Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 04-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Finch's Pale Ale is a refreshing experience from the pop of the top. Its fresh and hoppy taste with just enough supporting malt makes it easy to kick back more than just one. Our late kettle additions of American hop varieties and dry hopping techniques make this beer one of our favorites. The citrus hop character balanced with a malty backbone creates a delicious, accessible pale ale that is sure to satisfy with every sip. Enjoy this pale with just about any pairing of your choice.
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Ratings: 324 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by jwinship83:
Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a pint served to me in an unmarked glass at the front street cantina in naperville. this is my first offering from this new chicago based brewery.

A- a bright golden colored body with golden highlights and a slight haze to it. a small bright white head sits on top. the head has moderate retention and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- without knowing anything about this beer, the first whiff indicates that this is going to be a hop forward pale ale. lots of grapefruit and pine. some caramel malts move in after that and add some balancing sweetness.

T- the taste starts off with the sweet caramel malts that i could smell and is immediately followed up a blast of fresh hops. grapefruit and pine lead the way. a little bit of floral notes trail behind.

M- medium bodied with an average carbonation level.

O- from what ive seen of this brewery, i like it. its nice to have another local option that shows promise. its also nice that its not a super strong beer so i can have more than one if i want to.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chicagobill13
1.2/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Finch's Beer Co. another brewery that comes out of no way in Chicago here. Just like the rest I will try them and see what they are making. I have to say so far the best breweries are Goose Island and Emmett's. This is a very bad beer.

The color and look, I dont' like at all. I didn't judge it so far. The head lays in my beer weird. So far iam not judging this beer.

Tasting part is a little weird. Very sweet and hoppy. I was hoping I did't taste it I am tasting onion in my beer. This is an one and done beer for me. I will never buy it again and I hope this brewery learns fast. Very bad and disappointed.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool can art. Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a rather hazy orange/ruby color with a massive white head, very thick and pillowy. Great head retention with plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Rather grainy with some biscuity malt. A little bit of light citrus and floral hops.

T: A little less hoppy that the aroma (not that this is a hop bomb, by any means). A little bit of lemon and orange zest, but rather faint. A little on the boring side.

M: Light to medium bodied, flavor seems to disappear rather quickly.

O: A decent pale ale. Easy drinking, but would probably pass in the future.

Photo of zaphodchak
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apple juice body with a thin trace of white head. Some lace.

Faintly spicy nose, some honey.

Taste has some hops, but not a lot. Some orange rind on the aftertaste (not in a great way), but mostly bitter steely hops. All right.

Feel is pretty standard. A little fluffy.

Not bad, but by no means great. Unremarkable.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cut throat was available at the Tap House Bar and Grill in Oswego....another can formy collection. The beer poured a hazy copper orange with good carbonation that gave rise to decent head. The smell was good had nice pine and citrus (grapefruit/apricot???) notes. The taste was ok. There is a malt or someother ingredient out there that gives beer a metallic twang. I have had it in beers that come in bottles, on taps, and in cans. I don't know exactly what it is....but I dont like it. Because of this I down graded the taste and mouthfeel. In the taste there was a good flavor of hop but then this metallic twang hit. Overall it was ok....probably would be in line to buy more anytime soon.

Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a fairly clear honey golden color that is darker around the edges. Small, fine bits of sediment are evenly dispersed throughout the beer. Big foamy off white head on this that has great retention and leaves lacing.

(S) Herbal and piney first and foremost. Bitter hops, some citrus, orange peel, and some sweetness

(T) Orange and grapefruit strike first followed by a piney, herbal treatment. The hops are scattered throughout and give their usual bitterness to the backbone. Orange peel and the bitterness from the hops bring up the rear.

(M) Crisp. Medium to full bodied. Bitter.

(O) Solid brew. Kind of like the suburb's more attainable version of Daisy Cutter. A hoppier version of a pale ale for sure.

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & biscuitty malt, plus a bit of lemon

T: Follows the nose, mineral dryness with a bit of herbal bitterness, plus a touch of aspirin up front. Chalky dryness as this warms, some pear fruittyness, plus biscuitty malt as this warms. Finishes with chalky dryness, biscuitty malt & a whisper of lemony & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, so-so balance

An alright APA, not a big fan of powdery dry ales , not that drinkable for my tastes. Had 4 of their beers now, not loving the house yeast strain...

