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Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA
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Squall IPASquall IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American 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.

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#3,496
Reviews:
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1,489
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,489 |  Reviews: 795
Reviews by MrHirschybar:
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy amber with a rocky cream-colored head that lasts forever, lacing all the way down the glass.

N- Caramel malts spiked with tropical fruit and pine. There is an herbal earthiness to the aroma as well as a subtle floral character. Smells delicious!

T- Smooth biscuity malt with some caramel sweetness. Nice mild bitterness consisting of herbal tea and a bit of pine. Citrus and floral notes give the beer a bright, refreshing quality that perfectly compliments the other flavors. There is some mild, pleasant peppery alcohol that is hidden in the background, but pokes its head out every so often. Long, lightly bitter finish that dries out a bit, but not completely. Herbal tea, pine, flowers, and a touch of grain linger into the aftertaste.

M- Wow, this is where the beer really shines and differentiates itself from 90 min. Incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, silky, and elegant. Fairly low carbonation, which is reminiscent of cask beer. Semi-dry finish with the perfect level of bitterness.

D- Overall, an amazingly refreshing beer for 9%. A perfect beer for the dead of winter or the height of summer. This is currently my new favorite beer from DFH.

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Photo of smithj4
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HipHop5
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was on the hunt for this one. Finally got a couple of bottles in LA.
Great orange unfiltered copper color. Love the cloudiness of this brew. One finger head with little lacing on a tulip.
Caramel/cotton candy malt infused with strong pine and wood hop flavors. I say flavors because the bitterness only come in the finish. Hops and Yeast aromas are discrete here, letting the flavors shine in a complex and well balanced way. Well hidden ABV. Keeps you in check but not hot at all.
Warming up, the powerful hop bit is revealed. i must say, it is still well rounded with cara malts used in here. I love that the medium to full body is not oily at all. That takes dextrine knowledge and overall " savoire faire" for sure.
The long boil time is well represented here in many layers with a complex hop flavors,aromas,bitterness profile of this huge brew.

A master piece,again:)

If you must drink less, drink better brews.

cheers.

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Photo of Nunya
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours an orange copper with a medium head that poofs. nose; citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, & booze. taste; big sweet malt, alcohol, grapefruit pith, & lemon. not complex to my tongue. a very bitter seed astringency dominates the aftertaste. light carbonation & a relatively flat, oily mouthfeel. not as hoppy as i was expecting, and certainly a lot more boozy - you'd think this was a 15% barleywine from the heat. very unbalanced to me. this is supposedly an unfiltered/unpasteurized version of the 90-minute ipa, but i feel like the 90-minute is a much better beer. super boozy and unpleasantly bitter. a disappointment for me.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.38/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A very slight haze to the see-thru amber body with a swirl of carbonation running up the middle. Smallish head with OK retention and lacing.

The dry-hopping is apparent in the nose, citric notes especially, but is not nearly strong enough to overpower the toffee/brown sugar/molasses of the base beer. Taste is similarly frustrating. The bitterness is certainly there, but it's drowning in caramel and toffee. Dialing down the malt is the obvious solution here, but some more carbonation would help lighten up the sticky sweetness, too. A bit boozy.

Overall impression: The dry-hopping makes for an improvement over regular 90 Minute, but it's still a malt bomb. Not recommended.

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Photo of catfan2000
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of avaldivia
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Very nice hazy golden color. Extreme head on this beer. It was about two fingers and left a very nice lacing all the way down.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit upfront. Very strong smell.

T: Pine, grapefruit, good strong bitter kick. Rather sweet.

M: Creamy without being thick. Moderately good carbonation.

O: It was enjoyable, I just don't feel the need to pick up another one. This was rather expensive and i don't think I i could drink another of these anytime soon.

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Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange, with a soapy white head. Minimal lacing lasts and hugs the glass as you empty it.

Smell is fruity, but I expected more. Not a lot of hops, but some. Also some sugary malt notes.

Taste subtle hops, with strong malty flavors of caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, but not bad.

Drinkability is also decent, but not as good as a regular 90 minute.

