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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 | 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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours hazy golden orange amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves some gorgeous lacing.

S: Tropical fruit backed with citrus, a little pine, a touch of biscuity malt, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, grassy herbal notes, big fruity tropical notes, over ripe mango, peach, passion fruit, a hint of pineapple, a little biscuity malt, and some caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the heavier end of medium body, a moderate amount of lively carbonation, alcohol is well hidden throughout.

O: Just what I needed, a DIPA with enough hop punch to overpower the big malt backbone. Looking at other reviews I'm glad I caught this one on draft and didn't mess with a bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus and herbal hops followed by toasted, biscuity, caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty much same as I smelled. Chewy, a little sweet, light bitterness, and some alcohol in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, a little bitterness, and some booze in there too.

Overall: Have to admit that I like 90 minute more than this, but this is still a nice unfiltered, bottle conditioned, and dry hopped version of it. Surprised to have not seen it on draft more often.

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Photo of gr0g
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release in a 750ml bottle. Four weeks since bottling. Appearance: hazy, orangey-amber in color, with very nice head retention. Impressive lacing. Plenty of fresh-smelling hops in the aroma. Not one hop variety stands out, as this is said to be dry-hopped with a handful of varieties. Earthy, floral, and citrusy all at once. Not as intensely fruity on the nose as I like in an IPA, though.

Flavor profile is broadly similar to 90 Minute, as Squall has a rich, sweet malt base. It's definitely not as sweet as 90 Minute, though. Kind of an "earthy" flavor plus more apparent bitterness. Soft, sudsy mouthfeel with just a hint of alcohol on the finish. Very good stuff, probably my favorite DFH IPA at this point.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Zero expectations going into this beer. Not bad. Fruit hop flavors up front. Peach and mango. Earthy malt in the mid palate. Dries out on the finish. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of PVMT
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 version. Amber pour with a foamy white head. Has that typical Dogfish flavor with a malt-forward presence, but the additional dry-hopping doesn't seem to have really influenced the flavor of the 90 Minute IPA very positively. The Cascade flavor comes through the strongest; not one of my favorite hops.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper pour into a DFH glass. Plenty of bubbles and a tall, thick white caked-on head.
Smell, although not too pronounced, is earthy, malty with light/ fresh grassy citrus notes.
It's been several years since I've had this, since it's been several years since it was resurrected from retirement. It seems to be the same Squall I remember, it's tough to tell because it's been so long. To me this is a refreshingly earthy, sweet-citrus version of their 90-minute, with less pronounced malt backbone. Back when this was formerly available, I recall favoring this much more than the 90-minute due to the malts being more held at bay here.
Now that I've tired of many of the hoppy ipa's in such a saturated era of IPAs, Squall doesn't seem as superior to the 90-minute than I once thought. After years of sampling the hop trend, the malty base of the 90-minute can be more appreciated.
The feel of Squall is smooth and refreshing with great carbonation for the style, and while a tasty beer in general, the citrus blend from the numerous hops creates nothing special hop-flavor-wise that many single-hop beers currently deliver. The malts are present and as mentioned, are more subdued than on the non-bottle-conditioned 90-minute.
That said, this is still a favorite DIPA as far as pure drinkability, and is one of my favorite bottles as far as label art (both old and new versions). I can see why this is a divisive release, as the hops really don't provide much forward-flavor. It's the sum of all the ingredients that creates a refreshing brew to sip nonetheless, especially if you want a smooth-sipping world-class IPA without the traditional hop bite as found in others.
I had saved a bottle of the original Squall from several years back, once I found out it was being retired.
I wonder how that'd taste today.
I hope the brewer could decide to make this in 4-packs, as it's worthy year-round, and ever since Racer 5/ Bear Repub. brews were rendered unavailable here in TX due to competition issues, this would be a welcome addition as far as bottle conditioned ipa's go (or double ipa's go).

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

Beautiful , rich golden hazzzzze.
Booze overpowers.
Booze again then the bitter blanket spreads imparting a somewhat mellow smooth pine citrus flavor burst
abruptly halted , once again , by a dry peppery booze finish.
Another enjoyable Dogfish journey. Cheers!

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours an orange copper with a medium head that poofs. nose; citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, & booze. taste; big sweet malt, alcohol, grapefruit pith, & lemon. not complex to my tongue. a very bitter seed astringency dominates the aftertaste. light carbonation & a relatively flat, oily mouthfeel. not as hoppy as i was expecting, and certainly a lot more boozy - you'd think this was a 15% barleywine from the heat. very unbalanced to me. this is supposedly an unfiltered/unpasteurized version of the 90-minute ipa, but i feel like the 90-minute is a much better beer. super boozy and unpleasantly bitter. a disappointment for me.

