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

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Ratings: 15,835 |  Reviews: 3,950
Photo of karst
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I seem to rating every thing lately fairly high. Thanks to Beer Advocate for turning me on to better brews or maybe I just like beer! A little darker color than 60 min with orange added to the rich gold of the 60 minute. It doesn't hold it head as high or up as long (maybe due to the higer 9% ABV ?) Hops strong and vedry pleasant - bitter and prickly on your tongue. I loved the heavier mouth feel of this Double IPA. The Malts were very well blended but more prominate that in the 60 min. IPA. I will drink one of these again, and again . . .

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Photo of FormatKid
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out a perfectly translucent body that is a ruddy copper in color. The head is slightly off-white, sticky and oily. Visible carbonation is sparse and fine. The nose is great, rich and sweet with pale malt, I believe the continual hopping process adds a "completeness" to the hops in the aroma. General bitter aromas, sweet apricot, citrus and rind, pine aromas....they're all here. When I drink the malts are sticky and sweet up front, dense bitterness quickly greets my palate as well. The apricot/tangerine flavors of the hops combined with the sweetness of the malt creates an almost candy-like experience. Again, I think the continual hopping process creates a nice complexity and completeness to the hop flavors as well as the aromas I noted earlier. I'm suprised more people have not experimented with the continual hopping process. Mouthfeel is perfect; gliding smoothly down, with enough gumption to make a solid impression. The finish is mildly dry with a teeny-tiny spicy peep of alcohol. A great balanced DIPA that hits you with a nice solid representation of all it's composing elements. I never had the opportunity to try the bottle conditioned 750's that everybody is always yapping about but if they were much better than this they must've been mind-blowing.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy copper-orange color with a tan head. The aroma is malty, bready and toasty with a citrus floral hop smell. The flavor is malty and pine resiny, with a juicy fruity hop taste. Medium in body and very drinkable for its strength. Nice, very nice.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light rust with a small white head. Not much retention but laces well. ( I notice that this is no longer bottle-conditioned. Oh well, my guess is that this is a measure to improve their QC.) Intense fresh hop bouquet of apricot, vanilla, and lime juice. Flavor starts with a fuzzy blast of bright flavors which then organize themselves into white pepper, pine tree, crushed aspirin, honey, and rum. Finishes thick, rather smooth, and a bit medicinal with a deep resiny oak.

Assuming that the DFH quality control is ok now and this is what the beer will continue to taste like, I will have this now and again because it is exciting. I think it needs polish and some special magic to it, but it is nonetheless neat.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy amber with a small head that didn’t hang around long. aroma hops, citrus and a little yeast. flavor hops and hints of oranges with some bitterness.mouth feel was smooth and and just the right amount of bitterness. this one I will drink again.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeper shade of amber with a fairly minimal head, but since i didnt watch the bartender pour the beer who knows if it was the beers fault or the bartenders. Nose is of Pine needles and sap, with a touch of floral notes. Taste is a pretty big hop blast. The Malt provides just enough backbone to keep the beer balanced. Tastes starts and finishs with lovely hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation to keep the beer from feeling heavy on the tongue. Drinkability is very high. Despite the ABV I would love to drink this all night.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 90 pours a cloudy orange marmelade color with a pillowy white head. The hops and citrus rise immediately to the nose, but there seems to be a bit of chocolate under it all--unusual for an IPA, I must say. The taste was sharp and piney, and as expected for a double, the alcohol very much in evidence (this accounts for the sweetness). The mouthfeel is medium. The more I drink of this, the better I like it. Clean and fresh. It warms the soul on a cold winter night.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a decently clear copper color with a nice white head. Leaves little spots of lacing. Nice slow moving carbonation as well.

Smell: The aroma is piney and citrusy, with a nice bready malt back. Mostly hops tho. Smells less hoppy than the 60 minute.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A suprisingly sweet malty presence hits at first. Almost caramel tasting. Hops then come around in the end, a little less than I thought they'd be. Decently balanced, but not enough. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, a little too chewy for an IPA.

Drinkability and Overall: A good IPA, but it seems a little overated. A nice taste and all, but not near as good as some of the other DIPA's I've head. Dogfish Head definitly has a way of taking things to the extreme. Although this beer is no exception, it's not as well rounded and unique as some of their other offerings.

