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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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96
world-class

13,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 13,304
Reviews: 3,604
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 500
Gots: 2,187 | 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

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Photo of Phormula
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a penny copper, with a short creamy head which quickly recedes leaving a consistent lacing throughout the drinking experience. Very appealing visually.

S: Citrus, pine, grapefruit, sweet malty aroma. All in great abundance; this beer could be an acceptable cologne for me. It's nice having a beer that smells as good as it tastes.

T: An instant splash of citrus, followed by the aromatic spiciness of pine which continues into the flawless sweet malty, and hoppy finish.

M: Perfectly carbonated, slightly oily, and surprisingly smooth for such a high alcoholic content. This could be dangerous!

D: One of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had, even considering the alcohol content and strong flavoring. Getting into a stupor is worth it in this pleasurable drinking experience.

And being from northing Delaware, I should really take the trip down to Milton, DE as I've heard it's a great place with a warm shoreside atmosphere...and full of crazy in-house experiments to indulge upon.

Phormula, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant amber with medium lasting beige head in a snifter. Smell is strong sweet and fruity hops. Flavor is sweet, yet highly hopped and well bittered. Fruity and piney hops in the taste with some hints of alcohol showing but not detracting much. Much sweeter and less hopped than I remember my 1st time having this beer, but then again, that was one of my first experiences with a double IPA and it was quite a shock to my senses. A touch warming in the chest. Now I find this quite drinkable and nice, whereas before it was tasty but too hoppy. A bit syrupy body. Nice double IPA for sure.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of marinermc
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very light reddish hue with an almost non-existent head.

S: Superb! A very aromatic but intense (pejoratively bitter). The hops aroma conquers any others that may have been part of the malt, but smacks of flowers.

T: Very bitter -- as a double IPA should be. Afterward, your palate will be salvageable only through a swish of mouthwash or something like gin. Floral aromas come through very well in the taste, the after effects of which are lingering.

MF: Stings the back of the throat but moves across the tongue and "visits" each taste center equally.

D: Not something you drink in sessions, can be a little much -- even if you are used to the assault of a strong IPA; or one as thickly hopped.

marinermc, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours out a clear deep auburn hue with bronze highlights. a small head appears and sticks around to leave some slight lacing. a bit delicate in the nose...toasted malt aromas with a grapefruit and pineapple hop smackdown, surrounded by a pine forest woodsy aroma. it's a hearty beer with a strong biscuit and toast malty backbone accentuated by a surprising tame and balanced tropical themed hop load. the high ABV shows itself with a nice shot of alcohol spice, warming in the belly with lots of juicy fruit goodness and an even keeled bitterness. this makes it a wonderfully tasty and sane double IPA. the body of this brew is full and rich without being cloying or annoying, with the mouthfeel coming off as smooth, silky, and satisfying. finishes dry...an almost perfect feel. drinkability is outrageous. very dangerous.

for a 9% ABV imperial pale ale, it's an incredibly tasty, balanced, and drinkable double IPA. leaning heavily to the english style, it's the best of both worlds in terms of high ABV, and balance of malt and hops.

budgood1, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light cloudy yellow amber with a great white head, lacing is as good as it gets.
Aromas are perfect malty, but the hops are the star grapefruit, citrus with a touch of pine.
Taste, nice malty sweetness, but the citrus hops are juicy, almost like a candy.
mouthfeel is great, perfectly carbonated and just a nice feel as it goes down, I have changed my opinion that DFH is overrated, this may be the best DIPA I have ever had.

mnstorm99, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of cobalt60
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Swedes Inn, our walking-distance bar, part of their recent rotating micro-brew effort.
Pretty amber-gold in a pint glass. 3/4 inch tannish head.
Nice noseful of hops.
Flowery. Grapefruit rind bitterness. The strange cat-piss aroma/flavor that i like in beers.
Full, not-quite-chewy feel on the tongue. Less than oily.
I could drink a lot of these but i'd pay for it.

cobalt60, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of chileman13
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-clear amber with 1" white/cream head
a-clean piney hops aroma
t-hopsy bright sunshine flowing from God through the brew into my soul.
M- light good carbonation
aftertaste of hops. Very drinkable however since I'm a long way away from the source it was overpriced.

chileman13, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of slatetupelo
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice copper/amber color with a couple of inches of off white head, good lacing.

S - Nice aroma of strong hops and caramel malts

T - Same as the smell and the high abv is well hidden. My only complaint is that there is almost too much sweetness as well, but still this is a very enjoyable beer.

D - When I'm actually able to get my hands on these I could imagine myself drinking three at the most, they're easy to drink but will have you lit in no time.

slatetupelo, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of beerfinder
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPA's out there. When your at the DogFish Head brew pub, get this through the famous randall machine. This is very good. Vert good hoppy flaver and a nice aroma. By the case this beer is pretty expensive, but when your at home, all you need to drink is one. Very good for after a big dinner.

beerfinder, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into Otter Creek Oktoberfest pint glass:

A: Poured a clean, rusted amber-range with a mellow carbonation and a nice creamy head of ivory foam.

