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90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

3,825 Reviews
90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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Reviews: 3,825 | Ratings: 15,183
Photo of HeadyTopperLover
3.09/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have to rate this as an IPA that fails the most important of all tasting tests. That is that you undeniably smell and taste the alcohol. To me this ruins the whole experience and I'm not liking the beer. Dogfish 60 minute is much better.

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Photo of RABouffard
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into tulip. Pleasent tropical fruit hop charecter with a toasty (perhaps too toasty) malt backbone. A little bit of grapey booziness on the very end. Good beer but perhaps a bit overrated. Would love this beer if the malt charecter was just slightly less roasty.

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

Second IPA I've tried and I really enjoyed this one as well. Like I've said in other reviews, I'm by no means an expert but if you're looking to try and IPA, I'd give this one a go. I could see myself getting this one in the future for sure. The hoppiness is there for sure and it's got a nice flavor to it.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter. It poured an orange-bronze color with one finger of foamy, egg-white head and extensive lacing. It smells of sweet malt, orange peel, and resinous hops. The taste is a nice blend of malt and hops: it features bready malt, sweet fruit, brown sugar, and hops. There is a slight bitterness at the finish but overall the hops don't bite. You can also taste the booze. This ale has a nice thick body, is moderately carbonated, and the 9% ABV packs a punch. Overall, this is one of the best "malty" IPA's available. I don't drink it a lot but when I do I enjoy it!

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear amber. Aroma is hoppy, alcohol sweet, orange peel? Taste is along those lines, I think this beer excels in its balance. Bitter hoppiness, slight booze, malt and pine, none of this overpowering. Even throughout, citrus, and it's stronger than it feels. Astringent stickiness on the tongue in the aftertaste. Hops without the bad part of being too hoppy. You know, you dodged a bullet. Now I get it.

I've had better IIPAs, but for now let's call it the best gateway Imperial IPA ever.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a clear copper, nice white frothy head with excellent lacing. The aroma has plenty of resinous hops character, with hints of tropical fruit such as mangos and peaches. No malt backbone detected in the aroma. With the taste, talk about a 360 degree turn with the "no malt" detection. Pretty much all I'm getting with the taste. Hints of resinous hops, but the sweet biscuit like malt is the showcase. Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but the malt profile still is mouth coating. Overall, not a bad beer that's apparently accessible in many parts of the world.

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Photo of mickyge
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No a bad DPIA a little on the fruity side, crisp mouth feel. Slightly bitter finish and a bit boozey at the end. I liked it but the higher abv, 9 %, caught me off guard.

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

L- Hazy orange

S- peach, orange, fruity flavors

T- slightly boozy, brown sugar, malty, peaches. We'll balanced beer.

F- stays on the tongue a little

O- well balanced, smooth, crisp, delicious. World class

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Photo of GStone899
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated IPA that pours amber with moderate head. Sweet taste with dark fruits, definite brown sugar and rich malts. Piney aftertaste that is well balanced. 9% alcohol? Can't taste it. That's scary.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/19/15 so not very fresh (but glad to have it in Europe at all). This definitely an experience and I wouldn't rate it as a dipa because it doesn't have the profil. It's mostly on the dark fruits and the brown sugar from the malts. There is a load of pine and citrus hops. The toffee smell van make you think that's sweet but it's quite dry and balanced. Unique.

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Photo of Riff
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Poured out a copper color with an off white head about two fingers thick that slowly dissolved. Smells primarily of bread from the malts with a hint of pine to it. Flavor follows being primarily malt heavy with a little pine from the hops following. Flavor lingered a little, again mostly the malt. Didn't notice much bitterness from the hops or really much hop flavor as is. Feel is light with no carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but not one I think I'll pick up again, too heavy on the malt for this style.