Thanks to GClarkage for the sample. Cheers, buddy.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange colour and slightly hazy. It was topped by a thick off-white head that had excellent retention and left generous foam stuck to the side of the glass.

Smell: Some toasted and biscuit malt were evident, along with a bit of alcohol. Hops were dominant, mostly pine and citrus (similar to oranges) characters.

Taste: To start, there's a solid malt base with plenty of sweetness that provides balance for other flavours that show up along the way. Hop flavour is piney or resinous to start. At the mid-point, alcohol flavour and fruitiness appear. Hops become more dominant at the finish, mostly the cascade/citrus variety. The finish is actually quite mellow for the complexity of flavour with some alcohol warming and no astringency or overpowering bitterness. In fact, bitterness is well controlled and balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium/full body. Good smoothness of texture.

Drinkability: The high alcohol content and fullness of body make this unlikely for a session, but the balance and finish keep it quite drinkable.

Other notes: As it warms in the glass, the aroma changes substantially. The hop character dimishes somewhat and a vinous, alcohol aroma combined with ripe fruit appears.

12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date clearly printed on the label.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/07/04- Received from a fellow BA buddy Spinlock from his trip to Boston.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a bottling date of October 2004. Served in my Duvel chalice.

Appearance- Poured with a nice inch head and had very nice lacing. I nice dark golden, light amber coloring.

Smell- At first there was not much smell. I had to cover up the glass with both hands and sneak my nose in to catch a scent. When I did I smelled nice candied sweetness. Maybe a tad bit of alcohol also.

Taste- Much sweeter than I expected. I've only had a few double IPA's and none of them were very sweet. So, this was a new taste experience for me. A nice amount of hops that was toned down due to the mellow sweetness of the beer. A nice warming sensation comes over me.

Mouthfeel- A decent amount of thinkness and very little carbonation. Goes down super smooth.

Drinkability- After it's all said and done you can feel the alcohol presence, but over all is a very drinkable beer. Thanks so much for the 4-pack Pete! Damn good beer.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head? Odd name..

Pours a lovely amber, with a thick off white head that laces well. Smell was at least 90 minutes worth of hops, with some fruity esters. Taste - Wow this is highly hopped! somehow crisp and smooth at once, very enjoyable and the high ABV isn't noticeable at all. Very smooth silky mouthfeel, I could drink this all night... and I probably will.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.11/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My roommate and I split a 4-pack of this Dogfish IPA in celebration of one last bit of sanity before finals, and at $12.99 per 4-pack, I'd say that splitting it with someone else is a rather good idea!

It poured a honey amber color, highlighted with gold. A thin but nice-looking pale peach head was present, but only for a few minutes.

The smell is mostly a very sweet peach-apricot scent with just the slightest bit of caramel. There is a nice earthy smell in there somewhere, and hops are present, but not overpoweringly so.

It tastes of grains and a nice jolt of citrus, soon to be followed by a strong taste of alcohol (which, at 9.00% is no surprise). Hops are far more noticeable in taste than in smell.

The mouthfeel is good, as the carbonation plays lightly at the tongue. Almost a little too much carbonation for me, but its probably fine for most.

This 90-minute IPA is definitely drinkable, but one must be wary of the alcohol content. After one bottle, I can feel it a little!

All in all, this is a great beer. Probably not a staple beer in my place, but I'd welcome this beer as a great deviation from the norm.

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Photo of tweeder263
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum,,the mothers milk. Pours out a hazy amber with a one finger head.Head dissipates but not before leaving a nice lace.Smell :HOPS! and plenty of em also a slightly sweet smell. Taste wonderfully balanced,very hoppy but has enough malt to keep em in check.One of my first introductions to IPA's and one of my faves. Mouthfeel is good alcohol barely noticable but at 9.0% they will sneak up on you.

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Photo of shirfan
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden with a long lasting, lacy off-white head.

Aroma is an enticing mixture of pine sap, pine needles, pine sawdust and warm earthy malt. Almost a smoky note.

Taste actually is carried by a biscuity malt flavor before hops bounce all around the palate without being strongly bitter. Pine predominates, with nuttiness, a hint of whiskey without the burn, and then yet more piney hops.

