Cutthroat Pale Ale | Tree Brewing

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Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
treebeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
West Coast Pale Ale. The perfect balance of five diffent malts and hand selected Hops. The distinctive flavour and aroma make this one truly smooth and inviting beer.

Added by IronDjinn on 04-03-2005

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175
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
10.87%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Did not see this around Vancouver on tap and certainly not on cask as recommended by Derek. However, in a can, this was easily to take along anywhere and have a decent beer. In its basic state,its a transition beer, giving more taste than a macro or even a basic weak light BC craft beer. It was overcarbonated, but still a decent drinker and sessionable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. A stalwart on the Canadian pale ale scene, or at least that's been my experience, with this one.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, and lightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a stellar complex of webbed lacing around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, an underlying sweet bready biscuit character, pleasantly muddled orchard fruit, and floral, citrus hops. The taste is mildly sweet caramel-tinged biscuity malt, one aligned quite nicely with the orange and grapefruit citrus and flower pod hop notes. It does seem to lend itself towards IPA introspection, this much is certain.

The carbonation is very much on the low side, just a pique of frothiness here and there, the body a sturdy medium weight, and quite equitably smooth. It finishes clean, dry, and agreeably hoppy.

A very easy beer to drink, although the overall intensity of hoppy goodness is well moderated, which I suppose is to be expected, as this can butt up against its big brother Hop Head only so much. More overtly sweet, yes, but such is sibling life. Worthy on its own, for a slightly less than hop-crazy palate.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a golden light copper color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal taste with medium bittering hops. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some clean refined cereal with bittering hosp with light bitter finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done with great refreshing and drinkability factor.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with some sporadic bubbles, but no real head formation.

Smell: Toffee malts, a few spoonfuls of light caramel syrup, a meager pinch of citrus zest, and easy-going floral notes.

Taste: Sweetish maltiness tasting of toffee and light caramel. Light floral, citrusy hops impart a bit of balancing bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty basic stuff we're dealing with here, folks, but it still remains a light, well-balanced pale ale.

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Photo of chippo33
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of imbibehour
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

A real serious looker of a pale ale. Crystal clear body, and glowing perfect copper amber, with nice minimal rising pinhead carbonation. Head is large, aggressive, but in control and builds large with good solid pinhead sized bubbles throughout, four finger tall, large retention and thick island clumping. Spider and soapy lacing is all over. One fantastic looking pale ale.

Nose is toasty, light grains and very dry. Some thrashing grains and ripped almost biscuit quality. Hop presence is not really large here or obvious, but with a large husky quality. If this is your thing, then things are going well.

Real interesting palate. Light bodied pale ale sensing malt, and sharp yeast. Hop finish a bit with a steely grapefruit character and bordering on metallic twinge. Good notes of soft hinting caramel and light sweetness. Dry grainy toasty aromas manage to escape tremendously making sugars/caramel downplay. Feel is borderline juicy but hits well with a good feel.

A large malty biscuity profile, and very unique pale ale. Real enjoyable one here.

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

02/29/06- On tap at the Tree Brewery.

Presentation- Had a few 4oz tasters of this brew from the tap.

Appearance- Mild dark golden pour, 1/2 inch pock marked head with nice lace.

Smell- Nice combination of toasted biscuit malt and floral hops.

Taste- Reminds me of a Poleeko Gold Jr. Great malt flavor with a good grapefruit and piney hop kick. A bit more hops would have been even better.

Mouthfeel- Right down the middle of a perfect carbonation level. Quick and bit sharp aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sessionable for sure. Tasty as well.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of biscuit and caramel malt, butter, toffee and grassy hops; English profile. Flavor is also English, much like the aroma with rich biscuit and caramel malt, dry grassy hops; long lingering biscuit and dry hop finish. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. Oddly both ales I had tonight are labeled in a way that I was expecting something else; first was a cream ale, now a "West Coast Ale", but both would not be out of place in an English pub. This is very malty with English style dry grassy hops. It is nicely balanced, pleasantly malty and nice to drink, but not what I'd expect today for a West Coast style. On the other hand, this is likely to be what an English inspired ale might have been on the West Coast in the last century, and that's not a bad thing. Just south of British Columbia, we have quite a very small selection of good, malty English style ales. Truth is, I'd buy this again in a heartbeat. I like malty ales and this is well balanced and flavorful. The only flaw is a bit of butteriness in the aroma, but that does not show up in the tasted. Hops are traditional and not too exciting, but appropriate for the rest of the ale. I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this can while in Brandon, MB for work. Poured in a pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellow with some light amber colour and a small amount of white head.

S - Sweet malts and some bitter hop notes with some light citrus and pine notes.

T - Some crisp bitterness from the hops with some earthy notes. A sweet caramel malt flavour dominates the palate. There is a somewhat off-putting taste in the finish that seen to be from the hops and is somewhat sour.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

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

On-tap at St. Augustine's from a freshly tapped keg, on to the beer:

Light orange in color, but fading to orange-yellow. THe head is very creamy, and leaves tons of lacing in the glass. Fruity esters and pine in the nose...this type of profile seemed standard among the western Canadian Pale Ales I sampled. There's some pine to taste, along with some esters, and notes of lemon peel. the smoothness of this beer is awesome. Extremely velvety, light, soft, it just feels great. Drink pretty well, easy to kick back a few. Now imagine if the flavor were even better, pair that with the mouthfeel....

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a dimpled mug. This is billed as a "full-flavoured West coast ale" on the can.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours two fingers of pillowy ivory foam and has pretty good retention. I like it.

