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Squatters Full Suspension Pale AleSquatters Full Suspension Pale Ale

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear pale copper color, bubbly with a good trail of lacing ont the glass

SMELL: Citric, herbal, grassy, faintly yeasty, biscuity, ripe apricots, hint of esters

TASTE: Orangey hop, some bitterness, smooth, caramel, softly toasted biscuits, wet, nutty yeast, very dry finish

Very well balanced and an easy quaff, a decent example of the style.

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Photo of DCon
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Squatters Pub & Brewery in Salt Lake City, UT (Downtown location) for $5. Tapped from a Tap Handle in the back?!?! (not from the ones at the bar... strange) into a 0.5L Squatter's Pub Stange/Pint Glass.

Aroma- The aroma starts very dry hopped and brewed with American hops. Has a light amount of malt too. An overall sweet aroma without grass and pine.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has average retention. A red copper body is present and very clear. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor comes off VERY malt dominant and sweet. Not much hop at all in this one (and its supposed to be an APA!?!?). Does have a light bitterness level at the finish but dry. No hops affecting the bitterness or flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Gritty, and has a sweet finish.

Overall Impression- I wish I could give this one a better rating but it did not come off as an APA at all! Tons of malt and sweetness makes up this brew and then finishes no different. Enjoyed the looks and smell of it but then couldn't carry over any of these attributes to the taste... Looking forward to this 529 I bought though!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a pint glass

A- Orange with the slightest bit of haze. Has a large foamy white head.
S- Very hoppy aroma. definitely dry hopped. Grapefruit and limes and some skunky attributes.
T- Not a ton of hop character upfront but there's definetely a lot of hop bitterness. The hop character consists of grapefruits and other tropical fruits. There is a nice malty backbone to this beer. very nicely balanced.
M- High carbonation and bitterness sting the tongue, in a good way. Drinkable but you wont be able to throw them down too quick.
O- This is a good pale ale that doesnt really go wrong anywhere.

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

Pleasant hoppy bite in a very thin beer. Touch of orange in the amber with a coarse white foam. Big aroma of resins and some hoppy fragrance. Just slightly harsh in the aftertaste. Moderately bitter. Fairly acidic. Not much hint of malt anywhere.

It could have a little more body, but lots of flavor in a low-alcohol beer. Certainly a good choice for some hop flavor at the Salt Lake supermarket.

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

Pours a nice burnt amber color with a full, creamy head. Ever so cloudy, like an out-of-focus image? I get some hops on the nose, more pine than citrus at first, but it opens up as it warms. This could be a floral bouquet, maybe rosemary flowers? Let’s taste and see!

There’s a nice effervescence to this one. First thing I noticed was how the bubbles help the flavors dance across my palate and give it a clear, clean, crisp finish. Definitely more citrus on the taste. A bit of the sticky chewiness at the finish. Very little but enough to get me wondering: Is this the Squatters DIPA’s little kid sister? Makes me wish I had a chance to try their IPA to see how that fits in the hop-forward family of their line-up. Not a big beer, not a bad one either.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange/amber color with a 1" white head. Good lacing occurs as well. There are some decent citrus notes but overall the smell was lacking. The taste was almost more pilsner like as opposed to a pale ale. No hops or alcohol taste in there. Feels light and crispy in the mouth but overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Full Suspension is a decent beer and one of the better offerings from this brewery. The color did not appeal to me, it was a cloudy light copper but had a decent white head that laced well. The nose carried pine and citrus and hints of spice. The taste started with pine and citrus flavors then turned dry on the pallet which to me turned the flavor to a slight spice. The mouthfeel was fine and could handle a coupel of these without issue. Certainly worth a try.

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

Creamy whitish head sits unevenly atop an amber orange beer. Looks like you could almost squeeze some citrus from it.

The hops are fresh and piney on the nose, with just a hint of citrus - relatively light, but in-line with a PA.

Fresh pears, some pineapple, lingering vegetation and some spice.

Continues to be prickly on the tongue, reminding the you of the drying bitterness that remains.

Really pretty decent for a PA - enough flavor that it's enjoyable, but not so much that it's overwhelming. Highly sessionable.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale is a hazy, light amber ale with a dense, creamy, off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bright, fresh, hop aroma of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and pine. It's pretty light bodied and very smooth. The finish is dry and crisp. It has a light and simple taste that is mostly American hops. The malt flavor is very light but a little caramel is detected. It's quite dry but there's almost a little sweetness in the aftertaste. This is super drinkable and at 4% ABV, I could drink buckets of it.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in June 2008

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

L - cloudy, orange-amber with a creamy, white head of foam that thinned to a layer, leaving good lacing.

