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90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

3,825 Reviews
90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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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Reviews: 3,825 | Ratings: 15,184
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz with a simple matte finish label. traditional shark logo and a little background to the brewing process are printed. ABV is displayed at 9%.

appearance: pours a golden amber with light straw highlights into a tulip glass. half-inch fluffy white head that disapated to a thin protective layer lacing and sticking all the way down. lotsa bubbles, almost champagne-like.

smell: floral, piney, citrus hops dominate the nose. lightly spicy grapefruit.

taste: more citrus and very lightly salty at first with some hidden bready flavors in a dry finish. great hop bitters! not quite as bitter as stone's ipas, but just as hoppy. sweet and sour pineapple grapefruit. alcohol is fairly evident, but i don't mind it.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with excellent acidity and carbonation. swallows like a dream, too.

drinkability: almost everything about this beer helps make it one of the most drinkable IIPAs i've ever had. would get a 5 here if the alcohol were more masked. but then again, what else would you expect from this style?

overall: this beer was my love at first sight with IIPA's. first one i ever had and has never let me down since. almost perfect.

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Photo of Naes
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear copper color with an enormous white head that does not go anywhere and has a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is of hops and citrus.

The flavor starts out with a sweet malty presence then smacks you in the taste buds with hops. The finish is quite bitter from the blast of hops (with hints of citrus).

Mouth feel is medium bodied and is lightly carbonated.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my local IGA to carry this on occasion. Wish he could get 120 but it's illegal in Ohio. My IGA in BFE can't carry 120 IPA.

This is one of the most complex IPA's I've ever tasted. Just so much going on it's hard to describe. Most noticable is citrus; not as heavy as Alpha King, but definately there. Mouthfeel is wonderful, smooth and slippery. Aftertaste is great too, your tongue is alive with the complex combination of malt and hop.

This is worth the price. Treat yourself to this delight and get ready as 4 of these will put you on your butt. A very short session beer, I usually drink just one at the end of the evening.

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

This is one of my favorite beers....the best double IPA I've had to date. 9% seems just right.

Appearance...Beautiful golden orange in color. Nice soft white frothy head...very nice retention. leaves some legs on the glass.

Smell...not surprisingly it smells of hops..also citrus.

Taste...this is a delicious beer. Hoppy like you would expect, very citrusy, but not overly acidic. Orange peel and lemon citrus....also some other fruity phenolic flavors. Nice malty balance.

Mouthfeel...Nice full body, not overly alcoholic for a 9%.

Drinkability...the 9% makes this a tough session beer. Even still, I would drink 4 of these and be one happy dude.

I give the 90 minute Imperial IPA my best score ever. Pick up a 4 pack of these and you will not regret it. Also support Dogfish Head whenever possible so they can continue to brew these malty wonders!

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

I had the 120 minute IPA before this and absolute loved it. However due to its strength one is more then enough. This younger brother is absolute fantastic though. Upon opening the bottle it get stone fruit from the noise mostly apricot, but an entire sweet aroma is there. The head is thin and fades pretty fast but being an IPA I dont expect much of one. The biggest thing to me though is I can feel the care that went into this brew. You can tell that however master minded this brew cares and knows about what is going on in the bottle and wants to make sure the fullest amount of enjoyment is achieved by ever person that buys this brew.

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

The ol’ doghead, eh? 90 minute boil and 9%? Com’on gimme more! Oh yeah, great amber orange pour – disappointing head, but did have lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine and malts flowed into a well balanced quaff – just a touch of floral, nice….. Finishes with a tidbit of orange. Yum, semi chewy and full bodied. Very drinkable, even at 9%.

Self Note: Avery Maharaja matches this one and is 1/3 price.

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

Picked up a bottle at PBC for $2.50 back in April.

Pours a dark orange with a nice 2 inch head that retains very well. Nose is fruity with floral hops and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is very malty, fruity, finishing with a nice smooth floral hop. Mouthfeel is full and extremely creamy, especially the on-tap version. Overall drinkability is great. The high ABV is well masked.

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

This IPA pours a beautiful golden color, it leaves a nice sticky white lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is of hops, lemon, sweet fruit. I let this beer sit for a minute to bring out more flavor and aroma, and as I put it back to my nose more floural and spicey aromas became present. As I tasted this beer I let the beer sit on my palate and so many delicious flavors came to mind, a smoothe, malty, hoppy finish. The taste is carmalized fruits, grape, peaches, caramel, and kick of hops. You can't even taste the 9% abv. This is the best IPA, actually one of the best beers I've had the priviledge of tasting.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with freshness date poured into a duvel chalice (closest I have to a snifter.

