Rolling In Clouds
Finback Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,066
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,960
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 7.19%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
104
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Finback Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  28
SCORE
91
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Notes: Brewed for the New Wave. Bright, balanced, just the right amount of bitterness and juice. Our go-to hazy
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 104 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden with dissipating head. Some tropical aromatics. It's got those tropical flavors on the front end but that gives way for a vegetal bite on the finish. It's a solid IPA.

Oct 24, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased from Threes Brewing for $20 for a 4-pack. Canned on 3/19/2021, so this is being consumed one day shy of a month old.

Look: Has a very hazy, bright orange color. This one was excited to come out of the can. The white head is slightly rocky and shows decent lacing.

Smell: My first impression upon opening the can is that there is a strong peach gummy aroma. I think that as I got to smell the whole beer and not just the headspace of the can, I am getting a lot of other aromas like mango, tangerine, guava, cantaloupe, and green bell pepper on the finish that I like. The finish also has this spiciness that is interesting, which I don't think is attributable to the green bell pepper note alone. There is definitely juiciness on the nose, but it seems to me that there are a lot of other notes that will hold that juiciness and sweetness in check.

Taste: For 7.1% ABV, this tastes like a big beer to me. Not that the alcohol is easily detectable, but that it is impactful for its weight class. I think that this beer has good flavors, which mimic the nose for the most part. I get some tropical and citrus juiciness and sweetness up front along with peach and apricot flavors, but it's pretty tame compared to a lot of other NEIPA juiciness/sweetness. To me, it seems that this beer wants to get to the finish and give you the lingering bitterness to counterbalance the rest of the fruitiness. A lot of the other beers brewed in this style do not want to get to the finish, and once they do they don't want to give you a lingering bitterness. I get a lot of pithy grapefruit notes on the finish, along with some of that green bell pepper flavor and generic pepperiness. Actually, after I poured off the bottom of the can along with the sediment and floaties I thought that both the mouthfeel and flavor improved. Sometimes, you do that and the mouthfeel and flavor get worse!

Feel: The mouthfeel is okay; I'm not sure if it delivers the type of creamy, soft mouthfeel that one comes to expect and hope for with and NEIPA nowadays. Mouthfeel was much improved after pouring the last few ounces.

Overall: This is my first Finback beer. I like it, it's really well made, but in a way it doesn't really wow me. Maybe my standards are too high, or maybe the bar was set too high for this beer with the hype associated with it, or maybe I don't really like NEIPAs as much as I think I do. It's hard to say. It's definitely a good beer, but I feel like perhaps it's missing something (or maybe it has too much of something). The beer has an aggressive finish, which I certainly don't mind in my IPAs. Maybe I was just hoping for a different flavor profile when I bought this? I think that maybe I am being too hard on it. I actually do enjoy this beer and I think that it is taking some time to grow on me.

Note from the Can: BE FRESH + DRINK NOW. IPA in the manner of the new wave, brewed in New York.

Apr 19, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque shade of electric yellow with a frothing two finger head of off white foam that laces the glass very well. Aroma is slightly weak, some bitter grapefruit and peach. Flavor is mostly dried pineapple + apricot candy with an assertive, slightly boozy and prickly pine sap heat on the back end. Some floral, pithy grapefruit and orange zest rounds it out on the finish with very understated hints of sweet mango. Slightly bitter/waxy and dry. Mouthfeel is luscious, thick and well carbonated. Hearty and rich, but very easy to drink. Overall I think this is a wonderful AIPA.

Jan 06, 2021
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Gajo74 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can it pours a cloudy, as the name suggests, golden orange color. A large frothy and sudsy head retains well.

The aroma evokes bright and sweet notes of a wide range of fruit. Notes of orange and grapefruit pith, tropical notes of pineapple and mango, and fruity notes of peach.

Very juicy with flavors of grapefruit, orange, lime, mango, pineapple, peach and apricot. A doughy and biscuity malt base contributes sweetness and supports the hops flavors. Spicy and prickly with sharp notes of pine, grass and alcohol spice. There is a touch of resiny bitterness for balance. Medium to full bodied with mouth coating juiciness. The finish is bright, pithy and resiny. The carbonation is moderate.

Bursting with hops throughout with flavors and spices that are intense and complex. Even at “just” 7.1% ABV, it feels bigger. I enjoyed the kick it provided.

