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 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 mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy, pillowy white head that takes forever to settle, leaving a moderate amount of sticky white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Very soft and subtle on the nose with scents of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and minerals front and center, but as the beer warms and settles, traces of lemon, lime, and bitter orange gradually assert themselves.

T: Soft, smooth entry quickly reveals powerful notes of pine, spruce, juniper berry, lemon rind, lime, bitter orange, fresh herbs, grass, and grapefruit. Around mid-palate the malt kicks in, offering up delicate flavors of sweet cream, caramel, biscuit, crackers, and light brown sugar. The finish is sticky with notes of citrus, herbs, pine, cream, biscuit, and caramel in abundance.

M: Very soft, silky, and smooth in the mouth, though it does become a bit more resinous fairly quickly. Carbonation is decidedly delicate and restrained. I was expecting a firmer, more mineral-laden texture, but this is still quite appealing.

O: Not a bad IPA by any stretch. It kind of reminds me of a simpler version of Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger in that it presents more of a muddy bitterness rather than distinctive citrus character. The problem is that this beer just is not distinct enough to stand out from the crowd. I definitely would not turn this down if it were offered to me, and I can even see myself recommending this beer to someone new to the style, but I doubt I will go out of my way to track this ale down again.

Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with a really nice, thick, lumpy head on top. Mild hoppy aromas of green pine needles, oranges, melon, and wet grass over a bit of honey-like malt. Bitter, floral and resinous hoppiness in the flavor. This one certainly leans to the green, earthy-ish, spicy side of things. Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess and texture. I'm liking this more the deeper I get into the glass...it's different. Lots of Columbus, I think. There's no date on the can, so who knows how old it is? Still, pretty interesting, though probably not worth having more than one or two.

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is an attractive, gauzy honey color with a light cream head. Aroma is citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, with some fir. Taste is light malt up front with a very bitter finish with some nice pine and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is good. It's not too heavy and is well carbonated. Overall, a very refreshing, hoppy IPA. I've been having lots of big DIPAs lately, and this is a nice change of pace. It is crisp and clean with an assertive hope presence.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finch's Beer Co. - Threadless IPA, poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

Look - Pours a hazy caramel orange amber with an inch sized foamy head that last a little while. Some sediment. Spotty rings of lacing.

Smell - Caramel sweet malt and pine resin hop overlay, blending seems great here, smooth and mouth-watering.

Taste - Bitter (real bitter) pine and resin hops with a smooth buttery full malt body underneath. In the finish is a slight astringency but otherwise a welcome blast of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Rests a slight citrus bitter, slightly sticky but no real booziness. Good drinkability. Medium-bodied. Interesting feel.

Overall - This beer is slightly underrated, this reminded me of an AIPA version of Port Mongo or Sixpoint Resin. I would recommend, though I agree that this recipe could be used as the basis for a ridiculous DIPA. They should get on that!

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half's worth of head that settles down into a thin cap. Leaves some very impressive lacing all the way down the glass

S: Quite malty with some dank hops that smell like straight up weed. Some citrus and grassy earthiness also comes through

T: Starts off very well balanced. Malts and hops combine for a slightly sweet almost candy-like hoppiness that provides more of the straight up weed and then some sweet citrus and earthiness more into the finish. Definitely on the bitter side after the malt sweetness wears off

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad too watery

O: Pleasantly surprised by this IPA. Definitely balanced, but still provides a nice hoppy presence after the sweetness of the malts have faded off a bit. Really easy to drink as well. Recommended if you enjoy balanced IPAs or IPAs with a pronounced weed aroma and flavor

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 Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with blonde highlights and a thin head into my glass. Wished it were clearer but it is what it is.

Sweet with a touch of pine hops in the nose. Very mellow. For those who may be can-phobic, there is no metallic-anything whatsoever.

Ditto on flavor. It has a citrus edge as well. Crisp. Buttery. Very easygoing.

Finishes with a good dab of citrus bitterness. Whoa. That's all that seems to linger.

It has the bitterness down phat in some places. If they really want to impress, they could use this as the basis for a DIPA. The recipe is just begging for it.

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 JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good one!!! Pours a bright, hazy orange color with a medium sized nicely carbonated head into a pint glass. Good head retention and some lacing. Strong aroma of piney hops...nice.
Taste is piney and citrus hops . The citrus hops are very pronounced in the flavor but not the aroma. Nice and bitter, not overdone but still enough to satisfy most IPA lovers.

Mouthfeel is crisp with some piney oiliness, good bitterness. This beer is a little less rich overall than some AIPAs, a little thin. THe longer you drink, the more the bitternes and oiliness make this a moot point.

Definitely worth a try. THe fact that it is in cans, makes it highly portable for summertime enjoyment in the outdoors.

Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint Can
A - copper in color with a small head
S- citrus hops, maybe mint
T - citrus and pine hops. at times earthy also Grapefruit, tropical fruit. Bitter is at a good level and malt is subtle
M - higher carbonation, crisp finish
O - first beer from this brewery. Knew the treadless name in chicago because of shirts

Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pint can

Pours a hazy honey amber, white film for a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of honey, grapefruit and pine resin hops. Some light caramel and fruit sweetness.

Flavor is potently hoppy and tart fruit seet, like pine, grapefruit and lemons. Undertone of grassy malts.

Medium body with a soft carbonation over the tongue.

Interesting fruity IPA, decent flavor, a bit odd, but good potent hop kick as well. I've had better IPAs, but there's nothing really wrong with this one, so its definitely worth a try.

Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little lighter than amber, with a burnt orange bent. Thin little cap holds the bubbles. Laces decently.

