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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 04-21-2011)
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this yesterday (10AUG13) at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro. Served in a nonic glass, for $5.40.

The color was medium golden, with a touch of haze and a bit of carbo. There was barely any head, just a few edge-clinging bubbles, and a smidge of lace. Aroma was quite mild, with negligible malts and a bit of rindy hopping showing. Body was decent, with a medium body and fairly smooth feel going down.

Flavor produced some light toasty malt action,but was bitter overall. It was quite rindy and pithy, with a suggestion of citrus thrown in there. As it warmed a bit more malt made an appearancee, but nothing to write home about. A rather pedestrian offering, overall. Prosit!

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 16:31:47 | More by Bierman9
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3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely underrated, this is a fine American pale ale, boasting all kinds of citrusy and floral hop characteristics, and drinking nice and easy. it has a great nose of fresh tropical fruit exuding from the tall white head, and there is just enough malt balance to keep this thing in the pale ale rather than ipa category for me. briskly hopped taste cuts with citrus fruit, quite juicy, with a rather standard ale yeast doing the requisite work. cleaner finish, although there is a touch of residual sweetness here, as well as an almost pineapple punch at the end. nice carbonation, although maybe a little thin on the body, I thought this was a nice example of the style, and a beer that deserves a better score here on BA than it currently has. not mind blowing, but nothing to dismiss either. my first beer from finchs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 15:13:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/10/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to pound down for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 15:19:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel, and a hint of pine and grapefruit come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, soft grapefrut, some earthiness, a hint of pine, and a moderate bitterness create a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: an IPA that feels a bit lighter than others in the mouthfeel, and has a flavor profile that is mild and not too adventurous.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 00:55:34 | More by Gavage
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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark, slightly hazy amber with a fine-bubbled and rather thick pale beige head that leaves very generous lacing. Rich, malty aroma has subtle notes of caramel, cinnamon and fresh-cut wood. Very tempting! Flavor has a malty core and strong notes of apple, fresh wood and horehound. Mouthfeel is fairly fizzy and has good body. Every time I turn around, a new brand of beer is available in the Atlanta area. Let this one fly down your throat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 02:27:14 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 14:48:31 | More by emerge077
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3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a generous 6 oz. sample of this poured during the Finch's brewery tour (on tap).

A: Pours a cloudy light copper with an off-white 1.5 finger head that leaves a nice webbed lacing down the sample glass.

S: Upfront fruitiness from the hops with a nice malty backbone.

T: Taste is similar to the nose. Nice hops with a caramel malt backbone. A little fruit is mixed in as well, but it's very very light.

M: Clean, crisp and refreshing with a medium carbonation. As with some of the other Finch brews the taste is nice upfront, but blands out on the palate after each sip.

O: Another refreshing brew from Finch's. I'm really excited for them to be start expanding their line-up in the next year.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 14:53:30 | More by Treebs
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 04:38:35 | More by jwinship83
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3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the bavarian lodge in lisle il

A: thick creamy nasty three finger head on top of a point glass keeps the hop aroma under finger. Clear honey yellow hue.

S: piney hop smell. Angella clean and refreshing. Maybe my favorite part of the beer.

T: pine sap bitterness that clings to the tongue. Destroys the palate so you better have some crackers. Biscuity grainy in the background after taste

M: low to moderate carbonation in a full bodied pale.

o: smells great starts great goes flat and bitter. Worth a try, maybe two in a row

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 00:51:47 | More by nschueller
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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finch's Cut Throat Pale Ale

Served on tap at the Geneva Ale House.

Pours a translucent honey orange.

Faint citrus hops with a nutty malt finish that wraps it up. Very fresh smelling. Inviting.

Earthy fresh hops that fade into a nutty caramel backbone. The pleasing bitterness stings the palate just right with each sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp dry finish.

Overall, awesome local brew and I cant wait to try more offerings!

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 04:22:55 | More by ChugginOil
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 18:54:50 | More by JamnesCameron
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3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 14:07:31 | More by lm0406910
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2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

I've been looking forward to trying these beers since I learned of the brewery's opening last month. Here goes: It pours a clear light amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange peel, light lemon zest, light coriander, and a very light dripping of caramel. The taste burns that caramel (while simultaneously amping up the amount thereof), which joins notes of dirt, black pepper, orange rind, balsa, lemon rind, and something akin to pumpkin shell. A distinctive bitterness punctuates the finish. Man, this is not what the smell led me to believe would come. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, something is definitely off with this flavor combination. I don't know what happened, but the smell and taste are going in different directions, and the latter seems completely lost.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 01:19:07 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Quenchers -- pint glass for $5. Pretty much a classic new Midwestern pale ale. More malt/caramel and a heavier body than Daisy Cutter, but definitely shy of something like Two Hearted. Perfect drinking beer for summer. Glad to have a new brew in town.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 20:25:07 | More by aefbjo
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3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a pillowy off-white head that recedes quite slowly. As the beer settles in the glass, yeast sediment slowly collects at the bottom.

