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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
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world-class

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Reviews: 3,716
Hads: 14,521
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 672
Gots: 3,531 | FT: 33
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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: 14,521
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

for an ipa of this magnitude, its insane drinkability makes it the forerunner in this category. i mean, versus hop wallop? versus i2pa? this beer is the mother of all american hop brews.

aroma is strong toasted hops with a fruit basket in the background.. sweetness and spice. looks great too.. golden brown with a respectable head dwindling down but leaving a nice lace.

tastes great! hops with butterscotch and licorice. typical ipa tastes, but a little more sweetness and a little more alcohol bite.. if i have any criticism of this beer, it's the alcohol bite. the sweet, light taste profile should only exist when the alcohol is more hidden. bitterness in the finish is minimal.

this beer is a staple for the fridge, more for my girlfriend.. but every now and then i steal the sixth one to stir the pot. (817 characters)

Photo of maltedmilk
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cooper from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. A small white head appears which quickly dissipates and leaves nice lacing on the side.

Smells deliciously fruity.

It tastes fruity with a bitterness that follows soon after. There is a bit of alcohol presence but not too bad.

The carbonation is slight.

This is a very enjoyable beer, which I have had before and will definitely have again even though it’s a little pricey. (447 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one pours out a crystal amber color with a fluffy white head, truly beautiful when held to the light. The smell is good but a little on the harsh side. The taste is as bright as the appearance with a big spiced kick in the middle ending with a familiar alcohol kick at the end.

This is a good IPA, it really is, but to be quite honest it seems a little overdone, too much going on here. Every time I drink one of these hoppy IPA's I always end up annoyed, no matter how hard I try I can't like these hopmonsters. There is flavor layering and then there is trying too hard, this one is leaning toward the latter. Don't get me wrong this is an interesting brew, and nothing seems particularly bad about it, but in the end all I wanted was one.

I'm told that "seasoned" beer drinkers like their beer with plenty of hops. I disagree, maybe different people like different things, eh? (891 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber pour out of the 12 oz. bottle The aroma is incredibly hoppy with a lot of citrus in it, but some bread and malt smells underneath. The taste is obviously hoppy, but with the same faint malt notes in it to even things out. To me, the alcohol was a little more apparent in the taste in this one than it is in some other double IPAs I enjoy. Lots of hop bitterness in the finish; I was still puckering a minute after my last drink! The mouthfeel is a little on the syrupy side of medium, but it feels nice on the way down before giving way to the piney hops. For a 9% beer, the drinkability is pretty good, but I think the amount of alcohol I'm tasting would make me want to stop after enjoying a couple. (714 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Winking Lizard, served in a snifter. This is a dangerous beer. 3 of these were gone before I even realized it. Pours a bright amber color with a thin light beige head. Very light lacing. The aroma is heady hops, with a bit of citrus. Full-bodied and perfectly bitter with floral hops, citrus and a nice malt backbone. I can't think of a beer easier to drink at this ABV level. The finish is soothing and nicely bitter and floral. I could drink this all night and never get bored with it. (497 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great amber color with a thick and creamy off white head that leaves great lacing.

Smells absolutly hop-tastic. A very nice fresh juniper and citrus hop odor coming on super strong!

Taste is also fantastic, the bold hop tasting bursting right into your mouth with a very bitter and piney flavor, yet still a hint of malted sweetness coming through.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy without being overly thick.

