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

It started off w/ a nice pour that immediatly gave off a heavy hop aroma. The color was nearly as dark as the bottle which automatically interested me. The flavor starts off a little sweet and is followed up w/ an awesome hop after taste. This was definetly better than the 60 Minute which seemed less refined. The label stood out in the crowd and gives you a pretty good explanation of what you can expect from theis beer. Dogfish has done it again!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rose and Raindrop in Portland! Its a privelage having such a luminous East Coast guest tap here in the rose City. My glass of 90 Minute was a clear, light but vibrant red-orange color and had a fine blanketing white head. The smell was loaded with lovely floral hops, numerous citrus notes, and sweet malt undertones...well done. The taste however, was phenomenal. I experienced light sweet honey and peach/nectarine-like maltiness which melded harmoniously with assertive and crisp bitterness. The bitterness isn't near the 100 IBU mark at all, but it is big. The citrusy nose, lightly sweet malts, and the level of bitterness are tuned to each other perfectly. On top of this, the mouthfeel was perfect: full and very silky...wow. I was blown away. I have tried the bottled version, both 750ml (nail man) and small bottles, in the past, but I don't remember it being quite this good. All of the above made for a highly drinkable brew, as the sweetness was well in check, and there was no sign of alcohol. Big flavors but not out of control big. Simply amazing. I think it should be dubbed "The Nectar of the Gods".

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

Here we have a transluscent orange/gold beer with a small head. The aroma is citrusy with a prominent scent of orange peels. The taste is sweet, malty, with orange peels, alcohol and hints of grapefruit. It is not as overpoweringly bitter as I had originally expected, instead it is maltier than I had thought it would be, even a bit chewey. It had a good bitter finish and pleasant aftertaste. I am not an IPA fan, but I found this one to be very drinkable.

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Photo of pheurton
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz size: clear copper gold with an eggshell colored head that has the ability to stick around. sheets of lace coat the glass - awesome. pungent floral hops and solvent alcohol on the nose. smells boozy. oily, syrupy mouthfeel. momentary flash of syrupy malty graininess followed by a piercing floral hop smash to the face. underlying butteriness. hop character is unique, not nearly as piney or citrus-like as some of the west coast versions. alcohol stings the tounge and warms the throat. earthy and floral hop aftertaste, with a highly aggresive and lingering bitterness.

as far as imperial ipa's go, this one doesn't do it for me. hop flavor is one-dimensional and leans towards raw bitterness rather than a softer, more complex flavor. too alcoholic and punishingly bitter.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA all around. Dead on mouthfeel with medium orange amber cloudy body, lively carbonation, and strong hoppy aroma. The hops do not overpower the malty goodness. Very juicy citric hop bitterness (grapefruit and orange rinds). The yeast acts as a softening influence to round out the taste. The 9 percent alcohol so well hidden, this would be a dangerous brew for me if it was available locally. This is now my second favorite beer behind Sweetwater IPA from my hometown, Atlanta. Thanks sulldaddy for the trade.

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

Poured a partially hazy orange color with a nice sized head. Lacing was produced during the drink. The aroma was very pleasant as strong floral tones were matched only by the sweetness of the malt.

The flavor was bold as the hops were all over the tastebuds, but were also balance with a thick malt. Some orange was detected during the taste but was minor to the hops and malt. The malt rode the tongue long, and the only thing that outran it was the bitterness. Bitterness was evident 2 minutes after swallowing.

The alcohol was noticable, and this is not a session beer. Try one and your tongue will be happy for a while.

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

It pours an orangey amber, pretty much the color of honey, hazy and translucent. There's a moderate off-white head, not a whole lot mind you, that quickly settles to thin wisps of bubbles and dainty foam. It laces looking like little cirrus clouds that fade to dots.

First in the aroma is the hops, heavy in citrus fruit and floral and piney. Coexisting nicely is the distinct malt sweetness and some caramel. The aroma is a harbinger of the coming overall fullness and balance.

The hops flavor is a more mild citrus with similarly light floral notes, but the complete hops picture is huge. They slug it out with the prodigious degree of malt sweetness. There's an alcohol presence here that becomes more poignant as the beer warms, making you realize too late just how much alcohol you've already taken in. It finishes with a dry hop sensation as much as flavor, along with a distant note of what I could only call vanilla.

It's medium bodied and coats fully and lingeringly. The malt essense feels chewy in your mouth, and there's a hop tingle as a reminder.

One word...Wow! Like two Titans, the hops go head to head with the malt, but unlike a more literal battle, in this one the two deign to live in a wonderful harmony and blissful balance. This is one very big full beer, not overly complex, with with such strong characteristics and hop/malt combo that you wonder if it was engineered instead of brewed. I like it a lot, and despite its powerful aura, I want to drink a lot, but that high ABV lurks, and once it makes itself known, as much as one beer begs another, common sense dictates that you give this one some respect and ease down.

