Nigel - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 56
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 2.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 01-05-2013

Our India Black Ale, brewed with debittered black wheat and hopped intensely with Amarillo and Simcoe.
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 56
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a large snifter.

Nigel pours black with dark brown highlights when held to light. Pale, sudsy tan head was about two fingers worth and is doing a great job sticking all over the glass. The head drops to a thin lacing on top after a minute or two.

The hop aroma on this beer is super fresh. Clearly dominated by piney, resinous hops that smell spicy, earthy and citrusy all at the same time. Notes of honeydew, pine, floral bouquet, spiced tea and chicory.

On the first sip, the bitterness gently takes a bite towards the swallow....nothing up front. There is a spiciness to the hop profile, reminiscent of HopDevil a little. Piney hops lead the way, followed by an aftertaste of toasted malts. The bitterness is not very intense at all (maybe like 60 IBUs?) but it certainly is lingering, and tastes like straight pine needles when you burp. I am enjoying the lack of acridness from heavy dosing of black malt. Tired Hands seemed to go easy on the malt bill to let the hops shine, but also didn't shoot to kill your tastebuds, allowing the hops to just taste fresh and allow a subtler bitterness to dominate.

This Black IPA is medium-bodied, with a semi-dry finish. Very smooth beer, with active carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. Not over the top, but certainly just right for the style.

This may be my favorite beer in this style so far! Most of the time, it feels like the dark malts and hops are battling it out for domination, and this one drinks much more easily and feels like both are toned down for the sake of creating a cohesive dark IPA. Really well done and one of my favorites from Tired Hands so far! (1,646 characters)

More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mdillon86
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oline73
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Pours a very dark brown color with a layer of creamy off white head. The smell is full of citrus peel hops with some roast chiming in as well. The taste is more of the same. Citrus peel hops along with roasted malt. There is a nice level of sweetness in the finish. The carbonation is fluffy and smooth and the finish is dry.

This is one of the better black IPAs I've ever had. Very well done. (429 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at the brewpub

We've got, you know, amarillos in our trousers.
But seriously, folks...

Dark brown-black pour, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet, leaving spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was a bit distant, with notes of dark malts and light citrusy hops coming through. Taste was fairly mild compared to other beers of the style, which is actually not a bad thing. Taste of grapefruity hops, dark malts, fairly roasty, dark bread, some piney bitterness in the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, and a nice drink overall. (565 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of morganmcd
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of MrRockstar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a creamy head capping the dark brown liquid; squiggles of lace are left behind

Smell: A bit of a toasty aspect but that is just a backdrop for the grapefruity hops

Taste: Just a bit of toasty brown bread, up front, and then the grapefruity hops kick in; a dry finish that just contains a hint of the malt with the hop flavors lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Unlike a lot of ABAs, this beer doesn't have the need to make a malt statement that battles the hops; another nicely attenuated beer from Tired Hands that is full of subtlety and balance (629 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Nigel from Tired Hands Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.