Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by zhooker:
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750ml champagne bottle to a pilsener style glass. At first, I am very surprised how translucent and relatively clear the beer is, given the all-caps "unfiltered, unfettered" plastered on the beautifully (if a bit crowded) designed label. The color sits somewhere near the halfway point between amber and golden -- copper maybe. Lots of bubbles clinging to the glass, about a finger of head forms, with little lacing but excellent legs as I sip away.
The most distinctive aspect of this beer might be the nose on it. It is, as advertised, "pungent." The smell is complex and after 7 or 8 attempts to peg exactly what it is I am smelling, I'm just going to go with a "citrus spiciness." If I had a little better spice palate I'd elaborate; maybe I will give it another try 20 or 30 reviews later. It is a deep citrus scent whose acidity has been toned down by the addition of slightly sweet, cinnamon-esque spices. I have no doubt the sextet of hops added post-boil are what is confusing my nose at the moment.
At the first few sips I thought the taste really paled in comparison to the aroma, in terms of complexity. This surely doesn't feel like an Imperial IPA; only moderate hoppy bitterness. It is slightly sweet, and the citrus tones from the nose remain in the taste. Surprisingly smooth. Much more drinkable than the DFH 90 and 120 Minute IPAs, as fun as those two are. It opens up a lot as it warms, and some of that complexity from the nose returns. This is a challenging and complex IPA that can under no circumstances be summed up with the word "hops."
Following that comment, the mouthfeel of the beer is greatly improved by the lack of overwhelming bitterness. When your mouth is taken over by one flavor -- say the bitterness of hops -- it becomes really difficult to locate other flavors. Your tongue and cheeks feel raw, violated. Squall avoids that, and this is a good thing. A sweetness and crispness remain throughout the glass (or two or three).
Overall, I would hope more Double/Imperial IPAs go in the direction this brew takes. The "ri-donk-ulous amount of hops during dry-hopping" (from Sam C's video on the DFH page) come through not in an overwhelming bitterness but a complexity of flavor. Wow, apparently my "hophead" days are nearing their end. Try a bottle of this, if you can get your mitts on one!
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2010 19:13:03 | More by zhooker
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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 1,126 ratings.