Odell Cutthroat Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 31
Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this review in an old notebook from back in the day (when Odell was brewing in a non-descript warehouse down the street from the nice, new brewery. Poured a medium amber color with a bit of off-white head. Aromas of light hops and light malt. On the palate, this one is rather light bodied, with mild hops and a little malt.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a medium head that was off-white/light tan in color. The beer itself was a clear orangish-amber. The nose was very interesting: along with the hops, there was the very unique odor of drying tobacco - Leafy, aromatic, organic. Walk into a barn with the leaves hanging out of the overhead and you'll understand. Mouthfeel was slick and oily with hops, which I really enjoy. There was a good spicy hoppy bite on the tongue and the same hoppiness lingered at the finish. I think that babydoc sent me this one and believe me, I appreciate it. I would definitely drink this more often, were it available to me.

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Photo of scottum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Per BIF16

Pours a hazy amber with a small white headskie. Hops come through on the first impression. Stately, but not intense. Well balanced with a chewey malt bite. Smooth mouthfeel all the way down. Overall, a tastey APA worth checking out if it crosses your path.

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Photo of brewQ
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is the last hurrah for CutThroat Pale Ale- replaced by 5 barrel.

It had a classic clear bronze appearance with fine carbonation and a thin head. The aroma was marked by a pleasant light floral freshness.

Not an especially sharp or distinctive hop character in the taste
but a solid malt background.

Finish was clean and drinkability good- tough I can see where this brew is somewhat ambivalent in its position. Now, I guess, gone.

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Photo of rowew
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck with bottled date printed on bottle. Description of the beer by the brewmaster on the label.

Appearance: Poured a clear orange/copper color with a medium sized off white head. Head disappated fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing.

Smell: Nice hop aroma with some biscuity malt smell mixed in.

Taste: Nice crisp hop taste with undertones of biscuity flavor. Very nice mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Nice bitterness that lingers in the finish. Overall very drinkable.

Overall Impression: Good solid pale ale. I was at the brewery last week and this beer is being phased out - to be replaced by a new pale all called "5 Barrel" or something along those lines. They were experimenting with the recipe - looks like the replacement will be a bit more of a hop monster

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Photo of BigRedN
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper in color, nice white head, about 1/2 inch. Head stuck around awhile before it lessened to a nice covering over the liquid. Lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hoppy, some maltiness buried in there as well.

Taste: "Refreshing" hops, malt influences as well. A very good balance of the two, with the hops coming out a little more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Very nice on the tongue.

Drinkability: A very good pale ale to give to someone to get introduce to the style. Well balanced, not overpowering.

Edit: March 11, 2005. The more beers I have of this style the more this beer becomes my standard with which to judge them. At least until something better comes along.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, fluffy white head.

Floral and citrus accents on the nose.

The taste is the real deal for a pale ale, lots of hops and a surprising maltiness, almost a little caramel in there too. Lace work was nice, overall a tasty beer.

These go down real smooth, a favorite in the summer and available in the tiny town I call home.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Cutthroat Pale pours a copper orange with a pillowy white head that retains well and shows some lacing.

Its aroma is biscuity malt and grassy hops with some light citrus notes.

The flavor is slightly sweet caramel malts initially with a metallic bitterness and a crisp finish. The palate is very smooth and creamy and leaves a sticky residue.

Overall, a very nice, well balanced English Pale Ale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer from the bottle had nearly no head. It is cloudy, dark amber in color. The aroma was muted by soap scum left on the glass.

Now the good news, this is a nice balanced Pale Ale. While the bittering hops stand out, there is still a malty touch. The aftertaste is mostly hop. This is a very full bodied beer.

I had this beer in Moab, Utah (near Arches National Park)--quite a surprise from the land of Mormon. (It's brewed in Colorado).

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Photo of bditty187
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden hue with bronze highlights, minimal animation, a slightly off-white head reached a finger in height. The retention was decent; it quickly faded to a tight cap. The lacing covered the side on my glass thoroughly. It is a pleasant looking beer. The nose was EPA and not APA; I was a bit surprised but not disappointed. The Fuggle hops are obvious with its earthiness and behind that was notes of herbal spice from Kent Golding (?). Clean metal notes too and I can’t forget to mention the lovely biscuity-caramel malts. Potency was modest and somewhat inviting. The palate doesn’t impress me much, I don’t care for the malt profile; it is thin for one thing and quite dull in taste. The metallic flavors are completely unimpressive as well. The hops try to represent with their earthy, flowery notes but it is not enough. This would be a nicely balanced beer if the metal notes weren’t so strong. At the finish I could taste some citrus notes. But at this point I don’t care anymore. Medium in body with low carbonation, I found the mouthfeel to be thin and watery. I am not impressed with this offering from Odell. I rarely see this fresh in Omaha and I have always passed on six-packs of it, I am glad I didn’t bite. I purchased a single 12-ounce bottle in Fort Collins. That was enough for me. Yawn.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It is malty with a breadlike scent. There are also hints of hops here. The taste is decent. It is malty and bitter with a hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It has real flavor. I like the breadlike taste with the hops. Thanks again Quaffer.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, with a hint of brown towards the moderate but quickly subsiding tan head. Aroma is a bit weak, and consists mainly of hop over a charred and indescribable malt. Taste is much more bold, and involves a bit of smoked flavor below the forementioned malt and hop. Flavor is slightly unbalanced, and I could appreciated a bit more spicy sweetness, but overall a tastey porter.

