90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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Reviews: 3,699
Hads: 14,405
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: 14,405
Photo of Jteel3
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've NEVER had any beer this good before!!! For me, everything about this beer was PERFECT! I had to go with 4.75 on "Smell" to leave room for discovering an unexpected and yet unknown beer... I've never claimed to have fallen in love with a beer before, but now, I have. Totally infatuated. :-) (296 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

$2.99 at the local Total Wine for the bottle. Bottled 2.5.15, drank on 3.31.15.

Pours a honey, translucent-amber. Smells like a delicious, malt-bombed IPA; grapefruit-citrus notes lightly splattered throughout. Tastes much the same with a solid malt/barely backbone and grapefruit notes that seem to piece through the tail-end. Clean finish of malty pith. Simply, the epitome of a well-balanced American DIPA, 90 ibus rarely go down this easily. DFH seems like they know what they're doing here...

Great with a sharp cheddar cheese.

What she said: "UGHCK.. this is really bad. Horrible." (She's not an IPA fan.) (618 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a citrus aroma along with a whiff of alcohol.
Appearance- Pours a clear amber color with almost zero head.
Taste- Hops and malt with an alcohol bite.
Palate- A heavy bodied brew with mild carbonation. This beer has a very dry finish.
Overall- A really good beer but I didn't enjoy it enough to give it world class ratings. (381 characters)

Photo of boodz85
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper look to it, the ABV is very evident but not excessive as the very present hops give it a nice balanced flavor. It actually has a smooth feel to it, which is a pleasant surprise. Overall in terms of flavor I am more of a fan of the 60 minute IPA but this is still a masterpiece of a beer from an elite microbrewery. I would love to get my hands on the 120 minute IPA, which is the granddaddy of them all in terms of ABV (430 characters)

Photo of m_hall
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. A hazy orange-amber ale topped with an off-white one-finger head that has decent retention. Very good lacing, as to be expected from a heavily-hopped ale.

Aroma is sweet, citrus fruits, vanilla, garnished with a floral hop overtone. Not as pungent as many IPAs, though.

Flavors are rich fruits, banana, caramel malts, light, pastry-like breads up front. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine-y hop notes come in strong after, but the strength of the malt backbone keeps the 90 IBU bitterness from devastating the taste buds. Finish is fairly long and sweet/sour, accompanied by a noticeable alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is smooth and and not overly heavy. The body of this rather malt-heavy beer is offset by a fairly strong carbonation.

A well-known, well respected Imperial IPA who's reputation is well-deserved. The muscular malt character here does much to offset the strong hops. Many die-hard hop-heads may not appreciate this, as the result lacks the overwhelming blast of hop-bitterness that many other IPAs flaunt. Those who like a heavier beer and enjoy the malt aspect as well as the hops will find much to love here. (1,175 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to IPA's. Has a relatively pronounced taste of alcohol, but the hops do help in disguising that. On the higher side of ABV at 9%, thus it can pack a pretty nice punch. Not the best IPA I have had, or even among them, but it is a solid choice and readily available. (277 characters)

Photo of MNJR
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial IPA that is just a little weak overall. The flavor did outdo the alcohol, which I suppose is a decent feat of brewing. The warmth of the booze hits your stomach, but the candied citrus taste is rich enough to hide it when drinking. I expected more from this with the attributions proudly displayed on the label. Overpriced, I think. Banking on the reputation I suppose.

I won't say the Emperor has no clothes here, but they could use a little tailoring. (469 characters)

Photo of mobrado
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this reasonably fresh and it still reminded me more of a Barleywine or a hoppy Strong Ale like Brown Shugga than a DIPA. Malty and sweet with moderate bitterness. Not nearly as hoppy as I had hoped. (202 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color. With carbonated bubbles emerging from the bottom of the glass. Smells of citrus, pine and sweet. It tastes similar to how it smells with mild carbonation. Went down very easy and the notes of citrus combined with sweetness in the taste made it very enjoyable. (286 characters)

Photo of 60acresbrewclub
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm rating a 90minute that I've aged for two years. Was phenomenal. Difficult to compare to their other bets because this is the first one I aged. The ones straight from the liquor stores cooler was also very good but this beer aged very well. (243 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/03/2014.

Bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very clear amber color with a 1.5 finger white head of foam. Good carbonation, lots of bubbles streaming up. Smells sweet and fruity; grapefruit, mango, oranges, and pineapple. Also slight notes of banana and spice. Nice mild taste. I get pine, citrus, grapefruit, orange, and kiwi. Sweet, yet tart on the back end. Dry, sticky aftertaste.

