Dogfish Head – Squall IPA

Tasting: March 18, 2011
Style: IPA

So, if you’d read some of my blog entries, you’ll see I’m not really a fan of the seemingly endless list of gimmicky Dogfish Head offerings. I know people that rave about their 90 minute IPA, but, to me, its nice, but even that falls short in comparison with other IPA/DIPA. With Squall, DFA in usual fashion adds a twist, basically offering a dry-hopped and unfiltered version of their 90 minute IPA.

An attractive looking cloudy beer with off-white head. The nose offers hops, apricot and extremely subtle molasses. The drink really doesn’t offer much in the way of malty interest. Mouthfeel is thin – but eventually I get a little stickiness in the lips. I’m left with an astringent fizzy sensation on my tongue (I assume the alcohol). It doesn’t combine well with the far too subtle bitter hop finish. Here again, it just strikes me that there is a shortage of ingredients (in quantity and/or strength) here, either that or my taste buds are shot after getting over a head cold. But, I’ll call ’em as I see ’em as I have ’em.

I give it 79.

Update:
July 7, 2011

To be fair, I came to discover that the bottle I reviewed exceeded its useful life, so I’ll update this review with a fresh beer. A lot of the same qualities here…the booziness, astringent and thinnish mouthfeel still exist. I’m getting more flavor this tasting — more toffee/caramel, but still not much of a citrus/pine signature. Reminds me a lot of the Harpoon Leviathan I reviewed yesterday — but I’ll put this one a few notches ahead of it at 87 points.

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