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Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA
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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

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788
Ratings:
1,451
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
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256
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Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Premiere Gourmet, stored roughly 7 months. Of course, this bomber required sharing, and boy was it popular! Complex hop aroma.Citrussy, minty, mostly well malted. Medium yellow colour, nothing outstounding. Good mouthfeel, drinkability, and aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Nice thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of hop aromas: citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops. A definite aroma of pineapple and pineapple juice comes out as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest and pine hops, tropical fruits like pineapple, and some sweet malt. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip fades quickly. This beer has a great level of carbonation which makes for a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA with nice hop and tropical fruit smells and tastes.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber, murky

S: Lemon and hoppy smell. Not unlike the 90 minute.

T: Toasted barley, citrus likely grapefruit, orange and lemon. Hoppy of course.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Hangs onto the palate. Definitely can feel your submandibular ducts contracting on this one.

Overall: Like most DIPAs, this one gets your attention with its taste and mouthfeel. It is hard to tell the difference between the 90 minute and this without having them at the same time. A good beer overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy golden yellow color. The head was big and as it settled the lacing grabbed the glass. The smell of the beer was lemony and hoppy. Not too much else going on in there that isn't in the regular 90 Minute. The taste of the beer is hoppy with some citrusy fruit flavors and a bit of pine also. The mouthfeel is very smooth and highly drinkable. Overall its a great ipa and I'm very glad I tried it.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus, floral and pine resin hops as well as caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and well balanced between flavors of sweet caramel malts and the mélange of hops. Only a slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and a bit thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable because the malty sweetness is well balanced by the hops. No traces of alcohol are detectable in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squall has the finger prints of 90 Minute all over it. The dry-hopping and bottle conditioned nature of the beer has a pleasant impact on the beer.

The obvious color of glowing copper carries a creamy white head that is constantly fueled by the steady stream of carbonation released from the bottom of the glass. An ordinant amount of sticky lacing clings to the inside of the glass as the beer somehow disappears.... quickly!

Fruity, floral, and perfumy hops take precidence in the nose. I would have expected a massive burst of citrus but those sharper notes ride pleasantly among all the other hop compounds. Though quite hoppy, the beer shows restraint and firmness. The lightly caramelized malts provide the same foundation to this beer as it does in the 90 Minute, and with relatively no change.

Complex hoppy flavors definately stand out of the original recipe's design. Along with the grassy, grapefruity mix, the Squall also delivers flavors of orange zest, lemon grass, pineapple, honeysuckle, and other softer fruits that fade into the estery/yeasty character. Bittered for a clean bite, the beer's intent is obviously to showcase the hop flavor and bitterness. Bitey alcohol flavors and mild detergents come along with the differences but these flaws are slight.

The bottle conditioning gives the classic creaminess in the initial sips but it seems like Squall fades quicker and more completely into a malty-dry and cleanly bitter, refreshing manner better than the original 90 Minute. Could be just me?.

Ultimately, this is a good variation of the 90 Minute but I want to see it go further- I want to be wowed by the dry-hopping, or to be overwhelmed by the bitterness, freshness, texture... .something. But it just turns out to be a great beer instead.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009-2nd bottling (Nov)

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a surprisingly creamy head; decent stickage and lace

Smell: Floral citrus from the dry-hopping though the caramel malt is not shy about demanding attention as well

Taste: Opens with a blast of sweet malt and citrusy hops and the sweet/bitter flavors build toward mid-palate; the malt is very sugary while the hops bitterness edges towards aspirin; after the swallow, the hops tend to dominate although there is residual sweetness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would prefer this beer to be a bit more attenuated; the sweetness is a tad overwhelming and the bitterness lacks the really grapefruity aspect I was hoping to find

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

These big bottles of DFH brew line the top shelves of better beer stores south of the border. Very nice to see a few of them now occupying the same shelves here...

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy toasted golden hue, with two fingers of large-bubbled thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some broad mesa-like outcroppings of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of pine and bitter grapefruit, over a subservient bready malt. The taste is citrusy, grapefruit, pineapple and sweet orange hops, more stampeded caramel malt, and a reserved, but undeniable herbal spicy character. No less important - the purported alcohol has gone full native. The carbonation is just on the low side of normal, the body appealingly smooth and creamy as few others are. It finishes still quite hoppy, the pine and citrus meld continuing its dominant stature.

