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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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to richardflyr for this in person trade.

Revisited: 14 Jun 12

This beer is totally different from the last few times I had it and the original review. I just had to write a more current review.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden light amber color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, sweet, with some hops. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little hop note, and slightly spicy. Medium body, ABV still hidden very well. Overall I had to bring these points down, this is just a medicore DIPA to me now.

WOW this beer is awesome. Pours a clear golden yellow, not much of a head, but leaves some nice lacing. This beer has an different scent than other IPAs I've had, barley, hops, nutty, fruity, and spicy. The scent hits you the second you open the bottle. I really like the taste, kinda sweet with a little bite at the end. The body is light. For a 9% ABV beer you would never know it, Dogfish Head hid the alcohol very well. This is a very highly recommended brew.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal copper color with a frothy tan head that retains well and lively carbonation rising to the top. Aroma is big, juicy hops; citrus (mainly grapefruit with hints of lemon and orange rind) and a slight piney smell as well as a lightly sweet caramel background. The flavor begins with a nice juicy hops profile with big citrusy grapefruit, slightly floral and mineraly, piney, and herbal flavors, followed by sweet caramel and lightly bready malt character to balance. The finish is drying and fairly bitter, but less so than your typical DIPA which makes it all the more drinkable. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a big body and the drinkability is pretty good ( i can only think of one other DIPA more drinkable...thank you Stoudt's), alcohol is noticeable but not intrusive and this is one of the few DIPA's I could drink more than one of in a session...very nice beer by DFH

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Photo of orsulacp
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy orange - copper color with small white head. I smell some sweet grapefruit and that is about it. Slightly bitter, actually just right, then some citrus and then the sweet malts take over. Low carbonation, there is an oily feel to this from the hops. It is quite drinkable even with the somewhat high alcohol content. Nothing dominates here but it all goes together very well.

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Photo of Tim460
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bronze color with a small white head. Lace clings to the side of the glass while drinking. Strong smell of hops followed by citrus. Smells amazing. The hops hit you first then the taste of malt kicks in to bring balance. The taste is right up there with the smell, its fantastic. Incredibly smooth. Maybe the smoothest IPA I've tasted. A subtle warming feel in the back of the throat from the alcohol. Quite drinkable for its strength. An amazing IPA that I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad I live next to a state that can pretty easily offer goods my home state doesn't provide. Way to go Wisconsin.
Nice grassy, herbal, green hops with an intensity that's very powerful and remains through the whole glass. Enough somewhat sweet malt presence that forms a sturdy and steady background (Maris Otis?).
Golden amber with orange/red. Very slow building head that eventually builds to a solid one inch of dense off-white and then slowly dies. Heavy lacing.
Both malt and hops present boldly from start to finish (with each drink and in the whole glass full). I really like how neither dominates or overwhelms the other and that both remain present throughout the drink. Malt flavors are heavy and not especially sweet. Hops are bitter with a resin and a slight grassiness.
Very heavy and chewy with a dense carbonation that lends a creaminess. Still a bite from bitterness. Warmth from alcohol.
I like the lack of American style hops, which offers a different version for this style. Heavier than others I've had, which I have a mixed reaction to.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale amber with a soft white head.

Smells like a crazy bouquet of citrusy hops, but I can still detect a hint of malt. Makes my mouth water just to smell it. This may have the best aroma of any beer I have tried to date.

Tastes like a perfect balance of citrus hops and malt. For all of the hops, there is not as much bitterness as I expected. There is still a nice malt backbone. Perfectly balanced.

Body is perfect for the style. Nice and meaty with a creamy finish.

Even ay the high ABV, I could drink this all the time.

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

Pours a semi-cloudy bronze color with a small, creamy white head. The aroma is huge. Fruity, herbal, slightly grassy. Very relaxing. The flavor is as big as the aroma. Hops are everywhere. The mouthfeel is slightly less than full bodied.. Overall, this brew is truely wonderful. I only wish it were available in Minnesota.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, two years ago I would have had nothing to do with the 90 minute. How two years and 200 plus reviews can change a man's taste. This is one of the best beers I've tried hands down. Geat balance of extra hops and malts. The alcohol doesn't overpower the taste or smell. Nice orange-copper hue with good carbonation and head. Without eating anything for 8 hours before, this one actually gave me a nice rush. I'm not sure if I could handle the 120 minute yet. Can't wait to see this around North Carolina soon.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mc chris made me do it (Fett's Vett)

App: I was surprised by how light this brew was. Not that it was light as compared to other IIPAs. But for some reason I was expecting something darker. It was a pleasant surprise.

Smell: Thick molasses hop pudding. With figs.

Taste: Velvety smoothness envelops the mouth area of the face. At the same time, the Chocolate Hops Authority unleashes its namesake on your mid-tongue. The hops are not at all sharp, but still very strong in a different way. I just remembered that I had a dream about beer last night and it tasted a lot like this.

