cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a year and a half old Squall, but it did have the correct conditions. Pours out a deep golden hue, white head. Aromas are malty and sweet, almost making the beer seem heavy. The biggest shock was how the palate held up, the balance of malty and hoppy was wonderful. The sweeter malty notes hit up front and lasted a bit to the mid, while what was left of the hops finished off the beer with a long graceful finish. I actually prefer this one with age on it as opposed to fresh. Very well done!
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrusy and foral hops with hints of caramel. Taste is dominated by the bitterness of the hops but there is enough malt backbone to balance things out. This is a strong hoppy IPA but with the nice balance, excellence arises.
crazyvin (1839) - New York, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a slightly cloudy amber hue with a white head that had good retention. Aroma had strong grapefruit and pine hops, some strong caramel malts and a slight vanilla note. Flavor was bitterly sweet a good malty backbone and a nice citrus flavor, more orange then grapefruit. A nice warming presence from the alcohol. Finish was mostly smooth. Palate was moderate.
rbrazell (1415) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear deep orange with a small white head. Grapefruit, pine and floral notes with sweet malt in the nose. Flavor is similar to the nose and a sticky mouth feel. Bitter finish and a little bit of alcohol.
daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle bought at Total Wine in Las Vegas ($8.99). Pours a cloudy brownish-orange hue with two fingers of fluffy off-white foam. Aroma of sweet-ish fruity hops (citrus, peach, pineapple) and floral and piny hops along with sweet caramel and a bit of alcohol. Flavor of tangy and sweet fruity hops (notes of tangerine and tropical fruit), sweet caramel, and some spice. Has some hoppy bitterness but leans more toward sweet than bitter. Overall, the hops and malt are quite well balanced. There is noticeable alcohol which detracts somewhat, but overall a solid DIPA. (562, 640)
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured 22 oz into an imperial glass. Cloudy and amber in color with a nice white creamy head. Strong hops that are presented in its flowery aroma and flavor, very smooth.
cleverlobo (305) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; hazy orange with tan head; aroma-citrus, caramel, spruce; medium sweetness, very bitter, medium body, creamy, lively carbonation. Strong and great.
davey101 (606) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 A. 750ml into a DFH signature glass.
A - Cloudy dark-gold body with a small white head. Some decent lacing and edging.
S - Piney hops, sweet malts, and some spicy fruit characteristics. Fairly subdued and light.
T - Rich piney hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have definitely faded with aging, however there are still some notes to be found. Just the slightest bit of bitterness in the finish. Fairly flat and boring though. Medium sticky mouth feel and light carbonation.
O - This beer may just be in an awkward stage, where a hoppy IPA makes that strange transition to a malt heavy barley wine style beer. At its current age its just average. Still enjoyable, but it was just so much better fresh.
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled in 20112A printed on bottle, whatever that means.
Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with orange highlights and a 3 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet citrus, candied fruit, caramel malt and of alcohol.
Taste: Resinous pine up front followed by grapefruit in the middle before ending with more resinous pine at the finish. The alcohol shows up throughout which detracts from the flavor profile. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of sweet citrus.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth.
Drinkability: Average drinkability. The alcohol isn’t masked very well, which takes away from the overall enjoyment of this one for me.
Overall: Good beer overall. I wish it were more well-balanced, but it’s still a solid DIPA. Worth a shot.
BelvidereIPA (139) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great IPA. Pours a hazy amber with pure white head. Sweet, grainy aroma. Smooth bitter finish. Very well done.