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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 04-03-2005

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.
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Photo of maclean25
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a pair of 500 mL cans. It pours with big, white/slightly-yellow, creamy head. The body is clear with an orange-amber colour.

I love the aroma. It smells fresh with hints of fresh fruits like apricot/peach and citrus. The aroma carries through into the taste. Starting with a more citrus fruitiness, I get a dark chocolate taste (there could be some vanilla in there?) and a fantastic floral hops finish. It has a medium-to-full body and heavy carbonation.

Overall, I love smell and taste of this beer. I haven't particularly cared much for west coast hops, they work great here. The only downside is the feel which has too much carbonation and is a tiny bit thin. (671 characters)

Photo of 2roosters
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice coppery colour, faint lace on medium head

S - fruit esters, touch of pine, malt on the back end

T - clean and hoppy, finishes a tad short but the flavour is excellent

M - excellent

O - a really good solid Pale Ale, I like 'em hoppy and this one fits the bill. Excellent value at $2.15 for a 500ml can.

This has become my "go to" pale ale for home consumption.

The more Pale Ales I drink, the more I realize how good this beer really is. (451 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

A real serious looker of a pale ale. Crystal clear body, and glowing perfect copper amber, with nice minimal rising pinhead carbonation. Head is large, aggressive, but in control and builds large with good solid pinhead sized bubbles throughout, four finger tall, large retention and thick island clumping. Spider and soapy lacing is all over. One fantastic looking pale ale.

Nose is toasty, light grains and very dry. Some thrashing grains and ripped almost biscuit quality. Hop presence is not really large here or obvious, but with a large husky quality. If this is your thing, then things are going well.

Real interesting palate. Light bodied pale ale sensing malt, and sharp yeast. Hop finish a bit with a steely grapefruit character and bordering on metallic twinge. Good notes of soft hinting caramel and light sweetness. Dry grainy toasty aromas manage to escape tremendously making sugars/caramel downplay. Feel is borderline juicy but hits well with a good feel.

A large malty biscuity profile, and very unique pale ale. Real enjoyable one here. (1,104 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (779 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Because of a name change in this beer some reviews exist under the old pale ale entry. This beer is mid gold with a mighty head. The nose is hoppy and fragrant. The taste is very PNW pale ale with decent hops to the forefront. A great little bro to Hophead this is really well balanced and finished. Tree really are one of the top brewers in BC as they always keep the flavour profile high in all their brews. (409 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,558 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with a slightly off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves a hint of lace.

S: Light American hop aroma of orange and grapefruit rind, with hints of sponge toffee and fruity esters.

T: A nicely balanced pale ale. Biscuity malt, nectarine and grapefruit rind, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body has a crisp finish.

D: A really great drinker.

When on-cask and dry-hopped with Amarillo, it really comes alive. (448 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in a Tree variety pack.

Pours a clear golden, thick white head, some lace, decent retention, nothing special. Smell is sweet, some citrus and floral, light pine, pleasant hoppiness, bit of bread in the mix. Taste is sweet and malty, some caramel, citrus and floral, bit of pine, kind of breadlike, nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite a nice pale ale and one of the better Canadian examples of the style. (453 characters)

Photo of bludtek
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale is light amber and clear. Sufficient but short-lived head is present.

The smell is initially of rich malt followed by hoppy aromas of fresh hay.

Taste is full bodied. Dark toasted grain is quickly replaced by smooth hop characters. The sweetness is slightly honey and a bit of green apple. The hops is full, floral, and tasty. Each sip ends with a slight bitterness.

The label says, "A classic Pale Ale, perfectly balanced". I would agree that this is a nicely balanced beer. Carbonation, sweetness and hops are tuned to my liking. OK, maybe I taste a bit more hops than malt, but there's nothing wrong with that!

