Beer Review: Threadless IPA [Finch’s Beer Company]

Threadless IPA [Finch's Beer Company]

Threadless IPA
Brewery: Finch’s Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois)
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.0%

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.

8/10

Beer Review: Cut Throat Pale Ale [Finch’s Beer Company]

Cut Throat Pale Ale [Finch's Beer Company]

Cut Throat Pale Ale
Brewery: Finch’s Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois)
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6%

In my quest to accommodate myself with Chicago’s ever-growing craft beer scene, I decided to check out Finch’s Beer Company, another new upstart in the city. Finch’s is a collaboration between owners Benjamin and Paul Finch, and head brewer Richard Grant (formerly of suburb brewery Flossmoor Station). Despite being very new to the scene, the company already has two beers available in cans across the Chicagoland area: Golden Wing Blonde Ale and Cut Throat Pale Ale. I picked up a 4-pack of the latter.

When poured into a glass, Cut Throat has a hazy orange appearance. Its aroma brings out citrus notes, but these are not as apparent when tasting. I noticed a very malty taste, with a lingering bitterness on the tongue. This has a heavier body than other local pale ales (such as Half Acre’s amazing Daisy Cutter). Hints of caramel are also present.

Cut Throat is a worthy entry into Chicago’s pale ale market, but I feel that it still has room for improvement. Finch’s Beer Company is an up-and-coming brewery that is still very new, so I am eager to see what else they have in store. As it stands, Cut Throat is a good, drinkable beer, but could be even better if refined.

7/10