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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: 232
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 135
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 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 jwjon1
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-review from latest batch. Fresh growler. This is one of my favorite Tired Hands beers. Or, at least, it has been. This batch from the Fermentaria is completely different than previous batches. What used to be a hazy, Nelson rich beer is now a fairly clear, somewhat boring pale ale with next to no Nelson to speak of. Clementines are a plenty. But I miss the Nelson. Solid 4.5+ back in the day.

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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 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 mltobin
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served on-tap at their establishment in Ardmore.

Appearance is light gold, just about a finger of a white head. With that time, all that is left atop is a small amount of lace. TLTS has a nose with lemon rind, hops, some faint pepper and those clementimes really come through as well. It has a taste filled with citrus; the nelson sauvin hops assert themselves and a some spices are on the palate too. Mouthfeel is incredibly soft, finishes very clean. This is very sessionable, although the ABV may be slightly higher than some folks definition of that term. Nonetheless, this is a very good beer & I am jealous of those who live closer to TH.

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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 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 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 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 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 Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poures out as a hazy yellow color with a foamy looking white head on top. The retention and lacing were very nice on this beer. The smell of the beer has a very nice bright and fresh hop aroma. The aromas of citrus and wheat blend nicely with a subtle floral note in there as well. The taste of the beer has a very nice hoppy flavor, suble notes of citrus as well as some earth grains in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation to it. Overall it's good IPA. Very refreshing and not a kick in the teeth hop bomb. It's got a good amount of flavor and aroma for the style while keeping it's drinkablity to a maximum. As cloudy as this beer is I feel it still has a crisp clean flavor to it which is really nice. This beer would be really good in the warmer months.

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