Finback IPA
Finback Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,418
Ranked #9,458
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Finback Brewery
New York, United States
Very Good
Finback IPAFinback IPA
Notes: Bitter, dank, and hoppy. Filled with Chinook and Columbus hops.
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 335 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


can to snifter.

light yellow, very mild haze (5%). big frothy eggshell head. very good retention.

light citrus, grass.
very clean, some nice light citrus and grain notes. slightly earthy finish.
Sudsy, light body, very good carbonation.

a little boring, but high quality and simple and tasty.


Mar 31, 2021
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mpat from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just finished my 2nd 4pack. No bitterness but I wanna say it leaves a little something to be desired on the back end. But this is certainly drinkable and won't offend. A safe buy and I'd probably buy again.

Nov 19, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light orange in color, hazy and translucent with white foamy head.
Smell: Not too strong, somewhat sweet with botanical and citrus scent.
Taste: Somewhat sweet, a little bitterness. Not much malt, hops not overpowering.
Feel: Typical for an IPA, good carbonation.
Overall: A good IPA, I would drink again.

Jul 29, 2020
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden haze, smilar to fresh mangoes, with a one inch dense foam that slowly settles. Dense spots of sticky lace cling to the Spieglau IIPA glass. Highlights are bright and glowing amidst a moderate haze.

The aroma is a bit muddy, with papaya, light lime, caramel and pine resin. None of these are particularly pronounced. Warmth reveals some herbs.

The flavor is quite bitter with a brief burst of sweetness. It is moderately juicy, more tuned towards pine and pine resin. Papaya is slightly more than a suggestion. A long, resinous finish lodges in the back of the throat. Warmth helps the sweetness, but only faintly, and draws out mango.

Finback has a full body with fine carbonation and texture similar to combed wool. Alcohol is about as expected. A light astringency causes this to become drying.

This seems to be a hazy, West Coast IPA, a West Coast response to NEIPA. It is enjoyable, but a let-down, as I had expected something else. The flavor and aroma lack brightness. Perhaps it aged more rapidly than the one month date on the can.

Jul 06, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange, somewhat cloudy with a 3 finger bone white soapy head.

Aroma has some bright grapefruit notes and a little papaya.

The taste has more of the papaya notes - a little sweet and mellow tropical. The citrus goes away with the taste for the most part. Low malt leaves it up to the hops.

The feel is soft but a little thin bodied. Bitterness is low.

Not my favorite taste so I will not be looking for this one again. However there are other great beers from them to choose from.

May 05, 2019
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Kinger22 from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bold gold color with a quickly dissipating head. The smell is strong scents of cascade hops with a note of citrus. As for the taste, it is heavy on bitterness with some sweet citrus tones.

Dec 28, 2018
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can

Pours a nice, full finger of pillowy white head into my tulip. Body is a dark yellow with hues of orange. Clarity is quite high, definitely not a NEIPA (I just assume everything from the northeast is now). Carbonation looks about medium. Head retention wasn't anything special, but some serious film and initial lacing are hanging around. Looks decent so far.

The nose is good. At first it didn't come across that acidic, but definitely coming through more so now. There is a prominent grapefruit, as well as lemon. Possibly some softer fruits as well, mango, melon, but I'm not sure. Underneath there is a spicy hop character, unique for the style. It started off more juicy, and got more astringent and acidic. We'll see, it smells good, but verging on too sharp.

Hmm, yeah a little sharp, though it smooths out quickly. Bitterness hits hard at first as well, but quickly settles to a pretty moderate medium. Some earthy notes are contributed from the hops, not quite spicy though. Citrus is here mostly in the form of grapefruit. It's a good flavor, but I feel like it's lacking enough deep notes from the hops, a lot of acidity. More earthy/herbal flavors would be welcome.

Bitterness lingers a little bit, but not much. Wet on the mouth, but not sweet, pretty nice there, it's refreshing. Carbonation is medium, maybe a touch below that. The body is spot on, very drinkable, but not watery. The odd touch of extremely delayed lingering bitterness is annoying, and I suppose the acidity kinda affects mouthfeel, but it's more flavor; overall the mouthfeel is quite nice here.

Drinkability is good. It's a little rough around the edges, but it's tasty and there aren't any HUGE problems.

