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Squatters Hell's Keep - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
84
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-11-2009)
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Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color, clear, fluffy white head which reduced to a nice lace hanging on the rim of the glass.

Aroma has hints of hayseed and fresh cut grass
A little on the thin side, slight astringent taste, but sweet and lovely, as well as adequately carbonated.

Slightly solvent like with hints of a floral aroma

Crisp dry finish with a decent mouthfeel for the style.
Overall okay beer. It is a fair interpretation of the style, but lacks the depth of a true golden ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of green apples, mild citrus, grassy hops, pale malt, and coriander, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of green apple and grapefruit peel flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of spices jump into play - coriander as with the aroma - and are buttressed by grassy hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer however no one facet really stood out to me. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Misty, mustard straw colored with a medium-sized white head which retains and laces well.
The nose brings pears dusted in powdered sugar and cloves, candied lemon peel, and basil-like leafiness.
It brings a sugary, rock-candy sweetness upon touching the teeth. Backings of melon and pear. A touch of caramel, then it dries a bit with wheat toast. Yeast adds clove, banana, and pepper, and just a touch of oxidized, brown-bag deadness. Not a flaw or distraction on it own, but perhaps a suggestion that it not likely to age well. Lemon peel later on, with touches of herbs, as it ends and lingers with sugary white grape vinousness.
Uppity carbonation upfront, giving lift to the moderately full body making it seem much lighter. The bubbles slow over time, but never fade entirely, giving it a bit more girth, but it never feels fat. It's drinkable beyond it's ABV, but it's sip-worthy too.
It may lack a bit in total depth, but it hits mostly all the right notes. If it were priced differently ($16/750mL bottle at the brewpub, $10 in stores), I'd absolutely return. There's a good deal of likeability as well as versitility here.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my third Squatters beer. So far I've enjoyed all of what they've had to offer. Their Hop Rising was delicious, their Outer Darkness wasn't as "stout" as I like my stouts but it was still a good brew, and now I'm having this Hell's Pass. It's good to see the brewery making a variety of beer styles.

I poured this baby into my Duvel glass and oh, does it look delightful. The beer is a crystal clear golden. I don't know if my glass has etching at the bottom of it but there is some serious bubble-age coming from the bottom, like a hot spring. The head forms a bit slowly but gets lovely, white, and foamy. There's some exceptional lacing on my glass, leaving a thin layer of once-head around the glass. A nice thin layer of bubbles remains on top throughout drinking.

I get a triumvirate of smells coming from Hell's Keep. Interestingly, it does not smell of fire, pitch, stone, blood, sweat, excrement, or any other smell I'd associate with a keep that's in Hell. Mostly what I get is Belgian yeast, a white sugary sweetness, and slight lemon citrus. Underlying is a hay-like aroma that adds a sort of saison/barnyard character. Some booziness tingles the nose just a tad but it doesn't intrude.

The taste is much like the smell except the hops and hay maltiness are more pronounced. I'd say the flavors are all balanced here perfectly. It might not be the most tasty beer you'll have (That's a stupid statement, I admit) but they're all good and all well-balanced. Just a bit of bitterness at the beginning with some lemon and some banana as well. Sweet bananas, yes, that's a good description of the sweetness, though the banana isn't very strong. After the hop bitterness and fruity sweetness comes the flavors that linger like the grainy malts, a bit of warming booze, and the white sugary sweetness. It reminds me of a sugar cookie in a way.

Hell's Keep is an overall smooth beer but there's enough carbonation to tingle the tongue at the beginning. It's medium-bodied and very easy to drink.

This is another enjoyable offering from Squatters. I hope to see more from them in the future.

Photo of Bierleichen
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mjc3151
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, frothy head that fades slowly and leaves a solid sheet of lacing on the glass.

Smells of some grassy notes and a little yeast spice.

Tastes of mostly a dry, bready malt character with some yeast additions. There is a good amount of citrus grassy notes as well, but the beer does not have a sharp edge. Very lightly sweet with some hidden apple notes. Yeast adds peppery notes in the middle. Alcohol also sneaks in, but does not detract.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of RandyKemka
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my most recent trade with Wasatch... Huge thanks buddy.

Looked like the cap might be leaking through a thin layer of black wax.. some small bubbles of beer were blowing out.... So I did what any self-respecting BA would do... Immediately chilled it down a bit and cracked it... Poured into my small La Trappe goblet.

Thankfully, the beer was still plenty carbonated .... very carbonated actually, I think some Boise heat and UPS jostling may have just forced up some beer into the neck.

