Perfect Hole In One - Tired Hands Brewing Company
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks to Jeff for cracking a growler of this with me. It pours a cloudy golden-yellow that's approaching opaque as the carbonation stirs up some of the yeasty haze within the brew. The big, soapy-looking white head piles up nice and high before slowly settling to a thin-bubbled collar at the edge of the beer. Decent lacing, though not up to typical IPA standards, perhaps because of the voyage in the growler?
Some nice tropical and fruity aromas jump out from the glass immediately, side by side with some intense hoppy spice; pine, white pepper, mango, mandarin orange... Some citrus is also present, mostly in the form of grapefruit peels and light lemon zest. Not as many floral notes as you'd expect for a beer with only Centennial and Simcoe; but the grapefruit is definitely present, as is the heavy Simcoe-induced pine.
A light bitterness bites the tongue up front with each and every sip, followed by a softer abrasion of leaves, pine needles, and pretty pungent hop oils. There's an intense fruity sensation that jumps in right behind it, with oranges and grapefruits leading the way. If I didn't know any better, I'd guess that there were some Amarillo hops in here, just from the intense orange and tangerine flavors I'm getting.
It's definitely gushing with fruit and it's very juicy, while still retaining the biting and bitter subset qualities of an American IPA. There really isn't any appreciable malt; whatever was used is far too pale to shine between the delicate forestry of American hops. Thin bodied, pretty tight carbonation, although I think the growler trip exhaused just a bit of "oomph" from the beer. Almost sticky, piney and resinous aftertaste.
I continue to be impressed by Tired Hands. Though I didn't enjoy this beer quite as much as their hopped up pale ale (The Light That Spills...), this was still pretty damn good. I would imagine that sans growler trip, it would be even better, but there were no major complaints from me. Easily crushable in large quantities, too, as the alcohol is anything but noticeable.
07-15-2013 00:13:44 | More by tectactoe
5/5 rDev +22.5%
Appearance: Extremely hazy golden yellow. Extremely sticky persistent lacing.
Smell: Wow, *Ripe* sweet oranges, not just the usual citrus smell. Grapefruit lingers in the background.
Taste: Slight bitterness transitioning to sweet orange and grapefruit. Very fruity. Bitterness is found in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeeel: Light-medium body, with light-medium carbonation. Very refreshing.
Overall: Amazing, that's it. My favorite IPA yet.
07-04-2013 04:15:46 | More by ChrisKayler
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
32oz growler. Pours a hazed grapefruit color with a sudsy bright-white head. Solid foamy retention and lacing. Smells of grapefruit and pine with some light underlying herbal and tropical fruit notes. Soft bready character sits along the back. The taste is the same, with zesty grapefruit bitterness and some herbal and tropical flavors that hang on the sides. Malts have a neutral balancing doughy feel to them. This finishes resinous with some lingering pithy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some crispness to the carbonation on the tongue and then more of a slick creaminess along the back. Low alcohol feel here. This was certainly a decent IPA but wasn’t overly complex in any way. Just more of a zesty and crisp take on the style that went down easy. I’ll take it.
07-03-2013 20:15:45 | More by Kegatron
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Big thanks to tenderbranson69, my brother for sharing this with me at the Dusty Sheep on my 40th birthday. enjoyed chilled from the gowler in a sampler glass.
The color is light golden with amber highlights with thick head of cream and lace sticks well. The smell is great lots of lemon zest and other citrus/grapefruit w/ mild floral element The feel is very good with slightly grassy and spicy with moderately dry body and resinous finish with medium carbonation and mild alcohol influence.
The taste has a nice citrus and grassy hop flavor with some citrus rind astringency with a subtle malt backing it up with low yeast taste and mild alcohol in general with spicy aspect in the finish with tangy yeast supporting the hop flavor. This is a very good IPA, very drinkable and well worth have multiples of.
07-01-2013 17:02:23 | More by Slatetank
Perfect Hole In One from Tired Hands Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.