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Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 574
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 27.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 06-22-2011

Our Threadless/Finch collaboration IPA is a balanced experience of both perceived hoppiness and true bitterness. It pours a darker amber color and finishes with a citrus flavor, and when combined, will require this to be the last IPA you ever drink! Well, maybe, we realize you will probably drink more, but the result of this recipe clearly evolves into a very balanced IPA. The grain bill on this big pale includes melanoidin and Victory malts. We hop it up before the boil starts with some Columbus first wort hopping, then add a bunch more for bittering.
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Photo of Tommo
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis a malt bomb in a sea of malt bombs. I just dont like this style of IPA, though the bittering hops are nice it doesnt really taste or smell very good.

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Photo of smanson56
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was greatly disappointed in this beer in which I found a very malt forward IPA with little or nothing else coming through in my glass. There was nothing from the hops to even give a clue as to what hops were used in this brew. If you like a malt bomb than this beer is from you.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Nina's Pizza, Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid grapefruit aroma and slight grassiness.

The taste offered the same citric hop with a touch of doughiness.

The mouthfeel was clean with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and quaffable ale.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a medium dark amber, with a small head, and a few splotches of lacing.

Smells pretty malty for an IPA, toast and caramel, with some piney hops.

This is a very unremarkable IPA, all in all. It's far too malty and caramelly for an IPA, with only a minimal piney hop presence.

This is medium bodied, with a normal level of carbonation. Pretty crisp.

All in all boring and just not that well-done.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA has a reddish brown tint, which concerned me as IPA's this color sometimes get a bit sweet. The aroma is of cedar, pine, and mulch. Very complex flavor, full, but not too sweet. I get some pine, caramel, and a hint of tropical fruits, maybe kiwi. A solid, interesting IPA.

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Photo of ufellc
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not big citrus aroma or taste. Fairly flat flavored without a huge ipa type. Good mouthfeel that lingers faint citrus lemon, orange flavors. Kinda cloudy.

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Photo of Krisp09
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with slight haze. Aroma is lacking but detect maybe some citrus aroma, not what I would expect for an IPA with this high of gravity. Taste is slightly more hoppy than aroma with not a lot of complexity. Mouthfeel is best part of this beer. Overall an average IPA

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy malts are present in the nose along with hints of biscuit malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the flavors of citrusy hops and biscuit malts are stronger and in similar proportions. There is just about a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight hints of caramel malts are also perceptible. Overall, the malts seem to become stronger once the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts, particularly as it warms up.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pour is hazed darker almond amber, appropriate tiny bubble sheen , low sheeting and fine spotty lacing. Fresh hops on the nose - tropical with some pine

Well crafted IPA. Beefy citric and herbal hops. Yummy maple malt notes. Densely flavorful and sturdy brew.

This is the second brew I have tried from Finch's....impressed....maybe I should visit Chicago this summer...

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Photo of Shoney_35
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells like fresh hops or stepping inside a brewery. That to me is worth a ton of points alone. Then again the taste is as worthy. Balanced yet the fresh beer smell for me makes this beer more than a one night stand. I personally think this deserves a higher rating...hopefully you agree.

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Kind of taste like there pale ale. Much more malty that anything. Maybe it because the can was 5 months old? Big problem in craft beer and ipas need to have them fresh.

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Photo of rorjets
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz can into my Dogfish IPA glass. Thick off white head with fine lacing, on top of a dark golden body. Very fruity nose, with some grape, peach and orange aromas. The first sip revealed a quick taste of citrus, followed by some malty sweetness that rapidly gives way to mild bitterness. For those of you wondering about the collaboration of Finch and Threadless, well don't search for a brewery named Threadless. It's actually a Chicago-based t-shirt company, that came up the artwork for the can.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought two 16 ounce cans at my local grocery store, though it is not a regularly-stocked brew. It poured very cloudy and had some sediment at the bottom. To me, it tasted quite a bit like Finch's Fascist Pig ale, which I had last fall -- noticeable hop, but balanced by malt. This beer has quite a bit less alcohol than the red ale. I would buy it again, if available, mainly because I like to have 16 ounce IPAs on hand now-and-then.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. Samisar!), unknown brewing/canning dates, poured into my large bottom The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finch’s Threadless IPA has a medium, creamy, off-white head, an opaque, gold-orange appearance, some noticeable, clinging bubbles, and lacing, top to bottom. Aroma is of flowers, nectar, hop oil, and white bread. Flavor is of sweet, white bread, not so bitter hop bitterness, sugar, and pine oil. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Finch’s Threadless IPA finishes on the dry side and quite drinkable.


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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Good call on the “tall-boy” can format. Very aggressive hopping here, a bit of a occupy our palates going on here and it works. Serious hop heads need try and anyone wanting to jump in with both feet. Each sip our taste buds get pummeled with hops and we can’t help but to go back for more. Very well done!

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: Mildly hazed amber, excellent showing of lace

SMELL: Dried orange peel, stone fruit jam, kiss of caramel, biscuity, spicy, slightly estery, melon rind

TASTE: Smooth, slightly crisp, medium bodied, quite bitter, orange rind, mint, leafy, faintly vegtal, peppery, mild warming alcohol, grassy, caramel, bread crust, hop resin, hoppy semi-dry finish

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Photo of pat61
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

Malt and fruity, herbal hops on the nose. Pours Hazy gold-amber with a 1” lightly gold tinted foam collar. This is a hop driven beer that features melon, orange and citrus flavors over a malt backbone and finishes with some hop astringency that complements the hop bitterness. Medium body and medium low carbonation.

