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Squall IPASquall IPA

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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 nimrod979
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled in 2011. Pours a glowing orange. Opaque. One finger white head with very little retention and no lacing here.

Big tropical fruit aromas. Banana, pine. Earthy,caramel, maltiness. Hints of vanilla.

Starts off sweet and malty. Thick caramel malt and sugary sweetness leads to grapefruit and tropical hoppiness and cleans up with a dry piney hop bitterness. Lots of flavor going on here.

This baby is thick syrupy and full bodied. Low carbonation, Finish is dry and bitter along with a little bit of heat. I actually really like this. But not sure if I prefer it over 90 Minute.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass. 2011 batch.

a - pours a hazy amber shade and forms a thin cap of coarse, sudsy, pale yellow foam. retention is good, calming slowly to a thin film and leaves

s - toffee, grass, faint orange.

t - sweet toffee malt up front with some faint citrus notes. a surprisingly strong piney bitterness rolls in to combat the sweetness but ends up losing out. finishes dry and sticky. i'm amazed at how well the hop profile has held up for a bottle that's a year old, but this is definitely headed down the barleywine road.

m - full bodied with plenty of mouth coating gooeyness. medium carbonation with a medium co2 profile.

o - pretty good but kind of hard to drink due to the full body and higher abv, had to take it slow. i think i prefer regular 90 min over this one. i might pick up another bottle to sit on for a while, but if i never see it again i wouldn't miss it.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #139
Served On: 03/16/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.0%
Date/ Code: 2011 Release

This 750ml. bottle was actually a souvenir from my tour of the DFH Milton, DE brewery back in July of 2011. It’s been hidden in the back of my beer fridge since the day I brought it home, some 8 months ago. I’ll be honest - I shed a little tear when I finally cracked it open.

Look: Poured off the top – leaving the sediment in the bottle. Color was a remarkable semi-clear copper orange with a storm of carbonation bubbles floating upward. The head was a cluster of bigger bubbles that slowly reduced down to a patchy beige film.

Smell: Aroma was of a rich pine and sweetened grapefruit. A fruity sherbet note was also there. The nose seemed toned down a little compared to its 90 Minuet counterpart – probably caused by cellaring it in my fridge for the past 8 months.

Taste: Mouth feel was medium. Beginning of the palate was a smooth hop complexity of pine needles and juicy tropical fruits mixed with some alcohol heat. Then hit an intense bitterness that quickly subsided into a dry hoppy finish with some toasted malts forming the aftertaste. That sweet sherbet character was noticeable throughout the entire palate.

It’s my understanding that DogFish is pulling this particular offering from their lineup. It’s amazing what a little bottle conditioning can do to a beer. Plus the fact that this bottle was laid down for 8 months certainly didn’t hurt the intense complexity and hop profile.

*** I ended up swirling the bottle and pouring all the sediment in. This certainly changed things up a little.

Look: Super dark brownish orange color. Almost no light was passing through. Head was a layer of tight off-white spongy foam that hung around like crazy - creating some nice lacing.

Smell: Aroma was basically the same without sediment, except for an earthy caramelized brown sugar that was now included. Otherwise the aroma stayed the same – but was intensified slightly.

Taste: Mouth feel became super creamy. First up was that original bouquet of pine and tropical fruit, only a little sweeter this time. Middle was a way more mellow bitterness that moved into an almost oak-aged character with hints of sweet rum and alcoholic heat. The finish was still of a hop dryness with a toasted malt turning into a lingering bitterness this time.

This beer will always hold a special place in my heart since I got it at my first tour of the DFH brewery. I was actually planning on breaking this one out on a special occasion, but here it is – a regular Friday afternoon, which proves that the beer can actually make any occasion - special.

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Photo of DCon
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1Pt. 9.4 fl.oz. bottle of this with BigDoug @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Darkest Green Labeled bottle w/ a white pirate ship into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no bottled/freshness date.

Aroma- Huge tangerines are clearer than the day in this one! Sweet and fruity hops come across as well. Tons going on here.

Appearance- Pours 2 fingers of bubbly, long lasting head. A dark orange, hazy body is present and thick lacing is left behind.

Flavor- Has tons of strength including American hops, muskiness, and fruit. High Bitterness and huge, upfront hop character from the beginning to the end. Very fresh!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and fruit puckers the palate with a ZAM!

Overall Impression- And this one is retired? I'm not sure why this was but this seemed VERY fresh. A big beer that hits the mouth with a POW! Enjoyed every minute of this one and would definitely recommend sharing this with a friend. The tangerine on the nose... Can't even describe!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wellington glass. Bottle dated 03/2011.

Appearance: Amber slight and I do mean slightly cloudy, with a light-light caramel color head which rises to roughly 1/4".

