Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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 hero27
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
4% pale ale, wow. Can't remember the last time I had a pale ale of this low abv.

Hazy goldenrod, solid head of froth.
Pale malts & floral hops are pretty abundant in the aroma.
Floral hop flavor is great, more pronounced than I expected it to be. Earthy malt flavors blend in to compliment the hoppiness well. The body is light and it goes down really easy (I'm sure the low abv doesn't hurt there). A simple brew but the good hop flavor certainly would make it interesting enough for most. Would be a great session beer.

Thanks to Wasatch for throwing this in as an extra!

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

Into a pint glass, pours a nice copper orange, cloudy with a decent starting head that shrinks to a thin film, some lacing too. The aroma has a pleasant citrus quality, grapefruits and floral hops in particular, some pine lingering around. The taste is also pretty decent, though not as expressive as the aroma. The hops are most prevalent, grapefruit and some pine, a fair bit of bittering, any malts in here are kept on the back burner, not very balanced, and the taste feels a bit thin, with the finish a bit gritty. The mouth itself is about medium or so, decent carbonation, overall a pretty decent beer, a good session beer for sure. Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

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Photo of bboven
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Deep orange color, very hazy with very little head

Citrusy hops, can't believe there's such an assertive nose for such a little beer [4.0 ABV]

Malt comes through in the taste. The hops are there, but a bit disappointing after the huge aroma. Overall, it lacks flavor for the style, with very, very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated but very thin.

Highly drinkable session beer because of it's low alcohol and great flavor. This beer is weaker than a Miller Light, but so full of flavor for what it is. A fantastic session pale ale when you want the flavor but not that 5-6 percent kick of some of the bigger or more common pales. Would definitely buy this beer for sessions over many others.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Squatters brewpub in the SLC airport, and was impressed. Cloudy copper color with a nice white head, this beer had a very fragrant hop bouquet -- floral and fruity. Mango? Yum. The flavors started sweet, but this gave way to a grapefruit bitterness, which faded leaving the floral hops of the nose. Complex and tasty. This ale goes down real easy -- at 4%, I could drink a pitcher of it!

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Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Full suspension turned into quite a treat – very tasty along with low alcohol (4%) makes for a nice session brew. I’d go for these on a hot summer day anytime.

The pour was solid – amber orange with a fine frothy ivory head that left sheets of lace throughout the quaff. Citrusy and orange in the aroma, even some tingly hoppy oils that progressed into the quaff smoothly. As expected, the body was thin due to the low booze, but not enough to distract from a fine quality brew.

Thanks to Wastach for the trade brew.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle when I was in SLC for my dad's funeral.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color, with a foamy off white head that settles quickly. Smells like pears and yeast. Has a nice amount of piney hop bitterness to it with just a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is very smooth and with more body than I would expect from and APA. I really like this beer. Nice and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin but foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, caramelized malt and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a very fruity citrus sweetness and is quickly followed by a mild but pleasant burst hops of bitterness. The malt character is pretty decent. The after-taste is sweet and slightly floral.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean despite the extra sweetness that would typically cause some stickiness.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is definitely a beer that I can drink for the duration of an evening and enjoy it the whole time.

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

Appropriate head (good 2 fingers length) and carbonation (medium-low). Subdued level of hop aroma, but there. Smooth tasting, hops are definitely present, citris, grapefruit. Very drinkable. How many real pale ales can you get at 4%? This might not be my absolulte first choice for a pale ale, it would be be very close and #1 for a pale ale under 5%

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this 12 oz. bottle in trade. Poured to a standard pint glass.

A: Hazy golden-honey color with bountiful carbonation. Capped with a pillowy whie 1-finger head, creamy and long lasting to the end of the glass.

S: Crisp hoppy nose with crackery/bready malt undertones. Soft and cereal/grainy.

T: Loads of lemony citrus hops, mostly sour with a doughy malt finish. there's some sweetness in there, hard to find but worth the search. Finishes very dry.

M: Crisp and light. Carbonation gives it a good, spritzy mouthfeel.

D: At 4.0%, this is the ultimate session beer. Light yet flavorful - a zesty wheaty/hoppy mouthful. An easy-drinking APA. Many thanks to Wasatch for this one.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass it has an orange tint and full tilt carbonated. Leaves coated lace and has a well retained head.

Piney resinus hops dominate. If the smell translated perfectly to the taste this would be a wonderful brew. It is a good beer regardless but there are some shortcomings. The mouthfeel is kind of grinding and slightly astringent. It also coats the back of the palate and never lets go. Hops are overloaded which is fine and surprising for such a small'ish beer. At 4% this is one of the hoppier session beers I've run across. Its heavy on the bitter side and the hops are on the raw end.

