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Fascist Pig Ale | Finch's Beer Co.

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Fascist Pig AleFascist Pig Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep red malt-forward ale brewed with plenty of caramel malts and a touch of rye. Brewed and dry-hopped with Palisade and Zythos hops.

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Photo of peabody
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy reddish amber with one finger of off-white to tan suds that leave lots of lacing around the glass.
The smell is sugar malt and yeast with an alcohol burn. There is a slight fruityness like plum or raisin. Kind of one sided in the smell dept.
Taste is raisin bread and hop bitterness with the alcohol coming in right behind. Kinda over the top on the alcohol but it doesn't take away from the drinkiing experience.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part then after all the alcohol is gone there is a dryness along with some stickyness.
Overall this is a pretty good try for Finch's and I will be trying out most of their offerings.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, and light rye spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; quite malt forward. Taste of caramel, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and light rye spiciness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; malt forward with solid hop flavor balance; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial red ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; and quite smooth to sip on. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love how this beer looks off the pour. It exemplifies perfection; hence the score of 5. Flavor profile is a bit tangy and fruity. Aftertaste follows the same lines. Following taste really exemplifies a red ale to me. Been quite some time since I've had one like this really. It's a bit too fruity, if I'm going to be critical. That seems to work in favor of its drinkability though. An extremely pleasant ale.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. no date, but a nice description of ingredients printed on side.

appears almost clear dark copper with reddish highlights. nice 1/2" off-white head, but it fades. nice hoppy aroma - fruity, juicy hops, mixed with a bit of caramel. the hop flavors aren't as dominant in the taste, which makes sense due to the dry-hopping. well balanced with sweet malt component. medium body, medium to high carbonation. a bit sticky mouthfeel. overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel, rye notes and a small hop presence. In the taste, sweet rye with a caramel malt, with just a pleasant hop presence in the end. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a dry green apple rye presence and a hop note in the aftertaste. Nice malt, nice rye presence, nice hop presence, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a murky reddish brown color with a dark beige head. The aroma is heavy with malts giving a sweet grain scent. The taste is very strong with sweet malts and rye in the beginning and as you finish, it grows into a slightly bitter after taste. I’m sure there are people that will like this beer, but it’s not quite I am looking for in an American Strong Ale.

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Photo of taez555
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear reddish amber body with thick, but not pillowy, off-white head.

Nose has a strong caramel malt and hoppy smell. Reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot actually.

Taste is medium to medium full bodied and very creamy and clean. A mix of toast, caramel, bready malts are mixed with a citric hop, not so much resin, but a fruity citric rind sort of taste. Hop bitterness isn't over the top, and although it's big, it doesn't kill you or dull tha the pallete at all. You can definitely feel the high 8% ABV. Ends very clean and smooth with no long lingering aftertaste.

It's not bad, but it reminds me more of a homebrew rather than a full blown imperial red ale. There's just an off flavor I can't put my finger on. Again, it's not bad at all, just doesn't seem like it's all there yet.

Although I will say, I love the bottle and name.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a burst of carbonation that forms an off-white head that falls fairly quickly, leaving some bits of lace and maybe a centimeter of foam. Woodsy with a hot cereal aroma mixed with a slight bit of cooked corn. Lots of malt flavor with woody hops and marmalade notes that build towards the finish. Bit of cooked corn sweetness. A bit drier than expected. The malt flavors and aroma didn't do much for me, yet I'm a still intrigued and would like to try this beer again sometime.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo. My first beer from Finch's BC. Brewed with caramel malts, rye, and hopped with Palisade and Zythos.
OG=18.2, FG=2.9, 14 SRM, 72 IBU, 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly cloudy deep red amber, forming a nice whipped yellow head with good retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.2 carbs or so. The aroma is nice with mostly citrusy and fruity hops (mango, pear) and a nice touch of pine on top of the crystal malt nose. Mouthfeel is smooth, quite tart for the style, medium-bodied and a touch syrupy. Bitterness is firm, but balanced with the big malt body. Grain husks and grapefruit pith in the finish. Clean ferment. Not boozy. Lots of late addition hops. A touch of pepper in the aftertaste. A touch of crystal 90-120, raisins, toast. This reminds me of a beer somewhere between the mouthfeel and body of arrogant bastard and the flavor/maltiness/bitterness of old guardian. ..kinda between a red IPA and a barleywine.

