HandFarm - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 217
Gots: 66 | FT: 8
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Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Knapp85 on 01-14-2013

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Waxed and capped 500ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Gentle pour yields a .5 finger fine white head with low retention. Beer is a clear yellow. Lacing is minimal with low stick. Average.

Nose is yeasty with hints of cove, coriander and lemon spritz. Sweet, light and refreshing. Moderately aromatic. Solid.

Opens yeast, peppercorn and clove. Light lemon tartness in the middle with coriander and other floral notes. Funk at the end with some spiciness and lemon at the finish. Aftertaste of yeast and a slight hop bitterness. Pretty enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down spritzy and sparkling. Goes down foamy with a clean finish and a soft, yeasty aftertaste. Really nice.

This beer's not quite there yet but I see a lot of potential. The body is great and the flavor just needs the slightest bit more tartness which could potentially develop with time. I'll certainly revisit this one in the future.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to Nick for this

pours a hazy straw pale yellow. little to no head, a thin ring of lacing. a hint of brightness.

nose blew me away, smells like a belgian gueuze. lemon, apples, funky, oak. just brilliant.

taste is no way resembles a gueuze though. a very light saison. starts out funky and spicy with a light fruit aspect. starts to fade and thin in flavor through the finish. subtle white wine and oak on the finish.

light with some bite that builds then fades. fairly dry.

quite good but such a bigger bolder nose than the flavor. wish this had a bit more to match the nose. easy drinker, very good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy milky yellow. Nice white head with good retention.

Smell - Quite lactic acidity. Grainy malt. A little sweet. A little bit of that wine barrel, but not super strong. Oak, though.

Taste - Less tart than the nose implied. Hefty pale malt. Grainy behind the sweetness. Wine barrel blends in more than it's at the forefront.

Mouthfeel - A touch heavy. Very malty and medium carbonation.

Overall - Had this after Civil Disobedience #5, which put HandFarm on the back foot immediately. This is still very good.

Edit: Drank another batch 1 bottle in March 2014 and I don't know why I was complaining about heaviness. This is crisp and pleasantly tart. I don't get as much pale malt either. Grainy with a nice wine barrel character. Excellent. I have not changed my numbers to reflect this, though.

Photo of spicelab
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at tasting with huge thanks to MrKennedy.

Pale golden pear, lightly clouded with a fine white head that recedes with a lovely raised lace curtain.

Nose shows tart and tropical fruits on a lightly sweaty, oaky and chalky canvas, predominantly lemon and pineapple. Later on a complex herbal edge creeps in, with sage, marjoram and mint.

Follows the nose with a gorgeously rounded mild sweetness that you don't get from a gueuze or wild ale - which this otherwise resembles quite closely.

Very light body with tingly carbonation. Finishes with an earthy and mildly bitter dryness.

Overall stunningly impressive. Hugely drinkable, complex and honed.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of axeman pours a slightly hazed gold color with not much head or lace.

Nose is amazing, grape/wine tartness with a snappy wheat and funk.

Lots of brett on the flavor, not overly tart though. Dry and grainy. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit of carbo. Overall a damn solid saison that Id love to have again.

Photo of fmccormi
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 500ml (1 pt 0.9 fl oz) waxed, pry-off bottle to my pretty, pretty Tired Hands stempiece; bottling date unknown, but this was a recent release. Thanks jzeilinger . . . seriously a dude.

Appearance (3.5): One good finger of bone-white, crackling, bubbling foam that collapses relatively quickly at a visible rate sits atop a pale, honey-hued straw-golden body that’s just the slightest bit hazy—it’s almost the color of a white peach. Retention is minimal, but there’s some interesting lacing going on: scattered suds on one side, and a thin, unbroken sheet on the other.

Smell (4.25): Lots of wine barrel: some mildly lactic acidity mixes very well with a strong, minerally vinous character. Pear juice and lemons, wet clay, and a very nicely musty funk. Lots of pinot grigio-type mineral character.

