Cut Throat | Finch's Beer Co.

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Finch's 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 schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of Cresant
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
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 -7.5%
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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Photo of TheTot
1.86/5  rDev -46.4%
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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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of dpasotti
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of zaphodchak
2.88/5  rDev -17%
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 biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light coppery amber with a smooth tan head that leaves sticky, filmy lace on the glass. Orange rind, pine and flowery aromas with some pale malt. Citrusy orange zest and pale malt with a faint resinous hop finish. Light bodied and slightly under carbonated for my liking. Not bad at all, a nice starter APA that is approachable and easy to drink.

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Photo of chetripley
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass. Handed to me by a fellow beer club member.
As a can collector I have been more and more impressed with the offerings in cans. Plus local beers are appealing to me too, so I was happy to find that my overall impression was a good one.
I look forward to smooth and flavorful brews and this was it. Not overly hoppy, it met the definition of an American Pale. It was a nice blend of flavors.
Dark orange in color, just the right about of carbonation, good head, and a very drinkable finish.
I also like meaningful names, and a quick check I see that the cut-throat is a type of finch.
Beer schooling. What a concept.

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Photo of seeswo
2.24/5  rDev -35.4%
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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Photo of tsauce2
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: 16 fl oz can in to a snifter.

A: SRM is harvest orange/medium amber. Head is cream, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Medium hop nose with floral notes and orange peel/zest. Some malt sweetness.

T: Mild hoppiness with piney characteristics, mild bitterness, mellow and very natural orange notes, medium roast malt base. Aftertaste is light hop bitterness and orange peel.

M: Medium/light body. Hops hit palate initially giving a bright and bitter feel, but then orange and malt come in and provide body. Semi-wet finish.

O: This is a nice APA. Good nose and taste, body is nice. I did like the natural orange additions and felt this added a lot the flavor of this beer. Hops were nice but a bit unbalanced. All in all this is a solid APA and I would buy this again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Consumed 1/10/12

Appearance: Somewhere between orange and light copper - hazy, pours with a nice white head - retains a nice ring, leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Pale malts, with some hoppy weirdness - some citrus, but I can't tell if it's the hops or the orange peel - because there is a lot of orange peel in here - some pine, as well as some herbal notes - earthy

Taste: It's like an orange peel ale - the orange peel is nothing but obvious - kind of gross initially, but it gets better - peel, rind, pith, maybe some zest - a lingering citrus bitterness from this - pine, with piney bitterness - pale malts, earthy, dry - some spiciness, herbal

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nicely carbonated, nicely crisp, but with lingering peel

Overall: Pretty good, but not something to seek out

The orange peel is pretty bad at first, but it slowly becomes less of a distraction. Still, I think this would be better with less of it. Regardless, I would drink this again. It's better than Finch's Golden Wing, at least.

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

Pour - the first thing we noticed, even before the beer left the can, was that the can stated that this was "ale brewed with Sweet Orange Peel". That's pretty cool - a little different than the norm which is nice. Pours a dark honey color with a well-formed inch of tight foam on top that clings tightly to the inside walls of the can-shaped glass.

Aroma - sweet citrus entwined with caramel and Tootsie rolls. Lemon and orange zest seem to stand out more than any other aromas and are quite inviting.

Taste - first sip and this has the makings of a very pleasant drinking experience. Lemon, lime and orange flavors mesh well with some hop bitterness and are backed up nicely by a solid malt base. Plenty of flavor and not too light or heavy on the palate. A little tangy on the tongue at times but the carbonation does well to counteract that. Wow, this is going down quick. I wish I had a few more as this is a very enjoyable pale ale.

Overall - very, very drinkable with some great hop flavors with nothing overpowering. I'd go so far as to say that this would be a great session brew for anyone who loves something a little on the hoppy side but not too potent.

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Photo of bashiba
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Photo of kjyost
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated can received from funky audio as part of US/Can BIF. Thanks! Poured ~6C into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Good looking beer, amber with a slight yellow hue, but hazy. Great white head with retention and masses of lacing. If it were crystal clear we're talking about a 5 here.
S: Nice nose of citrus (grapefruit) hops and a hint of pine If I were to venture a guess Cascade would be the hops of choice here. Slight soapiness comes through over time.
T: Biscuity notes with a mild caramel sweetness gets quickly beaten down by a more aggressive than expected bitterness. Hop flavours are light and muted. Some earthiness and citrus comes through, though there is also pepper and alcoholic notes.
M: The beer comes across as hot, with a warming sensation on the palate, much to my amazement. Crisp carbonation, but the bitterness overpowers everything except the heat. Not a great sensation.
O: Unbalanced is the word to describe this beer... Hot, bitter, little hop flavours to complement. Meh. I would not be reaching for this again.

