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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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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#633
Reviews:
3,925
Ratings:
15,688
pDev:
11.01%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
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Photo of far333
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper colored with a big white and lingering lacey head. Distinct hop aroma. Flavor is big hops with lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. Hops flavor covers the tongue and fills the entire mouth. Well rounded flavor with hints of malt. Very smooth mouthfeel. This is a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought online, ground shipping (unrefrigerated), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-75F.

Some biggish bubbles explode in the middle of the dense, cream-colored, medium-sized head. A sticky film of lacing doesn't look like it will be easy to scrub off the glass. The beer is a clear, deep amber. Some very fine sediment appears on the last pour. (Of course, by the last pour from this big bottle of big beer, everything's starting to look a little grainy).

There are enough hops in the nose. Fresh, stewed hops. Slightly metallic, a little pepper, a little strong tea. A tiny bit of dark fruity sweetness pokes through the juicy tobacco hops in the front. Some spice and a touch of far-off smoke (the alcohol, maybe?). I taste a bit of apple in the middle, but mostly a ton of creamy malt giving the hops a run for their money. In the end, though, the hops take The Cup, leaving a hugely bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden, I think, appearing mostly as heat and a little metal in the finish. Overall: wow. This beer is huge.

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Photo of Darkale
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a copper-colored beer, a kind of dark butterscotch, cloudy and swirling... it looks like a large Brach's caramel was liquified and poured into your glass. Head is moderate, lacing is excellent.

Aroma is sweeter than expected, with citrus and fruit mixed in.

The first sip is a shock. A nice shock, but a shock, nevertheless. The hops are there, but the sweetness, the creamy, chewy, glossy sweetness, is predominant. Not the hard, clubby sweetness of a barleywine, but something lighter and more frothy. The butterscotch image returns -- it's like butterscotch served on a hops platter.

I am not sure in which style this beer belongs; yes, it's an IPA, OK, I guess -- but the creamy, fruity, complexity of it seems at least to put its foot out of the IPA tent. No matter. I enjoyed this beer tremendously.

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Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze-copper hue, translucent, healthy white head, excellent retention, plenty of sticky lace. Prickly piney, citrusy hops nose, potent but almost extraordinary… very inviting. The beer is surprisingly “balanced,” yes; the hops dominate… seemingly equally piney as it is citrusy, some floral... somewhat oily. But the malt foundation really makes this beer drinkable. The mouthfeel is simply perfect, smooth, creamy, subtle carbonation. The finish is sweet… faintly bitter, well-rounded but too abrupt for such a big beer. The 9% abv is well hidden in the taste; a tremendous accomplishment but you can feel the abv on the brain and belly. This beer is very good, very complex yet very drinkable. I recommend it.


It did take me five minutes to get the damn cork off!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy apple cider color with an off-white head. Laced nicely.
Nice aroma of floral and citrus hops.

Taste makes me think of an orange peel. Citrusy hops prevail. Big malt body. Smooth for a beer of this magnitude. Alcohol is well hidden.

Good mouthfeel. Medium to full body.
Very drinkable for a beer with it's high alcohol and hops content. Slight mouth puckering only at the finish.

Overall, a very good beer, but it just didn't wow me. I felt it was a little better than a 4.15, but I just couldn't bump the taste from 4.0 to 4.5.

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Photo of freed
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a really cool label, and a cool bottle. One the cork comes out, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden color. The head retention is decent, and the foam creates a nice lace around the glass.

The aroma is wonderful. Its a very full hop smell. The smell is strong, but not off putting, most likely due to the choice in hops. The taste is citrusy and clean. The malt profile is hard to describe, but its somewhat sweet, which compliments the aroma and bitterness well. This beer is a real treat.

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Photo of fes1
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, After my first sip of the 90 Minute IPA, I knew I was in for a treat. The extradinary taste took time to get used too. Ive had some beers that the hop taste tends to weaken once you get mid glass, but no so with the 90 Minute IPA. The last sip tasted as flavorful as the first.

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Photo of Morris729
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick and frothy white head that loves to cling to the glass leaving spider webs of lace behind as it slowly dissipates. Nose is strong fresh pine and cedar blended with lots of floral hops and leaves no doubt that you’re in for an extreme brew. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel due to all the hop oils. Taste is sweet fruity alcohol at first quickly replaced by tons of bitterness. Grapefruit rind flavors combined with raw hop resins and tannins make your mouth pucker but still crave another sip. Strong bitterness remains in a lasting aftertaste. A thoroughly enjoyable IPA and an absolute “must-try” for any and all hop-heads. Thanks to paceyourself for sending me this brew!

