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Squatters Organic Amber Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Organic Amber AleSquatters Organic Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

utahbeers.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Wasatch on 12-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,495
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
40
pDev:
12.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the better of the two ambers at squatters. pours a sexy red shade of brown, moderately hazy, fluffy white 2 inch head into a pint glass. smells very rich, caramel malts dominate the nose. much more hops in the flavor, of a pine tree tone, balancing out and making it crisp and refreshing at the end. this is a major session beer, complex, delicious, and easy down. medium body, great carbonation. this would be excellent with anything from the grill, i wish this one was available in colorado.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some fruit and a little hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of caramel, tea and citrus. There's a good hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The most surprising part about this beer is that it doesn't have any trace of the bite that I've typically found in nearly every other organic beer that I've tried.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, I would put this beer up there as one of, if not the best organic beer that I've had. Overall, it's a decent beer to drink several of over the course of an evening.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in the glass. Some head at first but it fizzles to nothingness quite quickly and of course no lacing. A little spritz on the tongue.

I can't detect much aroma. There is a hint of grainy flavor. More woody, some cereal, some bitter earth. The barest hint of malty sweetness. A little beery with some hoppy bitterness, but not much in the way of aromatics. Finishes with a hint of yesterday's coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

On the whole this is barely average, even with the Utah low-alcohol handicap. Nothing really wrong with it, and it's drinkable for those who like a watered-down version of the earthy hop style. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This arrived with a big, off-white head with good retention throughout. The color was a slightly hazy deep amber. The nose had a light malty sweetness up front, underlain by a light hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium with a mostly sweet presence on the tongue. The finish had a light dryness, but overall, I was not a huge fan.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Organic Amber was by far my favorite beer brewer by Squatters. The appearance was a deep red decent white head that laces nicely. The scent had a good malt character with a slight kick of hop. The taste was very light with a body to match. The great taste was bolstered with fresh hop that started the beer then followed by good malt finish. Absoluetly recommend this beer!!! Teh mouthfeel was perfect for a session.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #24 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a pretty nice amber. Nice consistent tones to it. Nothing really showy or overly ambitious, but it works. Especially for an organic ale, which for some reason usually come out not so well. But this is a pleasant ale. I can dig it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on 03, 08 - 2008, moved here from incorrect listing under brewpub:

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade:

Pours amber with a slowly descending white head. Some traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel and pale malts with herbal and light citric notes.

The taste is caramelish with plenty of pale malt. Herbal hop presence restrained, but enough to give some balance to the sweetish finish.

The feel is a bit on the weak side, with some fizz.

Overall - a nice, mild, amber.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty/hoppy, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is more on the malt side, but with a nice bitter hoppy finish, which is also slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, not sure about this organic stuff, but this brew is tasty, and a slight different take on a regular amber. Recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly dark colored for an amber ale. Dark and frankly more red than amber. Light brown colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. Mild NW style hops. Mildly woody and oakish scent.

Starts out mild and malty with a woody taste. Mild bitterness. but it isn't a strong beer. Decently tasty just don't expect a hop bomb.

Overall a decent beer, and quite good for an organic ale.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from Wasatch as an extra in a trade! Big thanks... Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Aggressive pour produced a 2" head atop a crystal clear amber brew.... a very suprising amount of lacing.. Woo Hoo!

Aroma is hoppy citrus and a little bit less caramel malts.... sorta husky grains with a smidge of toastiness.

Flavor is big on the toasted grains (Victory?).. suprisingly larger malt profile than expected.. hops come into play mid palate with a shotgun of earth .. but quickly die off to more of a nutty finish... with a long lingering toasted biscuit finish... off the wall berry finish as it warms.

I have to be honest, I never expect too much from "organic" brews.. there are just too many restrains on ingredients.. AND.. over the years, I really have not expected too much from many Utah beers... But, in the last few years, the Utah breweries have really made good with what they can do... This is a very good beer and to make it organic makes it better in my mind.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bootle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from12oz bottle a clear amber with a +2 finger head of foam that hardly shrinks during the entire session.

The smell has notes of caramel malt and hops and is nice.

The taste is unusual. I get some caramel malt, grain, and some hops midway through and it lingers on and makes for a hoppy and dry finish. I find it kind of light bodied and the carbonation is medium. It sure is easy enough to drink and interesting enough for me to take further sips but I'd like the aftertaste to last a bit longer and maybe a bit bigger of a malt profile would help. Still. A good brew and 1 that I'd drink again.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jeff1973
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Does organic beer taste better? Depends on who is making it. But there are plenty of other reasons to drink organic, not the least of which are the effects the pesticides and chemicals used in producing the hops and grain have on those who grow and tend them. As well as those of us who enjoy the finished product.

Squatters Organic Amber pours a nice auburn-caramel color. There’s some thin foam that disappears rapidly. Very, very, very mild aroma. A light caramel-malt flavor on the palate. Not a malt bomb, more like one went off and cleared out the grain bill—there’s just not a whole lot going on here. As it warms I pick up more of the biscuit-malt aromas and flavors I caught in their blonde ale. I thought that flavor profile worked better in the blonde. Here it just… is. Maybe it needs a thicker, fuller mouthfeel to make it work. Otherwise it’s pretty one-dimensional. Clean finish, not a bad beer, just doesn’t do much for me.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist-capped bottle poured to a pint. No 'best by' date, but this came in December '07, via Wasatch.

A: Crystal-clear amber with a fair amount of carbonation. Off-white head builds to just under a finger but drops quickly to a star-shaped film and slim ring. A few broken lace bands.

S: Malty aroma of wheat bread and a touch of honey and caramel. A bit of buttered biscuits with a little earthy, mineral aroma.

T: Caramel/bready, but with a zesty tang of bittering, including a careful squeeze of lemon. Malts stay sweeter atop the hops, finish is milder caramel and a hint of nuttiness. A well-balanced amber.

M: Springy mouthfeel, notable carbonation despite there being virtually none, appearance-wise. An odd cooling sensation draws in the cheeks a little, a drying finish. I'd call this 'quenching', as this ends quite clean.

D: Very easy to consume and a total lightweight at just 4%. This amber would be a perfect session/lawnmower drinker. Satisfying - thanks, John!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -17.4%

@ Squatter's Salt Lake City

Dark, dark amber, almost cherry wood colored. Minimal foamy ostentatiousness but permissible for a low abc amber. A classic amber ale SOA is big on toasted bread crust with a little fruit in the nose. Bitter crusty finish. I can taste the organics. But not really.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of benloho
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wasatch for this one.

Poured into a pint glass, it shows a very nice amber color, with some golden accents, topped by a white head that quickly drops down to a collar.
Aroma is delicate, but noce, with malts dominating, particularly caramel, along with some hers.
It is medium bodied, easy to drink, but the taste is a bit too delicate, although nice, with some caramel notes along with spices.
It is a nice brew, but I can't avoid my politically incorrect impression that if it wasn't organic it might pack a bit more flavor.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear bronze color with a creamy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice smell of herbal hops. Smells very fresh.

Taste of caramel malt upfront leading into a medium bitterness and nice herbal hop flavor. Rather clean finish.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

A pleasant and quite drinkable amber. Avoids the trap of blandness that many ambers fall into. Plus, it's organic, so it's easy to recommend to anyone looking for a quality amber or a quality organic brew.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a thick head – mostly tight bubbles. The aroma faint, but mostly yeast. The taste is grainy and bitter – but not hoppy. There is a little malt sweetness, but it doesn’t shine. The mouthfeel is thin to medium. Overall, this is an easy brew to drink and would be quite appropriate for sessions, but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of mcsauter82
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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