TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA pours to a beautiful, bright, deep orange color with a thick and creamy off white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose of this beer is stunning. Huge waves of piney/citric/spicy/resiny hop aromas flood the nose. I shouldn’t say aromas, it is more like intense hop vapors. The palate is firm, you can tell they did indeed use a "ridiculous" amount of malt in this beer, to stand up to the hop character. But this beer is all about hops, and they are in this beer big time. Slight flavors of pale malts pair with intense fruity/citric juicy hop flavors on the palate. 90 Mintue IPA finishes with more hop flavors up front, then ends with a long, dry, very zesty/piney/resiny hop bitterness coupled with a high octane burn that lingers for quite some time.
This beer is amazing. It is a very drinkable beer at 9% abv, so be careful with this one. I would suggest the 60 Minute IPA if you wanted more than a few, the 90 Minute is one you will want to drink sparingly. I can not put into words the depth of hop character in this beer, in flavor and aroma. It dominates this beer, but it isn’t a throat peeling, all out acid wash of hop bitterness. There is some real hop synergy and hop magic going on here, putting the hop character of this beer is a class by itself. Every bit of hop flavor, aroma, and character you could get out of the hop varieties used, are squeezed into this beer. You would have to taste this beer to understand what I mean. This beer could stand hop for hop with the best of the best from the PNW, and truly is one of the most exceptional "Imperial" IPA’s on the market. 90 Mintue IPA is a hop head’s dream come true. If you love hoppy beers, then this beer is a must try, and a holy grail of a beer. It is a bit pricey at $8 a 750ml bottle, or $12 a 4 pack of 12oz bottles, but worth every penny, and then some. A perfect aperitif beer, or a beer to enjoy and relax with after a brutal day at work.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden with a light head. Citrus aroma. Flavor is full of citrus and a slight bit of honey. Sits nicely on the palate but nothing incredible. Pretty good brew.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a nice golden color with a small off-white head. Aroma was very hoppy with a bit of spicy citrus. A medium smooth body with a malty flavor that finished very hoppy.
pjyielder (9) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heard such great things about this one, and it didn’t disappoint. Very nice pour from the bottle; the color is a reddish amber. The aroma only hints at how good this beer tastes. The flavor is one of a kind. Very smooth, with a unique, almost velvety mouth texture. Hints of grapefruit and bittersweet chocolate, with a good balance between malt and hops. ABV is 9%, but you can’t tell at all. Let this sit in your mouth for a few seconds at just-below-ice-cold and the torrent of flavor becomes a real joy. I’m very impressed. Extra helpings of love went into this one.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
sarah3961 (29) - allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super tasty beverage. Amber, clear, big head. Not too sweet- floral hoppy flavor that makes me happy. Not overpowering- pretty easy to drink. Doesn’t particularly taste like a strong beer.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This might be my favorite of the X-minutes--in the middle in several nice ways--although they are all oh-so-good. This one pours a burnished gold with fluffy head, beautiful grassy blossoming hop aroma, smooth malty taste with grapefruit and honey that can stand up to that big bold dry-hopping, nice creamy mouthfeel.
ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Poured dark gold with a light yellow-ish head that was fairly large. Very, very smooth. Maybe the best IPA I’ve had to date. You’d never know the alcohol content is that high. Very nice.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 (Bottled on 11/10/05) Light golden amber with a thin fizzy off-white head which mostly goes away. Powerful aroma of aromatic hops. Some fine lacing. Mouthfeel slightly syrupy, sticky (is this a DFH trademark?). The flavor is sweet then bitter. Aftertaste of hops. Easier to handle than the 120 Minute which will kick you in the ass quickly. This also seems less carbonated. Very much the same beer to me, just less extreme. Would be easier to go back to. Updated 7/12/08: Well I had this again at a DFH beer tasting and finally realized just how good a big IPA it is. Really not overly sweet as I may have felt before. The wondrous hop bouquet is as fresh as any I’ve tasted in a beer. Just so fresh and alive tasting, even from a bottle. Lovely caramel and vanilla malt base. I’ve had more perspective on this style since my first rating and now put it up there with the best.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another excellent take from dogfish. I love you man. Had this in a sampler at a dogfish restraunt in Gaithersburg. The rueben was steller, and this was best of batch in my opinion. It takes the 60 and turns it up just a notch, smooth a small hint of alcohol. Beautiful lacing and god am I salavating