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

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 125
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Very hoppy pale ale/IPA brewed with 70lbs of clementine zest and juice.

(Beer added by: regspeir on 01-12-2013)
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-10-2013 00:55:38 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

01-16-2013 12:50:04 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-16-2013 23:54:53 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-07-2013 20:40:34 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-25-2013 01:38:24 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

01-14-2013 14:23:50 | More by Knapp85
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-29-2013 17:43:15 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev 0%

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

12-01-2013 14:27:35 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

01-14-2013 01:00:27 | More by Rifugium
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-18-2013 01:44:09 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

01-14-2013 17:42:12 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -17%

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.

12-03-2013 15:01:20 | More by stakem
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-14-2013 15:37:42 | More by BARFLYB
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2013 01:37:17 | More by Gonzoillini
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

01-16-2013 14:01:08 | More by xnicknj
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-11-2013 03:25:41 | More by tobelerone
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2013 16:47:39 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -49%

02-28-2014 07:41:20 | More by chippo33
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-22-2013 18:59:58 | More by AgentZero
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

11-28-2013 16:39:50 | More by IPAchris
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -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.

07-11-2013 16:00:11 | More by cpetrone84
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

01-14-2013 22:46:11 | More by ColForbinBC
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tectactoe

Michigan

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
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Holland

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-04-2013 23:46:57 | More by Holland
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The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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