Cut Throat | Finch Beer Co.

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Cut ThroatCut Throat

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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Photo of Hoofbite84
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #1 in my great Illinois Brew Hunt.

This is somewhat spicy from the hops. Bready thing going on and making the body a bit thick. Could be a little more rounded and defined. And I don't really get any sweet orange peel on this. I mean there is a sweet tone, but I don't know if that is the orange peel or a malty thing. Maybe it's the orange thing.

Anyways. It's a pretty decent pale ale. If not a little too thick for its own good, and the carbonation is a bit too biting. But it's a good way to start things off in Chicago. What's next?

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.5 A: Murky dark orange brownish color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is good and a tall ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Big breadiness with a malt-forward backbone. Caramel, neutral malt sweetness, and orange from the citrusy hops. Lots of yeast.

3.5 T: Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of yeast with a good balance between hops and malts. Caramel, neutral sweetness, breadiness. Citrusy orange and floral hops.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Chewy from the yeast.

3.5 D: Good beer. A little yeasty, but good overall. Quite balanced.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of JJFordick
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour yields a half finger of thin head. Body is golden orange with a good amount of bubbles rising to the top. No lacing to note.

Smell is sweet and tropical. Mangoes and mandarin oranges play around with lightly caramelized sugar notes. A hint of syrupy pine rears its head, then the tropical party comes back with oranges, grapefruit and pineapple.

The flavor is rather disappointing after what the nose promised. Weak sweet grass starts off, then dives into generic pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. It's rather watery and the carbonation is weak.

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Photo of ortie
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of spoonhawk
1/5  rDev -71.2%

Photo of superspak
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger foamy off white head with very good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, floral, pine, caramel, grass, and herbal. Pretty good aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, caramel, grass, bread, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, floral, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance; with a good hop/malt balance as well. No cloying flavors, and quite crisp and dry on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed at all. Overall this is a good pale ale. Good amount of flavor and balance; very crisp and easy to drink. Smooth and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can into a pint glass, another new brewery coming to Philly, cheers!

Cut Throat pours out a lighter shade of orange with some light bronze highlights. A decent amount of bright white foam on top leaving significant stick. Nice looking, active. Smell is on the citrusy side with orange, marmalade, fresh cut grass, and some lemon. A pale malt backing. First few sips an explosion on the mouth, there is certainly some flavor here. A nice amount of citrus with the addition of orange peel with small pine and pale malt at the end. A certain activity on the tounge, a bitterness that lasts, and perhaps to much. Some astringency, not really digging the aftertaste. All in all a decent APA, a lot of flavor that does not round out like i hoped. I still would drink a can in a hot second though.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. Pours a cloudy, murky burnt orange with an inch of frothy white head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of orange, citrus hops,malts and tropical fruits. Taste is some citrus hops with orange peel and some bitterness at the end. A bit fruity with some malt flavor. Lots of carbonation and a tingly mouthfeel. Solid Pale Ale with a good amount of hops. Overall, worth having again.

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Photo of mdtnelson
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Sam perfect pint glass.

Pours hazy medium amber with fluffy white foam. Lots remaining and sticking everywhere. Hoppy malty nose, but unremarkable. Taste is a toffee blended malt with a tasty modestly bitter hop. Tasty, but lingers long after. The taste is better than the aftertaste which a minty bitter (a bitter mint?). Both good and not at the same time.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Jwren5
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours an orangish strawish color with a small fluffy head with some staying power. Smells of sweet malt and some piney hops. Tastes of earthy notes with some sweet malty tones, but with a nice pale ale bitter finish. Light bodied beer is definitely an easy drinker and goes down extremely well. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
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 WDJersey
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Joel12
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of BrianV
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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