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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 ClockworkOrange
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Shawan Liquors for around $7. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Squall appears a slightly hazed honeyed amber color with about two fingers of quickly fading bone white head. The thin ring of foam leaves a very slight lace on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose and flavor consist of resinous, dank hops, a good dose of mango, especially in the nose, apricots, white grapefruit juice, oranges, lots of sweet caramelized malts, floral, some tropical fruits, breadiness comes through as the sweetness fades. Nice clean body and finish and not as dry as I expected. Very tasty stuff.

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

Been looking for this since I found it listed on this site. And it was worth the search. Found it for 7.99 at a place near Calvert Hall, my old High School. This was an interesting beer. Was a dark brown color with a medium peach head. The smell was intensely hoppy with a hint of sweet bread. The taste started out like gin but gradually sweetened as I drank more of it. It went down fairly easy. At first I didn't like it as much as normal 90 minute. But by the end I really found its drinkability greatly increased. Its quite smooth.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been seeking this one out for a while, so happy to finally try it!

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter

Appearance: Medium to darker amber in color, this one yields a huge 2 inch thick head with a normal pour, lacing and retention are perfect each way around the glass.

Smell: A huge, resinous hop aroma bleeds through a deep malt backbone. Very citrusy, with bits of orange peel, grapefruit and plum. Malt shows off some zing with small bits of caramel and spice. Earthy, grain like properties are detectible as well as a bit of yeast and some lighter esters. Very enticing!

Taste: WOW! If the 90 Minute tasted like this I'd buy a 4 pack every day! Clean, very hoppy, and well balanaced. The hops finally get a chance to stand out in the Squall recipe, citrus hops dominate the tongue in more ways then one. Malt is here but very reserved and far behind for a DIPA. This is how I like my DIPA's, less in the malt department and firm with the hops. Yeast like elements and a touch of alcohol finish this beer off with a perfect kick from the hop oils and really sets the tone for this beer. A small touch of husk from the malt makes this remarkably smooth and decadent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Less carbonated then the 90 Minute for sure, alot of the bitterness found in the 90 Minute seems like it dissapears in the Squall rendition. I love a bitter DIPA but this has the perfect amount of dryness to keep me from having to drink from a well after I finish it. Medium bodied. The clean hop feeling in this beer really makes it feel like no other DIPA on the market. The syrupy, malt driven DIPA's are no match for Squall's smooth, clean tasting presence on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is honestly the best DIPA I've tried. Hands down! Balance is right there, yet the hops finally get to gain ground on a beer that has been so dominated by an overbarring malt character for so many years (90 Minute IPA). Not to say 90 Minute is a bad beer, it isn't, it's just way too keen to being a malt driven beer rather then letting the hops shine, but the Squall IPA finally corrects a recipe that should have ended up this way in the first place. One of the cleanest tasting DIPA's on the market. My final thought: Sam Calagione needs to seriously rethink the 90 Minute recipe and use the Squall interpretation instead.

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Photo of hopdog
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Josh for picking me up a bottle of this! 750ml bottle.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, pine, toasty, some woodiness, and lighter caramel. Tastes of citrus, caramel, floral hops, and pine. Nice and hoppy for sure (especially the aromas!). Overall the alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a big creamy off-white head that shows extremely good staying power as a tight creamy cap. Tons of lacing as well.

The aroma is extremely fruity with lots of juicy citrus fruits - oranges, mangos and tangerines. It's well balanced by a solid caramel malt sweetness. This is my kind of nose as it's got plenty of hops, but they're not abrasive at all.

The taste also starts with the sweet citrus fruits, but it's not quite as full as in the aroma. The caramel malts form a solid backbone with a slightly toasted character. The finish is also sweet with very, very little bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky sweet on the palate with a solid soft carbonation that leads to this one being super smooth going down.

I'm a big fan of 90 Minute and this one comes close for me as it's an exceptionally drinkable DIPA that's heavy of the juicy citrus and light on the gratuitous bitterness. One of my favorites from DFH.

