Squatters IPA | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters IPASquatters IPA

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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 light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: It has a good strong floral hops aroma, with smells of citrus and caramelized malt in the background.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The flavors of hops, citrus and caramelized malt all compliment each other nicely. The after-taste has a touch of citrus sweetness and a good floral hops presence.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not filling at all as I found this beer to beer well on the light side for the style. I can see myself knocking back quite a few of these. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s not available near me.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this trade. Pour is a darker golden color with good clarity but some light haziness. A decent pour but not much head. However the foam did last through out the entire tasting.

The nose has a light hoppy aroma. Mostly a orange nose that is close to a grapefruit ester. Not much on malt as the hop is more dominant.

The taste brings more of a balance between hops and malt, but the hops for sure are still the major player. Not much of a bitterness but some spiciness is there. The meat of the beer is a grapefruit finish that leaves a dry bite to the end. Some light malt flavors but finishes dry, which ends up accentuating the hop flavors even more.

The body has a mid feel but the dryer finish leaves it closer to a light feeling beer. Overall one thing that is nice about this beer is the hop flavor. It has a nice staying power.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color, with small tints of yellow. The carbonation on this IPA is insane. Thousands upon thousands of bubbles streaming upwards. The head was also unusual for an IPA, massive bubbly white head 2 inches thick.

The smell is very nice and reminds me of 60 minute. A huge citrus presence in this one. Tons of grapefruit, oranges, and a hint of mango. Along a solid bready malt backing.

Taste is much different from the nose. It shows it's maltiness early and never lets go. Large earthy malts deep and rich. Hops take second stage, yet still provide a nice balance to this beer. Hops are citrus in nature, with a touch of floral delicacy. This is a very unique IPA, and one of the better renditions of the style I have seen.

A incredible rendition of the English IPA style. Thank you Wasatch for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 word Squatters in black text. Main label has a cream colored background with a red diamond on it and the text ‘Squatters IPA India Pale Ale – Brewers Reserve’. Listed at 6.0% 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: Tangerine body with amber tones. Nice creamy head, off white with some beige hints. The head starts at a 1” thick frothy cap and dips in the centre over time to leave a thick creamy ring as you work down this beer. Rising carbonation is average in strength and lends life to this IPA.

Nose: Orange pith and a light reeling pine quality. Toasted malts and a gentle fruit punch aroma which includes sliced apples, pears and peeled tangerines. Pretty heavy on the tangerine and orange though.

Taste: Not much in the way of fierce hops, this is more your low key IPA which has a healthy dollop of orange and grapefruit infused hops but not to any excess, and all set neatly against a toasted malt derived base. Finish is fruity, more orange and some pine oil, but in low strength. A bit too much orange in this for me which becomes a little annoying after a half bottle.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, not weak, nor strong, but just a middling strength which supports the tastes adequately.

Drinkability: Simple enough, the orange aspects of this IPA get to be a bit much at times and tend to detract. Nice enough but the one bottle was enough.

Overall: Interesting, and worth trying for the price, but I wouldn’t pick this up in Six-Packs to be honest.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that shrank slowly and left a solid layer with lacing.

The smell has a really nice hoppy nose to it. Nice notes of grapefruit and some floral tones dominate. More sniffing pulled out a touch of malt...

The taste is big on the grapefruit up front followed by a good injection of sweet malt to somewhat control the hoppiness. Nice balancing job! A few more sips into it, the balanced flavours are more pronounced making for a real treat for my palate. The finish is on the dry side making for a real crispness. The only bad thing I can say is that it's kind of thin body wise but it's still a nice IPA.

Bottom line: A well balanced American IPA that I'd have no hesitation drinking again and again. Highly reccommended!

Thanks to Wasatch for this excellent IPA. It's a winner!

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I shall start with the best part. I have never had an IPA that had this smooth of a mouthfeel. The color was a bright light brown. There wa a thick fluffy head. The retention was also thick and fluffy. The retention was great as well. The smell and the taste were awsomely hoppy. A awsome brew. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Foxman
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an Arnold Palmer golden yellow, hazy and lazy. A finger of off-white head sweeps away to a surface velour. Cursives of lacing ink the inside of the glass.