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

Appearance: Copper amber-orange pour capped with a frothy off-white head that leaves creamy lace.
Smell: Spicy, citrus/floral hops. Big whiff of alcohol. Sweet caramel malt. Yeasty/earthy notes.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy, sweet medium-full bodied malt to start, tight/crisp, almost fizzy carbonation at the top. Slick hop oils and puckery floral and dry hop bitterness/citrus dryness in the finish. Soothing and eventually numbing alcohol warmth.
Drinkability: A great IPA style-wise, only the ABV makes it tough to enjoy more than one or two in a session.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like its draft version this is a decent IPA, but not a great one. This brew lacked appearance and again surprised me by the relative lack of hops aroma as I really expected to be impressed on this measure, which may be more due to acohol content than the hopping quotient. The look on my glass was mid-amber, slightly hazy, with a lazy white head and insignificant lacing. A good taste is had from the citrus hopping and is of a grapefruit and rind nature, followed by some caramel kicking in at the finish. Pleasant mouthfeel and drinkability make this worthwhile as an IPA selection.

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

This may be the best beer I've had in the hop-till-you-drop category. The color and head are great. The smell is also very good. The balance is exceptional. The hops, malt and alcohol are all cranked up to 10. It is incredibly drinkable but the strength is dangerously masked. Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of Edwin
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in bottle at Kclinger's Publik House.

Appearance: An awesome looking amber/dark orange color. Good head at first, which fades away into a nice thin layer on top as it warms up a bit.

Smell: Hops, pine, some citrus. An exceptional smell. that actualy made me hungry.

Taste: An absolutely heavenly taste. HOPS bowl you over with some malt and citrus flavor. Almost like the 60 minute on Steroids. This is one full-bodied and great-tasting beer that will bowl you over with flavor and character.

Mouthfeel: Feels good going down. A little bit of an alcohol tinge on the tongue, but nothing offensive.

Drinkability: I could easily have 2 or 3 in a sitting, but then the alcohol would start to do the talking. This is not an all-night beer, but it is a great beer for sampling or sitting at home while enjoying a movie or game.

Try this beer if you can get it. You will thank yourself for it. Easily one of the best IPAs out there and one of the best overall beers.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the big bottle...

IT'S ALIVE! Popping the cork, I quickly poured into my stubbie pilsner glass. I have a glass of head. Out to the kitchen, fetch the weiss glass. Pour briskly. A much bigger glass of head. Cascading bubbles which would do Guinness proud.

Fortunately, things are settling into an orange-gold body with a bit of chill haze, a big frothy white head, and some of the best lacing I've ever seen. Of course, I now have two half glasses of beer, and I haven't had a drop.

Aroma has some nice clean grapefruit, but it is surprisingly subdued. Not the overpowering grove I was expecting. A couple long pulls, and I am surprised again. There is actually balance present. A solid bedrock of malt rolls thru the mouth first, and then the hops arrive, coating the tongue with a pleasant but not biting bitterness. It is thick and rich, and while there is a tingle in the wake, you are not puckered.

I'm not sure of the age of this bottle. DFH was kind enough to notch the month, but skipped the year. I'll have to check with Yen. But at any age, 90 Minute IPA is worth your time.

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Photo of steelreign
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

... I am somewhat shocked and at a loss for words. This is the finest in IPA's, suffice to say. This has what the rest does not (typically) which is a balance that is perfect of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Both are very prominent, and the alcohol is very well hidden. All I can say is, if you're a fan of the style, you would be hard pressed to find another better than this. On draft, it's even better!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque amber with a spit thin low white head.
Massive amount of hoppy spicyness shoots through the nostrils like a chariot pulled by lightening bolts.
The flavor is the most intense citrus and carmel blend I have ever had.
Slick alcohol makes this babe as slippery as a dolphine. For all this bitterness and hopiness there is no harshness. This is a beauty.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Superpower hops geniously balanced with superpower malt. Unlike many IPA's, Dogfish's 90-minute will not clobber you with hops... it clobbers you with hops and malt. This is the ultimate IPA.

Realbeer.com (sorry to plug another site Jason/Todd, we all know you're the tops!) has a tournament of beers. 90-minute IPA bested (in order): Bell's Two-Hearted, Arrogant Bastard, Victory Hop-Devil, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Grant's Scottish Ale, and Alaskan Smoked Porter to win the entire tournament. It was well-deserved.

If you drink only one beer this month, this should be the one.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. Poured a hazy amber color with a big lumpy whitish head that faded grudgingly and left large clumps of itself sticking to the glass.
The smell was quite different from most other IPA’s I had. While it had the classic citrusy hops aroma, the malt aspect was more noticeable. A hint of caramel and fruit kept the aroma from becoming an out of control hops frenzy. The taste was a delicious blend of sweet malt contrasting an intense hoppiness. Initially, the flavors of caramel and maybe honey (I never could quite place that sweet taste) were present but were quickly shown the back seat by the grapefruit peel and some oily pine hops taste. The finish was somewhat bitter but not off the scale. The alcohol was very well camouflaged. The feel was full, creamy and smooth.
Wow, that was a damn good beer! Nicely balanced and so smooth, it took a certain degree of willpower to keep from going through that sample at a dangerously fast pace. In fact, this was the only beer I had twice while at the festival. I’ll definitely keep on the look-out for this offering from DFH at my local stores.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this beer courteous of Fishbone a couple of hours ago, beer trades are awesome.
The color was a slightly murky golden orange. Head blew up huge then settled down to a sheet across the top. Great lacing.
Aroma was nice, lots of citrus especially grapefruit. Of course a boatload of hops. A spicy alcohol aroma is also very noticeable.
Taste is full of hops, although it seems very different from hops I've encountered before. Maybe its just a different variety, whatever it is I love it. There is a great balance to this brew. Malt isn't very present yet the hops are not overpowering.
A bit thin but very drinkable, although present in the smell the alcohol seems to barely affect the taste.
I really wish I could get this here. Awesome brew.