Nice job. Since this was my first from them, I'll have to give their others a try. I could see myself buying this again if it actually cost less than either Stones, but it doesn't.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We split a deuce of this beer.

This beer is a rich brown color, pretty opaque with a slim whitish head.

Smells of a full kettle of wart boiling- a very recognizable and enjoyable scent. Strongly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, caramel, brown sugar and sweet goodness characterize this scent.

Tastes good! Unabashedly sweet but in no way nauseating, and that's coming from a couple of guys who prefer more bitter beers. The rye flavor has an understated but powerful influence on the taste, combining with a good nut-brown presence. Indeed, No hop finish to speak of, which often places a beer on the shit list, but in this case it's not so sorely missed. There is a bit of a sweetness in the aftertaste that can be unpleasant, but overall this beer is pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is solid. This beer becomes better and better as you drink it (as most do). Points deducted for the after taste. Without any hop finish the sweetness seems to dissolve on your tongue like too much halloween candy.

Overall this beer gets our go ahead. Strong and malty without being too sweet; the caramel and rye flavors blend well together. If I had a bar, this would hang around as a recommended alternative for a brown.

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Photo of DRush11
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had both the bomber and now the can.

A-ruby red
S-Carmel, buttered bread, and I agree a little crushed aspirin
T-grapefruit, tobacco, Carmel
M~ stays with ya .
O ~ can to me is way better than the bomber the 8% ABV is well hidden .it's an above average red ale with a realy cool can. Good work Finchs .

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark ruby color with a tan head. Head subsides and leaves behind khaki impressions along the glass. Body is slightly hazy.

S-Not going to be hop-forward. Caramel for days. Light spice. Sweet bread and more caramel. Maltiness is not very enigmatic. Just a lot of caramel. Lightly bitter hop aroma attempts to hold up the malt's girth but I can tell its knees are about to buckle.

T-Malty. Caramel and molasses. Light rye note. Quite sweet. Then in the middle of the flavor comes a small parade of grapefruit and pine. But its quickly washed back out.

M-Fuller bodied. A bit sticky. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. The booze is hidden effectively. Still, due to the body, this one takes time.

O/D-A sweetness-stressed Amber. I will at least applaud them for not just making another violently hopped Amber that is essentially just another IPA. Yet, hoppy Ambers are some of my favorite beers. So in the end, I respect this malty brew, but there is no way I could like it as much as a highly-hopped take on this "catch-all" style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ambiguous type of ale that pits an extraordinary malt bill up against equal flavor in hops for balance and overall 'bigness' finds its way to Finch's brewer in its most fascist form.

Deep, deep ruby red colors provide the curtain while garnet highlights peak through the creases. Only a mild haze diffuses the color and gives a darker, more mysterious impression. Building a dense sand-stained head, the beer retains its foam stance and laces impressively.

High caramel fills the nose with notions of toffee, molasses, bread crust, pecans, peanut brittle, and breads that all remind me of French toast. A hint of roast comes into play in the same way as does Irish red ales. But the strong impressions of sweetness are met with a fruity and herbal complement from the Palisades and Zythos hops. Though the hops don't rival the sweetness, they offer a much needed counterpart to the malt.

