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FarmHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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89
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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%


Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 05-06-2012)
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is lightly hazed pale straw color with a tight white head. Nose is lightly dusty, some farmhouse notes, fair bit of fruity phenols. Lemon, candied sugar, banana. Taste is similar, thinner body and lighter carb. Less farmhouse notes, almost none. Notes of grain, Sweet phenol, banana and lemon, candied sugar but not sugary.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2014 19:58:12 | More by cpetrone84
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blackie

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the brewpub into a tulip glass, review entered from notes. The beer comes a hazy pale yellow in color, topped with a bone-white carbonation that retains well and leaves clingy lace. A delightful saison that spreads a crisp, pale, flavorfully grainy malt base with nuances of yeast, pepper, lemon, and fresh cut straw.. Bright and sunny and absolutely balanced. Crisp, lively but delicate carbonation on a lighter body. The diverse grain bill does good things to this one, adding a nice depth to the base, and the yeast follows through wonderfully. A great, well constructed saison.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 04:04:30 | More by blackie
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the brew cafe. Poured into stemmed flute. Pours a golden straw with a half finger white head gone quick. Bright grainy aroma with a hint of hop and barnyard notes. Flavor is ever so slight hops with hints of wheat and funky barnyard. Super well balanced and smooth. A superb example of a saison. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 21:58:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
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jwjon1

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big fan of this brew. Nice twist on a farm house ale with excellent hopping but all the typical characteristics of a farm house ale.

But, don't you realize Farmhand is a registered trademark? Yep, my granddaddy used Farmhand brand hay loaders back in the day, and believe it or not, this brand is still around today, though the quality has suffered since Agco bought it.

Still, a tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 02:18:11 | More by jwjon1
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazier than a pilsner, yellow, one finger head, nice lacing
S - Grainy, slightly more floral & hoppy
T- medium tart fruit up front, dry & crisp finish. Quaffable & refreshing.
M- quite good, liked the difference between more "saisony" start & hoppier finish
O- very good, low 4.8 abv made it seisiunable for sure.

Served in 8 oz glass

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 02:48:12 | More by EBeckett3
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly hazy pale yellow, with minor lacing.

Smell: Slight banana, wheat, little bit of hops. Like a hoppy hefeweizen mixed with the yeast from a Wit. This is promising.

Taste: Slight hop flavor, very light banana. Wheat, a little funky yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with light-medium carbonation. Definitely refreshing.

Overall: A tasty refreshing Saison! Would drink this regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 04:03:51 | More by ChrisKayler
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Tired Hands.

A- Pours a very hazy, light yellow color, topped with some white head, nice lacing.

S- Light, bready malt, hay, some floral, earthy funk and mild spice, and a bit of mild sourness, which I love and which gives this an extra dimension of complexity. The tartness and funk on this are both great.

T- Solid saison flavors, yeast, light bready grain, mild spice, earthy, hay-like funk. The tartness is still there but is more subtle.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to low carbonation, smooth feel.

O- A really nice saison, very tasty and highly drinkable, the hint of sourness makes for an especially interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 03:43:36 | More by WillCarrera
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small white head. No lacing and minimal wisping.

Smell - Tons of pilsner malt. Smells like a German pilsner. A little yeasty.

Taste - Hoppier here, but still a bucket of pilsner malt. Earthy hops. Earthy tasting malts. Bitter. Slightly fruity and very yeasty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall - It's decent but the grain bill is not my favorite.

Serving type: growler

05-07-2013 00:25:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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Florida9

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a smallish white head, but there is good retention to what does form. Eventually reduces to a thick, but patchy surface coating. Moderate lacing. Visibly effervescent. In the end this looks surprisingly like a BMC beer.

S: Aroma is bready, with some lightly earthy notes. Straw, haw, green peppercorns, and a touch of spice and I swear there is a just a touch of brett in the aroma.

T: Taste is similar, but a bit different. Bready, with a mildly sweet apple juice quality. There is a bit of spice, a bit of black pepper, but both are mild. Then again, this is a fairly nuanced beer, so aside from the sweetness, nothing really sticks out. Finishes quick, crisp, and then just a faint touch of brett.

M: Light bodied. Heavier carbonation. Crisp on the finish. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice farmhouse beer. Made more in the traditional European style than the modern American style, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Easy to drink. Mild, yet still complex enough to enjoy.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2013 00:51:05 | More by Florida9
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ehammond1


4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, YaKnowBrady!

