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Squatters Big Cottonwood - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
84
good

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 74
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-22-2010

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 74
Photo of acevenom
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a tall biege head. Plentiful tiny bubbles can be seen in the beer upon the initial pour. The head retreats pretty slowly and there is some lacing left on the side of the glass. I detect some caramel malt as well as some bready aromas. The hops are pretty mild in the smell, bringing some nice citrus aromas. That bready aroma really comes through well in the flavor. There's some mild sweetness back there from the caramel malt. There's that citrus flavor that I pick up from the hops. It's so well balanced. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is pretty smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer. (690 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A brilliant dark amber pour supports a 3” rocky cream colored foam collar that produces extensive lace. S: Citrusy hops are on the fade due to age. T: Attacks with a hint of chocolate and malt and as it moves over the tongue, it goes from mildly sweet to off-dry. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: a decent beer that would be much better fresh. (350 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big light brown head floats above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

A lightly roasted malt aroma with a bit of hops coming through as well as some other lesser notes I can't distinguish.

The taste is overwhelmingly a lightly roasted malt with hints of hops sneaking in there.

A medium bodied beer that leaves a light malty dryish aftertaste.

A very worthy amber, get rid of the amber bock and grab some of these. (421 characters)

Photo of BrandonLBC
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Squatters Big Cottonwood American Amber Ale:

A--Gorgeous deep copper/red color. Medium soapy head with a little lacing left after. Not a ton of bubbles, but definitely enough to keep the ale refreshing.

S--Orange, melon, and hops overall with the orange being the strongest thing to jump out at me.

T--Wonderful, crisp orange taste with just a little hop bitterness on the back end. Not overly complex, but really refreshing. Malted barley really comes through.

M--Light and smooth, but something different right at the end that accompanies the hop taste t hat made my mouth itch just a little bit. However, I do have food allergies so it's possible that it's just a tiny hit of an allergen at the back. Different, but certainly not enough to put me off the beer. I'll have to try it again down the road to see if it's a one off thing.

O--Extremely tasty and refreshing, while being a gorgeous beer to look at as well. The label features a gorgeous photo of an antique car in the canyon, courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society. All in all, another solid effort from Squatters, and one that I had somehow overlooked. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date 12.27.11.

Look- Clear reddish medium amber with three fingers of dense head the color of banana flesh. Good retention, nice lacing- the glass is basically coated with suds.

Smell- Flowery, honey and lemon pith. Swirling brings out crusty bread and a dusky earthy scent. Appealing.

Taste- Not particularly hoppy, but I wouldn't expect it to be after this many months. Solid amber/honey malt backbone with a splash of lemon candy. Herbal, tea-like hop flavor gives an overall impression of spiced Christmastime popcorn balls; cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and honey. Touch of mineral at the finish, very clean.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Tealike consistency and drinkability. Quite drinkable.

Overall- Quite nice, and it's aged well. Nicely balanced and flavorful. I'll be getting it again. (877 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squatters Big Cottonwood has a medium, soapy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, deep amber appearance, lots of streaming bubbles, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of piney hops, bread crust, and sweetness, and the flavor is strongly of hop oil, with sweet bread crust, some toffee, and a bit of pecan shell. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Squatters Big Cottonwood finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and sweet. It is a delicious beer.

RJT (464 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #39 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

I let this one sit out while I tried the beer on my previous review. I think it helped quite a bit.

Nice malty body with a sweet tone that is very amber ale in quality. Consistent and even flavor delivery. I could drink this beer all day and all night. Typifies what the style should be. A real pleasure to drink. (352 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours an amber colour with only about a 1/2 inch head of foam but leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is a balanced mix of caramel malt and citrus hops...not quite balanced; the malt is definitely stronger on my nose. I like that.

Caramel malt and grain are up front on first sip accompanied by a light citric punch. This is definitely a malt forward Amber and I'm digging it. There are plenty enough hop forward beers of the style out there.

Medium body with the same for the carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. This is good stuff. (609 characters)

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of breweries that do unique stuff to get your attention. I'm also a big fan of the cottonwood canyons here in Salt Lake, since I live less than a ten minute drive from them.

