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Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 1,161
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 62
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mday on 05-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An unfiltered and 100% bottle-conditioned version of 90 Minute IPA that's dry-hopped with Palisade, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, CTZ, and Willamette hops. Brewed to honor the Rogue Gallery in Portland, Maine, who will also be releasing a DFH designed clothing line in the summer of '09.
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Photo of pat61
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.
A: Hazy copper tinted gold under a 1” finsely bubbled dirty white foam cap that grips the glass leaving thick olines of lace.
S: The nose is not big – traces of apricot, grass, citrus, spice and fruit.
T: Biscuit, apricot, citrus, light sweetness, citrus bitterness on the finish.
M: Creamy smooth, medium carbonation and medium body.
O: Very refreshing, aromatic, spicy and easy to drink.

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Photo of jman42
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a big bottle into a DFH snifter...

A = Deep orange color. Crystal clear. Nice head - not much by way of lacing.

S = Malty aroma - not really thinking it presents much in the way of a hops bouquet even though it is a DIPA. Seems more like a Belgian dubbel to me (and that can be a very good thing). Didn't know the ABV of this, but can tell it is big.

T = Loving this. Malty/alcoholic taste to it.

M = Smooth - almost to the point of oily...let's call it "syrupy".

O = Loving this beer. I think it is more of a Dubbel than a DIPA. OK, it is a Dubbel IPA. Too bad it is retired.

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Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: As a double IPA I was expecting a lot and this one delivered right off the bat. As a bottle conditioned IIPA it poured a nice hazy copper with a sharp fruity herbal aroma that you could smell as soon as I opened the bottle. It may be an IIPA, but this one was more in the realm of a Barley Wine with a thick syrupy mouthfeel and complex taste. The Squall had fat chewy hops with a good balance of biscuity malts that helped keep everything balanced. It was a very impressive beer.

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Photo of Brenden
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 release reviewed 11/01/11

Squall is a chill-hazed amber color with lots of activity and a small, fluffy pillow of off-white head. Lacing is left in a mixture of spotting and lacing in decent volume. The beer is pretty bright, even with the haze.
The aromatics are very nice. There's a strong, complex and well-developed hops bouquet with lots of citrusy, leafy, floral, spicy and perfumey bitterness with good, strong balance from malts and a bit of sweetness. Citrus zest adds a bite to it. Caramel and toffee counter the bitterness while allowing it to rule.
The same big, complex notes are in the flavor, again well-balanced by caramel malts, with an additional light alcoholic heat and a little rawness, citrus bringing a little more juiciness as well as pith. This is a big, hoppy brew that shows off lots of flavor. The finish is a little dry and brings out some raw green stem, almost like young wood, which is actually nice with the caramel coming through and the leafy notes following it.
The feel is good but the bi-polar character of sweetness (just in terms of the mouthfeel) and dryness strobing is tough for the palate to catch up with. Otherwise it's really nice, crisp and creamy.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Flying Dog goblet

I was so excited to find this along with a Fort since I love DFH and want to try as many of their stuff as possible since they got me into DFH. Luckily, this was bottle-conditioned, otherwise I don't think it would of held up as well.

A: It is a nice thick cloudy amber brown with a nice head on it.

S: The smell is of subdued hops, like a mellow and aged 90 minute IPA, such as it is. It has that distinct malty hop smell of citrus and pine, but mainly of the malts. Boozy smells as well.

T: Imagine taking a 90 minute IPA and taking away the hops, that is what it tastes like now. It is like a bare bones 90 minute, since all you taste is distinctive malt backbone of the 90 minute along with the slight hint of booze. I would say that it kind of tastes like a weird or bad barleywine. However, it isn't exactly bad, but it is really interesting. It is boozy malts with a bit of hops.

M: There is still quite a bit of carbonation here but again it is subdued and subtle with only a bit of coarseness.

