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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Squatters Full Suspension Pale AleSquatters Full Suspension Pale Ale

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140 Ratings

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 11-20-2004)
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Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good looking, orange-tan and mostly clear with a pretty good head and lace.

Flavor and aroma are pretty hop forward, yet with a good solid malt backbone that offers a pretty balanced brew. Bready malts and citrus, herbaceous hops are the dominant flavors.

Body is medium and carbonation smooth. Overall very nice for a 4% brew, I like these tasty lower ABV beers.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 00:37:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale has a very thick, spongy, cream-colored head, a hazy, quite bubbly, gold-orange appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of of hop resin (pineapple or sweet grapefruit), white bread, and a touch of corn. Taste is of the same, with more prominent corn notes and a low-to-moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. This beer is on the dull side, but it is still good. At least worth one sampling.


Serving type: can

02-15-2014 13:58:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of bmwats


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. Slight dry lacing.

S: Floral hops, pine straw, and a little peanut.

T: Biting hops, and a pea-nutty character.

M: Light and crisp. The hop seems out of balance and separated from the malted components.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and some slight lacing. Nose is floral and buttery. Out of balance combination of hops and nutty components. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:54:30 | More by bmwats
Photo of Flounder57


3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with some visibility of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing all the way down to the last sip.

Smell: Pale, bready, and toasted malts with some grassy, herbal, and citrus hops. Pretty straightforward and nothing over the top. More English than American pale ale aroma.

Taste: Herbal Earl Grey and citrus hop delicious with some mild tingly hop bitterness. Chewy and pale malts in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, light hop bitterness, crisp, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: For a 4% beer, this is prettybsolid. Out of a can too. You can't go wrong.

Serving type: can

02-07-2014 04:45:42 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cool orange color, thought the color would be so much lighter. Developed a thick, long lasting off white head on it, about 1" in depth. Aroma was lacking in the hops department, but landed squarely in caramel range. A treat to those who want a malt centered aroma pale ale, a disappointment for those who want more of an aromatic hop experience.

Taste, lots more of the caramel and a slight hop bitterness vibe that contributes hardly anything in the taste aspect of a hop. The malt flavor is still toasty, and lighter than one would expect to create such an impressive orange color throughout the beer's life. The yeast has kind of a chewy/sticky on your teeth vibe going.

This is like a pale ale for those who are against hops and alcohol. I think the mild toastiness and the malt flavor is what saves this, but it isn't exciting, and the flavor it does have going for it is not what I want to be the 'star' of the show, I'd rather it be in a supporting role.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 15:29:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Justin_Neff


3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, "born" 11/06/12 - so not super fresh by any means.

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color. 2 finger head that is a mix between fluffy and fizzy. From appearance it looks very carbonated.

S: Smells very bready. Strong malt character. Definitely hoppy as well. Some citrus notes - orange peel.

T: Hop character is very mild, as is the bitterness. The bread/biscuit malt character is prominent. Not much sweetness. Not much anything to be honest. Very bland and boring.

M: light body. High carbonation. Good creaminess.

O: Very average. Good if you're looking for a sixer you could smash in an hour. Granted, this wasn't fresh, but I prefer more flavor in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:43:51 | More by Justin_Neff
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Squatters Pub in SLC.

A: rusty orange and cloudy; cream head leaves a nice amount of webby lace while managing some good retention.

S: light grapefruit rind; not much malt aroma; pretty big hop aroma for a 4% beer.

T: grapefruity hops... cascade/chinook - esque; light caramel malt is there - barely; lacks a little complexity but not bad; has a slight gummy / sorghum taste on the end.

M: light-bodied; moderate carbonation; a tad thin and watery.

O: good for what it is - a 4% American pale ale. I'd have it again, for sure.

