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Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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BA SCORE
94
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1,141 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 58
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mday on 05-17-2009)
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Reviews by zhooker:
Photo of 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!

zhooker, May 27, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great to get my hands on this brew,I have not seen it anywhere around my area.Poured into a imperial nonic a deep auburn color with a blooming white head that left massive lace as it settled very slowly.Awesome aromas of deep hop resin,sweet alcohol,and fruit.Big and boozy with deep pine resin hop flavors,slight leather and candied fruit comes through,it becomes pretty alcoholic as I drink more.If your a fan of big hops and big alcohol this is for you,I liked it,I liked it alot,but it can creep up and get ya.

Bottled on 4/16/09.

oberon, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2009-2

This is a fantastic looking beer. It's sunset amber with a thin, but perfect white head. It seems to glow in the light.

The aroma is nice, faint, but nice. Kind of reminds me of cake icing. Chocolate maltiness in there too. It doesn't jump out at ya' with hops.

The taste is pretty malty sweet, a little cloying, but the alcohol keeps it in check. It's got a sticky mouthfeel to boot. There's a mango-grapefruit hop aspect with the signature chocolaty fade that Dogfish IPAs have for some reason. In the end, the sticky sweetness is a little off-putting.

Clean beer, not the most memorable. I'm sure for the price a four pack of 90 minute could deliver the same amount of pleasure. Who knows, this could be past its prime.

brownbeer, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DFH Squall Ipa. 9.0% alcohol. 90 minute Ipa in an unfiltered state and bottle conditioned? Ok I am going to drink a regular 90 minute ipa and review this one after. Why? Because I love DFH Ipa's and i have to make a perfect review due to I may never have this beer again after tonight. Expect a compare and contrast review... Possibly a sip to sip review hey lets try something different.

A- Poured into a Ommegang goblet. Pours a firey orange fluid with a thin off white head that falls to froth and lingers the whole brew begining to end. Leaves stringy lacing on the glass showing hops are present. Similer color as 90 but with more firey body and less head.

S- Fresh grapefruit, citrus and grassy hops upfront. Second is carmel malts and sweet sugar charactors that scream Ipa style. Very 90 minute like. More hop nose than reg 90 in fresh cut grass style. (Not as carbonated)

T-M- Taste lighter than the 90 minute Ipa. Has tight citrus hop charactoristics with a lighter note of malt. Alcohol is present. A fruity front with plum, figs and malted barley show upfront. Second is the lemony, grassy and citrus hops. Backbone is malty and dark roasted malts at that. Malt is more present in this brew than the 90. A beautiful remake.
Mouthfeel is Excellent with smooth and crisp charactors of tight carbonation and warming alcohol esters rolling over the tongue like a waterfall only letting you think is a joke not 9% alcohol. The jokes on the fool whom doesnt know a 90 or Squall is to strong to drink alot of. But the Squall is superior to being smooth as hell. Out of mind mouthfeel.

D- Damn the drinkable qualities! I swear they just lightened a excellent beer to a session that remains a high alcohol beer and called it Squall... its a 90 with excellent drinkablity.

wesbrownyeah, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Evan1023 for this.

75cl bottle poured into a 32oz. large 'pint' glass. Bottled 04/16/09 and drank on 12/23/09

Poured red-orangeish haze with a three finger pillowy cream head. Towards the end of the pour some of the sediment got knocked up which caused some yeasties floating in the beer.

The age has mellowed the aroma. i can still smell a moderate amount of orange/ grapefruit hop in the nose but it is not very powerful.

Taste is pretty clean with a clean moderate bitterness and some grapefruit hop in there. Once again it is not too strong and I'm sure just a shell of what it once was. At the end some alcohol comes through though it is not harsh. Overall just a pretty clean tasting mellow IPA

Mouthfeel is right on where it should be with enough carbonation to be a little sharp on the tongue to compliment the bitterness. It is very drinkable at this point. Much more so than the regular 90 Min although much of that could be contributed to the age factor.

I enjoyed this beer although I could tell it is not as good as it should be fresh. I hear they have bottles newer batches and would love to have it fresh to see the difference. Until then this grade reflects upon an 8 month old bottle.

weatherdog, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

SkiBum22, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a standard pint glass.

First glass with a careful pour comes out mostly clear, amber hued orange in color, with light white head that dissipates very quickly. Despite the thin head, there is a respectable amount of lacing on the glass.

Aromas are rather complex of hops, but there is notable malts in there as well. I was rather expecting to be blown away by hops - not so!

