90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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Reviews: 3,699
Hads: 14,406
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 664
Gots: 3,397 | FT: 34
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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: 3,699 | Hads: 14,406
Photo of wailingwench
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Tusk, Syracuse, NY

Eye Candy: The color and clarity should instantly clue you in about the ABV and % of hops in this fighting fish. Poured with a small head but plenty of lacing present. Gold in color with a swirling, translucent haze.

Skunk-aroma: Whoa, a mix of everything. Pine and floral followed by kick of hops really clerared out my nose. Pretty intense on the floral note of the hops, only a slight citrus was detected.

Tongueland: Thick and vivacious. Assaulted with sweetness up front and bitter bringing up the rear. Left the desired "oily" lingering aftertaste that pale ale lovers crave. Girlfriend finished almost a whole pint before it warmed to the point of no return and the alcohol took over. Warming on tongue due to high ABV. I prefer beers that have a taste progression over a temp range, and 90 min stood out in this category.

Chugability: If you want to make it untill 9 pm, no. Otherwise, enjoy your 3 hours (if you're lucky).

Bender Factor: Oh yeah. I would do this if 1) I had a ride, 2) I had a bar tab, 3) I was wearing depends, and 4) I was taped to my bar stool. (1,122 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second review, this time from a 12 oz. bottle, the previous from a 750ml, ah, but I was so much older, then, I'm younger than that now...
Gorgeous peachy color, big, fresh, full head of bone-white foam.
Aroma: BAM! Whoppity-snappityBAM!BOOM!BAM!, that's the full force of the pine up in there, the intense grapefruit, all the citric flavor that embarks on the senses and nevers flags for a second, grassy, herbal, potent, totally hoppy, sprucey, piney, pineappley, so much going on in this nose!
But, to taste...Ah! A wonderful mess here, a big, mix of hops and citric fruity flavor, the punchy pine on the palate, yum, yum, yum. If you're not sufficiently infatuated with humulous lupus, sit this one out, by all means. A big, sticky, fruity, citric mouthfeel, and, yeah, there's grapefruit, but so much more. Like licking a forest floor, at times, this one, if I may be so bold. Yeah, but if it's hops you want, lean back and enjoy this onslaught, it's astonishingly tasty!
Love it, love it, love it!

Thanks to cokes for the reunion with this deliciousness! (1,069 characters)

Photo of garthwaite
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer - glowing amber with a flowery, citrus nose. Initial taste is dry & bitter, hop taste & aroma are everywhere. They're earthy and quite enjoyable & somehow not ridiculously bitter. This onslaught is followed by a bit of sour acid & very sticky syrup. Finishes with caramel sweetness. A touch too heavy on the candied sweetness to be at the top of this style, but overall a very good imperial. (409 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just recently sampled and reviewed the 90-Minute IPA for the first time from the bottle. I was extremely unimpressed and decided that I would never try this beer again. But, on a recent trip to NYC, the Blind Tiger had this brew on-tap and served via a Randall. I just couldn't pass up the oppurtunity to try out this new and unique serving device.

Smell: My God. The amount of raw, unadulterated hops that rose up out of the glass was unbelievable. It was huge and oily smelling, comprised mainly of pine and grapefruit. It was absolutely thick and heavenly.

Taste: I have never had a beer that had this much raw hop flavor to it without having hardly any bitterness. That's right. Almost no bitterness. But the hops flavor was huge. I could imagine that this is what it is like to pop a few hops cones in my mouth and start chewing. This flavor was complimented by a large malt presence that was strong enough to leave my lips sticky. It was almost too much, considering the lack of bitterness in this beer.