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Photo of Pleepleus
2.99/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this bottle and snatched it up immediately. A Special Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head? What could be better? Alot unfortunately. Poured from bomber to tulip glass an amber golden color with a white bubbly head. Had a disapointingly mild hop aroma. Nice mild hop flavor with minimal bitterness, but did not meet expectations. Was a bit boozy. Feel was sticky sweet and has decent drinkability. I am a big fan of Dogfish Head's IPA's 60, 90 and 120 minute, and was sad to realize this was not close.

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

A capped 750 mL bottle purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage, served from a Troegenator mug.

A: The DIPA is a tea-colored orange-brown hue, light enough to be translucent. Nearly 2.5 fingers of head emerged on the first pour but never got a chance to lace.

S: The aromas has a great nose, citrus juicy with a pepper flourish. The ale isn't short on spicy hops. Booze is evident.

T: The caramel malt base stands out as the ale gets warmer, a sweet bready flavor that is desparately needed to stand up to the hops. Ahh, the hops. They are sweet and bold, thick and heavy. Citrus, especially peel, stands out, as do grassy floral flavors. A very flavorful DIPA, even when the alcohol shines through (which it does frequently).

M: An intense DIPA that is very accessible, an uber-hoppy DFH offering that won't scramble your mind. Oh, and the hops have a great taste.

D: At 9%, this is still a behemoth but a really nice behemoth. Hide the alcohol a little more and this is world-class.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a slightly dark, burnt orange color with almost two-fingers of thick, white foam sitting on top. It's not as hazy as I expected it to be, but it does have a little bit of unfiltered haziness going on. Retention is great and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Big hoppy nose, as expected. Grassy and a little citrus-like. Some light hints of pine. A nice malt presence is detected, underneath, but not as prominent as 90 Minute.

This is a very nicely balanced brew. It starts with a nice mouthfull of caramel maltiness. That is followed by a big blast of hops, nice and bitter. Good notes of pine and white grapefruit, along with some grassy tones and a touch of citrus and floral notes. Mild dark fruit notes.
Very good.

Body is medium to full. Nicely mild level of carbonation that works very well with this one. Very smooth and lightly creamy.

I could certainly drink this one again. It seems to me, and someone that I drank it with, that this is the way 90 Minute really should taste. I mean, I like 90 Minute and all, but this is much better, for my tastes.
Thanks again Dogfish Head!

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Photo of mlynchltd
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick, offwhite head that lingers for a long time. Appearance is astoundingly clear, much more clear than I would be looking for in an unfiltered IPA. The color is slightly darker than the 90 Minute. The hops dominate in the aroma, fresh and grassy, with citrus and pine coming through strongly. There are some malt characteristics in the aroma as well, but not nearly as dominating as the 90. Mouthfeel is full, coating the palate and finishing only slightly dryer than it started. The malt sweetness comes through here, however the caramel is given a lighter hand, as well as the roast and biscut. It seem that the sweetness hallmark of Dogfish is unavoidable, however. The molasses and the raisin character I was seeing in the 90 minute isn't here however, and the hop bitterness overall is sudued.

Supposedly, the Squall IPA is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned version of their 90 Minute IPA. Overall impression? Generally I find the 90 Minute too sweet for my tastes, despite the great hop profile. The new Squall IPA, while just as sweet, has a softer feel to it, with a more balanced character. The bottle conditioning lends a new and interesting dimension to the 90 minute, which I have to say I like better than the original. If I had to choose between the two, I'd go with the Squall.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/16/09. ~4 months old, but still pretty fresh.

Pours a nice amber-red color with a thick, 1 finger head on a hefty pour, always keeping a full cap. Only a bit of haze, you can't really tell its unfiltered.

This has lost a bit of hop aroma over the time, judging by the smell of the bottle cap (which has a much fresher, dank hop aroma). It has a very nice, hoppy nose, that creates a leafy, herbal, green character mixed with some tropical fruit bubblegum. You know you're smelling some plant character.

