Crosscut Pale Ale | Lift Bridge Brewery

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Crosscut Pale AleCrosscut Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously Drifter Pale Ale.

Added by mothman on 12-13-2008

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Stein. Light brown with decent head. Smells hoppy with citrus aromas and roast in the back. Taste Not as hoppy as expected from nose. Biscuit. Good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"1362 B2 1240" ink-jetted on the bottom of the bottle, if it's a Julian date, the bottle is over a year old. Purchased at Casanovas.

Very dark reddish orange color, it looks brown in indirect light. Sticky lace that coats the glass in sheets, fairly good surface coverage. Average clarity with some rising carb trails visible.

Smells like bready malt, a little floral note from the hops, herbal Cascade, vague citrus.

Flavors follow suit, malt dominated with some citrusy notes buried deep, apparently grapefruit zest according to the label. Slight lingering bitterness and toasty malt flavors, vague fruity yeast esters. Overall this isn't a groundbreaking pale ale by any means but it's fairly drinkable. Would try a fresher sample to re-evaluate sometime.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crosscut pours a deep golden color with a very small head. Their are a few weak floral aromas, but hints of lime and citrus. The taste just has a few floral notes come through, but a nice strong lime and grapefruit flavor. I really enjoyed the unique flavors. Overall a very nice pale ale, not a hop bomb, but the lime and grapefruit makes it very enjoyable.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is light copper. A half-finger of eggshell-colored head reduced to a skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Citrus and earthy hops at first, but then the earthy hops fade and faint grapefruit takes over. Underneath are lightly toasted malts and sweet caramel.

Taste: Nice flavor, though it does not pack a huge punch. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus predominate, and there is even a little lime sourness. Earthy hops create a bridge between the citrus and malts. Underneath the hops are lightly toasted malts and sweet caramel. As it warms, the flavors begin to coalesce nicely.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff. It is nothing bombastic but is very enjoyable.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Red-copper. Perfectly clear. Head is one finger light tan. Head lasts not so well. Minimal lacing.
S- Delicious hoppy aroma. There's a bit of fruityness, tropical and citrus. Just a bit of malt. Very pleasing aromas.
T- The opening flavors are very nice. Orange, pineapple, light caramel, sugar cookie. Finish has some bitterness but not much flavor, leaving a bit to be desired.
M- Medium body, actually a bit full. Moderate, maybe a bit crisp, carbonation.
O- It's an ok beer. good flavors and good body, needs a bit of work in the finish though.

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Photo of irrgalaxy
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tall glass.

A: reddish-brown color; low amounts of head on the glass.

S: slightly musty; no strong esters in the beer

T: malty at the start, with some toasted grains. surprisingly bitter on the back end; grapefruit flavor coming in strong.

M: nice carbonation

O: This is darker than I would normally go for a pale ale; the hops flavor is muted (despite the bitterness), and doesn't balance with the grains very well. Reminds me more of English ales than the typical American variety.

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Photo of happygnome
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with orange hues. There is a half inch of head. A lot of sticky lacing is left on the edge of the glass and top of the beer. There is a lot of carbonation that can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Strong grapefruit and floral hop aromas. There is a nice caramel malt backbone

T: Grapefruit and citrus hop flavors balanced nicely with caramel malt backbone

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of samie85
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Pours a clear burnt amber color with a finger and a half of glistening white head.

S-Some chocolate and biscuit notes with some earthy hop notes.

T-Tastes of bitter dark chocolate and aspirin.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a drying feel.

D-The flavor profile is not something I enjoy at all... not a very drinkable beer; also the chocolatey malt notes really threw me off.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Gifted to me from a nice haul by my generous brother Greg.

A: Pleasing light orange-amber with 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing.

S: Strong grapefruit aromas of cascades and the zest they add. The caramel and pale maltiness is not overly sweet but provides nice balance to the stiff citrus component.

T: This is a solid American pale ale with a good dose of bready caramel sweetness and a heavy-handed helping of grapefruit citrus. I'm not sure the zest adds a lot, but I would love to try this side by side with GL Burning River Pale Ale or SNPA.

