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Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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1,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 58
Gots: 136 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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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Ratings: 1,150 | Reviews: 727
Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Premiere Gourmet, stored roughly 7 months. Of course, this bomber required sharing, and boy was it popular! Complex hop aroma.Citrussy, minty, mostly well malted. Medium yellow colour, nothing outstounding. Good mouthfeel, drinkability, and aftertaste.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Nice thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of hop aromas: citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops. A definite aroma of pineapple and pineapple juice comes out as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest and pine hops, tropical fruits like pineapple, and some sweet malt. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip fades quickly. This beer has a great level of carbonation which makes for a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA with nice hop and tropical fruit smells and tastes.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled 2009-2, so I'm guessing it's the November 2009 batch. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a reddish copper that's not entirely transparent. Had to do a very hard pour to get a good two-finger head on it, although the score is somewhat saved as the lacing is pretty sticky on the way down. The smell is primarily that of sweetened malt, and the 90-minute base is definitely there in that regard. Somewhat of a hop presence, a bit of citrus and floral notes. Nothing too strong, but the Amarillo dry hop is the one I can sense the most.

The taste is quite sweet, with a little bit of sweet fruits, primarily cherries. Not overly sweet, and there is a bit of alcohol presence. The hops aren't bouncing out in terms of aroma or flavor, but much of the bitterness is definitely there. A bit of caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy, and the carbonation is actually not too lacking, which is a surprise given the lack of initial head on the pour. Drinkability is pretty good--a nice malt backing with a little bit of hop bitterness.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus, floral and pine resin hops as well as caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and well balanced between flavors of sweet caramel malts and the mélange of hops. Only a slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and a bit thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable because the malty sweetness is well balanced by the hops. No traces of alcohol are detectable in the taste.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber, murky

S: Lemon and hoppy smell. Not unlike the 90 minute.

T: Toasted barley, citrus likely grapefruit, orange and lemon. Hoppy of course.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Hangs onto the palate. Definitely can feel your submandibular ducts contracting on this one.

Overall: Like most DIPAs, this one gets your attention with its taste and mouthfeel. It is hard to tell the difference between the 90 minute and this without having them at the same time. A good beer overall.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009-2nd bottling (Nov)

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a surprisingly creamy head; decent stickage and lace

Smell: Floral citrus from the dry-hopping though the caramel malt is not shy about demanding attention as well

Taste: Opens with a blast of sweet malt and citrusy hops and the sweet/bitter flavors build toward mid-palate; the malt is very sugary while the hops bitterness edges towards aspirin; after the swallow, the hops tend to dominate although there is residual sweetness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would prefer this beer to be a bit more attenuated; the sweetness is a tad overwhelming and the bitterness lacks the really grapefruity aspect I was hoping to find

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squall has the finger prints of 90 Minute all over it. The dry-hopping and bottle conditioned nature of the beer has a pleasant impact on the beer.

The obvious color of glowing copper carries a creamy white head that is constantly fueled by the steady stream of carbonation released from the bottom of the glass. An ordinant amount of sticky lacing clings to the inside of the glass as the beer somehow disappears.... quickly!

Fruity, floral, and perfumy hops take precidence in the nose. I would have expected a massive burst of citrus but those sharper notes ride pleasantly among all the other hop compounds. Though quite hoppy, the beer shows restraint and firmness. The lightly caramelized malts provide the same foundation to this beer as it does in the 90 Minute, and with relatively no change.

Complex hoppy flavors definately stand out of the original recipe's design. Along with the grassy, grapefruity mix, the Squall also delivers flavors of orange zest, lemon grass, pineapple, honeysuckle, and other softer fruits that fade into the estery/yeasty character. Bittered for a clean bite, the beer's intent is obviously to showcase the hop flavor and bitterness. Bitey alcohol flavors and mild detergents come along with the differences but these flaws are slight.

The bottle conditioning gives the classic creaminess in the initial sips but it seems like Squall fades quicker and more completely into a malty-dry and cleanly bitter, refreshing manner better than the original 90 Minute. Could be just me?.