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Photo of ronjohn
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

as perfect as an IPA gets. perfect balance of malt and hops, bitter and sweet. subtle and strong. "it's like a party in your mouth." There are many beers that I enjoy - this one puts most of those to shame.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I get to be one of those negative reviewers. This beer gets a ton of hype but it really does not live up to it when compared to other IIPAs/DIPAs. First off, it is not balanced. The malts overpower the hops in the smell, foretaste, and midtaste. Only in the aftertaste do I get anything that resembles the sweet stickey pineyness of hops. What does that mean in the grand scheme of things? The color is spectacular but it is just an unbalanced average beer, favoring the malt side of the scale which I do not prefer. After about 30 minutes sipping, smell resembles alcohol. It know it's a 9+ percenter but other DIPAs certainly mask it much better in the aromatics and taste.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bronzy gold color with an abundant off-white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Nose of woodsy, resinous hops, but not too strong, with a definite malty presence as well. Taste: a double IPA that is malt-dominant? Hops emerge from the malt as the taste evolves, but this was not a "hops forward" IPA, even though the hops are obvious and tasty. The flavor is more of a back-and-forth duet between malt and hops, both making delightful contributions. Mouthfeel a little slick, moderatly sudsy as good IPAs often are. A great beer.

Bottled 3/30/2016, per the bottle stamp.

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Photo of jeffrx
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great aroma and a very strong, yet enjoyable beer. I can't find anything I don't like about it. The bitterness and high ABV are not that prominent. A few of these will really sneak up on you. A slow sipper for sure.

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Photo of PearlJam420
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I recently picked up a 4 pack at Somerset Liquors. It had been a while since I've had a 90. I'm not sure if the batch I had was super fresh or if DogFish changed something about this beer. Whatever it is, this was more delicious then I remembered. You can't go wrong with this one folks. Outstanding!

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Photo of Flickerdart
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Beer is translucent brilliant amber with half a finger of head, which quickly subsides.

Smell is malty with hints of rye. Hops are just a hint, evident only after vigorous swirling.

Taste is unexpected for something that calls itself an IPA - there is hop bitterness up front, but the lingering taste is almost biscuity. I wouldn't say malty - malts are sweeter, this is not exactly that. The mouthfeel is not very exciting - carbonation is average, it's neither chewy nor especially smooth. You can definitely taste the alcohol - there's something of a barleywine taste to it.

Overall, it's very interesting, but doesn't rise much above that for me.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At 15k ratings and 10% above the #2 in a style, I'm not going to add much. Plus, I should add that this is hard style for senior citizens like me to get used to... or at least drink the whole thing by myself.
Bottom-line: too much hops and alcohol.

This is listed on the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die." You decide if it deserves to be there. I'm biased.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Copper, a little hazy
S: Orange/Lemon peels, Medium malts, caramel
T: So gooood. Floral hops, orange, perfectly balanced light-medium malts. No bitterness at all
F: Feels light, very refreshing, just disappears into your throat. No unwanted carbonation.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From an undated bottle. Pours a bright orange color with a half finger of head. Smell is very malt heavy with a hint of hops. Light and well carbonated feel. Malt-forward taste with a finish of hop bitterness. Very good IPA, and the malt forward approach makes this one stand out from the crowded field of hop-dominated IPAs.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with a one finger fluffy white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, caramel malt, and light bitterness with some alcohol. Mouthfeel is syrupy and almost chewy, but not all the way. Overall, this is a very nice imperial ipa that goes down easy for its strength, however it reminds you there is a good bit of alcohol there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in that dark gold color, 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma came off more barley than hops.

Taste, sweet. Its a pretty standard beer, which is a surprise for DFH. There's some hops and bitterness that clearly establish this as an ipa. There isn't a bunch of weird adjuncts. Some pine, a ton of malt and caramel.

I don't really know that bragging about a long hop boil is all that anyways.

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Photo of LagersAles
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated March 16 2016...finally some relatively fresh beer.
Copper orange in colour, well filtered, with a thin white head that dissipates in a few minutes.
Smells of simple malt and herbally earthy hops. No tropical and not much citrus to speak of. Easily distinguished as an imperial beer by its thick boozy, caramelly sweet feel. It's been a while since I've had 90min, and frankly I'm disappointed. It's good but not great. Spoiled by too many Vermont and west coast tropical fruity hop bombs I suppose. If you're not into that, and like the malty, potent ales, this may be the one for you

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

One of my go to DIPA's. Pours a copper gold with beige head. Nose picks up in, malts, papaya, hops.. Taste follows the nose. Flavors are almost perfectly in balance. A little more malt presence. Boozy finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat sticky and oily. One of my favorite treats. Heads and shoulders above most DIPA's I've had. A plus is that it's easily available.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much more drinkable than the average double IPA that puts an emphasis on a sweet malt flavor. Usually I'm not a fan of that style, but it all blends together pretty well here.

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