Taste (4.25): Overall this is very, very light and subtle in nature, but with some strong notes peppery funk, moderately phenolic band-aid stuff, and some lactic acidity (unsweetened yogurt and lemon juice). If you approach it from the subtle side, it’s nice in longer draughts, but you can also pick it apart, too. The grainy malt character is light and biscuity, with a spicy, rustic side (must be the rye) and a lot of dried straw. The Cascade hops are basically non-existant, but that’s okay. Lots of soft wheat and oat character—slightly fruity, silky smooth. The peppery brett and wine barrel blend in much better as it warms, mostly taming the phenolic notes until the finish, and turning the body of the beer into a modestly tart, somewhat fruity, bready, lovely little thing with restrained white and black pepper notes.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Very smooth and soft, with pillow-soft, plush carbonation that tingles all over without prickling and foams evenly and fully in due time; the body finishes dry, thanks to the tartness and pale grains, turning a lighter-than-medium-weight beer into something smooth and full of character (also thanks in part to the silky oats).

Overall (4.0): This is generally a very nice, subtle saison with a strong wine barrel profile after the aging it’s been through. Very nice, very pale, very rustic, and very refreshing. Definitely worth a try if you like saisons or pale, wine barrel-aged beers.

Photo of ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500ml green-waxed bottle, graciously shared at our weekly tasting.

A: Slightly hazy golden colored body with a rich, sudsy and soapy white head. Good carbonation, minor lacing and a nice retention cap on-top. A very "pretty" looking beer.

S: Nice amounts of oak and faint white wine. You can tell the barrel influence is here. A bit of funk, bready pale malts and a crisp note I get with many of their saison yeasts.

T: Funk, oak, extremely subtle white wine qualities, pale malts and lemon.

M: Extremely crisp, lower end of medium bodied, perfect carbonation. The experience on the palate is absolutely perfect. Amazing craftsmanship here.

This beer is just a work of a true craft brewer. It's such a well made, straightforward wine barrel aged saison. That said, it's not a game changer, a mind-blower or anything like that. If you get the chance to try this, lucky you; but don't give up the stars for it.

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy golden color. I'm getting some white wine and a strong herbal presence in the taste. There is a slight hop bitterness in the finish along with the herbal notes and the wine. I thought this one was quite complex. There is just a hint of lemon.

Photo of rfgetz
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to kylep3...

Pours a hazed golden straw, moderate cap of white froth, some sticky lacing at the top of the glass. Delicate scent, light funk, vinous, fresh dried grain, woody, yeasty. Taste brings scent up a notch, a little more funk and booze than expected, wine grapes, oak, lots of dried grain, strong bready yeast, grassy, light citrus. Lighter side of medium bodied with some yeast chunkyness. Fantastically constructed, maybe a touch too delicate.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Pours a moderately-hazy straw color with a nice white head. Good retention and some mild lacing. The nose begins with a bit of white wine and a bit of oak. Touch of tannin and light saison yeast. Mild sulfur in the background.

Flavor showcases the wine barrel fermentation. Great wine character carries through the base. Body is incredibly smooth, providing a nice wheat background underneath mild flavors of white wine and oak, plus a faint bit of lemon and slight tartness. Body is light with a very dry finish. Very slight bitterness. Super drinkable. Love it.

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to HanksBeard (reddit) for this rare-ish beer.

Pours no head, nooo head, hazy murky pear water colored.

Nose is amazing, mild tartness, big vinous wine barrel, tart mild lemon like, big white wine, effervescent floral fruity aromas, little grainy toasty saison coming through as the wine fades out. Touch of vanilla barrel and oak.

Taste brings more lemony tartness as first, fair vinous notes and more light white wine, nice tartness, little lemon, vanilla and buttery oak too, touch of grainy toasty malt, maybe creamy wheat. Creamy lactose like feel and funk. Finish is creamy sticky, not really dry, lingering tart lemony saison, little dry saison spices, little flemmy.

Mouth is lighter bod, very light carb.

Overall very mixed, great nose and pretty nice flavor beer, but almost no carb and a bit thin, hard to rate big despite the great characters.

