Cognition | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 11-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by stephenjmoore:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PhilDBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to have this beer at Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge, MA.

A- Brown, slightly hazy, light head and carbonation.

S- Light nose but hints of Belgian notes

T- Malty and sweet like a UK session, but supported by the Belgian yeast flavors.

M- moderate body, but not extremely heavy or chewy, lighter carbonation.

Overall- it was a tasty beer. Great to have on a night I when I wanted to drink casually with friends without having to deal with a high ABV. It has all the characteristics of a malty British session ale, but with a Belgian yeast.

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3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 500 ml. bottle. Bottled Jan 15. Sampled June 6, 2015.

The pour is medium amber with a tremendous long lasting, foamy off-white head.

I can't describe the aroma any better than to say fried nuts, yeast, and a touch of caramel malts. Low to no hop profile.

About a medium but creamy body.

The taste also has a nutty and sweet quality to it and the bitterness is more noticeable after a few sips.

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Photo of Tarps68
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cbutova
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jan2015 bottle.

A- 500ml bottle pours to two glasses with a medium brown body. An off white cap forms to just about a finger with fair retention. A large sheet leads to spotty lace.

S- Cereal grains and toasted malts are joined by a strange fruity Belgian yeast presence. Grapes come to mind.

T- Seems off to me. Has a lot of fruity flavors like grapes, raisin and apple and they borderline dominate. Slight malt profile of toast, cereal and nuttiness but those fruits drown them out. Musty with a light sweetness.

MF- Foamy light body that comes in on the light side of things. Moderate carbonation level and a tart bitter finish.

Strange brew with grape juice really coming to mind above a mild brown malt profile. Could be infected but its not obvious. Yeasty to the maximum and not in a great way.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of sprat1960
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Light brown with hints of red; translucent. Pours with a huge 3+ finger tan head that dies down quickly leaving a layer of foam on the surface of the beer and a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not much aroma to this beer. Very mild malty aroma.

Taste: Mild malt flavor; slightly sweet with a flat finish. Nothing special in my opinion; like a commercial beer.

Feel: Thinner body. Nice smooth carbonation. Velvety feel with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This was just okay in my opinion. Nothing special. There are so many better beers I don't see me purchasing this again. There just is not enough flavor.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good starting head but it leaves no lace. Muddy, dark amber color.

Darker "toasty" malt aroma with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Thin bodied and highly carbonated. There's a definitive Belgian yeast flavor. Relatively dry with a light hop bitterness kicking in with he swallow. Short aftertaste but it's a good blend of all of the elements.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Dicers
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of braican
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a muddied brown, porous color with a semi-large off white head that retains well.

S-A bit sour from the belgian yeast. No maltiness at all even though it claims to be a "Belgian BrownAle." Not much going on other than that funky Belgian yeast smell. It's more sour than the typical note, too.

T-Sour from the yeast, dank cheese, a tiny bit of roastiness. Not well executed.

MF-Creamy and medium-bodied. Finishes pretty full. Best aspect of the beer so far.

O-Not too impressed. This could have been a bad batch, but there was little to no nuance in the nose and taste. The sour/funkiness form the yeast was too dominant and left no room for the typical malt and roasted flavors to come through.

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3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 1/15/15, into a modified tulip glass.
A - Pecan colored pour, with gentle carbonation. With some work, a thin cream colored cap can be had, dissipation is quick, no lacing during the experience.
S - Sweet brown sugar, toffee, vanilla. There is a clear Belgian yeast component, bringing forward fruity esters, raisin, young fig, blonde cured tobacco, as the beers moves toward room temperature those fruits dominate.
T - Light roasted malt starts things off, brown sugars, earl grey tea follow. Very mild in all aspects, which keeps this quite pleasant. With some time a little Trappist yeast signature sneaks in for a visit.
M - Thin in body, the palate is sweetly coated with a long winding exit. Leaves a cool almost refreshing feel, finely carbonated, far from effervescent. The flavors and body compliment each other well. With no real calling card or linger the urge is to sip some more.
O - This is a bit of a confounding offering, a nod to brown ales, a thin bodied beer that with some heft could be a wonderful Abbey ale. Hints of Trappist sweetness and yet refreshingly clean across the palate. A fine offering from Idle Hands.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beric
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: From the growler
Served: 25 Feb 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with the subtlest red undertones. Minimal off-white head that leaves a touch of lacing. Pours with a two finger head that diminishes to a sheen of bubbles.

Smell: Fruity smells from the yeast on top of a sweet malt base.

Taste: Very drinkable, with enough flavor to keep things moving but not enough to get bogged down. Nice herbal hop notes on top of a sweet malt base with a heavy helping of fruity Belgian yeasts. Balanced, low alcohol, and extremely sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Soft on the tongue with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very good session beer from Idle Hands, but by no means their strongest offering. I would get this again for sure. Definitely a great beer to introduce newcomers to craft.

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