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Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled 02/24/16. My first new big bottle from Dogfish Head in quite a while; their bottle-conditioned IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a hazy burnt golden orange body. Over a finger of soapy frothy white head with good retention, and leaves good random spotty lacing. Good carbonation. The second pour yields lots of dark sediment, which i absolutely love some good sediment in my beer. Very nice.

S - Good solid IPA aroma: bready malts & subtle fruits. The fruits are in the background, but very tropical & floral smelling hops. Still smells fresh even at over two months in the bottle.

T - A classical IPA flavor profile: fruity bitter hops, bready malts, & some bready earthy yeast presence from the bottle conditioning. Notes of stone fruits & citrus - orange, grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, dry brown bread, bread crust, pine, resin. Not a trace of the 9.00% abv.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, spritzy, creamy. Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking stuff, especially for the high abv.

Overall, a simple but classical and delicious representation of what IPA can be. A very nice bottle from Dogfish Head.

Dogfish Head Squall IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Perfect. Big fluffy head. Nice light Amber color. The lacing and foam it leaves stuck to the glass as you drink it is nice.

Smell: Citrus notes, with hopes and pine.

Taste: Very citrusy. Almost has a very similar oak flavor like burton baton.

Feel: Very full bodied. Creamy in texture.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a splotchy cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, floral, white chocolate; hoppy, but sweet;

T: earthy, floral; there's a candy sweetness in the middle that persists side by side with moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish; smooth; completely hides the ABV;

O: very interesting;

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Keeping it short and sweet. I was actually really pumped about a quarter way through this beer when I realized how basic it was. It's all hop up front followed by very nice bitterness and then sweetness on the very back end. No real fruit smell or taste just a basic, very hoppy, strangely sweet, IPA. Brings me back to the first dfh beers I've had like 60 and 90 minute.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2016 release
~2 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours a lighter orange, deep golden color, slightly hazy. Finger and a half of pillowy, white colored head, spotty head lacing. Decent amount of sticky alcohol legs as well.

Aroma- Citrus, orange zest, peach, tangerine, little bit of tropical fruit notes. Piney zestyness and some grapefruit. Sugary malt sweetness.

Taste- Sweet fruit notes, tangerine, peach, sweeter orange juice. Piney and grapefruit hop bitterness, but nothing that lingers too far, shows up and then leaves. Good amount of sugary malt sweetness, sugary and doughy malts.

Feel- Medium type feel, fluffy carbonation and pretty sweet / creamy.

Overall- Real nice combination of sweeter fruit notes, hop bitterness, and sweet malts. I was relatively surprised at the amount of fruity hop notes, and the bitterness just kind of comes in to balance and then leaves. None of the lingering palate wrecking bitterness. This beer is bottle conditioned and you could probably get away with aging it, but i would probably not suggest it.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle served cold in a teku

Poured a hazy orange with a huge head and nice lacing. Nose is dank west coast hops, strong and bready malt backbone, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, pine, butterscotch, snicker doodle cookies. Taste follows the nose to a tee. Dank, hoppy, very malty, balanced. I like this new but will probably go for the classic 90 minute in the future. Nice bottle conditioning but I don't think it adds a lot.

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Photo of Whackyhanz1
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a bit chunky at the bottom but that i kind of expect. The color is a amber orange, maybe even golden. smells light on the hop side, but has a faint malt smell to it as well. The taste is bitter up front with a slightly boozy after taste but not too strong. Also has a slight grainy mouth feel to it, but sharp medium carbonation. Really liking this double ipa if i had to shoot for IBU i would say it is 80 or less. I would buy this again if they would keep making it.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz poured into a tulip glass.

A - Ruby red/orange, slight haze, half finger head that retains for a hike.

S - tropical fruit, slight heat, not much else.

T - not sure what to make it. Bitter up front, grainy, some malt/citrus undercurrent

M - Carbonation medium, a touch sharp, medium feel.

