Wednesday, July 6

Beer Review: Dogfish Head Squall IPA (Imperial)

"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."

Grabbed a big bottle to try. Never had it, and I am trying to find a good few from this brewer. I have never been impressed with a lot of their regular distributed beers, and some of the biggies. I have had about 3 though so far that I really like. Here goes another new one for me from Dogfish Head Brewing.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Cloudy bubble semi-cloudy brew with a big fluffy couple fingers of head.. lace and light fluffy foam is left behind. A rather pretty beer, and looks delicious.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big caramel malt scent. Sweet thick biscuit and grain. Brown sugar, caramel, creamy hearty malt. Big pine, grassy, and earthy hops. Smells like some serious bitterness is present to counter the big barleywine-like malts.

Taste: (4.0)
- Smooth caramel malts, sweet bready sugars, citrus hops ride along with a healthy dose of grassy, pine, resinous, and herbal hops. Lots of hops here more in bitterness which isn't a bad thing. Really a great balance between the two big ingredients. Overall quite a good beer.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium body, slightly creamy and dry. Well carbonated, smooth, and chewy. Big malts and hops with a bit of a finishing character that makes the mouth water.

Overall: (4.5)
- A very solid heavy hoppy IPA. This beer glows with balance. It is a bit more on the caramel malty side compared to most west coast IPA's. It tastes like a special perfected regular beer made with much more fine detail and craft. I would certainly buy this again, and would run at the chance to get it on tap.

A- / 4.03

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  1. Nice review. I was wondering about this beer. Have you considered adding price information to your reviews? I'm always curious about how beers are priced.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion! I can do that. I paid about $13 for this number which to me is a bit steep. Perhaps it can be found cheaper in Portland. It's certainly worth the try, but don't know if I would make it a regular in these parts.