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90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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Photo of LarryV
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden orange color with a minimal head. Laces easily down the glass during its quick demise. Mellow, appealing nose with subtle hoppiness. Beautifully balanced taste with the hops being prevalent but not overwhelming. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel, just right. The alcohol is really hidden well in this beer. I would never have guessed it to be 9% from the taste. But after drinking a few, you will definitely know that this is a high alcohol brew. Outstanding!

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Photo of beertaster13
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dogfish 90 minute pours an orange honey hue with a very small white head, lacing is very scarce. The aroma is very complex, the tart fruit from the hops will arrive followed by a very soft berry, the alcohol is present, hints of earthy grain. The taste is emaculate, hints of fresh picked berries with the sweet caramel malt, backing up this will be the pine/citrus taste from the hopped, alcohol looming. Medium bodied and complex. Very drinkable, but as far as a session, might want to watch out, alcohol will sneak up on you. I found this to go great with a greek sandwich.

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

One of the best beers out there. Understand why it's about the best IPA in America.

Aroma: Fruits abound everywhere. Citrus fruits, dark fruits, spicy fruits. Definate bittering hops and added spices consequently. Mouth watering to tge smell. Mild tones of ethynol for a high alcoholic beer.

Appearance: Deep coppers, oranges, rust, and browns. Just off from clear (always makes things interesting). Nice off white head rose to about and inch and remained. Medium dense head that laced well. Also a nice cling to the glass as I swirled it around.

Taste: An aggressive blend of malts and hops. Very powering imediately. Malts pick up a lot of caramels, coconuts, other nuts, hints of brown sugar and deep fruits (figs?). Spiced up from multiple varieties of hops--fused well into the malts. Full and rich through the body, releasing multiple flavors as it crosses the palate. Picking up the bittering hops, spices, and citrus at it travels. Finishes full and moist. Most definately alcoholic. Polishes the palate very well.

Aftertaste: delicate balance of lingering malts, hops, and spice. Also develops over the course of a few minutes. Not terribly dry for a 9%er.

Impression: A well balanced, well aged IIPA. Very complex and satisfying. There is a flavor in there for all beer lovers. One worth stocking the frige with.

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Photo of blackie
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours into the glass forming a thin white head. Color is a dark golden amber getting lighter around the edges. Label notching indicates that this beer was bottled on the twelfth month of the bottling year.

smell: Smells sweet! The malt and hop aromas are extremely well balanced, allowing me to easily differentiate them, yet mixing together to form a great aroma. Notes of plum, sweet cereal, grain, floral and piney hops. There is an earthiness and woodiness that suggest a VERY light coffee scent; this may be partially a result of the acidic nature of the hops.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat light, and body is medium to medium heavy.

taste: There is alot going on here. The initial flavors of sweet malt joined with an enjoyable hop flavor yield to a considerable hop bitterness. Plenty of maltiness and plenty of hops. Somewhat vinous in character, kind of like a barleywine, becoming even moreso as the liquid warms. Finishes with a smooth sweet feel overshadowed by a tasty bitterness. The hops seem to have an additive effect as far as the bitterness felt, becoming more bitter in the finish as the glass is slowly drained.

The 9.0% ABV is very well hidden.


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Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Copper/red with a one finger head of white that clings to the glass leaving nice lace.

Nice pairing of malt and juicy hop aromas. Slight alcoholic note underneath.

The taste follows the nose with the malts upfront giving way to juicy hops, but the alcohol is well hidden. I get the impression of an aged barley wine that has been treated well. This is one hell of a craft beer.

The mouthfeel is full, but not oily or chewy. Just heavy enough to let you know you are drinking real beer.

The high abv hurts the drinkability a bit, but the flavor makes you want more.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of packetknife
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of babydoc
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of TheGipper
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of loganmule
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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".

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Photo of LPorter33
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Manos
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).
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!

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of ski271
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HogHill
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of PhillyMonk
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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