much the standard by which all other IPAs are measured in my book. Excellent, flavorful hops without being too bitter, mixed in with a good amount of sweetness and fullness balance the beer very well. A very good beer to enjoy slowly and in moderation, however, as the fullness, hoppiness, and ABV make it hard to drink too many in one sitting.

Photo of lynx1245
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange with tiny bubbles hinting at the carbonation. Head poured a white 1.5 finger and has very good retention. Very pretty beer. Me wants to drink.

Smell: Incredible hoppy punch and malty wave to mellow it out. This is what I think of when I think of an IPA.

Taste: This definitely packs a wallop with the hops! I love it! However, they didn't skimp on the malts. Very sweet citrus and some pine. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: I would say it has a full body and is kind of buttery. Good alcohol warming. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one of the few beers that I think tastes better when its colder. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as it warmed as it started to seem like a little too much. However, how can I not want to drink such a delicious beer? One or two of these and I'm set.

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

There are "standards" in beer in my mind for certain styles of beer. This IPA has to be the standard for IPA's. When you start drinking it... you will immediately realize it's not "socializing" beer (aka party beer). It's "sit and relax" kind of beer. One to take your time and enjoy. The taste jumps off the page, hitting with early with a rich of hops and finishing smooth with a malty finish. It hides it's high alcohol content well. The mouth feel is silky smooth and, yet, robust. As far as I'm concern, this may be the best beer on the market.

Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA is a crystal clear, very sparkling amber ale with a small off-white head that leaves nice, even lacing. It has a very floral aroma. Perfume, wood, resin and sugar are present in the nose. It is medium bodied and reasonably smooth. The flavor is very resiny with a round sweetness. It tastes medicinal, minty... maybe a bit of oak? The aftertaste is green. Maybe a touch sweet, but well done.
(rated Feb 5, 2008)

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

One of those brews I've had hundreds of times but never reviewed. Wow its changed. Poured into a chalice from bottle.

One finger off white head on an amber copper body. Lacing left from the head is seawater sponge. Smell of a dark malt with woody hops. Taste is sweet, super well balanced for an IIPA, not overly hoppy on my palette at all. Though I can remember a time when this one tasted hoppy to me. Other note would be this has been in my fridge for months, at least 6. Only slightly bitter on the back end, and sweet up front. This one is well crafted and balanced, tasty.

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm, totally not what I was expecting. Rosy amber color, plenty of head & lacing.

Smell is very strong and complex, spicy, complex fruit smells, but also a little boozy aroma.

Taste is somewhat sweet, tons of complex fruit flavor and complicated hop flavor. So much going on I can't really describe it all.

Mouthfeel is full and frothy.

Just way too much going on for me to find this refreshing and want another. This is an odd brew indeed. I love the 60 minute, but this is on a totally different planet from that.

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

Appearance: lovely dark honey colored, clear with 3 fingers of head and good lacing

Smells: a little citrus, grapefruit, not overpowering smell but pleasant

Taste: hop-tastic, grapefruit and pineapple but a caramel malt also present. Alcohol taste/warmth only slightly there, this is mainly dominated by hops, not unpleasantly so!

Mouthfeel: medium, medium carbonation

Drinkability: Really good, watch out for the 9% ABV

Have had on tap as well, was a little more fruity and mellow - enjoyed it highly.

Photo of Dannyt
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Brew poured in a light copper with traces of orange, with a nice thin head with great lacing.
Big time hop aroma, as was expected, grapefruit is the main player here followed up by subtle pineyness.
The hops and malt have a great balance in the taste, with the spicy-pine and citrus wining out, finished with a small alcohol burn.
A thick medium body brew with moderate carbonation.

Overall a great Imperial IPA, the great balance between the malts and the hops make it enjoyable for all, even if your not a "hop-head".

Photo of olegv40
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden honey color with a thin head that laces all they way down the glass. Nicely effervescent with a clean citrusy taste at first. Then hoppiness kicks in. Nice flavor from the hops, you can almost taste the actual oils there are so many hops in this thing. Coated the whole mouth with its flavor and aroma. finished strong finally letting its alcohol content show. A fantastic beer.

