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Squall IPASquall IPA

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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.

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Photo of bobhits
2.06/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Medium dark color for a double ipa with a touch of haze I assume is from the yeast in this beer. A tall white head, large carbonation and some lacing.

Sweet caramelized bread with some citrus notes from the hops. A veritable fruit cocktail of fruit aromas mixed in here.

Unlike most IPAs this one opens with a thick fruity malt flavor and ends with a kiss of hops. Bottled 2011 1C for whatever it is worth (I have no idea what that means) but based on the fact that nothing dogfish makes can stay on shelves for more than a few days lately I have to assume this is pretty fresh. Where are the hops? I mean really where are the hops? This takes on more of a barely wine like quality. Much like the nose there’s a mix of caramel, bread, and sugar to open with a fruity floral finish.

Thick and syrup like without much carbonation in the mouth. The 9% is noticed but not in the way.

90 minute was one of the beers that got me into IPAs. I was told it had a lot of hops in it. I couldn’t tell what the person was talking about when they said that. I have to admit, I still don’t get it. This is such a malt forward beer that it just blows my mind that it is so popular. The malt is decent enough, but it isn’t inviting like a great barely wine and where are the hops? Really dogfish give me more hops!!!

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Photo of distantmantra
2.09/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Gold orange color with creamy white foam and sticky lacing.

S: This bottle was purchased about a month ago, so it had to be somewhat fresh. However, this smelled like pure alcohol. A hint of hops and citrus was present, but it reminded me of a sweet whiskey.

T: Hot hot alcohol is the dominant flavor. Not well-balanced at all.

M: Low carbonation, high heat.

O: I've had Squall in the past and really enjoyed it, but this bottle was an absolute mess. I stored it properly in a temperature sensitive environment, but the alcohol was not masked at all and overwhelmed every other flavor in the profile.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Good orange color, dark. Aroma wasn't hoppy. Lots of crystal malt, no thank you. Very disappointing given how much the label talked shit about how hoppy it was.

Taste was malty. Jeez, thanks for the expensive malty ipa DFH, shit. Crystal malt and alcohol mouthfeel. Carbonation could be higher, but instead it makes it even more malt heavy.

I wouldn't pay $1 for this beer again, much less $10.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.29/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at St. James in Reno last night. Deep orange pour, this is that burnt orange of the longhorns with even more of a brown appearance, thin head. No freshness date, which would be a significant issue to come.

Smell was not hoppy, and definitely nowhere like the description on this website would make you think it should be. Smelled of caramel and bitterness, but not really hops per se.

Taste, oh geez, this is just like old 90 minute. Hops a barely present, they seem old, like an english ipa or something. Malt forward caramel to the extreme, alcohol was noticeable but not overwhelming. Lack of hops allows sweetness to exceed desireability. Carbonation in the mouthfeel seems to be substantially lower than it was at first pour, and its not like this took that long to drink between 3 people.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.36/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A clear orange liquid with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the thin but creamy white head.

S- Pine and caramel with a huge alcohol kick. I am shocked at how apparent the alcohol is.

T- Sticky sweet caramel, alcohol, pine, and orange rind. This normally would make a decent combo, but this does not work well together here. Hot and astringent.

M- Hot and astringent with a lasting rubbery aspect.

D- I am absolutely unimpressed. The only redeeming thing about this beer is the awesome label.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.38/5  rDev -41.8%
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 Bendurgin
2.46/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one into a pint glass. Hazy orange body on this one with a thin bubbly layer of foam.

The aroma has some bitter hops up front. That's great, but sweet marmalade comes through with some burnt toast. The aromas here just seem off. The hop flavor seems a bit weak. A little sweet with candied orange and a biscuty flavor.

The feel is all right here. The body seems a bit full for the style and the carbonation lacks a little bit. Overall, I don't know. Maybe this is a bit old. There's no decifering Dogrfishhead's bottle codes. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better, but I'm not gonna gamble on this again.

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Photo of champ103
2.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear pale orange color. A creamy two finger white head rises on first pour, but recedes to a small ring in an instant. A light watery film of lace is left behind.
S: Syrupy, piny, tree sap aromas. A strong bitterness.
T: A soapy, oily, pine flavor. Kind of pin sol like. A harsh bitterness with a lot of alcohol. Very astringent.
M/D: A medium body that is sticky, syrupy, soapy and oily. Low on the carbonation. Lots of burning alcohol. A big beer that is hard to sip on.

