90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA
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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American 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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Ratings: 16,010 |  Reviews: 3,979
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique experience from beginning throughout. Citrus aroma. Dark orange color. Bit of lace for attractiveness. Hop attack on tongue and bitterness on palate. Unique mellower finish, after all those bubbles. Very drinkable.
Resampled in March 2005 same ranking, more pine aroma.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

how have I never reviewed the 90? this was an old standby for a number of years when I was back east, but I guess the Colorado market has got me distracted. picked up my first 4 pack in ages, and I just love it. almost forgot how good it is. pours a perfectly clear radiant copper color, lighter than that really, but not red enough to be amber, like medium maple syrup. the head is a few inches at first, but relaxes to just a quarter inch of white lace, although its easily fired back up with a shake of the glass. nose is sweeter resinous hops, bits of pine, and sticky dankness like fine bud. American light toasted malt as well, with a touch of alcohol for good measure. flavor is hop heavy, but again the sweeter rather than the bitter. I get some malt sweetness too, but most of it comes from the hops, oily as hell. just enough grain to balance it out. long finish, alcohol is barely present. I could stand a little more carbonation on this, but its not flat, its just personal preference for me. feels a touch heavy in that way, but its more so when its warmer. ice cold its epic, just doesn't drink too fast. fuller bodied, I think a 4 pack is the exactly correct dose on this. one of the pioneering big india pales, still up to snuff.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2 finger thick foam head. Lots of lace. Light amber with straw and crimson hues.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit. Sweet malt and some spice.

T: Few beers have the same complexity that is so well demarcated from the front end, middle to finish as this beer. Up front sweet malt/caramel. This transfers to citrus, mostly pineapple and grapefruit. Finishes with mild pine and hop bitterness leaving a sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am not surre if the taste could get any better honestly. This has to be the best tasting beer I have had.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear pale honey with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to an oily cap. There are a few sticky rings of lacing.

S - Smells of pine hops, hints of coffee/espresso, and an alcohol sharpness.

T - Pine hops are dominant at the beginning with a toasty coffee essence that comes next. There is a sweet aftertaste on the finish.

S - This one was somewhat flat. Beer was creamy but I think this was more due to the flatness.

D - This beer is OK but I was expecting more from it. I might have gotten a bad bottle (I purchased a single). I don't think that I would try this one again.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So freaking good! This IPA doesn't mess around. The brew is a deep copper color with an intense hop aroma that is unrelenting from start to finish. The flavors are so refreshing, Citrus, Pine, amongst many other types of bitter flavors just flooding this beer. The hop flavors are fresh and juicy, which make this such a treat to drink. The head doesn't stick around for a long while but it does have a nice lacing down the glass with every sip you take. There is no mistake that this beer is truly a gem. I must try for any hophead!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's nice to see that I'm a member of the flock here....no question about this one...a winner. I hate to simply be a member of the loud majority here but there's no getting around it for this one.

Nice honey color with white head. Lovely fresh flower nose with a pleasant hop character.

Wonderful hop balance with assertive and pleasant flavors of fruit and malt. Undertones of sweet malt in back palate.

Actually a beer big on hops but with nice balance, flavors and fruit and malt characteristics; quite complex and very attractive.

Clean, crisp hop/malt finish. An all around winner.

9% abv. This is 1 of 21 DFH beers tasted 6/13/09 in Los Angeles.

Pours a dark honey color. Assertive fruit and chocolate nose.

Full, rich mouthfeel with big flavors. Big full sweet malt and carmel flavors with a big full carmel-malt and bitter hop finish that lingers.

A serious IPA big in all respects. Full of character, style, richness and flavors and a wonderful whiskey finish.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; hints of caramel malts are also evident.
T: A strong amount of bitterness from the hops really stands out in the overall taste, although this is balanced to some degree by the underlying malts so it isn't overpowering. The finish is rather bitter and some hints of alcohol are present in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: For the most part, the alcohol is well masked, which makes this beer not that difficult to drink.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a Yoke's in the Tri-Cities, WA, last fall. I've been saving it for some reason, mostly because all my beer-drinking attention of late has been directed at the wonderful local seasonals. Now that we've got a cool, rainy day, at the beginning of August no less, time to let this dog out...