Smell: This beer doesn't smell it gives you an an incredible aroma....before even putting your lips to the glass it is already giving you a taste of greatness to come. You feel shops, & roasted nuts.

Taste: Malty bitter caramel, so full of flavor it is sad for those who did not have to the opportunity to try it.

Mouth: Very sticking taste which for the taste of the beer it is a great. A beer which taste this f'n good should be complimented with an incredible mouth feel. I am pairing this with sharp cheddar cheese and texture keeps getting better and better.

Overall: Simply one of the best if not the best imperial IPA's. Was easy to find last fall now I noticed as I was reviewing it it's sadly "retired". Some people say this is just an unfiltered 90 Minute, I say it's just tweak that gives you the improvement. Salud!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this one's a bit of a wildcat. Acquired this bottle free as a gift from a kickass bartender (name-dropped below). This one's from 2010 (bottle stamped '2010A'). 750ml of 'we'll-see-what-happpens'.

Poured with some height to create a nice buttermilk colored head of loose bubbles that sat an inch-and-a-half high and has retained pretty nicely. Some nice stick on the walls of the snifter. Two snifters, in total. The first pour has great clarity, the second a hair hazier. Both sport a tremendous reddish amber glow. Nice lookin' beer.

First few sniffs, and I'm getting a lively resinous hop aroma with a slight vinous white-wine tanginess. Smells pretty crisp with a light caramel maltiness. Floral hops with a peachy fruit character tagalong. Picking up a little lemon and, still, that white grape.

Woah! What was this once? And, what has it become? I'm sure the hops were wacky hot fresh, but this year-and-a-half old bottle has great hop punctuality and character. Sweet up front changing to bitter in the middle and the finish is spice and some lingering booze. Let's go over this again. Turbinado sugar pairing with a pound cake malt chewiness. Some more pit fruits like peaches or apricots, and a smack of lime in the finish. The finish also supports some tongue-jolt of tartness. There's a woody/floral hop feature that is wonderfully complex and assertive. Bottle-conditioning did 90 Minute wonders! This is remarkable!

Tremendous mouthfeel. Swishy in the mouth. Low on carb, but it's there just fine. The presence of alcohol is up there and appreciated. Max points on smoothness and body.

I'm seriously blown away. Of the other top-o'-the-line Imperial IPAs that I've had, this one's certainly up there. I may not have had the best of the best yet, but this one has left its mark. Not cool that I can't get this easily, if at all, anymore. Highly recommended. Better than 90 Minute, for sure. Cheers! (And, thanks Dash!)

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Photo of MBrausen
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours od medium-dark orange, slight 1mm foam that settles to light bubbles

S. Smells of lots of sweet pine, and tons of orange peel and grape fruit.

T. Tastes of sweet pine, orange and then more pine, and a sweet citrus and bitter end.

M. Thin bodied, heavy carbonation, tingly feeling, slightly dry finish.

O. A very good beer! Very refreshing, and easy to drink. Super smooth all the way through. A very good beer wirth searching out if your a DIPA fan!

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber in color. Pours 1 inch of off-white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: caramel, malty, hoppy, grapefruit, lemon.

Taste: hoppy, grapefruit, caramel, malty, a bit bitter at the finish. boozy as it warms. tasts a bit bast its prime and some barleywine properties come through.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat boozy.

Overall: Not my favorite IPA, but better than the regular 90 minute IPA.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this beer pours hazy deep golden/light amber color with a thick, clingy off-white head that retains nicely and leaves copious amounts of lace. The aroma is malty, sweet and grainy, slightly musty, with a lot of floral hops, bits of citrus and pine as well. The flavor is a balance of malt and hops. Upfront, sweet and boozy, followed by pine and citrus hop flavor and medium-high hop bitterness. After the swallow a very sweet, full flavor emerges, not great necessarily and really knocks the drinkability down a fair amount. The carbonation is moderate and body is full. Overall I'm a bit dissapointed, I'm not sure if the bottle was not stored properly at the shop or it is just a very average beer, but the balance is way off, too sweet and too malty, it needs hops (and I enjoy malty/balanced IPAs). There are other specialty options worth trying over this one.

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Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, brought back from visit to FL in September. Marked "Bottled in 2011 2A." Poured into a tulip glass. 50th BA review.

A: Clear amber; no effervescence; 3/4" eggshell head that falls swiftly and leaves very little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, biscuit malt and oak; tropical fruit; faint alcohol.

T: Sweet honey, fruit & oak; very mild pine bitterness.

M: Heavy, syrupy body and very light carbonation; very rich and smooth; considerable alcohol warming; finish is a bit dry.