*from notes - 9/30/12

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 16:09:37 | More by jpro
Photo of mhaugo


4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the SLC airport.
Appearance: Hazy copper with a nice, thick crown of foam.
Smell: Like walking through a field of grapefruit trees on the day of harvest. Absolutely amazing.
Taste: Definitely hop forward, but balanced with precision. Just enough malt to keep it interesting. Citrusy and clean with a sweet, lingering grapefruit finish.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. The carbonation keeps things moving and it has the good sense not to overstay its welcome.
Overall: I can’t understand why this isn’t one of the most sought after sessionable pale ales in the country. It’s brilliant.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 17:04:27 | More by mhaugo
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #17 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

There are a lot more malts on this than I would have anticipated, or wanted really. Turns into this too tangy kind of production that just doesn't have the right kind of balance for the style. I mean, it's drinkable, but the high level of malts just push it to a level that doesn't really work for me. The nose on it was really awesome, for the first few minutes at least.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 02:13:47 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is above average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Lightly toasty with a light crystal malt component. Light herbal and earthy hoppiness. Maybe a touch soapy. Not a lot of going on here.

2.0 T: Much soapier than the nose suggested. Surprising breadiness presumably mainly from the yeast. Mild bitterness without really any hop flavor. Tastes empty.

2.0 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. Moderate carbonation. Chewy from the yeast. Lacking all creaminess.

2.0 D: Not my favorite pale ale. Lacking flavor and a good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:08:53 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of chetripley


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another one I tried after being smuggled out in a suitcase by a friend. Good fun label, hopeful for a quality pale ale, and nice to see brewers cooperative in play.

The smell was fresh and piney, the color bold and the flavors were right on. What a great contribution the just-sweet-enough, just-hoppy-enough and just-oaky-enough combination was. It could have been considered a fine beer, if not for the fact that the other things I look for in a beer weren't there.

Instead, this had a watery feel, and an inability to deliver the goods at the end. It was an American Pale Ale Refresher, and left you wanting much more than an APA should. I would have liked a better balance in this one. Plus, the little too light in color look was a turn off too.

I don't worry about having a problem with this in the future unless I go there, so I don't think I would have had another one anyway.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:42:13 | More by chetripley
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Utah beer session 3/6

Poured chilled in large tulip water glass

A: cloudy light brownish orange; modest carb action; good, decent head, slightly creamy; good lacing forming
S: orange, hops, bubblegum (slight); persistent, inviting
T: flavorful, complex thanks to the strong hop profile; moderately bitter; grassy; low ABV comes through a bit, but not at the expense of flavor

Not bad--s'ok

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:37:11 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pretty solid pale ale all around. pours a medium amber color with a foamy white head. a little cloudy, but mostly clear. smells like caramel malts, pale malts, and fruity hops. flavor has some fruit to it as well, citrus notes and even something sweeter like plums or overripe apples, which balance out the hops really nicely. medium body, fairly robust carbonation, and a low abv make this another excellent utah session beer. this was one of my draft favorites at the brewpub, but did not get the pleasure to try the bottled version. nothing standout here, but a servicable american pale with a nice fruity twist.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 21:50:20 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Jason


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear pale copper color, bubbly with a good trail of lacing ont the glass

SMELL: Citric, herbal, grassy, faintly yeasty, biscuity, ripe apricots, hint of esters

TASTE: Orangey hop, some bitterness, smooth, caramel, softly toasted biscuits, wet, nutty yeast, very dry finish

Very well balanced and an easy quaff, a decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:03:54 | More by Jason
Photo of DCon


3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Squatters Pub & Brewery in Salt Lake City, UT (Downtown location) for $5. Tapped from a Tap Handle in the back?!?! (not from the ones at the bar... strange) into a 0.5L Squatter's Pub Stange/Pint Glass.

Aroma- The aroma starts very dry hopped and brewed with American hops. Has a light amount of malt too. An overall sweet aroma without grass and pine.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has average retention. A red copper body is present and very clear. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor comes off VERY malt dominant and sweet. Not much hop at all in this one (and its supposed to be an APA!?!?). Does have a light bitterness level at the finish but dry. No hops affecting the bitterness or flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Gritty, and has a sweet finish.

Overall Impression- I wish I could give this one a better rating but it did not come off as an APA at all! Tons of malt and sweetness makes up this brew and then finishes no different. Enjoyed the looks and smell of it but then couldn't carry over any of these attributes to the taste... Looking forward to this 529 I bought though!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 05:41:16 | More by DCon
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a pint glass

A- Orange with the slightest bit of haze. Has a large foamy white head.
S- Very hoppy aroma. definitely dry hopped. Grapefruit and limes and some skunky attributes.
T- Not a ton of hop character upfront but there's definetely a lot of hop bitterness. The hop character consists of grapefruits and other tropical fruits. There is a nice malty backbone to this beer. very nicely balanced.
M- High carbonation and bitterness sting the tongue, in a good way. Drinkable but you wont be able to throw them down too quick.
O- This is a good pale ale that doesnt really go wrong anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:25:20 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of mactrail


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant hoppy bite in a very thin beer. Touch of orange in the amber with a coarse white foam. Big aroma of resins and some hoppy fragrance. Just slightly harsh in the aftertaste. Moderately bitter. Fairly acidic. Not much hint of malt anywhere.

