Pale Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Cutthroat Pale Ale

This traditional style pale ale has a rich amber color, full malt body and a clean hop finish.

34 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
5
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65
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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of jaydoc
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a half finger of head that disappears rapidly leaving virtually no lacing. Malty grain aroma... somewhat bready flavor. on the thin side, maybe a bit under-carbonated.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rustic orange with a bronze-like glow. The three finger cap is pastel caramel in color; just about the hue one would expect given the beer that created it. The foam is sticky enough to deposit barely broken sheets of lace on the upper few inches of the glass. This is a darker, richer looking APA than one typically sees.

The nose is balanced. Translation: it isn't as hoppy as I would have liked. Given the color and the aroma, I'm guessing that a hefty portion of caramel malt was used in addition to pale malt. The hops are primarily citric with an earthy overlay. To my nose, that means a mixture of American and British varieties are present.

Cutthroat Pale suffers from UBS (Utah Beer Syndrome). Even with more guts and a bigger body, it still wouldn't fit my prefered blueprint for a beer of this style. As in the nose, it's caramel malty, citric hoppy and balanced to within an inch of its life. The problem is, neither side of scale is weighted down very heavily. An infusion of ingredients is sorely needed.

Some 4.0% beer from this brewery, and especially from the Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch), manages to possess a decent mouthfeel. Why, then, can't the entire lineup? This one, for example, is thin and bordering on watery. I've learned to cut APAs a little slack, but I've cut Cutthroat all I'm going to cut.

The Uinta website tells me that Cutthroat Pale Ale is 'the state's #1 selling craft-brewed beer'. That's hard to figure since I've had quite a few better from that state. On second thought, it isn't all that surprising, since if the 'craft-brewed' part was left out, the #1 selling beer is probably Budweiser.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe that I originally had this on draft in SLCUT back in 2007, but since then, they have begun putting it in CANs, hence this revisitation ISO The CANQuest (tm)! I also have to bemusedly shake my head at being thanked by my local, in-person trader, tone77. I actually thought that he was the source for this one, not vice versa.

From the CAN: "Keep Cold"; "Brewed with RENEWABLE POWER Wind & Solar"; "Spawned by Uinta Brewing Co."; "Earth, Wind and Beer"; "Don't forget to [recycle]."

The Crack! unleashed some foaming through the vent, but did I CANic?!? Heck, no! I began a gentle Glug! into the awaiting glass until I had things under CANtrol. It formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head that slowly fell to wisps, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a curious mintiness along with a caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was hoppy enough to allow it to qualify as a Pale Ale, but it lacked the Ooomph! to put it up with SNPA, which is the standard-bearer for the style. Instead, it seemed somehow muted, although the malts were not really dominant, either, which CAN sometimes happen in the style. It was not bad, per se, just not enough to get my hophead sensibilities to perk up. Finish was semi-dry, but the malts were not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. This allowed the hops at least a fighting chance, but it was a lost battle when all was tolled.

My original, draft review follows:

This arrived with a good, medium-tan head with decent retention. The nose was an interesting mix of hops and malt with hops gaining the slight edge. The color was a deep, dark amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of hops. I experienced a light sweetness on the finish, but not enough to put me off. Hops, hops, hops ... It's a common theme with me. Great lacing throughout.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #5 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

A very mild pale ale with minimal hop tones and influence. Had a sweet tone on there that seemed a bit much. The whole beer strikes me as less than memorable, especially in comparison to some of the other more heavy hitters that I had before and after this one.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent hop profile, more on the malty side, decent flavor profile but nothing too impressive, especially when compared to hop Nosh. An average pale ale

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, piney hops, and slight citrus hops. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight citrus hops, and slight piney hops. Overall, good appearance, and average in all other aspects.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout. Scents of sweet hops. The taste is hoppy with a little bitter end in the aftertaste. Medium body. Very drinkable, makes a great session brew. Have not had that many Uinta Brewery stuff so far.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, light citrus. Taste is malty, light caramel and hops, very little bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable beer, but kind of lacking the hoppiness expected in this style.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is malty with some fruit notes. The flavor is malty and grainy with a good touch of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz bottle, drank outside Bryce Canyon on 6th May 2010. The bottle was obtained (along with some other choice brews) at Ruby's Inn general store.

The beer was poured into my plastic toothbrush tumbler, it is all I had to use in the motel.

The beer seemed a whole lot better than the on-tap version I'd had a couple of days earlier outside Zion NP in Springdale.

The pale amber body seemed thicker and richer to look at and the off-white head stayed longer.

The aroma was hoppy and interesting and the taste was a good blend of hops and malts unlike the 'wishy-washy' brew from before.

A lot better experience than the tap beer, missed the good food though, only had a salad with cheese this time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden color, good clarity, almost a full inch of white head on it. Aroma was largely absent.

Taste was something striving for balance mild hops, mild toasted pale malts. Some caramel but not so much that is heavy bc of the light hopping. Very light bodied, very light alcohol notes. Total session beer. Other than looking pretty, its pretty average.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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