Finback Visible Spectrum

I need to try to get out to Finback. I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve had from them.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Finback Brewery is located at 7801 77th avenue in Queens, NYC. We are a small brewery with a dedicated team of passionate individuals who thrive on brewing a wide variety of creative and elegant beers. We have a tasting room of 12 rotating taps focusing mainly on hop forward, sour and dark beers. We typically have can or bottle releases every 2-3 weeks and usually have offerings to take home in growlers, cans and bottles. We are passionate about ingredients, wood aging and brewing the best possible beers we can and drinking them in good company. Our taproom is family friendly and we hope to make a positive place for everyone to enjoy locally produced, small batch beer – building community and good times through great beer. For the most up to date information on releases and events, please check facebook, twitter and instagram (/finbackbrewery). We hope to see you at the taproom soon!”

Random: I love the simplicity of Finback’s branding.

The beer poured with a three finger, loose, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a light orange with some haze and floaties. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up mango and oranges and some pine oil. The taste was very similar. It was very fruit-forward with mango, pineapple and oranges. It went into green herbs, specifically cilantro and green onions and basil. There was also some pine as well. There was no malt to back it up that I could pick out. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was quick with cilantro. A can of this was $5, which came to $.31 per ounce. This was a really enjoyable IPA that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Finback IPA

The other half and I headed to Brooklyn on Sunday. We went to brunch with friends, then to the Renegade Craft Fair and then to Brooklyn Brewery, which I had never been to. The setup was alright, albeit crowded due to a Scandinavian food festival in the tasting room. The line for beer was ridiculously long and I didn’t review anything while I was there. It wasn’t my favorite tasting room, but not my least favorite either. This beer was one that I had at Whole Foods in Gowanus. It’s from a newer brewery in Queens. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bitter, dank, and hoppy. Filled with Chinook and Columbus hops.”

Random: I did get a Brooklyn beer chest for my birthday. It’s very cool.

This brew poured with a half a finger of ecru-colored head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a really hazy, bright-orange with low carbonation visible. The nose was bright with citrus and grapefruit pith. The taste was light for an IPA. It too was very bright with orange and grapefruit and lemon. There were also some notes of grass at the end and no malt to speak of. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long, citrusy finish. This was a nice IPA that made for a crisp beer on a warm day. If you see it, grab a pint and you won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0