We Are 138 - Tired Hands Brewing Company
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.31/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Slatetank for the growler share. The brew pours black in color with a brown cap a finger strong that holds fairly decent. Some faint brown clarity is seen through the edges when held to the light.
The aroma is fruity, floral and dank. The fruit aspect seemingly coming from a blend of hops and alcohol before the simcoe takes over with a weedy to herbal note. Inbetween the alcohol esters and dank simcoe aspects is plenty of tropical character that is quite enjoyable.
The flavor is roasted and earthen with a slight coffee charcter before blending to full on fruity alcohol and hop tastes. The flavor of simcoe is unmistakeable and enjoyably bold with its dank appeal and slight tropical aspect. For being advertised as 138 IBUS, it is very well balanced between roasty and hoppy. This is quite flavorful and as it warms up, it gets almost a bit of a dusty grain aftertaste.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall well balanced and super enjoyable. This black ipa is so good that it might make me a believer out of black ipas after all. Would drink again, get this before its gone. Where I fault other black ipas with clashing roasted malt verse fruity/herbal hoppiness, this brew finds the sweet spot that perfectly blends the flavors. Just thinking about it makes me want to have more. Awesome stuff.
Serving type: growler
07-19-2013 14:19:18 | More by stakem
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for bringing this to my son Isaac's 3rd Birthday party -enjoyed from a snifter from the 1/2 gallon growler
The color is pitch black with no light passing and a thick tan cap that settles to a ring of very fine beads with wispy lace stickage. The smell is great with lots of simcoe scent with mostly citrus and dank hop esters blending with a pithy grapefruit accent. The sorachi ace is apparent with a tropical lemon zest type aroma. The feel is smooth and mild bitterness builds with mild citrus tanginess and mostly resinous oily hops with a moderately high carbonation level which is appropriate with modestly bitter and dry finish with very low alcohol impact.
The taste is pretty lush and tropical and juicy up front with grapefruit and citrus peel with some spicy flavors from the hops and pepper -(grain of paradise) I suppose. The fruit is there but not sweet it seems to add to the alcohol in the flavor with some char taste in the malt only creeping in the finish slightly as the Simcoe taste and Sorachi lingers with some zesty hop flavors hanging on and maintaining a presence on the sides of the tongue with the yeast pretty absent in the taste, but the hops are supposed to be the star anyway. Overall this is one of the best Black IPA's I have ever had next to Stone's Escondidian Black I really appreciate the chance to have tried this Tim...I offer up Kudos to Mike and Tired hands for a great collaboration!
Serving type: growler
07-14-2013 01:20:29 | More by Slatetank
4.26/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Got a growler in a trade from HoppyKilaMonster! Thanks dude!
A: Poured into FFF teku a dark and murky chocolate brown, almost black. Looks like a stout. Very little head, other than some frothy bubbles. As to be expected from a growler.
S: A nice sweet pinapple up front, with some bready malts and some dank hops. Definitely wasn't expecting this much pineapple, especially especially after the growler baking in a box during shipping.
T: Pine an resinous hops up front, giving way to a pleasant pineapple surprise, accompanied by some subtle roasted malts and a crisp bitterness. Real nice malt backbone that interplays beautifully with the pineapple. Finishes with a slightly syrupy sweetness, more roast and carmel in the malts, and a wet piney bitterness cutting through the sweet pineapple.
M: Definitely more thick and syrupy that I would have expected. Carbo faded a bit from the growler, but this was real full bodied and sticky.
O: Really liked this one. Surprised at how well it held up after baking in the sun for a week while it was shipped to me. Not only was this a great black IPA, but the pineapple was perfectly exectuted. I was expecting either no pineapple at all, or that it would be incredibly overdone, but kudos to tired hands for blending it just right. Real enjoyable.
Serving type: growler
07-26-2013 03:14:31 | More by DmouthCaliBrewz
We Are 138 from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.