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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 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 I was expecting to find something cheap, awful, or out-of-date, but lo and behold I got a DIPA I have never tried before.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 Beaver13
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
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 Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus, pithy.

Taste: Mildly sweet, floral note. Moderate body. Finishes with a strong citrus bitterness. Very balanced DIPA.

Overall: I've seen this in Minnesota but bought it in Nebraska. Double IPA in a 6 pack of cans for $10, not bad. The beer is solid, but unspectacular. Hoppy but balanced with plenty of sweetness.

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Photo of jlindros
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Randomly found at a store, figured I'd give it a try. Enjoy by 6/27/14

Pours a smaller fizzy head that barely covers the beer, little lacing, quite clear coppery tan orange color.

Nose is fairly light all around, some hops with a little candied orange peel note, touch grassy hop, a little toasty sweetish candy malt. Very light

Taste brings some sweet malts, a little copper toasty malt reddish malt note, a little candy syrupy like note as well, caramel candies but not very caramelized. Then hops, again light, little grassy earthy note, some candied orange peel, mild fruity note, etc. Med bitterness at first, that increases a bit on the back end. Finish attempts to dry and some booze warmth shines through, mild estery note as well, fruity, with bit more earthy hops, spicy hop like, little sticky too.

Mouth is med bod, little heavier and syrupy feeling, decent carb, some warming booze esp on the finish.

Overall meh, quite light all around, more of the sweet candy malts than the hops coming through. Nothing really going on with it.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good looking, golden in color, once the head settled down it kept about a quarter inch on top and left nice lace.

Flavor and aroma are a nice blend of hoppy, fruity, and malty. The hops have a fruity, earthy quality and bitterness is soft. The malt backbone is ample and gives a semblence of balance not usually associated with the IIPA style. I had to do a double-take when I saw 9% because it's not very evident.

Body is surprisingly thick and chewy, with a smooth carbonation. Overall it's a well done and enjoyable beer that I'll certainly buy again.

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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 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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Photo of joeworrall
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

hop rising is a decent ipa not great or groundbreaking by any means.not much smell just booze ,the looks are good a little head and little lacing.the taste is decent not great but not bad either.look lets get down to it,the thing that makes this beer is its a great value,bargain is an understatement.for 8.89 a SIX PACK not 10 plus bucks a 4 pack you get a 9 percent double ipa thats pretty damn good,that alone makes this a good beer and other brewery should take a note like dogfish head,give us a full 6 pack if your gonna charge 11 or 12 dollars.thats my opinion anyways.look i know were not supposed to judge a beer based on its price but screw that this is the real world and price is and always will be a factor.

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Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the BevMo cooler in early February for $1.99. Bottled on date was smeared but looks like September.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is sweet malts and citrus hops.

Taste is very well balanced between the malts and hops. Overall taste is a bit on the sweet side with orange and tropical hops finishing nicely on top of a large malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is a solid beer but nothing overly remarkable. Would drink again.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a tuba player named Dan for this one!
A double IPA not from CA? My bias already sets in. Beer poured gently into a pint glass. Head is bone white, dissipating into a halo circling the inside of the glass. The color is an orangish amber, very clean. Smell is somewhat lackluster. It does remind me of hopslam minus the honey sweet. No immediate dry hop dank smell like the IPA's I'm usually craving. It's def not bad, just not impressive. There's a mixture of malt, alcohol and a light bitterness as I gulp it down. Def more malt fwd vs a west coast DIPA. It's pretty much what I expect, which isn't bad...I'm just an entitled beer need whose been spoiled by the wild Wild West. Cheers!

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Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

This is yet another example of why I wish beer advocate would factor in price with a beer. Hop Rising isn't the best double ipa I've ever had, not even in the top five, but I had to bump this up from a 3.25 to a 4 just because of the price point.
Aroma is medium pine and resiney hopped with a peppery note. The flavor matches the aromas almost to the t, with some good malt backbone. 9% abv seems more like 7, it's another huge plus to this beer.
All in all I can't believe the price on this guy, I've NEVER seen a 6 pack double ipa with 9% abv for under ten bucks before tax!! Its hard enough to even find a FOUR PACK double ipa for 10 bucks!! crazy good deal!!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

underwhelming ipa here, but for a 9% double ipa with beautiful graphics in a 6 pack under 10 bucks, it rules the roll. the beer itself is a little sweet for me, not super hoppy, overly alcoholic, and a little rich in corn sugar, it may be a bit too much. mostly clear golden color under a patchy but lasting white airy head. the nose is sweet with all the hops, but it doesn't seem like its from grain. i get a whole lot more dextrose or something similar than i do malt. the hops in smell and taste are not forward enough for the style, and there is very little bitterness. the price is alluring for what it is, but the flavor makes me not a repeat buyer. the feel is fine, save the residual sugar. enough bubbles and body, but the hops just aren't there all the way through. decent, but i know squatters can do better.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Bread, some grass, not much citrus, tad bit of alcohol.

