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HopHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 485
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 46
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 05-11-2012

Our Exceedingly Aromatic Pale Ale. Brewed with oats and hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial.
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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 485
Photo of justintcoons
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%

32 oz growler poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Extra cloudy straw-yellow with a 1/2 finger of loose white head that dissipates quickly.

Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, candy sugar, and dank pine.

Grapefruit juice, sugar-coated tangerine, and pineapple juice. Bready backbone with nuances of candy sugar. Finishes with pine sap and dank greenery.

Medium-light bodied, silky, smooth, and juicy.

Juicy as all Hell with a very low bitterness. I could drink these all day long. Superb Pale Ale.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap at the Pottstown Brew Festival on Oct. 4, 2015 into the tasting glass.

A: Super hazy light straw color with a nice one finger white head. Some glass lacing.

S: Wow, super juicy and fruity nose with some grassy tones. Slight candy malt sweetness. Great, great smelling beer.

T: Heavy citrus hops with tons of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and some mango. I get some grassy flavors as well that mix with the almost candy like sweetness. The sweetness never gets a chance to really take over as the citrus hops come back to dry the finish out nicely, but it does give the beer terrific depth and body. This is so juicy it's insane, but it's more than just hop juice and that's what makes it terrific.

M: Medium mouthfeel with nice body. Not really a bitter beer, but it's nice and dry on the finish. No alcohol and super drinkable!

O: I really, really loved this beer. Yes, it is super cloudy but I'm not sure why that would detract from the beer itself, I guess I don't understand. I go mostly on taste, and this beer tasted fantastic For me, this was the best beer at the beerfest, and that's saying something as there were a ton of great beers there. I will seek this one out for sure, loved it.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Local 44 in Philly

Nice hazy lemony color. The nose is a straight citrus bomb. The taste follows....tons of citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, and some dankness. A touch of bitterness. Super crushable! Not sure what's up with the 64 rating but this is a damn good pale ale. One of the better ones I've tasted actually. Cheers.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour on tap at the brewery poured into their flute-like glass, unknown brewing/release date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - golden-off yellow coloration; low clarity (cannot read through) with intense hop haze; tight white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; initial frothy white head settles into a 1 finger head that persists throughout the drinking

S: 10/12 - moderate citrus and floral hop character - grapefruit, mango, lemograss and dandelions - with some biscuity bready malts and oats; no detectable alcohols; no flaws

T: 18/20 - taste profile immediately follows the nose but is subtle and gentle - this is a citrus delight with some mild pine; in the middle of the mouth, the citrus hop complexity continues with Centennial and Amarillo notes (less so Simcoe) and gentle oats, malts and alcohol; finishes dry and inviting

M: 5/5 - moderate-to-high carbonation; moderate hop oils that coat the tongue and instill a creaminess not typically found in this style; moderate alcohol presence

O: 9/10 - wow, this is a beautiful hop symphony that is one of the most balanced and inviting aromatic pale ales on the market; I could session this all night and still be a delight the following morning; highly recommended for all hop hands on deck! On my visit to the brewery on Sun., 3/23/14, the only beer that I had that I thought was better was the First Level NS IPA, but these beers are very different and this one is more balanced and delicate!

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of cavedave
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to one of the finest BA's around, Retail1LO

A finely clouded, dark straw pour holds a finger of white foam fleetingly, ends with bubble islands and a nice ring.

Wonderful wafting aromas of orange and lemon zest, sweet grapefruit, neutral sweet, melon form a bouquet that is indescribably delicious and enticing.

All the flavors of the nose combine into a balanced whole that also features the lightest bit of herbal drying at the end. Stupid delicious, I wish I were a better reviewer and could let you read this and know just how fucking good this is.

Nicely low carb, easy drinking, light body but full of lasting flavors that make a superb finish.

Tired Hands, huh? In the words of no one in particular I shall give worthy advice: "Get yo ass some of this beer, y'all gone like it fo sho!" Highest recommendation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands. Pours a light yellow-straw color with a good head. Nice lacing. The nose is exceedingly complex and strong for a beer of this size with fantastic citrus rind, light pine, and hints of tropical fruit. Flavor has a malty dryness to accompany the hop bitterness. Flavor packs in fresh citrus peel along with a light dosing on pine needles and a faint earthy dankness, which must be the Columbus speaking. Body is light and crisp. Uber drinkable. I see many growlers of this in my future.

