FarmHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 05-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Photo of KMcG
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of EBeckett3
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

Photo of akorsak
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet during PBW 2011. These notes were transcribed the same day and held until Tired Hands was entered into the database. Two tulips in, I was enamored.

A: The saison is a light color, pale golden and maybe more of a yellow. Either way, it looks like a saison, replete with a snow white head that laces as it recedes.

S: The nose is musty and sweet, close to funky. Pears and fleshy apples, along with candi sugars, citrus and pepper all make appearances. The mustiness is refreshing. Seems like there is some tart wheat thrown into the mix as well. A very complex but approachable nose.

T: For a freshman offering, this is one heckuva saison. It combines musty yeast, sweet candi sugars, spices, wheat, and citrus into one package. Pears and apples lend soft sweetness, a result of both the yeast and candi sugars. Wheat, mid-sip I think (I hope) adds an airy presence that is mildly tart. Anise and pepper stand out, along with a pulpy citrus. The citrus is rindy and the pulpy feel adds heft to the ale. The abundance of spices leaves the ale very dry, the yeast has done all that it can do. I am floored by the combination of flavors, the refreshing qualities and the light punch of this saison, nearly as perfect as a saison can be.

M: The mouthfeel is complex, offering spices, fruits, wheat and a nice hop punch (more citrus). The mustiness adds a vital change-of-pace, coaxing out the anise. It's not a funky saison, but the mustiness certainly lends a similar feel.

O: Wow! Just wow. I wasn't expecting something this good; it is really, really good. This, hopefully, is the beginning of a great saison brewery. Check it out.

Photo of blackie
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
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.

Photo of oline73
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of yourefragile. Served in a snifter. Need to get a growler of this myself over the weekend so I can use m Tired Hands glass. Pours a clear straw color with a nice white head with good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries light hay plus a touch of pepper. Nice bit of stone fruits lingering in the background plus a touch of lemon. Flavor takes it up another notch with some really nice light fruit notes atop a touch of spice. Good grain body. Crisp and extremely refreshing. I could drink this all day. Most impressive.

On draft update: amazing mixture of grain with perfect body. A better version of De La Senne.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a Victory shaker, hazy, pale, lightest yellow you can get, with a small foamy cap of white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of light fruit esters, some grassy funk. Taste augments what was in the aroma, bready yeast, wet grass funk, light spice, apple skins, chewy pulp, and hints of white wine. Pretty much everything a good saison should be, yet light-bodied and mild enough to be somewhat more drinkable than a good number of its contemporaries. Very nice overall.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of cfrances33
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Hazy, very pale gold bodied beer; almost white, really. Smallish head nonetheless has good retention and lacing. Spicy, yeasty aroma; lots of pepper and citrus; grainy wheat and a distinct rye note.

Flavor combines nuanced grains; wheat and that spicy, vaguely metallic rye note are easily discerned; restrained sweetness; black pepper and clove; gentle citrusy hops and accompanying bitterness.

Moderately light bodied with crisp carbonation, a dry finish, and tremendous drinkability. Puts me in mind of the better witbiers; but with added complexity and cloves dialed back a bit.

Photo of jwjon1
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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FarmHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.