I'll be pouring myself another. (663 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (529 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark orange color, 1 inch head of creamy thick bubbles. Leaves solid lace coating all the way down. The smell is what I was expecting from the style - spicy hops to start then the full citrusy, pink grapefruit aroma. The taste is very well balanced, malty with ample bitterness, leaving a warm finish and aftertaste. Just a touch of sharp pine right at the end. It's body is thick and creamy smooth. A toned-down version of Tree's Hophead, but still a very good pale ale on its own. (495 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber appearance with thick head. Smell is sweet and malty with a bit of citrus.

Has a sweet caramel taste, malty and very crisp. Has a noticeably bitter but smooth aftertaste. The body is light which oddly fits the full flavored taste.

Overall this is a laid back but flavorful beer. Would recommend trying at least a tall can, now to find this on tap. (361 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/29/06- On tap at the Tree Brewery.

Presentation- Had a few 4oz tasters of this brew from the tap.

Appearance- Mild dark golden pour, 1/2 inch pock marked head with nice lace.

Smell- Nice combination of toasted biscuit malt and floral hops.

Taste- Reminds me of a Poleeko Gold Jr. Great malt flavor with a good grapefruit and piney hop kick. A bit more hops would have been even better.

Mouthfeel- Right down the middle of a perfect carbonation level. Quick and bit sharp aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sessionable for sure. Tasty as well. (554 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired this bottle from BigBry. Thanks a lot!!!

Appearance: Pours a fantastic golden colour with a big frothy head which maintains a great lace for the duration.

Aroma: Lots of hops with florals and berries. Also a tiny bit of grass notes.

Taste: Pefectly balanced with sweet malts and medium bitterness. Light taste with plenty of berries, honey and florals.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but still light and refreshing. The little amount of carbonation works great for the style.

Final Statement: This is by far my favourite of the 3 tree brews I've tasted. It reminds me a lot of Propeller Pale Ale, but I think I like it more. It's very light and refreshing, perfect for a hot day relaxing or after some hard work. Great beer. (734 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can poured at 40F into a Duvel Tulip. Can dated 30/07/11, apparently bottled on. Fresh!

Amber with a nice head that is tinged oranged and reatians well wand laces very nicely. Nose of grapefruit and citrus hops has a hint of earthy undertone and a dose of alcohol. The body follows similarly and is enjoyable with a crisp bitterness that is appropriate and doesn't linger terribly long. Came across initially as a little thin but seems fine now, with strong carbonation. A solid pale ale that is worth reaching for again. (529 characters)

Photo of niangelo
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (380 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (594 characters)

Photo of ericj551
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cutthroat Pale ale pours a orange copper with a nice head that fades quickly. The aroma is a nice mix of herbal hops and bready, slightly toasted malt. The flavor is a nice balance of nutty, toasted bready, malt, with herbal, slightly grassy hops. A bit of sweet caramel pops up in the finish. I've had this beer before in a can and wasn't too impressed, but I'm enjoying it a lot more today. (392 characters)

Photo of marty21
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy bright yellow/orange with a two finger creamy white head. Settles to a creamy cap and leaves a little bit of thick lacing.

S: There's banana, spices and a yeasty aroma.

T: Mostly banana with some spices to it. Also a bit of a yeasty taste.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Quite smooth.

D: I enjoyed this one but having one 500 ml can is enough. The taste eventually becomes too much. But overall still a decent beer for the style. (465 characters)

Photo of -steve-
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perusing BA and the top beers in Canada, we in Ontario seem to be missing out on the greatness of BC and Quebec. Both well represented in the lists of top beers. Perhaps this is simply a case of the grass is greener on the other side. Nevertheless, here in Hamilton I'm always eager to sample the craft beers of the West Coast. They seem to be too infrequent on the shelves of the LCBO.

This came in a 500mL can. So slightly different from the bottle shown here on BA.

It pours clear and slightly orange with a good inch or so of head. The head subsides leaving generous lacing on the sides.

