Shambolic | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 SiepJones
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 citizencane
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +6.4%
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 Vetbidder
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +8.3%
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 +5.7%
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%
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 +2.1%
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 +4.3%
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 +6.6%
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 -7.8%
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 +8.5%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of LAp
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brief tasting notes on a sip tried from a friends glass. Earthy, natural fermentation funk emerges from a reserved saison background. An almost white-wine barrel to the finish on this beer. The interplay of the funk and saison here is extremely organic, and lends a distinct tasting note to what seems to be, overall, an excellent beer.

Revising this based on a bottle shared at the Tired Hands Fermenteria. It is incredible, and the nuance and earthiness of the funk is extraordinary. Revised up from a prior 4.17 rating to the new one above.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure when this was made, but I've had this bottle in my cellar at least a year...
hazy light peach color, huge foamy white meringue-like head...
nose and taste are lemon, pepper, and hops, more saison than sour... really delicious balance and very crushable...
reminds me of a toned down version of HF sue--one of my favorites
nicely done, rather surprised how good this is....

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Paul!

Light golden body with a finger of whit head that leaves soapy lacing in its wake. Aromas of fresh hops, yeast, cracker, pineapple, citrus. Earthy tones, breads, perhaps a note of cracked pepper lay underneath a prevalent hop bill. A merger of saison and IPA/pale ale styles. Solid.

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Photo of Monktastic7
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big fan of this brewery in general and this beer is no different. A light funky saison that is easy drinking with a wonderful yet light hop character throughout.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell jumps out of the glass. Brett, funk, aged cheddar, bright tropical fruits, and a hint of grassiness. The flavor is bold but under control. I get guava, peach, pineapple, mango, hay, and brett throughout. So much flavor. Mouthfeel goes from juicy to just the right amount of dryness on the finish. Absolutely superb saison in structure and hop integration.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample (4 oz.) on tap at the Fermentaria.

Look: Looks like most saisons I've seen. A bit cloudy.

Smell: I can pick up the pepper, a ton of lemon, a bit of orange and a bit of a dank, hop characteristic.

Taste: Tastes amazing! Super dry and perfectly tart. Picking up on all of the notes in the nose with a slight addition of a vegetal taste. So delicious!

Feel: Smooth and dry. Nothing to complain about but nothing that stands out.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It was my first beer of the night and it left a very great impression of the brewery in my head. I will definitely make it a point to come here as often as possible.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Aroma is very inviting with pineapple, lemon citrus, white grape, a bit of yeast and an awesome dank earthiness. Taste is similar with an even better citrus punch that is very tart, bread yeast like and refreshing. Also a bit of woody spice in the mix. The feel is crisp, light and well carbonated, yet mouth puckering. Not a typical saison with all the lovely hop goodness and tartness but I like it!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jerry for this one. 16oz. capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours a .5 finger coarse white head with little retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy dark goldenrod. Lacing is stringy with good cling. Solid.

Nose is a pleasant sweet tropical fruit. Hints of papayas, clementines, pineapple and peach. Nice citrus spice and a bit of cane sugar. Aromatic and very enticing.

Opens citrus and clementine. Bright tartness with hints of citrus rind, lemon and starfruit. A tropical fruit hoppiness in the middle with some foam and deep woodiness. End is lightly bitter and spicy with some clove and peppercorn. Finishes puckering and crisp. Pretty good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Aggressive and sparkling in the mouth and goes down dry and puckering. Accented, puckering finish with a lingering, slightly filmy aftertaste. Excellent!

A really well made beer overall but nothing stands out here. Aroma makes this really enticing but somehow the flavor doesn't match what I'd expect. Still, really drinkable and worth trying.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful appearance. Golden with a rocky head that recedes and pills. Intense floral aroma. Pineapple. Something phenolic though. Tangy, slick, and musky. Foxy grapes, gooseberries. I think this is the nelson coming through in a particularly intense way. Quite strange.

** Note, different batches have been very different in my experience. Good ranges up to 4.25.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 08/23/15 notes. On tap at the TH Fermentaria in Armore, PA.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. Oranges, tropical fruits, brett, fruity malts, wheat, herbal and grassy notes. I did not see a mention of brett on the menu but it certainly tasted like it had some to it, which I loved and is fine with me. Medium body and low carbonation.

Really good, would love to have this one again.

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