The appearance turned out pretty good, lacing was thick for the most part.

Overall a good beer, could benefit heavily from some flavor reallocation among the hops, but it's still good.

Dec 23, 2018
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jth63 from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice IPA. Appearance is a little pale, but it rates high on all other aspects. Had it on draft in a pint glass. Hops are clearly present, but not overdone. Worth $6.50 for a pint.

Dec 08, 2018
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


No canning date visible. Could have some age since the fourpack was on sale.

a; opaque orange with an inch thick white heqad which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Moderate citrus leaning to orange.

t; Follows the nose over a medium bready malt base, leading to a dry finish with a hint of bitterness.

m; "Meaty" medium plus, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A very good middle range NE style IPA. Becomes slightly bitter as it warms but remains substantial, flavorful and satisfying.

Nov 06, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Second time I had this and ended up pouring this can into a Heady Topper stemless tulip.
The appearance was a ruddy dark orange color with a stifled two finger white foamy head moderately sliding off to leave a nice filmy lace glazing my glass.
The aroma had a semi-sharp bittersweet piney-ness flowing into a sweet floral to melon hop-like character touching down on a mild clean biscuity maltiness.
The flavor meshes finely between a full bittersweet hoppy to clean malty taste but honestly, the malts really stay in the background. Nice piney sweet to slightly bitter aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nice and somewhat low carbonation with an appropriate ABV. The finish had a superb piney grip that I really liked.
Overall, seems a bit of a cross between a New England styled IPA and an American one. And honestly, one I would love to have again.

Sep 29, 2018
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jykleo from New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No canning date and lot# etc. No in-printed information at all.
Light yellow colour and slight hazy.
Aroma is not strong but existing citrus, some hops.
Taste is light in general but well balanced.
Easy drink and smooth.
After taste is quite good and prolong more than 5 min.

Jul 24, 2018
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CraftConsumer_97 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice honey color, with a thin foamy head which leaves a thin band of lace behind.

This is one of the sweeter tasting IPAs I've had. Has a carmel-like flavor, and gummy hints on the back end. Also has hints of melon. There is a requisite amount of bitterness on the back end to offset the sweetness.

Jul 12, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours hazy and honey colored; the head builds to a finger and sticks nicely; wispy lacing

Smell: Hints of caramel waft but are quickly overshadowed by the dank, piney hop tones

Taste: A touch of malt sweetness from start to finish to ease the path for the dank hop flavors; very piney, with an herbal character and perhaps a little tropical fruit; bold with an oniony finish and some fusel alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth

Overall: A throwback to the heyday of the west coast IPA, this one is tough to drink because the bitter pine tines are too one dimensional

Jun 13, 2018
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deniro from New York

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's definitely one of of my favorite IPA's right now. It's brewed with honeydew melon and you can get a slight taste of it and whiff of it when you smell it. But not overly sweet. The other citrus in here too fits in perfectly. Just right. love the hops in here too. A nice amount of bitterness and tang on the back end to offset the honeydew melon. Finback hit this one out of the park.

May 05, 2018
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smogg from New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dank. Almost stagnant canal, belying the almost clear-lake look to it. There’s a meatiness to it after the initial larger-like hit. Great nose that carried through to the mouth. Wish I knew more about hopes to properly describe it but it’s savoury, full bodied and very predictable. Wld definitely buy this again.

Apr 01, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear, orange beer with a fluffy off white head. Nice bands of lacing left behind. Tons of fruit in the nose with oranges and grapefruit. There is a moderate sweetness with a lot of orange flavor. Toward the end a caramel malt comes out and the sip finishes with a nice bitterness. This is a really tasty IPA.

Mar 30, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 13 Feb, picked up at Bridge Liquors in Newport.

A mildly hazy orange with an off white head with good retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose is quite excellent with gobs of fruit. There's mango, peach, papaya, a touch of grain and a little husk. A mild grassy hoppy flavor is present as well. The palate opens juicy and fruity with peach, passionfruit, papaya, Kent mangos and pineapple juice. Very refreshing with just a little bit of grass present that detracts from the beer. Drying and juicy on the finish with a mild bitterness. Medium light in body with a moderate level of carbonation, there's a bit of a carbonic acid bite towards the finish which in conjunction with the grassy hops detracts from the excellent flavors. Solid stuff.

