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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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3,779 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,779
Hads: 14,899
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 723
Gots: 3,966 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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: 3,779 | Hads: 14,899
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark off-brown with some translucence. Light head.

S: Malts, brown sugar, hop resin.

T: Malty, resiny, earthy.

F: Slightly sticky, full body. Sufficient carbonation.

O: Glad this isn't too sweet. Would love to try it on draft.

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Photo of tcoppi
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very clear amber-orange with maybe a hint of chill haze.
Smell: Very citrusy, floral and malt notes with just a touch of hop resin. Not overpowering at all.
Taste: Much maltier than the smell would indicate, but there are distinctive citrus notes with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance. Very slight alcohol aftertaste, but you have to look for it.
Feel: This feels like the perfect DIPA.
Overall: This is exactly what I want in an IPA - great hop flavor without overpowering bitterness or resin character, and a malt backbone to hold it all together. You'd never be able to tell it was 9% until it hits you.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't notice, but the beer was bottled in mid June, so it's almost three months old. I'm curious if some of the taste and aroma are affected by age.
Look: Amber hued with plenty carbonation. I poured somewhat aggressively with little head
Smell: malts
Taste: malt flavor at first with some hops coming through in the middle and then more malt
Feel: about right
Overall: considering what I was expecting to what it tastes like, I'm surprised and a little disappointed, but I think it's largely due to an older bottle. That said, the flavor is still really good and I'll happily drink the rest of my four pack.

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Photo of Nickcal
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2- 5 - 15. Aged well. Wouldn't age it much longer the booziness taste has faded but the smell remains. Which is what Ive noticed with many aged boozy beers. Beautiful gold 'apple juice' color, with the smell of fire an alcohol. Tastes smooth and almost a vanilla quality mouthfeel sweetness that takes over middle of the mouth. With no bite on the back end.

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Photo of L0ne
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From backlog. 12oz bottle, July 2015.

Pours orange/amber with a couple fingers of off-white head. Earthy citrus hops, sweet caramel malts, medium bitterness, medium body. Very reliable DIPA, and one of my favorites of the malt-forward variety.

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

Purchased in a 4-pack bottle, I bought this beer because it was an Imperial India Pale Ale AND because it had won 3 years as the best beer in America.
Tasty, but with lots of barley...maybe too much. Nice full taste, but lacks in the ultra-hop that I'd prefer.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Nice golden-orange, one finger head (pale tan) on my pour from the bottle. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Not as strong as an aroma as some of my favorite IPAs (AleSmith), but good earthy, malt and hop mix

Taste - balance. malt, citrus and nice hopping...smooth not bitter.

Feel - Medium body. A good chew. Warm going down.

Overall - A very good IPA, but "best in America", not so much. I have had this beer many times and in PA the quality, ABV and price on tap/bottle can't be beat.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brew pub. In a razor thin glass.

L: amber. Very persistent head
S: muddled pine, resin and some citrus.
T: balanced. Malty with pine and resin
F: nice and sharp. Medium body.
O: good but not mind blowing

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark honey/copper color. Clear. Two finger fluffy/pillowy white head. Medium carbonation
Smell - Floral, spice, earthy, sweet caramel malts
Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of floral/spice notes. Some earthiness. A lot of sweet caramel malts coming thru. A touch of bitterness on the back end.
Feel - Medium/medium + body, very sticky, dry finish
Overall - I feel this beer is overrated personally. I prefer my DIPAs to be citrus bombs while 90min is much more floral. If you love Victories Hop Devil or Bell's Two Hearted....you'll love this beer.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice, long lasting head. Poured copper and held minimal lacing.

Smells very earthy. Hints of malt and caramel.

Very smooth tasting. Very hard to believe this is 9.00% abv. I taste lots of caramel and small amounts of lingering bitters. It also has a small amount of hops.

Overall, solid beer. I can easily understand how this beer was a pioneer for the IPA style.

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Photo of codekiln
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wide snifter from five inches up.

Appearance: hazy clover honey with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Nice lace left in the glass. The crown of the splash remained with larger bubbles longer than the other microscopic bubbles.

Smell: sweet, musky, esthery. Hints of pine. Resin and citrus.

Taste: milky hops with a bitter finish, but also smooth and warm.

Feel: bubbly, smooth

Overall: delicious - a bit stronger and more bitter than I would prefer, but with lots of great qualities to round it out.

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4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Other reviews are spot on, pours a golden honey color, smell of pines, grapefruit, and strong hops. Taste is extremely clean with a hoppy finish that isn't as bitter as the IBU's suggest. Very well brewed beer, and is my go to IPA.

