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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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83
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
West Coast Pale Ale. The perfect balance of five diffent malts and hand selected Hops. The distinctive flavour and aroma make this one truly smooth and inviting beer.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 04-03-2005)
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Reviews by ablaze:
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ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a murky orange with a beautiful creamy off-white head, which slowly relaxes to a quarter inch topping that laces the glass quite well. Awesome start.

Floral scent with some coriander. Pleasant and laid back.

Hit of sour hops immediately followed by some tasty layered malt. A bit of lemon cake, honey, and pine with a bready undertone. Nice transition and very tasty with a solid finish. Not overly complex, but I can't complain.

Halfway through and the head is hanging on quite well. It's foamy/creamy texture compliments the brew quite well.

Overall, this isn't bad at all. It's not extraordinary, but it is a delicious, solid pale ale that will satisfy. Pretty good standard with some rich character underneath the hops.

08-26-2007 21:42:32 | More by ablaze
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

03-13-2012 00:56:54 | More by beerhunter13
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-18-2013 16:41:19 | More by FadetoBock
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niangelo

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7%

Served from a bottle on a warm summer day in Canmore, Alberta. A nice copper color and hoppy aroma float off the top. Fluffy head and adequate lacing.

Cascade hops apparent, a little stronger than a standard pale ale. Up the IBUs a bit and we'd have a sweet IPA. Heavy citrus, mid to strong hop punch and a whiff of spruce trees. Very outdoorsy, drinkable and refreshing beer.

06-17-2007 04:03:35 | More by niangelo
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3%

Serving glass: Poured from can into mug.

Appearance: Copper colored with white head and light lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, citrus and some spiciness.

Taste: Grainy, toasted malts with light citrusy hops and lots of spicy and floral notes.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: Very straightforward APA, which is solid but little stands out.

06-12-2013 04:44:44 | More by bsp77
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-16-2014 21:10:07 | More by MJ63
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

341ml bottle. A stalwart on the Canadian pale ale scene, or at least that's been my experience, with this one.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, and lightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a stellar complex of webbed lacing around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, an underlying sweet bready biscuit character, pleasantly muddled orchard fruit, and floral, citrus hops. The taste is mildly sweet caramel-tinged biscuity malt, one aligned quite nicely with the orange and grapefruit citrus and flower pod hop notes. It does seem to lend itself towards IPA introspection, this much is certain.

The carbonation is very much on the low side, just a pique of frothiness here and there, the body a sturdy medium weight, and quite equitably smooth. It finishes clean, dry, and agreeably hoppy.

A very easy beer to drink, although the overall intensity of hoppy goodness is well moderated, which I suppose is to be expected, as this can butt up against its big brother Hop Head only so much. More overtly sweet, yes, but such is sibling life. Worthy on its own, for a slightly less than hop-crazy palate.

04-12-2009 03:37:26 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Did not see this around Vancouver on tap and certainly not on cask as recommended by Derek. However, in a can, this was easily to take along anywhere and have a decent beer. In its basic state,its a transition beer, giving more taste than a macro or even a basic weak light BC craft beer. It was overcarbonated, but still a decent drinker and sessionable.

07-31-2011 03:52:28 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Orange colour. Decent head of the pour and well-marked lacings.

Restrained hop aromas. Citrus and a surprisingly grassy, continental, note.

Grainy malt. Light citrus hops throughout, nice enough, but seems to be cut short.

Find most of the Tree beers are over-carbonated. Well made beers but they're not giving much support to the flavours they create.

I'd opt for their Hop Head. Pale Ale shouldn't be shorthand for something with less taste.

01-14-2012 01:16:06 | More by CanuckRover
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davediff

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

Don't get me wrong - this is actually a pretty good beer. I could even see myself buying again...but when I see a beer named 'Cutthroat' labelled as a West Coast ale, I expec some bitter hops to dominate, not sweet malts.

Pours a beautiful amber with some nice head & retention. Lots of toasty, multi-grain bread on the nose - should have been my first indicator that hops are not the stars of this show....there are some hoppy notes...little bit of non-descript citrus & tropical fruit.

Tastes...well...rather malty. Like a hopped up British ale, really...