Oct 06, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy yellow with foamy white head and marbled lacing.
Smell: Lemon and lime, some alcohol and grain.
Taste: Mango and pineapple. Many notes of hops, but little bitterness. Some alcohol and a little malt.
Feel: Somewhat sweet and well carbonated.
Overall: A well balanced IPA.

Sep 26, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This very fresh can pour, opaquely cloudy, pale yellow with a 1cm foam cap. The aroma includes orange, pineapple and mango. The flavor matches the nose, is quite rich, and includes a minty note. The brew is a bit sweet. The hop bitterness is moderate. The mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth. This is very good.

Apr 18, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque yellow gold color with 2 healthy fingers of bright white head. The head leaves a crown of lacing before slowly dissipating into a thick blanket of foam.

The aroma brings notes of mango, pineapple, guava, and melon. There's a hint of grainy malt before a wave of rind and dankness on the back end.

The flavor is very sweet up front. There's a ton of candied orange, mango, pineapple, honey, and ripe honeydew melon. The finish is slightly rindy and subtly bitter. Not much balance here.

The feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy and soft, with a slightly sticky finish. That sounds gross.

Overall, this is a solid all-around beer. It's very fruity and if you like "juice bombs" you'll definitely like this one. It's a bit too sweet and unbalanced for me, but it's still a drinkable beer.

Feb 05, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ouncer w/o canning date info that I can decipher.

Pour here is pretty typical NEIPA kinda stuff, with a larger and lasting cap making its presence felt.

Moderate tropical fruit notes on the nose....with the usual pineapple, mango and kiwi coming forward to the party.

On the palate its fresh, fruity and solidly tropicals again, more ripe pineapple and mango abounding....Quality take on the style...well worth a try

Nov 27, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass via growler

Color is a golden honey

Smell is slightly bitter citrus

Taste is sweet candy oranges with a hint of lemon peel

Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel is slightly creamy

Aug 26, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Greenish gold color with a light haze. Moderate head which settles to a film of minute bubbles. The lace is infrequently streaky.

On the initial whiff, I picked up on faint cardboard and musky cologne. Next, I get weedy aromas and lighter pale malt.

Biting bitterness dominates the tasting. Highly carbonated with a moderate to a lighter body. The malt base is so short lived as to make it nearly imperceptible. Harsh and biting, creating a long bitter aftertaste.

Aug 18, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell. Too lazy to get up to check price. Have had many brews from these guys before. This was good, just missed a 4.25.

Aug 09, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold color, very cloudy with a substantial, pillowed 2 finger head.

Aroma has only moderately strong notes of pineapple and orange and grapefruit.

The taste is similar though I get much less tropical pineapple - more a combination of orange and grapefruit. Very pleasant. Pale malt is low in the background. This is a solid fruit flavor that remains consistent into the finish,

The feel is very soft and thick bodied. There is a light bitterness and a slight burn in the finish.

Gotta say I like the flavor on this one. The aroma suggested tropical but thankfully (for my tastes) it stayed in the citrus range. Wouldn't say this sticks out among the NEIPA giants but it is well worth the try.

Jun 13, 2019
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ChipChaight from New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from City Swiggers on the UES.
Pours a hazy straw yellow with thin lacy white head, smell is pine resin dipped orange blossoms, with some dank ness, taste is mild candied hops and dank pine, medium bodied and dry. A solid citrusy dank offering from Queens.

Mar 25, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleased to be 9th review, and my 1st of this brewer, on BA. On tap at Gold Star Beer Counter at Park Slope, a favorite hang out. Much better on draft than in the can.
a) True to form, haze yellow bomb, sports a white single finger head, but leaves no lace.
s) As expected and too much like a grapefruit juice jar.
t) More subtlety: besides grapefruit, there's some pineapple, melon, lemon, grass, onion.
f) Big teeth coating citric bitters, but clean, dry finish.
o) Fair, still citric, teeth coating, but cleans up.

Over done trend? I am tired of the hazed, grapefruit IPA craze - its pith, it's yellow haze, it's bit bloody lip bitter bite. But it's really well made and my can is super fresh. Just not for me. None of us middle aged folks on statins consume grapefruit any longer, havent for 20 years.

