Cutthroat (Tree Brewing Co.)


Orgin: Kelowna, B.C, Canada

Beer Style: West Coast Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5.0%

IBU: 36

Malts: Pale, Light Munich, Honey, Vienna, Crystal

Hops: Perle, Centennial, Golding, Cascade, Columbus

Suggested Glassware: Chalice

Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius

Availability: LCBO

This weeks beer review features a beer from Tree Brewing Co. in Kelowna, B.C. The beer that I chose to review is the Cutthroat, which is a West Coast Ale and is a beer that is brewed year round.

The beer came in a tall boy can (500ml) that I bought from my local LCBO. Cutthroat is a B.C. Local brew that contains no preservatives and is unpasteurized. It is a 2007 Gold Medal winner by the Canadian Brewing awards and is brewed by Brewmaster Dave Gokiert. Tree Brewing’s philosophy is simple, to brew memorable and flavourful beers regardless of the style.

When the beer is poured into the glass it has a true copper appearance. The head consisted of thin white foam made up of very tiny bubbles which will result in scattered lacing down the glass. The aroma of the beer is a nice pairing of bitter and sweet. At first pour you get notes of sweet malt that has undertones of fresh citrus. The aroma is very fresh with no stale notes.  The beer is very clear with no hazing whatsoever.DSC02440

At first taste, you get hit with full flavour. It starts off with toffee and/or caramel. It is not over powering but very predominant. This is where the beer changes. You
soon start to get very fresh hops and citrus. The IBU is only 36 so the bitterness is not over powering but you can taste the bitter and citrus hop character. It is a very good balance of two very different taste palettes.  Cutthroat is a medium body that is micro carbonated. It is definitely a full flavoured ale that leaves a tartness as the beer settles in your mouth.

My overall impression of this beer is that it is a well balanced, full flavour ale. It is a very drinkable brew, that to me, screams spring with fresh hops and citrus notes. I wish there was a little more in the aroma but that does not take away from the beer at all.  It is a beer I would go back to and drink.

I give this beer an overall score of 43/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.


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