Ultimately, this is a good variation of the 90 Minute but I want to see it go further- I want to be wowed by the dry-hopping, or to be overwhelmed by the bitterness, freshness, texture... .something. But it just turns out to be a great beer instead.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy golden yellow color. The head was big and as it settled the lacing grabbed the glass. The smell of the beer was lemony and hoppy. Not too much else going on in there that isn't in the regular 90 Minute. The taste of the beer is hoppy with some citrusy fruit flavors and a bit of pine also. The mouthfeel is very smooth and highly drinkable. Overall its a great ipa and I'm very glad I tried it.

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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls."

--Bruce Barton

Ferric oxide orange with no hint of haziness so far. Since this ale is bottle-conditioned, the yeast should be entering the glass on the next pour. A barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking was not a good sign. A high-altitude pour has produced a smallish slice of sun-bleached sand colored foam that is more bubbly than dense.

The aroma is appropriately Double IPA-like, with less pungent hoppiness than expected. Perhaps the shortage of bubbles is the culprit. If blinded, I would have guessed one or more of the C-hops (orange and grapefruit), but beyond that it would've been hard to say. This brew is dry-hopped? Really?

Maybe it's the bottle-conditioning (actually, the lack thereof), but Squall IPA is not as good as 90 Minute IPA... and 90 Minute is far from my favorite version of the style. Although the mouthfeel takes the biggest hit, the flavor profile takes its lumps as well.

First of all, the alcohol isn't buried as well as it ought to be. Squall has a slight solvent-like vibe that shouldn't be present in a Dogfish Head brew. The malt tastes like sugar cookies drizzled with caramel and the hops are still candided citrus peel-like. Nearly six months in the bottle must have tamed the lupulins to some extent. At least it tastes like it has.

The body/mouthfeel seems smaller than it is thanks to a serious lack of carbonation. The beer isn't flat, but it's in the vicinity. Sorry, but this has to count as a bottle-conditioning failure. Only my penchant for calmer than normal beer keeps the mouthfeel score from falling another notch.

Depending on my mood, American IPA or DIPA is my favorite style of beer. Thus, I tend to give most versions a fair amount of leeway when it comes to scoring. Squall isn't a perfect storm, though. Far from it. It was a good idea Sam, but you didn't quite pull it off this time.

*originally reviewed 10-04-2009. Thanks a million to dyan for a masterful job of retrieval.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep amber, very hazy, almost opaque in color. A small off white head at first, maybe one inch. Faded quickly and only left behind a small thin layer on the top. No noticeable carbonation. Looked thick.

Very very deep citrus. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Very sweet and bitter, almost harsh, but in a good way.Lots of extremely bitter citrus hops. Almost like eating a fresh grapefruit it was soo strong. Alot of alcohol as well. Definatly a sipper. This thing can clear the sinuses for sure.- Very smooth despite of the harshness. Not alot of carbonation left it a tad bit syrupy. But for a strong IPA, its nice to have them kinda thick. Very very dry finish left you yearning for another sip.

A true sipper, there is just no way you can drink alot of this, unless you are looking for some issues.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-copper body with a bubbly head that, regardless of a vigorous pour, can't get much loft and doesn't hang around for long.

Smell: Sweetish touch of toasted barley grains, layers of varied citrus fruit wedges, honeysuckle, and some fresh honeydew and cantaloupe dusted with spice with a bit of underlying resin.

Taste: Meanders through light grains, faint bread, and some sweetness, then, it's pineapple, fresh melon cubes, and sips of both tangerine and white grapefruit juices. A few drops of resin and soap, a leisurely splash of warming alcohol. Spicy, citrusy, and boozy on the finish with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Minutely oily on the palate.

Overall: A bit flat and a bit alcohol-forward a bit not to my liking.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

These big bottles of DFH brew line the top shelves of better beer stores south of the border. Very nice to see a few of them now occupying the same shelves here...

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy toasted golden hue, with two fingers of large-bubbled thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some broad mesa-like outcroppings of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of pine and bitter grapefruit, over a subservient bready malt. The taste is citrusy, grapefruit, pineapple and sweet orange hops, more stampeded caramel malt, and a reserved, but undeniable herbal spicy character. No less important - the purported alcohol has gone full native. The carbonation is just on the low side of normal, the body appealingly smooth and creamy as few others are. It finishes still quite hoppy, the pine and citrus meld continuing its dominant stature.

Quite reminiscent of the 90 Minute, duh, but with a more complex, albeit pleasantly skewed, hop profile. Still crazily easy to put back, says current me - just don't ask about tomorrow me...

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.