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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 Patrick999
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at dinner, Z-Tejas, SLC.

A - Typical pale amber, no head with a stadium-style pour. I suspect the restaurant got the pour wrong, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

S - Aroma was grainy, with a nice little blast of piney hops.

T - Good balance of hops and caramel. Not the greatest pale, but at 4%, more than respectable.

F - Really, really burpy. Ultra carbonated....I don't think they gave a hard enough pour to burn some of that off.

D - Due to the carbonation here, hard to drink. Too filling.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Wal-Mart (UGH!) on huge sale at $5 a six pack. I couldn't pass it up . Stubby bottle, 10/13/2008 date on the bottle.

A: Light copper color with a cream head, not much retention. Crystal clear, very filtered beer. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S: Earthy hops, slight caramel malt bill, slight plastic smell, which is really odd, never noticed that before. Pretty standard pale ale smells, only a little lighter.

T: Follows the nose nicely, nice pale malt characteristic, and a light earthy hop flavor, lingering malty aftertaste, big time tea presence. Excellent light pale ale. Very well balanced, seems a little watered down, but not too bad.

M: Not as thin as one would expect for a 4% beer. Nice carbonation. Somewhat dry, clean finishing beer.

D: This is an excellent session beer. One of my favorites since moving to Utah. All around good flavors and low alcohol, have consumed many of these in one sitting. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a session brew.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle brought back from Utah by my girlfriend.
A-Clear Dark Amber, 1 inch head that dissipated quickly, Looks good
S-Grassy hoppy, slightly bready
T-Tangy flavor, watery, mild malt with slight roast flavor, mildly grainy
M-Thin and light in mouth
D-Nothing stopping me from drinking more but nothing jumping out at me making me want more.

Decent beer-girlfriend had on tap with a slice of pizza and was a fan, but maybe doesn't stand alone so well.

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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 tonistruth
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Lighthouse in Ogden, UT

A- chill hazed bronzed straw brew under a foamy 2 finger white head, nice lacing and retention

S- toasted malts, grainy, grassy hop (all scents rather mellow)

T- slightly toasted grainy malts balanced by grassy hop characters and subtle hints of pine, nicely balanced

M- smooth flowing medium body, coarse at times, good carbonation

D- sessionable pale with flavors a tad over par, nothing fantastic but not offensive either, good drinking can't register many complaints here

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Photo of skillerified
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a nice draft pint in the hotel bar during a recent stay in Park City. It was served way too cold, but you could still tell that this was a decent brew all the way around. Really got tasty as it warmed.

Generous head, even on a chilled glass (unfortunately). Inviting copper, gold and yellow hues.

Scent and taste had a nice base of caramel malt, bready and biscuity, and a nice floral top layer. Also a note of spices on the nose.

Smooth and easy drinking. Again, mine was served far too cold (and I didn't have time to wait for it to warm too much), so my judgement here might be a little off. Still had a nice medium to light bodied feel, slightly creamy. Appropriately bitter for the style. Pretty good.

Would have loved to have had another one (or the Kolsch they also had on tap). Definitely something to look for when in the beer badlands of Utah.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head that fades. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice blend of caramel malts and herbal hops.

Rather weak caramel malt taste upfront followed by a pleasant herbal hop flavor and medium bitterness. Finishes rather bland and dry with a slight lingering hop flavor.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

Not difficult to drink, but would greatly benefit from a bit more malt character and a lot more body.

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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 Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for another Utah brew.

A: Sort of a saffron color with plum highlights. Head is wispy at best an auburn hint to it.

S: Caramel, dirty hops and a little orange.

T: Begins with watered down caramel on the tip of the tongue. Like most of the Utah beers, its very minerally. This one is dry with a low level bitterness to it. Finishes with a touch of marionberry and unrefined malts.

M: Thin body, hard mouthfeel.

D: Not bad. A little boring. Oh well.

