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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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 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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -13%
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 -1.4%
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.

eat, May 14, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

pootz, May 03, 2010
Photo of pugdogbeer
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -7.6%
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 -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.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of checkfeet
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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 +10.1%
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.

bludtek, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of sammytag
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +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.

biboergosum, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of BlackHydras
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -10.3%
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 -28.5%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -0.8%
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 -17.1%
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 +7.3%
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
Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2nd in a series of 4 available in tree's taster 8 pack.

Nice copper color. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

smells of sweet citrus and pine..as it should.

Taste: lots of action on the taste buds here. Some sweet almost carmel malt and strong grapefruit citrus followed by hop bitterness resembling pine. The citrus hops returned for an encore during the aftertaste period. Quite dry and bitter at the finish.

mouthfeel was actually quite smooth and pleasing. Almost creamy but with the right amount of carbonbation.

I'm still a bit of a rook when it comes to American IPA's..but this one is a gooder.

Shadman, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of churchillwinston
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

churchillwinston, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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 canadianbarman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-came in a standard 341 ml bottle. It came in a variety pack with 3 other flavours. Poured a very nice golden hue in color. Nice head that left after a while. Slight carbonation bubbles and great lacing.
-good mixture of hops and sweetness in the smell.

This is the first one of this style that I have tried and I must say I was impressed. I am looking forward to the other offerings from Tree Brewing Co.
Thx.

canadianbarman, Dec 12, 2006
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.

MMansfield, Nov 18, 2006
Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.