Friday, July 30, 2010

Dogfish Head Squall IPA

If you look over the right hand side of this blog and check out the categories you'll see one for Dogfish Head. They one of the few non Texas breweries that have their own category, and that's becuase for the most part I am a huge fan of their beers. Yes they have their misses, but I think they have a pretty amazing line up of beers, and love them or hate them many are thought provoking at least. One of the more highly anticipated releases from DFH of late has been their Squall IPA, a beer that we finally got in the Houston market a few months ago. Squall is basicallyh DFH's 90 minute IPA, bottle conditioned and dry hopped with Palisade, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, CTZ, and Willamette hops, plus it weighs in at a robust 9.0% abv. I love 90 minute IPA and think its one of the best DIPA's around so I was excited to try this version bottled in a 750 ml bottle.
The Beer: Squall pours a golden orange color with a thick bubbly head. The nose is hopppy, grapefruity, citrusy, some yeasty notes as well. The mouthfeel is bubbly, effervescent, full bodied. Waves of grapefruity hops hit the palate. Bitterness slams the taste buds up front, then some slightly toasted malts, a little bit of sweetness shows up. However over and over its hops that take the main stage here. Grapefruit, all of it, rind, pith, nectar, fruit, all of it show up here. Some astringency is apparent, a note of yeasty bready warmth. Delecious, one of the best IPA's or DIPA's I've ever had. Finishing it kind of made me sad, becuase all the stores around here are sold out of it so I won't get any until next year. But this one is definetely worth seeking out. This one gets an A from me. Here's what the folks at BA think.


Andrew said...

Do you know whether Spec's is carrying this one?

Thanks for the review. I'm a big fan of Dogfish Head.

Barleyvine said...

Unfortunately, Squall is sold out in the Houston area. It's released periodically and I am not sure when the next release is planned. However whenever that release occurs I am sure it will be available at Spec's, as it has been previously.

Steve said...

90% abv? Hope you weren't smoking while you were drinking it. ;) I have a couple of bottles of this in the cellar, but haven't tried it yet. I think I may have to give it a whirl this weekend.

Barleyvine said...

Haha, damn decimal point! Fixed in the blog, thanks. I'm interested to see how it ages, not sure if it will get better over time or not. Semi-fresh its one of the best DFH beers I've had.