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Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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1,143 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 58
Gots: 134 | 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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Photo of damienblack
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a russety amber, seems pretty clear, don't see a whole lot of visible yeast sediment. Nice head billows right up and stays pillowey throughout. Smells of muted hops, not nearly as pungent as a straight 90. Taste, nice mellow even hops throughout. Has a bit of malty gravitas to it, but lacks that fight between malt and hops like 90. Kind of a mix of pine and sweet earthiness, a bit of grapefruit. Sweetness comes in late, but it's more of a mapeley sweetness that doesn't really compete with the hops. Mouthfeel is nice and coating, and drinkability is exceptional. I like this a lot better than regular 90, which I'm not a fan of. Here's hoping this becomes year round!

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

750ml into shaker pint on 7/6/09.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange with a slight haze and one-finger creamy beige head that retained well, yielding some attractive lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles darted through the liquid.

S - Obligatory DFH yeast with a potpourri of hop aromas suggesting spicy, citric and piney notes. There's also a good bit of malt sweetness present with plenty of grainy, caramely and burnt sugar notes.

T - Surprisingly, Squall boasts quite a hefty malt presence with equal parts burnt sugar, sweet caramel and toasted grains. However, hops are equally represented with plenty of citrus and piney characteristics.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is bittersweet on the palate and doesn't linger for very long.

D - Great IPA from DFH that falls somewhere between 60min. and 90min. with more of a mixed bag of hops due to dry hopping with several hop varietals. Overall, this is a well-balanced and tasty IPA.

Photo of bboven
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, light copper body with a huge, thick head that wouldn't leave if you pointed a gun at it.

Mostly hops, but that will happen with this dry hop bill. There's also a note of hot alcohol, but the malt is nearly impossible to pick out.

A lot of initial hops fade leaving hot alcohol and strong fig aftertaste. Not bad at all, but I wish a little more malt had shown up.

Just sticky enough from all the hop oil. It begs to be sipped slowly as the flavor lingers for an eternity. Silky, perfect carbonation...wonderful.

A very well-done beer. If there were a little more malt presence it would be perfect.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Damienblack, hell of a guy.

Pours a mean looking, sap colored deep amber with big chunks of sediment. Very little head, solid rings of lacing.

Strong syrupy hop candy aroma backed by a limp, sweet backbone of caramel malts. Sweet pine and alcohol also catch my nose.

Tastes like a mix of pale malts and herbal hops on the front. That's followed up by a very weak, strange earthy citrus hop profile that fades away very quickly to a donkey-punch of pine resin bitterness and alcohol. The hops are not overwhelming, but meld with the alcohol warmth enough to confuse you a little. Strange sweet plant-like aftertaste. This brew is deep.

Mouthfeel is great, doesn't seem as syrupy as regular 90min. Nice natural feeling carbonation cuts through this one. Medium bodied and tilting towards the dry side.

Drinkability is above average, even with the very prevalent alcohol taste. The 9% and remarkably "mellow-ish" character of this brew make it very nice.

Photo of Moxley
2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed with fellow BA Pleepleus and my brother Cameron.

A - Poured a clear apricot with a foamy off-white head and decent lacing.

S - Very boozy and sweet smelling.

T - Sweet and boozy up front with a strong pine and hop bite on the finish.

M&D - Sticky and thick but well carbonated. Not a fan.

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

Poured a dark golden color, clear, with a very lively head. I couldn't even pour 12 ounces in to a 16 oz. glass before waiting for the head to subside a little. Some lacing on the glass.
Smelled to me of hops; grassy and floral. Taste was similar, grapefruit, grass and pine, but balanced to some degree so not overly bitter (not that there's anything wrong with that). Very pleasant to drink. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability was excellent, as the taste was very smooth, mild aftertaste.

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-copper color with a thick and frothy head into my fluted tulip.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a hint of mint and citrus in the nose. A small hint of bready malt as well.

Taste is full of grassy, citrusy hops that pack a wallop upfront. It's followed by sweet, bready malt underneath that is just enough to offer balance.

Lingering citrusy hops and sweet bready malt stick around in the mouth for an encore. Nice and balanced.

Not bad for what is a variant of 90 Minute IPA. Highly drinkable and the alcohol is well-hidden. Another quality product from Dogfish Head.

