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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 leedorham
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to amber with a thick head. Good strong lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy yet very musty and smooth. No bite to the nose at all.

The first taste surprises me. I was expecting to be overwhelmed by a hop attack but this beer is very balanced. There is a good zesty, lemon character with grassy overtones. The hop flavor and aroma is definitely there but there is a great amount of sweetness to balance it out.

Every sip feels very thick on the tongue and goes down very creamy. You would never guess 9% until you finish. I am not a hophead but this is one of the most exceptional IPA's I have ever had. I look forward to trying the other DFH IPA's soon.

leedorham, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Maestro
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is so great on so many levels. The beer is a bright orange ale with a foamy, white head. The nose if very hoppy, but also sweet smelling. The first taste can be overwhelming if you don't know what to expect. This beer has a great balance between a great amount of hops and a great amount of malt. There is a special mouthfeel that is neither dry nor wet. It is just a heavily drinkable beer that should be feared.

Maestro, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with dogfooddog, thanks again! I have the #1000 review.

Appearance is an orange brown color with very little head and a slight viscoeus pour.

Smell is sweet and full, very malty with marmelade scents. A slight smokey and hoppy smell, but not as hoppy as I expected.

Taste is bitter and sweet, with a big maltiness. There is a good amount of hop in this beer, but not as much as I expected. The big body of this beer seems to balance it very good. Alcohol was also nicely hidden, but did give a warming sensation. Body is sweet and sticky, which is a bit too much for me, I like it more dry.

I am not sure what to think of this, the bottle traveled half the world, so this might have altered it's properties, I don't know, but I am not convinced of the superiority of this beer.

Absumaster, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of adammills
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is outrageous! It pours a solid gold in color with a moderate head. I am NOT a hop head and was a bit wary of this brew for that reason. However, the hop aroma is round and full, very floral and a bit citrus. The brew is sweet and finely balanced, the sweetness to this beer is almost fruity. The fact that it is nine percent is the only drawback because I could pound this beer over and over. It is a knockout!

adammills, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with an off white lace ring and some sticky lace pools. Huge fruit aromas... bright tropical fruits, dried pineapple, apples, taffy, and raisons. Nice complexities in the taste with notes of caramel, dried fruits, apple cider, pear, and plum. Big hop flavors that are mostly bitter and black pepper characters. Much of the hops carry over into the finish and is accompanied by some acidic notes. Full body and a viscous mouthfeel that coats nicely and cloys slightly. This is really good stuff my friends, you must try!

cabsandking, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color and bright white head that gives way to spots of head on top of beer. Slow-rising bubbles, but carbonation is there. Fresh citrusy hop smell and what seems to me to be a crystal malt smell. Wasn't expecting as sweet of a taste out of this as what I got. Kind of wanted more of a hoppy bitterness but was very impressed with the overall taste. Mouthfeel was also different as it wasn't drying at all but seemed to wet my mouth like water without being watery. Very surprising and impressive. Drinkability for me is excellent as well and consider myself lucky to be living in the land of DFH distribution.

vwcraig, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly clear dark honey color with a fine bubbled short head that is white to offwhite. The smell is a very nice hop/malt combo. There is a piney/grapefruity hop smell that is slightly subsumed by the malt. The taste is malty and grainy up front with a honeyish aftertaste and malt underlying it all. Some roastiness in the background, and a warm and brandyish finish. Complex- bounces back and forth between malt, alcohol and hops. Utterly delicious, a masterpiece of flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscous. Low carbonation on draft is very nice for developing flavors. Really amazing drinkability, very smooth and easy to drink with a great palate that holds your interest. Top notch.

Georgiabeer, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Donthoseme
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a four pack in maine. A 10$ four pack left me with big expectations. I was not let down.

A - It pours a golden color much lighter than expected in a DIPA. very clear with a small head.

S - You can definatley smell a grapes/grapegruit/sweet maltiness. It's strong but not overbearing.

