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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 Gobearswalter34
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark red with a one-finger off-white head. Very little to no head. Malty smell with piney hop and a little funk smell. Malt forward with lighter hop. The rye is very present. A sweet lingering taste helped by the Carmel. The fruity hop also jumps up in the finish. The Rye makes it a more medium body. Nice.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep red-orange body, good carbonation, rocky sand-colored head with good layers of lace. Smells of toasted malt and considerable hoppiness. Flavor is similar with elements of toasty/chocolate malts, spiced rye in the vector of black pepper, and bitter hops, which also add a small taste of pine. The malts add toastyness all the way to porter-like chocolate, while there is some spice from the rye and inflated by substantial hop bitterness. The hops' main contribution is bitterness and heat, but do add actual flavor in the way of minty pine. Body varies between smooth and slightly viscous to drinkable and highly effervescent, compounding the spicy intensity.
Wild combination of flavors, but this does, in subjectivity, work. All the flavors are heated and intense, yet work well together. Almost teeters out of control, but keeps things in rein. Well done.

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Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a nonic.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a one finger white head. Not very good head retention at all but the lacing is decent leaving some clumps on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is extremely malty right off the bat. Lots of caramel and toffee along with a slight bit of toast. Earthy hops are also quite prominent with some pine and tree bark. The spicy rye also makes an appearance.

The flavor largely follows the aroma. Lots of caramel, toffee, and pine along with a decent amount of rye thrown in for good measure. There is a little bit of dark fruit but not prominent at all it just adds a little bit of depth. Bitterness is on the moderate side but remains restrained leading to a moderately sticky finish.

Overall, a decent strong red ale and a different brew from all the IPA's and IIPA's out there. Another good beer from Finch's.

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Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty solid offering. Flavor blends caramel and dark fruits like plums. A bit muddled overall but I like the flavor. More malt forward but hops balance nicely. Reminds a little of Rogue American Amber but more muddled.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

$2.99 16oz can with no bottling date poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: A super hazy, red-orange brown color. More simply... copper colored. There's a finger or two of a light brown head. It doesn't last too long, but bubbles float on top and to the sides of the glass throughout the glass. A lot of sediment at the bottom of the can that I poured into the beer made it even hazier, and some particles started floating around.

Smell: I figured this beer was probably dry-hopped, and it turns out that it was. A surprising hop nose on this one. Subtle, sweet, piney... pleasant.

Taste/feel: A bit weird for me. The flavor of the beer itself is pretty solid, but it changes dramatically between sips. One moment it's immensely bitter, and the next it's super sweet. It changes a lot throughout the same sip, as well -- sweet start, super bitter finish. I like a subtle change to add depth, but this one's pretty big. A good malty sweetness is generally at the front though, followed by a decent brunt of bitterness, with only a little bit of hoppy flavor. It's like Finch's tried to balance this beer, and it just backfired. The label also mentions rye being in this beer -- now that I've read that fact, I can sort of taste it. It's definitely in the background, though. The feel on Fascist Pig is creamy smooth, with a pretty light carbonation, which is good -- a prickly carbonation with this kind of bitterness would be killer. The can says this beer is 72 IBUs, but it tastes more like 100.

I like, but don't like this beer ... I like the name and label of Fascist Pig, and in an ODD way, it somewhat explains the beer. On one hand, I love the way that this beer smells and feels, but on the other, the balance is out of whack and just unusual. I'd definitely drink it again -- it's interesting, pretty fairly priced, and most importantly, pretty tasty.

Strangely compelling would be the best way to describe Fascist Pig.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Compares well with Stone Arrogant or perhaps Deep Red Imperial IPA (Torpedo)?
Overall, I'm rating this brewer higher than BA.

A: Deep ruby red with mild haze body topped by dense sandy head that lasts and laces.
S: A bit faint, mostly caramel at first w hints of molasses, bread crust, nuts, hops, brewery room. Some Roast as in red ales. I find it a good seesaw between sweet malts and zippy hops.
T: Ditto on taste. Stronger, plenty here, and dominantly french toast sweet. Maple, marmalade, toasted bread crusts. Then finishing with some hop pepper and spice. There's a bit of medicinal shellac too. Complex, too sweet for more than one, but not cloying.
MF: plenty of sticky body.

Match this with robust foods, not a first beer of the night. Very much a beer hall / tasting room beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New cans in MA with a pretty nice design on them, count me intrigued to add them to a mix-a-six pack.

A- Poured from the 16oz can into a super-oversized snifter. Body is dark ruby red and a small off-white head forms to about half a finger high. Creamy cap falls to a ring leaving some nice legs and spotty lace.

S- Sweet deep malts up front with notes of caramel sweets and toasted grains. Hops prominent here as well with citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and pine notes for me.

T- This one is definitely in the follows the nose category. Opens with rich caramel, toasted biscuit, toffee and even slightly nutty malts. Transitions to hops in the finish that meld nicely with the moderately strong malt flavors. Hop profile of citrus zest, grapefruit, floral and pine.

MF- Moderately thick body with a nice creamy and somewhat oily texture. Carbonation is medium and quite silky. Medium bitterness in the finish. Alcohol adds just the tiniest hint of warmth to it all.