S: Smells sweet and spicy, with fruity notes of orange and lemon added to the cloven floral aroma.

T: Prickly hops are immediate, followed by a balancing rush of sweet barley malt, before finishing with a firey hop attack loaded with oily pine resin, bittersweet grapefruit and estery alcohol.

M: A little on the sweet and clingy side without being so much that it's heavy and cumbersome to get down.

D: Two or three of these would more than satisfy a hopheads needs. Your palate might be shot on other brews afterwards, but this is so drinkable, likelable and fulfilling, you won;t have to go anywhere else.

This is truly a king amongst the American Double/Imperial IPA market, which Dogfish Head has really spearheaded and put their fingerprints on. A great DIPA indeed, and as they say down in Milton Head: "Feel the burn ... that's the sickness AND the cure!"

Gambrinus1184, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of mdogg
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pinkish label with the Dogfish Head logo, and a blurb talking about how bad-ass this beer truly is.

Appearance: Beer pours a nice reddish-brown color with a strong head that hangs around throughout. Good looking beer.

Aroma: This beer smells amazing. Strong scent of piney hops, with bready malts in the background. The smell alone makes you want to take a sip immediately, so I will oblige....

Taste: Bready taste up front, with dark fruit and hop bitterness bringing up the rear. Alcohol taste is there, but masked nicely by the fruit. Finishes clean, with fruit and heat

Mouthfeel: This is where I think 90 Min IPA truly shines. The mouthfeel is clean and smooth, especially on tap. For a 9% ABV brew, the way it hits your tongue is truly impressive.

Drinakability: I could drink this all night. Satisfies the hop-lover in me, but is very well balanced by the bready malt goodness. If you like 60-min, give this one a shot. I'm betting you'll like it even more.

mdogg, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A gold pour, leaning towards a darker & richer hue. Head retention was not incredible, but it does leave a reasonable lace trimming & thin blanket.

S: Floral, herbal, a little grassy and woody - don't think pine is quite it. Plenty of hoppy aromas, but perhaps not as full on as I might have expected from the class. Some citrus in front.

T: Hoppy, as expected... quite floral. Some lemon & grapefruit, adding a mild sweetness. For an IPA, the balance is reasonable. Finish is more hops, slightly acetic, bitter. Good, long lasting aftertaste.

M: Just the lightest spritz of carbonation. Quite full bodied, and something of a highlight of this bottle.

D: A bit of a toss-up. In terms of the full experience of sniff to swallow, it seemed to lack just a little on the aroma front, but taste and mouthfeel do it justice and save it for a good drink overall.

Proteus93, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of jobyone
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer this easy to find should not be this good. When tasting with 6 othe IPAs this was the favorite. It has a balance that none of the others possessed. The bottle pours amber with a small head. The hops are apparent in the aroma. The taste has the bitterness I like in an IPA without trying to hit you over the head as many of the strong IPA do. The aftertaste is long and wonderful. I could happily dringk this all day. At least until I was under the table.

jobyone, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of clingman71
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is exactly what an IIPA should be. It begins with a sweetness from the malt, this lingers throughout, which I believe helps it deliver the hop flavor brilliantly. I have had some Doubles that were simply overly hopped IPAs, not adding anything else to carry the added hops. This has enough malt to hold up to the hops which I do love so. The hop bitterness is comparable to a spicy meal that doesn't burn you up right away, but rather builds as you partake. The aroma is wonderful, another gripe that I have some Doubles, tons of bitterness, but a lack of aroma. 90 minute is a wonderful balance of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. WELL DONE!!! This is the bet all-around beer that I have ever had!!!

clingman71, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of blatherbeard
2.38/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Another live review, but this time back to my darker roots.

This is my first dogfish try. For 9.99 a four pack, im hoping its good.

It pours well, a bit of head but dissipates in about 10 minutes. Just long enough to look pretty but not annoy me. The lightish brown color is awesome and clearer than i thought a darker beer could be. I smell the hops, almost as much as the imperial i had from sam adams. Feels good in the mouth, BUT, the taste is ...unfortunately awful. It tastes to me like a bitter burned beer.

I had to put the drinkablility higher than the taste as i did drink 3 of the four pack, at almost ten bucks i had to at least drink more than one.

I have to say i will try another dogfish but not the 90 minute ipa again.

blatherbeard, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Regular ol' 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance was gorgeous - a nice reddish-orange-bronze, with gorgeous head retention and really, really nice lacing. I almost didn't want to drink it it was so pretty, but, I did.

Smell was nice, easily discernible was the hops and a sweetness, perhaps from malt/fruit esters, with a note of alcohol present as well.

Taste still stands as one of the better Double IPAs I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Hops is extremely well balanced with the sweetness/caramel and the alcohol, nothing is too overpowering - if you're looking for a hops overload from your IPA, you won't find it here.

Mouthfeel is nice, perhaps a little too carbonated, and a lot of flavors in the aftertaste, but really hardly noticeable and not much of a distraction at all.

