Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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 merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml pours a crystal clear and radiant orange amber body with a medium sized almond hued head. Excellent retention and abundant patch lacing all over the English pint glass.

Aroma is bold, with waves of caramel and citrusy apricots. Pink grapefruit and pine notes are underneath.

Medium full body is coating and slightly resinous with hop oils. Moderate carbonation.

Taste has a grapefruit and pine hop bitterness throughout. Honeyed caramel malt sweetness balances without being overdone. Hints of ripe apricots and mangos add a tropical interest. Alcohol is hidden very well.

One of the better DFH brews I've sampled. A very close kin to 90 Minute, but better.

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Photo of MikeBrWade
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New dogfish head for me, first time I have seen it so I snatched up a bottle immediately. Always game for a unique dogfish head brew!

A- Great amber golden color, nice cloudiness showing the unfiltered goodness. Some light lacing and good head.

S- Citrus of course, nice and clean with some fall overtones and that wonderful hops finish. A hint of malt in the middle nose but it quickly gives way to the hops character.

T- Amazing, the malty character thats in the nose faintly really helps balance the hops and make the experience less of a punch in the face that these larger IPAs sometimes have. The hops are sharp and in your face, but that nice malty finish balances it nicely. I sense a nice background lineage of the 90 minute in this (my favorite day-to-day dogfish head beer) but still it has it's own unique place in the line up.

M- While it does at first have that wonderful creamy hoppy character I would expect from a dogfish head IPA it quickly fades. Subsequent tastes do not yield any increased mouth feel like some of the heavier brews. This does however lend it self well to the next category.

D- Oddly enough the lack of an intense mouth feel actually make it a wonderful beer to drink. Sip after sip it has the same constant great taste and because it doesn't linger it doesn't overpower you. I love IPAs and this is certainly a beer for that type of beer-nut but I think the malty balance in this makes it even approachable for those who aren't "hop-heads"

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

Pours a clear, orange-amber color. Grows a 1-inch off-white colored head, that showcases some great retention, condensing to a dense mat of bubbles and hanging on through most of the glass.

Hops pound the nose. Lots of clean citrus hop notes, with some decent malt backbone, light caramel and sweet graininess compliment the upfront hopsplosion well, bringing balance to the aroma yet letting the hops shine.

Mmmmm....this is just delicious. The hops really take over the flavor profile, bringing a fair bit of citrus and tropical fruit flavors to the table. I definitely get some tangerine and maybe a bit of mango. There is just a touch of maltiness near the finish, which ultimate remains very clean and hoppy, but without getting overly bitter. The finish on this beer is a highlight for me. So clean and hoppy and leaves a slightly sweet, fruitiness on the palate, yet retains a manageable amount of bitterness.

Wow, this may be my favorite beer from DFH. Certainly my favorite DIPA by them. The flavors are just so cleanly hoppy and the finish follows suite, with just a mild lingering bitterness, but ultimate a fruity finish. The beer almost has a refreshing quality it's so easy drinkin'!

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Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml into a pint

A - Pours a brilliant golden color, perhaps on the darker side. Very bubbling, lots of carbonation apparent. However, that doesn't show on the head, where it is well retained at a film.

S - Malty sweet nose combined with a floral, citrus hop profile. Very strong. Some grain notes are present, but not at all husky.

T - Loads of 2 row sweetness, light amount of caramel malts. Some very grassy, herbal notes come through mid-stream. Shows its incredible dry hopping profile. Turns more sweet, alcohol warmth shows. Some more barley comes through, very sweet cloying finish. Aftertaste shows the highest bitterness.

M - Thick and cloying. Full bodied, but carbonation seems low. Super sugary, super thick. Finishes with a very oily hop texture - very tongue coating and sticky. Alcohol warmth sneaks in at the end.

D - More like a barleywine than a IPA. I think this is just too sweet for any decent sessioning. In this quantity, I find it just a little bit to cloying and palette overwhelming. Not filling - a plus for so much body.

I certainly can get the 90 minute out of this beer.

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Photo of sitarist
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper / orange color. There is about an inch of white head that falls quick. It leaves rings of lacing. Very few bubbles.

I smell orange, tangerine, kind buds, papaya, pine, and hints of rock candy. The aroma is lovely! It smells like someone is peeling an orange next to me.

I taste tangerine, orange peel, papaya, and the pine. Good, but not as amazing as the nose. It is bitter, and sweet all together. Reminds me of baby aspirin.