Mar 29, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can poured into a snifter. Hazy amber-golden color with a medium sized white head. Dank aroma with some grapefruit and little pine. The taste was a nice dank resin with a bit of pine and citrus to round it out. Medium bodied and old-school in feel. Very nice.

Mar 14, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw and orange color. The haze gives it a NEIPA look. The frothy and bubbly head is about a thumbnail length high and shows great retention, leaving a creamy film and sudsy lacing.
First impressions of the aroma are of a citrus bomb that hits the nose with tones of grapefruit pulp and freshly squeezed orange. I also detect banana and pineapple. However, there is a piny, resinous and herbal aroma that soon comes to the fore and creates a nice interplay with the citrus and tropical juices.
Belying its NEIPA look, the taste has more of a West Coast quality. It has a dry bitterness that is redolent of sharp pine needles. The finish, clean at first, gradually becomes more resinous. Amidst this earthy bitterness, the palate is concurrently awash with a chalky feeling grapefruit pith and a touch of lemon peel; a lovely duet between citrus and pine. For sure, this one is all about the hops.
The mouthfeel is wonderfully soft and smooth, owing perhaps to the inclusion of wheat. It is medium bodied with a tongly yet restrained carbonation. It is citrusy, earthy and dry with a prickly bitterness. I like that the bitterness is ample yet not palate wrecking.
Overall a wonderful no nonsense IPA. I’m happy to continue drinking this great local product.

Mar 06, 2018
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon straw color, with a nice fluffy head. Smells of citrus hops with a bit of tropical fruit. Taste is more bitter dank hops than the lighter flavors in the aroma. Mouthfeel is fine, moderate carbonation. Overall, this was a good IPA although I have some question about its age since the single pint can I bought had no discernible date mark.

Feb 12, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks hazy, almost opaque bright gold with a huge pillowy white head. Very long retention, with sheets of lacing. Looks like a true New England juice bomb.

The aroma is an awesome balance of fruit and dankness. Pineapple, catnip, weed, orange, mango, papaya, peach, earth.

Big yellow peach, white grapefruit, pineapple, and orange upfront. Hints of passionfruit, white grape, and mango. Smooth chewy doughy malts, big but not sweet. Dank on the back end with notes of catnip, pine, and skunk weed. Just faintly bitter for a moment, but finishes clean and lightly dry.

The feel is smooth, creamy, moderately carbonated. Glides quickly on the palate, but feels rich and filling.

This is an excellent NE IPA! It's creamy and juicy, but also focuses heavily on dank aspects, which makes it dynamic and flavorful. A wonderful beer.

Jan 20, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with rich head and nice lacing.
S: Citrus, hops, floral, pine.
T: Follows the nose, rich citrus with a nice pine bite. Very clean and drinkable.
M: Medium
O: Very nice IPA, clean flavors and crisp. Enjoyed this one a lot.

Dec 23, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a hazy light orange color with 2 inches of fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a blend of tropical and citrus fruits and dank hops. The taste is dank and a bit piney at first followed up by bitter citrus fruits and overripe tropical fruits. Lime, grapefruit, guava, tangerine and pineapple. Dank and almost herbal at the end with some orange peel and more grapefruit. Mild alcohol presence. Creamy with a dry mouthfeel. Worth seeking out.

Dec 08, 2017
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djkman from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Looks like a beer. Nice gold color. Not too foamy. Good carbonation.
Smell: this is where it differentiates itself from others. A distinct citrus grapefruit aroma but the pine smell is 50/50 with the grapefruit. Made the smell stand out.
In a good way of course.
Feel: again private private private !!!
Good hop/pine bite at first with the citrus on the after taste. Definitely went the pine route to be distinctive on this IPA IMHOpinion. You do NOT taste the 7 percent. The pine hop taste hides it well.
A fine straight up IPA from Finback.
It makes me want to persue their other IPA variants and see how they are.
And thats my review.

Dec 03, 2017
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tzieser from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Pours a light orange color with a slight haze. Piney, herbal hop aroma. Piney hop flavor with a bit of orange pith and apple. Overall a solid IPA.

Nov 26, 2017
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