Squatters IPA - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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1.9/5 rDev -48.6%
The head on this this was a bit light, thanks to my server's gentle pour. However, the head was a light-tan color with lots of CO2 bubbles. The beer was a deep golden-amber color with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a strange gasoline-like quality to it. The mouthfeel was medium with an unusual bitterness for an IPA. I would be curious to know what strain(s) of hops was/were used in its production. The finish had the same unusual bitterness, putting me more in mind of gin than IPA. Oof.
Somehow, I ended up with more of this beer. I am always down for a re-review, especially when my original numbers are low. It is a slow evening here at home and I am passing the time with beer, as is my wont. Today is T, 22 Nov 2011.
An invaluable team member of The CANQuest (TM), Einweizenbitte, sent me a package from his latest foray to China, including two packets of "Hot Green Peas", one of which I just opened and consumed. They were not excessively hot, but suddenly a beer is in order.
My pour created just under two fingers of thick, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a minty quality, like spearmint or peppermint. Huh. I was reminded of chewing gum. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and it was certainly cooling on my heated tongue. It had a definite spearmint-pine taste in the mouth and I began to wonder why my initially low marks. Finish was minty fresh and lingered with hops. I am glad to have had a chance to return to this for a second chance, but I still would not want more than a couple/few. I have definitely had better IPAs, but not as bad as what I said in my initial review.
05-13-2008 00:34:32 | More by woodychandler
2.28/5 rDev -38.4%
12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker
Pours a very light, clear amber with a very small white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.
Aroma is slightly malty but largely dominated by a muddled mix of hop aromas. I'm guessing it's a combination of some citrusy and floral hop varities, but not a very complimentary blend.
Tastes almost like it smells, just a bit worse. There is a hint of caramel malt right upfront before it's smothered by a rather harsh (but not huge) bitterness and that muddled hop flavor. It finishes with a lingering slightly metallic flavor.
Medium body, mild carbonation.
Wow, with all of the quality IPAs on the market, they have no reason for wasting time brewing up this stuff. They need to burn this recipe and start over, or just get drop it from their lineup and stick with what they can brew well.
08-11-2007 02:51:55 | More by MaltyGoodness
2.5/5 rDev -32.4%
Got this in a trade.
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into my Surly tulip. Off a semi-rigerous pour I get 1 inch of white cola like head. Receeding to a thin colar of retention and a few misc bubble islands.
Nice lace rings all the way down the glass.
This is a pretty light color for an ipa, its fair to call it pilsner like. A pale yellow with slight hints of orange, unfiltered look is all the colors have going for it.
The aroma holds some very mild grapefruit. The rest smells like dusty wood.
The taste is also lacking for an ipa. I wouldnt even call it an epa. There is very very little hop flavor. This is not like any ipa I've ever had and I've had alot of them.
Not digging the lack of hops here.
Starting out with alot of carbonation zing presenting some creamyness off the carbonation. But its pretty watered down.
Any hops that do come through are overtaken by wet cardboard at the swallow.
The finish is prodominatly wet cardboard and some mild hop bittering. I did not enjoy this brew.
03-25-2009 01:41:42 | More by Buebie
2.68/5 rDev -27.6%
12 oz bottle, best by 7/16/14. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big meringue white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet bready malts with some grassy hops.
The flavor is sweet toasted malts with some grassy bitterness and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it's very subdued and sweet and grassy.
05-30-2014 04:09:05 | More by Beaver13
2.78/5 rDev -24.9%
I have no idea if this is the right listing, but I think it might be. The thing throwing me off is that it's listed as "retired." On the label this says "India Pale Ale" with "IPA" below that and "Brewers Reserve" below that. 6.5% ABV. Poured into a pint glass. "Born" on 5/16/12.
4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.
3.0 S: Light herbal and flowery hop aroma. Light clean neutral maltiness. A bit grainy. Not much going on.
2.5 T: Like the nose, but perhaps even more boring. Light herbal hoppiness. Light grainy neutral maltiness. Low bitterness.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean, but not really creamy at all. Still, good here.
2.5 D: Really boring beer.
06-25-2012 06:14:19 | More by DavoleBomb
2.8/5 rDev -24.3%
Bottle poured into a glass
A: A rich and frothy off white head with great lacing and retention. A clear amber appearance.
S: Hops dominating in the nose.
T: Also dominance of bittering hops that lingers. Some maltiness detectable.
M: Crisp with biting bitterness in the finish.
Notes: Not a very balanced or easy-drinking IPA.
12-25-2009 04:41:37 | More by kevinjosephlee
2.88/5 rDev -22.2%
This beer pours a clear orange-gold color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine resin. It is a pleasant aroma, but not really interesting. The taste is of grapefruit with a very sharp bitterness in the finish. There is also an unpleasant vegetal character that takes over in the finish, and makes drinking this beer quite unenjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time.
05-09-2012 01:37:49 | More by KarlHungus
2.95/5 rDev -20.3%
12oz bottle at the SLC airport brewpub, into a pilsner glass.
