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Hardcore Chimera - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 23
Gots: 201 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ncpogs on 07-28-2014

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Ratings: 561 | Reviews: 82
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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pounder can, sample from the brewery.

Pale amber tone, lovely looking head. Massive juicy aroma of smashed tangerines and clean alcohol. Smooth with a subtle thickness of body. Bready maltiness is underlying though a prominent base. The 9.0% abv is there but it take more than a few sips to tell it is even there. My palate has been pummeled by hop flavor since the first taste yet there is no overwhelming bitterness. A real treat here, Finch's flexing their brawn and doing it right ... damn you pounder cans!

Photo of nelson4
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Straw to golden. with slight haze. Pretty typical for a DIPA
S - Sweet and citrus, really a ton of dry hop coming through
T - Phenomenal dry hop flavor. Citrus is over the top. Maybe some tangerine. No noticeable malt and I love it.
F - A little thin, and definitely doesn't taste like 9%. Dry.

O - This is right up there with some of the better DIPA's but I wouldn't choose it over a heady, any trillium, or pliny. That said, it beats almost everything else.

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy pint glass a tangerine color with a lacey half finger bone white head atop.Drunken fruits in the nose along with notes of resin,the sweetness is as big as the hops.A good shot of pine and leafy hops but the sugary sweetness makes its presence known as well making for a hoppy but also sugary sweet DIPA.It's not bad but it's par for the course for too many of the style....in my opinion.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

This is a bold and fresh tasting tropical hop bomb of a DIPA.

Bursting with citric/tropical fruity goodness. Heady - surprisingly almost balanced

Worthy ... go get some

Photo of Chrisarce123
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Chicago beer!! Can't wait to try the rest.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with ripe hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy hops with some dank hints of pine resin along with some grassy hops. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Some sweet honey like hints as well. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine resin. Citrus hops with upfront notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy and herbal hops with some good notes of pine resin along with some grass. Backing presence of pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Sweet honey like notes of sugar. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA. Big juicy punch of citrus and piney hop notes with a nice sweet malt background.

Photo of Guess2814
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Malty-Yes!
Hoppy-Yes!
Good Beer- Absolutely!
Try this beer and enjoy it. I was told from the place where I bought this beer. This will probably be the last time they'll ever get this beer. So I took advantage of the opportunity and grabbed it. No regrets.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can
A- poured a golden-orange hue that was pretty clear in the light. Big thick two-finger head that lingered for awhile.
S- piney hops, grapefruit, orange rind.
T- a bitter grapefruit off the top, orange zest, decent blend of malt presence, finishes somewhat balanced.
M- medium-bodied, mild carbonation.
O- my favorite beer from Finch's so far. This beer cracks into the top rung of DIPAs, IMO.

Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Amber, evenly hazy, big cakey orangey head poofing out the top of my glass.

S: Delightfully hoppy. Sweet and hop crystally. Pine, fresh earthy goodness, citrus, candied hops. Fun sniffings....

T: Taste is sweet and hoppy like the aroma. Fresh and dank... Citrus, floral tea, various fruit, bright hoppy happiness.

M: Smooth yet resiny, slick texture.

O: A fun hoppy beer ready for the having.

Photo of jonblake
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great nose, citrus and tropical fruits

Photo of brother_rebus
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gross murky look. Tastes and feels great for 9%.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper like color with a fair amount of creamy white head.
Smells mild citrusy with distinct notes of tangerine and mango. Smells a little sweet as well.
Tastes somewhat citrusy with a nice dry hoppy finish. Some malt sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness.
Smooth with mild to medium carbonation.
I liked this DIPA, definitely worth a try!

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed bronze/amber with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, breadyness, mangoes

T: Follows the nose, grapefruit as well, a little bit of pear as well. More grapefruit, a touch of melon & pear as this warms. More grapefruit & pineapple in the finish, along with woody dryness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, one of the better beers I've had from these guys

Photo of bisonfort
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At craft beer factory tasting

Photo of MylesRobinson
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Maybe it is just my personal preference but this is my go to DIPA. I have had Heady Topper and honestly I prefer this. Not saying that Heady Topper isn't amazing (it clearly is), I just love the fruity explosion I get with this beer (Heady Topper was darker in my opinion). Overall, I think this beer will eventually rise in rating once more reviews come in. Just a phenomenal IPA.

