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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of davidthebruce


3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-10-2012 21:54:06 | More by davidthebruce
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2012 06:52:45 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Another6Pack


3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-31-2011 22:31:16 | More by Another6Pack
Photo of indiapaleale


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

Pour - the first thing we noticed, even before the beer left the can, was that the can stated that this was "ale brewed with Sweet Orange Peel". That's pretty cool - a little different than the norm which is nice. Pours a dark honey color with a well-formed inch of tight foam on top that clings tightly to the inside walls of the can-shaped glass.

Aroma - sweet citrus entwined with caramel and Tootsie rolls. Lemon and orange zest seem to stand out more than any other aromas and are quite inviting.

Taste - first sip and this has the makings of a very pleasant drinking experience. Lemon, lime and orange flavors mesh well with some hop bitterness and are backed up nicely by a solid malt base. Plenty of flavor and not too light or heavy on the palate. A little tangy on the tongue at times but the carbonation does well to counteract that. Wow, this is going down quick. I wish I had a few more as this is a very enjoyable pale ale.

Overall - very, very drinkable with some great hop flavors with nothing overpowering. I'd go so far as to say that this would be a great session brew for anyone who loves something a little on the hoppy side but not too potent.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 03:03:09 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of nqbeer


2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

12-30-2011 22:49:27 | More by nqbeer
Photo of cheers405


4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-22-2011 02:46:52 | More by cheers405
Photo of duchowbob


4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-19-2011 15:07:19 | More by duchowbob
Photo of JayAre46


4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-12-2011 06:08:49 | More by JayAre46
Photo of wallyworld68


5/5  rDev +45.3%

12-11-2011 22:28:32 | More by wallyworld68
Photo of fergster75


3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-07-2011 03:10:05 | More by fergster75
Photo of Listers


4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-03-2011 02:43:50 | More by Listers
Photo of KostyaK


4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-29-2011 17:59:47 | More by KostyaK
Photo of barnzy78


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-25-2011 05:01:42 | More by barnzy78
Photo of bashiba


2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 00:15:46 | More by bashiba
Photo of psychotia


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-21-2011 03:57:07 | More by psychotia
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated can received from funky audio as part of US/Can BIF. Thanks! Poured ~6C into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Good looking beer, amber with a slight yellow hue, but hazy. Great white head with retention and masses of lacing. If it were crystal clear we're talking about a 5 here.
S: Nice nose of citrus (grapefruit) hops and a hint of pine If I were to venture a guess Cascade would be the hops of choice here. Slight soapiness comes through over time.
T: Biscuity notes with a mild caramel sweetness gets quickly beaten down by a more aggressive than expected bitterness. Hop flavours are light and muted. Some earthiness and citrus comes through, though there is also pepper and alcoholic notes.
M: The beer comes across as hot, with a warming sensation on the palate, much to my amazement. Crisp carbonation, but the bitterness overpowers everything except the heat. Not a great sensation.
O: Unbalanced is the word to describe this beer... Hot, bitter, little hop flavours to complement. Meh. I would not be reaching for this again.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 23:47:13 | More by kjyost
Photo of sbricker


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-14-2011 18:02:56 | More by sbricker
Photo of EROCK75


4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-14-2011 16:29:00 | More by EROCK75
Photo of beagle75


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tasting glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean, with intense green herbaceous hops that are left alone by minimalist malt. The result is unbalanced, but suggesting refreshment.

T: Begins dry, with hop aromatics that taste like juicy green plant stems, with a twist of pine, and weak pale malt. Acidity is moderate and appropriate, with the ability to add citric qualities. Herbaceous flavors persist into the middle, very clean but still lacking malt balance. Pure intense bitterness and astringency comes on in the finish, showing traces of refined light toast and dry grapefruit peel.

M: Thin viscosity, astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Crisp and potent, this beer tends to struggle with issues of balance that are accentuated by the hop qualities. It leans toward harsher high-alpha characteristics, particularly the Columbus cultivar. From the look of the can to the product inside, it seems this beer represents an imperfect attempt to match Half Acre's much better Daisy Cutter pale ale.

Serving type: can

11-14-2011 13:32:05 | More by beagle75
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazed bright-orange. Head is white. Dissipates quickly and leaves a ring on the edge. Poured heavy for the style.

Smell: Biscuits and solvent. Some grassy notes. Touches of citrus and bread crust. Biscuit dough. Big yeasty characteristic. Orange marmalade. Toasted malts. Um, is it breakfast? Loads of booze aroma on the back.

Taste: More toasted malts than the nose would have indicated. Pine/dank from the hops with a nice kick of orange rind. Malts keep pumping biscuit dough and bread crust. A touch grassy on the finish. A much better presentation than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on point. Body runs on the thinner side of medium. Smooth and juicy.

Overall: A conflicting experience as it smells significantly less tasty than it tastes. Solid all around. Well worth it in the long run. Also, 16oz cans always give bonus points.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 01:22:55 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of iadler


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

A- Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head. Some lines of lacing left behind

S- Floral and very dank hops. Grass, pine and black tea hops are upfront with some candied orange peel, grapefruit and biscuit malt. I've never had a pale ale that smells like dank weed so much. Odd for sure.

T- Again, dank hops are prominent with some sweet candied orange peel, grassy and floral hops, biscuit malt and a bit of grapefruit and lemon citrus hops.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes a bit bitter and dry.

O- This was a really odd pale ale with the hop profile being very earthy and herbal. Not a ton of citrus going on that can be found in other pales. Not terrible, but there are plenty of other local pale ales such as Daisy Cutter and Zombie Dust that I would take over this.

Serving type: can

10-24-2011 00:40:51 | More by iadler
Photo of scruffwhor


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
Photo of woodychandler


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
Photo of WoodBrew


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 12:32:43 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Duff27


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 01:44:53 | More by Duff27
Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.