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from the brewery

Batch 1. Poured into a TH stem glass, a golden-straw color, clearer at first, but increasingly hazy as it got towards the sediment on the bottom. A small white head receded to a ringlet, but left sheets of fine lacing on the glass right until the end. One damn attractive looking brew, that's for sure. Nose was mellow but complex, notes of fresh cut grass and light funk, lemon and white grapes. Taste was similar, crisp, clean, and amazingly balanced, fresh grass, bright lemon zest, white grapes, tannins were light and very soft, just a touch of tartness. The wine/vinous notes didn't come out too intensely, which I thought was a good thing. Mouthfeel was light, overall crisp and fresh, clean and refreshing, right down to the last drop, though the inevitable yeast presence lent a touch of chalkiness in the last couple sips; no harm. Very nice.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at Tired Hands' 1st Anniversary Party, served in a stemmed pokal glass. Batch 2.

A- Pours a hazy yellow color, thin white head, nice retention.

S- The aroma is absolutely amazing. Mildly sour, lots of dry must and hay, grass, as well as some great notes of white wine, oak and a bit of citrus.

T- Very dry, great yeasty, dry mustiness. There's a prominent white wine, grape skin and oak character. Light lemony citrus and hay. Finishes with vinous flavors, oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, soft feel, finishes very dry.

O- This is really awesome, one of the best saisons I've had in quite a while. TH has been consistently killing it with this style.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wine upfront in the smell and taste. A touch of funk and tartness. Slightly under carbed which directly attributes to the lack of refreshing character. Still pretty good.

Photo of cfrances33
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Mostly clear pale yellow with a finger and a half white creamy head. Leaves moderate lacing. The body has a nice effervescence.

Smell: Big white wine notes and oak up front. A very light funk comes through. Some lemons and a definitely wheat aspect.

Taste: Big white wine presence. Pretty much dominates the palate. Lots of oak gives this a very mellow taste. Lightly tart lemons and white grapes. A touch of bready sweetness. Finishes bone dry with chardonnay and oak.

Mouthfeel: Rather watery, which is a disappointment. Otherwise, nice creamy mouthfeel. Bone dry on the finish.

Overall: This is definitely good, but not as good as I hoped for. Flavors are definitely more relaxed, and I wish it had a tad more body. I would drink this again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 11.25.13

A - Pours a hazy, very light orange-yellow with a few white bubbles that move to the edge.

S - Pretty mild, wheat, rye, white wine, oak.

T - Subtle grains, then a tart citrus and saison mix.

D - Low carbonaitno with a light body.

O - Light, subtle, lacking a bit of an impact, but still good.

Photo of yergermeister
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

my ratings are for batch 5

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a matching Tired Hands oversized wine glass. The brew appears a clear golden straw yellow color with a frothy white finger. The cap fades leaving a curtain of spotty lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives a half finger back to the surface.

The aroma is lemony and lightly fruity with a very soft vinous touch that is almost tart feeling across the nose. Other notes of sulfur, cheese and mild footy funk are also noted. While not the most bold set of aromatics, it is a nice upgrade from the base.

The flavor is faintly lemony and fruity with a vinous edge. At times this has a feel of funk and cheese with sulfur and a solid backing of grainy quality. Wheat and bready character is there but without having any residual sweetness. Pretty nice.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very easily approachable and effortlessly drinkable. This is a very nice upgrade from the base but not something I would have stood in line for 3 hours for and felt good about. It's best atribute is how clean, snappy and easy drinking it is. Big thanks to my boy Ed for hooking me up with this. I am very appreciative of the chance to try it.

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

This is a really nice and subtle saison/sour. Lots of dry white wine grape, maybe hints of other fruit, mild tartness and brett. Very soft and gentle in both flavor and mouthfeel, pretty light in flavor, pretty dry too though not bitter and not incredibly sour. This is on par with most of the Hill Farmstead saisons for quality, though it has its own personality. I wish beers like this were shelf beers you could get all the time and not just special bottles you have to save for tastings.

