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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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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Wasatch on 08-11-2009

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Photo of Dusty6467
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I originally rated lower the first time I tried it (3.75), but after drinking this beer several times since then I have grown to appreciate this as my go-to favorite beer. My local beer store always carries it for $8.69 - that's less than $1/ABV, which is alright by me... This beer will grow balls on a woman and put hair on a man's chin - be careful my friends.

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Photo of brianwsnyder
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Checked into hotel (Springhill Suites) in N. Las Vegas about 1 am last Friday and this was one of two craft brew options from the fridge in the lobby (I don't recall the other). Wow, did it hit the spot after a long travel day! Great taste! Great feel. Well done!

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Photo of NickBoyer
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

I have consumed this nectar from the gods’ dozens, if not hundreds of times. So maybe I figured I would write a review. Firstly, some of the reviews here that came in under a 4 – I automatically assume that you are part of ISIS, or un-American. This is without a doubt, one of the top 5 beers I have had to date. Most craft beer “snobs” would not know a good IPA if it slapped him in the liver. Firstly, for some reason here in South Dakota the glass bottles are cheaper than the bottles. I poured out of the glass bottle for this; It pours a very light orange color with a bright white head, the head stays throughout the duration of the beer and lacing is great. The Aroma didn’t quite slap me with hops as expected out of most (double) IPA’s where as you have a pine/grassy/grapefruit smells. After tastes are Carmel and a very apparent malt after taste. They nailed this double IPA, not bitter but smooth. Carbonation is perfect throughout the entire beer. As a warning this beer hits the scales at a whopping 9%ABV- Know that polishing off a 6er of this will incapacitate you for a bit. We have all been young and grabbed that $2.00 tall boy of “high gravity” in our younger days that tasted like a mix between ethanol, nail polish remover, gonorrhea and your worst headache. Squatters Double IPA I would venture to say is the grown up high gravity for people who don’t want to punish their liver with old English. I will reiterate, three of these sets me just right after a long day of work, more than 3 getting up early is more of a chore anymore. I have tried numerous other DIPA beers and only other beer that has come close has been Rogue’s Brutal IPA.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy darker amber color with a very small foamy head. Head retention is not that great. Lacing is mild. Has a strong piney aroma with some citrus thrown in. Very smooth malt to hop transition. Bready to a strong piney hop. Nice bitter aftertaste. Not too soapy. Cannot detect a lot of citrus in the taste, but it is there. The alcohol content is evident initially, but it is very smooth.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can, on the bottom it says "enjoy by 4/03/16". Am greeted with some flavorful hop tones and a bit of malt for a really refined, just good smell. It wasn't exactly powerful of a smell however.

The pour is pretty, with a solid copper, slightly opaque and a good bubbly, lasting head. Smell begins to open up a bit as you drink the beer, always a sign of a complex badass brewski but quite toned down for such a badass beer. The mouthfeel is a nice, mildly bitter, tasty representation of the smell. Lacing was awesome looking after halfway through and for the rest of the beer, so many rings like the Lord Of.

Definitely a powerful drink, that 9% will take you out fairly quickly if you let it. Really wet finish to me or almost soapy clean very light astringenty clean. If you know what I mean. Haha. I recommend grabbing a sixer, the stuff is cheap like $9.00 with tax included. I am drunk. Cheers! One of my new favorites and a perfect kick in the ass with the alcohol content.

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Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent double IPA that really surprised me, as I'd never heard of this line before.

Amber, it has a medium-large, off-white head that slowly shrinks to a lasting, thin foamy top and produces some good lace.

Aroma is caramelly and raisiny-fruity-grainy, a bit like a strong maibock alcoholic quality, with light but clear pine and orange plus a hint of grapefruit and a bit more grain underneath.

