Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 564
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 59 | 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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 (893 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Toasted malts with a dankness that is hard to describe - slightly piney and slightly medicinal

Taste: Toasty, up front, with the dank bitterness building through the middle; the bitterness is medicinal and metallic, with a hint of vanilla and balsa; the finish continues with more of the same, leaving a somewhat astringent flavor behind

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, it has the bitterness one would associate with an IPA but little of the appeal that fruit and pine flavors bring to the best of them (637 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finch's debut into Kentucky kicks off with a standard IPA that displays better balance than most. The problem is, balance has little to do with IPAs!

Like most other pale ales of varying strength and character, Threadless pours with the standard amber-copper coloration with exuberent carbonation that builds a semi-froth, semi-fizzed whitish head with moderate retainage and lace. Though there's little to fault with the beer's aesthetics but does little to detract as well.

Juicy malt aromas captivate the nose and put on a balancing hop display that pulls slightly ahead of the caramelly grist as the nose continues to find comfort in the scent. Grapefruit and orange peel pull from the hops with the slight pungency of a fresh mowed lawn.

Malt sweetness hits the front of the mouth with a sweeter, mildly grainy, and slightly starchy taste that's quickly met with moderate dominance of hop flavor first and hop bitterness to finish. The beer dives quickly to a dry malt taste that allows for certain dominance of white grapefruit juice, dried orange peel, and hoppy leaf matter before a closure of grassy bitterness takes hold and provides the IPA's final impressions.

Light to moderate textures seem to ignore the malt's weight and favor the zesty creaminess of carbonaiton. The turn at mid palate delivers a dry, spicy, and somewhat empty spell just before finish. Resiny bitter, alcoholically dry, and minerally snappy, the beer closes with hop character of mild fruit pectin and leaf tannin.

The overall session with this beer was pleasant and effortless. It does little to cause celebration of exuberant hop character or absolute dryness. But it provides nice thirst quenching properties without offense. (1,719 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can - $2.09 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, golden-amber body in hue with a tall, thickish, off-white head that collapses leaving gooey remnants along the glass walls.

Smell: Threadless smells of honey-brushed, lightly toasty grains, loaf bread with packed, blended hop notes ranging from florals, to grasses, to citrus fruits, to moist pine needles.

Taste: Moderately sweet honeyish tone amidst the toasted barley grains and bread. Then, some orange oil, grapefruit, resinous tones, plus some firm leafiness. Medium-high bitterness. All those hop flavors linger while the maltiness and sweetness quickly drops away leaving a chewy albeit bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy and creamy, actually.

Overall: Fairly decent India Pale Ale. (832 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Kinda mixed results thus far with Finch's, so I've gotta give their new IPA a shot. It pours a clear gold-ish straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, caramel, and some honeydew in the background. The taste holds notes of light pine, vanilla, cream, lemon peel, and light-ish caramel. There's some sort of Creamsicle vibe going on here... The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I'm a bit conflicted with this beer. It's not really bad in any way, but the strange Creamsicle character on the tongue is slightly off-putting, and the IPA-ness never really expresses itself outside of the nose. I'd generally drink another one, but I wouldn't excitedly recommend one to someone else. (830 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,323 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

can purchased from wegmans, enjoyed chilled from a teku with tb69

The color is good, light apricot with mild haze and thick pale head which retains okay. The smell is ordinary with mostly herbal aromas, very light citrus element. The feel is decent, however the bitterness overwhelms with mild sweetness and carbonation with semidry finish.

The taste follows suit, not bad, but not exceptional it has the traditional by the numbers hops though in the taste with a slight pine tinge and mild citrus but more leafy herbal bitterness than anything with a slight caramel which doesn't really compliment the hops. Overall This is not a bad beer, not a bad IPA even...but there are better examples of the style, this is worth a try if you haven't had it (749 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (580 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Served in an IA shaker, coppery-amber color, hazy, with a small fizzy white cap that receded to a thin layer of bubbles. Hops take the edge in the aroma, citrusy, grassy, fresh fruit, all present but a bit muted, solid caramel malt base. Similar taste, decent mix of malts and hops, with the hops fairly setting off the equilibrium; citrus zest, fruit pulp, touches of resin and grass, with malty sweetness providing a chewiness and somewhat detracting from the crispness I prefer in my IPAs. Medium body, pretty smooth, pretty drinkable, but not quite what I'd call ideal. (619 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed copper with a white head that slowly becomes a floating island. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of grapefruit and other citric fruits with a hint of pale malt and touch of caramel.

The taste is of bitter hops backed by biscuity malt and some caramel. It has a refreshing bitter finish.

It is smooth and rather chewy.

A nice representation of the style. (369 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + brass highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized thick patch surround by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with some light to moderate amounts of honey sweetness. Followed by moderate aromas of citrus/orange zest and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with some caramel and honey sweetness. The malts are followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/orange zest and pine stand out. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fades kind of slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy and creamy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I enjoyed this one - wonderful aromas and really nice flavors. Pretty well balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. I would grab another of these. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was another of a major haul coming from my latest visit to Pinocchio's Beer Garden in Media, PA. I love their dedication to CANs and their understanding of The CANQuest (TM)!

The Crack revealed another craft CAN filled to bursting. I employed a gentle Glug and still came up with two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose was pine hops with caramel malt underlying the mintiness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery for the style, but I got an initial burst of pine hops on the tongue, followed by a smooth caramel malt sweetness. I was reminded of peppermint taffy or something akin to it. Finish was semi-dry and while tasty, I would have preferred more hops. (722 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Can into a pint glass

A- Golden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards and some nice spiderweb stick, very clingy

S- For a fresh IPA, this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- A nice easy going IPA, Not over the top and drinkable. A small grassy taste in the after (817 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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... (386 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Deep orange amber, cloudy with a buttery looking appearance. Head barely makes one finger of light tan off white colored head. Thin bubbles and a little bit foamy, some minor lacing but settles to a nice simple collar.

Nose is weakened orange hop angles, and breakfast juice. A good bit of dank earth quality in the mix as well to go with it. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

Palate is very light on feel and almost watery but makes for easy drinking. Hop earth angle hits with a little bit of citrus sweetness of orange and tangerine to match. Finishes earthy and muddy dirt bitterness in the swallow but tolerable. Subsequent sips and swallows emphazise the earth more and give to a minty finish quality.

Overall not bad, quite an easy drinking IPA I must say, but perhaps not that memorable either. (853 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finch's Beer Co.
Threadless IPA

LOOK : 16.9oz can. Unfiltered but not too cloudy, white head forms and leaves plenty of lacework. Copper colored brew.

SMELL: Smells hoppy, resinous, vegetal and pungent.

TASTE: Pine and grapefruit rind are the key flavors with a light toasted/caramel malt base. Citrusy with muted notes of other tropical fruits such as papaya. Mild but complimentary bitterness, the beer finishes juicy.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Small hop bite.

OVERALL : A decent example of an IpA. This is what a great IpA was 15 years ago, but this straightforward brew seems behind the times. Still quaffable and delivers on the IpA promise. (713 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (587 characters)

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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
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