M: Medium-bodied with a tad too much carbonation which hampers the coating feel I like in this style.

O: A nice take on APA which tastes like a one-hop brew and does a good job of representing the style.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper like amber. Has a decent sized off white bubbly head that slowly fades into a patchy layer. Small amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of floral hops and grapefruit citrus mixed with a decent amount of caramel and toffee malts.

Taste: A decent amount of earthy hop bitterness throughout with some sweet bready malts that balance it out. Grapefruit is there but not as strong as the bottle leads on.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high body with a medium carbonation. Bitter but still fairly smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid pale ale from Lift Bridge.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

+From notes+...on-tap at Emma's Bar in River Falls, WI on April 23rd.

Decent pale ale color in this pint...darker than most, with a respectable head on a good pour from the bartender.

Aroma is balanced on the malty side, which is good for the style. It's respectable. I'm not a huge fan of their malt profile, but it's clean and there's nothing objectionable here.

It goes easy on the tongue, no problem drinking this but it didn't blow me away as far as pales either. Kind of on the sweet side of things, but not too sweet. I think they could change the hop profile a little while keeping the malt profile the same and that could bump it up a notch.

Mouthfeel needs a little work...not particularly zesty or anything, although there's nothing bad here either. Just not a stand-out, although I would try other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coppery orange and clear with an inch of white foam.

Smell: Grapefruit citric notes over light caramel malt.

Taste: Light resinous and lemony hop and grapefruit bitterness with a decent caramel backbone that is lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a medium-light body.

Drinkability: Smooth drinking grapefruit citric and crisp, good session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin orange with honeycomb highlights and multiple sites of carbonation generation on the bottom of the glass. The compact, ecru-colored crown has quality texture and is doing a fine job with respect to lace deposition.

Does an APA that uses both Cascade and grapefruit zest smell even more like grapefruit? Not in this case it doesn't. In fact, I wouldn't have guessed C-hops at all. Golden malts and fruity-musky hops are a pleasant combination, but that's as far as it goes.

Crosscut Pale Ale is pretty good beer that doesn't immediately shiver me timbers, so let's see how the next 11 ounces goes. Since it doesn't taste like there's a ton of hops in here, might some of those 55 IBUs be coming from bitter citrus zest? It's possible.

The malts are modestly toasted-earthy and lend a little background sweetness that plays well off a bitterness that takes increasing charge as the mouthfeel progresses. Sure, CPA tastes like grapefruit peel, but not to the extent that a grapefruit peel-added ale should.

The next highest taste score is within reach... falling just short. Gotta reward drinkability then. The mouthfeel is roughly medium for the style/ABV and the bubbles add plenty of energy without adding too much.

My first Lift Bridge brew (thanks feloniousmonk) is a relatively well-crafted offering that never really delivers on the promise of being a grapefruit bomb. Okay, so that wasn't their promise, but more like my hope.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker copper colored brew, light haze, small tan head. Got that classic pale ale scent, fairly malty, bitter/floral hops. Medium caramel malt front, somewhat fruity, nice light bitter hop balance. Medium bodied, somewhat sharp on the tongue. The name of this game is average american pale ale. Thats not a knock on it by any means, its a fine beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is inviting - a clear amber brown with a sudsy white head. Aroma shows soft floral hops and little pine complimented by nice caramel sweetness. More IPA than APA in the nose. Taste is a different story though as there is a firm bready malt backbone. Hops are sharp and piney. Bold, although not the cleanest combination of flavors. Finishes with a light grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with fine, yet crisp carbonation.

This beer outperformed my expectations. Good maltyness to go with the assertive hops. Would call this sessionable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with orange highlights. It had a one-figner, off-white head of foam that left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, grapefruit and floral notes.

T - Good caramel malt flavor with some hop spiciness and bitterness. The grapefruit flavor adds a sharp citric kick.

M - It was crisp,sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was pretty good. It's only my second Lift Bridge beer but they seem to be doing good stuff.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very slight cloudiness in a peachy copper body. Tall, thick, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing. Powdered sugar, biscuits, and a nice blend of fresh citrus, light pepper, and pine needles on the nose.