Drinkability is very good on this great IPA, way to go Dogfish head. Will certainly break into my regular rotation without a problem. (559 characters)

Photo of karst
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I seem to rating every thing lately fairly high. Thanks to Beer Advocate for turning me on to better brews or maybe I just like beer! A little darker color than 60 min with orange added to the rich gold of the 60 minute. It doesn't hold it head as high or up as long (maybe due to the higer 9% ABV ?) Hops strong and vedry pleasant - bitter and prickly on your tongue. I loved the heavier mouth feel of this Double IPA. The Malts were very well blended but more prominate that in the 60 min. IPA. I will drink one of these again, and again . . . (545 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out a perfectly translucent body that is a ruddy copper in color. The head is slightly off-white, sticky and oily. Visible carbonation is sparse and fine. The nose is great, rich and sweet with pale malt, I believe the continual hopping process adds a "completeness" to the hops in the aroma. General bitter aromas, sweet apricot, citrus and rind, pine aromas....they're all here. When I drink the malts are sticky and sweet up front, dense bitterness quickly greets my palate as well. The apricot/tangerine flavors of the hops combined with the sweetness of the malt creates an almost candy-like experience. Again, I think the continual hopping process creates a nice complexity and completeness to the hop flavors as well as the aromas I noted earlier. I'm suprised more people have not experimented with the continual hopping process. Mouthfeel is perfect; gliding smoothly down, with enough gumption to make a solid impression. The finish is mildly dry with a teeny-tiny spicy peep of alcohol. A great balanced DIPA that hits you with a nice solid representation of all it's composing elements. I never had the opportunity to try the bottle conditioned 750's that everybody is always yapping about but if they were much better than this they must've been mind-blowing. (1,288 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy copper-orange color with a tan head. The aroma is malty, bready and toasty with a citrus floral hop smell. The flavor is malty and pine resiny, with a juicy fruity hop taste. Medium in body and very drinkable for its strength. Nice, very nice. (259 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light rust with a small white head. Not much retention but laces well. ( I notice that this is no longer bottle-conditioned. Oh well, my guess is that this is a measure to improve their QC.) Intense fresh hop bouquet of apricot, vanilla, and lime juice. Flavor starts with a fuzzy blast of bright flavors which then organize themselves into white pepper, pine tree, crushed aspirin, honey, and rum. Finishes thick, rather smooth, and a bit medicinal with a deep resiny oak.

Assuming that the DFH quality control is ok now and this is what the beer will continue to taste like, I will have this now and again because it is exciting. I think it needs polish and some special magic to it, but it is nonetheless neat. (722 characters)

Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy amber with a small head that didn’t hang around long. aroma hops, citrus and a little yeast. flavor hops and hints of oranges with some bitterness.mouth feel was smooth and and just the right amount of bitterness. this one I will drink again. (259 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeper shade of amber with a fairly minimal head, but since i didnt watch the bartender pour the beer who knows if it was the beers fault or the bartenders. Nose is of Pine needles and sap, with a touch of floral notes. Taste is a pretty big hop blast. The Malt provides just enough backbone to keep the beer balanced. Tastes starts and finishs with lovely hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation to keep the beer from feeling heavy on the tongue. Drinkability is very high. Despite the ABV I would love to drink this all night. (559 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 90 pours a cloudy orange marmelade color with a pillowy white head. The hops and citrus rise immediately to the nose, but there seems to be a bit of chocolate under it all--unusual for an IPA, I must say. The taste was sharp and piney, and as expected for a double, the alcohol very much in evidence (this accounts for the sweetness). The mouthfeel is medium. The more I drink of this, the better I like it. Clean and fresh. It warms the soul on a cold winter night. (471 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a decently clear copper color with a nice white head. Leaves little spots of lacing. Nice slow moving carbonation as well.

Smell: The aroma is piney and citrusy, with a nice bready malt back. Mostly hops tho. Smells less hoppy than the 60 minute.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A suprisingly sweet malty presence hits at first. Almost caramel tasting. Hops then come around in the end, a little less than I thought they'd be. Decently balanced, but not enough. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, a little too chewy for an IPA.

Drinkability and Overall: A good IPA, but it seems a little overated. A nice taste and all, but not near as good as some of the other DIPA's I've head. Dogfish Head definitly has a way of taking things to the extreme. Although this beer is no exception, it's not as well rounded and unique as some of their other offerings.

Thanks to GClarkage for the sample. Cheers, buddy. (920 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep orange colour and slightly hazy. It was topped by a thick off-white head that had excellent retention and left generous foam stuck to the side of the glass.

