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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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 JohnnyChicago


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
Photo of kaips1


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-21-2012 23:36:22 | More by kaips1
Photo of zaphodchak


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
Photo of biggred1


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
Photo of Billakowski


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-17-2012 18:21:41 | More by Billakowski
Photo of chetripley


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
Photo of seeswo


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
Photo of tsauce2


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
Photo of davidthebruce


3/5  rDev -12.8%

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

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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%

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
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%

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
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%

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
Photo of sbricker


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-14-2011 18:02:56 | More by sbricker
Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.