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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

12,489 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 12,489
Reviews: 3,556
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 446
Gots: 1,715 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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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 edchef1850
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

wow. This is a great beer. Pours a beautiful gold to reddish amber with a nice head, and wonderful lace. The aroma is big, a nice floral bouquet, very inviting. Flavor, top niotch, balanced hop attack on your mouth, but not at all bitter, and wheres the alcohol, deceptively hidden at a wopping 9%. i really enjoy this beer, two days after i finally tried it, it is on my bars beer list. This beer is a great treat once a week for a nice sippin hop experience!

edchef1850, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

Poiurs a clear dark orange with two fingers of white head, good retention, and lacing all the way down. Aroma is heavy resiny hops with some notes of citrus. Taste is full of hops as expected, citrus and grapefruit hops hitting upfront and a drier pinier bitterness that ligers afterwords. Throughout, the intense hoppinesss is balanced with a strong biscuity malt flavor. This beer is very full bodied, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. This is one of the best IPAs out there.

cubedbee, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of packetknife
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Dark orange-amber, off-white 1/2 inch head that laced all the way down. The hops on the nose are near exceptional (as in 5 = exceptional) with a bit of citrus. Tastes about the same and is really smooth for the ABV. No discernable aftertaste. This will certainly make a regular re-buy on my list, excellent IPA in a market flooded with substandards.

packetknife, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a larger then average head with good retention. Aroma is very floral with some bitterness coming from the abundance of hops. Taste is a well balance between floral and sweet hops and bitter aftertaste. Body if bit thinner then expected but alcohol is well hidden. Great beer but not as well balances the Dreadnaught I had last week.

Phyl21ca, May 27, 2005
Photo of Vipsanius
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle received from a friend coming back from a trip to FL. Amber colored with a half inch off white head that left great lacing.

Very aromatic beer. Citrus & pine hops dominate with some sweet malt and darker fruit undertones. The taste is expectedly very hoppy (herbal and citrus), but surprisingly malty and sweet towards the end. The aftertaste...yikes...is a bitter pine taste that lingers for quite awhile. Seriously, seems like I just licked one of those pine air freshners you see in cabs. Good news is: it gets a lot milder the more you drink.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and chewy. Overall, a good brew I'm glad I was able to try and hope to be able to try again.

Vipsanius, May 22, 2005
Photo of babydoc
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle kindly sent by kafkaEsb. No freshness date. Gorgeous clear dark golden amber, with white frothy one-finger head. Nose is sweet citrus, grapefruit juice all-through. A bit of grassiness hiding there behind the citrus. Taste surprised me- much more of a malt backbone than I was expecting, quickly met by a grapefruit citrus hops that persisted and hung on the tongue and palate. Mouthfeel was full, chewy, a bit oily, not a dry finish. I liked it. Definitely some alcohol in there, but I like the hops and I find this one very drinkable. Wish I had another.

babydoc, May 19, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

No freshness date. Poors in with nice head; not overwelming but has a beautifull bronzebrown and cristalclear beercolor. Nose is very much and very aromatic hops with dryhoparome next to some (amber)maltnotes. Good nose, not 100% fresh but overal more then good.
Sparkling freshness is also litle missed in taste and with that litle sweet. Further again wonderfull with some ambermalt before a huge but fine bitterness comes that's not hanging. In aftertaste there stays this nice dryhopping taste with nice flowery note. More then just a good brew IMO and thanks Jason, think you made me a wonderfull box!

paterlodie, May 12, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: Dark gold/light amber body, clear. Inch or so of white head, pretty good retention, lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great lacing.

Smell: Hops hop hops. Rich, earthy hops, some light citrus notes too. Some sweetness comes through for a real nice aroma. Cheese/nuts present as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Delicious. Chewy and rich, this beer tastes like it could be a meal. Not as bitter as I thought it would be, less so than the 60 min? Sweet and candi like at the begining, the hop flavor kicks in takes over. The alcohol makes itself known, but not in a harsh way, very warming..yum.

Drinkability: For a high ABV and complexity, this goes down easy. Only thing that keeps it from a 5 is I don't think I could get up to get more after 2 or so!

