Fascist Pig Ale - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | 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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Ratings: 375 | Reviews: 85
Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of DRush11
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 .

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark ruby color with a tan head. Head subsides and leaves behind khaki impressions along the glass. Body is slightly hazy.

S-Not going to be hop-forward. Caramel for days. Light spice. Sweet bread and more caramel. Maltiness is not very enigmatic. Just a lot of caramel. Lightly bitter hop aroma attempts to hold up the malt's girth but I can tell its knees are about to buckle.

T-Malty. Caramel and molasses. Light rye note. Quite sweet. Then in the middle of the flavor comes a small parade of grapefruit and pine. But its quickly washed back out.

M-Fuller bodied. A bit sticky. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. The booze is hidden effectively. Still, due to the body, this one takes time.

O/D-A sweetness-stressed Amber. I will at least applaud them for not just making another violently hopped Amber that is essentially just another IPA. Yet, hoppy Ambers are some of my favorite beers. So in the end, I respect this malty brew, but there is no way I could like it as much as a highly-hopped take on this "catch-all" style.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ambiguous type of ale that pits an extraordinary malt bill up against equal flavor in hops for balance and overall 'bigness' finds its way to Finch's brewer in its most fascist form.

Deep, deep ruby red colors provide the curtain while garnet highlights peak through the creases. Only a mild haze diffuses the color and gives a darker, more mysterious impression. Building a dense sand-stained head, the beer retains its foam stance and laces impressively.

High caramel fills the nose with notions of toffee, molasses, bread crust, pecans, peanut brittle, and breads that all remind me of French toast. A hint of roast comes into play in the same way as does Irish red ales. But the strong impressions of sweetness are met with a fruity and herbal complement from the Palisades and Zythos hops. Though the hops don't rival the sweetness, they offer a much needed counterpart to the malt.

The sweet effects manifests in dominant form to taste as well. Caramel and saccharine sweetness envelopes the mouth with all the nutty, buttery richness of caramel, toffee, maple, and marmalade. As an abundance of residual sweetness satisfies the sweet tooth, a growing hop compromise rises from beneath. Although the beer never achieves balance, a fruity middle palate emerges from orange-flavored esters, tropical and citrus hop. Apricot, mangoes, and freshly shaven wood develops into dry grapefruit and citrus peel before turning decidedly piney and resinous to finish. But make no mistake about it- all that hop strength is still underwhelmed because of the immense caramel malt sweetness.

Medium-full in body, the obvious residual sweetness captures the carbonation and releases in in its most creamy and marshmallowy form. And extended early and middle palate yields to a lumbering finish with little rebuttal from dryness, warmth, or hop derived textures. Though those all play a part in triggering a closure to taste, the sweetness lingers indefinately and shyly avoids cloying.

If the beer were drier, I could give it a nod as a richer imperial IPA or it could go heavier and maltier for a barleywine. But caught somewhere between, this imperial red ale comes across a bit schizophrenic but not unpleasantly so. It's certainly worth a try for an lover of Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale or Rogue's Old Crustacean.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Etan
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

Man, I was hoping for some sort of bacon-flavored beer here... Oh, well, here we go: It pours a hazy amber-rust topped by a half-finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, husky grains, very light cocoa powder, stiff toffee, and somewhat mild pine sap. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, caramel, sour onions (I'm not sure how I got there, either, but the more I think about it, the more it sounds very right), huskier-than-before grains, and a stiff bitterness that pervades every square inch of the finish. Every sip leads to a bit of a wince in my demeanor, but this feeling luckily passes fairly quickly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a decent beer at its heights, but a not-so-good one at most points that matter (you know, the ones that touch the tongue). Not my thing here.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky reddish amber pour, served in a dimpled mug. Thin layer of light tan foam spreads across the surface, and eventually fades after the first few sips. Some random flecks of lacing are left behind.

Some husky grains, maple, light fruity plum esters, earthy hops. Seems a little bit subdued, though it's not very cold.

Moderately bitter with a green leafy hop character and a touch of aspirin in the back of the throat. Sweet and malty with a burly hop bitterness to it. Medium bodied and riding the line between coarse and smooth. A touch of something vaguely fruity before the bitterness rolls in. I'm liking the yeast that's used, lends a bit of plum sweetness. Easy enough to drink, it's a big hoppy red ale with a fairly well hidden abv.

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Fascist Pig Ale from Finch's Beer Co.
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