Bare Hands Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #430
Ranked #5,430
4.12 | pDev: 10.44%
Bare Hands Brewery
Indiana, United States
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mystery Beer Review Thanks to @ovaltine .

16oz can no can date, nor other info as wrapped in foil, poured into surly tasting snifter aslo from Ovaltine

L: glowing orange with a huge fluffy white that exploded from the can upon cracking. Amazing lacing, a touch of haze since blind not hazy like NEIPA but not bright either

S: pure old school goodness, notes of resin /pine some caramel and finishings some citrus, even before you sip you know it will be hoppy. 4.5

T: the nose is touch strong the taste was expecting a touch more bitter, strong bitterness and pine light toffee malts on the backend. 4

M: high carb, not bone dry but dry and crisp for what Im assuming is IPA of some sort 4.25

O: with not knowing what I was drinking one thing is for sure, it was tasty, well done and really enjoyed. I can not wait to see what it was and if it was new to me 4.5

Apr 11, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange-bronze with a thin finger of near-white head that leaves modest lacing.

Ginger strikes first in the nose, with some light citrus (orange, lime), bread, lemongrass and maybe even cardamom beneath.

The lime and lemongrass are more distinct than the ginger in the taste, with the addition of some dull, earthy hops which lend a slight bitterness to the backend.

Medium bodied and lightly creamy with solid carbonation.

Nice aroma in this one. The bitterness came on a little stronger than I expected, and to my taste, is a bit incongruous with these flavors.

May 14, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can approximately two weeks old. Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a half-finger of head that eventually leaves only a ring of foam around the glass rim. The aroma is all-in on the Thai aromatics, primarily lemongrass but joined by kaffir and galangal. Much the same on the palate, with a bit more dankness and bready yeast sneaking in around the spices.

Apr 12, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crests over two fingers, just off white but still bright, dimpled surface, looks airy but retention is good,lacing initially broad yet without sticky staying power. The liquid is either a dark yellow or bright coppery orange, take your pick, clear with steady carbonation if not tight beads. Persistent Thai aromas without being pushy about it, very nice lemongrass, lime and ginger just as advertised, lightly peppery with chili pepper notes, after you get used to the Thai element the leafy dankness more evident, hard to discern any clear fruit scents, average length in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, not creamy but the carbonation is active enough to create an expanding mouth feel. The lime very present here and sweetens the spiciness. Cleaner herbaceousness, piney, and with a vague bready character. Nectarine, pineapple, to peach fruit of slim dimensions. Make no bones about it, the focus is on highlighting the Thai spices and the “IPA” is second fiddle throughout. That said, this is well done and not exaggerated which was quite possible.

Oct 23, 2017
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LancetherealLeader from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can I received was a little 'old' (2.5 months) but still within the time frame of freshness. The body was a golden orange and the smell was subtle. The taste was 'funk' first, followed by tropical fruit notes. A bit bitter on the back end, but that was expected. Overall, not bad and would like to try a 'fresh' one next time.

Jan 21, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The poured a golden copper color with a white head.

Smell - The thai spices are evident in the nose with citric notes.

Taste - Smooth thai spices begins the initial taste. It reminds me of chai tea The citrus hop notes are sweet, yet bold. A dry cracker malt backbone helps to prop the taste to the front.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is balanced, allowing the spices to creatban almost milky impression.

Overall - I love this beer. The spices do seem to fade as the beer gets older. Be sure to drink it fresh.

Dec 28, 2016
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Rydrazi from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thai.p.a. is a very smooth crisp IPA. It has a lot of hidden flavors that develop through out the drinking process. Different notes are unveiled at different times but the beer leaves nearly no aftertaste unlike some other over zealous IPA's.

Sep 09, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is dominated by lemongrass and ginger, with a hint of lime and some muddled spice. Notes of grapefruit are comparatively subtle.

Flavor is hard to place. There's an underlying earthy and bitter character throughout, accented by notes of mint, but no recognizable ginger until the aftertaste. Must be the lemongrass. Citrus hops and kaffir lime surface mid palate, carrying into a moderately bitter, earthy finish. Lingering bitterness is more than I care for.