Like I said before - this is not a bad beer, it's actually quite good! It's just not right for the advertised category. 'Our take on an ESB,' perhaps?

Good beer. Quite drinkable - especially for the Anglo-centric version of myself about 3 years ago.

08-14-2014 01:09:15 | More by davediff
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pugdogbeer

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured dark copper colour with good head and lots of foam that stood the test of time without going flat.

Cutthroat has a distintive flavour with lower carbonation. It had a nip in the taste when swallowed and an almost coppery taste.

A very unique pale ale and excellent session beer.

A good session beer.

05-02-2010 18:17:29 | More by pugdogbeer
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Druid

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-03-2013 23:49:56 | More by Druid
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sammytag

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

a - I'm not much of an appearance guy, but this one looks nice. Golden, coppery, neat-o.

s - nice. I can tell this is going to be a sharp, hoppy one. Floral and grassy hops are complimented by sweet smelling malts. Is that a little bit o' butterscotch in the background? Nice light malt complexity on the nose.

t - taste-wise, this is my favorite beer on the light side from Tree Brewing. Sharp, but it could be crisper. The aftertaste is a touch metallic and nags a bit at the back of the tongue while the light malts dance up front.

m - everything a summer beer needs to be. very crisp, clean carbonation. would be light body if not for the hop influence which persists in a big way into the aftertaste.

d - overall, a very drinkable brew, moreso than their kelowna pilsner. also, I'm not crazy about their hefe, so this one comes out on top of all their lighter brews.

08-27-2009 22:22:52 | More by sammytag
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3%

had off and on for a couple years, but never truly scrutinized....
A - bubbly clear golden orange, thumb of head settled at a half finger covering that retained well at that level
S - a sweet canned fruity and honey sweetness is surprising, a herbal and somewhat spicy hop note, with a sweet honey finish, not what I expect in a Pale but intriguing
T - herbal oily hops up front, a mix of sweet fruit and citrus tang, with a gentle honey sweet finish
M - decent carbonation, generally thin just a little bitter
D - the unique flavour is surprising and welcome, i am definitely a hop head but I always appreciate ways to create balance and this flavour mix is definitely a worthy change up

01-21-2011 05:30:50 | More by joemcgrath27
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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance – Pours a clear light amber with very little white head. Nothing too exciting.

Smell – I smell slight amounts of bread with strong floral hop characteristics. There is also a touch of sweetness there. It’s quite nice.

Taste – The taste is nice. I get that sweet bready flavor as usual in this style of beer. It finishes with a dry bitterness that is not as strong as the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel – A touch coarse because of high carbonation. The body is good though.

Drinkability – Fairly good. This one is just another of many easy going summertime brews.

04-17-2006 21:38:44 | More by Orrshow
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-04-2013 20:48:09 | More by 1stOffender
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

This beer poured a copper-tinged gold into my pint glass, with a creamy one-finger head topping the whole thing off. A big floral hop aroma hits your nose first, but it's nicely balanced by biscuity malts that become more apparent as the beer warms.

The balance carries over to the first sip, which starts bitter before yielding to slightly sweet malt that takes off the hoppy edge and keeps this beer firmly in APA territory. It finishes clean and crisp, with a bit of a piney hop blast. The carbonation is lively, complemented by a medium-bodied mouthfeel.

You could drink several of these without it becoming cloying — or, at the other end of the scale, boring. I'd compare it favourably with Sierra Nevada, to reference a beer American BAs would be more familiar with.

09-18-2006 10:36:26 | More by vanrassel
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

This is the first beer I'm opening from wordemupg as part of CanBIF6. Thanks Chris!

Cutthroat Pale Ale appears to be filtered, pouring a crystal-clear light-amber colour. It retains a good cover of bright white head and leaves some pretty nice lacing. The head disappears after a minute or two.

Smells of yeast, light citrus, spring water, sweet pale malt, floral hops. Alright but nothing special.

This is a decently flavourful pale ale, presenting a blend of floral and earthy hops. Under the hops lies a good base of light caramel and some minerals. Somehow, it's not tied together in the best way. I can't put my finger on what it is, but there's something here that isn't totally working. Maybe the interesting bits were filtered out. Not too shabby though. The hops leave a bitter finish, along with a touch of alcohol.