Nothing, and I mean nothing, gave me any hints that this beer was the same one that I tried from the bottle just a few weeks before. The only thing that kept it from getting a perfect taste score was the lack of bitterness to balance out the heavy malt sweetness. (1,284 characters)

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

Pours from the bottle a hazy, orangish yellow, with a thin off-white head, which diminishes rather quickly leaving only a very thin layer of gray/white bubbles--although this thin layer of a head manages to produce some sticky lacing on the glass. Nice strong aroma of hops--flowers, spice, and some citrus scents--issue forth from the glass. Tastes as expected from the strong hoppy smell: nice hop flavors (flowers and citrus fruits) with a good bitter finish. Some malty sweetness is present as well, although fairly hidden behind the wall of hops. A very drinkable and tasty Imperial IPA. (592 characters)

Photo of BadBadger
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A descent looking amber, some what intermediate in depth of color. A nice off-white head which lasts the duration. A slightly hoppy smell, nothing overwhelming. A nice taste of hops. Given a 9.0 % ABV, there was a suprising pleasant absence of alcohol taste. Average mouthfeel. A nice tasty beer, not soemthing I would want to drink more than one of in a sitting however. (371 characters)

Photo of jvajda
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-brown, with a two finger, white head that remains for a few minutes.
Smell: Big, quality hop smell.
Taste: A big blast of hops, followed by apple and grapefruit tastes. It leaves hop bitterness in every corner of the mouth for a long time. Really great tasting hops. Considering the ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden, but it does become more evident near the bottom of the glass. A phenominal flavor overall.
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, almost buttery texture.
Drinkability: Oh boy, this is a great IPA! It's hard NOT to drink one everyday. This is a top-tier IPA. (590 characters)

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

Pours a golden orange with a rocky white head.

Smells of Cascade /Columbus hops, can't wait to drink this.

Nice hoppy bite. Hops are a little piney a touch of citrus, and a little woody. Medium body brew with light carbonation. A sweet/fruit taste due to the higher alcohol content. The hops were not off set by the sweetness. This was a true Imperial IPA.

A crisp beer. A refreshing beer. One of my favorite. (418 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a side note - comes in a standard 12 oz bottle (in a four pack, oddly enough), not the corked bottle currently shown as the image for this beer.

Pours a deep gold with good, longlasting foamy white head. Smells of hops, hops and hops! The smell is intoxicating. And man, is this good stuff! A thick and heavy blend of hoppy, bitter flavors overwhelms the tastebuds, compensated by an almost creamy sweet malt profile. No detectable flaws to be found. A beer worthy of much respect, and an excellent all around show. I wish I had the money to drink this more often! (573 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy, golden-amber brew is topped by a nice creamy, off-white head. Head sticks around for the entire drinking experience and leaves some lace.
Herbal and piney aroma, from the hops of course, and a hint of citrus. Some toasted malt sweetness lurks in the backround, hidden by the hops.
Hops dominate (duh) giving herbal and floral flavors, along with grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. Malt backbone shows up to balance with a light toasted flavor in the backround. Bitterness is big time, but tantalizing, not overpowering. The alcohol does not hide, adding a little to the flavor profile.
Full and rich in body. A little coarse on the tounge, but fairly smooth. Not as drinkable as other Imperial IPA's I have had, but it goes down eay considering the high alcohol and hopping.
Get your hop fix here! (822 characters)

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive brew. Huge hop nose, unlike anything I have ever experienced. Hops Galore! Nice lasting head and light coper color. Malty, yet very hoppy flavor. Not too bitter and backed up with malt. Lingering hop flavor that is rather pleasant. Not unpleasantly citrussy like some breweries would make. And very drinkable. Did I metion the hops? (348 characters)

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

750ml bottle: Mine was bottled 12/02 and opened 4/11/04. This one poured a cloudy, dark golden color. There was a big frothy head on it, which settled down rather quickly. Some lacing down the glass. Don't know if the aroma mellowed as it aged, but it is a bit weaker than expected. Still, it has a strong hop aroma, with some lemony notes. Suprisingly sweeter taste with only a little bitterness. maybe even a little bready and lemony taste. This was really nice! (464 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a very clear copper, forming a moderate-sized spongy beige head with great retention and delicate lacing. No yeast in the bottle...appears filtered. Carbonation is mild to moderate, requiring a firm pour. Aroma is uniquely pungent with skunky marijuanna, sharply resinous piney hops, cedar, sweetly floral hops, pipe resin, sticky malts, acetone and mint. Mouthfeel is soft with a dense body and hoppy dry finish. Small amounts of diacetyl are present. Taste begins less bitter than expected...certainly pungent but somewhat balanced by a firm malt body. There is a strong fusel alcohol pang which makes me cringe halfway through, and the estery alcohol is a bit much. As it warms, these mellow and make it more enjoyable. The finish is nice, with a lingering sweetness and a pungent, grapefruit pith bitterness of moderately-strong intensity. Dank weed roots and aerated black soil crop up. Leaves a slimy coating upon the tongue.

