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Squatters IPA - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters IPASquatters IPA

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281 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002)
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Photo of Yesac
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received on trade from pokesbeerdude. Thanks!

A- Transparent pale orange in color. Bright white head.

S- Pungent fresh hops, toasty malt. Smells balanced.

T- Bready malt up front.. strong hop bitterness middle and a grassy fresh hop finish.

M- Thick bodied, medium carbonation. Decent taste and coverage on the palate.

D- This isn't my favorite style but I think Squatters has done a great job brewing this beer to the style's roots.

Yesac, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Altogether a solid IPA from an unlikely state.

Decent caramel sweetness and pine-like hops in the nose.

The taste is relatively simple with a good, if a bit light, level of hop character. Nicely balanced though with caramel sweetness from the malt.

Basically, a simple, slightly light IPA that is quite drinkable. Nothing stands out too much - good or bad - so this makes for a pleasant session IPA.

rallison, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very godo hop presence for an english

appearance: nice beutiful red-amberish color

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: liek a solid IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, very solid IPA along with all of their others.

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, more balanced than torpedo and copeletey different flavor

drinkability: overall a decent IPA, and I would recommend.

CampusCrew, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer was a surprise in a trade (also from wasatch) and i have to tell you, it was much to my delight. What a fantastic beer. it pours a golden/ orange color. it smells amazing. One of the most citrusy scents in a beer that i have experienced. it smells like piney hops and grapefruits. it is very well balanced. the piney hops bite you at 1st finished off with a sweet grapefruit burst at the end. very well crafted!.

i indeed am very interested in getting my hands on as much of this as i can.

blew my mind , that is all.

Ezone024, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is amber in color with a foamy head. The nose is a lovely floral hops type of scent. The attack is mild hops with an understated bitterness/sourness of the hops/acid flavor. The floral character carries into the flavor and really keeps the beer tame. The malt is sweet and subdued. This beer has a nice balance while allowing the components to speak to you separately. I kind of liked it despite the fact that it was a "sweet" rendition of an IPA in my opinion. I always enjoy my wife's take on IPA's as they are her "bread and butter" and it wasn't really all that noteworty to her. I think I had higher praise for this IPA than she did.

Ragingbull, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The twistoff-topped twelve-ounce longneck pours a brew that is pale golden amber in color with a finger-thick cap of grainy ivory foam atop. The head settles quickly into a short-collared skim that sticks a raggedly fine film of lacing onto the sides of my SA shaped pint glass.

The smell is stickily herbal and permeated with evergreen. Reasonant notes of powdered dry pinesap and a waft of bitter spruce dominate the nose.

The taste is sweet and malty with plenty of dilute toffee and a sturdy dash of savory burnt caramel. Hops contribute a twist of citrus oil that effectively drowns in a mild and sugary sea, but a mildly bitter grassy bite bites back, providing a bit of balance as it lingers deep into the aftertaste.

The brew is medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep the dominant sweetness from aproaching a state of syrupiness. A highly drinkable brew.

Received in a trade with Wasatch; Thanks, John!

cvstrickland, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is dominated by a large red, hollow diamond with some descriptive writing on it.

Appearance: Pours with a little over 2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly to a still fluffy coating of foam, leaving behind very nice lacing. The beer itseld is a medium to light gold and completely clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Hints of spicy hops, but not much else here.

Taste: Spicy hops dominate, very floral. Some hints of a bready malt in the middle, but this quickly rolls to the finishing hop bitterness. Bitterness lingers well after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Slightly below average carbonation. This goes very well with a thick and creamy body.

Drinkability: A good example. Multi-layered and complex enough to be interesting without being overwhelming. I like it. Too bad I can't get it.

beveritt, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Squatter's brew pub in the SLC airport. Orange brown body with a quarter inch white head. Smells of citrus and sweet malt. Pretty nice aroma. Orange-y citric flavor with a good bitter punch. Some sweetness and a good light malt body. Medium bodied. Drinks easily, a good quality IPA. Surprised to find something so tasty in Utah.

aforbes10, May 30, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger head that is creamy and foamy. The body of the beer is a medium gold color with orangish hues. There is a lot of effervescene in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haziness.

Nose: A mild grapefruit, wood and floral esters. Malt is present and it has a touch of sweetness. There is a touch of soapiness on the back end of the beer.

Taste: A mild grapefruit, woody, and some floral esters. There is a weak malt back bone a touch of sweetness and soap.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and creamy. The body of the beer is medium and finish is medium. This isn't a strong IPA is it okay. The head left a lacing.

colts9016, May 25, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Utah local brew down the hatch once again. This is the big 5-0 review, a young one.

Well the appearance of this brew is nothing to write home about. It is a light golden color that produces a thick foamy one finger head that quickly goes away and developes into. . nothing. No head? After three or so minutes I was starting to already wonder about this one.

