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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,287
Reviews: 3,603
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 500
Gots: 2,175 | FT: 26
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 umtox
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Oranges amber

S: Grapefruit and hops

T: Exceptionally hoppy and complex with revealing citrus tones after sitting on the palate.

M: A perfect IPA

D: A heavy hitter and the top of its class

If you like IPA, then this beer will never disappoint. It is everything most IPA's only dream of.

umtox, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came out a slightly hazy dark brass color. Different bubble sizes continuously rise to meet the small but fresh and active-looking whitish head. The lace manages to hold position to about the depth of the liquid itself.

Hoppy-smelling of course, delivering some grapefruit and possibly mint. Getting a mild powdered sugar sweetness to the scent as well. Wolf in sheep's clothing here - there is a lot of beer DFH is hiding.

The hop smell certainly has some backup. Though not an all-out assault, the hops go into the mouth strong and demand attention. There is also an accompanying spiciness here that is reminiscent of a high-quality Christmas ale. A couple drinks, and the grapefruit is replaced by a dried fruit taste. And don't think this isn't malty though, either - this has some meat to it (shark?) that holds its own well even with the hops and spice. In the end, the bitterness takes clear control; though had it lasted long enough to get warmer, the alcohol might have taken over eventually.

Medium-bodied and strong on most levels, this is not a beer for the meek. It is heavily hopped but fairly balanced, and quite complex, though, and I rather enjoyed this nightcap. Should sleep well tonight now...

chiefydawg, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields one finger of white head that quickly subsides but has a great retention of a film. Chill haze, but clear goldish-orange. I'd like slightly more head.
S: Passion fruit, citrus, pine, and floral from hops. Delightful hoppiness for a DIPA. Maybe smells like Sunny Delight or Pass-O-Guava juice. Man Candy!
T: Great sweet maltiness with terrific bitter foil. What a balance. I taste the Pass-O-Guava also. Wowzers is this tasty. A tiny stab of heat and alcohol is a detractor.
M: Great carbonation and briskness. Bittering acts well to dry the palate. A bit less heat please.
D: Dangerously drinkable. Delightful. Danke schön Dogfish Head!

dfillius, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking a bottle found in the fridge last night and noticed hadnt reviewed. For the most part, Dogfish is hit or miss but when they hit they hit it out of the park- as they do with this one.

Although preferred draft, this sample from 12oz bottle into Weyerbacher tulip glass.

A: Golden orange hue with puffy cloud white head and lacing that goes away quickly but the lacing stays sticky. Tiny bubbles.

S: Great hop aroma. Mango is the most pervasive and the malts are there to back it up. These are hops you can smell from across the room.

T: Matches the aroma, plenty of malt in the back end but the moment of greatness comes from the citrusy hops in every single sip that bring the mango and papaya to the party. The sweetness and the bitterness go hand in hand. Some honey and grapefruit as well.

M: The carbonation is felt and the tongue is bombarded by the flowery hop coating.

D: ABV sure does catch up with you but it is a pleasure to drink and hides every bit of the abv through the hops and sweetness.

As good as you can get tastewise for a DIPA, never lets me down.

marcpal, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of mbunje
3.03/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 4 pack of 12oz bottles while visiting the Boston area on business. I have heard a lot about this beer from east coasters and in the BA mag.

I'm pouring this into my hotel low ball/water glass, for what it's worth.

Great color in this bear. Looks like a fine scotch with a bit of bone white head at the top. Quite a bit of visible bubbles indicates a good amount of carbonation.

I smell toasted malt, barley, and only a hint of hops. Not like the west coast style with big citrus/pine hop scent.

Fruity taste up front. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Unique for an imperial IPA. Not great, but not bad either.

Very dry feel, a little bit of oily texture. Lots of alcohol burn. Not a smooth drink.

Overall, this is different in flavor than I expected, perhaps due to the difference in hops used vs. what I am used to with West Coast style IPAs. Too much alcohol burn in this one, needs to age a bit more to smooth and mellow.

mbunje, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A prime example of a great imperial india pale ale. Dogfish Head did it again. Pours a beautiful sunset orange. I had it chilled in a pint glass. Smells of fresh floral hops, a little grapefruit and tangerine tartness. Tastes nicely hoppy and leaves the tongue slick. The 9% ABV hits you after the second one.