Easy 2 finger thick egg shell white head... the brew is a slightly hazy pale sunset gold.

Nose is pretty spicy.. with some apple skin... fairly malty... good aroma across the board.

Flavor is every bit a well made BSPA.. fruity esters reminds of a slightly underripe pear... quite a nice bite of white pepper too... good bitterness.

The body is lite/medium with a bunch of carbonation.

No problems with the cap made it's way into the finished bottle .... the smallest amount of beer actually made it out and in fact my only "real" complaint is I would even like the carbonation notched back a tad more.... Thanks again John.

Edit: Glad John shipped this in a styro shipper.... looks like it probably spent most of the trip upright.

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light yellow, slightly hazy.
S: sweet like cheap beer, white wine, slight booze, slight cotton candy.
T: sugary finish, metallic, boozy, dark fruit, nutty, bready aftertaste once you get past the metal.

I enjoyed the dry finish and intense carbonation. Overall, I think there are better strong pales on the market. However, it is nice to try something different.

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Irish12
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a hazed gold color with a stark white head. Fair retention and a little lacing.

Yeast is quite prominent on the nose, more phenolic than I was expecting. Very clove-y and even some bubblegum. Grain is light as well as the hops, the yeast really drives the aroma on this one.

Malts are light and crackery, Im glad it stays on the dry side of things. Maybe some dust and honeyed hay as it warms. Yeast still plays a major role here, much clove for sure. Hops give it a little bite on the back end. Not bad, not bad...still not as good as a fresh Duvel though and it is pretty pricey at 10 bucks. It just lacks a bit of the crisp, ultra-dry deliciousness Duvel does. Still though, this is one of the better American made BSPAs I have had in quite some time. Good job Squatters! On a side note, Im surprised the label on this flies in Utah, haha.

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle courtesy of JohnGalt1.

A: Cloudy golden honey shade with a huge frothy white head and great retention.

S: Floral hops and yeast are most prominent. Somewhat earthy with a little apple and grain aroma.

T: Flavor is spicy and phenolic initially with banana, pear, and perfect touch of sweetness. Hops are pretty restrained and the finish is long and fruity.

M: Feel is soft with heavy, but fine carbonation.

Thought this was a solid example of the style, and a pretty well balanced beer lacking any glaring weaknesses. A very drinkable BSPA. Thanks for the opportunity Toby.

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with an epic tall white colored head.

Clear light scent of honeysuckle malt and powdery yeast. Light coriander scent. Has all the proper smells but it is a little lite on scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a lite hop bite. Mild coriander taste. Powdery yeast flavor not unlike a sweet roll. Tasty yet it seems a bit light.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer that in no way hints at it's strength. Only thing is the beer seems a little light for the style. Perhaps my taste buds are warped from all the extreme beers I have drank?

This is an excellent beer for a breakfast or fresh fruit dish. In particular this would go perfect on a hot summer day with cold melon.

Photo of rmtaggart
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Maltzilla
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for this bad boy!

Appearance: The carbonation really plays a strong role in this beer's appearance . . . almost like poring a glass of champagne! Golden, bubbly, light and crisp looking.

Smell: Got a good amount of fruit notes on this one. Some citrus and very nice spice to it as well.

Taste:Very nice flavor, got some fruits again and definitely good warmth from the alcohol, but nothing overpowering (despite it being quite high in ABV)

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Love this beer. It's deceptively drinkable despite the high alcohol content. You could easily drink this all night and get yourself into a lot of trouble by the end of the evening. The champagne yeast makes this every palatable and enjoyable.

Photo of ChiefHopHead
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ebrauser
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml to a pint glass. The beer spent probably close to six months in the cellar/fridge, so that might have adversely affected it.

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a thick pillowy white head

Aroma: Belgian yeast, aromatic hops, and a small hint of alcohol.

Flavor: Sweet, acidic, and vinous. Starts off with belgian yeast and moves into an acidic middle with white grapes and pears. It finishes with an alcoholic punch in the back of the throat, sort of a solvent-esque tinge.

MF: Heavy body but the sweetness makes it drinkable enough. The finish was not as dry as expected in a belgian golden.

Photo of projektyle
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a Delirium snifter glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a good-sized, off-white frothy head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, spicy, a hint of coriander, and yeast. Flavor is pale malts, sweet, citrus (orange), coriander, and yeasty spice. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, dry (almost chalky), and a touch of bitterness. Good beer.

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Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.