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Communication Is The Key Lime Pie | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
CitK cask-conditioned on limes, vanilla beans, and graham crackers.

Added by Rifugium on 11-09-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 77
Photo of Ri0
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Color is a dirty yellow and cloudy with a 3 finger white head. A good amount of webbed lacing on my glass. Aroma is faint citrus, some lime pie filling along with sweet malt that kind of resembles graham crackers. Flavor is somewhat confusing on the pallet. It is semi sweet up front with the malts, hints of caramel and cracker with a touch of vanilla. Finish is citrusy and has some tart lime. Feel is a bit watery and light with some soft carbonation. This was enjoyable, but more of a novelty than a repeat drinker and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from oline73. 16 ounce can into signature tulip glass, no can dating. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, vanilla, graham cracker, wheat, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops, lime/vanilla/graham cracker, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, vanilla, graham cracker, wheat, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness and light lime tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, vanilla, graham cracker, wheat, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops, lime/vanilla/graham cracker, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops, lime/vanilla/graham cracker, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modest bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by Curran, thanks man.

This pours a very murky and hazy gold, with a small white head, and a bit of lacing.

Well, it doesn't smell a whole lot like lime, really- I definitely get graham cracker and vanilla bean, with some slight citrus, and bready maltiness.

This is a really tough beer to crack. It's honestly so confusing. As it warms, a nice tart lime flavor comes to the forefront. Of the key lime pie components, the vanilla bean is the strongest, by far, with a bit of graham cracker, and the ever elusive lime. There's some bready malt, too. It's definitely a bit citrusy, too- but I'm not sure I would have immediately and easily identified this as an IPA.

As an aside- why does the base beer need to be an IPA here? The IPA aspect of this adds absolutely nothing, really. A blonde ale would work better, or a brown ale, or really anything but an IPA.

The mouthfeel on this is super sticky, while also being very creamy, and full- it's almost got a whipped cream feel to it. It's odd, but definitely works considering the beer.

I really can't get on board with this one- it just feels too messy to me.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried this from the can chilled in a tired hands goblet.

The color is golden with hazed clarity as expected with fluffy white head. The smell is lime right out of the gate with some citrus hops in the aroma that are complimentary and a mild graham cracker type scent. The feel is great -very tangy citrus acidity of lime up front with moderate carbonation and mild bitterness that increases with light malt sweetness to balance with a tangy acidity that continues into the finish.

The taste is great! Love the key lime flavor with its tropical taste that is sort of midway between the sourness of lemon yet plenty of lime tang and zest with hops that are both citrus and tropical and perhaps a little grassy. the malt supports with a slight sweet element of graham cracker with yeast astringency adding to the lime intensity. Overall I loved this as I am a huge fan of Key Lime Pie and they really achieved what they are going for -perhaps almost too good with the lime so in your face at times but this is as good or better than I expected -Kudos Tired Hands!

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Photo of Griffin2
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from a pint glass at the Fermentaria.
L - Poured a hazy medium orange with a frothy white head.
S - Smells of citrus.
T - Very citrusy IPA with a slight key lime pie flavor.
F - Typical Tired Hands soft mouth feel.
O - Very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a teku

A- A hazy orange color with a two finger white head.

S- Lime juice and lime zest without being tart, some vanilla and graham crackers, getting citrusy and piney hops too.

T- Limes, lime zest, graham crackers, some vanilla, along with citrus hops up front and piney hops in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Classic IPAs flavors meet key lime pie, definitely a fun beer to try. Lives up to its description.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pulpy-looking light orange color with a finger of airy white head that's quick to dissipate, leaving a thin crown. Creamy orange hops aroma, with a definite whipped-cream lactose thing and even a touch of graham cracker lurking in the background. Similar notes carry over to the taste, but a bit duller or flatter, along with a spicy kick to the hops. Mandarine orange overpowers up front -- although key lime does linger in the aftertaste, along with some fairly strong bitterness. Medium bodied with a prickly mouthfeel and sort of chalky finish. Nice thought, but doesn't come together completely.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this interesting concoction.