Portertime, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle that was part of a four pack purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for $11.59, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Golden orange with hints of red, small 2/5 inch creamy white head that stuck around for a few minutes, some retention, nice lacing

S-Tons of hoppiness, grapefruit, lemon, grassy accents, faint malt backbone, some earthy aromas, and resin

T-Started off with a nice crisp hoppy flavor, then faded into some weak amounts of malt, big dry finish with a hint of citrus, stayed very hoppy even as it warmed, more oranges and lemons came out as time went by, hops overcame the malt but was not overwhelming if that makes sense, was not sweet like many DIPAs, went great with the barbeque we ate that night

M-Dry and bitter mouthfeel, also a little zesty and tangy at times, medium body, good level of carbonation, taste lasted a long time

D-Could drink a four pack on my own probably but the nine percent would certainly catch up to me, smooth, goes down easy, not heavy on the stomach, alcohol is hidden

Said it was named best IPA in the world by Esquire on label, one of the better ones that is bottled for sure, would drink this all the time if it was not for the price, will have again soon though, definitely recommended

Floydster, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, poured into a pint at a bar in Chicago.

Golden brew with a nice white head, it comes right off the glass with a powerful, citric and piney hoppiness, but it brings along a balancing malty sweetness, mostly bread and caramel. Easy to drink considering the high ABV, it brings the same impressively well balanced hoppiness and maltiness that I have seen on Dreadnaught.
Very nice indeed.

brdc, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for this one! Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Golden color with a medium-sized head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam. Aroma is piny as well as fruity (think tropical fruits). Taste starts with piny hops and then mellows into tropical fruits and a bit of a floral note. There is a also a little sweet, caramel-like malt, in the aftertaste. This beer is well-carbonated and has a medium body. I usually have trouble drinking a lot of DIPAs, but this is incredibly easy to down. Overall this beer is complex, tasty, and highly drinkable. Can't ask for much more than that.

throwitallaway, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Angelface
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish amber color with a decent 3 finger head. Head dissipated quickly but left a film all the way down the glass. Smells of hops with a slight scent of malt. Being a fan of the 60 min., I expected a lot from this beer. Where the 60 min. is in your face w/ hops, this beer seems more tamed and drinkable due to the added malt. A complex beer with hints of citric acid (grapefruit?). Leaves a hoppy aftertaste w/ lingering hints of malt. A great beer, extremely drinkable and smooth so watch out w/ that 9% ABV.

Angelface, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A golden, orange color with small head but with good lacing. A nice fruity, hoppy aroma with hint of apricot. A very citrusy flavor with some bitterness and alcohol coming through. Great body and very drinkable.

I like this beer a lot in the bottle but I love it on tap.

GJ40, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For an IPA it poured very thick and had a stout like head. A dense, red tinted brown was in my glass, covered by three-finger head that slowly dissipated and left a complete ring of laces as I drank down the cup. A very hoppy smell does pertrude, of course, but there seemes to be a little hint of sweetness, like caramel or honey or some fruitiness (I can't think of a distinct one though). Also some malt in the smell, and there is bread/coffee malt, or something of that kin, in this beer. There is of course a spiciness to this beer because there is an incredible amount of hops. Unlike some heavy duty IPA's, though, this retains a fullish body that is smooth and flavorful (a little citric) with a dry but not overdone backbite. I am not a big hophead, but if I were I could probably identify the numerous hops they must've put in this brew. Very balanced, and the 9% ABV is hidden well. A great beer whose sessionability is only limited by price and high ABV. A must have for any beer drinker to try, not just IPA fans.

clayrock81, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of 0110x011
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours A crystal-clear copper into a snifter. one-finger head dissipates slowly with some lacing. Nose is hops galore, with citrus, flowers, and grass, and a mild caramel malt undertone. Taste is of the earthier, grassy hop variety, but very nicely balanced, with the citrus & malty flavors making themselves known. Medium body, and a very mild alcohol burn in the long finish.

