Squatters Radio From Hell - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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2.33/5 rDev -36%
1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle with comicky old school label art and branded pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Acquired at Whole Foods (the HQ). Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've never had a beer from this brewery before. Born on: 03/19/13. Batch no 96.3. I guess this is a tie-in beer for a local radio station? Reviewed as a red ale because it identifies as such.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a two finger wide head of healthy khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Nice plump soft complexion. No real lacing to speak of as the head recedes. Head retention is nice - about 4 minutes.
Body colour is a clear amber of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Amber malts, caramalt, toasted malt character, toffee, and floral hops. Definitely on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. A bit of nutty character - hazelnut, maybe? Some butterscotch, perhaps diacetyl. Lightly fruity, but indistinct and vague.
The caramel/caramalt is overdone, leaving it feeling like a vienna lager - at least based on the aroma. An amber oughtn't be nutty.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
An inoffensive aroma of above average strength.
T: Has a metallic off flavour as well as diacetyl. Hmm...
A chaotic mess of (overdone) caramel/caramalt, amber malts, unwelcome nutty notes, and toasted malt. It's also overhopped, with an overbearing amount of floral hops that the weak body simply cannot withstand. Zero balance here, and little cohesion. Certainly not gestalt. Unfocused. Resembles an amateur homebrew. A bit bready. It's a poorly considered build for a red ale and I'm not liking it.
Very shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.
No yeast character comes through. I do get a bit of alcohol.
Mf: Undercarbonated and somewhat watery. Smooth and wet, with some haphazard random coarse patches at various points in the structure for no apparent reason. Lacks body. Alternatingly too thin and too thick. Almost a bit slimy feeling. Doesn't suit the style at all.
Dr: Quaffable but of limited quality, Radio From Hell is not a beer I'll be getting again, and its disappointing nature deters me from wanting to buy any Utah Brewers Cooperative beers in the future. Quite poorly executed for an attempt at a red ale. It doesn't even hide its average ABV all that well. I'll finish the bottle out of respect for beer, but it won't be horribly enjoyable. Maybe I'll just cook with it?
09-10-2013 03:33:32 | More by kojevergas
3.01/5 rDev -17.3%
Bottle born on 3/19/13 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Head average (3cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to uneven layer between 0.5 and 1.0 cm
Lacing poor – few irregular clumps at various places around the glass
Body a hazy medium brown
Flavor of sweet malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; quickly fades to nothing
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation
Overall, a very mediocre beer, having decent palate and aroma, average appearance, and below average flavor.
05-10-2014 11:30:56 | More by Ozzylizard
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
sent as an extra by davolebomb 25oz bottle born date 3/28/12
pours deep red with pillowy white head
smell starts with a faint smell of english hops that turns toffee like
taste is very much a red ale...some light bitterness upfront fade to very nice malty taste
mouthfeel is slightly thick and carbonation is on the lower side but amazing
overall very good session beer, wish i could get this year round by me
08-16-2012 05:22:24 | More by joefuzz
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Attractive coppery color in the snifter. Plentiful head and sudsy on the tongue.
Warm glow of malt, but with a light touch. A hint of butterscotch, and dries to a mellow light roast. Much less hoppy than lots of others in this category, and it's nice for a change. This one tastes more like a German Dunkel or a really good Vienna lager. A metallic hint that adds an edge along with some slight earthiness and a spicy touch. But it's all very friendly and nicely integrated in to a totally drinkable taste.
Watery mouthfeel, and thoroughly refreshing. This would be an excellent big mug for a thirsty night. I guess I have to like something in the Amber category, so this subtle quaff is the one. From your friends at the Utah State Liquor Store in Sugar House.
07-17-2012 04:08:23 | More by mactrail
3.69/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured into a pint glass at 43 degrees.
Appearance: A monster head on the beer. The head is creamy tan color that is frothy, and foamy. The color of the beer is medium dark amber color that is slightly opaque. The clarity of the beer is most clear. Some carbonation bubbles are present. The appearance of the beer is wonderful.
Nose Rich caramel toasted malt, biscuit, bread, yeast, grapefruit, pine, lemons, oranges..
Taste: Toasty caramel malt notes, biscuits, bread, yeast, grapefruit, pine, oranges, lemons.
Mouth feel of the beer is slightly creamy, astringent, and warming.
Overall: This a good example of a red ale. I would have like to tasted a bit more malt with a stiffer hop profile. I did enjoy drinking it.
11-06-2013 04:19:12 | More by colts9016
3.74/5 rDev +2.7%
Appearance: soft amber/copper, clear, light tanned head, finger, spongy lacing.
Aroma: bready, with caramel sweetness, light grassy hop notes, sweet bread, toffee.
Taste: heavy caramel, toffee, sugar glaze, taffy, grassy, brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: adequately medium, creamy, clean, well carbonated, appropriately.
Overall: the aroma is somewhat muted, but a strong and tasty flavor profile brings it along nicely.
06-27-2013 03:08:31 | More by EgadBananas
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
not a bad American red ale 5.5 percent by volume abv, malty hoppy bitter ale that was very refreshing after having alot of sweet beers squatters is a local Utah brewery that brews a fantastic line of beers. Radio from hell gets a 4.0 90 out of 100 for me it had a very creamy head with a dry finish crisp and refreshing
12-06-2012 15:47:32 | More by caseys
3.93/5 rDev +8%
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Clear medium amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and a small amount of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Lots of sweet toastiness. Graininess abounds as well. Solidly nutty. Not super complex, but quite nice.
4.0 T: Tastes as good as it smells. Big toastiness, nuttiness, and graininess. Just sweet enough to not be too dry. Tasty.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good enough, but could use a bit more creaminess.
4.0 D: A very enjoyable beer. Solid all around.
06-29-2012 03:25:43 | More by DavoleBomb
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
25oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John! Born on 3/28/12...poured into a Portsmouth 20th Anniversary glass.
A - Pours a deep amber color with a moderate amount of haze and a touch of muddiness. A short finger of tan foamy head lingers briefly and leaves behind a thick and foamy collar and some sparse lacing on the glass.
S - Rich, sweet, caramelly on first sniff. A touch earthy and a bit nutty. Not much for hops on the nose...a malt forward version of the style.
T - Malt is the star here too...although in a well balanced package. Caramel and toffee, earthy and grainy, nutty. A mild hop presence that balances things off really well...hops are earthy too suggesting English varieties...bitterness is on the lower side for an American version of the style, but on the intense side for British styles giving a bit of a hybrid character. A touch of yeastiness, some mild esters. Quite tasty.
M - Really smooth and on the rich side. Body is just medium, carbonation is also on the light side of mid-level. A pretty easy drinker...rather complex malty flavors that are tamed well by the hops...never overly sweet. A good sessionable beer for cool fall nights.
O - This is a style that gets interpreted in many different ways, and recently tending more towards the extreme in hop levels. I would call this a rather traditional example of the style and one that is done well. This really captures the complexity of malt flavors very well. This will probably fly under the radar for many people, but it is definitely worth seeking out.
10-24-2012 00:59:11 | More by portia99
Squatters Radio From Hell from Utah Brewers Cooperative
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.