Review: Finback The Visible Spectrum IPA

Review of The Visible Spectrum IPA from Finback Brewery in Queens, NY.

Beer Type: IPA (India Pale Ale)  ABV: 6.2%  Tried from can.

Their Description: “With mango and dry hopped with Citra and El Dorado. Hazy. Fruity. Hoppy.”

The Reality: Their description may be short, but I can’t fault them for accuracy. This beer pours a very cloudy orange color with a huge tropical fruit scent that has a mild hop backdrop. The flavor is a pleasant blend of bitter pithy hops that are embraced by warm tones of citrus and tropical fruit. This beer is juicy, mouthwatering and drinks super easy. It leaves your mouth with a clean, dry aftertaste as if it possesses a session beer finish. Extremely well balanced and dangerously smooth.

Final Verdict: If this is the direction the IPA train is heading then I’m hopping aboard. I’m seeing more and more of these “cloudy” IPAs with nice fruity notes and less of the palate killing “hop bombs”, and I like it. I think this type of IPA is better balanced and not just one note (that note being bitter). There are many subtle tastes that can play well with the assertive bitterness of an IPA and build tremendous layers of flavor. That’s the way I’d like to see our IPA obsession evolve. On top of that, this is one of the best versions of this type of IPA that I’ve had yet, right up there with Bissell Bros. Reciprocal (review here). The juicy bitter tang literally leaves your mouth feeling happy, and because it goes down so easy your whole body will also be feeling pretty happy before you know it.

The epic 90s Alt-Rock band Our Lady Peace once told us that “happiness is not a fish you can catch“, but sometimes it is a beer you can drink.