The aroma is mildly sweet, as berry and caramel malt twist about a thin but pleasing air of citrus hops a tad leafy and lightly grassy.

Upon tasting, there comes a smooth toasted malt sweetness, grainy and touched by toffee. The hops bring mandarin orange slices and dry grapefruit, along with a young greenness. The malt shows a bit more with a general berry fruitiness. The finish is fairly crisp and dry, but exceptionally quick. It delivers a nice flavor, but it rushes its way out of Dodge.

Light bodied, it leaves a longer impression sensually than in the flavor.

Sure, it seems like an entertaining show that ends too damned soon, but at least it's fun while it lasts. And what's there is nicely refreshing and spirited enough in nature to make it well worth finishing every one that finds its way in front of me. Thanks, Wasatch, for letting me experience a bit of Utah.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A: Clear tangerine color with copper highlights. Head is cement colored and fell quick leaving some frothy wisps across the top.

S: Lot of orange on the nose with pink grapefruit, caramel malt and a smidgeon of pine.

T: The smell of the beer isn't backed up by the flavor. Begins fruity, sort of like an under ripe tangelo with some starfruit and red apple. Lightly grassy with some tea components to it. An astringent bitterness up front with a lingering earthy bitterness coasts it to the finish.

M: Medium body, hard on the palate.

D: Not a bad beer, nothing stands out here though.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.

A: Light amber, thin head, nothing special.

S: Citrus above all else, with a bit of hops and malt.

T: Orange juice. The first thing that came to mind was alcoholic orange juice. It's not necessarily a bad taste, but it was unexpected. The strong hoppy aftertaste that I'm used to was nowhere to be found. This beer has a very clean finish.

M: Crisp, lean, and light on the palate. Thin-to-medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable, and probably a good session beer.

Overall, one of the less interesting IPAs I've had, although it's certainly not bad.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, drank out of a pint glass.

The appearance is quite bland. A very clear, clean golden color for this beer. The color is very transparent. No foam to create a head. I did pour it delicately. Even with the delicate pour there was little to no lacing. A small streak about the glass but that was about it.

The scents are strong in the malts. There is a nice hop compliment that profiles a floral quality which is very pleasant. The scents end with a mild tang. A nice bouquet.

The flavors are simplistic. The malts are filled with caramel and a light bread. The hops give a floral and mild fruit complex to the beer. The hop flavors do not push the malts. There is no fight for dominance from the ingredients with this IPA. There is a nice balance between the malts and hops to create a very flavorful beer. There is a citrus aftertaste which is complimentary to the beer. It is a mystery to me why the citrus becomes prominent after the taste and not during? The flavors are very enjoyable.

This is a very easy drinking beer. It is smooth and easy on the palatte. A definite session IPA. It won't attack the taste buds, but it gives the drinker a nice flavorful and mellow IPA. An IPA for a simple moment.

This beer has plenty of flavor but does not push the limits. A well crafted beer that will not knock you out but will leave you with a satisfying drink.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to the brewery website and they have this beer listed as an English style IPA. While I am far from an expert this has the citrusy twang in the hops that are more distinct across the pond in America. As always the brewer decides in my opinion so this is an English style IPA.

Poured into a pounder glass it forms a decent, sticky, short lived head with spotty lace. Orange body, with slow rolling carbonation.

What to make of this....lots of citrus, mostly I pick up Orange juice mixed with some light spices. Relatively smooth but slightly astringent towards the finish. Lemon zest comes into the picture ever so slightly. Malts are hard to find in this one.

Notes: This was enjoyable. Interesting and providing some depth its a nice beer overall. Pros: I love citrusy, fruity hop presence so this fit the bill. Cons: It needs to be refined a bit, theres no balancing agent and the hops aren't good enough to stand alone like some other IPA's I've consumed. Pretty damn good and a nice surprise from Utah.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger frothy white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts hoppy with some sweetness, almost balanced midway finishes hoppy with a little bitter after taste. Not as hoppy as some IPAs. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, Ut.

