Cutthroat Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 60
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.

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.

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.

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.

J

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried a bottle at the Delta Crown Room in the SLC airprot. Pours a dark amber without much head. Nose is balanced between floral, bitter hops and a some light sweet malt. Palate is equally balanced, with the hops becoming more pronounced on the finish along with a subtle underlying smokiness. Medium body holds flavor well. Decent, but unremarkable.

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.

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.

Cutthroat Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.