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

No freshness date. Poors in with nice head; not overwelming but has a beautifull bronzebrown and cristalclear beercolor. Nose is very much and very aromatic hops with dryhoparome next to some (amber)maltnotes. Good nose, not 100% fresh but overal more then good.
Sparkling freshness is also litle missed in taste and with that litle sweet. Further again wonderfull with some ambermalt before a huge but fine bitterness comes that's not hanging. In aftertaste there stays this nice dryhopping taste with nice flowery note. More then just a good brew IMO and thanks Jason, think you made me a wonderfull box!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark gold/light amber body, clear. Inch or so of white head, pretty good retention, lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great lacing.

Smell: Hops hop hops. Rich, earthy hops, some light citrus notes too. Some sweetness comes through for a real nice aroma. Cheese/nuts present as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Delicious. Chewy and rich, this beer tastes like it could be a meal. Not as bitter as I thought it would be, less so than the 60 min? Sweet and candi like at the begining, the hop flavor kicks in takes over. The alcohol makes itself known, but not in a harsh way, very warming..yum.

Drinkability: For a high ABV and complexity, this goes down easy. Only thing that keeps it from a 5 is I don't think I could get up to get more after 2 or so!

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

Among the Dogfish Head IPAs, the 90 minute is perfect for this hop head. Sturdier in the hop than the 60 minute, but not to the point of being sticky and cloying like the 120 minute, this ale holds together well through the sip and trip down the gullet, with a strong grapefruit hop start and finish. There is balance as well, and before the hop finish, the two-row malt asserts itself, making for a balanced brew. You can taste the 9% alcohol, especially in the finish, but it's not unpleasant, giving a nice kick to go along with the hop heaven. The copper tones and solid body complete a pleasant IPA experience.

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Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light/medium amber clear color with a fluffy egg white head; excellent lacing

Smell: The grapefruit hops is the first thing that hits you; take a deeper whiff and some other odors break through, such as pine, brandy and a bit of toffee

Taste: Although the hop profile is unmistakable, this is actually somewhat sweet; starts out with toffee and grapefruit; builds into a bit of brandy soaked raisins in the middle; in the finish, the hops return to close the deal, subsuming everything else other than a touch of sweet toffee on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for an IPA; syrupy and oily with a modest amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Wonderful brew, but I sure wouldn't want more than one; there is a lot going on and this beer demands that you pay attention to it

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

12 oz. brown bottle with packaged in notch of 12.

Poured a hazed medium amber sporting a clingy white froth with great staying power. Talk about lacing.

Smell was juicy citrus and sharp pine, straw, alcohol, pepper-like spiciness, and a light metallic wang.

Smooth body with light carbonation. Hops are the main attraction, they start citric, go piney, and meet up with a wallop of alcohol in the finish. Malts don't get lost, though, and add body and flavor up to the finish. Alcohol is strong in the back, and is the one component that doesn't meld.

After the 60 Minute (which I was disappointed in) I can't say I had high expectations, but this was pretty dammed good. I didn't like the strong alcohol finish, but like a bum knee, I could learn to live with it.

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

Nice amber color, pours thick, a promise of the substance of it. Little lace, with a thin head that rapidly diminished (served too cold maybe).

Smell was citrus and floral, with a sweetness not characteristic of other double IPA's I've consumed.

Mouthfeel was very good, thick in a good way. As for taste, this beer does not disappoint. Good malt,and great bitter citrus offset by sweetness approaching honey. Hops from beginning to end, but not presented in an "in your face" way. Finish is truly bittersweet, the hops maybe just barely winning out, but not the desire to have another sip. Complex in a very good way.

This is one of the most drinkable beers in its class, and an example of how unlike beers can be and still be exceptional (I'm thinking of Dreadnaught, a wonderful but very different double IPA). In the running for "best in class".

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Photo of LPorter33
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, dark golden brown with hints of deep red. very minimal head. Pretty average looking.

Smell = Mmm...citrusy grapefruit with some fiesty spices mixed in. A great scent.