The smell is not distinctive, it is the smell of a typical IPA. It has a flowery hop aroma, faint but still there. It has some sweet characteristics to it that made me wonder again, what was going on.

Then the taste, where it either comes together or falls apart. This one stays together but wont leave any lingering lust-filled memories to drool over. It is a normal bland brew. It has a dry hoppiness about it that I enjoyed, but overall something is not outstanding. Maybe it is not enough carbonation, maybe not enough hop or hop extract. Something about it is just good, not great.

Overall an average beer with average results. Tastes flat if left out for ten minutes to warm up. Probably best left for the weak at heart, or better yet, just left on the shelf. Overall an okay brew, not worth a repeat.


Jmoore50, May 22, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

brentk56, May 22, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one. My first Utah beer review!

Pours a very clean, medium gold. Lots of nice bubbles streaming towards a nice half inch of head that clings tight to the glass.

Smells of citrus (more orange and lemon than grapefruit) with a nice sweet maltiness as well. Not a hop bomb of an IPA in the nose, its also definitely coming across as the English variety based on smell alone.

Taste is a very nice balance of hop bitterness and nice bready maltiness. Very nice in the finish, a burst of lemony hop tartness really makes this one refreshing.

Very easy drinking IPA and at 6% its still sessionable for sure!

Looking forward to trying more beers from Utah courtesy of Wasatch! Cheers!

indiapaleale, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Asked for an IPA at the Squatters airport brewpub in Salt Lake City and was told this was available via bottle and was 6%. "I'll take it."

Some strange law in Utah prevents beer being over ~3.2% so they have to brew it, bottle it, sell it to the state, and buy it back to sell it at the brewpub. I'm not 100% certain but it's something like this.

Light copper color and large head into a champaign-style beer glass.

Distinct grassy hop aroma. Expectations being exceeded already.

Full hop flavor - nothing overwhelming on biterness.

A very nice locally brewed beer for Utah and very glad I could find something at the airport with some kick to it.

Yetiman420, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of SaucyA
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks John :) My first beer from the lovely state of Utah.

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden/orange into a standard pint glass. A nice, thick, frothy off-white head remains on top for a while. Lots of bubbles jet through the body. Nice lacing.

S - It smells a bit more of American hops than the English variety. Lots of citrus and sweet fruits, but a definite pronounced malt profile. Good and not overdone, and nothing off.

T - Straddles the line between an APA and an EIPA, but I like it. A clean, lightly sweet malt profile plays around with an earthy hop note. The finish is slightly dry, but definitely not overly bitter. A good candidate for those wanting to cut their hop-loving teeth without wanting to get completely smacked around.

M - The soda-like effervescence detracts from the initial flavors, but the more it mellows, the more it comes together. It could use a tad less carbonation tho.

D - Nice drinkability, as the flavors are light, yet present enough to know you're enjoying a flavorful beer. I'd definitely drink more of this if available to me.

Notes: I'm peeling off the sticker that says "Unlawful to Remove" as I type this. Damn the man.

SaucyA, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this sending this beer as an extra in our recent trade.

Nice looking beer. Pours a low amber color with a frothy, two-finger thick, head. Great retention and thick lacing.

Toasty malts and a bit of fresh biscuit aroma. Earthy and flowery hops on the nose with hints of citrus. Not an aggressive hop profile but a nice delicate touch that interplays well with the toasted and caramel malt sweetness. Some fruitiness from the yeast begins to show up once the hops fall to the background. A touch grassy too, but very minimal, like a stem from a flower or weed.

Toast and a bit of caramel upfront with a low dryness, and low bitter finish from the hops. Earthy and flowery finish with just a hint of alcohol. A very dry toast flavor continues to develop, some grass in the finish as well. Hints of toffee candy in the aftertaste but not necessarily sweet, the finish is well attenuated and dry.

Medium-light carbonation and feel which makes this one very easy to drink. Initial carbonation, dryness and bitterness upfront but sometimes the finish feels a bit watery.

Very good for the style (English IPA)

seaoflament, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Buebie
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Buebie, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragged a few bottles of this Salt Lake staple home with me last year and finally got around to trying a bottle. It's a clear amber color with a big off-white head and fair clumps of lacing. The aroma is a very mellow, smooth pine hop malt blend, very pleasant. The taste comes on with nice pine hops and great malt balance. A very drinkable mid-bodied brew, plenty of hops but very mellow overall. I liked it, hit the spot when hoping for some hop pleasure. Medium carbonation, smooth, a definite session standby, well done.

Durge, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, now we are talking. Bottle purchased at the Squatters brewpub in downtown SLC.

