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Threadless IPA | Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good
124 Reviews
Threadless IPAThreadless IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by emerge077 on 06-22-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
594
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
27.25%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
78
For Trade:
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a spongy antique white head on a slightly hazy orange body. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles popping off the bottom of the glass.

S- The soft mellow green citrus hops are all that come out of the clean aroma and they turn more orange as it opens but remain very soft.

T- The caramel malt note turns more biscuit as it opens with some mellow green hops turning pungent after the dry finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a nice mellow British ale that shows a good malt character but the hop pungency is bitter and really covers and dominates the whole flavor. It is a bit hard to drink because of the bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.2/5  rDev +18%

Malt and fruity, herbal hops on the nose. Pours Hazy gold-amber with a 1” lightly gold tinted foam collar. This is a hop driven beer that features melon, orange and citrus flavors over a malt backbone and finishes with some hop astringency that complements the hop bitterness. Medium body and medium low carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dim marmalade color. Head is frothy and timid. It does leave consistent lacing webs. Body is lightly hazy.

S-Candied apricots and sweet clementine flesh. Soft fruity hoppiness. Not very piney. The candied apricots are stressed. Malt makes this one very balanced.

T-The taste beats out the nose easily. More pronounced than the aroma. Plenty of candied apricots and clementines. Nice light grassiness. Caramel malt is significant. A bit of bread too. Light bitterness that lingers but is not too noticeable.

M-Lighter and sessionable. Soft carbonation. Booze masked excellently. Drinks very easy. Almost feels creamy.

O/D-I enjoyed this to a certain extent. The 'balanced/candied fruit hop IPA' is not my favorite interpretation of the style, but this one is still quite tasty. Too pricey for a 4-pack. Overall this is a mediocre-to-slightly above average IPA.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden light copper color with a half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of lacing.

Earthiness, pine, fresh cut grass, and a touch of dank resiny hop begin the aroma. There's an underlying bready, nutty malt character, along with some grapefruit.

More earthy hops are evident in the flavor, along with herbal, grassy notes. There's a lemony citrus underpinning. Floral hops add intrigue, and a substantial bready, toasted malt backbone ties the various hop characters together. The finish is slightly bitter and almost stale.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency. Alcohol warmth is present, but restrained.

Overall, a bit malty for the style. Finish isn't as bitter as some, which is fine with me. Hop flavors are all a little subdued, though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Picked up this to get more can reviews!

A - Standard IPA with a bright clear amber brown body and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.
S - Smells some hops and herbal like malts, nothing offensive.
T - Slightly herbal yet more malt forward this IPA doesn't seem to impress or sooth any hop lovers palate, still it leaves a bitter finish on the after taste.
M - On par easy to drink with a light to medium body.
Overall I picked this one up for $2.69 which is fairly affordable for a craft single pounder still their are better IPA's so try something else!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with blonde highlights and a thin head into my glass. Wished it were clearer but it is what it is.

Sweet with a touch of pine hops in the nose. Very mellow. For those who may be can-phobic, there is no metallic-anything whatsoever.

Ditto on flavor. It has a citrus edge as well. Crisp. Buttery. Very easygoing.

Finishes with a good dab of citrus bitterness. Whoa. That's all that seems to linger.

It has the bitterness down phat in some places. If they really want to impress, they could use this as the basis for a DIPA. The recipe is just begging for it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, no date

hazy orangish rust color, off white head that thins but hangs around. nice hoppy aroma - mix of citrus and earthy hops. quite nice. taste is a good balance of good hop flavor and bready malt. slightly bitter finish. medium body, moderate carbonation. fuller mouthfeel, nice.

overall a very good IPA for every day drinking.

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the can into a tulip with a dark orange-light amber body. Small creamy white head forms to about a finger high but only stays around for a few moments, poor retention. Head falls to a small cloud and ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Caramel and toasted biscuit malts at about the same level as the hops in a somewhat faint aroma. Hops are pine, citrus and some tropical fruits.

T- Hops lead the way here with a big pine, orange peel and floral feel. Some tropical and stone fruit hints as well. Caramel, toasted and biscuit malts provide a decent balance and backdrop, not just a hop bomb.

MF- Moderately thick body with a medium-high carbonation. Texture is silky and somewhat creamy and smooth overall. Finishes off with a nice bitterness.

Enjoyable but I feel like the malts are a bit too distracting at times and nothing really jumps out or stands out for me overall. Solid.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz can, gushed a bit upon opening. Poured a very murky, rusty-orange color with tall, rocky, frothy, ivory colored head with excellent head retention & chunky lacing on the glass. Smells pungent, earthy, evergreen/piny. With the first sip, it's hop forward, hop middle, hop lingers. Pungently bitter, lacking any malty sweetness, tons of pine tar, earthy, evergreen, grapefruit, and apricot; insanely bitter (I like bitter, but this is out of balance). Body is medium, overly resiny, the occasional chunky yeasty ruins the feel. Finishes very dry and astringent with the pungent bitterness lingering on & on. I had this on tap a year or two ago with a better result, but this can of IPA was offensive.

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Photo of maximum12
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Another entry into the already crowded shelves of the Twin Cities: already, there are great breweries like Weyerbacher that one seldom sees anymore...but that's a discussion for another time. Big 16 oz. can.

The pour is orange marmalade & it looks to be roughly the same consistency. Carbonation is tame. Nose goes straight to the oranges, tinged with citrus & a slow dose of malty sweetness. Mostly sugary oranges. Unsure.

