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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

505 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | 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:
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 enelson
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Durge
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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 atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of ZAP
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
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 barnzy78
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
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 AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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 st9647v3
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of maximum12
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
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 Darkmagus82
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a very hazy orange colored brew with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast but leaves a very nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall. It dose however have some aromas of a grapefruit and pine nature as well as a bit of a bready and a lightly yeasty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some bready and a light caramel and orange flavor mixed with a rather strong grapefruit and pine hop flavor. As the flavor advances the caramel, orange, and some of the bready flavors dwindle, with the grapefruit getting stronger. While the grapefruit gets stronger the pine remains constant, but the two are joined by a grassy flavor which ends up overpowering the pine. In the end, as the sweetness lessens and the grassy and grapefruit get stronger, a rather bitter and more dry flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The medium body and carbonation are quite appropriate for the lighter bready and sweet flavors of the brew keeping it a rather drinkable even with its more bitter grassy and grapefruit flavors.

Overall – A rather nice drier, grapefruity bitter, and slightly grassy brew.

Photo of whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a four pack of cans in Munster during DLD. I like gimmicks.

Pours nice, dark gold with a fluffy white head.

Smells like caramel, biscuit, and citrus. Pretty boilerplate but interesting enough. Tastes... very much the same, only with a neat little kick of peaty soil in the back end that lends some complication to the hop bitterness and does a nice job of balancing out the sweet malt beginning.

Well, I guess the most remarkable thing about this is the fact that the can is really cute. Aside from that, it's a pretty solid but unexceptional IPA.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dim marmalade color. Head is frothy and timid. It does leave consistent lacing webs. Body is lightly hazy.

S-Candied apricots and sweet clementine flesh. Soft fruity hoppiness. Not very piney. The candied apricots are stressed. Malt makes this one very balanced.

T-The taste beats out the nose easily. More pronounced than the aroma. Plenty of candied apricots and clementines. Nice light grassiness. Caramel malt is significant. A bit of bread too. Light bitterness that lingers but is not too noticeable.

M-Lighter and sessionable. Soft carbonation. Booze masked excellently. Drinks very easy. Almost feels creamy.

O/D-I enjoyed this to a certain extent. The 'balanced/candied fruit hop IPA' is not my favorite interpretation of the style, but this one is still quite tasty. Too pricey for a 4-pack. Overall this is a mediocre-to-slightly above average IPA.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the can into a tulip with a dark orange-light amber body. Small creamy white head forms to about a finger high but only stays around for a few moments, poor retention. Head falls to a small cloud and ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Caramel and toasted biscuit malts at about the same level as the hops in a somewhat faint aroma. Hops are pine, citrus and some tropical fruits.

T- Hops lead the way here with a big pine, orange peel and floral feel. Some tropical and stone fruit hints as well. Caramel, toasted and biscuit malts provide a decent balance and backdrop, not just a hop bomb.

MF- Moderately thick body with a medium-high carbonation. Texture is silky and somewhat creamy and smooth overall. Finishes off with a nice bitterness.

Enjoyable but I feel like the malts are a bit too distracting at times and nothing really jumps out or stands out for me overall. Solid.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.