Squatters IPA - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
Polished tangelo with a fair amount of superfine yeast in suspended animation. The manila colored cap is a perfect color match for the beer beneath and has a tight-bubbled look about it. A good appearance score is assured by the circumferential sheet of BB-shot lace that looks like it'll be nice and crusty when it dries. So far, so good.
Man oh man, I love me some C-hops. It's hard to tell exactly what's in here, but there's plenty of sweet and tangy citrus zest, with tropical and cheesy elements as well. Whatever the hop bill consists of, I approve. It smells like this is a pale malt-exclusive IPA; nothing darker at least.
Squatters IPA might not be able to run with the big boys when it comes to sheer amount of hop flavor and bitterness, but it's a damn fine version of the style that is as delicious as all get out. It easily earns the 'Brewer's Reserve' status accorded it by UBC.
As expected, there's nothing but sugar cookie-like malt on the bottom end. No caramel to get in the way of the hop love. I won't hazard a guess as to what hops have been used, but it tastes like at least two complimentary varieties have been chosen. Lemon, grapefruit and melon are still front and center; as is an earthier, raunchier, somewhat ganja-like vibe.
The body/mouthfeel doesn't quite reach my preferred heft for an IPA, but given the rest of the beer's attributes, and given the fact that it was brewed in Utah, I'm more than willing to cut it a little slack. Even if only barely, it still deserves the score granted.
Squatters IPA is the fourth exceptional Utah Brewers Cooperative beer that I've had (thanks Wasatch). The others were Wasatch Pale Ale, First Amendment Lager and Capt. Bastard's Oatmeal Stout. If I lived in Utah, I'd drink this stuff by the caseload. Even if I had to go to a liquor store to get it.
03-09-2007 14:35:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with an impressive head that sticks and leaves plenty of lacing
Smell: The hops hit you first, with a lemony pineapple character but there is a toasted malt character underneath that is discernable
Taste: Toasted malt, up front, but by mid-palate, a blast of lemony citrus combined with a grassy element arrives, almost as if German and American hop varieties were both used; after the swallow, the hop bitterness persists but the toasted malt returns in the aftertaste to balance
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: One of the most quaffable IPAs I have come across; well done
Thanks, Wasatch, for the opportunity
05-22-2009 01:04:47 | More by brentk56
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
I did not even know they made six percent beers in utah, let alone IPA's, but hey, you learn something new everyday. This one I served very cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 01/15/2009.
The pour was the nicest part with a medium amber color that was slightly hazy with good carbonation bubbling up throughout the session. A nice head of two inches sitting over the top of the glass and settled down nicely into a medium crown.
The aroma was a bit light, crisp clean hops, light grains and a touch of bready malts stole the show here. But it just came off a bit light to me. The flavor was more of the same. Clean and crisp, well balanced but just a touch too light for me. The feel lacked some depth and overall profile was just not full enough for me in its entirety. Still though it was very sessionable and went down with ease without causing so much as me to blink.
Overall a very nice little, light IPA, though I would not really want to make this one a staple unless it was a hot summer day.
01-16-2009 01:50:05 | More by mikesgroove
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
A: thin head on a hazy golden with amber hues body.
S: grapefruit, candied oranges, nice malt presence and herbal hops.
T: Flavor is less appealing than the complex aroma. decent amount of maltiness. Hops mostly provide floral and fruit, mostly grapefruit, notes which sour up the middle. Fairly sweet and fruity finish.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nicely drinkable IPA with a nicely complex aroma however a not so memorable flavor.
05-25-2012 01:50:32 | More by kylehay2004
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured a slight hazed lighter amber shade with a very nicely defined egg shell colored one finger head that held for a real long time.Light pine and overripe tangerine aromas over top of a biscuit malt base,a lush mouthfeel,almost creamy in texture.Not a big hop wallop on the palate,fruity hops mixed with a firm lightly sweet malt base.Its not a big citric/piney hop onslaught but its a pretty fair ipa,drinkable with a silky feel.
12-23-2010 21:25:34 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled very floral with citrus and grapefruit notes.
T - It tasted of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. A nice burnt toast maltiness as a backbone.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is a pretty tasty IPA. Glad I picked this one up in Minnesota.
01-02-2013 04:11:44 | More by zeff80
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
4.33/5 rDev +17%
Squatters IPA pours a slightly hazy golden amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some very nice wrinkles and splashes of lace about the glass.
A combination of yeasty fruitiness, sweetish and lightly caramelish malt, and grassy, citrusy, and floral hops greets you in the nose. It's clean, bright, and welcoming!
