Finch’s Shock and Awe is an American Brown Ale, with a rather interesting name and a very cool label. For those of you who grew up in the 80’s like I did you are sure to recognize the Rock’em Sock’em robots, and that alone may be enough to draw you in. Much like 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass, Shock and Awe seems designed to tug at memories of childhood, or at least create a sense of retro appeal and almost demand to be purchased.
The other beers that I have had from Finch’s have been well-brewed, and while they may not have held strictly to the style categories they were all very enjoyable. I was contemplating including a little about the style category in this post, but I will save that for another time. If you are interested in a little more background knowledge of Finch’s or, interested in reading reviews of their other beers, check out my reviews of Cut Throat Pale Ale, Secret Stache Stout, or Threadless IPA.
On to the review. Unfortunately, Shock and Awe does not have enough reviews for a score on either of the two major ratings sites. However, I have still seen it on the shelf at many liquor stores in Milwaukee, so you will likely still be able to find it.
Finch’s doesn’t have any information out there on Shock and Awe, so I hope you don’t mind if I skip the standard “They Say” section and just get straight on with my review.
Shock and Awe pours a hazy chestnut with a creamy tan head that holds excellent retention and leaves considerable lacing in the glass. The aroma is of orange (fruit and peel) and floral hops, slightly toasted nutty notes, caramelized sugars and vanilla. The citrus and floral hops work well, creating a complex aroma not found in many American Brown Ales.
The flavor is toasted nuts; roasted, caramelized malts; hints of vanilla, biscuits, a minor amount of citrus with a moderate to high level of bitterness, at the edge of being too bitter for the style. Shock and Awe is medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.
Shock and Awe is a good American Brown Ale, although it seems a little bitter for the style. Unfortunately the IBUs for it aren’t posted so I am not sure if it is just an issue of perception, or if they are indeed high. Either way, this is a good American Brown Ale from a very good somewhat local craft brewery. If you enjoy Brown Ales, be on the lookout for this one. At around $5 a bottle (at least here in WI), it’s definitely well worth the price!
That’s all for today! Check back again soon for another review