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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
94
outstanding

3,716 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 3,716
Hads: 14,515
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 672
Gots: 3,531 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 3,716 | Hads: 14,515
Photo of bkkt
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first East Coast IPA. Very malty and a bit too sweet for my taste. Alcohol is masked very well with a smooth, balanced after taste. Overall a pretty decent beer. (164 characters)

Photo of funkydrumma
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time. It's almost perfect. So well balanced. An explosion of flavor. I'm not going to waste your time telling you about it. Just go get one. NOW! (185 characters)

Photo of mshanecrowe
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't judge a book by its cover. Not much head. No lacing. A little copper colored for an IPA.

But the flavor really pops. Not super hoppy, but well balanced as far as IPAs go. Subtle sweetness makes this delicious. (217 characters)

Photo of morris786
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours beautifully with a rich amber color and generous amounts of lacing. The smell is a robust mingling of rich hop and malt tones . A truly unique smell because normally with an IPA I get overloaded with hop fragrance and little of anything else. The taste is truly amazing to say the least. Never have I had an IPA with this much balance. You can taste the hops and malts culminated together perfectly with neither one overpowering the flavor at any point. Very smooth beer that goes down so much easier than you would think for such a big beer. (559 characters)

Photo of clager
3.07/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not what I expected..

L: Copper/amber color with slight head.

S: Malt/biscuit smell predominates, mild spiciness without any detectable fruit or hoppy smell.

T: Similar to smell. Lacks the bitterness of what I expected from this beer. The maltiness really comes across and is not what I look forward to in a beer. Very sweet biscuit notes. Some resin.

F: Average carbonation.

Overall: Was hoping for more of a bitter IPA and instead it was similar to a good amber ale. (473 characters)

Photo of BryanReed
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice ever so slightly hazy copper reddish pour, with a dense two finger white head.

Aroma is a piney, slighlty sweet malt, and a touch of something almost spicy, with hops or alcohol.

Taste follows the nose mostly. Pretty damn malty for an ipa, even a double. But that makes it "crushable". Nice piney hop. Pretty resinous. I guess this is my first " east coast" ipa, and its pretty friggin good.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not heavy,not light. Little stickiness, but overall, smooth.

If you see this, def pick it up. Don't think twice, freaking get it. Really good. (570 characters)

Photo of Navypride48
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad ipa. Definitely the best one that is made on the east coast. But it's really bitter which I like after one of these you want to drink some water because your mouthed dry. I love this brewery because it's dares to challenge all the rules of beer. This one is one of there best. (286 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't like IPAs. I love this beer. It's not too hoppy, it's crisp, it's rich, and tastes less like an IPA than it does a slightly hoppy beer that anyone could enjoy. (167 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was too sweet for me - almost like fruit juice. Otherwise it had some nice character, just hard to get past the sweetness. It was from a growler so I will have to look for it bottled someday. Unfortunately hard to find in my parts. (240 characters)

Photo of Paulie777
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is good stuff. Unfortunately I drank 14 of them. I didn't feel hungover the next day and carried on my business as usual. When I awoke out of my blackout days later I got a few quizzical looks from colleagues but no real harm done. This beer is really good but be careful with it. (290 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4.5/5
A clear deep orange in color, a large amount of very light tan head.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet, syrupy, light hops aroma.

Taste - 4.25/5
Slightly sweet, slightly boozy, nuanced pine-citrus hops, with oakey characteristics.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Average amount of slightly more than medium-intensity carbonation. Quite crisp. Medium body.

Overall - 4.25/5
An amazing IPA. (383 characters)

Photo of Scottyboy
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into Duvel tulip glass. 2 and 1/2 inch white head. Excellent lacing. Copper color. Wonderful lacing on glass as it slowly gracefully is savored and consumed
Smell a bit of hops but not the usual big citrus and pine smell you would expect in a big IPA like this. A bit of fruit and malt
Well balanced w/ huge hops and great malt aftertaste and backbone
Full mouthfeel w/ great lingering aftertaste
I really should but this more often but I love to experiment to see if someone can come closer to perfection than this - but so far too no avail. One of my favorites if not THE Favorite. (597 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not very fragrant. Smells like toast to me. Strong hops and stronger malt. A little heat in the smell and taste. Sweet and smooth aftertaste. Different for an IPA but enjoyable. nb (181 characters)

Photo of scbeerman
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a good DIPA, but I wouldn't place it anywhere near the best I've had. I'd actually place it in the bottom half of DIPAs I've had (even including local, relatively unheralded ones, although I live within a few hours of some outstanding breweries.)
Pours a deep copper with a decent head which doesn't stick around too long. Not bad looking, a little hazy which I like in a double
Aroma of sweet malt, a little unexpected toastiness, generic citrus/piney hops but no distinct notes
Flavor follows closely, sweetness and a little hidden nuttiness like you'd get from a brown ale followed by bitterness and pine resin
Thick mouthfeel almost like a Guinness, not a huge fan
Overall...meh. A classic, but it's been far surpassed by newer brews within the style and is now a 3rd/4th tier DIPA at best (think RJ Rockers, Terrapin, etc) (835 characters)