Clear light golden and yellow. Small white head. Not a lot of retention, but a small ring of thin bubbles is left at the top of the liquid. Some lacing, but not a lot.

Classic saison aroma: dried grass and hay, just a bit of lemon, the mildest black pepper hint. There's a bit of a lemon rind character as well. Classic and very inviting.

The flavor, as with the aroma, is classic saison. Straightforward but defined and incredibly drinkable. Grass and hay, slight lemon flesh and zest, some pepper, low bitterness, grain, and complementing, very mild funk yeast.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp. Flavorful. Disappearing.

Fantastic, yet simple and straightforward, saison. I like this a lot.

Serving type: growler

04-19-2013 01:07:27 | More by ehammond1
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 03/24/13 notes. Had this on tap at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA.

a - Pours a murky, medium yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like hop hands did, but murky instead of clear.

s - Smells of spice, yeast, earthy notes, brett-like notes, pepper, and some banana. As it warms up I get more fruit in the nose, and it is lightly sour, which improves it even more. Really liking the nose.

t - Tastes of yeast, bananas, wheat, grains, bready malts, spices, pepper, fruity malts, earthy notes, and some floral hops. Nice, though I liked the nose a little bit better.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and very drinkable; much like hop hands, the mouthfeel is fantastic and you feel like you could have a few of them.

o - Overall I liked this one even more than hop hands. I liked the lightly sour notes and brett like notes in the nose, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Would love to have this one again and again great staple beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 16:01:24 | More by mdfb79
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lovindahops

New York

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery

A- light, yellow, and hefty with a white head of foam. Excellent lacing on edges

S- musty, citric, with a sweet bready scent. Very lively and inviting

T- light, tart, citric, with some sweet corn meal flavors. So crisp and tasty.

M- smooth yet crisp

O- for my first tired hands brew, this was very refreshing and enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 23:38:36 | More by lovindahops
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewpub

Clouded golden yellow color with a two-finger crop of creamy, soapy white head. Lasting retention, sticky lacing and foamy collar.

Floral hoppy notes, touches of lemon peel and yeasty funk. Faint tartness with straw and hay.

Peppery hoppiness up front with floral hints. Citrus peel, white grapes and a soft tartness. Mellow bready backbone with wet hay and straw. Soft sweetness with a dry, tart finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and lasting on the tongue. This is a great place to start with Tired Hands beers for those who haven't experienced them before - a benchmark brew serving as a launch pad for their more inventive and creative offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 17:05:09 | More by xnicknj
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1-liter growler into a matching Tired Hands oversized wine glass. The brew appears a clouded yellow with a skimpy white head that collapses to a thin film atop. Some faint spotty and webby lacing effect sticks to the glass.

The aroma is fresh and grainy like wheat and cereal with some bready sweetness. A mild contrast of herbal to grassy hops is pretty heavy handed in this otherwise neutral smelling brew. As it warms up, sulfur emerges and becomes a noteable atribute to the aromatics which isn't totally enticing.

The taste is bready and cereal-like with grain. A soft touch of fresh grainy sweetness is present before plenty of grassy to hay-like bitter hopiness. A mild herbal flavor and a touch of lemon last into the aftertaste. There is no real saison yeast character present in this.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is a fair take on the style. Pretty easy drinking and crushable during the summer im sure but very neutral with seemingly no yeast impact which is strange.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2013 16:42:16 | More by stakem
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color capped by a creamy head of froth that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Lemongrass, barnyard and citrus

Taste: Lemongrass and barnyard tones, up front, with the citrus filling out the profile in the back; nice yeasty complexity that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really like the combination of the classic Saison character with the Cascade hops, bringing an American twist

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 03:17:33 | More by brentk56
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oline73

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice layer of white head. The head leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is light and full of grain, a bit pils like. The taste is light as well, lots of yeast. The pils bitterness is here as well. Just enough grain to balance it. Nice session ale. Not much spice here.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 05:05:56 | More by oline73
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Cloudy and deep yellow, with a small head A lace sheet as I drain the cup. A farmhouse aroma. A good malting, that makes so drinkable this four grain saison. Smooth drinker, a thick mouthfeel. A little rye edge. A good orange hop. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 00:03:39 | More by Sammy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. The retention and lacing on this beer was moderate. The smell of the beer was decent, some fresh citrus notes on the nose for the most part. The taste of the beer was lemony upfront with a nice malt backbone and in the finish the hay flavors kind of came out a little. The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, gently carbonated and easy to drink. Overall it's decent Saison in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 02:33:29 | More by Knapp85
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, 8oz pour

A light yellow, straw color with a bubbly bone white cap. Some lines of lace.

