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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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10,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 10484
Reviews: 3472
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%

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:
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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Photo of MikeyBadnews


3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head's unrivaled creativity is noticeable in one of it's more mainstream brews, I have an unabashed love affair with all things Dogfish Head because it's the first beer that really brought me into the craft beer life and out of the drecks of an existence where I believed that Amstel Light and Heineken were top quality, best in the world beers.

The bottle boasts its creative style although the bottle doesn't really express "Imperial IPA comin' at ya" but overly refined with off reds and pinks surrounding the standard Dogfish logo.

Pours as a standard IPA color, 3 finger head quickly desinigrates to a frosty sugarcoating on the top.

The smell is sweet, dried apricots, melon and a subtle note of butterscotch.

The taste starts with a sweeping hit of alcohol that kicks back to a citrus-less sweetness. I've never had a sugarplum, but this would be my idea of what a wintery sugarplum powdered in large sugar granules would taste like.

Finishes WAY thick and chewy hit you pretty good too as the 9% alcohol washes down your throat. Solid beer, but nothing special from Dogfish. A company that prides itself on experimenting with flavors to make unique beers made one of their more standard and uninteresting grogs with this one.

It's certainly not bad, no pine, not much on the citrus front but an incredibly sugary beer for IPA fans with a sweet tooth.


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 02:58:46 | More by MikeyBadnews
Photo of deeznuts420


3.14/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this is a very overrated beer. it's decent but it"s just too sweet for my taste in a dipa. i'm sure i'll have it again b/c of its availability and sometimes is the best choice i have, but i would always reach for any of the better dipa like ruination or any of stone's ipas over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 11:42:53 | More by deeznuts420
Photo of Retroman40


4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled (not cold) in a tulip style glass to fully appreciate the bouquet.

A - Beautiful clear copper color with a head that retains form throughout the entire experience.

S - Citrus and pine balanced with roasted barley.

T - The citrus and pine explode on the tongue followed with a very nice malt finish.

M - Rich and full bodied. You might expect a 9% ABV beer to be super dry but the balance here masks the high alcohol content.

O - This beer fully deserves it's high ratings.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 10:54:06 | More by Retroman40
Photo of PatCodd


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Greact beer from a great company. Taste is delicious and aftertaste is very appealing. One of the best IPAs I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. If you enjoy this one you should spend the money for the 120 minute. If you are ever near the brewery in Delaware stop by and enjoy bliss.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:20:27 | More by PatCodd
Photo of Jho3325


4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle 1/7/2014. This is perhaps my favorite IPA. Great amber hue with nice head. Smells of the hops. Taste is marvelous because of the huge amount of malt that balances the hops.

I must say that this is a complex beer that keeps me coming back.

Love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:13:53 | More by Jho3325
Photo of falloutsnow


2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2014-01-07
Glass: Tulip

A bit disappointing. After not drinking 90-minute for many years, when DFH removed itself from non-Chicago markets, I was happy that the brewery once again began distributing here. The beer I taste, though, is something of a lackluster reunion, with obvious ethanol and more malt influences than hops. The result is something like a barleywine with unintriguing malt selection and brewing procedures. Not a beer I'll pick up again.

Pours a 2.5cm tall head of off-white colored foam, small in size yielding a frothy appearance, with slightly above average retention of 1.5 minutes, the foam fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, a complex wash of intricate patterns cling to all the walls of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange color, bordering on mineral brown, with light bringing out brighter golden-orange hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body,

Aroma is not that impressive, with a rather vague and one-dimensional caramel-like sweetness being the most apparent; herbal and woodsy, with a bit of tropical fruit, hop notes along with some peppery ethanol well in the background.