Drinkability is what I've come to expect from Dogfish Head - just a great all-around beer, gorgeous, and perfectly balanced. Huzzah.

CrellMoset, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of DrainBamage
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a decent lace of head with moderate carbonation. Smell is pure hop and bitterness aromas. As what you would expect for a Double IPA. Taste is well...bitter of course and very robust. Mouthfeel is very dry, but still pleasant. Overall this is one the better Double IPA's I've had and very drinkable too.

DrainBamage, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of quad07
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at UFS for $8.99 a four pack of 12oz brown bottles with a pry off cap and a bottled date. ABV9%

I poured into a large tulip shaped beer glass witch did not produce much of a head. The head was white with very small and tight bubbles and the color of the beer when held up to the light looked to be a dark raw unrefined honey. There was small and tight carbonation bubbles struggling to fight their way to the surface.

I could smell the hops rite away and then a hint of fruit. After tasting it the first thing I noticed on my tongue was a green grassy flavor of hops with some floral over tones. After several sips later the fruity sweet taste burst through. It seemed to me it very much resembled a blend of bananas & honey. The alcohol is present. Because I do not drink beer in large quantities is the reason this part appeals to me!

If I had to sum this up in one sentence it would be:
It taste and smells like my mother’s green tea with sugar & honey and the only difference is it’s chilled with carbonation.

I have no problem paying the extra dollars for this brew because it’s so damn good!

I will pick this up any time I find it.

Cheers

quad07, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Jameson480
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium amber, red and orange tint, head is not-too-sticky

Smell - You can smell the fresh "green" bitterness of the hops; also, there's a slight earthiness to the smell

Taste - Hoppy. Bitter. Rich. All the hoppy goodness and more of Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA without the overburdened syrupy sweetness of their 120 Minute IPA. Has a slight sweetness. The richness of the beer leaves a lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This is probably the most extreme beer in this style where you can't detect the excess alcohol.

Drinkability - Dogfish Head 60 and 90 Minute are some of my favorite brews. They're not a good all-around, any-time beer, but when I'm in the mood for the hoppiness, I love them.

Jameson480, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of XXX
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Find it...open...relax, smell, savor the new climate. Katrina winds twist the senses...choose a cool vessel, pour...savor the foreplay...ignite bottle rocket...there's no replay of real life...
"What you have here..." is a trip and destination in one excellent tulip glass...perhaps a hops airbag unsettles the crash test dummy, but bottle maintenance may exceed the liability of supply...this IPA generates terrible demand.

XXX, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright and cheery orange/amber color with a thin bone white head. Leaves rings that reminds me where I let the glass sit for a while. Smell is an opened handed smack in the face of hops. Very energizing. Lots of citrus and piny hop aromas made me eager to take a sip. Taste matches the smell. A hop lover's dream. There is a solid malt backbone, but the spotlight is definitely pointed towards the hops. Great mouthfeel - a thicker medium body helps the great flavor to stick around for a while. Definitely one of the best IPAs money can buy.

atrus138, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much sweeter and more balanced that I remember from the first time I tried it.

Fairly aggressive pour leaves a big 3 finger head. Pretty good lacing. Perfectly transparent golden orange.

S: Nice bouquet of piney and floral hop aromas with enough of bready/caramel malty sweetness to bring this brew to a nice balance. Lots of tropical fruits here as well, especially banana.

T: Everything from the smell, but the bitterness from the hops comes into play here. Alcohol is very well hidden under the rest of it. Tasty!

Smooth for an IPA with lingering fruitiness and a little hoppy bitterness. I could drink the crap out of this stuff. Very delicious and unique IPA. Not the total overpowering hop bomb I thought it would be. I tried this once before on New Years, but had a few too many to review beer, and I remember it being more of a hop-bomb. One great IPA.

NCBeernut, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of timericka
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time having this particular Dogfish Head. Very impressive all around. Great color, amber-gold with a little bit of burnt orange, and thin but uniform head that stayed through first sip. Smell was a rich heady burst that reminded me of caramel. Flavor was more of that but also tasted raisin and a little bit of sweet apple. Mouthfeel was not overwhelming but very present. Enough to let you know you are drinking a good beer. Alc. Content is almost immediately noticeable. Not sure if 9% is good for me but will find out when I finish my fourth. All in all ... the best beer I have had in a while.

timericka, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of pershan
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep, clear amber into a pint glass with a thin, white head. The aroma was of pungent, piney hops and caramel malt. The taste was an instant hit of hop flavor, with caramel, toffee malt flavors in the background, finishing with a fairly intense hop bitterness and alcoholic warmness - WOW! A high octane beer with high octane flavors - outstanding.

pershan, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first experience with a very hoppy beer. What an introduction! Although the finish is understandably bitter, the flavor is very complex. I would describe the undertones as somewhat fruity. Really it's just a delicious beer that any IPA fan should try. Although the beer is medium bodied it still retains a refreshing flavor. This is now one of my favorite beers. Although the higher alcohol content (combined with the easy drinkability) has caught up with me on a few occasions.

jenbys2001, Jan 09, 2008
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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