Photo of bashiba
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice deep clean copper with a big white head, nice lacing, looks very good, hope its not all down hill from here.

The smell is very mild with just a bit of pine and stale malt smell.

The flavor is very one dimensional, very coppery off flavor with a light bit of pine bitterness, some light caramel sweetness peaks through, but not enough to make this much better.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of resin.

Not a good Pale, will avoid in the future.

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Sam perfect pint glass.

Pours hazy medium amber with fluffy white foam. Lots remaining and sticking everywhere. Hoppy malty nose, but unremarkable. Taste is a toffee blended malt with a tasty modestly bitter hop. Tasty, but lingers long after. The taste is better than the aftertaste which a minty bitter (a bitter mint?). Both good and not at the same time.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, citrus fruits. Taste is hops up front, a bit of citrus, some malts at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking pale ale.

Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, Pours a medium amber with a medium slowly fading white head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine hops, pale malt. Taste the same as aroma with malt and bready notes, mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. Finish is pale malt, citrus with pine and citrus hops bitterness for balance. Overall a good drinking pale ale.

Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 1 pint can. Sampled on December 9, 2013.

It has a cloudy orange-amber pour with a modest cream colored head that dissolves to a ring but otherwise lingers. A chill haze? Or is it unfiltered?

Aroma has a clean pale malt character at first with a slightly floral hop character and a touch of orange citrus.

The body is medium.

The taste begins with the roasted pale malts and an orange note. But there is a vibrant floral, piney hop flavor that roars in from behind making it feel more like an IPA rather than a pale ale. A bitter bite.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- ale brewed with sweet orange peels.

A: Dark orange candy glow against backlighting shows a dense nature full of turbidity and active effervesce. The head is 2 inches plus, plush, with a memory foam like texture and coloring. Head retention is very strong and sturdy, degrading into a pitted foam structure. Heavy lace appeal.

S: Sweet orange peel and candy like sweetness.

T: Soft hay and grains mixing with orange-caramel. Dry grains and caramel, orange-citrus hops, floral with a good level of hoppiness closing things out. The sweetness of the orange peels peek out as well the caramel and honey toasted malt. Small dryness of toasted grain and alcohol .

M: Creamy mouthful, honey malt, sweetly toasted with a good vibe of carbonaiton. Flowery glow of hoppiness, and balance of sweetness hits the taste buds while a warm glow of sweet dry floral hops comes on the swallow.

O: Overall sweet, dry floral hoppiness mixes well with sweet roange peel and good malt support. Solid mid B range, not your typical west coast pale offering.

4.25 3.25 3.5 3.75 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft served in a tall, narrow pint glass at Lady Gregory's.

Murky orange, sudsy white dollop of foam on top that rises right to the top in a convex dome, threatening to spill over. Head retention is good, with accompanying sheets of lace forming concentric rings inside the glass with each consecutive quaff.

Smells floral, and vaguely bready like an average pale ale... Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Nothing especially exciting or unique, it just is.

Flavor is moderately bitter, the hops express themselves as perfumey and floral again, sort of like summer weeds. Not getting any citrus really, bummer. Medium bodied with average carbonation, not much snap to it. Where are the hops? Sure, I know... " the hops are subtle, refined, delicate, (insert marketing jargon here)". As advertised, some pale malt backbone is there, but this is really nothing more than a simple, utilitarian pale ale. While that may be appealing to those transitioning to craft beer, but there are many better pale ales out there. Cut Throat is an average entry into a crowded market.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.6% ABV, no date.

A - Finch's Beer cans are filled, basically to the brim, keeping oxygen out, but soaking the surroundings with a splash of beer when you crack the can open. Proceed with caution. This pale pours a robust golden orange color that's lightly hazed and topped by a hearty ivory beige head. Great suds retention eventually results in gobs of clumpy lace on the pint. Bottoms up!

S - Cut Throat isn't quite as aggressive as the name forebodes, but I'll be damned if it doesn't smell tasty! Opening with citrus notes from sweet orange peel as well as hops, this pale ale already leans towards the hoppy side. Cut lawn and earthy mulch pile add a different level to this beer that blends well with the balancing malt. Sweet caramel and flaky biscuit back it all up for a good, round, and inviting aroma.