O- Prefer the 90. This is decent. May have palette fatigue setting in, perhaps?

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Photo of This_Guy_Likes_Beer
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass = snifter
A - golden, cloudy, excellent lacing, long lasting thick head
S - piney, peppery
T - spiced forward with floral finish, lingering alcohol burn on the tongue
M - highly carbonated, smooth, heavy
O - very balanced for a double IPA, which could be attributed to the relatively lower IBU (75). This beer has a unique aftertaste that I have difficulty describing.

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Photo of zshaft
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks kind of gross in the glass with thick floaties abundant. after they settle it looks better. wicked head retention. like thick foam. nose is faint biscut and malt with some pine in there. not great. taste is up front earthy with almost grainy mouthfeel. beer travels uneventfully through some pine and earthy tones with some grapefruit tossed in there for good measure. this is not a great ipa for me. to malty and earthy for me with minimal nose. ive never been a huge dogfish head fan. this beer did not convert me. gets a little better as it warms.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missed reviewing this years ago.

Aroma is a fruit salad of melon, tangerine, maraschino cherry, pineapple, pear.

Flavor is a touch sweet, with floral and resiny hops alongside muddled fruit. Finish is lightly bitter. Grapefruit kicks in late.

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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 delta490
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, orange/amber with a thin layer of lightly foamy white head that clings more to the circumference of the glass than the top of the beer. The aroma is juicy and fruity, more tropical than anything else. It's not huge but it is good. The taste is much the same with some malts holding it up. You know they're there but they don't really push themselves into the taste. The body is lighter and there is just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light Amber color. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor is malt forward with a touch of bitterness from the hops on the back end. This drinks incredibly smooth but overall this is just a solid IPA.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tropical fruits, sweet biscuity malts, and earthy hops.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet malts and tropical fruits upfront. The sweetness gives way to some nice earthy hops. The finish has some light alcohol heat.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with an oily finish.

O - Another solid Dogfish Head DIPA. This tends to be on the sweeter side which I enjoy. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of djkman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yes . It's looks like beer.......

Smell: because I am a fan of DFH, when I catch the aroma, I know I am smelling the hop from these guys. Familiar smell as if it's between a 60 and 90 ..citrus is definitely there. The smell is the expression" you want hop, you got it"

Taste: first subjective taste.. Was .. How do you say it 'Dammn that's good !" Pleasantly surprised.
You can tell you are drinking an IPA at 9 percent.

Mouthfeel: as always.....that's personal....

Overall: reminds me of the 60 IPA kicked up about 5 levels. Not the 90 IPA where there is more malt.

The best compliment I can give is this: if I see it at my local liquor store, I will buy it again.
Yes I will, no problem.
I like this.
And that's my review.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium hazy medium orange and lightly amber tinged body, huge head to start with varying bubble sizes that dissipated into a funky froth. Lots of lacing left behind. Rich malty notes on the nose, some pepper, minor pine, super ripe apricot. Quite smooth drinking with toffee notes, nice malt body, medium bitterness to finish, but quite smooth. Seemingly old world or quintessential East coast IPA, but surprised to read it is an amped up 90 Min IPA though.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: poured into tulip with 2 fingers off white head, slight haze, orange to copper in color. Smell: nice fresh hopped musty smell, herbal, grassy, slight citrus, alcohol. Taste: herbal, grassy, grapefruit, less prominent malty sweetness than 90 minute, great bitterness at end with resiny finish. Mouthfeel: sticky, but still some dryness from alcohol content. Overall: For the more pure hop head, this is even better than the 90 minute

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Photo of hoody711
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a whim. I don't do a ton of DFH, which is probably a disservice to them, so it's good to get back in the game.

A - pours a nice amber into a tulip, very nice head, and good lacing. Keeps a 1/2 finger breadth of head throughout.

S - earthy and toasty, and boozy. I don't get a lot of citrus like others do. The smell of alcohol is a little more than I'd like.

