Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

118 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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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 Arithmeticus
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in sampling glasses

A: inert, amber; very thin head; little lacing
S: sweet, but slight aroma
T: balanced, soft finish; hop-forward, but with a nice combo of sweet and bitter; citrus a major component in the vibrant hops; sweetness of malt comes through, although it is not specifically identifiable (overwhelmed by hops); very drinkable overall
M: decent

Very likable beer, worth getting again (411 characters)

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Im really starting to enjoy beers in cans.
A-Looks great, I like an unfiltered beer with little tasty goodies floating around in it. Nice creamy head, beautiful deep golden color.
S-I absolutely love the smell. There is just something about a well balanced IPA that just does it for me. I get a huge wiff of malt, and then the hops slap you. Its quite nice.
T-Mmmm and then you taste it. My first reaction was wow, this is malty! A nice change from all the hop-overkill IPAs Ive had recently. I havent had a IPA like this in awhile. Its really great and I dont normally score beers this high. The Columbus hops are earthy and pungent and kinda dank. Maybe a little bit of pine. I dont get citrus, and I like that. The malts they chose compliment the hops and its such a good blend. A bitter, malty treat for sure.
M-This is one really smooth drinking beer. Creamy head and its like silk going down. Some might want a dryer or lighter IPA, but this ones a bit more full bodied, almost chewy. I love it. Its a rare thing for me to score a brew this high.
Overall, this is one killer, delicious beer. If you see it, grab it! You wont be disappointed. Beer in cans is great! (1,170 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange with half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Biscuit malt, caramels, sweet orange candy, pine, a little medicinal undertone
T - Big malty sweetness up front, then you get a medium piney bite, a weird aftertaste that I cant pinpoint.
M - Chewy and bitter
O - Decent but there's way better stuff out there. (353 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into my Black Hook porter glass, the beer is a very chill hazed bronze/orange with a thickish beige head.

The beer has a bracing aroma of pine sap and some tropical fruit.

It’s an IAP all right, nicely bitter with some pine resin, a whisper of juicy fruit gum like tropical taste all backed by some caramel malts. It’s a little earthy in the finish and that is my only real nitpick with the beer as I would like a bit of a cleaner ending after the nice start.

The mouth is a touch oily and coating.

I like getting an IPA in a large can format, great for taking on the boat or when canoeing. (620 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 rangerred
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a growler.

Pours a nearly clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Some light lacing on the sides of the glass along with a small layer of fizz on top of the beer.

The aroma is much more Earthy than fruity with tree bark, soil, and an overall dank quality about it. A touch of pine is thrown in but the aroma is far from piny.

The flavor continues this earthy character. I pick up on the dankness much more in the flavor along with more pine and tree bark. There is perhaps a touch of overripe orange but the fruit is very understated. Bitterness is on the high side with a good mouthfeel and just a touch of stickiness on the finish.

Overall, a good IPA but there is really nothing about it that makes it stand out from all of the others out there. Good to drink but forgettable afterwards. (836 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into imperial pint glass (no date on can) with a 2 finger head that settled fairly quickly and left some good lacing on the glass. Color is a cloudy orange,some noticeable sediment.

Aroma has some citrus/grapefruit, also bready

Taste - there's a good amount of malts here balanced out with a bitter hop bite. some citrus is noticeble, grassy, and there is a somewhat unpleasant bitter finish

Mouthfeel - medium-low body, decent carb, crisp

Overall - I'm not sure how old this is, so it's tough to judge if the age has something to do with the flavor or not. My wife got it for me from Xmas, might have to revisit later (638 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into an oversized weizen glass.

Appearance: Glowing hazy orange. Unfiltered with lots of sediment floating around. Small white head settles to a thin ring and thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrusy. Hoppy with biscuity undertones.

Taste: Hops out front, floral and leafy. orange rind citrus, hop oil juiciness. Quite bitter with enough of a malt backbone to hold it all together.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, oily hopiness coats the mouth. Medium bodied, carb is ok.

Overall, decent IPA but it's unforgettable and inconsistent, Probably wouldn't buy again. (574 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 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 jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, no date

hazy orangish rust color, off white head that thins but hangs around. nice hoppy aroma - mix of citrus and earthy hops. quite nice. taste is a good balance of good hop flavor and bready malt. slightly bitter finish. medium body, moderate carbonation. fuller mouthfeel, nice.

overall a very good IPA for every day drinking. (344 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a cloudy orange with a deep amber center. A fingers worth of bubbly yet quickly dissolving head.

