Cut Throat | Finch Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet orange peel with hop notes. In the taste, it starts pine like hops to sweet orange peel to dryer pine hop notes. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine with sweet orange citrus notes in the aftertaste. Nice balance with a mix of hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of SerialHiker
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange…very nice color…sediment floating all about…a thin layer of head formed but didn’t last long…some bubble action happening in the middle…(3/5)

Smell: Tons of pale malts…I do smell the orange peel zest but it’s very mild…earthy, mild citrus hops are very light…not overly aromatic…a fairly straight forward pale ale…(3/5)

Taste: Tons of fresh pale malts…very crisp flavor…there is a spiciness to it…a pretty straight forward pale ale through out…earthy and citrus hops add some bitterness and definitely play background (and balance) to all the malt flavor…the finish is really the first and only introduction to the orange peel…bitterness in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…lightly carbonated…a wet feel on the tongue…crisp, fresh and refreshing…(3.5/5)

Overall: A solid pale ale that’s good, but has nothing overly special about it…I wouldn’t even say there’s something missing, what they went for, they achieved, it’s just unfortunate mediocrity that was the goal…it is crisp and drinkable, so it’s worth trying once, but i doubt this is anybody’s favorite brew…(3.25/5)

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3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light copper with a solid half inch cream head that leaves thick lacing. There are floaties.

Caramel and toasted malt accompany grapefruit and resin in the aroma. There's a hint of pine.

The backbone of the flavor is moderately toasted bready malt, with a touch of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There's a strong underpinning of citrus hop character. Grapefruit, tart tangerine, floral hops, and lime hit mid palate, followed by a resiny dry, slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, and a bit of astringency.

Overall, a bit more citrus than anticipated in the flavor. Not very complex hop profile, but a decent brew.

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2.22/5  rDev -36%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, citrus fruits. Taste is hops up front, a bit of citrus, some malts at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking pale ale.

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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy amber color. Large head of foam and froth. Laces quite well. Quite dark for an APA.

S-Citrus peel, a bit of sun-dried grass and grapefruit. Big citrus rind/peel whiffs. Well hopped, but I am not sure if I like the overall aroma. Lighter malted tones. Wet biscuit.

T-The citrus peel develops on the palate. It becomes reasonably bitter. Hops turn herbal and a bit earthen. Pretty good balance and the flavors are certainly unique.

M-Lively carbonation. Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Fairly drinkable.

O/D-Had its moments with me. A fresh take on the APA. Balanced and uniquely hopped and flavored. I am just not too sure if I love how all the flavors came together in the end.

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3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gets at least a 3.5 on this. Not sure what it looks like since I drank it out of the can but it seemed carbonated enough.

S - Bitter orange peel and citrus hops with bready malt backbone and pale malts.

T - Well it is refreshing. Sort of like a pale IPA. Not getting much orange peel which is a good thing since that can get pretty bitter. Enjoyable pounder.

M - Light to medium. Easy to drink.

Seems not very balanced and king of boring even with the orange peel going on. The almost 3 dollars a single kind of puts it off too.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel, and a hint of pine and grapefruit come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, soft grapefrut, some earthiness, a hint of pine, and a moderate bitterness create a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: an IPA that feels a bit lighter than others in the mouthfeel, and has a flavor profile that is mild and not too adventurous.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Cut Throat from Finch Beer Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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