Smell: Some toasted and biscuit malt were evident, along with a bit of alcohol. Hops were dominant, mostly pine and citrus (similar to oranges) characters.

Taste: To start, there's a solid malt base with plenty of sweetness that provides balance for other flavours that show up along the way. Hop flavour is piney or resinous to start. At the mid-point, alcohol flavour and fruitiness appear. Hops become more dominant at the finish, mostly the cascade/citrus variety. The finish is actually quite mellow for the complexity of flavour with some alcohol warming and no astringency or overpowering bitterness. In fact, bitterness is well controlled and balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium/full body. Good smoothness of texture.

Drinkability: The high alcohol content and fullness of body make this unlikely for a session, but the balance and finish keep it quite drinkable.

Other notes: As it warms in the glass, the aroma changes substantially. The hop character dimishes somewhat and a vinous, alcohol aroma combined with ripe fruit appears.

12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date clearly printed on the label. (1,335 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/07/04- Received from a fellow BA buddy Spinlock from his trip to Boston.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a bottling date of October 2004. Served in my Duvel chalice.

Appearance- Poured with a nice inch head and had very nice lacing. I nice dark golden, light amber coloring.

Smell- At first there was not much smell. I had to cover up the glass with both hands and sneak my nose in to catch a scent. When I did I smelled nice candied sweetness. Maybe a tad bit of alcohol also.

Taste- Much sweeter than I expected. I've only had a few double IPA's and none of them were very sweet. So, this was a new taste experience for me. A nice amount of hops that was toned down due to the mellow sweetness of the beer. A nice warming sensation comes over me.

Mouthfeel- A decent amount of thinkness and very little carbonation. Goes down super smooth.

Drinkability- After it's all said and done you can feel the alcohol presence, but over all is a very drinkable beer. Thanks so much for the 4-pack Pete! Damn good beer. (1,031 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head? Odd name..

Pours a lovely amber, with a thick off white head that laces well. Smell was at least 90 minutes worth of hops, with some fruity esters. Taste - Wow this is highly hopped! somehow crisp and smooth at once, very enjoyable and the high ABV isn't noticeable at all. Very smooth silky mouthfeel, I could drink this all night... and I probably will. (372 characters)

Photo of Opethsprite
3.11/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My roommate and I split a 4-pack of this Dogfish IPA in celebration of one last bit of sanity before finals, and at $12.99 per 4-pack, I'd say that splitting it with someone else is a rather good idea!

It poured a honey amber color, highlighted with gold. A thin but nice-looking pale peach head was present, but only for a few minutes.

The smell is mostly a very sweet peach-apricot scent with just the slightest bit of caramel. There is a nice earthy smell in there somewhere, and hops are present, but not overpoweringly so.

It tastes of grains and a nice jolt of citrus, soon to be followed by a strong taste of alcohol (which, at 9.00% is no surprise). Hops are far more noticeable in taste than in smell.

The mouthfeel is good, as the carbonation plays lightly at the tongue. Almost a little too much carbonation for me, but its probably fine for most.

This 90-minute IPA is definitely drinkable, but one must be wary of the alcohol content. After one bottle, I can feel it a little!

All in all, this is a great beer. Probably not a staple beer in my place, but I'd welcome this beer as a great deviation from the norm. (1,149 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum,,the mothers milk. Pours out a hazy amber with a one finger head.Head dissipates but not before leaving a nice lace.Smell :HOPS! and plenty of em also a slightly sweet smell. Taste wonderfully balanced,very hoppy but has enough malt to keep em in check.One of my first introductions to IPA's and one of my faves. Mouthfeel is good alcohol barely noticable but at 9.0% they will sneak up on you. (398 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden with a long lasting, lacy off-white head.

Aroma is an enticing mixture of pine sap, pine needles, pine sawdust and warm earthy malt. Almost a smoky note.

