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The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 229
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 131
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: regspeir on 01-12-2013

Very hoppy pale ale/IPA brewed with 70lbs of clementine zest and juice.
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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Soft hue with light frothy head, modest lacing. A juicy haze though not pulpy. Smell is citrus zest - unsurprising - with a light dankness, herbal kush / pineapple and tropical leaf litter. Taste is juicy, light, great balance with side of tongue bitterness. Soft and slightly chewy mouthfeel with a pleasant malt note. Perhaps some oats in the mix to give it that roundness and bit of presence.

Just a great beer. Not quite Mago Tago but delicious.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32oz. growler into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303. A horribly named beer.

Pours a foamy, .5 finger flour white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear pale yellow with sticky, layered lace that really marks where the beer ends up. A pretty nice looking beer. Great color.

Nose is sweet citrus, mounds of cane sugar, pine, dank hops, mango and starfruit. Super juicy and aromatic!

Opens citrus. Hints of orange rind, cane sugar, pine and pineapple. Juicy with huge tropical fruit notes in the middle and just a hint of hop bitterness in the middle and end. Finishes with a display of the soft malt body. Foamy with more citrus. Delicious! Huge flavor.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Lively and quenching in the mouth and goes down soft and juicy. Finishes wet with a lightly lingering aftertaste that begs you to go back for more. Unimaginably drinkable.

I don't know if its possible for me to have too much of this beer. So much flavor with such a quenching mouthfeel. The alcohol and body of an IPA with the flavor for a DIPA. Outstanding!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color with a big white head and nice lacing. Big notes of clementines, light dank, fresh cut grass and citrus zest. Medium side of light body, nicely carbed, soft and clean on the finish. Overall an amazingly citrusy IPA that does clementine flavor very well.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at TRIA in Philadelphia. Kind of a hazy pour into a tall stemmed tulip glass. Awesome fruit aroma and citrusy flavored. Very refreshing ale from these folks. Glad we're seeing more of their ales in downtown Philly!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fermenteria. Pours a vibrant golden yellow color with an inch plus if white fluffy head. Lots of lacing. Very juicy aroma. Orange, tangerine, pineapple, and pear. The taste is very fruity as well. Pear and pineapple right off the bat followed by the citrus hops. Maybe a hint of the wheat at the finish along with more juicy pear. Light mouthfeel but with a lot of carbonation. Overall, fantastic Pale Ale for sure.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 09/13/15 notes. Had an 8oz glass of this followed by a 16 oz glass at the Fermentaria, followed by a 32 oz. growler 6 hours later.

Pours a very clear bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hop, oranges, floral notes, resin, oat, bread, grass and straw, fruity malts and tropical notes. Tastes has more oranges and mellon. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall pretty good taste especially; it got better as I drank it. Not super hoppy but lots of fruit and tasty, and super easy to drink. A beer I could definitely drink a lot of and all the time.

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Photo of mkh012
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly. The only non-Belgian beer I got at this awesome Belgian bar. Pours a bright cloudy yellow. The smell of this brew is fantastic. One of the better smelling APAs I've ever had. You get the nice floral hops, orange, clementine, and lemon zest. This really smells beautiful.

The taste reminded me a bit of two other great beers- Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin and Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. It was fruitier and more tart than the former and less intense than the latter, but really a beer of the same caliber. Maybe even better.

Certainly hoppy but not overdone. It doesn't overstay its welcome or linger. The clementine flavor is a great addition. This beer is a tropical citrus hop bomb but still easy drinking. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Jonada
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler into a teku

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow color with a finger of a creamy white head with moderate retention and lacing. Body is very hazy but translucent.

Smell: Lots of citrus. Orange, grapefruit, grass with hints of pine and dank.

Taste: Clementine, grass, slight crackery malt and pine. Clementines come through even more in the finish in the form of juice, flesh and zest. Aftertaste is almost as if you just ate a bitter clementine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium/light fine carbonation. Dry-ish finish with a mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Really good IPA/pale ale and the clementines are definitely the star here. Super juicy and worth going out of your way to try.