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Photo of mschofield
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red-amber with a strong white frothy head. Head turns to a
good cap with strong ring lacing.
Very hoppy aroma, pine comes out as it warms.
Juicy citrus taste, a bit of grapefruit restrained under orange. The grapefruit grows as it warms. Aftertaste is nicely bitter. The malt doesn't express itself as promised on the label.
Very smooth and full, but the alcohol is not noticeable as I drink.
Quite a fine IPA, I can't wait to try it's big and little brothers.

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Photo of BierReise
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Corked Bottle and Re-Rate 11/30/03.
Nice pour, hazy orange hued with a nice thick head. Head dies down some but retains well and completely laces glass. Nice big hop aroma with notes of citrus, especially grapefruit. Has a smooth body and overall pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor is classic IPA, good hop flavor, citrusy and bitter. Alcohol is well hidden and maybe better than most others in the style. This is a fantastic Imperial IPA, not as bold as Dreadnaught and some others, but a really nice one overall.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with an offwhite head. Fragrant and intense on the nose, fruits and pine mostly. Dry, hoppy, and carbonated in the mouth. Nice lacing down the glass as the head trys to stay alive. Raisins and figs are among the complex tastes during the experience, but the hops are always there. Dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste. The Dogfish Head ales continue to confound and mystify me with their complexity. I like the way they push the envelope with their use of hops and malts, and I really like this offering, though it's an unusual taste for an IPA.

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

This beer was superb. It poured smooth with a beautiful head, lots of tight bubbles locking up the well balanced carbonation. A shiny burnt amber color beer glistened in the pint glass and contrasted against the 1" head. The aroma provided an intense display of fruity esters and deep english style hops. The first mouthful revealed loads of complex malty goodness. The malts weighed on the tounge and then as the beer washed over the back of my tounge and throat, some serious hops kicked in and balanced out the mouthfeel like an IPA should. The finish left loads of deep hop bitterness, making me look forward to the next gulp. I could drink this beer all the time if I could afford it (not that it isn't worth the price though). Wow, what a great beer.

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Photo of Mustard
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "packaged in" warning -- in this case 09/03 -- notched on the bottom label's left periphery; obtained as a gift from my friend Jon out in DC -- huge thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange-brown hue with a smallish, off-white head; a good b-cup's worth of lace; decent head retention.

Aroma: Wow, I'm being assaulted; big time hop medley; thick malts in there too; I'm also registering some sort of bizarre, cheese-like quality...

Taste: Again, wow; primary flavor charateristic is that of a thick, fierce hop bitterness; not to worry, though, an equally violent malt backbone is there to balance things out; fairly sweet; spicy, floral hop flavors; same aforementioned, cheese-like quality in there too; a tad phenolic; medium to full body with something of an oily, syrupy mouthfeel.

Notes: A tad overbearing, imo, to be a top notch IPA; nevertheless, quite tasty.

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Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky, frosty red buds...aromas of hash dens in summer.
Beautiful crusty head paints white everything it touches.
Mouthsful of buttery malt that is somehow not sweet.
My mom and wife stole one of my bottles the other day. I came home to their smiling faces as they admitted to discharging one of my few specimens.
They said it was "really good." I wish I could be that concise.
It is thick without being heavy. Perfectly quilted bright budlets melting into exotic, red-clay earthiness. Super dense and perfumed with the sweat of green stalks.

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

I am really glad this is now available in the 12 oz bottle, becuase I dunno if I would have consistenly gone for the bomber. This is complex and supremely drinkable.

Pours a light copper color, has a citrus smell to it. Has a nice head, some retention, and a good amount of lace. Sweet fruity hop taste with a nice slight balance of malt. It is a crisp drink that has an after taste that reminds you of it's complexity in a pleasent way.
Very drinkable, a nice treat anytime of year

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Photo of doho95fu
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local beer store has just added a bunch of Dogfish, and after hearing alot about these brews, I have to say I am impressed. The 90 Minute is another brew that it outside the box. It is an IPA, with a high ABV, the expected Hops, and much more. Orange - Gold in color with a small head and little lacing. The smell is hoppy with some spice; like the 60 minute, there are some citrus undertones. The taste is hoppy, spicy (I think), with some pine tones (again I think). The taste is complex when you try to peg the flavor, but doesn't confuse when you drink it - it just tastes good. Nice smooth finish. Drinkable, even with the ABV.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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