This beer exists where those two appreciations converge.

The pour from the bottle into my pint glass reveals a red-leaning amber with a nice finger width head. The smell is typical for the style, maybe with a touch of earthy hops standing out. The flavor is well-balanced with both the malt and hops making obvious contributions . The finish is somewhat more malty, however. Almost bready.

Overall a real nice beer. (609 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (born on 6/13/11) courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mostly clear brownish amber body with a thick finger of frothy/foamy cream colored head with rather good staying power. Modest webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Has a distinct caramel aroma up front mixed with brown sugar, maltose, some mildly metallic hops and a touch of biscuit. Pretty much right on for the style.

T - Good base of bready malt, a bit yeasty, moderate sweetness - mostly brown sugar, caramel and hints of molasses. Bitterness is mild giving a good balance to the flavors but not really a huge flavor provider. Hops also give a bit of citrus towards the finish. Nice.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, but doesn't really feel thin either. Carbonation is adequate at a slightly lowish level...gives enough life to the beer. Sweet flavors overpower the hops here just a bit. Easy drinker.

O - Overall, I'd call this a good session beer. Nice complement of flavors from malt and hops - very well balanced. Smooth and easy drinking - perfect for a session or as a companion to some pub food. (1,119 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange verging on amber; a massive head sits atop the liquid; both the retention and the lacing are noteworthy

Smell: Earthy hops and plenty of caramel malt

Taste: Caramel and fruit (apple and nectarine), up front, with a growing earthy hop character that arrives by mid-palate and dominates, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It's hard for me to get excited about an American Amber, but this is one of the finer examples of the style; well-crafted and plenty hoppy

Thanks, douglas88 (from the other site), for the opportunity (613 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Bottled On: 7/8/2010

Pours a nice brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly bitter, slightly hoppy, with a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice one for the style. (358 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My thanks to SB for sending me this beer for XMAS!

App - Bright amber color, brilliantly clear. Poured a good sized just off-white colored head, quite creamy and long lasting

Smell - Piney hop aroma dominates, and otherwise quite clean.

Taste - Piney hop flavor on top of a malty backbone. Surprisingly little residual sweetness - only on color does it distinguish itself from an APA. Bitterness in finish is present, but is quite gentle. Much hop flavor, but moderate hop bitterness.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming.

Overall - A nice, clean hoppy ale. Would like to see the malt a bit more prominent to make it stand apart from APAs, but a nice beer. (684 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Born on 08/02/12.

Clear, clean amber copper body. Tall, frothy, foamy, light khaki head. Heavy dose of caramel, sugary fruit, and bready malts on the nose. Accented by some spicy, floral, slightly resinous hops.

Herbal hop bitterness and slightly toasted malts up front. Caramel and biscuit malt comes on strong. Some fruitiness around the edge, along with resinous, spicy hop bitterness. Lingering fruity sweetness and some earthy bitterness. Moderate body, with a slightly watery feel. Not bad, overall. (522 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Dark copper in color and has a 1.5 finger almond colored head. Decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of roasted malts, toasted nuts and some caramel. The flavor is heavy on the malts that are roasted, along with toasted nut like notes. I pick up some earthy flavors as well. The mouth feel is rich and medium bodied. Not watered down like many American Ambers. Solid offering that is not too sweet and definitely not hoppy. (460 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed ruddy amber, excellent head

SMELL: Toffee, hop resin, yeast, fresh toasted bread, orange zest, peppery, fig

TASTE: Super smooth, big toffee, biscuity, bready, soft hop bitterness, oily hop resin, nutty yeast, husky, ripe fig, light alcohol, semi-dry finish

A playful Amber Ale, goes from sweet to hoppy to grain and back around the block again. Very well rounded and balanced. (433 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark copper color with a one finger tan colored head. The lacing was smooth and sticky arranging in foamy rings around the glass.
The aroma had a roasty maltiness, toasted nuts and some caramel. The hops are kind of earthy and somewhat grassy, definitely had a super low bitterness to it.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium bodied feel. I'd say this was pretty sessionable.
Overall, its mainly a good amber that I could have again, maybe not one to seek out, but worthy. (596 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 6/13/11 clearly printed on the neck of the bottle. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber/ dark copper color with an off white head that settled to a thick ring around the edge of the glass. A nice bit of lacing sticks around.

