Tired Hands Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #346
Ranked #1,502
4.31 | pDev: 6.5%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Honey Double IPA brewed with oats. Fermented atop lots of Pennsylvania wildflower honey. Hopped intensely with Citra and Nelson Sauvin.
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a hazy yellow with a very robust head that leaves behind plenty of lacing as it dissipates. Smell is all Citra hops and quite appealing. Taste is really interesting. Starts out with the hops, tiny bit of bitterness, then a really nice lingering aftertaste. Feel is soft and full, and the highlight of the beer for me. Overall, this is a smooth, tasty IPA.

Jun 22, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque medium straw gold with dense white lacing and nice legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Juicy tropical fruit rind on the nose.

T - Dank tropical fruit, green and vinous, melon, and spicy fruit rind from start to finish. Finish sweet and juicy.

M - Soft and pillowy, leaves the mouth watering and the back of the tongue bone dry.

O - Not feeding into the Tired Hands hype train, but this is definitely recommended. ;o)

May 27, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale yellow pour with a large white head on top. Great sticky lacing also. The smell of the Nelson and Citra blend well together. The taste has a juicy hop flavor to it, subtle tangerine notes in the finish. The feel is pillowy soft and smooth. Overall it's a very nice beer.

May 22, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Ryan for a 4pk of these.

Pint can - dated 01/15/2020 - poured into an ale tulip at 46°F.

Pours an entirely turbid, almost milky pale off-orange hue, topped with a large finger of creamy bone white head that slowly recedes to a thick cap and collar, leaving some spotty lacing behind. Some fine effervescence can be seen if one looks very closely.

Nose: Some pale oaty malt lends a clean, neutral backbone with a touch of perceived sweetness, while equal parts of Citra and Nelson lend pungent aromas of overripe mango, zesty tangerine, white grape, tons of fresh green grassy notes, honeydew melon, guava, starfruit, and a perfumey whiff of passionfruit. There is an underlying sweetness, and perhaps this is placebo, but I feel like I can detect the floral components of Manuka or orange blossom honey. It's a big nose.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a sweetness, but it isn't nearly as prominent as one might expect. It's a very pale, neutral sweetness, and there's definitely a heavy oat influence, which has definitely come out more as this can has sat. An immediate green Nelson grassiness makes its way to the forefront, bringing a clean, green, vegetal flavour, immediately followed by way overripe mango, white grape, cut melon, white guava, unripe passionfruit, kiwi, tons of citrus peel, and a raw, green hoppiness with a hint of fresh cilantro. The sweetness dies down quickly in the finish, and is overtaken by an almost camphoraceous hop terpene character, with brings a final big hit of pithy citrus, but lacks any substantial bitterness. There's some resinous hoppy dryness, but I'd struggle to call it bitter. As the fruity aspects of the hops fade, the beer finishes with all the underlying green and pithy notes now at the forefront, and a slightly chalky oat note that also wasn't present when this beer was fresh.

Mouthfeel/Body: Very much a big Tired Hands double IPA in this department. The combination of their unique yeast strain, the hopping techniques, a ton of oats, and presumably the addition of honey all work together to lend a huge, soft, fluffy, creamy feel to this beer. The person who gave me this 4pk said it reminded him of their milkshake IPAs, and while I don't care for lactose in beer, this certainly has that full, soft, creamy body, without the weird flavour of lactose. Effervescence is on the lower end, which is natural for a beer like this, but it's enough to cut through the full body a bit. It isn't syrupy, but there is some viscosity which comes to a full, dry close in the finish.

Overall: As far as cutting edge New England-style IPAs, Tired Hands is certainly on the frontline, and as a personal fan of Nelson, I find them to have a particular talent when it comes to utilising this hop. While this isn't quite on the level of Invasive 5 - their Nelson single hop IPA, I certainly think it's the next best thing, and easily one of the best rotating Nelson-based offerings, with Citra being one of the best choices to help balance it out. A very well-done beer, but definitely one to consume as fresh as possible. This was a knockout 3 weeks ago.

