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Squatters Big Cottonwood - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
82
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website


Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 08-14-2011)
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Photo of mrandypandy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mrandypandy, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of abex44
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

abex44, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of gritz147
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

gritz147, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kew, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

cdwil, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of BryanCarey
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

BryanCarey, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Chucker17, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

alexgash, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jheezee, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Offa, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

kjkinsey, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

alva7172, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

warpedrevolution, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

mhaugo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

acevenom, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Lawl3ss, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

bonbini26, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

XicanoBeerRun, Jul 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Ryan1423, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

dsuedbeck, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1377th Review on BA
Bottle to Balloon Pint
12oz

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.

FosterJM, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Bitterbill, Jun 14, 2012
Squatters Big Cottonwood from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.