O: I got to say bottle conditioning is great and this bottle proves it. It has held up surprisingly well for over 2 years. The cover is great as well.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottled in 2011 poured into a tulip.
A: Orange color with one inch head and some lacing.

S: This smelled like pure alcohol. A hint of hops and citrus.

T: Alcohol that's about it. A sloppy beer, no balance.

M: Medium body, decent amount of carbonation.

O:Thought it was more a Belgian Style beer, no hops, smell really going on. Maybe it wasn't cellared properly? Didn't care for it.

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Photo of CASK1
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured to a tulip. 2011 vintage.
Pours a light copper, quite hazy. Off-white head fades quickly, but persists as a ring at the edge of the glass.
Complex aroma. Lots of toasty, bready, caramelly malt. Sweet. High hop aroma of pine, wood, and grapefruit. Alcohol is also evident in the nose.
Flavor is similar to aroma. Cold, the hops are more subdued, but on warming an intense candy-like tangerine flavor from the hops comes out. Very inviting. Medium-high bitterness nicely balances the malty sweetness.
Full, rich body with moderate carbonation. Close to cloying. Significant alcohol warmth, but expected and pleasant. Slightly astringent finish.
Quite enjoyable, but I suspect I would enjoy this one fresher.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle as a gift

Someone gave me two bottles of Squall (2009 & 2011). As I'm sure the '09 vintage is probably past its prime by now, I decided to give the '11 a try before it totally lost its luster, so that is what this review covers.

Poured a hazy, coppery-orange color, a thin bubbly head sank down to a wispy layer; minimal lacing. Aroma is markedly distinct from the regular 90 Minute, hops had faded a bit (this beer was cellared (not by me), not refrigerated), but there was still some citrus and pine in the nose, pronounced bready malts. Taste is rather sweet, caramel malts, a bit of honey, citrus zest, orange blossom, ripe melons, pine resin, oak, some soapiness, and a little buttery from aging, I assume. Mouthfeel is chewy and on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Nice overall, but I'm not really gonna miss this one now that it's gone, since we still have lots of quality IPAs from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from 2011 (3B)

a clean amber pour with about 1/4" of fizzy white head. light carbonation visible from the middle of the glass. great lacing even for an old bottle!

smells of oak, cherry, vanilla, pine, nuts, honey. taste is bitter sweet up front. slight earthy flavor dominated by a sweet honey / barrel aged flavor. this is phenomenal. tastes a lot like burton baton.

medium body, lightly carbonated, a very nice alcohol warmth.

overall an excellent product from DFH, baffling why it's discontinued. really wish they bring it back, even as a 12oz 4 pack.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber. Light head leaving generous lacing. Light citrus, light malt and hop aroma. Caramel malt, citrus and hops. Refreshing light malt and spicy hop finish. Not as over-the-top hop profile of a lot of other IPAs. I like tasting the malt in this beer and think this is a very nice ale. I would gladly buy this again if it were available.

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Photo of zac16125
2.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
2010 vintage
Thanks to baybum for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a hazy light brown/ amber ish color with 1 fingers width of the strangest soap bubble- like head. It doesn't resemble any head I've ever seen on a beer, odd.  It dissipates pretty quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.  That odd looking soap bubble head is pretty unappealing.  

S: Very malty, candied sugar, caramel and sweet bread, some booze, a woody oak like character, a hint of tropical fruits are hidden behind the big malt sweetness.  Barleywine esque but quite nice.

T: Sweet and boozy with a touch of piney hop bitterness on the finish.  Some citrus notes, but mostly just sweet malts and booze.  

M/D: This one is flat (which explains the weird bubbly head) and it's killing the beer for me.  Besides the flat character the mouth feel is rather syrupy.  Drinkability is poor, also due to the flatness.

O: I like sweet boozy beers but this one bordered on a drain pour, mostly due to how flat it was.  I can see the potential that this beer might have had (a good carbonation and a fresh hop profile and this could be something), but it's ages past it's prime.  If this came out of retirement and they started brewing it again, I might try it, just for comparisons sake, but as is I certainly can't recommend.  

