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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1/5  rDev -70.9%

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1/5  rDev -70.9%

Photo of chicagobill13
1.2/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Finch's Beer Co. another brewery that comes out of no way in Chicago here. Just like the rest I will try them and see what they are making. I have to say so far the best breweries are Goose Island and Emmett's. This is a very bad beer.

The color and look, I dont' like at all. I didn't judge it so far. The head lays in my beer weird. So far iam not judging this beer.

Tasting part is a little weird. Very sweet and hoppy. I was hoping I did't taste it I am tasting onion in my beer. This is an one and done beer for me. I will never buy it again and I hope this brewery learns fast. Very bad and disappointed.

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Photo of TheTot
1.86/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16oz can into my Super Bowl XLVI pint glass.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a large white head that is quickly dissipating to a small head leaving a nice white lacing on the glass. Not much smell to speak of, and the flavor follows suit. Very, very light with the only redeeming quality being that it is easy to drink and has a very light bitterness at the end. Very grainy. The mouthfeel is way too light, its like you arent even drinking anything. Very disappointed in this beer, will try other Finch's beers but this one is a no go.

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.22/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Binny’s next to Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a copper-amber with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of citrus peel and citrus hops. Bread and grain notes in the background. A bit dull. Flavor is similar. A bit too grainy and the citrus is a bit off. Too much of the malt backbone as well. Medium body and dry. A bit bitter. Just okay.

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2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blind Beer #2, let's play 2. It's a scary green 16 oz can that exploded with a force when opened. I got most of it back into that Half Acre Tulip and it spilled over.

Huge tan head, lacing everywhere and a kind of strange looking pillow of foam that is lying in the middle of the glass. Hazy, translucent, golden orangey, brown. - 4.0

The smell is a musty malt and light bitterness. The mustiness is really throwing me off here and smells a bit awry. - 2.5

The taste is quite bitter with little else (a touch of caramel malt?) going on except some odd, semi-off flavor on the mid-back tongue as it goes down. Orange corn adjunct? Ugh, this is not very good. - 2.0

The mouthfeel is all messed up because of the carbonation explosion. Light-medium body, overcarb'ed - it's definitely a burper. - 2.0

Overall, I really dislike this beer. I have no idea what it is either and I am afraid that it is going to be revealed that it is some brand (or worse, beer) that I otherwise liked. - 2.0

Reveal - Finch's Cut Throat Pale Ale. It says "Ale brewed with sweet orange peel". That explains the mustiness (which another sip now comes off more as a musty orange zest) and the "orange corn" adjunct/off-flavor. That was an interesting experiment for sure! Thank you Kristian (pellinore1)!

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is rather hazy, the color of sunburst orange is very attractive but it is hazy. sticky lacing and a white cap along the sides of the glass.
The aroma has Citrus and biscuit, seams this is the general trend for both of the finch beers i have had so far, and this follows into the flavor profile. Not hopped up very much or crisp or bright on the mouthfeel either, bready and earthy.

The Pale Ale market is a tough one to get into in the Chicago area, and this one is a bit below average.

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2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served this 12 oz. can in a dimpled mug. No date. The body was orange and hazy. The head was tiny and white.

The smell was of orange peel and bread. Not much else.

The taste was also of orange peel. A bit of sweet malts and a light bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Underwhelming overall.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

I've been looking forward to trying these beers since I learned of the brewery's opening last month. Here goes: It pours a clear light amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange peel, light lemon zest, light coriander, and a very light dripping of caramel. The taste burns that caramel (while simultaneously amping up the amount thereof), which joins notes of dirt, black pepper, orange rind, balsa, lemon rind, and something akin to pumpkin shell. A distinctive bitterness punctuates the finish. Man, this is not what the smell led me to believe would come. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, something is definitely off with this flavor combination. I don't know what happened, but the smell and taste are going in different directions, and the latter seems completely lost.

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2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice deep clean copper with a big white head, nice lacing, looks very good, hope its not all down hill from here.

The smell is very mild with just a bit of pine and stale malt smell.

The flavor is very one dimensional, very coppery off flavor with a light bit of pine bitterness, some light caramel sweetness peaks through, but not enough to make this much better.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of resin.

Not a good Pale, will avoid in the future.

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2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apple juice body with a thin trace of white head. Some lace.

Faintly spicy nose, some honey.

Taste has some hops, but not a lot. Some orange rind on the aftertaste (not in a great way), but mostly bitter steely hops. All right.

Feel is pretty standard. A little fluffy.

Not bad, but by no means great. Unremarkable.

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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This APA was nice to look at but it was a disappointment to drink. When poured into the glass, there was an orangish hue to the beer, which I account for the orange peel. The head was a nice touch and I was looking forward to drinking the beer.
When I drank it, I was looking for the orange nodes and didn't find them. It was a nice beer, but I wouldn't go out of the way to get it.

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Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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