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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 166
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 21.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | 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 digitalczech
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer seems to be all over Utah but instead of it being like a craft beer it seems more like a macrobrew in quality and taste. It has a decent clarity and gold color but upon opening the bottle up and pouring it the head was somewhat weak and the aroma smelled a tad skunky. Where it really seemed to fall flat was the taste. It had little character and drinkability was limited to one bottle. The malt came through but it had a soapy aftertaste.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.34/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks to mjyoung for sharing. Bottled 5/6/11.
A: Pours a deep amber with a rather thin head despite my rather rough pour. The head did last an abnormally long time however, a left a good amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Not picking up much. Light scents of caramel do poke through along with maybe a hint of citrus peel.
T: Light notes of sweet caramel malt and a touch of citrus hops. Not very potent flavors. I’ve had amber ales with way more hops than this. Very watery.
M: Thin body with a lightly slick but fairly watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft enough.
O: Pretty boring (bad) for a pale ale and beer in general. Not something I really want to drink.

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Photo of akahn
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an dark orange-red color with lots of bubbles streaming up and a creamy, tall, sticky off-white head. Good lacing.

A nice fresh, hoppy nose.

Taste: not much. Some grainy maltiness followed by woody, piney hops. Very clean finish (i.e., not much taste in the finish), with some grain husk showing up.

This is not a good beer. Very watery, very little flavor and what flavor there is isn't very pleasant. This tastes like water flavored to taste like an APA. I'm surprised this beer has gotten such high marks.

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Photo of sloejams
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On my trip across this fine land of ours I made my way through the beautiful state of Utah. Utah is not known for their beer, quite the opposite. When I saw a couple local singles in the fridge of the gas station I stopped at, I figured I give them a go.

This pours a yellow straw color. The aroma is part caramel, part wheatfield and slightly fruity with some citrus. Flavorwise, it has some subtle hops with some cereal oat. It''s a bit watery - my guess in complying with Utah's ABV% regulations.

It's likely one of the best beers you can get in Utah, but that's not saying too much.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is encouraging to see beer flourishing in this area, though the brewers are really doing it with one hand tied behind their backs courtesy of the laws governing alcohol content. This pale ale had nothing particular to commend itself other than being considerably preferable to an industrial beer. It also gave one a nice locavor feeling to be drinking it at the kind of event where most of the time the dreaded Heineken may be served as the high-class "import." Color was quite coppery for a pale ale, the nose largely of grain, very minimal hop profile, taste slightly bitter in the English style with a bit of maltiness.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head that fades. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice blend of caramel malts and herbal hops.

Rather weak caramel malt taste upfront followed by a pleasant herbal hop flavor and medium bitterness. Finishes rather bland and dry with a slight lingering hop flavor.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

Not difficult to drink, but would greatly benefit from a bit more malt character and a lot more body.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rustic orange with a bronze-like glow. The three finger cap is pastel caramel in color; just about the hue one would expect given the beer that created it. The foam is sticky enough to deposit barely broken sheets of lace on the upper few inches of the glass. This is a darker, richer looking APA than one typically sees.

The nose is balanced. Translation: it isn't as hoppy as I would have liked. Given the color and the aroma, I'm guessing that a hefty portion of caramel malt was used in addition to pale malt. The hops are primarily citric with an earthy overlay. To my nose, that means a mixture of American and British varieties are present.

Cutthroat Pale suffers from UBS (Utah Beer Syndrome). Even with more guts and a bigger body, it still wouldn't fit my prefered blueprint for a beer of this style. As in the nose, it's caramel malty, citric hoppy and balanced to within an inch of its life. The problem is, neither side of scale is weighted down very heavily. An infusion of ingredients is sorely needed.

Some 4.0% beer from this brewery, and especially from the Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch), manages to possess a decent mouthfeel. Why, then, can't the entire lineup? This one, for example, is thin and bordering on watery. I've learned to cut APAs a little slack, but I've cut Cutthroat all I'm going to cut.