On a side note this in no way resembles the 90min IPA.

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Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
bottled date: "2011 1C"

pours a copper/amber tone with a touch of haze and a foamy, beige 1" head... good retention and lacing. very respectable presentation.

aromatic nose fills the nostrils with a citric heavy presence and a touch of floral, maybe pine too; also some malty notes in the background. no wow factor but very good, which could also be said of the flavor, mostly follows the aroma with an emphasis of citrus hoppiness (notably grapefruit) followed by pine and floral. definite caramel malt presense, too. tasty and enjoyable, but nothing that'll blow you out of the water. speaking for myself, of course.

smooth, medium-full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. very drinkable. to me, this an above-average DIPA but not quite an upper-echelon one.

originally reviewed: 02-28-2011

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slow leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is full of tropical hops with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, with some citrus and pine hop as well, with some sweet caramel and bready malts, and just a touch of vanilla.

T - Starts off with lots of tropical hop flavor with lots of grapefruit and pineapple, with some good bitterness alongside some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with more bitterness and a touch of sweet bready malt. The finish is a mix of tropical and earthy hops with bitterness, sweet caramel malts, and a touch of vanilla and yeast flavor.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really fantastic DIPA. The hop profile is really fantastic from start to end with some great bitterness alongside. Balance is spot on here.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle in a duvel tulip. 44 degrees. Pours a hazy orange amber with a 2 inch white head that shrinks to a finger with nice lacing. Aroma is tangerine, lemon, light booze, and a cracker like malt. Flavor is orange, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, mango, and a light biscuit flavor malt. Mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat syrupy. Real good beer, I'd love a fresh one.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled in 2011. Pours a glowing orange. Opaque. One finger white head with very little retention and no lacing here.

Big tropical fruit aromas. Banana, pine. Earthy,caramel, maltiness. Hints of vanilla.

Starts off sweet and malty. Thick caramel malt and sugary sweetness leads to grapefruit and tropical hoppiness and cleans up with a dry piney hop bitterness. Lots of flavor going on here.

This baby is thick syrupy and full bodied. Low carbonation, Finish is dry and bitter along with a little bit of heat. I actually really like this. But not sure if I prefer it over 90 Minute.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass. 2011 batch.

a - pours a hazy amber shade and forms a thin cap of coarse, sudsy, pale yellow foam. retention is good, calming slowly to a thin film and leaves

s - toffee, grass, faint orange.

t - sweet toffee malt up front with some faint citrus notes. a surprisingly strong piney bitterness rolls in to combat the sweetness but ends up losing out. finishes dry and sticky. i'm amazed at how well the hop profile has held up for a bottle that's a year old, but this is definitely headed down the barleywine road.

m - full bodied with plenty of mouth coating gooeyness. medium carbonation with a medium co2 profile.

o - pretty good but kind of hard to drink due to the full body and higher abv, had to take it slow. i think i prefer regular 90 min over this one. i might pick up another bottle to sit on for a while, but if i never see it again i wouldn't miss it.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #139
Served On: 03/16/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.0%
Date/ Code: 2011 Release

This 750ml. bottle was actually a souvenir from my tour of the DFH Milton, DE brewery back in July of 2011. It’s been hidden in the back of my beer fridge since the day I brought it home, some 8 months ago. I’ll be honest - I shed a little tear when I finally cracked it open.

Look: Poured off the top – leaving the sediment in the bottle. Color was a remarkable semi-clear copper orange with a storm of carbonation bubbles floating upward. The head was a cluster of bigger bubbles that slowly reduced down to a patchy beige film.

Smell: Aroma was of a rich pine and sweetened grapefruit. A fruity sherbet note was also there. The nose seemed toned down a little compared to its 90 Minuet counterpart – probably caused by cellaring it in my fridge for the past 8 months.

