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Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 57
Gots: 136 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of mwa423
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of bottle in glass. At the bottom of the bottle actual pieces of hop leaf fell out....never seen that before. Color is beautiful gold, lots of head. Probably the clearest unfiltered beer I have ever seen.

Smells slightly citrusy, hint of malty/caramel sweetness.

Taste has a surprising about of hops, has some belgian yeast and malt sweetness flavor.

Relatively low drinkability, I gues I had far higher hopes for this beer.

Photo of mullenite
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to discovolante65 for this one.

This beer defines what a double IPA should look like, a beautiful slightly hazy copper in color with a finger and a half off creamy off white head that dissipates in to a small off center island of bubbles with a ring around the edge and some beautiful lacing left on the glass.

The scents coming from the snifter are of sweet fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) with just a touch of pine. Way more aromatic than the 90 minute.

Even for being almost 3 months out from bottling the hops still bite in this one. There is the distinct bitterness of grassy/pine hops at first which gives way to some of the more fruit forward flavors. There is little noticeable malt flavor here, none of the biscuit malt from the 90 minute.

Mouthfeel is rich for being what is essentially a medium bodied beer.

This beer is delicious and very easy to drink.

Thanks again discovolante65.

Photo of deanhead
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with a large fluffy wite head which reduced to virtually nothing but a lace around the glass. It did lace nicely despite the absence of a respectable head.

Rich tasting, sweet, slightly soapy and pumice like.

Well balanced drinkable beer. the 9% abv is masked well by the incredibly solid malt backbone that is matched very well with a very neutral buttering hop that add joy and delight to this beer. Did I mention that this beer is remarkably well balanced?
Dank and full-bodied, this is simply a lovely beer.

Photo of jhammel01
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear amber color into my Dirtrag magazine pint glass. The head is a little off white and stays nice and fluffy for quite a while. Lacing stays intact the whole time.

Smell - Of course the hops are the most prominent! A very piney, spicey smelling beer.

Taste - Very complex. While the Hops are very much the main part of this beer, there is a bit of caramel and malt in the taste as well. Finishes a little spicey and bitter but very smooth.

Mouthfeel - Not too thick tasting and not too thin. A very good medium mouthfeel that I found very enjoyable.

At the very end of this beer was plenty of yeast seitment from the bottom of the bottle as this beer is unfiltered.

All in all a very good beer from one of my favorite local breweries. This beer reminded me of their 90 min IPA but just a little bit more balanced. I hope to pick this one up again soon (if I can find it)

Photo of Jayli
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous deep, clear amber color. A one and a half finger of off white head sits on top and retains nicely. Glass is left with thick lacing the whole way down. Nose is extremely muted, though piney hops, pepper and yeast are detectable. Taste is hops up front, mostly pine and grapefruit with a balanced sweet, caramel malt backbone. The finish on this is actually quite sweet with a touch of hop bitterness and a decent helping of pepper. Medium bodied beer, lighter carbonation, oily feel to the mouth and a sticky finish. This is the first DFH brew that I truly, wholly enjoyed. They had been the brewery with a big following that I just couldn't get with...until this beer. This hit the spot on a nice warm night!

This beer is good warm or chilled. At a tasting I had it warm, and it was outstanding. Tonight I had it chilled - just as outstanding.

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

A: Nice sea froth head, some sticky resin on the sides of the glass, medium to light copper color, not a lot of active carbonation visible in the beer, the initial pour is crystal clear though I'm sure I've stirred up some of the sediment for subsequent pours - 4.25, S: Pungent +, loads of hops on the nose, strong aromas of pine and a possibly a tinge of solvent (not in a bad way), immediately below the first wave of hops is a nice layering of thick syrupy malt, a very pleasing nose for the hopheads - 4.50, T: The palate follows suit with the nose - a solid smack a bitter hops, tangerine and rum soaked dates, alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering, quite sweet in a way fermented figs might taste - 4.25, M: The low carbonation of the beer creates a very smooth and flowing mouthfeel - 4.00, D: Very drinkable for a double IPA, I'd love to see this one in Dogfish Head's year-round beers, congrats, and thanks to The Perfect Pour for showing me to their stock, thanks to Dogfish for dating their bottle 4/16/09 - 4.50

Photo of LunaChick
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It certainly is a pretty beer, isn't it? Pours a suprisingly clear russet-amber with yeast sediment--2 finger cream head that retains very well, laces the glass very nicely.

Smell--Pine. Very intense pine, grapefruit peel. What gets in the way is alcohol. A hefty waft of hot alcohol thru the retro-nasal passage and down my throat. Burnt sugar towards the end.

Taste. There is an underlying malt sweetness. Syrup--maple almost. Its almost as if the piney hops are blanketed on top of this malt body. The hops are fighting with each other in this brew. Not a bad fight per say. Rich. Lemon zest, pine, grapefruit--a christmas tree decorated with citrus fruits. 60 minute is cleaner and 90 minute isn't nearly as sweet.

In the mouth? Syrup. Sticky. Medium to full body flavor with strong carbonation.

Drinkability? The bitterness has the back of my mouth tight. It lingers a bit too much for me. 9% abv? Yes. Drink with care.

Overall a solid brew from DFH. Unique. Tasty. But difficult.

Photo of damienblack
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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
2.65/5  rDev -36.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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