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Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
788
Ratings:
1,452
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
15.89%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
256
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Reviews: 788 | Ratings: 1,452
Photo of hman43
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of 57md
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Chieftog
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

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Photo of beergoot
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of HiWire
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Teerevvv
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of beerbully
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of jjboesen
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of rickrem
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light to medium golden Color. On draft so decent head and minimal lacing.

Not getting a ton off the aroma, as a matter of fact, I'm getting very little. Maybe some heaviness of tropical fruit and a bit of malt.

Not getting MN much citrus out of the hops. Some darkness and some sweet almost 'Belgiany' tastes. Maybe the bottle conditioning? I'm good with the regular 90 minute.

If you're into a heavier Belgian IPA, this might work better for you.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pored golden amber in color, and the body was quite clear, despite the beer being unfiltered and bottle conditioned. The head was about one finger thick. The aroma was a little subdued to my liking, as the hops were evident, in the form of grapefruit, melon, and hay, but this was not a hop assault on the nose. The taste was very tropical, full of juicy fruits, mild bitterness, and hard candy like sweetness. There was a little bit of butterscotch vibe to the malts. The body was dense, but the alcohol content felt much lower than it was. The aftertaste was mild, and lasted briefly. This was a decent tropical style DIPA, but for me a super dry West Coast style hopping goes much better with the style.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Yardhouse. Super cloudy, light orange-yellow. Smells mildly hoppy. Flavor is a lot liek 90 minute because I get that candy type sweetness, it has some bitterness too. Overall, its ok but glad I never bought a bottle of it.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like that Dogfish has a $10 Double IPA in their lineup that is more "classic" and doesn't have to have fourteen ingredients and five yeast strains... you get the idea. Just a straight up IPA.

L: nice clarity, visible chunky yeast in the bottle. (love the bottle conditioning here.) light orange/gold. Pours with strong carbonation but not over-carbed.

S: Floral hops in the nose. Doesn't burst with aroma, but it's there.

T: Wide aray of fruit/citrus flavors up front. Peach, pear, maybe strawberries, and some light tropical fruits too. Nice and complex. Extremely clean finish. Man is the ABV very well disguised. Dangerous! Very nice ferment here and the bottle conditioning appears to have further refined the character. Malt is well integrated and not overly sweet or dry.

F: light/medium body, oily on the tongue. lingers nicely on the palate.

O: I may enjoy this better than the original 90 minute! It's very well balanced and the bottle conditioning is a nice touch. Props to Dogfish!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled 02/24/16. My first new big bottle from Dogfish Head in quite a while; their bottle-conditioned IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a hazy burnt golden orange body. Over a finger of soapy frothy white head with good retention, and leaves good random spotty lacing. Good carbonation. The second pour yields lots of dark sediment, which i absolutely love some good sediment in my beer. Very nice.

S - Good solid IPA aroma: bready malts & subtle fruits. The fruits are in the background, but very tropical & floral smelling hops. Still smells fresh even at over two months in the bottle.

T - A classical IPA flavor profile: fruity bitter hops, bready malts, & some bready earthy yeast presence from the bottle conditioning. Notes of stone fruits & citrus - orange, grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, dry brown bread, bread crust, pine, resin. Not a trace of the 9.00% abv.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, spritzy, creamy. Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking stuff, especially for the high abv.

Overall, a simple but classical and delicious representation of what IPA can be. A very nice bottle from Dogfish Head.

Dogfish Head Squall IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Perfect. Big fluffy head. Nice light Amber color. The lacing and foam it leaves stuck to the glass as you drink it is nice.

Smell: Citrus notes, with hopes and pine.

Taste: Very citrusy. Almost has a very similar oak flavor like burton baton.

Feel: Very full bodied. Creamy in texture.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a splotchy cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, floral, white chocolate; hoppy, but sweet;

T: earthy, floral; there's a candy sweetness in the middle that persists side by side with moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish; smooth; completely hides the ABV;

O: very interesting;

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Keeping it short and sweet. I was actually really pumped about a quarter way through this beer when I realized how basic it was. It's all hop up front followed by very nice bitterness and then sweetness on the very back end. No real fruit smell or taste just a basic, very hoppy, strangely sweet, IPA. Brings me back to the first dfh beers I've had like 60 and 90 minute.

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