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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of DarrenBrule
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

DarrenBrule, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of 2roosters
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

2roosters, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of maclean25
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

maclean25, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of maplesyrup76
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

maplesyrup76, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of goalie35
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

goalie35, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

KrisDLSmith, May 11, 2014
Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of FinnHawk
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

FinnHawk, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of vanrassel
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

vanrassel, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

canucklehead, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

ChrisCage, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Derek, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Viggo, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

elricorico, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of bludtek
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

bludtek, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +9.6%

MJ63, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Druid
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Druid, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

BigBry, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

CrazyMike, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

GClarkage, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of cmichel28
4/5  rDev +9.6%

cmichel28, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of JoshRosario
4/5  rDev +9.6%

JoshRosario, Aug 20, 2013
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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.