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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 21.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002

This traditional style pale ale has a rich amber color, full malt body and a clean hop finish.

34 IBU
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Photo of lumikuuro
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zion Lodge, Zion Canyon, Utah.

Appearance: Reddish brownish amber, clear, modest head. Served in a plastic glass.

Aroma: Lots of malty aromas married with a nice balancing of hops.

Taste: As in the aroma, a nice malty flavour with some chewy soft spiciness and a surprising amount of hop, giving some good bitterness. Tastes somewhat like a best bitter style with a north american freshness to it. Nice. You wouldn't guess that this is only 4% because of Utah state restrictions.

Mouthfeel: Medium, mostly remember it as refreshing because it was 38/100 degrees that day.

Drinkability: I'd have this again. An excellent example of how to get around the limitations of strength and still create a delicious beer.

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Photo of RoundelMike
4.63/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my default session beer here in Salt Lake City. I'm finding a surprising number of local options here in this beer-strangled town, but I keep coming back to Cutthroat. This ale pours a deep, copperish red and has a nice, thick head. The taste, at least to me, is notably full and strong, with a really nice bitterness to it--but it can be too bitter for many. The beer's real strong point, however, is in its drinkability. You simply don't get sick of it. It continues to be a refreshing, interesting and livable taste all evening long.

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Photo of letigre621
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

when I first tried cutthroat it wasn't as appealing at first as it now is as far as taste goes. it took me a couple tries to get used to the taste it was a little on the bitter side hade a citrus taste to it . Great amber looks with a white head on it. Nice lacing down the sides. However Cutthroat is now at the top of my drinking lists for this month

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Photo of sqquuee
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great copper hue.. A finger and a half of lacing.

The aroma is of pine notes and a bit of grain.

Nice firm hop bitterness, clean hoppy finish. Slight malt back ground. The hop bitterness lingers.

Mouth feel is great.

This beer is great on a hot summer day. This is one of my favorite pales out of salt lake.

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Photo of efhart
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this at their brewery pub in Salt Lake. I really liked this beer. the Brew had great color in wonderful glass. The hops were just right and present in sufficient amount. Balanced pale ale results apparently from balanced malts and hops. Good finish.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this brew on a recent trip to Salt Lake City. It’s a clear, golden-amber colored beer with a moderately sized white head. The aroma is of floral hops, with a nice backing of caramel and toasted malt. It’s a much better aroma than I expected. A little grassy, with some resiny, pine-like hops. The hops really stand out in the taste, which is refreshingly bitter. Slight, caramel sweetness up front. The finish is very clean, with a lingering grapefruit hop quality. This brew is very easy to drink, and would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This flag-ship pale ale exhibits an admirable copper color with a deep spicy floral aroma. The balance of flavors is created by combining a bold spicy hop character with a delicate, but not weak malt presence. I can see why this is the most popular beer from this brewery.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Wal-Mart (UGH!) on huge sale at $5 a six pack. I couldn't pass it up . Stubby bottle, 10/13/2008 date on the bottle.

A: Light copper color with a cream head, not much retention. Crystal clear, very filtered beer. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S: Earthy hops, slight caramel malt bill, slight plastic smell, which is really odd, never noticed that before. Pretty standard pale ale smells, only a little lighter.

T: Follows the nose nicely, nice pale malt characteristic, and a light earthy hop flavor, lingering malty aftertaste, big time tea presence. Excellent light pale ale. Very well balanced, seems a little watered down, but not too bad.

M: Not as thin as one would expect for a 4% beer. Nice carbonation. Somewhat dry, clean finishing beer.

D: This is an excellent session beer. One of my favorites since moving to Utah. All around good flavors and low alcohol, have consumed many of these in one sitting. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a session brew.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I, like many people here in the NW were under the impression that Utah was a vast wasteland of cheap flimsy beer. I have been enjoying a couple of 6-packs that a customer had sent back with his sister and my opinion is quickly changing. The ones I have tried (barring the Polygamy porter) have benn rock solid beer that has held quite true to style. This Cut Throat Pale is no exception. Very well balanced, good deep copper color. The head could have been a little better but the flavor was great and not over hopped for a pale. The judicious use of Cascade hops made for more of the floral notes instead of the citrus/grapefruit flavor. Well done pale ale.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the Cutthroat Pale Ale at the Hungry Moose in Park City.