Photo of Vendetta
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 7, 2008

Best aroma I've ever smelled in a beer, period. Strong grapefruit, pineapple aroma. Average IPA palate and appearance. Flavor is hoppy, obviously. If you love hops, you'll love this beer, but there's more there. The beauty to this beer is the super complex taste under the hops. Lots and lots of different fruits, lots of good aftertastes. This beer is just a pleasure to drink. Update (06.28.08) - This beer is overpowering, in a good way. Having this after a token American light beer is a kick in the junk, to relate it to the average American male. It gets in your head, your stomach, and your taste buds. Few beers recreate the satisfying feeling you get while sipping on this IIPA. Hop-heads, rejoice. And if you don't like hops, well... Go drink wine.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy glowing orange-gold color. Nice white-ish head leaving a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops with some pine, but also nicely balanced with malts.

Taste: Big flavor with citrusy hops, balanced with malts, pine spicyness, etc. Finish has a bit of alcohol in the taste, but is also nicely tangy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied yet with a rather hearty, dense feel. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, despite the high ABV. The alcohol in the taste is the only distracting factor, but at least that flavor found in conjunction with other tastes.

Excellent and solid Double IPA; too bad this is so hard to find here in Southern California! Well worth picking up by anyone, "hop-head" or not -- it is definitely strong in the hop department, but probably more balanced than other similar IPAs.

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

Yum. Orange-gold pour with a nice little head. More citrusy in the aroma with some pine. Medium mouthfeel, not sticky. Bitter and sweet hop flavors ranging from grapefruit to resin. A little woody towards the back. One of the better IIPA's, but not the best.

Photo of dborginis
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quickly becoming my favorite beer. Been making a few extra trips to local bars that have it on tap until I just sprung for the case.

Appearance is a thick amber with (as I poured it) about an inch of head. Used a Harpoon IPA pint glass. Clearly smells of hops and a sweet bit of malt. Has a rich warming taste, a bit sweet, with hops and you can't miss the alcohol, though it doesn't stand out. The deliciousness stays in the mouth a bit after each sip. Truly a great experience, but definitely a slow beer to enjoy at a relaxed pace.

Photo of trbergman
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Amber-orange with a half inch of off-white head.

S - Resiny grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Sweet toffee and caramel malts.

T - Supremely balanced for a DIPA. Starts off with strong hop flavor, grapefruit with perhaps a hint of pineapple and lemon and orange zest. Assertive, sweet maltiness stands out in the middle of the palate. Caramel, toffee, and some estery qualities. I can't be certain, but I think I taste some nectarine. Plenty of hoppy bitterness rounds out the taste, although it's not as lingering as others of the style.

M - Medium- to full-bodied and good, but not too much, carbonation to play up the acidity of the citrus flavors.

D - Delicious, but intoxicating. I can't ever drink more than one these days. Still, it's always a pleasure from start to finish.

Photo of jjboesen
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this Imperial Pale at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg. Poured into a goblet, it opened with little head and a copper color body.

Detected notes of toasty almond and tasted what was a surprisingly smooth beer - and, even more surprising, not at all hoppy. Could have passed for a sessional - at this high abv even!

I recommend letting it sit (if served too cold) as the warmer temperature tends to kick it up a bit.

I visit this DFH pretty frequently and would have it again when available.

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, malt and a citrusy quality.

T: Lots of sweet malt up front, followed by hops and citrus. Well balanced, tasty and smooth.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish.

D: This is one of the better IPAs produced in this country. It's very well balanced and easy to drink, more so than the 120 Minute.

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

Picked up a 4 pack at the Lakeview Whole Foods in Chicago.

A: Nice yellowy bronze color with amber on the edges. Only slightly hazy. Pretty white, fine, fluffy head. Slow moving carbonation pillars. Head dissipates to a dusting and a thick ring. Leaves really nice lacing on the glass but disappears over time.

S: You can smell the hops from a distance. Nice strong alcohol, caramel malt and floral hops - a little piney. Quite sophisticated. Not too aggressive.

T: Ding ding ding. We have a winner. It is a cold, wet day with a turkey pot pie cooking - just the perfect drink. It's very warming. I can't say the alcohol is well masked but it isn't harming the experience either. The drink has a very sweet malt start followed by a tangy biting hop. It then turns back to a more bready malt, a little soapiness and retains some of the hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice progression.

M: The mouthfeel is full, round and syrupy - certainly fuller than you would expect. It is pretty smooth except for some tongue prickling from the light carbonation and the hop bite on the palette. A very satisfying drink.

D: This is a pretty well balanced brew. The hops are big but the solid malt backbone just really keeps it in check. Not designed to be a session beer but it is very easy to drink. I think it is a fairly distinctive but solid example of it's style.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,503 ratings.