Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 1,160
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 59
Gots: 138 | 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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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber color with a big fluffy off white head that recedes to a thin film.

S: Big pungeant piney hops. Soap like. That's really about it there.

T: Big hop bitterness. Piney and very oily and resinous. Not as soapy in the taste as the nose.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation ample hoppiness.

D: Good. I could definitely enjoy a few glasses of these in a row. Good for those Piney hop flavor lovers. (429 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my New Belgium Globe glass at 50 degrees. Bottled on 04/16/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent amber with a two inch creamy/frothy bright white head. Head settled into a consistent quarter inch cap with generous swaths of lacing coating the glass during the tasting. Resinous piney hops dominates the nose on this one - that's pretty much all I get. Taste consistent with nose. A subtle sweetness comes out in the middle, but not the grapefruit sweetness you find in 90 Minute. Some resinous residual lingers between quaffs, but it's not really manifested as bitterness; more of a piny/floral character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, slightly oily and lightly carbonated. Good DIPA - balance was shifted slightly more to the bitter than the sweet; however, abv was very well-hidden and I found it pleasantly quaffable. (840 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pretty excited to try this "unfiltered" IPA after recently trying the Unfiltered Weyerbacher Double Sicmoe which I absolutely loved. As you'll see, this didn't come close.

About a 2 finger head covered a totally clear (??) amber beer. How is this unfiltered? Mostly orange highlights. Some sticky lacing.

Aroma is mostly pine and some alcohol. A bit of sweetness as well. Touch floral

Booze, pepper, pine tones and bitterness I've heard this compared to 90 Minute and that seems about right. Mile sweetness, but not too much.

Mouth feel is fairly thick and shy of syrup like. Frankly does not "feel" unfiltered like some of the others I've had.

Was a bit disappointed here. It's an o.k. beer but not one to seek out again. (733 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle (shoulda picked up 2) for $8 at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach this past week...very limited release in a champagne bottle.

Poured chilled at 45-50 degrees (F) into a pint glass, it pours a beautiful amber color with a slight haze through the bottle and a finger-thick of bone-white dense head. The head, eroding slowly, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Cascade hops hit my nose for the most part. Somewhat weak presentation on the nose. Was hoping for more. Maybe a bit of cane sugar comes through as well.

Sipping, a sharp bit of floral & pine hops hits the tip of my tongue followed by a sweetening sugar flavor through the swallow. The swallow leads to a bit of drying with a slight biscuit flavor to go along with the overwhelming hops flavor. The alcohol is definitely present here and it reminds me of a less-"steroided" 120 minute IPA...it really resembles the 90 minute, and it is hard to distinguish from the 90 minute for the most part.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Solid carbonation up front on the tip of my tongue to start and follows and becomes smooth then drying through the swallow. Very standard, but above what I expected.

Very drinkable in that it is a lot like 90-minute, which is the best IPA on the planet in my opinion with a bit of subtle changes I do not have the palate to distinguish from. I'll enjoy the bottle though for sure!!! (1,382 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a champagne bottle at the brewpub for $8 - totally worth it. Why is it DFH's best IPA's (or at least my favorites) are the least available. This and 75 Min are damn tasty and drinkable. And while this clocks in at 9%, it holds none of the cloying sweetness that drives me away from the 90 Minute. The appearance, despite being unfiltered, is a clear red amber with a gentle white head. The aroma has a nice bouquet of smooth citrus punch with notes of pine and grass. The same delicious hops return in the flavor along with a dry biscuit undertone. The bitterness isn't over the top, but it overpowers the malts enough that you know this beer is a douple IPA. Heck of a beer Sam, please brew it again. (711 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the new trend, bottle conditioned kickass Double IPAs, first UF Double Simcoe now this, please let this be the new trend. It pours a light burnt umber body with a small white head in my brandy snifter, really tight small bubble coming up from the bottom of the glass. Piney, a little orange, a little biscuit in the nose, more rounded than the regular 90min which is more piney and grapefriuty. The flavor is up there with the smell, the caramel sweetness hits first with the sweet orange peel coming next then a bracing piney bitterness finishes it off. The mouthfeel reminds me of something that is cask conditioned with a bit more carbonation, the tight carbonation really drives the piney tooth eating hoppiness, with just enough sweetness to hold it all in check. The drinkability is way up there for me, I don't notice the 9% alcohol like I do in the regular 90min. (887 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a mostly clear, orange brown color with a medium sized peachy head that has great retention. A good balance to the nose, bitter hops, lots of pine and caramel malt. Creamy texture, bright and fun but with bitter and mature notes of sweet malt and a strong biscuit like yeast characteristic. A very well made beer, the 9% is there but not in your face, very drinkable for the ABV. I'm glad we got to try this bottle and im really glad i have another to take home...just wish this sucker came in to Jersey...why Dogfish why? (542 characters)

Photo of trbergman
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Aggressive pour yields an inch of rocky white head atop a copper body. Plenty of lacing.