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Photo of beagle75
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tasting glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean, with intense green herbaceous hops that are left alone by minimalist malt. The result is unbalanced, but suggesting refreshment.

T: Begins dry, with hop aromatics that taste like juicy green plant stems, with a twist of pine, and weak pale malt. Acidity is moderate and appropriate, with the ability to add citric qualities. Herbaceous flavors persist into the middle, very clean but still lacking malt balance. Pure intense bitterness and astringency comes on in the finish, showing traces of refined light toast and dry grapefruit peel.

M: Thin viscosity, astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Crisp and potent, this beer tends to struggle with issues of balance that are accentuated by the hop qualities. It leans toward harsher high-alpha characteristics, particularly the Columbus cultivar. From the look of the can to the product inside, it seems this beer represents an imperfect attempt to match Half Acre's much better Daisy Cutter pale ale.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazed bright-orange. Head is white. Dissipates quickly and leaves a ring on the edge. Poured heavy for the style.

Smell: Biscuits and solvent. Some grassy notes. Touches of citrus and bread crust. Biscuit dough. Big yeasty characteristic. Orange marmalade. Toasted malts. Um, is it breakfast? Loads of booze aroma on the back.

Taste: More toasted malts than the nose would have indicated. Pine/dank from the hops with a nice kick of orange rind. Malts keep pumping biscuit dough and bread crust. A touch grassy on the finish. A much better presentation than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on point. Body runs on the thinner side of medium. Smooth and juicy.

Overall: A conflicting experience as it smells significantly less tasty than it tastes. Solid all around. Well worth it in the long run. Also, 16oz cans always give bonus points.

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Photo of iadler
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head. Some lines of lacing left behind

S- Floral and very dank hops. Grass, pine and black tea hops are upfront with some candied orange peel, grapefruit and biscuit malt. I've never had a pale ale that smells like dank weed so much. Odd for sure.

T- Again, dank hops are prominent with some sweet candied orange peel, grassy and floral hops, biscuit malt and a bit of grapefruit and lemon citrus hops.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes a bit bitter and dry.

O- This was a really odd pale ale with the hop profile being very earthy and herbal. Not a ton of citrus going on that can be found in other pales. Not terrible, but there are plenty of other local pale ales such as Daisy Cutter and Zombie Dust that I would take over this.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazey amber and citric ambrosia color with some light sediment hanging in the balance. Some bubbling makes its way through the silt. There's a nice head after the pour, but a foam that gets thinner and thinner after each minute.

Toasted orange peel, some toasted biscuits and water crackers with floral grass. A bitter smelling brew overall.

Toasted caramel and crystal malts mix with bitter English hops and ornge peel for an overal toasted, citric, and bitter flavor. Biscuits, with bitter orange peel marmalade. Then add some cut grass that had a few dandelions in it with some hme white bread, crust.

Palate is resiny, but smooth and well balanced from start to finish. This beer seems closer to an EPA than an APA in my opinion.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was part of my Haul from pokesbeerdude in the recent Nice CANs III BIF and I am excited to add it to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Enjoy the beer in here." and "Ale Brewed with Sweet Orange Peel".

Today has been Adjunct Sunday for me, what with coffee and sweet orange peel in the mix.

What a great Carck & Glug! I got a massive three fingers of eggnog-colored head with excellent retention off of my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a tea-like quality, like the orange pekoe that same in an aluminum tin when I was a kid and which my late Pops really liked, especially when he cooked Chun King dinners for us. He was the cook in the family and I was going to be a chef until I joined the Navy and became a logistician. My second pour gave me a big, rocky head that resembled and ice cream float. Every time I lifted the glass to my mouth, the nose set my mouth to watering. Mouthfeel was soft, almost creamy and the taste was a mellow, slightly sweet citrusy orange. This was like hop/beer tea in terms of its mellow taste and mouthfeel. Finish was a bit more bitter than it had been in the mouth, but it was still highly tasty. I could certainly see this in the summer while mowing the lawn or lazing in the hammock as well as on Hula in the Coola Day in February as a way to conjure up summery memories as the snow falls.

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Cut Throat from Finch's Beer Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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