Shambolic | Tired Hands Brewing Company

252 Ratings

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry Hopped Spelt Saison. Well hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe. Bright and dank... Herbaceous pineapple juice.

Added by Rifugium on 02-21-2014

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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy pale gold with a minimal white froth settling to a creamy collar. The tan sediment that's visible at the bottom of the bottle is so dense and sticky that it doesn't pour out at all, so the body maintains a relative clarity.

Smell is spiced orange and bright oak with some barnyard funk and hay, yet it comes across with a clean and spritzy character. As it warms, horse blanket becomes more apparent, but so do dank, cannabic hops and even champagne-esque notes.

Taste is tangy, spiced orange with peppery oak, grass, and a much lighter funk than the nose. A bitter tang of hops and heart of romaine arises with a few sips. Shambolicis very spicy and complex, but in a nicely herbal way.

Crisp with a light, soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Samact
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16.9 oz. Bottle

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice cloudy pale yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small/fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, hoppy, with some pineapple, some oak, tart, funky. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, hoppy, pretty nice pineapple, nice oakyness, tart, nice little funk. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a really nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. Definitely like THs take on the style. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pour cloudy straw color with thin white cap the dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma - Light peach, some lemon/lime, a bit of barnyard funk/wet hay. Seems to be a light tart aroma but the funk overpowers it just a bit, mild spiciness along with some light bubblegum.

Taste - A very nice combination of jaw tightening tartness and barnyard funk. The taste is very similar to the aroma, in comparison the lemon/lime tartness along with the slight fruitiness hit me first and leads way to the wet hay, mild funk that was more subdued in the flavor. The tart/funk flavors are much more balanced in the taste and it works well.

Feel - Light bodied prickly carbonation with just a hint of dryness on the end.

Overall - I thought this was a well done Saison, fairly complex in the taste department and well balanced.

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Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus, tart, musty. Tired Hands' take on the farmhouse ale comes with, no surprise, a heavy does is hops. The Nelson works extremely well with the funk and tart profile by bringing added earthy and tangy notes. Straw gold slightly cloudy pour with a soapy head. Aroma of pineapple, hay, grape must, lemon peel and musty attic. The funk is there but it's subservient to the citrusy and weedy hops. Taste is lemon, green apple, grape skins, pineapple, pepper and green jolly rancher. Not too tart or funky or hoppy - a surprisingly good balance across the three. Drinks crisp and finishes dry with wine-like tannins. Great beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy bright yellow color with a gold hint and a solid 2 finger thick foamy white head that looked like a cloud with tons of bubbles of all sizes and a head that faded very, very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing in web forms.

Smells of banana, bubblegum, toasted grains, peppery spices, lemon zest, candied sugar, barnyard funk, champagne, grass and earthy notes, orange peel, coriander, citrus hops and a whole mix of odd funky notes that smell sweet and inviting. This is a really nice smelling saison.

Flavor mimics the nose with bubblegum, toasted grains, peppery spices, lemon zest, candied sugar, barnyard funk, champagne, orange peel, coriander, citrus hops, and then grapefruit, tropical fruits, brett, wheat bread, grassy and earthy notes, very faint clove, yeast, orange juice and some woody notes. It finished dry yet like a mimosa with a New England IPA in the mix, which is obviously a result of the dry hopping. Very complex and easy to drink at the same time.

Mouthfeel is zesty with fizzy active carbonation, a light body and a smooth feel as it slides down with a mild bitterness. The citrus dominates even as it fades, but the malt and yeast add nice balance and level out the dry hopping and earthy aspects. This was a very enjoyable saison, one I would definitely purchase again when I get back down to Tired Hands.

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Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty yellow, with medium small bubbles appearing and popping randomly. Fairly flat and dirty looking, not the most appealing, but not the worst.

Nose is lime and pineapple with a light moldy wood funk. A little sour apple aspect comes to me mid taste.

The beer tingles the tongue with death by a million of the thinnest pin pricks, but I'm not sure if it's the sour notes or the carbonation (I lean towards the former).

A little bit of a tart grapefruit soda to the taste - not as interesting as the nose. Grapefruit, lime, a tingling tangy sour apple that has a light woody note to it.

Waffles on this one - it's between just being tart and being funky. More often I get the former, but I like it more when I get the latter.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice dense white head. Great lacing on the glass.
Aroma is light tartness with hints of lemon and some tropical fruits. Maybe a touch of melon.
Flavor follows with a little more of the tart character coming forward. The mouthfeel is typical TH smooth and amazing.
I would drink tons of this if I were able to. I'm fine with the hoppy beers being their huge draw right now. Usually leaves more of these around for those who love great Saisons.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emottram
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheimbigner
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidHume
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a white wine glass. The beer is a deep gold with a slightly foam cap. The cap dissipates pretty quickly. A nice ring of foam lays around the sides of the glass with a few random clouds through the middle. The scent is tart with hints of apricots and pineapple. My mouth puckers a bit on the first sip due to the tartness. I taste citrus (lemons and limes), pineapple and then a white wine grape finish. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a champagne as there is a good amount of carbonation zip. This is a very tasty saison, much different than the ones I prefer (Saison Dupont). The sour citrus flavor combined with the dry hopped nelson and then the mouthfeel give it some wine-like attributes. Overall I enjoyed this beer and am happy I purchased a second bottle.

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Photo of mkh012
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. pour on tap at the Fermentaria.

Hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Lemony funk on the nose. Very similar to their Ourison.

Taste is lemon, lime, hay, pepper, pineapple, and white wine. Not too tart or sour. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is soft.

Overall, one of the better TH saisons.

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Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of citizencane
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with decent head. Leaves abundant lacing. Smells of tartness. Taste is tart tropical fruit and herbs. Clean finish with some thickness. Not my favorite from Tired Hands, or even a preferred style, but very solid beer with a hop variety I'm particularly fond of.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The appearance is an opaque gold that scatters light nicely. There's a moderate amount of head and lacing.

The scent is super-tart citrus. It has the soapy cilantro thing going for it in the background, too. There's also some desiccated peach present.

There are a ton of fruit flavors. The peach is even more forward (and not dried in character) and acts as the canvas, and then there's apricot, blueberry, pineapple, and bitter orange on top of that. All that's somewhat tart and mildly sweet hits up front, then the tartness really increases. It's like an upside-down cake with candied fruit, but with darker grain.

Perfectly weighted, and the aftertaste is everything good about the taste. Carbonation is a little less than ideal.

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Photo of Rlgrigorian
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Shambolic from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 252 ratings
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