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Photo of K-Dog
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had forgotten about this beer. I remember 5 years ago loving this and was sad it was retired. Couldn't wait to try again and review this, so here it goes. Wtf this is not the squall I remember. I first I thought my palate must have changed over the years but reading some of the recent reviews I am righr. Nothing of an ipa. Taste and smells like white grape juice and I hate white grape juice. It's more of a Belgium triple this time and I am not a fan of this style. Drank about half and poured the rest down the drain. So dissapointed. Wish I had a time machine to go back to 2011 when this was good. Stay away unless you are a fan of Belgium triples which again I am not. Yuck

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a dogfish tulip glass.

Look is a slightly hazy orange with a full half inch head.

You can smell the hop aroma as soon as you crack it open. Lots of grassy English hops with a strong citrus presence.

Taste completely matches aroma. A hopped up classic English IPA with a string citrus flavor.


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Photo of Wiffler27
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours hazy gold with a thick head.

smell is nice but subdued. muted hops on this. almost a musty aroma.

taste is sharp with muted hop flavor. bitter beer though. would rather have 90 minute straight up. has an earthy flavor to it. not bad but not great.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Hazy dark orange with sediment sitting at the bottom of my glass (it looks like paint chips...which is off-putting).

S - Candied orange and resin and some doughy yeast.

T - With the exception of some resin and sweet malts, this is remarkably bland. Based on the video I watched from their website, this is supposed to be a take on 90 Minute IPA and is continuously hopped throughout the boil, but I cannot pick up ANY hop flavors at all. It's basically malt water.

F - Relatively full, but a little watered down. No alcohol presence.

O - A let down of sorts. It is not a bad-tasting DIPA, but as I have said, it is so bland with no hop presence to speak of. It's a "meh" beer at best.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Good orange color, dark. Aroma wasn't hoppy. Lots of crystal malt, no thank you. Very disappointing given how much the label talked shit about how hoppy it was.

Taste was malty. Jeez, thanks for the expensive malty ipa DFH, shit. Crystal malt and alcohol mouthfeel. Carbonation could be higher, but instead it makes it even more malt heavy.

I wouldn't pay $1 for this beer again, much less $10.

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Photo of pat61
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.
A: Hazy copper tinted gold under a 1” finsely bubbled dirty white foam cap that grips the glass leaving thick olines of lace.
S: The nose is not big – traces of apricot, grass, citrus, spice and fruit.
T: Biscuit, apricot, citrus, light sweetness, citrus bitterness on the finish.
M: Creamy smooth, medium carbonation and medium body.
O: Very refreshing, aromatic, spicy and easy to drink.

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Photo of jman42
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a big bottle into a DFH snifter...

A = Deep orange color. Crystal clear. Nice head - not much by way of lacing.

S = Malty aroma - not really thinking it presents much in the way of a hops bouquet even though it is a DIPA. Seems more like a Belgian dubbel to me (and that can be a very good thing). Didn't know the ABV of this, but can tell it is big.

T = Loving this. Malty/alcoholic taste to it.

M = Smooth - almost to the point of oily...let's call it "syrupy".

O = Loving this beer. I think it is more of a Dubbel than a DIPA. OK, it is a Dubbel IPA. Too bad it is retired.

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Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: As a double IPA I was expecting a lot and this one delivered right off the bat. As a bottle conditioned IIPA it poured a nice hazy copper with a sharp fruity herbal aroma that you could smell as soon as I opened the bottle. It may be an IIPA, but this one was more in the realm of a Barley Wine with a thick syrupy mouthfeel and complex taste. The Squall had fat chewy hops with a good balance of biscuity malts that helped keep everything balanced. It was a very impressive beer.

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Photo of Brenden
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 release reviewed 11/01/11

Squall is a chill-hazed amber color with lots of activity and a small, fluffy pillow of off-white head. Lacing is left in a mixture of spotting and lacing in decent volume. The beer is pretty bright, even with the haze.
The aromatics are very nice. There's a strong, complex and well-developed hops bouquet with lots of citrusy, leafy, floral, spicy and perfumey bitterness with good, strong balance from malts and a bit of sweetness. Citrus zest adds a bite to it. Caramel and toffee counter the bitterness while allowing it to rule.
The same big, complex notes are in the flavor, again well-balanced by caramel malts, with an additional light alcoholic heat and a little rawness, citrus bringing a little more juiciness as well as pith. This is a big, hoppy brew that shows off lots of flavor. The finish is a little dry and brings out some raw green stem, almost like young wood, which is actually nice with the caramel coming through and the leafy notes following it.
The feel is good but the bi-polar character of sweetness (just in terms of the mouthfeel) and dryness strobing is tough for the palate to catch up with. Otherwise it's really nice, crisp and creamy.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Flying Dog goblet

I was so excited to find this along with a Fort since I love DFH and want to try as many of their stuff as possible since they got me into DFH. Luckily, this was bottle-conditioned, otherwise I don't think it would of held up as well.