Mar 02, 2020
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Jlabs from New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass via draft

Color is a hazy neon orange

Smell is pineapple, honeydew melon, and a slight trace of honey

Taste follows the nose with a slight punch of hops

Carbonation is medium as is the mouthfeel

Been awhile since i had a tired hands ipa, but after drinking this one I need to revisit them

Jul 13, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a thick looking hazy orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet honey, grapefruit, resinous hops, sticky mango jam, and lemon.

This is a prototypical Tired Hands hoppy beer here. It's big and sticky for sure. The mango flavors from the hops and the honey mix well together here, and there's a bit of weedy and resinous bitterness on the finish that helps balance all of it out.

This is super drinkable, with no booziness despite the ABV here. It's creamy and full bodied, for sure.

This is one of the better Tired Hands IPAs that I've had in a bit.

Dec 31, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of white head. 
Smells of citrus, a bit sweet, some oily resinous earthy notes as well.
Taste is all resiny, earthy hops up front. The honey comes through in the middle, sweet but not overly so. Finishes with try citrus and a bit dank. Skip the honey and this would be awesome.
Medium body with good carb level, smooth feel.
Overall another winner from Tired Hands!

Dec 24, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - 1-finger offwhite head atop a murky yellow body.

S - herb, honey, grass, oranges.

T - prominent herb, orange, grassy hops, some honey sweetness. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body with low carb.

O - too much sweet and dank throws this out of balance.

Dec 15, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tired Hands Fermentaria.

Pours a hazy yellow with fine, soft foam.

Smell is pretty juicy with notes of oranges, mango and wine spritzer.

Taste follows the nose with some grassy notes added and a nice, soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overalll, a very nice and refreshing DIPA.

Dec 11, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can - 11/13/18 stamped on the bottom.

Creamy, milkshake looking kinda NEIPA pour...leaves a load of froth, low sheeting and fine scattered lacing all over the glass...nice looking beer.

Pungent fruity sniff.

Full flavor and quite enjoyable IIPA, lots or resiny, earthy hops up front, flowing into a more fruity finish, with notes of ripe and smoky pineapple, and mangos.

Super smooth as it flows over the tongue...high quality all the way.

Dec 02, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, murky pale yellow-orange with a half-finger of creamy-looking white head. Solid rings of

White wine, orange juice, mango and, yes, even a hint of grass in the nose.

Similar flavors carry over to the taste, but they’re joined by a slightly nutty herbal flavor that I perhaps incorrectly associate with over dry-hopping. There is a very pleasant light earthy honey sweetness coupled with light citrus pith and grass bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation.

Nothing to complain about. It’s good.

Nov 30, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

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

Thanks to dc55110, if he still hangs around here, for this 16 oz. can. Nice trippy artwork that looks like green grass hands in some way. Maybe I’m projecting.

The pour, holy trendy orange juice. I could hand this to my 14 year old & she’d sip it without blinking (until the taste struck). Smells like mango, oranges, rice, citrus, with a strong underlying sweetness that’s likely the honey. Nice.

Grassman is like rubbing peach fuzz on my tongue, & I find it a bit difficult to describe. Peach, mango, citrus, but not just the juice, but the skins as well. Mid-palate brings mineral water & a spreading honey sweetness that makes me want to go plant some clover. Slightly dank herbal salad, grapes, with a finish of low-level but persistent bitterness, just enough to let me know this isn’t a ‘roided up fruit beer. Juicy. I could drink a lot of this.

Wow. If more “NE IPAs” were like this, it’s a style I could happily get behind with a strap-on. One of the most complex IPAs I’ve had & just a smidgeon away from the Hall of Fame.

Apr 28, 2017
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can poured into a Tired Hands pint glass. Canned 3/22/17 with Weedman printed on the bottom. Advertised as a Citra and Nelson Sauvin Double IPA brewed with oats and wildflower honey. Citra and Nelson are amongst my favorite hop varieties, Nelson Sauvin being my favorite. A New Zealand hop variety that is almost like the American Simcoe with the earthy aspects as well as tropical. Citra just compliments and extends the tropical aspects of this beer.

