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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | 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:
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 ATLbeerDog
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy orange/red with nice carbonation, and average lacing. Delightful smells of sweet malts and some sticky hops. First sip is surprisingly nice with an almost creamy mouthfeel - just not enough flavor to take this to the next level.

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Photo of churchillwinston
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from the LCBO this past summer.

From a 16oz can into a snifter
IBU: 36

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-looser, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Clear burnt orange in color with almost no carbonation. Head fades to a full wisp and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing the whole way. Head is a bit foamy, but this is alright.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, honeydew melon and touches of grapefruit. Medium strength.

TASTE: Light caramel and melon up front, then a medium but lingering finish of sweet bready malts and light caramel, floral flavors and some light grapefruit bitterness. Rather mundane. A nice caramel and sweet melon burst at the swallow is nice, but the rest of it is a bit boring and lacks the bitterness that was expected.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Good feel.

OVERALL: Okay. It’s labeled a “full flavored west coast ale,” but that really didn’t come to fruition. I guess it’s flavorful enough, but it’s rather boring in its sweetness and lacks the bitterness that was expected. Decent beer, but that’s it. Pass.

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Photo of checkfeet
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thin head with almost no lacing, pleasant golden-amber color.

The nose is quite subtle and flowery. Honeysuckle and lemonbars. Really takes some huffing to draw it out though.

A little watery, no strong malt or bittnerness. Hoppy astringency just a bit at the end.

Perhaps a good introduction to the style for someone who has never had an pale ale before but seems kind of like that: a macrobrew trying to cover a niche market without being offensive.

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Photo of grub
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this one from presario as part of CanBIF3. thanks trevor!

12oz bottle.

pours a nice crystal clear golden colour with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is ok. solid biscuity malt. bit of vegetal dms. earthy hops.

taste is nice. biscuit malt. medium-low bitterness level. earthy and slightly floral hops. dms from the aroma is almost completely gone, which is good.

mouthfeel is ok. a bit on the thin side. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced. underwhelming, but unoffensive.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - bright golden colour with dense, off-white head. Good lacing and quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell - quite hoppy with some spice and soft fruit.

Taste - fairly balanced flavour, with a hint of citrus - clean taste with a building hop presence that peaks just before you really get a chance to appreciate it.

Mouthfeel - there's an ebb and flow to this beer, starts lighter and then surges a little. Overall pretty decent.

Drinkability - good but not great. Would go down OK as a pair but might be a little boring after that.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with some sporadic bubbles, but no real head formation.

Smell: Toffee malts, a few spoonfuls of light caramel syrup, a meager pinch of citrus zest, and easy-going floral notes.

Taste: Sweetish maltiness tasting of toffee and light caramel. Light floral, citrusy hops impart a bit of balancing bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty basic stuff we're dealing with here, folks, but it still remains a light, well-balanced pale ale.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 341ml bottle can into a pint glass. It pours light amber with a white head that laces well.

S - citric rind, syrupy malt and herbal/piny hops

T - malt and a hops with piny/astringent (strongly brewed tea) hops. The flavors here are subdued.

M - medium-low carbonation, medium body, silky with a neutral finish

D - light but interesting flavors. This is at ease in all areas.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of davediff
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a surprise to find 2 lone boxes of this left at a local wine market with a small craft beer selection as well. I had no idea Tree had released this, or even made it, as I haven't seen it offered anywhere's else here in Calgary (plus I also can't believe I beat the BC boys to this one). In fact I thought it was the reincarnation of Big Rock's Chinook pale ale from a quick glance of the label. Green label, watercoloured landscape with a cartoony looking trout leaping above the beer's name. Although Big Rock's label was teal, and the trout more rendered.

Pours out an average looking clear light amber, a one-finger spongy head that settles down after about a minute, yet still retains a thin cap the rest of the way. By the smell of it this this beginning to flesh out more as a Chinook clone. Light toffee malt rounded out by floral and herbal hops, a hint of citrus. The flavour tastes of a blend of Chinook and Cascade hops. The malt plays a very back seat role in this pale ale, the hops dominate, yet don't overpower. The mouthfeel starts out smooth, but the carbonation kicks in on the finish, which in collaboration with the hops makes this more of a quenching pale ale, along the lines of a good Czech pilsener. Still, overall this strikes me as an average pale ale, the only thing mildly different being the hop profile. And even though I won't go pointing fingers about who's doing what in the craft beer industry, I have to admit that I prefer Tree's Cutthroat to the obsolete version of what I've been comparing it to, for the sole fact that it possesses more character, isn't as rounded out around the edges and dumbed down. This is a west coast pale ale for those who enjoy hops other than cascade.

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Photo of KentCstrait
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

This is an Engligh IPA. Fine with me. But it claims to be a "full-flavored west coast ale"... No way this is a west coast ale! Not fine with me anymore...

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

This is very much a "time and place" beer. This ale is best suited to summer days dedicated to chasing its namesake trout. There is nothing special, but nothing wrong with Cutthroat. It's has a nice malt and caramel taste with minimal hop presence - similar to HopHead, without the bitter hop finish and complexity.

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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking brew. Clear amber under a short head that settles to a full cap and gives plenty of lace. Nose is subdued, slightly fruity. Bready, yeasty, fruity to taste. Noticeably hoppy with a dry and bitter mouthfeel. Maybe just a tad too sweet by way of malt.

Decently brewed, but not too exciting, doesn't really stand out in any way.

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Photo of ssmack
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange amber colour. One inch of yellowish head that lasted to the bottom. Good carbonation not but in streams. Great lacing with retention.

Mild citrus aroma with a touch of maltiness.

Generic citrus taste - orange and grapefruit. Slightly sweet. Not super bitter. Steely aftertaste.

Medium feel with a bit of chalkiness.

Not a hope bomb and not super citry. Some reviews slam it for not being a West Coast India Pale Ale (AIPA). But the label says "West Coast Pale Ale" which it is. Decent.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Copper colour with a small size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Caramel, malts, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also a faint fruitiness and a grassiness.

Overall - Don't be expecting a 'west coast' fruity/juicy/hoppy flavour. It's an okay beer that is very drinkable, just not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of belenita
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
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