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Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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BA SCORE
93
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1,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 59
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/29/10; no freshness date

Pours golden brown with orange/copper hue and two fingers of head that dissipates rather quickly.

Surprising amount of malt in the nose (caramel), though the hops are definitely present as well; some alcohol present as well.

Taste is similar to the smell. I surprised how malty it is. I've have had the bottle in the fridge a couple months, but think it was pretty fresh when purchased, so don't know how much the hops have faded. Still get the hops on the finish, but tastes like an aged DIPA; a bit sweet as well.

Not a lot of carbonation; kind of sticky; coats the palate and lingers for awhile.

Even though this is smoother than 90 minute, I think the drinkability is a bit lower. I like 90 minute more (more hops) but this is a pretty tasty brew.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.58/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Date/Batch Code: 2011 1C.

Appearance -- Pours a coppery orange hue with two fingers of creamy parchment head. Massive lacing, though I am surprised that this isn't hazier.

Smell -- Grapefruit, juicy citrus, freshly macerated apricots and peaches, caramel malt. It smells sticky sweet.

Taste -- Peaches and apricots, tangerine, and pink grapefruit dominate the hop profile - nary an iota of resinous bitterness. Malt base is well-caramelized, evoking the taste of preserves on golden toast. Lingering flavor of marmalade. Love the rich fruity character, but where is the bitterness?

Mouthfeel -- Medium to medium-full in body with milder carbonation. Feels too creamy.

Drinkability -- Believe me, I REALLY wanted to like this and have been waiting patiently until a new batch hit my area, but Squall let me down. Overall, this seems exactly like 90min to me: lots of fruitiness and malt sweetness, but no complimenting hop bitterness. It's by no means bad, but this beer soon becomes cloying. Glad I tried this, but this seems to me to be another instance of DFH making a good beer but not a great beer.

yeahnatenelson, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: semi cloudy, deep orange/amber hue, nice 1 finger head, outstanding lacing coated pint glass.

S: pine, earthy, malt, mild citrus.

T: sweet earthy pine up front, solid malt middle, slow drawn out bitter finish.

M: med/heavy body, firm carbonation, slight sticky finish

D: Dogfish Head has done it again! I think I have only had 1 beer by them that I thought was ok. This is a sipper, but goes down with ease. Definitely a must try for Dogfish Head fans and Imp. IPA lovers.

Thanks southernlights for the hook-up!

BeerLover99, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Bottle is dated 2011 1C.

A three finger head of off white forms with uniform bubbles. Body is a burnt orange and brown and only slightly cloudy. Head has very good staying power and falls only slowly. The head is probably the most impressive thing about the beer it's really solid and never seems to separate. For unfiltered it doesn't appear that cloudy surprisingly. There is lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is a classic Dogfish simple grapefruit and some faint grass hop sensation. There's also a little sense of arid dryness as well.

Taste is a little syrupy thick, bringing the bouquet of grapefruit and hops with it. A bit sweet in the front with a solid body. It's just a tad too thick and syrupy for my tastes, this does however feel like the standard 90 very much there isn't much difference. Finish gets into a nice refreshing orange juice quality also.

Fairly good drinkability and good value, I just wish it wasn't so syrupy thick that's about my only complaint/fault I could find with it, which is minimal.

smakawhat, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of dayswonder
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2010 A

We aged this bottle for about a year. I purchased it last February 12 at the brewery in Milton, DE.

a-cloudy, peachy-amber, almost no head, the small head that does occur happens very slowly from the bottom up

s-toasty gram is the only way i could describe the smell

t-this is where the magic happens. the taste is hard to describe (being the novice that i am) I would say it has three layers the first being vaguely hoppy, the second is where the gram, toast flavor comes in and the third the flavor keeps turning inside out on your tongue for the rest of the session.

m-not to carbonated, which is not a bad thing at all

d-good, i only have one so i can test it out

dayswonder, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled In: 2011 1C

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a fingers worth of head

S: Good balance between hops and malt, with both being the focus of the nose. Hops are a mix of grassy and citrus

T: Same as the smell, the typical DFH 90 with a little bit of umph from the bottle conditioning. Alcohol very well hidden

M: Light-medium body with fairly low carbonation. Surprising due to the bottle conditioning, but it still works well with the beer

D: I think I'd go to this over the 60 or 90 if this were in sixers. Perfect amount of malt for a DIPA, and yet it doesn't overpower on the hops. Gimme some more please!