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Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pale lemon color capped by a dense head of foam that leaves excellent lace patterns

Smell: CItrus and tropical fruit aromatics

Taste: The hops dominate the flavor profile from start to finish here, with the malt basically providing the backbone and nothing else; citrus and tropical fruit flavors build, though they never verge into overwhelming bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyed the well-attenuated character of this beer; the hop profile was just how I like it and stepped up to the border of IPA territory but never crossed the line

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a pale cloudy yellow color with a good white head that leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Lots of citrus juiciness

Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, light bitterness and maltiness, you primarily get a bouquet of citrus hops

Feel: Light body, good carb

Overall: This pale ale is a big wow for me. Been a while since I've gotten that from a Pale Ale. I love the cloudiness, who needs clear beer? I don't feel like filtering brings anything to the table anyways as long as you don't get chunky stuff.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The beer is wonderfully hoppy of juicy citrus and tropical, bounds of grapefruit. The malt backbone is light with some graininess and the oat gives it some roundness. A significant bitterness on the end of green grass, slight pine, and floral.

At under 5%, this beer is absurdly tasty. One of the best of the "best" small brewery pale ales I've had (Trillium and Peekskill).

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed golden color with some straw hues. Thick crop of white head rests on top, leaving rings of spotty lacing around the glass.

Fragrant, powerful nose filled with citrusy hops and floral accents. Punchy and bitter with some citrus peel. Light biscuit malt hints with grain and soft sweetness.

Bitter and citrusy up front, plenty of hop character with orange and tangerine. The hops balance nicely with some soft fruit sweetness and biscuit malts. Finishes bitter and dry with lasting hops.

Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth and refreshing on the tongue. This is an extremely well crafted APA - plenty of hop character with just enough balance. I could drink this by the growler, no problem.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow in color, a finger plus of a white foamy head with good retention and leaves behind strong legs and a lacing along the sides. Slightly hazy but still able to see through it.

Smell: hop varieties. ranges from citrus to pine and floral, spicy notes as well. Pretty juicy. malts are slightly sweet, mostly bread-like. some mineral content too.

Taste: opens with citrusy and floral hops. as the hops evolve more juice like and some spicy flavors come out. the taste is very juicy and low on resin. back end has a mix between pale malts, mineral water and some yeast character.

Mouthfeel: light, slight bitterness and very refreshing. a touch on the dry side but that just gets you ready for more.

Overall: a very well done take on the pale ale, exactly what I look for. good hoppy flavor and aroma, malt depth. refreshing qualities and great drinkability.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 7/25/12 served in an 8oz tulip.

Pour: a great hazy golden yellow with a finger of white fluffy head.

Smell: Wonder juicy grapefruit, with some lemon zest and pne.

Taste: Follows the nose with juicy grapefruit and lemon citrus. Bready malt balances. Finishes with a clean pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Carbonation gives it an almost velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Wow, what a start to my Tired Hands experience. This pale ale tussles with the giants, and is up there with Edward in my opinion. Definitely get this if you can!

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 4 oz glass at the brewery.

The beer is cloudy with a good amount of off white carbonation. As the head fades it leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is light and hoppy with a citrus peel note balanced by the grain. The taste follows from the smell, this is a great session pale ale. The hops star and the light malt balances things out. Easy to drink with a light body, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared my Moll, thanks. Beer is yellow and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, some carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is hoppy and mild with a nice little sweetness / yeast character.

As far as an APA goes, this is a little nice one. It is moderately bitter, has a nice floral hop presence and a good finish. The overall beer is nicely balanced and finishes not too dry with a little IBUs from the hops on the end. The hops are a little citrus and a little piny, I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of PVMT
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House on 10/27/15. Hazy yellow pour with a foamy white head. Citrus nose, but flavor is bright pine and biscuity malts, leading to a clean, slightly sweet and bitter finish. Quite good.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous American pale ale! Deep golden slightly pale yellow hue and slightly cloudy. Big rocky white head and great lacing on the glass. Big fruit notes on the nose, so tropical and juicy. Fantastic nose! Tastes of tangerines, Meyer lemons, pine and mango. Soft, creamy, light to medium body and a crisp drying finish. Loved this one!

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Photo of GregA135
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Bros may want to reconsider changing their rating, because this APA was great! Then again to each their own right?
Had this brew at their Fermentaria. Poured a hazy orange/lemon color with a white head. Smell and taste basically followed each other - citrus, fruit notes, a bit of pine. A nice juicy APA with medium carbonation and very refreshing too. Ended up taking a growler of this home. Can't wait to come back to Tired Hands!

