Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

559 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 57 | 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 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.

Photo of bgkeeley
2.34/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer might be much nicer out of a bottle, but unfortunately it is in a can. The problem with this is, the beer is straight up over carbonated. The beer takes a long time to settle and forms a bubbly thin head.

amber with some cloudiness.

Orange peels and coriander on the nose, lots of zest, really nice.

The hops are great, really wonderful citrus notes in the hops and they carry for a while. However I didn't get much of a backbone as far as malts, sugars, acids or any other tastes to carry the beer along. I think this may be due to the carbonation, but I just didn't get any richness.

The mouth feel was all carbonation, just bubbles and hops.

I feel that I might like this beer better if it was allowed to sit for a day in the glass to settle down. Sadly that is not how I or anybody else would ever drink a beer. Maybe off the tap or in a bottle would be better.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Haymarket.

Pours a clear gold with a creamy white head.

Smells of mostly piney/citrusy hops. Very little malt detectable, but also had food at the table so didn't get the best nose.

Holy bitter Batman! Pine and more pine from the hops and a weird roasted barley thing. The malt profile almost seems like something out of a stout. Everything combined together just made this a complete bitter bomb. Not well balanced at all and the flavors didn't work together.

Mouthfeel and carbonation were about what you'd expect from an IPA.

Not worth it. I love IBU's and have had very few beers ever I've described as "too bitter" but this one is way unbalanced.

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.

Photo of barnzy78
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz can, gushed a bit upon opening. Poured a very murky, rusty-orange color with tall, rocky, frothy, ivory colored head with excellent head retention & chunky lacing on the glass. Smells pungent, earthy, evergreen/piny. With the first sip, it's hop forward, hop middle, hop lingers. Pungently bitter, lacking any malty sweetness, tons of pine tar, earthy, evergreen, grapefruit, and apricot; insanely bitter (I like bitter, but this is out of balance). Body is medium, overly resiny, the occasional chunky yeasty ruins the feel. Finishes very dry and astringent with the pungent bitterness lingering on & on. I had this on tap a year or two ago with a better result, but this can of IPA was offensive.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Hazy dark gold/amber with a small clumpy white head. Relatively poor retention leaves a small, loose, bubbly collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slightly herbal hops up front. Leaves a touch of citrus in the back. Malts are solidly bready with a little caramel malt sweetness. Very slight toasted element as well. Valanced is the name of the game. Some pear and an almost salty sweaty thing. Clean yeast. Bread crust. Mild earthiness.

Taste: Herbal, slight hop spice, and some solid earthy notes as well. Malts are light and slightly sweet with a ton of bready elements. Lingering bitterness on a quickly fading flavor profile. Slightly roasted and toasted. Bread crust and some brown bread. Hints of citrus. Some pear and sweat. Balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Relatively clean with some lingering dryness.

Overall: I'll stick to the shirts.

A drinking IPA that feels like it's trying to follow Sierra Nevada and comes up short. Not really bad, but it doesn't have much staying power.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a small pine hop. In the taste, gingerbread like malt, small pine hops, and quite English like. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange rind and small gingerbread like malt in the aftertaste. Mellow hops and quite English.

Photo of BellsFan
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a nut shell: just average.

Appearance. Wife aggressively poured it into my "McCrackHaus" dry stout pint glass. The pour created significant foaming that quickly dispersed but left consistent lacing on the glass.
Aroma. Nothing interesting here. Hops of some sort.
Taste. Slightly below average with only a hint of bandaids. Enjoymeny is possable because it's not too hard to get passed the bandaids.
Mouthfeel. Crisp. Thick (for an IPA, just right for a double). Good.
Overall. Just about average but, I'm glad to have tried it!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a recent trip through Ohio...

A: Pours a nice cloudy amber honey color with about a half finger of head. The foam settles really quickly, leaving behind just a few wispy bubbles.

S: I get big pine, big malt, and big acne-pads. Another Finch's can, another astringent brew.

T: This beer starts out sweet, but then the acne medication makes a huge appearance. It's terrible. In the back end I can pick up some pineapple, lemon, and peach notes. The bitters linger for a bit with some resiny pine hitting you in the face.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start and the hops are intense in the finish.

O: This is another real bummer for me. The astringent nature completely blanks out any nuance in flavor. Infact, it's hard to really taste anything at all. Hopefully these can are just old. But who knows?

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

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 scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, almost translucent copper and brass color mix. One finger of head and a little, spotty film of foam after a few sips. OK bubbling.

Toasted orange and grapefruit zest with a little biscuit and cracker malt.

A little syrupy mouthfeel. Bitterness from start to finish. The bitterness lingers and develops from a grapefruit rind bitterness to almost tinny. There is a little malty sweetness in teh front and middle of the flavor profile, but a whisper at best.