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Photo of ZAP
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

As a beer this is ok...run of the mill. As an IPA it is below average. Aroma is unremarkable (and that is being kind), taste is a mix of wet toasted malt and lemon peel. Has a sharp, astringent finish. With so many great IPA's on the market this is well below average for the class which is how I scored it.

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Photo of Samp01
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. Pours a copper amber with an off white head, light lacing. Aroma and Taste is of floral citrus hops, caramel malt, yeast and bready notes, fruity. Palate is a medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange notes with moderate floral citrus hops bitterness on the end. Overall fairly good IPA

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Photo of Act25
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Caramel. Cloudy. Caramel colored, darker amber, murky, with good lacing after a short lived head. 3.5

S: Caramel over topped with hay and fresh cut grass. Muted, muddy like it looks. 3.6

T: . Caramel Malt sweetness, grainy, and bready run into the hop bitterness in the finish. A bit muddy, earthy with lots of wet hay, apples, and cut grass as the keynotes in the finale. 3.6

MF: Pretty interesting. Well carbonated, almost creamy, and a drying, pectin like finish of fall fruit. Definitely an autumnal IPA 3.6

Overall - a Different take on IPA - very prairie and grassy, muddy river, and autumnal. even a little cheesy. Letting a portion warm to celler temp, it gets more aromatic and cheesy, so would be a great cheese beer like all the ones from Finch.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%

16oz can to pint glass

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy and creamy white head that retains nicely after the pour, eventually leaves a film on top 3.75

S- citrusy orange juice tropical hop bitterness with highlight of pine & floral aromas. The malt aroma is just as strong with notes of doughy bread and grains 3.75

T- hops are quite muted up front, mostly just sweet and malty, as it closes, notes of citrusy and piney hops kick in, ending dry and toasty with moderate hop linger 3.5

M- medium viscous body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a slightly foamy carbonation and a crisp finish 3.25

O- a balanced IPA? That's almost unheard of these days, but I can see what they are going for here. Won't necessarily appeal to most hopheads, but easy to drink and well balanced 3.5

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale pours a cloudy yellow tinged amber with fluffy white head that dies down to thin foam layer with nice lacing and some sediment floating in there....very different for a canned beer. Nose is malty with a citrusy lemon and orange waft mingling in with spicy hops. Taste is up front bittering hops, orange and lemon characteristics on the back with a white pepper like aftertaste playing around a light sweet malt characteristic. Moderate carbonation on the moutfeel makes it pleasurable, yet not that balanced or well rounded at all. Not the most memorable of the Finch's brand, decent, but would not go out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of maximum12
2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Another entry into the already crowded shelves of the Twin Cities: already, there are great breweries like Weyerbacher that one seldom sees anymore...but that's a discussion for another time. Big 16 oz. can.

The pour is orange marmalade & it looks to be roughly the same consistency. Carbonation is tame. Nose goes straight to the oranges, tinged with citrus & a slow dose of malty sweetness. Mostly sugary oranges. Unsure.

Threadless wants to be a balanced IPA (sorry for the cuss word). Bitterness & orangey citrus flash through the palate like a lightning bolt & last approximately the same amount of time. Burly malts take over with a sweeping sweetness that tips quickly into an aspirin, medicinal tint (my wife called it 'metallic'). The aftertaste is unpleasant. And sticks around. Shared the can with my wife: "I won't miss this when it's gone." Eight ounces. Too much.

Not sure where this one went off the rails, but it's weirdly, nastily bitter & simultaneously too malty. I'm not sure I've ever had a beer like it, but I won't miss it when it's gone, either. My first Finch's beer is a disappointment. Not going to finish it.

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Photo of u2carew
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Tallboy can

A) Pours with a big head. Settles slowly. Copper colored, hazy body.
S) Quite aromatic. Peach. Hints of pine.
T) Earthy, woody malt profile. Hop bite from start to finish. Spruce.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Dry, tannic in the finish.
O) A tasty IPA. Glad I pop the top on this.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a re-review. My original review and scores follow my new review. It's like I drank 2 different beers. Not sure if I should do a tie breaker.

New review:

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine, tropical fruit;

T: earthy for a moment, then herbal; through the finish; moderate to high bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nicely complex aroma and flavor with a blast of IPA bitterness to finish things off;

Original Review:

A: burnt orange color; hazy, with sediment suspended throughout; 1 finger sudsy white head that dissipated in a couple minutes; minimal lacing; (3.5)

S: somewhat light; some sweet malt along with dank, earthy aromas; not enjoyable; (2.5)

T: taste follows the nose; minimal bitterness that doesn't kick in until the finish; some spice present in the finish; (2.75)

M: a little thin; carbonation was little light; (2.5)

O: it seems from other reviews that this beer is somewhat inconsistent; my can was overfilled; when I opened it, beer spilled out (not foam); it was filled to the very top; that may have affected the carbonation; some reviews noted a high level of bitterness - my sample had almost none; because of the widely different reviews, I'll probably buy this again to see if I get a better result; however, if what I tasted is what the brewer was going for, this one is not for me; (2.75)

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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.