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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
96
world-class

13,300 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 13,300
Reviews: 3,604
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 500
Gots: 2,185 | 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 argock
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: Looks like an orange zinfandel with a creamy appearing off-white head that fell quickly but left plenty of lace.

S: At first sniff, there are a lot of sharp grassy, herbal hops. However, as the drink progresses, the smell becomes more fruity with pineapple, orange, apricot, and grapefruit aromas. The malty sweetness also comes through with time.

T: It's hard to finger this beer for one taste, although it is far fruitier than I expected, especially after my most recent 60 Minute experience where the sour moldy grass taste was hopefully not to be duplicated or heightened. I was glad that the tastes were a much more even blend of fruity malts, tropical and luscious fruits like apricot and grapefruit, and herbal hops that are undoubtedly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. A really big spectrum of tastes come out with this brew.

M: Not as slick and oily as I would imagine from first whiff, but it is pretty smooth and lightly carbonated for easy drinking. The alcohol is defintely not hidden but it isn't brandy either.

D: This DIPA could be consumed pretty quickly because of its smoothness without the big hops bite. I bet this beer would explode if served on cask. A much better offering from DFH than 60 Minute which creates a lot of intrigue for 120.

argock, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of udubdawg
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours orange/gold in color, quite a bit of sticky off-white foam quickly fading to a thin ring. Lacing is quite good, scattered over half the glass in intricate patterns.

Nose seems quite balanced between orange and grapefruit with lighter pine hoppiness, and caramel malt. Sweet, tart, bitter - should be good!

Delicious, again balanced - malt and hops, sweet and bitter, caramel and citrus, decent complexity to the hop bill with the various citrusy tastes mixing with pine and a more herbal flavor. Whereas I got mostly caramel on the nose I'm getting more lighter toasted grain flavors here. Lingering bitterness and just a bit of an annoying sweet aftertaste. Body is smooth, pretty full, carbonation quite high. Good stuff, not spectacular, but a great representation of the style. quite drinkable.

udubdawg, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper color with very nice (bubbly) head and good lacing. It has a very large floral (bit of lavender) scent, very aromatic and hoppy. Strong flavor, very hoppy, extremely dry, with just a bit of sulfur and jerky flavor. Goes down very smooth for a DIPA. Excellent beer.

JamesS, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bakerslp for the trade!

A- Nice golden honey, thick white head, leaves quick, lacing sticky and stays around.

S - Like sticking your nose in a well used Lauder Tun. My god, so much malt goodness.

T - Yummy malts, thick, viscous, hops competing for taste. Good stuff.

M - Coating, perfect carb, no complaints here. Maybe a LITTLE cloying, but I am being picky.

D - If I had a case of this, I would drink it all night.

srandycarter, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Pointman
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was at Ashley's in Ann Arbor - they had this AWESOME IIPA hand pulled.

Wow - I was always a fan of it draft and in the bottle, but this was even better than I ever could have imagined.

The warmer temperature brought out much more of the flavor and increased the bitterness.

Nice citrus and a good bite. Balance was very nice. Nice sweet finish with good fruit.

The bottle & draft used to be my favorites for this HUGE beer, but this is a great DIPA.

Pointman, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of hops4me
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep gold to amber. A fluffy eggshell white head slowly dissapates and leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

S - Floral, spicy hops. Big fruity malt. Peaches and Plums?

T&M - First thought is this is thick as it slides across the tongue. Definite chewiness. Everything is big but everything is balanced. A lot of floral hop bitterness but the malt counters this with a sweet caramel flavor and subtle roastedness in the aftertaste. Very complex.

D - For 9% it really goes down easy. I could drink a few of these and of course will buy it again. Very good beer. All the little characteristics play off and compliment one another.

hops4me, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottle date 10-05-07 so aged for apx 5 months.

poured a very stunning clear amber color with a 1-2 inch dense foamy head that settled into a thick ring that laced remarkably well the whole glass. very nice appearance.

Smell was of an early hop with a sweetness in the background. there was also a whiff of floral hops too.

Taste was very pine-y, earthy hop up front with a strong midpalate sweet crystal malt presence which then finishes with a floral hop bitterness.

It is medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

as for drinkability, it goes down pretty easy, and the 9% is well hidden... in fact, i didnt even realize it was that high until it was half gone and i started to feel it... two or three of these and id be ready for bed!

this is not my most revered style of beer, but this is one of the few i have tried that i would choose to drink again on occasion.

tayner, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of macster
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With DIPA's being my favorite style, I must say I haven't enjoyed one as much as this in quite awhile. Balanced and luscious in every way. The floral / citrus hops just fill the air. Gotta enjoy this one on the warmer side (55-60 degrees) to really appreciate the aroma. Lots of sweet crystal malts balance out the orange-grapefruit hop flavor and snappy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a long bitter-sweet finish. Easy drinking for a 9%'er, goes down so smooth and silky. This baby's tough to beat!

macster, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of kaboose72
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish, in my opinion one of the top 3 breweries in the US. 90 minutes it in my top 10 beers to drink. perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Of course the abv does not hurt either. 3 or 4 of these and you are off to a great start. But nothing like their world wide stout at 18%. NOW

kaboose72, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Darien
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours nicely with a deep gold to amber color, nice white head with nice lacing.