I am not enjoying this all that much. Huge pine and tree sap flavors with tons of alcohol. No nuance, and just hard to drink. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of cbeer88
2.57/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle, batch code 2011-3B, poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pour down center of glass yields 2.5 fingers of creamy white head. Thick and bubbly at the top, lacing is also fat and chunky on the glass as the beer goes down. Body is a nice orange amber - slightly cloudy.

Smell: Malt, and a bit of flowers. Slight pine, but I'm not getting a lot of hops here, or much of anything particularly strong. Kind of an underwhelming smell for a DIPA.

Taste: Citrus and caramel malt dance around, but both are really overpowered by the alcohol. I get a really strong orange flavor to this guy, which is probably my favorite aspect of the taste. Notes of pine. There is some interesting complexity in this beer, so I give it points for that, but otherwise I'm not completely digging the flavor. As the beer warms it tastes a bit sweeter, which doesn't help its case very much.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied, and bready. Feels more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Carbonation is perfectly on point, which is commendable given the bottle conditioning.

Drinkability: Somewhere between 'low' and 'ok' - I'll drink the full 750, but I would be happier with only 12 oz's and should have saved this guy to split with a friend. At 9% ABV, it's got some punch to it.

Overall: I'm having a tough time figuring out what to make of this beer. It kind of walks the line between DIPA and American Barleywine. It's a fresh bottle, so I'm left wondering where all these dry hops are hiding. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but if you aren't a huge 90 minute fan (I'm not), then you probably won't fall in love with Squall.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.59/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Date/Batch Code: 2011 1C.

Appearance -- Pours a coppery orange hue with two fingers of creamy parchment head. Massive lacing, though I am surprised that this isn't hazier.

Smell -- Grapefruit, juicy citrus, freshly macerated apricots and peaches, caramel malt. It smells sticky sweet.

Taste -- Peaches and apricots, tangerine, and pink grapefruit dominate the hop profile - nary an iota of resinous bitterness. Malt base is well-caramelized, evoking the taste of preserves on golden toast. Lingering flavor of marmalade. Love the rich fruity character, but where is the bitterness?

Mouthfeel -- Medium to medium-full in body with milder carbonation. Feels too creamy.

Drinkability -- Believe me, I REALLY wanted to like this and have been waiting patiently until a new batch hit my area, but Squall let me down. Overall, this seems exactly like 90min to me: lots of fruitiness and malt sweetness, but no complimenting hop bitterness. It's by no means bad, but this beer soon becomes cloying. Glad I tried this, but this seems to me to be another instance of DFH making a good beer but not a great beer.

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Photo of BigMike
2.62/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a 2010 bottle.
Poured into a tulip glass. Golden orange in color and pretty clear. Only the faintest trace of anything that closely resembles head.

Smell is not bad. I get some mango and pineapple. Also so strong hints of spice and if its possible to smell sweetness i get some sweetness on the nose as well.

Taste is very sweet at first followed by a huge amount of bitterness. Some citrus type hops at first give way to a ton of maltiness. This beer takes on an almost solvent quality after 2 sips. It's extremely flat and perfumey. I'm also getting a large amount of rubbing alcohol in between the sweet and bitterness. No pleasing at all.

Medium bodied and oily. It coats the entire mouth with bitterness and perfume.

Overall i had trouble with this bottle. Ultimately i couldn't even finish it. Not the hop bomb i was expecting and hoping for. Very off putting.

Notes: Review taken from notes written on 5-28-10

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Photo of Damian74
2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottled in 2011 poured into a tulip.
A: Orange color with one inch head and some lacing.

S: This smelled like pure alcohol. A hint of hops and citrus.

T: Alcohol that's about it. A sloppy beer, no balance.

M: Medium body, decent amount of carbonation.

O:Thought it was more a Belgian Style beer, no hops, smell really going on. Maybe it wasn't cellared properly? Didn't care for it.

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Photo of Moxley
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed with fellow BA Pleepleus and my brother Cameron.

A - Poured a clear apricot with a foamy off-white head and decent lacing.

S - Very boozy and sweet smelling.

T - Sweet and boozy up front with a strong pine and hop bite on the finish.

M&D - Sticky and thick but well carbonated. Not a fan.

