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90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,848
Ratings:
15,314
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
22.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 3,848 | Ratings: 15,314
Photo of rustymoore
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. This IPA pours an amberish gold with a nice medium head and minimal lacing. Smells strong with hops and malts. Some floral notes as well. Tastes is overpowered by the heavy use of hops. The bitter kick is what beer drinking is all about. Mouthfeel is somewhat acidic but overall this is a beer I could drink regularly.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love working for an alcohol friendly company. My boss bought this for me on a trip to NC. He kept it cold on the drive back! $8.99 for a 4 pack...worth every penny.

Complex beer with plenty of kick. Hops knock you for a loop and somehow it all tries to balance out but the hops easily TKO the citrus. Hoppy smell, dark gold in color, this wonderful Imperial IPA shouts perfection. The best way to describe the taste..."I am not going to be driving today."

It would be work to finish a 4 pack in one sitting...but if someone has to do it, I volunteer!

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Photo of rayjay
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/31/06. Driven in a cooler from Philadelphia. I used to drink this alot before I moved to CA about 3 years ago. Since then, I've drank alot more 2xIPAs and I'm curious to see how my palate has changed.

Pretty, golden color and small head. Oily circles on top. Unfortunately like so many DF beers, there is absolutely no lacing.

Taste is like a hoppy bakery. A bit flat, and a bit thick. Alcohol warms your throat during the aftertaste, which is hoppy but surprisingly sweet. Malty thickness reminds me of a strong lager, with that east coast malt presence that seems to define the region. Almost tastes like the fermentation stopped early, but the high alcohol level tells me otherwise (unless they just add grain alcohol to it!).

Hops are delicious. Bitter but mellow at the same time. Not grapefruit, more like tart oranges, also some cayanne pepper, pungent fruitcake. Not particularly floral. Maybe I'm immune, but I'm longing for a bit more bitterness. A real warm sensation like I just had a shot of whiskey. Come to think of it, this has a pretty whiskey-like thing going on with the taste too. Much like a nice, sweet bourbon. As they say on the east coast, "mad props, yo."

Unfortunately, I had this on tap at the Double IPA fest at the Bistro last Feb and it did not hold it's own against the best of the best. Of course, this rating is for the bottle in front of me. I'd love to try this on a fresh packed randall the enamal animal!

This beer lacks a big hop punch and I don't really dig the carmel malts so out front, but....

It was very enjoyable. I've been pretending it's whiskey, that made me love it more. Appreciate this for what it is and don't compare it to Frank or Pliny and it will love you back. Cheers!!!

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

I drank this at their micro-pub in Rehoboth, Delaware.

The appearance was typical: some light lace on the glass, very little head; dark copper color; clear

The aromas were muted given the high hop volume. Most notable unusual smell: a touch of lemon.

This is a big flavor beer. I like how balanced the beer is considering it is an Imperial IPA. There is enough malt to counter the high hop. I think this how an IIPA should taste. Excellent body, proper carbonation.

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Photo of frazbri
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep gold, almost copper in color, topped by a tall white head. Strong aroma consists of pine, honey and grapefruit. Sweet start to the flavor with grapefruit and honey. Full body, almost syrup, with modest carbonation.

English malt meet American hops with nice results. Dogfish Head does such a fantastic job of masking the high alcohol content of thier big beers. 90 Minute is big, balanced and beautiful.

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Photo of nortmand
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber pour with a half finger of fluffy white head.

Beasutiful flowery citrus dominates the smell. Caramelized sugar and honey aromas support this.

Lightly sweet floral flavors dance on the tip of the tongue. This is follwed by ruby red grapefruit notes midtongue. By the end, the hop domination has become a citrus pine medley. Very nice.

Smooth, with medium body. A surprisingly refreshing beer for summer that would be welcome in any season.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*I like it would buy again*

golden amber color cream color buble filled head nice but not magic looking

smells of green fresh hops and chewy light malts, the hop smell has a balanced mix of floral and citrus, and seems to be balanced with the malts as well.

tatse very balanced.. kinda went hop, malt, booze, hop.. first hop flavor was on the acidic side but the malts are just there enough to keep em in check, nice alc. flavor clean and clear tasting booze.

