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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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95
world-class

12,868 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,868
Reviews: 3,581
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 472
Gots: 1,903 | 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 bodybyadam
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured this into my goblet with a 1/2" frothy foam that slowly dissipates, into a clear transluscent reddish amber.

S: The nose of light molasses, malty and almost sweet mild banana aroma.

T: The mild hops bring a tingle at the tip of the palette and follw with a smooth hoppy flavor to the back of the mouth and then to a noticable hint of ETOH.

M: A very well balanced IPA. Not a heavy taste but very rich and wonderful blend.

D: What is there not to like, drink more but be carefull. I highly reccomend for all IPA lovers. No more than two at a time. Only for the "DFH IPA trained".

Elbows Up,
Adam

bodybyadam, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up with this as a "bonus" in a recent trade.

pours a nice golden colour with about a quarter inch of fine head. the head doesn't take long to drop, but leaves a little fine lace around the glass.

aroma is hoppy and good. grapefruit and other citrus, as well as some floral notes. a little bready malt in the background and alcohol in the finish.

taste is great. initially it's a great bready malt backbone that fades into a nice bitterness and a great hoppy finish. is that too many 'greats'? i don't think so. it hides the alcohol pretty well. not as much hop flavour as i'd have guessed from the aroma, but it's nice. great balance between the malt, bitterness, and alcohol. as it warms i found that the malt and alcohol come out more, slightly overpowering the hops and disrupting the balance a bit, but it's still very good.

mouthfeel is good. actually feels a little thinner than i'd have expected, but it still has a good body.

drinkability is suprisingly high. i feel like you could easily sit and go through a few of these, and you wouldn't notice the problem until you went to get up.

grub, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- crystal clear copper with red & orange hues, big foamy white head, good retent, great lacing, head settles to a 1/4" ring

S- citrus, fruit, sweet malts, floral, caramel

T- surprisingly malty for a DIPA, sweet berry syrup like finish, earthy throughout, crisp grape aftertaste, honey, alcohol obvious at finish, floral, pine flavors as warms, hops flavors & oils obvious throughout brew. wow a DIPA with some kind of balance.

M- surupy, chewy, sticky, flows decently smooth, carbonation very nice

D- Again i am stunned that i drank a DIPA with balance. Amazing flavors in this brew, after drinking this and DFH indian brown ale, i see why they have a strong following. Amazing brew.

tonistruth, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of sstackho
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Bottled 05/08/06, which I think means May 8 in US logic. (Explain to me again why it goes month/day/year?? That's not in order! But I digress...) Pours a light copper with little head and little carbonation. Aroma of sweet sugars and hops. Taste is quite sweet, and the alcohol is noticeable. This reminds me of a barleywine - a style that I generally have not taken well to as they tend to be too sweet for my tastes. The DFH 90 does not have the fullness of flavour and aroma and hops that I enjoyed in the DFH 60. I had such very high hopes for this beer considering its wonderful reviews, but alas, different strokes for different folks (and so and and so on and scooby-dooby-doo...)

sstackho, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of pvsob
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful light orange with a two finger head that just lasts all day. Great lacing was also present and accounted for.

Smell - Besides the great floral hop presence, I also picked up a lovely fruity aroma. This aroma somewhat reminded me of dates or maybe plums. Finally, a nice sticky alcohol smell made itself known gradually as the beer warmed.

Taste - Hop bitterness from start to finish on this one ladies and gents. Add to that the chewy maltiness and a sweet alcohol flavor at the end, and this ends up being one fine tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. It really coats the palate.

Drinkability/Overall - This was my first trip down the road that is American DIPA's, and I'd have to say that it was a smooth ride. Good work Dogfish Head. Grab a four pack if you see one in your neck of the woods. You won't be disappointed.

pvsob, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange brown in color, with a massive, persistent off-white head, which retains very well, and a scattering of thick, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Incredibly sweet, honey and candy-like, with a very substantial pine hop undercurrent. The aroma is very, very strong, so much so as to almost manifest a sensation of taste.

Taste: Very sweet from start to finish, with a pronounced honey-like presence, like barley cake drenched with honey. Though secondary to the malt, there is a very strong hop component, which manifests itself as pine tar and a mild herbal note. This lingers mildly well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Rich and full, syrupy and soft.

