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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

12,500 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 12,500
Reviews: 3,557
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,721 | FT: 26
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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 Backer2004
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Okay, two years ago I would have had nothing to do with the 90 minute. How two years and 200 plus reviews can change a man's taste. This is one of the best beers I've tried hands down. Geat balance of extra hops and malts. The alcohol doesn't overpower the taste or smell. Nice orange-copper hue with good carbonation and head. Without eating anything for 8 hours before, this one actually gave me a nice rush. I'm not sure if I could handle the 120 minute yet. Can't wait to see this around North Carolina soon.

Backer2004, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mc chris made me do it (Fett's Vett)

App: I was surprised by how light this brew was. Not that it was light as compared to other IIPAs. But for some reason I was expecting something darker. It was a pleasant surprise.

Smell: Thick molasses hop pudding. With figs.

Taste: Velvety smoothness envelops the mouth area of the face. At the same time, the Chocolate Hops Authority unleashes its namesake on your mid-tongue. The hops are not at all sharp, but still very strong in a different way. I just remembered that I had a dream about beer last night and it tasted a lot like this.

MF/D: For a IIPA this is very drinkable. As long as you sip it.

thinkbreakfast, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
4.15/5  rDev -3%

A- light gold body with a frothy offwhite head. laces very well

S- strong floral hop aroma, spices, some sweetness

T- very balanced hop bitterness. nothing really comes through that is overpowering. lots of spices in the finish with some sweetness showing through. alcohol is detectable but no overwhelming.

M- thicker body then i expected. carbonation is medium and overall there is a rich creamy feeling.

D- despite the high abv, the smooth balanced taste make it very easy to drink.

overall- not what i was expecting from this beer. extremely well balanced and smooth taste. the hop presence is definitely there but doesnt stand out so much that it hurts the drinkability. to bad this stuff costs $10 a 4 pack.

Gritsak, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of burnstar
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a beautiful amber with nice frothy white head, about 1 inch, which slowly recedes leaving some nice lacing. Nice pungeant smell of sweet malt and spicy hops. There are also some fruit complexities going on here too. Smells very nice and very enticing. Taste is definitely mostly delicious spicy hops but there is also a lot of sweet malt here which tries to balance it out, but fails. The effort of the malt does not go unappreciated however- it results in a nice sweetness underneath all those wonderful hops. A little bit of alcohol can be detected in the finish but it hides the 9% quite well. Very nice mouthfeel - heavy but not syrupy and just the right amount of carbonation. Also this is very easy to drink despite its high ABV. Dangerous, and spectacular, stuff.

burnstar, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a pretty amazing beer. It pours a clear orangish amber color with a billowy white head. The head sticks around for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.

The aroma is incredibley floral and malty. The hops almost give it a little bit of spice in the nose.

The taste has a great blend of malty sweetness and spicey hop bitterness. It's absolutely delicious. The alcohol is definately present and it gives the beer a nice warming experiance after every sip. This is a good swishing beer.

The mouthfeel is great. It coats the mouth nicely letting you get the full effect of the malt and hop addition. This is a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

I would say this is a highly drinkable beer even with a 9% ABV. I highly recommend it.

Brian700, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of kaszeta
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Sampled on-tap at their brewpub, filtered through "Randall" for extra hops infusion.

The beer pours with a thick dark amber-red body and a nice frothy head and rich bubbles. The smell is phenomenal, being freshly hopped, with very nice fruity and floral hops notes, some citrus, an almost menthol hops not (but not unpleasant), and a hint of malt.

Despite the high IBUs of this beer, and the dry hopping right before serving, this beer isn't as powerful as you'd think in the hops department. The floral and citrus tastes of the hops are very strong, but in more of a fruity than a bitter way. Think bitter orange and you're getting the idea. Night maltiness and a slightly dry but substantial body round this out.