Balanced so well, this could pass for a mild ale if it wasn't for the warming that appears near the finish.

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Photo of alexAK
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an almost golden orange with perhaps a hint of honey. Head retention was average, yet very foamy.

Aroma was very strong but not overwhelming, hinting at the complexity of the hops.

But it was the taste that blew me away, Very full w/ nary a hint of bitterness. A touch of sweetness...just enough to keep all the elemtents in balance. Handed a sample to a wine-drinking friend and he was very impressed.

While not being overly exceptional, the mouthfeel detracted nothing from the experience and was overall very solid. And if you asked me, I'd never guess that this beer was 9 % by volume, so it's fair to say that it's very drinkable.

I only wish this beer was more available in the town where I go to school.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish brown colour into a tulip glass, forming a huge head. It smelled fruity with a hint of chocolate. The chocolate grew stronger as it warmed.

It was quite bitter (not in a bad way) with a piney finish.

I'd not hesitate to have another one of these.

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

Brightly polished tangerine-amber with honey colored accents, topped by a thick, creamy head of rich ivory that is tacky enough to stick around, seemingly indefinitely, and to leave an impressive lace legacy when it eventually departs.

Even though the brewery calls it an IPA, there's little doubt that 90 Minute is a DIPA and a good one. The nose is full of bright, brassy citric hops with a sweet caramel maltiness swirled into the mix. Specific fruits include orange, grapefruit and apricot.

This is definitely powerful stuff. Some breweries create DIPAs with a relative emphasis on malt so that there's as much caramel flavor as hoppiness. Others place a relative emphasis on hops in order to produce a tongue-shredding, bitter, explosive hop monster. This beer looks like the latter, but tastes like the former. Trouble is, I prefer the latter.

There's still a lot to like here. The flavor profile is an amalgam of melted caramel, fermented pine sap, concentrated essence of oily citrus peel and alcohol. The alcohol masking--like a few other DFH beers that I've had--is more like those small black 'eye masks' than a full-faced Godzilla mask. That is, it's not that hard to appreciate what's underneath.

Maybe this is an old bottle (although I don't believe that it is) and the hops have softened too much. Running it through Randall the Enamel Animal should fix it right up, but I don't have one handy at the moment. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is still good-very good beer, but it doesn't quite crack my upper tier.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearnce: a very appealing pour...clear golden-orange with a foamy, medium off-white head. as clear as apple juice.

Smell: hoppy and sweet. plenty over-ripened fruits...apricot, peach and bitter orange peel. oozing of hop.

Taste: sweet off the top with a cotton candy like fluffiness. orange peel and again, ripe aprcots. the sweetness maintains its staying power while giving way to some serious hop bitterness. the combine nicely and offer up a well balanced and big palate. both the fruity sweetness and hop bitterness linger nice and long and the maltiness is present too although hidden beneath it all.

Mouthfeel: some fuzziness to the mouthfeel. smoothes out mid sip and generally has a light to medium body character. very easy going down.

Drinkability: i feel like im not even getting the 9% abv here. The easy drinking combo of fruitiness and hop galore simply pleases my palate to no end. I feel like I could have 12 of these over a day. Simply a great IPA. Loved it.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $2 and change for a single...

The appearence pours a cloudy-hazy brown base with a huge white head, nice retention and very nice lacing to follow. The smell was a little weak, you can smell a nice compelation of hops, that's it.

The taste is pretty smooth, nice hops and malt blend with a touch of alcohol. The M&D are up there; extremely smooth on the palette, a tocuh of alcohol from the delivery, as for the 9% abv you'll feel it, quickly.

Final Thought: On prior forums, one might say this is a novelty; but hey, it works for me, and after one I'm nicely buzzed.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bottle has freshness marking - this beer is only a month or two old. Thick creamy head forms (and remains) on the pour. Color is light amber - great for an IPA of any sort.

Smell - Mild hop and malt aroma present. The smell is difficult to characterize. I was expecting something that would knock me over, but this beer did not do that. The bottle says that the beer is dry hopped, but the hop nose is largely missing. Maybe there is something wrong with my nose. Please consider how other reviewers have picked up on the aromas in this beer.

