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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

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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 regspeir
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light but cloudy lemon juice or grapefruit juice color. Head is a finger that dissipates quickly. The nose is overwhelmingly citrus and especially clementines. Taste is almost sweet with a mildly bitter finish. Again, the clementines dominate, no surprise since the brewer says he used 60 pounds of clementines! This is VERY refreshing and without being cloying or terribly sticky. This brewer and this place are first rate and this beer will convince you if you aren't already. Have t it!

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Photo of Darklight
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Tired Hands Brew Cafe 4/12/13.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color. Almost green like hues. Thin white head and a good amount of lacing throughout. Another nice looking beer from TH.

S: Like Mago Tago the aroma is a thing of beauty. Can sit there and sniff on this all day long. Tons of citrus aroma in this one between the hops and the clementines. Also getting grapefruit, oranges, a bit of lemon.

T: Same as aroma but I'm getting a ton of orange peel in this batch vs. the first batch that TH did. Making this a bit more on the bitter end than I remember the first batch being. With that said this is still the juicy pale ale I remember this beer being the first time around. Definite citrus up front and grassy hop-like dry finish in the end.

M: Mouthful is lightly and perfectly carbonated like most Tired Hands beers are. An easy, delightful drinker

O: Absolutely love this beer. Hope Tired Hands keeps brewing it over and over. Would love to have a growler of this on hand throughout the warmer months. Beautiful citrus aromas, juicy yet bitter citrus flavors on the mouth. More please.

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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 MinorThreat
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served from growler to tulip. Thanks oxyron! You are the man

A-straw golden, high clarity, white head, minimal lacing

S-unreal.... citrus, dank hop aroma, bitter orange peel, bright grapefruit and an earthy/heavenly pulp note.

T-more of the aroma, bright crisp and clean citrus with loads of bitter Clementine peel, grapefruit and orange zest. Tart and crisp.

M-a bit undergassed from transport but still light and effervescent

O-nearing on session pale ale perfection. Absolutely beautiful, clean, bright and so unique. Thank you again David for the chance to try this amazing beer.

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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 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 Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Tired Hands. Subsequently consumed from a growler into Tired Hands Stemware.

Pours a nice moderate orange color with a good white head. The nose bursts with loads of fresh clementine and citrus zest. Tropical fruits carry through underneath. The flavor is just as good with a great hop bite alongside the fresh citrus character.

Fairly-light body with a perfect balancing bitterness. Clementine and fresh citrus all through the finish. The bitterness level is pronounced, but never enough to interfere with flavor or drinkability. Beautiful dryness through the finish.

I would have liked to have drained a keg of this by myself.

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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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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into Tired Hands stemmed glass. Drank most of the growler last night with a friend, and I am finishing the last pint today.

Poured a cloudy yellow hue with a sudsy, egg-shell white head only about a half inch thick. Zero head retention and no lacing, though I blame this on that is it a growler that has been opened. I think it looks more like a witbier than an IPA with this level of cloudiness.

Aroma is wonderful, and fairly similar to other dank IPA's that I have had from Tired Hands. Gentle notes of citrus fruit, pineapple, taffy, white grape juice, and mango.

The taste echoes the aroma and delivers big flavors of clementines, juicy fruit, white grape juice, grassy hops, and underlying tropical fruits. Bitterness is very mild and completely in balance with the malts. Almost tastes like there is some wheat in this malt bill.

Body is light to medium fullness, with very smooth carbonation (last pour from a growler) and a soft texture.

This beer is amazing. I would drink this all the time if I could. It definitely drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA, and I would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't like this beer. Such a well-designed beer and I am glad I picked up a growler of this one!

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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 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 ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub

The body sits a cloudy pale yellow in color with a creamy bone white cap. Excellent retention with tons of spider web lacing coating the glass.

Huge citrus nose. The clementines give this an added burst on top of an aggressive hop aroma of white grapefruit, oranges, and tropical fruit. Clean malt bill underneath.

Citrus all day. Clementines attack the palate up front with clean malt through the middle. Grapefruit, oranges, and tropical fruit blend with the clementines for a burst of citrus bitterness ending a dry finish.

Medium body with tremendous feel. Smooth all the way through to a dry, bitter finish.

I am amazed at the amount of flavor and the balance achieved. Don't get me wrong, this is a hoppy number, but it is a well balanced hop assault.

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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 orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub. Review #666...

A - Pours pale yellow with a frothy one finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down part of the glass.

S - Smells of super fresh clementine pulp and zest, juicy citric hops, grass and some pale malt. The nose is incredible on this one.

T - Starts off with the intense citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to the strong clementine fruitiness, chewy pale malt and some of the fresh cut grass. Finish is a touch chewy with plenty of hop bitterness, not lingering on the palate for very long at all.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, chewy feel with plenty of bitterness.

O - I have had both batches of this one and both have been excellent. It remains one of my favorite Tired Hands beers to date. One of my favorite APA's to date.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 xnicknj
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewpub

Pours pale yellow with golden hue, thick white head builds up (as it always does at TH), leaving sticky lacing on the glass while drinking.

Great citrus-forward hoppiness in the nose loaded with clementines, grapefruit and orange. Citrus acidity, biscuit malt and faint touch of sweetness.

Hoppy and bitter up front, packed with clementines and citrus. Pithy and pulpy with orange peel, snappy hop bitterness from start to finish. Mild backbone with a kiss of caramel sweetness and doughy malts. Finishes crisp and dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, smooth and creamy on the tongue. Tired Hands makes a ton of tasty (D)IPAs, but this was a major stand out for me. Vampire is still my favorite, but this is probably a close runner-up.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at the brewpub

I can't really think of a brewery other than Tired Hands that makes SO MANY distinct IPAs (or in this case APAs, whatever) that are all of such good quality.

Cloudy, pale yellow pour, with a half inch of bright, foamy, white head that retained well and left layers of lacing on the glass. Lots of fresh hops and citrus in the nose. Taste was again loaded with fresh hops and blended seemlessly with a huge citrusy clementine profile, juice, rind, and pith were all present; slight pale malt sweetness in the background, but the hops and fruit were clearly in charge here. Crisp, clean, refreshing, extraordinarily drinkable, light-medium body. I'd keep a sixtel at my house for sure.

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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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