Overall flavor is of rich malt sweetness with notable caramel-like sweetness joined to a strong hop bitterness and ethanol presence, with modest woodsy and herbal hop flavors. Front of palate tastes light caramel-like sweetness; ethanol; floral, woodsy, and herbal hop flavors. Mid-palate of rich malt sweetness, pale and caramel-like, with medium to medium-high hop bitterness and floral, woodsy, and herbal hop flavors, as well as some moderately apparent ethanol (increasing in obviousness with warmth). Back of palate tastes ethanol, moderate hop bitterness, and a background of caramel-like sweetness from selected malts. Aftertaste is of ethanol, herbal hops, moderate to strong hop bitterness, and a light background of bread-like malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (5/6) and lowly foamy (1/6) beer. Ethanol readily apparent as burning on the tongue and back of throat, mild heat in nostrils. Closes dry, as expected, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 06:01:18 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Consuela


4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12oz. bottle poured into a goblet glass

A- Nice Amber/Copper Color. Head was not that great, maybe 1/8", but the beer held a nice ring throughout.

S- Vanilla, Caramel, Pine, with some citrus. Definitely a welcome departure from the more orange-oriented IPAs I tend to favor. Would have liked a larger head to get some more aroma.
*much larger heads in subsequent drinkings, have adjusted

Taste - Malt hits you in the face with the bitterness from the hops to follow up, the bitterness lingers, but it is not overwhelming. The 9% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall - A job well done, probably one of the best IPA's I've had to date. While I do love citrus-oriented IPAs like Racer 5, this IPA has shown me some new things with the caramel aroma and deceptive alcohol content. Would buy again. But luckily I have 3 more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:29:51 | More by Consuela
Photo of Flopjack


4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - About 1 cm head that settles down pretty quickly. Color is rich with yellow, orange, hues of brown, golden.

Nose - Rich malt then citrusy smell that comes forward and is both sweet and slightly spicy. Then you get a warming smell of pungent alcohol and a sweetness that resembles pineapple that develops throughout the entire smell of the beer.

Taste - Citrus that is slightly sweet and rich gives a feel of honey and caramel. Malts definitely add a graininess to the flavor that hits the palate after the initial citrus. Finishes with alcohol and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel - Full body. Carbonation is just right, not to intense and refreshing.

Overall - This is not the first time I've had this beer for a reason. It's great. Rich, hoppy, malty, sweet and warming. Give this one a try if for some reason you haven't yet. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:52:25 | More by Flopjack
Photo of a0lbudman


4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-copper with a large off white head that does not fade and the lacing is heavy
S- piney hops with a grapefruit citrus aroma
T-pine resin taste with the aftertaste and the finish not changing much with a dry finish, that has no alcohol taste or feel
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-I enjoyed this one. The warmer it was the better it was. The alcohol was very well hidden

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:11:16 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of greentam2


4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. Smooth, strong, and with a windy hop downdraft, with little of the alcohol taste, though it's got a stout amount. This beer is expertly crafted to enjoy the taste of every drop, clean and sharp. Like all of Dogfish products, you feel and taste the craft.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:41:55 | More by greentam2
Photo of Emnmarko


4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Semi clear, roasted amber color. Decent creamy head with some hang time. Plenty of carbonation. Scant lacing but eh, who cares?

S- Fresh citrusy hop aroma, over malty nuance's. Fruit, maybe banana.?

T- Wow, first impression is amazing! There is a lot going here. I'm inundated with a roasted malt blast that is quickly followed with an appropriate amount of hop bitterness. A little alcohol heat right on the heels of the flavor wave. A perfect balance throughout .

M- Nicely carbonated. Takes to the trip to the ole stomach without so much as a fit!

O- Now this is one fine beer! I highly recommend it. Dogfish Head found a perfect balance with this IPA. A nice kick at 9 percent without the overbearing alcohol kick despite the taste. Its been a while since I've had a 90 Minute, but I'm not going to let it be too long before I get another.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:40:29 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of TheBrouMaster


4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pretty dark for an IPA: amber, with a reddish hue. Solid two finger head with very good retention (1/2 finger head even to the end of the glass). Beautiful lacing all up and down the glass. Translucent.

S - Very mild for a DIPA. Citrus and hops, but no strong grapefruit or orange peel like I'm so used to in an IPA.