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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 sloejams
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On my trip across this fine land of ours I made my way through the beautiful state of Utah. Utah is not known for their beer, quite the opposite. When I saw a couple local singles in the fridge of the gas station I stopped at, I figured I give them a go.

This pours a yellow straw color. The aroma is part caramel, part wheatfield and slightly fruity with some citrus. Flavorwise, it has some subtle hops with some cereal oat. It''s a bit watery - my guess in complying with Utah's ABV% regulations.

It's likely one of the best beers you can get in Utah, but that's not saying too much.

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

Appearance: Dark brown to amber in color with a creamy tan head that hsows good retentions.

Smell: Very malty, slightly floral hop nose with a refreshing water scent.

Taste: Malty, slightly sour with a pinch of alcohol in the middle. Earthy hops lay the foundation for sandy and slightly metallic flavors. Pepper with hop flavors and some floral notes at the end.

Mouthfeel: Watery but smooth, sticky and slightly chewy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Good, relaxing brew when I had just had my flight delayed in Salt Lake City. Balanced and clean.

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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 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 akahn
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an dark orange-red color with lots of bubbles streaming up and a creamy, tall, sticky off-white head. Good lacing.

A nice fresh, hoppy nose.

Taste: not much. Some grainy maltiness followed by woody, piney hops. Very clean finish (i.e., not much taste in the finish), with some grain husk showing up.

This is not a good beer. Very watery, very little flavor and what flavor there is isn't very pleasant. This tastes like water flavored to taste like an APA. I'm surprised this beer has gotten such high marks.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the Cutthroat Pale Ale at the Hungry Moose in Park City.

Had a dark amber-copper color. Smelled like a typical APA. Good smell though, definitely some hops in there. The taste was decent. Maybe a little watered-down. Needed some more hops. Good mouthfeel though and easy to drink. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of RoundelMike
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my default session beer here in Salt Lake City. I'm finding a surprising number of local options here in this beer-strangled town, but I keep coming back to Cutthroat. This ale pours a deep, copperish red and has a nice, thick head. The taste, at least to me, is notably full and strong, with a really nice bitterness to it--but it can be too bitter for many. The beer's real strong point, however, is in its drinkability. You simply don't get sick of it. It continues to be a refreshing, interesting and livable taste all evening long.

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

Big disorganized froth flails about this dark red copper brew. Smells strongly dry yet rich cereals, like oats.

Taste, too, is toasty oats and rich, dry cereals, with some moments of hop dryness. Light body and carbonation, reasonable drinkable. Not wildly exciting.

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Photo of drewbage
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 ounce brown bottle purchased straight from the brewery. Bottle carries a best buy date marked as "August" Beer's listed content is 4%

Aroma is toasted malt with a highlight of a spicy hop aroma.cutting through a sweeter impression.

Flavor is brisk with a CO2 enhanced hop bitterness riding all over a medium malt body with just a few toasted caramel notes to it before it takes over the finish and holds on till a growing aggressive mineral character dries the tongue completely out and makes you hunt down the next ship.

All in all a good light weight pale ale. I'd prefer it with a smaller mineral load.

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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 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 mattmaples
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I, like many people here in the NW were under the impression that Utah was a vast wasteland of cheap flimsy beer. I have been enjoying a couple of 6-packs that a customer had sent back with his sister and my opinion is quickly changing. The ones I have tried (barring the Polygamy porter) have benn rock solid beer that has held quite true to style. This Cut Throat Pale is no exception. Very well balanced, good deep copper color. The head could have been a little better but the flavor was great and not over hopped for a pale. The judicious use of Cascade hops made for more of the floral notes instead of the citrus/grapefruit flavor. Well done pale ale.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This flag-ship pale ale exhibits an admirable copper color with a deep spicy floral aroma. The balance of flavors is created by combining a bold spicy hop character with a delicate, but not weak malt presence. I can see why this is the most popular beer from this brewery.

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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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