Medium body with a short lived scrubbing carbonation. It washes over my tongue, with just the faintest bite.

Dangerously drinkable! I know this bottle has sat in the store for a few weeks...I only wish I would have tried this fresher / sooner.

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Photo of artruism
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong citrus and grass notes from the nose, very fresh and clean with a nice amber color. Good amount of foam head remaining and clings to the side of the glass leaving a sturdy lacing.

There is a strong peppery bitterness on the front end with a light sweetness following in the middle and hops grease your mouth lingering for a little while afterward.

I loved the clean crisp taste I got from this one, an extremely nice IPA that wasn't to harsh of a hop bite.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, fresh batch.

Pours clear (thought this was unfiltered?) amber with a two finger foamy white head that holds a good cap and leaves some nice clingy lacing.

Aroma is mostly citrus, oranges & tangerines, some pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, a bit of pine. Only moderate strength, however.

Flavor is citrus, oranges, tangerines, pineapple, some pine and resinous hops, with a sweet caramel malt backbone, only mild to moderate bitterness, finishes fairly sweet with some lingering bitterness. Quite smooth with the alcohol being barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and a bit sticky, medium to high carbonation.

Very nice DIPA. I enjoyed this more that 90 Minute which isn't my favorite of the style. Less booze and a little less sweet than its counterpart, glad to get a chance to try it.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark orange color with a big thick three to four finger head which disapates slowly and leaves a nice sticky lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is of the woods, nice piney hops along with some earthy hops and a slight smell of citrus. The taste had a nice sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of fruit present, but there is a big hop flavor. Piney hops give way to citrus hops through out the sip of this beer. The mouthfeel was properly carbonated and smooth. The drinkability is very good great balance between malts and hops. It is a very smooth easy drink. Overall a very good beer that leaves you wishing you had more.

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Photo of toetag39
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass; had a nice golden color. You can smell the fruits used, perhaps oranges. A strong sense of hops and even cannabis although I'm sure it's another spice. The taste is amazing just the right carbonation for a IPA and really smooth.

Would love to have another

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Photo of lovindahops
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another dfh brew I grabbed because of these bottles have been disappearing. This should be a treat!

A- fantastiic golden look with a good head and stick lacing following along the glass. A good amount of floaties are present in the brew

S- the pine and citrus are massive on this one. This is some west coast hop luv from one of my favorite east coast crews. There is some earthy scents with some malt presence

T- yummy! That pine and citric hop flavor is amplified to deliver a hoptastic dfh brew. The flavor is very sharp with thoughts of thick pine needles swirling in sticky grapefruit juice. You can no doubt draw ties to 90 minute with spuall. There are also dry attributes and the same earthy malt at the end of the brew

M- good flavor properties that literaaly stick to your mouth

D- squall is an absolute kick ass brew from dfh. The commitment to delivering something for the hop heads makes this a brew to embrace. This is a treat that can be sipped and enjoyed

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Photo of Tilley4
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try this one after stumbling upon it up in Nashville...

Pours a beautiful burnished copper into my snifter with a slow but steady forming head that sits atop for quite some time after each pour... Really beautiful....

Pungent woody piney hop aromas right up front but there's also an earthiness to this not found in the 90 Minute... Its dank and resinous and might even have some citrusness to it as well. That being said, the malts are still very present in this also and provide a solid base of caramel and oakiness...

Sweet caramel maltiness that is quickly smashed thru by a resinous piney hoppiness that won't quit.. Oily and thick and very long finish of bitter hops... Doesn't seem as refined as the 90 Minute but that's no big deal. Its a tasty brew. A little booze present but not enough to make it hot...

I thought this was terrific... Oily and dank while still seeming balanced. Very well crafted beer...

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Photo of Beejay
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and golden amber. In the light it has a nice orange glow to it. The head if white, foamy, and looking good.

S: Hop explosion. Sweet, pungent, sticky smelling hops. Tropical fruits, citrus, possibly a hint of mint as well. All this is backed by a little bit of caramel goodness.

T: Pow right in the kisser. That is an explosion of hops. Piney at first with citrus, pineapple, and mandarin Oranges following it up. Behind the massive hop hit is a sweet burnt caramel flavor that is a great contrast to the bitter hops.

M: Medium in mouthfeel, but the fairly high carbonation seems to make it feel a little lighter. There is a stickiness to this,as well as a lingering oily sensation that keeps the hops bitterness rolling.