Had a dark amber-copper color. Smelled like a typical APA. Good smell though, definitely some hops in there. The taste was decent. Maybe a little watered-down. Needed some more hops. Good mouthfeel though and easy to drink. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of prometheus
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a Utah favorite. This is definitely my favorite brew from the Rocky mountains and the Great Basin :) Pours amber, copper head, taste of dry hops, and caramel malt. Great and if I had to drink one beer for the rest of my life this would definitely be it. Try it next time your in Utah!!!

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Photo of skillerified
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a nice draft pint in the hotel bar during a recent stay in Park City. It was served way too cold, but you could still tell that this was a decent brew all the way around. Really got tasty as it warmed.

Generous head, even on a chilled glass (unfortunately). Inviting copper, gold and yellow hues.

Scent and taste had a nice base of caramel malt, bready and biscuity, and a nice floral top layer. Also a note of spices on the nose.

Smooth and easy drinking. Again, mine was served far too cold (and I didn't have time to wait for it to warm too much), so my judgement here might be a little off. Still had a nice medium to light bodied feel, slightly creamy. Appropriately bitter for the style. Pretty good.

Would have loved to have had another one (or the Kolsch they also had on tap). Definitely something to look for when in the beer badlands of Utah.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A-Pours a borderline amber brown to medium amber with a thick off-white 2 finger head. The head stuck around for sometime and it left some sticky lace on the glass. The head eventually dissipated into a bubbly ring around the edges. It looks good!

S-Dominant malt character, with some citrus undertones. Not too much in the smell.

T- It's light, crisp, and flavorful for a pale ale. The caramel-toasty malt balanced the bitter hops in the aftertaste. For a lighter pale ale, it is quite balanced. There were also some light citrus notes that complemented the hops.

M-Light bodied beer with a full-bodied feel. Moderate carbonated feel, crisp and clean. A bit watery, but that is to be expected in Utah.

Overall, if your visiting the Rockies and you happen to be in SLC, try this ubiquitous beer. It is sold just about everywhere. It is one the best beers in the 4% ABV zone. It's a great brew for any time of the year, sessionable for summer/fall, drinkable in the spring, and warm in the winter.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz bottle, drank outside Bryce Canyon on 6th May 2010. The bottle was obtained (along with some other choice brews) at Ruby's Inn general store.

The beer was poured into my plastic toothbrush tumbler, it is all I had to use in the motel.

The beer seemed a whole lot better than the on-tap version I'd had a couple of days earlier outside Zion NP in Springdale.

The pale amber body seemed thicker and richer to look at and the off-white head stayed longer.

The aroma was hoppy and interesting and the taste was a good blend of hops and malts unlike the 'wishy-washy' brew from before.

A lot better experience than the tap beer, missed the good food though, only had a salad with cheese this time.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with hues of yellow interlaced. One finger of head fell to top off the beer nicely. The nose was a light grapefruit hop with a touch of light caramel maltyness, though overall, a touch light. The flavor has some good hop lingering around a caramel base. A nice flavor. The body could use just a hint more in there to give it the thickness I want in a beer. Overall, this one drinks very easily and smooth. A good offering from Uinta.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer at a gas station in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Appearance- amber color

Smell- hops

Taste- hops, malt, nice flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was a pretty good beer. Good session beer only 4% alcohol, I thought it was worth drinking again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Pint glass with little to no head. The slightest amount of lacing sticks in the glass. Orange/Amber in color with good clarity and no visible carbonation

Aroma is of crackers and toasted malt.

Flavor is rather bread/crusty bread like and has a lot of black pepper notes. Slight fruity esters and a mild hop finish. Pretty nice.

Carbonation tingles and brings the black pepper notes to life. Body is medium light and it finishes a little dry.

Rather drinkable, just not overly exciting.

A decent pale ale and one to have when in Salt Lake.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received courtesy of breity in a recent trade. Thanks, Andrew!