The Uinta website tells me that Cutthroat Pale Ale is 'the state's #1 selling craft-brewed beer'. That's hard to figure since I've had quite a few better from that state. On second thought, it isn't all that surprising, since if the 'craft-brewed' part was left out, the #1 selling beer is probably Budweiser.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Lighthouse in Ogden, UT

A- chill hazed bronzed straw brew under a foamy 2 finger white head, nice lacing and retention

S- toasted malts, grainy, grassy hop (all scents rather mellow)

T- slightly toasted grainy malts balanced by grassy hop characters and subtle hints of pine, nicely balanced

M- smooth flowing medium body, coarse at times, good carbonation

D- sessionable pale with flavors a tad over par, nothing fantastic but not offensive either, good drinking can't register many complaints here

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle brought back from Utah by my girlfriend.
A-Clear Dark Amber, 1 inch head that dissipated quickly, Looks good
S-Grassy hoppy, slightly bready
T-Tangy flavor, watery, mild malt with slight roast flavor, mildly grainy
M-Thin and light in mouth
D-Nothing stopping me from drinking more but nothing jumping out at me making me want more.

Decent beer-girlfriend had on tap with a slice of pizza and was a fan, but maybe doesn't stand alone so well.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sundance. Poured into a pint glass.

Pouring a pretty dark amber, Cutthroat Pale is all about the malt. Lots of caramel malts with a slight roastiness in the background, the flavor would suggest a higher ABV if it weren't so watery in the mouth.

A very drinkable session ale that seems to lack a unique character, but not a bad beer for sitting by the BBQ or watching a game.

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Photo of kflorence
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported from ratebeer.com - AUG 12, 2008

Poured a deep amber color with fairly nice head. Smells of roasted malts, hops, and fruit. The taste is mostly hops and sweet, roasted malts. The brew finishes with a lovely malted caramel flavor. One of the better pale ales I’ve tried, mostly because the flavor is dominated more by malts than hops, which I enjoy.

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Photo of drewbage
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 ounce brown bottle purchased straight from the brewery. Bottle carries a best buy date marked as "August" Beer's listed content is 4%

Aroma is toasted malt with a highlight of a spicy hop aroma.cutting through a sweeter impression.

Flavor is brisk with a CO2 enhanced hop bitterness riding all over a medium malt body with just a few toasted caramel notes to it before it takes over the finish and holds on till a growing aggressive mineral character dries the tongue completely out and makes you hunt down the next ship.

All in all a good light weight pale ale. I'd prefer it with a smaller mineral load.

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer in Beaver UT while on the way to GABF.

A: This beer pours a deep amber with 1 finger very light amber head. The head did last an abnormally long time however, a left a good amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Nice aroma and flavor of caramel malt with a hint of citrus or British hop flavors.
T: Light notes of sweet caramel malt and a touch of citrus hops. Not bad for a low ABV easy drinking beer. Good session beer for sure.
M: Somewhat light body with a lightly slick but fairly watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft enough.
O: This beer is a good session beer with good flavor, low ABV, and not heavy at all.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for another Utah brew.

A: Sort of a saffron color with plum highlights. Head is wispy at best an auburn hint to it.

S: Caramel, dirty hops and a little orange.

T: Begins with watered down caramel on the tip of the tongue. Like most of the Utah beers, its very minerally. This one is dry with a low level bitterness to it. Finishes with a touch of marionberry and unrefined malts.

M: Thin body, hard mouthfeel.

D: Not bad. A little boring. Oh well.

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Photo of dtivp
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper brown with a one finger off white head good
retention with light lacing.

Aroma of malt and flowery hops.

Taste followed the nose with malts, light hops and a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouth fell was medium towards light body with light carbonation.

Overall this was a good drinkable , crisp pale ale. The holiness was just a little too light.

