Sunday, August 12th 2012
(Finch's Beer Company)
In case you're not aware of the back story behind this particular can of beer. Finch's partnered with Threadless, a well known t-shirt company, and held the "Threadless IPA Design Challange" to pick the label art for this can. 169 different entries were submitted and ultimately the winner was this particular design submitted by Sergiy Chebotaryov. This is the brewery's third canned offering.
From the Finch Beer site:
"Our Threadless/Finch collaboration IPA is a balanced experience of both perceived hoppiness and true bitterness. It pours a darker amber color and finishes with a citrus flavor, and when combined, will require this to be the last IPA you ever drink! Well, maybe, we realize you will probably drink more, but the result of this recipe clearly evolves into a very balanced IPA. The grain bill on this big pale includes melanoidin and Victory malts. We hop it up before the boil starts with some Columbus first wort hopping, then add a bunch more for bittering."
Here we go...
Pour - peach colored pour with a hazy appearance, not sure if its chill haze or just things taking some time to settle and clear. The foamy head on top looks just about perfect and is quite content to stick around for awhile. Overall a nice looking beer in the glass.
Aroma - citrus, lime zest, powdered sugar, pineapple along with some caramel notes. Lots of tropical fruit aromas after sticking a nose in the glass a few more times. Quite aromatic and enticing.
Taste - sharp, but not astringent, hop bitterness right off the bat but its balanced nicely by sweet tropical fruit flavors and a nice malty backbone. The mouthfeel is actually quite soft despite the hop profile. Not a bad IPA by any means and one that we're really enjoying as we reach the bottom of the glass.
Overall - flavorful and hoppy with tropical fruit notes ranging from mango and pineapple all the way to papaya and even coconut. Soft on the palate with a good amount of hop bitterness. Solid IPA and the best of the three Finch cans we've had so far.
Note - You can check out all the different designs that were submitted for the label design contest HERE - there are definitely some that were very well done, even if they didn't win.
Posted by Russ
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