Mar 21, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice pour: 4F head in a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Aroma broadens with warming: earthy, sweet, citrus.

Excellent MF: quite smooth and malty.

The taste follows the aroma: citrus, earthy, sweet.

I didn’t see a hop profile on the can or the site. Interesting flavors.
Another excellent beer by Finback.

Mar 05, 2019
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yuriyt from New York

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass from can. Pours an opaque orange. Aroma is sweet with some berry and tropical fruit notes. Tastes juicy with notes of mango and tangerine. Slightly chewy mouthfeel with a characteristic softness.

Feb 11, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a short white head that left a thin coating of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of papayas and cantaloupe melons are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of papayas along with notes of cantaloupe melons and oranges. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite juicy and tastes like a hybrid between and American IPA and a New England IPA.

Serving type: can

Jan 23, 2019
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cambabeer from New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 1/8/2019 (i.e. 3 days ago)

Look - Standard yellowish brown, totally hazy, NEIPA look. White head settles quickly but leaves a sticky lace on the glass.

Smell - Tropical fruits, but more rich than citrus, like papaya, kiwi, leechee. Maybe some soggy bread and a little hairspray.

Taste - Juice, pineapple, melon. A little wet tasting malt. Hop bitterness only at the end, but a nice finish.

Feel - oily, medium carbonation, juicy.

Jan 11, 2019
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usernamenotinuse from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into pint glass.
Yellow-gold color, hazy with soft, lasting, white head.
Smells sweet, fresh, pineapple, papaya, vegetal.
Taste of pineapple, honeydew, a little lemon, a little straw, vegetal/bruised onion. Minimal bitterness and clean finish.
Smooth, balanced, medium body, good mouth feel. Relatively low carbonation.
Overall, straight-up tasty NEIPA.

Dec 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the lighter hoppy beers we had in here, one of the few not at or over 8% abv, and one that looks and feels just a little more delicate, appropriately named then, with a lighter, fluffy wheaty body, great carbonation, and a faster finish. not to say that this isnt super juicy and dry hop driven, thats precisely what it is, just maybe not as oily and slick and intense and lingering as most of the others were. the hops have a bright fruitiness to them, i would think some citra at work, and maybe something southern hemisphere, i get clementine or tangerine, meyer lemon, and a soft sweetness to it, melon maybe, as well as a dried flower element that gives this a cool botanical freshness. the flavor and the nose are the same, without the overly developed aroma and under delivering palate that so many new england types are known for, good balance there, good continuity as well. easy drinking with a nice lift in the middle and not very much bitterness at the end to slow it down. these guys seem to have a formula that they stick to for these, but its a winning formula, and the nuances of hop profiles between the beers is enough to keep me interested and engaged. havent met a beer i didnt like from finback, especially in this style...

edit: this was even better from the can, and i have to raise a few scores to reflect that. the hops didnt pop like this from the tap, it seems like it almost depends on the can to fully develop or something, but when we cracked this last night it was bursting with tropical hop goodness, pineapple and peach come to mind, plenty of citrus too, just much more fresh and in my face than i remember from the tap just a few weeks ago. really incredible ipa here, one of their best in this format!

Dec 19, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours pretty hazy but not turbid or milky. Nice head. Foamy and it hangs around. Nose is pretty mellow. Sweet citrus and rind. Flavor is also not overly intense. Pretty straightforward with that sweetened citrus flavor. A little bit of band-aid. Something about this one is a little off to me. Not necessarily sure what. Only bought a single so no big deal. Finback always draws me back in but I can't say I can remember one specific beer that really stuck out to me.

Dec 11, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent foamy thicker head fades at a med pace, murky pale yellow color

Nose some pine and light oniony note, tropical, papaya, guava, mango, citrus, creamy wheat doughy malt

Taste sweet creamy base malt, wheat doughy flour like, then hops juicy citrus, orange drink powder, plenty of pith and rind, pine, then spicy like chewing up hop pellets, quite bitter spicy and a bit astringent, orange, mango, papaya, not much tropical

Mouth is med bod, flour paper gritty like, lighter but decent carb

Overall not that great, malt bill is really weird and flour paper like, hops have some decent citrus and tropical but loads of spicy pithy astringent finishes unpleasant

Nov 26, 2018
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