Pale Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 25-oz. draft
Glass: Clear mug
From: Firehouse Pizzeria in Logan, Utah
Price: $5.00
Purchased: Oct. 27, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 27, 2016
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: N/A

Had this before and gave it a 3.50 on Untappd. Got to try it again on a work trip to Logan, Utah.

Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of frothy-to-rocky white head when I got it. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class circular foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled more malty on the nose than hoppy. Got rye, caramel, toffee, lemon, peach, light woody notes and nuttiness. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose somewhat. Very dry. Not quite as good as the smell now that I think about it. Malty, earthy rye, lemon zest, caramel, toffee and dry peach. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A tad overwhelmed overall. I think I overrated this one a bit. Logan, Utah, you know? (Overall - 3.50)

3.61 | 82 | B

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shorty review. 12 oz bottle good until 8/28/16.

2F+ head with good retention and lacing. Beer is an attractive bronze. Nose is mostly pilsner and caramel type malts and the taste is about the same. Maybe some pine left in the hops, but that's about it. Light bodied and medium carbonated. Drinkable enough.

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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


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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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Lovely red-orange body, clear, with a white head, lots of lacing.

S - Spicy traditional hop notes, pine and pepper. Bready malt core.

T - Tea and mild lemon malt notes, with crusty bread notes in the center, and bittering hop on the close.

M - Prickly carbonation, dry close. Session friendly with a clean finish.

O - A decent old-school pale. Bright and drinkable.

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Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: clear, reddish-amber with a foamy, white-head. Unfortunately, you have to open the cardboard box to see the freshness date stamped on the bottom of the can; this defeats the purpose of a freshness date unless you open the box at the store...well now.....In any event, the "drink by" date is a week away.

The aroma is somewhat earthy and malty but does have some spicy hops in the mix.

It may not be fresh but the flavor seems fresh enough; there is a surprising resiny hop bite followed by a mellow malt profile with caramel highlights.

Perhaps the weakest part: the body is light and a little too watery, though there is a nice, lingering malty sweetness on the palate. The carbonation is restrained.

I really wish this ale was fresher as I think it would be an excellent, low-alcohol pale ale. While the ale did taste fresh there was a hint of staleness that I can only attribute to age. Next time I am just going to have to open the box at the store and check one of cans before buying.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.56/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's start off and say, this beer is a very good flagship crafted beer. I think a lot of hop heads and their palates might over look a beer like this. This beer is good, very well crafted and fits the APA catagory quit well. Very smooth drinking, not to hoppy, not to bitter and goes down very nice. On the nose, very tropical flavors coming through. Grapefruit, woodchips, light citrus, orange peel, very little dankness, amber honey, pine and malt backbone. It has a dry finish and goes down very smooth. Overall, very good beer in this craft beer world. Thumbs up to this craft beer.

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

Part of an assorted 9er, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of grapefruit and citrus. Pours to a deep copper color with a thin head. On the taste this brew has a nice balance of piney citrus and brown sugar. Balanced from start to finish, a very smooth drinker. Finish is slightly bitter and actually quite clean.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber.
Smell is a mild mixture of caramel malt and floral citrus.
Taste follows the nose with sweet caramel malt and some citrus

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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 dbl_delta
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 06/04/16J into pint glass. Pours a clear honey-amber with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is light pine, citrus, biscuity malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Refreshing but not outstanding.

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Photo of jp32
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper in color from the can. Good head retention. Smells hoppy and relatively basic. It has a nice balance between it's malts and hops. Actually probably a bit malt forward for an APA. Tastes great though, I like it.

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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 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 Lemke10
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a medium amber color with a frothy beige head. The aroma is weak with some malts and touch of hops. The taste is a lot more bitter than I imagined. Decent depth to the taste but there are without a doubt much better pale ales on the market than this one. Finishes with a sweet yet bitter after taste.

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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 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 vw72
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brought back from Utah to Missouri. A tasty APA, but seemed a little light, perhaps due to the lower alcohol content. This is a good APA with a lighter alcohol content.

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Photo of MaxBat
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review dates: October/November 2015. Bottles bought at local (Salt Lake City) stores.

Cutthroat is one of my favorite local beers. It is light for an APA and doesn't have the texture of more "hoppy" beers, but the taste is smooth without a lot of bitterness.

It pours into a glass (from a bottle) with a dark amber glow. My bottles poured clear without cloudiness. Easy pour produces a finger to two of a caramel colored head. Smell is hoppy with a touch of citrus. Taste is a bit light, but enjoyable.

Overall an affordable, very drinkable APA. Often criticized (unfairly?) for the low (4%) alcohol content, but I find it's the beer I reach for most often when I relaxing around the house.

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Photo of jeswasgui
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Has a dull Amber appearance to it with half to 1 finger head with little retention. No real bitterness to it and has a milky feel to it, not much carbonation. Considering the low amount of alcohol it isn't too bad.

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Photo of JohnIrving
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can and bottle at least a few hundred times. Pours a transparent oak color with a half finger head. Aroma is of earthy hops and caramel malts. Taste is pretty unique - those earthy hops from the aroma with breadiness from the yeast and malt. Always described as a "malty pale ale", and I think that basic description works. This was one of the very first craftbeers I ever had, and I've almost never been without a few in the fridge. Favorite session beer for any occasion. Nice to see it get a silver medal at the 2014 GABF. Try it fresh, or don't review it until you do!

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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 Jsteez
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A-Pours a borderline amber brown to medium amber with a thick off-white 2 finger head. The head stuck around for sometime and it left some sticky lace on the glass. The head eventually dissipated into a bubbly ring around the edges. It looks good!

S-Dominant malt character, with some citrus undertones. Not too much in the smell.

T- It's light, crisp, and flavorful for a pale ale. The caramel-toasty malt balanced the bitter hops in the aftertaste. For a lighter pale ale, it is quite balanced. There were also some light citrus notes that complemented the hops.

M-Light bodied beer with a full-bodied feel. Moderate carbonated feel, crisp and clean. A bit watery, but that is to be expected in Utah.

Overall, if your visiting the Rockies and you happen to be in SLC, try this ubiquitous beer. It is sold just about everywhere. It is one the best beers in the 4% ABV zone. It's a great brew for any time of the year, sessionable for summer/fall, drinkable in the spring, and warm in the winter.

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer in Beaver UT while on the way to GABF.

A: This beer pours a deep amber with 1 finger very light amber head. The head did last an abnormally long time however, a left a good amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Nice aroma and flavor of caramel malt with a hint of citrus or British hop flavors.
T: Light notes of sweet caramel malt and a touch of citrus hops. Not bad for a low ABV easy drinking beer. Good session beer for sure.
M: Somewhat light body with a lightly slick but fairly watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft enough.
O: This beer is a good session beer with good flavor, low ABV, and not heavy at all.

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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 rinhaak
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sundance. Poured into a pint glass.

Pouring a pretty dark amber, Cutthroat Pale is all about the malt. Lots of caramel malts with a slight roastiness in the background, the flavor would suggest a higher ABV if it weren't so watery in the mouth.

A very drinkable session ale that seems to lack a unique character, but not a bad beer for sitting by the BBQ or watching a game.

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