Threadless IPA | Finch's Beer Co.

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Threadless IPAThreadless IPA

Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

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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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a recent trip through Ohio...

A: Pours a nice cloudy amber honey color with about a half finger of head. The foam settles really quickly, leaving behind just a few wispy bubbles.

S: I get big pine, big malt, and big acne-pads. Another Finch's can, another astringent brew.

T: This beer starts out sweet, but then the acne medication makes a huge appearance. It's terrible. In the back end I can pick up some pineapple, lemon, and peach notes. The bitters linger for a bit with some resiny pine hitting you in the face.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start and the hops are intense in the finish.

O: This is another real bummer for me. The astringent nature completely blanks out any nuance in flavor. Infact, it's hard to really taste anything at all. Hopefully these can are just old. But who knows?

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Photo of Thads324
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Never heard of this brewery but I like pint cans.

Pours a deep gold with light orange hues. Big tight white head. Pillowy with super lacing.
Aroma starts with citrus hops, a very mild earthy pine with some faint sweet malt. Not much else. Not a strong smell, but what's there is good.
Flavor starts really watery, then has a bit of basic sweet malt, mild bitterness with sharp pine and a bit of juicy citrus. The bitterness is not strong, but lasts long. The other flavors of grass. Pune and tropical fruits are also solid but short. Interesting and unique, but I like it. The malt isn't very prominent and the beer stays watery in terms of body and malt flavor. There's a hint of toasted grains and sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is overly light and watery. Very drinkable. Smooth well carbonated.

Overall this beer is just really unique. So here we go;
Pros : good bitterness that lasts long. Nice secondary hop flavors of earth, pine, light tropical fruits. Super drinkable.
Cons : very watery. All back of the tongue flavor. Not much on aroma, but what's there is good.

This would be a great intro ipa for someone getting into ipas, as it is bitter but drinkable and flavorful, plus for them the can is split able. For me, I'll have another. I think I like this as a summer ipa

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Photo of ForrestChess
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Again, my apologies for a short review.
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Yellow/Orange-ish color with small head. Good smell (not great) and heavier on bitterness than compared to hops' flavors. Not a fantastic beer, but a solid IPA. and having read on here that it was only brewed once (allegedly, or as recenly as has been updated here on BA) I feel glad to have tried it, especially living outside its distributional region.

(again, thanks Adam, for bring this east for me and Jules to try)

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of biscuit malt and the resulting sweetness, as well as some pine and a little bit of orange citrus. The flavor has a lot of toffee and caramel malt in it, with some pine and a hint of grass from the hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nicnut45
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- Pint can poured into a clear solo cup. No freshness dating indicated. I will take a chance on it as IPA'S stay fresher in cans.

A-Not a big bountiful head nor a small one on a semi vigorous pour but somewhere in between. Head is off white. Beer is a hazy amber color and will not clear up as it warms so I dont believe chill haze is a factor. Nothing fascinating or remarkable about its color but color is not a major concern.

S-Smells fresh and reaches your nose as it pours out of the can. The typical citrus qualities are evident. Mostly a strong orange. Faint whiffs of sweet smelling malts shine through, cotten candy like.

T&MF-A very balanced IPA. Not bitter just for the sake of being bitter but I think more attention was given to emphasize the finer qualities of the hops used. A lot of orange flavor compliments the sweet malts used. Not overly sweet like many ipa's ive had and definetly not on the dry side as I prefer but in the middle. Carbonation is maybe a tad less then what it should be but I think this contributes to a full mouthfeel.

O-I tried this per the advice of a Binnys employee and I was pleasently suprised. I will definetly pick it up again. And canned IPA's are almost always better then bottled. Its too bad a lot of brewers dont follow suit.

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Photo of biker30x
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a hazy honey golden with a tight head that lasts & laces the sides. Some larger "floaties" proclaimed this a real beer.

Nose a little faint but mostly hoppy resin.

First sip doesn't pop, rather it creeps into the taste buds, releasing hoppy bombs all the way. Favors remain slightly thin throughout, focused as much on the hoppy burn as anything else. The malty spine fails to carry the load but not for lack of effort.

Mouthfeel is thin & prickely though not unpleasant.

A drinkable IPA, at 6%, more than one won't end badly (though the pint can makes up for that).

In all a nice IPA that's likely to get lost in the field of better offerings.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a four pack of cans in Munster during DLD. I like gimmicks.