Flavors are well balanced and smooth as they roll over the tongue. This is a very solid flavor profile that is rather complex to describe, but it seems clear that there are many types of hops to experience here. The malt is a bit more simplistic, a rather strong caramel malt backbone only seems to allow the hops to show off a bit. The finish is long and somewhat sweet, but the hop bitterness is ever present. There is a nice long linger of bitterness that is very enjoyable.

Smooth. Balanced. Enjoyable. Man, these guys at Dogfish Head can really do an IPA well! If you are a fan of hops, you gotta try this one. Outstanding.

SIRIUS2, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish orange pour with a solid quarter inch of off white bubbles on top. Good active carbonation. Aromas start off with a mix of caramel and cotton candy malt sweetness enveloped by a nice mix of pine and citric hops. Somewhat earthy and spicy as well with a yeasty twang.

First sip brings sweet malts upfront with caramel and cotton candy accents. Big piney / citric hops roll in with an earthy, resinous quality as well. Bitterness is well played along with a nice yeasty spicy kick. Resinous hops on the finish. Well played.

Mouthfeel is on the maltier side and a bit heavy with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty DIPA and I enjoy it more than the standard 90 Minute (which I wish was still bottle conditioned). Overall, glad I picked this up in FL as it was the last one on the shelf.

orbitalr0x, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The beer was a clear, dark golden color with a thick ecru head that left a lot of lacing. A sweet malt aroma, along with citrus and pineapple. Taste followed form, with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and biscuit all there. A well-balanced beer. The alcohol was subtle, but present.

lordofthewiens, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/29/10; no freshness date

Pours golden brown with orange/copper hue and two fingers of head that dissipates rather quickly.

Surprising amount of malt in the nose (caramel), though the hops are definitely present as well; some alcohol present as well.

Taste is similar to the smell. I surprised how malty it is. I've have had the bottle in the fridge a couple months, but think it was pretty fresh when purchased, so don't know how much the hops have faded. Still get the hops on the finish, but tastes like an aged DIPA; a bit sweet as well.

Not a lot of carbonation; kind of sticky; coats the palate and lingers for awhile.

Even though this is smoother than 90 minute, I think the drinkability is a bit lower. I like 90 minute more (more hops) but this is a pretty tasty brew.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of marvin213
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An intentionally aggressive pour leaves a massive head with massive staying power. Thick lacing sticks to the sides as the foamy goo oozes toward the bronze liquid. It's maybe a wee bit lighter in color than a Burton Baton, and it does indeed look like 90min on steroids.

It smells like strong, high-quality hops, but without any sort of citrus- or fruit-type support. It's like a 90min with less malt odor. Like other DFH brews, it's got a raw, pure quality about its aroma. Is it unfiltered hops--but I see no sediment. Perhaps it's more just the quality of the hops involved. It's probably the first time a beer has smelled like Dogfish Head to me--and it's quite pleasing.

The hops bite--bitterness smacks the tongue-tip as the malt backbone struggles to hold up. It's unbalanced, and I like it. I'm convinced that there's something in the fettering or filtering process that must rob some goodness from beer. Still, why don't I see sediment floating in this one? My chief criticism here involves that it is so similar to 90min, but that's basically how they marketed it...I'm over it. Not as unique as other DFH 750s but, again, it's more of a new take on an established beverage. I unequivocally prefer the Squall to its lil' 90min counterpart.

The feel is sharp and bitter. It's hoppy. I appreciate how it still seems to have flavor without any of the west coast style fruitiness, or some other additive (e.g. honey). Since it is so hoppy, I'm further convinced the quality must involve hop selection--not just hop type, but the chosen nuggets. Really, it's bitter with flavor--far from biting into an aspirin.

Drinkability here is good, but it's a limited batch and was a pain to finally get it here to the Carolinas (kudos to travismiller15 for making it happen). If I could really score this for $8 at any area bottleshop, I'd surely include it on regular rotation. Since I may never see another one, drinkability is the worst.

marvin213, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, bottled in 20112A. Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a medium frothy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon, caramel malts and peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, some melon and some spicy peppery hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, an OK DIPA. It's still kind of subdued. Better than the Hellhound though.

Beaver13, May 20, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a bottled on date of 04-16-09.

Appearance: The body has a slightly hazy, deep amber color with a tall "egg shell" white head on top. My second glass has some small yeast floaters hanging in suspension within the hazy body. The head has good retention as it hangs on till the end, slowly fading to a much smaller covering as I drink. It is very thick, foamy and clings to the glass, leaving cool lace rings on the glass.

