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 wedge
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with a really nice, thick, lumpy head on top. Mild hoppy aromas of green pine needles, oranges, melon, and wet grass over a bit of honey-like malt. Bitter, floral and resinous hoppiness in the flavor. This one certainly leans to the green, earthy-ish, spicy side of things. Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess and texture. I'm liking this more the deeper I get into the glass...it's different. Lots of Columbus, I think. There's no date on the can, so who knows how old it is? Still, pretty interesting, though probably not worth having more than one or two. (580 characters)

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

Beer is an attractive, gauzy honey color with a light cream head. Aroma is citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, with some fir. Taste is light malt up front with a very bitter finish with some nice pine and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is good. It's not too heavy and is well carbonated. Overall, a very refreshing, hoppy IPA. I've been having lots of big DIPAs lately, and this is a nice change of pace. It is crisp and clean with an assertive hope presence. (449 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finch's Beer Co. - Threadless IPA, poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

Look - Pours a hazy caramel orange amber with an inch sized foamy head that last a little while. Some sediment. Spotty rings of lacing.

Smell - Caramel sweet malt and pine resin hop overlay, blending seems great here, smooth and mouth-watering.

Taste - Bitter (real bitter) pine and resin hops with a smooth buttery full malt body underneath. In the finish is a slight astringency but otherwise a welcome blast of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Rests a slight citrus bitter, slightly sticky but no real booziness. Good drinkability. Medium-bodied. Interesting feel.

Overall - This beer is slightly underrated, this reminded me of an AIPA version of Port Mongo or Sixpoint Resin. I would recommend, though I agree that this recipe could be used as the basis for a ridiculous DIPA. They should get on that! (871 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half's worth of head that settles down into a thin cap. Leaves some very impressive lacing all the way down the glass

S: Quite malty with some dank hops that smell like straight up weed. Some citrus and grassy earthiness also comes through

T: Starts off very well balanced. Malts and hops combine for a slightly sweet almost candy-like hoppiness that provides more of the straight up weed and then some sweet citrus and earthiness more into the finish. Definitely on the bitter side after the malt sweetness wears off

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad too watery

O: Pleasantly surprised by this IPA. Definitely balanced, but still provides a nice hoppy presence after the sweetness of the malts have faded off a bit. Really easy to drink as well. Recommended if you enjoy balanced IPAs or IPAs with a pronounced weed aroma and flavor (904 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 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)

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 JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good one!!! Pours a bright, hazy orange color with a medium sized nicely carbonated head into a pint glass. Good head retention and some lacing. Strong aroma of piney hops...nice.
Taste is piney and citrus hops . The citrus hops are very pronounced in the flavor but not the aroma. Nice and bitter, not overdone but still enough to satisfy most IPA lovers.

Mouthfeel is crisp with some piney oiliness, good bitterness. This beer is a little less rich overall than some AIPAs, a little thin. THe longer you drink, the more the bitternes and oiliness make this a moot point.

Definitely worth a try. THe fact that it is in cans, makes it highly portable for summertime enjoyment in the outdoors. (695 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint Can
A - copper in color with a small head
S- citrus hops, maybe mint
T - citrus and pine hops. at times earthy also Grapefruit, tropical fruit. Bitter is at a good level and malt is subtle
M - higher carbonation, crisp finish
O - first beer from this brewery. Knew the treadless name in chicago because of shirts (319 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pint can

Pours a hazy honey amber, white film for a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of honey, grapefruit and pine resin hops. Some light caramel and fruit sweetness.

Flavor is potently hoppy and tart fruit seet, like pine, grapefruit and lemons. Undertone of grassy malts.

Medium body with a soft carbonation over the tongue.

Interesting fruity IPA, decent flavor, a bit odd, but good potent hop kick as well. I've had better IPAs, but there's nothing really wrong with this one, so its definitely worth a try. (520 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little lighter than amber, with a burnt orange bent. Thin little cap holds the bubbles. Laces decently.

Floral notes, orange rind and pith, a little toast, grassiness, and soup crackers. Nice nose on this sucka.

Bitter citrus rinds, hop oils, leafy grind, orange, grapefruit, plummy perfume, toasty malts. Intensely bitter, but cleansing, not astringent.

Burn from a raging carbonation and some fuming booze. Not terribly potent, just that it's intensified from the feel. A good slug provides a good burp.

Pretty solid all around. Have to pick up a few cans. (564 characters)

Photo of BeerNotes
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow; standard IPA color. Thin, off-white head. Fair lacing.

S: Slight musty aroma mixed with hop florals. Some bready yeastiness.

T: Nice bready malt flavor up front, solid hop finish. Some of the yeast from the aroma comes through near the end as well.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation.

O: It’s a good IPA. Slightly above average. But it doesn’t knock my socks off. The yeastiness is a slight issue, as with the pale and the blonde. There’s a nice crispness to everything, distinct flavors, nice finish. (549 characters)

Photo of brewdude1982
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This 16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

It ours a feint yellow with low retention. It smells hoppy. Big malt taste and then a very piney hop finish with a boozy after taste that creeps up your throat. I like this beer and the fact that it comes from a can is great for pool season. (282 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Went to a tasting of there beers.... All are really nice, this is no exeption

Pour is a hazy light amber with a half finger of white head.

