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Pineal | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by inlimbo77 on 05-17-2013

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 223
Photo of HopBomb515
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy orange with a medium head that retains a nice cap and laces the glass really well. Notes of grapefruit rind, fresh cut grass, light flowers, honey dipped grapefruit pulps and pith, and a soft husky graininess. Crisp, clean, light, super crushable and a touch dry. This IPA is a bit more bitter and in your face than I'm used to from them. I don't get tons of fruit other than a strong note of grapefruit. The honey and the oat bill manage to balance this hop onslaught ever so slightly. It's a middle of the road IPA for them but that's still fantastic.

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Photo of pburland23
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into my Tired Hands teku.

Man, it's been a while since I reviewed a beer, but I'm sitting here on a warm, breezy Friday night with some good music on and some good beer in my glass.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow with ample head and a moderate coating of sticky lacing. The nose is all the way tropical fruit - pineapple, melon, orange, and guava. Very inviting. Taste is similar...loads of light, refreshing tropical fruit notes with nary a trace of any bitterness. It's light and inviting on the palette and oh so drinkable. My personal taste has pivoted away from IPAs lately, but Pineal continues to be the exception. An very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells a lot like fresh pineapple juice, with some notes of honeydew melon and lemon zest. There's a subtle touch of sweet honey as well which is very pleasant.

The taste is a juicy fruit bomb. I get loads of mangoes and pineapple, as well as grapefruit and orange zest. There's some light graininess as well from the oats.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves a sticky coating around the tongue as it goes down.

Overall, this is my favorite beer yet from Tired Hands. It's juicy and tropical, slightly bitter, and nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style. Just an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of GregA135
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fermentaria and poured from a 16oz can with a hazy golden yellow color with a white head
Smells of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus and orange
A great tasting IPA - Oats, tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, citrus and pine
Good amount of carbonation with a medium filled body - great aftertaste with a slight creamy aftertaste.
Another great beer from Tired Hands!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can purchased on release yesterday. Opaque tan/amber...cloudy as are many TH beers. Delicious citrus flavor on the nose and palate with a nice bitter IPA finish. Another excellent, hazy beer from TH.

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Photo of Morey
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Similar to Punge, although.....I found it to be slightly more juicy with notes of freshly sliced peaches, nectarine, and melon. I've had 2 different cans, and one was pretty hazy, and the other was fairly clear. Both were excellent though!

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Photo of LordSMAF
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful IPA. Hazy and dank, there are tons of juicy citrus in this one. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and a little bit of honey. Just a little twinge of piney bitterness on the end to separate it from their pales.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands Brewing Fermentaria in Ardmore, PA.

This pours a bright translucent yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells intensely of citrus and heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit and orange and pineapple, honey, and grain.

This is crazy good. The oats gave this is crazy smooth taste and mouthfeel, with a big citrus kick to the teeth- bitter grapefruit rind, orange, pine and zesty grass, with a bit of graininess. Unbelievable amount of drinkability.

This has an unparalleled mouthfeel, smooth creamy and rich, with a slightly low but not detrimental level of carbonation.


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Photo of tylerdurden01
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just picked up today at brewery release. Fresh as a mofo. This reminds me of Hillfarm's double citra. This is a cloudy creamy smooth hop bomb. Can't put my finger on the back end taste I'm getting. Maybe dried fruit of some sort. No idea. Overall: I'll be trading very little of this case.

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Photo of BullDoza
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a swing top growler in to tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden, straw color. Can't see through the beer in the glass, and I like it. Looks like a diluted OJ; think mimosas. Finger of soapy, white head. Airy bubbles on top.

S: This one is juicy. The nose is filled with big tropical and citrus aromas. Orange, lemon zest, pineapple. Faint pine. A dry sweetness peaks through. I swear there is an almost honey like sweetness to it. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose. More citrus than tropical. Lemon zest. Citrus dominates the palate. The honey like character from the aroma shows up. Orange pops back in late to reassert itself. An easy, subtle bitterness on the back. The slight sweetness from the malt balances this very well. Clean finish.

F: Basically, perfect for me. Good carbonation. Creamy and soft. Coats the palate and then effortlessly slides down my gullet. So smooth with a clean finish. Love it. I'm not sure what else I'd want out of a beer of it's style and ABV.

