I was so excited to see this at La Tienda (see more of a reference here) on our way to Utah that I picked up a sixer… we brought it all the way to the in-laws and had a bit of some the first night on our marathon drinking session… because of this, though, I didn’t trust my tasting so had another today and that is what I am basing my review on… we try to be unbiased and untainted… really. 🙂
First off, this is not your typical IPA… The site (Squatters IPA) notes that it is balanced, has won metals in the IPA category, etc. but I just don’t see it. There are so many great IPAs out there… I wouldn’t put this one at the top… I do have to give props of course… these folks have it rough living where they live and brewing where they brew… that almost gives them bonus points but there are no bonus points in beer drinking, so sorry folks.
As this brew pours, it pours a cloudy light orange color with a medium head… the nose isn’t super strong, isn’t standard IPA, and I have a rough time pulling anything out of it… maybe a bit fruity but I have to really search for it. The body is mild, as well… at 6% it doesn’t taste like it and the hops just don’t hit like normal hops do… which leads to the finish that lingers a bit, drifting in a melancholy fade into nothing. Overall, this is a strange brew… it has the hints of being a normal IPA but just misses the mark in the wrong direction… too mild and too middle of the road.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road