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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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 328
Photo of KBomb
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, dark copper color that's slightly opaque. A big soapy head burst forth upon pouring but leaves minuscule lacing.
Not much to speak of in terms of smell, some piney hop aroma.
Taste is dominated by assertive hoppiness, quite bitter and somewhat one-dimensional. A little bit of biscuity malt hides in the background, but from sip to swallow we've got basically a bitter hop brew. Lacking complexity and/or balance for this much bitterness. Aftertaste is strong, inviting another sip to quench.
Cut-Throat is fairly light bodied and well carbonated. Its quite crisp.
It'll do the job as a hoppy summer beer thanks to its mouthfeel and flavor, but all-in-all not among the best APAs I've had.

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Photo of samie85
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly hazy burnt siena color with a finger of dense, off-white head.

S-Dank grapefruit and pineapple with some slightly roasty and bready malt backbone.

T-Bitter pineapple and grapefruit upfront with some light roasted and caramel notes with subdued chocolate notes on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with slick feel with low to medium carbonation.

D-An ok beer, flavorful, but a little too malty for a pale ale for my taste. The chocolate and roasted notes just kind of hang in the back of your throat.

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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 IowaPA
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a whim while travelling out of state, had never tried an offering from Finch's before.

Served in a pint glass from the can, can instructs me to drink it in there, I don't follow directions well.

A: Nice golden, almost orange color, quite a bit of sediment suspended, pretty hazy. Any head that's from the pour is gone within seconds.

S: A little weak for me, really had to kind of give a deep inhale to get much. Once it did, it was fruity, citrus. The can tells me that it's brewed with orange peel, so that explains it. Not sure why, but I always judge harshly when fruit's added, knowing what brewers can do with different hops.

T: Taste is ok, pretty mild, but tasty. Fruity up front, finished a little bitter, like I prefer my PA's to do. Almost more of a pear flavor up front than the orange peels that I expected.

M: Pretty nice. Light, sessionable feel. Seems like it would be a decent one for a hot day.

O: It was priced right, so I'm not mad I got it, but I'm not sure I'd grab it again. It's up against a lot of other great PA's nowadays. But it's solid, not bad at all.

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Photo of Treebs
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a generous 6 oz. sample of this poured during the Finch's brewery tour (on tap).

A: Pours a cloudy light copper with an off-white 1.5 finger head that leaves a nice webbed lacing down the sample glass.

S: Upfront fruitiness from the hops with a nice malty backbone.

T: Taste is similar to the nose. Nice hops with a caramel malt backbone. A little fruit is mixed in as well, but it's very very light.

M: Clean, crisp and refreshing with a medium carbonation. As with some of the other Finch brews the taste is nice upfront, but blands out on the palate after each sip.

O: Another refreshing brew from Finch's. I'm really excited for them to be start expanding their line-up in the next year.

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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 nschueller
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the bavarian lodge in lisle il

A: thick creamy nasty three finger head on top of a point glass keeps the hop aroma under finger. Clear honey yellow hue.

S: piney hop smell. Angella clean and refreshing. Maybe my favorite part of the beer.

T: pine sap bitterness that clings to the tongue. Destroys the palate so you better have some crackers. Biscuity grainy in the background after taste

M: low to moderate carbonation in a full bodied pale.

o: smells great starts great goes flat and bitter. Worth a try, maybe two in a row

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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 trxxpaxxs
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip through Ohio...

A: Pours a nice honey color with about a half finger of off-white head. The foam takes a little time to settles, but there isn't much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is a mix of malt, pine, and orange. The citrus and pine notes of the hops seem to want to jump out of this beer, but they are muted by the malt bill.

T: It starts out a bit sweet, and some bitterness starts to come on, but there is a massive astringent taste to this beer. It's really off putting. That nastiness sticks with it through to the finish and then the bitters linger forever.

M: Light to medium bodied beer. There is a bit of heft to this beer, but nothing crazy. Lasting bitterness in the finish.

O: I just can't get over that nasty acne medicine like taste. I'm sure this might be a decent brew on-tap, but I'm just not diggin' it in a can.

