Fascist Pig Ale | Finch's Beer Co.

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Fascist Pig AleFascist Pig Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Added by emerge077 on 07-11-2012

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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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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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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 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 Bowers-Brew
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My gal-pal, Terry, has gotten remarried and moved to Shaler Township, which is where we stopped at the Giant Eagle on the way to her house. I was not aware that every Giant Eagle has a beer marketplace, but it seems like it. I was ecstatic to find this and Tennent's Export Lager in CANs and happily scooped up a four-pack of each to further The CANQuest (TM), which was my reason for being out there. I was the guest co-speaker/lecturer for the PGH Cultural Trust's monthly Beer School, run by Tony Knipling of Vecenie Distributing in Millvale and this month's Summer School focus was on CANs! What a hoot.

History time, boys and girls: If you CANnot appreciate the irony of a beer called "Fascist Pig" coming out of a Chicago brewery, then you are a) not old enough to remember or b) guilty of not paying attention to late-1960's US History in Mr Treier's class. The Chicago 7 referred to the local constabulary as such and got done for it. In the late-1990's, the Pittsburgh 7 was born when a group of us nearly got done for inciting a riot at a Pirates-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium. Good times.

Not only was this craft CAN brimful, but I got a little spritz when CANducting the Crack! A calming period was called for with the excited little piggy, but I am a patient man. The inverted Glug was perfect and I quickly had two foamy fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a hazy reddish-amber. Nose really gave off notes of the caramel malts that they used. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very caramel-malt up front, followed by a light bitterness. Finish had more of a bite than on the tongue, but it was still malt-forward. I had one of this style recently that I liked a little more, but this was not bad. Thanks, little piggy, for coming home from market with me. You may have a place, albeit limited, in my cooler this summer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent copper/amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & nice head retention

S: Pears, toastyness, orange rinds & tangerine; plus breadyness & biscuitty malt

T: Follows the nose, toastyness in abundance, along with some wood hops & grapefruit. Pineyness, woody hops, tangerine rind, plus breadyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty, citrussy, dry with a touch of boozeyness, plus pine

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, great balance

A super solid red, easily the best of the line up I've had so far. So easy to drink, especially for the ABV. A great old school amber/red!

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Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with a nice two-finger head into my glass. Canned, bottled, I don't care. I'll drink it. The color is spot-on.

For a stronger amber ale, there's more buttery malt than anything upfront with some pine hop residue. Reminds me more of an American Strong Ale.

The taste is a swerve: more citrus than pine here. Mango. Must be the hops they're using. Adds a nice contrast to the malt. I like it.

Mouthfeel resembles that of an American Strong Ale as well. It's as close to a barleywine as you can get without actually brewing a barleywine. Lingering buttery malt and citrus/pine hop notes.

Very nice. I wasn't expecting much at first but I'm glad I picked this up. You should too. Not sure how fresh this can is but it's still tasty regardless.

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Photo of guityler83
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rusty ruby and deep bronze hue. Quick tan head, very little residual foam. No bubbling and very little lacing.

Super malty sweet, caramel with an alcohol backbone. Smells warm, malty, and some hoppy citrus aromas there as well. Unbalanced, and a little overwhelming.

A toasted caramel malt bomb just went off in my mouth. Super malty, a little cracker dry from the earthen hop flavors and mouthfeel. The flavor starts super malty then finishes pretty bitter. I realize sweter flavors are sensed on the front of the tongue and bitter flavors on the end. But there's been some pretty good beers that seem to blur these palate-tial lines seemlessly. This is NOT one of those beers. Not bad, but I will not by this dry, boozey, palated beer for myself again.

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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 DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of vic21234
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love how this beer looks off the pour. It exemplifies perfection; hence the score of 5. Flavor profile is a bit tangy and fruity. Aftertaste follows the same lines. Following taste really exemplifies a red ale to me. Been quite some time since I've had one like this really. It's a bit too fruity, if I'm going to be critical. That seems to work in favor of its drinkability though. An extremely pleasant ale.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.