Squatters Big Cottonwood - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
10-19-2012 02:51:02 | More by BryanCarey
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
3.48/5 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
4/5 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
4.43/5 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
4.08/5 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
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
07-24-2012 14:09:23 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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
3.5/5 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
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
Squatters Big Cottonwood from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.