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

Poured from a brown bottle into a fluted pilsner.

A - Pretty, hazy, almost translucent amber.

S - There's something almost woodsy about the aroma of this beer. It almost reminds me of the smell of barbeque, but just a hint. Malt and citrus are definitely present.

T - Very good tasting beer. The hops are certainly pronounced, although I should hope they would be. There's a picture of hops on the label. Nice doughy malt, but it's fairly subtle. Citrus in is there somewhere.

M - Nice, Smooth, with a chewy finish.

D - I wouldn't call this sucker a session beer, but I am certainly enjoying this one, and I might go for another, depending on how the election turns out... ;-)

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

Copper with some orange and gold in there as well. Head is a bit filmy, not quite white. Not impressed with retention or with lacing for this style.

Tropical, lightly bitter citrus fruit on the nose, with a slight touch of biscuity malt. Not hugely strong, but this is pleasant.

Hop-forward flavor, citrics and a tiny hint of pine backed up by softer fruits and a little floral sweetness. The malt isn't quite as subdued as in the nose, and offers some biscuit and cracker flavors that complement the sweetness of the hops.

This is a dry IPA, which I think tends to counteract the more intense, resinous nature of the hop. I am not impressed with the mouthfeel here, which is borderline watery, and definitely pretty thin. The dryness doesn't help, as it steals some of the flavors that seem to "beef up" big brews.

Too bad, because all the notes are there to be plucked, but this one didn't sing to me (ok so maybe my metaphors aren't too good either). While the bitterness is pretty high for the English side of the style, it is still quite smooth. I think this one's better than it's scores indicate, but not a great beer by any means.

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Photo of maximum12
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wasatch for tossing this into a summertime trade, my first encounter with Utah beer.

Unfortunately, my first impression of the beer is not great, due to the faint metallic smell wafting gently from the bottle.

Unfortunately, the metal lingers in the aftertaste as well. Which is too bad, because the up-front taste on this IPA is pretty darn good. The balance is excellent; I love me some ass-puckering hops, but I also dig when the brewer creates an IPA with a heavy hand on the malts - & gets it right. This is right.

Don't know if that taste is from age, or bad cap, or what. But it definitely detracts from what otherwise would be a very good IPA.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: into my trusty snifter, pours a big 'ol eggshell head with good retention and lacing, the beer is a bright medium copper in color

s: smells of juicy tropical fruit hops, effectively dominating the light caramel backbone, not face-melting or anything like that but certainly of ipa weight, fresh mango and passionfruit stand out alongside ruby grapefruit and kiwi, some unique nuances lingering in there as well, more malt would be nice

m: carbonation soft and too light, light-medium body, kinda dull

t: was pretty impressed by the aroma but the hops seem to fall flat a bit here, still there in good strength, but more muddled/grassy and less fresh and fruity, malt gives some weak notes of caramel, moderate bitterness

d: easy

single from a State Liquor in SLC

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Photo of mentor
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to briety for the opportunity. Thin layer of off-white head over a clear oranged-straw liquid. Smells mild overall. Pine, baby asprin, mango esters, a little bit of banana and very light and mild caramel.

Tastes mild sweet, fair hop flavor, and little hop bitter. Hop flavor is pine and oranges with a little bit of pith. A little bit of amarillo hop character (which to me comes across as a bit buttery). Some grassiness as hop bitter, but missing in the other 4 alpha acids. Malt tastes like oone of those light caramel cubes. Esters are mild, but of pear juice. Md body with some dextrins. carb is modest, but forms fine bubbles that sting the papillae and add an acrid in the finish. Better as it warms, but still not ho bitter as much as I'd expect from an American IPA.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy orange to gold color with medium sized head from normal pour. Head dissipates to a thin layer quickly, but the thin layer remains well.

Nose is on the fruit side with mango, grapefruit, and hopleaf.

Palate is somewhat malty on the entry but quickly shifts gears to a peach pit-like fruit component, and bitterness all through the end.

Surprisingly light bodied and watery. I thought this beer would have rectified the "Utah problem" with this beer, but apparently not. You get the watery taste even though the alcohol is within normal range for the style.

