Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Squall IPASquall IPA
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Squall IPASquall IPA

Brewed by:
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.

Added by mday on 05-17-2009

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Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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 kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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 kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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 chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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 vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle drank in march 2011.

A - Orange amber and light maple syrup. Big off-white head with a nice foam that lasts throughout the entire drink. Nice lacing to boot.

S - Wonderfully bright aroma. Fresh baked bread, parsley, mint, tarragon, dill. Honey. Orange.

T - Tart orange zest, touch of grapefruit. Apricot. Clove. Malt. Star anise. Sweet booze. Caramel. Buttermilk backend.

M - Stupidly smooth with a perfect ramp-up, plateau, and tail of flavors. Creamy, sweet caramel finish. Medium/full body.

O - A tad slow to drink, but a joy to have in your glass.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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