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459. Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA

Squatters Hop RisingThis is another one received in a trade from Utah brewery, Squatters. Being a double IPA I had high hopes as it is my favorite style of beer.

Appearance is a very clear orange with a nice white head. Aroma is mostly floral and pine, I prefer the citrus/tropical aroma. Taste is OK with a little more citrus coming through but it is also fairly bitter. Overall this was a good beer but again not something I would seek out again. 
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Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 75
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Brewers Website: Squatters Pubs & Beers
Brewers Description: Big hop, big malt, big beer. One of the most aggressive beers ever released in Utah, Hop Rising a double India Pale Ale, clocks in at 75 IBU’s and 9% alcohol. We use three different malts to create enough flavor to perfectly balance three varieties of hops, then, because we can’t help ourselves, we dry-hop it; resulting in an amazing two pounds of hops per barrel! The combination of robust malty flavors and huge hop bitterness provide a well-balanced beer; a hop lover’s dream.

 

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456. Squatters IPA

Utah IPAThis one came from one of my long time followers in the Seacoast NH area. We trade beer and meet up for drinks occasionally and recently met up at WHYM Craft Beer Cafe in Portsmouth. Had never heard of Squatters as they are based in Utah but I am always up for trying a new IPA.

This beer was fairly fresh with a bottle date of 4/16, considering it came from Utah that is not terrible. Beer pours a nice orange with ample off white head. Aroma was OK with some floral and pine hops. Taste was kind of subdued with a nice mix of hops but a significant and almost overpowering malt backbone. Overall the beer was good but nothing special when compared with the hundreds of other IPAs out there. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Squatters Pubs & Beers
Brewers Description: This classic American IPA has a golden copper color, generous hop flavors and aromas and the maltiness of premium English barley – perfectly balanced by alcohol at 6% by volume.

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387. Uinta Brewing Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

Uinta DubheUinta is new to Maine and they offer a nice variety of beer. This is their Imperial Black IPA which checks in at 9.2% ABV. I tried a couple of their beers at The Vault and ended up with this bottle from my brother-in-law.

As you can see the beer truly is black with a nice thick tan head. Very nice looking black IPA and has a great mix of aromas with plenty of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some earthy hops.

Taste starts with the hops; pine and a bit of citrus then an almost burnt coffee, chocolate taste comes in with a lingering bitterness. Overall not a bad beer but the burnt flavor seems a bit off. Worth trying but I still prefer regular IPAs over their black counterpart. 
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Appearance
Cons: Burnt Flavor
Alcohol Content: 9.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 109
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Brewers Website: Uinta Brewing
Brewers Description: Named Utah’s Centennial Star in 1996, Dubhe (pronounced Doo-bee) illuminates the front of the big dipper from 124 light years away. Dubhe, also known as Alpha Ursae Majoris, is a red giant that appears orange in color and has a mass 4x that of the sun. Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

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