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Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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551 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | 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 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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

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...

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of biscuit malt and the resulting sweetness, as well as some pine and a little bit of orange citrus. The flavor has a lot of toffee and caramel malt in it, with some pine and a hint of grass from the hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a spongy antique white head on a slightly hazy orange body. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles popping off the bottom of the glass.

S- The soft mellow green citrus hops are all that come out of the clean aroma and they turn more orange as it opens but remain very soft.

T- The caramel malt note turns more biscuit as it opens with some mellow green hops turning pungent after the dry finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a nice mellow British ale that shows a good malt character but the hop pungency is bitter and really covers and dominates the whole flavor. It is a bit hard to drink because of the bitterness.

Photo of rdilauro
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dirty amber color with a short lived amber head. I could smell the hops and the typical grapefruit/citrus aromas.
My first taste was a bit thin. I wanted to have more, but it just didnt happen. The aftertaste was basically the same as the start. (which I always want to see in a beverage) So from that point, this beer held up, it was just a bit to light and thin for me.

This could also be because I've been drinking a lot of high IBU IPA and DIPAs lately

Photo of nicnut45
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- Pint can poured into a clear solo cup. No freshness dating indicated. I will take a chance on it as IPA'S stay fresher in cans.

A-Not a big bountiful head nor a small one on a semi vigorous pour but somewhere in between. Head is off white. Beer is a hazy amber color and will not clear up as it warms so I dont believe chill haze is a factor. Nothing fascinating or remarkable about its color but color is not a major concern.

S-Smells fresh and reaches your nose as it pours out of the can. The typical citrus qualities are evident. Mostly a strong orange. Faint whiffs of sweet smelling malts shine through, cotten candy like.

T&MF-A very balanced IPA. Not bitter just for the sake of being bitter but I think more attention was given to emphasize the finer qualities of the hops used. A lot of orange flavor compliments the sweet malts used. Not overly sweet like many ipa's ive had and definetly not on the dry side as I prefer but in the middle. Carbonation is maybe a tad less then what it should be but I think this contributes to a full mouthfeel.

O-I tried this per the advice of a Binnys employee and I was pleasently suprised. I will definetly pick it up again. And canned IPA's are almost always better then bottled. Its too bad a lot of brewers dont follow suit.

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Chicago brew comes in a nice pint can, and poured a cloudy amber with a solid sudsy head and thin lace.

Nose says floral with pine and citrus notes. Not bad.

Taste is sharply hoppy, no surprise, with a pine and grapefruit tones, and a substantial malt profile. Threadless is a solid, if unremarkable IPA that remains drinkable and session-worthy, but it's not one I'd revisit anytime soon.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finches from a can...the beer poured a hazy orange with an initial foamy head that settled and then became thin but laced nicely. The smell included citrus/pine hops of some sort.
The taste is starts bitter then a sweet malt kicks in followed shortly there after by more bitter. Have to like grapefruit juice to enjoy this beer. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a bit to bitter and rough for me.

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16oz can at Capone's for $3.75, poured a hazy amber with little floaties. This is a good beer, but not a great IPA. There's a little bit of malt syrup barley backbone that's too big for a hoppy beer. The grassy, citrus hops pop out, but get rolled over the sweet malt. It's drinkable and pleasant, but needs to dry out a touch and amp up the hops.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Sheets of lacing, great head retention, a bit cloudy at the bottom of the can

S: Pine & leafy hops, citrussy, breadyness

T: Lovely orangey hops, biscuitty malt, pine & mineral hops up front. Orange peel, slight toffee flavor with pineyness & faint pink grapefruit & dryness & whispers of leafy hops. Finishes slightly astringent, dry with woody hops & some grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, good balance

A serviceable AIPA. Easily the best beer I've had from these guys, drinks easy enough

Photo of marcobrau
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with enough carb to build a short-lived head of off-white foam that drops to a collar and leaves a few specks of lace. Light pine scent along with a bit cooked corn. Tastes of sweet caramel malts mixed with pine resin and grapefruit hoppiness. Finishes bitter, then a touch sweet with a very late smack of hop bitterness. Enough malt in this to make it chewy if it sat on the shelf too long. I'd get this one as fresh as possible.

Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a sixteen ounce can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours hazy cloudy copper orange with thick sticky white foam. Patchy as the foam breaks up. Crazy sticky. Strong pine smell. Like a forest. Grassy. Very bitter taste. Holds sway and doesnt let go. Chunks float. The bitter softens with time which sllows the malt to catch up. Overall a good beer, but not great.

Photo of nimrod979
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into an oversized weizen glass.

