Finch's Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
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3.65 | pDev: 10.14%
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Finch's Pale AleFinch's Pale Ale
Notes: Finch's Pale Ale is an American style Pale Ale featuring Crystal and Munich malts to give it a nice sweet, biscuit malt flavor with a hop punch from Cascade and Simcoe for a citrus, dank aroma. At 5.2% ABV and 40 IBUs this beer is easy to drink on a hot day and packed with flavor to make you want to drink another.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a pale yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a good pace, not much lace, but was there seemed to speckle slightly.
The aroma had a nice clean cereal/graininess flowing combining with some breadiness and then some light citrusy hops and pine enter in to fine tune the balance.
The flavor was moderately sweet and bringing in a semi-stabilizing bitterness to end up sliding into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt mediocre. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, for the most part, it does the trick, I'd have again if offered.

Aug 09, 2017
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Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great pale yellow color with white head. Not a lot of hop aroma, a bit malty, cereal like aroma. Not aggressively bitter, lower IBU for the style is a welcome change from the face melters. Finishes crisp and a bit dry. Nice change of pace for pale ale.

Jun 06, 2016
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I_love_cold_beer from Connecticut

2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing special here, a little disappointed, carbonated with a blah taste. The Hardcore Chimera is a buck less and so much better (I know its a diff style, but still).

Oct 11, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can at America on Tap
Deep golden color with a frothy white head. Rich bready caramel maltiness with hints of citrus and pine to counter. A bit on the sweet side for my tastes but decent enough.

Oct 11, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated "enjoy by 10/01/15" (that would be tomorrow) into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale amber with a modest white head that dissipates rather quickly. Taste is, um, very neutral. Nothing predominates - there is some very subdued grassy hops, but it's offset by some equally subdued bisquity malt. Medium mouthfeel, nice amount of carbonation. Quite refreshing, if somewhat underwhelming. Very sessionable.

Sep 29, 2015
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funkydrumma from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like this pale ale is underated. Nice frothy head, good amount of malty sweetness to cut the hops. Really easy to drink and at 5% I could definitely knock back back a bunch of these in a sitting.

Jul 13, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with initial flavors of biscuit malts and bits of associated sweetness, but quickly transitions to flavors of citrusy hops that lend a moderate amount of bitterness and dankness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of cleanness.
O: This combination of biscuit malts and citrus hops lend for a unique smell and taste for this pale ale.

Serving type: can

Jul 02, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am on a CANcago kick today, reducing the backlog here at Chez Woody, wearing my red 'Hawks beanie that I scored from a street vendor during my most recent visit, and CANtemplating the glory that is The CANQuest (tm). I was charging through some Spiteful BC brews, but then I realized that it might be nice to ChANge things up for a while.

Yay! Another Crack! followed by a spritz across my fingertips. It is precisely the CANcept of the brimful craft CAN that piques my interest. Will it spray or won't it? Only its hairdresser knows for sure. Yeah, another obscure allusion by yours truly, but if yinz have the Internet, look it up. I was looking up at a pounder CAN and CANtemplating my next move. It would NOT be an inverted Glug as I have had too many from these tallboys get out of CANtrol. I like looking at my beer, not wearing it. I CANmenced the pour and it went really well, creating just over a finger of eggshell-white head with decent retention that left great lacing as it slid down the sides of the glass. The nose had a hay-like grassiness that really signified a ChANge of pace from the previous Chicago CANs this afternoon. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste CANbined biscuit-y malt with freshly-mown grass/hay in a way that evoked summers on my paternal grandparents' rural homestead as a kid. It is all developed now, but back then, it was the countryside. This was a really well-done APA and it served as a nice break from today's onslaught of hops. That is not to suggest that this was not hoppy, but simply that they did not hit the beachhead of my tongue like the Allies at Normandy. Instead, they kind of rolled ashore like riding a Boogie BodyBoard. Nice and gentle, having a good time in doing so. Ah , the resulting languor. Finish was semi-dry with the hops and the malt(s) playfully rolling around with one another. At 5 % ABV, you CAN bet that I would be filling the cooler with these. It may all be CANtext, framed by hoppier beers, but I really dug this one!

Jun 27, 2015
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Billolick from New York

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 fl oz. can with DRINK FINCH and maybe some canning date info on the bottom of the can.

Pours lightly clouded lighter amber, fine off white head, leaving some fine strands of lacing on the glass.

Faint nose of grapefruit hoppiness

Respectable if not amazing APA, moderate resiny hop presence and ample caramel malt counter balance.

Worth a try. Another nice offering from Finch's, a newcomer to the NY area. Always enjoy a well crafted pale ale, especially in a can

Jun 02, 2015
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - clear blonde body with bubbly white head. Ok retention but no lacing

S - lemon grass hops

T - slight bitter hop, citrus, and earthy malt. Flavors drop off quick. Little aftertaste.

M - medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Wet and somewhat thin.

O - not bad but certainly not great or worth picking up again. Very one note and forgettable

Apr 23, 2015
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InkedinRi from Rhode Island

3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16oz can. Pours a deep orange color, has floating sediment throughout the beer. On the nose I got mostly malt. Little citrus, full-bodied beer for a 5.0% ABV, little surprised I thought it was going to be watery. Decent Pale ale. A one and done deal. Won't buy again.

Feb 28, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/1/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, light caramelized malts and some grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is thin for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Feb 01, 2015
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a golden yellow with nice thick white head that leaves good head and lacing.

s: bright citrusy, fruity hops.

T: citrus, slight piney, orange, some tropical fruits. nice malty finish on the end.

M: solid mouthfeel - appropriately carbonated.

O: a delicious beer.

Jan 26, 2015
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

2.26/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Incredibly disappointing. The look and texture are actually solid, but the smell and taste are completely un-noteworthy. There's really no smell or taste to speak of at all. Certainly very easy drinking, but not up to par in the pale ale category.

Jan 26, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, with DRINK FINCH and some sort of canning information printed on the bottom of the can. Acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Jewel.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice golden orange body, lightly hazed, with one finger of soapy frothy white head that leaves good thin strands of lacing behind.

S - The aroma is fairly light, but pleasant enough. Bready, herbal, piney, minty, & leafy. Typical of the style, but fairly subdued. Lightly floral.

T - The taste is the same - typical of the style. Crisp, pithy, and citrusy with notes of lemon, grapefruit rind, and pine. Bready crystal malt, with slight yeast content.

M - The feel is creamy, crisp, & clean. Bready, malty, & dry on the finish. Light-bodied and very easy drinking.

Overall, typical of the style. Crisp & easy-drinking. A good local option for me, definitely a beer I could imbibe a bunch of.

Finch's Beer Co. Finch's Pale Ale -----3.5/5

Jan 07, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finch’s Pale Ale has an extremely thick, foamy, spongy, whipped-cream-like, off-white head, an opaque, yellow-gold appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of bold, citrusy hop resin. Taste is of white bread, citrus, marmalade, hop resin, and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Finch’s Pale Ale finishes dry, tart, and easy drinking.


Nov 22, 2014
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brureview from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured a light golden color in a mug ( my glass of choice for this style) with a 4F head.

Strong aroma for an APA.: lemon, fruit, sweet, and dank.

The MF is very carbonated.

The taste is fruity- and bitter for the style. I served it cold at first, and as the beer warmed up the bitterness mellowed. I especially enjoyed the dry- bitter quality of the finish- also not common in an APA. The bready taste of the beer comes out at warmer temps.

Overall, another excellent beer from Finch. Suggested in a mug at 45-50°F.

Nov 14, 2014
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