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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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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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 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 arthuro11
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This showed up at a local grocery store with a good sized liquor/beer section that is well meaning but not overly inspired - solid choices, nothing to complain about at all, just not all that unusual.

But a few new beers showed up, a couple of which I used to have to hop the border for, and this one, from a different border, which looked interesting.

Pours a very nice amber / APA color, orange but not too see through at all. Spent time admiring before drinking, head was good, maybe 1 inch fairly white colored.

First sip was lip smacking, enjoyed for sure. Mouthfeel was great, only thing keeping it from being even higher than it is is a bit of a bitter aftertaste that I'd almost associate with an IPA, rather than a pale ale, but jeez who's counting?

Not much lacing, but that may have been due to serving temp, which was a little high for the one I am reviewing. Even with that, enjoyed it down to the last drop.

I would buy it again, although it was $10.50+ for a 4/16, which is not bad, but there were $8.99 4/16's at the same place that I would put on par. On the other hand, if I see Finch's on tap anywhere (they are from Chicago and I am in SW Wisco), I will have a tap for sure.

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Photo of cavedave
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review

This baby pours a darker tan than many IIPA I've poured, and wouldn't be out of style for color as an amber. I rated it highly because it has a beautiful, thick, cloudy look, and a huge off white head in my glass that has only now, half way through, gone down. Thick wallpaper lace is slathered.

Nose is a med. strength aroma, featuring the smells of dank weed, other vegetal, pine, less amounts of citrus, a bit of butter, and even a hint of floral hop.

Wow it has a real dank taste right at the start, the flavor hops are from the simcoe part of town. Caramel sweet, a lot for a pale, acompanies deep pine resin, herbal bitter, lesser amounts of citrus pith, to an end of sip that is pretty darn good. This is one that really needs a bit of time to open up. If you don't like dank hops you won't like this taste.

Mouthfeel is med./high carb., very viscous while very attenuated pretty clean finish with crazy staying power, this is the mouth of an IPA or IIPA.

Calling this an APA is like calling an armored tank a SUV. If you like mellow APA's, move along, this ain't that. If you like dank, hop forward IPA's, as I do, this is in your zone for sure.

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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 leantom
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at the local beer store and decided to give it a try. Here goes:

A: Very impressive, actually. Pours a cloudy, orange color - just like a traditional pale ale. It's rather opaque, however, as you cannot see through the beer - this differs from most pale ales that I've had. However, the lacing is superb! The beer pours a huge head that lingers for minutes. Definitely lots of protein content.

S: Again, very good. However, it smells more like an IPA than a regular pale ale. This is because you really can't detect any of the caramel or lightly-kilned malts that are characteristic for beers of this style. Instead, you're hit with a large dose of grapefruit that's characteristic of Chinook and Cascade west-coast hops. Again, it's more like an IPA than a pale ale.

T: Good, but not what I was expecting when I bought the beer. I do detect plenty of amber and caramel malts that complement the beer's base, but the most prominent features are those of the hops. I taste lots of grapefruit, lemon, and lighter spices (all imparted from the hops). This beer should be characterized as an IPA, not a pale ale.

M: Again, good. Very thick considering that the alcohol is only 5.6%. I suppose it has something to do with the protein content (see the Appearance section). Lots of carbonation. I like how the mouthfeel is rather full-bodied relative to other pale ales. Solid.

O: Very good beer. Again, I would characterize it as an IPA rather than a pale ale owing to the large doses of Chinook and Cascade hops present in the beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, no date.

pours a hazy orange rust color with some floaties. cream colored head, fades thin but leaves some nice lacing. aroma is nice mild citrusy hops, a bit sweet. taste is well balanced, slightly sweet malty body, thicker body - finishes a touch bitter, earthy. medium carbonation.

overall - a nice easy drinking pale ale. paired well with a hearty meal as well.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall-boy can into a flared pilsner glass. Moderate hand. No date identified on the can.

A: Murky honey-orange with 2 fingers of off-white head. Orange tinted foam. Some floaties. Good retention. Tons of lacing!

S: Round, citrusy hop with sweet, vanilla character. Biscuity malt. Orange. Indistinct spice. I get a little cheesy funk lower down the glass. Perhaps the sediment?

T: Easy-going bitterness up front with just slightly delayed development of smooth, bready malt. There is an element of orange zest in the bitterness. Fairly dry finish. No alcohol. A bit of a one-trick pony, but good.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Nice and smooth with a light creaminess.

O: Solid, sessionable, interesting pale ale. Hop heads will be left wanting with this one, but pretty enjoyable. Orange is done very tastefully.


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Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A truly deep orange colored brew, slightly opaque, with lots of dregs added to cloud up from the bottom of the can. Head is a nice creamy two finger tan color, and settles to a thick collar interestingly with some soapy consistency. The body color is quite impressive.

Small light biscuity malts on first whiff. Some light brown sugar. Definitely smells citrus orange and zesty. Seems a little crackery also. Not too bad.

Juicy bursting orange with biscuit crackery dryness and citrus hop bitterness on first sip. Swallow brings a good mix of pine like bitter as well. Orange and fresh juicy palate with some depth and not too watery sensations either. A mix of zesty bitterness lingers while finishing each sip which compliments the hops nicely, and seems to roll and stick in your mid palate for a long time.

Overall a fun take on a pale ale. Solid and well done.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just recently had this on tap at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan stop in Chicago. I have never heard of the brewery before but a friend of mine sent me a text message saying that I had to try their IPA. The beer was served to me with a straw amber body with a creamy, white, one inch head. The aroma had hints of grapefruit, pine and some sweetness.

The taste of the this beer was great with a quick explosion of sweet caramel malts that quickly goes into a hoppy bitterness that sticks around a bit in your mouth. The beer was smooth and easy to drink with a fair amount of carbonation, in fact I put two of these down pretty quickly and enjoyed drinking them. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and I look forward to see what this brewery has in store for the future.

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Photo of lm0406910
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fischman Liquors & Tavern - Shoutout to Morris the bartender, nice chat, love this little bar.

Apperance - hazy golden beer with a thick wheat cap on the top, the head left a nice lacing around the glass

Aroma - Lots of grassiness and pine. I really caught some citrus on the nose, maybe more lemon, but something was there.

Taste - Grassy with the hop bitterness that lasts.

Mouthfeel - I felt very light co2.

Finish – The bitterness stay with you for a long time. Good beer from a local brewer, always good to see. Easy drinker.

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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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Cut Throat from Finch Beer Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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