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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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13,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,697
Reviews: 3,683
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 547
Gots: 2,561 | FT: 26
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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
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Photo of douggoodavage
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured hard into a large mug at 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Three finger head that fades in minutes. Nice sticky lacing that lasts. A nice amber color slightly cloudy.

Smell: Superb, world class one of my favorites. Its like sniffing vaporized hops. The fresh hop scent drifts into your head rapidly lighting up your nose. The aroma is probably accelerated by the smooth sweet flower like alcohol scent. I can sense grapefruit, honey, cantalope, pine, honey suckle, fresh baked bread, lemon peel, & fresh cut baby grass. The scent is hypnotizing and irrestible.

Taste: Thick and juiciy very hoppy and citrusy. The medium heavy body brings pine, grapefruit, sweet grapenuts cereal and smooth alcohol at first. Next comes lemon peel and honey. Then at last a nice crisp dry bitterness lingers. A very complex beer takes your senses on a trip to unknown territory.

Mouthfeel: An awesome medium thick DIPA that I find myself trying to chew up instead of drinking it down quickly. The good carbonation along with the crisp refeshing hops is like getting your tongue smacked between fresh picked hops dripping with oil and fresh cut lemons.

Drinkability: This world class brew sports 9% ABV along with some kick in your mouth hops. A hop heads dream come true. This classy brew beats the crap out of wine when eating spicy foods. It is way more complex the most other beverages making it a great complement to your meals. Even if your are not as crazy about hops as me I am sure you would enjoy this one with a nice dinner.

Overall: This DIPA is one of my favorites and I love to drink it every chance I get. I actually judge others using this as a benchmark of excellence. Thanks DFH for a job well done!

Photo of Greggy
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice thick 2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing. Good retention. Clear body, light amber in color.

S- Berry smells, nice bitter hops, some soapy notes. Shockingly fruity..

T- Starts out with sweet gooseberry notes in the malt and just a balanced hopiness. I'm failing to get an enormous hopiness on this one, and to be honest this tastes more like the fruitier scotch ales out there. The finish is, again, sweet berry notes, and some piny resin.

M- Low carbonation. Body isn't overly large given the 9%, so that's kind of a let down.

D- This beer surprised me. It really isn't a IIPA to me. Given the 9% and lack of huge hop presence, this isn't overly drinkable.

Photo of CountLupulus
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold. Pours a thin head that is proves wildly sticky and copious in its tracks, leaving its mark like a dog done gone.

Smell: Gorgeous gush of Amarillo - bright citrus beckons bold.

Taste: Sweet burgeoning malts rupture up front, snowballing into a tumble of mineral bitters which levy the booze, and finishing with a kick of fruit and a phantom exhale of those aroma hops. The sequence is bold and seamless and it feels good.

Mouthfeel: Maintains pep in its carbonation. Tiny bubbles prevail.

Drinkability: Your eminence, you have my undivided attention!

Photo of Birmingham
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Earthy aroma, clean sensation with mild fruitiness

Deep copper color, some haze, off white head, with medium lacing and mild carbonation

Complex hop profile, well balanced between the hoppiness and malt back bone, low fruitiness

Mouth feel:
Crisp feel on the tongue, medium-full body, medium dry finish, mile residual mouth feel (body) in the after taste

Overall Impression: Classic balance between the high hoppiness and malt back bone. It is a very drinkable a beer and a joy to drink.

Photo of mjw06
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - rosey amber color, one finger head that gradually gets smaller until it keeps a nice smaller head that leaves a nice lacing, but not very sticky

S - very fruity smell, with elements or rose and barley malt

T - rose, fruity taste, with elements of passion fruit and grapefruit that adds to the consistent hop bitterness all the way through. initially the bitterness tasted a little funny to me, however, that didnt last long

M - nice medium body, kind of soft and foamy, would like a little less carbonation

D - very drinkable, not much more i can say. theres no other way you could possibly know this was a 9% abv without seeing the label.

Photo of marc956
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Having lived in California before moving to Texas I thought I knew my IPAs (especially fond of Lagunitas and Stone Brewing) but this one left a very favourable impression. A lot of flavour and complexity, though a bit more bitter than most IPA's, but highly recommended. Not to be made a session beer of though.

