Squatters Big Cottonwood - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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4.43/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
08-19-2012 00:08:31 | More by acevenom
4.23/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
04-09-2012 23:06:16 | More by LXIXME
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
04-08-2014 06:08:32 | More by BrandonLBC
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
08-18-2012 23:11:56 | More by Lawl3ss
4.01/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
08-12-2013 00:20:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
09-22-2012 04:00:37 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
06-14-2012 00:15:25 | More by Bitterbill
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
10-27-2011 03:49:54 | More by Beernoisseur
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-18-2011 23:21:34 | More by portia99
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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
08-14-2011 18:41:59 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-22-2010 20:14:25 | More by Wasatch
3.8/5 rDev +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.
10-03-2012 02:13:57 | More by alexgash
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
05-18-2014 21:52:19 | More by Ri0
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-01-2012 23:53:34 | More by mpyle
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-17-2012 03:21:39 | More by Jason
Squatters Big Cottonwood from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.