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Squatters IPA - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters IPASquatters IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

279 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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 jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.)

jwc215, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in 12oz bottle that I drank from a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Poors a clear light yellowish orange. Light carbonation bubbles are easily visable forming a very small white head. Little or no lacing.
Smell- Quiet pleasent. A very pleasing lilac floral scent from the hops is prevolent yet not at all overpowering. Subtle citrus fruits show as well. Little or no malt influence. A nice subtle, very fragrant brew.
Taste- Starts rather bitter with a intense (not overly) bright hoppy splash. Grapefuit like citrus stands out as source of the bitterness. Very nice caramel sweet malt disapates the hoppyness nicely finishing a with a nice sweet dryness. Very very subtle alcohol notes tickle the sides of my tongue. A very doughy aftertaste lingers.
Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation adds well to the medium body. The dryness leaves a very sticky feeling on the back of my tongue.
Drinkability- Very nice! Has a fantastic smell and a nicely balanced taste. With the rather small 6% ABV this is a very drinkable beer.

younger35, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GClarkage, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.55... shared with a coworker.. mine poured into a tulip... listening to Sasha Live at the Avalon.

A nice 1" head.. that left beautiful lacing for the entire glass... only the slightest haze in a lite gold brew.

Spicy aroma hops dominate the nose.. maybe some citrus.. pale malts and mild yeasty fruitiness.

Wow... everytime I have this beer I am amazed it's brewed in Utah... simply wonderful... a perfect blend of everything an IPA is.. great bitterness polished by a pale malt palate ... spicy/floral hops and to mix well, a good fruitiness... yummy... This bottle tastes MUCH more fresh than previous ones picked up at the bigger grocery chains. This is a truly session IPA, that you can pick up on new and interesting flavors with nearly every sip... the only negative I can really come up with is, it is a little burpy, but they are good burps.

I've had all the Squatters/Utah beers that have made it to the Boise area, and unfortunately, this seems to be one of the last of a lingering few. St. Provo Girl is a fantastic pilsner... Interesting sidebar, if you are ever in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area, Eric Boener (sp?) is a former Utah brewmaster that now heads up Trail Creek brewing... Eric makes some of the best American made German style lagers I've had.

Edit, reading over other reviews, I think the others could have had an old bottle... mine was sooo vibrant tonight... tasty and very yummy.

JohnGalt1, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Wasatch, thanks! The color was a clear golden with a puffy white head. Good smell of hops and malts. The taste was a back and forth between the malts and hops. I think the malts actually won this battle. Decent drinking IPA but I prefer a smashmouth West Coast.

ArrogantB, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squatters- IPA

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Orange/ brown with a thick foamy head. Messy lacing on the glass.
S- Oily pine hops and caramel malt.
T- Slick oily pine hops with a buttery caramel malt backbone.
M- Buttery, creamy, and chewy.

Overall- A slightly above average IPA that I could easily drink all night.

NJpadreFan, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- thin and tight white foam rests above a bubbly golden straw colored brew. decent retent, thin lacing

S- leafy, floral, bready, herbal, very tame citrus

T- decently balanced start with a hoppy finish. bready, toasted malt, apple/pear, leafy hop flavors

M- medium crisp body, finish and after are coarse and dry

D- nice and tame IPA, very drinkable but nothing I'm pursuing further

tonistruth, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a trade with wasatch poured into a pint glass. Beer is exceptionally clear. which I actually find a bit unnerving. The two fingers or so of white head fades to a thin covering of big, soapy bubbles. Quite a bit of lacing, but it also looks a bit soapy. Not very appealing, but it could be my glass.

The smell was some piney American hops and some malt. The taste is like the smell, a little sweet, bitterness is balanced, but there is something in there that i can't quite place. Maybe the soapy appearance has fooled me into tasting just a tiny bit of soap in there. Who knows. As the beer warms a bit i think i like it more.

Mouthfeel is pretty on target, maybe a tiny bit thin for me. Drinkability is hampered mostly by the soap factor, but if it wasn't for that i could see enjoying a six pack of this with a friend, though I certainly wouldn't choose it over other IPAs like 60 minute or hopdevil.

wheelinshirt, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wasatch for sending me this brew in a trade. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a perfectly clear golden amber color, that seemed to almost sparkle in the light. A rocky two finger off-white head formed. Faded surprisingly slowly, leaving plenty of thick lace behind on the glass. This IPA had a sweet fruity nose to it. Quite a bit of citrus up front with just a touch of lemon peel. Almost a pineapple like aroma mixed in nicely with the hops and thick malt. The flavor was quite hoppy but balanced with a ton of thick malt. Hoppy, malty, citrusy, with a bit of an astringent like finish. Not too bad at all. This IPA has it's own unique flavor in my opinion. Had a nice medium bodied mouthfeel that was quite pleasing. Damn good drinkability as well.

jaxon53, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of bboven
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apple juice color with a thin but lasting head that leaves some good lacing.

Lots of hops in there smell; very bitter and burnt smelling. Almost no malt.

Lots of hops; a little sweetness from the malt. There is a strange but not unpleasant extremely citrusy-sour taste on the sides of the tongue. I like it.

The carbonation gives it a little bite, and I think that's important as this one is verrry hoppy even for an IPA.

