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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.64 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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