Skull Hammer
Finch Beer Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,912
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #35,259
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
52
From:
Finch Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  13
SCORE
86
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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Reviews by dbrauneis:
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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
More User Reviews:
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Billolick from New York

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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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h4ger from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 11, 2019
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Kellenj35 from Louisiana

4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 13, 2020
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KingBiscuit from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 19, 2019
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 02, 2019
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Mickt465 from New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 17, 2019
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jtransel from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 24, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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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jaxon53 from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 23, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
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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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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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filthyhabits from New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 26, 2017
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at McGillicuddys

Oct 30, 2018
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johunnic from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2016
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npendres from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 04, 2018
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 26, 2017
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baklo from North Carolina

3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 30, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 16 oz can on January 27, 2017.

Jan 28, 2017
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Holy Malt Bomb...

Nov 12, 2017
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 17, 2017
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Azpittil57 from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 29, 2018
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jgunther71 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 28, 2017
Skull Hammer from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 52 ratings