I am very happy with the balance of this beer, it does favor the hops (as well a dipa should) but there is a nice balance, some of the dipa's I like are more malty than this (stoudts), but this balance is prolly more true to style
some piney smells poping in, as it goes down, nice lacing on the glass.

nice Mouthfeel, good medium body.

Good beer, but kinda normal. This SHOULD be the bud light of america.. but..unfortunatly bud light is. 9% sits well and only adds to the flavor profile, never gets out of line and over powered.

2 thumbs up and a cheers, grand dipa, i just like more malts.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap pint at Henry's Tavern - Portland, OR.

A: Color is a glowing golden amber. Creamy one-finger white head with excellent bubbly lace.
S: Loads of fresh citrus hops with a bready sweet malty sweetness. Served a little too cold so it took a few minutes for the fullness of the smells to really be expressed. When they do, the mix of hops and malt is quite appealing.
T: Loads of citrus hop flavor - sweet oranges and pink grapefruit with a nice spicy zest. Bittering hops give a floral or herbal note. Maltiness balances & unites all the flavors. A bit of alcohol flavor, too.
M: Full mouthfeel and body. Some alcohol warm towards the back and sides of the tongue. Smooth and almost creamy, although this becomes slightly sticky the warmer the beer gets.
D: A strong beer at 9% but certainly delicious enough to have more than one. Excellent flavors, enough malt to balance the bitterness - not punishing on the taste buds. One to savor.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Bronze clear color, Thick 2 1/2 inch head, off white in color, long lasting. Very cool lacing, remans web lke on the glass throughout the whole drinking process.

S-Mild hops at first, I sense green, pine and citrus in there, carmel malt, smells sweet. There might be some fruit esters in there as well, plum, cherry. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Extremely complex aroma, a wonder to sniff.

T-Alcohol hits upfront immediately followed by a fairly strong dose of hops, green, citrus and pine in that order. Well balanced by the malty sweetness, strong carmel note, cherry, dried apricot, maybe a little prune. very very complex. High alcohol at 1st keeps this from a solid 5.0 in the taste category.

M-Alcohol zing, really warms the palate. Moderate, very nice carbonation. Medium to full body, hoppy oils present. Also leaves sticky residue on lips. Quite nice.

D-Well, while very drinkable, two is about the limit on this becasue of the alcohol content.

Overall an excellent brew

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Photo of CraftAle
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this brew, and would buy it again. I paid $11.99/4 pack. However, I don't think it is any better than Founders IPA or Bells Two Hearted Ale, both available at $31/case, even if it is a DIPA.

Hop bitterness was pronounced from start to finish, but wasn't overpowering. Body was a bit thin for a double. Alcohol level didn't spoil the smell or taste.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stone barley wine snifter, pours a nice amber colored tone with a amazing 2 inch head that leaves some serious fat sticky lace. Smell is of fruity apricots with citrus hops and sweet raisons. Taste hits you like a ton of bricks very fruitful and flavorful, I can taste apricots with raisons and other tropical fruits, very well complexed and not bitter at all leaving some warm sensation on your palate. This is so well made that I could sip it all day, very well balanced and one of the best around DogFish knows how to brew some serious DIPA.

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Photo of cproioi
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely beer. Had all that same qualities in a growler that the bottle had. However, the taste was a little different, and that is what I'm going to use this review for.

That taste had a much more powerful hops quality with an equally strong malty backbone. The slight bittersweet taste was much more pronounced in this style of serving the beer then the bottle. I like them both a lot and the rating should be equal because no matter how you have this beer it is wonderful.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first double IPA. I really like pale ales and IPA's and I' ve been dying to try an even more intensely hoppish beer. Here goes nothin'....

Poured meium-dark redish gold with a huge white foamy head that stuck around for a while. This beer is very attractive in a pint glass.

As soon as I poured it, a very strong oily hop smell was immediatley noticable. The smell is very powerful! You can almost taste it through your nose! Grassy, sweet, floral and somehow very marijuana-esque. I smell sweet over-ripe fruit....dates and raisins and maybe...dried apricots?