S - strong citrus hop aroma with just a hint of malt.

T - bitter bite upfront is balanced with some malt sweetness.

F - light/medium body with a fizzy carbonation feel.

O - Having a few wouldn't be all that difficult.

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2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Good carbonation, head faded fast, Light copper, slightly hazy

Smell: oxidized hops and faint pine

Taste: Cheese, salt, slight bread with a good underlying malt finish

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied

Drinkability: Drinkable, but a pass for me

Poured at about 45F

Born on: 2/9/11

Used burgundy style glass

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Photo of swede96
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew taking a break from skiing. The color was a light amber with very little head. The beer looked good but the lack of head on it is why the 3.5 on appearance.

Smell was citrus and hop and was very pleasing.

Taste followed the smell nicely, and it had a quite a bit of carbonation. Again the hop finish that I thought was very nice.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Drinkability was very good. This is a nice beer to enjoy after you have worked up a good lather, as it was very refreshing. Very nice.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Murky raw apple juice, large near white head, slow to leave. Lots of cling.

S - Citrus! Citrus and cat pee (in a good way). A little pine. Can't really discern much else.

T - Unfortunately the taste matches the smell in spades. Only cat pee / citrus and pine hops. Not much malt.

M - Very unbalanced to the hops. Good carbonation.

D - Easy enough to drink.

Tasty after skiing :)

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Dry-hopped and unfiltered, the website declares it's a "rich, NW style pale ale," yet it's won multiple medals at the GABF in the bitter category. Pours a chill-hazed amber/copper, with low carbonation and an inch of tight, off-white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma consists mostly of citric hops. Tastes a bit minerally, with orangey, floral and earthy hops, light caramel malts and a medium bitterness on top of a light, almost thin body that finishes fairly dry. An interesting beer - it smells American but tastes British. Pleasant and easy to drink, but a bit too bitter for high drinkability.

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Photo of kagent777
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Purchased from the brewery, but no freshness date. The bottle says this won gold medals at GABF in 2001 and 2002 in the bitter category.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden, maybe an SRM of 5 or so. The egg shell colored head was rocky until it dissipated, which happened slowly. Nice lacing too.

Smell: Citrus, maybe oranges and tangerines. There is a hint of pine from the hops as well. Slight bitterness in the smell.

Taste: This one is not as hoppy as I had remembered from previous tastings. There is a subtle malty sweetness. This one fits the pale ale style very well.

Mouthfeel: Maybe because I poured it to get a good head, but this one had a lower amount of carbonation. Reminds we of a beer out of a tap. Because of this, the mouthfeel is kind of creamy.

Drinkability: Another beer that might not appeal to hop heads, or someone that wants a lot of flavor. However, this one could be a very good introduction to craft beer for a BMC drinker. This one is only slightly lower quality that SNPA.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza & Noodle, Springdale, Utah.

Appearance: Orange amber with bright head; looks more like an IPA than an APA.

Aroma: Good amount of citrusy, fruity hops on the nose. Again, more like an IPA than an APA.

Taste: Lots of citrusy, fruity hops with a nice lingering bitterness. Not much malt profile here, it's all about hops. However, there is a slight wateriness to the beer because of the state restrictions on strength. Nevertheless, there is a lot of flavour in here and it does make a pleasant change to get this amount of aggressive hop flavour and bitterness without having to consume a high abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium, hops dance on the tongue nicely.

Drinkability: Could have a few of these to enjoy the hops without getting intoxicated too quickly. It just depends on whether you can accept that slight wateriness.

A good effort.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle consumed at Freakin Frog, on to the beer:

A gusher out of the bottle, the beer feautres a muddy tea color, with long lasting head retention. Fruit skins and citrus in the aroma, in Sure, the flavor is light in intensity, but lots of little waves of fruit skins, dark fruit, and some citrus make me want more of this beer. Despite the gushing problem, the beer had no overcarbonation problems, and had a light feel without being watery.

Subtle, yet interesting. A true session beer.

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Photo of climax
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a foggy amber with a good sized eggshell head and some nice spotty thick lace.

The nose was very hop-heavy when it was still chilled, and now (while I'm sniffing it now, after it has warmed). It was chuck full of oily pine, lemon and grapefruit peel, and freshly mowed grass.

