Toasted Summer
Finch Beer Co.

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3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Toasted SummerToasted Summer
Notes: This limited edition Kolsch style ale is brewed with toasted cascade hops and applewood.
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.5% ABV, "with toasted hops and applewood"

A - Toasted Summer's name adequately describes the appearance of the beer, oddly enough. Softy hazed, the golden beer has a very faint toasted amber color to it with a pillowly, egg shell head that drapes lace on the glass as it deflates.

S - Crisp and refreshing, the aroma provides a sigh of relief on this blisteringly hot day. Very light applewood notes in conjunction with the toasted hops develop a nice earthy and citrus character that lightly blankets the simple base beer. Pale malt lingers towards the back end and delicious sliced apple emerges from a swirl.

T - Toast notes certainly underline what this beer is all about! Hops, while not explosive, are showcased through the flavor starting with a citrus zest that lasts through the apple citrus and wood undertones. Pale malt provides a nicely grainy base that subtly reminds of grape nuts.

M - Crisp and lively, Toasted Summer has a vibrant carbonation sparkle across the tongue through it's light-bodied and clean finish. A bit of citrus and toast lingers on the tongue with great balance for a refreshing outcome.

O - I'm pleasantly surprised with my first experience with one of Finch's one-off beers. The toasting of hops is a new idea (to me, anyway) and combining them with applewood in a Kölsch, a very subtle and understated style, could have a unique and possibly undesirable outcome. But alas, Finch married the three gracefully, offering slivers of complexity to accompany the extremely drinkable style. Cheers to you, Finch!

Jun 29, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

That's what Summer's about after all: getting toasted, nicely toasted... ...ahem... This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel apple (green skin beneath that tasty caramel coating, baby), mild lemon zest, and a slight touch of coriander. The taste holds notes of pear, sharp green apple (take the rind from a slightly past-its-prime specimen and you'll have an idea of what my tongue is going through right now), toasted oak, light toffee, and a bit of lemon rind. There's a strange, almost off-tasting bitterness to this, again like slightly old and oxidized fruit. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, I can't say I'm a big fan o' this stuff. I see some definite improvement in the general quality of Finch's beers lately, but this experiment just missed the mark for me.

Jun 07, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kölsch is a fine summer beer, though there's not much room for getting crazy with the style. Toasted Summer manages to put a twist on the style, traditional or not..

Pours a hazed pale orange tone with a persistent covering of white foam across the surface. Retention is great, the head lasts for the entire glass, leaving concentric rings of drippy lacing down the sides.

Aroma is lightly bready with a hint of something floral and minor yeast notes. Fairly nondescript, slightly swilly.

Flavor is malt driven with some traces of yeast fruitiness, floral hops lending some bitterness (pretty hoppy for a Kölsch), and some light astringency that may stem from the applewood addition. Somewhat medium bodied for the style, but light in feel. The glass disappears pretty quickly. Not bad really, will probably grab another one before they're gone.

Jun 07, 2012
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. "Brewed with toasted Cascade hops and applewood."

A: Pours a murky light orange with a small white head. Some minor lacing.

S: Light aromatic nuttiness, a bit of sweet hops, toasted malt, that usual kolsch floral yeastiness.

T: Light floral and citric hoppiness first. Mild orange and sweet leaf. Crisp toasted bread mid-palate, with some mildly fruity esters like pear. Dry. Big grain in the finish.

M: Tingly carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Pretty nice kolsch. Not sure how toasting the hops or adding applewood did anything, but other than that, a solid summer beer.

May 31, 2012
Toasted Summer from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 12 ratings