Cut Throat | Finch's Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
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99
Ratings:
328
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
25.65%
 
 
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Photo of matjack85
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4 pack of these 1 pint aluminum cans from Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL for $8.49. Nice to see a new local brewery on the scene even if the price is a little steep. Not much information on the can other than it says "brewed with sweet orange peels". (I never heard of orange peels being sweet, so this peaked my curiosity.)

The beer poured a slightly hazed orange color with only a half-finger of white head. Retention was short lived but the lacing was decent.

Big piny hop and orange peel aroma along with some sweet malt in the background.

Note: Whoa! Before taking your first sip, let this beer warm up a bit. If you drink it right out of the fridge all you'll get is an overpowering dose of pine hops and bitter orange peel. If you let it warm up a bit it becomes a completely different beer.

Once warmed a bit the beer has a sweet caramel malt flavor that balances the big hop presence. The same pine and orange hops found in the smell are also in the taste. They don't skimp on the hops in this one, that's for sure. Not that complex - just those 2 hop varieties and some caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation, which I thought worked well here.

A nice beer if you like your ales on the hoppy side. My can lists the abv at 5.6% rather than the 5.5% listed here on the BA site, but in either case the alcohol is well hidden and you won't taste it at all.

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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 BeerNotes
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly hazy, dark gold, with an orange tint. Moderate off-white head with decent lacing.

S: Bready citrus with a hop back. Nice balance on the nose.

T: Flavor is slightly weaker than the aroma. The malt comes through a lot more; hops a little less. Yeast plays a prominent role in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice, dry finish.

O: Pretty solid pale ale; nothing extraordinary, but refreshing. The orange peel addition is apparent, and a really nice hop enhancer. Really well-balanced, but the amount of yeast flavor at the end is slightly off-putting. It doesn’t detract from the drinkability of the beer at all, but it’s the only noticeable flavor that doesn’t seem to belong. I’ve had this beer a handful of times before without any yeasty finish, which makes me think the issue is isolated to this batch.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely underrated, this is a fine American pale ale, boasting all kinds of citrusy and floral hop characteristics, and drinking nice and easy. it has a great nose of fresh tropical fruit exuding from the tall white head, and there is just enough malt balance to keep this thing in the pale ale rather than ipa category for me. briskly hopped taste cuts with citrus fruit, quite juicy, with a rather standard ale yeast doing the requisite work. cleaner finish, although there is a touch of residual sweetness here, as well as an almost pineapple punch at the end. nice carbonation, although maybe a little thin on the body, I thought this was a nice example of the style, and a beer that deserves a better score here on BA than it currently has. not mind blowing, but nothing to dismiss either. my first beer from finchs.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. I bought a can of this from a local beer store before with the intent to review it, but it was clearly old as hell. I'm confident that this is a fresh can. My can lists a 5.60% abv rather than the 5.50% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours three big fluffy doughy fingers of khaki / tan colored head on top of a dark burnt sienna orange colored body with ruby & mahogany highlights. Some scattered cavernous lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of citric fruits: pineapple, orange, grapefruit. Although, I am getting more of a pineapple aroma than oranges, almost reminiscent of some American-Belgian style IPA's I've had. Aside from that, it is a very bready smelling beer. Some spicy brown sugar aromas begin to emerge as the beer warms.

T - Taste follows the nose: fruity pineapple, citric orange, lots of bitterness, and some sticky sugary malt. Taste doesn't really do it for me as much as I'd like. It has a sort of herbal dirty earthiness to it that feels out of place and distracting. Actual orange taste doesn't exactly shine here, if you ask me, aside from some citric acidity. As the beer warms, an earthy oak wood flavor begins to emerge, which is both intruding yet pleasant at the same time. Reminds me a bit of some of the beers I've had recently from the Mikkeller Single Hop series.

M - Goes down smooth and clean with a sticky, bitter, and dry finish on the palate. Some sugary apple skin and earthiness lingering on the aftertaste.

Overall, a fairly strange, unconventional brew from Finch's Beer Co. This isn't exactly your typical pale ale, and I'm not too sure how the orange peel flavor shines here, but this seems to be more earthy / oaky than anticipated. I'm at a middle ground with this beer; I'd recommend trying it at least once, althought I've had better beers from this brewery.

Finch's Beer Co. Cut Throat Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/10/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of barczar
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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Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a pillowy off-white head that recedes quite slowly. As the beer settles in the glass, yeast sediment slowly collects at the bottom.

S: Mild aromas of lemon, lime, chalk, talc, bready yeast, biscuit, and caramel present themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grass, herbs, minerals, cream, biscuits, crackers, bready yeast, and caramel flit across the palate. The finish sees an integration of caramel and biscuit malt and grass and citrus hop notes.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and only mildly resinous. Carbonation is gentler than expected.

O: Not a bad American pale ale by any means. I am sort of confused as to why this beer gets mostly lackluster reviews. Overall, it is a good warm weather kind of ale.

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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 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 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 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 JayQue
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light, crisp Pale Ale. Good summertime drink/thirst quencher. Nothing great here. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Unusual hazy orange color, looks like unpasturized apple cider. Fairly good size slightly off-white head with good retention and thick lacing.

Aroma is light citrus hops, fairly pronounced. Fairly pleasant. Flavor is weaker than the aroma. Flavors are not that strong. There are some floral hops/citrus hops. A fairly good balance between hops and malts. THere is a slightly odd aftertaste, maybe a bit too yeasty or too much orange zest. Not really a problem, but a bit "off".

Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit too light. THere are better APAs out there but this one is not bad at all.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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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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 tone77
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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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 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 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 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 Duff27
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark orange/light red with a thick, fluffy two inch head. Lots of small yeast sediment in there as well. Great head retention and clumpy lacing.

S- Citrus in the nose. Some breadiness.

T- More citrus, oranges. Not too big of a hop bite (or was expecting more). Good malt backbone, well hidden ABV.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy because the carbonation is lacking a tad.

D/O- Easy drinking, non-offensive, simple. Nice effort by Finch's but all Chicago Pales pale in comparison to Zombie Dust, that's just the way it is. Thanks to kawilliams81 for the try/tick.

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Photo of vespahulb
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to see this is out in cans...I was eager to pick a 4 pack up.

Poured into a pint glass. In the nose you get a hit of dank hop aromas. A bit of citrus and pine, followed by a mellow grainy-bread aroma. But mostly hops.

In the mouth, you get a lot of hop bitterness up on the front, but ultimately the palate is cleansed and you get a fairly full grain profile with a bit of wood and caramel. I did find that that the bitterness was very nice, but did weight and exhaust my palate, interestingly. I normally love hop bombs of all sorts, but this beer seemed to be a little overhopped. Nonetheless, I found it to be a totally suitable every day sort of pale ale. It definitely had almost a homebrew quality to it, which I admired. As well, the low carbonation was quite nice. Overall a nice little beer to enter the Chicago scene.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz tallboy can poured into a pint glass.

A: Tawny in color. Very hazy. The rocky, off-white head builds to an impressive three fingers and retains very well. A thick web of foamy, sticky lacing clings everywhere.

S: Very clean on the nose. Citrusy hop scents. Lemon, iced tea, marmalade. Very floral. Caramel and honeyed grain on the malt base.

T: Oily hop bitterness up front. Pine and resin. Hemp seed. Herbal and spicy. Grapefruit in the background. Lots of toast. Caramel. Grain. Bitter, oily hop finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round and creamy, but pancake flat. no carbonation at all.

O: Finch's must be having issues with their canning line, as this is the second beer I've had by them that's been just completely flat. A little carbonation would probably work wonders.

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