L - hazy yellow color, super cloudy hue, frothy two finger foam dome and white curtain lacing on the glass. Tired Hands always makes a good looking beer.

S - super tropical, melon, passion fruit, orange, sea salt, very sweet smelling from the honey. Thick and sappy aroma like tree sap or some fancy stuff from Bath and Body Works, just not as boozy haha

T - sweetness from the malt and honey encompass the taste. Mostly the taste is it's own kind with a combination of papaya, mango, orange, and passion fruit. Crazy but it is a science.

F - thick and syrupy, easy to swish but still full bodied. Pretty boozy, resinous hops but juicy as hell

O - I thought Drone Standard was my favorite offering by them but this might take that spot. No hype around New Zealand hops, they are the real deal. Cheers!

Apr 13, 2017
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JayORear from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The DIPA-with-honey is a very specific genre. I remember the first time I had Hopslam and was blown away, but really just because I'd never had that combination. There have been a few since, including Trillium Artaic (Cutting Tiles), that started strong but just got more cloying as you went along. When I've tried Hopslam since the first time, it's been a malty mess. Still, I never stop holding out for a really great example . . . so, with that throat-clearing, let's try Grassman!

Appearance is . . . wow. Just the right amount of haziness, glowing without being turbid. Close to the Platonic ideal of Swish. Nice pillowy, long-lasting head that reminds me of cotton candy. Lots happening on the nose, including just the faintest promise of honey along with citrus + dank and piney. You can tell it's not going to be too sweet. Taste confirms this, evolving marvelously as it warms from mango/pineapple to something more complex: dank cannabis undertones make the name of the beer a double-entendre, although there are also straight-up cut-grass notes. There's a serious problem trying to let this beer open up, as it just invites gulping down. I made it last about twenty minutes, just long enough for the taste to level out into something slightly bitter and astringent for the last few sips. Mouthfeel is ultra creamy and sprightly, if that's not an oxymoron. You really feel like you could drink this all day long.

What's amazing about this beer is the perfect integration of the honey--finally, someone got it right. I hesitate to call any beer a masterpiece (not the same as a perfect 5), but this is one in my book.

Apr 10, 2017
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler filled on 3/26 into a tulip glass.

A: A thick hazy beer. Looks like thick, pulpy orange juice.
S: Sweet and slightly tropical nose.
T: So much papaya and mango. Incredible.
F: Thick and creamy.
O: This is one of Tired Hands' best offerings. On par with some of the best NE IPA beers out there.

Mar 31, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, dated 3/22/17, poured into a teku

A- A hazy copperish orange with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, some sweet pineapple, honey, tropical fruits, passion fruit, faint mango, a little dank.

T- Citrus, tropical truits, sweet mangos, some peachs, honey, finish is floral and piney with some hints of wet grass.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid DIPA, leans towards the sweet side. It is growing on me, the bright citrus and tropical fruits from the hops really linger.

Mar 24, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz crowler. Pours cloudy yellow-white color, two finger head leaves some nice lacing. Big sweet honey and citrus aroma. Taste is juicy n sweet, plenty of citrus, and the bony is such a nice sweet touch. Delish! Soft creamy mouthfeel.

Sep 04, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour at their Fermentaria. Pours hazy bronze yellow with a finger of high density white head that left windshield lacing. Nose is earthy, dank, and hints of citrus. Taste is very earthy and grassy, citrus is there but way in the background, some pear as well. Finish is crisp with some astringency limited bitterness and a little lingering tingling from the astringency. Mouthfeel is soft, way drinkable for the ABV, and carbonation medium. I'd definitely get again, but if I wanted more than one I'd put for their Technicolor Splendor.

Aug 24, 2016
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another exceptional beer from Tired Hands. Draft at TH today. Pale yellow, opaque pour with a creamy head (reminded me of foam on top of a cappuccino!). Lovely on the nose and palate. Sweet tropical fruit and, yes, herbaceous grassy notes. Terrific even when a double IPA is not usually my first choice. Description on the tap list said this batch used Citra, Motueka and Hallertau Blanc hops, and an 8.2% abv.

