Locale: Chicago, IL
Craft Circa: 2009
Style: American Pale Ale
Label: Like it. Nice artwork and slogan: “Enjoy the Beer in Here”.
Overall: It smells very pleasant, and provides a great deal of intrigue to dive in. This Pale Ale is bold and bitter. The hops hit you quite forwardly, but they are not overwhelming. It’s indicated to have orange peels brewed within but I did not catch that. I captured toasted or burnt nuts of some sort on the back end, and it stuck around a little while. This brew is much darker for a pale ale. It comes off as almost a harvest or amber ale of sorts. Overall it’s middling. For the price, it’s fairly good.
Now typically Finch’s are served out of cans or on tap around the region, but this was sampled and consumed in a 22 oz bottle. I am typically not a fan of any beer particularly in a can, but that’s just my taste. Canned beer has come a long way. Technology has improved in regards to the elimination of the aluminum flavors. We read a recent study a while back that had consumers take a blind taste test between bottles and cans. 3 out of 4 tasters actually preferred it in the can, and 54% of consumers were able to indicate which brews were canned beers. Canned beers are designed to prevent light pollution and cut down on skunked beers. With all that said… I still prefer the bottle. It’s probably psychological, but who cares, it’s all about preference. It’s your liver right? It may as well have favorable taste even if it is mind over matter, in the process. The poll associated with the first link indicates that I’m not alone on this preference either.
I would rate this merely the middle of the road, but I would consider giving it another shot if I come across it on tap. I would probably pass trying it in the can down the road, unless it was January 24th, then I would consider another try.
Acquisition: 22 oz. - $4
UPDATE 7.13.12: Consumed Cut Throat Ale on tap and noticed an improvement over the bottle. The lingering effect of the burnt nuts does not last quite as long making it smoother.