Threadless wants to be a balanced IPA (sorry for the cuss word). Bitterness & orangey citrus flash through the palate like a lightning bolt & last approximately the same amount of time. Burly malts take over with a sweeping sweetness that tips quickly into an aspirin, medicinal tint (my wife called it 'metallic'). The aftertaste is unpleasant. And sticks around. Shared the can with my wife: "I won't miss this when it's gone." Eight ounces. Too much.

Not sure where this one went off the rails, but it's weirdly, nastily bitter & simultaneously too malty. I'm not sure I've ever had a beer like it, but I won't miss it when it's gone, either. My first Finch's beer is a disappointment. Not going to finish it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a very hazy orange colored brew with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast but leaves a very nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall. It dose however have some aromas of a grapefruit and pine nature as well as a bit of a bready and a lightly yeasty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some bready and a light caramel and orange flavor mixed with a rather strong grapefruit and pine hop flavor. As the flavor advances the caramel, orange, and some of the bready flavors dwindle, with the grapefruit getting stronger. While the grapefruit gets stronger the pine remains constant, but the two are joined by a grassy flavor which ends up overpowering the pine. In the end, as the sweetness lessens and the grassy and grapefruit get stronger, a rather bitter and more dry flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The medium body and carbonation are quite appropriate for the lighter bready and sweet flavors of the brew keeping it a rather drinkable even with its more bitter grassy and grapefruit flavors.

Overall – A rather nice drier, grapefruity bitter, and slightly grassy brew.

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Photo of ZAP
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

As a beer this is ok...run of the mill. As an IPA it is below average. Aroma is unremarkable (and that is being kind), taste is a mix of wet toasted malt and lemon peel. Has a sharp, astringent finish. With so many great IPA's on the market this is well below average for the class which is how I scored it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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 mynie
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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 mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy, pillowy white head that takes forever to settle, leaving a moderate amount of sticky white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Very soft and subtle on the nose with scents of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and minerals front and center, but as the beer warms and settles, traces of lemon, lime, and bitter orange gradually assert themselves.

T: Soft, smooth entry quickly reveals powerful notes of pine, spruce, juniper berry, lemon rind, lime, bitter orange, fresh herbs, grass, and grapefruit. Around mid-palate the malt kicks in, offering up delicate flavors of sweet cream, caramel, biscuit, crackers, and light brown sugar. The finish is sticky with notes of citrus, herbs, pine, cream, biscuit, and caramel in abundance.

M: Very soft, silky, and smooth in the mouth, though it does become a bit more resinous fairly quickly. Carbonation is decidedly delicate and restrained. I was expecting a firmer, more mineral-laden texture, but this is still quite appealing.

O: Not a bad IPA by any stretch. It kind of reminds me of a simpler version of Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger in that it presents more of a muddy bitterness rather than distinctive citrus character. The problem is that this beer just is not distinct enough to stand out from the crowd. I definitely would not turn this down if it were offered to me, and I can even see myself recommending this beer to someone new to the style, but I doubt I will go out of my way to track this ale down again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a small pine hop. In the taste, gingerbread like malt, small pine hops, and quite English like. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange rind and small gingerbread like malt in the aftertaste. Mellow hops and quite English.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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 KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a sixteen ounce can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours hazy cloudy copper orange with thick sticky white foam. Patchy as the foam breaks up. Crazy sticky. Strong pine smell. Like a forest. Grassy. Very bitter taste. Holds sway and doesnt let go. Chunks float. The bitter softens with time which sllows the malt to catch up. Overall a good beer, but not great.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Murky dark yellow brown color. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Supremely floral and citrusy. Papaya leads the way followed by mango and orange. Bready yeastiness, mild neutral malt sweetness, and just the slightest touch of caramel.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Floral and citrus hops with the fruits mentioned above. Lots of yeastiness, mild neutral maltiness, mild bitterness, and a touch of caramel.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with chewiness from the yeast.

3.5 D: Tasty, well rounded IPA. Lots of yeast, but it isn't too distracting.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Good call on the “tall-boy” can format. Very aggressive hopping here, a bit of a occupy our palates going on here and it works. Serious hop heads need try and anyone wanting to jump in with both feet. Each sip our taste buds get pummeled with hops and we can’t help but to go back for more. Very well done!

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Mildly hazed amber, excellent showing of lace

SMELL: Dried orange peel, stone fruit jam, kiss of caramel, biscuity, spicy, slightly estery, melon rind

TASTE: Smooth, slightly crisp, medium bodied, quite bitter, orange rind, mint, leafy, faintly vegtal, peppery, mild warming alcohol, grassy, caramel, bread crust, hop resin, hoppy semi-dry finish

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Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with a really nice, thick, lumpy head on top. Mild hoppy aromas of green pine needles, oranges, melon, and wet grass over a bit of honey-like malt. Bitter, floral and resinous hoppiness in the flavor. This one certainly leans to the green, earthy-ish, spicy side of things. Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess and texture. I'm liking this more the deeper I get into the glass...it's different. Lots of Columbus, I think. There's no date on the can, so who knows how old it is? Still, pretty interesting, though probably not worth having more than one or two.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finch’s Threadless IPA has a medium, creamy, off-white head, an opaque, gold-orange appearance, some noticeable, clinging bubbles, and lacing, top to bottom. Aroma is of flowers, nectar, hop oil, and white bread. Flavor is of sweet, white bread, not so bitter hop bitterness, sugar, and pine oil. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Finch’s Threadless IPA finishes on the dry side and quite drinkable.

RJT

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Threadless IPA from Finch's Beer Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 594 ratings.
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