Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.
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3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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
01-11-2014 23:14:40 | More by brentk56
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-13-2012 17:48:43 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-10-2012 22:42:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
06-26-2011 19:58:24 | More by TMoney2591
3.25/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
09-02-2011 12:56:49 | More by emerge077
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
02-11-2013 03:34:34 | More by RblWthACoz
3.79/5 rDev +6.8%
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
05-30-2013 04:41:44 | More by russpowell
3.41/5 rDev -3.9%
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
09-23-2013 03:02:39 | More by Slatetank
3.23/5 rDev -9%
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.
10-06-2013 00:55:45 | More by jlindros
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-04-2012 13:14:08 | More by Rifugium
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
05-17-2012 04:41:50 | More by Mora2000
3.74/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-15-2013 20:08:41 | More by jwc215
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
09-25-2012 22:34:22 | More by woodychandler
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-12-2012 01:02:19 | More by tempest
3.76/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
08-10-2013 01:32:12 | More by dbrauneis
Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.