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Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mday on 05-17-2009

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Photo of This_Guy_Likes_Beer
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass = snifter
A - golden, cloudy, excellent lacing, long lasting thick head
S - piney, peppery
T - spiced forward with floral finish, lingering alcohol burn on the tongue
M - highly carbonated, smooth, heavy
O - very balanced for a double IPA, which could be attributed to the relatively lower IBU (75). This beer has a unique aftertaste that I have difficulty describing.

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Photo of zshaft
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks kind of gross in the glass with thick floaties abundant. after they settle it looks better. wicked head retention. like thick foam. nose is faint biscut and malt with some pine in there. not great. taste is up front earthy with almost grainy mouthfeel. beer travels uneventfully through some pine and earthy tones with some grapefruit tossed in there for good measure. this is not a great ipa for me. to malty and earthy for me with minimal nose. ive never been a huge dogfish head fan. this beer did not convert me. gets a little better as it warms.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missed reviewing this years ago.

Aroma is a fruit salad of melon, tangerine, maraschino cherry, pineapple, pear.

Flavor is a touch sweet, with floral and resiny hops alongside muddled fruit. Finish is lightly bitter. Grapefruit kicks in late.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is like a bad version of 90 minute. Lighter crisper and more bitter - but not in a pleasant way. There's no nose, literally no smell. Not sure how in the world this has 90+ rating.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, orange/amber with a thin layer of lightly foamy white head that clings more to the circumference of the glass than the top of the beer. The aroma is juicy and fruity, more tropical than anything else. It's not huge but it is good. The taste is much the same with some malts holding it up. You know they're there but they don't really push themselves into the taste. The body is lighter and there is just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light Amber color. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor is malt forward with a touch of bitterness from the hops on the back end. This drinks incredibly smooth but overall this is just a solid IPA.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tropical fruits, sweet biscuity malts, and earthy hops.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet malts and tropical fruits upfront. The sweetness gives way to some nice earthy hops. The finish has some light alcohol heat.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with an oily finish.

O - Another solid Dogfish Head DIPA. This tends to be on the sweeter side which I enjoy. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of djkman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yes . It's looks like beer.......

Smell: because I am a fan of DFH, when I catch the aroma, I know I am smelling the hop from these guys. Familiar smell as if it's between a 60 and 90 ..circus is definitely there. The smell is the expression" you want hop, you got it"

Taste: first subjective taste.. Was .. How do you say it 'Dammn that's good !" Pleasantly surprised.
You can tell you are drinking an IPA at 9 percent.

Mouthfeel: as always.....that's personal....

Overall: reminds me of the 60 IPA kicked up about 5 levels. Not the 90 IPA where there is more malt.

The best compliment I can give is this: if I see it at my local liquor store, I will buy it again.
Yes I will, no problem.
I like this.
And that's my review.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium hazy medium orange and lightly amber tinged body, huge head to start with varying bubble sizes that dissipated into a funky froth. Lots of lacing left behind. Rich malty notes on the nose, some pepper, minor pine, super ripe apricot. Quite smooth drinking with toffee notes, nice malt body, medium bitterness to finish, but quite smooth. Seemingly old world or quintessential East coast IPA, but surprised to read it is an amped up 90 Min IPA though.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: poured into tulip with 2 fingers off white head, slight haze, orange to copper in color. Smell: nice fresh hopped musty smell, herbal, grassy, slight citrus, alcohol. Taste: herbal, grassy, grapefruit, less prominent malty sweetness than 90 minute, great bitterness at end with resiny finish. Mouthfeel: sticky, but still some dryness from alcohol content. Overall: For the more pure hop head, this is even better than the 90 minute

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Photo of hoody711
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a whim. I don't do a ton of DFH, which is probably a disservice to them, so it's good to get back in the game.

A - pours a nice amber into a tulip, very nice head, and good lacing. Keeps a 1/2 finger breadth of head throughout.

S - earthy and toasty, and boozy. I don't get a lot of citrus like others do. The smell of alcohol is a little more than I'd like.

