Cutthroat Pale Ale, brewed by Uinta Brewing, is Utah’s most popular craft beer. Or so it’s claimed.
It’s deep copper in colour with a thin white head.
Light, freshly-cut grass aromatics rise gently from its surface.
Orange citrus flavours are overt in early mouth interactions. This initial spike is quickly smoothed out by a subtly sweet malt backbone and a slightly dry finish.
I’m inta it.
The some place new
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Home is just short of five thousand miles east as the crow flies.
The first beer you have in a part of the world you’ve never been to before is an important one.
It may not be the best you have in this new place, but it will be important.
The three or four people who read this blog with any regularity should by now appreciate how important context is for me when it comes to beer.
So when I arrive somewhere new I seek out the freshest example of an atypical, locally-brewed beer that I can find.
My hopes are that it will connect me with this new place. Connect me to its geography and geology, and to its people and history.
It is physical consumption of the very essence of a place.
I did, of course, undertake some preliminary research before I arrived here, and I believe that if I come across Cutthroat Pale Ale on draft it will tick the necessary boxes.
I do and it does.
It ticks other boxes too: well-balanced, refreshing, satisfying. Tick tick tick. If it is indeed the most popular craft beer in Utah I can see why.
The slight curveball is how, well, English it tastes, particularly in terms of the malt character. Even the bitterness seems distinctly Albion, albeit turned up a bit louder.
A representation of authentic locality mixed with the comforts of home; isn’t that what every weary traveller desires?