The sweet effects manifests in dominant form to taste as well. Caramel and saccharine sweetness envelopes the mouth with all the nutty, buttery richness of caramel, toffee, maple, and marmalade. As an abundance of residual sweetness satisfies the sweet tooth, a growing hop compromise rises from beneath. Although the beer never achieves balance, a fruity middle palate emerges from orange-flavored esters, tropical and citrus hop. Apricot, mangoes, and freshly shaven wood develops into dry grapefruit and citrus peel before turning decidedly piney and resinous to finish. But make no mistake about it- all that hop strength is still underwhelmed because of the immense caramel malt sweetness.

Medium-full in body, the obvious residual sweetness captures the carbonation and releases in in its most creamy and marshmallowy form. And extended early and middle palate yields to a lumbering finish with little rebuttal from dryness, warmth, or hop derived textures. Though those all play a part in triggering a closure to taste, the sweetness lingers indefinately and shyly avoids cloying.

If the beer were drier, I could give it a nod as a richer imperial IPA or it could go heavier and maltier for a barleywine. But caught somewhere between, this imperial red ale comes across a bit schizophrenic but not unpleasantly so. It's certainly worth a try for an lover of Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale or Rogue's Old Crustacean.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass yields a semi-opaque, burnt-sugar/caramel colored brew with a very thin, sandy colored head that fades rapidly to a thin ring.

Very sweet on the nose-brown sugar, caramel, tropical fruits and hints of buttered toast.

On the tongue the sweetness is definitely present-toasted malts and juicy fruit flavors are balanced quite nicely by some rye-like spice and moderate hop bitterness. The sugars linger through the finish, and the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Moderately carbonated and slightly sticky to the mouth, medium body overall.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, maybe my favorite from Finch's. Just wish I had picked up another bottle when I had the chance.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a murky, deeply tarnished copper color. Steady carbonation feeds one finger of slowly receeding, khaki colored foam. Ample lacing left behind made for a rather attractive mess in the glass.

S: Huge sweet carmel malt nose. As it comes up to temp some tropical fruit aromas emerge as do some notes of spicy rye. Some vanilla and cake batter, as well.

T: The huge maltiness of the nose is thankfully tempered by copious amounts of rye and lightly citrus-y hops.

M: A brief flash of malt sweetness is quickly reigned in by astringent rye and spicy hops. A very welcome counterpart to the overly sweet smell.

O: An interesting beer that, if I solely trusted my sense of smell, I'd have written off as a complete disaster. Thankfully, I let my other senses do their jobs and I think this ended up being pretty ok.

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Photo of Etan
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a woody orange-brown with a nice off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Mild citric hop - orange, grapefruit - with lots of caramel and buttered bread behind.

T: A heavy, almost smoky bitterness sets in, followed by grapefruit, apple, buttery dark bread, tobacco, caramel.

M: Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: Has the potential to be a decent, if not slightly boring red ale, if they tone down that astringent bitterness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

Man, I was hoping for some sort of bacon-flavored beer here... Oh, well, here we go: It pours a hazy amber-rust topped by a half-finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, husky grains, very light cocoa powder, stiff toffee, and somewhat mild pine sap. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, caramel, sour onions (I'm not sure how I got there, either, but the more I think about it, the more it sounds very right), huskier-than-before grains, and a stiff bitterness that pervades every square inch of the finish. Every sip leads to a bit of a wince in my demeanor, but this feeling luckily passes fairly quickly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a decent beer at its heights, but a not-so-good one at most points that matter (you know, the ones that touch the tongue). Not my thing here.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky reddish amber pour, served in a dimpled mug. Thin layer of light tan foam spreads across the surface, and eventually fades after the first few sips. Some random flecks of lacing are left behind.

Some husky grains, maple, light fruity plum esters, earthy hops. Seems a little bit subdued, though it's not very cold.

Moderately bitter with a green leafy hop character and a touch of aspirin in the back of the throat. Sweet and malty with a burly hop bitterness to it. Medium bodied and riding the line between coarse and smooth. A touch of something vaguely fruity before the bitterness rolls in. I'm liking the yeast that's used, lends a bit of plum sweetness. Easy enough to drink, it's a big hoppy red ale with a fairly well hidden abv.

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