Photo of patobandito
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second offering from Dogfish Head. Tried the 60 minute the other day, and I really enjoyed it. Been looking forward to this one for a while.

Pours a medium amber with a golden tinge. Leaves a large bubble head that takes a few minutes to dissipate, but leaves good lacing. Smells mostly of hops, as I would expect. What I didn't expect was on tasting, The first thing I notice is not hops, but I heavy malt flavor. Not bad, just unexpected. The hops do kick in though. The balance is actually pretty good. As I drank it, it just got better annd better. The malt, while overwhelming at first, is balanced by the hops perfectly. This is truly a great beer, and when I can get it, it will become my staple IIPA.

Photo of tittymcj
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought this brew after an intense conversation over its merits with my good friend William Pang, hailing from Queens, NY. HOLLA!

DFH 90 Minute IPA pours a medium amber with faint gold. It produces a frothy, bubbly head that lingers for just a few minutes. Good thick lacing remains much longer than the head did.

The smell presents itself as very strong, grassy hops. There is a hint of sweet, heavy malt in the back.

This IPA tastes primarily of thick, sweet malt, which flies in the face of its promising hoppy smell. The swallow leaves a stinging hoppy bitterness behind, but this doesn't last long.

The mouthfeel is medium, with a definite hoppy sting at the end.

This is a very good beer, but the malt overpowers the hops. I will definitely have it again, but it is not my favorite IPA.

Photo of bluesoul
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a crystal clear, pale gold color with a two finger snow-white fluffy head. Leaves nice bands of sticky lace.

S - Smell is quite different from any other beer I've smelled thus far, big and robust, and quite strong. Citrus notes are quite strong along, like when you're peeling a nice ripe orange. Being from Miami this is a happy scent for me, and just a great smelling beer.

T - For a beer novice like myself, the first sip was not unlike a sucker-punch in the mouth, followed by another one somewhere towards the throat. Somewhat steeled by that first sip, I took another and found that this thing wastes no time getting to the hops, it's not overpowering but enough to pucker your lips if you're caught off guard. As you get a few ounces in, you become acclimated (a polite way of saying numb) to the bitter finish and start to appreciate everything else in the beer, and how the malts aren't left out either. The malts actually seem to become more of a factor as the beer gets warmer, and I can't help but think this is what they were going for. The taste does mirror the smell quite well.

M - Full-bodied, the mouthfeel is almost slick, as I sip my beer. Carbonation is a little low. The 9% ABV is deceptively well-masked. Finish is bitter but very clean.

D - It's a bit pricey to be an every day brew, $3 a single. If you like your hops hoppy and complex this is great. Personally, I'm gonna back off of it for a little while until I'm a little more knowledgable about what all is going on in this beer, there is a LOT.

Photo of mattthunder
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whats not to like here? Taste great, smells great. Does NOT drink like its 9.0. I've had it on tap fresh from brewery, tap at a bar & in a bottle fresh & aged, this one is a success every time.
One of the better IIPA's out there, look forward to comparing it to some others out there.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper, amber in color with 2 fingers of rocky white head and strings of sticky lace left behind.

S - Sweet caramel with slight pine and floral hops. Much bigger malt aroma than hops.

T - Very sweet caramal and malts with some bitterness in the middle and end (more than I have had in the past). Piney, earthy, floral hops linger on the tongue with a bit of alcohol kick.

M - Medium body, just a touch syrupy with sme alcohol sting.

D - I have tried this beer at least 10 times over the years always wondering where the hops are that everyone taks about and I still find a malt dominate, sweet ipa. Guess I will have to find it extremely fresh and give it another try.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

it's been years since I last laid into a 90 Minute, and I can't wait to hop back in.

Pours a true amber (you know, like fossilized sap) with a chunky off-white head. The bubbles on top are iridescent. Lacing is out of control. Gorgeous stuff.

Piney hoppiness smacks you right in your maw as you take a whiff. This is powerfully wonderful smelling beer.

