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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 nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pretty clear golden orange with a beige colored head. Head has good retention, and left some nice lacing.

S- Smells of hops mainly piney and grapefruit. There's also a good bit of malt sweetness present with plenty of grainy, caramely and sugar smells.

T- Surprisingly, quite a bit of malts coming at me including sweet caramel and toasted grains. Hops are equally represented with plenty of citrus and piney coming through as well. A nice balance for sure.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Feels right on.

D- Great IPA from DFH I think that falls somewhere between 60min. and 90min. Very easy to drink and I hope this one is made again and makes its way farther west for sure.

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Photo of sleazo
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a hazy orange/amber hue with a soapy one finger head. Decent retention and lace.

S_Orange/tangerine hops dominate but are backed by a number of other pleasant aromas. Caramel, honey, pine, black pepper, and leather also come through. A nice smelling beer that doesnt allow the hops to fully mask everything else.

T_A sweet caramel front leads into piney hops and back around to sweet caramel again. The aftertaste is pleasnatly hoppy and dries out the whole picture. There is some generic fruitiness present as well. Nicely blended between the bitter and the sweet.

M_Slightly syrupy with an active medium bubbled carbonation.

D_I am enjoy the 90 minute and this is similar yet a bit more complex.

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Photo of jxhill
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with little haze for an unfiltered beer. Bubbly white head. Very full, musty hops aroma from dry-hopping, I presume. Taste and feel is very lively and hops-sweet with a tangy, almost yogurty flavor. Hops are not sharp and aggressive, but felt in the back of the tongue. Very refreshing ad bright for a strong hoppy ale. Lots of lace.

Not sure if how long DFH plans to brew this commemorative beer, but here's to hoping it's around for awhile. It differs from their 60, 90 and 120-Minute offerings in its frisky dry-hopped nature. Delicious.

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Photo of Littleb
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice, hazy amber colour with a thick and frothy level of foamy head. Wonderful.

S - Very citrusy, piney and spicy. A little "fresher" than I'm used to from DFH these days.

T - Much maltier than expected. But that's not a bad thing. The sweetness really accents the fantastic hop characters.

M - Meidum, maybe a little lighter than expected.

D - Very high. It's like 90 as I used to remember it, just more drinkable.

I have very high expectations of DFH (as most do) but still really look forward to their new releases and most of their seasonals. This one hit the nail on the head. Now time to go find some more!

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured super carbonated but not hazy orange color. The tan head is super frothy. As the head dissolves it leaves thin layers of lace. Aroma is similar to that of the 90 but more so citrusy. The nose is dry, hoppy and slightly fruity. Super sweet malt flavor tries to overpower the hops but id say they are about even. Feel is soft, and slick. This is drinkable but more malty and less hoppy than the regular 90 minute. This didn't blow me away.

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Photo of mempath
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a DFH 'shaped' pint glass...head just lingers and lingers and stays thick forever. splotchy minimalist rorschach 'lacing'...beautiful, deep orange/apricot color.

nose is an incredible bouquet (?!) of sweet and bitter orange marmalade. that pretty much covers the malts and hops! really intense, but not sharp smell that has so much depth and i hope isn't outshined by the taste...

wow, much sweeter than i imagined but quite counterbalanced by the hop dominance. like a more refined 90mIPA...well, that's what it is supposed to be, right? wow, again. i get a nutty (walnut?) after effect, even woody. this is complex, perhaps, since i let the bottle come out of the fridge and sit for about 20 minutes. but it's still very cool and very refreshing. the mouthfeel is also a strange but very successful balance of carbonation and...'flatness' (you get a sense of both, perhaps due to the thick, chewiness of it).

because i am a hophead and this is so perfect AND unique, sure it's exceptionally drinkable. it is what it is supposed to be. fantastic, one of my favorite limited offerings from DFH.

at $7.99 a bottle in tax free DE (across the line from me) i'll certainly bunker a few for the first days of autumn.

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Photo of mpsul2
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Amber Red brown, if that makes sense. Good amount of lingering foam. 4.5 because I really enjoy the red color in a IPA.

Smell- Light citrusy and hoppy aroma. Not overpowering, but not enough citrus in the smell to get higher that a 4.

