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

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Photo of weeare138
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a transparent orange with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, fruity yeast, and a bit of hops.
Taste is of watered down, citrusy, light caramel malt...not a whole lot of much else going on. Perhaps a touch of watermelon rind...if that makes sense. Very one sided.
Mouthfeel is watery with a bit of bitterness but overall, it's very light with nothing big resounding.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle acquired in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks!

Pours an orange/amber with two fingers of nice fluffy white head. Decent retention, nice lacing.

Hoppy aroma with tons of citrus and caramel malts.

Taste follows the nose. Pretty good grapefruit taste, with some lemon rind. The caramel malt provides a nice balance. Hop bitterness is very brief. Not a whole lot of depth. Some grainy wheat in the finish.

Light body, crisp and clean taste. Nice and refreshing. Feel is a little thin. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared courtesy of weelovecats138 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and lightly hazy amerish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel with some fruitness. Tastes of the same caramel, fruitiness, and citrus.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/3/09

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

First beer that I've had by these guys. Love the unfiltered look of the brew.

Smell is mostly citrus with some malt character making it through a bit. Nice lacing and head retention. Can you say Grapefruit?

Taste is hoppy, with again the citrus prevalent on the ront and the back end. Like the smell there is some malt character floating around as well.

As the beer warmed a bit, the taste improved and the citrus stepped it up a notch.

A good beer, mostly because it is different than most and a nice change at that. Stands out, not great, but good.


P.S. Booking my flight to Oktoberfest tonight. See ya in Munich TTU94 and Ungespundet!!!

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Photo of Patrick999
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the SLC airport location.

A - Amber, slightly more so than the Chasing Tail. Decent head, OK lacing.

S - Good noticeable hop bite.

T - Hops up front and back, of the citrusy variety. Bready malts hold up well too.

F - Managed to create light-medium body, another very carbonated Squatters beer.

D - Along with the hefe, my companion and I agreed that this was the best beer in the sampler. A good job making a satisfying 4% APA, I think this is a good drinker by any standard.

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

Draft sample at Salt Lake Airport brewpub.

Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hops aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium spruce bitter finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

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

One of the last of the Utah beers I had left to try. I am really knocking out a ton of beer from a state I had not had anything from before! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/02/2009.

Good pour here with a nice mellow amber color to it. Nice head of white that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down into nothing, nice side glass lacing here as well.

The aroma was a bit light. Decent hops up front with some light grain and a smooth, malty middle. The flavor was crisp, clean, and again nice and light. Well carbonated with a nice light hop hit up front that settled down into a light and very well balanced pale ale. Very drinkable with a smooth finish, this one was something I could easily have another of. Not half bad at all.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dry pale ale. Clear copper pour, light white head. Floral hop aroma, but in very light quantities. Light taste without much malt. The hops only nip at you, and its a little watery. The malt is the same, pale and weak. Kind of an IPA-lite. Squatters is off my list.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a copper orange color with just a little bit of bubbles and a bit of lacing

S - citrus hop aroma with a bit of malt

T - pine flavors mix well with hints of citrus at the end

M/D - overall not a bad beer, easily drinkable but nothing too remarkable about it. Just an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John!

Pours a chill hazed amber with 1 finger of beige head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Citric hops aplenty & some pears & apples as this warms

T: Citric hops & biscuitty malt up front, plus some herbal hops & hints of apples. Grapefruits, a bit resiny hops, dryness &a touch of apple peel & breadyness as this warms. Finishes crisp, with a little juicyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks easy, a really good APA to session on, a solid APA

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Photo of bort11
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Wasatch for the local sample

12 oz bottle poured into the Sam Adams shaped pint glass. Thin tan head that quickly recedes, leaving a sparse lacing on the surface. No real lacing on the glass. Color is a hazy orange color.

Smell has a sharp citric bitterness. A little bit leathery. The taste is a mix of sour apples, orange rind, and a leathery tea leaf.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Mild carbonation. This is an interesting take on the APA.

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Photo of cbros
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a regular pint glass, no born on date.

A- Pours a nazy amber white a small lace that is present throughout.

S- Smell of alcohol and pine, even a small hint of fruit.

T- Smooth at first but quickly turns bitter. Hints of fruit peel, maybe lemon or some other citrus fruit present.

I received this in a trade and was happy to try a Utah original. Not something that I would get again but overall a nice experience from the West.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porcupine outside SLC. Served in a pint glass.

Aside from a hazy appearance, there's nothing really off on this beer. In fact, my hat is off to Squatters on this one. They're pushing the limits of what Utah beer can be and it reminds me of a less subtle Surly Bitter Brewer. Juicy citrus hops dominate this beer with fresh, dry-hop subtley that reminds me of sniffing hops pellets at my homebrew shop. Yum. There's a slight malt background for balance and a moderately strong bitterness. Worth trying just to see what there's guys can do with only 4.0% abv.

