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Cut Throat - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
79
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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 98
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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3.75/5  rDev +9%

frosted33, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

BrandonSeal, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

MSandahl23, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

OldTime, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

rudabegga9, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

jniagar1, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Mick-e-d, Jul 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

PHBoiler, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

lynx088, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely underrated, this is a fine American pale ale, boasting all kinds of citrusy and floral hop characteristics, and drinking nice and easy. it has a great nose of fresh tropical fruit exuding from the tall white head, and there is just enough malt balance to keep this thing in the pale ale rather than ipa category for me. briskly hopped taste cuts with citrus fruit, quite juicy, with a rather standard ale yeast doing the requisite work. cleaner finish, although there is a touch of residual sweetness here, as well as an almost pineapple punch at the end. nice carbonation, although maybe a little thin on the body, I thought this was a nice example of the style, and a beer that deserves a better score here on BA than it currently has. not mind blowing, but nothing to dismiss either. my first beer from finchs.

StonedTrippin, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

jtransel, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

cd34, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

BrandonOakes, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

petermethot, Jul 11, 2014
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OB1, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

traviswhillier, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

TimHitchings, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/10/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to pound down for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 11, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. Pours a cloudy, murky burnt orange with an inch of frothy white head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of orange, citrus hops,malts and tropical fruits. Taste is some citrus hops with orange peel and some bitterness at the end. A bit fruity with some malt flavor. Lots of carbonation and a tingly mouthfeel. Solid Pale Ale with a good amount of hops. Overall, worth having again.

PicoPapa, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #1 in my great Illinois Brew Hunt.

This is somewhat spicy from the hops. Bready thing going on and making the body a bit thick. Could be a little more rounded and defined. And I don't really get any sweet orange peel on this. I mean there is a sweet tone, but I don't know if that is the orange peel or a malty thing. Maybe it's the orange thing.

Anyways. It's a pretty decent pale ale. If not a little too thick for its own good, and the carbonation is a bit too biting. But it's a good way to start things off in Chicago. What's next?

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
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3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a pillowy off-white head that recedes quite slowly. As the beer settles in the glass, yeast sediment slowly collects at the bottom.

S: Mild aromas of lemon, lime, chalk, talc, bready yeast, biscuit, and caramel present themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grass, herbs, minerals, cream, biscuits, crackers, bready yeast, and caramel flit across the palate. The finish sees an integration of caramel and biscuit malt and grass and citrus hop notes.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and only mildly resinous. Carbonation is gentler than expected.

O: Not a bad American pale ale by any means. I am sort of confused as to why this beer gets mostly lackluster reviews. Overall, it is a good warm weather kind of ale.

mrfrancis, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light copper with a solid half inch cream head that leaves thick lacing. There are floaties.

Caramel and toasted malt accompany grapefruit and resin in the aroma. There's a hint of pine.

The backbone of the flavor is moderately toasted bready malt, with a touch of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There's a strong underpinning of citrus hop character. Grapefruit, tart tangerine, floral hops, and lime hit mid palate, followed by a resiny dry, slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, and a bit of astringency.

Overall, a bit more citrus than anticipated in the flavor. Not very complex hop profile, but a decent brew.

barczar, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can into a pint glass, another new brewery coming to Philly, cheers!

Cut Throat pours out a lighter shade of orange with some light bronze highlights. A decent amount of bright white foam on top leaving significant stick. Nice looking, active. Smell is on the citrusy side with orange, marmalade, fresh cut grass, and some lemon. A pale malt backing. First few sips an explosion on the mouth, there is certainly some flavor here. A nice amount of citrus with the addition of orange peel with small pine and pale malt at the end. A certain activity on the tounge, a bitterness that lasts, and perhaps to much. Some astringency, not really digging the aftertaste. All in all a decent APA, a lot of flavor that does not round out like i hoped. I still would drink a can in a hot second though.

BARFLYB, Aug 14, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light, crisp Pale Ale. Good summertime drink/thirst quencher. Nothing great here. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Unusual hazy orange color, looks like unpasturized apple cider. Fairly good size slightly off-white head with good retention and thick lacing.

Aroma is light citrus hops, fairly pronounced. Fairly pleasant. Flavor is weaker than the aroma. Flavors are not that strong. There are some floral hops/citrus hops. A fairly good balance between hops and malts. THere is a slightly odd aftertaste, maybe a bit too yeasty or too much orange zest. Not really a problem, but a bit "off".

Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit too light. THere are better APAs out there but this one is not bad at all.

JayQue, May 22, 2013
Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.