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Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one. Looks like a lot of reviews are thanks to Wasatch!

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Nice finger's width of head. The color is a mild off white, that leaves a few rings of lace. Color is a slightly hazy orange with good clarity.

Smell is predominantly a resiny hops with some citrus notes. Interesting soda bread malt character. Taste follows smell very well, but adds a peppery spice int he finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and leaves a slight sticky aftertaste. Nice example of the style.

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

Thanks to wasatch for this one, cheers John!

Pours a semi-effervescent amber with 3 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Citric & herbal hops & then leafy hops. plus some pears as this warms

T: Citric & resiny hops along with a slight breadyness. Some pear & pineapple mingle with grapefruitty hops, plus dryness is there as this warms. Finishes with a nice tangerine fruityness, a touch of honey & lemony hops, & slight dryness almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, sort of sticky with low carbonation

Drinks good, a nice take on the style

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Photo of andythejerk
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this is one of the most balanced, tastiest beers in the world. Although I can love the mouth puckering hop bombs that are American style IPA's, this slightly more subtle English style IPA is a welcome departure. I wish Utah laws allowed it to be served on draft--we really need to change this foolishness. That is some good sheite.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a pure orange color with a one finger off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit with a crackery malt for balance. Finishing balanced and quite subtle with a citrus note standing out.

Taste: Citrus and bready malt create a beautifully balanced IPA. Smooth with a lingering sweetness in the finish with a slightly drying sensation. As the beer warms, pine becomes more prevalent.

Notes: Well balanced, mild and drinkable with a good amount of taste. Sessionable. I'd like to see this outside of Utah... Won Gold at the American Beer Cup 2007 for best English Style IPA, and for good reason.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Wasatch as a freebie from a trade, a very nice guy. The beer was light straw orange colored, a little hazy, with a 2 finger foam. The smell was stronger in hops than your average English IPA, more of an American version in my opinion. The hops were citrusy on the sweet side (both orange and grapefruit but more of the former). The taste was very very good, making me sorry I only had one bottle. Lots of citrus and other fruit flavors come out, some orange, grapefruit, a little apricot and maybe pineapple. This my image of the perfect beer in tropical locales, instead of the standard Red Stripe, Carib, Longboard Lager, etc. The mouthfeel is OK, what I noticed most after each sip was a little malt presence lasting in the mouth. Extremely well done beer! Drinkability is very good, I could easily drink many of these. Extremely recommended.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this brew.

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head that left good lacing.

S - sweet citrus and floral hop aromas.

T - citrus bitterness for most of the way with a little sweetness after the finish.

F - medium body with a crisp feel.

D - better than some but not as good as others.

Final Note: If it's given to me, I'll drink it but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to abankovich for this one.

Appearance: It pours a very clear, light bronze color. Head is foamy white and about two fingers deep. It patiently stuck around for a while and left a spotty lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell: The nose is dominated by citrus sweetness and earthy notes. Citrus scent is comprised of light grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. It appears to have a decent malt presence consisting of mostly caramel malts. Hops are notable, but are floral and grainy. A strong biscuity aroma wraps it up.

Taste: Grapefruit and pinepple flavors kick it off and give it a sweet flavor. They're quickly followed by lively hops that are decently bitter and earthy. The floral variation provides a grainy earthy flavor. Caramel malt sweetness really balances it out well. A yeasty or biscuity flavor comes on strong late and sticks to the palate. It finishes dry and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and smooth. Carbonation is very good. Very solid feel and good drinkability. It goes down easy and, by my standards, abv is just right for taking down a few of these.

Squatters developed a solid English IPA with this one. I could make a few comments on how I think this beer could be improved, but that would probably end up being a tutorial on how to make this an American IPA. I prefer what American IPAs bring to the table. But, this is a very solid beer in its own right and pulls off the English style pretty well. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer on a recent trip to Park City, Utah for work. I was surprised by some of the beers in Utah; some were much bigger and bolder than I expected. This one was okay, but not all that great.

