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Fascist Pig Ale | Finch's Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by emerge077 on 07-11-2012

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a murky brown color with glop of sediment that dumps from the bottom of the can... I didn't see anywhere that this was supposed to be can-conditioned, so immediate alarm bells are going off. Chunks of particulate slowly settle to the bottom of the snifter. Completely unappealing.

Aroma is oxidized, cardboard, with remnants of caramel malt sweetness. First sip is quite sweet, but tastes quite oxidized as well. I get toffee, cardboard... it tastes a lot like an aged barleywine, but has a sharp bitter finish. Very thick and chewy mouthfeel, very sweet.

Could I have gotten a very old can? I really am not enjoying this beer, and a large part of that is visual / psychological. It's a sweet malt bomb with a very bitter finish.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeously appetizing in appearance. A dark, hazy, reddish orange. Aroma is not powerful. I just don't detect much at all. Taste is mostly malt: slightly sweet caramel, a bit of spicy rye perhaps. Nice creamy texture. The beer tastes a bit weak when really cold. Letting it warm brings out some unexpected complexity. Still, while I like this beer a good deal, I wish it were a bit bolder.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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 drpimento
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was the best thing here with good malt, rye, hops. Flavor had a huge metallic component.and a medicinal finish. Body is ok. Hopes were kind of dashed after that first great whiff. Oh well.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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 kushMan89
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice strong brew but a lot of Carmel flavor! Tastes kind of smokey with a hint of coffee or cocoa. If your a fan of a classic ipa, you might be surprised by the flavor of this brew.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Jmamay22
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very murky amber brown. Cloudy mess with thick chunks of yeast and / or hop matter floating about. Head is tan colored and settles to a thick collar.

Smells of caramel, browned sugar, and tropical fruits. A unique and somewhat unlikely pairing that comes together well. Taste has a fairly forward malt bill that covers the full spectrum of caramel. Floral and tropical fruity finish with a sweet lingering taste. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium. Thicker than anticipated.

Overall unique with a stronger malt and sweeter character than expected. I could see the hops fading quickly on this on with the crystal malts heading towards a stale character with time. Try to catch this fresh if possible. Interesting beer that came across a bit muddled at times.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Burnished copper color with a beige orange colored head that lingers long. Aroma of ripe stone fruit, brown sugar, floral notes. Alcohol stays subdued. Flavors of toffee, caramel, grainy malt, brown sugar, some sweetness from the alcohol, notes of florals and lemon. Interesting mix. Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation. Good beer overall.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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 mmesce2
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Draft in Finch's specialty glass. Low head, moderate to high carbonation. Great deep amber color. Smells of pine, resin, slight citrus, and moderate hops. IMHO this could be a Christmas ale...something about it tastes like the season. Probably pine notes. Finishes almost exactly as it starts...nearly no flavor or feel change on the end. Would order again, and would recommend to others.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear reddish amber color with a foamy 1 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving good spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus hops and floral hops up front, followed by caramel, light syrup, French toast, herbs, tea leaf, lightly roasted grains and more malt which gives off a sweet aroma. Deep and malty, the spicy hops add some nice balance and character to this brew.

Tastes similar to the nose but with more pronounced malt and additional spices like piney hops and pepper showing up along with the rye mentioned on the can. The malty sweetness is more toffee than caramel, with syrup, French toast, herbs, tea leaf, lightly roasted grains, and then some grapefruit, citrus hops, floral hops and mild spices that add better balance than the nose, but it's still malt dominant.

Mouthfeel is smooth with average carbonation, a medium body and a mild bitterness that comes through the general malty sweetness. This hides the 8% ABV very well, with only a little warming taking place after a few sips.

Overall it was good, but I lost interest towards the end as nothing changed as this pint warmed up – it just remained on cruise control with no deviation or turbulence.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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 dukeandduke
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2/11/15 - Monk’s Pub (Chicago) - Draft - Unique colour and smell of lemon and cinnamon. A little sweater than I prefer, but I enjoyed it none the less. The texture was very light, the taste good, not very strong. Good beer and I’m glad I tried it.

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Photo of JRed
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown, burnt orange in body with off white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, bread, cinnamon, some lemon/grass hop scent as well. Tastes of lemon, grass, pine, caramel, cinnamon, bread. There's a strange nail polish flavor towards the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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 FFreak
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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 BoldRulerVT
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 MNishCT77
1.97/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. Samisar!), dated "090214" on the bottom, poured into my large bottom The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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 Michaelsthlrnd
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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 BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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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Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
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