Taste = Wow, that's a lot of flavor and a mighty punch. A 5 in my book. Such a gentle warming taste that soothes a parhed mouth. Cirtus: orange, grapefruit dominates. A very noticable taste of spices like ginger and a bit of cloves

Overall = one of the best IPA's I've ever tried. Amazing. If you're a fan of this style, you just have to get your hands on some.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. with no freshness or bottling date - served slightly chilled in a snifter. Pours an amber/orange that is perfectly clear with very active carbonation and is topped with an off-white 1 finger head that leaves nice patches of lace. Strong tropical aroma - oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple, along with biscuits and piney/leafy/herbal hops (I can almost smell the bitterness). By the end of the beer there are notes of caramel and bananas. The first sip shows a sweetness up front followed by a barrage of hops. Well balanced - doesn't seem like 90 IBUs. The flavors are the same as the aroma - even the caramel and banana finish. It is full bodied and the flavors linger on the palate forever (I'm having pine and grapefruit burps). The mouthfeel is smooth at the beginning and keeps improving from there. It warms your chest and will numb your mouth if you swish it around long enough. One of my favorites - I could drink this every day and not get tired of it.

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

I started with Balantine India Pale Ale as my first IPA. I, right or wrong, review in relation to my first, true IPA love. My many case memories of her, that me and my liver have enjoyed (DAMN them for not brewing her anymore).
This is one complex bottle, beautiful toasty scent. Lots o Hops. NOT a chugger, mind you, a sipper and better as it warms. I feel guilty whenever I pop one open. Todd says drink what you like, but this, needs a special occasion. High alcohol, make it the last of a session. I don't get too crazy for many of Dogfish Head beers (Got some Burton Baton Waiting 10 years! YES!), but between this and the sixty, no contest. Go for the 90, cheap bastard!

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

Appearance: A foamy white head with decent retention. A slightly cloudy orange/amber color.

Aroma: A pungent floral hop aroma with exceptional complexity; there is some pine, some lemon citrus, etc. The malt aroma is comparatively mild, but there is a definite malty sweetness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow, intense and spicy hop flavor, a very complex bitterness; flowery, piney, citrus sourness, fruitiness and even a very subtle cinnamon flavor. Still, there is a nice malty backbone, with a somewhat sugary sweetness that balances quite well. A mild alcohol bite, too. Very, very smooth mouthfeel (a bit oily) with moderate carbonation.

Simply exceptional. I’m not particularly crazy about IPA’s, especially Double IPA’s, but this one is just amazing. Most American Double IPA’s are intensely hoppy and bitter, but lack a malty balance. Not with this beer; the rich malty sweetness and the intense hop flavor of this brew make it a real treat, not to mention the smooth mouthfeel. Delicious and flavorful. Highly recommended!

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Photo of ski271
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: the orange side amber with a medium-sized, slightly off-white, creamy head that diminished rapidly down to a stubborn film. Attractive rings of lacing half way down.

Smell: All about the hops... well almost all. A wonderful leafy hop aroma, citrus and pine. Also a hint of clove in there.

Taste: Again the hops are most noteworthy (what did you expect, it’s a Double IPA, duh!). Wonderful big hop flavor, thick with hop oils and grapefruit... But there’s a nice malt backbone that shows itself in the middle (along with a touch of honey) but then gets overtaken again by the hops on the long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily to dry texture, soft carbonation

Drinkability: Hop heads will get there fix here! Marvelously bitey. Anymore kick to it and I think it would detract from the overall experience by wearing out your taste buds. Excellent beer that I recommend to all beer lovers that like the hoppy stuff.

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

I poured this single 12oz. bottle into my Stone IPA glass. It is amber and is very transparent, a little bit of off white froth makes up the head.
The aroma is Alpha acids up the yin yang, err my nose-yang.
This tastes heavily of hops obviously! Like a carbonated pine tree tea with some grapefruit squeezed in. The high ABV warm this one up on the finish.
Feels bubbly a good dose of carbonation / medium bodied on the tongue. I'm all set after about one of these because they are so rich (in hops) and intense. I like my IPAs a little less in your palette, and a little bit lower in ABV. This is more of a treat, kinda like a candy apple.

Overall: I enjoyed this DFH beer as they put quality and interesting brews, but by no means is it my favorite IPA. I prefer the 60 minute, and for now will stay away from the 120.

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Photo of PhillyMonk
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're into hoppy IPAs, you won't be disappointed with this brew. Pours amber with a 1/2 inch or so of creamy white head, and smells exactly like it should: clean, fresh, and hoppy. Slight malty taste at first, but is quickly overwhelmed by smooth hoppy bitterness. Fresh, bitter aftertaste lingers for some time, so you can truly sip this beer over some time. Although alcohol content is high, it is well-masked by this beer's flavor.

