Communication Is The Key Lime Pie | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Communication Is The Key Lime PieCommunication Is The Key Lime Pie
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Communication Is The Key Lime PieCommunication Is The Key Lime Pie

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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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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 larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 lostandwandering
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of avas
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of NyciLa
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everyone I know that tried this, HATED this, but not me! I swapped my pina colada shakes (disappointed) for some of these because I loved them so much. I can imagine this hopped with galaxy too. OMG, please do it & can this baby more often.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smells of orange, lime, graham cracker, and a touch of vanilla. Took some warming for me to get all the adjuncts in the nose. Tastes much more strongly of lime. Cracker malt with some vanilla. Back end has a soapy combination of lime and graham cracker. Light body. Kinda gimmicky. I find myself searching for the key lime pie flavor instead of just enjoying a pale ale. Whether it comes together as a key lime pie flavor is debatable. It drinks pretty well either way.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rizzy17
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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 calcnerd
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of curlybird
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Rifugium
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 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 was pure key lime pie. It really just stopped me in my tracks. Sweet lime puree, graham cracker crust, vanilla whipped 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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Photo of jmg480
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griffin2
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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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