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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 11-20-2004

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 94
Reviews by cvstrickland:
Photo of cvstrickland
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twistoff-topped 12-ounce bottle courtesy of kickass trader Wasatch; a mountain biker on a bitchin' black-and-white Cannondale thrashes the side of a craggy mountained label...

At a tick cooler than cellar temperature, Full Suspension opens with a hefty hiss of carbonation and pours a huge gout of fine off-white foam with a sliver of bright golden copper brew beneath. Four ounces fills my SA shaped pint glass to near-overflowing, so I dick around for awhile, waiting for the head to recede, adding a couple of ounces at a time, achieving the same foamy level, time and again nearly breaching the turbulated rim. When I finally get it all in the glass, this Squatters brew actually looks damned fine. A dash of sediment from the final tip of the bottle darkens the color and hazes the drink quite a bit. The great cloudlike clot of foam atop the brew melts slowly and slides fluffy 3-D rings down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is snappy and stickily greenly herbal with a whiff of green grass and peppery spice.

The taste is mild and toasty with a sprinkle of crushed caramel and a note of savory dark toffee. A splash of softly citrusy, mildly grassy hops helps check the sweetness.

The drink is medium-bodied, and as one might guess from all the foamy fireworks on the pour-- quite vigorously carbonated. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

Opened 12. Fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic Glass.

Poured a nice low head atop a brown hazy brew.

Smell very hoppy with hints of pine and some citrus. Taste is nice, not as hoppy as nose. Citrus and malts play together well, nice finish.

Nothing amazing, but a nice beer.

Photo of magictrokini
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dry pale ale. Clear copper pour, light white head. Floral hop aroma, but in very light quantities. Light taste without much malt. The hops only nip at you, and its a little watery. The malt is the same, pale and weak. Kind of an IPA-lite. Squatters is off my list.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Squatters- Full Suspension

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Cloudy Orange with a foamy heavy lacing head.
S- Big citrus hops and caramel malt.
T- Again big citrus, Grapefruit and lemon with an equal balance of caramel malt. Slight touch of green hops.
M- Sweet and citric fruits up front with a sweet malt base. A touch of lemony bitterness in the end.

Overall- Very good, hoppy Pale Ale. My first Utah beer and a big thumbs up!

Photo of cokes
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky tangerine in color, or maybe just muddy golden-tan. The head is modest, then retreats in full, leaving sheets of lace.
Bright and almost resinously hoppy orange-wintergreen-ganja aroma, backed with traces of toasty malt.
Enters with that toasted maltiness, turning eventually towards raw grain. It nearly enters an astringent realm as peanut skins take over, but are drown out with orange rinds and pressed flowers. Hops, while still featured, lack a bit of brightness, clarity, and forwardness from the nose. Still, it works well.
Light body with moderate carbonation. Obviously, the local laws prohibit this from being bigger, and the body does suffer some from it, but not fatally so. It a way, it may benefit in part, because this lightness along with it's modestly assertive good-ol'-pale-ale characteristics makes this a perfect sessioner, and ravenously gulpable.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  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.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porcupine outside SLC. Served in a pint glass.

Aside from a hazy appearance, there's nothing really off on this beer. In fact, my hat is off to Squatters on this one. They're pushing the limits of what Utah beer can be and it reminds me of a less subtle Surly Bitter Brewer. Juicy citrus hops dominate this beer with fresh, dry-hop subtley that reminds me of sniffing hops pellets at my homebrew shop. Yum. There's a slight malt background for balance and a moderately strong bitterness. Worth trying just to see what there's guys can do with only 4.0% abv.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John!

Pours a chill hazed amber with 1 finger of beige head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Citric hops aplenty & some pears & apples as this warms

T: Citric hops & biscuitty malt up front, plus some herbal hops & hints of apples. Grapefruits, a bit resiny hops, dryness &a touch of apple peel & breadyness as this warms. Finishes crisp, with a little juicyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks easy, a really good APA to session on, a solid APA

Photo of lawlerj
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Consumed on my front porch in the early afternoon.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy hops on the nose is what I get first, with a touch of bready sweetness in the background. There's a bit of earthy/resiny hop aroma in there as well.

Taste: The resiny hop flavor is more up front on the palate. Some fruit, but not much in the way of malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not much to say here.

Overall: This was an OK beer - I liked the hop profile, but wanted more malt to balance it out. Nice for drinking on the porch on a warm afternoon.

Photo of IMPERALEVERYTHIN
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the last of the Utah beers I had left to try. I am really knocking out a ton of beer from a state I had not had anything from before! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/02/2009.

Good pour here with a nice mellow amber color to it. Nice head of white that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down into nothing, nice side glass lacing here as well.