Notes: I liked it. To me, this beer is a tweak or two away from being very good. IF they can figure out the mouthfeel issues and can sharpen up that raw twinge I get this would be a staple in the beer fridge. For now its just too musky and raw, especially for such a low abv brew, just not enough girth in the body to hold up to the leafy hop attack.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy tan head, tons of lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, slightly sweet, citrusy, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy, and a nice touch of citrus (grapefruit), also a nice bitter bite finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, enjoy this beer alot, highly recommended, especially on cask.

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

Brilliant, bold orange with a tincture of coral. I gave the beer a fairly vigorous pour and was rewarded with an attractive three finger cap of parchment colored foam that looks like it'll hang around for a bit. It's nicely sculpted as it slowly descends, leaving horizontal squiggles of lace that look like illegible handwriting. I can just make out the words 'I'm a good looking APA'. I agree.

The nose is a pleasant surprise as well. It's chock full of citrusy hops that would be at home on most any pale ale emanating from Washington or Oregon. I smell orange, pink grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Might UBC have used Amarillo along with one or more of the 4-Cs?

I had a feeling that I was going to be slightly less thrilled once beer made contact with buds. If you like light pale ales that still pack a citrusy kick, Full Suspension should be right up your alley. I need a little more heft though, a little more substance in order to give it an enthusiastic thumbs up.

The flavor profile follows the nose, roughly speaking, but there's an additional flavor (that might be due to one of the malts) that is an unwelcome intruder. At least it's polite about it. There's nothing about this beer that's aggressive or intrusive; there simply aren't enough ingredients for that to be the case.

For a lighter than average APA, the body/mouthfeel is decent. At no point does it become thin or watery, for which I'm grateful. I don't know about 'Full' Suspension however, it isn't plush enough or velvety enough for the name to apply to the way the beer feels in the mouth. On the other hand, Worn Out Shocks Pale Ale probably wouldn't be a big seller.

Like so much of the beer brewed in Utah, thanks to that state's benighted alcohol laws, Full Suspension Pale Ale is well-crafted, yet is too light in terms of flavor and mouthfeel to knock my socks off. It would make a great session ale though; which is another common feature of most beer from the Beehive State.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle, sneaked out from a Six-Pack and purchased as a single. Sealed with a crown cap which has the words ‘Squatters Beer’ in black text. Main label has a picture of a Dude riding a Mountain Bike underneath the words ‘Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale’, and listed as ‘Unfiltered’. Listed at 4.0% ABV. Neck label has the same style and colors as the main label. The label also states that this beer has no additives or preservatives.

Appearance: Intensely cloudy, punchy vibrant tangerine body with fleshed peaches. Massive off-white head, thick, foamy and crunchy. Nice lacing throughout. High levels of dissolved carbon dioxide reinstate a thick creamy head with a gentle swirl.

Nose: Pungent grapefruits, orange, fruits and a yeast nature in the background.

Taste: Clean start, pineapple sharpness and a grapefruit hop nature. Oranges and lemons sit in and amongst the middle. Yeasty ending with a raw nature and a woody feel.

Mouthfeel: Moderately average body with a tannic dryness. Fruity nature with a thick background and a feel that projects its unfiltered nature.

Drinkability: This one is a very enjoyable libation, fruity and hoppy with a dangerous aspect to it. The grapefruit and pineapple punches nicely against the drier malt base. Light and airy. I could handle a few of these all too easily I think.

Overall: Impressive stuff considering the strength. A nice brew, much better than the earlier Squatters IPA which I tried.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a cloudy light brown color. There was a finger and a half of head that retended slowly. This left absolutly no lace. The taste was fruity with a light hoppy flavor. The smell was oddly hoppy because it didn't have the same tones as the smell. The mouthfeel was ridgid. A decent brew. Don't drink and review.

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

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A: Dull cloudy, cidery orange tinged to the copper side. Head is fizzy and somewhat flat, soapy suds around the suds of the glass with just a medium sized ring.

S: A dusty aroma. One can find subdued orange, forest floor pine and some grapefruit peel. The aroma is actually a trip but growing on me.

T: Begins with watery grapefruit rind and OJ from concentrate. Lots of minerals in these Utah beer. Moves to mellow lemon peel and low level pine, the two of which add a solid base of bitterness. Not a lot of caramel but its there, most of the sweetness really comes from sugary lemon drops flavors. Finishes sort of grainy with lingering wheat tastes.

