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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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:
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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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

TheBigBoy, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +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.

KTCamm, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -12.5%

akttr, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Jwren5
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Jwren5, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours an orangish strawish color with a small fluffy head with some staying power. Smells of sweet malt and some piney hops. Tastes of earthy notes with some sweet malty tones, but with a nice pale ale bitter finish. Light bodied beer is definitely an easy drinker and goes down extremely well. Overall, a very good beer.

cyclonece09, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This APA was nice to look at but it was a disappointment to drink. When poured into the glass, there was an orangish hue to the beer, which I account for the orange peel. The head was a nice touch and I was looking forward to drinking the beer.
When I drank it, I was looking for the orange nodes and didn't find them. It was a nice beer, but I wouldn't go out of the way to get it.

SwarthmoreBev1, Jul 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Joel12
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Joel12, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of BrianV
4/5  rDev +16.6%

BrianV, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

frosted33, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Mick-e-d
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Mick-e-d, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +16.6%

zoso1967, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip through Ohio...

A: Pours a nice honey color with about a half finger of off-white head. The foam takes a little time to settles, but there isn't much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is a mix of malt, pine, and orange. The citrus and pine notes of the hops seem to want to jump out of this beer, but they are muted by the malt bill.

T: It starts out a bit sweet, and some bitterness starts to come on, but there is a massive astringent taste to this beer. It's really off putting. That nastiness sticks with it through to the finish and then the bitters linger forever.

M: Light to medium bodied beer. There is a bit of heft to this beer, but nothing crazy. Lasting bitterness in the finish.

O: I just can't get over that nasty acne medicine like taste. I'm sure this might be a decent brew on-tap, but I'm just not diggin' it in a can.

trxxpaxxs, Jun 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Jun 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

AltimusPrime, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of sleuthdog
3/5  rDev -12.5%

sleuthdog, May 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

jdhasse, May 28, 2012
Photo of Steimie
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Steimie, May 27, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

BeerOps, May 27, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp in hotel glass.

A: very cloudy dark orange; creamy froth, modest head
S: aroma of bitter spices
T: strong bitter orange flavor; rich and complex; quite bitter and not much malt profile (i.e., not very sweet); good hops; anise is strong

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, given the average rating. A good mealy beer.

Arithmeticus, May 24, 2012
Photo of ChiPool
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into imperial pint glass.

CT pours a butterscotch orange/bronze color with aprox half inch of off-white head. There are plenty of floaties in this one: unfiltered. There isn't much smell to this one: faint malt & a bit of astringency. Down the hatch, there is not much of a hop presence here. I find this one to be quite malt forward. Without a date on this one, it's hard to say how fresh this is. There is a bit of unsweetened ice tea taste in the finish. There is a very mild, lingering bitterness as well.

I grabbed this b/c my Binny's was out of Daisy, and this was on sale. Not a whole lot to say about this beer: quite pedestrian. I was hoping it might be somewhat close to DC...

ChiPool, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

ccozzi, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

DrGonzoDDS, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

injuredreserve, May 02, 2012
Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.