FarmHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 198
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 2.96%
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

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Beer added by: akorsak on 05-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 198
Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with four grains: rye, wheat, oats and malted barley.

FarmHands pours a brilliant burnished gold color with a soapy, frothy white head that gently fades away. Attractive beer, and I'm sure that the growler has as much to do with the poor head on the beer than the beer itself.

Their house saison yeast does a remarkable job producing a beautiful rustic aroma. There are some sweet notes which are reminiscent of ripe Asian pears, kiwi and ripe bananas. With short inhales there is a mild "funk" aroma, but that quickly fades and becomes replaced by a peppercorn aroma and spiciness.

Up front there is a light fruitiness to the flavor. Just a soft sweet citrusy note, which is quickly followed by a mid-palate tartness. The finish and aftertaste have stronger notes of peppercorn, which plays well into the dry body.

Light bodied, low carbonation, and a dry finish all make for a refreshing saison. I'm afraid that the growler is the culprit for the stylistically low carbonation level. It really should have more effervescence in my opinion if it is to hit that Belgian style dead on.

I think this is a fantastic flagship beer! I am excited to make my mom try this beer since she is such a wine person and I think there are many similarities between this beer and a nice white wine. I do wish there was more carbonation, but them's the brakes with growlers. I will be buying this beer again!

I'm not sure what I would pair this beer with...I think it would probably be great with some cheese, but specifically, I'm not sure which kind. I think it would overpower even a sharp cheddar, but it might go well with a really flavorful aged gouda. (1,655 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,675 characters)

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FarmHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.