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

This beer is still great. I've been drinking it for years and it has more than held up. It's got fantastic hop flavor and aroma with a malt backbone that is legit. Also at 9% ABV it works.

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Photo of theopholis
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours crystal clear pale honey with a very creamy 2 inch head. Head fades fairly quickly to a tight, white cap. Nice lacing.

S - Smells of pine, hops, with a nice undercurrent of earthiness.

T - Very nice, well-balanced melange of Flavor and buttering hops with some pineiness and that earthiness that I love so much. Then aftertaste is a nice balance of residual malt sweetness and the last remnants of the hop earthiness.

S - good carbonation level, medium body, bit of an oily slipperiness at first that moves into a very slight dry, puckering finish.

D - Not my favorite DIPA, but probably in my top 5. Got it on draft at a sports bar.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Champagne's outside Detroit for $10.00 for a 4pk. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for 3mins before film out. Dark amber color and filtered clear

S- Oodles of hops and malt. Sickly sweet.

T- Lots of hops but a touch bitter. Good overall blend. Nice extra boil with the sugar makes this one sing in your mouth.

M- Dry but a touch creamy

O- Very good. Had this one before which is why I invested into a 4pk. Would like to try on tap. Will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This nice brew went very well with....... Spicy chicken stir fry with oyster sauce, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and sliced carrots. Throw some bean spouts on and it's a meal


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Photo of Shorthillsbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally managed to bring a couple of these back to Canada to indulge in. After admiring the the bronz/copper tones and big hop aroma, the taste was just what I needed, hops up front,malt in the middle, and hops on the sides, yet balanced and smooth, no boozy end flavors or astringent aftertaste. A Great beer to sip at and enjoy right down to the last drop.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber color with bright white head. Nose full of citrus, grapefruit and caramel malt. Taste followed - not as citrusy as some of the newer big hoppy beers but nicely balanced. Dry finish. A classic for sure.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a Amsterdam Boneshaker snifter. Purchased while cross border shopping but it worked out to like $3.50CDN per bottle. No freshness label given.

Appearance - Medium pour yielded a dark copper colored beer with just over one finger of sparkling fluffy white head. Very modest carbonation is made up for by great retention and a swath of lacing just plastered to the glass.

Smell - Big and boozy, plenty of hops, with a decadent caramel booziness with floral notes and roasted grain in the background.

Taste - Quite sweet, not quite cloying due to lots of malt, tastes like caramel with some floral hops up front too and the roasty grain in behind. Very tasty and well put together. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, despite 90 IBU's. Some heat arises as the alcohol content finally makes itself known. On the maltier side of DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and sticky and the flavors cling to your mouth and lips. Carbonation is slight and the body is very full.

Overall - An excellently crafted DIPA, that delivered everything I was expecting of it. I was hoping for more of a hop dominated DIPA, but this is smooth and a very easy sipper. Would happily purchase this frequently if available in Canada.

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Photo of Zonk
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely on the maltier side for a DIPA. Pours a light orange with thin head. Nose is a bit muted to me maybe because its less hop focused than similar brews. Resinous texture that comes off as sticky but not sweet. Orange and grapefruit notes.

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marvelous beer. Super drinkable, but definitely complexity in flavor. Not to hoppy for the "non-hop heads" and yet definitely not another "run of the mill IPA". This one stands out. Easy to get, and easy to drink, makes a definitely great brew.

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Photo of Hammertimeee1
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great taste with slight taste of Malt that does not linger in your mouth. A touch of grapefruit. Good foam and color. . This is a must have in everybody refig. Can't wait to try the 60 minute next!!!

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

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a glossy hazy pale orange color with a slim finger's worth of foamy to bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.
The smell had a sweet grapefruit with some extra lemon and a balanced caramel malt.
The taste was bittersweet fully all of the way.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to follow the DIPA style. Nice grapefruit - sweet to bitter edge rolls over my tongue.
Overall, good for the style, not sure why Esquire calls this the best IPA in the U.S. Hmmm...its good, I just don't see it being the best one. I still have so many IPA's to try in life.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer but to me it did not live up to the hype. I prefer 60 or 75 minute. Dogfish Head is hit or miss with me. As I said, 60 or 75 minute are both excellent brews but 90 or either version of Raison missed the mark.

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Photo of michaellabreche
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really was dissapointed with this beer. It smell like a normal american ipa. It feels really sticky. It taste a bit like licorce. hard to drink. I sadly bought a 4 pack

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy golden orange color with off white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy, caramel, pine, citrus fruits. taste is very similar to the aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,779 ratings.