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Photo of originalsin
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in Green River, Utah--the first sign of civilization for what I think was about 110 miles. Driving Route 80 through Utah is incredible - the views are breathtaking. A friend who I had spent some time in Vegas with was driving back home to Boulder so we had plans to find a local spot, eat a meal, and have some brews together. The whole time, in the passenger seat, I dreamed of taps flowing with some beautiful big big beers to rival the scenery. Unfortunately, I forgot I was in Utah...

Uinita doesn't do a particularly terrible job with this one though. It pours a beautiful deep copper with about a quarter inch of rich whitehead that settles on top. The smell is ok for a pale ale- a lot of grassy floral notes and a little citrus undertone. The taste was just kind of sparse -- could barely taste the hops or the light biscuity malts that I was getting. I suppose that's ok, at least it was balanced. The beer had pretty good carbonation and the mouthfeel wasn't all that bad.

All in all, hey, it's Utah. This isn't an awful beer.

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Photo of jeswasgui
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Has a dull Amber appearance to it with half to 1 finger head with little retention. No real bitterness to it and has a milky feel to it, not much carbonation. Considering the low amount of alcohol it isn't too bad.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at dinner, Z-Tejas, SLC.

A - Typical pale amber, no head with a stadium-style pour. I suspect the restaurant got the pour wrong, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

S - Aroma was grainy, with a nice little blast of piney hops.

T - Good balance of hops and caramel. Not the greatest pale, but at 4%, more than respectable.

F - Really, really burpy. Ultra carbonated....I don't think they gave a hard enough pour to burn some of that off.

D - Due to the carbonation here, hard to drink. Too filling.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple pitchers of this.
Pours deep amber red with a perfect looking 2 finger head, very clear. The smell of this beer is mostly malt dominant, as with the taste. There is a variety of sweet malts and dry red malts that leave you to believe this is an amber. There is very little hop character to this beer but comes with some undertones of bitterness. A decent enough pale but I think its closer to an amber ale. It wont get you excited but you wont be disappointed either.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle this poured a very clear gold with a small white head and good thick lacing. Nose of caramel malts with citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is a good balance between malts and hops, and finish is dry and lightly bitter. A very serviceable APA.

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Photo of deanhead
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden to slightly amber in color. Almost dark for the style.
Very low hop profile for this Pale Ale. Hint of grassyness Aroma to this beer. Biscuity taste and well blended malt profile.
Nothing bitter at all about this beer.
Beer is light bodied and thin. Unremarkable. I would not steer clear of this beer. It is a nice attempt at the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good color, good clarity, lace etc. . . aroma was lacking, not back, just nothing.

Taste, a standard pale. Refreshing, but will seem pedestrian to a hophead (or big fan of their BW like I am). Good caramel, not enough hops. Maintains a light play on the tongue though, doesn't acquire that earthy heavy wood feel that some APAs will when they aren't heavily/appropriately hopped.

Easy to drink, won't be offensive to anyone, just won't be something exquisite at any time either.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout. Scents of sweet hops. The taste is hoppy with a little bitter end in the aftertaste. Medium body. Very drinkable, makes a great session brew. Have not had that many Uinta Brewery stuff so far.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to amber in color with a creamy tan head that hsows good retentions.

Smell: Very malty, slightly floral hop nose with a refreshing water scent.

Taste: Malty, slightly sour with a pinch of alcohol in the middle. Earthy hops lay the foundation for sandy and slightly metallic flavors. Pepper with hop flavors and some floral notes at the end.

Mouthfeel: Watery but smooth, sticky and slightly chewy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Good, relaxing brew when I had just had my flight delayed in Salt Lake City. Balanced and clean.

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Photo of marc77
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper hue, thick head, attractive lace. Dry - hopped Cascade nose, along with light yeast fruitiness in aroma. The toasty malt flavors are accompanied by a firm hop bitternss. Medium bodied for a pale. Citrusy hop flavor. Dry, crisp flavor. An above average & drinkable session pale ale.

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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.