Pours nice, dark gold with a fluffy white head.

Smells like caramel, biscuit, and citrus. Pretty boilerplate but interesting enough. Tastes... very much the same, only with a neat little kick of peaty soil in the back end that lends some complication to the hop bitterness and does a nice job of balancing out the sweet malt beginning.

Well, I guess the most remarkable thing about this is the fact that the can is really cute. Aside from that, it's a pretty solid but unexceptional IPA.

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Photo of BellsFan
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a nut shell: just average.

Appearance. Wife aggressively poured it into my "McCrackHaus" dry stout pint glass. The pour created significant foaming that quickly dispersed but left consistent lacing on the glass.
Aroma. Nothing interesting here. Hops of some sort.
Taste. Slightly below average with only a hint of bandaids. Enjoymeny is possable because it's not too hard to get passed the bandaids.
Mouthfeel. Crisp. Thick (for an IPA, just right for a double). Good.
Overall. Just about average but, I'm glad to have tried it!

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Photo of EvanM
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I purchased a 4 pack of these this weekend. I have about one nice beer each evening. Tonight, my third pint of the four pack. Sampled today with some Lays Flamin' Hot Potato Chips - a good combo. This beer has some strong flavor and is very similar to other offerings from Finch's. It reminds me of a Rye. So, I like it but I think I like "Cutthroat" a little better (which is a little less harsh but similar). This is not as hopped as I would expect or maybe its just the other strong flavors that dominate the normally floral essence of a good IPA. So.. Color=Ale color(amber..surprise!) suds = check! Lacing= who cares what are we like ladies or snobs? Mouth feel= liquidy with some foamyness lkinda like beer (oh, yeah). Overall I like it, but it is just alittle to dry on the palate and I think I will probably not return to it any time soon. It was, however, worth a try and actually pretty interesting.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap a few times, with mixed impressions. For this review, pint can poured into Duvel tulip.

This guy pours a nice amber color, with about 3/4 inch of head. The smell is mainly of mild caramel, with a bit of dried apricot or peach. Not much hop presence in the aroma. As for the taste of this, I actually find it to be balanced. A bit of the same caramel up front, with bittering hops to finish. I didn't get the bitter finish when having it on tap recently: old kegs, possibly?

Overall, I think this is decent. It could use more of an aromatic hop, as well as a bit of citra? Just a suggestion. As a Chicagoan, I want this to be a little better than it is. We could use an outstanding, locally brewed, widely available IPA.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with enough carb to build a short-lived head of off-white foam that drops to a collar and leaves a few specks of lace. Light pine scent along with a bit cooked corn. Tastes of sweet caramel malts mixed with pine resin and grapefruit hoppiness. Finishes bitter, then a touch sweet with a very late smack of hop bitterness. Enough malt in this to make it chewy if it sat on the shelf too long. I'd get this one as fresh as possible.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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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 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 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 wyattshotmaker
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at village tap, orange hue w/o much head. Smell is mostly herbal hop flavor, caramelized sugar, touch of pine.

Moderate herbal hop flavor, bitterness is upfront, slightly sticky sweet malt flavor. Very tongue coating.

Feels a touch thick for an ipa. Tongue coating stickiness detracts from the drinkability. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Village Tap. Hazy orange, with some light getting through. Fine layer of foam on top, spindly lace in the glass on the opposite side. Head retention was pretty good.

Sweet caramel aroma, then some grapefruit, dried citrus peel. Flavors were similar, sweet caramel, mild grapefruit, firm and lingering earthy bitterness in the finish that builds over time. The body was medium, and towards the last half it became a little tedious to drink. Something lighter with more citrus flavor and less sweet caramel malt would benefit this beer. As it is, it's pretty one and done for me.

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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 TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Kinda mixed results thus far with Finch's, so I've gotta give their new IPA a shot. It pours a clear gold-ish straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, caramel, and some honeydew in the background. The taste holds notes of light pine, vanilla, cream, lemon peel, and light-ish caramel. There's some sort of Creamsicle vibe going on here... The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I'm a bit conflicted with this beer. It's not really bad in any way, but the strange Creamsicle character on the tongue is slightly off-putting, and the IPA-ness never really expresses itself outside of the nose. I'd generally drink another one, but I wouldn't excitedly recommend one to someone else.

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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
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