Crosscut Pale Ale - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Crosscut Pale AleCrosscut Pale Ale

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 12-13-2008

Previously Drifter Pale Ale.
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by happygnome:
Photo of happygnome
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with orange hues. There is a half inch of head. A lot of sticky lacing is left on the edge of the glass and top of the beer. There is a lot of carbonation that can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Strong grapefruit and floral hop aromas. There is a nice caramel malt backbone

T: Grapefruit and citrus hop flavors balanced nicely with caramel malt backbone

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a very nice brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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).

Photo of MattyG85
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of brow1901
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrus on the nose and palate...very good

Photo of dirtylou
3.71/5  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

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.56/5  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.

Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of CraigP83
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinking IPA using grapefruit zest. Citrusy not very bitter

Photo of GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of gatornation
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours an amber orange beautiful IPA like color with a beige 1 finger head that recedes to a off-white creamy freah ring with some nice lacing this is a perfect looking pale ale..the smell is grapefruit and hops and citrus with caramel and biscuit and malt smells..the taste is the same its a citrus hit with hops following right behind balance it out with some biscuit malts and you have a pale ale and a half..this one leans towards IPA status ..this one is medium plus bodied full of flavor and easy to drink..very impressed with this brew..looking forward to there 3rd bottle release later this year which is going to be a brown ale

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to morimech!

Pours chill-hazed orange amber with a foamy white head that stays. Some rings of lacing stick as it descends.

The smell is bready with a floral undertone. Not getting as much grapefruit as I would expect with the "grapefruit zest" added in along with Cascade hops.

The taste is bready with an herbal/floral bitterness in the finish. I get the grapefruit more in the taste than in the nose, but not as much as I have had from Cascade hops without the addition of the "grapefruit zest". Finishes with a bitter dryness.

It has ample - towards prickly carbonation - in a body that hits light-to-medium.

It's on the bitter side of a pale...though not necessarily "imbalanced". It has some grapefruit, but is more herbal/floral. Bitterness leans towards IPA, but is within APA style.

Photo of samie85
2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Pours a clear burnt amber color with a finger and a half of glistening white head.

S-Some chocolate and biscuit notes with some earthy hop notes.

T-Tastes of bitter dark chocolate and aspirin.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a drying feel.

D-The flavor profile is not something I enjoy at all... not a very drinkable beer; also the chocolatey malt notes really threw me off.

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tall glass.

A: reddish-brown color; low amounts of head on the glass.

S: slightly musty; no strong esters in the beer

T: malty at the start, with some toasted grains. surprisingly bitter on the back end; grapefruit flavor coming in strong.

M: nice carbonation

O: This is darker than I would normally go for a pale ale; the hops flavor is muted (despite the bitterness), and doesn't balance with the grains very well. Reminds me more of English ales than the typical American variety.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright copper body and a big tan rocky head of moderate retention that gives way to sparse lacing and a thin cover. Pretty basic stuff, but nothing disappointing.

S: Clean bready aroma and only a hit of citrus hops in the background. Again, a very simple, straight forward example of the style.

T: Clean biscuit malt backbone, with a mild pine bitterness, and moderate aftertaste. A bit more hop character than I would expect from a typical APA, but pretty solid overall.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very clean.

D: Highly drinkable, if nondescript. Goes down easy, and doesn't offend.

O: Solid offering from a still very young brewery. I expect good things from Lift Bridge in the future.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to dzyneguru for this extra!

I love trying out random breweries' offerings. Gives a good sense of what's going on elsewhere. This one pours a clear copper-amber topped by a tall, somewhat quickly-dying white froth, which leaves some webby lacing behind as it goes. The nose comprises hoppy citrus, orange peel, some pine, and some caramel. The taste holds notes of bitter orange zest, a slightly grapefruit-y hoppiness, and some light toffee in the back. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, not a bad pale ale at all. I can see myself sitting on the porch and downing a sixer easily.

Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an amber/orange color with a very light tan/cream head.

S- Light grapefruit, some biscuit, honey, apple skin. Overall, however, very faint.

T- Starts off with a mineral earthy hop notes with a good deal of biscuity malt. The finish is slightly dry.

M- Low carbonation and good full body.

D- Overall, a decent pale ale. Nothing crazy though.

Photo of JackieTH
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coppery orange and clear with an inch of white foam.

Smell: Grapefruit citric notes over light caramel malt.

Taste: Light resinous and lemony hop and grapefruit bitterness with a decent caramel backbone that is lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a medium-light body.

Drinkability: Smooth drinking grapefruit citric and crisp, good session beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear red-bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is floral with notes of pine. The taste has the same floral and pine note of the aroma with the addition of a nice soft caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice American pale ale that I will certainly drink again.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

+From notes+...on-tap at Emma's Bar in River Falls, WI on April 23rd.

Decent pale ale color in this pint...darker than most, with a respectable head on a good pour from the bartender.

Aroma is balanced on the malty side, which is good for the style. It's respectable. I'm not a huge fan of their malt profile, but it's clean and there's nothing objectionable here.

It goes easy on the tongue, no problem drinking this but it didn't blow me away as far as pales either. Kind of on the sweet side of things, but not too sweet. I think they could change the hop profile a little while keeping the malt profile the same and that could bump it up a notch.

Mouthfeel needs a little work...not particularly zesty or anything, although there's nothing bad here either. Just not a stand-out, although I would try other beers from this brewery.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with orange highlights. It had a one-figner, off-white head of foam that left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, grapefruit and floral notes.

T - Good caramel malt flavor with some hop spiciness and bitterness. The grapefruit flavor adds a sharp citric kick.

M - It was crisp,sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was pretty good. It's only my second Lift Bridge beer but they seem to be doing good stuff.

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Crosscut Pale Ale from Lift Bridge Brewery
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