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Squatters IPA - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters IPASquatters IPA

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002

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Ratings: 287 | Reviews: 179
Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a barely hazy golden-amber body capped by an impressive, think two finger head, off white color with medium lacing.

A:Strong hops lead, citrus and floral hops dominant, grassy hops present as well. A toasted malt background.

T: Strong bitterness.The malt up front, followed by mid palate citrus leads over fruitiness, hints of grass and pine, with a bitter finish.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, bitter aftertaste.

D: Very good IPA, definitely one I could see myself keeping stocked in my fridge.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Wasatch for this 12oz bottle.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a thick white head that shows very good retention and surprisingly good lacing.

The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side with tangerine and light pine in the nose. There is also a hefty caramel malt presence as well.

The taste is also sweet with caramel malts, lightly toasted, sweet citrus and some hay. The finish is fairly dry and toasty with very little hop bitterness, again sweeter than most IPAs

The mouthfeel is very smooth with active carbonation and actually warms the throat more than I was expecting.

This is a decent and well balanced IPA but there's nothing memorable here, so I'd say it's slightly above average overall with the hops being of the sweeter variety and the caramel malts playing a prominent role.

Photo of climax
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one poured a very clear burnt orange amberish hue. The head was tan and had pretty good retention and left a pretty thick layer of lace.

The aroma was very juicy and well balanced. Citrus and tropical fruit from the hops was well matched by a sweet toasty presence. Lots of caramel and sweet mandarin orange scents dominated and a slight buttery presence loomed as well.

The same elements were found in the taste. Very juicy and refreshing sweet citrus fruit was a bit more pronounced than more bitter pine flavors. All of which sat on a relatively strong malt backbone, caramel and spices.

The body was on the light side of medium. Not as full as I would have liked, but it was smooth and the crispness of carbonation kept me fairly distracted. This is a good easy drinking IPA with a lot of flavor.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I post this, I see this is listed as an English IPA. No way. Way too hoppy for that style.
Served in a Squatters IPA glass.
3+ fingers of head form. The beer is a bright orange/copper color. Excellent clarity. Excellent retention and structure on the head. Clumpy lacing everywhere.

Aroma is bright, fresh, floral and of citrus.

Wow, kind of like sucking on a fresh hop cone. Perfumey, floral, resin like, some honey, you can taste the green of the fresh hop.
I can't believe I am going to say this, but this could use a touch more malt backbone. Still a nice fresh Ipa. Almost soapy.

Slight carbonation, smooth, oily mouthfeel

Photo of Yesac
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of Ezone024
4.49/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of beveritt
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of colts9016
3.71/5  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.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of SaucyA
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of seaoflament
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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)

Photo of Buebie
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Patrick999
3.71/5  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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Squatters IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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