This is not another bland, dry, bitter DIPA. It's bitter and focuses on hop flavor like it's supposed to, but has uniqueness and complexity that makes this and 90 min IPA one of the greatest beers in the world. A touch of dark fruit, a slight peach character, big, carmelly sweetness and leafy tasting hops create a real experience that are greater than the description of the malt, hops, and yeast.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and full bodied. I wouldn't say chewy, but it sure is malty. Since I'm used to big, hoppy beers, this one has good drinkability. This is a sipper; I'd rather split the 25 oz with a friend, but taking one down myself is doable. It's so sippable that the buzz factor kicks in quick, sneaking up from behind. The last 10 ozs are sipped away at a slow pace, this is the ultimate one, done, and sleep a ton beer.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KBoudreau66 for this one.

A - Very nice copper color with thick lacing throughout the entire glass. Great carbonation.

S - Citrusy.

T - Starts malty, finishes slightly hoppy. Not a typical hop finish, but I wouldn't expect anything typical from DFH

M - Medium body mouthfeel. Taste lingers a bit, but not too much.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a st bernadus chalice.

A - golden yellow hue

S - rather hoppy smells of faint alcohol

T - fantastic smooth very nice

M - frowthy really nice

D - wow very strong with a nice touch.

I hope that all BA's have a chance to try this beer as it is very good and makes a point.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great extra bottle received from fatboyjim1 in a recent trade. I was blown away by your generosity, Jim. Many thanks!

Poured into my snifter. Pours a very dark, cloudy burnt orange. There's a bit of the yeast residue floating about, but not that much. A good 2-finger ivory head rests on top. This disappears to just a thin ring around the edge. Leaves some spotty lacing. This beer smells like hop candy, if they made it. Huge citrusy, piney, sweet floral hops all over the nose. There's a big sugary scent that makes me want to just start gulping this beer. Hold on, champ...

As I sip, I notice the mouth is crisp and very well-carbonated. Plenty of bubbly pop to this drink. This 'off-shoot' of the 90min differs in one big way. Where the 90 is a little on the sweet side, this beer brings out a bit of a spicy side. The bitterness isn't overpowering in any way, but it lets you know it's there with a nice spicy kick on the finish. Slight bready malts are noted as they help balance this out a bit.

I think I dig the 90min a little more, but this was a dang good DIPA. Recommend.

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Photo of Ericcc
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An all around good beer. I am tasting allot of similarities between all the DFH's ipa's. i know this a spin off of the 90, but It would be nice for them to try and brew an ipa with a different malt-backbone. But all around very enjoyable to drink, would love to try this thing from the cask.

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Photo of m1ked
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks NateDogg for this one.

S- pours with a huge 3 finger foamy off whitehead that shrinks down to a one finger head that lingers. Good sticky lacing. Slightly hazy copper coloring.

S- Gives off a sweet malty nose from across the room. Get your nose remotely close and you get the hops. A strong hop, but not a sharp hop (if that makes sense). Very balanced though, maybe even a tad heavier on the malt. Get a toffee, caramel note, whiff of hazelnut? A hint of alcohol.

T-Starts off with a strong maltiness that is well balanced with those strong hops, that still aren't sharp. Get those toffee notes again. Slight bitter etoh burn at the end.

M- I really like the fine bottle conditioned carbonation, its a fine carbonation. Mediumto heavy body feel, coats the tongue.

D- Like this one. I would reach for this over the regular 90 minute every time.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with kmurray8621 thanks for everything Kevin!

A- Got the bottom half of this bottle. Hazy deep golden amber color to this with tints of orange. Nice 2 finger off white head. Lacing was decent and spotty on the sides of the glass.

S- I picked up a perfect balance of malts (bready and sweet) to a semi-bitter hops (piney). Can detect a large alcohol smell to this.

T- Nice bready malt taste right upfront followed by a nice slight bitter hop taste. The alcohol in this is very noticable toward the end of the sip. I also get a strange slight coffee aftertaste with this beer as well. It's not a bad thing but very faint.

M- Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little weak in this but still makes for a good beer. Nice balance leaves a semi-sweet bitter hop taste on the tounge. The beer itself moves across the palate very easily.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that I enjoyed very much. I wish this wasn't a east coast release and I could get it in my area because I would buy at least one a week. I recommend this to someone who wants a new breath of fresh air from Dogfish.

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

Slightly hazy bright gold body that has a bit of haze and a bit of yeast to it. A big, off-white head is rocky and has some great retention along with some spotty lacing left on my glass. The lacing that does appear is very thick and sticky looking.

The nose is not especially powerful, but what is there is absolutely packed with all kinds of varities of hop aromas.

Up front comes a striking burst of hop flavor. Some bitterness and just a ton of pine and grapefruit flavors. Some nice pineapple and general fruity hop flavors are in there too. It almost tastes a bit like some kind of perfume, but in the most pleasant, hoppy way possible. The malt backbone has both biscuit and caramel qualities, and it serves to balance this beer nicely. Overall, the hop profile is stronger in Squall than in a normal 90 minute. I would say that 90 features more malt flavor.

The body has a moderate thickness, and has just a touch of a silky feel to it.

This one is pretty drinkable, a solid beer overall. It's been a while since I have had (and reviewed) the normal 90 minute, I might have to revisit that one.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jdmek9 for his never ending generosity!

A small ivory head settles as a nice cap over a solid amber. There is decent lacing on the glass. Aromas are heavy with ripe, dark fruits. There's bready malt in there but it's not overwhelming the aforementioned esters. Flavors are more fruity than I would have anticipated in this DIPA, but maybe I just don't know the style very well? The fruit definitely comes out, and still a bit yeasty in character. There's a ton of grapefruit and mandarin citrus, which settles my hop crave. A medium body and low carbonation deliver a beer that coats the palate briefly before drying. This DIPA is really easy to drink, but I don't think it tastes a whole lot like a fresh 90 minute. The alcohol hides well behind the balance and I would absolutely love to have another!

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-copper with foamy, creamy head. Basically very similar to 90 minute but with an extra amount of haziness and some yeast sediment due to the bottle conditioning. Aroma is all hop. Failry prominent florals but also some fruity grapefruit. Fairly pungent. Not as strong, though, as I was expecting. Flavor is interesting when you thing of it in relation to 90 minute. The sweetness isn't as overpoweringly present. All hop but not really that strong or super-bitter. Some grapefruit and pine. Quite fresh and quite smooth. Doesn't have that biting edge or sweetness a lot of iipa's have. Mouth is quite smooth, almost a bit lighter than most iipa's of its strength. Very easy and mellow. Its not heavy or cloying, almost feels like a bit is missing though in terms of the robustness of the flavor.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

Slightly hazed copper color with a big fluffy off-white head that thinned after a while and left blotches of lacing.
The initial aroma was piney hops but as it warms the aroma becomes a little woody and earthy as well.
The taste is unbelievably smooth and well balanced with a bit of yeastiness on the finish.
Medium bodied with a smooth velvety feel making this highly drinkable.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Julio's in Westboro, MA. It has a very generic looking black label with all white writing, and a picture of a white sailboat on the label.

Poured into a snifter. Has a nice see through copper color with one finger or so of foamy white head. There seems to be a lot of carbonation going on in the glass.

Smells nice and hoppy up front, grapefruit and slightly lemony, a whiff of alcohol phenols. This brew has that sweet caramel malt aroma that I've noticed as a trend with most Dogfish Head beers.

The taste for the most part goes right along with what you'd expect from a 90 minute which is pretty sweet and malty like caramel. It's definitely a little bit hoppier than 90 minute, and has a slightly drier aftertaste, but the difference between is not substantial.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth, and carbonated.