This is not my favorite double IPA, but it's close, and it's very, very pleasant. Worth seeking out.

kaszeta, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4.15/5  rDev -3%

looks like honey with a thick, amazingly sparkly froth. It looks like a white top hat with a sprinkling of new snow. The bubbles struggle to release themselves from the slightly brackish honey. They rise and gather together just below the surface before exloding into the air. Nice show

Smells great, smells like snickerdoodle dough, pineapples, grapefruit pith and lemon ice cream.

this doesn't blow your doors off, it knocks with assurance and walks right into the parlor, and sits down to make a deal. The deal is this: After a couple of buttery scones with lemon curd and fresh cream we're gonna dance around a bowl of mixed greens with orange vinegarette, and mandarin orange garnish. Then we will agree that this is a defining double IPA. There are bigger and badder IIPAs, but if this was the standard babies would cry less.

gbontrag, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
4/5  rDev -6.5%

As another reviewer remarked, prepare to get your ass kicked if you're not prepared for this beer. This isn't your run of the mill IPA or double IPA, this beer packs some serious hop punch. The 120 minute is even hoppier, which boggles the mind. Pours a deep copper, nice dense head. Intense floral hop aromas, there's no mistaking what this beer is. Taste is frighteningly hoppy yet smooth, with a huge kick in the end. Mouthfeel is creamy yet almost harsh at the same time. Quite drinkable if you're a hop head, not so much if your not, but still a wonderful beer.

ChrisBowers, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of methtlcai
4/5  rDev -6.5%

This beer hurts. But its a good hurt. Anytime I really want to get my ass kicked by a beer I buy this. Pours a pale gold with a nice finger of head but doesn't lace too well or retain its head that great. You can smell this beer from across the room- smells like spice and smoke with intense herbal hoppiness. Tastes the same with an addition of some malty thickness in the far background- I actually described this to someone as tasting somewhat like smoked ham. Has a really nice medium body to it- not so watery like some IPAs. I think this and the Great Divide have claim to the quintessential double IPA

methtlcai, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a slight reddish tint to it. It has about 1/4 inch of foam at first pour that slowly faded to a thick ring around the glass. There are few bubbles rising to retain the head. Thick Belgian lace left behind after tasting.

Aroma: Super fresh and citrusy. I get green apples and grapefruit mixed with a bit of lemon at first pour. There is a tad of caramel coming out as it warms up a bit.

Taste: The taste is totally refreshing, and this is coming from a person that normally doesn't like hoppy beers much. The taste starts out with the citrus in the hops leading the profile, but then the malt kicks in to help lead the finish toward the sweet side of the finish. I guess that is a true statement, because the mouthfeel is really resiny, so I am making an assumption that it is based on malt. This might be pure hop essential oil that I am tasting coat my throat...and in this case it would be a hoppy finish. Either way, you get hops in the beginning, and a sweet and slick finish.

Opinion: This is a very well crafted beer! It is easily a contender with the best of them...in it's own category the way it reacts with your senses is unique, much like a Berliner Weisse. This beer over-utilizes the hop presence like a Berliner Weisse over-utilizes the tart character from it's fermentation. They are both deserving of respect.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Hell yeah, I've moved out of Iowa and now have access to oodles of incredible beers, including DFH products. Bottle obtained from a local liquor store and consumed a couple evenings later. Pours thick and silent. Not a sound. Almost no head forms, just a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a nearly clear rust-orange. Smells mild compared to what I expected. Malty sweet with some citrusy hops and fruity esters (pumpkin, apricot, peach). Some pine aroma upon later sniffs. Tastes really malty smooth with noticable hop orange and some grapefruit pith flavor. An alcohol sting hides behind hop clouds, partly successful because fruity esters tease my tastebuds as a distraction. Nectarine and apricot ride both a volatile aromatic and a clingy oil. Hop bitter comes across as low, as does co-ho hop roughness, but the beer is thick and sugary sweet...I think these hop characteristics have simply been kept in check by equally bold malt. Thick and smooth moutfeel and mildly carbonated. This beer is wonderful.

mentor, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of ColForbin
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

It's hard to believe I haven't reviewed this beer before. I'm drinking one of a 4-pack of 12 oz bottles - do they make the 750ml corked version anymore? 90 Minute IPA pours a deep golden color with a hint of red and a white head that quickly fades to a lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of citrusy hop goodness, with a healthy dose of pine thrown in for good measure. Taste is all hops, all the time, with just enough malt to give a slight toasted flavor and a medium to full body. Carbonation is light. This is a delicious double IPA, and I'm glad that I know a place to get it in NH now (even if it is an hour away).

