Cutthroat Pale Ale | Tree Brewing

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Cutthroat Pale AleCutthroat Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

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.

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Photo of bludtek
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale is light amber and clear. Sufficient but short-lived head is present.

The smell is initially of rich malt followed by hoppy aromas of fresh hay.

Taste is full bodied. Dark toasted grain is quickly replaced by smooth hop characters. The sweetness is slightly honey and a bit of green apple. The hops is full, floral, and tasty. Each sip ends with a slight bitterness.

The label says, "A classic Pale Ale, perfectly balanced". I would agree that this is a nicely balanced beer. Carbonation, sweetness and hops are tuned to my liking. OK, maybe I taste a bit more hops than malt, but there's nothing wrong with that!

I'll be pouring myself another.

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Photo of sammytag
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - I'm not much of an appearance guy, but this one looks nice. Golden, coppery, neat-o.

s - nice. I can tell this is going to be a sharp, hoppy one. Floral and grassy hops are complimented by sweet smelling malts. Is that a little bit o' butterscotch in the background? Nice light malt complexity on the nose.

t - taste-wise, this is my favorite beer on the light side from Tree Brewing. Sharp, but it could be crisper. The aftertaste is a touch metallic and nags a bit at the back of the tongue while the light malts dance up front.

m - everything a summer beer needs to be. very crisp, clean carbonation. would be light body if not for the hop influence which persists in a big way into the aftertaste.

d - overall, a very drinkable brew, moreso than their kelowna pilsner. also, I'm not crazy about their hefe, so this one comes out on top of all their lighter brews.

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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 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 BlackHydras
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, clear amber. Brief head formation that receded quickly to a thin layer. Thin lacing stayed all the way through. Inviting.

S: Sweet, floral notes, with some subtle citrus in there as well. Quite appealing, I must say.

T: Not quite as good as the scent, but still tasty. Hoppy, with slight citrus again. Some sweetness present as well. Interesting.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: Goes down easy. Could easily put away a couple, but not much more than that. As such, only a bit better than average sessionability.

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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 ATLbeerDog
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy orange/red with nice carbonation, and average lacing. Delightful smells of sweet malts and some sticky hops. First sip is surprisingly nice with an almost creamy mouthfeel - just not enough flavor to take this to the next level.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very crisp golden. Semi-creamy white head, moderate retention, with a nice stickiness over the glass sides.

S: A pleasant floral hop aroma with a grapefruit citrus note and a nice, slightly caramel malty backbone.

T: Not as significant as the aroma, but not too bad, nonetheless. A rather relaxed hoppiness. Slight citrus, a toasty malt, and a mild bittering finish.

M: Medium body, though the flavour ends up making it come across as a little watery in some ways. Aside from that, it's decent.

D: Mild alcohol content makes for a good session candidate. Flavour is perhaps the only thing that would keep me from regularly enjoying it as such, but the aroma is a nice bonus for trying it out.

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Photo of ablaze
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a beautiful creamy off-white head, which slowly relaxes to a quarter inch topping that laces the glass quite well. Awesome start.

Floral scent with some coriander. Pleasant and laid back.

Hit of sour hops immediately followed by some tasty layered malt. A bit of lemon cake, honey, and pine with a bready undertone. Nice transition and very tasty with a solid finish. Not overly complex, but I can't complain.

Halfway through and the head is hanging on quite well. It's foamy/creamy texture compliments the brew quite well.

Overall, this isn't bad at all. It's not extraordinary, but it is a delicious, solid pale ale that will satisfy. Pretty good standard with some rich character underneath the hops.

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Photo of grub
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this one from presario as part of CanBIF3. thanks trevor!

12oz bottle.

pours a nice crystal clear golden colour with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is ok. solid biscuity malt. bit of vegetal dms. earthy hops.

taste is nice. biscuit malt. medium-low bitterness level. earthy and slightly floral hops. dms from the aroma is almost completely gone, which is good.

mouthfeel is ok. a bit on the thin side. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced. underwhelming, but unoffensive.

