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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

12,938 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 12,938
Reviews: 3,583
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,955 | FT: 26
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 brewQ
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised me by Not being as overwhelming as I anticipated.

A rich golden to bronze color it pours ample, well knit head.
Multiple hop aspects yet not a nose buster.
Well done balance of floral, pine and malt flavor.

Remarkably smooth and deceptive at 9%.

A bit pricy- I guess shipping De to Wi and Delewares high beer taxes added to DFH margins command a premuim.

Honestly, I enjoy Breckridge 471 as much, close to home in KC at a better value price.

brewQ, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Have picked it up a few times this year, and will definately be grabbing it again in the future. Its so drinkable for such a big and hoppy beer, which is no small feat. Had this one simultaneously with BWFH a few weeks back at a little session with fellow BAs raider and chonyr. the BWFH just didnt compare to this fine double IPA.

Appearance
A nice clear amber ale poured with a 1/2 finger light tan head. Intricate, fine lacings were produced by this finely carbonated ale.

Aroma
What a big, rich, and resinous ale. Pine and grapefruit almost cover sweet caramel malts, and a touch of toast, with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste
What a big, sweet, bitter, and resinous ale. The sweet, buttery caramel, toasty, and nutty malts are smothered in resinous, hoppy flavours of pine and grapefruit peel. Interesting pineapple-like flavours become more evident as this ale is enjoyed.

Mouthfeel
What a big, sweet, and bitter balanced DIPA. This is a full bodied, almost creamy, astringent ale. Theres a little alcohol heat in the finish, but its amazingly well hid in this brew. The light carbonation nicely accentuates this brew, preventing it from being cloying.

Drinkability
This is an amazingly drinkable full bodied, richly malted, and heavily hopped DIPA. The wonderful balance between rich malts and resinous hops actually allow this big beer to be a great, decadent session brew. Ill be enjoying this one again.

demcorhip, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA
12 oz bottle
Bottled 05/26/06, gratified 09/06
Medium pour in a snifter

Poured a clear copper with a tiny, barely off-white head.

Smelt of light grassiness, sweet clover honey, and cinnamon banana.

Taste was upfront heavily sweet with a light bitter crisp hoppy bite followed by a peak in bitter hops and a slow gradual descent in sweetness, finishing in a spicy flowery lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, syrupy and velvety, soft nuanced carbonation with very light cozy alcoholic warmth and light to moderate astringincy.

Overall, an Imperial IPA that is beatifully balanced for taste and drinkability, but the sweet malt backbone hides the hop showcase a bit.

xav33, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of ruleof72
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden caramel color with a nice constant 1/2" head that stays
S- Rich and sweet toasted malt with floral hop overtones
T- Caramel mildly sweet with nice aftertaste. Hops definitely there but complimented nicely by malt
M- Mid to Full bodied in mouth with light carbonation. You know you're drinking something with this.
D- Easy to drink even with high alcohol content.

This is a NICE beer. IPA's are one of my favorite styles and this one does not disappoint. The taste is there with nice toasted malt flavor and definite hop undertone, a good balance. It feels nice on the palate and goes down smooth. This could be really dangerous due to high alcohol content.

ruleof72, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a nice full IPA this one is....hoo ahhh!

Poured a deep, deep golden color with a nice off white head that left ample lacing. Aromas are floral, and spicy, almost peppery, with a bready grain hint, and not as much citrus as I was expecting. Taste was unlike anything I've had. I was fully bracing myself for an over the top hop blast straight to the face but what I got was something unexpected. There was a nice hop bitter punch right in the beginning, but then it just mellows out with a malty smoothness that is unreal. Tha balance is incredible for a 9% IPA. Sweetness is definitely present, almost too much at some points, and a touch of alcohol lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is one of a kind, smooth, chewy, sticky....very nice. This could be a very dangerous beer as it goes down ultra smooth...would you like another? Hell ya...

sockeye101, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of poakman
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a hophead but I love this beer. It has an awesome hop aroma and flavor but no bitterness at all. Very drinkable, to the point where it's a good thing it's expensive or it would be very easy to over-indulge. I usually like mildly hopped malty beers - browns, scotch ale, etc & only tried this because you have to at least taste anything new you come across & I was shocked at how good it tasted especially after getting a huge wiff of hops when it was opened. Not something to be swilled but enjoyed slowly. I think it tastes better a little on the warmer side, makes the maltyness of it moer pronounced.

