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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Reviews: 240
Hads: 971
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 23
Gots: 199 | 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 SWMeyer4141
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance-Copper body, off white soapy head, poured 6oz agressively and got about a half finger. Very nice sticky lacing.

Smell-Extremely sugary and sweet. Sweet malts, not too much hop aroma. A sugary, messy, aroma.

Taste-Even worse, sugary mess. Just too sweet on too many levels. As it warmed up the booze came through and made it even worse.

Mouthfeel-Really coats the mouth, very sticky. Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

Overall-Just a mess of a beer, could barely suck down 6oz.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.44/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub in the spring. From notes.

A: Pours reddish-amber with orange highlights. Light haze. Finger's worth of off-white foam on top of the brew. Some lacing.

S: Grapefruit hops, cloves.

T: Grapefruit citrus, light caramel malt, a touch of biscuit. Pretty tasty for a 4%er.

M: Medium-bodied. Good carbonation.

D: Wound up getting a pint of this and enjoying it... Compared to the other offerings at the pub (and in the general area), it was a star. Compared to anything else in the nation? Meh.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: 12oz. Bottle

Smell: Crisp orange soda, some wet stale wood, stale raspberries.

Taste: Very dry for a DIPA, interesting. Bitter orange juice drizzled with caramelized brown sugar. Bitter and dry orange in the middle with a spicy edge and some alcohol warmth. Finish is dry, citrus peel, and some alcohol notes.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At 9% ABV, this must be a beer that makes most in Utah freak out. 12 ounce bottle taken to go by the recommendation of the bartender at Freakin Frog, on to the beer:

My Falke chalice will take the honor of holding this beer tonight. Clean bodied, pale orange color with a tight creamy head on top. Leaves some thin, but creamy lookin' lacing. The aroma is quite muted for the style. A touch clean, malt sugars, cheesy, only a little hoppiness.

Its taste isn't bad, but it sure seems like it's missing a few things. There are subtle notes of pineeapple, but it's missing even moderate flavors of hops. There's some resin, which marks the spot of previous hops' lives. I'm getting bored here. At least the alcohol is masked well.

Well, Hop Rising DIPA gets a moral victory just for being over that dreaded 4.0% ABV line. It's possible that the hops melted as this beer sat in the cooler of Freakin Frog, but how long would I know if there's no "bottled on" date?

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Photo of Beaver13
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Floral handsoap, sweet dark citrus, and buttermilk. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with strong carbonic acid that overpowers mixed citrus and pine hop aromatics. Acidity extends into the middle, tapering off somewhat, while raw pale malt is soft and refined. A boozy flavor is also detected before the finish, where moderate bitterness is disjunct aside honest caramel.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer has problems with some of its sensory qualities, giving the impression at first that it is a DIPA made by folks who either hate the style or don't understand it. The good news is that it has the ability to partially recalibrate the palate, making the troubled areas less obvious over the course of the glassful.

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Photo of denver10
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange golden with a white head. Aroma is floral, perfume, orange marmalade, toasted bread. Flavor allows a touch more citrus to show itself with some pine in the finish, but pretty much follows the aroma. Medium bodied, somewhat active mouthfeel. Overall, not into this at all. If it wasn't $9 a pint (damn Las Vegas strip prices) I would not have finished this one. Will not touch it again

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lots of citrusy hops with plenty of orange. Unclean bready maltiness with lots of caramel. Hints of acetone.

2.5 T: Citrusy hop flavor with notes of tomato paste. Lots of bready yeastiness that dominates along with hop bitterness. Caramel in moderate amounts. Need to be cleaner.

3.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not particularly creamy with too much chewiness.

2.5 D: It's not that bad, but in a world with so many great DIPAs, this doesn't make the cut of average.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had from a can. Slight metallic taste, decent hop aroma, powerful (yet not in a pleasant way) taste. hops and metal come to mind, some earth.

A decent beer for when your just hanging out walking the Vegas strip (haha)

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Photo of beertunes
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Tom for getting me this one. Born on 6/27/11. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very nice orangeish-gold color with about a half-inch of white head that typical retention and medium lacing.

The aroma had a very nice piney hop scent upfront, with some malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol in the background. On the tongue the alcohol dominated the front with an unpleasant bitterness in the middle towards the back. There was some citrus in the background, along with some malt stickiness.

The body was on the thin side of average for the style. Drinkability suffered due to the bitterness, alcohol flavors and sticky finish. Overall, an averageish example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, probably not worth seeking out.

