Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Hop Rising Double IPASquatters Hop Rising Double IPA

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Wasatch on 08-11-2009

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing Nathan!

Golden orange, amber, and copper with a pillowy nearly white head. Lined lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Pine, caramel, toffee, and alcohol round out the aroma. I miss the pungent citrus I find in my favorite DIPAs, and this one seems a bit too sweet and burning with alcohol, though there is nothing bad or unpleasant. Above average.

The flavor consists of pine, toffee sweetness, and alcohol, and a moderate to high level of bitterness throughout.

Thin to medium bodied with a definite alcohol presence.

A barely above average DIPA. Not one I will seek out again.

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Photo of JMad
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tumbler...

Pours a golden orange color with an attractive, thick frothy white head. The smell has a nice accent of peach and vanilla with some tangerine, sugar cookie and grapefruit. It tastes bitter up front with some grapefruit sugar and orange, the after taste is like a very bitter citrus peel. Body is medium with low carbonation and a nice dry finish. This is a good DIPA, I wish it tasted like it smelled though.

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Photo of beertunes
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Tom for getting me this one. Born on 6/27/11. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very nice orangeish-gold color with about a half-inch of white head that typical retention and medium lacing.

The aroma had a very nice piney hop scent upfront, with some malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol in the background. On the tongue the alcohol dominated the front with an unpleasant bitterness in the middle towards the back. There was some citrus in the background, along with some malt stickiness.

The body was on the thin side of average for the style. Drinkability suffered due to the bitterness, alcohol flavors and sticky finish. Overall, an averageish example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, probably not worth seeking out.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Maudite snifter.

A- A nice clear orange color. The head is two fingers high and cream colored. The lacing is all over the place.

S- I get a ton of malt from the smell with some nice subtle floral notes.

T- You get all the malt up front. Really almost like a blonde ale then all of a sudden the grapefruit and pine from the hops overpower it. Very interesting.

M- A medium body to it, very well carbonated. The aftertaste stays with you longer than I would have thought.

O- It is a very drinkable DIPA that is actually pretty balanced. The 9% abv doesn't show itself much. I would definitely give this another go.

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Photo of coldriver
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep amber color with good head and lacing. Citrusy grapefruit aroma which entices. Taste is better than expected with usual hop bomb juicy pine and citrus flavors. A bit of cardboardy oxidation present but not enough to be overwhelming. Alcohol very well hidden - I would've guessed this was a single IPA in a blind taste test. Mouthfeel quite nice with good carbonation and balanced hop resin.

Gotta give extra credit to any brewery operating in Utah - a well crafted Imperial which stands up well with offerings from the rest of the USA.

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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born: 6/2/11

Into a tulip glass it pours a glowing, saturated sunset orange. Bright clarity and a generous layer of white foam that creates eddies of swirling patterns on the surface. Delicate, spindly lacing forms in thin concentric rings inside the glass.

Soft dried citrus peel aroma at first, which fades halfway through.

Clean and very drinkable, thankfully not too sweet and syrupy. Moderately bitter, balanced with an undercurrent of bready caramel malt. Firm citrus peel bitterness and earthy piney hops. Nothing mindblowing, but well put together and enjoyable. Would drink a couple easily, as the abv is completely hidden.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this courtesy of my friend Jeff, much thanks. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a nice clear copper-orange color. A 3/4 inch light tan head is formed and slowly reduces to a nice lacing. No sediment and carbonation visible.

The aroma is an interesting blend of a quick floral hoppy component followed by a caramel malt backbone and then finishing with a pine/citrus hop note. Some alcohol as well.

The taste is much more grapefruity with a bitterness like the rind and perhaps a bit of malt. Also some booziness is present.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that falls off quickly leaving a bitter/leathery texture on the tongue with a nice dryness.

This is a solid beer and I would certainly purchase more, if given the opportunity. It does not quite compete with the elite of the group, but is solid.

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Photo of flexabull
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and cloudy amber color with a pretty nice white head, good lacing too.

Aromas are dusty, floral, and a bit piney, smells a little off.

Taste is kind of sweet, a bit boozy, and caramel like. A bit too heavy on the malts for my liking. Finish is kind of tart, dry, a bit bitter, and kind of aspirin like.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, full feeling, and nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is a miss for me, smells odd, and tastes more like a English IPA that's been jacked up a bit. It's ok, not a bad beer, but I'm not really a fan.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from about 2 inches above the glass leaving a big off white head that sure does take its time to fall into a pretty nice lacing. A clear copper golden colored beer that looks very inviting.

Light alcohol accents on a lightly sour nice citrus hops aroma.

The taste is a light citrus on a pretty decent hops with just a hint of sweet caramel malts as the beer slides into the abyss, not much if any of the alcohol aroma is transferred through the drinking of this 12 ounce bottle.