D: This beer is pretty F-ing amazing. Get some. well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of anyhoodle
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 750 ml bottle.

Probably the best IPA I have had in a long time.

A - Pours a rich amber orange with a thick, short lived head. Lacing is well represented, leaving heavy rings down the glass as I drink.

S - Rich, earthy & grassy with pine notes.

T - Love the grassy hop flavor, clearly the hops have been added for their flavor, not simply bitterness. Bitterness is present but is not overpowering like many DIPA's (like the standard 90 min.) A little sweetness pops in, but almost unnoticeable. Overall very well balanced.

M - Thick, but not syrupy. No alcohol burn, tho the ABV isn't really high enough to expect it.

D - I am extremely enamored with this brew and hope that DFH adds it into their regular line-up. If more widely available, this could easily become my go too.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A rich, amber yellow with minimal white head. Electrically colored. Pretty crazy looking.

S - You could smell it as soon as you opened the bottle. A sweet aroma, like honey, and a lot of hops. Really really aromatic beer. Intense.

T - Hops, lemon rind, peach, a lot of malt, and a lot of spices. I definitely taste thyme, rosemary, and coriander in here, and a lot of it. This brew tastes a lot like 90 Minute, except Squall is highly spiced. This brew is also much maltier than 90 Minute. Honey malt here, and a lot of it.

M - Full bodied, definitely. Really nice. Hoppiness is intense.

D - Really rich brew. I found myself sipping this like a heavy stout or even a quad. Couldn't drink too much of this because it's so intense, but this is a real good brew. Again, though, not much different than 90 Minute even though it costs basically twice as much. For that reason, I don't know if I'd get it again, but this brew is definitely solid overall.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Squall IPA is extremely well-balanced, citric-smelling, and earthy-tasting.

It poured a beautiful reddish copper with a massive creamy white head. It left massive amounts of thick lace that left a tapestry from the rim to the bottom of the glass. The aroma exploded during the pour seeming to fill the room with freshly sliced citrus. The flavor was more earthy than citric, with hints of grass and pine. A remarkable and unique sweet dark-fruit aftertaste lingered long after each swallow. The feel was thick bready and bitter, with a clean sweet finish.

Squall IPA may be the most multi-layered and balanced double IPA I've ever had. It's got citric and earthy elements; bitter and sweet flavors; a thick yet smooth feel, and a near-perfect and satisfying finish. Overall, a great experience.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is orange with a giant beige head. Major head retention noted with thick lacing on my glass.

Smell: An explosion of pine, citrus grapefruit, pineapple, all candied in caramel. Very well layered aroma noted.

Taste: Caramel candied hops, pine cone, pine tree resin combined with grapefruit, pineapple, super nice bittering on the hop finish. Long lasting oily hop flavors linger on my palate.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: This is a recklessly hoppy beer. No balance between hops and malt noted and none wanted. I think I want a little less sweetness and a harder hop kick? I am a sick man. For a 9% beer I am not detecting alcohol with the exception of the buzz. This is wicked good and super drinkable. I really wish I had another bottle as one isnt just enough. Thanks DFH!

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this brew forever, but haven't put much effort into seeking it out. I guess now Dogfish has just done a mass release of this stuff now:

A: Clear as a bell, golden yet slightly amberish in color, with at least a 5+ finger head. Whoa! The carbonation was plentiful.

S: Dogfish hop profile upfront... I even got some of that bottle conditioned weirdness that I often find in only their brews. I never seem to notice that quality in the draft versions of their beers ... curious. Sweet, with a very wide hop aroma. The dry hopping paid off!

T: This one leans toward the West Coast side more than any of Dogfish's other IPAs. Not balanced, but Sam Calgione said that it wasn't supposed to be balanced in any way. It was designed to appease the hophead. To that end, this brew succeeded! Citrus galore here.

M: Creamy, not too sweet because of the hops (which were very abundant indeed!), and bitter as hell, but not in a bad way. This was just what the doctor ordered!

D: You REALLY have to be in the mood for this. I have a feeling that my review on this one might fluctuate constantly based my feeling toward hoppy beers at a given moment. However, this was a very nicely done IPA.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange body with a fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

The scent is piney, citrus, and floral.

The pine and citrus hops dominate the hop profile, with a malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and full bodied. Slightly bitter.