T- The taste is sweet and well balanced with not too much hoppiness. In fact it's not as hoppy as i would have expected it to taste. But the row 2 barley gives it a rich malty character.

M - It's a very full bodied. It's much thicker and fuller than i expected from just looking at it. It's almost creamy and not too carbonated.

D - It's very thick and full of alcohol. I couldn't drink a bunch in one sitting just because how filling and how much alcohol. It's almost too much taste to drink a lot of.

Donthoseme, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour with an ample off white head which leaves some lace on the glass.Scents include a mix of malt sugar and grapefruit. The flavor is a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. 9%alcohol is not evident in the flavor but it will hit you pretty hard which is why drinkability is a bit lower. This is my favorite beer, one which never disappoints me. It is the best DIPA I've tasted.(Upon further reflection, Pliny and Hopslam, I find my score for this beer to be a bit too high, but it's still pretty damn good). Drink this beer fresh to get a good shot of hops, don't let it age for any length of time.

kwakwhore, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 02/01/2006. Consumed in the waning hours of 12/31/06.

Poured a nice copper color with a white head that disappeared fast. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is sweet and malty, with citrusy hops and alcohol. Taste is a whirlwind of these flavors with the alcohol winning out in the end. Starts malty with alcohol mixed in, then you get blasted with the hops with alcohol mixed in, and finally you get the alcohol with alcohol mixed in. Wow.

This DIPA is thick and assaulting on the mouth. The texture may be smooth behind the carbonation and alcohol but you never really get to find out.

Drinking one of these is a good idea. I'll be letting the rest of this four pack sit for a while to see what some age does for it.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of loving44
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden amber with a thick bubbly white head

nose of rich malt and grapefruit-like citrus hops tangy berrys.... very nice

taste is sooo smooth anf balance. Citrus hops up front backed by a solid and rich malt backbone... not too sweet and not too bitter. This is the perfect drinker.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with little carbonation. The lack of carbonation does not make this beer syrupy.

Tihs is very drinkable and dangerously so at 9%ABV

If you can find this, drink up!

loving44, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Will46andbrew
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is hands down my favorite Dogfish Head beer! The taste is so smooth, so hoppy and so delicious! I've had this in bottles and on tap, and on tap is most definately better! It's not too bitter, and not too hoppy.

All around this is an exceptional IPA, definately my personal favorite for Craft Brews.

Will46andbrew, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of pavandal
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a soft golden color into my pint. a small creamy head, little lacing as I drank.

The strongest smells I caught were grapefruit and butterscotch. A very inviting smell, I must say.

Taste was awesome. The butterscotch smell carried through into the taste, as this was what I matched the malt backbone to. The hops were perfectly done as well, strong but not out of control. A spicy, sweet brew. Lovely!

This is a great DIPA, I can definately see myself picking up a case if I can find it around here. High ABV, so don't session this like you do an IPA, but enjoy it while you're grilling or something and you'll be one happy Beer Advocate.

pavandal, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of stevecee2003
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APP - Light amber color, with a small haze drifting throughout. Nice creamy head, that looks like cotton floating on top.

SMELL - fruits, spices, some malt and a little pine.

TASTE - Ahh this is where the value comes through! It has the unmistakable hoppy taste, but it's not quite so sharp as say a Titan IPA. It's in the style of a double-IPA, like the Hercules, but again not as sharp as that one as well. There's also cheddar, roasted malts, and it finishes with a hint of the yeast. Very very nice combination.

MOUTH - Surprisingly smooth. More than I would have thought for a "90 minute". It is my first experience with anything like a 90-minute, but I am told it is similar to the double IPA. Yet this doesn't feel the same. Much smoother.

DRINKABILITY - One or two of these babies should do you. With an ABV of 9% you must be careful. But as the highlight of an evening, it's great.

