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Squall IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 58
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 dayswonder


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

02-13-2011 01:17:33 | More by dayswonder
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

02-12-2011 03:55:51 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of dutchlq7

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

02-12-2011 01:30:47 | More by dutchlq7
Photo of Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

01-27-2011 21:45:35 | More by Kakaraht
Photo of rlee1390


3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

01-16-2011 04:38:13 | More by rlee1390
Photo of altom


4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

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

01-15-2011 03:34:03 | More by altom
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

01-14-2011 20:33:36 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.18/5  rDev 0%

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

01-12-2011 18:56:06 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of DPFRD


4.22/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-10-2011 08:43:41 | More by DPFRD
Photo of edwino


4.63/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

01-09-2011 04:55:00 | More by edwino
Photo of DrinkingDrake


4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

01-07-2011 00:48:26 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of htomsirveaux


4.22/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-05-2011 22:18:02 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-04-2011 08:10:54 | More by JizackFH
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

(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.

01-04-2011 03:33:10 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


4.43/5  rDev +6%

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.


01-04-2011 03:22:56 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of jsanford


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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!

01-03-2011 23:14:18 | More by jsanford
Photo of GbVDave


3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

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


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.

01-03-2011 18:34:44 | More by GbVDave
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

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

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

Sunset orange with a dollop of hay colored foam.

Orange and grapefruit pop out amid a pungent hoppy aroma.

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

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

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

01-03-2011 01:34:30 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of pburland23


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-01-2011 15:42:53 | More by pburland23
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

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...

01-01-2011 02:33:41 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BabySnakes


4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

12-31-2010 22:13:36 | More by BabySnakes
Photo of ebby82


4.22/5  rDev +1%

Pours a dark amber with a creamy, two finger head, into a snifter. The aroma is primarily hops, very sweet, with a malty presence beneath.

The taste is very similar to regular 90 minute. The only difference I could note was that the squall is a bit smoother than regular 90 minute.

Although I really enjoy this beer, it's too close to 90 minute to justify it's price. I may as well continue to drink 90 minute instead. However, this may be the result of my unrefined palate. Certainly it's different than regular 90 minute, but not by much.


12-30-2010 21:36:46 | More by ebby82
Photo of Strix


4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

Cloudy orange with lasting head and lace.

Smell is piney, bready, and with deep grapefruit.

Hop-filled but balanced. Lots of citrus and pine flavors over a bready base, some alcohol present in a dry finish. Orange-rind and even vanilla and wood towards the end.

Full but crisp mouthfeel.

This was beautiful. It's been awhile since I've had 90 min so it's hard to compare, but this is probably in my top 5 IPAs.

12-29-2010 14:27:20 | More by Strix
Photo of AdamBear


4.6/5  rDev +10%

A-dark gold, good amount of white head

S-oh absolutely perfect, so hoppy and citrusy...amazing

T-ohh this is wonderful! i'm not sure i can pick the differences between it and the 90 minute considering its been a month since my last 90 minute. i need to try them head to head. the hops character comes in so strong and crisp. it just tastes miraculous! there's only a slight bitterness but it is welcomed. it leaves with a perfect blend of hops and pine with the two tastes lingering for awhile

M-a good, crisp medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D-Englishmen might say this is the opposite of a session beer, but here in the mountains of America, this is exactly what a session beer is. who cares about whether or not it gets you drunk, you can drink this as much as you please. it tastes so amazing! the 750 mL is almost enough liquid...but not quite enough.

12-29-2010 07:48:27 | More by AdamBear
Photo of FosterJM


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

146th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ML bottle

Thanks to jp110099 for this one. Awesome bottle.

App- A robustly colored golden orange with a nice pillowy two finger head and some excellent lacing and retention.

Smell- Big monster citrus, mostly yellow/orangy fruits (grapefruit,nectarine,tangerine) with some hops and malt in there as well. Even got some nice spice.

Taste- A big spicy tastefully done DIPA. The regular 90 was good but this was just a tad better. It's a good mix of both malt/hops but suprised at how smooth this is. Has a nice floral/piney taste as well.

Mouth- A fairly large medium bodied brew with a high carbonation but a dry finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste and has some spice and earthy notes to finish as well.

Drink- For the ABV it's extremely drinkable and the ABV is well hidden. A great big beer from DFH.

12-29-2010 04:11:26 | More by FosterJM
Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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