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

This could very well be, without further research, my favorite IPA thusfar. A very appealing IPA-type golden-amber color appeals to me from the get-go. The aroma is all that I expect from a top-notch IPA. Spicey and hoppy at the nose, but the smell is just the beginning.

The taste is something almost god-like. It is hoppy and spicey. Almost fruity, but without taking that next all-too-fruity-step.

In ever lightly lacey head i sappealing, but I am thinking flavor and aroma all the way. A great beer to try, but beware. Hopheads only need apply. A very good brew. Prost!

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Photo of brakspear
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial IPA does not necessarily mean a superior IPA. This beer is big, chewy, and syrupy, but overall seems a bit too much of everything. Having recently sampled its West Coast sibling Stone’s Ruination, I was anticipating another blast of citrusy hops. But the 90 Minute IPA leans heavily on its British two-row malt backbone, rather than its hoppy exterior.

The beer poured a orangish/amber with a slight head fighting to rise above the body. A heavy and syrupy beer to balance the high octane IBUs that are supposedly the hallmark of this beer.

The aroma was sweet and malty with the Columbus hops very present but not not overwhelming.

The taste was rough, with the hops making only their subliminal presence known as they fought through the rather cloying malty sweetness. I detected a Granny Smith apple sweetness predominating, followed by the grapefruit citrus bite of the Chinook and Columbus hops. For a 90+ IBU beer, it was very sweet. The bitterness became much more apparent as the beer warmed.

The body was syrupy and thick on the tongue.

This IPA is the antithesis of a session beer. I enjoyed it, but was not as impressed as some reviewers have been.

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Photo of Delirium
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid beer. Holy Hop! Typical red amber explodes with large bubbles in a sea of frothy foam which quickly dissipates in an explosion of hops. Tastes of strawberries and green tea. Very dry, honest to a fault with lingering bitterness.

Is what it is. A feel good beer, after the second glass, you will see what I mean.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Redbones tonight. I have had this beer before on tap at rebones but in a asmall glass. Tonight they served it in a full pint glass. Sweet, hops, a touch of malt and some alcohol. This beer is amazing, I realy like it. I have not been a big fan of Dogfish in the past but this one is nice.

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Photo of Viking
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky harvest orange body, with a pretty nice, fat head. Pretty good retention, leaving lots of foam on the glass and a bit of lace atop the brew. Musty, earthy, woodsey hop aroma with plenty of citrus. Also a nice bit of malt backing. Hoppy flavor as well, with the piney Chinook most notable. Some malt flavor backs it up, but it seems just a bit unbalanced (damn, did I just type that?) , until the brew warms up a bit. Wonderfully bitter hoppy aftertaste, which again seems to be dominated by Chinook. Mouthfeel is slightly rough, full-bodied, with a Valdeez-like oily finish. Good brew and I'll try it again, but not something I'll seek out for my hop fix.

I originally tried this on draught and was extremely disappointed. Old keg? didn't work with beer or food I'd had previously in the evening? I don't know, but the further into that glass I got, the less I liked it. Anyhoo, this bottle is one helluva lot better than my original experience, and I have to thank zerk for convincing me to give it another try.

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Photo of scottum
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know, I know.... I said it about Hopdevil recently, but this is even better! This may be the best damn IPA this side of anywhere! Taste, check! Hops, check! This is a nice IPA! Mellow, but superduper strong! Gotta love the dogfish! Also, gotta love the cork type thing, haha!

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, the first time I had this brew was at the gathering in Boston. I did not review it then but I went out and bought a bottle, and man this is good. Pours a hazy straw color with a white rocky mountain head that last a little while then reduces to a minimal head, a nice sexy lace is left behind making me crave the first sip. Citrus and hops fill the nose as, the first sip is coming. The first sip brings a citrus and hop palate. I never thought I would be saying those two words in the same sentence. The combo is unreal. The beer finishes very nice and clean. Dogfish has out done them selves.

Cheers

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Photo of jackndan
3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

90 Minute Imperial IPA from DogFish Head; Man, this was not at all what I was expecting. I had it in the big corked bottle, with loads of information about the beer on the label. 90 IBU! The moment the beer poured from the mouth of the bottle, I knew we had something very different here.

It poured relatively slowly, much like thin syrup than a beer. It took some rough handling to get the head started, but once it did it left some decent Belgium lace over the reddish brown beer. The aroma was strong, very heavily of hops.

