Technicolor Splendor | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Technicolor SplendorTechnicolor Splendor

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double IPA hopped exclusively and intensely with one of our favorite hops in the entire world: Simcoe

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 170
Photo of mkh012
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 17 days ago.

Pours hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head.

The nose is peach, bubblegum, and subtle pine.

The taste is orange, peach, and pineapple, with some balancing dank bitterness on the backend.

The mouthfeel is medium. Round mid-palate but lighter on the backend.

Overall, very good. 4.25+

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to CanConPhilly for this one.
Pours a hazy yellow orange with two fingers of white head.
Smell is orange, pineapple, a bit of malt.
Taste follows primarily orange with some resinous hop flavor. A bit more pithy on the end.
Medium bodied smooth.
Overall another great TH brew.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 8/8/18.

Pours cloudy yellow with a fluffy head of white. Nice retention and lacing. Pine, grapefruit, and oranges in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Mango and orange on the palate with zero malt and a minimal bitterness. Finishes dry and slightly dank with lingering piney citrus.

Nicely balanced for such a hop-bomb.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright yellow color. Aroma is fruity and a bit grainy with overripe tropical notes. Taste is juicy and a bit floral with linden notes and malty backbone. Quite nice one.

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Photo of dafla67
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is a cloudy yellow. Subtle smell of tropical fruits and hops. The taste is subtle but delicious. Does not hit you over the head, but is very complex. Nice and full feel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow color with about 1/4" white head on the top, decent retention despite a small head. Aroma hit those Simcoe notes that doesn't really offer the biggest aromatic punch, but it is noticeable given its uniqueness.

Bitterness like a Simcoe is all there and revelatory for sure though. Punchy bitterness, grapefruit, sticky. Not a lot in the way of flavor from it though. Its one of your standard newer ipas that isn't heavy on the crystal malt like properties but it still doesn't offer a ton in the way of actual flavor. I like the malt base and the simcoe use, but it feels like it needed another hop strain to bring the noise in the flavor department. Cat pee and bitterness isn't the end all be all.

But it did hide the alcohol well and it was pretty crushable. Its a good beer with a grapefruit dryness. Basically, it seems like Philadelphia jumped into the late 90s on the west coast minus crystal malt.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with out much of a head on it. Some sticky retention. The smell is loaded with Peach aromas. The taste has a lot of Peach going on too. The feel is smooth, moderately creamy. Overall I really like this beer.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful color to this beer like most of the Tired Hands brews, hazy milkshake heaven ! Scent of a tropical fruit bomb ! Dank for the flavor. Flavor lovely with the alcohol very well hidden, maybe a tad on the edge. Smooth with only slight bitterness. If I had to peg a flavor I'd call it mildly sweet grapefruit. Thick and creamy with ample carbonation for this style. Loving it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew, again.

Revisit: 14 Jun 17
16oz. Can
Canned On: 05/31/17

Poured into a Tire Hands glass a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy three-finger white head, which also leaves some really nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some maltyness, very citrusy (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango), very nice diesel like. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango), very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. a nice complex of citrus, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty DIPA from TH. Very Addictive! Glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Larry Again!

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16oz. Can
Canned On: 01/19/17

Poured into a Tire Hands glass a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy three-finger white head, which also leaves some really nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, very citrusy. The taste is hoppy, citrusy complex, slight spice note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. a nice complex of citrus, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty DIPA from TH. Glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque light peach color with two fingers of white foamy head. Head retention is good with a large splattering of lacing left behind. Aroma is jammed full of biscuity, and bready malts with a German yeast twist. Hop notes are lively delivering notes of tangerine and citrus. Flavor profile has a German twist to it, making this a rather unique beer. Barely cooked biscuit dough, and bread malts. Hop notes include citrus, tangerine, and resin. It has a quality heartiness to it. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a filling, grainy feel. Overall, this beer is packing some heat. The malt notes stand out from the hops, and yet still balance everything out. It's never bitter, nor does it drink like a malt bomb. It's filling, hearty texture, and notes that hearken memories of German beers all delivered with a fine citrus taste and an orange juice look makes this perhaps one of the most interesting beers on the market.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of afroskully
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first offering from Tired Hands at Blind TIger nyc on tap. Looked and smelled amazing. Nice frothy simcoe taste but lost points for a slightly thin mouthfeel. Psyched to try more from TH.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Tired Hands pint glass. Comes in a 4-pack. Canned on 1/19/17. Acquired via trade, no line life. Labeled as a Double IPA made with Spelt flour and Simcoe hops. Spelt is a wheat alternative that has been used for centuries, so no doubt this grain caught Jean's eye since most of his beers are wheat based. Simcoe is a usual suspect in hop forward beers for the earthy qualities it possesses to balance out the pine and grapefruit flavors.

