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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 superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 teromous
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a 2016 bottle.

Appearance: It is a very hazy gold and orange colored body. Even in direct light only a small pin of light will allow me to see through the glass. The head is good sized with fluffy pure white foam. It has very good retention and lacing. The head isn't massive but it forms and holds perfectly for this beer.

Aroma: A few different hop aromas come through here. At first I was picking up this mossy scent and then it became a bit catty. Then it went woody and back to catty again. I do pick up the scent of alcohol but it isn't boozy.

Taste: There's even more going on in the flavor than there is in the aroma. There's a very light bit of orange zest and then comes along a touch of pine and some light minty flavor. There's a bit of lime at the end with a touch of grapefruit. It probably sounds like a mess of flavors but it's not. The beer gives this crisp rotating array of flavors. I would say that overall the flavors that really stick in this beer are grapefruit, lime, and mint. These three really seem to build up the more I drink the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent. It has a very nice dry finish that really accentuates the hops. It's absolutely perfect. The carbonation is spot on. Everything is just in the right place.

Overall: I was very impressed by this beer. It's the perfect light and crisp beer for Spring. It isn't a beer that I would stockpile or buy a lot of but as a seasonal or limited offering I would probably pick it up when it comes out. If you haven't had this beer it is a definite beer to try and I'm confident any hop lover would enjoy it.

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Photo of mschrei
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into both snifter and nonic pint for review. In the snifter, it is slightly more orange, and with time, it has no carbonation, less particulates, and no head or lacing. It stays colder, and comes across with more of an IPA taste-it's brasher, hoppier, and tangier, with a much more full mouth feel. In the nonic, it is almost brown with extremely long lasting healthy carb and a lot of foam and lacing. It is stronger smelling, with a creamy floral malt flavor forefront, a subtle hoppy middle, and a slightly bitter back end. I enjoyed it more in the nonic, but it was a great beer no matter what I drank it from.

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

Poured from a 750 into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper gold coloring, with a fluffy, clingy, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of peppery hops forward, with a solid follow of grass and floral notes, candi sugar, citrus sweetness, and subtle pine pitch. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid blend of pineapple, grapefruit, and melon, followed by a bitter and peppery hopped blend at the end of the palate. Solid biscuit backbone. The body is smooth and robust, with a malt heavy aftertaste balanced by some pine and pepper notes. Smooth, slightly dry finish, with a solid tropical fruit and piney linger. Good beer.

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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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