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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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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3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip through Ohio...

A: Pours a nice honey color with about a half finger of off-white head. The foam takes a little time to settles, but there isn't much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is a mix of malt, pine, and orange. The citrus and pine notes of the hops seem to want to jump out of this beer, but they are muted by the malt bill.

T: It starts out a bit sweet, and some bitterness starts to come on, but there is a massive astringent taste to this beer. It's really off putting. That nastiness sticks with it through to the finish and then the bitters linger forever.

M: Light to medium bodied beer. There is a bit of heft to this beer, but nothing crazy. Lasting bitterness in the finish.

O: I just can't get over that nasty acne medicine like taste. I'm sure this might be a decent brew on-tap, but I'm just not diggin' it in a can.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp in hotel glass.

A: very cloudy dark orange; creamy froth, modest head
S: aroma of bitter spices
T: strong bitter orange flavor; rich and complex; quite bitter and not much malt profile (i.e., not very sweet); good hops; anise is strong

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, given the average rating. A good mealy beer.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into imperial pint glass.

CT pours a butterscotch orange/bronze color with aprox half inch of off-white head. There are plenty of floaties in this one: unfiltered. There isn't much smell to this one: faint malt & a bit of astringency. Down the hatch, there is not much of a hop presence here. I find this one to be quite malt forward. Without a date on this one, it's hard to say how fresh this is. There is a bit of unsweetened ice tea taste in the finish. There is a very mild, lingering bitterness as well.

I grabbed this b/c my Binny's was out of Daisy, and this was on sale. Not a whole lot to say about this beer: quite pedestrian. I was hoping it might be somewhat close to DC...

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored from the can a cloudy copper-orange color with quite a bit of sediment and two fingers of off-white head. A good amount of lacing was left behind with this one.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, a touch of berry, and light spicy hops.

The taste was primarily caramel malts, burnt biscuit and very little of the spicy hops from the aroma. Lightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A bit malt-heavy for my taste.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Cut Throat from Finch Beer Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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