That sour bite is what I like about this beer. It's very interesting and unique. Would definitely buy again.

bboven, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark golden color with heavy carbonation, bright white head that settles fairly slowly. Flowery hop aroma, faintly of dried fruit? hmm... Taste is slightly piney, but not overly bitter. A bit of citrus, sweet maltyness, but definetly skewed just right to the hop side. Mouthfeel is just a bit sticky, oily. Nice and moist feeling. A fairly well balanced IPA. Very drinkable, not to bitter. Could easily become an everyday IPA.

BigJTrucker, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale gold. Absolutely transparent with a slow but steady stream of carbonation running to the top. This is even thin looking for an English IPA. Consistent layer of bubbles floating. Nose is fairly non-present with just a slight hint of nondescript hops.

Flavor is rather simple. Malts are barely distinguished and shine through as more of a woodiness than a malty base. Hops come through as a mild pine and stick to the tingue just enough to provide some sort of aftertaste. Rather light feel. Very easy to drink. Reminds me more of a hoppy pilsener than an English IPA.

MuddyFeet, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two and a half finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet orange hop with a light pepper.

The taste was well balanced with an upfront sweet and tangy hop, light grainy middle and dry peppery finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking AIPA. Thanks to Wasatch.

plaid75, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of BeerRun13
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear orange amber. Thin but persistant white head with some decent lace.
Mostly malty, bready, toast aroma. Some slight citrussy hops in the nose as well.
Malty with a decent bittering hop flavor. Slightest hint of fruitiness. Hops are more of a pungent variety.
Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky on the palate.
Definately not an exciting IPA, but it's decent.

BeerRun13, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of xymyl
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

xymyl, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour from this Utah brew is nice, slight haze in the amber “ orange” glow. Orange a key word here. Very good white head and Brussels lacing in the diamond encrusted snifter.

Orangey hops in the aroma, some nectar and honey. Taste included orange, again, among the lite hops. A very easy drinker from Utah, one of the better brews, I imagine the 6% helps provide backbone to the brew. This milder English version of an IPA would make for a great introduction to the hop side.

Provided by, and thanks to Wasatch for this trade brew.

Vancer, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!!

NeroFiddled, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of utahbeerdude
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visual: Nice white head, dark gold color and very clear. Appropriate amount of carbonation for the style.

Aroma: Very nice hop aroma. American variety – Cascade and maybe some Centennial, but not too strong. Likely dry hopped. A bit minerally (sulphur), but not unpleasant. A touch of malt sweetness.

Flavor: Slightly bitter to start, then some hop flavor and lager-like malt presence, then long, dry bitter finish. Bitterness persists for quite a while in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation in the middle renders some pleasant creaminess.

Overall: Not the hop bomb that characterizes many IPAs. This is very clean, almost lager like, but still very much an IPA. Very drinkable.

utahbeerdude, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Gueuzedude, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

UPDATE / re-review, 12/18/08;
12 ounce bottle from the Utah state wine store, approx $1.60 again.

Better than last time around. Same interesting spicy/perfumy aroma that still reminds me of DFH 90 Minute, but still doesn't come through in the taste. Slight metallic in the medium taste and finish. Nice fruit, apricot, slight perfume on the aftertaste.

As I note in the original review below, when it's a choice between this beer and much of the 4.0% ABV / 3.2% ABW Utah beer, this is the better choice. Still, not a super impressive beer IPA, English or otherwise.

Overall: kept same ratings, with exception of changing taste from 3 to 3.5.

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original review, 2/2/07:
12 ounce bottle, approx $1.60 at Utah State Store, states 6.0% ABV.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange into bell pint glass. Light to moderate head, moderately dense, even with a vigorous pour. Dissipates to almost nothing, leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is bright and fruity, hops and floral. The aroma is deceptively fruity like Dogfish 90 Minute, though this beer can't even stand in the same room as that beer (which I think is one of Dogfish's better beers.)

Taste is bright, earthy hops, and a fruitiness that is hard to place, but seems to be from sweet grain rather than esters or hops. Distinct metallic taste in the body and finish, just like every other time I've had this beer.

Overall, it's a beer worth drinking, and is definitely better than most locally brewed stuff in Utah, which is subject to the 4.0% ABV/3.2% ABW cap. Squatter's IPA is sold to the Utah state DABC, and then sold only through state liquor stores as "heavy beer," and through restaurants with liquor licenses and private clubs, who buy it from the DABC (at retail prices!) to re-sell. That being said, Utah brewers can do better, and just don't seem to think they have a market imperative to bother.

warmstorage, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade from Wasatch...thanks!!

A - Pours an orangish brown color with a medium white head; leaves a thick ring for the duration. Decent amount of carbonation.

S - Fruity malt and hops...pretty straightforward.

T - Not-too-sweet malt and fruity mix of pears and apricots up front on a solid backbone of piney hops. Added fruits are a nice compliment to the hoppy goodness.

M - Light-to-medium body that seemed to thin out over time with a fair amount of carbonation. A little on the thin side.

D - Overall, pretty enjoyable. Not too hoppy, but it makes for an enjoyable IPA...good flavor compliments. Thanks again to Wasatch!

JohnnyM2002, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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 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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 14, 2007
Squatters IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.