The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head - Tired Hands Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +2%
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.
02-10-2013 21:10:39 | More by tectactoe
4.23/5 rDev -4.1%
Acquired via trade
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.
04-13-2013 04:49:23 | More by ehammond1
4.34/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-23-2013 18:12:52 | More by hooliganlife
3.8/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
08-09-2014 18:08:32 | More by Alieniloquium
The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head from Tired Hands Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.