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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
79
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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Binny’s next to Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a copper-amber with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of citrus peel and citrus hops. Bread and grain notes in the background. A bit dull. Flavor is similar. A bit too grainy and the citrus is a bit off. Too much of the malt backbone as well. Medium body and dry. A bit bitter. Just okay.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 18:42:03 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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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MasterSki

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hooray for the mixed sixers! Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind some stray splotches of lace. Hazy orange-brown body.

S - Mix of orange peel and sweet biscuit malts. There's some mildly floral and vomity hop presence as well. Not bad, and thankfully not offensive like Golden Wing, although it gets a bit worse as it warms with a soapy flavor showing up.

T - Taste is a little less interesting - more buttered biscuit, caramel and toffee, and only some mild citrus and herbal flavors in the finish. Bitterness is medium-low. Malt bill is a bit more English than I was expecting.

M - Texture is juicy, and perhaps a tad slimy - seems a bit off. Body is surprisingly hefty, with a definite medium vibe. Finish is a bit too sticky for my liking - wish this was a little drier. Carbonation is at a moderate-to-lower level.

D - I was expecting a terrible beer considering how underwhelmed I've been with Finch's other offerings, but this is actually a passable pale ale. Not worth purchasing over Daisy Cutter or Alpha King, but the best Finch's beer I've had.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 06:37:29 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

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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emerge077

Illinois

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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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...

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 00:51:11 | More by russpowell
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Beer #1 in my great Illinois Brew Hunt.

This is somewhat spicy from the hops. Bready thing going on and making the body a bit thick. Could be a little more rounded and defined. And I don't really get any sweet orange peel on this. I mean there is a sweet tone, but I don't know if that is the orange peel or a malty thing. Maybe it's the orange thing.

Anyways. It's a pretty decent pale ale. If not a little too thick for its own good, and the carbonation is a bit too biting. But it's a good way to start things off in Chicago. What's next?

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 14:45:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was part of my Haul from pokesbeerdude in the recent Nice CANs III BIF and I am excited to add it to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Enjoy the beer in here." and "Ale Brewed with Sweet Orange Peel".

Today has been Adjunct Sunday for me, what with coffee and sweet orange peel in the mix.

What a great Carck & Glug! I got a massive three fingers of eggnog-colored head with excellent retention off of my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a tea-like quality, like the orange pekoe that same in an aluminum tin when I was a kid and which my late Pops really liked, especially when he cooked Chun King dinners for us. He was the cook in the family and I was going to be a chef until I joined the Navy and became a logistician. My second pour gave me a big, rocky head that resembled and ice cream float. Every time I lifted the glass to my mouth, the nose set my mouth to watering. Mouthfeel was soft, almost creamy and the taste was a mellow, slightly sweet citrusy orange. This was like hop/beer tea in terms of its mellow taste and mouthfeel. Finish was a bit more bitter than it had been in the mouth, but it was still highly tasty. I could certainly see this in the summer while mowing the lawn or lazing in the hammock as well as on Hula in the Coola Day in February as a way to conjure up summery memories as the snow falls.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 20:20:12 | More by woodychandler
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 00:30:13 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

LOOK: Pale copper, soapy head, perfect clarity.

SMELL: Herbal, floral, faint lemony sweetness.

TASTE: Pale, grainy malts with toasted and caramelized sweetness. Earthy hops are plenty bitter, and dries out the feel slightly.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied and well carbonated.

OVERALL: Solid little pale. Finch's didn't pinch the hops, this is a beer I'd have again.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 22:42:31 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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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Brad007

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with blonde highlights and a nice frothy head into my glass. Nice to see more canned beers coming to this area.

Pine and citrus aromas (citrus from orange peel?) greet the nose. I can't really tell how hoppy it is just yet but it's there.

An explosion of buttered bread, citrus and pine in the mouth. Very subtle. Doesn't hit you over the head. Insert metaphor here: ___

Finishes clean. Lots of residual hoppiness left to savor at the back of the throat.

Very solid as it is. I'm more than excited to check out the rest of the beers from this brewery.

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 23:01:40 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

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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superspak

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger foamy off white head with very good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, floral, pine, caramel, grass, and herbal. Pretty good aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, caramel, grass, bread, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, floral, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance; with a good hop/malt balance as well. No cloying flavors, and quite crisp and dry on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed at all. Overall this is a good pale ale. Good amount of flavor and balance; very crisp and easy to drink. Smooth and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

08-17-2012 04:23:10 | More by superspak
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet orange peel with hop notes. In the taste, it starts pine like hops to sweet orange peel to dryer pine hop notes. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine with sweet orange citrus notes in the aftertaste. Nice balance with a mix of hops.

Serving type: can

01-21-2013 17:00:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: can

02-25-2012 09:38:23 | More by largadeer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: can

06-26-2012 23:36:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gets at least a 3.5 on this. Not sure what it looks like since I drank it out of the can but it seemed carbonated enough.

S - Bitter orange peel and citrus hops with bready malt backbone and pale malts.

T - Well it is refreshing. Sort of like a pale IPA. Not getting much orange peel which is a good thing since that can get pretty bitter. Enjoyable pounder.

M - Light to medium. Easy to drink.

Seems not very balanced and king of boring even with the orange peel going on. The almost 3 dollars a single kind of puts it off too.

Serving type: can

11-09-2012 02:13:40 | More by DrDemento456
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazey amber and citric ambrosia color with some light sediment hanging in the balance. Some bubbling makes its way through the silt. There's a nice head after the pour, but a foam that gets thinner and thinner after each minute.

Toasted orange peel, some toasted biscuits and water crackers with floral grass. A bitter smelling brew overall.

Toasted caramel and crystal malts mix with bitter English hops and ornge peel for an overal toasted, citric, and bitter flavor. Biscuits, with bitter orange peel marmalade. Then add some cut grass that had a few dandelions in it with some hme white bread, crust.

Palate is resiny, but smooth and well balanced from start to finish. This beer seems closer to an EPA than an APA in my opinion.

Serving type: can

10-24-2011 00:15:53 | More by scruffwhor
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 01:10:27 | More by tone77
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from urwithdave. Thanks Dave!

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed copper color with a off-white head that left some thin lacing on the glass.

S - sweet citrus, somewhat tropical.

T - the malty back bone starts things off and then a zing of bitterness takes over the show, finishing dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - it wouldn't be my 1st choice for a pale ale but it was decently drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 22:30:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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puboflyons

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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Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.