JackStraw22, May 12, 2005
Photo of TheGipper
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Among the Dogfish Head IPAs, the 90 minute is perfect for this hop head. Sturdier in the hop than the 60 minute, but not to the point of being sticky and cloying like the 120 minute, this ale holds together well through the sip and trip down the gullet, with a strong grapefruit hop start and finish. There is balance as well, and before the hop finish, the two-row malt asserts itself, making for a balanced brew. You can taste the 9% alcohol, especially in the finish, but it's not unpleasant, giving a nice kick to go along with the hop heaven. The copper tones and solid body complete a pleasant IPA experience.

TheGipper, May 11, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance: Pours a light/medium amber clear color with a fluffy egg white head; excellent lacing

Smell: The grapefruit hops is the first thing that hits you; take a deeper whiff and some other odors break through, such as pine, brandy and a bit of toffee

Taste: Although the hop profile is unmistakable, this is actually somewhat sweet; starts out with toffee and grapefruit; builds into a bit of brandy soaked raisins in the middle; in the finish, the hops return to close the deal, subsuming everything else other than a touch of sweet toffee on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for an IPA; syrupy and oily with a modest amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Wonderful brew, but I sure wouldn't want more than one; there is a lot going on and this beer demands that you pay attention to it

brentk56, May 01, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz. brown bottle with packaged in notch of 12.

Poured a hazed medium amber sporting a clingy white froth with great staying power. Talk about lacing.

Smell was juicy citrus and sharp pine, straw, alcohol, pepper-like spiciness, and a light metallic wang.

Smooth body with light carbonation. Hops are the main attraction, they start citric, go piney, and meet up with a wallop of alcohol in the finish. Malts don't get lost, though, and add body and flavor up to the finish. Alcohol is strong in the back, and is the one component that doesn't meld.

After the 60 Minute (which I was disappointed in) I can't say I had high expectations, but this was pretty dammed good. I didn't like the strong alcohol finish, but like a bum knee, I could learn to live with it.

Shultzerdugen, May 01, 2005
Photo of loganmule
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Nice amber color, pours thick, a promise of the substance of it. Little lace, with a thin head that rapidly diminished (served too cold maybe).

Smell was citrus and floral, with a sweetness not characteristic of other double IPA's I've consumed.

Mouthfeel was very good, thick in a good way. As for taste, this beer does not disappoint. Good malt,and great bitter citrus offset by sweetness approaching honey. Hops from beginning to end, but not presented in an "in your face" way. Finish is truly bittersweet, the hops maybe just barely winning out, but not the desire to have another sip. Complex in a very good way.

This is one of the most drinkable beers in its class, and an example of how unlike beers can be and still be exceptional (I'm thinking of Dreadnaught, a wonderful but very different double IPA). In the running for "best in class".

loganmule, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, dark golden brown with hints of deep red. very minimal head. Pretty average looking.

Smell = Mmm...citrusy grapefruit with some fiesty spices mixed in. A great scent.

Taste = Wow, that's a lot of flavor and a mighty punch. A 5 in my book. Such a gentle warming taste that soothes a parhed mouth. Cirtus: orange, grapefruit dominates. A very noticable taste of spices like ginger and a bit of cloves

Overall = one of the best IPA's I've ever tried. Amazing. If you're a fan of this style, you just have to get your hands on some.

LPorter33, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

12 oz. with no freshness or bottling date - served slightly chilled in a snifter. Pours an amber/orange that is perfectly clear with very active carbonation and is topped with an off-white 1 finger head that leaves nice patches of lace. Strong tropical aroma - oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple, along with biscuits and piney/leafy/herbal hops (I can almost smell the bitterness). By the end of the beer there are notes of caramel and bananas. The first sip shows a sweetness up front followed by a barrage of hops. Well balanced - doesn't seem like 90 IBUs. The flavors are the same as the aroma - even the caramel and banana finish. It is full bodied and the flavors linger on the palate forever (I'm having pine and grapefruit burps). The mouthfeel is smooth at the beginning and keeps improving from there. It warms your chest and will numb your mouth if you swish it around long enough. One of my favorites - I could drink this every day and not get tired of it.

mmmbeer, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Manos
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

I started with Balantine India Pale Ale as my first IPA. I, right or wrong, review in relation to my first, true IPA love. My many case memories of her, that me and my liver have enjoyed (DAMN them for not brewing her anymore).
Anyhow...
This is one complex bottle, beautiful toasty scent. Lots o Hops. NOT a chugger, mind you, a sipper and better as it warms. I feel guilty whenever I pop one open. Todd says drink what you like, but this, needs a special occasion. High alcohol, make it the last of a session. I don't get too crazy for many of Dogfish Head beers (Got some Burton Baton Waiting 10 years! YES!), but between this and the sixty, no contest. Go for the 90, cheap bastard!