NOTES: An excellent beer! It's the smoothness that won me over. You know going in about the strength, and you come out on the other end surprised with it's smoothness. It's like you have just been seduced. And that is wonderful. Highly recommended.

stevecee2003, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of ojiikun
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am really excited about this one. The DFH 60 minute IPA redefined what a hoppy beer could be for me. Though I generally like strong IPAs better, I am hoping this one in particular will be a new genre favourite.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard french style beer glass. Pours a clear light brown with possibly the tiniest bit of chill haze. The smell of hops is actually overwhelming the moment the cap hisses off!

Little head of which to speak, but possibly due to careful pouring. Maybe half an inch that quickly faded to a thin glaze. The lace, however, was nearly solid white from rim to the bottom of the empty glass. Impressive.

Smell is obviously that of hops, but not the expected cold, medicinal smell. Rather something warm and woody like an herbed liquor. Also suprisingly malty with chocolate undertones. Almost too many smells to comprehend. Without hyperbole, I can say this smells like a good cologne.

Taste is somewhat more simple. Loads of hops, minty and tart. Not at all peppery or bitter. Oak leaves and peat come close. A sweet, candilike delivery of the hops isn't necessarily smooth, but doesn't at all try to hide the character of the buds. Grapefruit tartness eeks out as the beer opens up.

Mouthfeel is like sweet, chewy pastry. Although alcohol is easy to smell, you don't really taste it over all those hops. As drinkable as any hiPA I've had.

All in all a great great brew, but in my opinion not any better than or worth the price hike of the DFH 60 minute IPA.

ojiikun, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of BeerMang
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light amber color with a nice head when poured dissapateing quickly.

Smell is very powerfull with the hops being the most present. A pine smell is also present.

Taste of hops is very strong and is great if you are need of a hop fix. A pine flavor is noticable. Bittersweet with citric afternotes

Mouthfeel is oily but nice. The 9% Abv is not to much, I think it is great for such a hopy beer. The hops lingers in you mouth for a while after takeing a sip.

Drinkability is good, personaly I think it is a great beer but would only like one or two. Just enough to get my hop fix.

BeerMang, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of gun1now
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The head is nice and produces a wonderful hoppy aroma. Head quickly disappears which is why drinking this from a tulip glass is recommended since I got 3 full tulips from my 12 oz bottle and a nice head reappears with every pour.

Full of malty taste and balanced well with plenty of hops, as you would expect. Tastes very similar to the 120-minute IPA. Perhaps a little toned down but not as much as you would expect since the alcohol content is 12% less.

Very enjoyable to drink but because of the amount of taste, hops, and alcohol in this beer 1 is usually the limit.

gun1now, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of BBM
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt amber in a tulip glass, with a one-finger white head, and sweet, sticky lacing. The smell is an array of citrus, fruits, pine and bread.

Well, as the name suggests, this DIPA is very well hopped, with notes of pine, citrus, fruits, and grass. There is a not-so-subtle malt backbone as well, to give it a biscuity quality. The finish is big bitter hops on the palate that really hammers the tastebuds (in a good way).

The mouthfeel is full and chewy, and this beer is a bit heavy, so drinkability is somewhat limited. Still a first class DIPA all the way.

BBM, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium amber color with a two finger head with very good lacing. very sweet fruity coffee smell. taste is sweet toffee, coffee malt with some citrus and big hop finish. medium mouthfeel with a cloying syrupy feel on the palate. its not the type of beer i like but i would buy it for a good change of pace beer.

billybob, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of masterkush
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful golden amber into my glass, from a 2006 bottle. A finger thick head and nice lacing throughout.

Up front smells of malt are overwhelming, I can barely smell the hops, but I know they are there.

First off the taste is unsurprisingly malts, it hits strong with a toffee like overtone, quite tasty and then more of the same. They aren't joking when they say a ridiculous amount of English Two-row barley... It finishes off with a bit of a hop bite, but not overwhelming with the barley still in full control The aftertase however is the lingering hops...Once the malt finally subsides you can really taste the hops coming through. It lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, but nicely carbonated to balance it out.
This is quite a nice beer, balanced, maybe a bit over balanced on the malt side for my taste.

If you are looking for a pure and simple hop fix, i'd go with the 60 minute ipa.