S-Very, very hoppy, with citrus aromas taking a backseat to the hops.

T-A lot of hop flavor up front, but not to much. It has a faint citrus aftertaste that works well here.

M-Smooth, medium bodied beer, but could use a bit more carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable for me, I love the hoppiness of this beer and the alcohol is not as prevelant as I thought it would be considering the 9% ABV. A great beer.

Darien, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice orange amber color with a tall thick head that laces the glass all the way down. It has a rich piney hoppy aroma with some citris hoppy aroma as well, but mostly hoppy. The taste is excellent for a double IPA. It has a nice roasted malty base with a huge amount of hops layered on top. Nice citrisy and piney hoppy bitterness flavors layered together over the malt makes for a very well made IPA. It has a very crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. It is a very drinkable double IPA and definately worth a try.

erosier, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer at a local tasting event involving 17 beer lovers sharing 17 great beers brewed east of the Mississippi and Canada.

A: It poured a classic IPA body with a bright, hazy orange topped by an abundant white head of nearly 2 fingers. The body receded to a rich ring around the collar and supported a dense lingering lacing.

S: It begins and is dominated by rich piney hops with a strong but recessive aroma of malts. The piney hops are accented by other floral hops...however....this beer is all about pine.

T: There are abundant and varied hop flavors from the sharp flavor of pine to the biting citrusy blend of oranges and grapefruit. The hops are balanced by grainy lightly toasted malts.

M: It was medium to full bodied with very light carbonation but sufficient ABV to have a clean and warm finish and just a slight bitter aftertaste.

D: I am not a big Imperial IPA fan but this one like those from Stone make me think about reevaluating my wants and likes. It is abit over the top hoppy for me but this is an excellent representive of this style. It reamains a one and out beer for me.

dnichols, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another strong offering in the great series of ipas from dogfish, this 90 min and the 120 min are not for the faint of heart, very strong, high alc. bitter and crazy on the tongue and kickers in the back, limit yourself to about 2 at a time or the morning may come too quick. very good.

Hollenbeck2, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of NealCassady
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden honey color, with a thick frothy off white head. Extraordinary sweet hops smell immediately.

Taste of strong hops and a hint fruity sweetness, finishes with smooth hop flavor.

Very drinkable, one of the favorite beers.

Overall great IPA

NealCassady, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Dated 10.17.07

Appearance: one finger thick head, incredible head retention, head intensely foamy, thick bubbles. The head isn't going anywhere any time soon. Lots of carbonation, honey amber light caramel coloring.

Smell: extremely floral, slightly piney, even less citrusy

Taste: Whoa. Very hoppy. Balances incredibly. Definitiely imperial. Piney, some citrus. Malt cuts the bitterness, pleanty sweet.

Mouthfeel: Upfront, the head makes it creamy. Pretty chewey, carbonation light, doesn't effect mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Highly, but very dangerous.

This is what an IPA should be. The next closest relative to compare to is Troegs Nugget Nectar, for sure. Highly recommended, but not for a light weight.

Brought to you by Brian and Graham

phantomwyse, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of JackWeizen
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After making a "Dogfish Head pickup" today, I decided to enjoy a 90 Minute IPA after dinner. It pours a light copper with a small head that faders with each sip.

The aroma is sweet. So much sweeter then I remember from previous tastings. The hops are there in full force. Floral.

As I taste this beer, I'm amazed at how well the hops and malt seem to balance, as opposed to total hop dominance. Maybe my American Barleywine kick has left me vulnerable...

Yeah, who am I kidding, this is a hoppy beer. Its just soooo smooth.... The finish is bitter though. Smooth and bitter. Can't name the hop, and its probably a blend of several varieties.

Okay, So this beer goes down smooth. Who cares, right? Its shocking when you take your first sip, but I took my first sip of 90 min. years ago. This stuff was probably one of the top 5 beers to turn me on to craft brew. As I taste it again, after drinking so... many... beers... I find that this one really is one of the best.

Prost!

JackWeizen, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear, bright amber with an inch of foam that ultimately settles into a thin ring.

Smell - Floral and honey-like. A bit boozy, but not unpleasantly so. Hints of pine and apricot.

Taste & mouthfeel - Malty and a bit estery at first; apricot and honey spring to mind with an undertone of toasted grain. The hops really round out the flavor, leaving notes of pine, citrus and pineapple on the tongue. Body is about medium and quite slick and oily on the palate. Hop bitterness is fairly mild in the finish, smooth and pleasant rather than biting.