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Photo of soughtbygod
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale peach colour, with two fingers of foamy, pillowy off-white head, which settles evenly, leaving a perfect circumference of pulled curtain lace around the glass. Quite attractive. It smells of bitter grapefruit, tangy orange, and caramel cream. The taste is grainy, slightly spicy malt, a softer citrus flavour, and a bit of alcohol warming. The carbonation is prominent, but not intrusive, the body medium-light in weight, a bit prickly but still fairly smooth overall. It finishes still sweet, with the spicy citrus hops clamouring, and getting some attention too.

Wow. Maybe it's because I haven't had a proper IPA in some time now, but this really hit the spot, and went down way too well for its 7 points of booze. And I now know how to say 'rye' in Danish!

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Photo of kyleelton
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color with a suprisingly white head. Thick, but very white. Not getting much hop in the nose, what I am smelling is mildly sweet, pleasant.

This is very malt forward for a DIPA. Well blended but pretty underwhelming for the style. At 9% ABV it's very drinkable. Good mouthfeel, but overall I'd say slightly less than a DIPA despite the ABV.

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Photo of Doonzman
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a big hops fan. So I guess this rating is because of that. If you like a very hoppy and fairly carbonated desk, then you'll like this. Only thing I like it's the 9% abv

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this at the Squatters taproom in Salt Lake City. Poured into a pint glass. A thin white head forms on top of a clear amber/orange brown body. Thick waves of lacing.

Grassy hops, sweet malts and light lemon citrus on the nose. The overall aroma could be a bit stronger, but still fairly good.

The taste is quite malty with bitter spiciness. Almost seems to have some rye-like qualities to it with a touch of grapefruit. ABV is quite noticeable. Would like to see the hops come through more, especially for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and malty. Has a substantial body to it and lots of warming alcohol. Lacking the piney/resiny stickiness that is often associated with stronger IPA's.

Drinkability is low. The flavor is average for a DIPA and the ABV is way too apparent. I've had stronger beers that are much better masked than this one. Wasn't able to finish the glass. Overall, still a somewhat tasty brew, but too many flaws.

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Photo of champ103
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Queen Vic in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace as well.
S: Resiny pine aromas with a substantial bitterness. Hot alcohol, buttery malt, and a metallic aroma.
T: Follows the nose with a large resiny pine flavor and bitterness that lingers on and on. Very oily. Buttery malt and metal. Some wood flavors lingering as well. A bit of alcohol heat.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Resiny and oily. There is some alcohol heat, but for the most part not that hard to drink. Just nothing I care to come back to.

Lots of resin, oil, and buttery malt. I like that it is not all hops with some balance, but it does not mix that well for me. Add to that the strange metallic flavor, and this just so so.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a burnt orange color. incredibly cloudy. moderate amout of lacing left behind

little bit of alcohol on the nose as well as grassy hops

low carbonation and smooth mouthfeel most likely due to the oil from the hops

alcohol is modest, though it adds a bit of sweetness. hops follow quickly but too hang around too long after. tad bit of fruitiness slips in as well.

its a brew to sip. simply done, but not too shabby. there are better doubles to try, but it's worth a shot.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle in the Squatter's Pub in SLC airport.

A - Hazy orangish-yellow, with a big rocky three-finger head that sticks around for a long time. Patchy lacing clings to the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - Plenty of bitterness from the hops, plus mango, passionfruit, a bit of citrus, and burnt sugar. The sweetness of the fruits fades to just the bitterness after a few seconds.

T - It's very sweet. That I get right off the bat. The bitterness of the hops helps to offset the sweetness but not enough. Plenty of juicy fruits contrasted against screaming hops. Not very subtle, like the kid who tries too hard to make you like them. No balance at all, and the alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish.

M - Sticky. Thick and sticky, almost syrupy. It's not horrible, but I'd like something lighter and more dry to go with the combination of flavors.

D - High abv coupled with a flavor and feel that wears on you combine to make this a one-or-two-and-done.

O - Despite my criticisms of this beer I found myself rooting for it, wanting to like it. While this one was my contingency since I didn't find the one I was seeking, it proved a worthy and memorable alternative, if not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/14/12

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden orange - decent white head that slowly fades to a small ring and leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Wet citrus - like, damp orange and grapefruit rinds - some floral citrus, and very herbal, grassy - malty sweetness, with some caramel malts and some graininess - not bad, but not what I look for in this style

Taste: Definitely follows the smell - grapefruit and orange rinds - tons of wet pith, very bitter with lingering bitterness - hop profile is decent, but lacks range - malts are a bit odd - pale malts, and a lot of caramel malts - with a slight recipe adjustment, this could be an amber ale, at least in flavor - too much malty sweetness, doesn't work with the pithy bitterness, and the result is just average

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, nicely carbonated, but way too sticky

Overall: It's a strange fish in a rather big pond

Rating this beer is surprisingly challenging. I must say that the hop profile is interesting. It's very aggressive, with a lot of flavor. Unfortunately, for my taste, it presses all the wrong buttons. It's got too much rind, too much pith, and the malts are too sweet. Regardless, if you want to try a DIPA from Utah, this is not a bad choice.