T - definitely a surprise after the smell. Hoppy as hell. Citrusy but not overly so, subtle, some pine I guess. Malty for sure then bitter. For sure it belies the aroma, in a good way.

F - a little sticky, oily. I like the carbonation. The booze burn is light and well-hidden, considering the ABV.

O - It's good. I don't think I agree with the "outstanding" but, you know, it's not you, it's me. A good-looking beer that smells a little off for an IPA, at least the ones I like. Taste recovers, and the mouthfeel is pretty good. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

looks like a strong beer
very spicy smell. also smells very industrial. uh oh
brooding chocolate and smoke with a fruit floral counterpoint.
like a glib cheerful song played over a comically gruesome movie scene. thick "stuck in the middle with you" resevoir dogs. IN A BEER

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Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a barely orange-hued golden, with the lightest amount of haze (perhaps from dry-hopping). A finger of head on a fairly aggressive pour. Fluffy white foam provides nice amount of lacing.

Nose comes across strangely grainy. This isn't an old beer but it has a little mustiness in the aroma profile. A little mix of spent grain and damp forest floor, maybe a little grassy herbalness hidden pretty well in there. As the beer warms, the grassiness enters a bit more making the nose a bit more normal for an APA, at least.

The taste is a bit of a surprise after the nose. This is a balanced IPA, as is the base 90 Minute. The dry-hopping does come across to add more noticeable bittering flavors to the profile. A little bit of spiciness in the hops, but they are mainly a combination of citrus rind, pith, a little grass with a little pine late. Nice level of carbonation, little more than medium body, and just a little nod to the ABV mid-to-late taste.

I'm really confused how such a mediocre grainy smelling beer can taste as nice as this beer does. I think the dry hopping adds a nice layer to the base beer that I can sort of discern from underneath the hop bitterness that has made its way to the palate.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL. bottled on 03/03/16.

A: pours with a minor haze on an otherwise bright copper body. frothy white head has good retention and even better lacing. a good looking IPA.

S: aroma is tropical, citrus hops. fusel alcohol.

T: a touch of biscuit malt, alcohol as well. otherwise pretty much all hops. mango and pine. citrus. grapefruit rind. lingering citrus before a dry bitterness. this is pretty fresh, but I think the bottle conditioning has done DFH a load of favors. I find both 60 and 90 minute an go south in a hurry, so nice to see this version of a 90 minute is holding up strong.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium/full body.

D: at first I assessed this as just your typical DFH hoppy beer, but after a couple sips I am glad I didn't judge it at first sip. a really tasty well balanced brew from these guys and worth checking out. refreshing in the sea of murky crap out there.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber in color with a dense white head that lasts well into the session. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass

Piney and earthy with hints of citrus on the nose.

Palate wrecking hops dominate each initial sip, with a dense pine and grapefruit quality. finishes dry with a caramel sweetness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Wegmans Pittsford in Pittsford, NY.

This one pours a light, mostly clear amber, with a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like grassy hops, grapefruit, pear, rich caramel, and toasty and nutty malt.

This has one of the most terrific malt backbones in a beer I've ever gotten. I'm not going to try it, but I imagine that this beer would age very well, for an IPA. The malt backbone has some nice sweet and creamy caramel, a sturdy toasty and bready character, but doesn't outshine the hops. The hops and malt are actually balanced. The hops are lightly grassy, a bit of pine, and some grapefruit and pear. It's a unique IPA in the world of turbid juice bombs. It's one of the most well done old-school East Coast IPAs I've ever. had.

This has a nicely creamy and fluffy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

I'm really happy that this lived up to expectations. It was definitely really tasty.

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Photo of gcasher
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A squall of Hop aroma and flavors. It finishes very dry and a little tart like citrus. The flavor is strong and a big bottle of beer, so good to share. Definitely worth the experience, but I am not worthy of this one.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/32/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, apricot, melon, pear, apple, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, tangerine, apricot, melon, pear, apple, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, apricot, melon, pear, apple, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This feels a bit more English styled to me; with the prominent fruity/earthy hops, combined with the bready malts and yeasty notes. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of teromous
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a 2016 bottle.