I read the previous review stating that the hops are subdued and began laughing. The hops are completely over the top and balance is thrown to the wind. Reminds me of Stone Ruination. I don't know why anybody would want to drink more than one of these at a time. Bigger is not automatically better. Still, its a decent novelty brew iff'n you like Imperial IPA's. (1,307 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one turns outo be the best of dfh's 'minute' ipa series, i think. a nice creamy tan head sits on top of a healthy looking, crisp amber coloured brew. the head is long lasting and provides for a decent stickiness as well. the smell here is quite inviting, with hop, bread and spice all over the place and a little sweetness in the back. toasted barley is also present. this one is filled with flavour as well. it's (of course) quite hoppy but with tropical fruit flavouring thrown into the mix in the middle and at the finish. i did not detect any alcohol notes in the taste, so be careful with this one at 9% abv. there is a spicy bite at the finish that has some tangy favour to it as well. a very tasty imperial ipa. (723 characters)

Photo of AbePhroman
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold color. Nice head retention and lacing. Wow!! Hops aroma bowled me over. What a great smell this brew has. Hops over the malts, although the malts are present. Hoppier than the 60 minute IPA, as expected. Very bitter. I shared a couple with my dad and he enjoyed it even though he doesn't like bitter beers. If you are going to give a friend an IPA, I would highly recommmend this. (399 characters)

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

Pours out a golden yellow and sits as a bright orange with a big, fluffy white head on top.

Smells of hops, tons of hops. Cirtrus aromas, grapefruit and lime, linger about, some nuttiness to this as well, more of a grain smell though. Tastes is bold, but not overpowering. Hops come out strong, accompanied by the slight taste of alcohol. Citrus tang keeps the flavor nice and sweet, some candy-like sweetness here, and the bitterness stays with you the whole way, but nothing to shrivel your tounge and pucker you lips. Very pleasant flavor, I could drink this all night.

Rediculously smooth, carbonation is perfect, this is so incredibly easy to drink. A marvelous IPA, this will come into rotation. (708 characters)

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

Nebulous light orange-brown with a large, active head. Wonderful bouquet -- hoppy, not overpowering. Lots of malt, blast of hops, smooth and full body with high carbonation, spicey and sharp. Sharply assertive bitter aftertaste. Healthy dose of alcohol, just enough to warm, well-masked by the generous amount of grains. This is what IPAs are supposed to be. Enjoyed it with Indian food, complements it perfectly. (413 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour was a beautiful golden-copper with a quarter inch head that dissapated to a light lace on top of the beer which stuck to the glass throughout the drink. The smell was very spicy with a slight malty undertone that said nothing but average I.P.A. But the smell was the only thing average about this beer. The drink started with a very strong hop kick followed with no let up in the middle, and a very strong hop finish.

I know all these strong hops sound like too much but they were not at all. This beer displayed so much character, more than any I had ever experienced. The strong hops followed by the hot alcohol undertones just played into what I can only call the almost perfect I.P.A.

This is a must not only for the I.P.A. lover, but also any beer lover. It's not only refreshing, but it packs alot of character with it's refreshing qualties. This beer is great as a stand alone or with food. (913 characters)

Photo of Lafe
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! This one definitely brings out the hop head in me.

Pours a beautiful, clear, deep golden color. There's a light, white head that doesn't last terribly long, but lingers as traces of lace down the side of the glass.

I'm surprised at the clarity of this beer. It's crystal clear, with no haze I associate with very strongly hopped beers. I'd suspect fine-filtering, but it could be simply cold-aging in the bottle.

The initial aroma is a blast of hops. It immediately made me think of sticking my nose in a bag of hops. There's nothing subtle about it, and I love that smell. First taste is a satisfyingly, palate-destroyingly bitter assault, followed by a strong malt sweetness that wars with the bitterness, finally losing to it.

The malt character comes through a bit more strongly as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is slick without quite making it to syrupy. The potent amount of alcohol in this brew is very effectively masked by the hops. But then, everything is well masked by the hops.

