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Squatters Big Cottonwood - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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.


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Photo of BryanCarey
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid ale, but uninteresting standard west-type red ale (too bad since their DIPA is great).

Red amber, it has a medium-big pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is caramelised barley, orange, pine needles and wet bread.

Taste is gentle, simple but with hints of complexity, well-balanced but a bit thin. It has jammy pine, citrus (burnt orange), pine needles, toasted (faintly caramelised) barley, all a bit vague and very mild. It is lightly sweet & juicy up front, then moderate peppery-citrus bitterness, then dryer in the finish.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. It is definitely amber in color. Smells like toasted bread, light caramel. Tastes like oats, faint almond extract. I may be going out on a limb here, but I could taste sweet strawberry. Medium carbonation. It is a refreshing beer. It is not something I would drink often, but not something I would turn down.

I’ll have another.

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

1377th Review on BA
Bottle to Balloon Pint

Bottled 06/19/11 <---My bad!!
Purchased for $1.79, Total Wine Las Vegas

App- Not as dark as a normal amber, but more light like a DIPA/BW combo. Had only a small 1/4" head that left no cling.

Smell- Malty, caramel sweetness with some orange zest. Nothing to outlandish but not bad either.

Taste- Very similar to the nose. Has a pleasant flavor even for a year later. Its slightly sweet with a good wheat base and a bit of a thicker amber malts.

Mouth- Slightly thicker medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Residual malts remain with a bit of sweet caramel and a popcorn flavor.

Drink- Wasnt bad, just wouldve liked it to be fresher, but thats on me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of prometheus
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Dec 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the Dillon Dam shaker pint.

Medium sized light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear warm brown in color. Smells moderately spicy, some molasses and resin. Starts kind of spicy and resiny up front. Some molasses as well. Medium body, light ethanol. Somewhat herbal and earthy through the middle. Finish is kind of astringent and bitter.

A liked this quite a bit more than I did.

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Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a medium to dark amber color with a small white head. The aroma is a strong mix of toffee and some pine hops, presumably from the cascade hopes used in the dry hopping process. The flavor is basically that of a very hoppy amber ale. I get a lot of toffee and tannic notes like you get in a glass of iced tea, as well as some pine flavor from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Classic dark amber color with some lacing in the glass. Faint aroma of roast malt, though the flowery hops take a while to reveal themselves. The earth and dirty style of flavors, which I didn't think you could get with Cascade hops. Light body with very nice rich carbonation in the mouth. Moderately bitter aftertaste on a light base of muddy malt.

Current version is 5.75 ABV. Supposed to be a stronger version of their Emigration Amber Ale with dry-hopped Cascades. Sounds great but it is a pretty lackluster brew to my taste.

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Squatters Big Cottonwood from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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