In the mouth it's smooth with a medium body and a gentle zest on the tongue from its seemingly natural, moderate carbonation.
The flavor is fruity, hoppy, and malty all at once, displaying a great balance. It's remarkably drinkable; offering up some interesting, refreshing fruit at the outset, followed by some grassy, floral, citrusy, lightly piney, and even gently leafy or herbal hops at mid-palate over a bed of gently sweet and lightly caramelish and biscuity maltiness. It's unusual, almost as if German hops had been used, and yet there's also a citrusy character that indicates Cascades...? Intriguing! The bitterness is kept in check, although present, and it finishes dry with a lingering note of tangerine-like fruitiness drizzled here and there with sweet berries; raspy, piney/grassy hops; and a light flicker of sweet caramel. Very nicely done. Quaffable!!!!
02-27-2007 03:15:44 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Beer #34 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
Looks nice off the pour. Citrus nose. Flavor profile is fairly spiced from hops with an overall earthy thing and some citrus in there too. Very meaty and chewy. Quite thick. Lots of malts showing as the beer warms. Carbonation is a bit high, enough that it seems to become as prevalent as the taste of the beer, and possibly interfering with that a bit. Overall though, a pretty decent beer. I think this would be a good beer to have via cask.
09-20-2012 23:48:43 | More by RblWthACoz
4.33/5 rDev +17%
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 light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: It has a good strong floral hops aroma, with smells of citrus and caramelized malt in the background.
T: The taste is very well-balanced. The flavors of hops, citrus and caramelized malt all compliment each other nicely. The after-taste has a touch of citrus sweetness and a good floral hops presence.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not filling at all as I found this beer to beer well on the light side for the style. I can see myself knocking back quite a few of these. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s not available near me.
01-14-2007 00:00:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam that fades quickly and leaves only light lace on the glass. The body is a slightly hazy, golden copper.
S - Spicy hops and light malt with a bit of pine aroma.
T - Sweet malt up front with some toffee notes. The malt sweetness is pushed aside in the middle by a building bitterness as well as some pine and grapefruit flavor. Finishes with moderate bitterness, grapefruit, and lingering toffee malt sweetness.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - This is a pretty standard IPA, and while it wouldn't hold up to the real hop bombs that some breweries are putting out these days it is well balanced and drinkable.
05-25-2012 01:49:37 | More by nickfl
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to wasatch for this one, cheers John!
Pours a semi-effervescent amber with 3 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention
S: Citric & herbal hops & then leafy hops. plus some pears as this warms
T: Citric & resiny hops along with a slight breadyness. Some pear & pineapple mingle with grapefruitty hops, plus dryness is there as this warms. Finishes with a nice tangerine fruityness, a touch of honey & lemony hops, & slight dryness almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Medium bodied, sort of sticky with low carbonation
Drinks good, a nice take on the style
08-29-2008 12:45:22 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev 0%
a better than average ipa, this is well made but a little generic on the flavor profile. the pours is a nice bronzed golden color, mostly clear, with several inches of airy white head. the nose is hoppy and bitter, but mellowed by an English malt profile that puts in a touch of caramel sweetness and color. the hops have somewhat of a tropical fruit profile, with pineapple rings and dried mango coming to mind, but there is much sweetness and in the end the bitterness washes away the fruit. good medium body on this from good use of grain, this is a good all season ipa as a result. the flavor isn't particularly interesting overall, but it is satisfying and it fits the ipa genre well. I would like to see some more interesting hop variety here, dry hop this with sorachi or something and now then we will talk! fine carbonation and easy enough to drink. a B to B+ beer overall.
03-12-2013 19:55:19 | More by StonedTrippin
3.33/5 rDev -10%
Light body with a pleasant fizz on the tongue. Modest hop flavor with a fruitiness that makes me think of English styles. A lot of pine and resins in the initial flavor with a very modest maltiness. Ends with even more bitterness than necessary. The aroma, however, is quite flowery and spicy. Very dry with a mineral aftertaste. The malt doesn't contribute much to the effort.
I don't find much of special interest in this one. It's a pretty average IPA, but each sniff when you sip is quite nice.
12-24-2011 04:08:00 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a clear yellow orange with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with a good amount of pine. The flavor is pine and orange hops with a little bit of malt to keep things balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-19-2010 23:09:27 | More by Mora2000
3.13/5 rDev -15.4%
Pours deep golden with a thin white head that soon becomes patchy.
The smell is light floral/citric with some underlying earthiness.