A - Poured into a cool Squatters IPA goblet. Liked it so much, I picked one up for myself. But back to the beer. Plenty of head, great lacing, a clear golden amber.

S - I get a good blast of piney hops. Yeah, this is a real IPA. I like it.

T - I wanted some hops and I found them. Very piney, like a scaled down version of SN Celebration. This strikes me as more of an American IPA than an English IPA.

F - As I was in control of the pour, was able to pour to my specifications. Smooth.

D - You could drink a few of these. This is a good Utah beer, no doubt.

Patrick999, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to breity for sending me this extra beer in a recent trade!

Pours a hazy deep gold with a good sized 2-finger white head on it. Excellent retention and sticky lacing. Slight chill haze throughout. Smells pretty standard for an IPA. Some citrus and just a touch of pine. A little metal in there as well.

Mouthfeels is a tad thin for my liking, but not a complete turnoff. Goes down easily enough. Taste is slightly bitter with some piney resin. Sort of bready taste as well. Right off the bat there is a strong metallic presence, but this dissipates as I continue to drink. Maybe I just got used to it?

Not a bad IPA. Definitely not an American IPA that kills with high grapefruity hops. I'd get another.

Onenote81, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for sending this beer over!

A - Poured into my North Coast Brewing nonic pint glass. Fluffy, slightly rocky, off-white head about 3 fingers tall, slowly retracing its way down the glass and leaving a great looking lace behind. The beer is slightly hazy, and a medium orange color. Looks great!

S - Piney/resiney hops nose is very present and followed closely by a hint of citrus. Clean malt profile.

T - Hop flavor is front and center on this beer. I'm picking up some tropical fruit/pineapple along with a touch of pine. Clean malt with just a touch of caramel flavor. Finish is not quite dry enough and leaves a lingering hop flavor. Bitterness is moderate and should be more intense.

M - Medium bodied, moderate-low level of carbonation. Smooth. Needs a bit more carbonation.

D - The beer has good balance and a nice hop profile but is missing some factors to make it a great IPA. More carbonation and a drier finish along with more complexity in the hop profile could certainly improve the beer. Missing out on the appropriate level of bitterness as well.

BrewerB, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of MSchae1017
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

This beer was poured into one of those uniquely shaped pint glasses.

The beer pours a pale gold with a half finger white head. This head holds a decent ring with a bit of wisps leaving some lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma of the beer is full of floral and citrusy hops. There is a bit of pineyness in there as well.

The flavor of the beer displays a light bready malt flavor with a touch of caramel. The hops also come in. Very floral, with some citrus and pine as well. The hops are dominant in the flavor. But not quite as assertive as I would expect from an American IPA.

The body is on the light side of medium, with a nice creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, its a very easy drinking IPA. Not quite as assertive as I would like but still nice. This might have more to do with the fact that this is not exactly my hop variety (more floral), but hey if that is your thing, check this one out.

MSchae1017, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small head. Aroma of bitter grassy hops, some citrus. Flavor is full of nice hop oils and slight citrus notes. This beer is hop-dominated but it works. I really enjoyed this beer; it had a very nice hop profile.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold color with a slight haze. Pouted a 2-3 finger stark white head with fair retention. Laced in solid rings that were fairly thin.

S: Floral Cascade hops with a piney bite, citrus and some roasted malts in the background.

T: Consistent with smell, get the taste. Roasted caramel malt notes come in a little deeper for a slightly biscuity flavor.

M: Full side of medium body. Ample, but balanced carbonation. Hoppy in the finish, but not as coating as some.

D: Actually think this is a pretty nice drinkable IPA- if you can think of this style as sessionable, this is one that could be.

Haybeerman, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. About $3 as i remember. A little spendy for a 12oz beer.

A: Nice bronze/orange color off white head about half an inch thick. Large bubbles on this one. Excellent lacing. Relatively clear, but not crystal clear.

S: Very sweet smelling, grapefruit, other citrus flavors as well, really thats what pops out the most is the citrus, lots of nice sweet, caramel thick malts. Right on par for an American IPA, not so sure about the english IPA label.

T: A little more tame than the nose suggests, big blast of hops up front, they are citrusy initially, and somewhat bitter, relatively tame though. Lemons and grapefruit are really pronounced. Malt is grainey and sweet, but not really that present, very light on the malt flavor in fact. Nothing terribly exciting here. Light spice on the end hearkens more to the English style. Faint peppery notes are there. But for the most part, this is pretty tame and mild.

M: Slightly thick, medium carbonation, and very slick in the mouth, slight alcohol warmth, but very slight. Pretty standard IPA.

D: This would be a great session IPA, not flaming, and not boring, rather subdued and easy drinking. Mild flavors make this one rather consumable. A solid beer to drink more than just one of.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 20, 2008
Squatters IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.