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Squatters Hell's Keep - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
84
good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ralphw56, Jan 19, 2012
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.

mtstatebeer, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Ratman197
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Ratman197, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

champ103, Oct 06, 2011
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.

cokes, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Pencible, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

drpimento, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

668th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
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

FosterJM, Jul 25, 2011
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.

GeezLynn, Jun 15, 2011
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.

deanhead, May 25, 2011
Photo of NStLincoln
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

NStLincoln, May 24, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

yemenmocha, May 22, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow color, slightly hazy, nice thick rocky head
S: medium nose, fruity with yeast
T: decent beer, traditional Belgian golden ale taste but could have used a bit more hop bite in the finish - a touch cloying in taste
M: nice rounded, need a bit more carbonation
O: decent beer but needed to be a bit cleaner and more hops

wisrarebeer, May 02, 2011
Photo of WJVII
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle from the Reserve Series bottle I got at my b-day party this brew had an over abundance of head that after a long rest settled into nearly no cap at all with active carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the brew up. There is a clean clear straw color to the brew and is inviting. The aroma is strong of banana and hints of clove. The taste is clean and crisp with a slightly smooth finish. There is definitely a nice banana and alcohol along with some light yeast taste. No rear hop flavor to speak of. There is bold carbonation (which after reading the bottle is as advertised) that ads to the subtle flavors. This is a thin brew with light notes, nothing over powering at all. Clean and clear nothing more or less. Not devilish in the least.

WJVII, Apr 27, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy pale golden with several fingers of white eggshell looking head that stays for quite some time.

S - Spicy with some apple, pale malts, hints of clove and lemon, herbal with belgian yeast notes.

T - Spicy, lemon and apple, light clove, bready pale malts, slight herbal hops and yeasty esters.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

D - Nice and refreshing on the first 70+ degree day of the year.

brewcrew76, Apr 10, 2011
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.

ebrauser, Mar 10, 2011
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.

ocelot2500, Feb 27, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden, nice head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing.

S- got some yeasty fruit in there, malt sweetness, kind of earthy.

T- Little bit of malt followed by some green apple. Some grassiness in there with some spice. Finish is mildly bittering.

M- Light, good carbonation.

O- Nothing wrong with this beer at all; however, throwing Belgian pale on the label makes the hammer come down. I enjoyed it, but in relation to it's counterparts in Belgium, it's a little lacking in depth and body. Still a good brew though.

DPFRD, Feb 06, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml, waxed-cap bottle into Bruery tulip. Another thanks to Wasatch for another great Utah beer.

Pours cloudy golden-copper, with a big, creamy 3 finger-head on top. Nice retention, as the head eventually settles down into a half-inch thick creamy head. Loads of lacing gone wild.

Nose has a surprisingly big dose of higher alcohols, white pepper, candy sugar, just a bit of pear mixed in with the spiciness, maybe a bit of banana but nothing close to what you'd find in a hefe - dry, spicy, and with a pale sweetness.

Taste rachets the nose up a notch. The initial peppery yeast note holds up malt body that is at once bready, hinting at pears and even tropical fruit, and with a nice depth that goes beyond a simple pils malt bill. Maybe a bit of vienna? Finish is long, lush, with the yeast riding out on point with a nice mix of peppery spiciness, floral notes, just a bit of tangy yeast.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied that headed into full, dry, carbonation that moves from smooth and creamy to spritzy.

Drinkability is good, very good actually, surprisingly so. Delicious beer, with a big dose of higher alcohols.

JohnQVegas, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of RedHaze
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

Pours a mildly hazy golden color with a mountainous head that takes forever to sink to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; wheat, lemons and pepper kick things off, followed by a little banana and alcohol. There's a faint sweetness in the aroma, but it's way in the background.

Taste; wheat malt and lemongrass with a touch of coriander. Bananas, pepper and a some other spices I can't place fill out the middle, and the finish is dry, and a little bit alcoholic which only helps accentuate the pepper and leading to a somewhat drying effect. After the first few sips the alcohol fades almost completely away.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe just a touch thin, but I think it suites the flavor of the beer perfectly. Drinkability is really good, as I find that I have to force myself to slow down a little.

My first beer from Utah, and it's a damn good one.

RedHaze, Jun 09, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of Wasatch shared with the crew at the Brick Store.

Pours clear golden with a big fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a soapy swirl and small collar leaving some delicate lacing along the sides.

Aroma is one part earthy and one part sweet fruits. There is a herbal yeasty spiciness up front which melds nicely with pears and green apples.

The sweet fruits are still there in the taste but the herbs and spices are more prevalent than in the aroma and leave a dry woody finish at the end.

The mouthfeel is probably a little light for the style with a huge carbonation that doesn't help much given the slightly watery body.

It's a solid effort from Squatters and though it's not world class it's drinkable with a highly earthy character.

gford217, Apr 28, 2010
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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.

glid02, Apr 26, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean golden amber beer. Has a big frothy white head with plenty of lace. There is a nice sweet apple note in the aroma with some peppery spice in the background. The taste is more herbal/grassy. None of the promised apple sweet notes. Not much of a punch in the finish either. Mouthfeel is a bit watery for all that carbonation. I have grown to expect a lot from any beer with the word Belgian on it. Nice try but it didn't get me out of the station.

ybnorml, Mar 17, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. No retention or lace.

S: Aroma sort of grassy, earthy, with notes of dried fruit.

T: Nice fruity flavor with hints of earth, grass, and mild citrus. There is a nice blast of spice and Belgian yeast to round things out.

M: Light in body, zippy carbonation pretty enjoyable.

D: Not too bad.

tpd975, Feb 13, 2010
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.

Maltzilla, Dec 22, 2009
Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.