Good use of malts and hops in this fairly big Amber Ale. Citrus, pine hops balance the big caramel malts.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep murky brown in the glass, very little head to speak of.

S: When I first poured this brew, the hops were the first thing I picked up. Once it was in the glass the caramel malts really come out. Caramel and bread, followed by grapefruit, and a touch of pine.

T: Caramel, with a little bit of spice, there is a little bit of orange in there, as well as citrus from the hops. Actually really nice.

M: Medium bodied, and the carbonation is fine and fairly abundant. A little more lively than I would like, but still nice.

O: Overall I wasn't expecting a whole lot form the aroma, but the flavor is well balanced, and interesting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fascist Pig poured from a tall can into a small tulip.

Hazy dark amber with s fine light beige head and excellent lacing.

Aroma complex and semi-sweet.

Flavor. Nice balance and complexity wWith a touch of smoke. Sweet and darker roasted malts mix with a near equal hop component.

O flavorful yet not challenging beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The look is quite hearty and thick with a cloudy maroon color and a brownish thick foam.

The nose is very malty with chocolate and toffee. I can smell tea leaves, rye grains and even a little hops.

The flavors are equally as hearty with a thick malt of chocolate and toffee, rye, subdued sweetness and tea leaves.

The feel is thick with a hop bitter finish.

This is right down my alley with a strong malt character that really showcases the chocolate, toffee and tea leaf flavors.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid 4 bucks for the pounder at the Beermuda. Loved their other beers so I gave it a go.

A - Very carbonated but not too much to overflow my tulip. Gave a 1/2 inc of opaque colored head atop of a rather hazy ruby brown beer.
S - Citrus hops at first, then as expected I can smell the caramel malts but they smell rather metallic, slight notes of rye make me hope it's balanced and not too dry.
T - Maybe it's the hops but the flavor is rather earthy in a dirty way. Still it has a nice balance of zesty hops to rye which I appreciate and a good level of caramel malt sweetness.
M - Drinks with a medium body, hides the ABV well.
Overall I guess it's the hops they used but I don't really love this beer but I did enjoy it as one of the better rye based beers I have had.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The only beer in the BA database with the word "Fascist" in it... reminds me of a couple lines from "Hot Fuzz", a film favorite of mine. I chuckle. 16 oz. can, picked up from Vineyard Liquor in Plano, IL on an early September 2013 visit ~ has been refrigerated ever since. No date to be found on the can. Poured to an Adnams nonic pint glass.

Label design: A "fascist"(?) pig wearing sunglasses, a Hawaiian-style shirt and a military cap, looking very much like a casual dictator - or a pig in a costume.

A: Caramel brown with a glowering redness when held to light. Slightly hazy, decent carbonation. Nice lacing beneath a half finger of dimpled foam, sticky ivory webbing that coats in a thin veil up and down the glass, breaking apart in places.

S: Sweet cereal grains and toffee/caramel meet wispy evergreen and steadier citrus. Orange is specifically at play here, something cake/dessert-like without being overtly candy-sweet.

T: Aroma introduced these flavors well, with layered orange roll/cake, piney spice and some rind bitterness in the finish. Use of rye is notable. Malt-forward and some hop flavors seem "dull" - but these may be indicators that the beer is past its prime(?).

M: Feel is smooth, carbonation tempered, little prickle on the tongue. Hides its 8% strength well.

O: Solid choice in a style I generally like - and nice to have in a pint-sized can serving! I'd have it again, although I'd prefer it on tap or from a DATED can so I know how fresh a beer I'm dealing with.

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Photo of DRush11
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had both the bomber and now the can.

A-ruby red
S-Carmel, buttered bread, and I agree a little crushed aspirin
T-grapefruit, tobacco, Carmel
M~ stays with ya .
O ~ can to me is way better than the bomber the 8% ABV is well hidden .it's an above average red ale with a realy cool can. Good work Finchs .

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a 3/4 " bubbly head and uniform lacing. Deep reddish amber color. Aroma is strong on caramel malts and dry hops as expected. Smells a bit dusty and cheesy suggesting this may not be very fresh (could not find a date on can). Flavor is toasty, sweet malts balanced by earthy, citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Overall a very good imperial red.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at Boston's Bistro & Pub, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is very hazy amber in color and has some hues of yellow. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of sweet caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste mostly has flavors of caramel malts with a little sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has good drinkability because it has a good balance between the sweetness from the malts and the bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 16 oz can into a snifter.
Pours a ruddy brown color with minimal head that dissipates.
Smells very malty, rich.
Tastes very, very malty with a good deal of hop bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is good.
All in all, a good red ale.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Reminds of some of the old school robust Red Ales aka American Strong Ales from a decade or more ago. A bit raw and chaotic but not so much that it loses its drinkability, love the fact that this is a “in your face” type of ale. Without a doubt this will take care of your hop fix.