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Photo of Rastacola
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

A little sweeter than I like, but the very present orange citrus worked very well with the hop character. Super crush-able and had that signature tired hands after taste.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Light yellow orange. Not much of a head on it. A few surface bubbles. Slightly hazy.

Smell - Citrus hoppiness. Orange. A little peppery, which is interesting.

Taste - Similar to the smell. Oranges are distinct. Citrus hops. Bitter very quickly, but not a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Slightly bitter. Very low carbonation.

Overall - Very drinkable and balanced. A subtle pale ale, I guess I'd dub it.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Slatetank for the hookup on this 1-liter growler. Poured into a matching large TH wine glass the brew appears a clouded golden yellow with a white cap that fades back to a sudsy topping composed of large bubbles. Some patchy webs of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is like pulpy breakfast juice...Orange Juice (OK - Clementines technically) quite fruity and zesty with an herbal hop addition to break the citrus zest up. It is somewhat dusty with hops (kinda like the last pour from a firkin that has a lot of pelletized hop debris in it) along with citrus fruits, pulp, rind, herbal elements that are slightly dank and catty.

The taste is herbal, catty, zesty, pulpy and fruity from the adjunct addition moreso than from the addition of hops (or so it seems.) Somewhat dank and juicy like fresh pressed OJ that had pellet hop dust tossed into it. Very rindy with juicy citrus fruits and hops but seemingly without much bitterness.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. More fruity like pressed/zested citrus than hops. A little watery and very easy drinking but this hardly feels like a beer. I dont know if thats a good or bad thing but honestly I am overall underwhelmed. I went into this with real high expectations and while it is good, I think you could get nearly the same product by zesting 100 pounds of fruit in any marginal pale ale. Nice to say I tried it but not something I would go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

enjoyed in a tulip stemmed glass at the cafe upstairs on tap.

The color is like cider -light amber with moderate haze and golden hues with thick white creamy cap lots of lace sticks. The smell has a strong citrus aroma -I thought it had citra it in it but the amarillo and nelson give a moderate graprefruit and tropical orange scent with clementine adding to the combo. The feel is moderately high bitterness with lots of juiciness and medium carbonation and light alcohol.

The taste has a juicy tangy, tangy and slight dank flavor from the hops with no sour fruit or harsh bitterness but there is a yeasty fruit undertone with a moderately herbal and somewhat smooth IPA/pale...it is hopped like an IPA with a clementine flavor apparent alongside the high alpha hops which are pretty smooth bitterness wise. This is highly drinkable IPA...I consider it that since it focuses on hops and the malt is nowhere in the taste. I was happy to try this fresh and in growler it is a good blend of fruit and citrus tasting hops

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is slightly a hazed pale yellow and has a tight white head. The nose is a huge grapefruit explosion, light grain, clean. Taste has light doughy grain with huge grapefruit and a light musky yeast underneath. Carb is gentle on a medium creamy body.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

served in stemmed tired hands glass for full on rep

pours a pale hazy golden yellow. light to little head.

very citrus forward. heavy orange and tangerine. tropical love in a glass.

taste is 100% different. bitter through out. pine and resin. some zest is mos def apparent. very faint malt. finish has a slight grapefruit thing going on. loving.

thin and light, a bit dry and oily.

overall, this is really good and so light and easy. well done.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 1L swingtop growler chilled and poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware. Huge thanks to Centennial for this great surprise.

Appearance: Medium orange to dark yellow in color. A bit cloudy throughout. Pours a one finger white fizzy head that doesn't hold for long.

Aroma: Mango, tropical fruits and a nice burst of orange zest and juice. Really nice balance of fresh citrus, fruity hops, and some mild bitterness.

Taste: Orange juice and orange zest tones upfront cut through the big fruity hops. The hops are not overly strong at this point but that allows the citrus to really stand out. A slightly bitter aftertaste and light, dry finish. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a burst of carbonation upfront. The acid from the citrus really seems to reduce the carbonation level in this hoppy citrus brews.