This is one of the "smaller" beers that I've had, but it was also one of the best looking. This beer poured a deep copper gold with a billowing white head on top. Retention was superb, and there was a sticky, lacy mess all over the glass edge. Very nice. Smelled grassy and sour. Some hints of lemon in there on top of the grassy hops.

Very tame beer right away, but as I continue to drink, this beer gets more hoppy and more enjoyable. Very well-balanced with plenty of biscuity malts in there, all mixing and jiving with the slight hoppy muscle. Drinkability is extremely high, as the ABV is very low. I could drink these all summer long. I was very pleasantly surprised by this "little" beer. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but it showed me a thing or two...

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to a goblet glass with a fairly deep amber body for a pale ale. An off white cap forms to two fingers with a thick creamy consistency. Great head retention and sheets of lace begin immediately. Beyond that are thick webs and drizzle.

S- Pretty much an equal balance of malts, yeast and hops; perhaps the last a slight bit lighter. A mix of medium caramelized grains, toasted malts, citrus and spicy hops, yeast bread and fruit esters.

T- Carries on from the nose with a flavor that falls between pale ale and amber with a moderate hop dosage but plenty of grains to balance. Prominent notes are floral citrus hops, pine, medium crystal malt, toasted cereal grain, yeast bread and some pear feel.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a smooth, silky creamy texture. Moderately high carbonation feels quite soft on the palate and ot finishes very slightly bitter.

Balanced out Pale Ale that actually has quitr a few characteristics of a lighter Amber Ale. It still stays towards the Pale Ale side and comes together with a flavorful balance.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a good, medium-tan head with decent retention. The nose was an interesting mix of hops and malt with hops gaining the slight edge. The color was a deep, dark amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of hops. I experienced a light sweetness on the finish, but not enough to put me off. Hops, hops, hops ... It's a common theme with me. Great lacing throughout.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice clear copper, near white 1 inch head that leaves to disk. Lots of cling lace.

S - Very mild malt and hops coming through.

T - On the malty side, very one dimensional. Hops make a sound presence, however.

M - Good carb, fine balance. Not terribly interesting, but ...

D - Low alcohol, very easy flavors.

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Photo of CHL
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-yellow color with disappointing head.

Superior smell with citrus hops and a sweetness in front, which translates into taste, albeit weaker than I hoped. I like sweet-biased beers with malt, and this one is good. I would call it balanced (with the caveat that I do like sweet malts).

Bit watery in the mouth, but drinkable--especially with the low ABV.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Nice amber/orange color, thin layer of whitish head that lingers, spotty slippery lacing.
S: Sweet little caramel sugars dart at the nose amid a blanket of spicy, bitter floral hops. Yum.
T: Good mix of hops and sugars, mirroring the smell. Bit of grainy flavors in the finish, but mostly caramel malts and floral/piny hops.
M: Bittery and grainy, good hoppiness and a bit of sweetness to balance it out.
D: Solid; tasty and refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A full bodied pale ale. Malty and very hoppy. Big bold flavor. Caramelized slightly sweet malts and very spicy hops. Good taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at a Salt Lake City restaurant, was good but not great. The food kicked ass although. HA.

The appearance was good, especially for a lighter pale ale. It had a foggy golden color that looked good in my large pint.

The smell was not strong, which is what I love about the pale ale's big-foreign-brother the IPA. It smelled of oats and wheat, actually more of an earthly smell is more accurate.

The taste was good cold, but once it warmed up just a degree or so I noticed a stale taste to it. It really was not the tap or anything, it just gave off a really flat taste, and again it was not the carbonation because it came with a fat two finger white head. It just tasted dull, which might be due to the fact that Pale Ale's just dont cut it for me anymore. It is unfair to compare two different styles but I think personally Pale Ale's just are two weak these days. The reason I say that this one didn't give me a great experience is because I had a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I enjoyed it still. All matters aside it didn't blow my socks off with any specific characterisitic.

The mouthfeel was okay, but went along with the flavor on terms of dullness. It tapped on my tongue like a pale ale does, but didn't really knock. It was dull, but the drinkability was a little better because it was like drinking a regular ole' beer. Nothing great, nothing bad, just there. Overall not worth buying again.


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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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