Squatters Hop Rising
Double India Pale Ale
Squatters Craft Beers
Salt Lake City, UT
ABV: 9%

Jon:
4.2
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
17/20
Sticky, piney hops. Solid malt backbone, hint of brown sugar and biscuit. Long lingering bitterness, in the best way.
Mark:
4.0
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
This is pretty damn tasty. Almost sweet and sour in the beginning with a little toasted malt and a touch of sour cherries. Finishes up some ever-changing hoppy bitterness alternating between piney and herbal with a touch of citrus.
Jere:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Mmm-hmm, this one makes the grade. Somehow this nine percenter was produced in SLC, which was higher than they used to be able to do. Doesn't even feel that strong either. Another win for TotalBev.

Hubert MPA
American Pale Ale
Melvin Brewing Company
Jackson, WY
ABV: 6%

Jon:
4.7
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
10/10
Overall
19/20
Tastes like oranges and biscuits. Really solid flavor. The hops are perfect in the mix, in the center of the stage but not in your face.
Mark:
3.5
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
15/20
This one is a little piney and resinous for my taste. Well made, but tastes a little more English than American. There's a tiny sweet aftertaste reminiscent of molassess or sweet corn. Not my absolute favorite but I wouldn't say no to a second.
Jere:
3.2
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
14/20
This one is pretty middle of the road, which is apropo since its an Mpa. Good choice for a hot late June summer day though, and light enough to have two.

Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins, CO
ABV: 9%

Jon:
3.8
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
10/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
14/20
This feels rather refreshing for an imperial. It smells bright and citrusy but the flavor is bit darker and piney. Seems like it's missing a little something on the tongue... it's not one-note but not terribly complex either. If the term "session" applied to flavor intensity rather than alcohol content, this would be a session imperial.
Mark:
3.4
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
9/20
I feel like this one could get me into trouble... Pretty easy drinking for an imperial IPA. Pretty nice though. Nice and hoppy with a little bit of an alcohol kick. It is making my tongue a little numb and slurry though...
Jere:
4.6
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
19/20
IIPA! Couldn't ask for a better return to form for the beer blog, although the long gap between the last one and now probably has something to do with it. New Belgium doesn't disappoint.

Samurye Warrior
American Pale Ale
Odd13 Brewing
Lafayette, CO
ABV: 5.6%

Jon:
3.4
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
16/20
Interesting straw color. The fruity pineapple/peach flavor plays pretty nice with the spicy rye, but they toss back and forth rather than melding together. My tongue gets a tad tingly with this one too.
Mark:
3.5
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
15/20
Fruity with an acid kick. Pineapples and strawberries. It does kind of mess with my tongue but it's pretty tasty. An interesting take on a pale ale.
Jere:
3.1
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
14/20
Always nice to try something new, and I give them props for the name, but this isn't my favorite. At least for a rye ale. Not that I've tried a whole slew, but I know I've had at least one other. Good for a Tuesday night though.

Hop Rising
Double India Pale Ale
Squatters Craft Beers
Salt Lake City, UT
ABV: 9%

Jon:
4.7
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
10/10
Overall
19/20
Really good double. Not too heavy or malty, but not wussy either. Nice bite on the finish. Cold weather is here, so we must drink strong beer!
Mark:
4.4
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Citrus and spice! Quite bitter with lemon and white grapefruit notes at first finishing with herbal, floral and a little peppery spice kick. Very nice.
Jere:
2.9
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
5/10
Overall
13/20
Heavy duty is the phrase that comes to mind for this one. The double part is certainly accurate. The bitterness factor also seems to increase the further down I get, so if there was another available, I'd probably decline.

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