A few weeks ago I was on my way to the cabin and stopped at the liquor store for some beer. The selection of craft beers has been ever-increasing there and nestled among many of my favorites I saw a six pack of Utah Brewers Cooperative‘s Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA for $9.99. Liking the ABV (9%), the ratings on BeerAdvocate (86/100, N=349), and the DIPA labeling, I picked some up and brought them along with me.
Utah Brewers Cooperative puts out some great beers with hilarious names including Polygamy Porter and Evolution Amber Ale (Darwin Approved the label claims) all with excellent artwork. I knew that Utah was home to some excellent beer and breweries, something which surprised me considering the state in which they reside but which I am pleased to have the opportunity to imbibe.
This DIPA has some great spicy floral notes when you pour the reddish gold beer into a glass. The first taste is that of malty sweetness and a bit of bitterness from the hops but far more subdued than I would expect from a DIPA. The beer is highly drinkable and the sweetness carries further than the hops throughout the glass leaving you with a little bit of spice in the background but mainly malt.
Overall I have really enjoyed Squatters Hop Rising Double IPAs on the several occasions I have bought them since my first taste and I am confident that any hophead will be able to appreciate the goodness in this one. In fact, if you’re a hophead and you don’t like this one based on my recommendation I will happily buy you a beer of your choice and take your leftovers!
Have you ever had Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA? If so what did you think about it? How about other beers put out by Utah Brewers Cooperative? Which ones did you have and what were they like? Do you find the names as hilarious as I do? Any other Double IPAs you have that are favorites of yours which we can get locally that I should try? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.