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Photo of bosox941827
2.66/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle into imperial pint glass

Had high expectations for this one after seeing reviews; will try to go easy...
A - Deep amber/orange; heavy, serious looking beer. A bit cloudy as it is unfiltered. Head dissipates fairly quickly.
S - Alcohol, burnt caramel, toffee, black licorice, not much in the way of hops.
T & M - First flavor is alcohol, not a good harbinger. Easily the most alcohol I have tasted from a beer. It almost tastes like scotch, the alcohol is so prominent. It is very sweet, with a black licorice, toffee and caramel flavor (very similar to the smell). This tastes very much like a Scotch Ale for me and the hops are basically non-detectable. They have to be there I know, but they must serve only to keep the malt somewhat in check because I can't distinguish them here. Lingering flavor on the palate is roasted malts, which is actually quite nice. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy and carbonation is very low.
D - Not very; almost counterintuitively, the lack of hop character makes this very difficult to drink for me.

What is going on here? Am willing to consider I have a bad/old bottle, but this was not at all an enjoyable beer. Overly alcohol-y (I've had plenty of 9%+ beers where you couldn't taste any alcohol). The lack of any hop character is disappointing. I will need to have a Torpedo after this to balance out the overwhelming maltiness of this one. Disappointing...

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Photo of K-Dog
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had forgotten about this beer. I remember 5 years ago loving this and was sad it was retired. Couldn't wait to try again and review this, so here it goes. Wtf this is not the squall I remember. I first I thought my palate must have changed over the years but reading some of the recent reviews I am righr. Nothing of an ipa. Taste and smells like white grape juice and I hate white grape juice. It's more of a Belgium triple this time and I am not a fan of this style. Drank about half and poured the rest down the drain. So dissapointed. Wish I had a time machine to go back to 2011 when this was good. Stay away unless you are a fan of Belgium triples which again I am not. Yuck

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is like a bad version of 90 minute. Lighter crisper and more bitter - but not in a pleasant way. There's no nose, literally no smell. Not sure how in the world this has 90+ rating.

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Photo of Cedromar
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I don't know what to say. Clear amber with quickly fading head. Aroma is lightly hoppy. Taste is very malty and blah. Absolutely no hops in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy, like a creamy beige. Reminds me of a scaly manfish's watercolors. Drinkability, it certainly is drinkable, I just don't see why you would want to.

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Photo of GregoryVII
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured straight down the center of a brandy snifter and produced minimal head. Nice amber color. The scent is sweet, with straight whiffs of alcohol. There are aromas of Northwest hops present, piney and brisk, but muted for a double IPA. The body is very light for a beer this big with little carbonation. Flavor is sweet with hops on the backend. The malt background present comes across more as a degenerate sweetness than any sort of balancing factor. It's certainly appropriate for a snifter, as the alcohol is almost the main attraction.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 1/20/10

Batch 2009-2

Burnt amber of moderate intensity; pale orange highlights. Cloudy, though not to the point of murkiness. Nice looking beer. 1/2 inch of bubbly foam thins to a layer of medium sized bubbles. Swirling serves to fill in the gaps, but not much else. Such is retention. Lacing is mostly absent, just a few speckles remain.

Floral & citrus aromas upfront, albeit in modest amounts. Vague hints of pithy citrus. Notes of caramel were apparent upon pouring but are less prominent as it warms. Strong aromas of bread dough & yeast are such that it's nearly off-putting. Mild yet pervassive mustiness.

Thankfully the bread dough & yeast characteristics of the nose don't carry as much weight to taste. They're relegated to a supportive role. Notion of caramel, too. All of which supports a nice hop profile that tends toward floral qualities. Swaths of citrus that seem nearly over-ripe. Maybe a spot of pine. Not overly hoppy or particularly bitter.

Medium body with carbonation that is definitely on the low end of the spectrum & seems to have a hard time moving the weight of the beer. It has a very smooth feel all around. There are a few lingering residuals but they don't last too long. A little resiny grit.

Not bad, but nothing about this beer seems remotely outstanding. I don't find that it holds the attention it has attracted. Plus, the nose is really weird. Maybe I waited to long to drink it. I wouldn't be opposed to giving it another shot.

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Photo of wedge421
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Golden honey orange with a slight haze to it. Very think off white head. Very little carbonation.

S - Smell is defenitly the highlight of this beer. Huge amounts of citrus and pine notes. A very small amount of sweet malts are also present. A much bigger aroma then the 90 Minute.