Taste- Sweet Malty flavor overpowering the hops. Kind of surprising. A bit of a metallic taste as well. Keep searching for the citrusy taste I was expecting form the smell, but couldn't find it. Over all pretty bitter and sweet, weird.

Mouthfeel- Medium Body, sorta thick. Well carbonated, not too powerful, but not flat either.

Drinkability- Overall not too impressed. Little too biter and a little too sweet for a double IPA. I mean I know and IPA is supposed to be bitter, but bitter accompanied by citrus is way more delicious to me than bitter accompanied by sweet malt. Not a terrible interpretation of an American double; given options, I am not very likely to buy this beer again.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a very nice dense egg-shell colored head that slowly settles leaving some chunky lacing. The aroma is of citrusy and resiny hops, candied apricots, and a honey malt. Citrus hops kick off the flavor with some tropical fruit notes, not very intense, this is followed by a significant malt presence. The caramel/honey malt brings a lot of balance to the brew. Moderate body with limp carbonation which gives the brew a smooth feeling but this beer needs some more edge to it. Noticable ABV belly burn. A rather disappointing DIPA, perhaps this is an old bottle but I don't think it is. The hops aren't very strong, the beer seems to be an imperial APA. It is balanced, though the imperial booziness comes through. Needs more hops and more carbonation.

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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to love Dogfish Head's 90 min IPA but now find it over-sweet and lacking in hop flavor. Squall is the DIPA that I wish 90 min would be. In my opinion, there's something very similar about the two beers, but maybe that's all in my head. Squall is still probably on the malty half of the DIPA scale but only because some West coast breweries have pushed the hoppy side so far out as to be nearly unpleasant. Squall still has a good bitter hop aftertaste, but it's mostly marked by juicy tangerine/pine hop flavors. There's a really great apricot note, as well. This beer really shows off a nice blend of American hop varieties. The malt is bready and not too sweet. Drinkability is high for the alcohol content.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE. I shared this with octopus87, poured chilled into a pair of willybeckers.

A - A lightly hazed copper w/ 3 fingers of densely packed ecru that compresses to about a finger leaving thick lace on the glass. The color is beautiful like a sunset or polished brewkettle. Visible carbonation is apparent and the bead is fine.

S - Dry herbal hops w/ a mild citrus/grapefruity rind scent. A spiced element w/ lemony accent and nutty toasted malt aroma w/ floral hints of alcohol esters

M - A crisp lively carbonatioon at first leads into a bitter leafy prickly aspect w/ a light creaminess which flows to warm spices alcohol and mildly toasted dry essence. The feel is fruity w/ a bitter edge in the finish, lightly tannic

T - I believe the taste is enhanced by the bottle conditioning, but either way this is fresh from the brewery, bought at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. The hops have a more intense bitterness but still have the citrusy rind flavor and sugary lemon flesh taste of 90 min. The flavor is spiced w/ mild cinnamon notes and toasted malt taste is not far behind. the gentle grassy taste has a mild sour citrus element which also compliments the grapefruit. The flavor of almonds in honey is there in the background foundation the malt provides which has a caramle but this is not lacking in hop bitterness, don't get me wrong as the last sips are imbibed and a spiced candy taste lingers on.

D - A good Dipa that I really appreciated as a bottle conditioned 90 min. Not miracle change in flavor, just an enhancement in mouthfeel and bitterness which seem more vibrant when aquired so close to the brewery. The taste is fresh and the taste sweet not to mention pretty darn drinkable.

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Photo of BZero007
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this bottle from a friend from his vacation in DE. TY Shawn!

Pours a hazy amber rich color with good head formation that has an off white color to it. The aroma is a sweet one with citrus and hints of pine to it, very nice. The taste was sweet for me but not mainly due to the malt. The hops flavored this brew extremly well and mixed with the malts perfectly. The brew itself is a very smooth and medium body brew. The hops will not kill your taste buds and leaves wanting more. The 9% alcohol level is honestly not noticed at all. Love the bottle conditioning that they did with the 90min and would pick it up again if I came accross it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a semi-hazy tawny with a thick off-white head. Aroma of pine, garlic, grassy, and lots of citrus hops. Flavor off odd-garlicky sweet malt with bitter hops in the finish. Sticky and sweet. As with the other DFH IPAs, the malt and hops just don't work together like they should. I had high hopes for this one...alas.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber color with 2 inches of beige/white head. Crystal clear unfiltered beer with actual hop leaves sitting in the bottle.
Great wafting smell of sugary/sweet malts and some very sweet hop notes.
Taste has a hard hitting hop taste backed up very well with malt sweets.
The term, 90 Minute on steroids comes to mind here.