Quite reminiscent of the 90 Minute, duh, but with a more complex, albeit pleasantly skewed, hop profile. Still crazily easy to put back, says current me - just don't ask about tomorrow me...

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$9 750mL @ Lush. "Bottled in: 2010A"

Golden orange, slightly hazed with unfiltered sediment hanging in suspension. Sweet caramel aroma, lightly hoppy citrus element, earthy and resiny fumes. Sweet, bitter citrus rind, orange & grapefruit, dry herbal aftertaste. Toffee caramel middle. Smooth but a little syrupy. Not one to drink more than one of. Recommended for fans of 90 min., but not a repeat buy for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled 2009-2, so I'm guessing it's the November 2009 batch. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a reddish copper that's not entirely transparent. Had to do a very hard pour to get a good two-finger head on it, although the score is somewhat saved as the lacing is pretty sticky on the way down. The smell is primarily that of sweetened malt, and the 90-minute base is definitely there in that regard. Somewhat of a hop presence, a bit of citrus and floral notes. Nothing too strong, but the Amarillo dry hop is the one I can sense the most.

The taste is quite sweet, with a little bit of sweet fruits, primarily cherries. Not overly sweet, and there is a bit of alcohol presence. The hops aren't bouncing out in terms of aroma or flavor, but much of the bitterness is definitely there. A bit of caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy, and the carbonation is actually not too lacking, which is a surprise given the lack of initial head on the pour. Drinkability is pretty good--a nice malt backing with a little bit of hop bitterness.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great to get my hands on this brew,I have not seen it anywhere around my area.Poured into a imperial nonic a deep auburn color with a blooming white head that left massive lace as it settled very slowly.Awesome aromas of deep hop resin,sweet alcohol,and fruit.Big and boozy with deep pine resin hop flavors,slight leather and candied fruit comes through,it becomes pretty alcoholic as I drink more.If your a fan of big hops and big alcohol this is for you,I liked it,I liked it alot,but it can creep up and get ya.

Bottled on 4/16/09.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - A strongly citrus oriented hop aroma with lots of orange, lime, and grapefruit. Some bready malt notes in the background with a bit of dark toffee.

T - Sweet, caramel malt flavors up front with lots of toffee and brown sugar character. Some orange and grapefruit hop flavors come out in the middle. More sugary malt in the finish with a lot of grapefruit and a bit of pine as well moderate bitterness.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Pretty much what one would expect from the description, it will be very familiar if you have ever had 90 min. It seems to have a bit more hop character that 90, especially in the aroma, but it has is much of the same sugary malt dominance to the flavor profile. It is as much a hoppy barleywine as it is a DIPA, but it is nonetheless an enjoyable brew and at 5.99 for a 750 I might pick up a couple more of them for the cellar.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls."

--Bruce Barton

Ferric oxide orange with no hint of haziness so far. Since this ale is bottle-conditioned, the yeast should be entering the glass on the next pour. A barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking was not a good sign. A high-altitude pour has produced a smallish slice of sun-bleached sand colored foam that is more bubbly than dense.

The aroma is appropriately Double IPA-like, with less pungent hoppiness than expected. Perhaps the shortage of bubbles is the culprit. If blinded, I would have guessed one or more of the C-hops (orange and grapefruit), but beyond that it would've been hard to say. This brew is dry-hopped? Really?

Maybe it's the bottle-conditioning (actually, the lack thereof), but Squall IPA is not as good as 90 Minute IPA... and 90 Minute is far from my favorite version of the style. Although the mouthfeel takes the biggest hit, the flavor profile takes its lumps as well.

First of all, the alcohol isn't buried as well as it ought to be. Squall has a slight solvent-like vibe that shouldn't be present in a Dogfish Head brew. The malt tastes like sugar cookies drizzled with caramel and the hops are still candided citrus peel-like. Nearly six months in the bottle must have tamed the lupulins to some extent. At least it tastes like it has.

The body/mouthfeel seems smaller than it is thanks to a serious lack of carbonation. The beer isn't flat, but it's in the vicinity. Sorry, but this has to count as a bottle-conditioning failure. Only my penchant for calmer than normal beer keeps the mouthfeel score from falling another notch.