Squatters IPA with "Brewer's Reserve" posted on the label. It poured a bright orange color with a decent, if ordinary, fluffy white head that faded rather quickly. It didn't look bad, but it was a rather average looking beer. The nose was nice. Strong citrus hops. Flowery and open; airy. Good scent without going overboard. The taste was earthy and hoppy. Tart, but with a lingering dense hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was tangy with a dry finish.

On the whole, this was a decent IPA. Drinkable, but nothing special. Still, if you're going to Salt Lake City or Park City, you could do worse than the Squatters IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.88/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The head on this this was a bit light, thanks to my server's gentle pour. However, the head was a light-tan color with lots of CO2 bubbles. The beer was a deep golden-amber color with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a strange gasoline-like quality to it. The mouthfeel was medium with an unusual bitterness for an IPA. I would be curious to know what strain(s) of hops was/were used in its production. The finish had the same unusual bitterness, putting me more in mind of gin than IPA. Oof.

Somehow, I ended up with more of this beer. I am always down for a re-review, especially when my original numbers are low. It is a slow evening here at home and I am passing the time with beer, as is my wont. Today is T, 22 Nov 2011.

An invaluable team member of The CANQuest (TM), Einweizenbitte, sent me a package from his latest foray to China, including two packets of "Hot Green Peas", one of which I just opened and consumed. They were not excessively hot, but suddenly a beer is in order.

My pour created just under two fingers of thick, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a minty quality, like spearmint or peppermint. Huh. I was reminded of chewing gum. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and it was certainly cooling on my heated tongue. It had a definite spearmint-pine taste in the mouth and I began to wonder why my initially low marks. Finish was minty fresh and lingered with hops. I am glad to have had a chance to return to this for a second chance, but I still would not want more than a couple/few. I have definitely had better IPAs, but not as bad as what I said in my initial review.

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Photo of TroyS
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Squatters India Pale Ale by the Utah Brewers Cooperative is a pleasant drink that's quite smooth with a mellow lingering hop with a hint of....something else;)

This is quite a yummy beer. It pours really clear with a nice head leaving nice lacing down the glass to the last drop. By the way...I've enjoyed this one in a pint glass; on of the few glasses in my bar that carries the label of the beer. I've had this both from the state stores and in the brew pub where they offer some tasty snacks and meals (mostly meals which is unfortunate for me since it's typically snack time when I drop in;). So...the beer pours nice and smooth with a nice fluffy ale head.

By the way....for those that aren't aware of the special handling that 4%+ beers get in Utah, this beer comes in a bottle even in their pub. Bummer, but it's a Utah thang.

So...the nose on this particular IPA is mild with a particular rosy sent, but the taste is pine with a dash or orange or something. It's a drinker that goes down fast and smooth unlike my favorite IPA's which are more sip vs. gulp friendly. All in all it's a really good IPA, but a bit on the soft side. It does have a deep, but smooth aftertaste where the hops carry for a while, but not like an American especially from the west;) Good Drink - Get 12 for the cooler and you'll be set.

Final word: This is a really good IPA and a great home beer!

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Photo of Tolann
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A mostly golden color. For some reason I expected more copper/orange. Very little hues of orange. Not cloudy and no floaties. I poured it into an imperial pint glass too smoothly and didn't get a head on this one.

S- Big pine hop and sweetness. Some light caramel and maybe vanilla as others have detected.

T- Not a huge IPA taste, but still pretty powerful taste. Sweet and some malt. Mostly pine hops. Some bitterness at the back and under my tongue.

M- Some carbonation, but it's not going to make you foam at the mouth. May make you burp tho. Medium to light body. Some aftertaste, and not an obvious booze presence.

D- This goes down pretty easy. It's a good brew pub beer that would fit well with a burger or other typical grill food. I don't know that I'd specifically seek out this beer, but its pretty good

My last bottle from my trade with Wasatch. Thanks so much for the tour of Utah's beers. This has been fun!

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Photo of KylightZone
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out a 12 oz bottle
Poured into a pint

A:This beer pours a badass golden color combined with just a hint of orange, and produces a pearly white head about ¾ inch off the top

S: Right when you smell this beer you get killer hop aroma that gives off a scent of pine, followed by a light sweet malty undertone. & touch of fruit.