T - I really hope I just had a bad bottle of this. This beer was so sweet it was hard to drink. It tasted like sugar water with a very syrupy mouthfeel. It almost seems like the beer was not finished fermenting or something. I cannot believe how sweet this beer is. There is almost no hop bitterness and very little other characters are present other then the overwhelming sweet characters. I really hope something was wrong with this bottle.

D - If this is how the beer is supposed to taste then the drink-ability is extremely poor. It is way to sweet for anyone to enjoy. I will give this beer credit though with the aroma, it smells absolutely epic but the taste really really hurts this one. I am going to try another bottle to see if I get the same results.

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Photo of zac16125
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
2010 vintage
Thanks to baybum for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a hazy light brown/ amber ish color with 1 fingers width of the strangest soap bubble- like head. It doesn't resemble any head I've ever seen on a beer, odd.  It dissipates pretty quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.  That odd looking soap bubble head is pretty unappealing.  

S: Very malty, candied sugar, caramel and sweet bread, some booze, a woody oak like character, a hint of tropical fruits are hidden behind the big malt sweetness.  Barleywine esque but quite nice.

T: Sweet and boozy with a touch of piney hop bitterness on the finish.  Some citrus notes, but mostly just sweet malts and booze.  

M/D: This one is flat (which explains the weird bubbly head) and it's killing the beer for me.  Besides the flat character the mouth feel is rather syrupy.  Drinkability is poor, also due to the flatness.

O: I like sweet boozy beers but this one bordered on a drain pour, mostly due to how flat it was.  I can see the potential that this beer might have had (a good carbonation and a fresh hop profile and this could be something), but it's ages past it's prime.  If this came out of retirement and they started brewing it again, I might try it, just for comparisons sake, but as is I certainly can't recommend.  

On a side note this in no way resembles the 90min IPA.

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Photo of mikechance
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice orange/rust color with a 1/2 inch from a 22 oz bottle. I didn't pick up much in the smell just a little alcohol and a hint of the malt. For me it was a fairly boring tasting beer. Not much stood out. It was much closer to a Belgium style beer than a Double/Imperial IPA. It just lacked everything…no distinctive smell, hops or male flavor and kind of flat aftertaste.

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Photo of harrymel
2.99/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Vintage 2011, 1C

So this is 90 minute IPA, but naturally bottle conditioned. Huh, let's see.

A: Pours a copper colored ale with excellent clarity. A two finger top of creamy, fine foam falls slowly to a thick quilt of the same. Sheeted lacing.

S: Spicy, apple skins, coppers, grapefruit. Not nearly as malty as the SRM would indicate to me. Hints of almost something similar to a hot dog.

T: Very sweet. Wowza. Otherwise, bits of caramel, oats, coffee(?), bits of cardboard.

M: Creamy mouthfeel - high in body for the style and low in fine and ticklish carbonation. Slick and yet dry finish.

O: As an IPA, not so much. As an imperial Amber, great.


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Photo of Pleepleus
2.99/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this bottle and snatched it up immediately. A Special Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head? What could be better? Alot unfortunately. Poured from bomber to tulip glass an amber golden color with a white bubbly head. Had a disapointingly mild hop aroma. Nice mild hop flavor with minimal bitterness, but did not meet expectations. Was a bit boozy. Feel was sticky sweet and has decent drinkability. I am a big fan of Dogfish Head's IPA's 60, 90 and 120 minute, and was sad to realize this was not close.

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Photo of stxSS07
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2011 "3B" poured into a Delerium snifter.

A- Pours a rich amber/orange color with a 1/2 finger head that contains some of the largest bubbles I've ever seen. Lasted about 30seconds then faded away to nothing.

S- I get a ton of over the top sugary sweetness with a small amount of typical DIPA grapefruit/citrus notes and not much else. Maybe a little bit of astringent hop/alcohol notes on the end.

T- Follows the nose, and not in a good way. Tons of almost sickening candy sweetness and thick malt sugar. Just a hint of grapefruit and hop notes with a kick of alcohol on the end.

M- This is the low point of the beer for me. There is almost NO carbonation and this brew sits on your palate like an unwelcome tarp of thick sugary sap.

O- I picked this up on a recommendation from a 'tender at the local craft pub I frequent. While I'm sure some people do indeed love this brew, it is not for me. The lack of carbonation combined with an over-the-top sweetness completely kills it.

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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