Squatters Hop Rising Tropical
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,908
Ranked #14,463
3.99 | pDev: 8.27%
Utah Brewers Cooperative
Very Good
Notes: Our brewers don’t get out much, but when they do, they come home with more than a sunburn. Our much-loved Double IPA is testing the tropical waters with notes of mango and citrus-derived entirely from exotic hops. Pass the conch, hold the fruit.
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a best before date of 1/1/21 sampled 1/16 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Semi-hazy golden straw with a small off-white head.

S: More resinous than tropical, with a mild tropical juiciness reminiscent of mango or guava, as well as grapefruit/citrus pith. Malt backbone is definitely present. Faintly herbal as well.

T: Resinous hops and earthy, sticky bitterness abound and combine with a hefty malt bill to make this one feel like a double-IPA, though its really not boozy. The hops don't necessarily taste 'faded' at this point, but they also don't scream 'tropical'; this is more of a resinous, somewhat dank double IPA with lots of grapefruit bitterness and malt backbone.

MF: Easy drinking for 9%, medium-bodied with a dry bitterness that grabs on mid-palate to the finish.

O: Would like to try this one fresher, its definitely not bad as is.

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KLHBB from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a glass, a bright clear gold. Nice fluffy head and carbonation bubbles. Smells of mango and pineapple. Taste is hop forward, a bit bitter but a sweet lingering. Medium carbonation, I rather love it.

Jul 20, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright but deep orange color with a strong white head. SRM of 11. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of mango, pineapple, orange, and guava. It's tropical but dense and smells a strong malt sweetness underneath. (3.75)

Flavor: Again, strong and sweet resinous pineapple, mango, guava, orange. Some mild herbal qualities develop in the middle before they are cleaned by a strong crystal malt and resinous tropical sweetness through the back end. Such sweet mango there's even a sweaty quality. Mostly pineapple bite with mango sweetness. (3.75)

Feel: Heavier-bodied. Moderate carbonation, but still finishes sweet as expected. Leaves a resinous sweetness on the palate. Alcohol is well-hidden. (4.00)

Compared to the original Hop Rising 4/24/20: Pours a slightly lighter color with a stronger head. Stronger aromas. Much more fruit and tropics on the nose. Less herbs and cardboard. Similar sweetness. Stronger flavors and better. Winner: Tropical

Overall: I always wonder how to rate imperial IPAs. They are not my go to style and I often cannot tell the difference between them because they become so sweet. This IPA has strong tropical pineapple and mango flavors, mild herbs, and finishes heavy and sweet as expected. The alcohol is well hidden. The tropical flavors are lost in the sweetness, but no surprise there. It's good and on par with other imperial IPAs. (Final Rating: 3.79)

Apr 24, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Rising Tropical has a thick, off-white head, a semi-opaque orange appearance, with numerous bubbles, powdery sediment, throughout, and some glass lacing. The aroma is of some tropical fruit, strong hop resin, and lots of pale malts. The flavor is similar, with intense bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Hop Rising Tropical finishes mostly dry.


Aug 13, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 8-oz. hotel glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $1.99
Purchased: May 8, 2019
Consumed: May 8, 2019
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Enjoy by July 28, 2019

Picked up right before closing on a recent work trip to Logan, Utah. Had reviewed two of the Squatters’ beers before, giving Hop Rising a 3.78 on May 4, 2015 and Outer Darkness a 3.95 on May 6, 2017. Can description read, “Our brewers don’t get out much, but when they do, they come home with more than a sunburn. Our much-loved Double IPA is testing the tropical waters with notes of mango and citrus-derived entirely from exotic hops. Pass the conch, hold the fruit.”

Poured a light amber clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Los of fast moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow globe. World-class spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled big notes of mango up front, followed by passion fruit, papaya, pine, Cascade and tangerine. Even better out of the can with mango and passion fruit still leading the way. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was not quite as good as the nose, but grew on me a bit with each sip. Very bitter and boozy. Got mango, passion fruit, papaya, pine, Cascade, tangerine and pineapple. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this one, even more than the regular Squatter’s DIPA. Outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.03 | 90 | A-

Jun 05, 2019
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rvisual from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Forced" to try this on Memorial Day weekend b/c my local [email protected] W!ne Store was out of the regular Hop Rising. Overall a really nice "pineapple beer" for the price, but the regular Hop Rising is just as good at a lower price. **Update tried another 6-pack for $8.99. It's a decent brew, I'm tasting the sugar / sweetness this time. **

May 27, 2019
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found in a local liquor store in Oklahoma City for under $8/six pack. Fresh by date of 2/22/2019.

