Those ringers from Ridgewood, Finback Brewery, set the bar fairly high with their whale of a beer in their namesake IPA. With a solid head, this medium ambered beauty packs a whollop of flavor. A predominantly piney and roasted bread aroma comes at you off the top, and cleans up nicely with crisp Chinook and Columbus hops. A smooth mouth feel leads to a clean finish with a lot of the sweet citrus you expect from a nice IPA. At 7.2% it is right there in the wheel house for a good IPA, but be careful because they really do go down easy. It may not be as pungent as some of Finback’s more assertive and experimental brews but you would be hard pressed to get a better solid base IPA. Head out to Queens to pick up a pack or hopefully the whale will be swimming it’s way into your local beer purveyor.