HopHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 436
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 41
Gots: 28 | 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: 47 | Hads: 436
Photo of Jason
2.74/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not feeling it with this brew, extremely cloudy and a mess to say the least. Staff at the pub should not be pouring it. Milkshake beers are not a trend or acceptable with modern styles... No excuses. (199 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
2.91/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tall white head that fades to a fizz on top, lots of lacing. VERY pale body - looks like a light beer.
Nice clean citrus hop aroma, but fades to be pretty faint given time. Taste is overwhelmed by sharp acidity with some messy hops at the back end, lingering dry and bitter. The acidity is felt more than the carbonation, leaving it somewhat astringent.
Disappointing overall. Tastes and feels like an extra-hopped light beer. I guess at 4.8% it sort of is one, but I still wouldn't choose it over any readily available pale ales. (531 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RetailL10 for the growler.

Pours pale yellow with a finger of white head. Good retention and a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma features citrus, a bit of pine and a lot of grassy/floral hops. Nose is muted as the faint hops are hardly all that's there.

Flavor starts out with the grassy hops. A little bit of orange rind and pine soon creep in. Just a bit of breadiness although hardly any malt in this puppy.

Light mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and carbonations pops. Light bitterness lingers on the tongue.

A nice APA and goes down very easily. I'd love a little more in the flavor/aroma department though. Looking forward to trying more stuff from Tired hands. (686 characters)

Photo of citizencane
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemon citrus and grain taste. Appears an opaque yellow with minimal head. Mouthfeel is okay. An all around average session IPA with a perhaps a little more smoothness than average. Nothing remarkable here, but nothing bad. (226 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA.

Hazy, straw yellow in color with a large fluffy white head. Awesome lacing on the glass as it goes down. Bright citrus and pine aroma. Light bodied, even a little thin for me. Falls more in line with a Session IPA than a pale ale. Easy drinking and crushable. (313 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA
Review updated: 12/2013

First time having this at Teresa's, I thought, "Interesting look for an APA; did I get the saison by accident?" But now, after drinking this beer since opening day, I know that Tired Hands has pretty much broken all stereotypes and they are in effect capable of redefining even the simplest of beer styles. Pale, straw-yellow color, slightly hazy, with a thin layer of foamy bubbles for a head. Aroma is hop-forward, notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Crisp taste is hop-forward as well, quite lemony, with some grassy funk--again, somewhat reminiscent of a saison, or even a Belgian IPA--pine needles, bready malts in the background. I wasn't too sold on this one at first...I suppose just because it didn't seem quite conventional as an APA. But now I respect it much more, and recognize its diverse nature (see: cask varieties). Light-bodied and easily drinkable. A good selection to have year-round. (968 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering at Tired Hands. The brew appears a pale light copper color with a white sudsy head. The capnretains very well and as it fades, leaves a full wall of lace sticking all over the glassware.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a bright hip character smelling fruity, floral and citrusy. There is a faint malt backing to this but the hops are rich and inviting without getting excessive. Nicely done.

The taste is hoppy but its a hoppiness that is full of flavor without getting excessively bitter. Fruit, floral and citris hop notes run the whole gauntlet across your tongue. It displays a dry finish thats crisp with hints of earth and almost something along the lines of peppers goes into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Crisp as stated previously thats easy drinking with a low alcohol impact. The faint peppery quality was strange but overall this was a clean and well executed brew. (948 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled 2 days ago. Thanks John. Poured into a brandy glass today, 5/2/2014.

A- Hazy straw yellow body much like lemonade. Very effervescent two finger white head that quickly drops into a thick film that retains quite well, lacing abounds.

S- Bready sweet, yeasty (in a Belgian style), a bit of tropical fruit, some floral notes.

F- Bread, caramel and oats mixed in with yeasty spice; citrus hops complement this sweetness. Finish is more floral than citrusy. It almost has a distinct Belgian type flavour which is kind of odd.

M- Medium bodied, not particularly bitter and actually very drinkable. The finish is dry, refreshing but a bit odd with that mix of the yeast and malt.

