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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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3,732 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,732
Hads: 14,615
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 22.17%
Wants: 681
Gots: 3,622 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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: 3,732 | Hads: 14,615
Photo of mchegash
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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

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Photo of scbeerman
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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)

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Photo of B2A
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Prasm
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Vogelino
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of armystrongmd
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TH28
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.56/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHeadBeerFed
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of brandonwnw
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B - U - E - N - O: everything that's been written before; near perfect representation of the imperial IPA style with an ABV that is strong but perfect for a 12 oz bottle - Cheers

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber to light copper in color with a quarter inch of off white comprised of tiny, tightly knit bubbles. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rise in synch to the top. Heavy lacing is coating the sides of the glass. I don't get much aroma from this. What little I get is a faint whiff of citrus and grainy malt. The flavor is a pungent citrus explosion with a light bready malt backbone. The tiny bubbles and heavy hop presence tickles your tongue and the finish is dry and slightly chalky.

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Photo of Graphilthy
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not much of a IPA drinker but this IPA goes down smooth with no after taste. It doesn't have a strong hoppy or bitter taste. Best ipa iv tasted so far.

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Photo of modidia
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full disclosure: drunk from the bottle after purchasing at a bodega. I normally never drink from a bottle and always from a beer glass or wine glass.

Having said that, I didn't love it, it had nice hop notes but a peculiar finish that I was trying to pinpoint or more so, to enjoy....I will have to try again from a proper vessel

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Clear, amber, copper color with a half inch white pillowy head, beautiful lacing down the glass with a thin layer of bubbles blanketing the top

S: Malts first, caramel, then some hops, floral. The balance is evident from the beginning.

T: Caramely sweet malts to begin but almost instantly the floral hops come in to compensate and make a great tasting beer.

M: Medium to full mouth presence, carbonated well

O: Oh man, What a great beer. I really love this. If your a beer lover then you have to try this one. Great malt presence with a nice hop balance. All the measurables are terrific.

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Photo of mnrider
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours clear amber color. One inch of white head. Large carbonation bubbles.
Nice head retention with watery but ample lacing.

S: Very fruity. Every type you could think of. Dark/sweet/ spicy/ citric.

T/M: Very malty at first. Nuts and caramel. More sweet malts and grains. Fruits
are sweet and balance great with the bitter hops. Hop flavors are strong but never
overpower the rest the flavors. A spiciness comes in with a strong bite. Alcohol
burn comes in a little. Aftertaste is juicy.

O: Amazingly balanced IIPA. Complex without the hop bomb of newer beers. It also
has a distinct taste which helps pull it away from other clone IPA's.


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Photo of yetijosie
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this one took me a while to get used to. at first, it was really hoppy and strong. the more i drank it, the more my taste buds adapted to the flavors. everything shone through the 3 time i had it. the taste just reminds me a lot of caramel and citrus

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Photo of bassfishingguy
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 2/26/2015.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber color with quite a bit of white head. The lacing is very evident, as each sip leaves a personalized ring on the glass (note, enjoyed out of a pint glass rather than the suggested snifter)

Smell: Right off the bat, I get quite a bit of fresh hops. As I continue to drink this beer, I can smell something citrus and sweet. Not sure if they are part of the same flavor, or two completely different flavors.

Taste: This is a very mild/smooth beer for its style (compared to some others I've had like Hopslam), and I really like that about it. The citrus smell I was getting I can definitely taste, as well as that sweet smell. The first taste that really hits me is pine, and the rest of the flavors seem to follow with a slightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Not quite as filling as I'd like it to be, which makes it unbelievably drinkable. For a beer 'best savored from a snifter', this one is a little too easy on the taste buds. Carbonation sounds high upon opening the bottle, but I actually got a light/moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Being relatively new to BA (but not craft beers), I've had my eyes opened to different highly rated beers. Being relatively accessible, I want to try what I can. I was pretty impressed with the smoothness of this beer given what it has to offer. Definitely glad I bought a 4 pack of it, and will definitely buy it again in the future.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm probably not the person to review an IPA, because I typically avoid them like strippers named Mercedes... Nevertheless, this was a pretty decent beer and probably the first IPA I didn't feel like having to force down-- hell, I'd even drink it again...

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Photo of WhatItDoBrew32
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not for the faint of heart my friends, this beer will certainly creep up on you! Rich in color and scents, bold and to some aggressive favors. All around a great purchase beer! Not so much in public given its toxicity!!!

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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