Aug 16, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz Crowler purchased at The Hulmeville Inn in Langhorne, PA.
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Super hazed-out apricot yellow. 1+ fingers of creamy white head.

Passion fruit, dank, mango, papaya, gooseberry, blueberry, and candy sugar.

Mango juice, candy coated passion fruit, and papaya. Blueberry, gooseberry, and honey. Dank greens and pine sap. Some grapefruit zestiness on the finish.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, smooth, and juicy with hardly any bitterness.

Dank, tropical, juicy, and awesome!

Aug 15, 2016
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into pint glass.
Very appropriate name for this beer with a big hit of cut grass up front. Hop pressence is very balanced that really opens up as the beer warms in the glass.
Lacing on glass continues long after you start enjoying this beer. Small bubble retention in lacing adds a pop of carbonation as you take each new sip

Aug 06, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - oh boy, you can tell this is gonna be a murk bomb when the beer is cloudy as shit coming out of the can. Now that it's settled... well I'll be damned! Is this... Green? Rock solid total turbidity. An aggressively pale beige tan color. Almost looks dirty but I love it! My favorite type of beer appearance. Yeast city. I can't.

S - oh now that's dank. Sweet buttery sticky hops. Kinda reminiscent of Other Half. Some fruits way past their prime shine through. Bananas, orange, mango. Bready and oaty with a touch of booze in the finish. Oh shi- how could I forget? Honey!

T - I'm in love. All of the nose but kicked up a notch. The flavors seem more... focused. Bananas left out for days. Left out so long they're screaming "make me into banana bread!" The oats add a massive creamy flavor. Everything is so smooooooth and saturated. Honey gives it a delectable sweetness that somehow manages to avoid being sugary. I'm reminded of those awesome honey sticks at carnivals (have I already described beer like that? Must've been Artaic. Worth mentioning again. Great flavor). Overripe sticky juiciness from the dankest of fruits. I can almost sense those goddamn fruit flies buzzing around my head. Finishes shockingly clean, leaving me salivating for more.

F - can't stress the oats enough. Ultimate creaminess. Not motor oil. Still bouncy enough to call itself an IPA, but manages to be one hell of a smooth criminal. I didn't think beers could be this luxurious.

O - this is the 6/29 release, so about a month old. I see other reviews lauding the tropical nature but all I'm getting is The Dank, and it's incredible. I'll have to try it fresh, but based on the quality of the brew at this age, I'd say this is the sweet spot!

Aug 04, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque, honey-orange, closer to a somewhat off-putting tan hue, with a moderate, dense khaki head that dies to a ring and leaves lazy, slippy lace.

Super bright and tropical aromas make you forget all about what this beer looks like. This is accompanied by a background hint of some funky, grassy, astringent elements. Overripe pineapple, peach marmalade and pepper are some of the many wonderful scents I pick up off Grassman.

Damn! The taste boldly ushers in a bright, tangy, fruity punch of Caribbean cocktail. I'm getting mint, green onion, and curacao, with the honey providing a certain sweetness not found in beers like Hopslam. Tropical flavors all over.

Frothy and soft, yet tingly and crisp, this beer is a pleasure to roll around the tongue.

Jul 09, 2016
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A can from my dear friend Tyler from yesterday's (6/29) release.

The haziest straw colored body. Pure orange juice pulp. Frothy white head that never dissipated. Gorgeous layered lacing.

A lot of papaya and pineapple in the nose. Noticeably sweet and a little grainy at the end.

Sweet honey and citrus taste. Lots of papaya and mango primarily, with light tangerine and pineapple present. Slightly bitter and unrefined vegetal and grainy aftertaste that I've been noticing a lot lately in Tired Hands' beers. Booze is masked (mostly) well.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied and super low carbonation. Juicy finish.

Overall, probably one of the weaker Tired Hands beers that I've had. Too similar to other beers that they produce, but not as good.

Jun 30, 2016
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