Taste is clearly alcoholic up front, but smooth, not rough or overt at all, again alcoholic in the way a good maibock would be but stronger - caramelly-raisiny toasty grain, spicey, warm, with light leafy-pine, light citrus, leaning toward orange mostly with a hint of grapefruit thrown in, some more light resin. It is quite well balanced, slightly tending almost to the sweet side before the citrusy-resiny-leafy bitterness and spiciness balance it out at the finish. It retains good balance, well-royundedness and some good complexity throughout and is amazingly drinkable, never cloyingly sweet nor overly bitter. The feel is excellent, again nicely balanced, firm and smooth with slight oiliness and no roughness, yet neither truly oily nor heavy, staying light on the tongue. It is one of the closest examples to Pliny the Elder I have had in terms of complexity, drinkability, and balance between strenght, sweetness, bitterness, malt and hop. It' snot quite up to Pliny, but it is pretty darn close.

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Photo of B-J-B
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

One of my favorite examples of the style. So flavorful and yet still balanced. Not an astringent bitterness, but a floral, citrus, and pine experience that pairs well with the malt sweetness.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Born on 9/29/11.

A: Pours a clear, golden orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and excellent lace.

S: Nice apricot and peach aromas. Whiff of pine in the background.

T: Ooh, pine, apricot and peach together. Bitter wins in the end, but sweet malt doesn't stop trying. A tasty combination indeed. Booze is apparent on the finish but doesn't get strong enough to mess things up. A bit of sherry as well-- tending a little in the barleywine direction, but definitely a DIPA.

M: Medium light feel, very smooth.

O: Would have missed this one entirely if it weren't for the helpful sales staff. "Oh, I see you like hops." Yes, indeed I do, and this beer has plenty to spare. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of msandoval858
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

I'll admit this one is a tad thing for a DIPA, but the flavor profile does it justice. The aroma does not have the punch of some of my favorite doubles but the notes of pine and fruit create a really well balanced flavor that is just so enjoyable. Great balance of sweet and bitter that works so well. This one is a staple in my beer fridge. At 9%, canned in six packs at a hell of a price, this one is a winner!

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Photo of deepchills
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One inch of thick, chunky head on a cloudy copper pour.

Obvious hop character on the nose along with pine, warm citrus and dark fruits. A little flowery and boozy too. Needless to say there is a lot going on.

There is big bitterness in this DIPA throughout. That being said, there seems to be plenty of malt in this beer, which comes through as sweet caramel. Lots of mixed fruits as well, and some floral character in the finish. A touch of alcohol also.

Mouth fell is wonderful, full and heavy, perfectly carbonated. The light boozy finish is to be expected as this DIPA is 9%ABV. After a sip the head slides down the glass like Gulf Coast sand retreating off the beach with a small wave.

The website claims 85 IBU, the bottle reads 75, either way a big and bold hop flavor. This DIPA has a complicated nose and taste that hop hounds will love. One drink could be caramel and plum, the next floral with orange, all showered in hops. I love it!

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Photo of Cons
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you have NOT had this beer in the last two months, I highly suggest a second go at it. I lived in the SLC area for 4 years and have had this direct from squatters many times. Originally I found the hop character too overpowering upfront compared to the middle and back end of the beer. It seemed like a desperate attempt to satisfy the biggest of hop-heads. HOWEVER, Squatters has seemingly tweaked the malt character of this beer. It now has a deeper middle and back end profile that balances out the initial hop onslaught. IMO this is one of the best widely available craft brews in the SLC area at a damn good price. Do yourself a solid.. check for a more recently brewed version and give er' another go if you previously wrote it off!

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Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle received from Imagese.. Lots of citrus..lots of hops.. Lots of goodness. Poured out a deep golden color with a nice soft, layer of foam.. The nose is pleasent ~ citrusy fruits, refreshing...Brought the sunshine in an otherwise chilly evening.

Shared with some friends and was very enjoyable. If you get the chance, snag one...

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Photo of Phocion
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I pulled this out of a $1 grab bag (box if you want to split hairs) at a local liquor store. I was expecting to find something cheap, awful, or out-of-date, but lo and behold I got a DIPA I have never tried before. Live review. 12 oz. can with a best before date of July 14th (about three weeks away). Pours into a standard shaker pint a hazy light amber with a thick, frothy, and very retentive beige head and a substantial amount of lacing. This is a very, very beautiful beer.

