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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CaptainCanada (1) - - JAN 22, 2011 does not count
Even better than the regular Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. Finishing and carbonating in the bottle makes for one hell of a brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mwerks (1) - Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2011 does not count
Great start, malt back, and high alcohol finish. Great beers to go with a great pizza.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a yellow-golden colro with a large soapy yellow-white head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was an absolutely wonderful mix of pineapple, fruit cocktail, grapefruit and sugar. The flavor was sweet, tangy and mildly bitter wtih intense notes of pineapple, pear, chrery, grapefruit and sugar with undertones of floral hops and caramel. The finish was long with intense sweet hops. The body is thick and full and the alcohol is very well hidden. Damn close to perfect.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GodfreyD (3) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2011 does not count
Are you kidding? Are you kidding? Floral scent, gorgeous hoppy front, supersmooth and wide middle, and just a little bit bitter on the back end. This is like the most amazing girlfriend you never had. (And letís face it: a bitter back end is far better in a beer than on a girlfriend.)

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obxdude10 (2031) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
The only reason I docked the Squall IPA a couple of points is that if I actually found the perfect beer, my quest in beer would be over. Iím not quite ready to call it quits yet. However.....this is one of the very best beers I have ever tasted in my entire life! Iíve been waiting to taste the Squall for over a year. I finally found a couple of bottles at Wegmans in Collegeville, PA. Even though my bank account didnít suddenly show a few more commas or zeros, I hit it rich! This beer is the one that beer lovers, especially hop heads, should seek out and taste. The Squall pours a dark golden color with a subtle, but rich and lacing white head. The nose is extremely inviting, with a rich malty note, with earth, bread, grass, lemon and of course, hops. The balance of this beer should be celebrated! There is quite a bit of hops, spiciness and citrus flavors, but a whole lot of malt and punch. The finish features a bit of oak-aged whiskey flavor, along with a huge orange and grapefruit flavor. This is about as perfect a beer as one could imagine. Thanks to Dogfish for creating such a masterpiece!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
750ml bottle obtained at McKinnonís in Salem, NH. Pours a red-amber crystal-clear body with a good inch or so of off-white head. Grassy citrussy grapefruit with a good bit of mint and just enough caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate malt to balance. Hops definitely dominate toward the beginning, with citrus (grapefruit and lemon), pith, grass, and mint, and a bit of sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, and coffee, but just enough to balance the beer - definitely very hop-forward, more so than 90-minute IPA. On the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation, no doubt due to the bottle conditioning. The flavors and moderate mouthfeel make this a much easier drinker than expected. Absolutely stellar in every regard, I fully intend on picking up more should I come across it!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vinny. Pours a deep, deep hazy honey amber with a thick, white, outrageously lacy head. Tons of chunky white sediment collected around the base of the Tremens glass. Aroma of grapefruit, honey, caramel, lavader, licorice, sour lemon, grass, and lovely, smooth hops. Fuller bodied with a sticky, tangy, slightly bitter palate. Finishes with an amazing hoppy bite. Conceals the alcohol lethally well; not a single hint of burn in this brew. Another home run from Dogfish Head. This brewery is unreal. COME ON!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bluejacket74 (1297) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Big thanks to jgasparine for this tasty brew! 750 ml bottle. Served in my DFH snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and thereís a lot of lacing left on the glass, too. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops, along with a bit of caramel malt. Nice, inviting aroma. To me, the taste is the same as the aroma, itís all tropical fruit, citrus and pine hops, and caramel malt. Great balance between the fruity, malty and hoppy flavors, this is a very tasty beer! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, itís smooth and very enjoyable to drink. I think itís a great overall brew. If you find some of this, make sure you pick a bottle or two up!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Atheist_Peace (940) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
750ml bottle in a tasting between Dogfish Head and Stone IPAs. Rusted orange pour with a yellowish head that leaves a good long lace. Big fruit hops on the nose with a dominant tangerine feel. Thereís a hint of smoke in there too with some butterscotch and a medicinal quality that just adds to the complexity. Much the same on the palate with a good firm bitter finish. Remarkable might not be strong enough.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vinobmo (16) - Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tons of grapefruit peel, caramel malt, pine trees in both the aroma and flavor.


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