T - Hop forward this pale ale indeed is. Citrus notes swap places with the earthy tones as this beer showcases more of that cut grass and mulch, reminding of working in the berm on a summer day. Biscuit and caramel malt follow behind, sure to balance without getting in the way, but I don't find much of the sweet orange peel coming through in the taste.

M - Moderate bitterness slakes the tongue adding a lingering dry finish that immediate draws you back for another sip. Hop-leaning but very well balanced, this medium-bodied pale has a bright carbonation tickle that livens things up for a pleasant experience on the palate.

O - Cut Throat Pale Ale is a pretty fantastic pale. The hop additions are nailed down nicely to come front and center without elevating the beer to an IPA-like level while subtle malt has no delusions of grandeur, content to provide a stable base for the deep hop exploration. Quite a sessionable pale ale, I must say.

Photo of fourstringer
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall-boy can into a flared pilsner glass. Moderate hand. No date identified on the can.

A: Murky honey-orange with 2 fingers of off-white head. Orange tinted foam. Some floaties. Good retention. Tons of lacing!

S: Round, citrusy hop with sweet, vanilla character. Biscuity malt. Orange. Indistinct spice. I get a little cheesy funk lower down the glass. Perhaps the sediment?

T: Easy-going bitterness up front with just slightly delayed development of smooth, bready malt. There is an element of orange zest in the bitterness. Fairly dry finish. No alcohol. A bit of a one-trick pony, but good.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Nice and smooth with a light creaminess.

O: Solid, sessionable, interesting pale ale. Hop heads will be left wanting with this one, but pretty enjoyable. Orange is done very tastefully.

Prost!

Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A truly deep orange colored brew, slightly opaque, with lots of dregs added to cloud up from the bottom of the can. Head is a nice creamy two finger tan color, and settles to a thick collar interestingly with some soapy consistency. The body color is quite impressive.

Small light biscuity malts on first whiff. Some light brown sugar. Definitely smells citrus orange and zesty. Seems a little crackery also. Not too bad.

Juicy bursting orange with biscuit crackery dryness and citrus hop bitterness on first sip. Swallow brings a good mix of pine like bitter as well. Orange and fresh juicy palate with some depth and not too watery sensations either. A mix of zesty bitterness lingers while finishing each sip which compliments the hops nicely, and seems to roll and stick in your mid palate for a long time.

Overall a fun take on a pale ale. Solid and well done.

Photo of matjack85
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4 pack of these 1 pint aluminum cans from Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL for $8.49. Nice to see a new local brewery on the scene even if the price is a little steep. Not much information on the can other than it says "brewed with sweet orange peels". (I never heard of orange peels being sweet, so this peaked my curiosity.)

The beer poured a slightly hazed orange color with only a half-finger of white head. Retention was short lived but the lacing was decent.

Big piny hop and orange peel aroma along with some sweet malt in the background.

Note: Whoa! Before taking your first sip, let this beer warm up a bit. If you drink it right out of the fridge all you'll get is an overpowering dose of pine hops and bitter orange peel. If you let it warm up a bit it becomes a completely different beer.

Once warmed a bit the beer has a sweet caramel malt flavor that balances the big hop presence. The same pine and orange hops found in the smell are also in the taste. They don't skimp on the hops in this one, that's for sure. Not that complex - just those 2 hop varieties and some caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation, which I thought worked well here.

A nice beer if you like your ales on the hoppy side. My can lists the abv at 5.6% rather than the 5.5% listed here on the BA site, but in either case the alcohol is well hidden and you won't taste it at all.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from eorwar, thanks!

Hazy, somewhat turbid body topped by a finger of clinging head.

Tame but pretty decent nose. Kinda herby and vegetal, with a little bit of peach and melon. Something about it makes me think of sea weed, too.

It tastes OK, but it's a bit less appetizing than it smells. Vegetal and herbal up front, and strangely savory in the finish, this has an odd hop character. Kinda makes me think of menthol cigarettes and sushi. Malt isn't especially present, though there's a faint foundation of bready pale malt. The finish is herbal and bitter, strangely minty. Body is thin.

