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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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