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Photo of InI
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very drinkable and affordable double IPA with a good value. Alcohol is detectable in taste and aroma. Taste is piney, citrusy, boozey, bitter, then sweet malt on the finish although a little less bitter than I would expect. Nice head thick (I gave a bit hard of a pour) which held a miniscule ring throughout with moderate lacing. My favorite things about this beer are the upfront citrus notes, the mouthfeel, and abv. This isn't the most complex DIPA by no means but it gets the job done and is an excellent beer for the price.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pourted in DFH pint glass (from notes, late June). Thanks to eclipse54 for this one!

A: Clear orange, amber color. 1/2 finger pure white head. Great carbonation off bottom of glass. Nice lacing on glass.

S: I get some floral hop aromas, but also some malts. Booze? Breadiness and yeast?

T: Little bite on the tip of the tongue followed by bready malts at the center then a boozy finish actually.

M: Medium bodied to full body. Mild mouth coat.

O: OK, don't know how old this one was. It's good but not great. Worth trying another one that might be a little fresher.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and a little bit of pine. It is pleasant, but quite one dimensional. The taste is similar to the aroma. Bitterness is rather tame for the style. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lower than average carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer is drinkable, but I can see myself drinking it again. It is lighter in taste and aroma than the average DIPA, but still has as much alcohol. If I wanted to drink something that tasted like this I'd stick with a regular IPA as it would allow me to drink a few more in one session.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, with a big thank you to John (Wasatch) for the bottle! Thanks, John!

Pours very hazy copper, almost murky, with a big, rocky two-finger off-white head on top that has fantastic retention and excellent lacing.

Nose is big and rich, with a deep (and prominent) caramel/butterscotch body holding up a citrus note that just can't quite keep up with the malt body. Just a bit of alcohol comes through to spice things up.

Taste is about what you'd expect. Body is deep and rich and just full of buttery caramel notes, but here it doesn't so easily shake off the hops; instead, alongside the big malt body comes a rindy grapefruit note with a hefty dose of green pine needles, with a prickley bite that's fairly resiny. Still, while the hops aren't nearly so buried here as in the nose, the flavor isn't vibrant or fresh; the hops feel 2D. The malt body is still the star, it just doesn't hog the stage quite as much. And everything else here feels kind of... rudimentary, I guess. I mean, this is a big DIPA, but every aspect of it seems about as basic as it can get. Nothing wrong in terms of off-flavors or anything, just nothing that really pops, no subtlety.

Mouthfeel is sticky, very full-bodied, with a prominent alcohol bite in the back of the throat on the swallow. Carbonation is soft and creamy, a bit underpowered for how thick this beer feels, but on the right track.

Drinkability lags for a number of reasons - how big the beer feels (both mouthfeel and alcohol), the subtlety it lacks, the lack of really vivid hop flavor. They certainly swung for the fences, but so often those big swings just don't make the contact you want them to. Could use some work.

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Photo of MikeyMikee
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had back in March '11. Served at fridge temp.

A- Hazy, burnt orange in color. off white head with great head retention.

S- Fruity hops, citrus (orange, grapfruit and some lemon zest) Hopes dont seem too strong in the smell tho and its got this "wet sponge" kinda smell that leads me to believe the bottle may be a bit dated. There are also some soft caramel notes with a hint of brown sugar.

T- Caramel malts and white sugar dominate with the hops comming in mid mouth. Cirtus hops are dominated by the alcohol in the end with lingers and is pretty unpleasant.

M- The hops are bitter, but not too bitter and and alcohol burns a bit and leaves an ethanol taste in the back of the mouth. Way too boozy for a beer thats 9%. The carbonation is a little low but its not bad. Body is think and sticky but not overwhelming.

O- This is a drinkable beer, the the alcohol really takes away from it. I could live without another but perhaps it would be better super fresh?

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Rich, off-white head with good persistence and lacing. Amber in hue.

S: Piney, floral hops up front with little supporting malt.

T: Piney hops that blast the taste-buds which never recover. The malt is weak. As the beer warms and opens, the malt come through more for a better supporting balance.

M: Rich, full and smooth carbonation on the tongue; the bitter lingers.

Notes: With a double IPA, I should have expected the overbearing hops.

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