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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: 58
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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Ratings: 1,150 | Reviews: 727
Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
bottled date: "2011 1C"

pours a copper/amber tone with a touch of haze and a foamy, beige 1" head... good retention and lacing. very respectable presentation.

aromatic nose fills the nostrils with a citric heavy presence and a touch of floral, maybe pine too; also some malty notes in the background.

flavor mostly follows the nose with an emphasis of citrus hoppiness (notably grapefruit) followed by pine and floral. definite caramel malt presense, too. tasty and enjoyable, but nothing that'll blow you out of the water. speaking for myself, of course.

smooth, medium-full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. very drinkable. to me, this an above-average DIPA but not an upper-echelon one.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle, bottled 2011 1C, poured into DFH snifter

A - Hazy copper brown; unfiltered for sure. Bubbly toasted marshmallow head, about one fingers worth, settles quickly with a loose, bubbly lace

S - Citrus and resin aroma waft up strongly from the glass. Sweet malty bits with hints of caramel fight through the generous hopping

T&M - Maltier then the nose would indicate, with a defined sweetness that manages to shine through the hop presence. Cascade seems to be at the forefront with a spicy, grapefruit and floral presence; hints of orange show Amarillo. I know others were used, but these are the easiest to pick out for me in the flavor. Resin is lighter, seems to be mostly in the nose. Medium bodied and smooth, almost creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D - A winner from DFH. Very well crafted, good balance, very drinkable, well hidden alcohol

Photo of BeerMaverick
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden brown color that is very similar to apple cider. There is absolutely no head for some reason. I am guessing that it might be too cold, but I am unsure. Minimal lacing on the pint glass. Pretty badass label and bottle.

S - Not much here...smells kind of like a flat 60 minute IPA.

T - Pretty good, very full-bodied brew. Tastes sort of like a 60 minute, but again...almost flat. This is nowhere near as hoppy as a 90 minute IPA as it claims.

M - Average mouthfeel, the hops are definitely there, but I had higher expectations for this beer.

D - It is a good beer, but I would much rather have a regular 90 minute IPA. With this huge bottle and 9% abv...you won't have more than one unless you plan on sharing it.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 9% abv, bottled in 2011. Pours a clear golden to copper color. Nice rocky white head. Great retention and lace. However, seems pretty clear for being bottle conditioned.

Big tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple nose. More hops come across in the form of herbal and minty. A hint of lightly toasted bready malt comes through in the end, but seriously this is all about hops here.

Ligfhter malt character allows the hops to shine. Bitterness of sharp, and lingers for a while without being overwhelming. Some tropical fruit flavor, with some floral and herbal notes.

Medum body with a good amount. Alcohol is hidden very well, making this very drinkable. Very nice with a great aroma.

Photo of mcallister
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't really look unfiltered to me but i suppose it is. Pours a nearly clear copper color with a small slightly off white head that fades quickly leaving a sticky swirl of lace in its wake.

As expected great hop aromas in the nose. Starts off with stone fruits and grass into a floral, citrusy ester that gradually turns to a tropical hop aroma. Some hints of toffeed malts lie beneath but you really have to look for them.

Nice beer. More stone fruits and pine, but their is the floral and citrusy flavors deep in the palate. Grassy on the finish with caramel and toffee malts and some biscuit to even things out. Light in body and overly easy drinking. Not the most complex DIPA i've tried but maybe one of the easiest to quaff.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I missed my chance getting this last year, wasn't going to let the opportunity pass this year!

Dark amber with a fluffy pearl white head. Very rich in complexion and slightly foggy unfiltered goodness. I was hoping for some sediment from the yeast, but no such luck. Very well carbonated, tiny bubbles give away the conditioning. The beer leaves thick lace down the glass and has adequate head retention, especially for an IPA as hoppy as this!

Citrus, bitter from the hops with other notes of fruit including golden raisins, berries, and brown bananas with honey. Very balanced aromas with both the hops, alcohol, and ale working in synergy to make a delightful IPA. I may just inhale this entire beer before actually getting a sip from it...

Absolutely perfect beer, the best IPA I've had to date, but with good reason for all the work that went into it (dry hop x6 different hops and bottle conditioned!!). It's the type of beer I would go to a bar just to get and sip on, it makes a good night excellent. Rich woody caramel sweetness properly balanced even with the hops maxed out, no bad aftertastes whatsoever.

This is what makes the IPA; absolutely smooth and the hops are in sync with the beer's sweetness. Rich medium to full-bodied beer that lingers on my palate begging me to take my next sip. Although there is little dryness in the finish, the bitterness serves well for quenching my thirst while I take necessary time to mull over the beer's nuances and contemplate its greatness.

Highly drinkable, an epic 90 minute IPA (which is already a tremendous beer). I am thoroughly pleased with the purchase, especially at a price cheaper than most IPAs of this caliber (cough - sierra nevada -cough). I'm sad I didn't snag a bottle last season, will probably grab another to have this summer!
There is no reason for even people who don't like IPAs to not enjoy this beer (put to the test on...just that type of person). Excellent beer, cold or served at the appropriate 45-55 degrees. I wouldn't vouch for this beer pairing well with many foods other than a delicious summer BBQ.


Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a deep and warm red/orange/mahogany color, partially cloudy. Zero head, none whatsoever moderate lacing.

S: Heavy dry and bitter hops, big caramel sweetness, light citrusy and piney aroma. Earthy body.

T: Fresh bitter hop character. Caramel and honey smoothness and sweetness. Nice refreshing earthy body. Apple and orange flavors permeate throughout the body. Bready/yeasty and caramel-like malts. ABV% is masked fantastically well. A dry, and simultaneously refreshing brew. Spicy and bitter aftertaste.

M: Sticky, bitter and malty. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Very good! One of my favorite DFH brews!

