Skull Hammer | Finch Beer Co.

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3.73/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
finchbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by emerge077 on 06-15-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,759
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
25
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by jaxon53:
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of mntlover
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of filthyhabits
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coltron23
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tbone2131
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of johunnic
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Holy Malt Bomb...

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Photo of baklo
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lanciloti
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CSO
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bammer21
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwpeltier
2.5/5  rDev -33%
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!

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Photo of porters4life
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MurphDog14
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cascade24
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Skull Hammer from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 25 ratings