A: It is a nice thick cloudy amber brown with a nice head on it.

S: The smell is of subdued hops, like a mellow and aged 90 minute IPA, such as it is. It has that distinct malty hop smell of citrus and pine, but mainly of the malts. Boozy smells as well.

T: Imagine taking a 90 minute IPA and taking away the hops, that is what it tastes like now. It is like a bare bones 90 minute, since all you taste is distinctive malt backbone of the 90 minute along with the slight hint of booze. I would say that it kind of tastes like a weird or bad barleywine. However, it isn't exactly bad, but it is really interesting. It is boozy malts with a bit of hops.

M: There is still quite a bit of carbonation here but again it is subdued and subtle with only a bit of coarseness.

O: I got to say bottle conditioning is great and this bottle proves it. It has held up surprisingly well for over 2 years. The cover is great as well.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottled in 2011 poured into a tulip.
A: Orange color with one inch head and some lacing.

S: This smelled like pure alcohol. A hint of hops and citrus.

T: Alcohol that's about it. A sloppy beer, no balance.

M: Medium body, decent amount of carbonation.

O:Thought it was more a Belgian Style beer, no hops, smell really going on. Maybe it wasn't cellared properly? Didn't care for it.

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Photo of CASK1
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured to a tulip. 2011 vintage.
Pours a light copper, quite hazy. Off-white head fades quickly, but persists as a ring at the edge of the glass.
Complex aroma. Lots of toasty, bready, caramelly malt. Sweet. High hop aroma of pine, wood, and grapefruit. Alcohol is also evident in the nose.
Flavor is similar to aroma. Cold, the hops are more subdued, but on warming an intense candy-like tangerine flavor from the hops comes out. Very inviting. Medium-high bitterness nicely balances the malty sweetness.
Full, rich body with moderate carbonation. Close to cloying. Significant alcohol warmth, but expected and pleasant. Slightly astringent finish.
Quite enjoyable, but I suspect I would enjoy this one fresher.

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

bottle from 2011 (3B)

a clean amber pour with about 1/4" of fizzy white head. light carbonation visible from the middle of the glass. great lacing even for an old bottle!

smells of oak, cherry, vanilla, pine, nuts, honey. taste is bitter sweet up front. slight earthy flavor dominated by a sweet honey / barrel aged flavor. this is phenomenal. tastes a lot like burton baton.

medium body, lightly carbonated, a very nice alcohol warmth.

overall an excellent product from DFH, baffling why it's discontinued. really wish they bring it back, even as a 12oz 4 pack.

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

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber. Light head leaving generous lacing. Light citrus, light malt and hop aroma. Caramel malt, citrus and hops. Refreshing light malt and spicy hop finish. Not as over-the-top hop profile of a lot of other IPAs. I like tasting the malt in this beer and think this is a very nice ale. I would gladly buy this again if it were available.

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Photo of zac16125
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
2010 vintage
Thanks to baybum for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a hazy light brown/ amber ish color with 1 fingers width of the strangest soap bubble- like head. It doesn't resemble any head I've ever seen on a beer, odd.  It dissipates pretty quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.  That odd looking soap bubble head is pretty unappealing.  

S: Very malty, candied sugar, caramel and sweet bread, some booze, a woody oak like character, a hint of tropical fruits are hidden behind the big malt sweetness.  Barleywine esque but quite nice.

T: Sweet and boozy with a touch of piney hop bitterness on the finish.  Some citrus notes, but mostly just sweet malts and booze.  

M/D: This one is flat (which explains the weird bubbly head) and it's killing the beer for me.  Besides the flat character the mouth feel is rather syrupy.  Drinkability is poor, also due to the flatness.

O: I like sweet boozy beers but this one bordered on a drain pour, mostly due to how flat it was.  I can see the potential that this beer might have had (a good carbonation and a fresh hop profile and this could be something), but it's ages past it's prime.  If this came out of retirement and they started brewing it again, I might try it, just for comparisons sake, but as is I certainly can't recommend.  

On a side note this in no way resembles the 90min IPA.

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

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
bottled date: "2011 1C"

pours a copper/amber tone with a touch of haze and a foamy, beige 1" head... good retention and lacing. very respectable presentation.

aromatic nose fills the nostrils with a citric heavy presence and a touch of floral, maybe pine too; also some malty notes in the background. no wow factor but very good, which could also be said of the flavor, mostly follows the aroma with an emphasis of citrus hoppiness (notably grapefruit) followed by pine and floral. definite caramel malt presense, too. tasty and enjoyable, but nothing that'll blow you out of the water. speaking for myself, of course.

smooth, medium-full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. very drinkable. to me, this an above-average DIPA but not quite an upper-echelon one.

originally reviewed: 02-28-2011

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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