The taste was initially not all that pleasant. It was clear that DFH used a ton of malts to soften the ton of hops they used, which leads to an extremely powerful beer, with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. While this is a very hoppy beer, the hops were hard to distinguish. As this warmed, and I began to sip it more like a cognac and less like an IPA, I began to enjoy it much more. Not for the faint of heart, or anyone without a cast iron stomach.

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

Appearance: Clear amber color, nice white head.

Smell: Hops, pine – not very strong, but the aroma may have been masked by the cigarette smoke in the bar. (I would like to smell the aroma of this beer without any other distracting odors).

Taste: Wow! Very strong hoppy and pine flavor when it first hits the mouth. But this beer also has some body to it. There is another taste that kicks in right after the hops taste but I do not know what it is. The best word I can use to describe it is “deep”, and this flavor remained as the aftertaste. Totally delicious! Some alcohol taste, but the other flavors hide the alcohol. The taste is so memorable that I can “relive” the taste just from memory (I can’t remember the last time something that I ate or drank left such a memory!). I savored every sip of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, but not too much carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol in this beer hit me very quickly – more quickly than other beers I’ve had with the same or greater ABV (perhaps it’s the ingredients that cause the alcohol to be absorbed more quickly). If it wasn’t so strong, I would drink this all night – a tempting thought but I would probably have to be carried out of the bar.

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

I popped the cork on this one while the National Anthem was being sung for the Super Bowl. Slightly cloudy honey gold in color with a white head that fades to a thin layer before the Dixie Chicks hit the last note leaving a nice lace. A citrusy hop aroma dominates, but not as strong as I was suspecting.

Kickoff!

The first sip is very sweet and hoppy, a smooth bitterness that seems almost impossible. The alcohol is also apparent, but not overpowering. It's a belly warmer for sure! Nice creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. 90 IBUs and 9% ABV yet remarkably well balanced and drinkable. So drinkable that, on one hand, I wish I had another, but on the other, it's probably a good thing I don't. Either way, I'm going to need a Brillo pad to get the lace off of my glass!

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Photo of 49degrees
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Feel the burn?... That's the sickness and the cure" or so says the Dogfish Head brewery. This is a very enjoyable "bitter" IPA. It doesn't quite carry the punch that Stone's Ruination IPA does, but it does hit the palette pretty hard -- albeit in a good way.

Sold in large champagne styled brown bottles at 9%abv and features a wired down soft styled cork. On my bottle (freshness dated 12/02) the bent cork popped easily with little extra effort.

On the pour, it delivered a large rocky, bright white head which disapated slowly leaving little more that a thick, even spread surface foam with a nice solid collar. Lacing on the glass is extensive. Visually, the beer is exceptionally clear given the midrange amber hue that describes the beer.

A very robust, almost punchy aroma rife with with musty and earthly tones, a strong hoppy hit and plenty of delicious pine. There's even a slight roasted malt hint to help round it out. Some have called this an "overwhelming experience," particularly in light of its high hop and alcohol counts, but in the end of the day, its extremely well rounded considering all the character it brings to the table.

Taste wise ... it really lives up to its billing. But its is pretty overwhelming for some. On the first hand experience, the palette is big and bold but not overly hoppy. But give is a couple of seconds and the aftertaste hits the palette and really takes over. For me, I'm a hop lover and bitter beers (that reads "GOOD" bitter beers) really hit the spot on my palette. However, I passed a glass around to several others when tasting this one during Superbowl XXXVII and none of the casual beer drinkers in the room could handle a glass of this on their own.

If you like big, bold, well rounded, but exceptionally hoppy beers -- complete with character and balance, then be sure to give the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA a closer look. But if you're just mildly attracted to the bitter beer hit, proceed with caution.

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Photo of Suds
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came in a large, corked bottle….label art of a guy hammering his nose is disturbing and intriguing.
Pale, hazy dark-straw colored beer with a coarse, rocky head. The head produces tiny tufts of lace, but really doesn’t last very long.
Exceedingly floral aroma. Maybe a little bit of sweetish malt smells as well, but it’s hard to distinguish anything through the hops.
First taste is slightly sweet. Surprisingly smooth, soft mouthfeel. There’s a touch of alcohol warming, but not what I expected for the 9%. Also, the beer isn’t as bitter as I was prepared for. Nicely balanced, and the finish pleasantly lingers.
Overall, this is a drinkable, interesting beer. It’s on the expensive side, and not a show-stoppingly great beer….but it’s certainly worth having again.

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

I was lucky to get to sample this IPA on-tap at a beer tasting event.