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Photo of d5001986
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange with about 2 fingers of creamy, off-white head.

S: Tart lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango.

T: Tart lemon up front, followed by mango, pineapple, grass, and a bit of maltiness. Pungent and mildly bitter.

M: Slick med-light body with light carbonation. Refreshing.

O: This is a very good APA, definitely sessionable. The up front tartness was different, but pleasant. A total tropical hop-bomb as well.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap pours a slightly hazy golden, color with a frothy white head sturdy on top. Aroma is juicy hops, dank, citric, floral and slightly grassy. Light malt roast and smooth light-medium body makes this beer goes down so easy and yet the hops really shine in flavor of pine, tangerine, honeysuckle, grassy and fresh. Would easily have this beer again.

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Photo of dsal89
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from 8/24. Poured into TH oversized wine glass.

Pours from the growler a somewhat hazy gold/yellow with a 2 finger head that leaves nice soapy bubbles atop the beer. Nice retention and I think it will leave some very nice lacing. Really nice looking pale ale.

Im getting some nice citrus in there with a bit of peach (or at least what I always think is peach). A bit of pine in there as well. Im getting very little malt in the aroma but there is a touch of some sweet bread in there and it compliments the bright hop aromas very well. Also a very nice fresh grassy aroma throughout. Smells great!

Nice grassy/pine punch to start and then by mid palate it transforms into fresh citrus and orange juice. The finish is slightly bitter and hits with soft bread that was coated with orange jam. After letting it warm up a bit more the peach I was getting in the aroma is showing it's face just a wee bit. Hits very subtly up front and lasts throughout til the finish. great stuff and highly crushable.

Really nice mouthfeel. Soft but it feels full and makes it feel bigger than just 5 percent. As far as pale ales go this has got to be close to my favorite. My first Tired Hands beer so I had a lot of expectations for it because anything from them is a want of mine and this just hit the nail on the head. Great stuff

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Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's. Served in a Victory pint.

Brewer's description: "Our exceedingly aromatic American Pale Ale. Hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, and Columbus. Nuances of tangelo, under-ripe kiwi, and pine needles. 5.2% abv."

Appearance is pale cloudy golden with light orange hue. Large frothy off white head slowly fades to a thin collar and thin webs of lace. Aroma of resin, floral, grass, earthy hops; mild unripe fruit. Crisp body, medium full, fluffy carbonation, light crisp finish. Slightly peppery and spicy from the start with a light fruit sweetness through the body and an excessively bitter and dry finish. Not much subtlety here for a sub 5% ABV APA, but enjoyable for a hop fix.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale straw color, somewhat hazy. Bubbly bone white head that does not stay around very long.

S- Lots of grassy notes, some fruity aromas including peach and mango, nice citrus quality, slight breadiness.

T- Big fruity hops come through with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Lots of hop flavor packed into this one, especially for such a light and drinkable beer.

M- Light and drinkable, some bitterness lingers on the tongue, medium carbonation.

O- Very enjoyable pale ale. Great flavor range for a more approachable APA.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very slightly hazy yellow. Quite pale. A small amount of lacing.

Smell: General hop bitterness, grapefruit, and strong notes of pine. A little breadiness is found deep within.

Taste: Grapefruit dominates, followed by a mixture of malty and piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with low-medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: A beautiful American Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is excellent and refreshing, and the flavors, while a little subdued compared to some of Tired Hand's other offerings (Perfect Hole in One, for example), are truly amazing. A great beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler thanks to drabmuh.

Hazy straw yellow body with an inch of pure white head. The nose brings oranges, lemons, fresh citrus hops. Lovely hop character. Bright citrus with some herbal and grassy notes. Medium bodied. Very glad that Tired Hands growlers are holding their carbonation now. Tasty beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler, filled 2 days ago at the brewery, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color, topped with a finger of white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrus, tropical fruit, and a nice grassy and piney bitterness. Also some bready yeast and a bit of malt sweetness, but the fruit and grassy hops are definitely the most prominent.

T- Similar to the aroma, tropical fruit and citrus are right up front, along with some mild grassy bitterness. A bit of malty sweetness provides balance, along with bready, grainy flavors.

M- Light to medium bodied, smooth feel, very light and easy drinking.

O- A very good pale ale, the fruitiness is really great, and everything here is really smooth and restrained, making for great drinkability. Good growler material here.

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