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Photo of mwa423
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Smells slightly citrusy, hint of malty/caramel sweetness.

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

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

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Photo of mullenite
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to discovolante65 for this one.

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

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

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

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

This beer is delicious and very easy to drink.

Thanks again discovolante65.

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Photo of deanhead
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Rich tasting, sweet, slightly soapy and pumice like.

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

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Photo of jhammel01
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Jayli
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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Photo of deereless
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of LunaChick
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of damienblack
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a russety amber, seems pretty clear, don't see a whole lot of visible yeast sediment. Nice head billows right up and stays pillowey throughout. Smells of muted hops, not nearly as pungent as a straight 90. Taste, nice mellow even hops throughout. Has a bit of malty gravitas to it, but lacks that fight between malt and hops like 90. Kind of a mix of pine and sweet earthiness, a bit of grapefruit. Sweetness comes in late, but it's more of a mapeley sweetness that doesn't really compete with the hops. Mouthfeel is nice and coating, and drinkability is exceptional. I like this a lot better than regular 90, which I'm not a fan of. Here's hoping this becomes year round!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into shaker pint on 7/6/09.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange with a slight haze and one-finger creamy beige head that retained well, yielding some attractive lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles darted through the liquid.

S - Obligatory DFH yeast with a potpourri of hop aromas suggesting spicy, citric and piney notes. There's also a good bit of malt sweetness present with plenty of grainy, caramely and burnt sugar notes.

T - Surprisingly, Squall boasts quite a hefty malt presence with equal parts burnt sugar, sweet caramel and toasted grains. However, hops are equally represented with plenty of citrus and piney characteristics.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is bittersweet on the palate and doesn't linger for very long.

D - Great IPA from DFH that falls somewhere between 60min. and 90min. with more of a mixed bag of hops due to dry hopping with several hop varietals. Overall, this is a well-balanced and tasty IPA.

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Photo of bboven
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, light copper body with a huge, thick head that wouldn't leave if you pointed a gun at it.

Mostly hops, but that will happen with this dry hop bill. There's also a note of hot alcohol, but the malt is nearly impossible to pick out.

A lot of initial hops fade leaving hot alcohol and strong fig aftertaste. Not bad at all, but I wish a little more malt had shown up.

Just sticky enough from all the hop oil. It begs to be sipped slowly as the flavor lingers for an eternity. Silky, perfect carbonation...wonderful.

A very well-done beer. If there were a little more malt presence it would be perfect.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Damienblack, hell of a guy.

Pours a mean looking, sap colored deep amber with big chunks of sediment. Very little head, solid rings of lacing.

Strong syrupy hop candy aroma backed by a limp, sweet backbone of caramel malts. Sweet pine and alcohol also catch my nose.

Tastes like a mix of pale malts and herbal hops on the front. That's followed up by a very weak, strange earthy citrus hop profile that fades away very quickly to a donkey-punch of pine resin bitterness and alcohol. The hops are not overwhelming, but meld with the alcohol warmth enough to confuse you a little. Strange sweet plant-like aftertaste. This brew is deep.

Mouthfeel is great, doesn't seem as syrupy as regular 90min. Nice natural feeling carbonation cuts through this one. Medium bodied and tilting towards the dry side.

Drinkability is above average, even with the very prevalent alcohol taste. The 9% and remarkably "mellow-ish" character of this brew make it very nice.

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Photo of Moxley
2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed with fellow BA Pleepleus and my brother Cameron.

A - Poured a clear apricot with a foamy off-white head and decent lacing.

S - Very boozy and sweet smelling.

T - Sweet and boozy up front with a strong pine and hop bite on the finish.

M&D - Sticky and thick but well carbonated. Not a fan.

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.