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Fascist Pig Ale - Finch's Beer Co.

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Fascist Pig AleFascist Pig Ale

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86 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 396
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 26.49%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-11-2012

A deep red malt-forward ale brewed with plenty of caramel malts and a touch of rye. Brewed and dry-hopped with Palisade and Zythos hops.
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Photo of Michaelsthlrnd
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Give me a burger, and Fascist pig. My wife can call me a fascist pig all day long. This is a big malty red ale with enough hop to balance the taste. Finch's has a more hop forward angle but the caramel malts balance beautifully in this beer.

This is my got to beer for when I want to sip on a beer for a while, watching a game. The caramel malts take the first taste, and the hops dry out the finish.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had chilled chez White

A: dark toffee; small head; decent lacing and good carbonation
S: very malty aroma
T: as advertised, very malty and sweet; it approximates to a barleywine style; the hops are distinctive and not frequently seen (or at least not to my knowledge): zythos and palisade

A very satisfying beer, and good as a closer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent copper/amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & nice head retention

S: Pears, toastyness, orange rinds & tangerine; plus breadyness & biscuitty malt

T: Follows the nose, toastyness in abundance, along with some wood hops & grapefruit. Pineyness, woody hops, tangerine rind, plus breadyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty, citrussy, dry with a touch of boozeyness, plus pine

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, great balance

A super solid red, easily the best of the line up I've had so far. So easy to drink, especially for the ABV. A great old school amber/red!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo. My first beer from Finch's BC. Brewed with caramel malts, rye, and hopped with Palisade and Zythos.
OG=18.2, FG=2.9, 14 SRM, 72 IBU, 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly cloudy deep red amber, forming a nice whipped yellow head with good retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.2 carbs or so. The aroma is nice with mostly citrusy and fruity hops (mango, pear) and a nice touch of pine on top of the crystal malt nose. Mouthfeel is smooth, quite tart for the style, medium-bodied and a touch syrupy. Bitterness is firm, but balanced with the big malt body. Grain husks and grapefruit pith in the finish. Clean ferment. Not boozy. Lots of late addition hops. A touch of pepper in the aftertaste. A touch of crystal 90-120, raisins, toast. This reminds me of a beer somewhere between the mouthfeel and body of arrogant bastard and the flavor/maltiness/bitterness of old guardian. ..kinda between a red IPA and a barleywine.

Nice job. Since this was my first from them, I'll have to give their others a try. I could see myself buying this again if it actually cost less than either Stones, but it doesn't.

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Photo of guityler83
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark maroon color with dark orange and red hughs its hazy apperance. The sustaining head, a light kahki color, retains well even as its being sipped.

S: Juciy fruit gum, kiwi and strawberry hop aroma climb to the top of the rich malt aroma. Rye and biscuity with no alcohol detected.

T: An upfront rye, bread crust and toasty malt profile washes over the pallet first in a plesantly unexpected way. Bitterness is strong and keeps the sweetness in check, but doesn't get fatiguing as your reach the half way mark of the 16oz can. There is a muffled troppical fruit hop flavor at the tail that the rye over takes.

M: Oily mouthfeel coming through from all the rye (wondering if oats are in the grist also) low carbonation with a middle-high amount of body. No astringancy that i can detect.

O: This is my favorite normal run Finch beer for sure. I tend to get very similar flavors from their other usuals (Threadless, Golden, etc) likley due to the same yeast strain they use for all of their beers (confirmed on the tour). But this one has enough character and flavor to be a winner.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale has a thick, cream-colored head, a murky, rust-red, bubbly appearance, and lot of heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of spicy (from the rye, I suppose), bready, malt and hop resin, with some background citrus. Taste is of sweet, spiced bread, hop resin, black pepper, and noticeable, yet, not harsh, bitterness. There is also a tannin note. Mouthfeel is medium, and Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale finishes smooth, easy-going, semi-dry, and highly drinkable.


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Photo of Vierenner
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Goes down smooth, has a wonderful balance, and mouthfeel is great. But during my second pour, finishing the can, a bunch of sediment let loose. I can see it floating around in what was originally a mostly clear glass of beer. I presume these are hop remnants, but I don't know for sure. Nothing written on the can to clue me in ...

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Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with a nice two-finger head into my glass. Canned, bottled, I don't care. I'll drink it. The color is spot-on.

