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HopHands - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 445
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 30 | 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: 50 | Hads: 445
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (625 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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 oline73
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Jason
2.74/5  rDev -33.8%
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 Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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 mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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 orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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 drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. poured on tap into a pokal/pilsner sort of type glass of sorts at the bar.

Another one to one and a half finger creamy egg white whipped head presented, sitting on a body of lemon opaque yellow, with some faint orange tinge edges. Looks almost like apricot in a glass and ring laces tremendously down the sides of the glass while drinking.

Nose seems to have a light floral sense and lots of citrus juicy quality. The hops are aromatic and take over the malt presence it seems by design but it's not like I care at this point since the aroma is so pleasant and inviting. Some hints of sugar cane perhaps in there.

Once again with these beers it's the mouthfeel that always strikes me first. Lush and fully coating and incredibly hop juicy. Good tropical mango, and a faint dry pine bitterness on the swallow. Aftertaste and aroma has incredible large growing pith citrus bite and huge amounts of lemon and orange peel bitterness that explodes. I can nearly chomp into it long after the beer is finished.

Powerful, but it also makes me forget about the base malt which I would like for balance and to remind me that this is a pale ale after all, but it's a hop lovers dream and full of wonderful hop pleasantries that any beer lover who enjoys that sort of thing can get down with. (1,290 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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 xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 tbeckett
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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 dar482
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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). (415 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -4.3%
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)

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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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