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Photo of niangelo
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle on a warm summer day in Canmore, Alberta. A nice copper color and hoppy aroma float off the top. Fluffy head and adequate lacing.

Cascade hops apparent, a little stronger than a standard pale ale. Up the IBUs a bit and we'd have a sweet IPA. Heavy citrus, mid to strong hop punch and a whiff of spruce trees. Very outdoorsy, drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Shadman
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2nd in a series of 4 available in tree's taster 8 pack.

Nice copper color. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

smells of sweet citrus and it should.

Taste: lots of action on the taste buds here. Some sweet almost carmel malt and strong grapefruit citrus followed by hop bitterness resembling pine. The citrus hops returned for an encore during the aftertaste period. Quite dry and bitter at the finish.

mouthfeel was actually quite smooth and pleasing. Almost creamy but with the right amount of carbonbation.

I'm still a bit of a rook when it comes to American IPA's..but this one is a gooder.

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Photo of churchillwinston
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with about a quarter of an inch of head which quickly dissipated but leaves a subtle lace as the glass empties.

Colour is a very light copper and the only smell was a faint dry hop off of the initial pour which disappeared quickly but returns at the bottom of the glass. Definitely a sweet taste on the sides of the tongue but nothing after that.

I would recommend this to somebody who is just breaking into trying new things and are used to the typical american lager, namely my father in law. For this reason another six pack may find it's way back into my fridge.

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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 canadianbarman
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-came in a standard 341 ml bottle. It came in a variety pack with 3 other flavours. Poured a very nice golden hue in color. Nice head that left after a while. Slight carbonation bubbles and great lacing.
-good mixture of hops and sweetness in the smell.

This is the first one of this style that I have tried and I must say I was impressed. I am looking forward to the other offerings from Tree Brewing Co.

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

Aquired this bottle from BigBry. Thanks a lot!!!

Appearance: Pours a fantastic golden colour with a big frothy head which maintains a great lace for the duration.

Aroma: Lots of hops with florals and berries. Also a tiny bit of grass notes.

Taste: Pefectly balanced with sweet malts and medium bitterness. Light taste with plenty of berries, honey and florals.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but still light and refreshing. The little amount of carbonation works great for the style.

Final Statement: This is by far my favourite of the 3 tree brews I've tasted. It reminds me a lot of Propeller Pale Ale, but I think I like it more. It's very light and refreshing, perfect for a hot day relaxing or after some hard work. Great beer.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper-tinged gold into my pint glass, with a creamy one-finger head topping the whole thing off. A big floral hop aroma hits your nose first, but it's nicely balanced by biscuity malts that become more apparent as the beer warms.

The balance carries over to the first sip, which starts bitter before yielding to slightly sweet malt that takes off the hoppy edge and keeps this beer firmly in APA territory. It finishes clean and crisp, with a bit of a piney hop blast. The carbonation is lively, complemented by a medium-bodied mouthfeel.

You could drink several of these without it becoming cloying — or, at the other end of the scale, boring. I'd compare it favourably with Sierra Nevada, to reference a beer American BAs would be more familiar with.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear light amber with very little white head. Nothing too exciting.

Smell – I smell slight amounts of bread with strong floral hop characteristics. There is also a touch of sweetness there. It’s quite nice.

Taste – The taste is nice. I get that sweet bready flavor as usual in this style of beer. It finishes with a dry bitterness that is not as strong as the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel – A touch coarse because of high carbonation. The body is good though.

Drinkability – Fairly good. This one is just another of many easy going summertime brews.

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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 Noxious26
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, nice dark gold-orange colour. A few steady carbonation streams. Beige head is one inch on the pour and slowly recedes to a 1/8 inch cap. Sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass.

Piney hops and a sweetness headline the aroma. Some spicy and citrus hop undertones and caramel malt elements add depth.

Flavour starts out with a slightly sweet malt profile which is cut across by a slash of citrus hops. After the fizz dies, the piney hops move in escorted by a faint sweet undertone to a moderately bitter finish. Aftertaste is bitter hops (both piney and citrus).

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The carbonation and hop bite make this crisp, but there is an oily feeling left in the mouth that makes this beer not so clean.

