Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Full Suspension Pale AleSquatters Full Suspension Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kmpitz2 on 11-20-2004

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy deep straw with an average head. The aroma starts with grapefruit and orange peel, a touch a very bright pine, and some woodsy English hop notes. The flavor leads with burnt orange and grapefruit, and rounds out into a soft, woodsy warmth with just a hint of citrus carrying through. The mouthfeel is full for such a light beer. Overall this is a very nice drinkable option that does a solid job mashing up and American and English pale ale.

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Photo of Max5480
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has always been one of my top beers living in salt lake city. It's brewed by a local brewery that had been around for a very long time. I've always compared this with Cutthroat by Uintah, until a couple nights ago when I had a Stein at X-Wives place on 900e. Sure, is a dive bar, but something about the pour made it the most delicious beer I've ever had. Pretty dark for a pale ale. It has all the flavor and backing of an IPA but without too much hoppiness interfering with the flavor. This is my perfect beer and what I compare all others with. I highly suggest making sure you have a Full Suspension if you are in Salt Lake, and if you already live here then I'm sure it's one of your classics as well!

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good glowing copper and orange color here, darker than expected for a lighter abv beer. Really substantial 1"+ head on it, lasts and lasts. Lacking hop aroma.

Taste, plenty of caramel, some mild bitterness, what the hell, I thought this was a pale ale? What the dillio? Malt is toasty, and it all seems to stick to your teeth.

I don't get who drinks pale ales like these.

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Photo of scotorum
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 10/24/15. Still prefer the less ambiguous bottled on date

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip.

a: translucent orange with an inch thick white head which receded to a thick ring of foam and patchy lacing.

s: none

t: Slightly orange flavor over a medium biscuit malt base followed by a significant hop bite which does not linger long.

m: medium with good body and carbonation tingle

o: Another refreshing offering from Squatters, more substance than the golden but equally nice as a warm weather brew.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden pour from 12oz can into SAPP; thick, loose white foam; good carbonation and lots of lace.

Citrus/lemony nose; fresh baked bread.

Lite cracker with just a hint of lemongrass flavors.

Lite mouthfeel; a little hop stickiness for the tongue coating.

Overall, lite crispness with some grassy hop finish.

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Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the River Room. Poured out with a thick head, needed a spoon to clear enough off to finish the pour. Hops aren't as apparent in the nose as in the taste. Fairly bitter for an APA, crisp, clean. Body is on the lighter side.

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Photo of AdamTebbs
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light, refreshing and tasty. Not overly complicated but a clean refreshing good beer. Stands up well to others of the style one abv. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Consumed on my front porch in the early afternoon.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy hops on the nose is what I get first, with a touch of bready sweetness in the background. There's a bit of earthy/resiny hop aroma in there as well.

Taste: The resiny hop flavor is more up front on the palate. Some fruit, but not much in the way of malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not much to say here.

Overall: This was an OK beer - I liked the hop profile, but wanted more malt to balance it out. Nice for drinking on the porch on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Poured a nice 2 finger head that left white and sticky lace on the glass; quite cloudy because this is an unfiltered brew; a nice copper/orange color
The aroma is piney, resinous, a little fruity, and slight malt.
At first it's sweet with some pine, earth, and some yeast, followed by a bitter hoppy/piney/peppery aftertaste that lingers. I detected a toasty malt undertone; quite bitter and dry.
Medium bodied pale ale that drinks light and thin; crisp and smooth; decent body

Overall, a solid hop forward ale to drink any time of year. It's easy to drink as it's only 4% abv. Decent.

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Photo of JDV
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange and hazy. SMell is hoppy fruity and clean. Taste is similar with fruity, clean hops. Really is very drinkable, smooth and clean tasting a full month past the drink by date on the underside of the can. This is a pretty nice pale ale and at only 4%, that's even better. Still a nice full body, but light enough to be sessionable. Expected I'd drain this after seeing the date, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Strong pine and grapefruit and a lesser passion fruit aroma. Fainter scent of apricot. Slight mint aroma.

Starts out strongly woody and malty. Mild pine flavor with citrus strangely missing. Overall tastes nothing like it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad pale ale smells great but just tastes OK.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gotta say, Utah is beautiful. This beer certainly takes that trait along with it. A gorgeous deep hazy amber with a good finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell gives similar promise: juicy, resiny, with sweet floral notes and some citric spice. There's a supporting malt layer underneath, but the hops really take top billing.

With the buildup that the preceding two categories offered, drinking it is a little bit of a letdown. The supporting body that seemed to be folded gently in is completely absent, and it becomes a dulled reflection of what it seemed it was going to be. Less of the juicy hops with a supportive malt presence, it instead presents with a muted tea-like non-beginning, followed by a void in the middle before wrapping it up with a bitter bready finish. Moreso just bitter as opposed to hoppy, lacking a certain amount of complexity.

With the promise shown while it was just a glass of potential, the reality was a bit of a let down. There are elements here, but it feels like there is something missing. It gives the impression of coming into a film twenty minutes late, and finding half of the middle scenes are missing on top of it. Utah's beautiful, though!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good looking, orange-tan and mostly clear with a pretty good head and lace.

Flavor and aroma are pretty hop forward, yet with a good solid malt backbone that offers a pretty balanced brew. Bready malts and citrus, herbaceous hops are the dominant flavors.

Body is medium and carbonation smooth. Overall very nice for a 4% brew, I like these tasty lower ABV beers.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale has a very thick, spongy, cream-colored head, a hazy, quite bubbly, gold-orange appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of of hop resin (pineapple or sweet grapefruit), white bread, and a touch of corn. Taste is of the same, with more prominent corn notes and a low-to-moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. This beer is on the dull side, but it is still good. At least worth one sampling.


