Communication Is The Key Lime Pie
Tired Hands Brewing Company

Communication Is The Key Lime PieCommunication Is The Key Lime Pie
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,503
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,752
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
101
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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Communication Is The Key Lime PieCommunication Is The Key Lime Pie
Notes: New England IPA conditioned on limes, vanilla beans, and graham crackers.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jjdc:
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Feb 07, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Dec 22, 2013
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Sep 25, 2016
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dcolatriano from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Dec 20, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 15, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 25, 2016
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 24, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Sep 28, 2016
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Dec 22, 2013
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oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Dec 12, 2013
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 17, 2018
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 03, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 30, 2016
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mfunk9786 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

Jun 02, 2014
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2016
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Nov 11, 2013
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 30, 2016
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jun 06, 2018
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curlybird from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 04, 2016
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comfortablynirm from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Jan 22, 2014
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RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

Dec 25, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Dec 09, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
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 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.

Nov 09, 2013
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2016
Communication Is The Key Lime Pie from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 101 ratings