Photo of GmAn613
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So much better on tap

Photo of weiserr
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked it better the first time I had it. I think I might have experienced a lupulin threshold shift, but so be it.

The pour is a fiery blond with decent head that dissipates quickly. There's a lot of sugar in the smell that contains citrus-like characteristics trying to assert themselves from this somewhat unbalanced aroma. Despite the lack of a canned on date, I can only assume it's fresh as my local bottling shop only recently stocked it. Tastes a lot better than the nose; citrus shines through with some piney/grassy notes, and a bit of saltine cracker on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit medium-bodied, and given the assertiveness of a DIPA, the ABV is not well hidden. I truly appreciate the magic of a well crafted beer that despite being high in alcohol content, the sting from the booze is invisible. I'm glad that I tried this beer, but I would not go out of my way to seek it again. I love IPAs to a fault; hey, you stick with what works. That said, I have better available options.

Photo of Teddyballgame2
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Phenomenal hop combination. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice gold color with a thick head, decent lacing. Strong citrus & hops on the nose. Flavor matches the aroma but you get more of the orange/tangerine taste ,there is a hint of sweetness coming across from somewhere. Smooth in the mouth. Very nice. Went down smooth while watching the snow melt.

Photo of Treyliff
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a bright golden amber color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind

S- tropical & leafy hop aroma with notes of mango, papaya, orange zest and fresh cut grass. Lots of bready malt undertones with a bit of booze at the end

T- citrus and tropical hop flavors up front with notes of tangerine & guava, hints of pine and earth, sugary sweet malty backbone holds its own with the hops, grass and bready sweet malt close it out

M- viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth creamy finish

O- loads of tropical hop flavors, but very drinkable for 9%, the only downside is that I prefer less malty/sweet DIPA's

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a beige/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, some citrus. Taste is tropical fruits, some resin, a bit of malts, light bitterness, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of puboflyons
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the one pint can stamped 00639 on the bottom. Sampled on February 27, 2015.

The color of the pour is medium-amber walnut with a moderate, soft off-white head. Lingers and laces.

I expected explosive pine, grass, and citrus on the nose and I got those esters but not in a "explosive" way. More subtle but definitely prominent. 9%? No booze of note.

Medium to full body.

The citrus and floral hop profile is more notable in the taste than the aroma and there is a lingering bitterness at the end. All the while the caramel malts and sneaking around the backside. Nicely balanced for sure.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with suspended micro particles floating in it.
Foam fades after the first sip, glassy surface with some spotty lacing around the edges.

Aroma is pretty nice, citrus and tropical, a little bit of the funky dank.

Light sweet citrus, mango, moderate bitterness. Light honeyish aftertaste. Fairly light bodied with a bitter astringency. Overall it's not bad, probably the best beer from Finch's.

Photo of Mineo
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

decent, but too much of a malty/butterscotch flavor taking over the citrus. still easy to drink considering the 9%abv.

Photo of Simont
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very murky deep orange color, orange/ pine hop aroma is nice but a little one dimensional, there's some apricot but I don't get much else in terms of hop aromas. Malt is big on nose and bigger on palate, a lot of crystal/ amber malt character similar to DFH90 but not as much sweetness and molasses as I get from the DFH. Actually enjoying this more as I get into the pint, thank you 9%. This is like 90min's slightly drier, less caramelly cousin. Well balanced malt/ hop makes it feel very drinkable, and the abv is well hidden. But still a little turned off by the appearance for a commercial beer, this looked like a glass of orange juice. 16oz can into a pint glass, 00677 on bottom of can but don't think that points to any kind of date. Apparently cases are date stamped? This was handed to me by a beer rep in NYC. Thanks!

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Hardcore Chimera from Finch's Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.