T-Some citrus, good deal of malt and bread. Slight caramel. Not much in the way of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, tad velvety.

O-A run of the mill DIPA. Does overwhelm with bitterness or hops.

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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 denver10
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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 feloniousmonk
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cast in a clear, amber/bronze hue, lush, large creamy white head. Looking great.

Aroma: Bitter-sweetness. A whole lot of everything in here. Plenty of fruit, some heat, some spice, pine and grass in places. Big time resiny hop presence. Nice.

Taste: Big bitterness greets us first, blazing the palate, leaving sweet remnants all over the mouth. Malt more than adequately keeps up with the beefed up hop quantity here. Nine percent alcohol in this one, and it starts to show. Sticky malt floor holds it's own, while hops bounce everywhere. Any dyed-in-the-wool hop freak should like this one.

Here's what the brewery tell us about it: "Big hop, big malt, big beer. One of the most aggressive beers ever released in Utah, Hop Rising a double India Pale Ale, clocks in at 75 IBU's and 9% alcohol. We use three different malts to create enough flavor to perfectly balance three varieties of hops, then we dry-hop it; resulting in an amazing two pounds of hops per barrel! Hop lover's dream."

I wouldn't put this up in the far echelons of double IPAs, but it certainly is one of the good ones. Enjoy without reservation.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle into a chalice

Ap- pours a light amber color with a bit of haze and a foamy off white head about 1/2 inch. Head has pretty decent retention

Ar- The usual suspects here...pine, citrus, grass, sweet malt

T- Pretty much exactly the same as the nose but with a slight alcohol presence, nuff said.

M- sticky, medium bodied, good carbonation for this style

O- a solid brew that I get often. It's $9 a six pack and at 9% ABV you get pretty good bang for your buck.

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Photo of brurevu
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy orange with a little bit of sediment or something floating around with an aroma of hops and some sweet toffee malts. The taste had an initial strong vanilla and toffee malt with grapefruit hops that gives way to some piney resinous hops on the back end. The piney hops lingered on my palate but was mellowed and smoothed out by the sweet malts. The Hop Rising was an overall excellent beer with a good creamy mouthfeel and dynamic flavor profile.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange, with a finger of head, heavy lacing left behind

Smell is orange, alcohol, sweet malt, fruit aroma

Taste is orange, orange, mango, mango, alcohol.. Which is a odd vodka shot like flavor, so not very desirable... But then it redeems itself with lemon and lime, bitter pine and grapefruit with a HUGE sweet malt backbone

Mouthfeel is medium full, very fine carbonation, drying finish, slight alcohol burn.

Here is the thing about this one. If they could up either the malt of hops to kill the alcohol flavor it would be on another level... Frankly when I took the fist sip I said "holy shit this is good!" Then I got the odd vodka alcohol flavor and it killed my happiness. DO not get me wrong this beer is worth your time. Good DIPA here, I will have again for sure, but could be amazing with some minor recipe tweeks.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Rising pours a cloudy golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a harsh malty aroma, with some notes of hops. The taste is slightly hoppy with lots of lime and citrus flavorings. Easy to drink, and very refreshing. Overall its a fruitier and more refreshing IIPA.

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Photo of TheBone
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have to say, this beer for being 9% abv, is very smooth. The appearance is awesome with a foamy 1.5 finger head. As far as smell, I didn't really care for the smell that much, it was the least desirable aspect of this beer. Otherwise, this beer is very good. Generally, with this much alcohol for a beer, It is usually sour to me, not this one. It almost tasted like fruit. I'm not much of a reviewer who indicates the different specific flavors, but this one does remind me of apricot and perhaps some pineapple but that may be a stretch. Maybe because I love hops, is why I love this beer. I would say it is a good reflection of a DIPA. Not that the 75 IBUs are extreme, but that is not what DIPA is supposed to be. However, If had to improve the beer, I would pump up the IBUs to about 82 give or take, depending on the sweetness/sourness.

So overall, I would say that this beer deserves to be in the upper echelon of beers. I will buy this again. I need to find out more about the brewery to see anything else they may be proud of. I would love to try this on tap. I doubt it would be near me. Please tell me if anyone ever sees it on tap around the Milwaukee/Chicago area.

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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 Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing from the reduced head too. It is a hazy copper color with some vision of a few bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: citrus and tropical hop aromas, caramel, and alcohol.

Taste: Tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple is short lived and followed by caramel, bitterness, and alcohol that is easier and easier to taste with every sip. Hop flavor dies too quickly, but then the next sip it is there. Strange.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, alcohol, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, lingering bitterness, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Not too shabby, this beer seemed to get better as it warmed up. Still an enjoyable beer.

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Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.