BEERMILER12, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of dutchlq7
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep copper color, with a 2 finger creamy head and great lacing.

S- a citrusy, piney hop smell and a toast and caramel malt aroma.

T - A toasted malt flavor quickly followed by a Really strong pine hop flavor then a citrusy hop flavor. Doesn't finish too bitter.

M - creamy feel a little oily and a little heavy but its expected with all the hops.

D - A great double maybe only one big bottle for me. Respect it.

dutchlq7, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Kakaraht
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with an amazing big frothy head that is there the whole drink.

S: Oh so hoppy. the aroma goes through the full spectrum of the floral and citrusy hops. The malt stands up just as strong with caramel and Munich malt notes hitting the senses. There is also a slight boozyness.

T: While it was cold an almost chocolate sweet malty flavor was overpowering my taste buds, but as it warmed it slowly opened up to more and more hop flavors and bitterness. the bozzyness also came out a little as it warmed.

M: Heavy body with nice carbonation, super smooth and a alcoholic feeling lingers.

D: This is an amazing beer, continual hoping lets the full spectrum of hops come out to play.

Kakaraht, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber with one finger head, that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Earthy, pine, hops are all present

T-Similar to the smell with the earthly flavors. However it does have some sweetness due to citrus flavors. Ends with some bitterness

M-Medium with some carbonation

D-The 9% abv is hidden well but does come around to bite you after a while. Not as good as the 90 min or Burton Baton.

rlee1390, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of altom
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The squall 90 minute ipa drinks a lot like the 90 minute ipa which is a good thing considering that 90 minute is excellent.

The double ipa is easy to drink with a strong presence of hops but not overpowering. The hops are complimented by citrus flavors and malt which help to balance the beer. I would rank it as one of the more drinkable double iPas, especially for those who fear there are too many hops in a beer. If I had to count on dogfish head to get one ingredient right in their beers it would be hops.they always get it right.nicely done gentlemen

altom, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a dimple glass. Pours a clear copper amber with a medium creamy white head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet hop with grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with light hop with caramel and nice sweet finish. Hides the alcohol very well making this very easy to drink, an impressive DIPA from Dogfish Head and quickly became one of my favorites once I learned that this style was a combination of the body of 60, 90 and 120 minute IPAs.

CuriousMonk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I lost my trading notes and don't remember who gave this to me. I think it was in exchange for the Quinquepartite from Avery. Whoever it was, thanks!

Pours a hazy, medium deep orange with light caramel back tones. The head looks a bit filmy, not as dense or rocky as the 90.
Aroma is a bit boozy. Sweet caramel and light toast. Hops come in to give a snap, some citrus in there.

Tastes pretty darn good. Well balanced and the dry hopping adds more of a crispness than the regular 90. Warm caramel, biscuit malt, sweet....pine with a coating of grapefruit. Again, well balanced. This is easy drinking for a 750ml

Mebuzzard, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of DPFRD
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, St. Bernardus Goblet.

A- Murky, Golden, ok head that disspates leaving signs of activity.

S- Caramel malt, floral hpyyness that stings just a bit.

T- The sweet maltiness stand out first thing, but I find it not overbearing. Behind it lurks the citrus hops. Has a very nice balance and finish with a sweet tingle.

M- Medium, resinous ok carbonation.

O- Hells yes... One of DFH's best. It isn't all fancy shmancy, no weird ingredients, just a good beer done right... bottle conditioned and just delightful. Let's you know that even though DFH goes around being very "off-centered", when it comes to great beer, they do it. This is proof.

