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Squatters Hell's Keep - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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85
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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 90
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 5.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-11-2009

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured beer into a tulip glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is billowy, foamy, and creamy. The head, sadly does not have good retention. The head, however did have a lot of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a pale yellow with tons of yeast obscuring clarity.The beer has a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

Nose: The malt is slight toasted giving off a mild aroma. The beer presents with more of a fruity hoppy aromas, oranges, lemons, perfumes, and ester. I don't smell any strong aromas, the beer is just mild.

Taste: The taste is primarily perfume, lemons, pine, floral, oranges, esters, and hint of pepper. The malt is flimsy and the flavors do not carry over.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly astringent, and slightly warming.

Overall: This beer has potential to be so much more. For a Belgian strong anything, I would expect a punch of flavor exploding on the palate, instead they just meandered aimless. The beer was mild, I did get a pepper note on the tail end of the taste. This beer is just okay. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head. Some spots of lace dot the glass during the session.

Smell: Belgian yeast and some pepper are mild but detectable.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with yeast, pepper, some mild citrus tones, moderate bitterness, and a bit of alcohol create a well balanced flavor but on the mild side.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with a bit of dryness arriving late.

Overall: not a bad Belgian ale but overall it is a bit mild. I found this to be easy to drink too. (543 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bought and shared by T. Thanks
Cloudy golden with loud pop but smallish head for style.
Mix of soft yeast character and pale malt with a bready/doughy character.
Malt flavor matched the aroma. Again with modest yeast characteristics. A couple shots of hop flavor with bittering to cut sweetness. Long reasonable dry finish.
A little bigger than moderate feel and some fullness from carbonation.
A solid drinking ale. Worth a taste and can assist in meeting a belgian fix. (479 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber in the tall tulip with whipped-cream foam. Quite spritzy on the tongue. A medium body and less fullsome than a lot of these strong Belgian-inspired beers. Some aroma of fruit.

Not much hop flavor, but this has a moderate amount of the Belgian yeasty flavor with a bready taste. Initial sweetness dries out gradually. Some fruitiness that didn't jump out as a particular flavor. This seems a little simple and less interesting than some, but if you're in Utah it's well worth seeking out. I would have to say it's average but quite sippable.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House. I also saw it at the Utah Beer Cooperative on 3rd West. (687 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle purchased proudly from the Co-op's Beer Store and poured into a perfect pint. Bottle clearly says born on 10/11/12.

Appearance: OK, this one is the biggest head I have seen on a non-homebrew. I did take it out of the fridge to warm a bit before opening, and did pour rigorously. A slight haze on this yellow beer with a rocky white massive head. Hard to tell if this one truly left any lacing due to the huge head.

Smell: Like a bakery, yeasty with a bready maltiness. Fruit from the Belgian yeast phenolics. Some clove spice.

Taste: Pretty much follows the scent. I really like the spicy character presented in this beer. It is present but subtle and not too much in your face. I like when a beer's ABV is around 7%, and this one is a touch over, but it is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Maybe because I had poured this one with a lot of head, but the actual carbonation seemed soft and velvety. The body is medium.

Overall: A solid BSPA. I have no complaint stylistically with this beer. I wish this was not a 10 dollar beer. I had some a this a few years ago, when just getting into craft and I have wanted to revisit it. I am a value minded beer consumer, and this is lower on the bang for the buck scale. (1,221 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy golden amber color with nice 2-3 finger pillowing white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, banana, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, lemon, bubblegum, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, biscuit, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, banana, pepper, clove, biscuit, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying flavors at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong golden ale. Great complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. (1,014 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden straw color with a white head. Sweet sugar and bread. Some banana, light citrus, and a nice spice note. There is a little bit of yeast, some straw, and fruit esters. Sweet bread, biscuit, cereal, and a bit of sugar. There are some fruit esters, a mild spice, and a hint of yeast. Some pear and apple flavors on the finish. (335 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden orange color. Large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is buttery at first... A lot of butter and diacetyl. Belgian yeast and pears with green apples and more butter. Taste is initially buttery with some lovely Belgian yeast flavors. Buttery popcorn flavor with fresh pears and some melon. Light clove. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, first beer I've had from this brewery, and it's definitely tasty. (478 characters)

