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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
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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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 396
Photo of MNishCT77
1.97/5  rDev -46.8%
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 Bowers-Brew
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Nice dark malty red color. Thick haze and floaters take the appearance down a notch.

S - Malty and rye, but not much else comes through.

T - Malty and bitter. It may be all in my head, but I think I can taste the can. I'm trying to embrace the resurgence in popularity of cans, but this beer may have set me back a bit.

O - My first Finch beer. Not a beer I will try again, especially for the price per 4 pack. I hope that Finch has something better to offer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

Man, I was hoping for some sort of bacon-flavored beer here... Oh, well, here we go: It pours a hazy amber-rust topped by a half-finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, husky grains, very light cocoa powder, stiff toffee, and somewhat mild pine sap. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, caramel, sour onions (I'm not sure how I got there, either, but the more I think about it, the more it sounds very right), huskier-than-before grains, and a stiff bitterness that pervades every square inch of the finish. Every sip leads to a bit of a wince in my demeanor, but this feeling luckily passes fairly quickly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a decent beer at its heights, but a not-so-good one at most points that matter (you know, the ones that touch the tongue). Not my thing here.

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Photo of JRed
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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 barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint can, no freshness date, kind of wish there was in this instance
L - very cloudy, opaque ruddy brown ale with a quick-to-dissipate ivory head
S - fruity, malty, earthy, caramel, bread crust
T - earthy rye, bread crust, caramel, burnt caramel also, spicy, earthy piny hops, some citrus and fruitiness, at times it's boozy and hot making it more difficult to drink
F - medium body, resinous, lower carbonation
O - not crazy over this one. It was ok, but seemed a bit muddled and uninspired.

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Photo of Etan
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a woody orange-brown with a nice off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Mild citric hop - orange, grapefruit - with lots of caramel and buttered bread behind.

T: A heavy, almost smoky bitterness sets in, followed by grapefruit, apple, buttery dark bread, tobacco, caramel.

M: Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: Has the potential to be a decent, if not slightly boring red ale, if they tone down that astringent bitterness.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
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 kushMan89
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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 scruffwhor
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rusty ruby and deep bronze hue. Quick tan head, very little residual foam. No bubbling and very little lacing.

Super malty sweet, caramel with an alcohol backbone. Smells warm, malty, and some hoppy citrus aromas there as well. Unbalanced, and a little overwhelming.

A toasted caramel malt bomb just went off in my mouth. Super malty, a little cracker dry from the earthen hop flavors and mouthfeel. The flavor starts super malty then finishes pretty bitter. I realize sweter flavors are sensed on the front of the tongue and bitter flavors on the end. But there's been some pretty good beers that seem to blur these palate-tial lines seemlessly. This is NOT one of those beers. Not bad, but I will not by this dry, boozey, palated beer for myself again.

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Photo of mmesce2
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
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 far333
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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 Jmamay22
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
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 VelvetExtract
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark ruby color with a tan head. Head subsides and leaves behind khaki impressions along the glass. Body is slightly hazy.

S-Not going to be hop-forward. Caramel for days. Light spice. Sweet bread and more caramel. Maltiness is not very enigmatic. Just a lot of caramel. Lightly bitter hop aroma attempts to hold up the malt's girth but I can tell its knees are about to buckle.

T-Malty. Caramel and molasses. Light rye note. Quite sweet. Then in the middle of the flavor comes a small parade of grapefruit and pine. But its quickly washed back out.

M-Fuller bodied. A bit sticky. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. The booze is hidden effectively. Still, due to the body, this one takes time.

O/D-A sweetness-stressed Amber. I will at least applaud them for not just making another violently hopped Amber that is essentially just another IPA. Yet, hoppy Ambers are some of my favorite beers. So in the end, I respect this malty brew, but there is no way I could like it as much as a highly-hopped take on this "catch-all" style.

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Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep orange with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts and vanilla dominate with notes of mangos and melons.

T: Vanilla and caramel dominate here as well with sweet breads and sticky toffee flavors. The finish is lightly boozy with a little bitterness.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery feeling.

O: A solid beer overall, though lacks some depth. It's more like an old ale than an amber, but is enjoyable enough.

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Photo of taez555
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear reddish amber body with thick, but not pillowy, off-white head.