Taste - This one is a hop bitterness explosion! However, balance with the malt is good, and there is also a hop aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Alcoholic warmth sort of sneaks into the aftertaste as well. There is also characteristic ale fruitiness present here.

Mouthfeel - This beer has sort of a thick, almost syrupy feel to it. This seems appropriate for the style. The thickness also makes the beer more of a challenge to drink and enjoy. Novice craft brew drinkers should try the 60 Minute IPA first.

Drinkability - Stylistically, this beer is probably right on the mark. The thick mouthfeel makes the beer a bit difficult to drink at first. I got used to it through the course of the beer. Now that I know what to expect, I would like another. Experienced "big" beer drinkers should love this one.

Comments - I consider myself a hophead, and I really like this beer. Possible downside: if you are a relative lightweight like me, you cannot finish too many of these in one evening. Watch out! The 9% alcohol sneaks up on you quickly.

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Photo of Ego
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

out of a bottle I was impressed with this beer. after having the 120min on tap I was a bit remiss to try this one... my mistake. it smells hoppy and full of alcohol.. and it is. very clean sharp image on eye balling, after being underwhelmed by the 60 min ipa this one is a winner. It carries the weight of the style better than most especially in a wide glass (and the hops are the winner here). Great hops nose and actually clings to the glass way lighter than it actually is. Smells like some belgians but has the great american hops kick. The carbonation is just right for me but a may be a bit much for the style if you want to be picky. Bottom line? solid beer with a big nose, big alcohol and sneaky flavor for drinkability. An excellent IPA for sure.

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Photo of carln26
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color with a thick, rich cream colored head, and a thin lace draped on the pint glass. Deep floral hop character in the aroma with bits of pine resin, and a light citrus bite. The floral/pine character bursts in your mouth as soon as the beer hits your tongue. The citrus hits half way through, and just a hint of malt, and a slight burst of alcohol come on the finish. Wow, more hops as I sit and think about the flavor profile. Nice medium to light mouth feel, and a great drinkability, even with this high alcohol content. This was my first BIG IPA, and is still one of my favorites.

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Photo of markman
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA…2002, 750 ml, ”…now available in this handy economy size”: Economics hell, damn thing got lost in my blivet.

Nose is hops, oh the hops! Visual is iced tea…sans ice. And not “sweet tea”, since my mom was from Jersey…but, I digress.

Slick oily mouthfeel…lost some of the hop bite over the 2 ½ years of cellaring, but no matter. Still, a stellar Imperial IPA, but not over-the-top like a fresh version. Hints of grapefruit rind…maybe more than a hint, how about a whack upside the head. A rye bite rears up as it warms. Very quaffable, and a perfect accompaniment to watching UGA squeak (!!!!) one out against USC (University of South Carolina for my Left Coast brethren).

Not as balanced as it could be…hop bitterness is there, but balance is waning.

Still, Dawgs and hops…like butta’.


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Photo of SetarconeX
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visually, almost everything you could want out of an IPA, if a tad syrupy looking. Nice, reddish color, and a head that sticks around for a little while. The smell is unusually sweet, which is the first thing you notice on your taste, along with an odd sweet-citrusy flavor. Thought that this brew was about the hops, not the citrus.

Not that I'm complaining, the hops are definately there too, and the sweetness adds an unexpected complexity. This brew's almost refreshing, in its way. Nothing like the heavy hop slap I've come to expect from IPA's. Much more drinkable than I thought it would be. Good beer. Give it a taste.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this great beer at Smokeless Joe's. Ive been waiting so long to sample it and it finally came to Toronto.... awesome.

It pours a brassy orange color with a moderate bristly head that leaves a great web of lace. The aroma is a compendium of hops. Theres citrusy, earthy, woody, piney and floral hop notes in the nose. A competent malt backbone is also very evident. The taste begins with a smack of hoppy bitterness which quickly turns resiny and herbal and then citrusy in the middle. Malt flavors also become prominent in the middle. In the finish the whole mass of hops becomes incredibly citrusy - like grapefruit rinds and mix with the bready malt flavors very well. The aftertaste is very bitter and complex, with all the different hop flavors lingering. The mouthfeel is resiny from hops and very thick. The alcohol content is completely hidden behind the hop assault. This is one hell of a good beer.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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