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Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

497 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 06-22-2011)
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Slatetank
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.