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Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewery. This is a high quality Pale Ale. It tastes great and looks great. I wish people knew more of this beer and I wish Odell sold more it it. Clear light amber in color with a nice white head. Very sticky lace on this one. Nice!

Floral aromas with suddle fruitiness and a pleasant hop nose.

Nice full malt flavor with fruits and caramel and a lingering long bitter finish. Very nice!

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Photo of maxpower
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass, light caramel, flowery aroma, medium body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, balanced malt and mild hop flavors. This is an English style pale ale, very mild and very drinkable, great for the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 061303.

Nice copper color. Almost a tint of scarlet red to it as well. Capped off by a decent sized creamy ivory white head with great retention. Great herbal English hop aroma. Leafy and earthy. Some caramel tones as well on the nose. Decent mouthfeel. A little creamy, but the carbonation is duely noted. Nice bitter taste. And it lingers. Hop flavors are of the English descent. Herbal and earthy, leafy and a bit oily. Nice enough. Caramel malts lay the backbone. This is a better than average pale....but not much more.

Thanks marc77.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, ripe reddish hue, with a fine, creamy tan head.
Aroma: warm and lively, fresh and fruity, peach, apricot, citrus, orange, zesty and uplifting!
Mellow on the tongue and palate, but packed with flavor. This was a delicous surprise, and reminded me very well of Sierra Nevada, with the continual fruit character all through the flavor. Very tasty, every time it came back up to my lips, again and again, tasty, tasty, tasty!!!
Hops are somewhat mild, malt is good, balance=perfect!
All in all, a solid, enjoyable ale. I could happily enjoy them, one after another!
Thanks, again, to marc77 for helping me become acquainted with this brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to prAna for this fine EPA. Pours a dark orange-amber color with a medium and quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and bread. Flavor is mostly hops with a definite malt presence, along with some toasted notes. Finish is good and rich. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An amber beer, with some orange hues thrown in to boot. It had a very light colored head that settled down nice and rocky. There was a thin layer for the duration of the drink. A very respectable amount of lace clung to the sides of the glass as I drained this beer.

Smell: This brew had a light, roasted malt smell combined with a good hops bite. Very citrusy and sharp. It was not overly complex, but it smelled very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, medium bodied beer. Very good for a pale ale, in my opinion.

Taste: This beer had a nice balance that fit the style well. There were some round, roasted malt flavors that arose immediately. Then a nice hops bitterness kicked in. The hops was very sharp and citrusy, just like the aroma foretold.

As far as I can remember, this was the first time that I tried this beer. It was a very quaffable brew that I will not hesitate to get again. I could definitely put down quite a few of these. However, there are a lot of bolder pales out there that I might prefer.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a deep thick copper color and a thick foamy white head. The huge spicy aroma has just a hint of malt. The smooth medium body initiates an up-front caramel malt sweetness followed by a sharp spicy bitter bite. Very tasty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light cream head above a hazy orange-amber body with very tiny, slow rising bubbles. The aroma is sweetly malty with almost a vanilla characteristic. Light hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy and lightly carbonated - very English in nature. The flavor is that of a round, gently caramel-tinged malt with a gentle "metallic" bite from the Fuggles hops. The bitterness is ever present in the background, never taking center stage, and never receeding... leaving a dry, memorable finish that makes you want more. This reminds me of their 90 Shilling and I wonder if there's some Munich or Vienna malt in here as well? This is one beer that I'd REALLY like to try cask conditioned!

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Photo of proc
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour out to a orangish-copper color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is that of grapefruit as is the initial taste. A very nice interpretation of a Pale Ale. The hop bite feels like it is intense, but it really is more like highlighted or showcased. Very drinkable.

If you ever get a chance to trade with jaybeerman, let me highly suggest you do so. Thanks brother for the sample!

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Photo of Murph
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright copper with a nice creamy white head. Smell is of nice floral and slightly spicy hops. Taste starts off with a nice hop bite (a bite for an EPA at least) followed by a subtle mellowing by the nice biscuity maltiness. Very well balanced. Nice and creamy and very drinkable. Very nice EPA, one of the nicer american versions that I have tried. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Jaybeerman for the sample.

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Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange in color with an initially thick white head. The head settles but is persistant enough to leave an atttractive Belgian lace as the beer is consumed. Floral Kent Goldings perhaps with a touch of earthy Fuggles comprise the hop nose and is accompanied by a pleasant fruitiness most likely produced by the yeast strain. Moderate hop bitterness and floral EKG hop flavors is very well balanced by bready and caramelly malt flavors. It finishes with a mild hop bitterness and subtle toasty malt flavors on the tongue. Cuttthroat Pale is a very welcome change from the sometimes one dimensional American Pales. Definitely more complex than the average pale, yet it remains very drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer.

Appearance: Faded orange amber with a well placed lace which seems to leave a trail all the way down the glass.

Smell: Mildly earthy and floral hop with a touch of pungency, biscuit like maltiness is in the nose also.

Taste: Stable medium body with a crisp and all together smooth mouth feel that hold a touch of slickness. Hop character is mildly aggressive show a floral and earthy backdrop. This brew is on the sweet side, Malt sweetness and a bit of fruitiness hit in the middle with a light caramel and a subdued peach is to show for it. Sizeable toasted biscuit malt flavour hits middle to end and hits hard towards the end while the brew dries up a tad. Semi clean after taste with some grain and hop leaf leftover.

Notes: Down to earth run of the mill American pale ale brewed similar to the English style. No great shake here …

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Odell Cutthroat Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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