90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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

Pouring a deep murky golden color with a nice effervescence this beer lives up to its reputation.

The hop is there in force dominating smell and taste as any double IPA should. However, where so many of the style have tried and failed, Dogfish has taken this high gravity beer into the realm of beautiful balance between malt and hop without losing hop focus.

If you are a hophead I would stay with the Ruination, but for the aspiring hophead this is an outstanding way to get your taste buds wet. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this liquid investment.

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

12 fl. oz.

Appearance – orange-yellow body; sturdy white head; terraced lace

Smell – a bit of grapefruit and a bit of pine; big hops; light spice; this is some exciting stuff

Taste – hops…bam…give me another…hops…bam! A sense of malt shows up early and its pushed out the door. Hops rush in. There’s a good dose of grapefruit-like bitterness along with pine; an insertion of alcohol elbows in

Mouthfeel – initially big oil and solid creamy feel then there’s a pleasant and light prickly crisp shot followed by a slight oily and a bit dry sensation; this is a wild ride; the next ticket is sought

Drinkability – the tinge of alcohol and army of hops causes me to back off a bit, but its so tremendously drinkable; packs a punch late

Here is a truly amazing product. This is my favorite IPA to this point.

Reviewed on 8-14-05
Toasty malts hold on much better throughout. Incredible. Bump the taste to 5.

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Photo of Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading so many raves about this beer here, I was really excited when I saw it in stock at my local Whole Foods.

It looks really good. Nice and deep gold color with a lovely head. The smell is hoppy with malt and alcohol notes. Not quite as hoppy as I'd like, though. The bottle notes that the beer is dry-hopped, which makes everything better.

The taste is very good. It's nice and bitter with lots of warmth from the high ABV. I love hoppy, bitter beers and this is a great example.

The body is slick, most likely thanks to the alcohol.

This is a more approachable American Double IPA than my favorite, Rogue's I2PA. And I hate to bring cost into this, but 90 Minute is a lot more affordable than Rogue's I2PA.

This is a very good beer and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of longarm
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring amber and crystal clear, I'm surprised that this beer has the head retention that I'm seeing. It's 9% abv, but the lacing is still exceptional.

Aroma is subtle having elements of pineapple (weird), but not a lot of malt or aromatic sweetness.

The balance of flavors is stunning. It's hard for me to not be biased, since this is a favorite style of mine. That being said, this beer is a mastered balance of malt, caramel, and several types of hops interweaving to keep the beer interestingly sweet, yet bitter enough for repeated sips. A final hit of piney-pineapple hops disappears as quickly as it appears, cleansing the palate and leaving me begging for more.


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Photo of BeerFink
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with about a finger of head composed of tightly night bubbles. The aroma is a wonderful floral hops bouqet, with some spice to it. There are hints of pine in the nose as well. The taste is damn bold. Starts off smooth (the malt only makes its presence known for a short while) then quickly is overtaken by hop boldness. The hops come in with some citrous then turn sharp and piney. No malts are detected after the initial smoothness. Some fruity flavors crop up to add to the complexity. The mouthfeel is big and sharp. The hops really throw your taste buds for a loop. The hop oil stays with you in a bitter citrous aftertaste. The alcohol presence is somewhat pronounced in the finish, warming your mouth and other parts of your digestive system. Although the alcohol is definitely there in the taste, it is not overwhelming and does not detract from the drinkability at all. Brews like this are turning me into a hop-head.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a fine creamy white head that lasts through the entire glass and leaves some lacing.

Its aroma is some spicy floral piney hops at first. It kind of devolves into a peppery leather smell though that isn't very appealing.

The flavor is sweet melon and some pepper up front. I don't get much hop flavor, but it does have a good lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very smooth.

Overall, I found this to be underwhelming. It's a pretty average IPA and didn't live up to the high expectations (or price).

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a nice copper color with about a two-finger thick head. Retention was excellent, as the head stayed with the beer the whole time I drank it. The smell was a very pungent aroma of hops with a slightly alcohol-y scent to it.

