Squall IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Squall IPASquall IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #493
Ranked #2,578
4.16 | pDev: 11.3%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Squall IPASquall IPA
Notes: 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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Karibourgeois from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy orange/gold pour with a foamy off-white head. Big citrus and grain aroma. Taste has a very mild bitterness at the beginning with flavors of orange rind, herbs, mango, grass, and a hint of wet bread. Bitterness becomes stronger as the beer warms but is never overpowering. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Jan 15, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 2016 batch in the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 26, 2016.

Handsome orange-amber and heady pour. Good clarity.

There are more malt sensations than vibrant hop sensations in the nose but I pick up some earth and resin. Maybe a hint of orange or fruit. I might have expected more but it is pleasing nonetheless.

Medium to full body.

Smooth malty taste with just enough orange and tangerine to bring out a kind of full juicy flavor. But not overwhelming at all. Mild to moderate bitterness.

Dec 26, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't buy a lotta DFH product anymore, but they were one of my early faves, 'specially with the Ancient Ales series, but then it seemed like everything was too honey-sweet and kinda gimmicky...

Well, I was pretty excited about this, but failed to realize it was actually from February (2/24 bottling)...

Bottle-conditioned helps, and it's a DIPA (9%) despite the moniker... Features Simcoe, Amarillo, and Palisade hops - I believe its essentially their 90 Minute DIPA with bottle conditioning...

Medium amber/papaya colored with an off-white head a few fingers high...

Super fruity, a bit more sweet than bitter - very mellow as a matter of fact; full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Nothing wrong with this at all, 'cept for the fact I never had it fresh for comparison...

Nov 12, 2016
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a copper orange color with a very fine, one finger head of off white foam. Excellent lacing and retention.

Aroma: Big notes of cantaloupe, honeydew, pine resin, caramel malt, beeswax and moderate orange peel and grapefruit rind. Has a clean, slightly alcoholic smell.

Taste: Flavor is well attenuated and sweet. Tastes like honey drizzled over melon and sticky caramel malt upfront. Gradually a gentle pine sap and orange peel flavor creeps in mid palate to balance out the sweetness. Ends on more sweet notes of toffee, caramel malt and honey with melon.

Feel: Body is fine and dense. Mid-heavy with low carbonation, very silky and velvety. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

Overall: Not bad at all but not my cup of tea. Very sweet and dry with big notes of melon, honey and caramel balanced out by a very gentle, but prominent resinous hop character.

Nov 06, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yellow brown and cloudy as possible, moderate carbonation and 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of peaches and pine and pears, with a light red pepper note.

Tastes of berries and melon and citrus and pine. Very well balanced.

Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden except for the burn in the throat.

Got yesterday at Oppermans from Kurt's stash. Thanks buddy! Drinking at Birch Run, Michigan, Oct 5th, 2016. Excellent IIPA!

Oct 05, 2016
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joe16siny from New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew is so balanced that it could one of the best beers you've had or one of the worst. I vote best, its a perfect blend that even at 9% is so damm smooth. Went down so ez that i would have drank another if i had more than 1 more left. Shook up last few oz to get the dregs and was given a great biscuity yeasty treat.

Sep 06, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Squall IPA is brewed in the style of an American IPA, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. 2016 re-release of a previously retired fan favorite.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel-cream head of a creamy foam consistency over a moderately hazy standard amber body with modest streaming carbonation and no visible sediment. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Bright hop aromas of juicy citrus, lemons, pine, grass, some tropical fruit, mild dank tones with a moderate perceived bitterness. Simple pale and crystal malt profile provides ample aromatic sweetness and body, with the hops still remaining a central focus on the aroma. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Lightly toasted crystal and pale malt body generate a clean, smooth malt base, with hop characters largely leading the flavor profile from there on out. Tropical, citrus, piney and resinous hops build the majority of the flavor, with an adequate bitterness to round out the sweetness of the malt build, for an overall largely balanced IPA. The combination of flavors are fairly mild and punctuated with cleanliness, even for an IPA, but are overall enjoyable and very sessionable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, silky, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is very slightly hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An all-around solid IPA with a solid representation of malt body and hop flavor and bitterness. Some mildness on the malt and hop profile is evident, although not jarringly so, this beer has a very sharp beginning and end for a very sessionable IPA. Very bright, clean all-around and highly drinkable. I'm wishing it was in a more reasonable format for its drinkability, but a 750ml. bottle isn't much of a challenge in a single session for one thirsty person considering how enjoyable it is. I'll definitely revisit this next year should Dogfish keep it in its rotation. 4