A well crafted beer by DFH that I'd recommend.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with a crown cap. $8 from Doug at Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Dark orange with a slight haze. Pours with a big white head, but retention is lacking a little. Some sticky globs remain. Very good lacing.

Smell: Fresh, pungent hops. Citrus and a candylike aroma. A little weed. Caramel malt to round things out. It smells good, but doesn't jump out of the glass and hit you in the face. I've got to really stick my nose into the snifter. I'm rewarded when I do, but that's working for it.

Taste: Well, I'm not completely in love with the flavor. Its a little too malty and caramel sweet. Hops bring citrus and tropical fruit. The hops flavor is muted compared to the pungent aroma, and the flavors dont really blend well. Some alcohol through the middle and a little bitterness, but not bitter enough.

Mouthfeel: I do like a full bodied DIPA, and this is it. Thick bordering on syrupy, soft, sticky.

Drinkability: I haven't had a 90 minute in a couple of years, so I cant compare to that. I have had many excellent DIPAs to which I can compare, and this doesn't stack up to the best. Its a perfectly good beer, but not a great one. I will not buy it again.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours like a golden water. Light gold in color with clearly lots of carbonation. A huge three plus finger head develops and lasts for a long time before completely disappearing. Leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass and a cap.

S - Very floral smelling. Lots of citrus and very balanced. Light roasted and semi sweet malts come through as well.

T - A very balanced tasting brew. Citrus, orange, pineapple, and the sweet malts come through next. A bitter taste is left in your mouth once all these flavors come and go. A nice beer.

M - Very nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation. A little on the thick side than what I was expecting.

D - A very drinkable IPA. I could have finished the whole bomber but I split it with my girl and she really liked it as well. Will definitely pick up more if the bottleshop has some.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel and pale malts with large amounts of floral, citrus, and leafy hops. A very well balanced aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the malt isn't quite as robust. Pale and caramel malt flavors with hints of breadiness kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn toward the bitter side with the addition of earthy and slightly herbal and spicy hops. The hop flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer and I'm glad I knew I was trying a fresh bottle. Very nice balance and the dry-hopping adds a layer of complexity lacking from the original 90 minute. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of chaz01
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bomber shared with a friend, poured into a Belgian style fishbowl glass.

A: Hazy amber-brown color with thick head that recedes quickly.

S: Fruity, hoppy aroma with orange, apricots and some piney notes.

T: Grapefruit and more citrus taste, with again more pine flavors. Hoppy finish, especially the grapefruit, lasting a long time.

M: Rich, thick, full bodied and syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Nice hoppy IPA that would go well on a hot summer day at the beach. Complex enough to keep you interested through more than one glass.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a lightly hazy, light copper color with an offwhite head that drops after a few minutes. Tons of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of tons of citrus. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and resiny. Some malt sweetness in the back, overall well balanced, but hop forward. A little mintiness comes through as it warms.

First sip is of citrus and minty hops. The mint really comes through in the finish. Slightly medicinal, then the malt sweetness rounds it out. Interesting...citrus, mint, medicinal, sweet, then mint again as the finish fades. Nice complexity. No alcohol bite to speak of, and no carbonic bite. Alcohol well hidden, and perfectly carbonated.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy malt, nice bitterness, but not puckeringly so. No astringency. Only a slight caronic prickle. Very nice.

Very drinkable beer. I'll enjoy finishing this off tonight.

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Photo of malloyca
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber color. Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass, there was a thick head with generally small bubbles that remained for several minutes. Aromas grapefruit and pine came to the forefront, but there was also a pleasant smell of yeast and baking bread. This is a balanced, hoppy beer that is initially dry and loaded with grapefruit and, to a lesser extent, orange flavors. There are also sweet malt flavors of caramel and some honey, which add another dimension to this. Very drinkable for the complexity of flavor and alcohol level.

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

Poured a hazy very light brown/orange marmalade color. Almost no head, but lots of lacing in the glass.
Nice, sweet aroma. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, little bit of pine from the hops. Just a little general malt sweetness. Little bit of honey.
Flavors mimic the aroma pretty closely. Lots of fresh pineapple, fresh orange segments, grapefruit. Again, honey sweetness from the malt with a little bit of caramel making an appearance.
Pretty thick mouthfeel. Sticky, resiny. Coats the palate.
Great drinkable flavor, but at 9% I might have trouble having a bottle all to myself.
Great beer. This is what the regular 90 min. should be all the time.

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 1,483 ratings
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