S - Not very enticing on the nose. Sweet caramel and toffee malts with harsh hop aroma of grapefruit pith and cat pee. (Ah: a visit to the DFH website confirms the use of Simcoe hops.)

T/M - Well-balanced IPA with lush, juicy malt backbone and an assertive bitterness that arrives in the middle and lasts through a long finish. Plenty of fine carbonation with a smooth and creamy body.

D - Sweet malt and hop bitterness can't hide the 9% abv. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this, but it's worth checking out. (644 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color with a golden hint. Medium sized head and lace.
The aroma floral hops,pine,malts and fruit notes.

The taste is slightly bitter with a caramel sweetness accompanied by sharp hops and pine notes. A good amount of fruit flavors and a solid malt back up.

The feel is medium to full body with a smooth carbonation and a hint of bitterness.

Notes: The alcohol was well hidden,but while it lingered a bit in the finish it was not harsh. A good DIPA. A really nice looking bottle. I really liked the way the taste lingered on my tongue. A solid beer. (567 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 4/16/2009. So why the fuck is this just showing up now in early-mid June? I've only been sitting on this for a week or 2. Matters...pours into the Duvel tulip

OK, this may be unfiltered...but the first pour is crystal-clear bourbon. Carbonation is still but a true full-finger of white bread/eggshell head is prolific and robust...and what little goes away leaves solid lacing.

Well this has a huge solid flora hop profile on the first nose but it diffuses in-air very quickly. Decent mild citrus here...and the caramel malt backbone is huge...leaving a little bit of booze on the back end.

Hmmm...looks like the Ringwood earth and grass rears its ugly head. There is stewy caramel malt and a little nice bourbon booze...and some smidge of pepper even. Hops are muted with a little grass and earth but lingering citrus. On the back end as it warms there's even a bit of astringency.

I usually like my DIPAs a little warm - not this one. This reminds me of the early BrewDog IPA entries that were all over the place. No synergy here - sure, there's a big hop quotient - at first a nice floral one - but the Ringwood earth beats it into submission. There's nice caramel malt but a boozy, astringent, acidic tinge swallows it up - maybe a little more from more citric, C hops. It's not a mess, but it's a bit much to deal with.

This is one worth trying - it's definitely interesting. Sort of like Martha Stewart's "Kitchen Sink" cookies - a whole $#!+load of great ingredients, but they don't necessarily jive together. Don't wanna hate on Sammy C. or Martha - Raison d'Etre is very good and Martha's devilish eggnog recipe is positively insane. Devilish - there's the tie-in I was looking for. After all, it's review 666! Big shout-out to Tacos Lupita...look up their phone # and you'll know what I mean... (1,822 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy, long-lasting head; leaves good ring lace. The liquid is golden amber and is clear.

Very strong pine/grapefruit hop bitter nose. Little else for the smell.

Surprisingly strong malt base on the initial sip. The swallow is where the bittering hop shows up. Unlike some DIPA's, this one has balance. Creamy body with a fine-bubbled level of carbonation. The aftertaste is long-lasting hop pellet-like bitterness. (418 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The beer was a clear, dark golden color with a thick ecru head that left a lot of lacing. A sweet malt aroma, along with citrus and pineapple. Taste followed form, with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and biscuit all there. A well-balanced beer. The alcohol was subtle, but present. (318 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Print on the bottle neck says it was bottled on 4/16/09.

A: Decanted with a moderate pour from the 750 ml into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear orangey-amber with a 2-finger ivory head that retains well. Some sheets of lace. Last pour adds floaty sediment to the mix.

S: Nice nose. Big on citrus and tropical fruits -- think grapefruit pith and pineapple, especially pineapple. There's also caramel malt sweetness evident, however, so it's not all hops.