T: Big on the pine. Hops are very well worked into the overall scheme. The toasted and caramel malts give it great mouth complexity. Finish with light bread.

M: Medium to Full body feeling in the mouth. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoy this IPA, while I love to be overwhelmed by hops, this one just has all the right stuff to make it enjoyable whenever.

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Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle in trade from wasatch.

A: Nice light amber body with a nice thick white head. Poured form a bottle like it would have on draft.

S: Nice citrusy aroma coupled with a touch of malt. Good caramel notes.

T: The caramel is much more present in the flavor than the aroma. There is some citrusy hop flavor in there as well. It lingers with the sweetness from the caramel.

M: Light to medium bodied; very nice for the style.

D: Not too bad but it really doesn't stand out. I would definitely drink it but wouldn't seek it out.

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

Thanks fishdawg71 for this one.

Nice looking bright golden brew with a nice foamy white head with good retention and sticky lacing.
Aroma is not strong but pleasant, some bready malt notes, earthy and grassy hops.
Medium bodied, it is refreshing, moderately hoppy and well balanced with the malty notes, just as expected from the aroma.
Well crafted and balanced.

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Photo of markgugs
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass, extra graciously provided by Fishdawg71

A: Pours a light gold, sparkling & mostly clear. A nice 1-finger white head rises quickly and reduces just as quickly, leaving behind moderate lacing and a thin, wispy head.

S: Smells fresh, like a combination of grass clippings, grapefruit & lemon rind, and earthiness like a forest just after it rains. Hints of malt backbone try to make their presence known but don't really.

T/M: An initial burst of sweetness quickly gives way to a biting pine tree hop character and ample grapefruit citrus. Balanced fairly well with cereal-like grains in the body and a lip-smacking, moderately juicy finish provides all the oily bitterness one could want. Beer is mildly metallic, and a bit chalky, but good carbonation evens things out a bit.

D: Pretty good, not great; I'd drink this again, but wouldn't purchase it myself, not with so many great IPAs available.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is gold with light carbonation. The head is small white and leave little lace.

The smell is mild for an IPA, earthy hops and a lightly roasted malt.

The taste is ok not a big beer just plain IPA, well crafted and good tasting.

The mouthfeel is pretty good except for an odd chalky feel in the finish. bot good body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not bad and a decent IPA.


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

this beer poured an attractive golden color with about an inch of thick creamy tan head. a few big bubbles mixed in there as well. head retention was not that great however, there was some fairly decent lacing.

this beer smells good. it's a bit citrusy and malty with a faint hint of vanilla and hops.

the taste is light on the hope end and i do detect a hint of citrus. i'd say the taste is a bit bready as well, from the yeast i'd suspect.

the body is medium and the carbonation is what i expect from an ipa.

this would be a great session beer. thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with a thick frothy head. The aroma is heavy of hops and there is a definite hint of citrus noticeable. The taste is hoppy and sweet with citrus quite apparent in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is quite well suited for this beer. Overall, this is a delightfully balanced IPA – never heard of the brewery before this week, but I’m very impressed.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that soon becomes patchy.

The smell is light floral/citric with some underlying earthiness.

The taste is of bitter citrus (grapefruit/orange). Sweet grainy malt backs up the hops.. Hints of metal and aspirin peek through. There is an earthy, tea-like leafy spiciness that lies in the back. The caramelish malt has a slightly burnt character. Soft bitterness lingers through the finish.

The body is rather on the thin side for the style. Some chewiness is almost there, but gets washed out. Hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

An interesting brew. Seems like Hallertau, or some continental/German-type hops are in the mix of the Cascade. Not sure there. Whatever it is, it is different. Almost works for me, too, though not what I would really prefer in the style. It's okay.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from his recent trip to the West, and to Wasatch for including it in our trade.

(Originally reviewed 06-13-07 - moved from Squatter's Pub to here after being corrected by Wasatch.)

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Squatters IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 302 ratings
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