Having recently had beers like Row 2/Hill 56 and Hoppy Birthday, it's very hard for me to give this anything more than an average rating. There's nothing offensive about it, but it's utterly run of the mill.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Consumed 1/10/12

Appearance: Somewhere between orange and light copper - hazy, pours with a nice white head - retains a nice ring, leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Pale malts, with some hoppy weirdness - some citrus, but I can't tell if it's the hops or the orange peel - because there is a lot of orange peel in here - some pine, as well as some herbal notes - earthy

Taste: It's like an orange peel ale - the orange peel is nothing but obvious - kind of gross initially, but it gets better - peel, rind, pith, maybe some zest - a lingering citrus bitterness from this - pine, with piney bitterness - pale malts, earthy, dry - some spiciness, herbal

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nicely carbonated, nicely crisp, but with lingering peel

Overall: Pretty good, but not something to seek out

The orange peel is pretty bad at first, but it slowly becomes less of a distraction. Still, I think this would be better with less of it. Regardless, I would drink this again. It's better than Finch's Golden Wing, at least.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. I bought a can of this from a local beer store before with the intent to review it, but it was clearly old as hell. I'm confident that this is a fresh can. My can lists a 5.60% abv rather than the 5.50% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours three big fluffy doughy fingers of khaki / tan colored head on top of a dark burnt sienna orange colored body with ruby & mahogany highlights. Some scattered cavernous lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of citric fruits: pineapple, orange, grapefruit. Although, I am getting more of a pineapple aroma than oranges, almost reminiscent of some American-Belgian style IPA's I've had. Aside from that, it is a very bready smelling beer. Some spicy brown sugar aromas begin to emerge as the beer warms.

T - Taste follows the nose: fruity pineapple, citric orange, lots of bitterness, and some sticky sugary malt. Taste doesn't really do it for me as much as I'd like. It has a sort of herbal dirty earthiness to it that feels out of place and distracting. Actual orange taste doesn't exactly shine here, if you ask me, aside from some citric acidity. As the beer warms, an earthy oak wood flavor begins to emerge, which is both intruding yet pleasant at the same time. Reminds me a bit of some of the beers I've had recently from the Mikkeller Single Hop series.

M - Goes down smooth and clean with a sticky, bitter, and dry finish on the palate. Some sugary apple skin and earthiness lingering on the aftertaste.

Overall, a fairly strange, unconventional brew from Finch's Beer Co. This isn't exactly your typical pale ale, and I'm not too sure how the orange peel flavor shines here, but this seems to be more earthy / oaky than anticipated. I'm at a middle ground with this beer; I'd recommend trying it at least once, althought I've had better beers from this brewery.

Finch's Beer Co. Cut Throat Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer at the Plainfield Tap House. Served in a shaker. Hazy gold with a rocky, wheat beer-like cap of head. Head is two full fingers and drops very slowly.

Aromas of bitter piney hops. Some caramel and wheat.

Flavors are caramel malt, spicy wheat and yeast, with a huge pine and citrus bitterness. Finish is long, bitter, with an emphasis on grapefruit zest.

Mouthcoating bitterness. Medium bodied. Almost puckeri ng bitterness.

Overall, a very nice beer for a new addition to the Chicago beer scene.

Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light coppery amber with a smooth tan head that leaves sticky, filmy lace on the glass. Orange rind, pine and flowery aromas with some pale malt. Citrusy orange zest and pale malt with a faint resinous hop finish. Light bodied and slightly under carbonated for my liking. Not bad at all, a nice starter APA that is approachable and easy to drink.

Photo of lm0406910
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fischman Liquors & Tavern - Shoutout to Morris the bartender, nice chat, love this little bar.

Apperance - hazy golden beer with a thick wheat cap on the top, the head left a nice lacing around the glass

Aroma - Lots of grassiness and pine. I really caught some citrus on the nose, maybe more lemon, but something was there.

Taste - Grassy with the hop bitterness that lasts.

Mouthfeel - I felt very light co2.

Finish – The bitterness stay with you for a long time. Good beer from a local brewer, always good to see. Easy drinker.

Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy gold color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass.

S: A sweet, floral and pine hop aroma with a nice citrus fruitiness.

T: The citrus flavor hits right up front and is present throughout. There is also a floral hop presence that blends into a sweet and slightly bitter finish. Pretty simple, but it's a good flavor.

M: Light body with low carbonation. Smooth feel to it. Makes it incredibly drinkable.

O: A pretty good pale ale. This one is more for the masses and not for the beer geek. I think it would be a very good outdoor summer beer.

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Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.