Manos, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of arguemaniac
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: A foamy white head with decent retention. A slightly cloudy orange/amber color.

Aroma: A pungent floral hop aroma with exceptional complexity; there is some pine, some lemon citrus, etc. The malt aroma is comparatively mild, but there is a definite malty sweetness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow, intense and spicy hop flavor, a very complex bitterness; flowery, piney, citrus sourness, fruitiness and even a very subtle cinnamon flavor. Still, there is a nice malty backbone, with a somewhat sugary sweetness that balances quite well. A mild alcohol bite, too. Very, very smooth mouthfeel (a bit oily) with moderate carbonation.

Simply exceptional. I’m not particularly crazy about IPA’s, especially Double IPA’s, but this one is just amazing. Most American Double IPA’s are intensely hoppy and bitter, but lack a malty balance. Not with this beer; the rich malty sweetness and the intense hop flavor of this brew make it a real treat, not to mention the smooth mouthfeel. Delicious and flavorful. Highly recommended!

arguemaniac, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: the orange side amber with a medium-sized, slightly off-white, creamy head that diminished rapidly down to a stubborn film. Attractive rings of lacing half way down.

Smell: All about the hops... well almost all. A wonderful leafy hop aroma, citrus and pine. Also a hint of clove in there.

Taste: Again the hops are most noteworthy (what did you expect, it’s a Double IPA, duh!). Wonderful big hop flavor, thick with hop oils and grapefruit... But there’s a nice malt backbone that shows itself in the middle (along with a touch of honey) but then gets overtaken again by the hops on the long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily to dry texture, soft carbonation

Drinkability: Hop heads will get there fix here! Marvelously bitey. Anymore kick to it and I think it would detract from the overall experience by wearing out your taste buds. Excellent beer that I recommend to all beer lovers that like the hoppy stuff.

ski271, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4/5  rDev -6.5%

I poured this single 12oz. bottle into my Stone IPA glass. It is amber and is very transparent, a little bit of off white froth makes up the head.
The aroma is Alpha acids up the yin yang, err my nose-yang.
This tastes heavily of hops obviously! Like a carbonated pine tree tea with some grapefruit squeezed in. The high ABV warm this one up on the finish.
Feels bubbly a good dose of carbonation / medium bodied on the tongue. I'm all set after about one of these because they are so rich (in hops) and intense. I like my IPAs a little less in your palette, and a little bit lower in ABV. This is more of a treat, kinda like a candy apple.

Overall: I enjoyed this DFH beer as they put quality and interesting brews, but by no means is it my favorite IPA. I prefer the 60 minute, and for now will stay away from the 120.

HogHill, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of PhillyMonk
4.45/5  rDev +4%

If you're into hoppy IPAs, you won't be disappointed with this brew. Pours amber with a 1/2 inch or so of creamy white head, and smells exactly like it should: clean, fresh, and hoppy. Slight malty taste at first, but is quickly overwhelmed by smooth hoppy bitterness. Fresh, bitter aftertaste lingers for some time, so you can truly sip this beer over some time. Although alcohol content is high, it is well-masked by this beer's flavor.

This beer is a nice treat if you're a fan of hoppy IPAs/"double IPAs" and don't mind shelling out $9 for four of them once in a while. Definitely a step up from the "60-minute" version.

PhillyMonk, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Wow. This is some thick hop juice.

Pours a lovely amber/red color with a 1 finger head. Good lacing on this one. Aroma is citruisy and hoppy. Taste is in your face hops. Wow. It is slightly balanced with some malt presence, but it's more leaning toward the hops for sure. Mouthfeel is slightly thick for style. This is a good one, prehaps the best american example of a DIPA.

deejaydan, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of EPseja
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

One of the first few pints from a fresh keg at Firewaters in Hackensack, NJ.

