90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 troutmask96
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really an exceptional IPA here. Reminds me a lot of Stone's Ruination IPA, which is to be taken as a compliment. Pours a very pretty dark golden body with a tight, foamy head. Smell is just wonderful: caramel, currents, hops, and plenty of alcohol. Taste is solid, with nice rich malt undertones. Very smooth in the mouth, but watch out, cause this baby's packin' a 9% ABV...

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Photo of nlmartin
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer is a very deep ruby almost bronze colored beer. The head was about an inch thick off white and had major staying power. Left a road map of lacing down the side of my glass.

Smell: This beer smells fantastic. There is tons of peppery spicy hops driving the smell of the beer. There are supporting citrusy smells coupled with the smell of a bakery. Oddly enough I smell definate sweetness to this beer.

Taste: This beer leads with bitter hops into a large amount of sweetness. There are citrus flavors playing with yeasty bready flavors. Like the smell there is also definate sweet components to the beer. I almost detect butterscotch in the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is meduim body with a very velvety buttery texture.

Drinkability: This beer is easy to drink inspite of 9% abv. Dam this is good and I wish I had much more. When I drank this beer about six months ago I absolutely hated this beer. By all the beer Gods I want more.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle

Appearance: A nice light copper color with a thick and creamy 1" head. Ample lacing on the glass.

Smell: Plenty of citrus rind, pine, fruit and alcohol. An underlying, malt sweetness peeks its head.

Taste: Initial hints of citrus, pine, followed by a slight malt sweetness that finishes with a very nice hop bitterness. Alcohol warms the face as I drink this one.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat slick and oily, carbonation just right.

Drinkabality: This is one of my favorite IIPAs'. Goes down way too easy. Nicely balanced IMO. I could drink a bunch of these if the 9% alcohol wouldn't kick my ass. A definite must buy for those who haven't had the opportunity to try this fine IIPA.

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Photo of redwolf1
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown color out of a 12 ounce bottle. Wonderful aromatic head with lots of lacing. Heavy floral aroma (wet grass?) with a subtle fruity character (grapes?). Very hoppy nose but not overly bitter like some IPA's can be. A smooth malt character to the smell as well. Not much of an aftertaste, which can be difficult with a beer at 9% ABV. So, this is once again a very delectable offering from Dogfish Head. I will definitely try to find this one again.

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a a dark honey color. Smells strongly of floral and piney hops with a light fruity smell (pear? I think). It hits the tongue with the typical Dogfish syrupy malt sweetness followed by fruity hops in the beggining, pine flavor in the middle, and then mild pine tar in the end. It hits with a good strong hop bite as it goes down, but the alcohol remains invisible. It leaves a nice fruity taste in the front of the mouth and a mild pine taste in the back.

It has a nice mouthfeel and it the easiest to drink double IPA I have had.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bronze hue with a great looking head and lots of bubbles. Great lacing down the side of the glass as well.

A wonderful hoppy aroma greets the drinker. There is also notable malt tones as well, mainly caramel. Terrific citrus aromas and grassy notes. Very fragrant beer. Smells like an IPA....

The taste fits the bill as well. Very smooth. Crisp as well. Lots of grapefruits and hops. Very little hop bitterness which is nice. No alcohol taste either. Very very good balance with the alcohol and hops and malts.

A terrific IPA. The alcohol will sneak up on you without even knowing it.

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Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, burnt golden color with off-white head that clings to the glass leaving behind some lacing. Aromas of malt, hops, citrus, and alcohol seem to be present. The taste is flavorful with a hop profile that dominates despite the malt presence. Very similar in taste to the 60-minute IPA except the higher ABV and a slightly more bitter aftertaste. Crisp feeling in the back of my throat along with a warming alcohol sensation. A very enjoyable brew that goes down easy.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the sheer pleasure to have this at my favorite place to catch a pint - Old Bag of Nails, Worthington. I think it's become a staple. I know I have one every time I go in!
Burnt orange color, fantastic sticky crown sat on top leaving excellent lacing after each pull.
Huge hop aroma mixed with piney citrus and maybe a small amount of vanilla(?)....
Alcohol, hops, and grapefruit open up the flavor. Following perfectly is a malt/molasses blend that feels like velvet. I love this brew.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Brewings and Eats during their "Hoppy hour" and it was poured through the Randall.