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

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich malty scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts that have been involved in an extended boil. It also has a really nice hop nose. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop taste that's a bit much for me. The malts add adequate balance and a heavy alcohol character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey brew. I like the filtered 90 minute better. This one is a bit hop heavy for me and I love hops.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the Rogue's Gallery designed 750 ml bottle split into two standard pint glasses. Pours a translucent, partly cloudy amber. The cloudiness is due to us pouring out the bottle and mixing in the sediment. There is a thin white head of large bubbles. Some lacing, but nothing too impressive. Hoppy aroma, with some grassy scents and some pine. Hops up front in the taste, which last through until the bitter hop finish that lingers. There is a sweetness at first, but not a malty sweetness, more like a natural sweetness, such as honey or a simple syrup. There is a healthy amount of carbonation that tickles your tongue while you drink. It has a medium body; it goes from feeling thin to syrupy as you move the beer around your mouth. All in all, I find the Squall to be an enjoyable beer. I don't think I would buy it over the 60 or 90 minute if all I wanted was an IPA, but if your a fan of Dogfish Head's IPAs, I recommend you try it at least once, especially if you live in one of the lucky areas where it is sold. If I somehow had access to a number of bottles of it, I would certainly be able to drink it all night.

Photo of capra12
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Martin and Paul.
As always reviewed with the help of Wheatman106 and Speedwayjim, served out of a snifter glass.

Appearance: 2 1/2 fingers of striped, sparkling ivory and creamed colored head, a deep amber with hints of orange and brown. A color I like to describe as mahogundy (mahogany and burgundy).

Smell: "Hopalicious" "hoptastic", I smell so many profiles of hop but the most apparent and easily recognizable is the grapefruit flesh and rind.

Taste: Opens with hops and malt, and these two flavor profiles fluctuate in intensity from the middle to end. This brew finishes very much like the regular 90 minute does but the hoppy finish is not overwhelming and is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This brew is light to meduim bodied. Thin with the right amount of carbonation in the opening and leaves no coating on my palate.

Drinkability- This is definitely a brew I would have again, the trifecta approves of this brew and surprisingly as we generally do not prefer IPA's. Dogfish head really did something special with this one.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of a 750. This is the DFH 90 min IPA, unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

A- Looks very nice. Dark gold, caramel. Beautiful two finger head that looks aesthetically pleasing, if you can dig it. Frothy, ivory white, sits on the beer all the way down without being in the way. Textbook lacing, very well done.

S- Piny spicy hops. Smell is reserved, actually. Still, smells good. Note- as I got really close, the smell of new growth pine suddenly sprang to life. Very intense.

T- Amazing. I think I have a new favorite DFH IPA, and that's saying a LOT. I swear by the 90 min and love the 120 and 60 min. I haven't gotten the 75 min IPA, but that's neither here nor there..

Anyways, back to taste. Pine, hop resin, sugar. Malt is there, but this beer is all about the hops, and it's fantastic. Really an amazing beer. Stays true to the unique IPA flavor that DFH has been able to carve out. The dry-hopping did this beer a mighty fine service. Simcoe stands out, but what do I know, they all taste great.

M- Crisp, healthy carbonation. Better aftertaste than most DIPAs. Good, nay, amazing balance. Drinks like a pale ale, with the flavor and body of a DIPA. Wow.

D- Drank a 750 with.. myself! And it was glorious. This is why I love beer. Honestly, I want to buy cases upon cases of this stuff. DFH, if you read this, please put this beer into full-time production! This beer is great.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL brown glass capped bottle. Bottled on date is smudged, but just arrive in VT yesterday.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. Off-white frothy head, about .5 inches, atop a clear brownish amber body. Lots more color than I expect from an IPA.

Nose: Rich and malty with lots of toffee and "hop candy" notes. Plenty of citrus, and some wet pine bud, sappy wood notes.

Palate: Not as sweet as most DFH IPA's. There's still some sugar there, but it's more caramelized or burnt. Lots of burnt toffee, roasted coffee like malt notes. A fair amount of earthy tree bark-like flavors. Finish is roasted and drying. Bitterness is "moderate" (for the style), but flavor is huge.

