Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Hop Rising Double IPASquatters Hop Rising Double IPA

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 177 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-11-2009

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They make some pretty good stuff in Utah,I hate to say it but I am a little surprised by that,no disrespect at all meant to Utah folks.Poured into a tulip glass a deep burnt orange with a large fluffy,sticky white crown that held for a real longtime leaving globs of lace behind.Citrus fruit and caramel malt battle it out in the nose department,light sweet alcohol comes in to play as well.Hefty sweetness on the palate,a tone of caramel going on here,more sugary sweetness until a burst of citric hop comes in the finish.Like way to many American DIPA's this is to sweet but the hops hit pretty good in the finish.The alcohol makes it more sweeter as it warms,its a sipper but not bad at all.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong in spirit yet mellow in flavor- all making this beer quite seductive in it's drinkability despite it's understated alcoholic punch.

Ideally displayed, this larger-than-life IPA starts with a bright and lightly diffused hue of copper and amber while carrying a dense and froathy even white head of rocky and foamy proportions. Along with decorative structures of lace (sometimes in great releif), the ale wins the beauty contest with ease!

Juicy hop aromas abound with fresh oranges, appricots, mangos, pineapples, ruby red grapefruits, and a perfumy scent of citrusy scented furniture polish- it sounds odd, but is fantastic in all actuality. Only the thin caramel-laden scent from malt allows for the candy-coated aromas of fruit that the hops generate to start and to dominate.

Malty sweet to start, this hoppy ale has a quick rise from supple sweetness to sharp and zesty citrus flavor from hops that begin to dominate with those grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple blend that can only be described as a citrus/tropical blend. Instead of the mid palate delivering the sweeter "mixed drink" character that's expected afterwards, the beer instead turns dry and warm for ulitmate drinkability. The yeast ferments very cleanly and supressing any fruity or spice character beneath those flavors of hops and alcohol for a neutral and clean taste- not to interfere with the hop/malt lopsided balance.

The early sips of the IPA reveal an abrupt carbonation that eventually subsides into a wonderfully creamy and cooling minty warmth that introduces the impact of 9% abv. The citrusy start develops into a bitter and resiny mid palate that further develops into a pleasant dryness and warmth that ushers in the next sip well before a 9% beer should. A linger of citrusy bitterness and alcohol dryness make this beer refreshing, satisfying, and drinkable- much moreso than it should.

Hop Rising is a spectacular Imperial IPA that allows for a timid balance of caramel malt sweetness but it is only intended to inform the hop flavor and bitterness; because this is first and foremost a display for hop- just the way a good little IPA shoud. Good IPA, good boy.

Photo of SmellTheGluv
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One two three four five

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at pub in SLC airport between flights. Bottle date is smeared but looks like 4/4/11. Consumed 5/18/11.

Pours clear orange with two fingers of light tan head. Head has good retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.

Smell is very malt-forward, mostly caramel. There are also aromas of pine and grapefruit, but these are relatively subtle.

Hops are more apparent in the taste than the smell, but still maybe a bit too much caramel malt for my tastes in a DIPA. Still, it seems to work pretty well in this case. While the bitterness is tame, it has a nice juicy citrus taste that is enjoyable. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness.

Medium bodies and slightly sticky. Finishes with a bit of resiny bitterness.

Not exactly typical of the style, but works well in it's own way. I would have again.

Photo of Beaver13
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy reddish gold with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very sweet and sugary slightly rotten fruit with some caramel malt and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary crystal malts, funky tropical fruit and some resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, odd combination of sweet sugary crystal malt, funky fruit and some resiny hops.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown with a freshness date.

LOOK: Massive sticky head takes a long time to subside, orange amber color shows some haze

SMELL: Grassy, oily resin, slightly catty, orange pith, evergreen, exotic fruit, biscuity, hint of yeast

TASTE: Hop resin, leafy, dried grass, orange rind, piney, faint tobacco, bitter middle, caramel, toasted grain, yeast, Asian pears, mango, warming alcoholic esters, bitter drying finish

Hard to pick out the 9%abv at first, well round with an assertive bitterness but not to the point of being a palate killer. Hopheads should check this one out at least once. Good drinking.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking in the glass; just less than clear amber gold with a nice frothy head that stuck around. I got a good malt hop aroma, a little piney, with just a hint of alcohol. More alchohol on the tongue. Tastes ok; has a lingering finish, maybe slight apricot. Lotsa alch coming through toward the end and perhaps some musty notes.

This is a decent beer, not too exciting but definitely exhibiting some authority. Very slick label!

