SaisonHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Four-Grain Saison brewed with rye, oats, wheat and Cascade hops.

Added by acurtis on 10-26-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 278
Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler.

A - Bright pale yellow gold color with very minimal lacing and no carbonation.

S - Funky, musty, pear, tart green grape, and lemon peel.

T - Follows the nose: Tart lemon peel and sour green grape. Very musty and funky.

M - Extremely dry finish on top of the tongue while the sides water profusely. Very crisp and slightly puckering.

O - This is a fantastic beer for hot weather.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a mini growler into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass, I assume it is pretty fresh. Pours a very lite yellow, with a two finger fluffy white head that leaves some nice webs of lace.

Smell is must, champagne, lemon, and grapes.

Taste follows, musty champagne with some lemon and sour grapes.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, plenty of prickly carbonation, a little dry, and once you get used to the flavors pretty drinkable.

Overall this is never a favorite style of mine, but this is solid for what it is.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a tasting glass.
L - Pours a light yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.
S - Smells of saison yeast.
T - Tart with some lightly sour lemon.
F - Tart with light carbonation
O - A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with some grainy malt flavors but quickly transitions into subtle bits of sweetness. Notes of yeast are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has only faint hints of dryness.
O: This saison is a little maltier compared to most other beers in the style, as evidenced by its subtle bits of sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at the Fermentaria.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a small bubbly white head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is tart and lemony, with some grass. Faint, lightly peppery.

The taste has lots of lemon and wet grass. Lightly tart, and faintly spicy.

The feel is light bodied with a ton of carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

Overall, a solid saison. There's nothing special about it and nothing that stands out. Just a solid all around beer.

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Photo of Little_Landon
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic, completely different from original. Fruity, subtle, almost a sour, but not overly tart, just smooth and light. They are putting out some of the best saisons around at the Fermantaria!

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my first brews from Tired Hands and it did not disappoint. Very smooth, tasty brew that drinks easy but with lots of flavor. I could def crush quite a few of these. Too bad Tired Hands isn't easy to find even though I'm not that far away. Guess I'll be taking a trip to the Brewery soon.

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Photo of Rastacola
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SaisonHands has changed a bit over the past few years, but all for the better. What once reminded me of a standard spicey hefeweizen now is picking up a crisp sour ting from the time in oak foudres. It has certainly turned into a true saison and is constantly being perfected. Truly a great flagship beer.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served partly hazy golden/straw color with a fluffy white head. Lactic, lemon zest, fresh bread, spicy and lightly herbal hops make up the aroma. This is a classic, fresh, clean baseline beer for the style. It drinks easy and is refreshing and a great compliment with most food they serve at their cafe.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From 10/28/15 notes. Have had this before at TH but somehow never reviewed it. 12 oz. pour on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC in a tulip.

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with one inch of white head and high carbonation evident. Sour citrus, oak, spices, fruity malts, tropical notes, light funk, and bready malts. Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall very good, nice and lightly sour and funky, but a bit over-carbonated. Much smoother at TH on their systems, but a great beer none the less.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale golden body, soapy bone white head that settles slightly, but lingers around. Aromas of wheat, grain, banana peels, lemon, dried grass. Flavor is similar to the aroma up front, but a dash of grassy hops come through towards the end for a fresh finish. Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable. Overall a nice saison. Solid.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy light straw yellow color with a good white head that leaves fantastic lacing

Smell: Saison yeast spiciness, light lemony hops

Taste: Refreshing, saison yeast spicyness with some lemongrass, citrus, and grainy malts. A little wheaty too

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A fantastic saison that is nicely hopped. I appreciate it being in the more traditional ABV range as well. Top notch.

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-review, 5/16
Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing the growler!
Quick review from written notes.

Murky lemon gold, thin collar of lace and veil across the surface.
Brett forward aromas of washed rind cheese, grapeskin, earthy and dry finish that lingers.
Light bodied, crisp and tart. Extremely drinkable with a great balance of tartness, wild yeast, and fruitiness. Overall this was really great, and the type of saison i'd drink anytime.
Guessing the growler I tried last year wasn't quite as fresh.

3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Jul 13, 2015

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A murky yellow with slight translucence. White head that dissipates quickly. Not too much lace.
S: Lemon tartness on the nose.
T: Flowery and lemon. Slight oakiness.
F: Effervescent and drinkable.
O: Very drinkable. I like this more after revisiting it.

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Photo of J-Rye
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good saison. I don't prefer this sort of saison, though. This take on the style was very citrusy and not very dry, but was, indeed, a very good beer, if you like that sort of thing. Good job, Tired Hands. I want to try more of this brewery's stuff.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA.

