Squall IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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.

Added by mday on 05-17-2009

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Photo of BellsFan
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Squall IPA is brewed in the style of an American IPA, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. 2016 re-release of a previously retired fan favorite.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel-cream head of a creamy foam consistency over a moderately hazy standard amber body with modest streaming carbonation and no visible sediment. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Bright hop aromas of juicy citrus, lemons, pine, grass, some tropical fruit, mild dank tones with a moderate perceived bitterness. Simple pale and crystal malt profile provides ample aromatic sweetness and body, with the hops still remaining a central focus on the aroma. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Lightly toasted crystal and pale malt body generate a clean, smooth malt base, with hop characters largely leading the flavor profile from there on out. Tropical, citrus, piney and resinous hops build the majority of the flavor, with an adequate bitterness to round out the sweetness of the malt build, for an overall largely balanced IPA. The combination of flavors are fairly mild and punctuated with cleanliness, even for an IPA, but are overall enjoyable and very sessionable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, silky, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is very slightly hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An all-around solid IPA with a solid representation of malt body and hop flavor and bitterness. Some mildness on the malt and hop profile is evident, although not jarringly so, this beer has a very sharp beginning and end for a very sessionable IPA. Very bright, clean all-around and highly drinkable. I'm wishing it was in a more reasonable format for its drinkability, but a 750ml. bottle isn't much of a challenge in a single session for one thirsty person considering how enjoyable it is. I'll definitely revisit this next year should Dogfish keep it in its rotation. 4

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's
Squall IPA

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Photo of Navalartichoke
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of razorsdescent
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jameswaldo
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber gently into 2 tulip glasses. Looks darker and redder than the "P" in IPA would suggest. Maybe that's why "Squall"? Because it's dark and cloudy? I love turbid beers, so would only suggest this might really be an India Amber Ale. My SRM chart puts it in the SRM 15 range, anyway. Head is politely insistent, with pretty delicate lacing maybe not quite as gummy resinous as I like.

Smells like bread, yeast, alcohol, apricot floral fruity hops.

The taste picks up the fruit sniff, and takes it to sweet land. This is not as bitter as my favorite hoppy brews.

Mouth feel carbonated just right, with unctuous oily smoothness. Still not enough bittering hops, though. A dogfish should have more bite.

Maybe there's no reason to put a bottling or best-by date on a beer like this, which at 9% ABV probably would never go bad before somebody drank it. But I like to see a bottling date, anyway, and think it's only polite for a craft brewer to admit when an ale this tasty was made. The "2016 Limited Release" is maybe a wee bit too crafty, and not quite as specific as I'd like. Gorgeous label, though, and the fancy bomber with embossed dogfish sharks will look even better with my homebrew in it.

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Photo of ppavlick
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dzman
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hman43
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours gold with an off white head. This is a bit hazy overall.

Smell: There are aromas of pine, floral, pineapple, and some bread.

Taste: There is an initial sweet flavor with citrus, floral, pineapple, pine, and bread. I

Feel: t is moderately bitter, with a moderate body and some alcohol warming.

Overall for the ABV it is a fairly easy drinking hop driven IPA.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Squall pours a hazy copper color, with some red hue, and a very small head. Weak earthy aromas. Taste is very earthy, sweet, and a bit on the maltier side. Good body and feel. Overall, its a earthy and maltier IPA.

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Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head Tulip

L: Pours a clear medium orange/golden color. Two fingers of creamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Biscuity malts... floral and mild citrus hops.

T: The suggestion of sweetness to start... probably the alcohol, but malts and bread as well. The bitterness is there but feels muted, probably because this is so well balanced. Definitely floral notes... mildly citrus and hints of mango. Very smooth... medium in body, almost creamy which is odd for an IPA. Finish is sticky and delicious. Leaves me wanting more... warming, and man that ABV will creep up on you.

O: Fantastic DIPA and bottle conditioning definitely gives it a creamier/smoother texture than the straight up 90 minute IPA (also fantastic by the way). Very glad I snagged one. Regretting not snagging 4.

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Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Sitting around a backyard fire pit the copper glow is very appealing. My sniffer is a bit muted tonight but I still manage to pull off grain and slight alcohol. A bit of orange peel also. Taste is delicious. Nice balance of malt, sweet and just 'nuff bitter. Mouthfeel is hefty and satiating. Overall a solid brew worthy of people's praises. Would buy again.

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Photo of Nat1975
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CreightonSM
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stanley23
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gerred
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember really digging this when it first came out so I jumped right on a bottle when I saw it had made a triumphant return.

Pours a light copper with honey-like edges and a finger of head. There are plenty of yeast flaoties in this offering. The nose is more malty than hoppy - and is that a whiff of smoke I just caught?

The flavor is well-balanced but the hops bite remains potent throughout.

As I recall, this is a bottled conditioned version of 90 but I'd call it a strong ale a'la the Bastard Series.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,483 ratings.
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