Taste. Again, very, very, hoppy sweet at first and bitterness comes latter. Tastes like pure hops... very, very good! The key word is complexity and intrigue...there is alot going on here. I taste raisins, dates, and yeast behind the hops. As with the smell, I detect a distinctly marijuana-like taste going on here. Come to think of it....raw hops do look suspiciously familiar...

The high alcohol content warms the mouth, and a very oily or greasy feel predominates followed by an extremely dry wave of hop bitterness. Makes ya wanna cluck your toungue to get the most of the hop taste. Lip-smackingly good!

I couldn't see myself drinking more than one in one sitting, but this is awesome...definitely a favorite!

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Photo of dfried
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color, thick, oily and fluffy white head.

The aroma is hops, hops, and more hops, the full spectrum, floral and citrus like, but very musty and resinous at the same time. Though the hops are so pungent, you can still detect sweet pale-malty backbone as well. Mouthwatering.

For a DIPA, the taste is surprisingly balanced...for a DIPA. The sweet malt was always up front when you take a sip, before you get slammed by hops. Hops in beer, for hopheads anyway, do not really get better then they were in this beer. They started with a bitter, musty, resinous feel, and that pretty much lasts throughout the beer, but it finishes with tons of citrus and perfume-y flavors. Orange, apricot, peach.


Edit: now that I am a little older and wiser, and more experienced with DIPAs, it is still true that this beer is a hop bomb, but compared to others of the style I have tried, this one is a malty beast, and I dropped the scores to where they should be.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a monstrous, foamy head.

As I dip my nose into the glass to get a whiff, I am first met with the scent of alcohol. Not overpowering, though. It is warm, subdued hint of alcohol behind a note of cherry and brandy. As I smell deeper there is a rawness to it, almost overpowering the aforementioned maltiness. Earthy hop aromas abound, along with hints of pine and citrus.

Again, alcohol is the first taste that I detect, but again it is warm and balanced by the multitude of flavors which are in this beer. A syrupy, sugary cherry malt flavor lies within a bed of chewy, oily hop leaves that impart citrus, earthy, and piney flavors.

One of the better Double IPAs I've had.

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Photo of Damian
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bright amber-orange with a small, pillowy head that faded quickly.

Smell was incredibly aromatic. Peaches, citrus fruits and smooth, mellow hops were noticeable.

Taste was a perfect balance of flavorful malts and savory hops with an aftertaste of ripe fruits. This balance allowed the beer to avoid the "hop bite" that is typical of many other DIPA's. Furthermore, the 9% alcohol was hardly detectable.

Overall, an incredibly flavorful and easy drinking example of this style.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours lighter amber color with white head (which sticks around a bit). Aroma is hops (mainly citrus smell). The taste is hops (citrusy grapefruit like) framed with malty sweetness. It seems to hide the alcohol pretty well. The body is smooth, not too much carbonation, and enough body to act as a foundation for the strong hoppy and malt flavors. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a crystal clear mahogany with a great, white, two-fingered head. Great lacing left behind as well.

Smell - Grapefruits, grassy, piney, citrusy, and HOPS HOPS HOPS HOPS!!!! One of them beers that you cannot stop smelling throughout the entire session. Such an engrossing aroma. Perfection.

Taste - Ridiculous depth. The most full-rounded hop profile of any IPA I have ever had. Pine, grapefruit....At first it's a sweet piney flavor and then turns bitter dry with all types of hops punching you in the palate. Like taking a shmorgashborg of hops and stuffing them in your mouth, this beer and hop profile stays with you long after you take in your sip. Simply marvelous.

Mouthfeel - liquid velvet, perfect amount of carbonation, superb.

Drinkability - I could drink these 24/7 if only they weren't 9.0% alcohol. heh....Seriously the perfect Imperial IPA. A shining example for others.

Edit - Over the years, I have started to really dislike this beer.

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Photo of cbl2
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/13/2005 $6.00 750 mL 9.00% No best by date, but this is at least 3-4 years old, purhcased at Shoreline Beverage.

Appearance:

Still has plenty of carbonation. Pours a crystal clear orange brown, with 2 inches of head, that takes a while to settle, lacing nicely as it goes.

