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Fascist Pig Ale - Finch's Beer Co.

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Fascist Pig AleFascist Pig Ale

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85 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 26.76%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of Vierenner
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Goes down smooth, has a wonderful balance, and mouthfeel is great. But during my second pour, finishing the can, a bunch of sediment let loose. I can see it floating around in what was originally a mostly clear glass of beer. I presume these are hop remnants, but I don't know for sure. Nothing written on the can to clue me in ...

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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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 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 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 cindyjeffsmith
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Amber (creative huh?). Somewhat hazy. Smattering of messy off white head. Fits the bill for an amber.
smell: Pleasant nose with a nice balance of malt and a little biting hops. Nice sweet edge.
taste: Hops are more prominent here. Still a good bit of sweetness but the hops are right there and the finish has a little bitterness.
overall: Fine example of an amber, w/o either sweetness or maltiness or hoppy bitterness dominating.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 tbonci
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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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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Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.