All that remains is a dry lightly citrus hops aftertaste.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702, Tucson, July 2011
Arrives from the tap with a one-finger thick, lightly tan colored head; as the head subsides it leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an amber / copper color that shows a clear, deep gold / copper color when held up to the light. My first inspection of the nose has me noticing soft citrus notes backed by more noticeable notes of sweet pale malt, cracker like grain and perhaps a touch of biscuit like maltiness. Other notes of grapefruit zest, some sort of musty citrus character, soft pine like notes and even a touch of menthol like hoppiness is noticeable after the first take.

The beer is sweet up front which accentuates fruity hop notes of tangelo, lychee and ruby red grapefruit zest. The finish sees some warming alcohol lingering on the palate along with a firm, but not aggressive bitterness. The body of this beer has some definite heft to it; it viscously clings to the palate and really tempers the hop bitterness that is found here. The citrus hop character can have an essential oil / slight herbal edge to it at times, but this is a beer whose hop flavors are dominated by the fruit side of things. At times this reminds me of Meyer lemon zest flavors (rounder, and not quite as dry as regular lemon zest). Somehow the hop fruitiness can seem a bit over-ripe, or maybe even fermented (not really quite rotten though) towards the finish; though this is not always apparent and is quite subtle when it is.

Not a bad example of a Double IPA; it is certainly tasty and has been executed pretty darn well.

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Photo of jnezda
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a small growler, 32oz swing top, filled to bring this one home. The clerk had some trouble with foaming over so they may have had some draft problems but the beer still went down good.

Nice light golden/amber color egg shell head, thin but with good lacing. The head volume could be a fault of the growler fill so all in all the appearance was just what I expected from a DIPA. The smell was fresh hop all the way and very pleasant.

The mouth feel was full and had just enough viscosity to provide the body one would expect from a DIPA. The flavor was also good with enough flower/hop tones to not have the bitterness over power the malt.

Good beer over all for a hot summer day

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, from the co-op in lovely Boise, ID. Now why do I get such a Mormon vibe from the label?...

This beer pours a frosted light copper hue, with one obese finger of foamy, creamy ecru head, which leaves some encompassing coral reef lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bready caramel malt, and strong citrus and tropical fruit, and herbal pine hops. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, a bit of metallic spice, and decently in your face citrus hops, with more understated pine hops in the background. The big 9 points of State-scaring booze are pretty hard to detect, which I would imagine strengthens their misguided case. The carbonation is fairly restrained, the body medium weight, a tad sticky, and pretty smooth in that particular vein. It finishes hardcore zen on both axes - persistent malt and hops as previously established.

A decent, drinkable DIPA, the malt nowhere near overbearing in the sugar headache sense - a somewhat 'mild' version, in everything but what, in the end, counts - the al-key-hall...

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Photo of TXDon
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent double IPA. It has a distinct hop flavor that you would expect from an IPA with a balanced amount of malt. The thing that stuck out to me as outstanding was that it didn't leave a sour, hoppy, weird taste in the mouth after consumption, as I feel a number of other IPAs have a tendency to do.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pourted in DFH pint glass (from notes, late June). Thanks to eclipse54 for this one!

A: Clear orange, amber color. 1/2 finger pure white head. Great carbonation off bottom of glass. Nice lacing on glass.

S: I get some floral hop aromas, but also some malts. Booze? Breadiness and yeast?

T: Little bite on the tip of the tongue followed by bready malts at the center then a boozy finish actually.

M: Medium bodied to full body. Mild mouth coat.

O: OK, don't know how old this one was. It's good but not great. Worth trying another one that might be a little fresher.

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Photo of Forb
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Deep, rich, orange haze. Minor orange / white head. Plenty of lacing left behind.

Smell: Caramel malt, amid piney, floral, earthy hop elements.

Taste: Predominantly hops but the malt is definitely there to support this big beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with mediocre carbonation to balance out.

Overall: A good Double IPA. Would recommend / drink again.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at pub in SLC airport between flights. Bottle date is smeared but looks like 4/4/11. Consumed 5/18/11.

Pours clear orange with two fingers of light tan head. Head has good retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.

Smell is very malt-forward, mostly caramel. There are also aromas of pine and grapefruit, but these are relatively subtle.

Hops are more apparent in the taste than the smell, but still maybe a bit too much caramel malt for my tastes in a DIPA. Still, it seems to work pretty well in this case. While the bitterness is tame, it has a nice juicy citrus taste that is enjoyable. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness.

Medium bodies and slightly sticky. Finishes with a bit of resiny bitterness.

Not exactly typical of the style, but works well in it's own way. I would have again.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very happy to find this on tap at Von Trier, here on the East Side of Milwaukee. Passed to me a light, amber wheat color with an inch egg shell head that fell just a bit but stuck around with great lacing. A fairly clear brew with significant visible carbonation. The nose presents orange peel, grapefruit, and more subtle grasses, like candy to a hop head's nose. There's also clear bread malt notes making their statement. The taste has citrus peel at the fore, followed quickly by a somewhat sour and sweet bread malt flavor. A bit of herbal hop notes and alcohol pushing through toward the back, with moderate hop bitterness closing things out. In addition to these, there's a touch of raisin in there, along with some brief funkiness. The mouth is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and it's both brightly acidic and somewhat syrupy. Quite effervescent. It's not quite as smooth as I would have liked, but really not bad.