Aroma:

Sweet madeira, vanilla oak, a chewy bready yeastyness, and malts out the kazoo. Hops have settled substantially over the years.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Sweet sherry, resonating with a complex woody oak masking a subtle, yet insistent alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is full and viscous leading to a sublime smoothness. Sadly this is the last of it's kind. DFH doesn't make 90 Minute IPA in the 750 mL anymore, and it will be sorely missed. I've been saving this one for a while, and decided tonight was the night to crack it. Glad I did.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An amazingly clear, luminous, new-copper colored beer supports a huge sudsy bright white head with large carbonation bubles racing to the top. They pop to unleash an amazing hop bouquet of fresh pine, honey, berry, citrus, and nut, followed by alcohol. I just wish it were a tad stronger.

The taste is something very special, even if it is less complex than the nose had led me to hope for. Mostly what you're getting here is a deeply bitter, very resinous IPA with perfumey berry and notes of vinous fruit that are quickly consumed by alcohol. At first alcohol seemed to play the perfect role here, present, forceful, but not overwhelming. As the beer warmed however, it gradually made its way in more and more and got to be a bit much in the end. What overall impressed me here was the way this beer was able to deliver big beer qualities, killer bitter, and still stay very "bright" while doing so.

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Photo of oloughlinrj
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours dark amber, nice head. Lacing lasts all the way down the glass.

Smell is very strong. Strong pine notes. Some fruit and a bready sweetness also. One of the most pleasant smelling beers I've encountered.

The taste is perfect. Oily hops throughout, but with a strong malt backbone. Notes of citrus, pine, (maybe coffee?), bread. Nothing really overpowers anything else, it all blends together in a delightful medley of flavors.

This is smooth in the mouth, but leaves a nice hops aftertaste. It's really got a kick to it. Less than halfway through the bottle and I'm already feeling its effects.

This is perhaps the best beer I've ever had. I was hesitant at the price ($15.20 for a 4-pack), but it was well worth it for the experience. It was much maltier than I expected. The hops are very strong, but that malt really balances it out well. DFH has created a monster of a brew here.

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Photo of surfmanjim
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy amber color into a globe glass, with a small white head. The aroma is sweet and of citrus and hops. The taste is very malty with hints of apricot, and surprisingly sweet for an I.P.A. It could be just a bit more balanced, though hops dominate in the finish. This is a big beer, with a heavy, syrupy mouth feel and low carbonation.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a chalice-like glass.

Appearance was an orange-amber, seemed maybe a bit cloudy, and served without much head, but did keep a small remnant. The aroma was of citrus, grapefruit, and a sweet/syrupy smell. This aroma, however, was fairly weak. The taste was a nice, blended caramel, malt, syrup sweetness mixed with a fruity, citrus hop flavor. Very seamless mingling of flavors with a slightly dry, hop finish. Certainly not a bitter, hops-in-your-face IPA. The mouthfeel was medium-thick and slightly syrupy. Smooth. Overall very drinkable for 9% ABV and a nice hop-flavored but not harshly bitter beer.

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Photo of BabaJohn
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If this brew and the raison d’etre I tried a few weeks ago are telling, then Dogfish Head might have a knack for emphasizing the sweet malts of their beverages.


The 90 minutes poured a shade darker than light amber with some nice reds and deep oranges, and very little head. Smelled quite delicious in that IPA way with sweet fragrances slightly predominating over the hops. Taste was immediately of malts plus a bit of bite on the tongue (both remained throughout consumption). The sweetness was almost like candy at times. Sometimes when I drink beers like this the term “sickly-sweet” comes to mind. Had the same experience recently with a delirium tremens. Don’t get me wrong, I like sweet beers, especially of the Belgian variety, but there is a point when it becomes overpowering and out of balance with the rest of the drink. The desert-like quality of the 90 minutes IPA and the relatively high alcohol content might make this a bit less drinkable overall. It is definitely a tasty beverage but I wanted a bit more out of the hop side of this IPA.

Ok... so I want to make a slight change to my previous statements. It may not be that the hops are at fault here, but I just wanted the sweet malts to back off a bit. That's it for now...

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Photo of werewolfbrent
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is very tasty. It has very good malty taste and also just the right amount of hops without going overboard. It also has a beautiful color and nice head with just the right amount of aromoa to make your mouth water. Not a good session beer but I would drink two and move on to a less alcohol and less hop beer.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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