Guest Review: Cut Throat Pale Ale

Name: Cut Throat Pale Ale
Brewery: Finch’s Beer Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Chicago, IL
Style: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.6%

In the Glass: It’s definitely unfiltered, but it had a huge head even when poured at fridge temp. Huge white head floats on top then diminishes quickly.

Nose: I get those lovely Cascade hops, but it’s delicate. The sweet orange peel kind of dances in and out. Never really taking over but just adding another layer. Sticky malt really makes the dry hop flavors and orange peel just pop.

Flavor: Its a pale, no doubt about it. The balance is there, but the hop and adjunct flavors are there. Kettle hops add enough bitterness to offset the slightly sweet malt and sweet orange peel. The balance is just impeccable for the style. There aren’t a ton of breweries that throw sweet orange peel into a Pale Ale, but this one really works. It’s light bodied, flavorful, and balanced, Hey Mike and others, put this on cask or a hand pump. It will sell, and taste like glory.

Mouthfeel: I let it sit for a while, but it wasn’t extremely carbonated. The malt bill really remind me of Half Acre Daisy Cutter (from the same city). It’s this in your face dry yet grainy flavor that you’ll notice straight away. Low carbonation and great malt flavor.

Aftertaste: The finish is grainy, airy, and light. Add sweet orange peel to Half Acre Daisy Cutter, and you’ve got it. Huge compliment coming from me, I love what Half Acre does with that series. Hugely flavorful, yet deep.

Rating: 4/5

Final Thoughts: It’s just enjoyable to drink, honestly. Appropriate bitterness offsets the sweetness, great hop flavor as well.

This is my favorite of the year rounds from Finch’s, and they have a vanilla stout (I’m a sucker for vanilla). I just think that this thing has the hop flavor of an IPA, yet it doesn’t kill with bitterness. The orange flavor comes from the orange peel not the hops which makes it more drinkable.

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