Finback IPA
Reviewed by Jez on 10.02.19 from a can
65 / 100
Pint can purchased from St. Gambrinus in Brooklyn.

Pours a pleasant hazy yellow colour, with a foamy, fairly coarse head of white that leaves large specks of lace. Body is fairly light, actually, liquid and swift in the body, with minimal carbonation. Looks okay, but not one of the best looks to a beer.

Nose is pleasant. It has a strong mid-fruit sweetness. Mangoes and pineapple are strong, and the citrus takes a back seat. The herbal characters you sometimes get are really quite subdued. But it is aromatic. There are notes of rubbed lemon and a little lavender. All up: very pleasant.

Taste is soft and supple. It's a little bit doughy—or too sweet perhaps. It doesn't have the bite to really make the balance quite right. Not even the sharp fruit aromatics which would provide a complement to the heavy sweetness. It's not bad, but it's too one sided—a NEIPA in theory, but missing too much of the things which make for a good overall beer. It's pleasant though.

I think I've used the adjective "pleasant" more than any other in this review, and I think that's a fair way to summarise it. It's not the kind of beer that really extends the style, nor one that really exemplifies it, and there are some things which drag it back a bit. But it's perfectly reasonable and pretty drinkable. I'm not sure why I'd drink this though when there's plenty more options.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5