Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Squatters Big Cottonwood

Today I'm drinking Squatters Big Cottonwood, an Amber Ale brewed by Utah Brewers Cooperative in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm taking another look at this one after first reviewing it last October.  Again, it's a gift from the brewery. Only difference this time is I got myself a wine-sized bottle of it! The front of the label shows a photograph of the famous Utah Canyon Big Cottonwood. A portion of the beer's sales goes to Save Our Canyons. Born on 05/07/12.

Big toffee and caramel aroma with some herbal and orange citrus underneath. Toffee and caramel are also big flavor players right from the start. Those malty components basically duke it out with some citric orange in a steel cage bout for the undisputed Big Cottonwood Championship Belt. Quite the ongoing contrast, really livening up the taste buds.

Very fresh, very clean. The 5.75% alcohol keeps offering a bit of a spirits-like phenolic kick, too. Herbal tea and more orange finish things off and lead to a long-lasting, pleasant orange aftertaste. If lacing is your thing, this glass showed a thing of beauty. Not a bad beer. Not my favorite, yet still enjoyable. I'd probably instead go for their Provo Girl Pilsner, Radio From Hell Red, or Barrel of Russians (if it can be found).

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