Malty sweetness, caramel and pine resin assail the senses. I love that malty nose. This is a sweet beer with an underlying dry, hoppiness. Also tastes of pine and some steel. The finish alternates between the sweet malt and dry hops. I like the balance of those 2 sensations throughout the drinking experience.

BA calls this an American Pale Ale but I don't think it has enough hops to be an APA. But for me that is a welcome thing. Overall this is a really nice effort that I would drink again. (1,092 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO and served slightly chilled; best before Aug. 26 2014. I vaguely remember trying to decide between a six-pack of this and Hop Head while shopping in Alberta a few years ago, but I opted for the latter and never got around to trying this one. Hopefully it's as good as its cousin!

Pours an attractive, golden-amber colour with beautiful clarity. Seated atop is nearly two fingers of puffy, sparkling off-white head that slowly seeps away over the next few minutes. Loads of lacing. A beautiful-looking pale ale, with a subtle aroma that includes notes of brown sugar, citrus fruit, and not a lot else. Certainly not unpleasant.

A very tasty pale ale, offering a satisfying mixture of West Coast hops and solid malt backing. This one is quite bready and biscuity, with some caramel sweetness and a touch of toasted nuts. The hops eventually grab my attention - orange and lemon are the most noticeable features, with a light resiny feel toward the balanced finish, which also includes some welcomed biscuity sweetness. The mouthfeel is my favourite part of this brew - medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. Whether the flavour profile tickles your fancy or not, no one can say with a straight face that this isn't damned refreshing.

Final Grade: 3.90, a B+. Tree's Cutthroat Pale Ale has a refined, understated quality about it that many APAs these days lack. There is nothing flashy about this one, but this blend of 10 different malts and hops comes together extremely well. This is an exceptionally balanced, sessionable pale ale that I will absolutely return to again. It's great to see some BC craft beer staples finally making their way to this corner of Ontario. (1,733 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can of this a long time ago and it has been sitting in my fridge ever since. I don't know why I've been ignoring it for so long. Perhaps it's because out of the dozen "sampling" beers I bought, this was the only can. Oh those cans.

The beer pours a very nice copper colour with a modest, two finger head. The head is very quick to dissipate. The beer has a very nice aroma, with citrusy hops making the beer have almost an orange-type smell. It has a bit of sweetness to it as well.

The taste is something else. When the beer first hits my tongue, I'm really unsure of what adjective to use to describe the taste. It is certainly quite hoppy with some fruity notes, but it tastes so much fuller, almost like a proper India Pale ale. I'm actually quite stuck on what words to use, but rest assured if I knew what they were, they'd be very positive.

The finish is very strong for such a beer, and it leaves a strong hoppiness lingering on your tongue for a good twenty seconds. The carbonation level is appropriate, leaving the beer with a little tongue-tingling goodness and a smooth finish down the throat.

Pretty good stuff. (1,141 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug17 2009

A clear light copper, with a one finger head that left lace for the few sips it lasted for

S caramel and sweet malt with some mild floral hops and some honey

T not as sweet as it smells but still quite sweet and yet well balanced.

M/D very smooth easy drinking ale, not too heavy but thick enough

i enjoyed it and you might too! (381 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, nice dark gold-orange colour. A few steady carbonation streams. Beige head is one inch on the pour and slowly recedes to a 1/8 inch cap. Sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass.

Piney hops and a sweetness headline the aroma. Some spicy and citrus hop undertones and caramel malt elements add depth.

Flavour starts out with a slightly sweet malt profile which is cut across by a slash of citrus hops. After the fizz dies, the piney hops move in escorted by a faint sweet undertone to a moderately bitter finish. Aftertaste is bitter hops (both piney and citrus).

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The carbonation and hop bite make this crisp, but there is an oily feeling left in the mouth that makes this beer not so clean.

This is a good representation of an American Pale Ale. Most APAs I've tried seem to be a little out of balance towards the hop side and Cutthroat is no different. This is why the drinkability suffers a little and also why I prefer the English style over the American style. (1,070 characters)

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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.