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Photo of SethB2
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clean golden color with no haze. Beer has a nice two finger head that lingers for a bit before fading to the surface of the liquid.

S - Awesome. More tangerine smell than any other IPA I have ever smelled before. Some grassy hop essense is also there. It smells sweet, but I don't know if that is from the tangerine hoppiness, or the malt base.

T - Tangerines, oranges and various other citrisy hops start things off, then it fades into a sweet/sour battle until the end. There is a malty sweetness there, but it has a very difficult time breaking through the hops.

M - medium with the right amount of carbonation, but man, this thing sours and drys out quickly toward the end of the swig.

D - Good. I'm glad I have a six pack

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Photo of OStrungT
4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found this beer at the Pleasenton BevMo. I was happy to finally see a beer from Utah. And at 6%, a little surprised.

This beer pours a clear, light yellow color, with a thick fulffy, off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving slight tints of orange in it.

This beer smells equally of grassy, piney, and citrusy hops. It is very well balanced. The aroma is not overbearing at all. I can smell a very slight malty aroma well hidden.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. A very well balanced grassy, citrus, and piney hop flavor, mixed in with an ever so slight malty sweetness.

This beer is very smooth, and refreshing. It leaves a pleasent hoppy aftertaste. It is carbonated perfectly for the style.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It tastes great. I am actually surprised about that since Utah is not exactly known for their beer. I would make this my every day IPA if I had better access to it.

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

A clean light amber colored beer. Has a fluffy white head and good lace. There is a good dose of piney hops in the aroma with a gentle malty backbone. The piney hop character carries over into the flavor but shares the spot light on the finish. With a nice jucie grapefruit note on the roof of your mouth and the back of the throat. All this with some light sweet malty notes floating around in there.
Thank You Wasatch

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

Had this one bottled at the brewpub, after having to scoot down ten feet to another section of the bar in order to have it served. Utah and thier liquor laws... sigh.

Poured clear and bright golden, with a large rocky head that sticks around to see what's going on.

Aroma is rather understated, slightly balanced toward the malt, but with a tad of bright floral hop overtones which, while nice, don't really seem all that "hoppish". Nothing really jumps out in the smell.

The hops come through well in the flavor. This isn't a bitter IPA at all. I've had beers listed as standard APAs that are far hoppier. Fairly well balanced, in fact. It is just barely bitter up front, followed by a good dose of hop flavor, and ending with a tiny amount of slightly harsh but short-lived bitter aftertaste. Not a metallic, tongue scraping bitter, but not as smooth as the rest of the beer would lead you to expect, either. It isn't fruity in taste, just floral, sort of like irises smell. The biterness, which wasn't metallic before, leaves an aftertaste which can only be described as being slightly, well, metallic. Perhaps that's the carbonation causing that.

The mouthfeel is thin, a tad watery, suggesting that it's not more mlt that gets them to 6% ABV, but higher attenuation.

In the end, this is still a rather drinkable beer. The good balance adds to that drinkability, and at 6%, makes it somewhat dangerous. The lack of aroma, metallic aftertaste and overly thin body take away from what could have been a great beer, as, oddly, does the balance, which seems out of place in an IPA. For all that, I'd order it again.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light floral hops in the fore. Some orange blossomy notes. Golden yellow in color with a thumb thick, firm, white head. Very light and crisp in the fore. Low bittering hops. Very subdued IPA that would leave most hop heads furious. Some grainy and malty notes in the finish. I like it. it’s appropriately bitter without searing the tongue and has a refreshing elelment to it you seldom find in the hoppier IPA’s. I’m thinking maybe slcbrewer got something else though cause this beer is in no way copper..it’s very yellow/golden.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light copper color with little head on top of body.

Smell: citrusy with a little hoppy aroma - very tame in IPA terms.