poakman, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a reddish copper color, has nice and rich white head that retains very well

S- nice hoppy piney aroma, bites nose, smells absolutely terrific

T- same hopy pine bite with the smell, has a nice sweet, but subtle aftertaste

M- pretty thick, not like the 120 minute, but enough so to be noticable, has good carbonation too

D- a hop heavy brew, a great sipping brew, a must have for hop heads

gonzo138, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle
FRESH: Packaged 4-4-06 consumed 9-15-06 (5 months old, but the high ABV and high hop rate probably keeps this brew pretty fresh)
PURCHASED @: Binny’s McHenry
COST: $2.49 for 12 Oz chilled bottle
HEAD: large frothy; light-yellow; mostly lasting(used styro-foam cup; don’t ask...)
LACE: good
COLOR: clear rich amber
AROMA: Ligltly malty (grain/caramel); heavy pine/grass/flower; moderate sweetness; slight orange?
MOUTHFEEL: medium to full
PALATE: leaves oily coating
TASTE:
START- lightly sweet
MIDDLE- slight brandy/raisen
FINISH- heavy acidic dry bitterness
COMMENTS: Seriously buzzed from 1 beer. this has 300 cal/serving! slightly more bite than the 60’. Wonderful tasting beer; drinking Bud, I would never guess that there could be a beer that would actually taste good. this is more than a good beer tasting, it’s a beer experience.
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- No (I’m tempted to put yes because this would be good at ANY time)
WITH FRIENDS-Y
SIPPING-Y
GET MY BUZZ ON-y

TechMyst, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a spankin' new batch bottled on 8/14/06. Nice to see a freshness date lasered right on the bottle.

Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful rich, reddish gold with an amazing continuous flow of streaming action in the glass. The creamy ivory head swells to just over two inches, then retreats to a stalwart centimeter of foam. Miles of lacing in large, unbroken sheets stick to the inside of the glass. Extremely fresh looking beer and really appetizing.

Smell- This is it... the reason some of us love IIPAs and cannot stop smelling them. A gorgeous nose of juicy, honeyed grapefruit and sticky, green pine needles... backed with malt and balanced to perfection.

Taste- A slick, silky, fresh hop fix that puts others in its class in detention. There is a meatiness to the taste, a fullness to the malts that compliments the big, citrusy hop character. A masterpiece for this style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A few words to describe the mouthfeel: oily, creamy, slick, viscous, silky... it's awesome. The 9% is nowhere but in the eventual body warmth... and the burps are a review on their own. At $9 a four-pack, this isn't cheap beer... but I don't hesitate to keep this a constant presence in my fridge. Outstanding beer, and damn consistent.

yelterdow, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slighty hazy copper color from a 12oz bottle. The head is pretty thin and recedes quickly, though substantial lacing clings to the glass. There seems to be a little lack of carbonation, or some residue in the glass given to me.

The smell is of citrus, hops, caramel malts, some raisin and floral notes. The flavor offers light citrus, the caramel malts, strong, bright hops, some candy, sugar, and a burst of alcohol.

The mouth is complex, but bright and vibrant through out, even through the bitter hop presence and candy-coated finish. Very well balanced.
I could certainly drink several in a sitting. Hurrah to DFH.

Osiris9588, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of cash22
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

90 Minute Imperial IPA - ' What you have here is an Imperial India Pale Ale featuring a single, constant 90-minute hop addition. It's balanced by a ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley. Then we dry-hop it in every tank.

Serving Type - 12oz Bottle no freshness date
Apperance - nice amber with a small head
Smell - like hops!
Mouthfell - good

cash22, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of depechemode1983
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown in color with light brown hues. It has a foamy off-white head. Excellent retention. Has some pretty badass lacing as well. The whole glass is coated except for the part im drinking from. very nice. Smells piney and sweet. Lots of grapefruit, sweet caramel, maybe some raisins. You get candy sweetness from the malts upfront. It continues through the middle and ends bitter with a semi sweet citrus hop aftertaste. Not very complex but very well balanced and flavorful. Borderline full bodied. This one seems a little syrupy. Carbonation is good though. Could stand to be a bit lighter in body. This is some very drinkable stuff if you like very hoppy beers and very malty ones too. This seems to have em both x2.

depechemode1983, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber flavor, Belgian lace down to the last drop.