Glad I tried this beer, but won't buy again.

Photo of Treebs
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint size can served in a FFF pint glass. Purchased at a local Binny's. Canned within a week or two.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to thick ring. Some soapy lace is left behind.

S: Mostly bitter pine with some light grassy notes a slightly sweet malty body.

T: Very bitter hops up front. It does mix with the sweetness of the malts for the beginning, but the malt body fades quickly and you're left with raw hop bitterness, some grass and light pine needle flavor.

M: Medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. It not the best going down, but it does have a lightness on the finish. The hops just really attack palate.

O: This was pretty run of the mill, the body of the beer being slightly imbalanced and dominated by more of a bitter and pine hop presence in a raw form. I would definitely pass over this for other beers and if I need I cans I've got Daisy Cutter at my disposal for $2 less for a four pack.

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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a cloudy orange with a deep amber center. A fingers worth of bubbly yet quickly dissolving head.

S - aroma is lots of caramel malt base with hints of toasted nuts. tropical fruit esters add to the already sweet character. Mango, papaya, and pineapple all comes together with a touch of grass and a hint of tobacco smoke.

T- Sweet caramel malt which is busted up by bold grapefruit bitterness and sweet orange peel. Pine needles are abundant. Both flavors dominate and linger long after the finish.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Creamy texture. Medium carbonation.

O - an average ipa. Gave it a bit of a bump due to the difference in nose and flavor which was a nice surprise.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a golden orange in color with a tiny bit of transparency, left a tiny off white head at the top with slight lacing around the glass as you drank this brew.

S: Citrus and earthy right off the bat with a nice malt and hop note as well.

T: Well balanced with a good mixture of hops and malts, lots of bitterness though, a weird earthy taste that I was not a fan of.

M: Medium carbonation and with medium body, sligth watery taste on the tail end.

O: Overall not impressed wtih this beer, didnt have a great taste, just very dull, although it was well balanced I have had better Ipa's before.

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 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 wyattshotmaker
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at village tap, orange hue w/o much head. Smell is mostly herbal hop flavor, caramelized sugar, touch of pine.

Moderate herbal hop flavor, bitterness is upfront, slightly sticky sweet malt flavor. Very tongue coating.

Feels a touch thick for an ipa. Tongue coating stickiness detracts from the drinkability. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yay tall boy can, but not date on an IPA.

Pours a small head, nice that it didn't foam too much out of the can as many canned ipas do, but what a poor head for a canned ipa, light bubbly head with touch of lacing, hazy bright carrot orange color.

Nose has mild hops, a little spicy chewy hop, very herbal and medicinal plastic like vegetal hop, maybe a state hop?, a weird broccoli like vegetal aroma, not so nice, I really don't like smelling this. Mild grassy hop, as well as a light grainy malt. A mild juicy fruit component too which seems like what they were initially going for but Ug.

Taste starts with spicy hops, little chewy like, quite bitter, mild citrus and hint of fruit. Then some sweet malt, little candy and caramel malt, malts attempt to balance the big hop bitterness but falls short a little as the hops get borderline astringent. Hops turn a little herbal and vegetal like oily almost rancid oil. Fairly juicy and bitter, much better taste than the aroma. Finish is drier and astringent, little spicy hop and briny, light caramel malt residue too.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky, lower carb.

Well, this falls quite short. Missed a lot of what it tried to do, and some off flavors and poor aroma, mostly seems like poor hops, but also severely lacking carbonation and head. Not a good beer at all.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy can poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Murky golden-orange color. Head formation is poor, even after an aggressive pour. Wispy and patchy lacing.

S: Mango, pineapple, and starfruit. Hints of soft pine. Sugary malt base of honeyed granola and caramel.

T: Pine resin is potent and bitter. Oily. Hemp seed. Lots of mango. Toasted malt base, suggestions of caramel too. Aggressively bitter and oily on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. However, this is completely flat, and it kills the mouthfeel.

O: The can felt loose and under filled. Two cases were on the shelf like this, so this leads me to believe that there is a problem somewhere on the canning line. No carbonation whatsoever. This might well be a pretty decent beer, but the lack of carbonation really does kill it.

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.

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 ForrestChess
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Again, my apologies for a short review.
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Yellow/Orange-ish color with small head. Good smell (not great) and heavier on bitterness than compared to hops' flavors. Not a fantastic beer, but a solid IPA. and having read on here that it was only brewed once (allegedly, or as recenly as has been updated here on BA) I feel glad to have tried it, especially living outside its distributional region.

(again, thanks Adam, for bring this east for me and Jules to try)

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.

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81 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.