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Crosscut Pale Ale - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Crosscut Pale AleCrosscut Pale Ale

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 TheQuietMan22:
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is light copper. A half-finger of eggshell-colored head reduced to a skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Citrus and earthy hops at first, but then the earthy hops fade and faint grapefruit takes over. Underneath are lightly toasted malts and sweet caramel.

Taste: Nice flavor, though it does not pack a huge punch. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus predominate, and there is even a little lime sourness. Earthy hops create a bridge between the citrus and malts. Underneath the hops are lightly toasted malts and sweet caramel. As it warms, the flavors begin to coalesce nicely.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff. It is nothing bombastic but is very enjoyable.

02-02-2013 04:57:46 | More by TheQuietMan22
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

03-28-2010 19:42:06 | More by blackearth
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-01-2014 04:52:40 | More by DaftPatrick
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

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).

12-14-2009 22:09:45 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10%

09-29-2012 04:38:19 | More by NilocRellim
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

05-22-2011 02:33:02 | More by MattyG85
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brow1901

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

12-06-2009 06:06:16 | More by brow1901
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-21-2013 01:30:09 | More by sgttibbs
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2013 22:33:46 | More by richkrull
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4four4

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

07-25-2014 00:48:29 | More by 4four4
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dirtylou

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

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

08-30-2010 00:06:32 | More by dirtylou
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Cooper

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-08-2012 19:15:44 | More by Cooper
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

01-01-2009 01:02:56 | More by tempest
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morimech

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

01-03-2010 22:34:24 | More by morimech
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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emerge077

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%

"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.

06-05-2013 00:42:04 | More by emerge077
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SF_Posse

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-01-2014 02:27:48 | More by SF_Posse
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Yulles

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-14-2011 17:53:28 | More by Yulles
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TooGood

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-16-2014 12:16:24 | More by TooGood
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HardWater

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-08-2013 13:35:54 | More by HardWater
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-29-2013 02:19:40 | More by bigbeers84
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-12-2012 01:21:38 | More by MN_Beerticker
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MNAle

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

06-03-2014 19:19:16 | More by MNAle
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

01-21-2011 04:47:36 | More by GeezLynn
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

12-09-2009 00:03:44 | More by mdwalsh
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Crosscut Pale Ale from Lift Bridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.