Shambolic
Tired Hands Brewing Company

ShambolicShambolic
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
From:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #171
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,602
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 6.22%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
260
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 25, 2022
Added:
Feb 21, 2014
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  39
SCORE
93
Outstanding
ShambolicShambolic
Notes: Dry Hopped Spelt Saison. Well hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe. Bright and dank... Herbaceous pineapple juice.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
 
Rated: 4.25 by sd123 from Georgia

Jun 25, 2022
Photo of jzeilinger
Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Light medium opaque gold color with dense, bright white lacing.

S - Pungent lemon and lime dominate the nose along with a slight pinch of pepper.

T - Mostly tart lemon, followed by lime, pineapple, and a slight bit of pepper.

M - Medium body, bone dry finish that turns to a very wet finish.

O - A can full of puckering twang. (Too much for my liking but it's still a solid beer, regardless.)
Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by InfernoBoss from California

Jun 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2021
Photo of Dan2213
Reviewed by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: golden yellow with about a finger and a half of white head. Leaves decent lacing
S: Sharp and aggressive barnyard funk. Followed by a hint of fruit
T: tart and sour up front. Definitely has a funk it, along with some tropicals. Sweetness rounds it out. Hops are there as well, no bitterness to speak of
F: bubbly and sharp
O: this is an outstanding saison
Oct 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

May 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by kcc from Pennsylvania

May 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by BarrelAgedG from California

May 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by beerdedking from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2021
Photo of TimG_0913
Reviewed by TimG_0913 from Delaware

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very well done. Easy drinker, definitely will be a nice refresher beer for the summer. Light and crisp. Finishes a little dry. But overall good lemon notes. Yum
Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Feb 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by njbusa from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Oct 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 26, 2020
Photo of Pinz412
Reviewed by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - Pours a very hazy golden color topped with a fluffy white one inch head.
Smell - Sharp aroma with some barnyard funk hits my nose first followed by understated grain.
Taste - Quite tart on my first sip with a bit of juiciness. As I work through it I'm noticing more grain on the back end with a thread of funk throughout. The hops play in the background but never overwhelm.
Feel - Nicely carbonated with a light body. Effervescent and refreshing.
Overall - I could drink this saison all day. I have not had great luck with canned saisons in the past, but this is one of my favorite versions that I've had overall, period.
Jul 26, 2020
Photo of DrStiffington
Reviewed by DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Wow! Super tart saison. Pours a bit cloudy, orange color. Aroma is very sharp, followed by extremely tart, biting taste. Yet, definitely some hop flavor coming in at the back end. One of the best saisons I've had.
Jul 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.53 by Justincredble from Pennsylvania

Jul 15, 2020
Photo of JRed
Reviewed by JRed from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy wheat body with white head that lingers. Aroma of mild farmhouse, citrus rind, peaches, floral, and light grass. Tastes of sourness, lemon zest, citrus with rind, floral, peaches, and some horse blanket in the aftertaste. Light bodied.
May 30, 2020
Photo of Bluecrow
Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
-clear, gold-amber tap pour holds little visible carbonation and has a vinous aroma with a hint of the tartness to come.
The flavor is unique for a saison (from my experience). Tart green grapes, some citrus and oak dominate. There is not a clear saison yeast note. This is a flavorful and complex brew.
Mar 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.49 by probert from New York

Mar 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.95 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2020
Photo of Act25
Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
back from Belgium, I was set to love this at Rattle N Hum West, but it's far too pineapple juice.
At Rattle N Hum West.
a) Hazed juice body with ample lacing and lasting head.
s/t) Mostly pineapple, sweet then sharp, dry finish.
f) Thin highly carbonated feel, but astringent in a good way.
o) Preferred the Belgian styles to this.
Mar 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Feb 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by Beerjawn8 from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2019
Photo of SierraNevallagash
Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle - dated 1/28/19 - poured into a Belgian tulip at 44F.

Pours a remarkably translucent bright, brassy straw yellow, topped with two fingers of foamy arctic white head - excellent retention, tenacious lacing, and lots of visible effervescence.

Nose: An absolutely divine ensemble of extraordinary rustic grain (spelt), intense barnyard funk, lots of bright, slightly sharp lactobacillus, which lends a beautiful lemon aroma, a faint touch of acetic pediococcus, warm buttery oak, aromas of green apple, pear, magnolia, Manuka honey, oramge blossom, ripe cherry, lime oil, feijoa, pineapple, lychee, as well as indescribable floral notes from the addition of Nelson, and just a hint of earthy dankness from the Simcoe. This is extraordinarily complex and fragrant.

Palate: This rustic saison greets the palate with a bright zip of citric acidity, lending lots of fresh-squeezed meyer lemon juice, which forms the foundation, and will persist up until the finish. Next, lots of barnyard funk and the clean grainy spelt come into focus, which really serves to prove that this is truly a saison at heart, rather than a wild ale. The spelt is tame and wispy, making this a very petite ale - nearly a grisette. There is a looming, albeit gentle presence of dusty, woody oak, which lends this wonderful cohesion. At this point, the earthy dankness from the Simcoe is clear, and notes of tart green apple, Bartlett pear, fresh green grass, white grape, and gentle hints of melon, lime, pineapple, nectarine, and guava all add to the climax of flavour. Approaching the finish, the tart lactobacillus washes out, finally allowing the spelt to really come into focus, accompanied by a very unique tannic bitterness. It isn't quite pithy or resinous, nor would I describe it as entirely grassy, though there are some dry grassy elements to it. Alongside this tannic, grassy bitterness, there is some more dry oak, and some dry-hopped elements, which all slowly fade away, concluding the finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is crisp, snappy, fluid, and light in body, without drinking the slightest bit thin or watery. The effervescence is ultra-fine and champagne-like, and the ale both starts and finishes bone dry. The slightest bit of hop oils and oak cling to the palate after the long finish.

Overall: This is a very unique saison. I'm almost tempted to call it an oak-aged grisette, due to how petite it is. The use of spelt changes the entire tone of the beer, as there is absolutely no trace of the tacky, grainy wheat that you'll often find in a typical saison. This is certainly no typical saison. The oak, yeast, and cultures add a wonderfully degree of complexity, and the Nelson dry hop adds these wonderfully gentle fruity components. My only complaint is one that I brought upon myself - the timing of opening it. Hopped saisons can be tricky. You either want to drink them very fresh, or cellar them for well over a year. I did neither of these. I opened it 8 months from the bottling date - much too long for the beer to be enjoyed fresh, but not quite settled or mature yet. It was an off-period, where the hops had fallen off, but hadn't aged yet, and the yeast was a bit aggressive. Nevertheless, even when consumed between prime periods, Shambolic is still unique, complex, and enjoyable to drink. If you have the chance to enjoy a fresh sample, or one that has been properly laid to rest for over a year, do not hesitate to do so.
Oct 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by Nunya from Ohio

Sep 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Aug 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by TheGent from New Jersey

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by alexsergio from New York

Jul 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Jul 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by vfgccp from New York

Jul 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by caahare from West Virginia

Jul 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by David_Porter from Missouri

May 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by EMV from Pennsylvania

May 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Apr 15, 2019
Shambolic from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 313 ratings