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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Added by kmpitz2 on 11-20-2004

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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 Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Strong pine and grapefruit and a lesser passion fruit aroma. Fainter scent of apricot. Slight mint aroma.

Starts out strongly woody and malty. Mild pine flavor with citrus strangely missing. Overall tastes nothing like it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad pale ale smells great but just tastes OK.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale has a very thick, spongy, cream-colored head, a hazy, quite bubbly, gold-orange appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of of hop resin (pineapple or sweet grapefruit), white bread, and a touch of corn. Taste is of the same, with more prominent corn notes and a low-to-moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. This beer is on the dull side, but it is still good. At least worth one sampling.


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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, "born" 11/06/12 - so not super fresh by any means.

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color. 2 finger head that is a mix between fluffy and fizzy. From appearance it looks very carbonated.

S: Smells very bready. Strong malt character. Definitely hoppy as well. Some citrus notes - orange peel.

T: Hop character is very mild, as is the bitterness. The bread/biscuit malt character is prominent. Not much sweetness. Not much anything to be honest. Very bland and boring.

M: light body. High carbonation. Good creaminess.

O: Very average. Good if you're looking for a sixer you could smash in an hour. Granted, this wasn't fresh, but I prefer more flavor in my beer.

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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 bmwats
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. Slight dry lacing.

S: Floral hops, pine straw, and a little peanut.

T: Biting hops, and a pea-nutty character.

M: Light and crisp. The hop seems out of balance and separated from the malted components.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and some slight lacing. Nose is floral and buttery. Out of balance combination of hops and nutty components. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of chetripley
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another one I tried after being smuggled out in a suitcase by a friend. Good fun label, hopeful for a quality pale ale, and nice to see brewers cooperative in play.

The smell was fresh and piney, the color bold and the flavors were right on. What a great contribution the just-sweet-enough, just-hoppy-enough and just-oaky-enough combination was. It could have been considered a fine beer, if not for the fact that the other things I look for in a beer weren't there.

Instead, this had a watery feel, and an inability to deliver the goods at the end. It was an American Pale Ale Refresher, and left you wanting much more than an APA should. I would have liked a better balance in this one. Plus, the little too light in color look was a turn off too.

I don't worry about having a problem with this in the future unless I go there, so I don't think I would have had another one anyway.

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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 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 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 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 wasnÂ’t sure if this one was on cask too long, or not long enough.

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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 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 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 raiderandbeerfan
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good glowing copper and orange color here, darker than expected for a lighter abv beer. Really substantial 1"+ head on it, lasts and lasts. Lacking hop aroma.

Taste, plenty of caramel, some mild bitterness, what the hell, I thought this was a pale ale? What the dillio? Malt is toasty, and it all seems to stick to your teeth.

I don't get who drinks pale ales like these.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cool orange color, thought the color would be so much lighter. Developed a thick, long lasting off white head on it, about 1" in depth. Aroma was lacking in the hops department, but landed squarely in caramel range. A treat to those who want a malt centered aroma pale ale, a disappointment for those who want more of an aromatic hop experience.

Taste, lots more of the caramel and a slight hop bitterness vibe that contributes hardly anything in the taste aspect of a hop. The malt flavor is still toasty, and lighter than one would expect to create such an impressive orange color throughout the beer's life. The yeast has kind of a chewy/sticky on your teeth vibe going.

This is like a pale ale for those who are against hops and alcohol. I think the mild toastiness and the malt flavor is what saves this, but it isn't exciting, and the flavor it does have going for it is not what I want to be the 'star' of the show, I'd rather it be in a supporting role.

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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 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 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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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 DavoleBomb
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is above average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Lightly toasty with a light crystal malt component. Light herbal and earthy hoppiness. Maybe a touch soapy. Not a lot of going on here.

2.0 T: Much soapier than the nose suggested. Surprising breadiness presumably mainly from the yeast. Mild bitterness without really any hop flavor. Tastes empty.

2.0 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. Moderate carbonation. Chewy from the yeast. Lacking all creaminess.

2.0 D: Not my favorite pale ale. Lacking flavor and a good mouthfeel.

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