Overall, another great offering from Tired Hands. The citrus is really bright and complemented by the hop character. Really well done and nicely balanced. A really refreshing beer.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden color, much lighter than anticipated. Smell is strong citrus with a bit of the pale malt poking through.

Taste - I get some nice citrus fruits and crackery malt with almost a wheaty charactersitic to it. If I did not know that there was clementine juice and zest in this, I certainly would never have guessed it. I have had plenty of other APAs that have more citrus characterstic than this brew.

Overall, delicate is the word that comes to mind. This is not a beer to drink with heavy food, as the balanced characeristic would easily be overpowered by whatever you were eating.

In the end, a bit underwhelming. Perhaps my expectations were a tad high, or perhaps I just prefer brews with more intense flavors. If this were available in a reasonably priced six pack I would have an interest in picking it up again, but I would certainly never pay $25 for a growler again ($20 for the beer, $5 for the growler).

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Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: very light pastel yellow in color. Slightly hazy. Forms a moderate bright white foamy head. Good retention. Copious amounts of lacing. Sheeting really.

S: Very aromatic. Full on hops. Sweet, citrusy, orange. Biscuit malts.

T: Taste is light, but fairly nuanced. Biscuit malts, orange zest and a bit of lemon. Citrusy. Low to mld bitterness. Clean finish.

M: light bodied. Crisp. Heavier carbonation. Low to mild bitterness.

O: this is a very nice beer. There is a lot going on for a lighter style beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Acquired via trade
Thanks, YaKnowBrady!

A very pretty pale ale. A hazy golden and light yellow. Lighter in color than I anticipated. This leaves the glass just covered in irregular spiderwebs and lines of sticky, creamy lace. Very, very pretty pale ale.

The aroma, like with many of American's finest fresh pale ales, is it's best attribute. A complex but welcoming and bright citrus layer meld well with tropical notes. There is, without a doubt, a bit of grain coming through in the aroma as well, but it seems to be a very well rounded, earthy, and floral note, as opposed to a bready sweetness. Bright and citrus-forward, though I wouldn't call it pungent.

The flavor is nearly as good as the aroma. Low bitterness, except there is a welcoming wave of bitterness on the swallow. Tropical and citrus fruits. I want to say I get a touch of a wheat addition, but I might be mistaken. Citrus zest and juice are present.

The flagship of this beer: light and crisp, yet full, coating, and disappearing, strangely. Bitter zest finish. Love it.

The type of beer I would kill to have a keg of at home.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this one in a trade with acurtis. Huge thanks Alan! Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful light yellow with a one and a half finger head. Not incredibly carbonated but definitely enough. Nice and hazy, with ridiculous lacing.

S - Incredibly grassy & fruity. Smells incredibly fresh, like it was bottled only yesterday! Juicy & enticing.

T - Damn, this is smooth. Lots of sweet orange & lemon, balanced with the perfect amount of hop bitterness. Way too drinkable!

M - Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly drying, which only makes me want to drink this like it's a race.

O - Beautiful beer, and incredibly juicy & drinkable. My first brew from Tired Hands & I'm already a fan -- must get more... Thanks again Alan!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy pale yellow color with a foamy white head and decent lacing

S-pineapple, orange, malt, light pine, slight floral notes

T-light malt, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, pine, very juicy with a moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with nice carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-great pale ale with tremendous flavor, wish this were available in bottles as I would drink it regularly

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Photo of tectactoe
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler at a recent tasting. Hadn't heard of this one before, and with a name like that, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Pours a light-straw, apple-juice looking color, except filled with cloudy haze throughout. Nice-sized white head tops this one off, leaving a little bit off lacing on the glass.

The aroma is simply beautiful - big-time citrus aromas; pineapples, oranges, mangoes, grapefruits - all met by a nice match of equally prominent hop aromas; pungent, resinous oils and grassy pine needles. Goddamn this stuff is making my mouth water. Very reminiscent of Zombie Dust, although slightly less fruity/tropical and a bit underpowered - but still damn impressive. Nelson and Amarillo hops make a damn good combination.