O: Just an outstanding IPA. Juicy, citrus notes that shine through. Balanced, creamy, goes down easy, and finishes clean.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy sunshine yellow
S: fresh pineapple, pine, citrus zest, fresh cut grass.
T: same as nose with a touch of malty and honey sweetness, a white/pink peppery finish, and a clean, lingering citrus bitterness.
O: excellent, one of the best I've had from TH.

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Photo of Kbennett113
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a hazy yellow. A nice 3/4 inch head that left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was very intense and had strong notes of pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine. Mouth feels was extremely rounded , which i guess comes from the use of wheat in the mash. The initial flavor is of honey bell orange and pink grapefruit. The finish is long and has notes of pineapple and fresh cut grass. The bitter piney notes are pronounced but smooth. Maybe the best IPA I have had from a PA brewery!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruit-centered and dry-bodied, the late additions of hops give Pineal a fruit cocktail-type of medley with all its vibrant, ripe and juicy glory but without much of its "Hawaiian Punch" type of sweetness.

Opening with a bright golden, light amber color, strands of peach and orange cast over its hazy gaze. As the glowing ale settles in the glass, it releases a rich lather of foam that hovers over the rim with strong retention and broken collars of lace.

Its aromas are busting with fruited candied scents- honey-dipped grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, passion fruit, goosenberry and peppery currant reminds the nose of fruit roll-ups, dried and concentrated pulp that's all wrapped in a lightly earthen chive and leaf cocoon.

What starts sweet to taste is laced with light caramel, honey and graham cracker but is quickly dissolved as the hops dominate its middle- All those fruit aromas manifests in a highly citrusy, tropical and orchard fruit character- equipped with tangy acidity, gripping yet smooth bitterness and a dry and fruity finish. Light grasses and herbs decorate the citrus like verbena, mint and sassafras all the while.

Light in body, the beer's tactile impressions are that of standard Pale Ale but without the caramel balance that normally accompanies those ales. In this, the hop drying and fleeting sweetness suits IPA well, even though there's a lightness to its finish that's remarkably refreshing yet lacking at the same time.

Pineal is simply a "show-off" of a beer: "Look what I can do with so much hop character and so little malt," but is a beer worth showing off as this superb balance is rarely seen.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Slatetank for sharing this growler with me. Poured into a matching Tired Hands wine glass, the brew alpears a clouded golden orange with a creamy off-white topping. The cap fades leaving patches and stringy lace.

The aroma is quite hoppy with herbs, rinds and citrus zest. Some tropical aspect blending to grass and a faint floral component. Quite juicy smelling with almost a bundle of pellet hop smell about it.

The taste is herbal and zesty with fruit and pulp flavors that get pithy and a bit piney. Fruity alcohol starts to evolve with lots of hop juiciness. The bitterness is quite modest but fitting of the style.

This is medium bodied feeling almost creamy with a moderate to low level of carbonation. The way this brew started off was kinda boring with the "same old same old" tired hands hoppy beer feel but as my glass emptied, it started to grow on me. I would drink this again, thanks Matt.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this 2l growler with me, enjoyed chilled in a Tired Hands oversized wine glass.

The color is golden-hued with hazed appearance and thick white creamy head with fine bead and visibly carbonated under the yeasty veil. Lots of citrus and tropical hop aroma wtih mild tangerine and lemony scents with a light grapefruity sweet aroma and slight floral ester. The feel brings the citrus tanginess with juicy body and medium carbonation with semi-dry light astringent feel toward the finish with some dry yeastiness.

The tast has a strong pine resinous quality with tropical hop flavors and light citrus rind with dry malt which is practically non existent. This is intensely hopped with a pine/tropical and strong fruitiness lingers in the finish. Overall this is a good IPA, it seems very dry with lots of hops in the taste-very drinkabl for the abv.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tired Hands

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small foamy white head, decent retention with some lacing.

S- sharp evergreen, citrus and floral hop, underlined by a sweet aroma of pineapple and mango with a trace of mint

T- floral, piney and fruity hops up front with a dominant honey sweetness, smooth oats, lots of sweet bready malt near the finish, with lingers of pineapple and floral honey

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel and a sticky-yet-smith finish

O- really liked the sweet honey and floral notes on this one, definitely a unique ipa

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler is one day old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a half finger of bright white head, quickly receding to a collar. No lacing to speak of and so-so retention.

S: Floral notes, honey, and citrus (orange and pink grapefruit).

T: Grapefruit, honey which imparts a slight floral note with a touch its sweetness covering any bitterness you might expect from the hops, finishing off dry.

M: Soft, medium-light body and carbonation.