The aroma was a bit light. Decent hops up front with some light grain and a smooth, malty middle. The flavor was crisp, clean, and again nice and light. Well carbonated with a nice light hop hit up front that settled down into a light and very well balanced pale ale. Very drinkable with a smooth finish, this one was something I could easily have another of. Not half bad at all.

Photo of HotterThanHell
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer that I've had by these guys. Love the unfiltered look of the brew.

Smell is mostly citrus with some malt character making it through a bit. Nice lacing and head retention. Can you say Grapefruit?

Taste is hoppy, with again the citrus prevalent on the ront and the back end. Like the smell there is some malt character floating around as well.

As the beer warmed a bit, the taste improved and the citrus stepped it up a notch.

A good beer, mostly because it is different than most and a nice change at that. Stands out, not great, but good.

Prosit!

P.S. Booking my flight to Oktoberfest tonight. See ya in Munich TTU94 and Ungespundet!!!

Photo of mikedashg
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Sightly hazy golden yellow pour into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Fairly small off-white fizzy head that dissapears rather quickly. Good lacing in the glass.

S- Immediately after the pour I got some floral/citrus/hop notes, but after the head was gone, so was the aroma.

T- Not a bad one here at all. A little hop, pine, citrus, spice, caramel. Very muted, nothing overpowering, but it's there. Fairly good balance with hop/malt, but the hops do dominate a little more.

M- Good carbonation, moderate body. A little crisp.

D- Very easy drinking pale ale. Pretty refreshing. Probably the best out Wasatch/Squaters/Utah Brewers Co-op (other then Polygamy Porter). Much better then any of the others, the lagers and what not.

Photo of westomatic
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

During my visit to their brewery in salt lake I tried on-tap after their on special hop rising. I had with a flat iron steak w/ blue cheese which was amazing. Served by some beautiful waitresses to boot!

slightly murky amber. decent head, only had to wait a few bites before it didnt touch my nose. soft but noticable rings from top to bottom of the glass.

smelt of citrus and hops

very easy to drink. waitress said this was the super hop beer but i didnt notice the same bite as the hop rising i had. good quality but was slightly bored as i expected more.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

RJT

Photo of BeerDonkey
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appropriate head (good 2 fingers length) and carbonation (medium-low). Subdued level of hop aroma, but there. Smooth tasting, hops are definitely present, citris, grapefruit. Very drinkable. How many real pale ales can you get at 4%? This might not be my absolulte first choice for a pale ale, it would be be very close and #1 for a pale ale under 5%

Photo of weeare138
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a transparent orange with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, fruity yeast, and a bit of hops.
Taste is of watered down, citrusy, light caramel malt...not a whole lot of much else going on. Perhaps a touch of watermelon rind...if that makes sense. Very one sided.
Mouthfeel is watery with a bit of bitterness but overall, it's very light with nothing big resounding.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Strong pine and grapefruit and a lesser passion fruit aroma. Fainter scent of apricot. Slight mint aroma.

Starts out strongly woody and malty. Mild pine flavor with citrus strangely missing. Overall tastes nothing like it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad pale ale smells great but just tastes OK.

Photo of jneiswender
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at the brewpub in Salt Lake City. Beer was part of a sample tray. Served from the tap into 4 oz sample glasses.

A-faint white head, gold yellow body

S-grassy, citrus

T-nice balance of hop and malt, very evident citrus hop flavor

M-medium

D-not a bad beer. refreshing and enjoyable

Photo of Dithyramb
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask, the brew still had the cloudy copper view, but the head was creamier and long lasting.
Also, the hops were more pronounced in the aroma with the cask vs. the tap version, very floral with a light spiciness in the background
Whoa, this is almost a different beer altogether on cask. Gone are most of the hops, they appear to be quite subdued, with a more pronounced barley and malt background.
Still medium bodied, very little lingering flavors.
Not as drinkable as the original. I wasn’t sure if this one was on cask too long, or not long enough.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin but foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, caramelized malt and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a very fruity citrus sweetness and is quickly followed by a mild but pleasant burst hops of bitterness. The malt character is pretty decent. The after-taste is sweet and slightly floral.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean despite the extra sweetness that would typically cause some stickiness.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is definitely a beer that I can drink for the duration of an evening and enjoy it the whole time.

Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orangish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a patch. Some traces of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citric fruitiness with some grainy/almost caramelish maltiness. Quite hoppy for an APA. (a good thing, of course!)

The taste is of citrus with a touch of pine. There is enough grainy/caramelish sweetness to balance it out. I could see it fitting into the more balanced category of Am. IPA if alcohol content were stronger. Bitterish, but with enough sweetness in the long finish.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Flavor lingers.

Delicious and smooth. Easily drinkable. Goes to show what can be made with a modest abv level.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in our trade. I really enjoyed it!

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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.