Taste: Mouth feel was medium. Beginning of the palate was a smooth hop complexity of pine needles and juicy tropical fruits mixed with some alcohol heat. Then hit an intense bitterness that quickly subsided into a dry hoppy finish with some toasted malts forming the aftertaste. That sweet sherbet character was noticeable throughout the entire palate.

It’s my understanding that DogFish is pulling this particular offering from their lineup. It’s amazing what a little bottle conditioning can do to a beer. Plus the fact that this bottle was laid down for 8 months certainly didn’t hurt the intense complexity and hop profile.

*** I ended up swirling the bottle and pouring all the sediment in. This certainly changed things up a little.

Look: Super dark brownish orange color. Almost no light was passing through. Head was a layer of tight off-white spongy foam that hung around like crazy - creating some nice lacing.

Smell: Aroma was basically the same without sediment, except for an earthy caramelized brown sugar that was now included. Otherwise the aroma stayed the same – but was intensified slightly.

Taste: Mouth feel became super creamy. First up was that original bouquet of pine and tropical fruit, only a little sweeter this time. Middle was a way more mellow bitterness that moved into an almost oak-aged character with hints of sweet rum and alcoholic heat. The finish was still of a hop dryness with a toasted malt turning into a lingering bitterness this time.

This beer will always hold a special place in my heart since I got it at my first tour of the DFH brewery. I was actually planning on breaking this one out on a special occasion, but here it is – a regular Friday afternoon, which proves that the beer can actually make any occasion - special.

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Photo of DCon
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1Pt. 9.4 fl.oz. bottle of this with BigDoug @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Darkest Green Labeled bottle w/ a white pirate ship into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no bottled/freshness date.

Aroma- Huge tangerines are clearer than the day in this one! Sweet and fruity hops come across as well. Tons going on here.

Appearance- Pours 2 fingers of bubbly, long lasting head. A dark orange, hazy body is present and thick lacing is left behind.

Flavor- Has tons of strength including American hops, muskiness, and fruit. High Bitterness and huge, upfront hop character from the beginning to the end. Very fresh!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and fruit puckers the palate with a ZAM!

Overall Impression- And this one is retired? I'm not sure why this was but this seemed VERY fresh. A big beer that hits the mouth with a POW! Enjoyed every minute of this one and would definitely recommend sharing this with a friend. The tangerine on the nose... Can't even describe!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wellington glass. Bottle dated 03/2011.

Appearance: Amber slight and I do mean slightly cloudy, with a light-light caramel color head which rises to roughly 1/4".

Smell: This beer doesn't smell it gives you an an incredible aroma....before even putting your lips to the glass it is already giving you a taste of greatness to come. You feel shops, & roasted nuts.

Taste: Malty bitter caramel, so full of flavor it is sad for those who did not have to the opportunity to try it.

Mouth: Very sticking taste which for the taste of the beer it is a great. A beer which taste this f'n good should be complimented with an incredible mouth feel. I am pairing this with sharp cheddar cheese and texture keeps getting better and better.

Overall: Simply one of the best if not the best imperial IPA's. Was easy to find last fall now I noticed as I was reviewing it it's sadly "retired". Some people say this is just an unfiltered 90 Minute, I say it's just tweak that gives you the improvement. Salud!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this one's a bit of a wildcat. Acquired this bottle free as a gift from a kickass bartender (name-dropped below). This one's from 2010 (bottle stamped '2010A'). 750ml of 'we'll-see-what-happpens'.

Poured with some height to create a nice buttermilk colored head of loose bubbles that sat an inch-and-a-half high and has retained pretty nicely. Some nice stick on the walls of the snifter. Two snifters, in total. The first pour has great clarity, the second a hair hazier. Both sport a tremendous reddish amber glow. Nice lookin' beer.

First few sniffs, and I'm getting a lively resinous hop aroma with a slight vinous white-wine tanginess. Smells pretty crisp with a light caramel maltiness. Floral hops with a peachy fruit character tagalong. Picking up a little lemon and, still, that white grape.

