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Finch Sapsucker
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Formerly brewed at Finch Beer Co
Style: California Common
Chicago, Illinois USA


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Sapsucker is our twiste on an American classic: the hybrid style created over a century ago in San Francisco known as California Common brewed with a hint of rye and plenty of Cluster and Northern Brewer hops. This red beer has a lighter body than one might expect as a result of lager yeast and a fermentation temperature that’s lower than your typical ale. Fruity ale esters are subtle and intermingle with the earthy late addition of Northern Brewer, a hop that is traditional for the style. We threw some dry hops in the mix of the same variety and viola! A modern classic perfect for that mid-summer day pub crawl.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3008) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
More notes from MWBF, August 2011. Called a "California Common Rye." Brassy yellow color with a nice busy head. Some light spice in the nose from rye malt. Very nice smell and look. Taste has a lot of that rye spiciness, too, close to a rye bread. Spicy malt comes through, probably helped by Northern Brewer hops, which grab you after the first few sips.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Had a generous 6 oz. sample of this poured during the Finch’s brewery tour (on tap). This is a California Common with Rye. A: Pours a light and hazy dark orange/copper mixture. As a nice 1 finger light yellow head that has some nice retention. Nice splotchy lace down the sample glass. S: I pick up the rye right away and it mellows out into a light citrus fruit. Nice malt backbone picks up as well. T: I get a nice grassy rye with same light fruit I picked up in the nose. The is malt spine that carries me until end, but it drops off pretty quickly. Bland finish with a very slight hop bitterness. M: Very crisp and refreshing brew. I could drink a ton of these on a hot summer day. Pretty bland mouthfeel on the palate though. O: A very refreshing beer, but the flavor profiles lacked in sustainability. Would have liked to see some flavors follow me until the end of each sip. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 07-24-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Tasted on 8/14/11 from a can. Pours hazy burnt orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to spotty, uneven lace. The nose is malty bread with some earthy yeast and lightly bitter and spicy hops. The flavor is more bitter with the same bread malt and earthy yeast. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long spicy and bitter hops finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Draft at Plainfield MWBF. I’m guessing they either made another batch or they actually have been letting this mature a little bit. At any rate, not fucken bad. Pours a deep amber, mostly translucent. Nose is spicy with some light minty notes and bread. On taste, has a crispness to it and some dry rye astringency. A bit spicy and rounded. A bit too much caramel in here, but otherwise an okay beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Draft... Ugly dark gold, light tan head... Generic malt, sweet with a touch of rye, meh... The taste is not good at all, terrible chemical finish, spicy rye with alcohol... Pass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
On tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick white head. Aroma of pale malts. Flavor of pale bready malt with rye spice in the finish. Drinkable and pleasant. 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Draft on tap at Front Street Cantina (Naperville, IL). Pours a nice glowing amber hue, darker overall, orange, but dulled, with a frothy white head of moderate sized that cakes, dies to a decent layer and laces ok. Aromas are bready malts, pale, and touches of rye. Light spice, some floral and grassy hops. Simple, a touch of metal and light underlying fruity quality. Initial is moving into lighter end of medium bodied, caramel and toffee meet some rye, bready malts, and biscuits. Touches of spice, fruit, and and rye. Sweeter overall, a heavier malt profile makes me not enjoy this as much. Into the backend some more dryness, grassy and floral hops, touch of metal. Lingering sweet sticky malts kinda dominate this for me, similar to the Cut Throat, it has that similar malt profile.. With a boatload of hops it worked, but in this case it gets a bit too sweet, remains bland for me. Strange beer, my least favorite Finch beer to date. It wants to be a Cali Common, but it doesn’t give that vibe. Hmmmmmm.

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