O: Superb drinkability, almost ethereal, with delicious but delicate hop flavors. The kind of beer you can down by the liter. Reminds me of something you'd find from Alpine (maybe its the honey note).

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Tired Hands for their 1st Anniversary party.

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

S- Huge citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit and orange, also some lemon. Some pine and grass.

T- Similar to the aroma with a very prominent fruity hop presence, lots of grapefruit, orange and a bit of lemon, grass and pine. Light, bready malt character is nice and definitely lets the hops take over.

M- Medium to light bodied, smooth feel, super easy to drink.

O- A very tasty IPA. If, like me, you like highly fruity IPAs then you should definitely give this a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Lots of grapefruit hops. Smells like simcoe, but with some citrus to balance it. A little bit of grain. No sweetness.

Taste - Aggresive hops again. Juicy grapefruit. More bright citrus than the simcoe elements. A touch of grain. Just enough malt sweetness keeps the bitterness at bay.

Mouthfeel - Dry and medium bodied. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - This is great. Simple, clean, and a total hop bomb.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TH

This is easily one of the best beers Tired Hands has made thus far, and possibly my favorite from them.

Yellow-orange pour, hazy but bright, capped with a creamy white head, nice retention and stratified lacing. The aroma knocked me back. You wanted citrus? You got it. Intensely fresh hops, orange & grapefruit, grassy must off in the distance. Simcoe and Amarillo are already two of my favorite hop varieties, and throwing Mosaic into the mix seemed to make one of the best possible hop combos ever. More fresh hops in the taste, lots of orange and grapefruit, pulp and pith, pine needles, bitterness balanced by fruity crispness and low-key, biscuity, pale malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was soft and smooth, crisp and fresh, body was light-medium and drinkability was super. I dare say this was Tired Hands' best IPA.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands.

Pour: bright, hazy yellow with two fingers of creamy white head. Lots of thick lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: lots of grapefruit and lemon up from. Some pine, and a light grass. A tough of oats and raw dough.

Taste: big burst of grapefruit, mango, and melon up front, followed by some pine and lemon zest. A lightly doughy malt profile, but only just. Finishes mildly bitter with grapefruit zest and a light pine.

Mouthfeel: really very drinkable. Refreshingly bitter.

Overall: a very impressive IPA from Jean and company. My favorite IPA with mosaic yet.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip

A slightly hazy light orange body with a fluffy two finger white cap. The head fell to a thin layer of foam and left some nice clingy lace inside the glass.

Notes of blueberry/strawberry and intense tangerines on top of pine resin, oranges, and grapefruit. The malt bill is of lightly toasted white bread and fresh oats.

Bitter orange and tangerines with pine needles, berries, and some grapefruit carry the heavy lifting through the finish with some malts lying low.

The oats do a great job of smoothing out the feel. Carbonation is on point, smooth, with a mild citric bitterness lingering.

This is a nice IPA that has some intense flavors. I enjoyed this a lot more as it warmed a bit. Flavorful and on the bolder side.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Unfiltered hazy tangerine color. Nice thick white heading with some good lacing throughout.

From the get go I get a blast of simcoe hops, a touch of lemon zest. Slight yeast and the oats do come out a bit.

That light grapefruit - lemony combination is killer at first. But a subtle smoothness and grassy edge takes hold for a nice finish. A dank oat background kind of hangs around the entire ride. Lingers a bit on the palate. Very enjoyable !

Light bodied , good carbonation. A little bit more on the less chewy side which makes this very quinchable. Crisp and clean.

Lighter ABV and very tasty makes this probably one of the very best sessionable beers around town . (Philly and Burbs) Very impressive and tasty.

Tired Hands is rapidly becoming my favorite brewpub/brewery in PA. I always seem to find excuses to go well out of my way just to get a growler and try some 4 oz. beers.

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Photo of rgopalani
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

64 oz. growler

Smell is what I noticed first... VERY citrusy, mainly grapefruit.

Taste: Amazing! Grapefruit and hops throughout. TH has had a few duds recently but they really hit this one out of the park. Hopefully they keep this one in steady rotation.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4oz taster pour
5/16/13 at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA

A: Pours a cloudy light faded yellow. Bright white layer of head. Sticky lacing.

S: Smells like bubble gum. Lots of that Amarillo on the nose. Really fruity hop character along with traces of pine.

T: Bad ass. HT almost goodness here. Probably the best IPA Tired Hands has done IMO. Light bitterness up front. Leads to nice fruity hop character and a light malt bill. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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Pineal from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.