Appearance: Glowing hazy orange. Unfiltered with lots of sediment floating around. Small white head settles to a thin ring and thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrusy. Hoppy with biscuity undertones.

Taste: Hops out front, floral and leafy. orange rind citrus, hop oil juiciness. Quite bitter with enough of a malt backbone to hold it all together.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, oily hopiness coats the mouth. Medium bodied, carb is ok.

Overall, decent IPA but it's unforgettable and inconsistent, Probably wouldn't buy again.

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

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.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (30626A3BR)

A: Muddy copper color that is hazy and has no head or lacing. So, I got to the end of the glass and there was some sediment, which I guess seems to be a common thing for canned IPAs, at least some of them. I actually think it might be the sign of a good canned IPA.

S: Mild scented hops that you really have to stick your nose into the glass to smell. They are good smelling with fruity notes that have a floral twist on the end.

T: Tastes good enough. It is a good IPA, that tastes like it smells even in the subtlety of it, but for some reason I find myself liking this beer more and more. The flavor is just there for you to find it and taste it. There is no real playing around here, but it isn't in your face. It just seems well put together with some great flavor. It even seems a bit watery up front but then it balances itself out and the flavor asserts itself as does the body, evening out.

M: Smooth with just a bit of roughness to it, that just rushes and then subsides.

O: I'm not sure of the exact freshness of this because I'm not sure of Finch's dating system, but it is probably Julian. Anyways, I used to be super into Threadless and was surprised when I saw a beer with Threadless on the label, so I had to get it. It was in the mix six section and I needed another beer for the pack. Threadless could have picked a better can design but that is all. Good enough beer, especially at the decent price.

Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thanks to woodychandler for another canned beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy tannish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is hoppy, pines. Taste is also very hoppy, pine, very bitter a bit unbalanced for my liking. There is some fruit flavor at the finish, a bit melon like. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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

Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the can. Sampled on December 9, 2013.

The pour is pale golden yellow with a lot of cloudiness and a lingering foamy off-white head.

The aroma has nice roasted biscuit malts with a little grapefruit and citrus and a piney, floral hop note.

The body is light to medium but also rather creamy.

The taste has a pleasant roasted malt character up front and the bitter hops roar in at the end. This reflects the high-hopped American IPA standard but still seems a little less pronounced.

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Village Tap. Hazy orange, with some light getting through. Fine layer of foam on top, spindly lace in the glass on the opposite side. Head retention was pretty good.

Sweet caramel aroma, then some grapefruit, dried citrus peel. Flavors were similar, sweet caramel, mild grapefruit, firm and lingering earthy bitterness in the finish that builds over time. The body was medium, and towards the last half it became a little tedious to drink. Something lighter with more citrus flavor and less sweet caramel malt would benefit this beer. As it is, it's pretty one and done for me.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, no date.

A - Threadless IPA starts as a golden light amber color that's slightly hazed over and topped with a light ivory head. Dense at first, the foam subsides draping the pint in thick webbing.

S - Upfront about it's hoppiness, Threadless IPA showcases a plethora of boil and dry-hopped aromas from sticky resin pine and earthy notes to bright citrus notes for a captivating intro. Amber malt adds some toast qualities with caramel sweetness following also. Despite the bold hop presence, it smells quite well-balanced indeed. Give it a little swirl and you'll get what I like to call the "burnt rubber" hoppiness; very hoppy, almost too much so. This beer pulls it off in the end.

T - Sweet malt underlines all the hop additions so much so that it's one of the main parts of the flavor, carrying through the whole beer powerfully. The hops continue to push forward though, attempting to cover the malt with layers of sticky pine resin and bitter grapefruit juice flavor.

M - Fuller-bodied, I find Threadless IPA pretty hefty for an IPA. I prefer them a little more drinkable and not so "filling", but Threadless remains pretty true to style with it's moderate carbonation and somewhat oppressively bitter finish. Dry and biting, the beer is quite strong despite it's lower alcohol percent, style-wise.

O - Finch's Threadless IPA manages to balance strong, bitter hops with equally strong malt for a big beer with little alcohol impact. By no means would I consider this beer something sessionable. It's full body and almost chewy mouthfeel make it something I need to sip for a while but, if you're a hop head you'll thoroughly enjoy the gripping bitterness Threadless offers.

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.

Photo of wingman14
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange yellow with a frothy off white head. The smell is sweet, hoppy, with almost a fruity hint. Not a huge aroma for an IPA, but still inviting. The taste started somewhat sweet that had an almost fruitiness, the hops stayed through the sip and a slight bitterness ends it all. The bitter comes through a bit more in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a smooth medium, an easy drinking beer due to the nice flavors and smooth beer. Overall a tasty IPA, nothing unusual and very good flavors.

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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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.