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Fascist Pig Ale - Finch's Beer Co.

Fascist Pig AleFascist Pig Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%


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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farrago

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a head, comes up with a thin layer across the surface which disappears on the quick side, what is there is on the light tannish side, likewise you get minimal lacing, if that. The liquid definitely has the amber red glow going on, more sunset orange at the glass bottom and rims, not many bubbles are visible, no surprise given the head. The nose is big and pungent, emphasizing cocoa and mocha, quite malty, sweet grapefruit, sour grains like rye bread or pumpernickel, molasses, pine sap, peach and apricot jam, the scents themselves seem like they should be sweet but there remains a textural dryness inside the nostrils, excellent staying power. In the mouth it is full-bodied, has a lightly prickly carbonation which haunts the background, otherwise marked mostly by an overall astringent bitterness which keeps it vertical and erect in posture. The maltiness still big time, cocoa and chocolate powder, yet sourness in the grapefruit and tangerine citrus stops it from getting too sweet. The fruit flavors are tropical but softer like guava or mango rather than pineapple, closer to apricot. Some peat and earth notes and you can feel the booziness both in the flavors and texture as well as literally. Grainy but not grassy, hops do catch up and take a leading role through the finish. Good stuff, not a beer to have on its own, needs like a brisket or very flavorful, dense dish to pair with. Even then one and likely done.

Serving type: can

07-02-2013 00:12:12 | More by farrago
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-11-2013 02:34:14 | More by rangerred
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.68/5  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

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 03:02:42 | More by BEERMILER12
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 22:48:12 | More by taez555
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peabody

Kentucky

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 22:42:02 | More by peabody
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n2185

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 19:47:00 | More by n2185
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 15:35:25 | More by ryan1788a5
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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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barnzy78

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Etan

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 01:04:35 | More by Etan
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 01:25:58 | More by Lemke10
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 05:42:32 | More by Omnium
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had chilled chez White

A: dark toffee; small head; decent lacing and good carbonation
S: very malty aroma
T: as advertised, very malty and sweet; it approximates to a barleywine style; the hops are distinctive and not frequently seen (or at least not to my knowledge): zythos and palisade

A very satisfying beer, and good as a closer.

Serving type: can

08-26-2013 19:06:23 | More by Arithmeticus
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-06-2013 15:10:25 | More by Alextricity
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:56:49 | More by marcobrau
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark maroon color with dark orange and red hughs its hazy apperance. The sustaining head, a light kahki color, retains well even as its being sipped.

S: Juciy fruit gum, kiwi and strawberry hop aroma climb to the top of the rich malt aroma. Rye and biscuity with no alcohol detected.

T: An upfront rye, bread crust and toasty malt profile washes over the pallet first in a plesantly unexpected way. Bitterness is strong and keeps the sweetness in check, but doesn't get fatiguing as your reach the half way mark of the 16oz can. There is a muffled troppical fruit hop flavor at the tail that the rye over takes.

M: Oily mouthfeel coming through from all the rye (wondering if oats are in the grist also) low carbonation with a middle-high amount of body. No astringancy that i can detect.

O: This is my favorite normal run Finch beer for sure. I tend to get very similar flavors from their other usuals (Threadless, Golden, etc) likley due to the same yeast strain they use for all of their beers (confirmed on the tour). But this one has enough character and flavor to be a winner.

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 01:37:58 | More by guityler83
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vic21234

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a bubbly red/ amber color with a finger's worth of off white head. Some sticky lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of nice citrus and pine notes with a hint of spiciness on the backend of the aroma. Some sweet caramel malt notes are noted too.

T- Initially I get notes of spicy rye. This then leads way to some notes of caramel and toffee along with some nice hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, sweet and hoppy, spicy with a dry finish. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

This was a nice offering from Finch's, and glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 02:07:29 | More by vic21234
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can

Pour is a hazy dark ruby amber with a tan 2 fingers of dense head. Lots of lace left over

Nose is pretty subdued, largely of malts and just a little pepper.

Taste is pretty big and malt forward, with notes of caramel and sweet rye. Follows with lightly citric dry hops on the finish.

Mouth feel is a nice medium texture. Leaves a slight resiny slick on the after taste

I rather enjoyed this. not overly complex, but really nice balance and depth, and generally just nice and approachable.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 00:07:14 | More by dheacck11
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:28:50 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 00:33:20 | More by Bowers-Brew
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We split a deuce of this beer.

This beer is a rich brown color, pretty opaque with a slim whitish head.

Smells of a full kettle of wart boiling- a very recognizable and enjoyable scent. Strongly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, caramel, brown sugar and sweet goodness characterize this scent.

Tastes good! Unabashedly sweet but in no way nauseating, and that's coming from a couple of guys who prefer more bitter beers. The rye flavor has an understated but powerful influence on the taste, combining with a good nut-brown presence. Indeed, No hop finish to speak of, which often places a beer on the shit list, but in this case it's not so sorely missed. There is a bit of a sweetness in the aftertaste that can be unpleasant, but overall this beer is pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is solid. This beer becomes better and better as you drink it (as most do). Points deducted for the after taste. Without any hop finish the sweetness seems to dissolve on your tongue like too much halloween candy.

Overall this beer gets our go ahead. Strong and malty without being too sweet; the caramel and rye flavors blend well together. If I had a bar, this would hang around as a recommended alternative for a brown.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 20:30:34 | More by TheBigLebrewski
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Weavah

Maryland

3.54/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-17-2014 00:50:34 | More by Weavah
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tbonci

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head disappeared quickly, leaving a deep amber color behind.

Smell is strong hops, a little resiny.

Taste is dominated by hops, but the bitterness is balanced by the malt character so it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high drinkability.

Overall, I'm impressed by this beer. Since it's a limited run, it's something I'll watch for so I can get more before it's gone.

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 00:53:23 | More by tbonci
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DRush11


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 .

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 22:49:53 | More by DRush11
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Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
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