Depending on my mood, American IPA or DIPA is my favorite style of beer. Thus, I tend to give most versions a fair amount of leeway when it comes to scoring. Squall isn't a perfect storm, though. Far from it. It was a good idea Sam, but you didn't quite pull it off this time.

*originally reviewed 10-04-2009. Thanks a million to dyan for a masterful job of retrieval.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle into a tulip glass. I believe that this was from the original bottling of this in April '09.

Pours a deep cloudy copper, topped with 2 off-white fingers of head. Retains with what amounts to a big ole' creamy dollop of froth that leaves heavy swathes of rich lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has plenty of floral character and pine going for it, along with a good bit of tropical fruits and a chewy graininess that sits fairly heavy in the nose.

The taste is bitter with resins and spice, with the sweetness of the citrus flavors mixing with that toasted graininess of the malts to impart a deep gritty tang to this. Heavy dryness from the resins and spice really sticks hard in the mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium-bit fuller, with a big creaminess that spreads out nicely. The alcohol is hidden here very well, with maybe a bit of warmth on the palate but that is about it. Very nice.

Even with the some age on this bottle, the hop character on this still seemed mighty strong and the bottle conditioning keep that body full and robust. 90 Minute IPA has always come off to me as too warm and bitter but this not only did a better job of handling its' ABV but I think that I just all around prefer this version better. Good stuff!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-copper body with a bubbly head that, regardless of a vigorous pour, can't get much loft and doesn't hang around for long.

Smell: Sweetish touch of toasted barley grains, layers of varied citrus fruit wedges, honeysuckle, and some fresh honeydew and cantaloupe dusted with spice with a bit of underlying resin.

Taste: Meanders through light grains, faint bread, and some sweetness, then, it's pineapple, fresh melon cubes, and sips of both tangerine and white grapefruit juices. A few drops of resin and soap, a leisurely splash of warming alcohol. Spicy, citrusy, and boozy on the finish with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Minutely oily on the palate.

Overall: A bit flat and a bit alcohol-forward a bit not to my liking.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I was pleasantly surprised by the Squall IPA! Given the state of the beer industry, I thought it might just be another beer designed 'to put out another beer' (as so many breweries are doing today to try to gain shelf space), but it's actually got the goods - and a pretty cool label to boot!

Left standing in the fridge for just about a week it pours a pretty clear (there's some haze) deep copper body beneath a massive head of frothy bone-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves great lacing about the glass.

The nose is decidedly caramelish and malty and bready; and hoppy too, but it's not particularly expressive of any particular hop. It's a little bit leafy/minty/grassy, and a little bit citrusy - with just a touch of some other juicy fruit thrown in as well (or is that from the yeast?).

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied and creamy smooth with a very-fine bubbled natural carbonation that delicately tingles the tongue.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, and it's maltiness is really quite rich and luxuriant. It's bready, and toasty, with an almost burnt edge (like you might find along the cracked edge of a loaf of good bread), and caramelish, combining a bit of soft sweet sugar like you might find in golden caramel or toffee with some darker notes. The hops don't necessarily balance that, but rather bounce off of it, and linger around its edges, always keeping it a little bit raspy rather than smooth and sweet. I get soft pine like you might find in the underbrush of a forest, a hint of mint, some cut grass, a spritz of citrus, and some citrus rind, as well as a touch of some juicier fruitiness.

There is some obvious strength to it, but the alcohol never really shows itself, which is nice. And although it's a pretty solid, full-throttle beer, it's also very well reigned in and balanced, leaving it quite drinkable. You may not be able to drink a second bottle, but you might WANT to!!! Worth seeking out!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep amber, very hazy, almost opaque in color. A small off white head at first, maybe one inch. Faded quickly and only left behind a small thin layer on the top. No noticeable carbonation. Looked thick.

Very very deep citrus. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Very sweet and bitter, almost harsh, but in a good way.Lots of extremely bitter citrus hops. Almost like eating a fresh grapefruit it was soo strong. Alot of alcohol as well. Definatly a sipper. This thing can clear the sinuses for sure.- Very smooth despite of the harshness. Not alot of carbonation left it a tad bit syrupy. But for a strong IPA, its nice to have them kinda thick. Very very dry finish left you yearning for another sip.