DPFRD, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of edwino
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this tonite poured from the giant bottle it come in into a regular old pint glass.

Nice head, couple to three fingers even with slow pour. Settled down to a quarter inch

Aroma is quite nice. The hops hit ya right in between the nostrils.

Pours a nice coppery color. A good attractive beer.

The taste is fabulous. I'm not very good at this thing but guess that I can say it tastes serious. Very complicated. Lots of stuff going on in there, but I do not have the refined palate to give it words. It is absolutely delicious though,rest assured.

I knocked it down just a bit on drinkability because at 9%, more than one full bottle of it might be a slide into a very boozy evening.

edwino, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper with a big bubbly head that keeps a solid ring of lace.

Extremely resinous and fruity. Juicy mango, melon, tangerine.
Some toasty malt backing.

Sweet and very juicy. Malt and mango twisting into tangerine bitterness. A upper layer of orange carries through a resin pine dry finish.

Medium heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 5 Jul 2010. Bottling code 2010A. Served in the 512 One snifter.

Small beige head. Minimal carbonation. Slightly cloudy golden amber in color. Aroma is light but fragrant, pineapple and resin. Lots of hops upfront, resiny and juicy pineapple. Stays this way throughout the middle and into the finish, when it gives way to some malty sweetness which lingers in the aftertaste. Medium body, warming ethanol.

Intersting that the hops are dominant upfront and then fade a bit through the finish.

htomsirveaux, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy orange gold color. It has a loose soapy hay colored head, that left dots of lacing all over the glass. There is a lot of sediment floating around. This is a great looking beer, the color is just beautiful.

S - Right off the bat I am getting a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes, that include, apricots, nectarines, and tangerines. There is a nice hop presence and a bit of malt. This is a good smelling DIPA.

T - The taste is sweet, fruity, and has a good kick right off the bat. It has very good fruity and citrus notes. It is not as hoppy as a lot of other double IPAs, but the flavor is just great. There is also a slight spiciness to it. The finish is hoppy and citrusy.

M - This has a medium-full body and low carbonation. It is creamy and goes down very smooth. The hop bitterness lingers in the mouth.

D - Drinkability is good. This goes down smooth, and it is very well-balanced. I think this is a really good DIPA. It isn't a hop bomb, but it isn't too sweet either. Dogfish Head did a great job on this one, and I would certainly try it again.

JizackFH, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) bottled 20102A
A- This beer pours a deep brownish-orange body that is crystal clear and has a soft peak rocky head of beige with some strands of microbubbles gliding to the surface.
S- This beer has a some earthy green hops with some softer pineapple weed hops notes and a sweetness underneath. There are some green grapefruit rind finish. As the beer warms up there is some musty root cellar note to the hops.
T- This beer has a caramel sweetness with a soft alcohol bite that soon gives way to a pungent green bite of hops in the finish that blends with the alcohol bite. There is a tangy mineral note in the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with thin texture and an alcohol heat that is soft but still to much in the finish.
D- This is a nice soft pale ale but the alcohol heat is to strong and overtakes the hops. I guess I was expecting more with the fancy packaging and hype but it does have some hints of a pungent tripel but that is mostly in the alcohol taste.

rhoadsrage, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased directly from the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE in November 2010.
Purchase price: $10.99 (750ml bottle)
Enjoyed with my friend and fellow BA member BeerConnoiseur on New Year's Eve 2010 from a DFH Signature Glass. Cheers, Pat!

A - Deep, rich amber color. Thick and frothy one finger head upon pouring. The head dissapated to a creamy, thin coating on top of the beer. Good amount of carbonation rising from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass throughout the entire sampling. Sticky and copius amounts of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A wonderful and intoxicating smell of a quality IPA. Grapefruit, pine and hop aromas rise from the glass. A nice sweetness is also noticeable.

T - The classic DFH 90 taste but really souped up! The flavors of citrus, pine, malts and hops are perfectly mixed with a caramel-like sweetness. The hoppiness and sweetness is more pronounced than in the classic DFH 90.