This is an extremely welcoming beer--great appearance and nose--that I feel wasn't quite as strong in the taste and mouthfeel. But it's not for lack of flavor: This DIPA is really very stocked with hop and malt flavors. I think my beef is more to do with a lack of smoothness and a bit too much syrup sensation in the mouth. There's certainly complexity, but I would have hoped all the flavors would have come together more seamlessly. I would definitely like to come back to this one later and see how my feelings have changed.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The last beer for the night is Hop Rising....and man is this a big ole beer. The copper clear color is quite nice with good great white head. The nose is bolstered by fresh hops. The taste is big....ABV is apparent for an instant before th hops take over. This beer has good body. The mouthfeel is just to much for this guy to enjoy. This is a sipping beer and I could never session....just not smooth enough. Definitely worth a try for all you hop heads.

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Photo of Cresant
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Born: 5/26/11. The body of this one was a rich golden color. The beautiful head was dense and creamy. Lumpy, sticky lace lined the glass.

The smell was the best characteristic of this beer. If pine resin and grapefruit had a baby it would smell like this beer. Crispy fall leaves. Some grain was evident later, as it warmed.

The taste grassy bitterness. Rich hops oils. Syrupy malt sweetness. Finished with a brassiness. Well hidden alcohol.

The body was pretty dense with a modest amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Wasatch threw this in as an extra in one of our recent trades. Thanks John.

First of all, this is a IIPA that clocks in at 9% ABV. The bottle says as much, and if you look at the picture on the profile it clearly says IIPA. Something is amiss, but I'm not sure what. Distinguishing between squatters/wasatch brewpub always seems to throw people off. I will submit a change request.

Hop Rising has a clear orange body with a finger and a half of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma has a lot of hops, malt, and booze. Lots of grapefruit, bitterness, and pine. Caramel sweetness and a hint of heat come after that.

The flavor follows suit. A good amount of bitter grapefruit and a bit of pine. Probably moderate bitterness as far as a IIPA goes. The big malt sweetness comes at about the same time, and is about as powerful, bringing flavors of caramel. The finish has a little bit of heat from the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Full-bodied, creamy, with just a little bite from from the hops.

Hop Rising is fairly good. The mouthfeel is probably the best part, it's spot-on.

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Photo of Francepants06
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured a light orange to yellow beer with a medium sized head. I smelled some citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange) and floral notes. I tasted lots of grapefruit, not so much of bitter hop but lots of flavor and aroma hops. It was light to medium in body. It was a well made double IPA because it didn't kill all my taste buds like some double IPA i have had.

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Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden orange color with a 1 finger head

S- smell hops and grass, also picking up some fruits and bread aroma

T- Has a nice malt flavor up front followed by a nice carmel toffee and then finishes with a nice crassy citrus hoppy flavor

M- Medium to light bodied with good carboantion

D- Overall i was surprised by this brew. Wasnt exspecting alot from this one but it was very tasty and all the flavors combined nicely.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My dad went on a trip to Utah, so he brought me back a few beers since I knew I couldn't get some of the stuff out from that way.

It pours a golden copper with thin and fluffy almost one finger off-white head. There is thin abundant lacing. Smells of grapefruits, pineapples, green apples, and slight kiwi all laid over a bready, malty backbone. There is slight cloves and bananas as if belgian yeast were thrown in for just a little. It tastes resiny, piney and citrusy, hops up front and all around with biscuity undertones. It's fruity and sweet with a slight hidden sourness and acidity, that not only did I not expect, but I was very happily surprised about. It's wonderfully floral and flavorful, complex with many hidden subtleties underneath the citrus and pine and above the breadiness. It's smooth over the tongue with carbonation being quite evident on the sides and in the finish, somewhat creamy, but not thick with some hidden acidity in the finish. This was a great to come home to on a blazing hot day after a long, tiring day of work. At 9%, it's dangerously hard to put down. Full and complex, this was a great gift and a wonderfully pleasing drink. I wish I could get my hands on more of it.

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Photo of colt45n
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange/amber hue, no sediment

S: getting a sweet citrus upfront along with a little pine as well

T: good mouthful, carbonation is right in the middle range. Getting a lot of the citrus flavor from the hops but there also a strong malty chewyness that is very present.

Overall I think this is a very well done beer, I try to stock up on it every time i visit Utah.

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Photo of champ103
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Queen Vic in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace as well.
S: Resiny pine aromas with a substantial bitterness. Hot alcohol, buttery malt, and a metallic aroma.
T: Follows the nose with a large resiny pine flavor and bitterness that lingers on and on. Very oily. Buttery malt and metal. Some wood flavors lingering as well. A bit of alcohol heat.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Resiny and oily. There is some alcohol heat, but for the most part not that hard to drink. Just nothing I care to come back to.

Lots of resin, oil, and buttery malt. I like that it is not all hops with some balance, but it does not mix that well for me. Add to that the strange metallic flavor, and this just so so.

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Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,119 ratings.
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