T - Super smooth and malty; wow! Yeah, it's a hop bomb, but the balance is maybe the best I've ever had in an IPA. Huge, huge malt profile, but nothing undesirable at all. Creamy. Citrus and pulp. Absolutely amazing.

M - I repeat: smooth and creamy. A bit of alcohol and carbonation sting, but very drinkable. Cloying as the beer warms slightly.

O - This beer surprised me. I've had the 60 minute, and I kind of expected a hoppier version. While technically true, the amazing balance with the huge malt load absolutely shocked me.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 20:17:44 | More by TheBrouMaster
Photo of Owl-Head


4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Woah, what a full mouth experience! The first smell might send you away thinking it might be too bitter, but give it a chance! This beer is very fresh tasting, kind of piney, but it actually goes down very smoothly. It absolutely has my respect even if it is not my favorite beer. This is one IPA I actually think I may enjoy better out of a bottle than on tap to cool it's upfront bitter taste, though give it a chance because it is definitely a quality drink (if you can't tell already based on the fact that its from DFH Brewery)

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 07:54:38 | More by Owl-Head
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearence: deep amber, lots of bubbles, 2 fingers of white, thick head.

Smell: fruit ( in a hoppy way) grass, hint of citrus, hint of spice.

Taste: I got complex hoppy fruitiness, with flavors that included tangerine and pinneapple. Corriander and other spicey notes, with some piney earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, bit of welcome dryness, heavy carbonation but not overpoweringly so.

Overall: a flawless, rich, delicous IPA that really distinguishes itself.
Would easily buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 07:05:43 | More by SteveB24
Photo of NeedBeerHere


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a dark amber in color with a nice white, one-finger head with good retention and nice lacing. Smell is of some nice sweet caramel malt, with a nice floral bouquet from the hops. I get pineapple, guava, orange, and basically more tropical fruits from the hops. The nose seems to be very well balanced for the style. Taste is really almost exactly like the nose except the malts and hops are more forward but still just as balanced. There is a slight bit of bitterness in the taste that stays in the mouth and doesn't hit the throat much. The mouthfeel is sort of thinner than I expected but it seems to fit the style. Overall this is a REALLY well balanced beer for the style. I thought it would be a hop-bomb but it is nothing like that. Just a really well put together beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:06:00 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish golden brown with some red tint. White head that disappered very fast

Smell - Hops, pineapple, oranges, grapes, alcohol, caramel malts, spices, some sweet sugars.

Taste - Has a nice mix of sweet floral hops, caramel malts and added wet hops. Hops are citric, orange, pineapple with some lemon and added spices. Malts are caramel flavored, along with a smoked/burnt flavor. Alcohol is noticeable in smell and in the flavor. Sugars add sweetness and works well with the hops and malts.

Mouthfeel - Sweet hops coats the tongue at first sip. Malts come in and coats the palate with the caramel and burnt flavors. Alcohol is present on tongue and palate from start to finish. Aftertaste is warm, sweet and malty.

Overall - A really tasty beer. Unique flavor profile for sure. Has great balance being a strong dipa. Malts are just as present as the hops yet are not overpowering. This is not a bitter beer at all and still easy to drink at 9%. Worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:04:41 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Garcia


4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A) nice, beautiful.
S) Wow! The hops. I love the hop smell, but thought it would be a little on the too much side.
T) you just feel the hops smack you across the face. I gave a friend some and he said "it tastes like the pellets you add when brewing).

The beer is just wonderful. It is a handful of taste as far as hops concerns. I thought that the bitterness would be a tad higher.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 01:44:24 | More by Garcia
Photo of MattyG85


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 11/27/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big and fairly ripe hoppy aroma that is very balanced by the bready malts. Upfront scent of earthy and floral hops with lots of hints of wet grass and some pine. Citrus presence is subtle with some hints of orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and slight grapefruit. Big malt balance with hints of biscuit, grains, sweet caramel, toffee, and cracker. Also some subtle hints of candied sugar and dark fruit. A very earthy and pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, although a little more stronger with the oily hop presence. Big taste of hops upfront with earthy and floral notes of wet grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Hops have a nice biting but not overwhelming bitterness. Big malt presence with bready notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. Slight undertones of dark fruit and candy sugar. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very chewy and earthy with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is subtle.