Appearance: Nicely golden, slightly hazy, with good white foam.

Smell: Very strong floral hop aroma.

Taste: Excellent taste. Strong hop flavors well balanced with the large malt in this strong IPA.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Very good feel. Hops throughout.

Drinkability: I really liked this very nice IPA on-tap. I wonder if it is this good from a bottle?

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Photo of MJR
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a wonderful looking reddish-amber color with copper edges. After trying four other Dogfish Head brews, I've finally found one that can actually hold a head for more than 15 seconds! It starts out fairly big, and shrinks to a steady, 3/8" cap and laces really well.

Smell: Hops, hops, hop, and...oh...did I mention hops?! Awesome hop aroma here. It's very coarse and punguent... I can also detect a touch of sweet malt, but it's buried deep under the hop onslaught.

Taste: Whoa... This is probably the 'second' most bitter flavor I've ever encountered, after Stone Ruination IPA (sorry BA's, nothing touches that.) Pine, raw grapefruit, floral, this brew has all the typical American hop characteristics...in spades. There's a sturdy malt background which comes across as fairly sweet and smooth, but like in the smell, it gets trampled by the spicy hops. There is a strong alcohol flavor as well, which gets stronger towards the end, and almost completely takes over the aftertaste. The aftertaste also has the slightest burnt flavor, which I usually don't care for, but fits well here. Killer stuff...

Mouthfeel: Combines a medium thickness with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Finishes very dry with a swipe of alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a tough one... I really like this one, and that's saying something considering what I think of Dogfish Head's other brews, but I can't see myself drinking more than one or two of these in one night. I'd get really goofy, really quick, and I'd have no tastebuds left.

Dogfish Head has created a monster here! One of my favorite IPA's...too bad they stopped using 750ml bottles, 'cause the 12oz ones aren't near as good.

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

Good carbonation and head, leaves a good lace. Pours a clear yellow/orange. Fruity hop aroma. Starts as slightly sweet then the hops kick in but it is a really good balance of malt and hops. Clearly an above average IPA nearly as good as a McEwan's IPA. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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

A massive IPA. Pours hazy orange, with a decent head that quickly fades. Aroma is malty, cirtus, and pine. Initial taste is slightly sweet, then the hops kick in - lots of citrus and pine flavor in there. The joyous flavor lingers on for a while, too. Fantastic.

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Photo of TXHops
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an aroma! Yeah, it's hoppy, but so are tons of other beers. The difference is the specifics of the aroma. It smells EXACTLY like hops. Duh... Seriously though: lots of beers are hoppy and smell like there are a lot of hops in the beer, but 90 Minute smells EXACTLY like sniffing a bag of fresh hops at the homebrew store. First, the clear, unadulterated shot of American hops, then slowly and subtly the malt sneaks in, leaving the aromatic finish sweet and complex, magnified slightly by the subtle presence of alcohol. I love the fact that none of the 90 IBU's exhibit even the slightest harshness in my nose, unlike most assertively-hopped beers. This is really the major difference between this IPA and most other hyper-hop beers: no harshness. What an astounding first impression.

The beer pours an almost perfect, tea-orange: not brilliantly clear, but close (and it is bottle-conditioned). The head is just on the cream side of white and it laces well. I splurged and drank this from my Duvel glass, so there was the constant streamer of bubbles ready to populate the middle of the head with more foam, though the sides were a little more barren.

The taste is much the same as the aroma foreshadows—massive, resiny, juicy hops, followed by mellow, smooth, sweet maltiness and then just a touch of warmth from the significant amount of alcohol. That focused, sticky-sweet hoppiness lingers forever, rendering even my occasional burp a cherished experience.

At the halfway point in the bottle, I found myself struggling between the elation associated with knowing that there was still about 375Ml of this amazing hop nectar still left for me to enjoy, and the crushing reality of the fact that after the bottle was empty, well, I’ll think about that another time.

As the beer warmed and the inevitable end approached, the mouthfeel improved somewhat, showing a smoothness bordering on silky, but with more gravity than silk The fresh, intense hoppiness was renewed with each topping up of my glass, allowing for a new sense of ecstasy every 10 minutes or so. If only my burps would be so frequent.

I’ve heard mixed reviews from other BA’s regarding this particular beer, but for me, it was as close to perfect as I’ve ever had from an IPA of any gravity. A stunning example of thinking inside the HUGE box that is traditional brewing. No fruit, no maple syrup, no champagne yeast, no spices—just an AMAZING end result that captures the essence of the ingredients perfectly.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 15,688 ratings
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