A- Pretty looking beer A ruby tinted golden color with a gorgeous two finger off white head that shrunk somewhat but left lots of lacing.

S- Fruity/roast coffee smell.

T- cha ching!!! Nice hoppy tones with a bit of the alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Some spicy fruit notes.

M- Nice and smooth. I like a little more carbonation, but still very good

D- Very good, goes down nice and smooth. I might have to watch myself and make sure I don't drink the other three by myself

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Photo of watermelonman
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very nice orange and gold color with a large head that shrank but lasted well. Lace is everywhere.

The smell is strong and full of hops. Pine is dominant. The taste is very good, bringing bitterness on top of a big and solid malt base. The mouthfeel is solid and appealing, while the drinkability is good.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber-orange color with a large white foamy head. Smell is of HOPS (wow), with pine and citrus notes. The taste of extreme hops follows through. And leaves a magnificent dry after-taste. Great mouth feeel. If you like (or love) hops you will love this beer.

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

Pours the color of glowing amber honey with a momentarily dense off-white head that leaves gobs of sticky lace as is settles into a ring.

Big juicey hop aromas of sweet orange peel and tangerine dominate the nose with a solid malt presence of caramel and brown sugar.

Hops explode onto my palate with a bittersweet blend of tangerine and grapefruit, pine, honey, light caramel, and seared brown sugar. It leaves my lips feeling sticky ands slightly sweet.

Big bodied with a slick, tongue coating, creamy mouthfeel and a long trailing finish of vicious hops. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Thanks Gabe!

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Photo of Crotor
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant pale gold with 1.5 fingers of dimpled white head with good retention.

Definate caramel malt in the aroma, a bit of toasty bread too (what kind of mash do they use?) and some grassy, slightly spicey hops.

As it hits my mouth it's syrupy smooth with minor hop flavors attached through every moment of taste impression. The same grassy, slightly spicey, slightly floral hops that make up part of the aroma permeate the entire duration of the flavor profile. Toasty malt syrup melded with floral hops? Perhaps a bit of tannic harshness in the very back, barely perceptible - I guess that's what you get from such a long hop boil. Interesting... Overall, very low hop bitterness for a DIPA, and actually low hop flavor and aroma too, but the flavor and aroma are so expertly intertwined with the malt flavors that I can't deny that this is an excellent beer. It's just one that is so different from the standard DIPA that I've grown used to.

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Photo of Romulus141
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very nice color to it. A medium amber that glows in the light. It pours with little to no head, and it delicately sticks to the glass that it resides in. The viscosity looks hearty.

The smell is pleasant and fruity.

The taste has two stages to it. The first stage is a semi-sweet stage, in which you notice that it is thick and syrupy. However, the thickness is not intrusive, and adds character to the beverage. The beer slides down the throat comfortably. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not in a bad way. The aftertaste does not linger long.

This is a beer that tastes better when it is NOT ice cold. If the beverage is excessively cold, the sweet taste is obscured and the bitter taste is emphasized. Be mindful of the drink's temperature before you consume.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable beer, and is a great after-dinner dessert beverage. It is thick, and something that one can sit and savor.

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

Pours a lovely golden orange color with a minimal head. Laces easily down the glass during its quick demise. Mellow, appealing nose with subtle hoppiness. Beautifully balanced taste with the hops being prevalent but not overwhelming. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel, just right. The alcohol is really hidden well in this beer. I would never have guessed it to be 9% from the taste. But after drinking a few, you will definitely know that this is a high alcohol brew. Outstanding!

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Photo of beertaster13
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dogfish 90 minute pours an orange honey hue with a very small white head, lacing is very scarce. The aroma is very complex, the tart fruit from the hops will arrive followed by a very soft berry, the alcohol is present, hints of earthy grain. The taste is emaculate, hints of fresh picked berries with the sweet caramel malt, backing up this will be the pine/citrus taste from the hopped, alcohol looming. Medium bodied and complex. Very drinkable, but as far as a session, might want to watch out, alcohol will sneak up on you. I found this to go great with a greek sandwich.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers out there. Understand why it's about the best IPA in America.

Aroma: Fruits abound everywhere. Citrus fruits, dark fruits, spicy fruits. Definate bittering hops and added spices consequently. Mouth watering to tge smell. Mild tones of ethynol for a high alcoholic beer.

Appearance: Deep coppers, oranges, rust, and browns. Just off from clear (always makes things interesting). Nice off white head rose to about and inch and remained. Medium dense head that laced well. Also a nice cling to the glass as I swirled it around.