Nicely balanced aroma, hops, fruitiness, maltiness.

FLavor is extremely well-balanced. Hops flavor, malt flavor, pleasant alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, full-bodied, perfectly carbed.

While Dreadnaught is a *SLIGHTLY* better beer, I think this is more drinkable, because of the better balance. Highly recommended.

BlackAngus, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really had a great time with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA. I particularly enjoyed the opposing forces of the smell and taste. Since those two sense are so closly linked, it added to whatever ambience there was. The smell was very hoppy, yet the taste had only a clue of hops. Not to mention how very easy it went down.

treehugger02010, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is top of the line, just as I expected. Poured to the expected hazy orange-red color, with thick off-white head that lingered throughout entire glass, and left excellent lacing. Strong aroma of citrusy hops early on, but as beer warmed, the 9% alcohol became mopre evident, and was nicely blended with the bitte hops. A hint of malty sweetness also contributed to leave a great finish. A most excellent beer.

kimcgolf, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Neehan
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, effervescent light ruby amber with a generous lacing that clings to the glass, a very enticing appearance that provides a great intro of what is to come. A very strong aroma of sweetness with fruity apples and pairs mixes nicely with the grainy aroma of the hops. The taste is very enjoyable and well-balanced between the hops and barley, tasting very similar to a good barley wine. Bittersweet perfection. The mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth, and incredibly balanced with a slight hint of thickness. All of these elements combine to make it devilishly drinkable.

Neehan, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of bort11
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of SkinnyElvis. Thanks man.

Poured into a tulip glass. Not a very lage head at first, maybe a 1/4 inch, but the lace has a wonderful staying power. A wispy cap that circles the center and a solid ring around the edge.

Smell is very mild, yet complex. It's a bit buttery, smokey, and bitter. Smell leaves a warmth in the back of the sinuses. Taste follows smell very well. As you breath it in through your mouth you can taste it. It's a little salty, which just make me thirsty for more. A very smokey finish in the after-taste

Mouthfeel is a little on the oily side, which must be coming from the added hops. I really like the way it lingers on the tongue. It feels like it soaks in at the mouth. A slight alcohol warmth is present.

This is a very smooth IPA, in the sense of a fine Scotch. Very enjoyable indeed. Wish these were available in KC

bort11, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a red wine glass from a 12oz bottle at 50 degrees.

I've been saving this for a special occasion, so I figured my wedding was a good enough excuse to finally try it!

It pours a dark orange with a creamy head; smells grassy and of citrus. I have to give the coveted 5.0 for taste - tastes of hops and sweetness (lemon-honey?), but despite the 9.0 ABV, there's only a slight alcohol kick. Goes down VERY smooth for a higher-alcohol IPA. This is the most well-balanced IPA I've ever had, and is my favorite so far. Dogfish Head keeps bringing me back for more!

JohnnyM2002, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick head into a snifter. great amber color with a creamy white head.
s - the beginning is very citrusy, mainly oranges which blends into a very syrupy and malty middle and finishes with a floral scent.
t - sweet like honey throughout.
m - this coats the tongue incredibly well with a nice medium texture.
d - this is a pleasant sipping brew which keeps the high alcohol content well-hidden until the finish when it slightly comes out but in a good way.

GPHarris, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Crystal clear, and golden amber, 90-minute pours with a solid 1" thick head that is cloud-like in nature. The head leaves some brussels lace behind on the glass.

Smell- Massive hops in the nose. Oils, leaves, everything hop. A tinge of honey-like aromas and suggestions of alcohol esters- but they are very well hidden. Incredible

Taste- Again, hops are most prevalent as expected. Tastes of honey and light, yet syrupy-thick malty flavors. Alcohol esters at the finish but certainly not enough to be distracting.

Mouthfeel- Honey-like in some ways- but obviously not that thick. Excellent carbonation level.

Drinkability- For 9% it goes down very easily. I could drink this all day long.

Everytime I have this I am amazed at how such a big beer can be so amazingly well balanced. It puts a lot of other really good Imperial IPAs to shame. It's a bit painful to spend $50-60 for a case of beer, but damn... it's worth it.

lpayette, Sep 10, 2006
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
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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