Cut Throat | Finch's Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
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 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 VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy amber color. Large head of foam and froth. Laces quite well. Quite dark for an APA.

S-Citrus peel, a bit of sun-dried grass and grapefruit. Big citrus rind/peel whiffs. Well hopped, but I am not sure if I like the overall aroma. Lighter malted tones. Wet biscuit.

T-The citrus peel develops on the palate. It becomes reasonably bitter. Hops turn herbal and a bit earthen. Pretty good balance and the flavors are certainly unique.

M-Lively carbonation. Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Fairly drinkable.

O/D-Had its moments with me. A fresh take on the APA. Balanced and uniquely hopped and flavored. I am just not too sure if I love how all the flavors came together in the end.

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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 Samp01
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, Pours a medium amber with a medium slowly fading white head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine hops, pale malt. Taste the same as aroma with malt and bready notes, mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. Finish is pale malt, citrus with pine and citrus hops bitterness for balance. Overall a good drinking pale ale.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pale copper, soapy head, perfect clarity.

SMELL: Herbal, floral, faint lemony sweetness.

TASTE: Pale, grainy malts with toasted and caramelized sweetness. Earthy hops are plenty bitter, and dries out the feel slightly.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied and well carbonated.

OVERALL: Solid little pale. Finch's didn't pinch the hops, this is a beer I'd have again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden amber color with 2+ fingers of head that fades to a thin chunky cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Tobacco, leather, lightly sweet malts, orange peel, and some earthy and woody hops

T: Follows the nose. Tobacco and leather are toned down (thankfully) and the orange peel and hop/malt combo shine a bit more. The orange peel enhances the sweetness of the malts a little, as well as helps the hops along and balance with the maltiness. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice pale ale that is easy to drink and portable, thanks to the cans. There are certainly better options out there, but if you like balanced APAs with a nice citrus (orange peel) addition then this might be for you

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- ale brewed with sweet orange peels.

A: Dark orange candy glow against backlighting shows a dense nature full of turbidity and active effervesce. The head is 2 inches plus, plush, with a memory foam like texture and coloring. Head retention is very strong and sturdy, degrading into a pitted foam structure. Heavy lace appeal.

S: Sweet orange peel and candy like sweetness.

T: Soft hay and grains mixing with orange-caramel. Dry grains and caramel, orange-citrus hops, floral with a good level of hoppiness closing things out. The sweetness of the orange peels peek out as well the caramel and honey toasted malt. Small dryness of toasted grain and alcohol .

M: Creamy mouthful, honey malt, sweetly toasted with a good vibe of carbonaiton. Flowery glow of hoppiness, and balance of sweetness hits the taste buds while a warm glow of sweet dry floral hops comes on the swallow.

O: Overall sweet, dry floral hoppiness mixes well with sweet roange peel and good malt support. Solid mid B range, not your typical west coast pale offering.

4.25 3.25 3.5 3.75 3.5

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Photo of Bierman9
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this yesterday (10AUG13) at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro. Served in a nonic glass, for $5.40.

The color was medium golden, with a touch of haze and a bit of carbo. There was barely any head, just a few edge-clinging bubbles, and a smidge of lace. Aroma was quite mild, with negligible malts and a bit of rindy hopping showing. Body was decent, with a medium body and fairly smooth feel going down.

Flavor produced some light toasty malt action,but was bitter overall. It was quite rindy and pithy, with a suggestion of citrus thrown in there. As it warmed a bit more malt made an appearancee, but nothing to write home about. A rather pedestrian offering, overall. Prosit!

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Monkeyknife
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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Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with blonde highlights and a nice frothy head into my glass. Nice to see more canned beers coming to this area.

Pine and citrus aromas (citrus from orange peel?) greet the nose. I can't really tell how hoppy it is just yet but it's there.

An explosion of buttered bread, citrus and pine in the mouth. Very subtle. Doesn't hit you over the head. Insert metaphor here: ___

Finishes clean. Lots of residual hoppiness left to savor at the back of the throat.

