Review: 90 Minute Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head

90 Minute Imperial IPA100_0889

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Delaware, United States


  • Original Release Date: 04/2001
  • Style: Imperial/Double IPA
  • Bitterness: 90 IBU
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
  • Price: $2.99 bottle

Description: “Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA., “perhaps the best I.P.A. in America.” An Imperial I.P.A. brewed to be savored from a snifter. A big beer with a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate. 90 Minute IPA was our first continually-hopped beer, which is a method of hopping that allows for a pungent, but not crushing hop flavor. Since introducing the world to the continual-hopping method with our 90 Minute IPA, we’ve since released a continually-hopped 60 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA and even a 75 Minute IPA (a cask-conditioned blend of 60 & 90 Minute IPAs).” – Dogfish Head Crafty Brewery

Before: I happened to like Dogfish Head and their ApriHop beer. I also like their attitude. I cannot help but like that surfer man in all their videos. I should probably figure out what his name.

I picked up the 90 minute IPA because it said someone rated it a 100 on the label and because it was next to the ApriHop. So, I figured that I should take two of them: one that is the ‘best’ in the world, and one that is an unrated beer. I am getting my toes wet with this one. I read that the hops will rip my tongue out; I hope they do not lie! I recommend you hear the interesting story behind this beer at Dogfish’s YouTube, click here. We will see if this stands up to the influence it had on the clerk at the cigar shop.

First sip: Smooth. Nevertheless, this is a heavy beer. It is so heavy that I want a steak right now. I also have a strange urge to go to the gym and box. I blame the Spike I am popping. Either way, I like it.

100_0891The look: The beer in the snifter has a copper hazy color with a creamy white head. The beer has a nice carbonation.

The smell: Taking a deep sniff, the beer is does smell like citrus or sweet, sour and a little ‘earthy’ or what is the hops.


The Taste: Basic flavors are sweet, sour, and bitter.

The front of the palate is damn sweet. You can definitely taste the sugar in the brew. The middle of the palate, you get that sour hop punch you in the face like you made a joke about someone’s grandma…but it was just playing, too. Bitter on the back of palate, but they did not over-indulge. Definitely heavy and full-bodied, I like it. I might have to pick up a six-pack next time I have a grill fest. The flavor is rich and balanced, and not acidic at all.

Rating: Four and a half Stars. There is reason why people give this brew a good name to live up to, because it lives up to it. Moreover, something we have in common (besides being heavy, full-bodied, and rich) is that the beer has integrity. I will say this here, before beers have enchanted nothing and me worse than finding out it was a lie. Which reminds me of a book I am reading Trust Agents, you can read the first few pages here at Amazon (not an affiliate link).

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