Cut Throat | Finch Beer Co.

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Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Finch's Pale Ale is a refreshing experience from the pop of the top. Its fresh and hoppy taste with just enough supporting malt makes it easy to kick back more than just one. Our late kettle additions of American hop varieties and dry hopping techniques make this beer one of our favorites. The citrus hop character balanced with a malty backbone creates a delicious, accessible pale ale that is sure to satisfy with every sip. Enjoy this pale with just about any pairing of your choice.

Added by emerge077 on 04-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.6% ABV, no date.

A - Finch's Beer cans are filled, basically to the brim, keeping oxygen out, but soaking the surroundings with a splash of beer when you crack the can open. Proceed with caution. This pale pours a robust golden orange color that's lightly hazed and topped by a hearty ivory beige head. Great suds retention eventually results in gobs of clumpy lace on the pint. Bottoms up!

S - Cut Throat isn't quite as aggressive as the name forebodes, but I'll be damned if it doesn't smell tasty! Opening with citrus notes from sweet orange peel as well as hops, this pale ale already leans towards the hoppy side. Cut lawn and earthy mulch pile add a different level to this beer that blends well with the balancing malt. Sweet caramel and flaky biscuit back it all up for a good, round, and inviting aroma.

T - Hop forward this pale ale indeed is. Citrus notes swap places with the earthy tones as this beer showcases more of that cut grass and mulch, reminding of working in the berm on a summer day. Biscuit and caramel malt follow behind, sure to balance without getting in the way, but I don't find much of the sweet orange peel coming through in the taste.

M - Moderate bitterness slakes the tongue adding a lingering dry finish that immediate draws you back for another sip. Hop-leaning but very well balanced, this medium-bodied pale has a bright carbonation tickle that livens things up for a pleasant experience on the palate.

O - Cut Throat Pale Ale is a pretty fantastic pale. The hop additions are nailed down nicely to come front and center without elevating the beer to an IPA-like level while subtle malt has no delusions of grandeur, content to provide a stable base for the deep hop exploration. Quite a sessionable pale ale, I must say.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with 2 fingers unforced cream head. Slight retention and vertical lace strands.

Nose is orange peel. Lots of orange peel. Lighter citrus notes and touch of bread malt. Orange peel is very nice, though.

Taste follows the nose. A bit more citrus and a stronger malt profile than the nose suggests, but lots of orange peel. Some light tartness in the finish, but mostly sweet orange. A good bit of flavor balanced against a relatively low abv.

Body is a bit on the thick side, especially for a pale. Creamy smooth.

Overall, I like this a lot. If this was available in the area, I'd drink quite a bit.

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4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint's volume can, an amber-glowing vision into my glass with heavy head over two fingers' worth, which takes its time settling, ample lace. Slightly murky but not sedimental. Bubbles in minute measurement don't overwhelm with carbonation. The smoothness of caramel without its bite; enough hoppiness for an American pale that I find lacking in others so this is welcome. The label was too finely or obscurely printed that I missed it earlier: on the can it reads "Brewed with orange peel." Normally I'm averse to fruit-infused blends and honestly it doesn't come through here, a relief for me; possibly it would be a disappointment for a different conoisseur though. Very drinkable at less-than-fridge-chilled, for I purchased it at room temp and let it sit in my truck w/ 38 degrees air outside another 3 hours at the office before taking it home; flavors resonate well at this level and I must add that hint of sweetness isn't overpowering. Delectable and a nice discovery worth revisiting.

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4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Name: Cut Throat Pale Ale
Brewery: Finch's Beer Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Chicago, IL
Style: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.6%

In the Glass: Its definitely unfiltered, but it had a huge head even when poured at fridge temp. Huge white head floats on top then diminishes quickly.

Nose: I get those lovely Cascade hops, but it's delicate. The sweet orange peel kind of dances in and out. Never really taking over but just adding another layer. Sticky malt really makes the dry hop flavors and orange peel just pop.

Flavor: Its a pale, no doubt about it. The balance is there, but the hop and adjunct flavors are there. Kettle hops add enough bitterness to offset the slightly sweet malt and sweet orange peel. The balance is just impeccable for the style. There aren't a ton of breweries that throw sweet orange peel into a Pale Ale, but this one really works. It's light bodied, flavorful, and balanced, Hey Mike and others, put this on cask or a hand pump. It will sell, and taste like glory.

Mouthfeel: I let it sit for a while, but it wasn't extremely carbonated. The malt bill really remind me of Half Acre Daisy Cutter (from the same city). It's this in your face dry yet grainy flavor that you'll notice straight away. Low carbonation and great malt flavor.

Aftertaste: The finish is griany, airy, and light. Add sweet orange peel to Half Acre Daisy Cutter, and you've got it. Huge compliment coming from me, I love what Half Acre does with that series. Hugely flavorful, yet deep.

Rating: 4/5

Final Thoughts: It's just enjoyable to drink, honestly. Appropriate bitterness offesets the sweetness, great hop flavor as well.

