Brewery: Finch’s Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois)
Style: American IPA
We are in the middle of a ridiculous heat wave here in the U.S., just in time for Independence Day. What better way to celebrate our nation’s birth than by gaining a slight reprieve from the heat with an ice cold beer? A new brew from local Finch’s Beer Company caught my eye, most noticably because its cans were designed by Threadless, one of my favorite t-shirt companies. Threadless + a local brewery just seems like a match made in heaven. And better yet, this is an IPA, an absolute perfect fit for the summer.
According to Finch’s website, “Our Threadless/Finch collaboration IPA is a balanced experience of both perceived hoppiness and true bitterness.” This is an accurate statement, as the hops are quite present, with a finish that piles on the bitterness. This finish lingers on the tongue, and subsequent tastings bring out the prominent citrus notes. Orange is most noticeable, and overall it is a tad sweet.
The Threadless IPA is a bit of a complex beer, but it is one that is also quite easy to drink. At 6% ABV and residing in a tall can, it won’t take too many of these to make you feel good. Hop heads in particular will dig this one.
I love it when craft breweries collaborate with others, and this effort from Finch’s and Threadless is a real winner. Keep an eye out for it if you’re in the Chicago area.