A great beer, and definitely should try this if you never had. It's not overly complex and quite a nice sipping beer and a nice winter warmer with its high and well hidden abv.

masterkush, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear copper color with a slight head. There a lot of bubbles from the carbonation.

Beer smells bitter and sweet... I notice a bit of alcohol on the nose as well. But the aromas are a bit weak.

The flavor on this beer is very good. What a well done brew. There is a lot of balance in this one. It is very creamy and sweet up front, but then finishes with bitterness from the hops that really lingers in your mouth.

Really big round full mouthfeel.

This one comes across as pretty drinkable, especially considering how much alcohol is in this beer. I have had this on draft once and liked it quite a bit, and the bottled version didn't disappoint either.

Thanks for sending this one my way MuenchenerKindl.

flexabull, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a very nice two finger head with good lacing. Aroma is of citrus and floral hops. Taste is great. A nice level of malty sweetness to go along with a ton of hops with some grapefruit definitely noted. Mouthfeel is very good and despite the 9% this is a very drinkable brew. A great beer, wish it was available closer to home for me.

hckyfn9999, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of drseamus
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The color was a slightly reddish amber with almost no head at all.

Aroma: There is a moderate hop aroma with a very slight citrus hint.

Taste: For a beer with 90 IBUs, it is surprisingly smooth. There is the initial bite from the hops, but that quickly fades do a more subdued flavor. It does leave an aftertaste from the hops, but it isn't heavy.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate carbonation, but it tastes heavier than it looks. No doubt the "ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley" has something to do with that.

Drinkibility: This is a great beer and I'm not a fan of double IPA's in general. I have and would again drink multiples of these. It is 9% ABV though, so don't go overboard.

drseamus, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd review the last bottle of the four-pack I picked up from Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with a whisp of a head fading into a rather familiar DIPA "disturbed ocean water" thin haze over the body of the brew. Lacing is sporatic and consists of dots which cling to the glass. Pretty attractive head, overall, but nothing stand-out from the style. Color is an apple cider amber. Quite pretty, but I think it could be a little darker. Perhaps just personal preference, however.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, and orange zest-like hop aromas hit first. Followed by pineapple, blueberry malt aromas, and a hint of butterscotch and almost nutty back accents. The malty aromas that blend so seamlessly with the hop aromas in this one reminds me quite a bit of Stone's 10th Anniversary DIPA, which is a favorite of mine. Unlike that brew, this one seems a little more toned down in aroma intensity. Still, without trying this beer, I would have never realized one could make the argument that Stone's 10th is basically 90-minute IPA's big sister or something. Am I crazy in thinking this? Maybe. Overall, an incredibly hoppy but also malty aroma. The two, perhaps, don't blend as well as they could, but I enjoy the upped malty estery quality of some DIPAs out there, and this is one of the more sweet, malty varieties I've tried, while still remaining quite the hop bomb.

Taste: A little alcohol upon sipping. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest, pine. The malty aroma carries over to the taste with some difficulty, I think. The pineapple, etc. is still there, but far more subdued. Finishes slighty dry, but still fairly lubricative.

Mouthfeel: Just about right. Just a slight amount more fizz than I'd like, keeping it from perfect, but otherwise oily, slick, and pleasant, like a DIPA should be.

Drinkability: A wonderful, wonderful DIPA. I can see, from this, why so many tout the "minute" IPA line from DH. Just a wollop of hoppiness and well-balanced malt sweetness. This is my first DH beer, but with the potential CA distribution plans on the horizon, it hopefully won't be my last.

RidiculedDisplay, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of Jettanbass9
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, i quickly noticed the thick foam atop the pour. The carbonation moved slowly through the fermented english two row. Quite reminisent of a snow fall. One waft of this beer quickly assured me of what i was getting into. Hops, hops and more hops. Every sip wowed me. I will warn you though, it does have a heavy mouthfeel. One or two of these and i would call it quits however, this is an excellent pick on a good IPA.

Jettanbass9, Nov 27, 2006
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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