Decent fizzy small head fades pretty quickly very hazy murky banana orange juice colored, little lacing.

Nose is like a dipa with nice key lime pie additions, bright earthy slight spicy hops, mild citrus and tropical fruit, into creamy notes, lime, citrus, mild cracker crust, little herbal tea, big bitter hops and sweet base little oily.

Taste wow creamy vanilla pie, creamy pie like, bready cracker crust, sweet key lime, candy, then hops, nice dipa earthy herbal tea hops, mild to fair bitterness, little citrus, juicy and tasty. Finish is semi bitter, little earthy hops and more creamy key lime pie filling.

Mouth is little sticky flemmy, lighter but decent carb.

Overall really interesting. Great key lime pie characters with a nice DIPA blended in, one of the first of these style beers I actually enjoyed.

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Photo of rudzud
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros and bpk59.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very cloudy orange juice hue with a thin white had
that fades almost leaving light lacing and thin blanket.

S - Aromas of a very nice citrus dipa with loads of graham crackers, vanilla, lime. Like someone blended a great dipa with a pie!

T - Taste is again, a wonderful citrus dipa and then WHAM lime and graham cracker, nice vanilla. Like drinking a key lime pie, ample citrus notes, mingled wonderful with pie notes. Just delicious and screams to be drank. Wonderful graham cracker crust and pie notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and clean.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer, loads of key lime and ipas goodness.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/09/13 notes. On tap at the brewpub in Ardmore.

a - Pours a hazy, yellow-orange color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident due to the cask .

s - Smells exactly like key lime pie; it's pretty spot on and nuts. Smells of lime, vanilla, custard, graham crackers, toasted malts, bread, light citrus hops, sweet pie, lemon zest. Such an awesome nose; kept a few ounces of it to keep smelling it.

t - Tastes of graham crackers, lime, vanilla, bread, wheat, grains, citrus hops, toasted malts, lemon, and light earthy notes and spices. Not quite as spot on as the nose and ver bready, but it is still very good.

m - Medium body and no carbonation due to the cask. Smooth and creamy, super easy to drink. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really cool and interesting beer; one of thos concept beers that works out exactly like you'd hope it does. The smell is uncanny and while the taste loses a little bit of lime, it is still very good. The cask helps the mouthfeel. I imagine this is what Short's was trying to do, but TH did it wonderfully. If this was on tap all the time I'd always get a 4oz. glass of it when I go in.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First had: cask at TH

Rarely do I rate beers higher than 4.5 these days, but sometimes I get one that's just too good. I came back three days in a row to get this one while it was on cask. Call it a novelty if you must, I don't care. This beer was amazing, so shut up and let me drink it.

Hazy golden-yellow pour into an imperial pint glass. A frothy white head sat on top like sea foam, dwindling to a wispy layer but never disappearing; random lacing. The base beer was very good, and I didn't really expect too much from this mutated version. But the aroma...it was pure key lime pie. It really just stopped me in my tracks. Sweet lime puree, graham cracker crust, vanilla whipped cream...it was all there, with the pleasant citrus hop notes ever-present, but taking the back seat for a change. "It couldn't possibly taste as good as it smells," I thought to myself, but it sure did. Now, I had to remind myself that this was, in fact, still a beer. It's not going to taste exactly like a mouthful of key lime pie, because there are other ingredients in there...malts, hops, etc. So, much like the aroma, there were blatant flavors of lime, graham cracker, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, whipped cream, yogurt, overlaid upon a nice zesty pale ale, crisp citrusy hops, biscuity pale malts. There was nothing subtle about this beer. It was a key lime pie in a glass. Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. More. Need more. Always must to have.

It was recently put on tap (a few weeks after the cask kicked), I guess because it went over so well. I'm definitely going to go back and try it again, with hopes that the regular tap version will retain all the goodness of the cask.

*Edit - Unfortunately, the tap version, was nowhere near as tasty as the cask. Don't get me wrong, it was still a tremendous IPA, but the key lime pie flavors didn't come out nearly as much.

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Communication Is The Key Lime Pie from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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