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Squatters Organic Amber Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Squatters Organic Amber AleSquatters Organic Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%


Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website


Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-23-2007)
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some fruit and a little hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of caramel, tea and citrus. There's a good hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The most surprising part about this beer is that it doesn't have any trace of the bite that I've typically found in nearly every other organic beer that I've tried.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, I would put this beer up there as one of, if not the best organic beer that I've had. Overall, it's a decent beer to drink several of over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 03:59:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 13:47:25 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 01:35:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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mactrail

California

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 23:23:20 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the better of the two ambers at squatters. pours a sexy red shade of brown, moderately hazy, fluffy white 2 inch head into a pint glass. smells very rich, caramel malts dominate the nose. much more hops in the flavor, of a pine tree tone, balancing out and making it crisp and refreshing at the end. this is a major session beer, complex, delicious, and easy down. medium body, great carbonation. this would be excellent with anything from the grill, i wish this one was available in colorado.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 23:34:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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Zorro

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:33:43 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty/hoppy, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is more on the malt side, but with a nice bitter hoppy finish, which is also slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, not sure about this organic stuff, but this brew is tasty, and a slight different take on a regular amber. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 03:16:15 | More by Wasatch
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2008 01:55:30 | More by woodychandler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from Wasatch as an extra in a trade! Big thanks... Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Aggressive pour produced a 2" head atop a crystal clear amber brew.... a very suprising amount of lacing.. Woo Hoo!

Aroma is hoppy citrus and a little bit less caramel malts.... sorta husky grains with a smidge of toastiness.

Flavor is big on the toasted grains (Victory?).. suprisingly larger malt profile than expected.. hops come into play mid palate with a shotgun of earth .. but quickly die off to more of a nutty finish... with a long lingering toasted biscuit finish... off the wall berry finish as it warms.

I have to be honest, I never expect too much from "organic" brews.. there are just too many restrains on ingredients.. AND.. over the years, I really have not expected too much from many Utah beers... But, in the last few years, the Utah breweries have really made good with what they can do... This is a very good beer and to make it organic makes it better in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 09:09:46 | More by JohnGalt1
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bootle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from12oz bottle a clear amber with a +2 finger head of foam that hardly shrinks during the entire session.

The smell has notes of caramel malt and hops and is nice.

The taste is unusual. I get some caramel malt, grain, and some hops midway through and it lingers on and makes for a hoppy and dry finish. I find it kind of light bodied and the carbonation is medium. It sure is easy enough to drink and interesting enough for me to take further sips but I'd like the aftertaste to last a bit longer and maybe a bit bigger of a malt profile would help. Still. A good brew and 1 that I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 23:58:31 | More by Bitterbill
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 19:14:39 | More by msubulldog25
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Organic Amber was by far my favorite beer brewer by Squatters. The appearance was a deep red decent white head that laces nicely. The scent had a good malt character with a slight kick of hop. The taste was very light with a body to match. The great taste was bolstered with fresh hop that started the beer then followed by good malt finish. Absoluetly recommend this beer!!! Teh mouthfeel was perfect for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 00:18:39 | More by WoodBrew
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elNopalero

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 19:47:08 | More by elNopalero
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 02:27:36 | More by brdc
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear bronze color with a creamy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice smell of herbal hops. Smells very fresh.

Taste of caramel malt upfront leading into a medium bitterness and nice herbal hop flavor. Rather clean finish.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

A pleasant and quite drinkable amber. Avoids the trap of blandness that many ambers fall into. Plus, it's organic, so it's easy to recommend to anyone looking for a quality amber or a quality organic brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 03:22:44 | More by MaltyGoodness
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 22:39:10 | More by barefootbrewer
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 18:05:57 | More by theboozecruise
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lightindarkness

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:35:44 | More by lightindarkness
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Tolann

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 03:38:40 | More by Tolann
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 14:36:46 | More by deepsouth
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TroyS

Idaho

4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one may become one of my favorite "local" brews. I picked-up a growler of Squatters Organic Amber a few days ago and forgot about it. Sweet that I was reminded as I was brainstorming bbq/dinner ideas! So...keep in mind that this one was bottled-up a few days ago; bonus that, according the the gal in the store, it was kegged last week too;) Oh, wait...that was the Devistator that was bottled last week which is yumm too;) So, my comments may not match my thoughts on the bottled version. That being said...

Nice nose. Great amber color - copper. Head went quickly leaving slightly more than a trace, but it did pour nice and fluffy with a brown hue to it. Slight lacing, but not much to it. Smooth drinker. Not too hoppy; almost a lawnmower beer for a craft ale. Yumm;) Cheers!

Serving type: growler

04-05-2009 20:06:27 | More by TroyS
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KylightZone

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Should probably just point out to everyone outside of Utah that this was brewed at the Utah Brewers Cooperative under the Squatters label. Yeah I know we are kinda weird.

A: Deep in golden color, with a touch of red.

S: Nice citrus hops pulling through (centennial?) followed by a great coupling of caramel malts.

T: Big on the toasted/caramel malts, the citrus hops pull through giving it the faintest of a lemon zest. Then it finishes with a different nutty? finish. Probably thanks to the chocolate malts used.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, medium....medium.... medium.

Notes: I have yet to find an amber that just blows me away. But this one is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 05:27:28 | More by KylightZone
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prometheus


3.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:09:29 | More by prometheus
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doubledslc

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is exceptional for an amber. It reminds me of a good wine that lingers on the senses. It dazzles the mind with textures of carmel malt and tempered grains. The mouthfeel is sublime, to a point where the mellow carbonation relaxes the taste buds and reminds you that life is worth living. I highly suggest that you take the time to pour this into a glass and acknoledge the simple rich color or a truely unique beer to the Salt Lake scene.
Peace off!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 19:49:40 | More by doubledslc
Squatters Organic Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.