This beer is a nice treat if you're a fan of hoppy IPAs/"double IPAs" and don't mind shelling out $9 for four of them once in a while. Definitely a step up from the "60-minute" version.

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

Wow. This is some thick hop juice.

Pours a lovely amber/red color with a 1 finger head. Good lacing on this one. Aroma is citruisy and hoppy. Taste is in your face hops. Wow. It is slightly balanced with some malt presence, but it's more leaning toward the hops for sure. Mouthfeel is slightly thick for style. This is a good one, prehaps the best american example of a DIPA.

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

One of the first few pints from a fresh keg at Firewaters in Hackensack, NJ.

Appearance: Copper gold, completely clear. Frothy, marshmallowy head that clings for dear life to the glass throughout the pint. Beautiful presentation.

Smell: Everything wonderful about hops is contained in the bold nose of this beer! Summer orange blossoms, grapefruity citrus, rugged pine undertones; sweet and inviting. Big time west coast flair. The only "bad thing" about this beer's scent is the fact that it keeps me from taking a sip because I can't stop smelling it! I do not hand out 5s lightly, but this beer deserves it for this category.

Taste: If hops could be concentrated and squeezed to produce a sweet nectar, this is what you'd get. Sweet and citrusy up front, round and syrupy in the middle without being thick. Slight clover honey. Flowers. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth with a rolling sea-foamy feel like an ocean wave retreating from the beach.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. The sweetness isn't cloying. The hoppiness isn't bitter. Every sip leaves you wanting another - if you can quit smelling it and get your nose out of the glass!

My quote of the lunchtime tasting session: "It's like getting flogged with a cat o' nine tails tipped with hops."

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

a murky, dirty orange. Nice head with a tan/cream colour and nice density.

Beautiful fruity citrus aroma of hops. Fresh and ripe.

My first impression is that the aste is a little dull and quite a disapointment compared to the appearance and aroma. Malt is much more present in the taste than the aromas. Has a little bit of an alcohol burn. A few more sips and I can appreciate the taste. A very nice tasting beer, the hops are well balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is harsh and acidic, with the hops giving the beer its bite.
Great session beer IMO. Refreshing and tasty, not at all heavy.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Woooo, this poured like liquid autumn sunshine. Minimal head, but it was still a beauty to behold. I think I could smell this for ages, but I'd need to consult a chiropractor from bending my head so much. Unfortunately, the taste for me left a little to be desired. It's very bitter and hoppy, which is good, but there's a strange aftertaste that reminds me of corn chips. A shame because I love looking at it and smelling it. The smell really makes me feel like I'm in for a treat. One is enough for me, with that weird aftertaste I couldn't stomach another. I will, however, revisit this sometime in the future just to make sure.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange pour with a huge initial white head that required some biding of my time before completing the transfer. Clear with no haze and a good cropping of bubbles traversing through to the surface. Full surface area white head remains perched atop the drank. Random mountain peaks of lace akin to dancing flames lick the edges of the glass.

The smell, a very earthy and freshly harvested mix of citus and pines. Grapefruit, pine sap, and grass lead the charge. Floral and mouthwatering inspiring anticipatory drool. Nary a foreshadowing of alcohol content. In my opinion there is nothing better than the smell of a good IPA. Real and tangible unambiguous scents persist in their full glory. Nothing to decipher here. Upfront and delicious smelling.

The taste is yet another thing of beauty. Perfect amounts of dryness and acidic fruit qualities interplay to produce a flavor that is so balanced and heavenly. Just the right amount of sweetness. There is no presence here that even comes close to being offensive. This flavor is simply unapproachable by the attempts of less fortunate brews and far surpasses the abilities of even the most worthy of opponents. Even the belches are edible and delightful. I could drink myself into a coma and be lain at the doorstep of death on this stuff; only to wake up and pour out another. This one belongs right next to another favorite of mine and shall henceforth be revered as a truly great piece of work. This makes me wonder if the 120 minute will be far more than just a journey into alcoholic debauchery. Gotta try it. Nice job Dogfish Head. This is one bad ass mofo. Delight...