Appearance: It is a very hazy gold and orange colored body. Even in direct light only a small pin of light will allow me to see through the glass. The head is good sized with fluffy pure white foam. It has very good retention and lacing. The head isn't massive but it forms and holds perfectly for this beer.

Aroma: A few different hop aromas come through here. At first I was picking up this mossy scent and then it became a bit catty. Then it went woody and back to catty again. I do pick up the scent of alcohol but it isn't boozy.

Taste: There's even more going on in the flavor than there is in the aroma. There's a very light bit of orange zest and then comes along a touch of pine and some light minty flavor. There's a bit of lime at the end with a touch of grapefruit. It probably sounds like a mess of flavors but it's not. The beer gives this crisp rotating array of flavors. I would say that overall the flavors that really stick in this beer are grapefruit, lime, and mint. These three really seem to build up the more I drink the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent. It has a very nice dry finish that really accentuates the hops. It's absolutely perfect. The carbonation is spot on. Everything is just in the right place.

Overall: I was very impressed by this beer. It's the perfect light and crisp beer for Spring. It isn't a beer that I would stockpile or buy a lot of but as a seasonal or limited offering I would probably pick it up when it comes out. If you haven't had this beer it is a definite beer to try and I'm confident any hop lover would enjoy it.

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Photo of mschrei
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into both snifter and nonic pint for review. In the snifter, it is slightly more orange, and with time, it has no carbonation, less particulates, and no head or lacing. It stays colder, and comes across with more of an IPA taste-it's brasher, hoppier, and tangier, with a much more full mouth feel. In the nonic, it is almost brown with extremely long lasting healthy carb and a lot of foam and lacing. It is stronger smelling, with a creamy floral malt flavor forefront, a subtle hoppy middle, and a slightly bitter back end. I enjoyed it more in the nonic, but it was a great beer no matter what I drank it from.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper gold coloring, with a fluffy, clingy, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of peppery hops forward, with a solid follow of grass and floral notes, candi sugar, citrus sweetness, and subtle pine pitch. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid blend of pineapple, grapefruit, and melon, followed by a bitter and peppery hopped blend at the end of the palate. Solid biscuit backbone. The body is smooth and robust, with a malt heavy aftertaste balanced by some pine and pepper notes. Smooth, slightly dry finish, with a solid tropical fruit and piney linger. Good beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours hazy golden orange amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves some gorgeous lacing.

S: Tropical fruit backed with citrus, a little pine, a touch of biscuity malt, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, grassy herbal notes, big fruity tropical notes, over ripe mango, peach, passion fruit, a hint of pineapple, a little biscuity malt, and some caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the heavier end of medium body, a moderate amount of lively carbonation, alcohol is well hidden throughout.

O: Just what I needed, a DIPA with enough hop punch to overpower the big malt backbone. Looking at other reviews I'm glad I caught this one on draft and didn't mess with a bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus and herbal hops followed by toasted, biscuity, caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty much same as I smelled. Chewy, a little sweet, light bitterness, and some alcohol in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, a little bitterness, and some booze in there too.

Overall: Have to admit that I like 90 minute more than this, but this is still a nice unfiltered, bottle conditioned, and dry hopped version of it. Surprised to have not seen it on draft more often.

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Photo of gr0g
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release in a 750ml bottle. Four weeks since bottling. Appearance: hazy, orangey-amber in color, with very nice head retention. Impressive lacing. Plenty of fresh-smelling hops in the aroma. Not one hop variety stands out, as this is said to be dry-hopped with a handful of varieties. Earthy, floral, and citrusy all at once. Not as intensely fruity on the nose as I like in an IPA, though.

Flavor profile is broadly similar to 90 Minute, as Squall has a rich, sweet malt base. It's definitely not as sweet as 90 Minute, though. Kind of an "earthy" flavor plus more apparent bitterness. Soft, sudsy mouthfeel with just a hint of alcohol on the finish. Very good stuff, probably my favorite DFH IPA at this point.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Zero expectations going into this beer. Not bad. Fruit hop flavors up front. Peach and mango. Earthy malt in the mid palate. Dries out on the finish. Pleasantly surprised.

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