Nigel - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
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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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 12
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate tenderbranson69 for sharing this -enjoyed from the growler in a willybecker.

The color is practically black with thin medium tan head with fine bead and lace sticks clarity is opaque. The smell has a slight char note up front with a moderately pine-like hop scent and subtle yeast aroma. The feel has a nice roast quality with more hop dominant with mild sweetness level and medium bitterness with medium carbonation and moderately dry finish.

The taste is lightly roasted with mildly bitter entry and slight pine in the flavor with a dark roast coffee and dry cocoa-like accent with yeast fruitiness in the middle w/ chalky quality and lightly bitter malt aspect in the finish with yeast tang and citrus hop flavors lingering. Overall this is good with very nice drinkability for the style with earthy element and fairly balanced just a little chalky

Photo of Jonada
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with 3 fingers of a creamy mocha colored head with good retention and lacing. Body is opaque.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, citrus, slight spiciness and very mild roast

Taste: Citrusy hops, pine, resin, very slight hint of roast.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and light carbonation.

Overall: Another good one from Tired Hands. Definitely leans more towards black IPA. Worth trying.

Photo of oline73
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1L growler, filled 2/1/13
5oz mini tasting snifter

A: Pours out a really deep dark brown color. Nicely carbonated, and I got a nice layer of tight bubbled light tan head atop the glass. It leaves some sticky lacing bits.

S: The nose on this screams hoppy IPA, which is awesome. Although sometimes it's nice to have some of that roast ala a porter, this is a true black (in color) IPA on the nose. Lots of pine for sure, and some hints of citrus underneath it. Some mild roast from the grains.

T: Taste follows the nose, this is a delicious brew. Nice pine hop bitterness on the front of the tongue. The malts dance in around the mid-palate to balance it out. There is some of that dark malt roast/coffee/chocolate character, but primarily it feels like a traditional lighter grain bill here. Dry close with lingering hop bitterness sticking around.

M: Medium bodied. Easy to drink.

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of drabmuh
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Black IPAs I've ever had. Served in a Tired Hands glass. At the time of this review, this is #10 on the "Top Beers - American Black Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. This beer is a great cascade bomb, I love cascade so this was a winner to me

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate head, some retention.

Aroma is all hops, mild malt, no roast.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice cascade on the midpalate, nice bitterness from the hops on the finish and some bittering from mild roast. It plays well together and I would have this again for sure. One of my favorites from this place thus far.

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color, not quite as dark as I was expecting it to be. The head was a light brown color. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this beer. The smell of the beer gave off a pungent aroma of citrusy hops and some roasted malts. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with the hops and the roasted malts coming together. The mouthfeel is sharp, it's crisp and leaves a prickly feeling on the tounge. Overall it's a pretty sold Black IPA and I could see myself ordering it again in the future.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub

Clouded deep opaque black color with a two-finger tanned head resting on top. Fades out slowly, leaving patchy, spotty lacing littered around the glass.

Piny hoppiness in the nose with a few citrus notes. Dark malts with warmer roasted tones, a dash of cocoa and chocolate. Soft alcohol warmth.

Formidable bitterness up front, pine hops with a touch of resin. Notes of citrus peel and light sweetness resting on the thicker dark malt backbone. Roasted tones, chocolate and cocoa lurk underneath. Finishes with pine hop bitterness and a kiss of alcohol.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and sticky on the tongue. Quality hop-forward ale for the season, although this wasn't quite as memorable as some of their other recent brews (attn Light That Spills...)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewpub

A dark brown, almost black pour with a tight, creamy off-white cap. Some good retention as it never truly faded, settling to a thin layer of foam with some spotty lace.

Piney hops with some mild citrus over top. Lightly roasted malt with a bit of cocoa powder laying low. Nicely hopped, vibrant aroma.

Nigel slides onto the palate. Piney hops greet you first. Resiny notes. Mild roast and cocoa powder through the middle. The finish is a moderate bitterness of pine resin and mild grapefruit.

Medium bodied and smooth. A tad below creamy. Dry finish, with a bit of resiny stickiness left behind.

A damn fine dark IPA. Solid hop presence with malt bill that isn't too roasty and stays out of the way.

Photo of Rifugium
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, almost black body with a frothy tan. Good lacing, nice appearance.

S- Tropical fruits, roasted malt. Grapefruit and citrus come through a lot.

T- An extremely tropical black IPA. Huge fruity hop flavors with some roasted malt and chocolate malt coming through as it warms.

M- Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, really drinkable.

O- A great beer. Roasted malt, huge hops, great.

Nigel from Tired Hands Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.