The feel is okay: medium-light body and moderate carbonation.

The can states this one is "a classic pale ale"; classic as in on the plain side of things, I suppose. I'd say it's your standard pale ale with a better hop presence than usual. This doesn't really rank among the better Canadian pale ales I've had, but it's not bad. I didn't have any problems getting through the pint can.

05-14-2010 02:42:53 | More by eat
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours clear golden with a thin white head. The appearance is not much to write about.

Smell is a bittersweet mix with hints of honey, grass and toffee. Plenty of aroma and a pleasant mix.

Taste is a very nice balance of sweet up front and bitter through the finish. No major stand out flavours, just an easy drinking pleasant flavour.

Mouthfeel has some body to it and the carbonation is not overdone. All together this is an easy drinking session beer that won't burn out your taste buds but also won't leave you bored.

06-10-2005 03:24:02 | More by elricorico
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churchillwinston

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -22.8%

This beer pours with about a quarter of an inch of head which quickly dissipated but leaves a subtle lace as the glass empties.

Colour is a very light copper and the only smell was a faint dry hop off of the initial pour which disappeared quickly but returns at the bottom of the glass. Definitely a sweet taste on the sides of the tongue but nothing after that.

I would recommend this to somebody who is just breaking into trying new things and are used to the typical american lager, namely my father in law. For this reason another six pack may find it's way back into my fridge.

01-26-2007 02:48:31 | More by churchillwinston
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maplesyrup76

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

10-07-2013 00:27:16 | More by maplesyrup76
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.80 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours with a nice white head that dissipates to a film within 2mins. Golden good.

S- Light and airy. Good hops

T- A bit light on the hops compared to many other IPA's so expect that. Very light bodied IPA.

M- Pretty typical. Not very creamy at all

O- Pretty good. Will not buy again though but it is good. I just prefer more hops.

Food Pairing

This very good but light IPA went well with... Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Nice chicken broken into pieces, mixed with green onion and mayo with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on whole wheat.

Enjoy!

07-05-2014 09:31:50 | More by DaveBar
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

A- Pours with a soapy white head about one inch thick....and I say soapy b/c it eventually sinks into a foamy ring around the glass that has fairly large bubbles. Its' color is straight up gold and it isn't super clear, but enough that I can still see through it. Looks to have a decent amount of carbonation, and there are big bubbles clinging to the side of the glass inside the liquid. Nice sticky lacing forms around the glass, and actually looks like a snow capped mountain.

S- This is a well balanced smelling brew, initially having aromas of sweet malts (they use 5 different varieties). There is also a noticeable floral aroma and some citrus zest. On the back end, there is fresh leafy hop smells, giving this a pleasant bitterness to take in.

T- Again, this has a decent balance between sweet and bitter. The initial malts hit the palate hard, but quickly are neutralized by the fresh herbal hop cones on the finish. In between there is some crisp floral and citrus notes and I even detect a slight tart apple flavor....very interesting.

M- Medium bodied and creamy smooth! The carbonation is much smaller than it looked, providing a relatively buttery experience on the palate. I really get a good sense of the hop bitterness because of the smoothness in the beer.

D- I could really get into this ale! It's clean, yet flavorful and smooth at the same time. The lingering bitterness makes me want to have another to quench my thirst. I find this to be a slightly milder version of the norm, but I recommend this to anyone who likes this style.

08-16-2010 00:30:07 | More by ChrisCage
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Can: Poured a golden light copper color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal taste with medium bittering hops. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some clean refined cereal with bittering hosp with light bitter finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done with great refreshing and drinkability factor.

06-24-2010 02:38:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

Picked up this can while in Brandon, MB for work. Poured in a pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellow with some light amber colour and a small amount of white head.

S - Sweet malts and some bitter hop notes with some light citrus and pine notes.

T - Some crisp bitterness from the hops with some earthy notes. A sweet caramel malt flavour dominates the palate. There is a somewhat off-putting taste in the finish that seen to be from the hops and is somewhat sour.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

10-28-2010 01:35:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.