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/25/11, review from notes.

A - Copper with a slight haze. Decent head that leaves sticky hop foam all over the glass.

S - Juicy hops with tons of pine and citrus. That's about all.

T - The pine comes up first and smacks you right in the mouth; the citrus is next and the bitterness the two are accompanied by is palate wrecking. There are some sweet malts and plenty of booze as well.

M - Medium, but heavy for the style. This one likes to linger all over the mouth for a while.

D - The hops are slightly astringent in this one and the alcohol definitely comes through and makes drinkability lower on this brew.

Photo of kwjd
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange colour with very thick white head. Some nice lacing down the glass. Smells of huge citrusy hops with lots of malt. Flavour is quite bitter, balanced out by the malt. This is much more balanced than the 90 Min IPA because of the extra dry-hopping it seems. Smooth mouhtfeel. One of my favourite double IPA's and I think this is my favourite DFH beer.

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber body with a middling head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and fruity notes.

T: Some grapefruit, a bit of grassiness. Plenty of herbal notes. Malt is sweet like honey. Alcohol is barely detectable.

M: Medium-bodied, rather sticky, slightly creamy.

D: A pretty solid DIPA. I like it, but I'm not quite in love with it.

Photo of mjn5036
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle poured into a Piraat tulip glass. The beer pours a burnt sienna color and gives way to a reverse cascading, voluptuous head. The head is about three fingers in height, bone-white, and extremely sticky looking. The head disintegrates fairly quickly and leaves ample soapy lacing clinging all over the glass.

A dry-hopped version of 90 minute IPA...fantastic

The nose on this thing has 90 minute written all over it with all the wonderful additions of the dry hopping. The Amarillo and Cascade hops work together and hit you up front with a flowery, citrusy/grapefruit and a spicy end note. On the back end you can recognize the Willamette hops which add nice earthiness to the aroma. A nice, delicate bitterness almost transcends all throughout.

The flavor highlights a malt balance far more than the nose leads on to. A lot of caramel and a definitive breadiness lend a hand to balancing out the zealous amount hops used in this beer. Equal parts bitterness and citrus work together quite well with the malty backbone and fair sweetness to create a really
nice DIPA.

The mouthfeel is medium and solid, with plenty of carbonation. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in this one however. It is not overbearing but you can tell it is there. It is creamy, bitter and ends dry. The 750ml is certainly too much for one person but nice to share with someone.

Photo of tim9887
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unassuming darker burnt orange that is slightly hazy. The aroma is quite hoppy - I notice a good bit of pine, grass, and herbal hop aromas and a faint bit of booze. The taste features the aforementioned hop character from the aroma with the addition of very, very subtle tropical fruit and citrus. There is quite a wide spectrum of hop aromas/flavors in this beer - some obvious (pine, grass, herbal) and some less obvious (tropical fruit, citrus). Faint caramel malt balance. The finish is bitter and it lasts long after swallowing. Good carbonation level - very smooth and almost slick. Overall a pretty darn good DIPA. All too drinkable for 9% ABV. I would definitely buy more!

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken January, 2010

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy orange/amber - great looking frothy white head with nice lacing

Smell: Nice variety of hops, caramel malts - doesn't exactly smell "extreme" compared to some other DIPAs, but it works

Taste: Very similar to 90 Minute (as it should be), perhaps a bit more mellow - smooth caramel malt sweetness - malts are toasty, chewy, and hearty tasting - nice hop profile, mostly resiny and orange - pretty well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth and creamy, very well-carbonated

Overall: Very drinkable, and I am thinking a little age might make it more mellow - I thought the alcohol was pretty well-hidden

This is a great beer; not a dramatic upgrade from 90 Minute, but I hope to drink this again in the future. It is not particularly exciting, but it is solid.

Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I'm not a huge fan of the 90 minute... but the added hops in this really tilts the balance... and I love it!

A: Golden-bronze with a huge, fluffy, white head, excellent retention & lace.

S: Grapefruit, rind, tangerine, nectarine, grass, pine, weed, sponge toffee, tropical fruit, cotton candy, simply amazing.

T: HOPS! Piny resin, grapefruit, rind, tangerine, nectarine, grass, weed, sponge toffee, biscuit & light caramel, candied pineapple, bitterness actually seems balanced and there's only hints of the alcohol. Hell of a DIPA.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity with hints of residual sweetness.

D: Remarkably balanced; incredibly enticing.

$25 for a 750mL (Metro Liquor in Kelowna is selling at their cost) and totally worth it.

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, dark gold with minimal head but what's there is sticking around. A sturdy, bubbly ring around the edges of the chalice. Looks like moderate carbonation.

Smells of a combination of caramel and grapes. Flowery aromas reside in background. I cannot detect any hops, but I know they're lurking.

Taste is very smooth, but it's holding so much. A fruity and piney blend of hops. Malts are passive but playing their part. It has a spicy accent, tasting like a dash of nutmeg.

Real smooth feel and as expected, moderate carbonation. ABV is hidden pretty well; you can barely sense it's there.

A great sipper and Squall does pack a punch. A strong example of an imperial IPA. Dogfish Head not playing any games with this one. Just getting down to business as usual with a beast of an brew.

Photo of callmescraps
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have heard good things, although I never really trust dfh.

Appearance- rich copper, with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell- citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine.

Taste- candied hops. Nice citrus, some bitter, pretty sweet. Definitely a hint of nuttiness. Tad too sweet.

Mouthfeel- more syrupy than i would prefer.

Drinkability- the sweetness is a little much, and the nuttiness is off putting. But nice.

A good, but not great beer. Certainly worth having, but i probably will pass in the future.

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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.59/5  rDev -38%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of dayswonder
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Photo of dutchlq7
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Kakaraht
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

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