Drinkability/notes: While I am less than a hop aficionado, this is a superb beer, to be sipped and savored. Perfect for a cold winter day, not that we ever have any of those in central Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of NoLiberty
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times, but most recently at Bridget Foy's in Philadelphia, which has suddenly begun specializing in an all local 12 tap draft list. Nice. While big props go out to Dogfish Head for their innovation in the big IPA series and with Randall, despite Russian Rivers foaming about unnecessary hop devices, the double and triple IPA market is no longer what it was even 2 years ago. With ever more breweries pushing not only the IBU limit but also the quality and flavor of these big beers there's ever more pressure on DFH to stay competitive. While 90 minute is still a wonderful beer it no longer ranks among the top in this category for me.

The beer is poured into a fluted chalice with a white two finger head. Color is deep orange-copper and completely clear.

The aroma builds from a clean almost estringent smell to a biting sharp cheddar in the back of the nose with sweet alcohol and rosy malts rounding out the smell.

The taste overall is balanced, but slightly more alcohol than I would have liked. Front is this sharp cheddar bite with middle of sweet alcohol and hay followed by a nice piney hop finish and clean end. Lingering reminder of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carb, mouth filling but not overly thick with alcohol. Body is good but not full.

Drinkability is also quite high, but with the significant alcohol content and flavor it may not be as highly drinkable as others.

NoLiberty, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of drotski
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color, with a thin, foamy head.

Smells very fruity, floral, and hoppy.

Taste is out of this world. VERY hoppy, and nicely balanced. Fruity, and spicy. Raison and fruitcake are definitely there (don't mean to copy their website, but its true). If you get over all the hops, and really pay attention, there is plenty of malt there as well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very thick considering the 9% alc/vol. I am impressed they pulled that off, the thickness just balances out with all the flavor. Amazing.

Not something you'd want to drink all night...not because its bad, but because its something you'd choose to savor. When you're done, you look forward to your next one...days or weeks down the road. A good special occasion beer.

drotski, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice head, good retention

Smell is very citrusy.

taste is amazing. The hops are strong but VERY VERY well balanced. My favorite (tasting) beer yet.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: nice mouthfeel, and one of the easiest beers I've ever had. Wish i could give a 5+. Easy to drink for a 9 percent abv and 90 ibus.

jasonjlewis, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge hit of hops on the nose. Mostly of the citrus variety. Very oily almost medicinal hop aroma. No malt for balance.

Deep gold and perfectly clear with a good solid head. lots of rising carbonation. Very inviting.

Very high hop bitterness as would be expected. The big hit of hops follows up with good malt backbone. Sweet caramel malt flavor. The aftertaste is mostly a resiny/oily hop flavor. It's a pleasant linger, not a scorching of the taste buds like some DIPAs seem to be.

Body is on the high end of medium, not quite full bodied. Fairly high carbonation gives it a lively extra little bit of bitter effect.

Amazingly drikable. This in no way feels like a 9% beer. There's no alcohol burning, the body is biggish but not more so than most 6-7% IPAs. It has high enough bitterness to satisfy when I want a hop monster but not so much as to obliterate any sense of ballance. Very will done.

czechsaaz, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Buildscharacter
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't let this light beer fool you, it's cram packed full of amazing hoppy flavor. Hop heads rejoice. This beer is one of my favorites because of the texture and tasty hoppy goodness.

Pouring it into a glass, you can hear how thick it is. It just coats the sides of the glass while releasing a beatiful bouquet of hoppy green smelling goodness.

Initially the hops overwhealm, but after the initial bite, you taste the strong malt undertones and the small bite of the alcohol.

This beer comes in a four-pack and is a worthy purchase.

Buildscharacter, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of bjoyce12
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston. Simply outstanding. One of the best American brewed ales. Substantial head. Citrus, molasses, bourbon aroma. Multiple taste undertones, but all subtle, none being over-the-top nor overwhelming. What Sam Adams should aspire to be.

bjoyce12, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
2.23/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Dogfish Head may be the most over-hyped brewery on the planet. The 120 minute ale is simply torture to drink and a perfect example of "too much of a good thing,,," I like spicy food and rare meat. However, I grasp the fallacy in thinking that therefore raw pork and 20 habaneros is a great meal.

This is much better but still far from a good beer. I love IPAs and other hop heavy styles but there is a a raw quality to this beer that reminds more of green wood than anything else. The alcohol is dialed way back from the 120 but is still far too prevalent throughout. Behind the hops and alcohol and pine wood you can actually taste some malt in this one and it lacks the sickening raw sugar taste of the 120. However being a better drink than the 120 is akin to being a better eat than grubs.

To me this is just another overpriced bad beer reliant on image and the tendency of people to want to like things that set them apart from the masses. Sometimes, the masses are right -- people are wasting money becayse they put status over good taste.