STYLE: American Strong Ale
ABV: 8.0%

LOOK: Hazed reddish copper hue, sticky light tan lacing

SMELL: Pungent, hop resin, spicy rye, rose water, dates, minty, orange pith, tobacco, caramel

TASTE: Bitter, slightly hop astringent, pungent, chewy, rye spice, biscuity, hay, grapefruit, mint, fresh grass, passion fruit, quite warming, caramel, bitter alcoholic finish

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky reddish amber pour, served in a dimpled mug. Thin layer of light tan foam spreads across the surface, and eventually fades after the first few sips. Some random flecks of lacing are left behind.

Some husky grains, maple, light fruity plum esters, earthy hops. Seems a little bit subdued, though it's not very cold.

Moderately bitter with a green leafy hop character and a touch of aspirin in the back of the throat. Sweet and malty with a burly hop bitterness to it. Medium bodied and riding the line between coarse and smooth. A touch of something vaguely fruity before the bitterness rolls in. I'm liking the yeast that's used, lends a bit of plum sweetness. Easy enough to drink, it's a big hoppy red ale with a fairly well hidden abv.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. no date, but a nice description of ingredients printed on side.

appears almost clear dark copper with reddish highlights. nice 1/2" off-white head, but it fades. nice hoppy aroma - fruity, juicy hops, mixed with a bit of caramel. the hop flavors aren't as dominant in the taste, which makes sense due to the dry-hopping. well balanced with sweet malt component. medium body, medium to high carbonation. a bit sticky mouthfeel. overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Red/Amber Ale. Pours a reddish amber color, fairly clear, into a pint glass from a 16 oz can. Head wasn't much to speak of, even with a hard pour, but there was plenty of of thick lacing and a nice clear color.

Aroma is pretty robust, mostly caramel malt, but there is a good hoppy presence too.

Flavor is strong, malt forward and slightly sweet, but there is some hops bitterness here and a touch of sour rye too. If this beer was stronger and boozier, I would have thought it was a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Seems like a strong Amber Ale or a "Barleywine Lite". Certainly not a wimpy Red/Amber Ale.

I liked this beer and would enjoy trying it again some time.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazed red-orange color. The head is short-lived. Spotty lacing.

S: Mandarin orange, passion fruit, perhaps strawberry too. Green and a bit oily too. Sweet caramel malt base. Touch of bread. Spicy rye.

T: Green, oily hop tastes up front. Spicy and herbal too. Tropical fruity notes underneath. Very sweet malt base, waves of caramel and toffee. Hints of toasted grain and spicy rye. Finishes with caramel and a big oily hop presence.

M: On the thicker side of medium. Full and chewy. Low carbonation. Oily hop astringency. Mild warming alcohol.

O: Not a bad beer. Very much on the sweet side of things. It isn't very subtle either; big sweetness is tentatively balanced by a bold, oily hop addition. More of a one-and-done kind of beer, but I wasn't displeased with it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Interesting color here. A deep maroon. It's a maroon brew, opaque and glowing like a deep cherry almost. Barely makes any head but finishes about two fingers tall, kind of creamy looking and faint tan in color, with pin head to peppble sized bubbles inside.

Fairly large heat off of this, but even a little large for eight percent. Big English sensing strong ale character to me, with a little bit of fruity ester. Some creamy caramel, and density it seems, but all sort of downplayed with the exception of the alcohol.

A real juicy but light palate. Strawberry, cherry red fruit angle, with a large piney resiny finish. Oily pine blast and quite coating. First sip brings a nice malty fruity sense, but the hops are really lasting on the finish. Woody.

Kind of liking these Imperial Amber Ale's I would say, but hard to classify, and I haven't found my ultimate one yet either.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, a little opaque, fine bubbled frothy head; head dissipates to a ring and light top with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a nice malt and hop mixture: malt profile is touch of toast, caramel and some light earthy notes from the rye. Hops are piney and earthy.

Taste is also malt and hop mixture: malt is more caramely in the taste with subtle rye and toast notes, some biscuit presents itself as it warms; hops are earthy, bitter, almost biting. Flavors seem to blend to a cloying flavor at the end which takes away from it in some way.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, as the flavors blend together and bite the tongue on the finish; strong tongue presence and lighter on the cheek, but pleasant carbonation levels.

Overall, a very solid malt profile with a hop presence that is leans towards biting and cloying, strong on the tongue.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

clever beer, and i love clever beer. a strong red ale, with a good hearty dose of rye malt, which delivers some spice to the grain bill and relaxes and counterbalances some of the sweetness. it is also remarkably hop driven, one of those rare beers that is both. very full bodied and only moderately carbonated. starts sweet, finishes hoppy, but more than just bitter, citric too, which bounces off the rye in a unique but complimentary way. heady in looks but I'm wishing for a bit more carbonation. i find myself wishing for a more excited carbonation level, but i also find myself impressed by the fusion of rye into this beer and its low key overall tone. good stuff here from a brewery that keeps impressing me with innovation and subtlety.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass a lighter amber shade with a thinner but sticky white head atop.some pine resin and caramel malts in the nose but they really don't stick out at ya,not bad just wanted a little more oomph.Flavors have a nice resiny/spicy hopped up start then meld into a deep caramely maltiness with an ubrupt finis.The alcohol creeps a little and it has a nice shot of hops it just lacks that "something" to be really good,it's decent.

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