We Are 138 - Tired Hands Brewing Company
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
07-14-2013 01:20:29 | More by Slatetank
4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
First had: on tap at TH
"Is it time to be an android not a man"
Solid brown-black pour with a foamy cappuccino-like head, mild cascading, nice retention, and a layer of lacing formed with each sip. Nice aroma, hop-forward, pine, citrus, light essence of pineapple/tropical fruit, minor cocoa sensation. Great jive between the hops and the dark malts on the palate, but the hops were the dominant factor, pine, citrus, mid-palate bringing in a wave of pineapple, more pronounced than the aroma indicated, smooth chocolaty malts in the background. In many examples of this relatively new style, brewers still haven't quite gotten the hang of the melding of the intense hops with the dark malts. But with this beer, it's not a problem...everything is just about where it should be. Plus pineapple. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, nice balance, easily drinkable.
Whether you like the style or not, I think you'll like this beer. Plus pineapple.
07-10-2013 01:20:41 | More by Rifugium
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
From 07/13/13 notes. Had on tap at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA.
a - Pours a deep brown color with one inch of tan head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of pineapples, tropical fruits, citrus hops, roasted malts, cocoa, and some earthy notes. Nice nose with some definite tropical fruit up front.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, citrus hops, chocolate, cocoa, burnt malts, light fruit, and toasted malts. No bitterness, but not a lot of hops in the taste. Not much pineapple here.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a good beer, par for the style. The nose is nice with some hops and tropical fruits, and the taste is good, though much less hoppy and just a lot of roasted characteristics. A good beer though they have some better offerings. Would have again and recommend if you like black IPAs.
07-18-2013 18:25:32 | More by mdfb79
4.31/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
07-19-2013 14:19:18 | More by stakem
3.79/5 rDev -11%
on tap at the brewpub
Opaque black pour with a tanned, creamy head resting on top. Streaky rings of lacing left behind while drinking. Dark malts, baker's chocolate and pine in the nose with spicy hops and pineapple juicy. Biting hoppiness smacks the tongue up front with piney resin. Charred malts, cocoa, molasses. Spike of tropical pineapple kisses the tongue, finishing bitter and a little dry.
Perhaps not as much pineapple as I initially expected (conditioned on 100 lbs), but this was a nice change of pace from a typical hoppy black ale, which I'm not the biggest fan of.
07-22-2013 13:20:15 | More by xnicknj
4.16/5 rDev -2.3%
On tap at tired hands 7/9/13. Brewed to celebrate their 138th batch and the Misfits.
Appearance: Pure black with a nice, thick dark khaki head. Could easily pass as a big stout from appearances.
Nose: Super fragrant hops and fruit. The floral hop character outweighs the pineapple at first, but when it warms up the nose becomes pure pineapples and cool whip with a wisp of distant smoke and chocolate. Really enjoyable to just sit and smell this one.
Taste: The big pineapple flavor is up front followed by a deep creamy sweetness. There's a good bit of other juicy tropical fruit hops and big white flower notes mixed in as well. The chocolately malts are noticeable, but only just. The only detractor I had was as it warms it begins to feel more and more like pure pineapple juice.
Mouthfeel: Starts off rich, creamy, and smooth, an excellent contrast to the bright flavors. As it warmed, however, it became slightly abrasive and astringent from the pineapple.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one. It's certainly the best black IPA I've had to date. The pineapple is an excellent contrast to the subtle chocolate notes and an ideal complement to the floral hop profile. The sweet touch was perfectly executed as well. My only gripe was the decline in mouthfeel and flavor after it warmed, but that's the cost of brewing with such an acidic and enzyme-laden fruit. Keep it cold, drink it fast, and this is a great one. Danzig would be proud.
07-10-2013 16:01:09 | More by fdig23
We Are 138 from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.