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Dogfish Head Squall IPA

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RATINGS: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle at RNH. Deep amber pour. The aroma is quite lovely with a sweet hoppy nose. Orange, citrus and a nice sweet grapefruit character. The flavour is quite orangey as well but there is an intensely sweet sugary malt backbone as well. Pale malt and honey sweetness. Lightly fruity with a bit of maple as well. The hops are there, but the beer is so severely underattenuated that you can’t help but feel how underhopped it really is. No balance just a big sticky mess. In another month or two, this stuff will be damn near undrinkable. Didn’t these guys used to know how to make IPAs?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
can I tell the difference in a blind taste test. perhaps, a bit of juniper in the aroma here and a little more ethanol noticeable on nose as well. Also has the gin like qualities others have noted. It does seem like a different beer than the 90, and having likely consumed upwards of 50 of the former, I am somewhat confident in my taste on this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Tasting – Wine Source. Thanks for sharing, Brian! Dark clear amber, creamy white head. Yeasty sweet dirty pine and citrus aromas ride waves of lemon toffee throughout. Soft earthed pine and grapefruit tones balance on a sticky sweet malt foundation. Medium bodied and smooth, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. If you’re a fan of 90 Minute, then by all means give this a whirl…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3668) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Clear amber with a frothy balsa head. Nose is orange Jello, candied ginger and muted pine needles. Medium body, light carb, getting resiny, syrupy; finishing with a sting. Taste is orange juice and lemon-lime, seemingly tame, but bitterness kicks in like a shot of gin. Might need some time to meld.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7603) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours bright orange with an off white head. Fresh hoppy aroma with citrus and pine rsein. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, with floral/earthy notes, as well as lesser notes of pine and citrus. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle Pours a good clear copper with a big off white head. The head is frothy and lasting. Has real good lacing. Aroma is good with plenty of piney hops and some sweet caramel. Has a good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Has a good bitterness hidden under its overtones if that makes sense. Not overly hoppy or bitter but real good. Has a medium body. A real good finish with a wonderful aftertaste. The texture is oily. This is a real good beer. I love DFH’s IPA and this one does not disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Poured a clear deep copper with a small off-white head. Caramel aroma (maybe even some burnt sugar) with piny hops mixed in but underneath. Hops first on the flavor but then dissolve to a long bitterness and touch of alcohol. Light malty middle. Very warming on the throat. Medium bodied. Floral and candy aroma as it warmed. I think I got ripped off Brandon. I paid $13.50. Hmm

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2009
750 - this is probably the best label art DFH has produced since the original 90 Minute IPA - anyway, other than that, this is about standard for what DFH has been producing in the last few years - medium copper, quite clear for an unfiltered beer - soapy lace - nose of pine cones, spruce, maple syrup, cane sugar - the flavor is very sugary, so much so, that it is hard to enjoy the flavor of the hops, as their bitterness is almost completely washed out by the sweetness and caramel-ish maltiness - very poorly attenuated - you would think DFH would be able to get that right by now, but I guess not - there is some nice earthy hop character hiding underneath all of that sugar, but man, it’s sooooo sweet - on the plus side, this is the first DFH 750 I’ve seen for under 10 bucks in about 5 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3048) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Pleasant aroma, sweet, caramel, citrus hops. Attractive dark orange color, white head, surprisingly clear for an unfiltered ale. The flavor is sweet, honey, a mix of citrus and piney hops, more piney as the time goes by. Enjoyable overall. The finish is more stringent, piney hops, bitter, maybe slightly metallic. Medium/thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very decent IIPA overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle at ACBF 2009: Slightly hazy deep golden pour with an off white film of head. Sweet honeyish aroma with some doughy malt character as well as crystal sweetness, some citrusy hops and earthier (Chinook notes). Under attenuated and sweet. Some herbaceous hop character underlies a honey presence throughout. The crystal malt combined with the honey gives it quite a level of residual sugars. The kiss of earthy (Chinook is what I guessed, but they’re actually Willamette) hops on the back can’t quite save it. Sam never fails to make IPAs that are too sugary for my palate.

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