Nose has a strong caramel malt and hoppy smell. Reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot actually.

Taste is medium to medium full bodied and very creamy and clean. A mix of toast, caramel, bready malts are mixed with a citric hop, not so much resin, but a fruity citric rind sort of taste. Hop bitterness isn't over the top, and although it's big, it doesn't kill you or dull tha the pallete at all. You can definitely feel the high 8% ABV. Ends very clean and smooth with no long lingering aftertaste.

It's not bad, but it reminds me more of a homebrew rather than a full blown imperial red ale. There's just an off flavor I can't put my finger on. Again, it's not bad at all, just doesn't seem like it's all there yet.

Although I will say, I love the bottle and name.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a burst of carbonation that forms an off-white head that falls fairly quickly, leaving some bits of lace and maybe a centimeter of foam. Woodsy with a hot cereal aroma mixed with a slight bit of cooked corn. Lots of malt flavor with woody hops and marmalade notes that build towards the finish. Bit of cooked corn sweetness. A bit drier than expected. The malt flavors and aroma didn't do much for me, yet I'm a still intrigued and would like to try this beer again sometime.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mlaty, a touch of fruits. Taste is malts, some hops, a mild bitterness, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of peabody
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy reddish amber with one finger of off-white to tan suds that leave lots of lacing around the glass.
The smell is sugar malt and yeast with an alcohol burn. There is a slight fruityness like plum or raisin. Kind of one sided in the smell dept.
Taste is raisin bread and hop bitterness with the alcohol coming in right behind. Kinda over the top on the alcohol but it doesn't take away from the drinkiing experience.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part then after all the alcohol is gone there is a dryness along with some stickyness.
Overall this is a pretty good try for Finch's and I will be trying out most of their offerings.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a murky, deeply tarnished copper color. Steady carbonation feeds one finger of slowly receeding, khaki colored foam. Ample lacing left behind made for a rather attractive mess in the glass.

S: Huge sweet carmel malt nose. As it comes up to temp some tropical fruit aromas emerge as do some notes of spicy rye. Some vanilla and cake batter, as well.

T: The huge maltiness of the nose is thankfully tempered by copious amounts of rye and lightly citrus-y hops.

M: A brief flash of malt sweetness is quickly reigned in by astringent rye and spicy hops. A very welcome counterpart to the overly sweet smell.

O: An interesting beer that, if I solely trusted my sense of smell, I'd have written off as a complete disaster. Thankfully, I let my other senses do their jobs and I think this ended up being pretty ok.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ambiguous type of ale that pits an extraordinary malt bill up against equal flavor in hops for balance and overall 'bigness' finds its way to Finch's brewer in its most fascist form.

Deep, deep ruby red colors provide the curtain while garnet highlights peak through the creases. Only a mild haze diffuses the color and gives a darker, more mysterious impression. Building a dense sand-stained head, the beer retains its foam stance and laces impressively.

High caramel fills the nose with notions of toffee, molasses, bread crust, pecans, peanut brittle, and breads that all remind me of French toast. A hint of roast comes into play in the same way as does Irish red ales. But the strong impressions of sweetness are met with a fruity and herbal complement from the Palisades and Zythos hops. Though the hops don't rival the sweetness, they offer a much needed counterpart to the malt.

The sweet effects manifests in dominant form to taste as well. Caramel and saccharine sweetness envelopes the mouth with all the nutty, buttery richness of caramel, toffee, maple, and marmalade. As an abundance of residual sweetness satisfies the sweet tooth, a growing hop compromise rises from beneath. Although the beer never achieves balance, a fruity middle palate emerges from orange-flavored esters, tropical and citrus hop. Apricot, mangoes, and freshly shaven wood develops into dry grapefruit and citrus peel before turning decidedly piney and resinous to finish. But make no mistake about it- all that hop strength is still underwhelmed because of the immense caramel malt sweetness.

Medium-full in body, the obvious residual sweetness captures the carbonation and releases in in its most creamy and marshmallowy form. And extended early and middle palate yields to a lumbering finish with little rebuttal from dryness, warmth, or hop derived textures. Though those all play a part in triggering a closure to taste, the sweetness lingers indefinately and shyly avoids cloying.