MF/D: For a IIPA this is very drinkable. As long as you sip it.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- light gold body with a frothy offwhite head. laces very well

S- strong floral hop aroma, spices, some sweetness

T- very balanced hop bitterness. nothing really comes through that is overpowering. lots of spices in the finish with some sweetness showing through. alcohol is detectable but no overwhelming.

M- thicker body then i expected. carbonation is medium and overall there is a rich creamy feeling.

D- despite the high abv, the smooth balanced taste make it very easy to drink.

overall- not what i was expecting from this beer. extremely well balanced and smooth taste. the hop presence is definitely there but doesnt stand out so much that it hurts the drinkability. to bad this stuff costs $10 a 4 pack.

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

Pours a beautiful amber with nice frothy white head, about 1 inch, which slowly recedes leaving some nice lacing. Nice pungeant smell of sweet malt and spicy hops. There are also some fruit complexities going on here too. Smells very nice and very enticing. Taste is definitely mostly delicious spicy hops but there is also a lot of sweet malt here which tries to balance it out, but fails. The effort of the malt does not go unappreciated however- it results in a nice sweetness underneath all those wonderful hops. A little bit of alcohol can be detected in the finish but it hides the 9% quite well. Very nice mouthfeel - heavy but not syrupy and just the right amount of carbonation. Also this is very easy to drink despite its high ABV. Dangerous, and spectacular, stuff.

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Photo of Brian700
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty amazing beer. It pours a clear orangish amber color with a billowy white head. The head sticks around for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.

The aroma is incredibley floral and malty. The hops almost give it a little bit of spice in the nose.

The taste has a great blend of malty sweetness and spicey hop bitterness. It's absolutely delicious. The alcohol is definately present and it gives the beer a nice warming experiance after every sip. This is a good swishing beer.

The mouthfeel is great. It coats the mouth nicely letting you get the full effect of the malt and hop addition. This is a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

I would say this is a highly drinkable beer even with a 9% ABV. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at their brewpub, filtered through "Randall" for extra hops infusion.

The beer pours with a thick dark amber-red body and a nice frothy head and rich bubbles. The smell is phenomenal, being freshly hopped, with very nice fruity and floral hops notes, some citrus, an almost menthol hops not (but not unpleasant), and a hint of malt.

Despite the high IBUs of this beer, and the dry hopping right before serving, this beer isn't as powerful as you'd think in the hops department. The floral and citrus tastes of the hops are very strong, but in more of a fruity than a bitter way. Think bitter orange and you're getting the idea. Night maltiness and a slightly dry but substantial body round this out.

This is not my favorite double IPA, but it's close, and it's very, very pleasant. Worth seeking out.

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

looks like honey with a thick, amazingly sparkly froth. It looks like a white top hat with a sprinkling of new snow. The bubbles struggle to release themselves from the slightly brackish honey. They rise and gather together just below the surface before exloding into the air. Nice show

Smells great, smells like snickerdoodle dough, pineapples, grapefruit pith and lemon ice cream.

this doesn't blow your doors off, it knocks with assurance and walks right into the parlor, and sits down to make a deal. The deal is this: After a couple of buttery scones with lemon curd and fresh cream we're gonna dance around a bowl of mixed greens with orange vinegarette, and mandarin orange garnish. Then we will agree that this is a defining double IPA. There are bigger and badder IIPAs, but if this was the standard babies would cry less.

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

As another reviewer remarked, prepare to get your ass kicked if you're not prepared for this beer. This isn't your run of the mill IPA or double IPA, this beer packs some serious hop punch. The 120 minute is even hoppier, which boggles the mind. Pours a deep copper, nice dense head. Intense floral hop aromas, there's no mistaking what this beer is. Taste is frighteningly hoppy yet smooth, with a huge kick in the end. Mouthfeel is creamy yet almost harsh at the same time. Quite drinkable if you're a hop head, not so much if your not, but still a wonderful beer.

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Photo of methtlcai
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer hurts. But its a good hurt. Anytime I really want to get my ass kicked by a beer I buy this. Pours a pale gold with a nice finger of head but doesn't lace too well or retain its head that great. You can smell this beer from across the room- smells like spice and smoke with intense herbal hoppiness. Tastes the same with an addition of some malty thickness in the far background- I actually described this to someone as tasting somewhat like smoked ham. Has a really nice medium body to it- not so watery like some IPAs. I think this and the Great Divide have claim to the quintessential double IPA

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a slight reddish tint to it. It has about 1/4 inch of foam at first pour that slowly faded to a thick ring around the glass. There are few bubbles rising to retain the head. Thick Belgian lace left behind after tasting.

Aroma: Super fresh and citrusy. I get green apples and grapefruit mixed with a bit of lemon at first pour. There is a tad of caramel coming out as it warms up a bit.

Taste: The taste is totally refreshing, and this is coming from a person that normally doesn't like hoppy beers much. The taste starts out with the citrus in the hops leading the profile, but then the malt kicks in to help lead the finish toward the sweet side of the finish. I guess that is a true statement, because the mouthfeel is really resiny, so I am making an assumption that it is based on malt. This might be pure hop essential oil that I am tasting coat my throat...and in this case it would be a hoppy finish. Either way, you get hops in the beginning, and a sweet and slick finish.

