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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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 BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant, bold orange with a tincture of coral. I gave the beer a fairly vigorous pour and was rewarded with an attractive three finger cap of parchment colored foam that looks like it'll hang around for a bit. It's nicely sculpted as it slowly descends, leaving horizontal squiggles of lace that look like illegible handwriting. I can just make out the words 'I'm a good looking APA'. I agree.

The nose is a pleasant surprise as well. It's chock full of citrusy hops that would be at home on most any pale ale emanating from Washington or Oregon. I smell orange, pink grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Might UBC have used Amarillo along with one or more of the 4-Cs?

I had a feeling that I was going to be slightly less thrilled once beer made contact with buds. If you like light pale ales that still pack a citrusy kick, Full Suspension should be right up your alley. I need a little more heft though, a little more substance in order to give it an enthusiastic thumbs up.

The flavor profile follows the nose, roughly speaking, but there's an additional flavor (that might be due to one of the malts) that is an unwelcome intruder. At least it's polite about it. There's nothing about this beer that's aggressive or intrusive; there simply aren't enough ingredients for that to be the case.

For a lighter than average APA, the body/mouthfeel is decent. At no point does it become thin or watery, for which I'm grateful. I don't know about 'Full' Suspension however, it isn't plush enough or velvety enough for the name to apply to the way the beer feels in the mouth. On the other hand, Worn Out Shocks Pale Ale probably wouldn't be a big seller.

Like so much of the beer brewed in Utah, thanks to that state's benighted alcohol laws, Full Suspension Pale Ale is well-crafted, yet is too light in terms of flavor and mouthfeel to knock my socks off. It would make a great session ale though; which is another common feature of most beer from the Beehive State.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Texasfan549, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  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.

Jason, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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

russpowell, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

mactrail, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

jwc215, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

MarkyMOD, May 12, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some some soft lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: orange citrus and fruit sweetness are most notable.

Taste: light malt profile with some orange citrus, red apples, and soft bitterness. Not overly exciting.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is very brief.

Drinkability: easy to quaff since it is light and low in alcohol, but flavorwise you will want some more meat here. Worth a try but beware of mildness.

Gavage, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a big, foamy, ecru head. The color was a hazy deep-amber. It had a great nose, fragrant with grassy hop notes. The mouthfeel was on the thin side, but the mellow, grassy taste of the hops on the palate was phenomenal. The finish left a lingering hoppy flavor in the mouth. There was decent lacing throughout. This was a very good beer.

woodychandler, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of weeare138
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

weeare138, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

tempest, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle-conditioned beer at the BSF bar, GBBF 05.

A: in a tulip-shaped wine glass it pours a hazy, ooh-long tea to orangey amber hue, with a thick white head gradually settling to a thin layer of bubbles.
S: in comes a deep, aromatic smell of grapefruit and floating, sharp note of pineapple juice(?) and stimulating aroma of freshly-cut pine wood. Very lively and hoppy, with a touch of yeast at the back.
T: upfront is a lightly sharp, even tannic, mouthfeel of fruity hops, sour edge of orange-zest, underscored by just slightly hayish flavour of hops, yeasty taste and a tinge of lightly sweet pale malts. The finish sees an evolving smooth, deep-running, Chinese tea-like dryish bitterness lingering, with a tangy kick of zesty hops at the back of the tongue.
M&D: the mouthfeel is moderate on top of an initially sharp texture. But it also at times tastes a bit flat against its rather thin-body, lacking the kind of roundness which bottled-conditioned beers usually offer. It's still a light and tasty beer, albeit falling a bit short of balance and depth.

wl0307, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle consumed at Freakin Frog, on to the beer:

A gusher out of the bottle, the beer feautres a muddy tea color, with long lasting head retention. Fruit skins and citrus in the aroma, in Sure, the flavor is light in intensity, but lots of little waves of fruit skins, dark fruit, and some citrus make me want more of this beer. Despite the gushing problem, the beer had no overcarbonation problems, and had a light feel without being watery.

Subtle, yet interesting. A true session beer.

DoubleJ, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Zorro, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy tan head, tons of lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, slightly sweet, citrusy, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy, and a nice touch of citrus (grapefruit), also a nice bitter bite finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, enjoy this beer alot, highly recommended, especially on cask.

Wasatch, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 14, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dmorgan310, May 05, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy orange-gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big on the hops...mostly grapefruit, but there's also a hint of malt.

The taste on first sip has notes of grapefruit, caramel malt, and a bit of roasted malt. It has a medium mouthfeel and it finishes with a nice tart/bitter kick that to me, smacks of oranges.

Dang, pretty nice APA and at 4%abv, I could easily see myself downing a few of these.
Good job, Squatters!

Bitterbill, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 15, 2011
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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
81 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.