L - hazy yellow color, super cloudy body, fluffy white foam with lots of lacing. Head retention is outstanding with a solid layer going across the top. They always make a good looking beer.

S - tropical fruit galore: bananas, grapefruit, mango. Alcohol is prevalent.

T - banana, lemon, citrus, smooth rocks, grapefruit. Pretty boozy as well. Bit of grainy malt effect.

F - watery feel, soft texture, slight booze finish, Simcoe clings to the mouth.

O - never disappointed with their IPAs. Pretty hefty from the usual can releases. Full of fruit and earth along with a grainy malt feel. Amazing IPA and they're not slowing down. Cheers!

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Photo of geraldyowell81
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy Yellow.

Smell: Various Tropical Citrus Fruits.

Taste: Same as the nose, slight bitterness on the tail end.

Feel: Smooth and Creamy.

Overall: The 8% abv is hidden very well, making this a very easy drinking fruity DIPA. Another excellent brew by TH.

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Photo of peensteen
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky turbid golden yellow, ring of white head and some lace. Smell is full of big fruity hops, like an orange creamsicle, pineapple, orange and mango juice, a faint suggestion of malt but mostly a tropical fruit bomb. Taste is just like the nose, big creamsicle and pineapple and mango juice, lightly bitter but the hop flavour is intense, dry and fruity into the finish, long orange and tropical aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium full body, creamy, mouth coating and satisfying. Incredible, top notch DIPA with zero evidence of alcohol here.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can purchased at last week's TH can release. Other recent reviews captured this beer well. It is as smooth a double IPA as I have had; the heat of the alcohol is well-hidden. Simply delicious and another example of how TH excels. Impressive!

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Photo of Trombone69
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not sure how they do it, but the Tired Hands "mouth-feel" is awesome. A sort of creamy, smooth carbonation. The taste is tremendous also. Really very drinkable for an 8% ABV IPA. This might be my favorite Tired Hands offering that I have tried. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque but slightly shiny yellow-orange brightening to yellow at the bottom of the glass, with a large, dense and uniform off-white head that dissipates to a thin blanket, leaving a bunch of spongey lace.

I smell Italian bread dough and oats, lemon, white grapes, wheat, and apple skin.

Taste is more down to Earth with shallot, pine, grapefruit, longan, and wheat or even rye.

Medium body finishing pretty darn dry.

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Photo of avas
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/5/16. Consumed 10/11/16.

A: Beer comes in a light gold to dark yellow color with medium-plus haze. About a finger of pillowy white head on the pour sticks around for a bit. Nice laces of foam and visible alcohol legs stick to the glass.

S: This beer totally reminds me that Simcoe is an underappreciated hop! The nose on this is huge, with a very different aromatic profile from the crazy tropical hops that are dominating the NE-style scene today. Up front, I get a really nice orange sorbet note, very reminiscent of that which I get from Galaxy-hopped beers. It's like navel orange and tangerine but with hints of vanilla cream. Behind that, there's an intense aromas of strawberry, cantaloupe and maybe even a hint of bright red cherries. Really interesting aroma, one that showcases what I believe to be the best aspects of Simcoe.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely. Up front, I get a big smack of that orange sorbet. Sweet citrus juice without any astringency or bitterness. That's closely followed and complemented by the vanilla cream note, which quickly succumbs to flavors of strawberry, papaya, and cantaloupe. Aside from a mild grassiness, there isn't much green hop character to speak of; this is almost entirely fruit-forward. On the finish, the sweet citrus creamsicle combines with a some sort of dark red fruit (strawberry? or red cherry?) to stick to the sides of the mouth. There's something medicinal about the aftertaste, almost like cherry cough syrup (the flavor, not the cloying sticky sweetness). If there's anything I'd change about this beer, it's dialing back that pungent aftertaste.

