Sticky Drippy Crystals
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #128
Ranked #2,772
4.23 | pDev: 5.67%
Dec 29, 2021
Oct 27, 2015
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Notes: Our oak fermented honey Saison.
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Griffin2 from Virginia

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 7/30/19 into a stemmed wine glass.

L - Pours a clear lemon yellow color with a frothy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.
S - Smells tart and lemony.
T - Tastes of grape skins, tart lemon and some honey on the finish.
F - Medium body and very effervescent with a dry finish.
O - Really love these Tired Hands Saisons.

Dec 29, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a corked bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Bottled May of 2018... batch #4 is my best guess.

L: Nearly clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Nice ring of lacing. A bit of haze/sediment when I poured the 2nd half.

S: Funk and oak mixed with fruit and flora.

T.F: Complex and fruity. Pear and green apple mixed with honey and oak. Some funk and spice... white grape, grapefruit, vanilla, and lemongrass. Light bodied... well carbonated. Tart without being sour.

O: An outstanding honey saison. Great flavor and very drinkable. Love the low ABV and the flavor they pull out of these beers.

Jun 12, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy straw color with 2 fingers of sudsy white head. Decent retention. Leaves a good amount of sticky cobwebs around the glass.

Aromas of lime zest, grapefruit, funk, hay and oak as well as some white grapes and light honey.

Flavor is nicely tart and funky. Lots of lime, lemon zest and grapefruit, as well as pears, white grapes, hay, oak chips, vanilla and honey.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and lightly acidic with a bone dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent farmhouse ale. It hits all the notes you expect from the style with the added subtle sweetness of the honey. Brings a foggy reminder of Anna, and that's a hell of a compliment.

Apr 08, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Batch 10.

Pours a pale golden straw with cloudy pillowy white head that dissipate slowly. Farmhouse funk on the nose along with a bit of grapefruit flesh. Some mineral copper penny aroma as well. There's soft grapefruit juice on the front end but not too bitter or sour in terms of harshness which you may sometimes experience with that fruit. There's some lemon peel well. It's light and super drinkable but the bitter citrus fruit character lingers. This is a good saison.

Feb 21, 2021
4.61 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2020
4.5 by kcc from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

Welp, it's official, I have no idea what Saison is. If I'd not read the bottle I would have sworn this was a Brett.

Pours a hazy straw with a billowy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. I picked up what i think of as the normal brett funk, albeit fairly subdued, with a hint of chardonnay character.

Extremely light and bone dry. A refreshing mouthfeel. Tart to a-little-too-much-tart-for-a-saison-or what-i-thought-a-saison-was. Though the tartness does seem much more 'natural' than some of the "sours" I've had (you'll probably need to contact me directly if you'd like to hear more about the unnatural tarts I've had, I doubt they allow those kinds of reviews here).

If I read the label and then close my eyes and try really hard I guess I could say I get some local PA honeybee essence, but really it's just a very tasty and well balanced sour with some white grapes for me.

Apr 17, 2020
4 by TimG_0913 from Delaware on Mar 29, 2020
4.35 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Straw-colored wheat based ale, strong sweetness from honey, but not overdone. Very lively feel in your mouth--an interesting sweet take on a Belgian saison.

Dec 25, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Pours a seriously cloudy deep honey golden, topped with four fingers of extremely dense bone white head with almost unbelievable retention. Plenty of visible effervescence in the form of ultra-fine bubbles.

Nose: This one is very unique. There's some very expressive yeast in here, and it lends a good bit of funk. Horse blanket, musty attic, old books, leather, moldy hay, and some indescribable funk. Honey in beer can often lend some insanely dank, musty, earthy aromas, and there's no shortage of that here. Like a cave-aged honeycomb with a hint of washed rind cheese. A little swirl brings up more classic farmhouse notes, and a nice slab of oak. Hints of lemon zest, white grape, and fresh grass also mingle with the bigger notes.