A - Pours a nice-looking straw color, with a huge head that takes minutes to fall. Took so long that I got impatient with it and started drinking through it. Great lacing and retention.
S - Definitely a high point, with citrusy hops. Grapefruit, lemon, and even some spice to add another dimension to the aroma.
T - Kind of a letdown after the aroma. Somewhat oxidized, with a flat taste and a touch of cardboard. I can make out a shell of the what hit my nose, and there's an earthiness that I didn't smell. Makes me wonder how long that bottle sat in the cooler. It's okay but there are many better-tasting IPAs out there.
M - About like I expected. Medium bodied, with a somewhat dry finish.
D - If the flavor was something to write home about, this would score much higher. Unfortunately while I *could* drink a lot of this, I just don't care to.
O - I'd love to see a bottled date on these -- the bartender sold this pretty hard to me, and I figured since I hadn't tried it that I might as well. I probably won't again. This is an average beer in a crowded field.
10-09-2010 02:56:43 | More by djmichaelk
3/5 rDev -18.9%
Clear gold pour with a decent white head. Aroma is hoppy but flat. Almost metallic. So is the taste. Some hops, mostly peppery, and some bland pale malt with a metallic finish. This site says its an English IPA. Sadly, I think English IPA's ave more body and spice than this one.
12-16-2008 17:00:05 | More by magictrokini
3/5 rDev -18.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.
A: Light amber, thin head, nothing special.
S: Citrus above all else, with a bit of hops and malt.
T: Orange juice. The first thing that came to mind was alcoholic orange juice. It's not necessarily a bad taste, but it was unexpected. The strong hoppy aftertaste that I'm used to was nowhere to be found. This beer has a very clean finish.
M: Crisp, lean, and light on the palate. Thin-to-medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, and probably a good session beer.
Overall, one of the less interesting IPAs I've had, although it's certainly not bad.
10-21-2006 03:30:39 | More by largadeer
3.03/5 rDev -18.1%
Pours a five finger frothy white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts hoppy with some sweetness, almost balanced midway finishes hoppy with a little bitter after taste. Not as hoppy as some IPAs. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, Ut.
08-22-2006 23:45:16 | More by jdhilt
3.03/5 rDev -18.1%
Gold in color with a bright white head and good retention (some lacing).
Aroma is spicy hops with sulfer verging on cat urine (but not really in a bad way).
Spicy and green hop notes are huge as compared to the malt which is barely peeking through, then hops take over again. A soft bitterness lingers long after the last sip.
Body is fairly light, there is not enough backbone to really balance everything out to be very drinkable.
03-12-2007 19:17:58 | More by xymyl
3.04/5 rDev -17.8%
Slightly chill hazed orange colored ale with a tall white head. This is at the lower end of the IPA Orange spectrum.
Smells mild for an IPA. Mild malt and a little grapefruit aroma. Faint scent of pinewood, just not that aromatic.
Starts out tasting of toasted grain and strong tea. Little bit of citrus flavor but overall this is pretty much closer to a pale ale than an IPA.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall this is damn easy to drink but it will leave hopheads with the feeling they have been cheated. Buy this expecting to taste Pale Ale and it is OK.
02-09-2014 03:03:15 | More by Zorro
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
The second beer in the six pack is the IPA and I believe it was brewed in the old english traditional sense and not like a west coaster. The color is copper clear with nice white head. The scent is has a subtle hop character, but is missing pine and citrus. The taste is very bitter. Its starts very crisp with hops, but then tapers to sour and bitter aftertaste that clings to pallete. This, for me, would be a tough beer to session, one is enough. Its not a bad beer, but it's not great....worth a try though.
07-14-2011 05:11:30 | More by WoodBrew
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
a pale orange body with a white head that dissipates very quickly.
smells of citrus and pine, but low character of each, very low for an ipa.
the taste matches the smell. I don't always want a huge flavor, but this is kinda weak.
mouthfeel is decent.
I guess this makes for a session ipa
12-27-2012 01:22:34 | More by JordonHoltzman
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass, extra graciously provided by Fishdawg71
A: Pours a light gold, sparkling & mostly clear. A nice 1-finger white head rises quickly and reduces just as quickly, leaving behind moderate lacing and a thin, wispy head.
S: Smells fresh, like a combination of grass clippings, grapefruit & lemon rind, and earthiness like a forest just after it rains. Hints of malt backbone try to make their presence known but don't really.
T/M: An initial burst of sweetness quickly gives way to a biting pine tree hop character and ample grapefruit citrus. Balanced fairly well with cereal-like grains in the body and a lip-smacking, moderately juicy finish provides all the oily bitterness one could want. Beer is mildly metallic, and a bit chalky, but good carbonation evens things out a bit.
D: Pretty good, not great; I'd drink this again, but wouldn't purchase it myself, not with so many great IPAs available.
02-06-2008 02:17:39 | More by markgugs
Squatters IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.