Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #112
Ranked #2,212
4.19 | pDev: 6.44%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Dry Hopped Spelt Saison. Well hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe. Bright and dank... Herbaceous pineapple juice.
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Photo of JuliusBonsall
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growing up in 1970s communist Russia, my family and I survived solely on potatoes, potato soup, potato bread, irish potatoes and vodka. I didn’t have my first taste of beer until the mid-80s, when my loyal comrade Gordan Blevins smuggled me a plastic bag of homemade brew he'd purchased from a Mongolian market. Fast-forward 35 years. I had made my way to “the land of opportunity” and secured a factory job in eastern Pennsylvania. After months of saving, I finally scraped enough money together to pay for a bottle of Tired Hands Shambolic. I brought it to my humble apartment, lit a candle, and slid into my finest footy pajamas. I instantly became aroused as I slowly opened the tiny green and brown bottle. The aroma of light peach, lemon and barnyard funk filled the room quicker than old Blevins could run from the KGB. One sip was all I needed to evoke memories of everything I’ve ever loved. Svetlana Sokolov’s caboose was now 2nd on the list of things I simply could not live without. The light-bodied prickly carbonation tickled my tongue as the tartness quickly gave me lockjaw.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden, straw coloration with a medium, frothy, quickly receeding head. Smell is mildly tart and quite hoppy, with little estery aromas coming through, and notes of citrus, pineapple and a hint of cat piss and grassy dankness. Taste is dominated by a zesty, citric acidity and notes of grapefruit, lime peel and white grape, with lighter notes of pineapple, hay, peppery spice, oak and a hint of grassy dankness. Finishes with a light tartness and some citric acidity lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. This is a tough one. While it almost completely lacks any of the traditional estery yeast notes or funkiness commonly associated with Belgian Saisons, it does have some rather nice hoppy notes and an almost mouth-puckering citric acidity to it. A very modern take on the traditional Belgian Saison that is somewhat lacking in complexity, but makes up for that with a spritzy sourness and hoppy drinkability. Almost seems like a cross between a NEIPA and a Belgian Saison, although everyone has to decide for themselves how much of a desireable mix this really is.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with soft, fine foam.

Smell is fruity with big notes of pineapple and tangerine.

Taste is very citrusy with a heft dose of pineapple thrown in. Perfectly balanced brett and bitterness finish it off in style.

Mouthfeel is medium with frisky carbonation.

Overall, just a terrific saison, up there with the best ones I've had.

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Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold with a loose, bubbly white head. Funky lemon, hay, oaky spice, pineapple, white wine, and a whiff of cake. Tart funky fresh flavor...peppery wood, white wine, peaches, lemon acidity. Pretty light, crisp, and extremely drinkable. Tasty stuff...

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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Wasatch
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -2.4%
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 ManapuaMan
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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%
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 cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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 +1.4%
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 SiepJones
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +2.1%
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 citizencane
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +7.2%
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 Vetbidder
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Less head than a normal Tired beer but beautiful. Sweet and Fruity smell, can't even peg it down. Not much in the way of Brett but it certainly moves that way on the end of this beer. Lively carbonation and feel to this brew. Very decent indeed.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle was purchased at the Fermentaria 5 days prior.

A: A medium golden color with a big white quickly disappearing head. Not much lacing.

S: Loads of funky on this one. Barnyard tartness mixes with tart fruits and some biscuit malt. I can tell this is going to be a tart good beer!

T: Yup, tart alright. Not so much a sour, but huge brett and barnyard tartness. The massive fruit is lemon, pineapple, grape, some pear and maybe grapefruit. The malt is funky and yeasty with biscuit, straw and wet hay mixed with some oak. The tartness really hits on the back end with the lingering brett and yeast as it drys out to the finish. Clean and uber crisp finish that lingers.

F: Prickly, tart, dry, nice carbonation, wonderful.

O: Tired Hands does not get enough credit for their saisons, and this one proves it. Such a fabulous beer that deserves more recognition. If you are a brett guy, this beer is a home run. So well done. I do love this brewery.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy/turbid/murky bright orange.