S - aroma is lots of caramel malt base with hints of toasted nuts. tropical fruit esters add to the already sweet character. Mango, papaya, and pineapple all comes together with a touch of grass and a hint of tobacco smoke.

T- Sweet caramel malt which is busted up by bold grapefruit bitterness and sweet orange peel. Pine needles are abundant. Both flavors dominate and linger long after the finish.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Creamy texture. Medium carbonation.

O - an average ipa. Gave it a bit of a bump due to the difference in nose and flavor which was a nice surprise. (694 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy can poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Murky golden-orange color. Head formation is poor, even after an aggressive pour. Wispy and patchy lacing.

S: Mango, pineapple, and starfruit. Hints of soft pine. Sugary malt base of honeyed granola and caramel.

T: Pine resin is potent and bitter. Oily. Hemp seed. Lots of mango. Toasted malt base, suggestions of caramel too. Aggressively bitter and oily on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. However, this is completely flat, and it kills the mouthfeel.

O: The can felt loose and under filled. Two cases were on the shelf like this, so this leads me to believe that there is a problem somewhere on the canning line. No carbonation whatsoever. This might well be a pretty decent beer, but the lack of carbonation really does kill it. (802 characters)

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. (893 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Hazy dark gold/amber with a small clumpy white head. Relatively poor retention leaves a small, loose, bubbly collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slightly herbal hops up front. Leaves a touch of citrus in the back. Malts are solidly bready with a little caramel malt sweetness. Very slight toasted element as well. Valanced is the name of the game. Some pear and an almost salty sweaty thing. Clean yeast. Bread crust. Mild earthiness.

Taste: Herbal, slight hop spice, and some solid earthy notes as well. Malts are light and slightly sweet with a ton of bready elements. Lingering bitterness on a quickly fading flavor profile. Slightly roasted and toasted. Bread crust and some brown bread. Hints of citrus. Some pear and sweat. Balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Relatively clean with some lingering dryness.

Overall: I'll stick to the shirts.

A drinking IPA that feels like it's trying to follow Sierra Nevada and comes up short. Not really bad, but it doesn't have much staying power. (1,034 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 JAFoley
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Light orange body and decent white head. Some retention and really nice lacing.

S - Not too aromatic, but slightly malty and apple

T - Mostly bitter, pine and floral. Deep earthy malt base keeps the beer from having any sweetness. A spicy aftertaste lingers nicely.

M - Not digging the mouthfeel at all; thin and watery.

O - This beer has good flavor but the body is so weak it washes away before the glass hits the table. It's as if I'm drinking a great double IPA that someone watered down and split between two glasses. Maybe this is a decent session beer but ultimately not for me. (594 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a cloudy dark golden with a fluffy ivory head that laced quite well. Smell was fresh citus hop (mostly lemon with grapefruit close behind) and a bit of slightly catty pine. Taste was pretty much in line with smell. However there was a grappy linger just like concorde grape skins. Carb is pretty creamy, but final mouth feel is a bit puckering (those grape skins I mentioned). All in all it still works though. I'm a bit surprised by the 81 score, because I see no real flaws and think this is a well done brew. I'd have no problem what-so-ever recommending it. (577 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 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 Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,361 characters)

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

16 fl oz. can (1 pint) with no apparent freshness or canned on date present. Awesome can art; I've been eyeing this beer for a while now, and glad I finally picked up the four pack. I bought a couple Threadless t-shirts for my ex-girlfriend a few years back, not that that has any relevance to what's going on here. Anyway, my first beer from Chicago's Finch's Beer Co.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy creamy off-white head which recedes to one finger with decent retention fairly quick. Body is a murky bright orange color with some fine light & dark sediment and some bubbles lazily crawling up the sides of the glass. Thin strands of lace.

S - Smell is your standard IPA: herbal pine resin, grapefruit, citrus, orange, pineapple, cat piss acidity, and some biscuit malt presence to round things off. A fairly simple aroma, but it hits it's mark.

T - Taste follows the aroma: juicy citrus fruits, grapefruit, oranges, herbal pine needles, earthy hop bitterness, and perhaps the slightest hint of spicy rye in the finish. Balanced nicely with the bready biscuit malts.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, and fruity, with some resinous hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a nicely tailored beer, and a nice introduction to this brewery if I do say so. A fairly simple and standard IPA, but excellently balanced and tasty, and that suits me just fine. A beer I would happily drink again, and it's a shame that I slept on trying this for as long as I did. Nothing groundbreaking here, but well worth trying.

Finch's Beer Co. Threadless IPA ---4/5. (1,599 characters)

Photo of bgkeeley
2.34/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,504 characters)

Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.