T: Balanced here too: sweet caramel malt sets the foundation for citrus and tropical fruits. Lingering dry bitterness cuts the sweetness a little. At times that dry bitterness seems almost wood-like in its astringency. Alcohol is not noted on the palate, but heat is felt in belly and there's a quick buzz; so it's there.

M: Slightly resiny, though not as much as the 90 Minute (at least from memory). Fairly smooth, though there's a carbonation "bite" to the finish.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength. (964 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A -Copper/amber in color with a nice white head on top. Clear, despite its being unfiltered.

S - Not as much hop aroma as I expected. Some caramel malt notes and a bit of pine/citrus hops.

T - Malt-balanced, but definitely a lot of hop bitterness. Starts off sweet with caramel notes, then rolls into a nice hop bitterness, but not so extreme as to overwhelm the malts. Finishes with some nice citrus hop notes.

M - Medium bodied and low carbonation. This is also a notably "smooth" feeling beer in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable. This is a nice and smooth IPA. It's not one of the more "extreme" ones out there, but its definitely an easy to drink one.

Final thoughts: This is supposed to be a 90 minute IPA, unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Compared to the 90 minute, it seems that the rough edges have been smoothed out. I love 90 minute IPA, but some aspects of it can be a bit abrasive: the resiny hops and the high maltiness. This beer seems to restrain everything a bit and bring it into balance. (1,057 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz brown bottle served in a snifter.
Bottled on 04/16/09.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a faint highlight of auburn-tea. Foamy, bright white head with plenty of porous bubbles. Walls of webbed lacing with very good durability.

Juicy, oily pine aroma with light spruce. Light tropical fruit: honeydew and cantelope with notes of rum. Smooth, creamy, underlying malt character.

Smooth, slightly creamy vanilla and honey malts followed by an oily, yet rounded intense hop character. The hop oils are smooth as a result of the tropical fruit flavors; however, the alcohol intensity adds a bit of an abrasive slickness. A slick, oily-bitter finish is followed by notes of pine and alcohol.

Medium bodied; creamy for the styles, yet the alcohol presence adds a mildly slick solvency.

This has to be the 90 minute, right? The hop flavors and textures, alcohol presence, and vanilla/honey touches are practically dead on. Whatever you want to call it, it's pretty tasty. (981 characters)

Photo of foggylovesbeer
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cracked a bottle of this open tonight. Poured a thick white head, big aroma from the crack of the cap and from the glass. Honestly, how can you go wrong with this beer... a bottle-conditioned, unfiltered 90 minute IPA?!? Need to do a tasting w/the original, but from memory the Squall comes across smoother and even has a bit more of a hop kick in the mouth.
Great beer! (371 characters)

Photo of RobH
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle. Removed from the refrigerator and allowed to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before opening to bring it to a better tasting temperature.

A: Hard pour into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass brings a nice 1 to 2 finger off-white head sitting on top of a beautiful clear copper-amber colored brew.

S: The aromas of the multiple hop varieties certainly come through with a very pleasant smack. Malts on the background let the hops take front row on the nose, but let you know they are there waiting for you for a pleasant balancing act.

T&M: Indeed, a beautifully balanced big DIPA with enough flavorful and meaningful malt character to make it a complex brew with broad appeal for hop heads and non-hop heads alike. Creamy mouthfeel on the front and then the hops cut through on the back letting you know it is a for real DIPA. Quite a pleasant Double IPA experience. The 9% ABV is hidden in the background and not noticeable in the flavor profile.

At some point I will do a side by side of this and the 90 Minute; based on memory I will say that Squall IPA delivers a bit of a more complex beer experience due to the dry hopping and bottle conditioning that definitely adds a different and enjoyable character to it.

This is a highly drinkable brew! (1,280 characters)

Photo of beer4colin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fact: The label rocks. This raises score up 1/2 point.
Fact: Shameless promotion of Maine clothing store selling expensive harbor wear drops score 1/2 point.

Nice looking in glass. Bit brown for IPA. Clingy lace. Hops are not over the top but jump on the back of your tongue on the finish.

9% is hidden but you will know it is there.

Mind the temperature on this! Cold is no good!

750 ml is a nice size that others should follow. Very nice effort. I will be back for more. (477 characters)

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice amber-copper color with a big fluffy head that settles down to a half-inch crown of brilliant white.