Tasting: If this beer were slightly more balanced, it would be a 4.5. Though this was tasty, I felt that the hops overwhelmed the palate. It had a slightly fruity aftertaste to it, but not much. The higher alcohol content of this beer also made it "burn" a little bit more on the tongue. This makes it a less-drinkable beer (unless you want to get drunk really fast).

I definitely recommend this beer if you like the style. Those who aren't as big into hop flavoring won't like it as much.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Recently had a pint on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. A deep dark golden color that had about a half-finger head when it got to me and left very little lacing as I drank it.

Smell was hoppy and floral. Definite smell of alcohol up front. Inticing to be sure.

Taste left something to be dessired. Very prominate alcohol and hops galore. I like high alcohol beers but it seemed to get in the way with this beer. It was so much so that it took a good deal of focus from the other flavors and hop bitterness that was trying hard to get through but was masked by the alcohol. Compared to another Double IPA: Victory Hop Wallop, this simply wasn't all there and had serious balance issues.

Moderate/Heavy on the palate. Bit of a cough syrup consitancy.

Again, the alcohol took away from the drinkability as well as the fact it was poorly balanced. I'll stick to victory double IPA before revisiting this.

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Photo of IrishMike
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2004 and purchased from my local liquor store at $8.99 for a four pack.

Appearance- Pours a light copper with plenty of carbonation fizzing up from the bottom of the glass. Nice 1 inch head that holds its own very well; excellent lacing. Decent head retention, usually subsiding into large pools on the top after quite a bit of waiting.

smell- Citrusy and grassy, but still surprisingly mild considering the style at hand here. A bit of pine, and almost a sharp cheddar quality to it.

Taste- Slick and powerful, with that cheddar and pine quality pushing itself through a suprisingly malty character that seems out of place, but certainly not unwanted, in a double IPA. Has a mellow sweetness to it, nicely balancing out the hops that still make up the majority of the taste in this brew. These two qualities come together to give it the typical flavor of hops but without the bitterness that is usually associated with them. Alcohol is well hidden here; detectable, but not easily picked up either. Closes the show with a grassy and mildly smoky finish. No abusive hops, just nice and clean.

Mouthfeel- it's been said before, and it's certainly a fact; this beer has an oily consistancy about it in the mouth. No bitter aftertaste, just a nice hop linger that stays and stays....

Drinkability- I've been known to down quite a few of these at any given time, thanks to it's well balanced nature and clean finish. The only thing that may detract from this is the fact that is it fairly sweet on the palate.

ProfessorMalt summed it up best with the statement that this is not a "one-dimensional" brew as is the case with a lot of double IPA's. Plenty of malt and a hint of sweetness balances this out, making it more than just a merely over-hopped beer (which unfortunetly seems to crop up a lot in this style), with quite a bit of complexity as well. Is it as great as the fuss makes it out to be? I myself am not one to listen to hype, as it tends to set people up for disapointment. Plus, it's not your typical beer of the style, so hop lovers may be a bit put-off by the experience here. I myself always have and will continue to love this beer to this very day, and i back it up with my fullest recommendation. Excellent.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice bright golden amber color, not a lot of head. Laces the glass. Scent is obviously very hoppy, but that's not all. There's a nice floral scent and a warm sweet almost salty sea water scent. Weird. Taste is much the same, with a great hop buquet full of piney, citrusy, floral hops and a nice fruity sweet malty alcohol finish. Great smooth mouthfeel makes this beer a real pleasure to drink. A great unique take on the IPA style from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive. This is the first brew I have tried from Dogfish Head, whom I've heard a lot of good things. This is an excellent beer. It poured a nice brown color, just a shade or two lighter than the bottle itself. Next came the bountiful, thick, frothy head which was a very light tan.

The smell is of bountiful floral hops with maybe a slight citrus character. The taste is great. Honestly, the taste is so good it wouldnt matter to me what this beer looked or smelled like... it tastes truly magnificent. Citrusy and loaded with hops. The mouthfeel is also quite impressive, somewhat thick and almost heavy-bodied, but very smooth for being a 9.0% beer.

Great beer here, I would recommend it to any IPA lover. I only wish it was easier to find.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of maltedmilk
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
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?

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of karst
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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 . . .

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Photo of FormatKid
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,802 ratings.