T - definitely a surprise after the smell. Hoppy as hell. Citrusy but not overly so, subtle, some pine I guess. Malty for sure then bitter. For sure it belies the aroma, in a good way.

F - a little sticky, oily. I like the carbonation. The booze burn is light and well-hidden, considering the ABV.

O - It's good. I don't think I agree with the "outstanding" but, you know, it's not you, it's me. A good-looking beer that smells a little off for an IPA, at least the ones I like. Taste recovers, and the mouthfeel is pretty good. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

looks like a strong beer
very spicy smell. also smells very industrial. uh oh
brooding chocolate and smoke with a fruit floral counterpoint.
like a glib cheerful song played over a comically gruesome movie scene. thick "stuck in the middle with you" resevoir dogs. IN A BEER

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Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a barely orange-hued golden, with the lightest amount of haze (perhaps from dry-hopping). A finger of head on a fairly aggressive pour. Fluffy white foam provides nice amount of lacing.

Nose comes across strangely grainy. This isn't an old beer but it has a little mustiness in the aroma profile. A little mix of spent grain and damp forest floor, maybe a little grassy herbalness hidden pretty well in there. As the beer warms, the grassiness enters a bit more making the nose a bit more normal for an APA, at least.

The taste is a bit of a surprise after the nose. This is a balanced IPA, as is the base 90 Minute. The dry-hopping does come across to add more noticeable bittering flavors to the profile. A little bit of spiciness in the hops, but they are mainly a combination of citrus rind, pith, a little grass with a little pine late. Nice level of carbonation, little more than medium body, and just a little nod to the ABV mid-to-late taste.

I'm really confused how such a mediocre grainy smelling beer can taste as nice as this beer does. I think the dry hopping adds a nice layer to the base beer that I can sort of discern from underneath the hop bitterness that has made its way to the palate.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL. bottled on 03/03/16.

A: pours with a minor haze on an otherwise bright copper body. frothy white head has good retention and even better lacing. a good looking IPA.

S: aroma is tropical, citrus hops. fusel alcohol.

T: a touch of biscuit malt, alcohol as well. otherwise pretty much all hops. mango and pine. citrus. grapefruit rind. lingering citrus before a dry bitterness. this is pretty fresh, but I think the bottle conditioning has done DFH a load of favors. I find both 60 and 90 minute an go south in a hurry, so nice to see this version of a 90 minute is holding up strong.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium/full body.

D: at first I assessed this as just your typical DFH hoppy beer, but after a couple sips I am glad I didn't judge it at first sip. a really tasty well balanced brew from these guys and worth checking out. refreshing in the sea of murky crap out there.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber in color with a dense white head that lasts well into the session. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass

Piney and earthy with hints of citrus on the nose.

Palate wrecking hops dominate each initial sip, with a dense pine and grapefruit quality. finishes dry with a caramel sweetness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Wegmans Pittsford in Pittsford, NY.

This one pours a light, mostly clear amber, with a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like grassy hops, grapefruit, pear, rich caramel, and toasty and nutty malt.

This has one of the most terrific malt backbones in a beer I've ever gotten. I'm not going to try it, but I imagine that this beer would age very well, for an IPA. The malt backbone has some nice sweet and creamy caramel, a sturdy toasty and bready character, but doesn't outshine the hops. The hops and malt are actually balanced. The hops are lightly grassy, a bit of pine, and some grapefruit and pear. It's a unique IPA in the world of turbid juice bombs. It's one of the most well done old-school East Coast IPAs I've ever. had.

This has a nicely creamy and fluffy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

I'm really happy that this lived up to expectations. It was definitely really tasty.

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Photo of gcasher
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A squall of Hop aroma and flavors. It finishes very dry and a little tart like citrus. The flavor is strong and a big bottle of beer, so good to share. Definitely worth the experience, but I am not worthy of this one.

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