A very well balanced & highly drinkable DIPA. One of the best examples of the style I've had. I'll definitely seek this one out again.

0110x011, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Edgecrusher
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish brown in color. Medium head with a decent lacing.

Smell: Oh-smell the hops! Smells of citrus, fresh cut grass and flowers.

Taste: Tastes like it smells-no surprises here. Hops present all the way with a slight sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Dances on the tongue. Carbonation is just right. Very smooth on the tongue while being slightly(very) oily.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth and very tasteful. Easy to put back way too many-9%.

Overall a very good beer. In my opinion one of the best drinkable beers in this category. Get some.

Edgecrusher, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a substantial head. Light Amber color.
The aroma is incredible! Sweet hops permeate the room. I want to keep smelling this beer. The taste can't be as good. Finally, thirst takes over and I drink. Major influx of hops supported by a substantial malt background make me want to pound this beer and have another before I remember that this is a 9%!
What a beer. If I can't decide what to drink this is always my pick.

JonathanL7890, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of dill
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a nice red orange color with a thick white head that sticks around. beautiful.

S - floral hops as well as some earthy aromas.

T - not as bitter as i expected, but this beer has a really nice balance.

M - smooth on the palate without too much carbonation.

D - highly drinkable for a DIPA. a good brew.

dill, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Rootdog316
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy mango color, with a big fluffy white head and nice lacing. Big piney hoppy aroma. Very floral tasting. Flavors are packed with big hops, citrus, mango, grapefruit, and a healthy malt back-bone. Thus far, its without a doubt the best I have ever had from the Dogfish Brewery. I'll definitely buy this again.

Rootdog316, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When oh when is Dogfish Head going to come to Minnesota? After recent tastings of the 60 Minute & now 90 Minute IPA, I need more Dogfish Head.

This beer rocks. The smell is like a Special Forces team outfitted with Hop Guns & rocks me back on my heels. It's a gorgeous shade of amberish yellow with a thin head.

This is a fantastic beer taste-wise. The hops are over the top but muted & balanced perfectly with whatever else the fine folks at Dogfish decided to dump in the vat. The hops are front & center but there's also a nice alcohol bite at the end as well.

Great beer. Extremely drinkable. I want the rest of the four pack. Next time I visit Wisconsin it might be a Dogfish run. I need to try more of their beers. Two for two at this point!

maximum12, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This baby pours a nice copper brown color. There head builds quickly only to die just as suddenly. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the top and brings the head back with a simple swirl. Nice thick lacing left behind.

S: Bold aromas. There is a huge hoppy aroma with tons of Florida grapefruit. There is a wonderful sweetness to balance out the insane amount of hops.

T: This is where this baby shines. This is one of the best DIPA's out there. Tons of citrus blast your tongue putting your senses into overload. Just enough malt is used to mute the hops a bit so that they don't totally trash your taste buds. Hoppy, sweet, and wonderful. The crown gem in the DFH crown.

M: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. This one really clings adding to full enjoyment.

D: I love it and have been known to knock down an entire 4 pack on many an occasion. There is no hint of the ABV in this one. Drink em until your drunk, and trust me it don't take many to accomplish the task.

Overall: Like I stated this is my favorite DIPA / IPA to date. After drinking Arrogant Bastard on a trip to Alaska (see review) I went in search of other great brews. I found this one almost immediately after coming home. I bought it and bought it, I think I picked up every 4 pack my beer guy brought in and I really fell in love with it. I continued to reach out to other great brews and I have found many of them. But when I want that perfect hop bomb I turn back to 90 min. There are others I have currently AleSmith IPA and others I am still seeking out Pliney the Elder / Younger but for now Sam C and the boys at DFH have what I believe is the best DIPA known to man.

If you think otherwise bring on all challengers; I AM UP TO THE TASK, beermail me I am willing to trade for anything bigger and better.

tpd975, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pub glass. Creamy auburn color with excelent head retention, and spidery lacing. Smelled of earthy and grassy hops. Taste was excellent, but had a strong alcohol finish. Light carbonation, medium to full bodied beer, stung on the way down. Very good DIPA, but made the mistake of drinking this one just after a Hopslam. No comparison there, but absolutley a worthy selection from one of my favorite breweries.