IPA was the general thought that crossed my mind when I drank this one as well. The nice complex hop profile completely dominated the malt, which seemed almost too understated (and I do enjoy my hops). I would have wished for a little better backbone.

The feel was very oily and slick, which kept the emphases of a relatively watery body. This is a pretty good beer, it just lacks the balance and body I think a good pale ale should posses.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the downtown brewpub in the spring. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with copper/yellow highlights. Half-finger of off-white foam. Light lacing.

S: Pine and grapefruit hops. A touch of biscuit.

T: Grapefruit and pine initially, supplemented by biscuit and caramel. Spice and some grassiness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Pretty high. I didn't love it, but if I went there again I'd order this or the Hop Rising.

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Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with Wasatch. Thanks John! Poured into a Bruery goblet.

A - Pours a cloudy, brownish tinged amber-the color of honey. A thick, fluffy cream colored head, about 2 fingers high...lasts forever too. Nice lacing as the beer disappears in the glass.

S - Smells sweet, honey-like, oranges, sugary malt, some lemon, some caramel.

T - Malty, metallic, sugary sweetness, underlying fruitiness. Not especially bitter.

M - Highly carbonated, beer feels like it foams up in the mouth. Thin in body. Very active beer. Metallic aftertaste.

D - Low alcohol, smooth, easy drinking. Good session beer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twistoff-topped 12-ounce bottle courtesy of kickass trader Wasatch; a mountain biker on a bitchin' black-and-white Cannondale thrashes the side of a craggy mountained label...

At a tick cooler than cellar temperature, Full Suspension opens with a hefty hiss of carbonation and pours a huge gout of fine off-white foam with a sliver of bright golden copper brew beneath. Four ounces fills my SA shaped pint glass to near-overflowing, so I dick around for awhile, waiting for the head to recede, adding a couple of ounces at a time, achieving the same foamy level, time and again nearly breaching the turbulated rim. When I finally get it all in the glass, this Squatters brew actually looks damned fine. A dash of sediment from the final tip of the bottle darkens the color and hazes the drink quite a bit. The great cloudlike clot of foam atop the brew melts slowly and slides fluffy 3-D rings down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is snappy and stickily greenly herbal with a whiff of green grass and peppery spice.

The taste is mild and toasty with a sprinkle of crushed caramel and a note of savory dark toffee. A splash of softly citrusy, mildly grassy hops helps check the sweetness.

The drink is medium-bodied, and as one might guess from all the foamy fireworks on the pour-- quite vigorously carbonated. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of CHL
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Utah Co-op sampler pack.

Unfiltered orange/amber beer with a fizzy light head that kicks up when you take a drink and quickly settles down to nothing.

Huge hop smell to this beer, but it's not got a strong hoppy bitterness in the taste. Very citrusy. But it's got a sort of wheat malt taste as well (or it might be from the yeast in suspension). Very tasty combination. Refreshing.

As a Utah 4%, it's very drinkable, and it would make a good session beer--cleansing between other brews, but not an overwhelming hop bomb. I'll buy this again next time I'm in Utah.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at the brewpub in Salt Lake City. Beer was part of a sample tray. Served from the tap into 4 oz sample glasses.

A-faint white head, gold yellow body

S-grassy, citrus

T-nice balance of hop and malt, very evident citrus hop flavor


D-not a bad beer. refreshing and enjoyable

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

A- Sightly hazy golden yellow pour into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Fairly small off-white fizzy head that dissapears rather quickly. Good lacing in the glass.

S- Immediately after the pour I got some floral/citrus/hop notes, but after the head was gone, so was the aroma.

T- Not a bad one here at all. A little hop, pine, citrus, spice, caramel. Very muted, nothing overpowering, but it's there. Fairly good balance with hop/malt, but the hops do dominate a little more.

M- Good carbonation, moderate body. A little crisp.

D- Very easy drinking pale ale. Pretty refreshing. Probably the best out Wasatch/Squaters/Utah Brewers Co-op (other then Polygamy Porter). Much better then any of the others, the lagers and what not.

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Photo of westomatic
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

During my visit to their brewery in salt lake I tried on-tap after their on special hop rising. I had with a flat iron steak w/ blue cheese which was amazing. Served by some beautiful waitresses to boot!

slightly murky amber. decent head, only had to wait a few bites before it didnt touch my nose. soft but noticable rings from top to bottom of the glass.

smelt of citrus and hops

very easy to drink. waitress said this was the super hop beer but i didnt notice the same bite as the hop rising i had. good quality but was slightly bored as i expected more.

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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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