Finback Brewery
from United States (New York)
Highest RatedJewel Shard (72 / 100) Average score68 / 100 (Solid)
Lowest RatedFinback IPA (65 / 100) Number Tried2
Finback IPA
Reviewed by Jez on 10.02.19 from a can
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)
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
Jewel Shard
Reviewed by Jez on 04.02.19 on tap
Overall:
72 / 100
(Very Good)
Tried on tap at Gold Star Beer Counter in Brooklyn.

Pours a pear-juice yellow colour, very hazed with a solid weight to the body. Head is a fine cap of just-cream-coloured white that leaves good long streaks of lace. Carbonation is very fine. Looks very good.

Noise is very juicy. I definitely get pear, with sharper characters of starfruit and a slightly weedy, organic character. This turns into a hop pellet character after a while, and gets very subdued once it's warm.

Light, but smooth entry on the palate, Pear skin give a slight organic character which turns into a slight savoury character on the mid-palate. It's fairly juicy on the mid, with a hint of citrus, but this dries out to a prickly, pellety bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste has a slight bite of white pepper.

Feel is slick and smooth, and this honestly helps the beer a lot.

Overall, it's clean and smooth for the most part and definitely easy to drink. It's not the grandest or most insinuating of hazy IPAs. But it does its job well.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.0