A beautiful orange body with amber highlights, moderate white head that was gone in a flash. Almost no carbonation due to the Randall. The smell is all piney, sappy, hops. Delectable. The Randall strips the carbonation, but replaces it with a beautiful, slick coating of hop oil that coats every part of my mouth with pine and sap. The alcohol is sent to the back while the hops are up front, in the middle, and bringing up the rear. The malt is there somewhere, but it is tough to find. But this is not unbalanced, surprisingly.

Truly delectable for the hop lover. Randall makes 90 minute a special treat for those lucky enough to find it.

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Photo of skynxnex
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful bright copper/orange with a white head. The smell is nearly all citrus and piney hops, with a bit of alcohol hiding behind the strong hops. Hints of leaves and grapefruit. For all the hops in the nose, the malt still can shine through. There are hops are throughout. Starting with the strong citrus feel ending with a nice bitterness mixing with the sweetness of the malt. Slightly bready, almost a slight hint of toastiness.

The mouthfeel is almost perfect. Good carbonation. It's amazingly drinkable for the level of hops and alcohol, but one is quite enough. Great beer.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper-orange, with a short-lived head (the only weakness of this beer's appearance) that quickly dissolves to a consistent lace.

Interestingly I smell the roasted malts on this one as well as the pine-syrupy hops.

Taste is a wonderful combination of citrusy and pine (hops) bitterness, and sweet malts. This is a great (if somewhat aged) DIPA.

Mouthfeel is great, balancing the thickness of this brew and complexity with good carbonation.

Drinkable? Yes, but high on the abv side.

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

Pours a ruddy orange with a foamy head that leaves lace and a firm table. Smell is hops...and then more hops...pine, citrus rind, kind of scary. But the alarm bells were unwarranted. For a hop monster like this, it is shockingly smooth. While I never tasted "malt" per se, I did feel that something was holding the hops back from blistering my uvula. Mouthfeel was oily and full. Only suffers from such a high ABV and the serious damage that the hops do to the palate after a full bottle. Tasty. Have one.

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Photo of warchez
2.84/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: the color of this beer is nearly orange. Very vibrant in color. Tan to yellow head with small bubbles, mild lacing occurs in glass. Great tight bubble streams in glass
Aroma: I expected more from something dry hopped as intensly as indicated. Standard Pale Ale that is dryhopped has more hoppy aroma.
Taste: sweeter than expected, thought the "extreme hopping" would make this appear dry. The huge malt bill overwhelms the palate. The new"hopping"technology lends alot of hop flavor but not so much bitterness as I would have expect. This is not a bitter beer. Even the hops come across as sweetness. Almost to sweet though, alcohol is present but not overwhelming although after half the glass you can feel it.
Mouthfeel: softly syrup like. Coats and sticks in mouth, hops are mellow as part of the finish in throat. Very creamy with very slight crispness, needs more crispy tone. The sweetness lingers longer than it should.
Overall: Fairly tasty, however it doens't reflect what one expects from a "huge" IPA. it is more "imperial" than IPA. I would lable this an imperial pale not an IPA. This doesn't live up to the BIG IPA hype.

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

Poured for me into a brandy snifter at Tria in Philadelphia. What an excellent beer. A beautiful color. Amber turning into ruby with hints of brown. Head there, but not too too much. Hops on full display but not bitter. The other hop qualities are on display here and this makes it quite drinkable , esp. relative to the alcohol percentage. Malt is noticeable. You want to get more so you can examine the hops in more detail.