Taste actually is carried by a biscuity malt flavor before hops bounce all around the palate without being strongly bitter. Pine predominates, with nuttiness, a hint of whiskey without the burn, and then yet more piney hops.

Balanced so well, this could pass for a mild ale if it wasn't for the warming that appears near the finish. (508 characters)

Photo of alexAK
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an almost golden orange with perhaps a hint of honey. Head retention was average, yet very foamy.

Aroma was very strong but not overwhelming, hinting at the complexity of the hops.

But it was the taste that blew me away, Very full w/ nary a hint of bitterness. A touch of sweetness...just enough to keep all the elemtents in balance. Handed a sample to a wine-drinking friend and he was very impressed.

While not being overly exceptional, the mouthfeel detracted nothing from the experience and was overall very solid. And if you asked me, I'd never guess that this beer was 9 % by volume, so it's fair to say that it's very drinkable.

I only wish this beer was more available in the town where I go to school. (729 characters)

Photo of chunkylover53
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish brown colour into a tulip glass, forming a huge head. It smelled fruity with a hint of chocolate. The chocolate grew stronger as it warmed.

It was quite bitter (not in a bad way) with a piney finish.

I'd not hesitate to have another one of these. (279 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brightly polished tangerine-amber with honey colored accents, topped by a thick, creamy head of rich ivory that is tacky enough to stick around, seemingly indefinitely, and to leave an impressive lace legacy when it eventually departs.

Even though the brewery calls it an IPA, there's little doubt that 90 Minute is a DIPA and a good one. The nose is full of bright, brassy citric hops with a sweet caramel maltiness swirled into the mix. Specific fruits include orange, grapefruit and apricot.

This is definitely powerful stuff. Some breweries create DIPAs with a relative emphasis on malt so that there's as much caramel flavor as hoppiness. Others place a relative emphasis on hops in order to produce a tongue-shredding, bitter, explosive hop monster. This beer looks like the latter, but tastes like the former. Trouble is, I prefer the latter.

There's still a lot to like here. The flavor profile is an amalgam of melted caramel, fermented pine sap, concentrated essence of oily citrus peel and alcohol. The alcohol masking--like a few other DFH beers that I've had--is more like those small black 'eye masks' than a full-faced Godzilla mask. That is, it's not that hard to appreciate what's underneath.

Maybe this is an old bottle (although I don't believe that it is) and the hops have softened too much. Running it through Randall the Enamel Animal should fix it right up, but I don't have one handy at the moment. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is still good-very good beer, but it doesn't quite crack my upper tier. (1,526 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearnce: a very appealing pour...clear golden-orange with a foamy, medium off-white head. as clear as apple juice.

Smell: hoppy and sweet. plenty over-ripened fruits...apricot, peach and bitter orange peel. oozing of hop.

Taste: sweet off the top with a cotton candy like fluffiness. orange peel and again, ripe aprcots. the sweetness maintains its staying power while giving way to some serious hop bitterness. the combine nicely and offer up a well balanced and big palate. both the fruity sweetness and hop bitterness linger nice and long and the maltiness is present too although hidden beneath it all.

Mouthfeel: some fuzziness to the mouthfeel. smoothes out mid sip and generally has a light to medium body character. very easy going down.

Drinkability: i feel like im not even getting the 9% abv here. The easy drinking combo of fruitiness and hop galore simply pleases my palate to no end. I feel like I could have 12 of these over a day. Simply a great IPA. Loved it. (990 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $2 and change for a single...

The appearence pours a cloudy-hazy brown base with a huge white head, nice retention and very nice lacing to follow. The smell was a little weak, you can smell a nice compelation of hops, that's it.

The taste is pretty smooth, nice hops and malt blend with a touch of alcohol. The M&D are up there; extremely smooth on the palette, a tocuh of alcohol from the delivery, as for the 9% abv you'll feel it, quickly.

Final Thought: On prior forums, one might say this is a novelty; but hey, it works for me, and after one I'm nicely buzzed. (580 characters)

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