If the beer were drier, I could give it a nod as a richer imperial IPA or it could go heavier and maltier for a barleywine. But caught somewhere between, this imperial red ale comes across a bit schizophrenic but not unpleasantly so. It's certainly worth a try for an lover of Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale or Rogue's Old Crustacean.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My gal-pal, Terry, has gotten remarried and moved to Shaler Township, which is where we stopped at the Giant Eagle on the way to her house. I was not aware that every Giant Eagle has a beer marketplace, but it seems like it. I was ecstatic to find this and Tennent's Export Lager in CANs and happily scooped up a four-pack of each to further The CANQuest (TM), which was my reason for being out there. I was the guest co-speaker/lecturer for the PGH Cultural Trust's monthly Beer School, run by Tony Knipling of Vecenie Distributing in Millvale and this month's Summer School focus was on CANs! What a hoot.

History time, boys and girls: If you CANnot appreciate the irony of a beer called "Fascist Pig" coming out of a Chicago brewery, then you are a) not old enough to remember or b) guilty of not paying attention to late-1960's US History in Mr Treier's class. The Chicago 7 referred to the local constabulary as such and got done for it. In the late-1990's, the Pittsburgh 7 was born when a group of us nearly got done for inciting a riot at a Pirates-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium. Good times.

Not only was this craft CAN brimful, but I got a little spritz when CANducting the Crack! A calming period was called for with the excited little piggy, but I am a patient man. The inverted Glug was perfect and I quickly had two foamy fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a hazy reddish-amber. Nose really gave off notes of the caramel malts that they used. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very caramel-malt up front, followed by a light bitterness. Finish had more of a bite than on the tongue, but it was still malt-forward. I had one of this style recently that I liked a little more, but this was not bad. Thanks, little piggy, for coming home from market with me. You may have a place, albeit limited, in my cooler this summer.

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Photo of Weavah
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A good looking hazy and foggy "caramely" cooper.

S: The nose is barely there. A little bit o' sweet date but you gotta try hard.

T: Lot's of buttery malt and mild hop. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M: The mouth feel really belie's the taste. It's really thin for a 8% beer. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing, just unexpected. Carbonation also in waning, but again, not such a bad thing with this brew. Still, a lot of stick icky on the tongue.

O: The lighter mouth feel coupled with the 8% makes this a dangerous combo. Goes down way too easy and before you know it you're feelin' a little heady. I enjoy this beer a lot. It's got a great creamy head and wonderful lacing. If you can get over the thin body and low carbonation I think you'll find it quit enjoyable.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. No clear identifiable date on the can, but there is a presumably fascist pig depicted.

A: Cloudy, iced tea-colored body with scant head. Poor retention. Small amount of visible sediment clumps. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet, slightly spicy malt with hints of apple, brown sugar. Hops are present with touches of indistinct citrus and lighter pine elements. Dough.

T: Bittersweet opening with hops and malt battling for dominance. Rye makes a transient appearance midway. Finished semi-dry with some linger hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A faintly aspirin-like quality hits the back of the throat. Alcohol is relatively well hidden for 8% ABV.

M: Low carbonation with a medium body. Would likely benefit from a bit more effervescence.

O: Middle-of-the-road DIPA/hopped-up amber that struck me as a bit under-carbonated. Kudos for the tallboy can format, though.


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Photo of JMS1512
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hard-poured into a classic pilsner glass.

From the outset, I don't smell much except a light citrus and a hint of bread. When held to the light, this pig gives off a nice burnished orange, topped with a tan head... not too unlike a slow-roasted suidae. Head fades leaving a small, thin, but sustaining cap. Lacing varied between dots and a grid-like network of strands. Very cool. First sip provides a good malt presence which cedes to citrusy hops. Bit of dry sourness from rye? Mouthfeel is medium, not too thin. Finishes with more hops and a bit of carbonation, for a clean refreshing experience. Some reviews say its cloying, but I think it's just fine. I look forward to trying their Pig on Wood version.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a murky reddish brown color with a dark beige head. The aroma is heavy with malts giving a sweet grain scent. The taste is very strong with sweet malts and rye in the beginning and as you finish, it grows into a slightly bitter after taste. I’m sure there are people that will like this beer, but it’s not quite I am looking for in an American Strong Ale.

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Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
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