O: Complex, malt dominant; elements are subtly blended. I'm glad to have an opportunity to try this while still available.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. 1 pint 9.4oz
Bottle looks pretty cool, and I couldnt wait to try this one...
Pours a hazy orange/amber honey color. Thick big bubble off white/tan head.
Smells of typical DIPA...hops, citrus (orange/grapefruit).
Wow, crazy flavor! Creamy but crisp. Starts as a hoppy citrus, followed by a nutty (chestnut?) flavor, then the alcohol...then BACK to chestnut! I dont know if anyone else had this nutty flavor, but I sure taste it and its very good. This brew is very unique in every way, and for only $7.99, you really cant beat a beer of this caliber at that price!

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Photo of adman08
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly cloudy gold with lots of thick, white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.
S-Aroma dominated by citrus hops, some pine and a surprising amount of sweetness. There is a slight wood smell.
T-Strong hop flavors of citrus, pine and even a faint hint of herbal/earthy hops, very complex hop flavors. Strong alcohol and lots of malt with a hint of wood.
M-Lots of alcohol warmth, surprisingly sticky with quite a bit of sweetness, very smooth.
Overall, a great IIPA. The wood aging adds a sort of smoothness. The beer itself is fairly balanced, I wouldn't call it too sweet but it is on the sweeter side. I think this is one of the IIPA's where some of the sweet flavor is a combination of the fruity/citrus hops and the malt body. This is one of my favorites. Not the best version of the style but a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice bottle that I stashed in my fridge for a few months.

I think most IPA's Ive had needed to be either fresher or older for me to appreciate fully. This seemed fresh when I found it and seemed like a good idea for purchase and hold.

Seems fresh smelling! the dry hopping makes a difference!

Some foam that went way down in volume and evaporated into lace. Beautiful orange hue.

Warming alcohol heat and smooth bitterness. Tangerine citrus.
Mild bitter note that lasts.
Medium lighter body.

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Photo of rodney45
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy indian corn burnt auburn. Bubbly cream colored head, that doesnt linger

S: In the nose, i get a medely of citrus hops, malt and ethers, with malt quite often winning the argument.

T:Very malt heavy for an IPA. The hop flavoring isnt as complex as they make it seem. The dry hopping def adds aroma, but its lost in this beer, hidden by a malt that punches you in the face. I get small amounts of grapefruit and granny smith apples.

D: It goes down easy for 9 % abv.

O: Its a default brew from DFH, nothing too impressive. Not a hophead's dream. Good balance

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Photo of Neorebel
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful golden brown topped with a head that clings nicely to the glass. The aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit and figs, and some very subtle pine notes as well. The taste is definitely that of a bottle conditioned beer - bready and candied - not used to that with an IPA but its a good thing. Caramel dominates the very full flavor. It has a very 'chewy' mouth feel and finishes with a snap of hops. Some alcohol is noticeable but its not 'too much.' This is much different than the regular 90 min IPA. I hear a rumor that this beer is being changed... shame.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle purchased in early 2011, enjoyed on 11-5-11.

Appearance is a bright and semi clear orange rust under an easily provoked head. Nose carries a lush aroma of sweet hops-both floral and citrus. Stored at a cellar condition and served lightly chilled, mouthfeel here seems delicately carbonated with a hefty sugared, nectary but smooth bitterness. Taste here seems a more fully pronounced exaggeration of 90 Minute IPA for sure...Deep caramelized sugary malt flows the hop wave along nicely into a sweet fruit and bready finish.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
A: clear, deep amber-copper color with nice creamy head
S: deep malt with spicy hops, medium nose
T: very malty, good hop bite finish but well-balanced with malt, alcohol noticeable
M: very creamy, definite alcohol, slightly cloying
O: overall just below a good beer

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Photo of alohaspicoli
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark orange/brown with a small, frothy head that doesn't hang around.

S: Not a ton of aroma... mostly getting the hops and a slight citrus smell that you kind of have to look for.

T: The hops are still up front. Lots of bite. Slight bitterness. Slightly piney but I have a hard time placing any other flavors. Def. getting the alcohol.

M: Medium/full bodied. Average carbonation. For everything that's going on w/the flavor, it finished smoother than I thought it would.

O: I enjoyed this beer - I think of it as great for the fall or early spring. Will definitely pick more of this up and possibly age it to see what happens.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Says Bottled in 2011.

A- Pours a murky dark orange with a 1/4 inch head that drops down to just some bubbles on the edge of the glass and in a neat formation in the center indicating healthy yeast.

S- Strong hoppy, medicinal, slightly alcoholic fumes come off of the top showing that this is gonna have a nice punch. Smells of fermented citrus fruit that's heavy and pungent. To some, these may seem like bad things but I'm totally down.

T- Indeed. Sharp hop bite right off the bat with an alcohol kick. Upon more sips, I enjoy the wide variety of hops that were used in this variant of 90 minute. They all seem to work together nicely, maybe being a bit cluttered since I'm tasting sweet, spicy, citrus and bitter all at the same time but it's enjoyable nonetheless. The main thing that makes this very different from 90-minute in its original form is the lack of malt, but I'm not complaining. After a while the alcohol seems to be well-hidden but I think that may just be my palate going numb from all the IBUs. Either way, this is very drinkable once you get used to it.