Notes: Another truly *unique* and interesting IPA from the IPA-innovators at DFH. Might go as far as saying this is my favorite one yet from them. The thing I like the most is how the sweetness quickly switches over to a roasted/caramlized/burnt sweetness.

Photo of joepais
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a two finger off white head that transformed to a thick lace that stayed for the entire time I drank the brew. The body of the brew was a clear copper in color.

Aromas of pine and citrus filled my head from the brew. The flavor reminded me of the DFH 90 min but with this one being a lot hotter in the alcohol department. There was a medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation for your tongue.

I finished the 750, but I think it is not as drinkable as the regular 90 min because of the alcohol. I'll stick with the original; the unfiltered part wasn't any big change to me.

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

Bottle Pours a good clear copper with a big off white head. The head is frothy and lasting. Has real good lacing. Aroma is good with plenty of piney hops and some sweet caramel. Has a good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Has a good bitterness hidden under its overtones if that makes sense. Not overly hoppy or bitter but real good. Has a medium body. A real good finish with a wonderful aftertaste. The texture is oily. This is a real good beer. I love DFH's IPA and this one does not disappoint.

Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip. High expectations for this from regular 90 min and weyerbacher's unfiltered DS.

Frothy, long lasting off-white/khaki head sits on a clear, dark amber body with some streaks and dots of lacing. Pungent, fresh aroma of citrus hops and a strong sweet smell of rubbing alcohol. Taste has strong citrus hops from the nose all throughout and lingering in the finish. Body has strong biscuit-y/caramel presence and finish also has a strong alcohol kick, slightly off putting. Body is a little thin for iipa, though very active carbonation covers up for that a bit. Overall this beer is a little too sweet and boozy for me, something just seems out of line and I prefer the balance of 90 min over this.

Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today on my way home from Rhode Island, since this beer is unavailible in NJ for some reason.

After being poured it into an oversized wine glass it left a thick creamy head ontop of an autumn leaf orange beer. Lots of bubble could be seen rising from the bottom of the beer to the top.

While I was pouring, I could smell the citrus hops more than a foot away from the glass. Upon closer inspection, I could smell some alcohol spice, clean piney hops, and a touch of malty goodness.

The first sip was pleasantly sweet followed by a very crisp hoppy finish. Mild alcohol spice in the taste, and some spiciness in the hops. What was most surprising was the creaminess of this beer.

In terms of drinkability, it goes down way to easy. I could definately have too many pints of this and really regret it the next day.

In all honesty, I wasn't super amped to try this beer, but it exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more.

Photo of rpstevens
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Carls in Kittery, poured into my smuttynose tulip.

The beer pours a dark copper with a golden orange hue around the edges. There's a two finger soapy white head that leaves minimal oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is piney hops with a little hint of maltiness, pretty similar to the regular 90 minute IPA.

The taste is a very bitter piney hop blast that is resinous and sharp. The malt is much less present in the taste, but is definitely there. This is not as balanced as the 90 minute IPA, much more of a hop-forward IPA.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, very well carbonated and the 9% abv is barely noticeable, a very good IPA that I could drink a lot of.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber color with a big fluffy off white head that recedes to a thin film.

S: Big pungeant piney hops. Soap like. That's really about it there.

T: Big hop bitterness. Piney and very oily and resinous. Not as soapy in the taste as the nose.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation ample hoppiness.

D: Good. I could definitely enjoy a few glasses of these in a row. Good for those Piney hop flavor lovers.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my New Belgium Globe glass at 50 degrees. Bottled on 04/16/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent amber with a two inch creamy/frothy bright white head. Head settled into a consistent quarter inch cap with generous swaths of lacing coating the glass during the tasting. Resinous piney hops dominates the nose on this one - that's pretty much all I get. Taste consistent with nose. A subtle sweetness comes out in the middle, but not the grapefruit sweetness you find in 90 Minute. Some resinous residual lingers between quaffs, but it's not really manifested as bitterness; more of a piny/floral character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, slightly oily and lightly carbonated. Good DIPA - balance was shifted slightly more to the bitter than the sweet; however, abv was very well-hidden and I found it pleasantly quaffable.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pretty excited to try this "unfiltered" IPA after recently trying the Unfiltered Weyerbacher Double Sicmoe which I absolutely loved. As you'll see, this didn't come close.