S: Mild aromas of lemon, lime, chalk, talc, bready yeast, biscuit, and caramel present themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grass, herbs, minerals, cream, biscuits, crackers, bready yeast, and caramel flit across the palate. The finish sees an integration of caramel and biscuit malt and grass and citrus hop notes.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and only mildly resinous. Carbonation is gentler than expected.

O: Not a bad American pale ale by any means. I am sort of confused as to why this beer gets mostly lackluster reviews. Overall, it is a good warm weather kind of ale.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 14:04:54 | More by mrfrancis
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3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This showed up at a local grocery store with a good sized liquor/beer section that is well meaning but not overly inspired - solid choices, nothing to complain about at all, just not all that unusual.

But a few new beers showed up, a couple of which I used to have to hop the border for, and this one, from a different border, which looked interesting.

Pours a very nice amber / APA color, orange but not too see through at all. Spent time admiring before drinking, head was good, maybe 1 inch fairly white colored.

First sip was lip smacking, enjoyed for sure. Mouthfeel was great, only thing keeping it from being even higher than it is is a bit of a bitter aftertaste that I'd almost associate with an IPA, rather than a pale ale, but jeez who's counting?

Not much lacing, but that may have been due to serving temp, which was a little high for the one I am reviewing. Even with that, enjoyed it down to the last drop.

I would buy it again, although it was $10.50+ for a 4/16, which is not bad, but there were $8.99 4/16's at the same place that I would put on par. On the other hand, if I see Finch's on tap anywhere (they are from Chicago and I am in SW Wisco), I will have a tap for sure.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 05:48:16 | More by arthuro11
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New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-09-2013 23:01:45 | More by puboflyons
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3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:12:06 | More by fourstringer
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3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Peach/Apricot jelly-jam colored. A sandy hued sudsy head that has normal receding speed.

S-Malt. Orange oil. Citrus fruit peels. Lemongrass. Very fragrant. Highlight of the beer.

T-Essence of orange. Bitter hops that pepper the tongue nicely. Not overpowering. Grassy. Sweet caramel malt finish.

M-Light to light/medium body. Nothing mind blowing or bad. Does it's job.

O-A refreshing Pale Ale worthy of your dollar. I like the orange character throughout. A switch from the dominant grapefruit Pale Ale norm. Bonus points for smelling like a fresh citrus farm. Chicago's craft scene is a boomin'.

Serving type: can

11-23-2013 01:07:47 | More by shacawgo24
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3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, no date.

pours a hazy orange rust color with some floaties. cream colored head, fades thin but leaves some nice lacing. aroma is nice mild citrusy hops, a bit sweet. taste is well balanced, slightly sweet malty body, thicker body - finishes a touch bitter, earthy. medium carbonation.

overall - a nice easy drinking pale ale. paired well with a hearty meal as well.

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 04:17:36 | More by jmdrpi
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3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz tallboy can poured into a pint glass.

A: Tawny in color. Very hazy. The rocky, off-white head builds to an impressive three fingers and retains very well. A thick web of foamy, sticky lacing clings everywhere.

S: Very clean on the nose. Citrusy hop scents. Lemon, iced tea, marmalade. Very floral. Caramel and honeyed grain on the malt base.

T: Oily hop bitterness up front. Pine and resin. Hemp seed. Herbal and spicy. Grapefruit in the background. Lots of toast. Caramel. Grain. Bitter, oily hop finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round and creamy, but pancake flat. no carbonation at all.

O: Finch's must be having issues with their canning line, as this is the second beer I've had by them that's been just completely flat. A little carbonation would probably work wonders.

Serving type: can

10-26-2013 16:38:14 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased can at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is a mostly hazed medium amber with 2 fingers of head w/ average bead and decent retention. The smell has a malt forward biscuit-like nose with light floral hop ester. The feel is okay with moderate bitterness and malt sweetness with semi-high carbonation and light alcohol with a gentle bitterness in the finish.

The taste has some pine hops which are masked slightly by the toastiness of the malt with a mild sweetness of caramel with some hints of lemony citrus in the hop flavor with gentle floral notes. The taste seems a little bitter pithy as it finishes. This is a good pale, a little more bitter than necessary, but still drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 01:15:04 | More by Slatetank
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3.75/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 04:49:04 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden amber color with 2+ fingers of head that fades to a thin chunky cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Tobacco, leather, lightly sweet malts, orange peel, and some earthy and woody hops

T: Follows the nose. Tobacco and leather are toned down (thankfully) and the orange peel and hop/malt combo shine a bit more. The orange peel enhances the sweetness of the malts a little, as well as helps the hops along and balance with the maltiness. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice pale ale that is easy to drink and portable, thanks to the cans. There are certainly better options out there, but if you like balanced APAs with a nice citrus (orange peel) addition then this might be for you

Serving type: can

08-03-2013 06:06:16 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 23:03:08 | More by smakawhat
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Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.