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Communication Is The Key Lime Pie | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by Rifugium on 11-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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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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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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