Photo of coloradocut
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours with medium head that disappeared fairly quickly and left a bit of lacing. Color is golden like hard cider.
Smell - Familiar to the style, but a little light on the nose.
Taste - Once again, familiar to the style, but lacking the complexity and sweetness. Light and well carbonated. A little bitter at the finish. 7.75 ABV is well hidden.
Mouth - a little thin with maybe a little too much bubble.
Overall, I enjoyed the beer and was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, to see it at an airport bar in Salt Lake City. It's not quite a Duvel or Affligem, but it's really close. (598 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a quite good hoppy belgian ale. pours cloudy orange juice from concentrate yellow colow, with a fluffy white head, indicative of the nice belgian yeast that is featured in the aroma and flavor of this american bent on a belgian pale ale. smells like citric hops and belgian yeast in equal parts, and tastes about the same. the yeast up front, hops later on. the feel is excellent, very bubbly and a medium body. this beer really surprised me as most of the other brews at squatters were pretty average. this one stood out as a bold yet balanced expertly crafted ale. a must try when you visit. (593 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (2,114 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a large lasting white head. Aromas of yeast, bread, banana, light pear and light spice. mouthfeel was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, yeast, pear, light banana, light pineapple and light spice with a smooth lingering fruity finish. (280 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A two finger, well formed head sticks around for a minute. As the foam gently recedes, lots of lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, spicy, phenolic, and estery yeast. I like it. Lemon rind and orange fruity aromas. Fresh cut grass and hay. I light peppermint like sweetness as well. This is great.
T: Follows the nose, and it is very enjoyable as well. Spicy, earthy, esters. Lemon and orange. Some bread/biscuit as well. Grassy hops and a light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, clean, and dry. Very refreshing. Easy to drink. I will enjoy this bottle on this slow late afternoon.

I did not have a lot of expectations for some reason. Maybe because I was not a big fan of the stout in the same series. Though this is a very nice example of the style. Very well made, and highly recommend. (854 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lots of bread, with some lemon zest and salty grassy hops, and a little earthy caramel.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and earthy bready malt, with some sour yeast and salty lemon zest. It had a clean and sweet/sour aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with smooth natural carbonation. Nice and slick body.
D: This was a pretty nice BSPA with good scent and taste and body. The alcohol was really well hidden, so it was easy to drink. But there was nothing unique about this brew. Nothing wrong with it either, but it was forgettable. (605 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this bottle warm a bit from the fridge. Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, slightly thick, off white head that slowly settles and some lace. Color is a clear golden amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, hop, malt, spice, vineous. Flavor is a little on the sweet side with some bitterness and carbonic tang to balance. Body is a little soft, full, and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. This beer is virtually indistinguishable from the Belgians and super easy drinking. It's not that it's so unique in its characteristics as it is in its being so true to style. Great beer! (633 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

668th Review on BA
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25oz

App- A darker yellow with a one finger quick receding head. A nice bit of cling and lace.

Smell- Spicy with a bit of rounded out fruits, reds and greens. A little apple, a little pear. Wasn't overly exciting.

Taste- A lot of Belgian in this glass. It was a bit yeatsy, with some sugars and some finer malts. Again wasn't overly exciting but wasnt a pour either. A bit better than I hoped.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. A bit of a yeasty sugary after taste.

Drink- I was impressed with the other bottle of the reserve series I had from squatters and found this in LV. A bit let down, but still better than average (667 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color out of a 24oz bottle. The head looks just like whipped egg whites. Even leaves the same kind of frothy lacing around the pint glass.

Dusty cloves and a that smell when you put yeast in warm water to activate it.

First thing I notice on the the palate is an alcohol kick on the back end, not unpleasant, but it's there. Also some muted bananas, baking spices, and just a smidge of tropical flavors. (426 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great job with carbonation and a meringue-like head. Golden body is soothing in appearance, translucent, but hazy if you pitch the trub into the glass from the bottle bottom. Nose has plenty of yummy esters and bready notes. Hint of tropical fruit. Fruity on the palate as well with some wild flavors keeping things interesting. Bready. Clean. Finishes somewhat sweet. Alcohol masked well.

Should be a regular 12 oz release, not some special gold topped bomber. (462 characters)

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Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.