Taste: little alcohol to the taste - not typical IPA. lots of citrus though. decent, none the less.

Mouthfeel: light to moderate

Drinkability: decent - not great.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...a great BA.
Pours a clear, pale orange with a full finger of bright white had after an agressive pour. Produces some thin lacing as I work my way thru the pint.
A gentle aroma of sweet malt and floral hops...well balanced in the nose.
Taste is great...again, very well balanced hop to malt ratio and while it is not a hop bomb, it is not lacking for the style. Hops become a bit fruitier as it warms...
Finish is clean, the mouthfeel is thin yet crisp and the offering is insanely drinkable.
Very cool to try this one...thanks again John.

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Photo of wl0307
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beer at the BSF bar, GBBF 05.

A: dark orangey amber colour, with an inch-thick off-white head with pretty good retention, leaving uneven but quite apparent lacing; nice and gentle carbonation is detected.
S: a considerable but not overdone sweetened orange-zest aroma comes through the nostrils along with a quite refreshingly perfumy and flowery esters... as the estery note goes underneath, a tinge of very soft floral aroma of English hops(?) gradually reveals its subtle appearance at the back. Very soft, subtle and nice, like a lesser, but more appealing (to me), version of a bolder American Pale Ale or IPA.
T: a deliciously fruity, mild orangey, and flowery taste of malts, exotic and oily hops arrive first, gradually leading to an intensifying hoppy bitterness and a, well, almost "pollen"-like flowery scent lingering in the mouth... Dryish bitter mouthfeel towards the end, with lots of rich hops resulting in an aromatic as well as lightly spicy and grapefruit-zesty aftertaste, yet short of a kind of saturated taste as quite a few richer American IPAs tend to provide.
M&D: very refreshing as well as balanced, this beer has a less assertive and lower profile for an IPA. This is no doubt one of the most quaffable, light-weight pale ales I've tasted. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is hard to get a hold of, I mean the brewepub has to brew it up, and than bottle it, since it is 6%abv. Than they have to sell it to Utah, and buy it back, and to top it all off you have to buy this at the restaurant bit of Squatters, not the bar part. Anyways, after all of the trouble this beer is to get, it is nice to see that it is actually quite nice. A dark orangey amber colour with a nice collar of khaki foam. big bubbly carbonation and some nice retention and lacing. Aromas are of citrusy hops and bready malts in good unison and the taste/flavor profile is similar as well. This is less hoppy, and less tasty than the draught pale ale, imho, but it is much beefier malt wise, and mouthfeel wise. Drinkability is good as well. Nice for a bottled squatters beers, but the pale ale is superioir and i'm sure some of the other draught/cask/nitro seasonals are better there as well...

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love that these guys continue to churn out good beer despite Utah's assinine laws governing beer and breweries. Since its at 6% you need to buy it in a state store. Pours a nice amber with a nice head. Hoppy, slightly grassy aromas. Taste is very very smooth, hoppy, slightly sweet up front, slightly creamy in the end with a nice hop bite. Smooth, quenching. Great IPA, great brewery. Pick some up if you can find it.

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Photo of stcules
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color, some head, white, and with low retention.
Smell: well... IPA. Hop, grapefuit. Cascade? Fresh and good.
The taste has a good sharp bitterness, from fresh hop. Absolutely inviting. Good bitter persistence in the aftertaste, with slight spicy an grassy notes; maybe some bitter roots. Under all, a good maltiness.
Average body.
Good beer.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some citrus hops and some light spices, but not very strong. The flavor has a caramel backing with some of the orange character and a very light spice profile. Interesting. Much better than expected. I'd have this one again. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is light to moderate.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a peachy color with a finger of head that falls to coat the liquid. The nose is a little bit orangey, a little bit citrusy and a little bit spicey. Nice mix. The flavor is nice, with a good spicey hop and a sweet orangey malt. I like it. The feel is moderate to thick. Overall, I like the residual bitter the hop leaves on my tongue. This beer could be a nice session beer.

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Squatters IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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