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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

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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 hunterjames
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

hunterjames, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of cmichel28
4/5  rDev +9.3%

cmichel28, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - crystal clear beer, honey brown in color with golden and even orange highlights throughout. Small half finger of off white head is poured and doesn't stick around very long, leaving a small soapy ring around the edge of the glass. Some lively bubbles stampede towards the top of the beer.

Smell - nice blend of malty caramel aromas and some sweet tropical fruit. Not a lot else there but pretty solid and inviting.

Taste - given the aroma, this is actually what you would expect it to taste like. Light hop bitterness throughout. The tropical fruit flavours are light and subdued composing of some mixture of lime and a trace of pineapple. Very minimal sweetness. The taste is bold but subsides quickly leaving a clean palate.

Mouthfee - well carbonated yet light bodied brew. Slightly dry finish.

Overall-pretty tasty refreshing pale ale. Not really sure what makes this a west coast ale, but we'll rounded and excellent balance between hops and malts.

DenisKolkin, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +9.3%

MJ63, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a dimpled mug. This is billed as a "full-flavoured West coast ale" on the can.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours two fingers of pillowy ivory foam and has pretty good retention. I like it.

Smell: lightly toasty malt with a resiny, slightly herbal hop character. Not too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with just a little toastiness. Hops are subdued up front but build gently; they are herbal, piney, minty and green. Bitterness is moderate right at the end. Not bad; a pretty balanced pale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this is an interesting beer; I can't say that I love the hop combination here, but this beer also encourages me to keep drinking it. So, good, but maybe not my favorite, though definitely quaffable.

flagmantho, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

peensteen, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

TerryW, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Coronaeus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Coronaeus, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

GoHabsGo, May 27, 2014
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear bronze with a crackly, chunky head that leaves plenty of lace trails behind. Fresh bread and All Bran mixes with a light floral, citrusy hop character in the nose. Caramel, mashed grains, cookie dough, fruity esters and lemon drop hoppiness in the taste. The mouthfeel is quite dextriny and full bodied, with quite high carbonation levels. The finish is lightly bitter with a clean residual sweetness from all the malts.

A good Pale Ale though imo more in the English tradition, with the yeast flavors and complex and dominant malt profile. Tasty stuff never the less.

CAMRAhardliner, May 25, 2014
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Molson2000, May 24, 2014
Photo of Cycle69
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Cycle69, May 24, 2014
Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dipso123, May 14, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO and served slightly chilled; best before Aug. 26 2014. I vaguely remember trying to decide between a six-pack of this and Hop Head while shopping in Alberta a few years ago, but I opted for the latter and never got around to trying this one. Hopefully it's as good as its cousin!

Pours an attractive, golden-amber colour with beautiful clarity. Seated atop is nearly two fingers of puffy, sparkling off-white head that slowly seeps away over the next few minutes. Loads of lacing. A beautiful-looking pale ale, with a subtle aroma that includes notes of brown sugar, citrus fruit, and not a lot else. Certainly not unpleasant.

A very tasty pale ale, offering a satisfying mixture of West Coast hops and solid malt backing. This one is quite bready and biscuity, with some caramel sweetness and a touch of toasted nuts. The hops eventually grab my attention - orange and lemon are the most noticeable features, with a light resiny feel toward the balanced finish, which also includes some welcomed biscuity sweetness. The mouthfeel is my favourite part of this brew - medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. Whether the flavour profile tickles your fancy or not, no one can say with a straight face that this isn't damned refreshing.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. Tree's Cutthroat Pale Ale has a refined, understated quality about it that many APAs these days lack. There is nothing flashy about this one, but this blend of 10 different malts and hops comes together extremely well. This is an exceptionally balanced, sessionable pale ale that I will absolutely return to again. It's great to see some BC craft beer staples finally making their way to this corner of Ontario.

thehyperduck, May 11, 2014
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

KrisDLSmith, May 11, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. best before august 26, 2014, enjoyed on may 9, 2014

a: an extremely clear light amber. a somewhat aggressive pour yields one and a half fingers of off-white head, full of fine bubbles, that dies down rather quickly

s: great balance between malt and citrusy hops. herbal, floral, tea leafy, and slightly piney too. nothing extravagant but smells pretty good

t: follows the nose. quick grapefruit and pine notes up front, with a delicious and prominent malt bill that enters shortly afterwards -- mostly caramel and toast. a tea-like bitterness (think green tea) begins mid-palate and lingers for quite a while. dry finish. balanced and tasty!

m: light-medium body, mild carbonation

o: under "cutthroat" on the label reads "full-flavoured west coast ale". i'm not well-versed in the field of west coast ales, so i can't really say if this is truly a west coast ale or not, but this brew is certainly full-flavoured. i'd like a bit more carbonation, but this is some really easy-going and delicious stuff

kevinlater, May 10, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

WillAndSarah, May 04, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cutthroat is a type of trout with reddish-orange markings under its jaw; the beer named after it has a similarly amber hue. Its head is only moderate in size but makes an excellent decorator; the lacing its leaves behind is impressively ornamental and almost sticky enough to beat gravity (it loses the battle rather slowly, as the droopy patterns on the glass display).

A blend of forest-y herbals, tree resin and candied fruit peels, this Pale Ale definitely smells like it's from the west coast. The amount of hoppiness in a beer's aroma doesn't necessarily indicate its bitterness, but this leads me to guess that this one lands somewhere in the thirties (answer: sure enough, 38 IBU). It's appreciably hoppy that's for sure.

It is also, however, appreciably malty. The palate reveals where all that orange-y colour and dense haze comes from: a tall order of toasted grain. Flavours of toffee, toasted bread, and biscuits control much of the taste while the leafy and resiny notes stay more or less confined to the aroma and aftertaste (which itself has a fair bit of caramelized malt taste, mind you).

In fact, there's enough caramelization and nuttiness that those 38 IBUs glide right over the tongue and into nothingness. This is considerably 'smooth' (by conventional standards) for an ale that retains a pronounced hoppiness. A beer like this needs balance and, indeed, this recipe has hit it with pin-point accuracy; the drinkability, so far as I'm concerned, is endless.

I already knew that Tree made a solid IPA (Hop Head), an even better hop-bomb (Double Hop Head), and an excellent dark hop-bomb (Hop Head Black), but it's nice to know they also offer a more conservatively hopped pale ale too. While it may be better suited to the average commercial drinker, it's still an enjoyable, highly quaffable ale that meets the high standards of craft beer.

biegaman, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Bf_89, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Chazz_Chetly
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Chazz_Chetly, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of McBastard
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

McBastard, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

rogerdandy, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of mattsander
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mattsander, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.