Smell is gapefruit, swet malt, sweet lemon and pine

Taste is bitter orange, grapefruit, caramel malt, lemon and a sweet citrus back end!

Mouthefeel Starts light and builds to medium, really nice....

Really nice IPA, will get a lot more that is for sure! (397 characters)

Photo of stercomm
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a big tulip class

A - Dark honey in color/slight copper with a very nice white head that leaved a significant lacing.

S - Out of this world, getting candied fruity malts, some grassy scent very powerful scent

T - Lots of fruit; mango, papaya, tangerine. Sweetness on the front with a nice bitter kick at the end that leaves a lasting finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - A Very hoppy, forceful brew, not for the weak of heart with lots of interesting tastes (506 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear copper with a rather small sudsy head that dissipated quickly. I poured about 6-7oz in a snifter for the pour but still expected more head.

I could smell it as it was pouring, 3 feet from my nose. Candied fruit, mango, slight grassiness or herbal notes, sweetened cereal grains.

I personally get sweet tropical fruit up front. Hop forward but a noticeable midrange malt. The bitterness is noticeable but doesnt come until the finish.

My first sip made me thing, great body before taste notes jumped out. Just a generally enjoyable, drinkable liquid.

I like this and think it deserves a few more points than it has gotten. Enjoyable, very easy to drink and worth a try. (694 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Picked up this to get more can reviews!

A - Standard IPA with a bright clear amber brown body and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.
S - Smells some hops and herbal like malts, nothing offensive.
T - Slightly herbal yet more malt forward this IPA doesn't seem to impress or sooth any hop lovers palate, still it leaves a bitter finish on the after taste.
M - On par easy to drink with a light to medium body.
Overall I picked this one up for $2.69 which is fairly affordable for a craft single pounder still their are better IPA's so try something else! (552 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 matjack85
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up this pint can at the Trader Joe's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $2.38. No freshness date.

Be careful with the pour here. My entire glass filled up with creamy white head with just a few ounces of amber colored beer. Retention was long lived and it left lots of spotty lacing all over the glass.

Nice citrusy hop aroma - mostly orange and papaya.

Lots of hop bitterness, but not lots of flavor. What flavor there is consists mostly of piny and citrusy hops with caramel malt added for sweetness. It's a good combination, just not enough of it.

Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I don't dislike it, I just wish it had as much flavor as it had bitterness. (685 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dirty amber color with a short lived amber head. I could smell the hops and the typical grapefruit/citrus aromas.
My first taste was a bit thin. I wanted to have more, but it just didnt happen. The aftertaste was basically the same as the start. (which I always want to see in a beverage) So from that point, this beer held up, it was just a bit to light and thin for me.

This could also be because I've been drinking a lot of high IBU IPA and DIPAs lately (466 characters)

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

Poured from the can a lightly hazy amber-gold color with two fingers of off-white head. A touch of lacing left behind.

The aroma was heavy with caramel malts and vanilla along with a lighter hit of orange and grassy hops.

Like the aroma, the taste was caramel malts and vanilla upfront with a big bitter hop bite of orange and grass. The heavy bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and a tad sticky with a moderate carbonation.

More caramel focused than I would have liked in an IPA. Still, not bad. (518 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a blind taste test set up for me by my lovely girlfriend…

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange, somewhat hazy and opaque…no real head formed upon pouring, but when I swirl it around a bit, it does liven up…(3.5/5)

Smell: Oranges! Tons of citrus hops – orange, mandarin, tangerine…mild pale and caramel malt aroma…this one is citrus hops dominant with a nice freshness to it…(3.75/5)

Taste: Wow, this is really good…tons of citrus/earthy hops upfront followed closely by caramel and pale malts that play a background role here…there’s tons of earthy/piney/citrus resin bitterness that really livens up the brew and separates this flavor from others in the category…I don’t mean unique, just better than most…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium, chewy body with medium carbonation…does fluff up nicely bringing earthy/piney resin to my palate…there is an overall earthy/wet grass bitterness in the after taste, but it’s mild…citrus bitterness lingers even beyond, but it’s really light…(4/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…the india pale ale community is full of these citrus hops and caramel/pale malts recipes and this is a better example of what works…it’s not unique just a solid brew that’s worthy of cracking open at a moments notice…I could happily drink a couple of these while watching some Monday Night Football or socializing with friends around a poker table…I’m interested to see what it is…(3.75/5) (1,469 characters)

Photo of wingman14
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange yellow with a frothy off white head. The smell is sweet, hoppy, with almost a fruity hint. Not a huge aroma for an IPA, but still inviting. The taste started somewhat sweet that had an almost fruitiness, the hops stayed through the sip and a slight bitterness ends it all. The bitter comes through a bit more in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a smooth medium, an easy drinking beer due to the nice flavors and smooth beer. Overall a tasty IPA, nothing unusual and very good flavors. (505 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 OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (342 characters)

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