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Pale Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Cutthroat Pale Ale

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

34 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 206
Photo of scottfrie
2.34/5  rDev -34.3%
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 dtivp
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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 sqquuee
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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 jeffjeff1
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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 BeardedBoffin
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pint of Cutthroat has an amber hue with a sticky head floating above. Toasted caramel hops and flowery hops are in the mild aroma. It flows light across the palate. There is a little sweetness up front, hollow through the center and some balancing hops at the end.

This beer is a little weak in the flavor department, but there are no off flavors here. Very drinkable and it goes down easy.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.7/5  rDev +32%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
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 BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Mora2000
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is malty with some fruit notes. The flavor is malty and grainy with a good touch of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of CHL
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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 digitalczech
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
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 Reagan1984
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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 rkuhnel
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Jmoore50
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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 efhart
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
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 originalsin
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Onenote81
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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 AylwinForbes
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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 deanhead
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Patrick999
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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 hopsleeroy
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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 woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe that I originally had this on draft in SLCUT back in 2007, but since then, they have begun putting it in CANs, hence this revisitation ISO The CANQuest (tm)! I also have to bemusedly shake my head at being thanked by my local, in-person trader, tone77. I actually thought that he was the source for this one, not vice versa.

From the CAN: "Keep Cold"; "Brewed with RENEWABLE POWER Wind & Solar"; "Spawned by Uinta Brewing Co."; "Earth, Wind and Beer"; "Don't forget to [recycle]."

The Crack! unleashed some foaming through the vent, but did I CANic?!? Heck, no! I began a gentle Glug! into the awaiting glass until I had things under CANtrol. It formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head that slowly fell to wisps, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a curious mintiness along with a caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was hoppy enough to allow it to qualify as a Pale Ale, but it lacked the Ooomph! to put it up with SNPA, which is the standard-bearer for the style. Instead, it seemed somehow muted, although the malts were not really dominant, either, which CAN sometimes happen in the style. It was not bad, per se, just not enough to get my hophead sensibilities to perk up. Finish was semi-dry, but the malts were not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. This allowed the hops at least a fighting chance, but it was a lost battle when all was tolled.

My original, draft review follows:

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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Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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