Overall: A really solid take on a Imperial IPA. Much different than the typical West Coast style. The hops are backed by a big malt presence. Balanced but still bold.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 07:57:03 | More by MattyG85
Photo of RingoBro


4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into snifter.

A - Light amber with a finger of head.

S - Earthy smell with light citrus. Hoppy aroma.

T - Largely citrus and pine taste. Earthy and floral.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall, one of my favorite DFH. A bit overpriced, but I'll buy again on rare occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:05:30 | More by RingoBro
Photo of Isrealite


4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really good, even outstanding, however it is very overpriced and extremely overrated. You can look at the other reviews for specific characteristics. I would simply advise that you try it at least once, and then try New Belgium Rampant. If you like this style I think you will choose the latter based on the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 09:36:05 | More by Isrealite
Photo of Srkolodn

New York

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head knows what they're doing!

A - Amber/copper with a pretty nice head. Really nice looking for an IPA.

S - Similar to an amber ale yet it has a strong hoppy smell to it, great for an IPA. There is a good mix of floral and hoppy aromas.

T - Citrus and Pine are what I take out of this IPA, but there are indeed others.

M - Medium body that pair well with the carbonation. Smooth and sweet.

O - This is a solid choice IPA. The drinkability is excellent throughout the experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 14:10:44 | More by Srkolodn
Photo of nickapalooza86


3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber, with half a finger of head

Smell is earthy, rindy, dank, light citrus and tropical notes but clearly not the main players here, malt on the other hand is a main player, bready, caramel.

Taste is earthy hop, bready malt, light citrus and tropical notes, pine, dank, sweet caramel malt underneath, slight bitter in the finish but not very high at all.

Mouthfeel Is medium full, medium light carbonation, finishes dry but not overly so

Good IIPA here, I prefer a more citrus/tropical/pine profile but I am not complaining as it is a very well made beer that is for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:29:51 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Ri0


4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 11/27.

A - Crystal clear amber with a 2 finger white head. Nice retention that slowly fades into a thick collar. Thick webs of lacing coat my glass. Not sure that a IIPA could look more perfect.

S - Sweet and malty like an amber, but it wakes up and has a big hoppy aroma. Sweet tropical, floral, and earthy hops.

T - Malts are up front and are sweet amber and honey. Pineapple and orange are the big hop players, but there are other floral and dank earthy hops blended, Finish is bitter and piney.

M - Medium bodied and superb carbonation. Smooth, sticky and sweet.

O - This is a very nice IIPA that DFH has brewed. I really like how it is big and sweet like an amber and moves into a big hoppy profile. I may have to drink this next to Nugget Nectar as they seem to have similar characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 02:16:20 | More by Ri0
Photo of StuyBeerGuy

New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a bottle into a standard pint class and overlooked the lackluster head due to the appealing copper color of the beer. I found the beer to have a delicate floral citrus nose. Drinking the beer I enjoyed the floral, fruity, and citrus flavor on the front followed by piney and hop forward back. Overall, worth the investment and a worth trying in the saturated I.P.A. market.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:11:46 | More by StuyBeerGuy
Photo of BreakfastStout


4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle into my New Holland pint glass. Nice thick head that leaves lacing all the way through the taste test. Color is a clear rusty amber. Looks delicious. Typical IPA floral, piney nose. Very tasty but towards the end the hops are bitterly unleashed and slightly detract from overall balance. Mouth feel lingers on the tongue, slightly chewy. Very tasty IIPA, just short of world class. Maybe my IPA observations are skewed since I live in Two Heart land.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 22:11:15 | More by BreakfastStout
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 10,484 ratings.