O- A fairly solid pale ale that is quite different than the others, but didn't impress too much. Good for a year-round, but the finish is kind of odd. The best description I can come up with is: American-hopped Belgian-style pale ale due to the yeast. (951 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@ Tired Hands

Cloudy juicy looking yellow-orange beneath a fat soapy head. Rings of lace all down the glass. Fresh, fruity aromas of kiwis, berries, peaches, apricots, and a little hop cone dankness. Unsurprisingly, the hop flavors are particularly fruity as well…berries, peaches, nectarines, and grapefruit – all oily and fresh. Crisp, easy drinking with low carbonation. Lots of juicy fruit flavors in a small package. (431 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer was really good in my opinion, the blend of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops were awesome. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it had a moderate bitterness to it but not strong enough to make it an IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer was light bodied, very drinkable, refreshing as well. Overall this beer was possible one of the best I had all day. It really is a good brew. My only complaint is that it felt a little watery to me. Other than that it's worth trying. (610 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Hoppy aroma. Grapefruit coloured and lacey. A little yeast, surprisingly. A big smooth mouthfeel. Citrus,fruity, complex and subtle tastes, a good pale. I would like to have a six pack in my fridge. Perhaps the best on tap tonight. (262 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden amber color, moderate cap of dense white bubbles, some sticky lacing. Good notes of zesty citrus rind wth some tropical notes, crackery and faintly sweet malts. Clean, flavorful but not too "in your face" taste - solid fresh and refreshing citrus zest, tropical fruit, good bitterness and solid, lightly sweet malt backbone. All around solid and flavorful pale. (373 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After 10 years of chasing down everything, I am embracing the pale movement and now to have fresh pale brewed in smaller batches, I could not be merrier. I'll admit after a decade of beer guzzling, nit picking, trading, analyzing, and salivating, I just want a beer to drink that wont kill me, the lighter the better i say.

HopHands is a step in that direction, served to me in a 16oz portion the liquid was a bright gold color with some bright white foam up top, it managed a cap and stuck around, no lace on this one. Smell is bright with semi citrus and forward florals with a backing of pale malt and pine. The taste is light and comes and goes in an instant. The bitterness is not all that big, I get pine with some pale malt and some mango and orange flavor. IT's light bodied beer and something you will want to drink a ton of in late August. All hail the light. (870 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. A nearly clear, very light gold color with a small, slowly settling head that becomes a thin band on top. Superb lacing. Assertive citrus in the nose, with lime coming through prominently as well as pine resins and a gentle maltiness.

Drinks like an Ipa light; very much hop forward; restrained pale malt sweetness; lots of citrusy lime, pine, resins, grass, a subtle oniony note from the Amarillo.

Smooth and light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp and dry. Quite refreshing. (505 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

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

S - Smells of plenty of grassy hops, pine resin, citric rind and just the faintest hint of sweetness. Nothing too over the top here, pretty solid.

T - Starts off with plenty of grassy hops and slightly dulled citric rind giving way to hints of pine resin, pale malt and just the faintest bit of sweetness. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Nice light feel with a crisp body and moderate carbonation. Bitter but not overpowering, this is very easy going down.

O - All things considered a really nice APA. I personally prefer Leaflet to this one but I wouldn't turn this down in the future. (802 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

32 oz. swing top growler served in a Hill Farmstead glass. Filled 5/5.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick collar that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Grassy, floral with a little bit of lemon citrus. Sweet cracker malts provides a nice backbone for this. Nicely balanced.

T: A ton of floral and grassy-like hops on the initial sip. The mid palate has a very light touch of bitterness. Light white grape with a clean finish. The malt body is like a honey covered croissant. Sweetened, but not over powering.

M: Incredibly light with a medium carbonation level. Very clean and smooth across the palate with a very drinkability. This goes down so easy.

O: A really easy drinking and nicely put together APA. This isn't going to knock your socks off with flavor, but it's well made. Balanced. (884 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

a - Pours a clear medium golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells or grains, citrus hops, wheat, light pine hops, yeast, floral hops, and light fruity malts. Pretty nice; hops are up front, though not super strong. Nice, plesant nose.

t - Tastes of grains,wheat, yeast, spice, citrus hops, floral hops, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Little less hops here than the nose but still quite nice.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy, and extremely easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice low ABV pale ale with an amazing mouthfeel; you could definitely drink a few of these and would want to. I enjoyed a few other beers on tap that night more, but this is a great staple beer and would love to have it again. A nice light hoppy pale ale. (936 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to billquirk (Reddit) for this one, although took some time ot get here. Growler poured 7/19

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, hazy golden honey color.