Smell: lightly toasty malt with a resiny, slightly herbal hop character. Not too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with just a little toastiness. Hops are subdued up front but build gently; they are herbal, piney, minty and green. Bitterness is moderate right at the end. Not bad; a pretty balanced pale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this is an interesting beer; I can't say that I love the hop combination here, but this beer also encourages me to keep drinking it. So, good, but maybe not my favorite, though definitely quaffable.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with a slightly off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves a hint of lace.

S: Light American hop aroma of orange and grapefruit rind, with hints of sponge toffee and fruity esters.

T: A nicely balanced pale ale. Biscuity malt, nectarine and grapefruit rind, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body has a crisp finish.

D: A really great drinker.

When on-cask and dry-hopped with Amarillo, it really comes alive.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cutthroat is a type of trout with reddish-orange markings under its jaw; the beer named after it has a similarly amber hue. Its head is only moderate in size but makes an excellent decorator; the lacing its leaves behind is impressively ornamental and almost sticky enough to beat gravity (it loses the battle rather slowly, as the droopy patterns on the glass display).

A blend of forest-y herbals, tree resin and candied fruit peels, this Pale Ale definitely smells like it's from the west coast. The amount of hoppiness in a beer's aroma doesn't necessarily indicate its bitterness, but this leads me to guess that this one lands somewhere in the thirties (answer: sure enough, 38 IBU). It's appreciably hoppy that's for sure.

It is also, however, appreciably malty. The palate reveals where all that orange-y colour and dense haze comes from: a tall order of toasted grain. Flavours of toffee, toasted bread, and biscuits control much of the taste while the leafy and resiny notes stay more or less confined to the aroma and aftertaste (which itself has a fair bit of caramelized malt taste, mind you).

In fact, there's enough caramelization and nuttiness that those 38 IBUs glide right over the tongue and into nothingness. This is considerably 'smooth' (by conventional standards) for an ale that retains a pronounced hoppiness. A beer like this needs balance and, indeed, this recipe has hit it with pin-point accuracy; the drinkability, so far as I'm concerned, is endless.

I already knew that Tree made a solid IPA (Hop Head), an even better hop-bomb (Double Hop Head), and an excellent dark hop-bomb (Hop Head Black), but it's nice to know they also offer a more conservatively hopped pale ale too. While it may be better suited to the average commercial drinker, it's still an enjoyable, highly quaffable ale that meets the high standards of craft beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Copper colour with a small size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Caramel, malts, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also a faint fruitiness and a grassiness.

Overall - Don't be expecting a 'west coast' fruity/juicy/hoppy flavour. It's an okay beer that is very drinkable, just not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/05/2016

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug17 2009

A clear light copper, with a one finger head that left lace for the few sips it lasted for

S caramel and sweet malt with some mild floral hops and some honey

T not as sweet as it smells but still quite sweet and yet well balanced.

M/D very smooth easy drinking ale, not too heavy but thick enough

i enjoyed it and you might too!

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Photo of bylerteck
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from kjyost. Thanks!

A - One finger fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, golden colour. Mild carbonation. Half finger of retention and a small amount of lace.

S- You can smell the hops as soon as it's poured. Lot's of lemon and citrus. Maybe some orange.

T - Biscuity up front, dusty, citrus and lemon hops. A little soap.

M - Definately refreshing, very mild bitterness. Good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Not one of the better APAs I've had, but fairly solid. More of a Summer option with the lack of bitterness. Not too shabby. Just above being a standard Pale Ale. I'd take Crazy Canuck over this any day.

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Photo of DrJay
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Viggo
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in a Tree variety pack.

Pours a clear golden, thick white head, some lace, decent retention, nothing special. Smell is sweet, some citrus and floral, light pine, pleasant hoppiness, bit of bread in the mix. Taste is sweet and malty, some caramel, citrus and floral, bit of pine, kind of breadlike, nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite a nice pale ale and one of the better Canadian examples of the style.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on several occasions and hadn't realized that I had never formally reviewed it!

A - Pours a light golden copper colour, thumb of light bubbly head with mild retention (couple minutes) and no real lacing.

S - Scent is filled with some fresh woody hops and mild citrus, followed by a light bready malt and a faint metallic finish.

T - The hops are unique on this offering, pleasantly noticeable, and almost have the flavour of freshly cut wood with the faintest smokey finish. Finish is slightly bitter, but pleasurable, with some caramel malts lingering on the tongue.

M - Great mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and finishes only slightly dry. Goes down smooth and quick!

D - A decent pale ale offering and another winner from Tree. I'm always a fan of pale ale which has moderate hop presence, making it easily sessionable, not overly bitter, and poundable. By no means a hop bomb, but a tasty offering and a worthy session beer if you're looking for a light hop flavour that won't become overpowering over the evening.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Jeffo
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from the LCBO this past summer.

From a 16oz can into a snifter
IBU: 36

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-looser, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Clear burnt orange in color with almost no carbonation. Head fades to a full wisp and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing the whole way. Head is a bit foamy, but this is alright.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, honeydew melon and touches of grapefruit. Medium strength.

TASTE: Light caramel and melon up front, then a medium but lingering finish of sweet bready malts and light caramel, floral flavors and some light grapefruit bitterness. Rather mundane. A nice caramel and sweet melon burst at the swallow is nice, but the rest of it is a bit boring and lacks the bitterness that was expected.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Good feel.

OVERALL: Okay. It’s labeled a “full flavored west coast ale,” but that really didn’t come to fruition. I guess it’s flavorful enough, but it’s rather boring in its sweetness and lacks the bitterness that was expected. Decent beer, but that’s it. Pass.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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