ColForbin, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Great aroma on initial pour of this pale copper ale. Pine and grapefruit come to mind from the aroma. Bitterness is truly excellent - round and full and strong, not sharp like many other highly hopped beers. Hop flavor is very good - it's not all about the bitterness. Finish is sweet - likely a highish terminal gravity on this beer, but the robust bitterness requires it.

Well balanced, well liked, recommended.

bubrewer, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a crystal clear golden color emanating a superb burly white head. Nice lacing left after each drink.

Smell: Piney, sweet and all around delicious smelling.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Very smooth, almost creamy in it's body. Hop bitterness is obviously evident but is coupled well with the malts to obtain an almost sweet finish. This is a very quenching brew. Hops resonate in all their oily glory. Insanely drinkable for a 9% IPA, this could easily become a regular in my session lineup. Packaging boasts that this is America's best IPA. Whether or not that is true is to be determined, but this is an excellent example of the style.

sinistermadman, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of jhu1995
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%

Had a 12 oz bottle which was poured into a pint glass. Poured a nice, very clear orange, copper color. Head faded quickly but had excellent lacing. The hops aroma was extremely intense, but in a good way. Had a woody aroma with slight citrus notes. I thought the taste came off a bit harsh initially but smoothed out over time. It tasted very crisp, clean, and refreshing but the overwhelming hop flavor may not be for everyone.

jhu1995, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a creamy eggshell colored head. Head is dense and frothy. Thick sheeting lace. Smells of...hops. Bitter and citrusy, orange rind.

Taste is variations on the first sip. Goes something like this: hoppy burn, alcohol burn, sticky rich malt. Rinse. Repeat. OK the alcohol burn is understated and slow to build which actually make it quite warming in the gullet. The hops are an explosion and actually burn the tongue a bit like a good habenero sauce would. There is some citrus in there but mostly bitingly bitter herbal hop flavors. The malt is rich and sweet, molasses, burnt caramel and such. Mouth is sticky, the hops for all their glory do tend to get washed on the tongue by the considerable malt but do linger on the roof of the mouth forever. And your teeth. Great stuff, did this one right they did.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

I got this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. No date on the bottle, but with this, it doesn't really matter.

Pours a pretty clear light orange with a one finger head of sticky, off-white foam. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Slight carbonation evident.

Aroma is piney/ herbal, with a little citrus thrown in to boot. Chewy carrot cake like malt, toasty and caramel-y. Aroma is more subtle than I was expecting.

Flavor is a luscious, creamy toffee malt base crammed on top of a big but not too big bitterness. Pine needles, hay, fruity esters abound in this one. For everything that's in here, it's absolutely balanced. The 9% ABV is very well hidden. Barely noticeable at all. Aftertaste is pine needles and herbal cookie dough.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. This is like a mouthfull of heaven. Lip smacking sweetness coupled with hop bitterness grabbing the back of your throat. Finish is sweet/bitter. Just a hint of heat. Awesome!

This is one of the better DIPA's I've ever had. Not as hoppy as Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, but very well balanced, and awesome in its own way.

jakester, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

presentation: 12oz with a simple matte finish label. traditional shark logo and a little background to the brewing process are printed. ABV is displayed at 9%.

appearance: pours a golden amber with light straw highlights into a tulip glass. half-inch fluffy white head that disapated to a thin protective layer lacing and sticking all the way down. lotsa bubbles, almost champagne-like.

smell: floral, piney, citrus hops dominate the nose. lightly spicy grapefruit.

taste: more citrus and very lightly salty at first with some hidden bready flavors in a dry finish. great hop bitters! not quite as bitter as stone's ipas, but just as hoppy. sweet and sour pineapple grapefruit. alcohol is fairly evident, but i don't mind it.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with excellent acidity and carbonation. swallows like a dream, too.

drinkability: almost everything about this beer helps make it one of the most drinkable IIPAs i've ever had. would get a 5 here if the alcohol were more masked. but then again, what else would you expect from this style?

overall: this beer was my love at first sight with IIPA's. first one i ever had and has never let me down since. almost perfect.

