Squatters Big Cottonwood - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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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
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
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
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
02-29-2012 03:14:49 | More by Mora2000
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
12-25-2011 00:41:17 | More by mactrail
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
Thanks to hopdog to providing this sample...
Appears a hazy amber with a small off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted grains, and mild hops.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, and vanilla flavors coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balanced, and refreshing.
11-10-2010 02:04:58 | More by weeare138
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-20-2014 01:48:55 | More by Zorro
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
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
4/5 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
3.15/5 rDev -13%
On our way out from the Squaters Brewery we picked up a mixed six, which included Big Cottonwood. I was really looking forward to trying this beer....red ale that has been dry hopped. The color red/amber clear ale with nice white head. The nose is accentuated by fresh cascade hops and sweet malt. The taste starts off really nice...then turns malty....followed by a dry taste on the pallet. The mouthfeel is not great and it would be tough to session.
07-14-2011 04:47:51 | More by WoodBrew
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
07-06-2012 01:53:42 | More by FosterJM
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
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-30-2012 22:30:14 | More by DavoleBomb
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
09-26-2012 23:59:54 | More by Offa
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
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
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-05-2012 20:48:26 | More by yemenmocha
Squatters Big Cottonwood from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.