Overall: A decent albeit very malty East Coast-style DIPA.

largadeer, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of pacothrash
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler amber brownish with a slight haze. Very nice floral aroma and taste. Some citrus and caramel flavor. This beer is very drinkable for a DIPA. I finished off 4 pints last night and the last full pint tonight. This beer lives up to its' reputation and is my 2nd favorite DIPA to Hopslam.

pacothrash, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty pint glass on 2/20/08.

A - Clear amber/orange body with mammoth 2+ finger frothy white head and slow rising bubbles of carbonation. While the head retention was fair, it left behind some exquisite thick lacing around the glass.

S - Juicy citrus notes paired with a perfumy aroma produces a unique sweet hop profile. Malt is predominantly sweet caramel with a touch of fresh bread. Whiff of alcohol in the mix as well.

T - Sweet candy-like hops start off juicy and end with some floral and perfumy notes. Meanwhile, the bitterness is countered by a smooth, sweet malt backbone that is present throughout. Hints of orange peel, candy sugar, sweEt menthol/tobacco and eucalyptus.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with a bit of a syrupy feel. Perfect amount of carbonation. Mild heat from the ABV produces a subtle burn on the tongue. Moderate dry, bitter finish that pitches a tent in the back of the throat for a while.

D - Fantastic IPA with a complex hop profile and sturdy malt backbone. Incredibly smooth, sweet and easy to drink, despite the high ABV%. Another great DFH creation!

ffejherb, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of satowns
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/28/07

Extremely clear with lots of carbonation. Pours a golden amber; nice thick and creamy white head of meringue sits on top for a looong time.

Spicy/earthy hops, apricot, raisins, grapefruit and toasted bread fill your nose. It's a very pleasant introduction to the beer.

Flavors of caramel/crystal malt. Balanced hop bitterness. Black pepper, alcohol warmth, and a mild herbal character round out the palate.

Overall I think this is one of the most balanced 9%abv/90IBU IPAs out there. The IBUs and alcohol are covert operators; its really hard to tell that they are there until you are finished...the 9% catches up with you. Maybe are palates have been ruined by huge citrus hop bombs, but this is easy drinking at its finest. A "must try" for strong IPA lovers. An excellent choice for 294 calories. Whose watching them anyways...Not your average session IPA, especially since its upwards of 10 bucks a 4-pack. This is a beer to reserve for something more than just hanging out. IF you only drank 1 beer each night, 90 Minute would not serve you wrong. Not as aggressive and in your face as other Imperial IPAs, this guy is a smooth operator. The continuous hopping adds layers of depth not seen in other beers of this ABV and IBU. Smooth and dangerous, this IIPA could be your new best friend. Sorry Dublin.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: STP by Sublime

satowns, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in the bottle a long time ago, and thought it was good, but not great. Tried it again on tap at the DFH Alehouse in VA and it blew me away. Color is an incredibly deep amber color, almost a straight red, with a nice looking head and a touch of lacing. Dissolved fairly quickly to a more cognac looking syrupiness, but still nice. Nose is fantastic, crazy hops and tons of sweet caramel. Taste is excellent; it's basically a perfect DIPA, with strong hops and malt, and absolutely delicious balance. Sweeter than the Hopslam (which is another of my favorite DIPAs), but it still works. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Body is thick and full and nearly syrupy. Really a delicious beer, one of my favorites from DFH.

soupyman10, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of brendan13
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into an oversized wine glass with almost an inch of off white head a top a amber ale.
S - Smell is pretty full on - passionfruit and apricot notes with a pretty strong woody pine touch.
T - Like the smell but with some sweet caramel hints as well.
M - Medium to full bodied, fairly low carbonation, a bit sticky.
D - A great IIPA indeed, some might say a classic. Something that I would have on hand but any more than a couple would be overkill.

brendan13, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of bierman2000
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Amber, laced, frothy nice lace throughout the glass

S= all about the hops and floral nose, piney as well

T= very hoppy yet a smooth malt finish mid glass

M= rich, yet a bit grainy but full mouthfeel

D= very potent so watch out as can be dangerously drinkable

bierman2000, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of cbleary
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a powerful beer. It had a deep amber color and a sticky white head. It tasted of dextrous, sweet malts, strong citrus and pine hops with hints of rich fruit and alcohol. It is definitely more balanced than I had anticipated. It's more powerful than it seems, I could only drink one!

cbleary, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold-amber color with a very impressive head for having such a high ABV. Smell is crisp, clean, and citrusy. The head retention on this mother is out of this world! It sticks to the sides of the glass like maple syrup. Taste is both bold and hoppy, yet the alcohol is very well hidden.

Morey's Bottome Line: I've been waiting to try this beer for quite a while, and I must say....I'm definitely not disappointed. If you're into Double IPA's....this one should not be overlooked.

Morey, Feb 17, 2008
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 13,300 ratings.