Px2GrafX, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Naes
4/5  rDev -6.5%

This one pours a clear copper color with an enormous white head that does not go anywhere and has a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is of hops and citrus.

The flavor starts out with a sweet malty presence then smacks you in the taste buds with hops. The finish is quite bitter from the blast of hops (with hints of citrus).

Mouth feel is medium bodied and is lightly carbonated.

Naes, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of kirok1999
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Finally got my local IGA to carry this on occasion. Wish he could get 120 but it's illegal in Ohio. My IGA in BFE can't carry 120 IPA.

This is one of the most complex IPA's I've ever tasted. Just so much going on it's hard to describe. Most noticable is citrus; not as heavy as Alpha King, but definately there. Mouthfeel is wonderful, smooth and slippery. Aftertaste is great too, your tongue is alive with the complex combination of malt and hop.

This is worth the price. Treat yourself to this delight and get ready as 4 of these will put you on your butt. A very short session beer, I usually drink just one at the end of the evening.

kirok1999, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

This is one of my favorite beers....the best double IPA I've had to date. 9% seems just right.

Appearance...Beautiful golden orange in color. Nice soft white frothy head...very nice retention. leaves some legs on the glass.

Smell...not surprisingly it smells of hops..also citrus.

Taste...this is a delicious beer. Hoppy like you would expect, very citrusy, but not overly acidic. Orange peel and lemon citrus....also some other fruity phenolic flavors. Nice malty balance.

Mouthfeel...Nice full body, not overly alcoholic for a 9%.

Drinkability...the 9% makes this a tough session beer. Even still, I would drink 4 of these and be one happy dude.

I give the 90 minute Imperial IPA my best score ever. Pick up a 4 pack of these and you will not regret it. Also support Dogfish Head whenever possible so they can continue to brew these malty wonders!

ILiveOffHops, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of custardcb
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

I had the 120 minute IPA before this and absolute loved it. However due to its strength one is more then enough. This younger brother is absolute fantastic though. Upon opening the bottle it get stone fruit from the noise mostly apricot, but an entire sweet aroma is there. The head is thin and fades pretty fast but being an IPA I dont expect much of one. The biggest thing to me though is I can feel the care that went into this brew. You can tell that however master minded this brew cares and knows about what is going on in the bottle and wants to make sure the fullest amount of enjoyment is achieved by ever person that buys this brew.

custardcb, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.45/5  rDev +4%

The ol’ doghead, eh? 90 minute boil and 9%? Com’on gimme more! Oh yeah, great amber orange pour – disappointing head, but did have lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine and malts flowed into a well balanced quaff – just a touch of floral, nice….. Finishes with a tidbit of orange. Yum, semi chewy and full bodied. Very drinkable, even at 9%.

Self Note: Avery Maharaja matches this one and is 1/3 price.

Vancer, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Picked up a bottle at PBC for $2.50 back in April.

Pours a dark orange with a nice 2 inch head that retains very well. Nose is fruity with floral hops and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is very malty, fruity, finishing with a nice smooth floral hop. Mouthfeel is full and extremely creamy, especially the on-tap version. Overall drinkability is great. The high ABV is well masked.

arizcards, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Franchise
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%

This IPA pours a beautiful golden color, it leaves a nice sticky white lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is of hops, lemon, sweet fruit. I let this beer sit for a minute to bring out more flavor and aroma, and as I put it back to my nose more floural and spicey aromas became present. As I tasted this beer I let the beer sit on my palate and so many delicious flavors came to mind, a smoothe, malty, hoppy finish. The taste is carmalized fruits, grape, peaches, caramel, and kick of hops. You can't even taste the 9% abv. This is the best IPA, actually one of the best beers I've had the priviledge of tasting.

Franchise, Jul 03, 2005
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,500 ratings.