Floral notes, orange rind and pith, a little toast, grassiness, and soup crackers. Nice nose on this sucka.

Bitter citrus rinds, hop oils, leafy grind, orange, grapefruit, plummy perfume, toasty malts. Intensely bitter, but cleansing, not astringent.

Burn from a raging carbonation and some fuming booze. Not terribly potent, just that it's intensified from the feel. A good slug provides a good burp.

Pretty solid all around. Have to pick up a few cans.

Photo of BeerNotes
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow; standard IPA color. Thin, off-white head. Fair lacing.

S: Slight musty aroma mixed with hop florals. Some bready yeastiness.

T: Nice bready malt flavor up front, solid hop finish. Some of the yeast from the aroma comes through near the end as well.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation.

O: It’s a good IPA. Slightly above average. But it doesn’t knock my socks off. The yeastiness is a slight issue, as with the pale and the blonde. There’s a nice crispness to everything, distinct flavors, nice finish.

Photo of brewdude1982
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This 16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

It ours a feint yellow with low retention. It smells hoppy. Big malt taste and then a very piney hop finish with a boozy after taste that creeps up your throat. I like this beer and the fact that it comes from a can is great for pool season.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Went to a tasting of there beers.... All are really nice, this is no exeption

Pour is a hazy light amber with a half finger of white head.

Smell is gapefruit, swet malt, sweet lemon and pine

Taste is bitter orange, grapefruit, caramel malt, lemon and a sweet citrus back end!

Mouthefeel Starts light and builds to medium, really nice....

Really nice IPA, will get a lot more that is for sure!

Photo of stercomm
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a big tulip class

A - Dark honey in color/slight copper with a very nice white head that leaved a significant lacing.

S - Out of this world, getting candied fruity malts, some grassy scent very powerful scent

T - Lots of fruit; mango, papaya, tangerine. Sweetness on the front with a nice bitter kick at the end that leaves a lasting finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - A Very hoppy, forceful brew, not for the weak of heart with lots of interesting tastes

Photo of phiberoptik
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear copper with a rather small sudsy head that dissipated quickly. I poured about 6-7oz in a snifter for the pour but still expected more head.

I could smell it as it was pouring, 3 feet from my nose. Candied fruit, mango, slight grassiness or herbal notes, sweetened cereal grains.

I personally get sweet tropical fruit up front. Hop forward but a noticeable midrange malt. The bitterness is noticeable but doesnt come until the finish.

My first sip made me thing, great body before taste notes jumped out. Just a generally enjoyable, drinkable liquid.

I like this and think it deserves a few more points than it has gotten. Enjoyable, very easy to drink and worth a try.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Picked up this to get more can reviews!

A - Standard IPA with a bright clear amber brown body and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.
S - Smells some hops and herbal like malts, nothing offensive.
T - Slightly herbal yet more malt forward this IPA doesn't seem to impress or sooth any hop lovers palate, still it leaves a bitter finish on the after taste.
M - On par easy to drink with a light to medium body.
Overall I picked this one up for $2.69 which is fairly affordable for a craft single pounder still their are better IPA's so try something else!

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

I have to say that this IPA is not that interesting. Heavy earthy tone with a muddled overall character and very little hop influence dominate things; at least so far as I would expect an IPA to be. Not a very interesting interpretation of the style, I have to say.

Photo of matjack85
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up this pint can at the Trader Joe's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $2.38. No freshness date.

Be careful with the pour here. My entire glass filled up with creamy white head with just a few ounces of amber colored beer. Retention was long lived and it left lots of spotty lacing all over the glass.

Nice citrusy hop aroma - mostly orange and papaya.

Lots of hop bitterness, but not lots of flavor. What flavor there is consists mostly of piny and citrusy hops with caramel malt added for sweetness. It's a good combination, just not enough of it.

Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I don't dislike it, I just wish it had as much flavor as it had 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 Monkeyknife
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a lightly hazy amber-gold color with two fingers of off-white head. A touch of lacing left behind.

The aroma was heavy with caramel malts and vanilla along with a lighter hit of orange and grassy hops.

Like the aroma, the taste was caramel malts and vanilla upfront with a big bitter hop bite of orange and grass. The heavy bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and a tad sticky with a moderate carbonation.

More caramel focused than I would have liked in an IPA. Still, not bad.

Photo of SerialHiker
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a blind taste test set up for me by my lovely girlfriend…

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange, somewhat hazy and opaque…no real head formed upon pouring, but when I swirl it around a bit, it does liven up…(3.5/5)

Smell: Oranges! Tons of citrus hops – orange, mandarin, tangerine…mild pale and caramel malt aroma…this one is citrus hops dominant with a nice freshness to it…(3.75/5)

Taste: Wow, this is really good…tons of citrus/earthy hops upfront followed closely by caramel and pale malts that play a background role here…there’s tons of earthy/piney/citrus resin bitterness that really livens up the brew and separates this flavor from others in the category…I don’t mean unique, just better than most…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium, chewy body with medium carbonation…does fluff up nicely bringing earthy/piney resin to my palate…there is an overall earthy/wet grass bitterness in the after taste, but it’s mild…citrus bitterness lingers even beyond, but it’s really light…(4/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…the india pale ale community is full of these citrus hops and caramel/pale malts recipes and this is a better example of what works…it’s not unique just a solid brew that’s worthy of cracking open at a moments notice…I could happily drink a couple of these while watching some Monday Night Football or socializing with friends around a poker table…I’m interested to see what it is…(3.75/5)

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.

Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.