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a half-pint glass.

Clear light amber liquid with slight head. Some citrus and coppery notes --- pineapple, pine and a bit of cannabis-like notes. Very rich with high ABV. Full to medium mouthfeel.

An amazing DIPA for the price, about average for the style otherwise.

Dec 20, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 9-7-18 for $1.16. Best by 12-14-18; consumed on 12-14-18 - how funny!

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is mango and grapefruit forward.

Taste is old school double IPA where the malt base is heavy with a nice compliment of mango and grapefruit to balance the base. Finishes with a nice rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is heavy and fairly smooth.

Overall a nice double IPA that i am glad i tried.

Dec 14, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can best by 1/19/18. Got the freshest cans in the store! woot! Poured into Sierra Nevada swirl glass.

Amber-orange glow with about 40% opacity, with just a ton of head that completely destroys the glass - a signature move for the original Hop Rising as well.

Don't let the tropical name fool you - this is still very much old school IPA. Huge, nutty caramel malts invade the nose with hints of squished lemon and grapefruit. Slight tangerine. Also some floral aroma, slight raisin.

Huge bitter wave on the palate - once again - big time old school IPA. This ain't polite in any form. I get lots of lemon and lemon seed, nutty caramel malt, grapefruit pith, and faint orange pith.

Feel is resinous and again - huge - with a good level of carbonation and tons of hop resins.

Overall, I figured "tropical" meant lighter, and boy was I ever wrong. This is still as close to a barleywine as the original is, and it has an insane amount of hop presence, only different (more citrus-forward) hops were used. For what it's worth, I DO prefer the original, as the citrus hops take away from the singular nuclear strike the original recipe has on the palate. This is like a weaker missile with some chain gun action from the chopper. I've been playing too many action RPG's lately.

Oct 21, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into 14oz tulip. Poured a lightly cloudy medium yellow gold with about 1/3 inch of just off-white head that had low retention and moderate retention.

The aroma had fruit hops,and bit of earthy mustiness. Pretty similar on the tongue, some hoppiness, a bit of malt, and a bit of a funk, maybe from the yeast.

The body was smooth, a bit fuller than medium, and had a semi-sweet finish. Overall, an OK brew, with a couple minor issues.

Sep 30, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of pineapple, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruit with toasted caramel and a sharp bitterness.

Aug 25, 2018
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MattinHouston from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hop Rising is actually a really good beer. I picked up the tropical and this tastes even better. Same ABV but for some reason the flavors all match well and produce an excellent IPA taste. Just a little citrus but I'm sold on the new edition. Worth a try.

Aug 21, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, enjoy by 10/11/18. Pours hazy gikden orange with a small creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet bready malts with some fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with some spicy rye and fruity resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK fruity DIPA.

Aug 14, 2018
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good, but not great.
Not as tropical. 8/1 - best by 9/2....so may not be super fresh.
Pours a clear copper orange. Great, fluffy white head, retention, and lacing.
Nose is orange, citrus, caramel, lemon.
Taste follows. Orange, citrus, grapefruit, strong caramel malty backbone. Smooth.
Lingering grapefruit bitterness, a bit heavier than I’d care for in a double ipa, but not bad. Just personal preference.
But not great. Again, freshness is questionable.

Aug 04, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tall hefe glass (had a Weihenstephaner first). Nice head and decent lacing atop a golden yellow body. Floral smell. Citrus taste with some pine. Good but not great.

Jul 04, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange hue. Pineapple, citrus, and tropical fruit in the nose. Citrus, mango, and pine up front. Finishes warm and very dry with a hint of grapefruit.

Jun 25, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with s thumb+ of cream colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Citrus, not a ton

T: Citrus, pine & breadyness, plus dryness up front. Faint mango notes, mix with dryness, a little pineyness & orange as this warms, just a little grapefruit too. Finishes with lots of dryness & grapefruit

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Pretty darn drinkable, wish it had more nose & more tropical aspects

May 24, 2018
Squatters Hop Rising Tropical from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 42 ratings