8.5/10

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Pour is pale golden yellow, light haze, white head that dissipates quickly. Nose has some tart grape skin, light notes of sulfur, grassy hop, pepper and lemon. Taste has a bit less sulfer, a bit thin, light tart grape skin, faint grassy hop, moderate bitterness in the finish. Carb is very low, a bit buttery in the finish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice wine barrel aged presence all around.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a tulip

The body is a light yellow color, almost golden in spots, with a haziness throughout. A firm one+ finger of paper white foam rose and stuck to the glass as it retreated. Spider web lacing coating the glass.

Notes of fresh grass, earth, white wine, musty oak, pepper, lemons, damp wheat, and a little bit of funky cheese. This is a complex little number. The barrel aging imparts a nice roundness to the profile.

On the palate, this guy is soft and delicate, but well-rounded and complex. Soft damp wheat and grass up front before some barrel notes come in through the middle. Musty wood, dry wine, pepper, lemons, and a subtle dose of earthy/cheesy funk. The finish is dry, but not overly so. Some lingering barnyard notes with a touch of pepper and wine.

Smooth and lush. The carb levels were perfect. Slides in nice and easy.

A damn fine barrel aged saison. The characteristics from the barrel aging are not overpowering or too subtle, they are dead on as to not overpower such a delicate base beer. A well crafted beer on all fronts.

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle at Tired Hands' 1st Anniversary Party, served in a stemmed pokal glass. Batch 2.

A very clear golden with thin white ring of very small beads with visible carbonation.
The aroma is enticing with a complex array of esters both from yeast and possibly the wine barrel with mild hints of fruit and tropical esters with a mild woody element. The feel is very dry with a good amount of carbonation and the tannic element is noticeable with a subtle astringency as it finishes with a tart yet refreshing aspect.

The taste is very intense from the first sip with some tangy white grape and light tinges of citrus with mild lemon quality and some nice earthy undertones of malt with gentle yeast dustiness as the saison finishes with vinous flavors, oak and tannins. It is a fantastic beer through and through I was really impressed with how expertly crafted this beer tasted from first taste to last.

Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, batch 2. Thanks Dustin. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/3/2014.

App- hazy straw yellow body, nice one finger whine head, decent retention, solid lacing.

Smell- this is the one American made beer that comes even close to the Cantillon/3F funkiness. It's closer to 3F really, but has that strong barnyard leather funk that Cantillon has, with a nice lemony zesty funk typical of 3F. Fantastic. Even has white wine notes to it.

Flavor- a bit disappointing considering how good this beer smells. Tart, dang funky but not much else besides faint white wine barrel and oak.

Mouthfeel- a bit thin, good carbonation. But still a bit thin compared to CD6 that we drank tonight. Nice dry Chardonnay-like aftertaste.

Overall- smell is a winner, everything else about this beer says very good saison.

Re-reviewed: Doug opened up a Batch 3, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014. Basically, it doesn't smell as good as Batch 2 did- more chardonnay flavours rather than funk and acid. But it does taste better- maybe in this case, less is more. More tart and chardonnay-forward, less funk and acid. I think I'd prefer Handfarm somewhere in between what batch 2 and batch 3 are right now at this particular time.

Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade. This is Batch 2 and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear very light gold hue, moreso straw than anything. Nice one finger white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of coriander, white wine, nice lemons, oak, subtle funk. Quite nice.

T - Taste is pleasant tart with some nice sweetness from the white wine. Fun. The peppercorns are almost overpowered (which is nice), faint cloves and coriander. Actually, almost a little banana in here. Funky horse blankets are restrained some by the vinous white wine notes. The wood/barrel is faint. The white wine kind of drifts across the pallet at different points. Quite fun and tasty the flavours here are very, very nicely balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is the weakest point here carbonation is super, super light resulting in a rather thin feel.

O - Overall this beer was delicious and smelled incredible. Carbonation really is lacking though. With a spot on carbonation this would be an very, very good saison. Delicious.

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HandFarm from Tired Hands Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.