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Pale Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
214
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
5
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 214
Photo of DrunkinYogi
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Wow for a pale ale its the darkest I ever seen crossing well beyond IPA and going DIPA! Head is nice I got a 1/2 inch that settles to some great lacing.
S - Decent hop to malt ratio a bit of sourdough bread. Nothing to write home with.
T +M - Its a good balance of hop to malt in fact its so perfectly balanced I could see why people give it such an average rating. Even though its 4% its still feels like a medium bodied beer so I can't seem to chug it so it's not even session able. Perplexing...

Overall I pretty much bought this because of the trout and I love fishing as much as I love ticking beer!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good color, good clarity, lace etc. . . aroma was lacking, not back, just nothing.

Taste, a standard pale. Refreshing, but will seem pedestrian to a hophead (or big fan of their BW like I am). Good caramel, not enough hops. Maintains a light play on the tongue though, doesn't acquire that earthy heavy wood feel that some APAs will when they aren't heavily/appropriately hopped.

Easy to drink, won't be offensive to anyone, just won't be something exquisite at any time either.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to a goblet glass with a fairly deep amber body for a pale ale. An off white cap forms to two fingers with a thick creamy consistency. Great head retention and sheets of lace begin immediately. Beyond that are thick webs and drizzle.

S- Pretty much an equal balance of malts, yeast and hops; perhaps the last a slight bit lighter. A mix of medium caramelized grains, toasted malts, citrus and spicy hops, yeast bread and fruit esters.

T- Carries on from the nose with a flavor that falls between pale ale and amber with a moderate hop dosage but plenty of grains to balance. Prominent notes are floral citrus hops, pine, medium crystal malt, toasted cereal grain, yeast bread and some pear feel.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a smooth, silky creamy texture. Moderately high carbonation feels quite soft on the palate and ot finishes very slightly bitter.

Balanced out Pale Ale that actually has quitr a few characteristics of a lighter Amber Ale. It still stays towards the Pale Ale side and comes together with a flavorful balance.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this brew on a recent trip to Salt Lake City. It’s a clear, golden-amber colored beer with a moderately sized white head. The aroma is of floral hops, with a nice backing of caramel and toasted malt. It’s a much better aroma than I expected. A little grassy, with some resiny, pine-like hops. The hops really stand out in the taste, which is refreshingly bitter. Slight, caramel sweetness up front. The finish is very clean, with a lingering grapefruit hop quality. This brew is very easy to drink, and would make an excellent session beer.

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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 scottfrie
2.34/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks to mjyoung for sharing. Bottled 5/6/11.
A: Pours a deep amber with a rather thin head despite my rather rough pour. The head did last an abnormally long time however, a left a good amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Not picking up much. Light scents of caramel do poke through along with maybe a hint of citrus peel.
T: Light notes of sweet caramel malt and a touch of citrus hops. Not very potent flavors. I’ve had amber ales with way more hops than this. Very watery.
M: Thin body with a lightly slick but fairly watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft enough.
O: Pretty boring (bad) for a pale ale and beer in general. Not something I really want to drink.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Pint glass with little to no head. The slightest amount of lacing sticks in the glass. Orange/Amber in color with good clarity and no visible carbonation

Aroma is of crackers and toasted malt.

Flavor is rather bread/crusty bread like and has a lot of black pepper notes. Slight fruity esters and a mild hop finish. Pretty nice.

Carbonation tingles and brings the black pepper notes to life. Body is medium light and it finishes a little dry.

Rather drinkable, just not overly exciting.

A decent pale ale and one to have when in Salt Lake.

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Photo of alexgash
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rather good session ale, however, I still prefer Uinta's stronger version, Angler's Pale Ale. Whatever. This version, 4%, pours a rich amber with a creamy off-white head. Smell is of slight toffee malts, but mostly spicy, piney hops. Taste is much the same. The hops are a little overpowering, so a little more malt would help alot, but that's why there is Angler's. A tad slight on the body as well.

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

A - Nice clear copper, near white 1 inch head that leaves to disk. Lots of cling lace.

S - Very mild malt and hops coming through.

T - On the malty side, very one dimensional. Hops make a sound presence, however.

M - Good carb, fine balance. Not terribly interesting, but ...

D - Low alcohol, very easy flavors.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with hues of yellow interlaced. One finger of head fell to top off the beer nicely. The nose was a light grapefruit hop with a touch of light caramel maltyness, though overall, a touch light. The flavor has some good hop lingering around a caramel base. A nice flavor. The body could use just a hint more in there to give it the thickness I want in a beer. Overall, this one drinks very easily and smooth. A good offering from Uinta.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A full bodied pale ale. Malty and very hoppy. Big bold flavor. Caramelized slightly sweet malts and very spicy hops. Good taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of nickd717
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 1/9/2009, from 12oz bottle.

Bottle in Park City. Amber color with decent white head. Nice hop aroma, somewhat citrusy. The flavor has caramel malt and citrusy hops. Medium-bodied, maybe a little more watery than I’d like, but hey...you know...Utah, man.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received courtesy of breity in a recent trade. Thanks, Andrew!

This is one of the "smaller" beers that I've had, but it was also one of the best looking. This beer poured a deep copper gold with a billowing white head on top. Retention was superb, and there was a sticky, lacy mess all over the glass edge. Very nice. Smelled grassy and sour. Some hints of lemon in there on top of the grassy hops.

Very tame beer right away, but as I continue to drink, this beer gets more hoppy and more enjoyable. Very well-balanced with plenty of biscuity malts in there, all mixing and jiving with the slight hoppy muscle. Drinkability is extremely high, as the ABV is very low. I could drink these all summer long. I was very pleasantly surprised by this "little" beer. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but it showed me a thing or two...

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Photo of marc77
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper hue, thick head, attractive lace. Dry - hopped Cascade nose, along with light yeast fruitiness in aroma. The toasty malt flavors are accompanied by a firm hop bitternss. Medium bodied for a pale. Citrusy hop flavor. Dry, crisp flavor. An above average & drinkable session pale ale.

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

Tried a bottle at the Delta Crown Room in the SLC airprot. Pours a dark amber without much head. Nose is balanced between floral, bitter hops and a some light sweet malt. Palate is equally balanced, with the hops becoming more pronounced on the finish along with a subtle underlying smokiness. Medium body holds flavor well. Decent, but unremarkable.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

UINTA PALE ALE 7/10/16

Another from the latest beer club shipment of four different. We get Uinta but I have not tried this one yet.

Best by 9/24/16, which could mean...anything. Could be two thirds of the way through its recommended lifespan, or not.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Clear copper with a finger thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pear and apple.

t: Light fruit notes with a medium hop bite over a bready malt base. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A good session pale, easy drinking and flavorful. Not to be confused with the Cutthroat holiday version pictured, which has double the ABV of this one.

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