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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 emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft served in a tall, narrow pint glass at Lady Gregory's.

Murky orange, sudsy white dollop of foam on top that rises right to the top in a convex dome, threatening to spill over. Head retention is good, with accompanying sheets of lace forming concentric rings inside the glass with each consecutive quaff.

Smells floral, and vaguely bready like an average pale ale... Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Nothing especially exciting or unique, it just is.

Flavor is moderately bitter, the hops express themselves as perfumey and floral again, sort of like summer weeds. Not getting any citrus really, bummer. Medium bodied with average carbonation, not much snap to it. Where are the hops? Sure, I know... " the hops are subtle, refined, delicate, (insert marketing jargon here)". As advertised, some pale malt backbone is there, but this is really nothing more than a simple, utilitarian pale ale. While that may be appealing to those transitioning to craft beer, but there are many better pale ales out there. Cut Throat is an average entry into a crowded market.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel, and a hint of pine and grapefruit come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, soft grapefrut, some earthiness, a hint of pine, and a moderate bitterness create a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: an IPA that feels a bit lighter than others in the mouthfeel, and has a flavor profile that is mild and not too adventurous.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into imperial pint glass.

CT pours a butterscotch orange/bronze color with aprox half inch of off-white head. There are plenty of floaties in this one: unfiltered. There isn't much smell to this one: faint malt & a bit of astringency. Down the hatch, there is not much of a hop presence here. I find this one to be quite malt forward. Without a date on this one, it's hard to say how fresh this is. There is a bit of unsweetened ice tea taste in the finish. There is a very mild, lingering bitterness as well.

I grabbed this b/c my Binny's was out of Daisy, and this was on sale. Not a whole lot to say about this beer: quite pedestrian. I was hoping it might be somewhat close to DC...

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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 SwarthmoreBev1
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This APA was nice to look at but it was a disappointment to drink. When poured into the glass, there was an orangish hue to the beer, which I account for the orange peel. The head was a nice touch and I was looking forward to drinking the beer.
When I drank it, I was looking for the orange nodes and didn't find them. It was a nice beer, but I wouldn't go out of the way to get it.

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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 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 TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

I've been looking forward to trying these beers since I learned of the brewery's opening last month. Here goes: It pours a clear light amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange peel, light lemon zest, light coriander, and a very light dripping of caramel. The taste burns that caramel (while simultaneously amping up the amount thereof), which joins notes of dirt, black pepper, orange rind, balsa, lemon rind, and something akin to pumpkin shell. A distinctive bitterness punctuates the finish. Man, this is not what the smell led me to believe would come. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, something is definitely off with this flavor combination. I don't know what happened, but the smell and taste are going in different directions, and the latter seems completely lost.

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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 ChadQuest
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is rather hazy, the color of sunburst orange is very attractive but it is hazy. sticky lacing and a white cap along the sides of the glass.
The aroma has Citrus and biscuit, seams this is the general trend for both of the finch beers i have had so far, and this follows into the flavor profile. Not hopped up very much or crisp or bright on the mouthfeel either, bready and earthy.

The Pale Ale market is a tough one to get into in the Chicago area, and this one is a bit below average.

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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 Thorpe429
2.22/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Binny’s next to Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a copper-amber with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of citrus peel and citrus hops. Bread and grain notes in the background. A bit dull. Flavor is similar. A bit too grainy and the citrus is a bit off. Too much of the malt backbone as well. Medium body and dry. A bit bitter. Just okay.

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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 chicagobill13
1.2/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Finch's Beer Co. another brewery that comes out of no way in Chicago here. Just like the rest I will try them and see what they are making. I have to say so far the best breweries are Goose Island and Emmett's. This is a very bad beer.

The color and look, I dont' like at all. I didn't judge it so far. The head lays in my beer weird. So far iam not judging this beer.

Tasting part is a little weird. Very sweet and hoppy. I was hoping I did't taste it I am tasting onion in my beer. This is an one and done beer for me. I will never buy it again and I hope this brewery learns fast. Very bad and disappointed.

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