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Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 coachdonovan
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on 4/16/09 according to date printed on the bottle. My experience with this one deteriortated as it went along:

The appearance was great. Nice fluffy white head atop a coppery orange.

The aroma was pretty good. Lots of hops, pine.

The taste was OK. You'd think that with 6 different types of hops, you'd taste more of them. This came out too malty, and the hops seems a bit muted; I got less hop bitter and more honey sticky.

The mouthfeel and drinkability were not great. It's pretty boozy. I would advise making it your only beer of the hight if you're drinking the whole bottle alone. it's definitely an interesting take, but i've had better double IPAs.

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Photo of gibby
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Total wine in claymont, de. I was surprised to see how many cases of this they had on the shelves.

Appearnace: Very nice looking beer. Deep golden color with a huge pillowy head.
Smell: Like a hop bomb for sure. Nice citrus to start out and got a little more piney as it warmed up.Very nice indeed.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Slight bit of toffee, orange, grapefruity flavor. Bit syrupy, atleast more than the normal 90 min. Very enjoyable and went down easy.
Drinkability: I did not notice the 9% abv while drinking it but you certainly feel it after wards. Got a real nice buzz from the bottle. I only gave it a 4 on this b/c more than one 750ml and you will probably be stumbling for sure.

Overall this was the best DFH beer I have to date. And I have to be honest, I dont normally buy much DFH on a normal basis but I was really impressed by this brew. I plan on going back to total wine this weekend to grab a few more bottles to enjoy and/or trade on here. Well done and recommended for sure.

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Photo of pwoods
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rpstevens for this nice extra.

750ml capped brown wine bottle poured into a tripel karmeliet tulip.

A: Pours a fire-y tangerine. Huge 3+ finger off white head forms and holds nicely. Tons of sticky lacing.

S: Big sticky, resinous hops. Citrus and juicy fruits full of oily hop resin with some sticky, sappy pine in the back. Thick, chewy malts come to balance with syrupy sweetness, maybe a touch too rich. The DFH signature yeast still manages to poke through all of that.

T/M: Nice bitterness level with the first rush of the high octane hops. Very raw and more enjoyable than I thought. Very juicy with subdued citrus but beefier piny resin. The sweet malts come in, surprisingly not too syrupy, but do manage to hinder the short lived hop riot. Body is medium to medium full with good carbonation. Doesn't finish overly dry but retains just enough from the hops for some lingering bitterness and resin. Still not a big fan of their yeast, though.

D: Surprisingly drinkable. The 9% is barely noticeable until the end of the bottle. I bought I'd had enough 90min on tap to be surprised by this but I've been proven wrong.

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Photo of schmitter
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to this one.

Poured a surprisingly reddish amber with a 1/2 finger head.

Smells spicy, but not as hoppy as others have claimed.

Taste is initially floral hops with some citrus but it goes down sweet, caramely. Almost reminds me of a dubbel for whatever reason. I can definetely tast the alcohol presence in this one.

I like it, but the hype didn't quite live up.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful copper color with a nice thick just shy off white head.
the aroma is huge in citrusy hops. grapefruit rind, and sweet orange dominate with some softer, but also rich, caramel and toffee aromas. peppery and piney as well.
the taste smacks you with the same sort of piney resinous orangey/tangerine tinged hop flavor. fairly balanced with some nice light caramel sweetness. touches of toffee come into play now and again. peppery here also, with a bit of powdery asprin. with warmth some honey and nuttiness show up. it's rich and fujll of character, but no one aspect ever gets out of hand.
the mouthfeel is full bodied with soft mild carbonation. slick on the tongue.
it's got a good drinkability despite it size (flavor not physical). it's got a ton of flavor, and a boat load of hops, but also some pretty nice balance. well worth the price of admission.

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Photo of lexicondevil
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I usually just lurk here, but I had to chime in with a dissenting opinion on this one. I was excited to pick up this Dogfish Head that I have never tried before at Union Square Whole Foods. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. Poured in a wine glass - appearance nice amber with one finger head. Smell, hoppy but a little on the faint side. Taste - wow, I wasn't expecting that. The expected hops instead quickly gives way to a malty sweetness that I have to say I did not find pleasant. I am by no means the biggest hophead, but if you are expecting something like the other Dogfish IPAs from this beer, you might be disappointed by the sweetness. I suppose the mouthfeel is alright, but I find it hard to focus on given the malt overload, which hurts the drinkabillity - I kept wishing I had only bought a 12 ounce instead of a 750.

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Photo of lpayette
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours the color of Grade A Clover Honey. The head size is very much dependent upon the strength of the pour. A 5-finger head would be no problem... yet a more reasonable 2-finger head is also no problem. Brussels lace clings to the glass like spider webs.

Smell- Extremely pungent in the best way possible. Most notably citrus (grapefruit and orange) notes, but there are a host of other hop-centric aromas going on. Pine makes an impression. Very floral. Green grapes, ethyl acetate (pear), faint lemon. Oh, and there are some malty aromas too. Caramel, toffee. I'd swear that this is barrel aged, because it seems to have oak and vanilla- like aromas too.

Taste- Like a lot of great beers this gets better as it warms, and the flavors really start popping out. Make no mistake, this is a big beer with a complex personality. I hate to be redundant but much of what is found in the smell is found in the taste as well. What becomes more evident upon tasting it versus smelling it however, is how masterfully this beer is balanced. But beyond balance, the subtlety of hop-derived fruit flavors, and the malt derived sweet flavors such as caramel and toffee blend perfectly together with the hard to pinpoint oak and vanilla-like flavors. I honestly can't think of anything that would make this taste better, so for that this beer gets a rare 5.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly smooth and creamy. Full-bodied as well, but that doesn't retract at all from the drinkability.

Drinkability- This is easily the best new IPA that I've had the pleasure of trying in 2009. Quite possibily my favorite new beer for this year thus far. If you haven't had this, you should seek this out. Both hopheads, and malt lovers alike will rejoice.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a red-amber crystal-clear body with a good inch or so of off-white head. Grassy citrussy grapefruit with a good bit of mint and just enough caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate malt to balance. Hops definitely dominate toward the beginning, with citrus (grapefruit and lemon), pith, grass, and mint, and a bit of sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, and coffee, but just enough to balance the beer - definitely very hop-forward, more so than 90-minute IPA. On the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation, no doubt due to the bottle conditioning. The flavors and moderate mouthfeel make this a much easier drinker than expected. Absolutely stellar in every regard, I fully intend on picking up more should I come across it!

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Photo of rolle
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden orange with a firm head that lasts.

S - Hops, pine and lots of grapefruit. The grapefruit is the overwhelming smell highlighting a nice summer flavor.

T- Hops and the citrus, but relatively mild overall. Good balance.

M- Light carbonation, good body, but not heavy.

D- I like the 90 minute IPA from DFH, but this is far superior. Easy to finish a bottle with a friend, and the IBV makes it just that much better!

Too bad it is a one-off. They should make this always. Pretty darn good.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +2.7%
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 +0.2%
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 -12.5%
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 +20.3%
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 -11.2%
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 -13.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +5.1%
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 +3.9%
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 -22.2%
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 -0.7%
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 -18.6%
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 +4.6%
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 -0.7%
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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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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