This is my favorite of the year rounds from Finch's Beer, and they have a vanilla stout (I'm a sucker for vanilla). I just think that this thing has the hop flavor of an IPA, yet it doesn't kill with bitterness. The orange flavor comes from the orange peel not the hops which makes it more drinkable,

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4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was part of my Haul from pokesbeerdude in the recent Nice CANs III BIF and I am excited to add it to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Enjoy the beer in here." and "Ale Brewed with Sweet Orange Peel".

Today has been Adjunct Sunday for me, what with coffee and sweet orange peel in the mix.

What a great Carck & Glug! I got a massive three fingers of eggnog-colored head with excellent retention off of my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a tea-like quality, like the orange pekoe that same in an aluminum tin when I was a kid and which my late Pops really liked, especially when he cooked Chun King dinners for us. He was the cook in the family and I was going to be a chef until I joined the Navy and became a logistician. My second pour gave me a big, rocky head that resembled and ice cream float. Every time I lifted the glass to my mouth, the nose set my mouth to watering. Mouthfeel was soft, almost creamy and the taste was a mellow, slightly sweet citrusy orange. This was like hop/beer tea in terms of its mellow taste and mouthfeel. Finish was a bit more bitter than it had been in the mouth, but it was still highly tasty. I could certainly see this in the summer while mowing the lawn or lazing in the hammock as well as on Hula in the Coola Day in February as a way to conjure up summery memories as the snow falls.

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4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark, slightly hazy amber with a fine-bubbled and rather thick pale beige head that leaves very generous lacing. Rich, malty aroma has subtle notes of caramel, cinnamon and fresh-cut wood. Very tempting! Flavor has a malty core and strong notes of apple, fresh wood and horehound. Mouthfeel is fairly fizzy and has good body. Every time I turn around, a new brand of beer is available in the Atlanta area. Let this one fly down your throat.

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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a pint served to me in an unmarked glass at the front street cantina in naperville. this is my first offering from this new chicago based brewery.

A- a bright golden colored body with golden highlights and a slight haze to it. a small bright white head sits on top. the head has moderate retention and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- without knowing anything about this beer, the first whiff indicates that this is going to be a hop forward pale ale. lots of grapefruit and pine. some caramel malts move in after that and add some balancing sweetness.

T- the taste starts off with the sweet caramel malts that i could smell and is immediately followed up a blast of fresh hops. grapefruit and pine lead the way. a little bit of floral notes trail behind.

M- medium bodied with an average carbonation level.

O- from what ive seen of this brewery, i like it. its nice to have another local option that shows promise. its also nice that its not a super strong beer so i can have more than one if i want to.

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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finch's Cut Throat Pale Ale

Served on tap at the Geneva Ale House.

Pours a translucent honey orange.

Faint citrus hops with a nutty malt finish that wraps it up. Very fresh smelling. Inviting.

Earthy fresh hops that fade into a nutty caramel backbone. The pleasing bitterness stings the palate just right with each sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp dry finish.

Overall, awesome local brew and I cant wait to try more offerings!

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4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a fairly clear honey golden color that is darker around the edges. Small, fine bits of sediment are evenly dispersed throughout the beer. Big foamy off white head on this that has great retention and leaves lacing.

(S) Herbal and piney first and foremost. Bitter hops, some citrus, orange peel, and some sweetness

(T) Orange and grapefruit strike first followed by a piney, herbal treatment. The hops are scattered throughout and give their usual bitterness to the backbone. Orange peel and the bitterness from the hops bring up the rear.

(M) Crisp. Medium to full bodied. Bitter.

(O) Solid brew. Kind of like the suburb's more attainable version of Daisy Cutter. A hoppier version of a pale ale for sure.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer at the Plainfield Tap House. Served in a shaker. Hazy gold with a rocky, wheat beer-like cap of head. Head is two full fingers and drops very slowly.

Aromas of bitter piney hops. Some caramel and wheat.

Flavors are caramel malt, spicy wheat and yeast, with a huge pine and citrus bitterness. Finish is long, bitter, with an emphasis on grapefruit zest.

Mouthcoating bitterness. Medium bodied. Almost puckeri ng bitterness.

Overall, a very nice beer for a new addition to the Chicago beer scene.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a deep, hazy amber color with about one finger of creamy off-white head. Retention is just ok, but it left some pretty lace patterns in the glass.

S: Interesting aromas. Caramel, pine sap, and random earthy spices. Hints of caramel apple and carmelized apricots. Damp lumber and moist/cool West Michigan pine forest aroma. Heather noticed that there is more sweetness in the nose than in the taste.

T: See above. The pineyness of the hops assert themselves as the glass wears on. As it warms we picked up a definite bitter orange zest flavor as well as a bit of fresh ground nutmeg.

M: Slight caramel sweetness that gets cut down by astringent spices and hoppiness. Dry in the finish with a slightly minty alcohol zing.

O: Pretty good. Truth be told, Heath and I had this on draft at Local Option about three months ago and we weren't impressed. Their cans hadn't hit the market yet so I told myself I'd review when the tall boys were on the shelves. We liked this. Tastes like a completely different beer now, but seriously...Daisy Cutter doesn't have to worry.

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Cut Throat from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 329 ratings