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Photo of TroyS
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Full Suspension is a nice pale ale. It's quite piny which is what I like. I'd say a bit more hop and pine than an average pale. I like it a lot. It poured with a nice head, but didn't last long. Left behind some nice lacing though. Mmmm....tasty Utah beer. A+ for a 4 point or less beer, but B+ for an overall pale ale. Got this one at Nostalgia Coffee House too;) It still cracks me up that I got a beer at a coffee shop. Hey...it is after 10p;)

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Photo of cokes
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky tangerine in color, or maybe just muddy golden-tan. The head is modest, then retreats in full, leaving sheets of lace.
Bright and almost resinously hoppy orange-wintergreen-ganja aroma, backed with traces of toasty malt.
Enters with that toasted maltiness, turning eventually towards raw grain. It nearly enters an astringent realm as peanut skins take over, but are drown out with orange rinds and pressed flowers. Hops, while still featured, lack a bit of brightness, clarity, and forwardness from the nose. Still, it works well.
Light body with moderate carbonation. Obviously, the local laws prohibit this from being bigger, and the body does suffer some from it, but not fatally so. It a way, it may benefit in part, because this lightness along with it's modestly assertive good-ol'-pale-ale characteristics makes this a perfect sessioner, and ravenously gulpable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some some soft lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: orange citrus and fruit sweetness are most notable.

Taste: light malt profile with some orange citrus, red apples, and soft bitterness. Not overly exciting.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is very brief.

Drinkability: easy to quaff since it is light and low in alcohol, but flavorwise you will want some more meat here. Worth a try but beware of mildness.

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

Opened 12. Fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic Glass.

Poured a nice low head atop a brown hazy brew.

Smell very hoppy with hints of pine and some citrus. Taste is nice, not as hoppy as nose. Citrus and malts play together well, nice finish.

Nothing amazing, but a nice beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap from the Squatter's Airport Hub in SLC, Utah.

Body is an unfiltered, hazy copper hue with hints of orange. A cream-colored head slowly recedes to a small patch and a ring of foam that leaves nice lacing. Even though it's not the typical filtered look for a Pale Ale, this one is a beauty in the pint glass. The aroma is equally as stunning: fresh hops galore, most likely due to the dry-hopping process involved. Even the quick inhale as I take the first sip is infused with piney, resinous hops.

The taste shows an excellent usage of hops, too. Grapefruit and citrus balance well with an earthy, sweet backbone of pale malt. The mouthfeel could stand to lose a touch of carbonation, but I'm nitpicking here. The medium-thin body packs an excellent crispness and a great hop finish...very sessionable. It could stand to gain a few more IBU's and I'd consider this one of my favorite Pale Ale's. Overall, a great beer and one I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a big, foamy, ecru head. The color was a hazy deep-amber. It had a great nose, fragrant with grassy hop notes. The mouthfeel was on the thin side, but the mellow, grassy taste of the hops on the palate was phenomenal. The finish left a lingering hoppy flavor in the mouth. There was decent lacing throughout. This was a very good beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy orange-gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big on the hops...mostly grapefruit, but there's also a hint of malt.

The taste on first sip has notes of grapefruit, caramel malt, and a bit of roasted malt. It has a medium mouthfeel and it finishes with a nice tart/bitter kick that to me, smacks of oranges.

Dang, pretty nice APA and at 4%abv, I could easily see myself downing a few of these.
Good job, Squatters!

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

Tried this one at a restaurant near Bryce Canyon.
Slightly hazy, orangey/honey colored. Small soapy white head. Nose is nice floral hops. Taste is heavy on the hops, but with nice malts in the middle and a pine ending. Mouthfeel is foamy. Drinkability is great on this one. At 4%ABV it would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of tonistruth
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- cloudy copper brew with good retention on a 1 finger tall, off white fluffy head, some thin soapy lacing

S- toasted malts, caramel, pine, citric

T- toasted malts with dominant pine and citric hops flavors, though hints of cardboard throughout

M- medium body with some hop abuse and a dry aftertaste

D- i can imagine this brew being a treat fresh but it wasn't anything beyond not bad this session, one of this brewery's stronger offerings

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Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to the table a great deep amber color with excellent head and a bit of good lacing. It had a wonderful hoppy aroma, although not as strong as it could have been. A great ale to have cask conditioned! It had a great taste, nice and bitter with a bit of spiciness to it. It went down pretty well. I'd definitely have another of these.

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Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orangish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a patch. Some traces of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citric fruitiness with some grainy/almost caramelish maltiness. Quite hoppy for an APA. (a good thing, of course!)

The taste is of citrus with a touch of pine. There is enough grainy/caramelish sweetness to balance it out. I could see it fitting into the more balanced category of Am. IPA if alcohol content were stronger. Bitterish, but with enough sweetness in the long finish.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Flavor lingers.

Delicious and smooth. Easily drinkable. Goes to show what can be made with a modest abv level.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in our trade. I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Squatters- Full Suspension

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Cloudy Orange with a foamy heavy lacing head.
S- Big citrus hops and caramel malt.
T- Again big citrus, Grapefruit and lemon with an equal balance of caramel malt. Slight touch of green hops.
M- Sweet and citric fruits up front with a sweet malt base. A touch of lemony bitterness in the end.

Overall- Very good, hoppy Pale Ale. My first Utah beer and a big thumbs up!

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