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 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 Etan
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a caramel brownish orange, with a nice off-white head. OK retention and lacing.

S: Weak nose of caramel malt, a bit of citrusy hop.

T: Big dose of pale and caramel malt, with some moderate piney hop and bitterness.

M: Not a bad body, but undercarbonated.

O: Doesn't taste bad, but looking for more hops and carbonation. Certainly drinkable though. (403 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint glass

A: Slightly, slightly hazy bring orange with a little amber, really, really nice head, starts sticking immediately, white and frothy

S: Hints of caramel malt sweetness, more than I though, hops might have a slight grassy/earthy/herbal element to it

T: Hops are very assertive, not insane bitterness though, just a little hard, good for an IPA, super resiny and earthy, almost too much so, definitely a bit of malt makes it taste full, hints of hotness come through whether it be the harsh bitterness or alcohol

M: Gets pretty dry, chalky almost since it has a decent body

O: At first experience and when consumed leisurely with a pizza its delicious, however by itself those hard resiny hops are too much to handle a full 16 oz enjoyably. (784 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 Krisp09
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with slight haze. Aroma is lacking but detect maybe some citrus aroma, not what I would expect for an IPA with this high of gravity. Taste is slightly more hoppy than aroma with not a lot of complexity. Mouthfeel is best part of this beer. Overall an average IPA (275 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 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 TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (830 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 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 Thads324
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Never heard of this brewery but I like pint cans.

Pours a deep gold with light orange hues. Big tight white head. Pillowy with super lacing.
Aroma starts with citrus hops, a very mild earthy pine with some faint sweet malt. Not much else. Not a strong smell, but what's there is good.
Flavor starts really watery, then has a bit of basic sweet malt, mild bitterness with sharp pine and a bit of juicy citrus. The bitterness is not strong, but lasts long. The other flavors of grass. Pune and tropical fruits are also solid but short. Interesting and unique, but I like it. The malt isn't very prominent and the beer stays watery in terms of body and malt flavor. There's a hint of toasted grains and sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is overly light and watery. Very drinkable. Smooth well carbonated.

Overall this beer is just really unique. So here we go;
Pros : good bitterness that lasts long. Nice secondary hop flavors of earth, pine, light tropical fruits. Super drinkable.
Cons : very watery. All back of the tongue flavor. Not much on aroma, but what's there is good.

This would be a great intro ipa for someone getting into ipas, as it is bitter but drinkable and flavorful, plus for them the can is split able. For me, I'll have another. I think I like this as a summer ipa (1,291 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 elgiacomo
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, unknown date, but should be fresh as this is a recent arrival to the Georgia market. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours hazy amber with a two finger white head that leaves good lacing and holds a nice cap.

Aroma is apricot, some citrus rind, herbal, grassy, floral hops and a bit of pine, decent amount of caramel malt as well. Good strength.

Flavor is orange citrus, apricot, pine, resinous hops, good caramel malt backbone offering some sweetness, finishes with good bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, oily, good carbonation.

Solid IPA, very drinkable. Does fall into the apricot/caramel spectrum of the style which isn’t my personal favorite profile. (693 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 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 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 woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (722 characters)

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. (1,719 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Bad Brad's BBQ in New Baltimore, Michigan.

Average, run-of-the-mill IPA. That's just about the best way to describe this beer... frustratingly "meh." I had this because it was the only beer on the short list of drafts that I hadn't heard of, and I was feeling IPA.

It has a nice amber color with a small head. The lacing's not too bad -- about average for an IPA. Average ... that's a word you'll be hearing a lot when describing this beer.

Threadless has a smell and taste of - get this - an average IPA! Has the floral notes in the aroma, and the hops > malts in the taste, with the bitter bite on the finish. Yeah, yeah ... not bad, nothing special.

$5.50 for a pint of this? Yikes. Threadless IPA is the very definition of a middle of the road, decent, okay, alright, fine, AVERAGE IPA. Would drink it again, but I wouldn't pay for it again. (866 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Chicago brew comes in a nice pint can, and poured a cloudy amber with a solid sudsy head and thin lace.

Nose says floral with pine and citrus notes. Not bad.

Taste is sharply hoppy, no surprise, with a pine and grapefruit tones, and a substantial malt profile. Threadless is a solid, if unremarkable IPA that remains drinkable and session-worthy, but it's not one I'd revisit anytime soon. (396 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (359 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 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. (619 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap a few times, with mixed impressions. For this review, pint can poured into Duvel tulip.

This guy pours a nice amber color, with about 3/4 inch of head. The smell is mainly of mild caramel, with a bit of dried apricot or peach. Not much hop presence in the aroma. As for the taste of this, I actually find it to be balanced. A bit of the same caramel up front, with bittering hops to finish. I didn't get the bitter finish when having it on tap recently: old kegs, possibly?

Overall, I think this is decent. It could use more of an aromatic hop, as well as a bit of citra? Just a suggestion. As a Chicagoan, I want this to be a little better than it is. We could use an outstanding, locally brewed, widely available IPA. (742 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with enough carb to build a short-lived head of off-white foam that drops to a collar and leaves a few specks of lace. Light pine scent along with a bit cooked corn. Tastes of sweet caramel malts mixed with pine resin and grapefruit hoppiness. Finishes bitter, then a touch sweet with a very late smack of hop bitterness. Enough malt in this to make it chewy if it sat on the shelf too long. I'd get this one as fresh as possible. (443 characters)

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