Before Dawn
Finback Brewery

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Wild Ale
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4.06 | pDev: 7.39%
Finback Brewery
New York, United States
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stamped "1/20/20. Sad Hours" I always get a chuckle out of weird phrases stamped on beers lol, too bad it's not sad boi hours while I try this one

Pours a hazed orange with 2 fingers of white head that reduces to a cap, can see carbonation streaming up my glass, no sign of lacing

As expected, this one pretty much smells like apricots, but there's more going on here as well, a light funk is met with a touch of florality, maybe some light hopping?? Either way, it rounds it out and brings tropical vibes

Somewhere between apricot and peach in taste, but in the back end. Starts off mostly malty, maybe this was brewed with oats because I get a strong suggestion of such. No funk to be found here

This feels fuller than I'd like it to be for a fruited sour, no crispness aside from what is given by the carbonation, which there isn't all that much of

Overall this wasn't awful, but for $5.30 a can it kinda hurts, went downhill as I continued on. I'll still finish my glass, but I wouldn't revisit it, though I've heard Finback makes some really good stuff

Feb 09, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yet another first review for a Finback beer. I do this a lot! I should get an award... but, uh, not a prestigious one. This is a sour ale with apricot, clocking in at 5.5% ABV.

The pour is a sunburst-orange color with a thin yet retentive ring of bone-white foam that leaves no real lace. The body is opaque and deeply-saturated with the intense hue present. Not much else to say about it, but it looks quite nice honestly. It's just dense and looks super rich in my glass even though I know that it's doubtful it will taste any kind of thick. Who knows, though? Could surprise me.

The nose is sweet nectarine, apricot, lemony lactobacillus-like bacteria, and slight funk with some notes of orange and peach. A touch of grapefruit and papaya with a little hint of passion fruit also. Honestly, this has a great smell to it. It could've easily been one-note, but Finback narrowly avoids that by providing some unusual fruity characteristics alongside the light funk and bacterial sour notes.

This is super crisp and flavorful with a fun and enjoyable fruit flavor that feels convincing and consistent. I think it lacks a little of the nuance afforded by barrel-aging that breweries like Grimm did a few years ago with the idea of an apricot sour, but, for what it is, I can't be upset by it. It's not as soft or round as I'd like, and the acidity is slightly more on the "aggressive" side of playful. The feel is a bit heavy for a mid-ABV sour ale, but there are no special/outlier qualities to consider. I don't think there's anything worth overthinking about this one; sure, the body is a little intense for the size of the beer, but this is rather drinkable. I would definitely enjoy it again!

Feb 09, 2020
Before Dawn from Finback Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7 ratings