Palate: This strange and unique ale greets the palate with a vibrant but loving acidity. It isn't terribly sour, but it's definitely tart. Enough to call it a sour beer without anyone thinking twice. A lemon-lime sort of tart zing kicks it off, with some whispers of sacchro, pedio, and dusty brett. Next, you get the honey in full force, but don't expect sweet sticky goo from a bear-shaped bottle. This honey has been fermented. There's no sweetness here - this is all the earthy, floral, phenolic, and dank notes that hide beneath honeys' sweetness. With that sweetness fermented out, you see the true underlying structure. It doesn't compare to anything else, so describing it is impossible. There are definitely floral influences. Magnolia, lilac, orange blossom, and some generic flower notes. The beer ping-pongs back and forth between the tart farmy base ale, and the heavy, sticky (but not sweet) honey notes before ultimately pushing out the tartness. A very faint pithy bitterness shows up just before the finish, before the dusty overripe brett notes light up. At this point, the bold flavours have fallen back a bit, and you're into the finish, which is unmistakably honeycomb. The sweetness isn't there, but all the flavour is. Ever get real honeycomb, take a piece, suck the honey out, and then chew the wax like gum? This is the wax. It's all the flavour of natural honeycomb, but no sweetness whatsoever. That faint hint of bitterness fades, and you're left with this everlasting essence of honeycomb.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is very light-bodied. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but it has to be low. I'm 75% into a 750ml, and I feel no warming ABV effects. Not only that, but the beer just drinks so easily. It's incredibly crisp, bright, and paired with its dry tartness, it's just downright thirst quenching. I'd be suprised if this were even 6% ABV. There's so much flavour, it's hard to tell. I'd say 3.5%-6.5%. Effervescence is lively, bright, yet soft and ultra-fine. The big star of this category is the feel though. Remember I mentioned eating honeycomb? As strange as it is, it actually has that waxy texture. It coats the palate in this waxy feel which just intensifies the honey flavour. I'm not sure what's responsible for that clinging waxy sensation, but I love it.

Overall: This was a tough call for me. I almost didn't choose this bottle, but I'm certainly glad I did. I've had a few beers with honey. In most cases, it's either invisible, or it's a mess. Tired Hands did it right with this one. All the sweetness is fermented out, leaving the core essence of wild honey, the yeast, bacteria, and barrel work wonders in terms of lending mature complexity without being harsh or overbearing in any way at all. The level of tartness is sheer perfection. The base beer is handsome and mature. The lack of strong hopping is wise, and then use of honey just really makes this ale.

Dec 23, 2019
4.24 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Dec 08, 2019
3.9 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Nov 06, 2019
4.43 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is clear and hazy yellow with hints of orange to it. It's still clear enough to look through though.

The smell is good. After a sharp initial tart note with quite a bit of funk, the sweeter honey and malt note comes out a bit to give it a more dominant oat note as it warms. The smell has some nice orange and citrus notes underneath that funk note. The oak note is ever present but easily gets lost in the funk.

The taste is pretty good. It has a strong and upfront tart and funk note that is pretty good and a delicious honey, bready grain note, and orange note in the finish. The oak from the barrels exists and works well with the finishing notes.

The feel is good. It has more of a light body that's fairly close to medium because it has a slight heft to it from the honey.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and fairly delicious.

Sep 21, 2019
4.16 by caahare from West Virginia on Jul 11, 2019
4.31 by CreightonSM from New York on Apr 13, 2019
4.42 by geryeb624 from Maryland on Feb 24, 2019
4.18 by jheimbigner from Washington on Dec 30, 2018
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Dec 24, 2018
4.17 by StoutSnob40 from California on Nov 10, 2018
4.11 by brother_rebus from Maine on Nov 09, 2018
4.29 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on Oct 06, 2018
4.19 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2018
4.31 by fthegiants from California on Aug 06, 2018
4.27 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2018
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Jul 19, 2018
3.95 by chefduff2 from New York on Apr 17, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

On-draught at Tired Hands in late August 2017:

Low B / GOOD

Jan 21, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Batch 3 was a bit disappointing, but 1 and 2 were truly excellent.

Jan 17, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16.9 oz. Bottle

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice very slight hazy pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/fizzy small white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, lemony, slight oak note, slight spice. The taste is also pretty nice, malty, yeasty, nice touch of oak, nice funk, lemons, slight oak/spice. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Thanks Larry!

Nov 28, 2017
4.25 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2017
4.31 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Oct 27, 2017
4.97 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania on Oct 15, 2017
4.75 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Sep 28, 2017
4.69 by Jamison85 from Indiana on Sep 22, 2017
4.35 by Brendanjames from New Jersey on Sep 10, 2017
4.43 by mkh012 from Colorado on Sep 09, 2017
4.05 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 02, 2017
Sticky Drippy Crystals from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 140 ratings