M- Medium-high carbonation from the bottle-conditioning is what I believe makes this beer the best incarnation of 90-minute. Plus, since it's unfiltered, there's a thick viscosity to it but not creamy like 90 can be.

O- Kickass! Like I said, this is my absolute favorite version of 90 (compared to Randallized versions, Burton Baton and the original). You take an already great beer like that and you make it unfiltered and bottle-conditioned and it brings it right back to its primal essence. Bravo

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Photo of davey101
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 A. 750ml into a DFH signature glass.

A - Cloudy dark-gold body with a small white head. Some decent lacing and edging.

S - Piney hops, sweet malts, and some spicy fruit characteristics. Fairly subdued and light.

T - Rich piney hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have definitely faded with aging, however there are still some notes to be found. Just the slightest bit of bitterness in the finish. Fairly flat and boring though. Medium sticky mouth feel and light carbonation.

O - This beer may just be in an awkward stage, where a hoppy IPA makes that strange transition to a malt heavy barley wine style beer. At its current age its just average. Still enjoyable, but it was just so much better fresh.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazy copper with a creamy, lingering white head. Looks imposing. Looks the way a DIPA should.

S: Aromas of citrus (orange, lemon, and grapefruit), pine, spruce, caramel, and peppermint are present on the nose. As the beer warms, a bready malt aroma makes its presence known. Much subtler than expected, but still quite nice.

T: Opens tart and hoppy with powerful notes of pine, mint, spruce, juniper, lemon, navel orange, kumquat, and pink grapefruit with caramel, nougat, and cream peeking through before the finish. The finish is smooth and mellow with a combination of citrus, pine, caramel, and cream notes underpinned by prickly, peppery alcohol. Nice integration of flavors here. Very sophisticated.

M: Full-bodied, slick, and oily. None of the stickiness I normally associate with American DIPAs is present in this beer.

O: This is an excellent DIPA. I would recommend it very highly.

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Photo of adam42381
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled in 20112A printed on bottle, whatever that means.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with orange highlights and a 3 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, candied fruit, caramel malt and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Resinous pine up front followed by grapefruit in the middle before ending with more resinous pine at the finish. The alcohol shows up throughout which detracts from the flavor profile. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Average drinkability. The alcohol isn't masked very well, which takes away from the overall enjoyment of this one for me.

Overall: Good beer overall. I wish it were more well-balanced, but it's still a solid DIPA. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color w/ a bubbly two finger white head. Good carbonation, good lacing. Nose is very citrus based. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, hops, and some malt as well. Taste is the same profile as the nose, and pretty tasty. 9% ABV isn't really noticed at all- fairy well masked. Feel is citrus sweetness/bitterness/smooth malt. Good, but I'd like a little more bitter. Overall, this is a solid brew- I'd have it again.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled in 2011 printed on neck, purchased from a good bottle shop 7/2011 and stored in temperature controlled conditions since. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned ale.

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip.

Pours a nice thick ½” head, which slowly reduces to a 1/8” cap which lasts thru the pour, decent lace.
Attractive honey amber color, with excellent carbonation, a constant stream of “tiny bubbles” travel from the bottom of the glass to the head.

Rich golden malt smell, some light citrusy hops, bread/yeast, quite pleasant but wish the hops were more distinct. As the ale warms you do notice lemon and orange citrus aromas, though you have to search for them. In the end the malt/yeast is the dominate smell.

Rich malty flavor, some hops but not all that much, still there is a “bite” here, lots of bready yeast, great mouth feel from the excellent carbonation (fine, champagne like) and the full bodied malt. As in the smell after this ale warms a bit you taste some citrusy hops, and the malt becomes more intense.

A good finish of predominately yeast and bread, with some very light citrus hops.

Overall this is a very pleasant ale, and quite easy to drink. The 9% ABV is not noticeable at all. This is a very enjoyable, if somewhat mellow Ale, easy to drink. Reminds me of a bottled version of a “cask conditioned” Ale. That being said I expected a more aggressive hop character considering the label states that this is a bottle conditioned 90 minute IPA. Even though the bottling date is 2011, I believe there is a chance that this bottle is past its prime, at least you would have to think so considering the lack of distinct hop character, then again I do not know what the brewer was trying to accomplish. It was worth trying.

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Photo of JonasJonas
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. More mellow (hops) and less abrasive than the last one i had about 6 months ago, this being aged around a year. Still very sweet, with east coast hop profile. Would be much better if paired properly with food. I enjoy the viscosity and look of the beer. It's a sipper of an IPA though.

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.