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Cutthroat Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 70
Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  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: 3.90, 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.

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of kevinlater
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of FinnHawk
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of maplesyrup76
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Olek4374
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
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