1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

497 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 497
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 06-22-2011)
View: Beers (11) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Threadless IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 497 | Reviews: 108 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

A Can into a pint glass

A- Golden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards and some nice spiderweb stick, very clingy

S- For a fresh IPA, this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- A nice easy going IPA, Not over the top and drinkable. A small grassy taste in the after

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.

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.

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.

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finches from a can...the beer poured a hazy orange with an initial foamy head that settled and then became thin but laced nicely. The smell included citrus/pine hops of some sort.
The taste is starts bitter then a sweet malt kicks in followed shortly there after by more bitter. Have to like grapefruit juice to enjoy this beer. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a bit to bitter and rough for me.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, almost translucent copper and brass color mix. One finger of head and a little, spotty film of foam after a few sips. OK bubbling.

Toasted orange and grapefruit zest with a little biscuit and cracker malt.

A little syrupy mouthfeel. Bitterness from start to finish. The bitterness lingers and develops from a grapefruit rind bitterness to almost tinny. There is a little malty sweetness in teh front and middle of the flavor profile, but a whisper at best.

Glad I tried this beer, but won't buy again.

Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thanks to woodychandler for another canned beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy tannish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is hoppy, pines. Taste is also very hoppy, pine, very bitter a bit unbalanced for my liking. There is some fruit flavor at the finish, a bit melon like. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, no date.

A - Threadless IPA starts as a golden light amber color that's slightly hazed over and topped with a light ivory head. Dense at first, the foam subsides draping the pint in thick webbing.

S - Upfront about it's hoppiness, Threadless IPA showcases a plethora of boil and dry-hopped aromas from sticky resin pine and earthy notes to bright citrus notes for a captivating intro. Amber malt adds some toast qualities with caramel sweetness following also. Despite the bold hop presence, it smells quite well-balanced indeed. Give it a little swirl and you'll get what I like to call the "burnt rubber" hoppiness; very hoppy, almost too much so. This beer pulls it off in the end.

T - Sweet malt underlines all the hop additions so much so that it's one of the main parts of the flavor, carrying through the whole beer powerfully. The hops continue to push forward though, attempting to cover the malt with layers of sticky pine resin and bitter grapefruit juice flavor.

M - Fuller-bodied, I find Threadless IPA pretty hefty for an IPA. I prefer them a little more drinkable and not so "filling", but Threadless remains pretty true to style with it's moderate carbonation and somewhat oppressively bitter finish. Dry and biting, the beer is quite strong despite it's lower alcohol percent, style-wise.

O - Finch's Threadless IPA manages to balance strong, bitter hops with equally strong malt for a big beer with little alcohol impact. By no means would I consider this beer something sessionable. It's full body and almost chewy mouthfeel make it something I need to sip for a while but, if you're a hop head you'll thoroughly enjoy the gripping bitterness Threadless offers.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.