Photo of Wespatrick
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 oz bottle of this as an extra in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
A: Light orange with a nice head that leaves a thin blanket on top of the beer for the duration.
S: Malty nose, some hops are there, but malt sweetness and a little alchohol seem to be more prevalent than hops.
T: This is a very well balanced DIPA. Definitely not a hop bomb, but they don't all have to be. Some alchohol heat in the finish.
M: Nice mouthfeel with some prickliness from the carbonation. Medium bodied.
D: 9% alchohol is evident. Finish is quite dry.
I could definitely have more than one of these, but not too many more.
If you like well balanced DIPAs that are not overly citrusy, this one may be the beer for you. Quite enjoyable!

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 2,300.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of hop notes to it as expected. I get a lot of papaya and pineapple, but there are also some bitter oranges and a little bit of resiny pine. The flavor is similar. In addition to the pineapple and papaya notes, I get some caramel malt. However, the malt is fairly subtle and the bitterness is pretty high but not overwhelming. The flavor is very juicy and the tropical fruit really stands out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Nutty biscuit nose with some citrus. Pours bright orange with a slight haze under a yellow tinted 1” white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The palate begins with biscuit, a hint of nuts, fruit – orange and then melon followed by a hint of lemon ending with a citrusy bitter finish that lingers. Medium carbonation and body with a finish tending towards dry. 9% alcohol not very noticeable.

Photo of joeworrall
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this head-to-head with Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA and Firestone Walker Double Jack. Of the three, this is the most "earthy" ... It's more malty than the Deschutes, but not as well balanced as the Firestone. It has a malty, melon aroma and a very full mouthfeel. Not a IIPA that I would want to drink every day, but on occasion, this is a very interesting flavor!

Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing Nathan!

Golden orange, amber, and copper with a pillowy nearly white head. Lined lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Pine, caramel, toffee, and alcohol round out the aroma. I miss the pungent citrus I find in my favorite DIPAs, and this one seems a bit too sweet and burning with alcohol, though there is nothing bad or unpleasant. Above average.

The flavor consists of pine, toffee sweetness, and alcohol, and a moderate to high level of bitterness throughout.

Thin to medium bodied with a definite alcohol presence.

A barely above average DIPA. Not one I will seek out again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a darker golden color, some orange, not much head or lace to speak of, but retention of what was there was spot on. Typical high bitter, hop aroma out of a dipa. Seemed like standard cascade,centennial hops in this one.

Taste, good, ample bitterness, hop mouthfeel was a plenty, especially given that this beer was already a few months old, sturdy, important. Alcohol not all that noticeable. Caramel, grapefruit, really quite standard for a dipa, extra points for hiding the alcohol, keeping its hop mouthfeel a few months down the road, and not just amping up the ibus for the sake of enamel destructing bitterness.

Would recommend again.

Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from about 2 inches above the glass leaving a big off white head that sure does take its time to fall into a pretty nice lacing. A clear copper golden colored beer that looks very inviting.

Light alcohol accents on a lightly sour nice citrus hops aroma.

The taste is a light citrus on a pretty decent hops with just a hint of sweet caramel malts as the beer slides into the abyss, not much if any of the alcohol aroma is transferred through the drinking of this 12 ounce bottle.

All that remains is a dry lightly citrus hops aftertaste.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good start, hop rising pours clear and sunset orange out of a twist off 12 ounce bottle. The head is khaki and slightly weak showing but whats there is sticky and laces nicely.

Nose is dull. There is a hop aroma but it's weak for a IIPA. It's citrus scented but more like the pith then the actual fruit. Following the hops are a sweet yet small malt smell that isn't bad but not very big in character.

The tase is very middle of the road. A nice mix of grains and hops but again like the nose there is nothing that really has any personality. The hops have a nice bitterness and an ok orange blossom flavor. Slight for a IIPA if you ask me.

The mouthfeel is again middle of the road. It's got a healthy bitterness and nice carbonation but again nothing that's bold or overly impressive. A good in a pinch hop product but not one I would turn to for that bitter citruis fix us hop heads crave.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, from the co-op in lovely Boise, ID. Now why do I get such a Mormon vibe from the label?...

This beer pours a frosted light copper hue, with one obese finger of foamy, creamy ecru head, which leaves some encompassing coral reef lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bready caramel malt, and strong citrus and tropical fruit, and herbal pine hops. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, a bit of metallic spice, and decently in your face citrus hops, with more understated pine hops in the background. The big 9 points of State-scaring booze are pretty hard to detect, which I would imagine strengthens their misguided case. The carbonation is fairly restrained, the body medium weight, a tad sticky, and pretty smooth in that particular vein. It finishes hardcore zen on both axes - persistent malt and hops as previously established.

A decent, drinkable DIPA, the malt nowhere near overbearing in the sugar headache sense - a somewhat 'mild' version, in everything but what, in the end, counts - the al-key-hall...

Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer and is palatable but not to my personal liking. It has a very thick syrupy feel in the mouth. Smell(in a can) was too sweet for me. Taste was not hoppy enough for a double ipa. And lacks bitterness which I like. I would not write it off as a bad beer but I feel it does not live up to traditional double ipa standards. I'll have to try it in a glass to see how it taste on draft.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle @ Squatters in the SLC airport

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and purely golden in color with a thin, white head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Dank pine on the nose with lesser grapefruit character. Hard to find anything else under that dense dankness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Piney flavors met by some lighter grapefruit citrus notes. Surprisingly lacking in any prominent malt flavor. What's there is light and crackery, but it's quite faint. Not much bitterness, finishing more dank and earthy with just a touch if citrus pith. 3.5

Mouthfeel - Near full body with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good DIPA, but a bit too piney for me, and ultimately lacks the complexity of some of the shining examples of the style. I probably wouldn't get it again, lest my options were limited... in Utah! :p

Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed orange bodied with a thick crop of white suds.
The nose brings honeyed oranges, pine resin, bitter grass, shortbread, grapefruit, and pineapple. It might be dialed down a notch compared to some other hop bombs, but it still smells nice.
The malt gains more of a foothold in the mouth, shortbread and toffee. It segues into sweeter fruit notions as the hops begin to mesh. Orange and pineapple. It grows increasingly bitter with herbs and resinous pine. A small, botanical gin-like alcohol belch hits on the swallow. It's easily overlooked.
The medium-full texture is lightened by the steady, fluffy carbonation. And along with it's general balance, it makes for a rapidly consumed high-octane (especially in Utah) creation.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice as a pale ale. Neutral aroma, medium golden colour with one and a quarter inch head, lacey. A good bitterness, big in-mouth hops, like a double pale ale, rather than a double india pale ale. Citrus taste and well malted; Caramel and a decent mouthfeel. Very drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of aval89
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 03-27-2011

A: pours a nice golden orange..full finger of eggshell white head..

S: wet grassy hops.. has some kind of fruitiness coming through.. biscuity malt is big too

T: big malt presence upfront.. caramel/toffee flavors pulling through.. slight mint.. finish is a bit phenolic.. hop bitterness finally comes through as well.. sort of a grassy bitterness.. also the alcohol hits you & warms you..

Mf: medium to full bodied.. good carbonation for the style..

O: not very impressed.. picked up a single out of curiosity.. I probably won't try again..

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You really can't go wrong with a double IPA, right? That's what I'm hoping. I'd seen Squatters beer at my usual place before but never got any so I thought it was time I picked something of theirs up and a double IPA is never something I'll refuse. Then I saw that it's brewed in Utah! Those poor guys up there must be an oasis of beer surrounded by prohibitionists!

Hop Rising pours a bright golden color and it's head grows white with a thick creamy-frothy head. It's also leaving some good lacing as I drink it.

I get earthy hops and some grainy malts. Sweet caramel, peach, and pineapple show up as well. There's some prominent phenol smell but it's not a negative.

Flavor-wise this is a very tasty brew. It's very hoppy but sweetness and malty graininess balance it out. The hops are bitter, the fruitiness come out and adds citrus notes and sweetness, and finally the malts add a bit of breadiness. Phenolic flavors linger but like the smell it's not really a negative. I wouldn't say this is as in-your-face as other double IPAs like Avery's Maharaja but it's still got a load of flavor.

The mouthfeel is very smooth throughout but the medium carbonation adds some bite. Nothing wrong here.

I wouldn't choose this over other double IPAs like Avery's Maharaja but this is still a very well done beer and since you get it in a six pack you get a good deal. Keep brewing, Squatters!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extra from the mathmagic land BIF. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Standard pour creates a fluffy off-white 2.5 finger head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, sunrise orange. Lacing is grainy like a blanket but with little cling.

S: Big, bold, and sweet citrus hop nose. Very clean with just a sprinkling of cane sugar mixed in the aroma.

T: Pine and grass opening with a subtle ethanol in the background. Citrusy and sweet towards the middle with a partially astringent hop bitterness. Malt and hop experience comes in waves, starting rich and strong but turning bitter towards the end. Resiny at the finish with an oily, coarse, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated and coarse. Abrasive and watery in the mouth with a sticky, filmy finish. Aftertaste lingers.

D: A slightly above average IIPA. Good balance overall although the malt and hop flavors don't mix too well. Body is refreshing but not crisp enough to really bring out the full hop kick. Still, a very solid example of the style. Worth giving a try!

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, sent to me by borat from one of his mysterious mormon missions

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip - nice cloudy grapefruit body, foamy white cap, strong lacing - pretty nice

smell: not overpowering - notes of tropical fruit, juicy citrus, and green hops

taste: vivid floral flavor - bright ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit, juicy citrus, sweet caramel base. What this IPA lacks in punch, it makes up for in fruit complexity - nice offering

mouthfeel: moderate bitter citrus peel, pretty smooth

drinkability: just fine

Photo of Kamakani
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hoppier the better and this one fits the bill. One of my top two faves.

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Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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