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FarmHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 30
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 05-06-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Sammy, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

nmann08, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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

brentk56, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Texasfan549, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -6%

kjkinsey, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Kegatron, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Slatetank, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.

oline73, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Rifugium, May 11, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

mendvicdog, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's in Wayne. Server in a Victory pint.

Tired Hands' description: "FarmHands: Our four-grain saison. Brewed with rye, wheat, oats, and malted-barley in homage to the original farmers (not brewers) that originated this style. Suggestions of tropical fruit, citrus rind, and black pepper. 4.8% abv."

Pours a hazy straw golden color with a small foamy cap of white head. Nice retention, well carbonated and light lacing. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a mild hop finish. Pineapple, mango, grass, pepper, yeast, pear and lemon are all present and balanced in the nose and flavor. Body is dry, medium light, well carbonated and a strong grassy finish. There is a strong fruit sweetness in the flavor I can't quite place, it's not the typical citrus or tropic fruit flavors; reminds me of the Asian inspired Wachu saison TH made with Grassroots. Regardless, the flavors of fruit and saison yeast are balanced by some light pepper through the body and the grassy and hoppy dry finish. Very nice flavor and body for a low ABV saison. Very promising for a house beer from this new brewery.

yourefragile, May 12, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

orangesol, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

stakem, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

akorsak, May 06, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +0.3%

duceswild, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

BARFLYB, Jul 28, 2012
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FarmHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.