Aroma is massive pine resin. A little catty and grassy. Just a touch of orange, but little otherwise in the way of citrus. A bit of biscuit and musty yeast. Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering.

The flavor is very clean. Piney and grassy hops, but relatively little perceived bitterness. Bready/biscuity malts are subtle, but detectable. A little bit of orange rind, but this seems to be more likely from the yeasty esters than the hops. Surprisingly balanced, and surprisingly mellow (well, as far as DIPAs go). Alcoholic flavors are mostly, but not completely hidden.

Slightly oily/resiny mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation and a medium body. A bit of alcoholic warmth, but very subdued for a 9%er.

Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise, especially for the whopping buck I paid for it. This thing is a 9% DIPA? Hard to believe. Very well-balanced, clean, and dangerously drinkable. I likely will avoid this in the future, not because it's bad, but only because I could see trying to session this, which would inevitably result in disaster. It's no Pliny, Exponential Hoppiness, Hopslam!, etc., but it's still an excellent DIPA. Whether you're a hophead or not, give this one a shot.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy by" date 9-14-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation as is appropriate for the style.

SMELL: sweet caramel, flowery, grapefruit and bread, well done, very pleasant to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, bread, grapefruit and then a piney hop profile, the 9% ABV is very well disguised.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation, somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: this is one of the better DIPA's I have had, most are too unbalanced or boozy, not this one, the malt bill is more pronounced giving this beer more balance than most in the style and the grapefruit is most prominent, I really enjoyed this and will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA has a thin, cream-colored head and a hazy, orange appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a lot of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bready malt and other sweetness. Taste is very hoppy, bready, and sweet. But, it’s not really any different than their regular IPA. Mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is mostly dry and easy drinking. I recommend it.


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Photo of LittleDon
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the SLC airport, of all places (along with a Utah whiskey and vodka). Clear and golden with a moderate amount of carbonation. Reasonably good white head that produces sufficient amounts of lace. The aroma is very typical West Coast style IPA, very oily with noticeable citrus. Very well balanced, not as bitter as I expected. True to the West Coast style, grapefruit hops in the front and middle, but with less bitterness in the back end. The alcohol is very well disguised. Medium mouth feel.

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Photo of TXDon
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent double IPA. It has a distinct hop flavor that you would expect from an IPA with a balanced amount of malt. The thing that stuck out to me as outstanding was that it didn't leave a sour, hoppy, weird taste in the mouth after consumption, as I feel a number of other IPAs have a tendency to do.

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Photo of Whadawookie
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this brew. I'd had plenty of double IPA's before but there is something about the way this one is balanced that I really like. It is sweet like others have mentioned, but I don't think excessively so because the acidic hops pop right through the mix.

Poured into a snifter, I didn't get the amazing head with this bottle like I have with others, normally I just drink it out of a pint and it produces a very creamy rocky mountain sort of head. Quite a sight to behold floating atop the burnt orange brew. it smells very acidic and hoppy like a strong ipa should, but if you really stick your nose in (for the smelling impaired, like me) you get a mellow malty smell. This beer has some fantastic lacing and leaves some wild foam patterns on your glass by the time you finish drinking it.

Upon entering your mouth you get a quick burst of citrusy hops that quickly are taken over by the malty goodness that belies this beer. It leaves a light coating on the tongue that stays well after you finish a beer, or two... or three.

That is another thing to watch out with this guy here, he hides his alcohol quite well with how delicious and drinkable this beer is. I have overdone it a few times with this one...

One last thing I have to say about this beer and the brewery in general is their label art is quite hilarious. The picture of that hugely bearded farmer staring intensely at his pitchforked gargantuan hop flower cracks me up every time. Not a part of the taste obviously, but it adds to my enjoyment of the brew and I am happy to see a company showing off their good sense of humor.

I am not sure if this beer is hard to find in some places, but it seems readily available in Nebraska at the moment. I'm such a big proponent of this one I'd be happy to buy a sixer just to trade with people on here that can't find it so you can experience it's goodness firsthand.

