Finback Brewery

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IPA - New England
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4.37 | pDev: 5.26%
Finback Brewery
New York, United States
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Justonemore91 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 06, 2020
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 22, 2020
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 21, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new NEDIPA from Finback, Compartmentalized features some fun new hops and a couple hold standbys that seem to make their way into a ton of good DIPAs worth their salt. This seemed like a really fun one, so I wanted to give it a shot despite Finback's spottiness lately.

The pour is just straight-up pale oat juice, no beating around the bush. Slight head formation of milky white on top of the opaque intensity, but it quickly sinks down to a quarter-finger. What remains at this point lasts permanently, showing off some alright legs and slight wisps of lace. Hey, this isn't a beautiful beer by any means, but it definitely fits into the haze craze, so if that's your thing, you might like it. I think it could stand to carry some structural improvements into the next iteration if there is one, though I doubt there will be, since Finback turns over new IPAs every two minutes or so and only revisits a few here and there.

The initial nose reminds me a lot of a newer beer by Sixpoint called Shatter, which featured a hop called Strata, but with a lot more crispness and less syrupy sweetness, which is a good thing. This features two other new varietals called Cashmere and Meridian, alongside staples Mosaic and Citra. I've had both before in various beers but I don't think I've experienced them together. Cashmere tends to feature some spice notes, tropical fruit, and a bit of coconut, while Meridian is known for bright citrus ("lemon oil" included, making it kinda different from the typical orange/grapefruit notes in citrusy hops) and berry with some tropical underpinnings. I pick up a good bit of blackberry, spruce tips, funky dankness, orange juice, lemon zest, pineapple, and papaya with light sniffs of ethanol beneath. This smells great, honestly. It does a lot of things well and seems super fun and lively. Very few IPAs I've had recently touch this in terms of pure quality of aroma, but it's also quite all-over-the-place. If you're a fan of more typical NEIPA elements, this may not be something you want.

Just as enjoyable on the tongue, for sure... what a relief. Was hoping Finback wouldn't blow it here, and this does its job well, so I'm happy. Flavors of mango, guava, blackberry/raspberry, pineapple, musky melon, and orange juice along with some light lemon/lime zest shavings toward the finish. Superb stuff here. There's a lot to take in and it all coalesces well. Smooth drinking with low-medium carbonation and a good, coating, oily feel throughout each sip. Would definitely enjoy drinking a four-pack of this one. The Finback gamble is a real thing, but as long as they do stuff like this more often than not, I'm willing to give it a shot. High marks!

Jan 11, 2020
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 12, 2020
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Canalfisher22 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 13, 2020
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 23, 2020
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rdoggg from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 05, 2020
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 21, 2020
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cp45 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 01, 2020
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 10 ratings