Shep’s Memory
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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English Bitter
Ranked #54
Ranked #25,607
3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler (filled on 3/7) into my Tired Hands pint glass.

Shep's Memory has a beautiful amber body with great clarity, though not perfect, showing off some lazy carbonation. It's topped by a thick peach-colored sudsy foam that slowly falls, coating everything in sheets of lacing. This beer could not look any better for the style.

The aroma is exactly what one would hope for in a Bitter: tea-like hops mixing beautifully with serious bready malts in the background, with just a light hint of honey sweetness. There isn't anything I would change, not do I think this could be improved.

The palate of this is also closely aligned with the style parameters. The body is light, the carbonation is soft and minimal, and the texture is very fluid and round. The flavors are very gentle here, and express themselves more in the mid-palate to aftertaste than they do up front. A light flavor of hops up front (again, somewhat tea) that is followed by a toasted bread note towards the finish, and a lingering, gentle bitterness that is somewhat astringent. The hops are more present than they would be in an English version.

I can't say enough about Shep's Memory...this was a total surprise to see such a well-executed beer come out of a brewery known for hoppy APA/IPA/DIPA's and funky Saisons. However, they nailed this Bitter-style (as well as another surprising beer that they made called Trendler, an Altbier) and showed that they are no 2-trick pony! Slightly Americanized, but immediately recognizable as an English Bitter. I enjoyed this beer so much that I got my growler re-filled with this one...a rare occasion. If they make this beer again, I would try this with their Grilled Cheese in a heartbeat!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Tired hands, served chilled in a tulip shaped glass.
The color is medium golden with light haze and thick white cream wtih fine bead, pretty nice looking bitter. The smell has a malt aroma which is toasted with a slight hint of sweetness with more yeast fruitiness and mild diacetyl aroma. The feel follows with medium carbonation smooth body with light feel and gentle creaminess on the palate withh light bitterness and somewhat dry finish.

The taste is good, slight fruity yeast compliments the malt characteristics with some toasted and grainy flavors, yet the diacetyl comes in a little strong mid palate. The flavor of hops adds an herbal aspect with yeast providing the majority of the taste. Overall a very decent bitter a little out of style in some respects, but very tasty and drinkable, worth trying.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at TH.

Cloudy amber pour, with a half inch of foamy white head that retained as a ringlet; some soapy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma was super bready, lots of earthy, toasted grains, with some leafy hop notes in the background. Following the aroma, there was lots of toasted bread and grains in the taste, earthy, a good amount of flavor for such a low ABV beer, herbal, leafy hops as an afterthought. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, mouthfeel was crisp and appropriately grainy. A good brew overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From their menu: "Shep’s Memory: Bitter. 3.7% Brewed with a good amount of bready high-dried malts. Hopped ever so gently with Amarillo. This beer is very subtle, which means it can be difficult to appreciate for some people. Be an Organoleptic Cartographer. Open your mind and your pallet will follow.

-Notes of toasty grain, sweet honey, fresh baked bread, and delicate flowers."

From 02/09/14 notes. On tap at the brewpub in Ardmore.

a - Pours a deep, amber-orange color with two inches of off white creamy head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, oats, grains, floral hops, light honey, and earthy notes. Light pepper or spice as well int he nose.

t - Tastes of wheat, oats, grains, light pine hops, bread, dough, biscuit malts, and light rye. Lots of wheat.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Mouthfeel is super smooth, and VERY easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a nice ESB. Not my favorite of their beers but maybe the easiest to drink a few of. Worth checking out if you like the style.

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Shep’s Memory from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 16 ratings