I really love this beer. Good job Dogfish Head! My biggest complaint is the $10 hit I took for the four-pack... (1,126 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Blind Tiger NYC, filtered through the "Randal" hop contraption. Stunning nose of HOPS glorious HOPS. Poured dark almond with a regal puffy head. Taste is fresh HOPS in all there manisfestations. Bitter, floral, grainy, piney, citrus, grapefruit, resin, etc. This beer is like having a private dry hop in each glass. Hop lovers rejoice. If you love hops go to the Blind tiger or to the DFH brewery to sample some of this stuff (439 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured a deep golden orange color, no head to speak of and left lacing rings around the glass.

Holy hoppity hop hops!! If you love the taste/smell of hops this is your nirvana my friend. This ones easy...Smell: Strong hops
Taste: Strong hops. Its a beautiful beer and another great product from Dogfish Head. Dangerously drinkable, beware of the 9% abv.

Did I mention the hops? (398 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got my hops fix from this one. Being a lover of hops bitterness, DFH is to be commended for this beer. It is, of course, more intense than the 60 minute, which is the other DFH hop beers that I've tried. This one poured a deep gold with a substantial head and tremendous, long lasting lasting lacing all the way down the pint. The aroma is overwhelmingly one of hops to the point that it is all that I can smell. The taste is mahvelous, as Billy Crystal would say. A real hops treat, bitter as it should be but with a hint of sweetness at the end. This is a substantial beer with an hop oil feeling to it in the mouth. It goes down really smooth. The last taste is as good as the first. I found my mouth getting a little puckered so I'm not sure I would want to polish off the four pack in one evening of drinking. The second goes down just fine. (848 characters)

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

Very nice looking beer with a fluffy off-white head that goes nicely with the dark amber color. Wonderful lace as well. When it comes to the smell of this beer only one word is needed, 'hops", or if you prefer three "lots of hops." I was very surprised with the taste, after taking a sniff of the beer I expected to be completely overwhelmed by hops. There was plenty of hops to tickly the taste buds but this was nicely complimented by warming alcohol and roasted slightly smoky malt for balance, also a touch of sweetness sort of a raisin taste. Wonderful body and mouthfeel the carbonation awakens the mouth and entices you to drink more.

Really a very fine beer that if I had the self control I would like to age for a while and then sample. I enjoyed this beer more and more with each taste, which of course made it all the more painful to finish. (856 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently added to the taps at my local spot. I've never had the pleasure until now. Sure am glad I did.
90 minute is a deep red brown, much darker than other IPAs. It has a fluffy but tight white head and small, but persistent carbonation. Wonderful smell. Rich hop and sweet bready malt come across. Fruity alcohol is apparent in the nose. The taste is incredible. The beer is so smooth, complex with slick hop oils and sweet sticky fruit. Not as grapefruit-like as some other Imperial IPAs. One burp will let you know that the hops are in charge, but they don't offend when the beer is being drank. They're hidden in there, nice and happy, not raw but mixed up in the malt. Mmmm. Slick and slippery, this one goes down without asking. I keep thinking about brandy, without the aftertaste. Rich and delicious all over. The alcohol is there, and really contributes to the flavor, but in a very good way. A pitcher of 9% hit me pretty hard. Still, the beer is a triumph. Do what you can to get some, on tap if possible. (1,021 characters)

Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle - It is a dark gold color with a huge soft head that lasts forever. The aroma has a lot of hops (citrus and floral notes). The body has a nice maltiness in it before the hops take control of your mouth. The finish is extremely bitter and dry almost bordering on astringent, but not in a bad way. It is well balanced for the style. Not a session beer, but I could see this as a good apertif.

12 oz bottle - Many months after first tasting this beer in the 750 format, I have tried it in the 12 oz bottle. I pretty much have the same impression of it. At least the numbers seem to match. It pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. I remember the large bottles head was much nicer. The aroma is still predominantly hops (citrus, mint, herbal) with some sweet maltiness. The taste has some orange notes, it is slight yeasty and then finishes with herbal, minty, earthy hops. The body is coating, almost syruppy. It is real bitter, yet well balanced. It has a dry finish with some alcohol creeping in. (1,019 characters)

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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