HandFarm - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 328
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 2.59%
Wants: 222
Gots: 62 | FT: 9
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice head of foam that caps the cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid; admirable lacing

Smell: Bready, with white wine, lemon, vanilla, oak and funk elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with the yeast adding an interesting tone; lemon, oak, vanilla and fruit tones add layers of flavor, with a touch of funk building

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer; I have tasted several good beers now from this brewery and this may well be my favorite so far (526 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a very pale and hazy yellow color. The head is white and fizzy, not much lacing or retention on this beer. The smell of the beer is really nice, the oak aromas give off a very nice sour wooden aroma with a subtle wine-like sweetness. The taste has a very subtle tartness of some lemon in there followed but the chardonnay in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated, light bodied, insanely drinkable and finishes dry. Overall one of the more drinkable/sessionable barrel aged Saison's out there. It's very nice. (540 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,184 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma offers tropical fruit, floral hops, simply amazing. Wow. I could smell this all day. The flavor does not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. That said, this is a very good beer. Light and refreshing. I could drink a crazy amount of this. (347 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 mL, green waxed bottle. Served in TH stemware.

Pours a chilled hazy gold with a small white head and soft lacing. Remarkable, delicate balance of fruit, yeast and wine in nose and flavor. White wine, oak, orange peel, faint earthiness on the nose. Ok, I'm about to say something crazy but flavor initially hit me like the first time I had Ann (fresh). The base, Farmhands, is a bright, refreshing grassy and lemon saison and the barrel aging has turned this into a beautiful beer that transcends what I expect from the style. Loads of lemon, sweet tropical citrus, white wine and mild oak tannin and grassy hops provide balance in the finish. Medium body, effervescent and crisp with light acidity. I will happily drink the rest of my bottles, and soon. (758 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (499 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into teku

Hazy golden straw color with yellow tones. Bubbly crop of white head dissolves, leaving a few spots of lacing and a collar of retention.

Pleasant blend of white wine, grape skins and oak in the nose. Soft funky tartness with citrus peel and fresh cut grass. I can't wait to dive in!

Snap of citrusy tartness backed by white wine and oak character. Straw and grainy backbone with bretty yeast and wet hay funk. Grape skins and soft fruit sweetness, vinous tones and grass. Finishes tart and dry.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, delicate and bubbly on the tongue. Another well-crafted wine barrel saison that takes their flagship FarmHands beer to new levels. So far, I haven't been disappointed by any of their barrel-aged offerings. This was worth standing out in the cold for. (819 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -29.2%

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. (326 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for sharing this tonight, Jack. Blend 4.

This one pours a light pretty hazy yellow, with a quarter inch head, and basically no lacing.

This one smells like white wine, oak, sweet and sour grain, and a bit of citrus.

This has a really interesting malt bill to it that sets it apart from other saisons. Rustic, and a little spicy from the rye, with big barrel character, lots of white wine. Mildly lactic, this is definitely retains its saison character and doesn't become completely wild.

This is light bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A really nice BA saison, this style is slowly becoming one of my favorites. (668 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,264 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tom10101

Hazy pale bright yellow colour, ring of white head with some lace. Smell is a mix of wine, oak and funk, lemony, citrusy, fruity with more white wine notes and funk on the back end. Taste is lemony and fruity, oak, dry white wine flavours, more citrus fruit, mild tartness mid palate, slight sweetness before finishing quite dry. Medium carbonation, spritzy and medium bodied. Really excellent stuff here, incredibly drinkable. (449 characters)

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HandFarm from Tired Hands Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.