A squall is defined as a quick change in wind pressure usually associated with a storm. This motif is continued with a schooner imprinted on the label. Squall is a limited edition, small batch edition of 90 minute IPA that is unfiltered and bottle conditioned, much like a home brew. This beer is legendary amongst craft beer nuts and can be extremely rare and difficult to track down. Interestingly enough this beer is inspired by Rogues Gallery out of Portland Maine and their east coast/ocean and fish inspired garments.
Squall pours like a sunset on the high-seas. It is a cloudy and moody orange with a haze like the remnants of fog burning off on a humid, summer day. The aroma is (obviously) akin to 90 minute IPA and features the same cereal and sweet grainy aroma. The malt has a full body that seems to push aside the hops. This beer smells sweet and delicious. Despite being bottle conditioned (which can be tricky) this beer is lightly carbonated and perfect.
Alright, we all now where this is heading, this beer is fucking awesome. It is even more mellow and smooth than 90 minute with a criminally delicious sweetness. Squall is warm and tasty with a “full” flavor that disgusting macro brews could only dream of. This beer has a warm glow and malty grain front-side coupled with a slight and perfectly woody hop finish. Squall is one of those beers that that just shows you what a “beer” can be. Dogfish Head always impresses me, and this might be their coup de grace, which cements their legacy. Always remember, the calm before the storm is scary; the calm after the storm is pure bliss.
Consumed: Short’s Ionic Pint Glass
Verdict: Buy a Keg