Photo of B2A
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I knew this would be good when my wife wafted it and winced. It has an excellent blend of bitter (at first) and sweet (finish). This might sound stupid, but the mouthfeel is my favorite part... Heavy and thick while you are swirling and soaking in the richness. (261 characters)

Photo of Prasm
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nicely balanced effort with the hops dominating the up front palate while the barley balances out from mid-palate through the back-end. Real nice mouth-feel - almost creamy - hints of vanilla, almost like this was aged in a little wood. (237 characters)

Photo of Vogelino
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome head, thing was carbonating like crazy kept wanting to rise, very foamy. Smell was hope forward with some fruity notes. Taste was quite brutal for me. Bought a four pack, drank two first night. Second night had to stop drinking the last. To strong when a bit drunk. (273 characters)

Photo of armystrongmd
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the brewery in Milton, DE.

Appearance: Clear gold/amber, thick off-white head. Medium carbonation.

Smell: Big hop aromas, fresh citrusy/piney, maybe a hint of grapefruit. Also smells a bit sweet.

Taste: The draft is much better than bottle, the bottle comes off as a bit sweet for me by comparison. This is a nice little hop explosion in the mouth without being overwhelming at all. Just a big hop flavor with a sweet malt backbone to keep it even. Supremely drinkable for a DIPA. The 9% ABV is well concealed, I would have probably guessed more like 7.5% if I did not know better.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body, a bit thick but not when you take into account the ABV.

Overall: Quite possibly the sweet spot for, dare I say it, a session DIPA. Delicious but dangerously drinkable. This is my go-to beer as I can always find it and it's reliably excellent (unlike the 120, which is awesome but scarce and inconsistent year to year). Not as refreshing as the 60 so I typically would have one of these before or after dinner, but not during. Have a draft with a really spicy snack and it is quite amazing. (1,124 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear orange gold with white head, smells of caramel malts and piney hops, tastes of sharp piney slightly grassy hops with malt backing the whole way down, smooth rich mouthfeel with a bitter easy finish. (210 characters)

Photo of TH28
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz btl. 3/27/15 bottle date (69 days old). Appearance: clear golden with a moderate off white foam cap. Aroma: Underlying resin and maltiness, with a pop of grapefruit and peaches. Taste: Rich maltiness with fruity, fig like flavors, with a toasted edge, giving way to a balanced bittereness that gradually increases in strength. Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation Finish: Dry, resinous feeling left on the tongue, with strong but not sharp Overall: A great, classic IIPA. Strong enough malt backbone to balance the high IBU, while remaining extremely drinkable, especially for the style. (604 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

*Bottled 3/09/15

Pours a transparent amber color with more than an inch of soapy, beige foam. Simple, mild aroma smells of grapefruit, toffee, and pineapple.

The taste is predictably hop-forward, with prickly, resinous, herbaceous hops coming through straight away. Alcohol provides tangible bite that accentuates the hops. The malt profile is bready with a touch of caramel sweetness. Medium body and carbonation lay the foundation for a somewhat oily, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Perhaps three months is just too much age for an IPA to keep its form, but this comes across a little coarse for my tastes. There’s a biting aggressiveness that just won’t quit, and it ends up overwhelming whatever details may be lurking beneath. A very different animal from its milder, 60-minute brethren. (796 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nailed it! This one is right in the danger zone! I had it aged quite a few years, and compared it side by side to the 60 Minute and 120 Minute. Those are both fantastic, but the 90 hits the sweet spot. Maximum hoppy power that's stronger (and I mean this guy is strong!) and more intense than 60, but not an almost overwhelmingly sickeningly rich beer bomb like the 120. Easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had, this has a rich mix of flavors that still balance really well and let you know that this is a beer that they put some effort into. (549 characters)

Photo of Weixiaobao
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a $9 12 oz bottle of this at O'Hare Airport before a 13 hour flight from Chicago to Beijing. A perfect beer to exit America for a few weeks on! The maltiness of this IPA is possibly the most striking feature. Simply delicious. (233 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can see why this is rated so high. Beautifully smooth and drinkable, with a nice palatable pucker of astringent hops. Pours dark gold/light amber with sticky white head. Piney aroma and taste, nice thick mouthfeel. IPA isn’t one of my favorite styles, but this one could win me over. (287 characters)

Photo of HopHeadBeerFed
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great nose upon opening, complex flavors of hops, with a big caramel malt infused backbone. Smooth bitterless finish for an Imperial IPA. This beer gains complexity as the glass empties. Often a bit sweet yet you salivate for another taste. (240 characters)

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,716 ratings.