Aroma is white grape, pineapple, orange juice, some tart lemon/lime and light funky notes.

Very juicy tasting with white grape, pineapple, mango, orange juice and a very tart lemon/lime combo. Somewhat dank too. Some earthy notes, lightly funky and decently tart.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, bone dry on the finish.

Great and interesting take on the Saison style! Would love to age a bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is sensational beer, one of the more clever saison types i have had in ages, huge thanks to my brother for sharing it with me! spelt based, i like that, it always adds a cool earthy element, which in this case gives the beer a woody fibrous vibe, a little spice like rye grains might, and a lot of texture which all is great with this crazy funky yeast and clean oak profile. i think all saison should be this interesting, id like to know more about spelt in the mash here, but it seems to be a higher proportion than in others, still wheaty, but unique in the flavor too on the malt side of things. the hops are more aromatic than anything else, pineapple juice for sure, orange juice, even lime for a moment, lots of tang to this, moderately sour but extremely funky with a real fruity mature brett profile in here that absolutely loves the spelt and the oak, the synergy there is insane. layers on layers here, yeast driven for sure, the wild profile here is just awesome, but the wood and the hops are unique touches, and of course the spelt. about as flavorful and nuanced as the style gets, and really the kind of beer i am in to right now, it is creative from all sides, and brilliantly executed. nelson hops shine, citric acidity lingers, carbonation blasts, world class brew from these guys!

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Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a cervoise appears clear gold with a finger of white cap that fades leaving webby strings of lace.

Aroma is lemony lactic with grapefruit juice and herbal to almost minty hops.

Taste is tart and lemony lactic with a soft citrus appeal and almost a spree-like candy quality but without the sweetness.

Light in body and modestly carbonated. This brew is a serious treat, very tasty and effortlessly drinkable. I could down a ton of this.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a goblet. Thank you Jeff for this generous extra.

Pours a bright orange body with a two finger white head that reduces to leave little lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas of funky yeast, fruity wheat, pineapple, citrus. On the tongue is tart, clean notes of sour apple, citrus, saison yeast, peppery and grassy, a little sweet. Crisp clean finish, very easy drinker. Delicious. Medium carbonation and body.

Tired hands can hold their own with Saisons, this is fantastic.

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 500ml bottle into teku glass. A cloudy gold color with 1 finger white head. Quickly fades with almost no ring remaining. Lacing is almost non existent. A nice lemony citrus aroma with wet hay funk, light biscuit, and yeast. Taste is juicy citrus with some notes of lemon and peach that finishes with the yeast. It is tart and light bodied with soft carbonation. A delicious Saison that is up there with Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fairly clear and golden; the modest cap doesn't hang around for long but it does leave some nice splashy lace

Smell: Vinous tones and hay, covered by a blanket of funk; hints of tropical fruit

Taste: Lactic lemon and tropical fruit forward, with the vinous character arriving through the middle; the funk and hay flavors underpin from start to finish; like the opening, lactic lemon flavors linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is an interesting beer but I always seem to find that beer brewed with an unusual grain bill are less than satisfying; I guess the flavor of hay is coming from the spelt but I am just not a fan of that aspect of this beer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pretty hazy golden yellow/orange, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells insane- candied pineapple, super sour citrus, hay-like funk, orange juice, and grapey Nelson funk. The aroma just leaps out of the glass.

The taste is pretty similar. It's got the perfect level of funk + sour, with a deliciously heavy handed level of Nelson hopping- tons of tart pineapple, slightly sweet, with grapefruit, grape, and juicy juicy orange. This is really quite excellent.

This is medium bodied, light crisp juicy and super easy to drink.

One of TH's better beers here, stupid delicious. TH's saison yeast really mixes well with heavy dry hopping.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a taster glass.
L - Pours a medium amber with a significant white head, that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.
S - Smells like lemons.
T - Taste is dry and tart.
F - Very effervescent.
O - Really enjoyable saison. I need to pick up a couple more of these.

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