With such a massively hoppy smell, you would expect the hop bitterness to kick your ass. Not so. Yes, there is a good deal of hop bitterness, but it's balanced out by copious amounts of buttery, nutty malts. This is such a complex IIPA. The hop bitterness does come back into play on the finish, though.

Mouthfeel is as close to chewy as you're going to find in an IIPA. Hops add a good deal of oiliness as well. Good carbonation, too. It's well-balanced given the viscosity of the brew.

If it wasn't for the abv, the drinkablity would be enormous. And honestly, at $2.59 for a 12 ozer (or $9.99 for a four-pack) the price isn't really all that much of an issue. The problem is, with a beer of this stature, you can't go around drinking it every day. One of these suckers every couple of weeks is good enough to remind just how fantastic beer should and can be.

Photo of TMB0424
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a burnt orange body with a very small white head. Disappears into ring very quickly. Lots of carbonation slowly rising up. Sticky, stubborn lacing throughout.

Pine and citrus hops dominate the smell. A hint of earthy hops compliments a splash of alcohol, along with a slight hint of sweet malt. Almost like a bittersweet peach... maybe apricot even.

Taste is a damn near perfect blend of bitter and sweet. The hops immediately attack, but they're not overpowering due to an underlying fruity sweetness. Grapefruit, peach, orange peel. Bready, fresh malts are also tossed in there. On the swallow, it finishes bitter/dry, quickly followed by a tart sweetness. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is really juicy, surprisingly smooth. Medium bodied, feels a little light in the mouth. Alcohol provides a great warmth.

Very drinkable. Well-balanced. The sweetness or bitterness never wears old, even after a couple. Definitely a must try for any IPA lover. I can see the comparisons between this and the Ruination IPA, however I feel they're both similar and different in their own ways.

Photo of stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

W-O-W. I love this stuff. Dark amber body under an off white head with nice lacing. Smell suggests a good deal of caramelized malts, candy sweetness, raisin. Wow. Beautiful balance of sweet malts and bitter hops, a touch of stout style charcoal at the end with bitter chocolate. As a man who enjoys stouts, this came as a surprise, Wow this is good. Palate is soft and medium. If I bring more of this home, my wife will be jealous. :)

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty amber colored pour

S: Nice piney hop and malt aroma, with a little hint of spice.

T: Nice well balanced taste. Hops are very apparent and smooth, yet bitter. The malt comes through adding a little sweetness. The hint of spiciness from the smell is there somewhere in the taste. Great balanced DIPA.

M: A little thicker than some IPA's and DIPA's due to the malt, which was pleasant. Carbonation could have been a little more, but I'm partial to carbonation. This brew is also a little pricey and that reduces the drinkability in my mind. What good is being able to drink a lot of a beer if it $10 a 4 pack! Maybe I'm getting spoiled going to school in the midwest on price. Big Beers are a little cheaper here.

D: For the style it was pretty good. More carbonation would have eased it on down a little easier.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden brown with a nice one finger head on top of the pint glass.

S: Big bouquet of florals. The essence of pine and the citrus are the best in this imperial.

T: Tons of hops, carbonation is on point with a cool aftertaste of the pine and citrus that virtually turns the 9 upside down.

M: The highlight of this brew. Sip to enjoy and limit the experience, less is more.

D: Very drinkable. Recommended as a must stop on the road to hop nirvana.

Consumed at Mr. Goodbar on 1/11/09

Photo of Hokies
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Pours a reddish amber colour with a huge off-white head with an extremely sticky lace on the glass.

The aroma is filled with earthy notes of pine and citrus hops. The hops dominate the aroma with a sweet malt hint at the back end.

A smooth DIPA to say the least. The piney hops dominate but the bitterness is well hidden as the malt backbone plays a big part in balancing out this beer. As it warms it is a lot sweeter than most DIPA's that I have had which is what I prefer a balanced beer but this one lends more towards the malt side.

One of my all time favorite beers because of the incredible balance and easy drinkability.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle N' Hum, NYC.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balmy cereal malt and a n earthy hop.

The taste consisted of a robust toasted malt with a good caramel sweetness and earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice malt driven DIPA.

Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber/copperish color with a thick and frothy white head that clings to the glass leaving spider webs of lace behind as it slowly dissipates. Nose is strong fresh pine and with lots of floral hops. It leaves no doubt that you're in for a great brew. Taste is hops all the way, however is blended very well with slight malts to balance out the beer. I thought the alcohol was decently hidden by the burst of hops - but that's just me. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel. This is a great beer and can't believe it took me this long to try!

Photo of Wisconsin
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber body with a two finger head that fades very slowly. There is tails of carbonations streaming up to the top of the glass.

S - Hops, pine needles and a citrus aroma all welcome your nose.

T - Pine hoppiness combined with a citrus flavor hit your mouth initially followed by a brandy type sweetness. The 9% abv is non existent.

M - The hops and citrus flavor hit your mouth early and it is followed by a nice sweetness.

D - A pretty solid drinker. I could have a few in a sitting.

Photo of heath1agnew
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- poured a golden/light amber color with a one and half finger head that eventually came down but still lingered for the whole time it was being consumed. the lacing was excellent and a bold notch was left everytime a gulp was taken.

smell- loads of hops and great floral scent, and a hint of alcohol.

taste and mouthfeel- an intense hop flavor that is bitter but not over the top. has a floral and pine taste in the finish. it had a great chewy mouthfeel.

drinkability- the high abv will sneak up on you if you're not careful after a couple of these but it is delicious brew.

this and stone IPA are the best IPA's i've had to date.

Photo of hosehead83
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass

Deep orange /amber with big, white, two-inch head

Definite big hop aroma, with a slightly sweet malt essence

Tidal wave of hop flavor with citrus and pine in the mix. A bit of malty sweetness that fades into the finish

Dangerously drinkable for a beer of this (9.0abv.) strength

Overall, great flavor and drinkability without being overpowering- a delicious example of a double IPA

A must for any hophead--Get some!!!

Photo of TheDoorman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent amber color, with a nice white head. Exactly what an IPA should look like. Like the 60 minute, this beer is so different that the West Coast IPAs I am used to that I am somewhat befuddled. More of an earthy, piney, nutty aroma than the citris or florals of the West Coast hops. This beer has somewhat more florals coming throuigh than it's younger brother though. A nice dose of sweet malt upfront as well. Very malty for an IPA. Really creamy feel on the palate. Again, like 60, this beer lacks the really characterisitc lingering dry finish, and has a rounder finish than other IPAs.

This is a nice step up from the 60 minute, which I gave a B+. More complexity, more hops, and a nice malt character for an IPA. It's not the first beer I will go back for when I am on a hop hunt, that will remain Stone, SN, etc, but a very nice variation on the Double IPA.

Photo of magnj
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - Amber in color, crystal clear. Head is a very slight shade of orange, 1 finger reduces to a nice film. Maybe a little too thin looking to be "perfect".

s - Hops! Pine, like I've got my face in a Christmas tree and I have sap on my fingers.

t - Hops! But just enough, it's not offending or over the top just really hopy. Pine continues from the smell to the taste as does the citrus. All this hops is backed up nicely by malts as illustrated by the 9% ABV. On that note the 9% is hidden really well in taste, though I can feel it in the head. Finishes clean and leaves a nice hop flavor

m - Nice body, not too thick and definitely not watery. A little sticky.

d - Usually I review high ABV beers a little lower than other because they can not be drank all night, this is an exception. Of course the style calls for high ABV so I can't fault it for that but really I'm giving this a 5 because its so tasty.

Photo of cowens22
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into snifter. thin off white head that was less than half inch in thickness that fades quickly. Smell of grapefruits, a little molasses, and a little malt character emerges as it is swirled. When swirled in snifter a thin head reappears but diminishes quickly like when it is first poured. Cloudy body that was a beautiful copper in color. Taste of mild hops and underlying malty character. Grapefruit, orange notes are present along with malts as it finishes over your palate. The longer it sits out and gets room temperature, the more present the malt character becomes. Overall an amazingly balanced IPA that can be enjoyed by everyone, hop heads and non hop heads alike. I would recommend this top notch IPA to anyone.

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 13,697 ratings.