Opinion: This is a very well crafted beer! It is easily a contender with the best of them...in it's own category the way it reacts with your senses is unique, much like a Berliner Weisse. This beer over-utilizes the hop presence like a Berliner Weisse over-utilizes the tart character from it's fermentation. They are both deserving of respect.

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Photo of mentor
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hell yeah, I've moved out of Iowa and now have access to oodles of incredible beers, including DFH products. Bottle obtained from a local liquor store and consumed a couple evenings later. Pours thick and silent. Not a sound. Almost no head forms, just a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a nearly clear rust-orange. Smells mild compared to what I expected. Malty sweet with some citrusy hops and fruity esters (pumpkin, apricot, peach). Some pine aroma upon later sniffs. Tastes really malty smooth with noticable hop orange and some grapefruit pith flavor. An alcohol sting hides behind hop clouds, partly successful because fruity esters tease my tastebuds as a distraction. Nectarine and apricot ride both a volatile aromatic and a clingy oil. Hop bitter comes across as low, as does co-ho hop roughness, but the beer is thick and sugary sweet...I think these hop characteristics have simply been kept in check by equally bold malt. Thick and smooth moutfeel and mildly carbonated. This beer is wonderful.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to believe I haven't reviewed this beer before. I'm drinking one of a 4-pack of 12 oz bottles - do they make the 750ml corked version anymore? 90 Minute IPA pours a deep golden color with a hint of red and a white head that quickly fades to a lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of citrusy hop goodness, with a healthy dose of pine thrown in for good measure. Taste is all hops, all the time, with just enough malt to give a slight toasted flavor and a medium to full body. Carbonation is light. This is a delicious double IPA, and I'm glad that I know a place to get it in NH now (even if it is an hour away).

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Photo of bubrewer
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma on initial pour of this pale copper ale. Pine and grapefruit come to mind from the aroma. Bitterness is truly excellent - round and full and strong, not sharp like many other highly hopped beers. Hop flavor is very good - it's not all about the bitterness. Finish is sweet - likely a highish terminal gravity on this beer, but the robust bitterness requires it.

Well balanced, well liked, recommended.

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

Pours a crystal clear golden color emanating a superb burly white head. Nice lacing left after each drink.

Smell: Piney, sweet and all around delicious smelling.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Very smooth, almost creamy in it's body. Hop bitterness is obviously evident but is coupled well with the malts to obtain an almost sweet finish. This is a very quenching brew. Hops resonate in all their oily glory. Insanely drinkable for a 9% IPA, this could easily become a regular in my session lineup. Packaging boasts that this is America's best IPA. Whether or not that is true is to be determined, but this is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a 12 oz bottle which was poured into a pint glass. Poured a nice, very clear orange, copper color. Head faded quickly but had excellent lacing. The hops aroma was extremely intense, but in a good way. Had a woody aroma with slight citrus notes. I thought the taste came off a bit harsh initially but smoothed out over time. It tasted very crisp, clean, and refreshing but the overwhelming hop flavor may not be for everyone.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a creamy eggshell colored head. Head is dense and frothy. Thick sheeting lace. Smells of...hops. Bitter and citrusy, orange rind.

Taste is variations on the first sip. Goes something like this: hoppy burn, alcohol burn, sticky rich malt. Rinse. Repeat. OK the alcohol burn is understated and slow to build which actually make it quite warming in the gullet. The hops are an explosion and actually burn the tongue a bit like a good habenero sauce would. There is some citrus in there but mostly bitingly bitter herbal hop flavors. The malt is rich and sweet, molasses, burnt caramel and such. Mouth is sticky, the hops for all their glory do tend to get washed on the tongue by the considerable malt but do linger on the roof of the mouth forever. And your teeth. Great stuff, did this one right they did.

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Photo of jakester
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. No date on the bottle, but with this, it doesn't really matter.

Pours a pretty clear light orange with a one finger head of sticky, off-white foam. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Slight carbonation evident.

Aroma is piney/ herbal, with a little citrus thrown in to boot. Chewy carrot cake like malt, toasty and caramel-y. Aroma is more subtle than I was expecting.

Flavor is a luscious, creamy toffee malt base crammed on top of a big but not too big bitterness. Pine needles, hay, fruity esters abound in this one. For everything that's in here, it's absolutely balanced. The 9% ABV is very well hidden. Barely noticeable at all. Aftertaste is pine needles and herbal cookie dough.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. This is like a mouthfull of heaven. Lip smacking sweetness coupled with hop bitterness grabbing the back of your throat. Finish is sweet/bitter. Just a hint of heat. Awesome!

This is one of the better DIPA's I've ever had. Not as hoppy as Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, but very well balanced, and awesome in its own way.

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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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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 15,318 ratings.
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