Smell: Malts and some hoppy smells. I sense subtle citrus and floral notes as well as some minor earthy sweet notes.

Taste: A typical amber, but with a bit of hop kick bitterness. The malts present a subtle sweetness that is never off putting. The bitterness from the hops balances nicely. This is a well made beer, just not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thinner than i would have expected for the color, don't judge a beer by its color. The carbonation is fine.

Overall: I like this well enough because it has some hops to contrast with the in your maltiness that ambers can have. (887 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - Nice copper reddish color with a thick off white head on top that leaves okay lacing.
S - 3.75 - Nice hoppy, floral, citrus notes. Caramel malt balances it out. A sweet smelling beer like most amber/red ales are.
T - 3.5 - Nice hoppy but also sweet caramel malt flavor. Some floral and citrus notes, but also a little bit of an unfortunate dirty hop flavor in there too, which I'm thinking comes from the use of cascade hops for this as a red ale, which gives it more of a pale ale's hop profile, if that make sense.
M - 3.75 - Light - medium. Alc covered. Aftertaste is nice caramel malt flavor but also hop bitterness.
O - 3.75 - It's an okay beer. I wish they would have used more citrusy hops in this recipe to give it that nice smooth citrus hop flavor like OB G'knight has. (791 characters)

Photo of bayougutter
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born on date of 06-13-11 and consumed 09-25-11.
Poured from bottle to a snifter and is a clear amber that has a white head of an inch with retention and lacing being above average.

On the smell I get grass/earthy hops, a lot of caramel malts, and some fig/date fruit as well. A nice aroma, hope the taste lives up.

The taste didn't dissapoint but it left me wanting more. A little dry on the finish. A good balance between the malts and hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbination.

Overall, I liked it but it just kinda left me hanging. It did improve as it warmed a bit. Still a good example and will have again. (631 characters)

Photo of prometheus
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times. It is now available in a big 750 ml bottle.

Pours a tangerine amber red. Thin head. Medium mouthful with slightly stingy carbonation. Great smell of pine and dried orange peel. Taste is the same with a long finish that lingers for a long time. Great Utah Brew! (283 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Cottonwood is an amber beer with a reddish tan color and a steady head of foam that does leave some lacing. The nose is bready, caramel- like, malty, and certainly enticing.

Tasting Big Cottonwood doesn’t reveal any great surprises or “wow” moments, but that is okay because the beer still satisfies. The flavors of bread, toffee, caramel, pine, and a little bit of honey and citrus fruit are present and there is a small touch of bitterness in the finish that quickly switches back to the flavor of pine and bread in the aftertaste. The flavor isn’t overly complex, but it is still good and quaffable.

This beer is highly drinkable and I like the way it teases the palate. It seems like it is going to be a tad watery and lacking in hop character, but then you taste it all the way through and you realize there is just enough of a hop kick in the finish to keep it balanced and keep it real. The aftertaste is malty, bready, and sweet but there is still enough hop contribution to stay balanced.

A good beer overall and one I will certainly drink again. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Hoppy and malty with a strong pine and menthol aroma. Enough hops to make your nose itch. There is a slight melon aroma here.

Starts out with a strong malt and strong tea flavor. this is a little on the sweet side. Not as hoppy as the smells suggests, just a mild easy to drink ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a nice tasty ale that is a bit on the malty side. (415 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with generous head. Nose has herbal hops, tea, and a toasty malt quality. On the palate the malt component is prominent, though it has a bit of malt extract caramel taste standing out. Hops balance it out and carry into the finish and aftertaste . Lot of herbal, earthy hops on the aftertaste. (310 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty with a strong caramel component. Sweet and grainy maltiness. Simple, but pleasant.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is toasty with plenty of caramel, a moderate sweetness, and graininess.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Good enough here.

3.5 D: Entirely drinkable, good enough amber ale. (515 characters)

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Squatters Big Cottonwood from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.