This is a good representation of an American Pale Ale. Most APAs I've tried seem to be a little out of balance towards the hop side and Cutthroat is no different. This is why the drinkability suffers a little and also why I prefer the English style over the American style.

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

Pours a nice dark orange color, 1 inch head of creamy thick bubbles. Leaves solid lace coating all the way down. The smell is what I was expecting from the style - spicy hops to start then the full citrusy, pink grapefruit aroma. The taste is very well balanced, malty with ample bitterness, leaving a warm finish and aftertaste. Just a touch of sharp pine right at the end. It's body is thick and creamy smooth. A toned-down version of Tree's Hophead, but still a very good pale ale on its own.

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Photo of elricorico
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a thin white head. The appearance is not much to write about.

Smell is a bittersweet mix with hints of honey, grass and toffee. Plenty of aroma and a pleasant mix.

Taste is a very nice balance of sweet up front and bitter through the finish. No major stand out flavours, just an easy drinking pleasant flavour.

Mouthfeel has some body to it and the carbonation is not overdone. All together this is an easy drinking session beer that won't burn out your taste buds but also won't leave you bored.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cutthroat poured from its green-labelled bottle nicely, leaving a chalk white disk of fine, tight head. The lacing is sturdy, leaving thick velvety residue on the glass. The head stopped and was consistent at about 1 to 2 cm. The colour of the beer is dirty golden. The nose is a really fine balance of sweet and creamy malt with spicy but far from overpowering hops in closer. Definite vanilla beans in the aroma, honey, some dry paper-like notes, pasta, flower pollin, light malt, and grass. The aroma is dominated by a soft creaminess, followed by sourish wet grass, and then the hops and malt. Definitely a unique aroma for a BC pale ale. The taste is malty with enough dryness. Vanilla and the malt at first, with a very bittering bite through the middle and finish. An offish taste of strong alcohol or cardboard makes me think the storing of them was less than ideal. (I think they may have got a little warm in my van driving from BC.)The taste is still delicious and well-balanced. The beer has a thick body, velvety and a little oily. The mouthfeel is definitely fuller than I expected, but with very little carbonation. The creaminess of the beer makes it quite potable. A very good pale ale from Kelowna's Tree brewery.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Because of a name change in this beer some reviews exist under the old pale ale entry. This beer is mid gold with a mighty head. The nose is hoppy and fragrant. The taste is very PNW pale ale with decent hops to the forefront. A great little bro to Hophead this is really well balanced and finished. Tree really are one of the top brewers in BC as they always keep the flavour profile high in all their brews.

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

A bit of a surprise to find 2 lone boxes of this left at a local wine market with a small craft beer selection as well. I had no idea Tree had released this, or even made it, as I haven't seen it offered anywhere's else here in Calgary (plus I also can't believe I beat the BC boys to this one). In fact I thought it was the reincarnation of Big Rock's Chinook pale ale from a quick glance of the label. Green label, watercoloured landscape with a cartoony looking trout leaping above the beer's name. Although Big Rock's label was teal, and the trout more rendered.

Pours out an average looking clear light amber, a one-finger spongy head that settles down after about a minute, yet still retains a thin cap the rest of the way. By the smell of it this this beginning to flesh out more as a Chinook clone. Light toffee malt rounded out by floral and herbal hops, a hint of citrus. The flavour tastes of a blend of Chinook and Cascade hops. The malt plays a very back seat role in this pale ale, the hops dominate, yet don't overpower. The mouthfeel starts out smooth, but the carbonation kicks in on the finish, which in collaboration with the hops makes this more of a quenching pale ale, along the lines of a good Czech pilsener. Still, overall this strikes me as an average pale ale, the only thing mildly different being the hop profile. And even though I won't go pointing fingers about who's doing what in the craft beer industry, I have to admit that I prefer Tree's Cutthroat to the obsolete version of what I've been comparing it to, for the sole fact that it possesses more character, isn't as rounded out around the edges and dumbed down. This is a west coast pale ale for those who enjoy hops other than cascade.

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Cutthroat Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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