First Level | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single Hop IPA, brewed with oats. This level was hopped entirely with Nelson Sauvin… One of our most favorite (and pungent) New Zealand hop varietals. Will you make it to the SECOND LEVEL?

Added by Rifugium on 03-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

the color is golden with hazed look and thin white head. The smell is juicy and tropical with earthy green hop presence and white juicy/ green grape scent. The feel is very juicy/tangy with light hop bitterness and oily resinous texture with medium carbonation and spiced finish.

The flavor is green and dank with hops a light floral taste is complimentary with some tropical fruit and citrus bitterness in the background with light leafy and spicy flavor as it finishes with hardly any malt very dry. Overall this is a great tasting Ipa, plenty of hops without much else except hop intensity -it was great to try this even with a week of age on it.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2L growler into an Alchemist stemless snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a cloudy, pale yellow. Lacing is stringy and layered with average stick. Not much of a looker but not bad considering the serving style.

Nose is papaya, mango, starfruit and sweet citrus. Moderately aromatic but this one really makes my mouth water.

Opens citrus, cane sugar, starfruit and mango. More tropical fruit puree with sweet cane sugar and a citrus hop presence in the back. So juicy! Papaya and some kiwi in the end with a lingering, filmy sweet fruit finish and aftertaste. Awesome!

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aggressive and quenching in the mouth and goes down slightly dry but smooth. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. So amazingly drinkable.

This measures up to any IPA that Hill Farmstead has put out... which is saying a lot. An absolutely phenomenal beer that I hope TH will revisit some time in the future.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Hazy golden yellow. Bright white head. Soapy bubbles.

Aroma: lemon rind. Bright citrus sweet bread. Grassy earth

Taste: bright citrus. Lemon zest. Slight earthy spiciness. Very juicy.

Soft carb medium mouthfeel. Despite always being softly carbed in the growler by the time I get it their IPAs always seem to be great

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look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tired Hands first "level" Single Hop IPA. Brewed with oats. This level was hopped entirely with Nelson Sauvin. Poured from a growler (filled two days ago) into a brand new Tired Hands teku glass.

The appearance is a milky golden yellow, topped by a frothy white head which settles down to a small island of white bubbles.

First Level is a remarkable showcase of the New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hop. The aroma alone shows the diversity and range of aromas possible. A bouquet of white grape juice, lime, pineapple, and rosewater. It's beautiful and refreshing. Light honey malt sweetness in the background.

The flavor is a mild bitterness up front, with flavors of juicy citrus fruit and kiwi on the tip of the tongue. The beer crosses the palate with a soft citrus sweetness, followed by a very light bitterness that is well-balanced with the oats and malt. Notes of white grape juice in the aftertaste, and a flash of lime zest. It's a juicy mouthfeel, with smooth carbonation, and medium body.

This is a delicious single hop IPA, and one of my favorite Tired Hands beers to date. Perfect balance, and insanely delicious aroma, and excellent drinkability. Very much looking forward to the other beers in this series.

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