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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

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82
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +17%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Olek4374
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.