Light, sweet malt lays down the foundation for this beer, but that's about all it does. Once you get that initial malt sweetness, it's immediately laid to waste by the onslaught of raw hoppiness. Sweet and vibrant - pines, pungent oils, leafs, florals, pineapples, tangerines, mangoes, grapefruit rind... Hot damn, this stuff is delicious. Slightly oniony, enough to add an interesting element, but far from off-putting or distracting.

A little bit more of that sweet malt is felt in the aftertaste, but still lays underneath the fading pine and citrus flavors. Again, this beer reminds me quite a bit of one of my favorites - Zombie Dust, although it's not quite as powerful and pungent, it's still really fucking good and really fucking drinkable. Medium bodied, on the higher side of the carbonation scale (pretty good for a growler).

Out of all the beers we had during this tasting (20+), I was probably expecting the least out of this one, mainly because I had never heard of it before. But it ended up being one of my favorites. I'm a sucker for hoppy pale ales that deliver a huge, hoppy punch while keeping their superior drinkability. This one delivers, no doubt. Thanks again to Steve for the growler.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a DFH off-centered pint glass. Many thanks to Holland for the trade!

The Light that Spills from the growler into my glass, filling it with a clearish, goldenrod-hay color. Slight haze on successive pours. The lacing is spectacular, with clumpy webs of off-white fluff clinging to the sides of the pint. The nose is equally impressive. Fresh clementine zest and citrus flesh leap out of the glass. Citrus is pushed to the maximum level, yet the overall aroma is that of a very clean pale ale. A touch of pine and dry cracker maltiness in the background. Very happy with this beer so far.

The flavor continues the citrus theme, bringing fresh tangerine juice and orange peel to every inch of the palate. Thankfully the bitterness is all hops and no citrus rind. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, but juicy at the same time. The Light is an exercise in balance, and highly reminiscent of the excellent pale ales produced by a noteworthy brewery up in Vermont. Highly drinkable, as my growler disappeared entirely too quickly. Nice job, Tired Hands!

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Photo of fdig23
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap and from a growler later.

Appearance: cloudy dull yellow with a thin white head. Really interesting color.

Nose: Mango, pineapple, extremely fresh and juicy. Plenty of orange; both pith and zest, as well as some candied lemon, a hint of flowers, and toasted croissant.

Taste: A delicious combination of mango and clementine with pine needles and sweet lemon drops. Very elegant floral finish. Full and intensely flavored, but still sophisticated and clean.

Mouthfeel: Full and bubbly. A good bit of mouth feel was lost in the growler (only one week old).

Overall: Easily one of my favorite pale ales and definitely a a good way to start off 2013. Deliciously fruity and floral, yet delicate and sophisticated. This one should put Tired Hands way up on the hype-charts.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4oz taster pour
1/24/13 at brewpub in Ardmore, PA

A: On the pour, it's a hazy light yellow. Really pale. Fluffy bright white head. Light lacing is left on the glass after swirling it around. Good looking brew.

S: On the nose, getting some nice citrus notes from the clementine additions. Also, I'd assume from the hop varietals used. Low malt bill I'd assume.

T: Nice up front bitterness. Nice fruity hop character and from the additions. Thin body on this one, which is nice. It's all hops and flavor. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

M: Light to medium bodied. I'd say more light.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my new Tired Hands stem glass at a tasting on 1/26/2012. Thanks to baybum for both the growler and the glass!

Pours a very light color (straw?) with a huge and extremely bubbly head. Does not look like an IPA or like a fruit beer, body looks closer to a cream ale or light lager, but really this is its own thing. Very pretty.

Smells of light citrus, oranges and grapefruit and tropical hops.

Taste is awesome. Very light body, not a lot of assertive malt or hop bitterness, but an explosion of delicious and refreshing clementine and other citrus/tropical fruit. So good.

Mouthfeel is out of this world, super well carbonated but it doesn't feel overly fizzy exactly, just drinkable to the point of wanting to chug the growler. Insanely refreshing, I could drink this SO FAST and only want more.

This beer was fantastic and utterly unique, maybe the most refreshing beer I've ever had. Never seen a growler disappear so fast at a small tasting. Looking forward to trying more Tired Hands beer!


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The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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