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

An instant classic. bottled: a hazed orange gold ale with a miraculous frothy cap that stays...great lacing... the nose fills with grapefruit and pine over a sweet cooky dough aroma. Marvelous mouth feel...oily with the malts so dense they are syrupy/viscous...all the time balanced by the marvelous citrus-pine hops which turn only slightly bitter in the long finish...a masterful effort...an ale full of malt body and taste in balance with luscious citrus hopping.

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

Dear God. Hops.

This is one of the finest - if not THE finest - American brewed IPA I think I've ever had - and I've had the 120 minute IPA from Dogfish Head.

Yeah yeah, it's got a crystal-clear light golden amber color, yeah, yeah light head with lacy strands along the side. Let's get to the smell....

Hops! Hops! Oh the humanity! I could almost sit with my nose in this glass all day ... almost.

The first sip is bursting with floral hop flavor. None of the overbitter aftertaste that many IPAs suffer from. This one mellows into a wonderful bright and warm sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little deceiving becaus it's lightly syrupy and smooth, but the beer doesn't have an overly sweet character.

All around a great IPA. Just fantastic.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Bones in Somerville, MA.
I have had this brew in its 4 pack before and thought it was a hop bomb...amazing how things have changed in just over a year.
Pours a golden orange color, surprisingly clear...I was expecting a very cloudy look for the amount of hops.
Aroma is very pleasant...citrus (oranges mainly) hops dominate the nose w/ just a faint touch of alcohol.
The taste is very sweet, almost too much at first. The pallet adjusts quickly and due to the fact that this beer is quite thin, it is not overbearing.
I really enjoy its flavor, but again...I am quite surprised at how mellow this offering has become.
Drinkability is decent...although there are other doubles I would prefer, as this one has almost no bitterness and the carbonation is too low.
Alcohol is very well hidden...Dogfish does a great job of masking their alcohol.
Overall, a good brew...looks like I will need the 120 to be truly impressed.

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Photo of nriech
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have only ever had this on tap locally here. Great aroma! The hoppiness is an acquired taste but well worth learning to savor the flavor here. Doesnt particuarly taste like a high alcohol beer. Personally the aftertaste could be a little less sour so I enjoy this beer with some strong flavored foods.

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

Pours a nice amber golden color, creating a small to medium size head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Rings sticking to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is citrus, hoppy, but also a little odd. I always smell a kind of saltiness with all dogfish head IPA's. Don’t know what that’s about but it seems to be a signature dogfish IPA aroma.

Taste is dominated by hops upfront. Middle comes a blast of flavor kind of like sweet and sour. Big piney hops quickly followed by a flavorful caramel, crystal malt flavor. This all happens before the swallow. It’s pretty surprising actually; just amazing how much is going on here. Then a different, more of a mellow, but very sweet malty aftertaste.

Smooth mouthfeel with a good amount of stickiness. Have to expect this due to all the hops.

This is a DIPA with great complexity, which is something hard to achieve in a beer with such a strong hop character.

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

Pouring a deep murky golden color with a nice effervescence this beer lives up to its reputation.

The hop is there in force dominating smell and taste as any double IPA should. However, where so many of the style have tried and failed, Dogfish has taken this high gravity beer into the realm of beautiful balance between malt and hop without losing hop focus.

If you are a hophead I would stay with the Ruination, but for the aspiring hophead this is an outstanding way to get your taste buds wet. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this liquid investment.

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

12 fl. oz.

Appearance – orange-yellow body; sturdy white head; terraced lace

Smell – a bit of grapefruit and a bit of pine; big hops; light spice; this is some exciting stuff

Taste – hops…bam…give me another…hops…bam! A sense of malt shows up early and its pushed out the door. Hops rush in. There’s a good dose of grapefruit-like bitterness along with pine; an insertion of alcohol elbows in

Mouthfeel – initially big oil and solid creamy feel then there’s a pleasant and light prickly crisp shot followed by a slight oily and a bit dry sensation; this is a wild ride; the next ticket is sought

Drinkability – the tinge of alcohol and army of hops causes me to back off a bit, but its so tremendously drinkable; packs a punch late

Here is a truly amazing product. This is my favorite IPA to this point.

Reviewed on 8-14-05
Toasty malts hold on much better throughout. Incredible. Bump the taste to 5.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,825 ratings.
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