Full Suspension Pale Ale

Utah
United States
Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This rich, Northwest-style Pale Ale is a rare feat of balance: unfiltered, dry-hopped to 40 IBUs, and deliciously seasonable. Groove on this two-time Great American Beer Festival® Gold Medal winner (2001 and 2002 Bitter Category). It really smooths out the bumps.

Profile

ABV: 
4.0%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
45 - 50° F
Hops: 
Apollo, Columbus
Malts: 
Pale, Munich, Caramel
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Full Suspension Pale Ale is a bit of a misnomer – not so much a traditional American Pale Ale, but more of what you could call an American Best Bitter due to the hop flavor impact in a quite small beer being similar to what you’d see in an English Bitter, but with a distinctly American spin on it. 

This hazy, light-golden, unfiltered brew with a solid white head stand has a very evident fresh woody and citrus hop nose along with an apparent fruity ester note in the aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma well, with low to moderate citrus and woody hop flavor along with an attractive estery note on top of the base malt backbone. The body is rather thin, as expected, but the mouthfeel is quite smooth and attractive. This is a very low alcohol brew (4.0% ABV), but the overall balance and flavor impact that this beer exhibits makes it a refreshingly quaffable and sessionable choice.