Jun 08, 2016
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tmentzer from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid effort. Great citrus zest and hops on the nose. Really great smells coming off this, almost like an orange candy or taffy. Taste is great. Tons of citrus and hops pop right off the bat. Finish is a tiny bit too bitter but overall delicious. Very little heat, was expecting something a bit spicier; perfect level of heat. Nice mouthfeel, good amount of carb. Overall a great beer. Hard to push a "drink fresh" message on the label and then not have a canned-on date. Need to rectify that. Overall very good beer. Aside from FFF and Upland sours, one of the best Indiana beers I've had, and by far the best non-FFF IPA. Well done.

Mar 05, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange body, with a white head, big and pillowing. Lacing on the glass.

S - Mango, passionfruit, guava, grass, sour note. A bit of malt, cracker in nature.

T - Bright fruit, tropical, and lemongrass. Lovely mild middle, malt giving slight sweetness, before a definite bitter, spicy close.

M - Clean. A bit dry in the close.

O - Lovely IPA. Solid. Lots of tropical fruits.

Feb 03, 2016
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tconlon69 from New York

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Read a little bit about this brewery before my planned trip to South Bend area. Brought out some Heady Topper and Tree House Julius and Green for them to sample. They couldn't have been more happy to taste and talk beer. Great people. My first glass was Thai.PA. Nice golden color, thick head. Smeel was crazy interesting, you definitely get that sweet and spice aroma. Nice tingle in mouth with the lemon grass and spice, a very unique blend of hoppy spice. This is a very god beer, have had nothing like it. I really like the feel and taste of this beer.

Jan 13, 2016
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NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear gold. Almost no head, some light lacing on the side.

S: Sweet peaches, maybe some candied ginger and a tiny dose of carmomom. A unique nose.

T: strange. Like a sweet green tea with hops. There's something artificial tasting on the back end. A weird combo of flavors -- definitely get the ginger, and the lemongrass -- but they don't mesh well. Toss those two sweet flavors against a very bitter and resiny background and it makes the lack of flavor harmony even more egregious.

F: creamy. Nice enough.

O: like rap music in a symphony space, this just doesn't feel right. And this rap music is not played consciously in a symphony space to challenge preconceived societal notions, this rap music kind of just stumbled in here by accident. Messy beer. Flavorful and interesting.

Jan 11, 2016
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into pub pint.

Pours a bright morning gold, almost on the brink of orange, with a small, white pillowy head. The nose is of a strange, complex floral aroma that I can't quite put my finger on, but is pleasing and has peaked my curiosity. This has a different taste profile than any other brew I have ever had. Not a ton of citrus or a bunch of pine, but something else that spiced this up that is totally off the wall. Very herbal. All I can really say is that there is some weird stuff in here, in a good way! Soft and creamy feel, almost like a cream ale. Love the nose, taste, and body! Picked up a single, but should have went for the four pack.

Sep 26, 2015
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: classic IPA, with a golden amber hue, a bit murky, and 1+ fingers of slightly off-white head.

Smell: the spices really mask the hops, and the citrus spices are a bit muted.

Taste: this is where all the elements in this beer come together. The palm sugar and lemon grass hit up front, and then you get shop bite - and the ginger spice closes the show. It's big, it's a bit juicy - and it's refreshing. That's tough to pull off all at once, IMHO.

Feel: for lack of a better term, it feels like an IPA. Bright, but rounded a bit by the spices.

Overall: a beer nerd buddy in Indiana raved about this, so when I was in town for the ND/Texas game, I had to check these guys out. $75 later, I had this gem to mule back to Minnesota (plus three other beers). I had high expectations - and this beverage exceeded them. Very well done.

Sep 07, 2015
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DeanMoriarty from California

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16oz can in a trade with awdturboiv. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a light orange to straw-like hue with a fluffy white head, good retention and massive lacing from start to finish. Aroma is exactly what I hoped to find based on the label - tons of chai spice, orange and a hug floral hop bouquet with jasmine tea-like characteristics. The aroma really carries over into the flavor, though the spices are more subtle - the orange and fruity hops work really well together and more of the jasmine tea characteristics are presence. Medium bodied, effervescent, crisp and refreshing. What a fun IPA!

Jun 22, 2015
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pmorey from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into an imperial pint.

Looks great in the glass, deep golden/orange with a loose foamy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing all the way down the glass - actually, I think the best lacing I have ever seen. Really, really nice on the nose with strong citrus and lemongrass aroma.

I haven't been able to find a detailed brewing description, but this has to be Citra heavy but is not fruity like some others in the style. Very nice taste and mouth feel with strong but not unpleasant bitterness. Hints of lime and I would guess ginger. Finishes clean with a nice subtle aftertaste.

