Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
4.18/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Spotted this at the store today, heard about it before and was surprised to see it here.
A: Was a little nervous when I only heard a tentative hiss when I popped the cap on this bottle. Had to give a pretty strong pour be the head eventually does for, though it is rather soapy and loose when it finally comes around but this being basically a home brew it makes sense and lasts for quite some time. The color on the other hand is very interesting, which is to say very pretty. Looks a big pink when put together with the golden orange and oak.
S: Love me some Amarillo hops. Bright and citrusy opening which then paves the way for that familiar malt sweetness that I'm used to seeing out of the 90 minute IPA. The deep I get into the aroma of this beer the sweeter and mellower the hops become with citrus giving way to ripe melon and/or papaya.
T/MF: Wait I just realized this is a bottle conditioned beer. Shit it makes sense now! It feels like it was just pulled from a cask and the loose soapy head re-confirms my suspicions. Getting into the beer finally because damn is it tasty. Flavors of peach, sweet, ripe melon, caramelized doughy biscuit. Feel is soft, it seems to fall around the tongue rather than sit on top and bubble.
D: An excellently crafted beer. Would love to be able to bottle a beer like this myself one day. Alcohol is basically a non-entity here past a mild heat in the middle of each sip. The sweet fruit flavors and DIY feel and attitude of the beer makes for an awesome take on the original 90 minute version of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2010 02:37:59 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.36/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 19:35:13 | More by brurevu
Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,123 ratings.