Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy honey colour with a cap of off-white foam.
S: Fruity citrusy hops upfront with a dose of carmel and sugar in the finish.
T: Nice tropical/grapefruit hop flavour. There's a little honey there and the orange does come through as well.
D: Easy drinking stuff and well balanced. Mouthfeel is too thin; bordering watery, but otherwise, its not too bad.
Overall: This beer gets a bad rep and I'm not sure why. I understand - there's already a king of canned APAs in Chi; really I get it, this doesn't stack up to DC. That being said, this is a nice APA and definitely worth the dough. I think I saw this at a Binny's craft 6 shelf. Time to get a $10 sixer. Good job, Finch's! Not a bad freshman product at all!
01-22-2012 01:54:22 | More by JohnnyChicago
2.9/5 rDev -15.7%
Apple juice body with a thin trace of white head. Some lace.
Faintly spicy nose, some honey.
Taste has some hops, but not a lot. Some orange rind on the aftertaste (not in a great way), but mostly bitter steely hops. All right.
Feel is pretty standard. A little fluffy.
Not bad, but by no means great. Unremarkable.
01-21-2012 01:37:13 | More by zaphodchak
3.53/5 rDev +2.6%
Clear, light coppery amber with a smooth tan head that leaves sticky, filmy lace on the glass. Orange rind, pine and flowery aromas with some pale malt. Citrusy orange zest and pale malt with a faint resinous hop finish. Light bodied and slightly under carbonated for my liking. Not bad at all, a nice starter APA that is approachable and easy to drink.
01-18-2012 00:43:48 | More by biggred1
3.98/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass. Handed to me by a fellow beer club member.
As a can collector I have been more and more impressed with the offerings in cans. Plus local beers are appealing to me too, so I was happy to find that my overall impression was a good one.
I look forward to smooth and flavorful brews and this was it. Not overly hoppy, it met the definition of an American Pale. It was a nice blend of flavors.
Dark orange in color, just the right about of carbonation, good head, and a very drinkable finish.
I also like meaningful names, and a quick check I see that the cut-throat is a type of finch.
Beer schooling. What a concept.
01-17-2012 01:30:34 | More by chetripley
2.2/5 rDev -36%
Blind Beer #2, let's play 2. It's a scary green 16 oz can that exploded with a force when opened. I got most of it back into that Half Acre Tulip and it spilled over.
Huge tan head, lacing everywhere and a kind of strange looking pillow of foam that is lying in the middle of the glass. Hazy, translucent, golden orangey, brown. - 4.0
The smell is a musty malt and light bitterness. The mustiness is really throwing me off here and smells a bit awry. - 2.5
The taste is quite bitter with little else (a touch of caramel malt?) going on except some odd, semi-off flavor on the mid-back tongue as it goes down. Orange corn adjunct? Ugh, this is not very good. - 2.0
The mouthfeel is all messed up because of the carbonation explosion. Light-medium body, overcarb'ed - it's definitely a burper. - 2.0
Overall, I really dislike this beer. I have no idea what it is either and I am afraid that it is going to be revealed that it is some brand (or worse, beer) that I otherwise liked. - 2.0
Reveal - Finch's Cut Throat Pale Ale. It says "Ale brewed with sweet orange peel". That explains the mustiness (which another sip now comes off more as a musty orange zest) and the "orange corn" adjunct/off-flavor. That was an interesting experiment for sure! Thank you Kristian (pellinore1)!
01-16-2012 13:07:20 | More by seeswo
3.45/5 rDev +0.3%
P: 16 fl oz can in to a snifter.
A: SRM is harvest orange/medium amber. Head is cream, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.
S: Medium hop nose with floral notes and orange peel/zest. Some malt sweetness.
T: Mild hoppiness with piney characteristics, mild bitterness, mellow and very natural orange notes, medium roast malt base. Aftertaste is light hop bitterness and orange peel.
M: Medium/light body. Hops hit palate initially giving a bright and bitter feel, but then orange and malt come in and provide body. Semi-wet finish.
O: This is a nice APA. Good nose and taste, body is nice. I did like the natural orange additions and felt this added a lot the flavor of this beer. Hops were nice but a bit unbalanced. All in all this is a solid APA and I would buy this again.
01-14-2012 18:55:37 | More by tsauce2
3.3/5 rDev -4.1%
Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way
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.
01-10-2012 06:52:45 | More by angrybabboon
3.53/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-31-2011 03:03:09 | More by indiapaleale
2.8/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
11-24-2011 00:15:46 | More by bashiba
3.28/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-16-2011 23:47:13 | More by kjyost
Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.