For a stronger amber ale, there's more buttery malt than anything upfront with some pine hop residue. Reminds me more of an American Strong Ale.

The taste is a swerve: more citrus than pine here. Mango. Must be the hops they're using. Adds a nice contrast to the malt. I like it.

Mouthfeel resembles that of an American Strong Ale as well. It's as close to a barleywine as you can get without actually brewing a barleywine. Lingering buttery malt and citrus/pine hop notes.

Very nice. I wasn't expecting much at first but I'm glad I picked this up. You should too. Not sure how fresh this can is but it's still tasty regardless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/4/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, maple and fruit. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We split a deuce of this beer.

This beer is a rich brown color, pretty opaque with a slim whitish head.

Smells of a full kettle of wart boiling- a very recognizable and enjoyable scent. Strongly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, caramel, brown sugar and sweet goodness characterize this scent.

Tastes good! Unabashedly sweet but in no way nauseating, and that's coming from a couple of guys who prefer more bitter beers. The rye flavor has an understated but powerful influence on the taste, combining with a good nut-brown presence. Indeed, No hop finish to speak of, which often places a beer on the shit list, but in this case it's not so sorely missed. There is a bit of a sweetness in the aftertaste that can be unpleasant, but overall this beer is pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is solid. This beer becomes better and better as you drink it (as most do). Points deducted for the after taste. Without any hop finish the sweetness seems to dissolve on your tongue like too much halloween candy.

Overall this beer gets our go ahead. Strong and malty without being too sweet; the caramel and rye flavors blend well together. If I had a bar, this would hang around as a recommended alternative for a brown.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy, juicy, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and citrus. Upfront toasted malt with sweet hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, yeast, and subtle roast. Spicy hints of rye. Sweet hints of sugar. Solid hop presence with earthy hints of grass and pine along with citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A pretty solid big red aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy, spicy, juicy, and sweet malt forward taste with good notes of caramel, biscuit, rye, and citrus. Toasted malt with some upfront notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, grains, yeast, and some light roast chocolate. Spicy notes from the rye. A little sugar sweetness as well. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Solid balance. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Chewy, spicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an imperial Red Ale. Good caramel malt flavors with a solid kick of rye spice and hops.

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Photo of tbonci
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head disappeared quickly, leaving a deep amber color behind.

Smell is strong hops, a little resiny.

Taste is dominated by hops, but the bitterness is balanced by the malt character so it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high drinkability.

Overall, I'm impressed by this beer. Since it's a limited run, it's something I'll watch for so I can get more before it's gone.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
$ 7.99/bomber at Opperman’s
Aroma of caramel, slight flowery hops, weak
Head small (one cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent – complete curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, chill haze
Flavor caramel malt, slight rye bite; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation
Very pleasing brew
Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Inconsistent head, but a thin blanket of lace appears after each sip.

Hoppy smell with a bit of earthiness in the background.

The flavor matches the smell. A bit high on the carbonation. Short aftertaste considering the biting hop.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can

Pour is a hazy dark ruby amber with a tan 2 fingers of dense head. Lots of lace left over

Nose is pretty subdued, largely of malts and just a little pepper.

Taste is pretty big and malt forward, with notes of caramel and sweet rye. Follows with lightly citric dry hops on the finish.

Mouth feel is a nice medium texture. Leaves a slight resiny slick on the after taste

I rather enjoyed this. not overly complex, but really nice balance and depth, and generally just nice and approachable.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, murky amber with a creamy, thick khaki head. Head retention is great, lacing is moderate-to-thick. Little chunks of yeast are clearly visible in the liquid.

S: Aromas of biscuit, caramel, cream, toffee, brown sugar, honey roasted nuts, and mildly herbal, lemony hops present themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of nougat, heavy cream, biscuit, caramel, toffee, honey roasted nuts, brown sugar, leather, and vanilla bean are underscored by subtle hints of lemon, lime, and fresh herbs. The finish is rich, sweet, and punchy, imparting lingering flavors of caramel, toffee, herbs, and tart citrus underscored by peppery, prickly alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, silky, and smooth. Carbonation is firm, yet rather fine. Alcohol presence is pronounced, but not distracting.

