Cutthroat Pale Ale… What Happened?

Cutthroat Pale Ale… What Happened?

Well tonight we went to Gotham Steak House, and enjoyed a steak and beer before the Canucks played the Bruins (update Canucks lost).

One year ago, at the first Annual Lager Blogger Beer Awards Gala (well, there was no “gala,” really,  it was me and my fridge) I hummed and hawed at my decision for the Pale Ale of the Year.

Should I choose my favourite beer, GIB Pale Ale, or Cutthroat Pale Ale?  Maybe I should have reviewed Okanagan Spring.  It was a very difficult decision, but eventually I voted for the newcomer, Tree Brewing’s Cutthroat Pale Ale.

It really did earn the award, and all privileges thereto (which by the way, are virtually none).

Wow, what a difference a year makes!  I am so disappointed with this beer now!  Bad Cutthroat, after bad Cutthroat.  Something is wrong.  The quality had decreased, maybe they are being stored badly, maybe it just isn’t selling fast enough.  Maybe my standards have raised (I doubt it).

I don’t know what it is, but this year, this relatively young brewing company has let their guard down on what is, I mean was, probably their best beer.

Let’s see what the next year brings, but here is an updated rating on what have been (and I am being nice) “ordinary” showings for this prior classic, which has now just fallen flat, literally (as you can see from the photos) .

This has literally turned from one of the best beers in BC, to one of the worst.  Who knows why, but it will be interesting to see what the next year brings for this beer.

Although I wasn’t planning on doing a review, such was my disappointment that I did snap some photos in anticipation of this damning moment, where I swing my verbal hammer in a moment of, well,  damning disappointment.  Or whatever.

Because it dawned on me:  What if this premier steak house was serving this terrible beer because I gave it a good review last year?   What if they just happened to read it, and thought “hey, the internet says its good, let’s buy some.”

Maybe I have caused peoples’ taste buds to suffer bland and flat swill because I didn’t update my blog on a regular basis? Oh my GOD!!!

Nah.  Like 5 people read this! What are the odds?

Below I have two photos, one from home and one from Gotham Steak House in Vancouver.  It’s dark in Gotham, so the photo is blurry.

So in case the owners at Gotham are reading this… My 2011 Lager Blogger beer awards are coming soon, so worry not.

2.9/5 G1

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Pure Blonde Premium Lager(Australia)

Pure Blonde has come out of nowhere to be “the fastest growing packaged beer in Australia” according to the Fosters group.  It is marketed not just as a pure beer but as a low carbohydrate beer as well, making it seem acceptable for those wanting to watch their weight while they watch the footy.  With all this, there is still a decent 4.6% alcohol level.

This beer really delivers it all, it’s clean and refreshing, and it is really hard to find a beer like this down under.  Although, it is still technically a little light in the flavour department to compete with the big boys, it probably the most purchased beer (by me) in Australia this year, because it was always there, and always tasted great, and would get me about 10% less drunk while hanging with my friends.

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Peroni Beer (Australia)

Peroni Beer (Australia)

Live from Melbourne Australia, we bring you an Italian beer from Zingarella restaurant.  The pizza, I must say was much better than then beer, and the wait staff was mostly young Italians with real accents.  Being Italian myself it was kinda like visiting relatives.

As I looked at the label I was intrigued to see that this was actually not an Italian beer, but it is locally brewed in Australia “under the supervision of” Peroni.  This is similar to the setup that Budweiser is brewed in Canada, with the difference being Canadians actually improved Budweiser, making it stronger, and better tasting than the American one.

This beer had a terrible head, and bitter, watery flavour.  It was really not good. On the plus side, it was not so bad that I had to spit it out.

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