Deconstructionis, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice medium amber colorresulted from the pour. A fluffy white one inch head rapidly dissipated. A small amount of tiny carbonation bubbles are rising through the beer. Lacing clumps down glass.

The aroma of hops nearly jumped out of the bottle from the moment it was opened. A first whiff of the pour was a fantastic floral aroma. Huge scents of citrus are also strongly present. A grapefruit and lemon blend is perfect.

A fantastic flavor that brings all the elements of the aroma to the mouth. A nice taste of citrus is the major flavor. The grapefruit is downplayed to the lemon. A finish of hops bitterness helps the sweetness of lemon have a nice balance. Just a slight end of alcohol burn takes away from perfect taste.

A nice thick mouthfeel makes for a coating of flavor on all parts of mouth. Only a slight pop of carbonation to highlight the flavor.

An excellent beer. This beer would be a fantastic choice to compliment to a nice piece of salmon with a smoked sauce. This is a should try for all beer drinkers, and a must stock for any true hop lovers.

RedChrome, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of eballard
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden amber color with a nice lace. The smell is very hops. Sweet and caramel with a slight hint of malt. Very spicy hops bite right off the bat. The tastes are all over your mouth caramel, pine, fruit, and spicy herbal tastes. The beer hits your mouth with a spicy tingle down the center of your tongue. The finish is clean with a nicely blended after taste that hits the roof of your mouth. In all it is a very interesting beer. I’ve never been a huge fan of imperial IPAs but this one is blended well and has a nice balance. It’s a great example of the style.

eballard, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
3.03/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, $9.99 for a four pack. Pours a medium slightly hazy orange copper color, retains a thickish lacy head.

Smells of fruit, perfume, fruit, perfume, fruit, and slightly earthy hops.

Perfumy, sweet fruit apricot peach, slight plum (like the spot between the tart skin and sweet flesh.) Blood oranges. Tropical fruit. Hop presence is fruity and delicious, finishes with a thick sweet mouth, and lingers long with fruit and bready malt. Slightly smoky notes as it warms to room temp. Alcohol presence is notable, but not pronounced for 9%.

This might sound strange, but it's sort of like a thicker, sweeter, supercharged version of Magic Hat #9.

This is a delicious, delightful, fun beer. But some kind of standard bearer for IPA as a style, or DIPA? I don't see it -- at all. The four pack screamingly brags "THE BEST IPA in AMERICA!" While it's arguably asinine to rely on Esquire Magazine for such a ruling, DFH are the ones who have adopted it and printed it on their packaging. And, uhhh, it's just not. It's not even close.

I have to dink it in "quality" and "aroma" since I don't have the option for breaking these out for style, and for overall taste. If I were handed this in a blind tasting and told it was an exprimental category, fruit beer orinated strong ale, I'd probably give it 4.5 or 5 in both categories. I gave it a 4.5 for drinkability, and was tempted to give it a 5, but it *could* potentially be improved on, and I don't give 5s lightly. But as a DIPA (my favorite style)? It's weird and not what I want.

warmstorage, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold-amber and a just-off-white head that would have run out of glass no problem if I didn’t ease up on the pour. Good head retention and very thick, sticky lacing.

Smell? More like fumes. Heavy, wet, rich malt with a light touch of perfume or piney hops.

Very rich. Boozy taste sweet with malt and toffee flavors that outweigh even 90 minutes worth of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, even, but it seems right. 90-minute packs a wallop, but it’s so well crafted that there’s reason to keep plenty of this stuff around.

maundythirsty, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a gem-like orangey amber with an off-white, frothy and creamy looking head. Smells primarily of citrus hops along with a sugary sweetness. Bready malts peak out from behind the hops. This manages to give off hardly any alcohol smell. The sweetness from the residual sugars of the malt hit the tongue first followed by a heap of citrus and pine from the hops. There is a slight breadiness from the malts and the hop bitterness is soft. Gets a somewhat medicinal character from the alcohol. Hops don't seem to be enough to balance the sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth with a soft carbonation. The alcohol makes this a little slick. The beer is just fine, but overall, the alcohol notes and big sweetness hold me back.

goochpunch, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours with a 3/4" whitish head. Orange/copper color. Thin lacing covering top and sticks to side of glass a bit.
S- citrus hops and light malt (malt comes through more as beer warms).
T- Malts and citrus hops. Light warming of alcohol, they do do a good job on masking it. Something tastes a bit off since I had this on draft and in bottle before, so it may be a little skunked. Not as bitter as I hoped (others were more bitter). Malt comes through in aftertaste also. Aftertaste is kind of bitter but not to much.
M-This doesn't have as much carbonation as I remember. Light carb and medium to full body.
D-Like I have said before something seems a bit off so this one couldn't have more than one. Others I have tried I really like it and it is a really good DIPA.

