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Fascist Pig Ale - Finch's Beer Co.

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Fascist Pig AleFascist Pig Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

232 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-11-2012)
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 05:07:46 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-27-2013 21:07:22 | More by tone77
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-13-2013 16:15:19 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-12-2013 00:19:41 | More by WoodBrew
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 18:19:45 | More by barnzy78
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-07-2014 03:06:38 | More by wrightst
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-12-2013 22:41:09 | More by AngusOg
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

03-16-2013 13:39:03 | More by KevinGordon
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-01-2013 02:16:51 | More by msubulldog25
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 01:00:45 | More by Darkmagus82
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-17-2014 13:22:42 | More by Griffith
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 14:39:06 | More by VelvetExtract
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 22:06:48 | More by GbVDave
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-03-2013 02:31:51 | More by cbutova
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 02:52:07 | More by Mitchster
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-19-2014 02:11:09 | More by tommy5
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-10-2013 00:14:41 | More by jera1350
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 03:09:53 | More by jmdrpi
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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-05-2013 01:08:33 | More by bigred89
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-04-2014 03:11:39 | More by st9647v3
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KevMo84

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-28-2014 06:57:57 | More by KevMo84
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-28-2013 04:33:49 | More by Falcone
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-21-2013 01:11:33 | More by StoutHunter
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-21-2013 22:17:27 | More by 2dogbrew
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JayQue

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 02:38:49 | More by JayQue
Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.