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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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 396
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a two finger head of a just off white colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready and caramel smell mixed with some aromas of rye. Along with these aromas are a lighter showing of some hoppy smells being mostly of an earthy and pine nature and mixed with a little bit of grapefruit as well. Even while the nose was rather light overall, it was quite pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and rye bready taste. As the flavor moves on, the rye grows slightly stronger while the bready and caramel flavors all grow slightly lesser in potency. All the while hop flavors get stronger on the tongue. The hop start out predominantly of a grapefruit nature, but this flavor is soon lost as more flavors of pine and earth come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end of the flavor profile. Of the hop, the pine flavors get strongest at the end and with the mix of flavors that is there at this time, the profile ends up leaving a still moderately sweet but crisper, nicely hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are fantastic for the crisper but still malty and sweeter flavors of the brew in combination with all the more savory hop flavors, and overall create a nice mouth coating feel by allowing all the hop and rye flavors to be soaked into the tongue.

Overall – A rather nice rye amber brew with a good blend of sweeter rye, bread, and hop. While not out of this world, it is a nice drinker none the less.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Samp01
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. Pours a cloudy brown amber with a medium beige head, mild lacing. Aroma and Taste is caramel malt, yeast bready notes, some dark fruit and alcohol esters, mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium to full body, moderate carbonation and some sticky mouth feel. Finishes with caramel malt, mild roasted malt, yeast and bready notes, a bit of dark dried fruit and mild bitterness. Overall not the best in class but still quite good and enjoyable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed reddish copper with a thin, wispy head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of strong caramel, hint of rye, and some booze.

The taste is sweet - strong caramel. A touch of rye adds a slightly minty character to it. Some oily hops in the finish keep it from being sticky. It has a steely character to it. Alcohol shows. (For me, it's on top end of "3.5", so I pushed it up slightly.

The body is medium - a bit slick.

Overall, it's an interesting brew. Strong and sweet, but not cloying. It has a nice rye touch that isn't too strong. Pretty drinkable despite sweet, boozy character. Worthy beer if you are in a strong malty mood!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a chill-hazaed amber color with a fingers worth of head that lasts for a while and leaves some nice lacing

S: Very malty. Get some caramel and light toastiness. Some herbal and earthy hops in there as well

T: Malty all the way through. Get caramel, some very light spiciness, and sweetness. Finishes with a hint of herbal bitterness from the hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid amber with plenty of kick. This is for sure a malt-lovers amber, as there is very little hop presence in the way of all the malts. Decent price point given the abv, but still a little pricey at $10.49 for a 4-pack of pint cans

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Photo of Omnium
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pounder Can > 2X IPA Glass

A - Rich clear red amber with two fingers of fluffy khaki head, very small micro lacing on the sides.
S - Very biscuity, lots of hop oil, some dried cherry, orange zest, fresh baked bread, a little spice.
T - Grape, orange zest, very resinous hop profile, caramel and biscuit malt, toffee, dried cherry, raisins.
M - Tart then gets sticky and chewy
O - Decent red thats complex, and offers some nice notes but not really stellar, there's a really over the top biscuit kinda feel and flavor to this. It has a buttery texture, I dont think its a diacetyl type deal, but manageable.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, and light rye spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; quite malt forward. Taste of caramel, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and light rye spiciness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; malt forward with solid hop flavor balance; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial red ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; and quite smooth to sip on. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very hazy deep amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the surface of the beer with some ruby red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a few small patches of thick film with a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet toasted caramel malts with slightly stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops and some slightly lighter aromas of pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet toasted malts with caramel sweetness. There are slightly stronger flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and lighter flavors of pine hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I bought this beer based on the name alone (how could I pass up a name like Fascist Pig?), the fact that it was available in can was a bonus. I didn't necessarily have high expectations but I was pretty impressed with the beer (and it is my first beer from this brewery). As an interesting aside, this beer poured from the can like it was a nitro-can but it did not have a widget inside of it - pretty interesting effect for a non-nitro beer. Fairly easy to drink and hides the alcohol well though the bitterness is a little biting for some folks.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass yields a semi-opaque, burnt-sugar/caramel colored brew with a very thin, sandy colored head that fades rapidly to a thin ring.

Very sweet on the nose-brown sugar, caramel, tropical fruits and hints of buttered toast.

On the tongue the sweetness is definitely present-toasted malts and juicy fruit flavors are balanced quite nicely by some rye-like spice and moderate hop bitterness. The sugars linger through the finish, and the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Moderately carbonated and slightly sticky to the mouth, medium body overall.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, maybe my favorite from Finch's. Just wish I had picked up another bottle when I had the chance.

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Photo of drpimento
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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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Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a rust color with some burnt orange highlights. It is capped with two inches of tan head.

S - It is bready with some spice from the rye.

T - It starts out sweet. Then the rye builds and combines with the alcohol to warm and spice things up. There is also a slight bitterness.

M - Medium

O - It is as advertised, a malt forward red. It is flavorful, and the abv is nothing to sneeze at.

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