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Thai.p.a. - Bare Hands Brewery

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 46
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 21.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Bare Hands Brewery
Indiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: robboyd on 03-19-2012

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 46
Reviews by brewtus:
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4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received this as a part of a trade, in a mini growler bottle. Poured into tulip.

A- poured bright orange with a small head, probably because it came from a growler. Decent lacing.
S- tons of sweet lemongrass, citrus, ginger, sweet biscuit, earthy, hints of one tropical fruits
T- unlike anything I've ever had. As it hit my tongue it tasted kind of like skittles almost without the sweetness. Lots of ginger and lemon, slight tropical tones, just the perfect amount of bitterness that allows you to focus on the flavors instead of the hops. I honestly cant pick apart all the flavors, theres a lot of exciting stuff going on at once. Little to no malt. Texture is smooth. Low carbonation.
O - absolutely loved this one, very unique and leaves your mouth wanting more. The flavors works so well with the ibus and its so damn refreshing. This is so easy to drink and I'm really glad I got a chance to try this gem. If you can get this beer, get as much as you can.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mrw1zard
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SolarMikey
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I've tried from Bare Hands, and it's a winner. My friend was awesome enough to bring a growler from the brewery, which we quickly guzzled up. What I love most about this brew is that it's creative and different, accomplishing exactly what it sets out to achieve.

Thai.P.A. pours a beautiful hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is dominated by fresh ginger, with hints of lemon -- and this element is truly fantastic. The lemongrass becomes more prominent when tasting the beer, complementing the ginger nicely. As the beer warms, the lemongrass becomes even more pronounced, and the ginger provides just enough of a kick that lingers in the finish. Overall, it is extraordinarily drinkable and refreshing. The carbonation is fairly light, though I feel this helps accentuate the excellent mix of flavors.

Definitely looking forward to trying this again, as well as other creative concoctions from Bare Hands!

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Photo of stevemasten
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ShawneeIrish
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartyIU13
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mojo333
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tconlon69
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Read a little bit about this brewery before my planned trip to South Bend area. Brought out some Heady Topper and Tree House Julius and Green for them to sample. They couldn't have been more happy to taste and talk beer. Great people. My first glass was Thai.PA. Nice golden color, thick head. Smeel was crazy interesting, you definitely get that sweet and spice aroma. Nice tingle in mouth with the lemon grass and spice, a very unique blend of hoppy spice. This is a very god beer, have had nothing like it. I really like the feel and taste of this beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ovaltine
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: classic IPA, with a golden amber hue, a bit murky, and 1+ fingers of slightly off-white head.

Smell: the spices really mask the hops, and the citrus spices are a bit muted.

Taste: this is where all the elements in this beer come together. The palm sugar and lemon grass hit up front, and then you get shop bite - and the ginger spice closes the show. It's big, it's a bit juicy - and it's refreshing. That's tough to pull off all at once, IMHO.

Feel: for lack of a better term, it feels like an IPA. Bright, but rounded a bit by the spices.

Overall: a beer nerd buddy in Indiana raved about this, so when I was in town for the ND/Texas game, I had to check these guys out. $75 later, I had this gem to mule back to Minnesota (plus three other beers). I had high expectations - and this beverage exceeded them. Very well done.

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Photo of jadler16
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-top squealer received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Cory!

First stein pours with a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head is promptly down to a skim, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is earthy citrus.

Taste is tea upfront, lemon comes on in the middle, and close brings citrus bitterness and a revisit of lingering tea after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability is good. Tea adds an interesting aspect to this brew.

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Photo of Lunny777
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -52.9%

Photo of brewskis
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of INrunnerchick
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mychalg9
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmallestArt
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bare Hands Brewery is exactly the type of establishment the South Bend/ Granger Beer Advocate community has needed.

These guys are producing a wonderful mix of solid stylized staples and standout experimental brews. Thai.P.A. perfectly melds these two categories. This a delicious I.P.A with a well executed Thai-influenced twist.

Appearance: The pours is opaque gold with hints of orange. It has a sticky white head that laces the top of the glass.

Smell: The smell is outstanding. Immediately from the pour there are strong notes of ginger and lemongrass. As the beer warms the smell only becomes more intense and delightful. When the kaffir lime leaves come out from the background this beer takes on a new complexity that is just awesome.

Taste: The beer has an outstanding complexity on the palate. The mix of a great hop profile with a prominent, but not overpowering, blend of Thai ingredients is something truly unique. There is a light sweetness from the ginger/lemongrass/palm sugar interplay that perfectly accentuates then bitter/citric hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is good. Visually the pour looked a bit less carbonated than I had expected, but after tasting it I think that going on the lighter side of carbonation was a perfect call by the brewers to let the Thai flavors standout.

Overall: This is an amazingly drinkable beer that promises big things to come from this new brewery. It is complex, original and damn delicious. I only wish I had regular access to it. This is a perfect beer for summer BBQ drinking.

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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodburyMN
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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Thai.p.a. from Bare Hands Brewery
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