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Photo of Sayson
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an astounding beer.

Appearance: clear as a bell. Bronze color
Smell: A torrent. At first grassy, then a minute later, apricots. Later citrus.
Taste: alcohol burning. Finishes dry for such a big beer.
Mouthfeel: bubbles danced across my tongue. Full-bodied
Drinkability: While I will truly enjoy this one, I won't run back to the fridge for another. That being said, this one is going down quitewell.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy white head that slowly fades to a whispy sheet with pools of larger bubbles. Ringed and dimpled lacing with good strength. Glowing copper in color with a chill haze.

Juicy hop aroma; resiny. Pine and slick lemon notes. Noticeable whaffs of alcohol. Greawt aromatics for a hop lover.

Screaming, slick and oily hops right off the bat with a primary flavor of pine. Additional notes of bubblegum and grapefruit. An underlying 'cognac-like' sweetness that somehow does a decent job of balancing the strong hop intensity. A sharp bitterness followed by an alcohol-soaked aftertaste.

Medium bodied; very slick and oily feel on the palate, which is to be expected with a double IPA of this hop intensity.

This one is to be savored and enjoyed. It's an old standby for me, but definitely not a session double. Comparatively, it's not the most well-rounded version of teh style, but it's unique in its own right.

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temperature: 48F Serving glass: Tulip

Presenation: Typical DFH logo backed by a pile of hops. Explaination of the beer in here as well. No freshness date- while there is little worry of it spoiling, as always I'd like to know the vintage I'm drinking.

Aroma: The obvious is here. Grapefruit, lemon, citrus. Pine needles. It's already apparent, however, how much malt went into this brew. Sweet caramel scents backed by a bready character make their way up into my nostrils.

Appearance: Cloudy, copper/orange colored beer. Dense, rocky head forms well & stays at a high level. Supple, sappy, lacing all the way down the glass. Niiiice...

Taste: Alomst puckering citrusy tartness at first, mellowing out into the typical grapefruity hop profile. Intense bitterness follows, however, not to be outdone, a big sweetness shows up and says, "Hi. My name is malted barley. Respect beer, damnit." Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Big, sticky, full bodied. Real oily feel to it, yet finishes rather dry. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: 9% alcohol.. Hmmm. Where is this alcohol, again? Oh. There it is. I feel good. This beer is so drinkable, it scares me. Good thing for 4 packs, huh?

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Photo of Jcdolan
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4pack bottles

Poured into a cold mug (Boston Bruins Mug!)

Pours a nice dark rose gold, amber color. Nice thick off-white head that expires shortly after pouring.

Smells of HOPS! with a hint of pine in the background. Has a slight hint of caramel and malt as well. But mostly the delicious smell of hops.

Tastes of hops and pine. There is also a small floral taste that brings it all to gether aferwards and completes the taste perfectely.

I am a LOVER of IPA's and this is by far one of the most amazing if not best IPA's that I have every had. I would NEVER have guessed that this is a 9% ABV beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a true lover of beers. I am just at a sheer loss of words for how good this beer really is.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is good carbonation and pretty solid lacing right from the pour, very nice clarity.
The aroma just screams heaviness - both hops and malt.
Superb balance to this, Plenty of hops to get my fix yet a very solid malt backbone. The finish is puzzling because I'm used to finding one dominant characteristic, but not so here.
Big ole body, oh yeah!
So very drinkable, but at 9% slightly dangerous.

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Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Amber, with a little off-white head, producing a little lacing.

S: Awesome aroma of American hops.

T: Starts slightly bitter, finishes very bitter. Ambundance of hop flavour, citrousy, yet slightly earthy as well, with a grassy aftertaste. A touch of raisin-bread malt flavour is hidden behind the hops.

M: Moderate body is slightly oily. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: It's quite bold, but most hop-heads should love it.

Thanks Len!