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Photo of wojoparkcity
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great double IPA. Crisp hop bite... citris aroma, orange, pine. Its kind of tough going down, but this is not a beer in which you have 5 or 6 a sitting. Its a good 1 or 2 beer peer sitting double IPA. Very flavorful with hops and great mouthfeel. One of my favorites. Which is surprise since most of Squatters products are bland at best... Hop Rising is a very very solid double IPA and is right up there with SN Torpedo and DFH 90 min IPA. Enjoy

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Photo of ISmith87
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4.25 - hazy orange, amber, w minimal head, nice lacing for sure

Smell - 4.25 - nice and hoppy grapefruit + pine, citrus zests

Taste - 4.5 - reminiscent of ruination, grapefruit, citrus zest, lemon, lime, etc

Mouthfeel - 4.25 - alcohol present, aftertaste is alcoholic and hops

Overall - 4.25 - great IIPA served a little too cold, wanted to taste it warmer, but I was on a time crunch at the airport in salt lake city

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a dark amber color with a foamy beige head. Mild aroma of hops. Taste and texture is very smooth. There is a perfect blend of hops and malts. Leaves a slightly bitter finish. Delicious on-tap as it isn't too simple or complex. Very tasty without being too bitter.

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Photo of Brack24
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Hoppy bear for non Hop Heads. Initial citrus burst with smooth hop flavor with a nice bitter aftertaste. Beer is very hazy; look does not do justice for the taste. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Caramel-copper body. Clear. Two fingers of creamy, bright khaki head. Good lacing and retention. Nose is a nice mix of sugary caramel cookie dough and hops: pine sap, Scotch tape, and catnip.

Toasted malt up front. Herbal, spicy hop bitterness soon follows. Brown sugar and caramel cookie malt base settle in nicely. Hop bitterness becomes pinier and juicier. Light notes of pineapple and fruit cocktail. Minty, herbal, piny hop bitterness in the finish. Warming alcohol lilt. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Nice! glad to see Squatters bottling and distributing some bolder brews!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Matte photocopier label. Kinda cool.

A : A fair amount of head but nothing too intense. Served this one in a giant snifter so take it for what its worth. On top there lies a mossy head retention like gentle river foam. The body is a (90% opaque) dark scotch glow which basically tells me that this is one seriously huge tasting IPA. We will see, though.

S : Lots of plant, earth, herbal aromas. There's also a pleasant fruitiness to it, resembling honeydew melon and fresh cut cantaloupe. In fact after the head recedes that's mostly what I smell. I like it.

T : Very strong piney hop bite right out front, with a solid baked biscuit profile that lays a good foundation. The sharp hop quickly and almost instantly mellows softly into fruit, doing away with the piney flavors and morphing into soft melon. With each sip this beer gets easier to drink and actually more inviting. It ends pleasant and smooth and dare I say, deceptively sessionable. This could be a dangerous beer.

F : Largely resin-like, dry, maybe slightly oily. The mouthfeel is not substantial on this one, and relies on carbonation and crispiness to get its point across. An easy out, but it works. The finish is unremarkable and perhaps that's why it seems so easy to take another sip. Like I said, dangerous.

O : At 9%, this beer feels sessionable and has a great flavor to it based on biscuit and melon. I was expecting a total pine bomb, but I have been pleasantly surprised. If you get a six pack you might be speaking gibberish and making drawings with ketchup bottles before you realized what you did with all of those beers. I'd have it again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, golden yellow body with a relatively thin yet creamy and sticky white head. Huge pine and citrus hop aroma that carries some caramel and toasted grain notes. Juicy flavor mixture of lightly sweet malt sugars and a smooth yet zesty hop bitterness on the tongue. Medium-heavy mouthfeel; wet and slick.

A very well-rounded DIPA exuding citrus aromas and flavors around a smooth malt background and tempered with a strong yet not overpowering hop zing. Nicely balanced throughout and presents nice depth and complexity from all aspects. A very nice find...

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Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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