Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dogfish Head Squall IPA (2016 re-review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1606) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Sweet floral and candy aroma. Some berry and perfume. No malt or alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Flame orange; mostly clear. Large, eggshell, frothy head. Good retention and lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Surprisingly well-balanced for the style. Some sweet amber maltiness complemented by candy/berry/floral hops. Bitterness is restrained and does not feel like 90 IBUs. Some pine flavor on the finish. Alcohol is part of the palette, but not distracting. Satisfying and enjoyable. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; noticeable thick though soft and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low despite being bottle-conditioned. Finishes rather clean with minor resiny aftertaste. Alcohol warmth is part of the experience. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine strong IPA, but not as special as it’s marketed and packaged. 8/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination. 

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