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Photo of lagrin
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip style pint glass. Deep amber / rust color, beautiful, long lasting head that eventually dissipates into a tight cap of foam that leaves lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Initial smell is of caramelized malt. The hop aroma comes later and builds but never overwhelms. The smell eventually morphs into a mixture of malt, warming alcohol and floral hops.

Taste is extremely balanced. Lots malt and hops that work together and neither takes an upper hand. The malt flavor marries with alcohol and fruity yeast by-products. The malt flavor is deeply caramelized. Tastes like a good proportion of crystal malt was used or even some non-traditional IPA malts like cara-munich. The beer hides the 9% abv well but there is something in there that reminds you that it must be respected.

Mouthfeel is substantial and fulfilling. As I swallow another sip, I again marvel how well balanced the beer is. I would classify the beer more as an English double IPA as the hops are more restrained and used in proportion with the malt. This isn't the hop bomb that I anticipated but is, nevertheless, a very well crafted and enjoyable ale.

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Photo of Holyterror
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that every hophead MUST drink at some point. There is no escaping it. From everthing I had heard, I expected greatness. But I was still surprised by this monster of a beer.

Poured an appetizing copper with a respectable, but not enormous, head. Big wave of floral hops at the nose. Crisp malt notes also tangible. Hard to explain, but it just smelled thick. And as soon as it hit my tongue, I knew why. This is heavy stuff. The rush of flavor is almost indescribable. But one stands out to anyone remotely familiar with the style: balance. This is very well balanced for a double IPA. I was ready for an all-out hop assault, and I wasn't disappointed with the hop presence, but the toasty malt backbone was also there in force. Double in every sense of the word. You gotta love anything this big that still goes down so smooth. But it's still heavy. After a couple pints of this, you'll feel like you just had a steak dinner. And that's really the only reason I wouldn't recommend making this a part of a hearty dinner. But it also wouldn't be a real shame to fill up on the 90 minute and put your steak in a doggie bag.

My verdict: buy some. Disappointment in unlikely. Drinking more is inevitable.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are a true hop-head, than this is the Mecca of beers for you. This poured a golden amber range color with a slight head that relaxed into good lacing. The nose is an absolute punch in the face of hops, hops, nutty malts, hops and hops. THe taste is a bitter roll of hops searing the tongue. It's absolute heaven in a bottle. I've ben a hopper for a while, this is my flagship.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hate to give 5s, but damn, if any beer deserves it, it's this one.

I bought it because I had friends over for chili, and I like a good pale ale with some good spicy chili. Had this one by myself afterwards. Going to buy a case of it tomorrow to always keep on hand.

Grassy, outdoorsy nose, and similar taste, VERY fresh tasting, tastes like late summer or some other bad analogy.

Literally the perfect DIPA (although now they're calling it 90 Minute Imperial IPA, don't know what brought around the switch). Hoppy, but not too bad, with a little taste of honey thrown in there just to keep you guessing. Refreshing, perfectly drinkable, the only reason it gets a 4.0 is because of the 9% abv. I just can't handle more than a few without getting drunk enough not to appreciate the taste of the beer.

All around wonderful beer from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of nickss
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice coppery orange hue with a moderate amount of head.

I could smell this beer as soon as I poured it.... LOTS of hops in the nose.... a grassy, outdoorsy smells is there as well... very nice smelling DIPA.

I guess I could have mentioned this earlier in the review, but this is my favorite IPA.... placks plenty of hops in the taste without crossing the line to becoming overwhelming. There is almost a sweetness to this beer, but right before it reaches that point, the hops kick you in the tongue and bring you back to what this beer really is: a wonderful hoppy creation.

Mouthfeel is tart and tongue-spanking... I was going to try to review one or two other beers tonight, but I fear my taste-buds will be shot by the end of the glass.

Scary drinkable for a 9% brew... I much prefer this over the 60min, not that that's a bad brew either... this is just exceptional.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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