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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.41%


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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2013 01:25:05 | More by smakawhat
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 07:16:45 | More by Olek4374
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can strangely bought in Halifax last week with a date (which I assume to be "best before") of 19/11/12. May not have been perfectly stored during its trans-Canada sojourns, but from a date perspective not nearly as old as I would have guessed from the caramelized malt "breadiness" in the taste. Hope to head west and taste fresh on draught at some point, but not a beer I'd purchase in a can again if looking for the typical citrus and pine hop bomb of a typical APA.

Pours a beautiful near iridescent orange amber with a decent and sustained off-white head, impressive lacing. A very mild aroma of caramelized malts, even after it warms. Taste is a bit more complex, but also utterly "inoffensive" - caramelized malted barley sweetness transitioning into a dry hopped finish that doesn't linger long and maintains a sweet backbone.

Probably an excellent gateway or transition beer for someone just moving away from macro lagers.

Serving type: can

09-08-2012 21:34:31 | More by hopsolutely
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 03:49:43 | More by maclean25
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Foamy, yellow-white head; about one finger. Light orange-amber hue to the beer. Nice glowing pale ale look to it. Bits of lacing, but little head retention.

S - Right off the bat this smells fantastic. Buttery, bready malt, caramel, sweetness, light grassy hops. Like GIB's English Bay Pale Ale on steroids.

T - Heavier on the hops than expected, without as much malty characteristic as the aroma hinted at. The hops are done pretty well here though, with a refreshing and clean feel to them. Balanced pretty well between the malty backbone and the hops upfront.

M - A little thicker and drier on the finish than anticipated. Fitting mouthfeel for the ale.

D - Overall, a solid APA. Not quite as good as the smell had promised, but a great ale I'm sure I'll have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 05:29:41 | More by Converge
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from kjyost. Thanks!

A - One finger fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, golden colour. Mild carbonation. Half finger of retention and a small amount of lace.

S- You can smell the hops as soon as it's poured. Lot's of lemon and citrus. Maybe some orange.

T - Biscuity up front, dusty, citrus and lemon hops. A little soap.

M - Definately refreshing, very mild bitterness. Good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Not one of the better APAs I've had, but fairly solid. More of a Summer option with the lack of bitterness. Not too shabby. Just above being a standard Pale Ale. I'd take Crazy Canuck over this any day.

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 00:41:19 | More by tbeckett
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 02:04:02 | More by kjyost
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 03:52:28 | More by Sammy
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 06:04:11 | More by ericj551
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2roosters

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-28-2011 03:43:05 | More by 2roosters
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belenita

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Bronze-ish Orange, thin lacing, quick rise and settling of the foam

S - alcoholic, nutty, some citrus notes

T - bitter all the way through from start to finish, subtle flavors of vanilla/citrus/floral present

M - initial average carbonation, smooth, metallic finish in the mouth in the end. Quite refreshing, actually!

D - It's good when I want something bitter but drinkable without having to go for an intense (at least for me) IPA.

Serving type: can

05-08-2011 00:29:48 | More by belenita
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 05:30:50 | More by joemcgrath27
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2010 02:39:17 | More by marty21
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:22:49 | More by Derek
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-06-2010 02:09:59 | More by CrazyMike
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

10-28-2010 01:35:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on several occasions and hadn't realized that I had never formally reviewed it!

A - Pours a light golden copper colour, thumb of light bubbly head with mild retention (couple minutes) and no real lacing.

S - Scent is filled with some fresh woody hops and mild citrus, followed by a light bready malt and a faint metallic finish.

T - The hops are unique on this offering, pleasantly noticeable, and almost have the flavour of freshly cut wood with the faintest smokey finish. Finish is slightly bitter, but pleasurable, with some caramel malts lingering on the tongue.

M - Great mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and finishes only slightly dry. Goes down smooth and quick!

D - A decent pale ale offering and another winner from Tree. I'm always a fan of pale ale which has moderate hop presence, making it easily sessionable, not overly bitter, and poundable. By no means a hop bomb, but a tasty offering and a worthy session beer if you're looking for a light hop flavour that won't become overpowering over the evening.

Serving type: can

09-17-2010 02:20:27 | More by andrenaline
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at St. Augustine's from a freshly tapped keg, on to the beer:

Light orange in color, but fading to orange-yellow. THe head is very creamy, and leaves tons of lacing in the glass. Fruity esters and pine in the nose...this type of profile seemed standard among the western Canadian Pale Ales I sampled. There's some pine to taste, along with some esters, and notes of lemon peel. the smoothness of this beer is awesome. Extremely velvety, light, soft, it just feels great. Drink pretty well, easy to kick back a few. Now imagine if the flavor were even better, pair that with the mouthfeel....

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 05:09:14 | More by DoubleJ
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good, nice bronze coloured ale with a decent off white head that hangs out for a bit. Pretty, intricate and sticky webs of lace also want to stick around.

Smells pretty tame but also decent. Pale malts with some caramelized notes, as well as a lightly citrus and floral hop presence.

Taste is much like the nose, but a grassiness emerges upon the finish that detracts.

Good enough feel, slightly chewy yet with a slightly smooth creaminess. Slightly more than slightly astringent, which also detracts.

This is fairly drinkable. Its also fairly timid and unadventurous. Not anything like the few cutthroat trout ive had the pleasure of catching on a dry fly... but i digress. A decent enough pale ale, but nothing that really stands out form the crowd.

Serving type: can

05-31-2010 02:20:45 | More by demcorhip
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap:
Taps a clear light amber with a smallish tight cap that settles quickly to a glass lacing ring.

Aroma profile is dominated by caramelized malts with some citrusy-floral chinook hopping bright tone to it

Flavor is pretty base line for a commercial west coast pale; caramel-toffee tones balanced with light herbal-lightly bitter hops with a fast clean lightly dry finish.

Boiler plate micro ale for sessioning...better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 00:32:46 | More by pootz
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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.