Appearance: Copper gold, completely clear. Frothy, marshmallowy head that clings for dear life to the glass throughout the pint. Beautiful presentation.

Smell: Everything wonderful about hops is contained in the bold nose of this beer! Summer orange blossoms, grapefruity citrus, rugged pine undertones; sweet and inviting. Big time west coast flair. The only "bad thing" about this beer's scent is the fact that it keeps me from taking a sip because I can't stop smelling it! I do not hand out 5s lightly, but this beer deserves it for this category.

Taste: If hops could be concentrated and squeezed to produce a sweet nectar, this is what you'd get. Sweet and citrusy up front, round and syrupy in the middle without being thick. Slight clover honey. Flowers. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth with a rolling sea-foamy feel like an ocean wave retreating from the beach.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. The sweetness isn't cloying. The hoppiness isn't bitter. Every sip leaves you wanting another - if you can quit smelling it and get your nose out of the glass!

My quote of the lunchtime tasting session: "It's like getting flogged with a cat o' nine tails tipped with hops."

EPseja, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of SaunaKing
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

a murky, dirty orange. Nice head with a tan/cream colour and nice density.

Beautiful fruity citrus aroma of hops. Fresh and ripe.

My first impression is that the aste is a little dull and quite a disapointment compared to the appearance and aroma. Malt is much more present in the taste than the aromas. Has a little bit of an alcohol burn. A few more sips and I can appreciate the taste. A very nice tasting beer, the hops are well balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is harsh and acidic, with the hops giving the beer its bite.
Great session beer IMO. Refreshing and tasty, not at all heavy.

SaunaKing, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of TheBungyo
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%

Woooo, this poured like liquid autumn sunshine. Minimal head, but it was still a beauty to behold. I think I could smell this for ages, but I'd need to consult a chiropractor from bending my head so much. Unfortunately, the taste for me left a little to be desired. It's very bitter and hoppy, which is good, but there's a strange aftertaste that reminds me of corn chips. A shame because I love looking at it and smelling it. The smell really makes me feel like I'm in for a treat. One is enough for me, with that weird aftertaste I couldn't stomach another. I will, however, revisit this sometime in the future just to make sure.

TheBungyo, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Copper orange pour with a huge initial white head that required some biding of my time before completing the transfer. Clear with no haze and a good cropping of bubbles traversing through to the surface. Full surface area white head remains perched atop the drank. Random mountain peaks of lace akin to dancing flames lick the edges of the glass.

The smell, a very earthy and freshly harvested mix of citus and pines. Grapefruit, pine sap, and grass lead the charge. Floral and mouthwatering inspiring anticipatory drool. Nary a foreshadowing of alcohol content. In my opinion there is nothing better than the smell of a good IPA. Real and tangible unambiguous scents persist in their full glory. Nothing to decipher here. Upfront and delicious smelling.

The taste is yet another thing of beauty. Perfect amounts of dryness and acidic fruit qualities interplay to produce a flavor that is so balanced and heavenly. Just the right amount of sweetness. There is no presence here that even comes close to being offensive. This flavor is simply unapproachable by the attempts of less fortunate brews and far surpasses the abilities of even the most worthy of opponents. Even the belches are edible and delightful. I could drink myself into a coma and be lain at the doorstep of death on this stuff; only to wake up and pour out another. This one belongs right next to another favorite of mine and shall henceforth be revered as a truly great piece of work. This makes me wonder if the 120 minute will be far more than just a journey into alcoholic debauchery. Gotta try it. Nice job Dogfish Head. This is one bad ass mofo. Delight...

SupaCelt, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of pootz
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

An instant classic. bottled: a hazed orange gold ale with a miraculous frothy cap that stays...great lacing... the nose fills with grapefruit and pine over a sweet cooky dough aroma. Marvelous mouth feel...oily with the malts so dense they are syrupy/viscous...all the time balanced by the marvelous citrus-pine hops which turn only slightly bitter in the long finish...a masterful effort...an ale full of malt body and taste in balance with luscious citrus hopping.

pootz, Mar 30, 2005
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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