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Threadless IPA - Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 574
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 27.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 66 | 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 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 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 JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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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 Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, 6% abv. Slightly hazy, copper color. White head that holds for a long time, and leaves some nice lace.

Citrusy, herbal hop aroma. Some stone fruit as well. Nice toasty, caramel malt in the nose as well.

Toasty malt up front followed by some resiny, herbal and citrusy hops. Bitterness is solid but not overwhelming. Some nice fruity favors linger. More complex than I thought. Dries at the finish with a dextrose sort of feel.

Medium body with great soft carbonation. No warmth here. A very easy to drink ipa, with a bonus for the tall boy can!

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is hard for me to not like any AIPA. This may not be one of the best, but it is very good. It has a lot of tastey piney, organey, hoppiness, as the style should, and lots of malty body and beer goodness.

Like most of this style there is plenty of stuff suspended in the brew. It has a darkish orange color and some but not a lot of head and lacing.

The initial sip was very positive and I would buy this again.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of rorjets
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz can into my Dogfish IPA glass. Thick off white head with fine lacing, on top of a dark golden body. Very fruity nose, with some grape, peach and orange aromas. The first sip revealed a quick taste of citrus, followed by some malty sweetness that rapidly gives way to mild bitterness. For those of you wondering about the collaboration of Finch and Threadless, well don't search for a brewery named Threadless. It's actually a Chicago-based t-shirt company, that came up the artwork for the can.

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Photo of Omnium
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Tall Boy. Pours a semi translucent orange, yellow color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Nice hoppy smell. Aromas of pine and citrus hops. Tropical fruits as well. Taste isn't as fruity as the smell. More pine than tropical fruits, with some dank hops. Orange peel near the end. Great amount of bitterness. Bit of a heavy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a well made bitter and tasty IPA. Must buy more.

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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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Photo of jmarsh123
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Haymarket.

Pours a clear gold with a creamy white head.

Smells of mostly piney/citrusy hops. Very little malt detectable, but also had food at the table so didn't get the best nose.

Holy bitter Batman! Pine and more pine from the hops and a weird roasted barley thing. The malt profile almost seems like something out of a stout. Everything combined together just made this a complete bitter bomb. Not well balanced at all and the flavors didn't work together.

Mouthfeel and carbonation were about what you'd expect from an IPA.

Not worth it. I love IBU's and have had very few beers ever I've described as "too bitter" but this one is way unbalanced.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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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 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 Etan
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint size can served in a FFF pint glass. Purchased at a local Binny's. Canned within a week or two.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to thick ring. Some soapy lace is left behind.

S: Mostly bitter pine with some light grassy notes a slightly sweet malty body.

T: Very bitter hops up front. It does mix with the sweetness of the malts for the beginning, but the malt body fades quickly and you're left with raw hop bitterness, some grass and light pine needle flavor.

M: Medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. It not the best going down, but it does have a lightness on the finish. The hops just really attack palate.

O: This was pretty run of the mill, the body of the beer being slightly imbalanced and dominated by more of a bitter and pine hop presence in a raw form. I would definitely pass over this for other beers and if I need I cans I've got Daisy Cutter at my disposal for $2 less for a four pack.

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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 SerialTicker
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.