A true sipper, there is just no way you can drink alot of this, unless you are looking for some issues.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on date of 4/16/09) into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is very hearty and brings a good balance. I'm not sure if it's the age or it being unfiltered or bottle-conditioned, but it's not as harsh as the regular 90 Minute IPA for better or worse. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, while I like the regular 90 Minute IPA a little bit better, this is still a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz bottle served in pint glass. Further aged under refrigeration for about 1 year.

A - pours a clear golden amber with relatively dark tan head. Only the slightest haziness after adding the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

T - complex and hoppy. I think the use of 6 hops allows for a nice complex, bold and bitter flavor. A generous use of malt counters much of the bitterness and, with the bottle conditioning, renders this rather smooth. Good flavor dynamics over a longish period, with an fine hoppy. but not very bitter, aftertaste.

M - Medium with good carbonation.

O: worth seeking out. Higher ABV not obvious in taste or smell.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/32/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, apricot, melon, pear, apple, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, tangerine, apricot, melon, pear, apple, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, apricot, melon, pear, apple, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This feels a bit more English styled to me; with the prominent fruity/earthy hops, combined with the bready malts and yeasty notes. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle as a gift

Someone gave me two bottles of Squall (2009 & 2011). As I'm sure the '09 vintage is probably past its prime by now, I decided to give the '11 a try before it totally lost its luster, so that is what this review covers.

Poured a hazy, coppery-orange color, a thin bubbly head sank down to a wispy layer; minimal lacing. Aroma is markedly distinct from the regular 90 Minute, hops had faded a bit (this beer was cellared (not by me), not refrigerated), but there was still some citrus and pine in the nose, pronounced bready malts. Taste is rather sweet, caramel malts, a bit of honey, citrus zest, orange blossom, ripe melons, pine resin, oak, some soapiness, and a little buttery from aging, I assume. Mouthfeel is chewy and on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Nice overall, but I'm not really gonna miss this one now that it's gone, since we still have lots of quality IPAs from Dogfish Head.

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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 TMoney2591
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Staring at the glass, I can't help but feel I should make this some sort of old-timey nautically-themed review, with references to Horatio Nelson, Horatio Hornblower, Richard Henry Dana, and "the lesser of two weevils". Well, I'm not gonna. Too easy. Besides, I've already made four references in the first sentence. Now, on to the beer. It pours a clear amber copper with a half-finger of white foamy heasd that quickly dissipates to a small bib of large soapy bubbles, the kind of thing you'd find at the feet of Botticelli's Venus. You can't imagine my level of sarcastic surprise when my 'strils detected a large amount of hoppy goodness in the nose, particularly some citrus. And the hops drift not in a vaccuum, but rather in a vast sargasso sea of caramel and toffee, giving a lovely balance to the nose, even though the hops seem to win out in the end. Not much difference in the taste, as the citrus-happy hops quickly kick things into high gear. That caramel sargassum, though, washes ashore shortly thereafter, fading the hops and bringing a mild sweetness to the fore as everything dies away. This is some damn tasty IPA! A nice medium body, complete with a lightly moderate carbonation and relatively crsip finish, allow this brew to be highly drinkable, despite the relatively high ABV. I was lookin' forward to this guy, and he did not disappoint. Ahoy!

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy, long-lasting head; leaves good ring lace. The liquid is golden amber and is clear.

Very strong pine/grapefruit hop bitter nose. Little else for the smell.

Surprisingly strong malt base on the initial sip. The swallow is where the bittering hop shows up. Unlike some DIPA's, this one has balance. Creamy body with a fine-bubbled level of carbonation. The aftertaste is long-lasting hop pellet-like bitterness.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass
Bottled 4-2010

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly. There was a decent amount of lacing.

S: Has a nice citrus aroma, but also hints of malt.

T: Not as hoppy as expected. The hops are evident on the front and then it gets sweet on the back end.

M: Creamy, noticeably thicker than the 90 minute.

D: Despite its thickness, this beer is extremely drinkable, especially considering it has an ABV of 9%. I quickly finished one glass and poured myself a second.

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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