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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy dark ruby amber with minimal head. Aroma of caramel and citrus and pine hops. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Caramel, toffee, citrus and pine. Full bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty darn good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3751) - - OCT 22, 2012
22oz bottle. amber/red with light haze under a small beige head. honey, bread, sugar cookies, pine, earthy aroma. piney, lemonhead candy hop notes(zythos) with thick bready malt. full bodied and velvety texture. tasty, balanced ASA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Malty with caramel and vanilla notes. Medium bodied with a smooth after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Red-amber with good, soft, foamy tan head / Lightly sweet, bright nose of spun sugar, rye, weed, and citrus / Medium body, very creamy and smooth, sweet, good balance with alcohol well masked, and modestly bitter finish / Fresh flavors of burnt sugar and rye with notes of grapefruit and pineapple / A very nice, easy drinking despite the big alcohol, pale ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Pint can. Pours a cloudy copper-brown with a lasting quarter inch of creamy bubbles. Aroma is spicy toffee, toast, dark cherries, resin, and earthy dried wood. Flavor is big toffee on the front followed closely by orange, a touch of cherry, then a finish of peppery rye and dried resinous wood. Medium body is soft and chewy, but well balanced by the tingly rye and hop finish. Low-average carbonation and no notice of the 8% abv makes this unique ASA dangerously drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2012
650 ml bottle
So far the few Finch’s beers I have tried have been solid. This one might be the best of the bunch. It is a little more expensive but still in the ballpark of something you might pick up once or twice a week. I really need to make it up to Chicago some time to check them out in person.

Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red body radiates warmth. Ashen white head bobs on top like wave crests. Grassy hops mixed with handfuls of trampled mud linger in the air like the last person at a party. Rye bread with a strong malty base complete a balanced profile.

Flavor / Palate - Like a chewy Twix bar this sticks in the corners of the mouth and throat. Resiny hops slide across the tongue. Over time it begins to warm the palate. Maybe this is a love it or leave it release but I’d buy more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2013
16oz can, from The Party Source. Hazy darker red / orange color. Good 1 finger thick khaki head. Leaves good lace. Bigger body, light smooth carbonation, kind of creamy texture. Nice tropical fruit nose, like fruit punch, sort of. Spicy hop flavor, good malt profile, light chocolaste, little maltiness, but the big spicy tropical fruity hop is prominent. Could pass as one of those "Red IPAs", but of course it also fits under the catch-all "american strong ale" too. Mostly bitter taste. Light bit of sweet. Light spicy bite keeps things interesting. Very tasty, interesting, drinkable unique ale

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vodka4blood (86) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - JUN 25, 2013
I think the user "nearbeer___" below me nailed it - ditto what he said. The fact that I can acquire this beer in a can is the icing on the cake. Will be picking this one up regularly!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 13, 2013
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy light tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a transparent cola brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The balanced aroma was brown ale vinous and musty. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of vinous brown malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10549) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Draft. Poured clear dark amber color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus & rye malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were exceeded.


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