The aroma is grassy, earthy, and grainy with a burst of lemons. Pepper and candied sugar round out the nose.

Follows the nose. A burst of lemons up front with an earthy graininess and some damp grass. A touch of sugar and pepper in the finish.

Crisp and fairly light. Easy drinking. Moderate carbonation that works well for the style.

A nice saison that is different than most. Multiple grains yield an interesting profile that works extremely well with the delicate, rustic flavors of lemon, spice, and sugar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 18:14:41 | More by ColForbinBC
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KMcG

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour from a growler about 3 days old that has been kept in the frig. The color is a nice mellow straw yellow with some haze. The head is a light fine foam that dissipates to a fine lace.  There is lemon grass, yeast, a little white grape, and black pepper in the nose. The grains come through full on, particularly rye.  The taste more or less follows the aroma, but the funky barnyard yeast is more present.  Pear and fresh cut hay are noticeable and the finish has an earthy quality.  It is dry and quite refreshing with good carbonation and light body. A great saison!

Serving type: growler

08-11-2012 22:46:06 | More by KMcG
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Tired Hands.

A- Farmhands has a yellow glow with some tangerine color mixed in. Some white specs of sediment were seen. A 1/2 inch semi loose white head faded into a scattered cap with minimum lacing.

S- This is a sweet smelling saison with fresh orange slices and torn citrus rind. Faint pale malt with some earthy farm flavors. A big floral hop presense fresh off the tap. Some clemintine freshness with big yeast and spices rounding it out.

T- Farmhands delivers with flavor both sweet and hoppy. The flavor starts sweet with fruit such as apple and pear mixed with some malt. With that a big dose of somewhat bitter earthy hops follows. After that some Belgian yeast with spices such as coriander.

M- The spices and yeast really stay with you, the aftertaste is long & somewhat bitter, I like it. The finish is on the dry side and medium bodied with high carb, perhaps a bit much. One of the fuller bodied american saisons I've had recently, it's a treat.

D- The 5.0% is low and not present in the taste at all so this one is a easy one to tackle. While I could down a whole bottle of this, I would rather share it. The freshness off the tap really shows the array of flavors in this, a great treat during the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 04:40:58 | More by BARFLYB
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 7/25/12. Served in a 4oz taster.

Pour: Completely hazy pale straw yellow with a finger of white bubbly head.

Smell: Belgian spice, biscuity yeast, little bit of lemon.

Taste: Same as the nose, with the biscuit and yeast really being quite powerful. Lemon zest is really the only fruit flavor I take out of this one.

Mouthfeel: Really, really light. Almost watery. Great carbonation though, and very refreshing.

Overall: Good, but not their best offering in my opinion. Still, a textbook saison, and I'l definitely be getting it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 03:10:19 | More by cfrances33
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, beer is light yellow, mostly clear with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is earthy, hops, some grass, citrus and lemon. Nice.

Light in body very refreshing, a nice little beer here. Easy drinking, nice flavors on the palate, definitely a repeat for me. Not too dry not watery, mild citrus in the midpalate, flowers and earth in the late mid to finish. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 15:49:38 | More by drabmuh
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours pale yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of must - not overly funky - light fruity notes, dulled citrus, some candied sugar, some peppery spice and a good bit of bready wheat / grain. Nothing over the top here, just a solid saison nose.

T - The flavors closely follow the nose. Starts off with a mix of musty funk and chewy grains quickly giving way to hints of apples, pears and light citric fruit. A nice spice note comes through toward the end of each sip, making me want to come back for more.

M - Nice light flavors with a crisp feel. Some graininess toward the end of each sip but thats about it. Quite refreshing on these hot days we have been having.

O - This is a great classic saison. Unlike others, there is no need to add things to distract from the base when the base is this good. I can tell that this is going to be one of my go to beers at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 19:13:55 | More by orangesol
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw, cap of prickly bubbles. Scent brings good amounts of fresh grain, dried hay, musty hay, and watery fruit, kiss of grassy and lemony hops, nice peppery spice. Solid flavor all around, fresh grain, dried grain and musty grain, earthy funkyness, solid spice, good lemony and fruity component. Medium bodied, bubbly, dry. Fantastic saison which balances the multiple components with a solid, earthy, farmhouse musty funk.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 15:43:50 | More by rfgetz
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FarmHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.