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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
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 232
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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