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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 jnikkel
3/5  rDev -12.8%

jnikkel, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

MasterSki, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of dpasotti
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

Transparent light golden copper color with a cream-colored head. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind. Aroma of bready malt followed by a somewhat subdued hop aroma for an American pale. The hop character is pine-forward with some citruy Centennial, and a Willamette-like floral background. The hop blend is pleasant and fresh. It's not too focused on grapefruit, pineapple, or any easily-definable hop flavor.

The palate is well-balanced between clean, fresh hops and bready malt. Floral, grassy hops are dominant in the mouth, unlike the aroma. The malt character of this beer is fantastic. Soft doughy pale malts lay the foundation while a little biscuit malt (which I normally don't like in pales) pops up on the finish to tie it all together. A nice punch of bitterness, if a little edgy, cleans things up.

Crisp carbonation and a medium body make an excellent mouthfeel for the style. There's enough weight to keep me interested, but not so much to prevent me from ordering a few of these end on end. I will buy this again, but it will face fierce competition with Alpha King every time I reach for my wallet. I'd like to see more hop aroma and a more distinctive hop fingerprint as a whole.

dpasotti, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev +16.3%

eorwar, Feb 02, 2012
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!

JohnnyChicago, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of kaips1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

kaips1, Jan 21, 2012
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.

zaphodchak, Jan 21, 2012
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.

biggred1, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Billakowski
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Billakowski, Jan 17, 2012
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.

chetripley, Jan 17, 2012
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)!

seeswo, Jan 16, 2012
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.

tsauce2, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of davidthebruce
3/5  rDev -12.8%

davidthebruce, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
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.

angrybabboon, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Another6Pack, Dec 31, 2011
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.

indiapaleale, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of nqbeer
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

nqbeer, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of cheers405
4/5  rDev +16.3%

cheers405, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of duchowbob
4/5  rDev +16.3%

duchowbob, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4/5  rDev +16.3%

JayAre46, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of wallyworld68
5/5  rDev +45.3%

wallyworld68, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of fergster75
3/5  rDev -12.8%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Listers, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of KostyaK
4/5  rDev +16.3%

KostyaK, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.