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Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

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122 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 586
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 27.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 70 | 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 Tommo
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis a malt bomb in a sea of malt bombs. I just dont like this style of IPA, though the bittering hops are nice it doesnt really taste or smell very good.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a pint can, poured a nice and light color with solid head. (Also, the can was full up to top on opening)

Smells very flowery with a bit of a hint of pine.

Taste is very hoppy off the bat, balanced out with a nice maltiness and citrus note in the aftertaste. Smooth, easy to drink.

A very good, if unspectacular IPA, with an added bump for the very convenient pint can,

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Photo of Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin wafer of creamy white foam on top. Some ropey lace was left behind and carbonation levels were good and relatively lazy.

S: Noticed quite a bit of bitter orange peel, sweet tangerine, and a bit of carmel.

T: Taste follows the smell very closely. Bitter citrus is the big player here with a bit of pine tar that creeps in as it warms up.

M: Nice and full and at the same time very bitter. Could've used a little more of a malt backbone for balance. Finish is long, prickly, and dry.

O: I liked this and thought it was pretty good. I like they way their newer beers are headed and this was no exception.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into Jester King pint.

A- nice golden with a 2 finger white head. Some waves of lacing on the glass.

S- sweet malts, floral and citrus.

T- sweet caramel, citrus ( lemon and orange), and has nice amount of pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Oily, slick finish.

O- not a bad ipa. Definitely a step up from cutthroat and golden wing though.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%

16oz can to pint glass

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy and creamy white head that retains nicely after the pour, eventually leaves a film on top 3.75

S- citrusy orange juice tropical hop bitterness with highlight of pine & floral aromas. The malt aroma is just as strong with notes of doughy bread and grains 3.75

T- hops are quite muted up front, mostly just sweet and malty, as it closes, notes of citrusy and piney hops kick in, ending dry and toasty with moderate hop linger 3.5

M- medium viscous body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a slightly foamy carbonation and a crisp finish 3.25

O- a balanced IPA? That's almost unheard of these days, but I can see what they are going for here. Won't necessarily appeal to most hopheads, but easy to drink and well balanced 3.5

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale pours a cloudy yellow tinged amber with fluffy white head that dies down to thin foam layer with nice lacing and some sediment floating in there....very different for a canned beer. Nose is malty with a citrusy lemon and orange waft mingling in with spicy hops. Taste is up front bittering hops, orange and lemon characteristics on the back with a white pepper like aftertaste playing around a light sweet malt characteristic. Moderate carbonation on the moutfeel makes it pleasurable, yet not that balanced or well rounded at all. Not the most memorable of the Finch's brand, decent, but would not go out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy malts are present in the nose along with hints of biscuit malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the flavors of citrusy hops and biscuit malts are stronger and in similar proportions. There is just about a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight hints of caramel malts are also perceptible. Overall, the malts seem to become stronger once the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts, particularly as it warms up.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Act25
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Caramel. Cloudy. Caramel colored, darker amber, murky, with good lacing after a short lived head. 3.5

S: Caramel over topped with hay and fresh cut grass. Muted, muddy like it looks. 3.6

T: . Caramel Malt sweetness, grainy, and bready run into the hop bitterness in the finish. A bit muddy, earthy with lots of wet hay, apples, and cut grass as the keynotes in the finale. 3.6

MF: Pretty interesting. Well carbonated, almost creamy, and a drying, pectin like finish of fall fruit. Definitely an autumnal IPA 3.6

Overall - a Different take on IPA - very prairie and grassy, muddy river, and autumnal. even a little cheesy. Letting a portion warm to celler temp, it gets more aromatic and cheesy, so would be a great cheese beer like all the ones from Finch.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (30626A3BR)

A: Muddy copper color that is hazy and has no head or lacing. So, I got to the end of the glass and there was some sediment, which I guess seems to be a common thing for canned IPAs, at least some of them. I actually think it might be the sign of a good canned IPA.

S: Mild scented hops that you really have to stick your nose into the glass to smell. They are good smelling with fruity notes that have a floral twist on the end.

T: Tastes good enough. It is a good IPA, that tastes like it smells even in the subtlety of it, but for some reason I find myself liking this beer more and more. The flavor is just there for you to find it and taste it. There is no real playing around here, but it isn't in your face. It just seems well put together with some great flavor. It even seems a bit watery up front but then it balances itself out and the flavor asserts itself as does the body, evening out.

M: Smooth with just a bit of roughness to it, that just rushes and then subsides.

O: I'm not sure of the exact freshness of this because I'm not sure of Finch's dating system, but it is probably Julian. Anyways, I used to be super into Threadless and was surprised when I saw a beer with Threadless on the label, so I had to get it. It was in the mix six section and I needed another beer for the pack. Threadless could have picked a better can design but that is all. Good enough beer, especially at the decent price.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden light copper color with a half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of lacing.

Earthiness, pine, fresh cut grass, and a touch of dank resiny hop begin the aroma. There's an underlying bready, nutty malt character, along with some grapefruit.

More earthy hops are evident in the flavor, along with herbal, grassy notes. There's a lemony citrus underpinning. Floral hops add intrigue, and a substantial bready, toasted malt backbone ties the various hop characters together. The finish is slightly bitter and almost stale.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency. Alcohol warmth is present, but restrained.

Overall, a bit malty for the style. Finish isn't as bitter as some, which is fine with me. Hop flavors are all a little subdued, though.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. Pours a copper amber with an off white head, light lacing. Aroma and Taste is of floral citrus hops, caramel malt, yeast and bready notes, fruity. Palate is a medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange notes with moderate floral citrus hops bitterness on the end. Overall fairly good IPA

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Murky dark yellow brown color. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Supremely floral and citrusy. Papaya leads the way followed by mango and orange. Bready yeastiness, mild neutral malt sweetness, and just the slightest touch of caramel.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Floral and citrus hops with the fruits mentioned above. Lots of yeastiness, mild neutral maltiness, mild bitterness, and a touch of caramel.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with chewiness from the yeast.

3.5 D: Tasty, well rounded IPA. Lots of yeast, but it isn't too distracting.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on Tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern August 31, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Very hazy orange with a white cream soapy head, retention average. Nice bold appearance, head quality could improve a bit. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma is a mild bitter spicy resin and citrusy hop blend on a pale, rye malt bed. Complex and engaging blend of aromas in this IPA. Potency is mild. 4

(Taste) Soapy resin hop flavor is the best preserved, the citrusy subtleties are concealed under a mild spicy malt blanket. Combined with the bitterness, it makes the beer a slow drinker. Not my favorite hop flavors in an IPA but the bitterness is enjoyable and the flavors full. Nice. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Spicy, resiny flavor with prickly, active carbonation. Alcohol presence is medium, body is medium. One of the more complex Ipas, and the mouthfeel is good too, although a bit too crisp. 3.5

(Overall) For an aggressively flavored IPA, this one is quite enjoyable if you enjoy the intense bitterness and bold specialty malt flavors, but Drinkability is limited to the more intense hopped IPA drinkers. 3.5

Finch's Beer Company's
Threadless IPA

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev +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.

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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.