O: This is really more of a strong ale than an amber/red ale, but overall, it is very good. I do not understand the comparatively pedestrian ratings Finch's stuff gets on this site. I have yet to have a beer from this brewer that is less than satisfying.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Amber (creative huh?). Somewhat hazy. Smattering of messy off white head. Fits the bill for an amber.
smell: Pleasant nose with a nice balance of malt and a little biting hops. Nice sweet edge.
taste: Hops are more prominent here. Still a good bit of sweetness but the hops are right there and the finish has a little bitterness.
overall: Fine example of an amber, w/o either sweetness or maltiness or hoppy bitterness dominating.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel, rye notes and a small hop presence. In the taste, sweet rye with a caramel malt, with just a pleasant hop presence in the end. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a dry green apple rye presence and a hop note in the aftertaste. Nice malt, nice rye presence, nice hop presence, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of vic21234
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a bubbly red/ amber color with a finger's worth of off white head. Some sticky lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of nice citrus and pine notes with a hint of spiciness on the backend of the aroma. Some sweet caramel malt notes are noted too.

T- Initially I get notes of spicy rye. This then leads way to some notes of caramel and toffee along with some nice hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, sweet and hoppy, spicy with a dry finish. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

This was a nice offering from Finch's, and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of FFreak
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a tulip glass. A hazy dark reddish-brown with virtually no head even after a vigorous pour. Aroma at first is like the pineapple juice that comes out of the cans of pineapple chunks we use for baking, very pungent and fruity. Taste is similar but combined with a rich malty taste. Mouth feel is full, but has low carbonation. This beer definitely improves as it warms up. The maltiness opens up and the fruit becomes more complex. Overall, a pretty nice red ale. This is a sipping beer, take your time and let it warm up, then enjoy.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma has a firm overtone of dry hops, rather like a good IPA. Pours a clear mahogany, quite appetizing, with a thick, fine-bubbled, rather persistent pale wheat head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy, like an IPA, with malty, fruity and caramel notes rounding out the satisfying taste. Smooth texture has average body and plenty of fizz. Go ahead, hog one!

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours medium ambe, khaki cap that stays pretty well and leaves nice looking sheeting on the glass.

Malty nose with caramel and maple coming to mind

Malty brew, imperial red ale in my book. Malts and tasty caramel in control here. Smooth, easy drinking and dangerously tasty. Nice offering from Finch.

Would work just fine in a chicken/pork marinade

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love how this beer looks off the pour. It exemplifies perfection; hence the score of 5. Flavor profile is a bit tangy and fruity. Aftertaste follows the same lines. Following taste really exemplifies a red ale to me. Been quite some time since I've had one like this really. It's a bit too fruity, if I'm going to be critical. That seems to work in favor of its drinkability though. An extremely pleasant ale.

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Photo of farrago
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a head, comes up with a thin layer across the surface which disappears on the quick side, what is there is on the light tannish side, likewise you get minimal lacing, if that. The liquid definitely has the amber red glow going on, more sunset orange at the glass bottom and rims, not many bubbles are visible, no surprise given the head. The nose is big and pungent, emphasizing cocoa and mocha, quite malty, sweet grapefruit, sour grains like rye bread or pumpernickel, molasses, pine sap, peach and apricot jam, the scents themselves seem like they should be sweet but there remains a textural dryness inside the nostrils, excellent staying power. In the mouth it is full-bodied, has a lightly prickly carbonation which haunts the background, otherwise marked mostly by an overall astringent bitterness which keeps it vertical and erect in posture. The maltiness still big time, cocoa and chocolate powder, yet sourness in the grapefruit and tangerine citrus stops it from getting too sweet. The fruit flavors are tropical but softer like guava or mango rather than pineapple, closer to apricot. Some peat and earth notes and you can feel the booziness both in the flavors and texture as well as literally. Grainy but not grassy, hops do catch up and take a leading role through the finish. Good stuff, not a beer to have on its own, needs like a brisket or very flavorful, dense dish to pair with. Even then one and likely done.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color of this beer is an almost medicinal reddish brown. The aromas are neither strong nor weak, and present an odd combo of sourdough an tropical fruits. Lovely sliky mouthfeel, thick without being syrupy. Flavor is very well balanced between malty, bready flavors and tropical hops. Certainly an odd beer, but a very enjoyable one.

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Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.