It could have a little more body, but lots of flavor in a low-alcohol beer. Certainly a good choice for some hop flavor at the Salt Lake supermarket.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:13:05 | More by mactrail
Photo of elNopalero


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice burnt amber color with a full, creamy head. Ever so cloudy, like an out-of-focus image? I get some hops on the nose, more pine than citrus at first, but it opens up as it warms. This could be a floral bouquet, maybe rosemary flowers? Let’s taste and see!

There’s a nice effervescence to this one. First thing I noticed was how the bubbles help the flavors dance across my palate and give it a clear, clean, crisp finish. Definitely more citrus on the taste. A bit of the sticky chewiness at the finish. Very little but enough to get me wondering: Is this the Squatters DIPA’s little kid sister? Makes me wish I had a chance to try their IPA to see how that fits in the hop-forward family of their line-up. Not a big beer, not a bad one either.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 20:27:01 | More by elNopalero
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange/amber color with a 1" white head. Good lacing occurs as well. There are some decent citrus notes but overall the smell was lacking. The taste was almost more pilsner like as opposed to a pale ale. No hops or alcohol taste in there. Feels light and crispy in the mouth but overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:33:55 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of WoodBrew


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Full Suspension is a decent beer and one of the better offerings from this brewery. The color did not appeal to me, it was a cloudy light copper but had a decent white head that laced well. The nose carried pine and citrus and hints of spice. The taste started with pine and citrus flavors then turned dry on the pallet which to me turned the flavor to a slight spice. The mouthfeel was fine and could handle a coupel of these without issue. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 23:49:30 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mdcrouser


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy whitish head sits unevenly atop an amber orange beer. Looks like you could almost squeeze some citrus from it.

The hops are fresh and piney on the nose, with just a hint of citrus - relatively light, but in-line with a PA.

Fresh pears, some pineapple, lingering vegetation and some spice.

Continues to be prickly on the tongue, reminding the you of the drying bitterness that remains.

Really pretty decent for a PA - enough flavor that it's enjoyable, but not so much that it's overwhelming. Highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:12:51 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale is a hazy, light amber ale with a dense, creamy, off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bright, fresh, hop aroma of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and pine. It's pretty light bodied and very smooth. The finish is dry and crisp. It has a light and simple taste that is mostly American hops. The malt flavor is very light but a little caramel is detected. It's quite dry but there's almost a little sweetness in the aftertaste. This is super drinkable and at 4% ABV, I could drink buckets of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 14:30:25 | More by yesyouam
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in June 2008

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

L - cloudy, orange-amber with a creamy, white head of foam that thinned to a layer, leaving good lacing.

S - strong citrus hop aroma with just a hint of malt.

T - bitter bite upfront is balanced with some malt sweetness.

F - light/medium body with a fizzy carbonation feel.

O - Having a few wouldn't be all that difficult.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 17:00:58 | More by JoeyBeerBelly


2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Good carbonation, head faded fast, Light copper, slightly hazy

Smell: oxidized hops and faint pine

Taste: Cheese, salt, slight bread with a good underlying malt finish

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied

Drinkability: Drinkable, but a pass for me

Poured at about 45F

Born on: 2/9/11

Used burgundy style glass

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 20:24:18 | More by IMPERALEVERYTHIN
Photo of swede96


4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew taking a break from skiing. The color was a light amber with very little head. The beer looked good but the lack of head on it is why the 3.5 on appearance.

Smell was citrus and hop and was very pleasing.

Taste followed the smell nicely, and it had a quite a bit of carbonation. Again the hop finish that I thought was very nice.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Drinkability was very good. This is a nice beer to enjoy after you have worked up a good lather, as it was very refreshing. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 19:52:12 | More by swede96
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