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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Ratings: 329 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had some really great beer out of cans lately - Sixpoint, Anderson Valley and 21st Ammendment - but this does not live up to those high standards. It seems to have a very plain pale ale taste, with an almost normal off bitterness that borders on the metallic.

It looks OK in the glass. The aroma is faintly like the taste - off. It has a slightly creamy feel. None of it really works for me and I do not intend to repeat on this.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy gold color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass.

S: A sweet, floral and pine hop aroma with a nice citrus fruitiness.

T: The citrus flavor hits right up front and is present throughout. There is also a floral hop presence that blends into a sweet and slightly bitter finish. Pretty simple, but it's a good flavor.

M: Light body with low carbonation. Smooth feel to it. Makes it incredibly drinkable.

O: A pretty good pale ale. This one is more for the masses and not for the beer geek. I think it would be a very good outdoor summer beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Cresant
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool can art. Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a rather hazy orange/ruby color with a massive white head, very thick and pillowy. Great head retention with plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Rather grainy with some biscuity malt. A little bit of light citrus and floral hops.

T: A little less hoppy that the aroma (not that this is a hop bomb, by any means). A little bit of lemon and orange zest, but rather faint. A little on the boring side.

M: Light to medium bodied, flavor seems to disappear rather quickly.

O: A decent pale ale. Easy drinking, but would probably pass in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from eorwar, thanks!

Hazy, somewhat turbid body topped by a finger of clinging head.

Tame but pretty decent nose. Kinda herby and vegetal, with a little bit of peach and melon. Something about it makes me think of sea weed, too.

It tastes OK, but it's a bit less appetizing than it smells. Vegetal and herbal up front, and strangely savory in the finish, this has an odd hop character. Kinda makes me think of menthol cigarettes and sushi. Malt isn't especially present, though there's a faint foundation of bready pale malt. The finish is herbal and bitter, strangely minty. Body is thin.

Having recently had beers like Row 2/Hill 56 and Hoppy Birthday, it's very hard for me to give this anything more than an average rating. There's nothing offensive about it, but it's utterly run of the mill.

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Photo of sholland119
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy golden apricot with a huge frothy white head. Plenty of retention and big big lacing.

S-Malty with a very grainy note. Hop presence is very light.

T-Malty with some very nice earthy hoppiness. Bitterness is solid but not overwhelming, well balanced.

M-Medium bodied and crisp.

O-A very tasty brew.


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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single pint can of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a bubbly off-white head. Scent is mostly of bitter hops but there are also hints of malts. It has a mild bitter taste that lasts long beyond the finish. There are also hints of citrus, bready tones, and crisp apple. Has a rather dry after taste. Better than I expected, but the texture could be a little less watery.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hooray for the mixed sixers! Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind some stray splotches of lace. Hazy orange-brown body.

S - Mix of orange peel and sweet biscuit malts. There's some mildly floral and vomity hop presence as well. Not bad, and thankfully not offensive like Golden Wing, although it gets a bit worse as it warms with a soapy flavor showing up.

T - Taste is a little less interesting - more buttered biscuit, caramel and toffee, and only some mild citrus and herbal flavors in the finish. Bitterness is medium-low. Malt bill is a bit more English than I was expecting.

M - Texture is juicy, and perhaps a tad slimy - seems a bit off. Body is surprisingly hefty, with a definite medium vibe. Finish is a bit too sticky for my liking - wish this was a little drier. Carbonation is at a moderate-to-lower level.

D - I was expecting a terrible beer considering how underwhelmed I've been with Finch's other offerings, but this is actually a passable pale ale. Not worth purchasing over Daisy Cutter or Alpha King, but the best Finch's beer I've had.

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3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent light golden copper color with a cream-colored head. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind. Aroma of bready malt followed by a somewhat subdued hop aroma for an American pale. The hop character is pine-forward with some citruy Centennial, and a Willamette-like floral background. The hop blend is pleasant and fresh. It's not too focused on grapefruit, pineapple, or any easily-definable hop flavor.

The palate is well-balanced between clean, fresh hops and bready malt. Floral, grassy hops are dominant in the mouth, unlike the aroma. The malt character of this beer is fantastic. Soft doughy pale malts lay the foundation while a little biscuit malt (which I normally don't like in pales) pops up on the finish to tie it all together. A nice punch of bitterness, if a little edgy, cleans things up.

Crisp carbonation and a medium body make an excellent mouthfeel for the style. There's enough weight to keep me interested, but not so much to prevent me from ordering a few of these end on end. I will buy this again, but it will face fierce competition with Alpha King every time I reach for my wallet. I'd like to see more hop aroma and a more distinctive hop fingerprint as a whole.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy honey colour with a cap of off-white foam.

S: Fruity citrusy hops upfront with a dose of carmel and sugar in the finish.

T: Nice tropical/grapefruit hop flavour. There's a little honey there and the orange does come through as well.

D: Easy drinking stuff and well balanced. Mouthfeel is too thin; bordering watery, but otherwise, its not too bad.

Overall: This beer gets a bad rep and I'm not sure why. I understand - there's already a king of canned APAs in Chi; really I get it, this doesn't stack up to DC. That being said, this is a nice APA and definitely worth the dough. I think I saw this at a Binny's craft 6 shelf. Time to get a $10 sixer. Good job, Finch's! Not a bad freshman product at all!

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