Skull Hammer
Finch Beer Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,876
Ranked #34,355
3.71 | pDev: 8.89%
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Skull Hammer follows up on the popularity of our award winning Hardcore Chimera. This Imperial IPA is a juicy gateway into the depths of your skull. Nailing the East Coast Style IPA that is more sweet than bitter, this head banger hammers down with the juicy blend of everyone's favorite hops including Citra, Mosaic, & Simcoe. Whether you are a neurosurgeon, Viking, carpenter, or beer enthusiast, this is the Hammer to reach for.
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Billolick from New York

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall can.

Pour is medium hazed under a light tan cap and leaving fine ringed sheeting.

Fruited up nose, with melon and cotton candy coming forward.

Fruity and sweet, with more melon, some lime with semi resiny hops coming in late....decent but not overly impressed here .... one and done for sure on this one.

Aug 17, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 16. oz. can with no date that I can see. Sampled on November 3, 2018.

Orange-amber pour with good clarity and a foamy, white colored head with lacing.

I would call it a subtle aroma with a basic fruity and floral sensation. Maybe herbal. But the bready malts and other characters fail to jump out at me.

The mouthfeel is medium or maybe a little less.

Floral characters in the taste but this is far more bitter than anything else. Some sweetness. This could have an appeal for some.

Nov 03, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a bronzed copper color with good transparency about it. Mild film of head sat atop and concavely had an adequate lace about it.
The aroma had a dried citrusy leafy hop bitterness rolling into a honey laden biscuity maltiness.
The flavor definitely leans towards the biscuity malty stickiness kindly adhering to some floral and citrusy bitter hops. Light aftertaste of floral dry hoppiness with some honey biscuity malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a sly bitter harshness pegging down my tongue. Mild stickiness and a semi-crisp brush slide over my tongue. Good carbonation and sturdy ABV. Finish was malty, dry and florally laden.
Overall, an odd sort of DIPA but definitely "old school." Might give another shot again if offered.

Oct 13, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can from Bridge Liquors in Newport.

A clear copper with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a bit of a sweet mess. Caramel, toffee, candied orange, cooked peach, melon and a mild mint note. The palate opens sweet with a moderate bitterness present. Honey, candied orange peel, mild kiwi, melon and some peach notes are present. The mid palate has caramel and a little butterscotch. Medium in body and moderately carbonated, this beer finishes sweet with some fruit notes. Disappointing.

Aug 22, 2018
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours the typical orange golden hue for DIPAs. The nose is not as heavy in pine/resin and grapefruit. The first taste, I was surprised, this was a very soft beer, not dry, almost to say a bit on the sweeter side, very untypical for a DIPA.
The second and third sips were the same, big full mouthfuls, but not that dry crisp that I look for. The aftertaste was somewhat dull. Nothing to to brag about, just a finish

Jul 11, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark golden and fairly clear. It has a slightly off white head and head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has aroma of stone fruit, mostly peach. There is some pineapple with it and a slight bit of grainy sweetness.

Taste: The flavors are sweet with peach and pineapple. There is also a bit of apricot.

Feel: It has a moderately heavy body with a bit of slickness to it. It finishes quite sweet.

Overall, the flavors work well together with the sweetness taking a bit away from the bitterness.

Jun 15, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - hazy golden tan color with a great white head and skimming
Smell - incredibly piney bitterness and some citrus
Taste - same as the scent, almost dead on. Pretty bitter
Feel - medium light body with light carbonation
Overall - not bad, really bitter and really piney

Mar 26, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Nice piney/resiny bitterness with some sweet caramel.

Mar 04, 2018
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy murky orange color normal to east coast style . Nice dense cream colored head falls slow and laces very well. A good looking brew for sure.

Aroma is really sweet and fruity, toasted bready malts with loads of tropical fruits mango, pineapple, passion fruit maybe some lighter citrus underneath giving it hints of bitterness.

Taste is like the nose and other east coast style brews. Nothing to knock it for fruity and sweet some light citrus bitterness in the finish. Solid beer for the style so rating it as such, think I am about over the east coast style personally ready for a big bitter I2PA again.

Mouthfeel is medium with say about medium level of carbonation.

Overall good for the style but I might have to start looking up every IPA before I purchase it. Some times a man just needs a west coast hop bomb like the good old days.

Jan 05, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate burnt orange + golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy beige colored head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, herbal, and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel + toasted malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of caramel + toasted malts with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, herbal, and pine hops which impart a just shy of moderate amount of bitterness which lingers slightly leaving a light lingering caramel malty sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I thought this was a well-constructed and conceptualized old school East Coast style DIPA (I'm thinking in the same vein as Dogfish Head 90 Minute). Enjoyable with a moderate to heavy amount of maltiness balancing out the moderate hoppiness and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Sep 04, 2017
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Jwpeltier from Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Malty with no haze at all in mine. Not sure they know what a NEIPA tastes like but no Juiciness here. Dated best by 12/28/17 ehich should have scared me away. A fresh NEIPA should be consumed within a few weeks. Yuck!

Aug 29, 2017
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can.
L: Cloudy but bright orange, with a small eggshell colored head. Lotsa' sediment in this one.
S: Fruity and sweet.
T: Citrus and mango.
A: Medium body, nice carbonation.
O: I'm under the impression that Finch's considers this a New England style IPA, if so, it's the first one I've tried and it won't be the last. This was solid, but I'll take their Hardcover Chimera over this one.

May 04, 2017
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