Toasted biscuit malt up front. Citrus and mineral water hop bitterness as well. Lemon and grapefruit come through, along with some sappy pine. Muted cracker malt backing. Maybe a whiff of sweetness. Dryish, hop bitter finish. Moderate body with a slick, almost soapy feel. A pretty decent pale ale in the bottle, but I bet this would be even better fresh from the brewery (I don't know how old my bottle is, but at least 1 month).

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Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an amber/orange color with a very light tan/cream head.

S- Light grapefruit, some biscuit, honey, apple skin. Overall, however, very faint.

T- Starts off with a mineral earthy hop notes with a good deal of biscuity malt. The finish is slightly dry.

M- Low carbonation and good full body.

D- Overall, a decent pale ale. Nothing crazy though.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass.

A: Hazy orang gold, one finger of off whitw head, tiny flecks of lace, small soapy lace ring.

S: mild piney hops, lots of pale malt, mild earth tones

T: light hop bite, malt sweetness, mild metallic finish

M: Medium to light body, light carbonation,

D: rather middle of the road pale. Drinkable not memorable.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright copper body and a big tan rocky head of moderate retention that gives way to sparse lacing and a thin cover. Pretty basic stuff, but nothing disappointing.

S: Clean bready aroma and only a hit of citrus hops in the background. Again, a very simple, straight forward example of the style.

T: Clean biscuit malt backbone, with a mild pine bitterness, and moderate aftertaste. A bit more hop character than I would expect from a typical APA, but pretty solid overall.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very clean.

D: Highly drinkable, if nondescript. Goes down easy, and doesn't offend.

O: Solid offering from a still very young brewery. I expect good things from Lift Bridge in the future.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Heritage Liquor in MSP

appearance: very nice pour - dark orange-copper body served in a tyranena pint, rather bright, foamy white crest

smell: pretty tame - very light grapefruit, light toasted malt, bready, tea

taste: I wanted to try a Lift Bridge Brew and this was the higest regarded one i could track down...this APA doesnt really deliver enough grapefruit to warrant mentioning on the front label, decent citrus bitterness, light toasted malt. The finish is dry and bitter. This is a nice APA that just doesn't wow.

mouthfeel: dry bitterness, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of regspeir
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle (via trade) into a standard pint glass.
Poured a cloudy dark orange with a inch head that settled to a frothy coating with good staying power. Nose is faint citrus, some floral hops and caramel malt. Taste is some bitter grapefruit, bready notes, and floral hops but heavy entrance of lemon and the caramel and very sweet malts. There is some bitterness in the finish but the sweetness is the over-riding impression it leaves. Body is light with medium carbonation. This was a decent offering, kinda; unique American Pale Ale, but nothing I would go out of my way to retry.

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Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, ok head.

Smell: Pretty light, bready, some tea, hint of citrus.

Taste: Very balanced, bready start and then a mix of tea-like bitterness and citrus dryness.

Drinkability: I could have a couple in a sitting.

Pale ales have a lot of competition in the Twin Cities since Summit has a very good one that can be found in pretty much every bar. Crosscut goes for kind of a mix between an American and English pale ale and does a decent job at it. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to dzyneguru for this extra!

I love trying out random breweries' offerings. Gives a good sense of what's going on elsewhere. This one pours a clear copper-amber topped by a tall, somewhat quickly-dying white froth, which leaves some webby lacing behind as it goes. The nose comprises hoppy citrus, orange peel, some pine, and some caramel. The taste holds notes of bitter orange zest, a slightly grapefruit-y hoppiness, and some light toffee in the back. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, not a bad pale ale at all. I can see myself sitting on the porch and downing a sixer easily.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy dark amber color with a one finger thick bubbly head.

Smell is pretty damn good. Tons of hops aromas, some citus, pine, and grapefruit. With some bready malt aromas as well.

Bitterness is upfront with a bready malt finish. Lots of hops in this pale ale. Seems like mostly pine hops, great level of bitterness though, this is a damn fine example of the style.

Mouthfeel is very nice and full, high carbonation as well.

Good drinkability, would be very nice paired with food.

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