About a 2 finger head covered a totally clear (??) amber beer. How is this unfiltered? Mostly orange highlights. Some sticky lacing.

Aroma is mostly pine and some alcohol. A bit of sweetness as well. Touch floral

Booze, pepper, pine tones and bitterness I've heard this compared to 90 Minute and that seems about right. Mile sweetness, but not too much.

Mouth feel is fairly thick and shy of syrup like. Frankly does not "feel" unfiltered like some of the others I've had.

Was a bit disappointed here. It's an o.k. beer but not one to seek out again.

Photo of Fish113d
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle (shoulda picked up 2) for $8 at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach this past week...very limited release in a champagne bottle.

Poured chilled at 45-50 degrees (F) into a pint glass, it pours a beautiful amber color with a slight haze through the bottle and a finger-thick of bone-white dense head. The head, eroding slowly, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Cascade hops hit my nose for the most part. Somewhat weak presentation on the nose. Was hoping for more. Maybe a bit of cane sugar comes through as well.

Sipping, a sharp bit of floral & pine hops hits the tip of my tongue followed by a sweetening sugar flavor through the swallow. The swallow leads to a bit of drying with a slight biscuit flavor to go along with the overwhelming hops flavor. The alcohol is definitely present here and it reminds me of a less-"steroided" 120 minute IPA...it really resembles the 90 minute, and it is hard to distinguish from the 90 minute for the most part.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Solid carbonation up front on the tip of my tongue to start and follows and becomes smooth then drying through the swallow. Very standard, but above what I expected.

Very drinkable in that it is a lot like 90-minute, which is the best IPA on the planet in my opinion with a bit of subtle changes I do not have the palate to distinguish from. I'll enjoy the bottle though for sure!!!

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a champagne bottle at the brewpub for $8 - totally worth it. Why is it DFH's best IPA's (or at least my favorites) are the least available. This and 75 Min are damn tasty and drinkable. And while this clocks in at 9%, it holds none of the cloying sweetness that drives me away from the 90 Minute. The appearance, despite being unfiltered, is a clear red amber with a gentle white head. The aroma has a nice bouquet of smooth citrus punch with notes of pine and grass. The same delicious hops return in the flavor along with a dry biscuit undertone. The bitterness isn't over the top, but it overpowers the malts enough that you know this beer is a douple IPA. Heck of a beer Sam, please brew it again.

Photo of orsulacp
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the new trend, bottle conditioned kickass Double IPAs, first UF Double Simcoe now this, please let this be the new trend. It pours a light burnt umber body with a small white head in my brandy snifter, really tight small bubble coming up from the bottom of the glass. Piney, a little orange, a little biscuit in the nose, more rounded than the regular 90min which is more piney and grapefriuty. The flavor is up there with the smell, the caramel sweetness hits first with the sweet orange peel coming next then a bracing piney bitterness finishes it off. The mouthfeel reminds me of something that is cask conditioned with a bit more carbonation, the tight carbonation really drives the piney tooth eating hoppiness, with just enough sweetness to hold it all in check. The drinkability is way up there for me, I don't notice the 9% alcohol like I do in the regular 90min.

Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a mostly clear, orange brown color with a medium sized peachy head that has great retention. A good balance to the nose, bitter hops, lots of pine and caramel malt. Creamy texture, bright and fun but with bitter and mature notes of sweet malt and a strong biscuit like yeast characteristic. A very well made beer, the 9% is there but not in your face, very drinkable for the ABV. I'm glad we got to try this bottle and im really glad i have another to take home...just wish this sucker came in to Jersey...why Dogfish why?

Photo of trbergman
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Aggressive pour yields an inch of rocky white head atop a copper body. Plenty of lacing.

S - Not very enticing on the nose. Sweet caramel and toffee malts with harsh hop aroma of grapefruit pith and cat pee. (Ah: a visit to the DFH website confirms the use of Simcoe hops.)

T/M - Well-balanced IPA with lush, juicy malt backbone and an assertive bitterness that arrives in the middle and lasts through a long finish. Plenty of fine carbonation with a smooth and creamy body.

D - Sweet malt and hop bitterness can't hide the 9% abv. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this, but it's worth checking out.

Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.