BlindPig, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler at the Brewery and Eats in Rehobeth. This is the third day of the growler being open. Poured into a pint glass with a resulting head that was pretty thin and off-white in color. The head dissipates to a thin crown that sticks around a good while, leaving nice rings of sticky lace. The color is a beautiful amber that is very clear, showing a few rising bubbles.

The aroma is earthy with nice floral hoppiness.

The taste is exceptional with a over the top hop flavor that is leafy and earthy. The mouthfeel is both tangy and tart. There is a touch of alcohol burn that lends a warming touch and feel to the taste. There is a nice mix of malts blended in.

Overall, one of the best ipas I have tasted.

abcsofbeer, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on cask(!!) at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. Coz all the other American cask-conditioned beers (30+ of them) failed to arrive in time for the beer festival, due to the unforgivable mistake by the shipping company, this was the only American cask ale available on stillages (two casks in total for the whole event...). But what a beer it was esp. on cask!! Gravity-dispensed.

A: pours a bright, orangey amber hue, very clear and low carbonation; no sign of beer head which is pretty normal for a gravity-poured real ale.
S: flowery essence, like Osmanthus fragrans, mountain-flower honey, juicy but sticky lychee jam, light note of basil leaves, plus a deeper scent of sweet oranges... all elements rolled in one, on top of a great, thick body of caramely maltiness yet without a single trace of sharp alc. for this 9%abv. beer... brilliant!
T: oily smooth in texture, with soothing flows of pine-oil, flowery and sweet grapefruity hops caressing the tongue... In the mid-taste lots of juicy longan-fruits come forward, closely ensued by a profound taste of licorice, dried root-spices and flowery petals, leading towards a balanced, tangy bitter and lo...ng finish with just a healthy kick of alc. down the throat. Hops leave great length of aroma and depth of bitterness at the back, but not at all harsh or intrusive on the mouthfeel as one might suspect of a DIPA. Sheer brilliance~~
M&D: smoothly-textured, the fizziness is much much softer than most American beers I've had, due to the cask-conditioning I'm sure. In a way the taste and aroma are not so much bold and thick as the bottled version, but for any cask-conditioned ale lover, this gem on cask really is unbeatable. Lovely nectar, to say the least... can't have enough of it!!

wl0307, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THis is my first go-round with this beer, which is strange probably since ive had lots of other dogfish head beers and because this is so readily available. Amber colored and bubbly with a fantastic off-white head. Smeels hoppy and oily...maybe TOO oily...still smells good. Mmmm..this IS good. It might be the best tasting of the big-hop beers i've had. Lives up to its name and more...not too hoppy or bitter and quite smooth actually with a touch of lemon and sweet caramel malt in the flavor. Delicious. Glad i finally tried this.

aforbes10, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of jrb1001
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first time I drank this beer, it was at Zeno's Pub in State College, PA. The beer tasted and smelled very good. I have had other Dogfish beers and this one is probably one of the best, in my opinion. The beer is dark in color, it is a heavy beer. The smell is unbelievably great. I would definately recommend this beer to anone that like to drink a reasonably prices good beer.

jrb1001, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of JayQue
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great brew!!!! Pours a light amber/dark copper color, very clear with a small white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Great overall aroma, IPA spiciness and fruity aroma. Taste is outstanding, rank it up there with Bigfoot (less harsh) and Celebration Ale. Hops bitterness, incredible smoothness and strong fruit flavor. Great balance between the fruit and the bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich with great flavor throughout, no heavy alcohol aftertaste to ruin the experience. I know this is 9% abv, but drinkability is still good. If I didn't have to drive, I would do up to three of these over a long session and still enjoy every drop. This one lives up to it's hype.

JayQue, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of BeerNutta
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

Got this from Central Market in Texas. America is beer heaven.

A = Poured a dark copper with a thick foam head that dissapates leaving a fluffy foam lace.

S = An infusion of Hop and fruits. Very very inviting.

T = Inital sweet grape taste with a hint of pears and apples. Followed through with a smooth hop finish.

M = Smooth to mouth with a slight hop bite.

D = Very drinkable. I could see myself drinking a few in a session.

BeerNutta, Aug 20, 2006
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 12,868 ratings.