M - A heavy tasting beer. The alcohol is disguised very well and the taste of hops linger long after drinking.

D - A fantastic DIPA. The DFH 90 is a favorite of mine so Squall is just more of a good thing all rolled up in a 750ml bottle. This is no way a session beer due to the heaviness but it is dangerously drinkable. The 9% ABV will sneak up on you. It was nice to have a buddy to share the bottle with.

Overall - Another great offering from Dogfish Head. Since this is a limited release-type beer, it will never become an everyday drinker. That being said, I will seek it out again when it is re-released.

Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH pint glass.

A - Pours that beautiful 90 Minute dark copper with a thick, soapy white head. Retention is great, and there's sudsy lacing left on the glass. Killer looking beer, even better then 90.
S - Similar to 90 Minute, lots of pine resin and grapefruit, but with the addition of tropical pineapple and mandarin orange. Same sweet caramel backbone. Very pungent and juicy smelling.
T - Wow this is crazy good. So much like 90, but once again there's this amazing tropical fruit flavors that shake things up. Pine resin, grapefruit, caramelized pineapple and canned mandarin oranges with the sweet caramel malt backbone.
M - Medium-full body, slightly sticky but with crisp, snappy carbonation. Little bit of alcohol burn detected, but not enough to make this unpleasant.
D - Wonderfully drinkable, just like 90 Minute. I suspect the ABV in this one would sneak up on you, but I'm having no problems with the big bottle.

This was an amazing beer, such a great take on an already world-class offering!

jsanford, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into three pint glasses. Thanks to Chris and Steve for the assist!

2010A

A: Pours a dirty, unfiltered gold color. Lots of suspended sediment. Fluff/soapy off-white head.

S: Nice aromas of pine, toasty malt, tropical fruit, and caramel.

T: Big pine, mint, and alcohol. Some pine sap, as well.

M: Juicy, then dry and astringent.

D: A good effort, but seems much fussier than regular old 90 Minute. I'd reach past this for a 90 Minute any day.

GbVDave, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Squall IPA | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Oversized wine glass

Appearance:
Sunset orange with a dollop of hay colored foam.

Aroma:
Orange and grapefruit pop out amid a pungent hoppy aroma.

Taste:
Slightly more solvent and scattershot than it's 90-minute IPA cousin. Sugary malt mixes with caramel and tropical hops in the background.

Mouthfeel:
Lackluster carbonation makes the mouth heavier and less lively than 90-minute IPA.

Harmony:
Decent, but for what should be a special take on DFH's classic, Squall is disappointing.

Would I get it again?:
90-minute IPA is a better choice, though I'd probably choose another IIPA altogether.

Bottled: ?
Served: November 28, 2010

BeerNemesis, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml champagne bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy golden color that proves without a shadow of a doubt that this is an unfiltered beer. There is also a thick cream colored head that quickly retreated to some intense lacing.

This beer smells great. It's hoppy as all get out. I'm smelling a piney resinous and well as some citrusy grapefruit notes.

The taste is even better. There's a smooth, smoky quality to each sip that I find delightful. The hops are again the star but they are well balanced by the malt. The 9.0% ABV is well hidden in this incredibly balanced DIPA.

The mouthfeel is rather middling with a slight oilyness and the deserved level of carbonation

As I mentioned earlier, I found Squall to be incredibly smooth and a highly drinkable beer.

pburland23, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

biboergosum, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of BabySnakes
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with eggshell color head.

S:pine, orange, clove

T: Orange and pine explode,

M: Full bodied, syrupy, tart finish

D: Citrus flavor balances extreme hoppiness

If a pine tree could grow oranges, it would smell and taste like DFH Squall IPA. As the beer warms it reveals other citrus notes such as clementines, as opposed to the straightforward navel orange aroma and taste at first sip. Stone fruits like plum and nectarine emerge on the finish also. This was poured from a 750 ml bottle that was stored for a year in our beer cellar. Can't compare to a DFH 90 because I havent had one in months.

BabySnakes, Dec 31, 2010
Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.