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Dogfish Head Squall IPA

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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An unfiltered, 100% bottle-conditioned, super-pungent imperial I.P.A. clocking in at 9% ABV and dry-hopped with Palisade, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, CTZ, and Willamette hops. The beer will come out in June of 2009 in a handful of eastern seaboard states. It will only be packaged in 750ml champagne bottles. Seek it out... and hoard it from the non-believers.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2010 bottle poured into a dogfish pint glass. Pours light rust with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is pungent malt and rich fruity hops. The taste is incredibly earthy with the malt and hops coming together in astringent harmony. Very interesting ipa and ages fairly well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2012
June 11th, 2010 - Every so often, there comes along an IPA that not only breaks the mold, but shatters it, then urinates on the pieces. I count the Dogfish Head Squall IPA amongst these. A thin, mostly loose and wobbly head and a rich, deep amber body conceal a sensory feast. Sweet, puffy cotton candy, fresh strawberries, slithering strands of caramel and wet, rich malts define the inviting aroma. The flavor is lighter, almost imperceptible at first, but it warms up to itself. A medium-light palate offers a blend of alcohol, rye, honey and some of that blended, dessert sweetness from the aroma. Itís an addictive brew, and Iíd caution future drinkers from quaffing the thing too quickly, but to rather savor it. Itís a treat, and tastes as such, and is in a category of IPAs that tend to suit those of us who donít harbor dreams of suckling on a raw hops cone one day.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerandbeyond (656) - ISRAEL - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle sample. Light copper color, very nice head. Relatively mellow hoppy aroma, more to the sweet side. Flavors of honey and butter. Lacks bitterness. A bit oily and alcoholic, but drinkable. Had to be an old bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2012
pint 9 bottle shared with no one..pours out hazy orange color with minimal white head that disappears quickly. some minor lacing on the glass. the aroma of citrus and orange. has a stronger than normal sweet aroma. the flavor is really intense of hops and citrus and orange. this beer has aged for awhile so i am thinking the bitterness would be stronger. the i do like the flavor of this alot.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
This was better the first time I had it a couple of years ago. Still an excellent beer but I feel the hops have faded over time and as a result the alcohol bite is a little more prevalent. I have one more bottle left in my cellar and will leave it there for another time.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2012
A: Hazy, sunset orange with a thick head and copious amounts of lacing. S: Hops, malt, alcohol. T: Malty more than hoppy. This beer is sticky and sweet, with a small hop resin flavor. This basically tastes a little worse than 90 minute IPA. No other distinguishing characteristics come to mind. I tried not to get excited about Squall IPA, and am glad I didnít build my expectations too high. M: Carbonation level is ok, alcohol present throughout. D: Too malty, and ABV not hidden at all. I didnít even finish my glass. Come on man, brew an IPA. Take a vacation to California and try again.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
A great IPA. Poured from a 22 oz bomber and has the look of an orangy wheat beer. But one smell and definitely one taste and itís all IPA. LIttle fruity with a hint of spice. If I can find this again, Iím hoarding it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
22nd November 2009
ChrisOs Kook Tasting. Hazy amber beer. Fresh hoppy nose. Light palate, dry. Lovely light caramel malt base. Lovely light and fruity hops imparting exotic fruits. Hops are quite sweet. Lovely!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slow leaving behind some nice lace. S - Aroma is full of tropical hops with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, with some citrus and pine hop as well, with some sweet caramel and bready malts, and just a touch of vanilla. T - Starts off with lots of tropical hop flavor with lots of grapefruit and pineapple, with some good bitterness alongside some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with more bitterness and a touch of sweet bready malt. The finish is a mix of tropical and earthy hops with bitterness, sweet caramel malts, and a touch of vanilla and yeast flavor. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Really fantastic DIPA. The hop profile is really fantastic from start to end with some great bitterness alongside. Balance is spot on here.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerSquare (116) - - MAY 18, 2012
One of my favorite IPAs ever. The pour is so cloudy that it makes you wonder if youíre getting some type of wheat beer. Then you smell, and you know itís 100% IPA. This one is as juicy and biting as the best of them, but retains a nice cool dry flavor above it all. I barely taste the malt, but still still wouldnít call it unbalanced. . . strikes me as a very subtle blend of very bold flavors. Love the fruity notes that come through-- especially the banana / clove side of it. Great compliment to the piney edges.


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