First smells are biscuit bready malt and herbal piney hops. Given a swirl the alcohol and fruit bouquet becomes the dominant aroma.

The taste here is absolutely world class. Much like the nose and balanced in the middle and sliding into bitter hop flavor toward the end. The alcohol flavor is not a burn but more like a hearty roast. The malt sweetness never gets sugary and the hop bitterness never gets citric like many in this category do.

The body is perfect. The alcohol presence seems to temper the malt density and the hop oils have been carefully crafted to mingle cleverly then hold your attention as the other two factors fade. Smooth all around with just a little bite in the front and an alcohol finish. Brilliant!

Drinkability is dangerously good but the flavorful quality and 9% ABV makes this one to bring to a beer geek gathering, not for one person alone.

I will be bringing this to a gathering but not likely to have one again for myself. That would just be irresponsible. (1,101 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.99 for the 750 bomber at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. "Bottled on 4-16-09" etched onto the bottle. Pours darker amber, clear, under a long lasting typical khaki head head that leaves tons of sheeting and thick stick. Mostly dark malts in the nose with a faint whiff of soft hops. Rich, thick, smooth, very enjoyable, quite malty offering, Hopping is appreciated mostly in the finish and the post finish. Dryin up late in the mouth. Regal, heady brew at 9%. But the alcohol is well hidden and drinkability, at least for me is quite high. Tasty, tasty malty IPA. An instant favorite, hopefully this stuff will be put into mass production and therefore mass availibility. (668 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pert near clear, pours a pale amber color and in an instant wants to kick up a HUGE stiff pale yellow head that settles slowly leaving sheets of Belgian lacing behind, some 3D. While not offensive, the smell is timid sweet and slightly fruity like a peach cotton candy...not at all what you might expect. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is thick and full bodied, creamy; a couple of notches shy of being syrupy. Full flavored, the monster sweet malt character completely out shines the hops. Can't say how true to style that is. Pretty big on the sweet side, but overall not a bad drinker. (595 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.99 for the 750.

A: Cool art work. The beer poured a fairly dark copper color with a finger and a half of white head.

S: The smell is more malty than 90. A touch of spice as well. When I first opened the bottle it smelled like hops illicit neighbor. In the glass it was not nearly as pungent.

T: Really big malt profile. The hops come along with a touch of booze. They work well together. Not nearly as balanced as 90 is but still a damn fine beer.

M: Really thick and sticky. Mouthfeel is spot on with a nice sweetness that lingers on your lips.

D: Really drinkable. We split the 750 but I could have easiely drank it myself. Not as good as the normal 90 but still a damn fine beer. (689 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a wine-bottle shaped container...

The appearance is a big puffy head with major retention. The look is a clear but hazy copper yellow. Solid; mostly cuz of the big head. Sediment sinks to the bottom.

The aroma is a big perfumey, flowery hop. Woody and hefty. Really a massive woody pine aroma. Serious and big. Roasted malts are there too and provide a good counterpoint.

The taste is a major hop presence. Some blood oranges and a hints of tangerine (Summit hops?). Still, that woody flavor dominates. Big alcohol burn. Malt is a welcome balance.

The feel is creamy and thick. Has a burn/bite at the swallow. This baby is big but it's outstanding. Repeats would be accepted gratefully. Dynamite. (707 characters)

Photo of vrazionale
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled On: 04/16/09"

A - Reddish-golden body with a full gold-tinted head tat starts soft but builds up quickly with a fairly aggressive pour. The head rolls in clumps along the sides of the glass as I swirl it.

S - Lots of citrus, pine, and other woodsy notes. Slightly herbal and medicinal. I can smell the malt character of the brew, as well.

T - Again, citrus, pine, and herbs, with a long, sweet finish. Nothing too remarkable here, but I get more malt flavors than I normally like in an IIPA.

M - Slightly sticky mouthfeel, and it feels a bit undercarbonated to me.

D - Not a bad IIPA by any means, but I didn't find it exceptionally interesting. I found the malty flavor to detract from this brew, but if you like IPAs with that sort of flavor profile, then you should give this beer a go. (883 characters)

Photo of Cedromar
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I don't know what to say. Clear amber with quickly fading head. Aroma is lightly hoppy. Taste is very malty and blah. Absolutely no hops in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy, like a creamy beige. Reminds me of a scaly manfish's watercolors. Drinkability, it certainly is drinkable, I just don't see why you would want to. (324 characters)

Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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