This is a great drinking beer but I did NOT enjoy it paired with food. There was too much going on that it was overly competitive with my meal. Not at all a knock on the beer, I actually just pushed my plate away and enjoyed the beer on its own.

In my area this is a really competitive style and I would put it behind Zombie Dust and Daisy Cutter; but not by much - it is right there with those two.

Nov 28, 2013
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-top squealer received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Cory!

First stein pours with a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head is promptly down to a skim, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is earthy citrus.

Taste is tea upfront, lemon comes on in the middle, and close brings citrus bitterness and a revisit of lingering tea after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability is good. Tea adds an interesting aspect to this brew.

Nov 23, 2013
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brewtus from Ohio

4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received this as a part of a trade, in a mini growler bottle. Poured into tulip.

A- poured bright orange with a small head, probably because it came from a growler. Decent lacing.
S- tons of sweet lemongrass, citrus, ginger, sweet biscuit, earthy, hints of one tropical fruits
T- unlike anything I've ever had. As it hit my tongue it tasted kind of like skittles almost without the sweetness. Lots of ginger and lemon, slight tropical tones, just the perfect amount of bitterness that allows you to focus on the flavors instead of the hops. I honestly cant pick apart all the flavors, theres a lot of exciting stuff going on at once. Little to no malt. Texture is smooth. Low carbonation.
O - absolutely loved this one, very unique and leaves your mouth wanting more. The flavors works so well with the ibus and its so damn refreshing. This is so easy to drink and I'm really glad I got a chance to try this gem. If you can get this beer, get as much as you can.

Mar 09, 2013
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SmallestArt from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bare Hands Brewery is exactly the type of establishment the South Bend/ Granger Beer Advocate community has needed.

These guys are producing a wonderful mix of solid stylized staples and standout experimental brews. Thai.P.A. perfectly melds these two categories. This a delicious I.P.A with a well executed Thai-influenced twist.

Appearance: The pours is opaque gold with hints of orange. It has a sticky white head that laces the top of the glass.

Smell: The smell is outstanding. Immediately from the pour there are strong notes of ginger and lemongrass. As the beer warms the smell only becomes more intense and delightful. When the kaffir lime leaves come out from the background this beer takes on a new complexity that is just awesome.

Taste: The beer has an outstanding complexity on the palate. The mix of a great hop profile with a prominent, but not overpowering, blend of Thai ingredients is something truly unique. There is a light sweetness from the ginger/lemongrass/palm sugar interplay that perfectly accentuates then bitter/citric hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is good. Visually the pour looked a bit less carbonated than I had expected, but after tasting it I think that going on the lighter side of carbonation was a perfect call by the brewers to let the Thai flavors standout.

Overall: This is an amazingly drinkable beer that promises big things to come from this new brewery. It is complex, original and damn delicious. I only wish I had regular access to it. This is a perfect beer for summer BBQ drinking.

Mar 28, 2012
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SolarMikey from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I've tried from Bare Hands, and it's a winner. My friend was awesome enough to bring a growler from the brewery, which we quickly guzzled up. What I love most about this brew is that it's creative and different, accomplishing exactly what it sets out to achieve.

Thai.P.A. pours a beautiful hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is dominated by fresh ginger, with hints of lemon -- and this element is truly fantastic. The lemongrass becomes more prominent when tasting the beer, complementing the ginger nicely. As the beer warms, the lemongrass becomes even more pronounced, and the ginger provides just enough of a kick that lingers in the finish. Overall, it is extraordinarily drinkable and refreshing. The carbonation is fairly light, though I feel this helps accentuate the excellent mix of flavors.

Definitely looking forward to trying this again, as well as other creative concoctions from Bare Hands!

Mar 28, 2012
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robboyd from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from Bare Hands. I've had it on tap but am reviewing my first pour from a fresh growler. This is a fantastic beer. It's complex yet familiar if you're a somewhat adventurous eater. The aroma is pleasant and balanced between citrusy hops and ginger with hints of lemon. The smell translates well to the taste of this beer. It does have an IPA feel to it but the thai influenced spices are prominent. The ginger stays with you through the finish and offers just a hint of heat, which is pleasant. This beer is extraordinarily refreshing. It drinks like a session beer at 7.1 abv, which could be dangerous on a summer day by the pool.

Mar 19, 2012
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 97 ratings