M: Thin and hard against the palate but refreshing.

D: Lets keep in mind this beer is a scrawny 4%....but the drinkability is quite good.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours is a off golden color with orange hues most noticeable when held to the light. A good foamy head with very few big bubbles at all. Decent lacing. Both lact for some time but not throughout the whole tasting.

The smell is light overall. Pale malts mostly. Some smell hop aromas mostly floral but some citrus as well.

The taste is much more noticeable then the nose was. A good malty base but with no real taste. Well except maybe pale malt mostly. A stronger bittering note is present. A good bite with a earthy and citrus feel. At the end you can taste a slight citrus taste from the flavoring hops, but bittering is more dominate.

The body is light to medium. A good texture and easy to drink. A crisp taste as well. A good beer but nothing overly exciting.

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Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle-conditioned beer at the BSF bar, GBBF 05.

A: in a tulip-shaped wine glass it pours a hazy, ooh-long tea to orangey amber hue, with a thick white head gradually settling to a thin layer of bubbles.
S: in comes a deep, aromatic smell of grapefruit and floating, sharp note of pineapple juice(?) and stimulating aroma of freshly-cut pine wood. Very lively and hoppy, with a touch of yeast at the back.
T: upfront is a lightly sharp, even tannic, mouthfeel of fruity hops, sour edge of orange-zest, underscored by just slightly hayish flavour of hops, yeasty taste and a tinge of lightly sweet pale malts. The finish sees an evolving smooth, deep-running, Chinese tea-like dryish bitterness lingering, with a tangy kick of zesty hops at the back of the tongue.
M&D: the mouthfeel is moderate on top of an initially sharp texture. But it also at times tastes a bit flat against its rather thin-body, lacking the kind of roundness which bottled-conditioned beers usually offer. It's still a light and tasty beer, albeit falling a bit short of balance and depth.

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

This one is quite nice. The best Squatters brew on draught of my samples...by a long shot. Dark amber with a nice head of white foam and nice retention and lacing. Aroma is really dank green oily resiny citrusy hops and the cousin of the hop as well ;-) The taste is dank and herbal and resiny as well with a slightly bready malty middle and a super dry hoppy finish that is like chewing on some grapefruits and pine needles. Great hop burps ensue. The double dry hopping really takes this batch to the next level. A kick ass Pale ale, almost an IPA in my book as the hops are so in yer face, and the malts are quite subdued. Quite an achievement in 4% abv draught Utah brewing. Mouhtfeel is still a little light, but drinkability is grand. Quite killer.

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

This was a deep yellow, cloudy beer with almost no head. Had on tap at the pub.

Aroma was hoppy... mainly floral and hints of citrus.

Taste was slightly sweet, with bittering hops. Not too bitter, however.

Mouthfeel was somewhat crisp. Quite drinkable.

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

On cask, the brew still had the cloudy copper view, but the head was creamier and long lasting.
Also, the hops were more pronounced in the aroma with the cask vs. the tap version, very floral with a light spiciness in the background
Whoa, this is almost a different beer altogether on cask. Gone are most of the hops, they appear to be quite subdued, with a more pronounced barley and malt background.
Still medium bodied, very little lingering flavors.
Not as drinkable as the original. I wasn’t sure if this one was on cask too long, or not long enough.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale amber color, and it is slightly hazy. Head is good, as is the lacing.

Smell - Floral hops! Wheee! Just the way a good American pale ale should be. Malt? Dunno - I don't detect it.

Taste - Ultra fresh. Very bitter (to style), with malty sweetness balancing things out nicely.

Mouthfeel - Good body - thick, but not burdensome. About where it should be.

Drinkability - This beer is quite drinkable. the bright bitterness slows down my consumption a little bit, which is not a bad thing (savor it, dammit!).

Comments - Sampled in a flight of ten beers at the Salt Lake City International Airport Squatters Pub Brewery location. Hopheads should definitely enjoy this beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden yellow color with a finger and a half of head that falls to cover the beer. The color is just a few shades too light for my liking. The nose has a decent piney hop wtih just a touch of caramel in the background, though the nose is overall a bit weak. The flavor was piney from the hop and caramel from the malt, with a really nice mellow hop finish that didn't linger too long. The flavor is also a bit thin, but what I expect from a beer brewed with limitations as they are done in Utah. The feel is also thin, just a touch below moderate. Its ok but not great. The drinkability is decent as well. Its a good beer, and worth trying while there.

Edit. Havig a second bottle now. I'm going with a solid 3.5 across the board. This is a good session ale.

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