Dogfish Head Squall IPA

Posted: August 6, 2016 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Reviews

Today’s beer is one that I’ve had on my wanted list since I started the blog. A few years ago, it would sit on the shelf for months and I thought that I would always get to picking it up. Then, Dogfish head stopped making it for a few years and I was out of luck, but not today.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Squall IPA is a continually hopped, unfiltered Double IPA that’s brewed with three types of malt as well as dry-hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Palisade hops. Clocking in at 9% ABV, this citrus-forward IPA has a hoppy aroma with floral notes of pine and grapefruit. Bottle conditioned, Squall uses a traditional process to naturally carbonate. Additional yeast and sugar are both added just prior to the beer going in the bottle, causing a second fermentation to occur, in turn, creating the CO2 for carbonation. This makes for a finer champagne-like experience, lending to a smoother mouthfeel and denser foam. Between the continual hopping, dry hopping and bottle conditioning, Squall has a bright hoppiness that is adored by many!”

Random: Sorry for the terrible picture. It was apparently glare-o-clock in the kitchen when I had this.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, cream-colored head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy, which was to be expected since it is an unfiltered beer. It was copper in color and had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with notes of pine and grapefruit and quickly went into a booze note. The taste had much more balance. It started with the same piney hop note, but also had a floral note that made it interesting. It had a decent amount of malt that gave it caramel sweetness. The body was dry and thick, but had a lot of warming from the high ABV. The finish was lengthy with pine and caramel sweetness. I liked this beer, especially given that the bomber price was only $8.99 ($.41 per ounce). If you haven’t tried it and you like the style, it’s a well-balanced example.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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