This is a solid offering from Dogfish Head, and I wouldn't dare say that I didn't enjoy it, but I definitely felt a little bit disappointed by it. I think I over hyped it in my head to be more than it really was. For the price at $7.99 it is worth every penny to try it if you come across it.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 750mL in a trade from the generous Casey10, a nice new trader! Thanks man! Bottled on date says 4/16/09 so we'll see how well it holds up over 3 months.

A: Pours a slightly orange shade of amber with a good amount of white head that laces the glass as it settles to a centimeter thickness of froth. Despite being unfiltered it looks pretty transparent.

S: Smells like only a mild amount of hops, but what's there is piney and citrusy...the majority of what I smell is sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla type smells. Very surprising.

T: Tastes like it smells, the hops come out more in the flavor, which are citrusy and piney. Sweetness from the malt, but without a harsh bite, that also brings out some caramel, brown sugar and even vanilla type flavors that I wouldn't expect as I haven't seen anything about this being barrel aged. It might just be a certain combination of flavors that makes it have tastes similar to vanilla. Not much alcohol, if any, in the flavor.

M: Nicely full bodied and palate coating...thin enough to be sessionable if you didn't know the ABV.

D: Definitely super drinkable as the flavor is solid and goes down easy, not much of a hint of alcohol flavor.

Overall, I think this is a solid offering from DFH. If this were on shelves I would put it in my regular drinking rotation. I would like to: 1) drink this side by side with a normal 90 minute to compare and 2) see what this is like fresh. I 'd love to see if the hops are more intense in the fresh version, although 90 min to be is more about balance anyway so maybe it wouldn't make much difference.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two month old bottle poured into a pint glass, got this while in NY.

A- Pretty much looks like 90 minute IPA with more sediment and a longer lasting head. The liquid is a deep hazy orange/golden color. The 1 inch white head was semi thick and left pretty good lace.

S- Smells like 90 minute although this is not as sweet as the unfiltered version. The sweetness is still there but is masked better by the hops which give off citrus and pine. A solid malt backing with some alcohol seeping through.

T- Better than I expected. I thought this would be very similar to 90 which it is but not as sweet. The malts give off bread and caramel, the hops give off orange and other citrus plus pine. Underneath is some grain and alcohol.

M- Not as sweet but this is still syrupy. I would say a bit above medium bodied with a nice amount of carb going for it. The addition of more hops give this a slightly more bitter feel. Got more malty and sweet with warming.

D- Loved it although it still is a bit sweet which Im not fond of in my IPA's. This unfiltered version was easy as hell to drink though. I finished my glass in no time, although I did have a trying day.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on 4/16/09 according to date printed on the bottle. My experience with this one deteriortated as it went along:

The appearance was great. Nice fluffy white head atop a coppery orange.

The aroma was pretty good. Lots of hops, pine.

The taste was OK. You'd think that with 6 different types of hops, you'd taste more of them. This came out too malty, and the hops seems a bit muted; I got less hop bitter and more honey sticky.

The mouthfeel and drinkability were not great. It's pretty boozy. I would advise making it your only beer of the hight if you're drinking the whole bottle alone. it's definitely an interesting take, but i've had better double IPAs.

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Photo of gibby
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Total wine in claymont, de. I was surprised to see how many cases of this they had on the shelves.

Appearnace: Very nice looking beer. Deep golden color with a huge pillowy head.
Smell: Like a hop bomb for sure. Nice citrus to start out and got a little more piney as it warmed up.Very nice indeed.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Slight bit of toffee, orange, grapefruity flavor. Bit syrupy, atleast more than the normal 90 min. Very enjoyable and went down easy.
Drinkability: I did not notice the 9% abv while drinking it but you certainly feel it after wards. Got a real nice buzz from the bottle. I only gave it a 4 on this b/c more than one 750ml and you will probably be stumbling for sure.

Overall this was the best DFH beer I have to date. And I have to be honest, I dont normally buy much DFH on a normal basis but I was really impressed by this brew. I plan on going back to total wine this weekend to grab a few more bottles to enjoy and/or trade on here. Well done and recommended for sure.

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Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,479 ratings.
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