Nose wafts out from far away, lots of nice citrus and tropical fruits, some dank resinous passion fruit, guava, candied orange peel, mild Clementine citrus, hint of grapefruit pith, little earthy note and touch of pine sap, fruits are muted mostly, some sweet toasty reddish malts. Hops turn a little earthy herbal. Started great, but started to fade as it turned to an earthy herbal thing.

Taste is nice, more tropical fruit notes, some resinous notes, little dank passion fruit and little guava, generic tropical fruit with citrus, pithy, orange peel, Clementine, etc. With a mild pine sap and touch of earthy forest floor. Faint hint if pineapple, mild to fair bitterness, mild sweet juicy malt base. Fluffy malt dries on the finish, little bitterness, nice mild tropical fruits and resinous citrus pithy rind notes lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lighter bit decent carb.

Overall pretty nice. Nose started great but ended meh, taste was pretty solid throughout, and I wonder what was lost in the two weeks or so it took to get here. Still enjoyable and hope I get to try the dry hopped versions. (1,319 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave a thin thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice wet, dank, sticky resinous hops. Nice citrus peels, earthy spicy, light resinous, faint malts. It is over ten days old though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice bitter citrus peels candy orange, pith, Clementine, light resinous notes, candy malts, alcohol hidden, nice bitterness on the finish too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, faintly crisp.

O - Overall this beer was a bit underwhelming but the taste is very nice. Pleasant beer to drink, solid. (636 characters)

Photo of Monktastic7
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this "house" pale...possibly one of the best sessions in the country. Super delicate mouthfeel, bursting with juicy hops and then a slightly dry pale finish. (162 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tired Hands

A- pours a hazy golden-.yellow color with a small creamy white head that reduces, leaving good lace behind.

S- nice mix of fruity hop aromas; pineapple, mango, guava, grapefruit and fresh cut grass

T- sweet and fruity hops give flavors of pineapple and mango with a hint of orange. Toasted malt kicks in to add good balance and drinkability. Slightly sweet on the finish with an emphasis on sweet guava fruit

M- medium body with moderate prickly carbonation produces a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, very drinkable

O - super drinkable pale ale , with nice fruity hop notes (610 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came to me a hazy golden sunshine. The head on top wa white but thin and left little lacing.
The aroma was quite hoppy and smelled good and fresh. The bouquet had citrus notes as well as pine resin. I detect alittle bready malts and yeast too.
The taste mirrors the aroma with citrus notes and malts. Finishes clean with a tad bit of bitterness. Very good. (356 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler, filled 6/5, poured into a pint glass

A- A hazy pale yellow with a two finger white head.

S- Melons, slightly dank/piney, hint of citrus, slightly grainy.

T- Piney, slightly dank, hints of melons/tropical fruits, hints of peppercorns and pale malts.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A nicely done take on a Pale Ale, pretty hoppy but not to a point were it feel like an IPA. I have made a lot of trips to Tired Hands and finally getting around to trying their house pale ale, I think I will be picking this up more often. (551 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, 8oz pour

A bright golden orange body with a foamy bone white cap. Strong retention with mild lace.

The nose is bright and well-rounded. Floral, grassy, citrus, and pine all poking through. This is billed as wonderfully aromatic, and it definitely is. Clean and bright hop aromatics are a big winner here.

On the palate, things are a little more balanced. A lightly sweet malt bill pulls these hops back a bit. Notes of undercooked biscuits, fresh flowers, pine needles, juicy white grapefruit, apricots, and pineapple.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, soft carbonation. Finish is mainly a floral bitterness.

A damn good APA. I'd like the imbalance of the nose to translate better on the palate, but honestly I'd be nitpicking at this point. (763 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Tired Hands. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy yellowy/golden with a finger of white head. Film retention, good lace rings.

S - Zippy citrus, grass, lemon.

T - Oh ya, very pleasant mild malt and a nice complex hop profile of zippy lemon, grapefruit, and mango. Tasty.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, not that bitter.

O/D - Seemed fairly sessionable. Very nice and tasty with a great combo of hops. Enjoyed it. (430 characters)

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