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Aug 18, 2016
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jameswaldo from New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber gently into 2 tulip glasses. Looks darker and redder than the "P" in IPA would suggest. Maybe that's why "Squall"? Because it's dark and cloudy? I love turbid beers, so would only suggest this might really be an India Amber Ale. My SRM chart puts it in the SRM 15 range, anyway. Head is politely insistent, with pretty delicate lacing maybe not quite as gummy resinous as I like.

Smells like bread, yeast, alcohol, apricot floral fruity hops.

The taste picks up the fruit sniff, and takes it to sweet land. This is not as bitter as my favorite hoppy brews.

Mouth feel carbonated just right, with unctuous oily smoothness. Still not enough bittering hops, though. A dogfish should have more bite.

Maybe there's no reason to put a bottling or best-by date on a beer like this, which at 9% ABV probably would never go bad before somebody drank it. But I like to see a bottling date, anyway, and think it's only polite for a craft brewer to admit when an ale this tasty was made. The "2016 Limited Release" is maybe a wee bit too crafty, and not quite as specific as I'd like. Gorgeous label, though, and the fancy bomber with embossed dogfish sharks will look even better with my homebrew in it.

Jul 30, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours gold with an off white head. This is a bit hazy overall.

Smell: There are aromas of pine, floral, pineapple, and some bread.

Taste: There is an initial sweet flavor with citrus, floral, pineapple, pine, and bread. I

Feel: t is moderately bitter, with a moderate body and some alcohol warming.

Overall for the ABV it is a fairly easy drinking hop driven IPA.

Jul 15, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Squall pours a hazy copper color, with some red hue, and a very small head. Weak earthy aromas. Taste is very earthy, sweet, and a bit on the maltier side. Good body and feel. Overall, its a earthy and maltier IPA.

Jul 13, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head Tulip

L: Pours a clear medium orange/golden color. Two fingers of creamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Biscuity malts... floral and mild citrus hops.

T: The suggestion of sweetness to start... probably the alcohol, but malts and bread as well. The bitterness is there but feels muted, probably because this is so well balanced. Definitely floral notes... mildly citrus and hints of mango. Very smooth... medium in body, almost creamy which is odd for an IPA. Finish is sticky and delicious. Leaves me wanting more... warming, and man that ABV will creep up on you.

O: Fantastic DIPA and bottle conditioning definitely gives it a creamier/smoother texture than the straight up 90 minute IPA (also fantastic by the way). Very glad I snagged one. Regretting not snagging 4.

Jul 04, 2016
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joeseppy from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sitting around a backyard fire pit the copper glow is very appealing. My sniffer is a bit muted tonight but I still manage to pull off grain and slight alcohol. A bit of orange peel also. Taste is delicious. Nice balance of malt, sweet and just 'nuff bitter. Mouthfeel is hefty and satiating. Overall a solid brew worthy of people's praises. Would buy again.

Jul 02, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember really digging this when it first came out so I jumped right on a bottle when I saw it had made a triumphant return.

Pours a light copper with honey-like edges and a finger of head. There are plenty of yeast flaoties in this offering. The nose is more malty than hoppy - and is that a whiff of smoke I just caught?

The flavor is well-balanced but the hops bite remains potent throughout.

As I recall, this is a bottled conditioned version of 90 but I'd call it a strong ale a'la the Bastard Series.