Overall, a decent IPA. It didn't prove to be what I've heard. In comparison to a lot of 9% IPA's, this beer is tame and mild. I'd call this a session beer, if anything. Again, not bad, just not what I was hopong for. Maybe too balanced, if that's possible.. (661 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber pour, thin skein of tan foam. Aroma is light, given the hop load. Smells a little malty in fact. Flavor is similar. Underwhelming hop flavor dominated by malt backbone. Interesting, and tasty, but not a fave in the world of big IPAs. (239 characters)

Photo of Chris33
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

light amber color with small 1 finger head and light bubbling from bottom.
I got a lot of bread off the nose with this one along with some pine and earth tones
alcohol is hidden well in this. strong bitter pine to start and mellows out with the barley flavor. Very well rounded taste from start to finish. Mild aftertaste.
light to medium carbonation with this one. Felt very full yet smooth to drink. Unlike most IPAs out there (especially this one is hopped for 90 minutes). The barley really mellows out that dank and bitter hop taste.
Overall Im glad I picked this one up. On a different spectrum than a lot of the IPAs out there that scream bitterness. Ive had 60 minute a few times, but this is my first 90. Will definitely get this one again. (797 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a coppery amber with copious white foamy head that resolves to a fine lacing.
Smells of hops (pine/grapefruit), very floral, rich bread like aroma
Sweet forward with a nice balance from the hops and clean finish.
Not syrupy, nice astringent quality synergies with hops and hardly detectable ABV.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, in a blind taste test - I was unable to differentiate Lagunitas Brown Shugga' and this beer. Either a testament to how great these beers are, or how unrefined my palate. Regardless, I would put this on my rotation of great American IPA. (572 characters)

Photo of ericandanna2005
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my absolute favorite IPA's ...super malty, well balanced, and very complex. Can be considered a non-traditional IPA, which I absolutely go back to time and time again! (174 characters)

Photo of marieli
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Full disclosure: I am not an IPA fan, generally sticking with stouts, porters and some dark lagers. But there was a lone bottle in my local grocery store and I thought, why not. So, with that in mind... I started this around 56F. It poured an OMG beautiful golden amber, perhaps the prettiest beer I've seen. Nice whitish head that lasted long enough to appreciate. Smell was mostly citrus hops. Maybe some grapefruit, but definitely citrus. Aroma was the weakest link. Taste followed, but slightly out performed the aroma. Feel was medium body and quite creamy. In fact, there's many a stout that could take a lesson. I found myself wanting to really like this beer, but ultimately it is not my thing. My rating is probably unfair because I'm not into IPAs, but if you are, or want to try one, I heartily recommend this beer! (847 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at DFH Fairfax VA. Coppery with buff head that leaves nice lacing. Pineapple and resin up front with leathery bitterness in the finish. Outstanding! (155 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a darker gold with an orange tinge. Medium head, with a ring of persistent head. Some lacing down the sides of the glass. Major note is pine, some apricot. Extremely well-balanced considering the (presumably) high IBU.

Outstanding. Would be interested to compare with Yeast Wrangler by Holy City, my other favorite Imp. IPA/DIPA. (336 characters)

Photo of MaillardRx
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: bright tan colored head that leaves a pretty meniscus of head around the top of the beer. Lots of lacing. The beer is a bright amber almost orange hue, very clear

S: smells like fresh beer with considerable hops. Some pine notes, with prominent sweet and malty tones

T: hoppy and earthy but can still appreciate the malt

M: this is where this beer really shines. If you were to look at it and how clear it was, you'd never guess it had this creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. It's really exquisite

O: I can see now why it's rated so highly. It's a simple IPA in that it doesn't have tons of citrus and spice and floral and pine etc, but it has a beautiful look with an awesome mouthfeel and a very traditional IPA taste (722 characters)

Photo of Gilbert1956
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer no doubt, though a little pricey. Strong, almost overwhelming (to me) lingering hop taste. I will buy this occasionally. My daily personal favorite is Duvel. (178 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malt and Hop battle in this brew, but the aftermath is no disaster, it is a fruity and robust combination of beautiful ingredients and craftsmanship. This isn't the last time I drink this brew. (193 characters)

Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer used to be available in Alberta but due to popularity supply issues took it away. A benchmark for IPA's. Love it from the smell to the taste, 100% sweet goodness (171 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice golden color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Herbal and piney hops, with fruit and sweet malts

Taste: Herbal, pine, citrus hops. Some fruit and caramel malts, nice malt backbone to stand up to the hops

Feel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A classic IPA. Still stands up to the test of time (336 characters)

Photo of Reckage
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/8/14 poured into a large wine glass
Look: A nice golden amber, thin layered head and lacing down the glass
Smell: sweet grapefruit, swear i smell bubble gum?
Taste: awesome, sweet citrus/grapefruit upfront followed by a toasty caramel, aftertaste is quite nice
Mouthfeel: high medium good carbonation, goes down smooth. a little warmth from the alcohol.
Overall: i think this brew is very well made and is a delicious imperial IPA, a must try for Dogfish Head fans (478 characters)

Photo of Beerampage
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on the front porch.

Appearance: Orange colored with a nice 1 finger head. Lacing is present as expected. Looks like I should drink it.

Smell: Awesome. Citris and Pine with some sweetness from the malt and resin from the hops. Smells very fresh. The head is just slowly dissapating, popping hop aroma all over the place.

Taste: Boom! Tastes following the nose here. Very big and bitter with pine and citrus. Malt is sweet and balances the power of the hops. You can taste the booze, but its terciary at best. Love it. My favorite of the 30, 60, 90, 75, and 120.

Mouthfeel: Very well done here. Just the right amount of carbonation as to not make this big beer feel heavy while drinking. DFH always does a fine job with this.

Overall: In a world plastered with DIPAs and Hopbombs, this carries DFH's flag very well, imo. Very easy to drink, and never disappointing. I could pop several of these and dissapear in a resiny, citrus, euphoric mess. Well done! (983 characters)

90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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