Smell: There is a solid hop presence in the aroma with notes of lemon oil and grapefruit backed up by sweet sugary cereal maltiness.

Taste/Palate: This one is big and full bodied loads of hop complexity playing with an equally big sweet maltiness. From the hops I get citrusy notes of lemon, grapefruit and orange marmalade as well as mellow pine notes. From the malt I get notes of sweet cereal and bready grain. I am also picking up light hints of tart cherries and nutty almond like notes. It finishes with some drying yeast notes and solid hop bitterness. The palate has a smooth fine carbonation and texture.

Notes: Overall it's a lovely beer with good complexity and a fairly well hidden 9% abv. The bottle conditioning gives it a fantastic palate. This is now one of my favorite dubbal/impereal IPA's.

generallee, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a big white head forms. The head laces on the glass and leaves great curtains.

The aroma is full of spicy hops. The malt back come through but it is dominated by hops

Whoa the mouth and taste are very different then the aroma. the mouth is full of silk smooth maltyness and hops. The hops are fresh and have a fruity and sweetness. The taste ends with an earthiness from the hops and what seems to be a mid roasted crystal malt.

bishopdc0, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev -4.3%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
Photo of mikechance
2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice orange/rust color with a 1/2 inch from a 22 oz bottle. I didn't pick up much in the smell just a little alcohol and a hint of the malt. For me it was a fairly boring tasting beer. Not much stood out. It was much closer to a Belgium style beer than a Double/Imperial IPA. It just lacked everything…no distinctive smell, hops or male flavor and kind of flat aftertaste.

mikechance, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml pours a crystal clear and radiant orange amber body with a medium sized almond hued head. Excellent retention and abundant patch lacing all over the English pint glass.

Aroma is bold, with waves of caramel and citrusy apricots. Pink grapefruit and pine notes are underneath.

Medium full body is coating and slightly resinous with hop oils. Moderate carbonation.

Taste has a grapefruit and pine hop bitterness throughout. Honeyed caramel malt sweetness balances without being overdone. Hints of ripe apricots and mangos add a tropical interest. Alcohol is hidden very well.

One of the better DFH brews I've sampled. A very close kin to 90 Minute, but better.

merlin48, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.99 for the 750 bomber at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. "Bottled on 4-16-09" etched onto the bottle. Pours darker amber, clear, under a long lasting typical khaki head head that leaves tons of sheeting and thick stick. Mostly dark malts in the nose with a faint whiff of soft hops. Rich, thick, smooth, very enjoyable, quite malty offering, Hopping is appreciated mostly in the finish and the post finish. Dryin up late in the mouth. Regal, heady brew at 9%. But the alcohol is well hidden and drinkability, at least for me is quite high. Tasty, tasty malty IPA. An instant favorite, hopefully this stuff will be put into mass production and therefore mass availibility.

Billolick, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Homebrew35
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours one and half fingers worth of creamy orange/tan head. This fades to a very nice solid cap of mostly cream with some big bubbles mixed in. Very heavy creamy lacing remains on the glass during the sitting.

Smells awesome! Floral with distinct notes of lavender. Vanilla and lemon like a nice lemon meringue pie.

Taste is sweet Carmel and honey. Some subtle oak, tobacco notes mixed in with lemon and vanilla. This is very complex and pleasing. Thank you DFH, as much as I may not have been blown away by 90 min, this one is a SQUALL. The finish is also complex with some late sweetness, some earthy citrus notes and a good amount of coating oiliness. A touch of warming alcohol as it goes down the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel is simply just like 90 min, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer. Very complex, new flavors come through with every sip as it warms up.

$9 for a 750ml, Bottled 2011 2A

Homebrew35, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a nice mix of caramel and orange citrus. It has the balance that I expect from Dogfish Head IPAs. The flavor is a mix of pine, orange and resiny hops with a strong caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a DFH off-centered pint glass.

Pours a rich golden/amber color with a decent 1-2 finger fluffy white head that really came outta nowhere. Instantly after popping the cap I could smell the hops. This smells much better than the regular 90 min IPA, even a couple months old it still smells really fresh and floral.

Taste is quite sweet with a good amount of hop bite to back it up. However this thing is really syrupy and thick, similar to 120min or a big barleywine. Still very smooth and easy drinking but just a little sweeter than I like my IPAs.

I had this on cask before it was released in bottles, and it suffered. Much better now that it's had some time on it. Also, the best beer for the price.

kingcrowing, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Tabni
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.