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Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. Slight dry lacing.

S: Floral hops, pine straw, and a little peanut.

T: Biting hops, and a pea-nutty character.

M: Light and crisp. The hop seems out of balance and separated from the malted components.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and some slight lacing. Nose is floral and buttery. Out of balance combination of hops and nutty components. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with some visibility of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing all the way down to the last sip.

Smell: Pale, bready, and toasted malts with some grassy, herbal, and citrus hops. Pretty straightforward and nothing over the top. More English than American pale ale aroma.

Taste: Herbal Earl Grey and citrus hop delicious with some mild tingly hop bitterness. Chewy and pale malts in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, light hop bitterness, crisp, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: For a 4% beer, this is prettybsolid. Out of a can too. You can't go wrong.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cool orange color, thought the color would be so much lighter. Developed a thick, long lasting off white head on it, about 1" in depth. Aroma was lacking in the hops department, but landed squarely in caramel range. A treat to those who want a malt centered aroma pale ale, a disappointment for those who want more of an aromatic hop experience.

Taste, lots more of the caramel and a slight hop bitterness vibe that contributes hardly anything in the taste aspect of a hop. The malt flavor is still toasty, and lighter than one would expect to create such an impressive orange color throughout the beer's life. The yeast has kind of a chewy/sticky on your teeth vibe going.

This is like a pale ale for those who are against hops and alcohol. I think the mild toastiness and the malt flavor is what saves this, but it isn't exciting, and the flavor it does have going for it is not what I want to be the 'star' of the show, I'd rather it be in a supporting role.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, "born" 11/06/12 - so not super fresh by any means.

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color. 2 finger head that is a mix between fluffy and fizzy. From appearance it looks very carbonated.

S: Smells very bready. Strong malt character. Definitely hoppy as well. Some citrus notes - orange peel.

T: Hop character is very mild, as is the bitterness. The bread/biscuit malt character is prominent. Not much sweetness. Not much anything to be honest. Very bland and boring.

M: light body. High carbonation. Good creaminess.

O: Very average. Good if you're looking for a sixer you could smash in an hour. Granted, this wasn't fresh, but I prefer more flavor in my beer.

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Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Squatters Pub in SLC.

A: rusty orange and cloudy; cream head leaves a nice amount of webby lace while managing some good retention.

S: light grapefruit rind; not much malt aroma; pretty big hop aroma for a 4% beer.

T: grapefruity hops... cascade/chinook - esque; light caramel malt is there - barely; lacks a little complexity but not bad; has a slight gummy / sorghum taste on the end.

M: light-bodied; moderate carbonation; a tad thin and watery.

O: good for what it is - a 4% American pale ale. I'd have it again, for sure.

*from notes - 9/30/12

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Photo of mhaugo
4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the SLC airport.
Appearance: Hazy copper with a nice, thick crown of foam.
Smell: Like walking through a field of grapefruit trees on the day of harvest. Absolutely amazing.
Taste: Definitely hop forward, but balanced with precision. Just enough malt to keep it interesting. Citrusy and clean with a sweet, lingering grapefruit finish.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. The carbonation keeps things moving and it has the good sense not to overstay its welcome.
Overall: I can’t understand why this isn’t one of the most sought after sessionable pale ales in the country. It’s brilliant.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #17 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

There are a lot more malts on this than I would have anticipated, or wanted really. Turns into this too tangy kind of production that just doesn't have the right kind of balance for the style. I mean, it's drinkable, but the high level of malts just push it to a level that doesn't really work for me. The nose on it was really awesome, for the first few minutes at least.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is above average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Lightly toasty with a light crystal malt component. Light herbal and earthy hoppiness. Maybe a touch soapy. Not a lot of going on here.

2.0 T: Much soapier than the nose suggested. Surprising breadiness presumably mainly from the yeast. Mild bitterness without really any hop flavor. Tastes empty.

2.0 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. Moderate carbonation. Chewy from the yeast. Lacking all creaminess.

2.0 D: Not my favorite pale ale. Lacking flavor and a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of chetripley
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another one I tried after being smuggled out in a suitcase by a friend. Good fun label, hopeful for a quality pale ale, and nice to see brewers cooperative in play.

The smell was fresh and piney, the color bold and the flavors were right on. What a great contribution the just-sweet-enough, just-hoppy-enough and just-oaky-enough combination was. It could have been considered a fine beer, if not for the fact that the other things I look for in a beer weren't there.

Instead, this had a watery feel, and an inability to deliver the goods at the end. It was an American Pale Ale Refresher, and left you wanting much more than an APA should. I would have liked a better balance in this one. Plus, the little too light in color look was a turn off too.

I don't worry about having a problem with this in the future unless I go there, so I don't think I would have had another one anyway.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Utah beer session 3/6

Poured chilled in large tulip water glass

A: cloudy light brownish orange; modest carb action; good, decent head, slightly creamy; good lacing forming
S: orange, hops, bubblegum (slight); persistent, inviting
T: flavorful, complex thanks to the strong hop profile; moderately bitter; grassy; low ABV comes through a bit, but not at the expense of flavor

Not bad--s'ok

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pretty solid pale ale all around. pours a medium amber color with a foamy white head. a little cloudy, but mostly clear. smells like caramel malts, pale malts, and fruity hops. flavor has some fruit to it as well, citrus notes and even something sweeter like plums or overripe apples, which balance out the hops really nicely. medium body, fairly robust carbonation, and a low abv make this another excellent utah session beer. this was one of my draft favorites at the brewpub, but did not get the pleasure to try the bottled version. nothing standout here, but a servicable american pale with a nice fruity twist.

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