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Fascist Pig Ale - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

84 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 385
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 14
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel, rye notes and a small hop presence. In the taste, sweet rye with a caramel malt, with just a pleasant hop presence in the end. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a dry green apple rye presence and a hop note in the aftertaste. Nice malt, nice rye presence, nice hop presence, and quite drinkable. (410 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,837 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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 (730 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,503 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

RJT (501 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy, juicy, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and citrus. Upfront toasted malt with sweet hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, yeast, and subtle roast. Spicy hints of rye. Sweet hints of sugar. Solid hop presence with earthy hints of grass and pine along with citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A pretty solid big red aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy, spicy, juicy, and sweet malt forward taste with good notes of caramel, biscuit, rye, and citrus. Toasted malt with some upfront notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, grains, yeast, and some light roast chocolate. Spicy notes from the rye. A little sugar sweetness as well. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Solid balance. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Chewy, spicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an imperial Red Ale. Good caramel malt flavors with a solid kick of rye spice and hops. (1,336 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (640 characters)

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep murky brown in the glass, very little head to speak of.

S: When I first poured this brew, the hops were the first thing I picked up. Once it was in the glass the caramel malts really come out. Caramel and bread, followed by grapefruit, and a touch of pine.

T: Caramel, with a little bit of spice, there is a little bit of orange in there, as well as citrus from the hops. Actually really nice.

M: Medium bodied, and the carbonation is fine and fairly abundant. A little more lively than I would like, but still nice.

O: Overall I wasn't expecting a whole lot form the aroma, but the flavor is well balanced, and interesting. (642 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,443 characters)

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