Very solid as it is. I'm more than excited to check out the rest of the beers from this brewery.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; burnt orange; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; nice lacing;

S: dank pine, earthiness; a little citrus in the background;

T: earthiness with a little citrus and a little minty herbalness; well balanced, but kind of weak; low to moderate bitterness with a bit of orange in the finish;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: an interesting take on the style; I expected, and would have preferred, more citrus in the flavor;

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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 Slatetank
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased can at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is a mostly hazed medium amber with 2 fingers of head w/ average bead and decent retention. The smell has a malt forward biscuit-like nose with light floral hop ester. The feel is okay with moderate bitterness and malt sweetness with semi-high carbonation and light alcohol with a gentle bitterness in the finish.

The taste has some pine hops which are masked slightly by the toastiness of the malt with a mild sweetness of caramel with some hints of lemony citrus in the hop flavor with gentle floral notes. The taste seems a little bitter pithy as it finishes. This is a good pale, a little more bitter than necessary, but still drinkable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet orange peel with hop notes. In the taste, it starts pine like hops to sweet orange peel to dryer pine hop notes. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine with sweet orange citrus notes in the aftertaste. Nice balance with a mix of hops.

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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 WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cut throat was available at the Tap House Bar and Grill in Oswego....another can formy collection. The beer poured a hazy copper orange with good carbonation that gave rise to decent head. The smell was good had nice pine and citrus (grapefruit/apricot???) notes. The taste was ok. There is a malt or someother ingredient out there that gives beer a metallic twang. I have had it in beers that come in bottles, on taps, and in cans. I don't know exactly what it is....but I dont like it. Because of this I down graded the taste and mouthfeel. In the taste there was a good flavor of hop but then this metallic twang hit. Overall it was ok....probably would be in line to buy more anytime soon.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to emerge for sharing.

A - Deep orange, copper with a thin white head that leaves tiny specks of sticky lacing.

S - Faint citrus aroma with nutty and caramel malts.

T - Biscuity with caramel malts and a noticeable hop bitterness. Light citrus hops but not as pronounced as the bitterness.

M - Medium body with average to slightly low carbonation. I was surprised by the lack of hiss from the can and little head.

D - Fairly balanced. Easy drinking but just a little boring.

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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 russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & biscuitty malt, plus a bit of lemon

T: Follows the nose, mineral dryness with a bit of herbal bitterness, plus a touch of aspirin up front. Chalky dryness as this warms, some pear fruittyness, plus biscuitty malt as this warms. Finishes with chalky dryness, biscuitty malt & a whisper of lemony & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, so-so balance

An alright APA, not a big fan of powdery dry ales , not that drinkable for my tastes. Had 4 of their beers now, not loving the house yeast strain...

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 1 pint can. Sampled on December 9, 2013.

It has a cloudy orange-amber pour with a modest cream colored head that dissolves to a ring but otherwise lingers. A chill haze? Or is it unfiltered?

Aroma has a clean pale malt character at first with a slightly floral hop character and a touch of orange citrus.

The body is medium.

The taste begins with the roasted pale malts and an orange note. But there is a vibrant floral, piney hop flavor that roars in from behind making it feel more like an IPA rather than a pale ale. A bitter bite.

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

I got this beer from urwithdave. Thanks Dave!

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed copper color with a off-white head that left some thin lacing on the glass.

S - sweet citrus, somewhat tropical.

T - the malty back bone starts things off and then a zing of bitterness takes over the show, finishing dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - it wouldn't be my 1st choice for a pale ale but it was decently drinkable.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange…very nice color…sediment floating all about…a thin layer of head formed but didn’t last long…some bubble action happening in the middle…(3/5)

Smell: Tons of pale malts…I do smell the orange peel zest but it’s very mild…earthy, mild citrus hops are very light…not overly aromatic…a fairly straight forward pale ale…(3/5)

Taste: Tons of fresh pale malts…very crisp flavor…there is a spiciness to it…a pretty straight forward pale ale through out…earthy and citrus hops add some bitterness and definitely play background (and balance) to all the malt flavor…the finish is really the first and only introduction to the orange peel…bitterness in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…lightly carbonated…a wet feel on the tongue…crisp, fresh and refreshing…(3.5/5)

Overall: A solid pale ale that’s good, but has nothing overly special about it…I wouldn’t even say there’s something missing, what they went for, they achieved, it’s just unfortunate mediocrity that was the goal…it is crisp and drinkable, so it’s worth trying once, but i doubt this is anybody’s favorite brew…(3.25/5)

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