I requested this from my "beer guy" several months ago, and after all the hype and the buildup I think I expected too much. It was disappointing over all.
Like a lot have said on here "the 90 min is still better".
I could buy 4 bottles of hop stoopid for the price I paid for one of these, and still have enough left for a bag of chips.

Glad I tried it, wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: golden, hazy, with a lacing head
S: piney hops
T: light resin, malt
F: carbonated, mouth coating
O: excellent beer, but I love 90 minute

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a golden color, with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus, fruit, and piney hops.

t - Tastes of smooth, fruit malts. Also some citrus and fruity hops, but not as much as I would have expected.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - A pretty good IPA. Enjoyed the different hops in the smell and would try again.

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Photo of sponch51
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of drbenderdo
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend grabbed a bottle of this while he was in Rehoboth and I was lucky enough to get to try some. I'll say, I guess I was expecting something a little more unique given the bottle conditioning and massive dry-hopping. As it turned out, this was kind of a straight-forward DIPA (maybe because the 90 min is more of a barley wine anyway). Nose is surprisingly mild, but mostly hops, both floral and drying but with a subtle fruitiness in there as well. Yeast is more subdued than expected in out bottle, but otherwise it's a big hop bomb with a nice variety of fruitiness and subtle caramel. Overall, solid, just not amazing.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a "2010" bomber bottle into a wine goblet.
Burnt-orange in color with minimal head of foam , which quickly dissapears.
Aroma-Full-on citrus and hops-Definite West Coast hops happening here
Taste-Bitter hops and bitter citrus rind with very apparent warming alchohol up front-The hot flavor was a bit off-putting and left an overall unbalanced taste. A definite sipper. However, this was a fresh bottle. I think a little cellaring would do wonders.

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Photo of AAxsom
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear, dark golden color with plenty of head and good lacing.

S- this has an incredibly awesome aroma. I get lots of citrus, floral notes, as well as grapefruit for a little bit of acidity. I even get a little bit of pine. The hops are present but not overwhelming.

T- excellent balance between the malts and hops. This goes down smooth. There is a bit of heat as the bottle warms, but it is still very well put together.

M- there is just the slightest bit of bitterness from the hops, but overall the beer is very smooth with just a little bit of syrupy feel on the finish. The carbonation is dead on for this beer.

O- this is a DIPA that doesn't bite and is incredibly easy to drink. I am not sure if this is because of the aroma/floral/citrus undertones, but I really like everything about this beer. I had this one other time and each time I drink this, I like it more and more.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ShippinUpToBoston
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of TLove
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Crazy Bruce's Liquors in CT.

Seriously didn't even know this one existed until I saw it. The price ($4.99) for a 750ml seemed low, but the quality of this IIPA is outstanding.

Appearance is a deep orange/grapefruit color with a full, creamy head and lots of lacing. Carbonation is moderately low and body is substantial, but not syrupy. Grapefuit, avocado, wheatberry, and caramel malts strong up front, with a round, hoppy taste that is strong and very alcoholic up front, which I have found is rare for a beer (most, in my opinion, carry the breadth of their alcohol presence in the middle or back end of the mouth).

Unlike many IIPA's, this one is also round, sweet, and smooth on the back end. The hops carry through, but the finish is remarkably soft and sticky. And smooth.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of adman08
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly cloudy gold with lots of thick, white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.
S-Aroma dominated by citrus hops, some pine and a surprising amount of sweetness. There is a slight wood smell.
T-Strong hop flavors of citrus, pine and even a faint hint of herbal/earthy hops, very complex hop flavors. Strong alcohol and lots of malt with a hint of wood.
M-Lots of alcohol warmth, surprisingly sticky with quite a bit of sweetness, very smooth.
Overall, a great IIPA. The wood aging adds a sort of smoothness. The beer itself is fairly balanced, I wouldn't call it too sweet but it is on the sweeter side. I think this is one of the IIPA's where some of the sweet flavor is a combination of the fruity/citrus hops and the malt body. This is one of my favorites. Not the best version of the style but a very tasty beer.

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,489 ratings