Light amber colored pour with a small head. Citrus fruit hop aroma with a slight funk. Nice balance with the malts and grains. Medium bodied and pretty mild for a saison. Paired well with a cheese and charcuterie plate.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Poured from a Tired Hands growler into a wine glass. Turbid golden straw color, inch of Meringe like head
S- You get a lot of earthiness, Wet Hay, Mustiness,Some tropical Guava notes as well
T- Everything you get from the smell,big amount of earthyness and tropical fruit. Ends with a zippy Lemon like tartness that begs you to take another sip.
M-Medium bodied, For such a low ABV the cereal grains play a big part in making this beer feel substantial, pretty low carbed.
O- This is maybe my favorite saison. There is a lot to like here. This beer is flawless and has a brightness to it that makes it infinately drinkable. I'm excited to try this one when it's being fermented in the Foeders at the new facility. Seek this out and cherish it

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour on tap at the brewery poured into their flute-like glass, unknown brewing/release date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - bright yellow coloration; little clarity (cannot read through); small white bubbles arise from the depths and coalesce into with a head that settles into a 2 finger head remaining throughout the imbibery

S: 9/12 - some classic Saison notes here - lemon zest, wet hay and other barynard aromas, spicy/earthy; no detectable malts or alcohol

T: 16/20 - in the front of the mouth, there's an admixture of light citrus fruit and grass that reminds me of Saison DuPont; this continues with notes of rye, wheat and Belgian pils malt and some mild alcohol; finishes very dry

M: 4/5 - high carbonation; little-to-moderate body; again, some gentle creaminess from the additional grains (rye, oats and wheat)

O: 8/10 - a really nice flagship saison that hits all the high points of the style for me - citrus, earthy/spicy, dry finish and high drinkability; it would probably score higher if there was more Brett character, but I hate dinging beers for things that are not present; highly recommended!

TOTAL - 41/50

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tired Hands

A- pours a completely murky golden yellow color with no head and just a hint of quick settling lace. I don't think nice ever seen a saison this murky before, looks like orange juice and milk

S- aromas of earth and hay with lemon peel, a hint of tropical fruit

T- flavors of wet hay mix with some fruity notes of mango and guava, a hint of funk, finishes with a hint of lemon tartness with lingers of earth and must

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slick mouthfeel and finish, could use alittle more carbonation

O- as murky as this was, I'm wondering if it was from the bottom of the barrel, as carbonation felt very low as well. Great flavor, but everything else seemed a bit off

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Photo of dar482
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer has a spicy yeast in the front with bright citrus, lemon, and wheat.

The flavor follows of wheat and hay like saison notes. There's a bitter guava, citrus peel.

The beer is a hoppy saison with a wonderful grassy bitterness and coriander spice on the back.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour into a tall pilsner/pokal like glass at the bar.

A nice colorful and creamy whip cream white one and a half finger head is presented that sits on a nice orb glowing lemon and opaque body. Not much to see carbonation wise, but the beer isn't completely lifeless looking or frozen. Quite attractive, like lemon meringue pie.

Soft hint of malts a bit and not much brett character. Some little light bread dough and hints of sourdough sensing quality but subtle. Spritzy carbonation and some carbon dioxide like lemon/lime accents.

Palate surprises since its a bit larger than the bouquet hints at. The first thing that strikes me is the mouthfeel. Creamy rich, dense, lush and coating. Big thick bakery bread dough on the swallow with the complimenting palate on the nose matching. Soft subtle yeast, nothing hot, some faint tropical character also.

Pretty good take on a saison, and much more easier drinking as well. Quite good.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer will always be FARMHANDS, no matter what any other petty, inferior brewery might say.

I first had FARMHANDS on tap at Teresa's, before Tired Hands actually opened, but I revisited it recently on tap at the brewery.

Not much has changed since the unnecessary name change, but nothing really had to change. Hazy pour, pale, lightest of light yellows, with a small foamy cap of white head; moderate retention and lacing. In the nose, light grassy funk, mild citrus, simple but nice. Taste is similar, crisp, wet grass funk, light spice, apple skins, crackery pale malts, and hints of white wine. Light body, clean mouthfeel, pleasantly drinkable overall. To quote myself from the previous review: "Pretty much everything a good saison should be, yet light-bodied and mild enough to be somewhat more drinkable than a good number of its contemporaries." Very nice to always have FARMHANDS available at the brewery.

Accept no weak imitations, even if the names are so different that even a blindfolded chimp could tell the difference.

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