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Crosscut Pale Ale - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Crosscut Pale AleCrosscut Pale Ale

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Previously Drifter Pale Ale.

(Beer added by: mothman on 12-13-2008)
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is inviting - a clear amber brown with a sudsy white head. Aroma shows soft floral hops and little pine complimented by nice caramel sweetness. More IPA than APA in the nose. Taste is a different story though as there is a firm bready malt backbone. Hops are sharp and piney. Bold, although not the cleanest combination of flavors. Finishes with a light grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with fine, yet crisp carbonation.

This beer outperformed my expectations. Good maltyness to go with the assertive hops. Would call this sessionable.

GeezLynn, Jan 21, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at 3 Corners Liquor in Medford, MN. Pours a clear amber body with a thin off-white head. Aroma is citrusy hops, especially grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Clean malt flavors lead to a good amount of the citrus hops that last well into the finish. A very well-balanced pale with great drinkability.

blackearth, Mar 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

DaftPatrick, Aug 01, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Clear burnished gold with an off-white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus and somewhat sweet toasted malts. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus predominately and the grapefruit is definitely more acrid than typical in an APA, likely due to the grapefruit peel. The toasted malts are less sweet than the smell indicated. Ends quite bitter, almost closer to an IPA than APA at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body but maybe a trifle thin, slightly juicy with a very dry IPA-like finish.

Drinkability: Great example of an APA, and I think the grapefruit peel plays a nice role because, once again, the grapefruit taste seems too acrid to be from hops alone. In my opinion, this is much better than the bottled Farm Girl (and Summit Extra Pale Ale for that matter).

bsp77, Dec 14, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper like amber. Has a decent sized off white bubbly head that slowly fades into a patchy layer. Small amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of floral hops and grapefruit citrus mixed with a decent amount of caramel and toffee malts.

Taste: A decent amount of earthy hop bitterness throughout with some sweet bready malts that balance it out. Grapefruit is there but not as strong as the bottle leads on.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high body with a medium carbonation. Bitter but still fairly smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid pale ale from Lift Bridge.

MattyG85, May 22, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lift Bridge just released crosscut into bottles, thought I would pick up a six pack to support the locals.

A- Real pale amber almost leaning to a dark yellow. With a foamy one finger bright white head. Real nice retention and great lacing, this is a pretty APA.

S- This is an area I thought that could be improved upon slightly, just a touch more of anything would be welcome. It not that the beer smells bad it just isn't a strong smelling beer by anymeans. For comparison I think the summit APA is a better smelling beer.

T- This is a tasty beer, nice foward citrus hop flavor bordering on the hop strenght of some IPA's. The label says it's brewed with grapefruit peel, I would have guessed the grapefruit taste came from the hops used but either way it's good. Good slightly toasty malt character.

M- Too light for my tastes. It makes it refreshing but somehow I feel like it's watered down.

D- Really great beer from an excellent brewery. This beer is highly drinkable almost a session beer. And it is very refreshing, which makes me think about how all their beers are "summer" beers.

brow1901, Dec 06, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

sgttibbs, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

richkrull, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

4four4, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Heritage Liquor in MSP

appearance: very nice pour - dark orange-copper body served in a tyranena pint, rather bright, foamy white crest

smell: pretty tame - very light grapefruit, light toasted malt, bready, tea

taste: I wanted to try a Lift Bridge Brew and this was the higest regarded one i could track down...this APA doesnt really deliver enough grapefruit to warrant mentioning on the front label, decent citrus bitterness, light toasted malt. The finish is dry and bitter. This is a nice APA that just doesn't wow.

mouthfeel: dry bitterness, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Aug 30, 2010
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3/5  rDev -16%

Cooper, Aug 08, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stub & Herb's. Appeared a hazy amber with a short white head. Maybe it's just me, but I like a hazy hoppy beer. It's a nice assurance of the hops to come and by the technical guidelines, if anyone cares, hop haze is entirely acceptable. This is an obvious Cascade-based pale ale. The hops and bitterness are rough with big citrus rind and grape fruit. Apparently this beer also has grapefruit zest in it. It doesn't particularly stand out, but I like knowing its there. My only real complaints are that even with the zest, this beer tastes very unoriginal. Come on, how many cascade-centric pale ales are there in this world? But hey, you like cascades? Drink this, just don't except anything new or novel.

tempest, Jan 01, 2009
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3/5  rDev -16%

BigAl18, Sep 30, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of caramel with citrus and floral hops. I do not have a high tolerance for Crystal malt and I detect a lot of it in this beer. Almost has an arificial flavor. That is my one complaint about this beer. The hops are not in your face but it definately has moderate hop bitterness in the finish with hints of citrus and grass. The added grapefruit is detected as well. The body feels a touch thin but is at least average for the style. Carbonation is good. A decent local pale ale but not really something I will seek out in the future.

morimech, Jan 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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, Nov 21, 2012
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3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"1362 B2 1240" ink-jetted on the bottom of the bottle, if it's a Julian date, the bottle is over a year old. Purchased at Casanovas.

Very dark reddish orange color, it looks brown in indirect light. Sticky lace that coats the glass in sheets, fairly good surface coverage. Average clarity with some rising carb trails visible.

Smells like bready malt, a little floral note from the hops, herbal Cascade, vague citrus.

Flavors follow suit, malt dominated with some citrusy notes buried deep, apparently grapefruit zest according to the label. Slight lingering bitterness and toasty malt flavors, vague fruity yeast esters. Overall this isn't a groundbreaking pale ale by any means but it's fairly drinkable. Would try a fresher sample to re-evaluate sometime.

emerge077, Jun 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

SF_Posse, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

Yulles, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

TooGood, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

HardWater, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

bigbeers84, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

MN_Beerticker, Nov 12, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MNAle, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden Amber with an off white, two finger head with some nice lacing. A little dark, but there's some nice Active carbonation. Head doesn't have the best retention.

S: At first I smelled a BMC sort of funky, but upon pouring I get a nice malty hop balance. Not terribly strong or complex, but nicely approachable.

T: Something is just off for me here. Right when it hits my mouth I get a sort of funky hop flavor. I don't know if it's just a hop I'm not used to or what. On the swallow I get a nice soft pineyness though.

M: Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Maybe I'd like it a little less smooth?

D: Very, a very nice approachable Pale Ale. Liftbridge is going places.

mdwalsh, Dec 09, 2009
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Crosscut Pale Ale from Lift Bridge Brewery
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