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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.22/5  rDev -36.2%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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? (543 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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... (623 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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. (1,361 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can into a pint glass, another new brewery coming to Philly, cheers!

Cut Throat pours out a lighter shade of orange with some light bronze highlights. A decent amount of bright white foam on top leaving significant stick. Nice looking, active. Smell is on the citrusy side with orange, marmalade, fresh cut grass, and some lemon. A pale malt backing. First few sips an explosion on the mouth, there is certainly some flavor here. A nice amount of citrus with the addition of orange peel with small pine and pale malt at the end. A certain activity on the tounge, a bitterness that lasts, and perhaps to much. Some astringency, not really digging the aftertaste. All in all a decent APA, a lot of flavor that does not round out like i hoped. I still would drink a can in a hot second though. (793 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark orange/light red with a thick, fluffy two inch head. Lots of small yeast sediment in there as well. Great head retention and clumpy lacing.

S- Citrus in the nose. Some breadiness.

T- More citrus, oranges. Not too big of a hop bite (or was expecting more). Good malt backbone, well hidden ABV.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy because the carbonation is lacking a tad.

D/O- Easy drinking, non-offensive, simple. Nice effort by Finch's but all Chicago Pales pale in comparison to Zombie Dust, that's just the way it is. Thanks to kawilliams81 for the try/tick. (582 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (1,069 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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. (537 characters)

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Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.