Gtreid, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Emptied the bottle into an oversized wine glass producing a fingers worth of head. Some lacing present as the glass emptied. Nice golden orange/red color with carbonation present. Smelled of pineapple, citrus grapefruit, and pine resin, but where this one departs from average is the taste. Interesting mix between the bitter hops and slightly sweet notes and I could feel the warming effects of the alcohol after each sip. I always have a few bottles of this on hand, tastes great and not too hard to find makes this a big part of my liquid diet.

kurtissellen, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of BrewMonkey
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a nice clear amber with orange highlights and light off-white head. Some decent lacing left on the glass after a swirl. Nothing terribly different from other IPA's.

The aroma is very nice, verging on intense citrus, floral, candy watermelon and fruits like underripe figs. There is also a nice malt aroma with buttery caramel notes. All things considered, this is probably a top 5 for me on aroma alone.

The taste is equally complex, after a tongue tingling bitterness first greats your pallate, it fades slightly into a sweet maltiness covered in fruity hop flavor. Everytime I sip I sense some kind of candy aroma I can't quite pin down. There's almost a nutiness to the malt backbone, somewhere between peanuts and hazelnuts, and while the hop bitterness is pretty high, the hop flavors and malt flavors really play well together. Definately a back and forth between the two during the entire experience. Amazingly there is almost no hint of alcohol in the taste, and only a hint of nasal warmth in the aroma. There is however a slight warming effect.

The bubblies break up the slightly thick mouthfeel pretty well, though it seems like a dangerous balance between breaking up the thickness and becoming difficult to drink over time. Still, it doesn't get in the way at all. I can't really tell what to think about drinkability because the beer is obviously very strong and with an intense bitterness that might kill the taste buds after just one pint.

Well, this one lived up the expectations fantastically. Really a terrific beer to experience, I'm glad to have finally found a few bottles to try.

BrewMonkey, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light amber colored and crystal clear. Pours well with about 1/2" of initial white foam head. Head dissipates to a very thin layer of white. Good but delicate lacing.

S: Beautiful citrus hops that smell like you just cut open a fresh pink grapefruit. Absolutely fresh smelling.

T: Deep and complex hop bitterness is simply infused with the caramel flavored malt. You know they are individual but they are just joined so well and stay so solid on the tongue that you have to wonder if they weren't always together! The hop bittering is a very intense flavor but is toned down somewhat with the malt sweetness. If you roll it over your tongue for a second you will witness the hops calming down a little bit giving the malts a chance to come through. The finish is interesting in that at first it's quite intense but sort of drifts off over several seconds leaving the mouth mostly clean.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavier than I might have suspected but it isn't too much. In fact, after tasting it, I would say they nailed it. The carbonation is light and tight, helping to create a creamy texture that sort of dissipates a slightly slippery sensation from the hops. All in all this is damn good and I have no earthly idea why I waited so long to try it.

SIRIUS2, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of ubermick
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard American pint glass.

A: Poured a nice light amber colour, with a little haze, and nice head.

S: Hops. Good God, hops. Did I mention hops???

T: Somwhat malty, followed by lots and lots and lots of hops, that stuck around for a while.

MF/D: Thick mouthfeel, a little rough, with decent carbonation. For a double IPA it's drinkability is decent, but one of these is enough for me to scurry back to the hop saftiness of a Sierra Nevada. It's a to each their own brew, and I think that your relationship with hops will be your relationship with this brew - if you LOVE 'em, you'll LOVE this. If you like 'em, you'll like this.

ubermick, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Rich copper-amber with pinkish tint and thick head that exhibited nice retention and left light lacing.
Nose is of hops, apricot, light citrus, nice lightly toasted malt, resin, grapefruit, and sweet but faint passion fruit.
Taste is sweet on attack with rich backbone of malt and hops throughout the midpalate. The hops put forward primarily grapefruit, and the pine with sweet tropical notes plays a nice second fiddle through the dry finish.
Mouthfeel is very good...body is a smooth medium texture, and sweet malt and fruit notes balance will with dryness.
Highly drinkable. I'm glad it comes in a 4-pack.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 08, 2008
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,287 ratings.