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Squatters Organic Amber Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Organic Amber AleSquatters Organic Amber Ale

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83
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-23-2007

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Photo of RandyKemka
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in the glass. Some head at first but it fizzles to nothingness quite quickly and of course no lacing. A little spritz on the tongue.

I can't detect much aroma. There is a hint of grainy flavor. More woody, some cereal, some bitter earth. The barest hint of malty sweetness. A little beery with some hoppy bitterness, but not much in the way of aromatics. Finishes with a hint of yesterday's coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

On the whole this is barely average, even with the Utah low-alcohol handicap. Nothing really wrong with it, and it's drinkable for those who like a watered-down version of the earthy hop style. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -17.8%

@ Squatter's Salt Lake City

Dark, dark amber, almost cherry wood colored. Minimal foamy ostentatiousness but permissible for a low abc amber. A classic amber ale SOA is big on toasted bread crust with a little fruit in the nose. Bitter crusty finish. I can taste the organics. But not really.

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of deepsouth
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a redish brown with a thick head.

there isn't much going on with the smell of this one. a bit bready.

the taste is yeasty and grainy and a bit bitter.

the mouthfeel is what i expect from an amber ale.

this is what i call a "crawfish eating" beer. really light. goes down like water and would be great out in the sun eating some crawfish.

thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing this beer with me.

Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This arrived with a big, off-white head with good retention throughout. The color was a slightly hazy deep amber. The nose had a light malty sweetness up front, underlain by a light hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium with a mostly sweet presence on the tongue. The finish had a light dryness, but overall, I was not a huge fan.

Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly dark colored for an amber ale. Dark and frankly more red than amber. Light brown colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. Mild NW style hops. Mildly woody and oakish scent.

Starts out mild and malty with a woody taste. Mild bitterness. but it isn't a strong beer. Decently tasty just don't expect a hop bomb.

Overall a decent beer, and quite good for an organic ale.

Photo of prometheus
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is not discontinued. I buy it at the grocery store in Utah all the time.

It's really good. It is indeed amber. Blast of hops at first taste then bready malt. Little bit a lacing. It has a great mouth feel, I think it being Organic really helps in this area. Slightly stingy carbonation, but not as bad a typical macro. I drink this one all the time as it is very drinkable, tasty , and satisfying.

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of elNopalero
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Does organic beer taste better? Depends on who is making it. But there are plenty of other reasons to drink organic, not the least of which are the effects the pesticides and chemicals used in producing the hops and grain have on those who grow and tend them. As well as those of us who enjoy the finished product.

Squatters Organic Amber pours a nice auburn-caramel color. There’s some thin foam that disappears rapidly. Very, very, very mild aroma. A light caramel-malt flavor on the palate. Not a malt bomb, more like one went off and cleared out the grain bill—there’s just not a whole lot going on here. As it warms I pick up more of the biscuit-malt aromas and flavors I caught in their blonde ale. I thought that flavor profile worked better in the blonde. Here it just… is. Maybe it needs a thicker, fuller mouthfeel to make it work. Otherwise it’s pretty one-dimensional. Clean finish, not a bad beer, just doesn’t do much for me.

Photo of alva7172
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of elihull
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mcsauter82
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a thick head – mostly tight bubbles. The aroma faint, but mostly yeast. The taste is grainy and bitter – but not hoppy. There is a little malt sweetness, but it doesn’t shine. The mouthfeel is thin to medium. Overall, this is an easy brew to drink and would be quite appropriate for sessions, but nothing really stands out.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on 03, 08 - 2008, moved here from incorrect listing under brewpub:

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade:

Pours amber with a slowly descending white head. Some traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel and pale malts with herbal and light citric notes.

The taste is caramelish with plenty of pale malt. Herbal hop presence restrained, but enough to give some balance to the sweetish finish.

The feel is a bit on the weak side, with some fizz.

Overall - a nice, mild, amber.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Squatter's Pub in the Salt Lake City airport.

It's a typical looking amber... normal amber color with a small white head.

The aroma is mostly malty with a hint of hops... good blend. The flavor is similar, but weaker and a little watery. There is a bitter aftertaste on the end but it's still a decent easy to drink amber ale.

Photo of Tolann
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle curtsy of a trade with Washash. Thanks!

A - Copper red with a white head. The foam quickly fades away so you can finish your pour. Not a hazy color.

S - Kinda sweet and malty(?) The smell isn't overpowering but isn't missing either. Kind of an apple- like smell.

T - Sweet and some bitter at the end. Not a huge hit in the face for this beer. Enjoyable but nothing big to it.

M - More of a light mouthfeel. No big aftertaste. Some carbonation and fizz in the feel.

D - Very drinkable and a good beer I could see being sessionable. I could see getting this in a bar out in Utah.

Not the style I drink most, but a good beer none the less.

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kwhittle11
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kenzie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist-capped bottle poured to a pint. No 'best by' date, but this came in December '07, via Wasatch.

A: Crystal-clear amber with a fair amount of carbonation. Off-white head builds to just under a finger but drops quickly to a star-shaped film and slim ring. A few broken lace bands.

S: Malty aroma of wheat bread and a touch of honey and caramel. A bit of buttered biscuits with a little earthy, mineral aroma.

T: Caramel/bready, but with a zesty tang of bittering, including a careful squeeze of lemon. Malts stay sweeter atop the hops, finish is milder caramel and a hint of nuttiness. A well-balanced amber.

M: Springy mouthfeel, notable carbonation despite there being virtually none, appearance-wise. An odd cooling sensation draws in the cheeks a little, a drying finish. I'd call this 'quenching', as this ends quite clean.

D: Very easy to consume and a total lightweight at just 4%. This amber would be a perfect session/lawnmower drinker. Satisfying - thanks, John!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #24 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a pretty nice amber. Nice consistent tones to it. Nothing really showy or overly ambitious, but it works. Especially for an organic ale, which for some reason usually come out not so well. But this is a pleasant ale. I can dig it.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, courtesy of Wasatch, I see a trend developing.

Poured a dark amber with some coppery brownish depth. Clean off-white head sits down quickly.

Nose is malty, lightly sweet and caramelly with plenty of yeast. Smells of crisp apple and slightly sour grains.

Taste is smooth and light. Slight sweetness in the easy-going malt, balanced with a clean crispness. Flavor recedes with a little yeast and soft bready flavor. Nothing bad here, just overall a bit watery and a little light on taste.

Feel is very nice, with a lighter medium body, rounded by tight full carbonation. Finishes smooth.

Overall drinkability is good. Very sessionable abv, and flavor. Lighter than expected but not a disappointment.

Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wasatch for this one.

Poured into a pint glass, it shows a very nice amber color, with some golden accents, topped by a white head that quickly drops down to a collar.
Aroma is delicate, but noce, with malts dominating, particularly caramel, along with some hers.
It is medium bodied, easy to drink, but the taste is a bit too delicate, although nice, with some caramel notes along with spices.
It is a nice brew, but I can't avoid my politically incorrect impression that if it wasn't organic it might pack a bit more flavor.

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Squatters Organic Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.