Woah! What was this once? And, what has it become? I'm sure the hops were wacky hot fresh, but this year-and-a-half old bottle has great hop punctuality and character. Sweet up front changing to bitter in the middle and the finish is spice and some lingering booze. Let's go over this again. Turbinado sugar pairing with a pound cake malt chewiness. Some more pit fruits like peaches or apricots, and a smack of lime in the finish. The finish also supports some tongue-jolt of tartness. There's a woody/floral hop feature that is wonderfully complex and assertive. Bottle-conditioning did 90 Minute wonders! This is remarkable!

Tremendous mouthfeel. Swishy in the mouth. Low on carb, but it's there just fine. The presence of alcohol is up there and appreciated. Max points on smoothness and body.

I'm seriously blown away. Of the other top-o'-the-line Imperial IPAs that I've had, this one's certainly up there. I may not have had the best of the best yet, but this one has left its mark. Not cool that I can't get this easily, if at all, anymore. Highly recommended. Better than 90 Minute, for sure. Cheers! (And, thanks Dash!)

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Photo of MBrausen
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours od medium-dark orange, slight 1mm foam that settles to light bubbles

S. Smells of lots of sweet pine, and tons of orange peel and grape fruit.

T. Tastes of sweet pine, orange and then more pine, and a sweet citrus and bitter end.

M. Thin bodied, heavy carbonation, tingly feeling, slightly dry finish.

O. A very good beer! Very refreshing, and easy to drink. Super smooth all the way through. A very good beer wirth searching out if your a DIPA fan!

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber in color. Pours 1 inch of off-white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: caramel, malty, hoppy, grapefruit, lemon.

Taste: hoppy, grapefruit, caramel, malty, a bit bitter at the finish. boozy as it warms. tasts a bit bast its prime and some barleywine properties come through.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat boozy.

Overall: Not my favorite IPA, but better than the regular 90 minute IPA.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this beer pours hazy deep golden/light amber color with a thick, clingy off-white head that retains nicely and leaves copious amounts of lace. The aroma is malty, sweet and grainy, slightly musty, with a lot of floral hops, bits of citrus and pine as well. The flavor is a balance of malt and hops. Upfront, sweet and boozy, followed by pine and citrus hop flavor and medium-high hop bitterness. After the swallow a very sweet, full flavor emerges, not great necessarily and really knocks the drinkability down a fair amount. The carbonation is moderate and body is full. Overall I'm a bit dissapointed, I'm not sure if the bottle was not stored properly at the shop or it is just a very average beer, but the balance is way off, too sweet and too malty, it needs hops (and I enjoy malty/balanced IPAs). There are other specialty options worth trying over this one.

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Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, brought back from visit to FL in September. Marked "Bottled in 2011 2A." Poured into a tulip glass. 50th BA review.

A: Clear amber; no effervescence; 3/4" eggshell head that falls swiftly and leaves very little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, biscuit malt and oak; tropical fruit; faint alcohol.

T: Sweet honey, fruit & oak; very mild pine bitterness.

M: Heavy, syrupy body and very light carbonation; very rich and smooth; considerable alcohol warming; finish is a bit dry.

O: Complex, malt dominant; elements are subtly blended. I'm glad to have an opportunity to try this while still available.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. 1 pint 9.4oz
Bottle looks pretty cool, and I couldnt wait to try this one...
Pours a hazy orange/amber honey color. Thick big bubble off white/tan head.
Smells of typical DIPA...hops, citrus (orange/grapefruit).
Wow, crazy flavor! Creamy but crisp. Starts as a hoppy citrus, followed by a nutty (chestnut?) flavor, then the alcohol...then BACK to chestnut! I dont know if anyone else had this nutty flavor, but I sure taste it and its very good. This brew is very unique in every way, and for only $7.99, you really cant beat a beer of this caliber at that price!

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.