Taste: An aggressive blend of malts and hops. Very powering imediately. Malts pick up a lot of caramels, coconuts, other nuts, hints of brown sugar and deep fruits (figs?). Spiced up from multiple varieties of hops--fused well into the malts. Full and rich through the body, releasing multiple flavors as it crosses the palate. Picking up the bittering hops, spices, and citrus at it travels. Finishes full and moist. Most definately alcoholic. Polishes the palate very well.

Aftertaste: delicate balance of lingering malts, hops, and spice. Also develops over the course of a few minutes. Not terribly dry for a 9%er.

Impression: A well balanced, well aged IIPA. Very complex and satisfying. There is a flavor in there for all beer lovers. One worth stocking the frige with.

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Photo of blackie
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours into the glass forming a thin white head. Color is a dark golden amber getting lighter around the edges. Label notching indicates that this beer was bottled on the twelfth month of the bottling year.

smell: Smells sweet! The malt and hop aromas are extremely well balanced, allowing me to easily differentiate them, yet mixing together to form a great aroma. Notes of plum, sweet cereal, grain, floral and piney hops. There is an earthiness and woodiness that suggest a VERY light coffee scent; this may be partially a result of the acidic nature of the hops.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat light, and body is medium to medium heavy.

taste: There is alot going on here. The initial flavors of sweet malt joined with an enjoyable hop flavor yield to a considerable hop bitterness. Plenty of maltiness and plenty of hops. Somewhat vinous in character, kind of like a barleywine, becoming even moreso as the liquid warms. Finishes with a smooth sweet feel overshadowed by a tasty bitterness. The hops seem to have an additive effect as far as the bitterness felt, becoming more bitter in the finish as the glass is slowly drained.

The 9.0% ABV is very well hidden.


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

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Copper/red with a one finger head of white that clings to the glass leaving nice lace.

Nice pairing of malt and juicy hop aromas. Slight alcoholic note underneath.

The taste follows the nose with the malts upfront giving way to juicy hops, but the alcohol is well hidden. I get the impression of an aged barley wine that has been treated well. This is one hell of a craft beer.

The mouthfeel is full, but not oily or chewy. Just heavy enough to let you know you are drinking real beer.

The high abv hurts the drinkability a bit, but the flavor makes you want more.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow. This is a great beer. Pours a beautiful gold to reddish amber with a nice head, and wonderful lace. The aroma is big, a nice floral bouquet, very inviting. Flavor, top niotch, balanced hop attack on your mouth, but not at all bitter, and wheres the alcohol, deceptively hidden at a wopping 9%. i really enjoy this beer, two days after i finally tried it, it is on my bars beer list. This beer is a great treat once a week for a nice sippin hop experience!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poiurs a clear dark orange with two fingers of white head, good retention, and lacing all the way down. Aroma is heavy resiny hops with some notes of citrus. Taste is full of hops as expected, citrus and grapefruit hops hitting upfront and a drier pinier bitterness that ligers afterwords. Throughout, the intense hoppinesss is balanced with a strong biscuity malt flavor. This beer is very full bodied, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. This is one of the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of packetknife
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange-amber, off-white 1/2 inch head that laced all the way down. The hops on the nose are near exceptional (as in 5 = exceptional) with a bit of citrus. Tastes about the same and is really smooth for the ABV. No discernable aftertaste. This will certainly make a regular re-buy on my list, excellent IPA in a market flooded with substandards.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a larger then average head with good retention. Aroma is very floral with some bitterness coming from the abundance of hops. Taste is a well balance between floral and sweet hops and bitter aftertaste. Body if bit thinner then expected but alcohol is well hidden. Great beer but not as well balances the Dreadnaught I had last week.

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle received from a friend coming back from a trip to FL. Amber colored with a half inch off white head that left great lacing.

Very aromatic beer. Citrus & pine hops dominate with some sweet malt and darker fruit undertones. The taste is expectedly very hoppy (herbal and citrus), but surprisingly malty and sweet towards the end. The aftertaste...yikes...is a bitter pine taste that lingers for quite awhile. Seriously, seems like I just licked one of those pine air freshners you see in cabs. Good news is: it gets a lot milder the more you drink.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and chewy. Overall, a good brew I'm glad I was able to try and hope to be able to try again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle kindly sent by kafkaEsb. No freshness date. Gorgeous clear dark golden amber, with white frothy one-finger head. Nose is sweet citrus, grapefruit juice all-through. A bit of grassiness hiding there behind the citrus. Taste surprised me- much more of a malt backbone than I was expecting, quickly met by a grapefruit citrus hops that persisted and hung on the tongue and palate. Mouthfeel was full, chewy, a bit oily, not a dry finish. I liked it. Definitely some alcohol in there, but I like the hops and I find this one very drinkable. Wish I had another.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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