Jun 25, 2016
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Chieftog from Nevada

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What is this? I'm no fan of IPA's ...
seems like they're trying to ruin my tastebuds much of the time. This beer is awesome. Looks great. Nice dark amber color with good lacing. Smell is not what I would commonly think of as and IPA, I guess because it's bottle conditioned and artfully produced. Still smells great. Taste is hard to describe. 9% alcohol starts coming thru as it warms but it's too good to let get warm. Tastes a little like a typical IPA but it seems the conditioning takes the bitter bite away and makes it smooth and creamy.

Would buy again. Bravo!

Jun 22, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful gold colored body; slow rising carbonation; thick, dense, creamy head. Floral and pine hop aroma. Mellow light grain flavor with a very subtle fruitiness; bitterness glides in midway and gently lingers through the finish. Medium body; soft and smooth; powdery and clean finish.

An exceptionally smooth and easy drinking IPA that hits on all cylinders.

Jun 20, 2016
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HiWire from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear straw yellow with 1 finger head and great lacing. Smells of faint sweetness and earthiness. Tastes of very clean tea leaf with subdued hop bitterness finish. Extremely drinkable for a 9% beer. Would definitely drink again.

Jun 15, 2016
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice balance and easy drinking. I noticed the bottle condoning difference between the 90 minute in the taste but I can't put my finger on how to discribe. Not as bitter or biting, very smooth and clean finish. I would say it is a nice variation to one of the top IPA'S in the country.

Jun 13, 2016
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden tan color with a foamy head and lacing. Malt backbone scent with slight hop maybe some citrus. A lot of flavor! Citrus pine slight taste, some sweet Carmel and some toasty malts. Medium body and creamy. Great beer.

Jun 13, 2016
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HipCzech from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle poured into a Spieglau IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange gold with a billowing head of white foam. A frothy cap and whispy lace persist. Last pour fills the glass with sediment.

Smell: Rich malt and piney, citrus and herbal hops.

Taste: Full malty core, caramel; layers of hops: pine resin, tropical fruit, citrus. Just enough bitterness to finish dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, smooth almost creamy.

Overall: Very balanced with well integrated hop and malt character; big but still smooth and drinkable. Unassuming for its 9% ABV.

Jun 11, 2016
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Teerevvv from Arizona

4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For an IPA, this is exceptionally well rounded and smooth. The hops seem to meld together, and not in a bad way. This is one of the best bottle conditioned IPA's I've ever tasted.

Jun 10, 2016
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours hazy golden body with small white head with ok Retention and lacing.
S: sweet, toffee smell with dank earthy hop notes
T: sweet, toffee notes with some alcohol notes; some hop notes but pretty sweet, toffee notes
M: full bodied and smooth
D: ok M&T combo; good beer

Jun 01, 2016
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beerbully from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Weyerbacher Cuvee

L-golden, clear, 3/4 inch white frothy head, minor carbonation from the bottom

S-Aroma very faint, some tropical notes, malts,

T-a bit boozy, mild oak, bitter, orange / lemon rind, some tropical notes, breay malts

F-sharp carbonation, medium bodied, slight bitter finish

O-OK.......worth a try but don't think I will revisit it anytime soon

May 29, 2016
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a sweet bottle-conditioned and continually hopped upgrade of the magnificent 90-Minute IPA; brewed with 3 hops and 3 malts, it is a crisp and clean IPA with a champagne body. It pours a light, but cloudy, copper body topped with a wispy cream-color head. The beer offers a subtle nose of peach and cider and a pleasant taste of citrus mash that goes down smooth without any bitterness. Great beer from a great American brewery.

May 27, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with an inch of creamy dense tan head. Heavy lacing. Aroma is of biscuit malt and piney hops. I taste a blend of bready to biscuit malt and piney hops. The hops are a bit more assertive, but this is fairly well balanced. The is a slightly vegetal to vinegar flavor in the finish. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

May 27, 2016
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5-20-16 - Had this one from a 750 ml bottle that I picked up in Rehobeth last weekend. Poured into my DFH IPA glass and enjoyed with my wife of 27 years today outside by the fire. NIce head and hop aroma over a nice clear straw color. Hops didn't overwhelm me, which is what I was kind of hoping for. 90 minute is my go to beer, so this was right in line with that.

May 25, 2016
Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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