The taste is of bitter citrus (grapefruit/orange). Sweet grainy malt backs up the hops.. Hints of metal and aspirin peek through. There is an earthy, tea-like leafy spiciness that lies in the back. The caramelish malt has a slightly burnt character. Soft bitterness lingers through the finish.
The body is rather on the thin side for the style. Some chewiness is almost there, but gets washed out. Hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.
An interesting brew. Seems like Hallertau, or some continental/German-type hops are in the mix of the Cascade. Not sure there. Whatever it is, it is different. Almost works for me, too, though not what I would really prefer in the style. It's okay.
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from his recent trip to the West, and to Wasatch for including it in our trade.
(Originally reviewed 06-13-07 - moved from Squatter's Pub to here after being corrected by Wasatch.)
12-25-2007 16:28:27 | More by jwc215
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours with a lightly hazy, copper color that summons only a one-finger thick pale tan colored head to start with. The aroma is distinctly American in hop character with notes of sweet grapefruit and orange zest up front but then a large tropical fruit note kicks in. The tropical fruit notes are smooth and fruity with notes of apricot, peaches, pineapple and other sweet tropical fruit notes rounding things out. There are also notes of pine, green hay, and a touch of menthol underneath the dominant hop fruit notes. A touch of biscuit and cracker like maltiness is noticeable if you really dig for it.
While my first sip is certainly quite hop flavored, I notice a soft malt sweetness followed by a dry biscuit-like, almost toasted malt character right away. The malt character seems to subside, but never quite disappear, on subsequent sips of this brew. The overall dryness, with just a hint of sweetness, tends to mute the intense fruit notes of the aroma. Those flavors are here though and still play a prominent role, just perhaps a bit muted compared to a beer with a touch more malt sweetness. Sharply bitter, with quite the hop bit from the very front to a lingering bitterness in the finish. The dryness and the relatively light mouthfeel of this beer make it oh so quaffable (though you might have to have some hop head in you to get past the scathing hop character). The pine and menthol hop character seems to come through a bit more in the flavor, but fruity notes of tangerines, apricots and tropical fruit are definitely here in the flavor. Still the hop character is fairly smooth for such an aggressively hopped brew; it is not particularly astringent and is missing those sometimes sharp herbal / vegetal notes of some hopped up brews. I could definitely drink a few pints of this brew. It is a nice easy quaffing brew for those of us who like hops in all there forms.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
02-08-2007 22:38:50 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
Note: This beer lists their ABV to be 6.5%.
Small but steady head (one finger thick). Settles to single layer of minute bubbles and leaves a blanket of lace initially.
More caramel to the nose than I expected. Comes across more like a British version of the IPA than American. Subtle, but present hop in the background.
This is a well-balanced IPA. The hop has a grapefruit rind taste but it is light for the style. The malt is your basic pale variety. This could easily come across as an ESB or an APA. The body is as expected and the carbonation is fine.
Simply put, this is an easy-to-drink IPA, perfect a perfect way for hopaphobes to be introduced to the style.
07-03-2013 22:37:24 | More by smcolw
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a gold coloured amber, with a thick, white head, with great retention, which looks great in a mug.
S: Smell is good, quite hoppy, though subtle and soft-feeling to the nose.
T: Not as robust an IPA as I'm used to having, but hop grapefruit flavor is good quality and seems to dominate, with some sweet malts in the back.
M: Quite robust for an EnIPA, resiny, soft and sweet.
D: A good IPA from Squatters, not the best I've ever had, but not bad either, tasty and a good choice.
08-12-2007 04:02:09 | More by Halcyondays
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Thick lace paints the glass.
Aroma: light orange and some caramel sweetness is mild overall.
Taste: caramel, oranges, some fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterness makes up a mellow IPA. There is a mild breadiness to the malt profile.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.
Drinkability: easy to drink this beer. This one is a good session ale, but will not blow you away.
05-18-2010 20:54:39 | More by Gavage
3.6/5 rDev -2.7%
12/19/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness notations on the bottle. Poured into an oversized wine glass.
Appearance- Golden, maybe deep golden colored pour. Solid 3/4 inch head with light trails of lace.
Smell- Semi-fresh pine tree hop notes as well as a toasted malt background. Nothing special, but nice.
Taste- Definite pine sap hop rather than grapefruit or the citrus variety. Deeper roasted caramel malt notes. A bit biscuit-like, but not quite super bready.
Mouthfeel- Fuller mouthfeel with a medium carbonation level and mild hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkability- Actually, I liked this one. It would be a very nice session variety. Didn't picture it as an english style when I tried it though. Either way, I wouldn't turn one down.
12-20-2007 15:16:18 | More by GClarkage
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
Squatters IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.