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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

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83
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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 Derek
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

andrenaline, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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....

DoubleJ, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of demcorhip
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

demcorhip, May 31, 2010
Photo of eat
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

eat, May 14, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

pootz, May 03, 2010
Photo of pugdogbeer
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

pugdogbeer, May 02, 2010
Photo of Grunewald
3.4/5  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.

Grunewald, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of checkfeet
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

checkfeet, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of bludtek
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 sammytag
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

sammytag, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +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!

wordemupg, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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 BlackHydras
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, clear amber. Brief head formation that receded quickly to a thin layer. Thin lacing stayed all the way through. Inviting.

S: Sweet, floral notes, with some subtle citrus in there as well. Quite appealing, I must say.

T: Not quite as good as the scent, but still tasty. Hoppy, with slight citrus again. Some sweetness present as well. Interesting.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: Goes down easy. Could easily put away a couple, but not much more than that. As such, only a bit better than average sessionability.

BlackHydras, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very crisp golden. Semi-creamy white head, moderate retention, with a nice stickiness over the glass sides.

S: A pleasant floral hop aroma with a grapefruit citrus note and a nice, slightly caramel malty backbone.

T: Not as significant as the aroma, but not too bad, nonetheless. A rather relaxed hoppiness. Slight citrus, a toasty malt, and a mild bittering finish.

M: Medium body, though the flavour ends up making it come across as a little watery in some ways. Aside from that, it's decent.

D: Mild alcohol content makes for a good session candidate. Flavour is perhaps the only thing that would keep me from regularly enjoying it as such, but the aroma is a nice bonus for trying it out.

Proteus93, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of ablaze
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ablaze, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of grub
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

grub, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of niangelo
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

niangelo, Jun 17, 2007
Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.