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper colour, with an inch of sticky, bubbly head, that takes a few minutes to disappear. Looks like a consummate IPA. The smell is very malty, with a background essence of citrus-aroma hops. A bit of heat in there too. The taste is very heavy on the sweet, molasses side, until the follow through on the finish, where the sides of my mouth perked up to the latent hop character in the balancing act that is this beer. I think the hops may have quieted down a fair bit in this bottle, which is over a year old, the majority of that time being in my fridge. Nonetheless, this is a big beer, which comes together fairly nicely overall, for its elevated alcohol. It definitely becomes nice and smooth once the constituent flavours have had a chance to mingle.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see this beer got a lot of hype so I bought a single of it. I thought it was a good beer overall, but nothing too spectacular. I've had a handful of better tasting/more balanced DIPA's in my opinion but maybe its just me. Tastes very complex and isn't as hoppy as some other DIPA's out there which makes it a bit tougher in the drinkability department. Overall though it's much better than average, but I don't know about being an excellent beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange rind, herbal, floral, pine, caramel, biscuit, mango, peach, toast, and earthiness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, toast, biscuit, peach, mango, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of smooth and spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, pine, peach, mango, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of pronounced caramel and toasty malt sweetness, with smoothly bitter hop flavors; very good flavor complexity and balance as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a pretty creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA. The English two row adds a nice unique dimension to the flavor profile; and it has a very smooth balance of hoppiness with the malt profile. Highly enjoyable, and I am glad I was able to get this really fresh for this re-review after not having had this one for a couple years.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate; I've heard this hyped up by reliable friends, but it's also me least favourite style.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - especially for the ABV. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Strong bittering hops are dominant. Little else trickles in. Moderate strength aroma. It's pleasant and welcome.

T: Bittering hops are pleasant and nice, but restrained enough to avoid destroying the flavour. The light barley base is nice and unobtrusive. It's decently built but rather simple. It's certainly well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. Nicely complementary.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, and decently priced as an import to the opposite coast. I like it and would try it on draught, but it doesn't live up to the hype. That said, IPAs are me least favourite style but this one is nice.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best beers out there. Understand why it's about the best IPA in America.

Aroma: Fruits abound everywhere. Citrus fruits, dark fruits, spicy fruits. Definate bittering hops and added spices consequently. Mouth watering to tge smell. Mild tones of ethynol for a high alcoholic beer.

Appearance: Deep coppers, oranges, rust, and browns. Just off from clear (always makes things interesting). Nice off white head rose to about and inch and remained. Medium dense head that laced well. Also a nice cling to the glass as I swirled it around.

Taste: An aggressive blend of malts and hops. Very powering imediately. Malts pick up a lot of caramels, coconuts, other nuts, hints of brown sugar and deep fruits (figs?). Spiced up from multiple varieties of hops--fused well into the malts. Full and rich through the body, releasing multiple flavors as it crosses the palate. Picking up the bittering hops, spices, and citrus at it travels. Finishes full and moist. Most definately alcoholic. Polishes the palate very well.

Aftertaste: delicate balance of lingering malts, hops, and spice. Also develops over the course of a few minutes. Not terribly dry for a 9%er.

Impression: A well balanced, well aged IIPA. Very complex and satisfying. There is a flavor in there for all beer lovers. One worth stocking the frige with.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle.

Into a fluted Ommegang glass, a good pour results in two fingers of foam and a convex puff that threatens to spill over. High-clarity reddish amber jewel tone.

Aroma is fairly subdued, a bit herbal and vegetal, with some underlying citrus like dried grapefruit rinds.

Lush mouthfeel, palate-coating and fully enveloping.That's really it's finest quality. Slightly sticky sweet. Strong and dry in the finish, a little spicy, more than a hint of the high abv. There's an underlying chalky & herbal aftertaste. The flavor has the obligatory pine and citrus, certainly full-flavored, but not pushing the envelope to me. It's huge and hoppy, but doesn't stand above the pack of other IIPA's out there.

2nd bottle: 10/07 bottling date, same review applies. 12/07

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