M: Medium weight on the tongue along with a medium-minus carbonation of tiny bubbles to make for a very smooth, creamy, and drinkable DIPA. Medium-minus bitterness on the finish could be upped slightly to balance out the medium sweetness. But fortunately, the sweetness, which is quite grainy rather than syrupy, refrains from being cloying.

O: One of the best I've had from Tired Hands and one of the best single-hopped Simcoe beers I've experienced. Technicolor Splendor offers a tremendously drinkable, fruit-forward DIPA with a very unique flavor profile. I'm not quite familiar enough with spelt to pick out its contributions to this brew, but I expect it had something to do with the intense, lingering grainy sweetness on the finish. With a bit less sweetness, a kicked up mouthfeel, and maybe the addition of another hop (Galaxy?), this beer would be up there with the best. But as it stands, it's a delicious showcase of a hop that I'd like to further explore!

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can acquired in a trade - Tired Hands products not available in my area. This one has some unusual and imaginative label art and side commentary. I don't know much about Spelt grains but I do know Simcoe hops and it seems like the combination has produced a somewhat unique product with an aroma and taste strongly emphasizing citrus orange. Very smooth with minimal bitterness. The alcohol was well hidden for a Double IPA. The label doesn't provide information relative to the ABV and, upon investigating, I was surprised it was as high as 8%.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - first things first: bomb-ass can art. Fits that existential depressive blurb on the side to a T. Pours a grainy straw haze. Looks creamy! Held up to the light yields filtered OJ. Sunny D yellow.

S - getting that spelt up front. Puts off a galaxy-esque wheatiness. Orange pith and candied pineapple sweetness follow. Earth and yeast. Hints of mango and maraschino.

T - delicate and subtly flavored. There is no overwhelming punch, but rather the flavor starts off subdued and creeps up on you. Juice begins to set in with orange, pineapple, and a profound grainy bitterness courtesy of the spelt. Papaya, apricot, creamsicle. Flavor profile definitely opens up as the beer sits and warms and approaches the wider portion of my stemless tulip. Finishes with a resounding bitterness and a dank sweetness.

F - lackadaisical creaminess. A lazy river of hops and juice and grain seeping into my body.

O - can't get over the blurb on the side. Beer fits nicely with the description. If this were a drug, it'd be weed. Chill and contemplative. Drink it long enough and you'll start to remember memories you've never memorized!

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Photo of Brianmo95
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow murky 16oz pour into a snifter. Hardly any lace. Smells of lemongrass. Tastes of spelt, simcoe hops & slight citrus- mango, papaya. Feels of a smooth DIPA. Ends with a bitter grass boozieness. Overall- solid double ipa made with simcoe & spelt.

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Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, almost murky golden amber color with light lacing and fairly decent head retention. The beer looks like a glass of fresh squeezed OJ.

While I've certainly seen better looking IPA's, it's pretty hard to find much fault on the nose or palate. There is an impressive aroma of orange and grapefruit citrus, coulped with considerable mango, papaya, golden peach and cherry. Some underlying earthiness only adds to the attractive aroma profile. The flavor profile is more of the same, but seemed even more complex. There deemed to be some sweet pear as well on the palate, all of which is nicely balanced by some noticeable bitterness on the finish. It seemed to me as if there was a hint of alcoholic bite at the very end, but whatever... This is an impressive, easy to appreciate, well crafted IPA from the talented folks at Tired Hands.

Very, very impressive.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour @ Fermentaria. Hazy golden yellow with minimal head, though ringed lacing. Nose is very tropical and citrus heavy, quite enjoyable. Taste brings the citrus to the forefront, other nose attributes take an unfortunate back seat. Still nice, just would like more dynamic range. Finish is very clean, nothing lingers, quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel thin for a DIPA, but I rather enjoyed it given the finish. Would definitely grab again if possible

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Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a tall tulip.

Just time for a quick review - it pours hazy as expected & features a delicate balance of subtle malt sweetness & surprisingly soft bitter citrus notes.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a little bit "dirtier" than the a pale yellow. Cloudy whiteness appear to break the surface of the beer in the white head of about a finger. The head stays as does the cloudy body, neither a surprise after having a few TH beers today. Minimal lacing, but a spot or two here and there.

The nose shows fruit and yeast in general. A tropical orange juice blend hits my nose with a definite but subtle yeast note, like a fresh baked soft bread. There's also a woody to deep green herbal bitterness that cannot stay hidden.

Taste starts with the same nice tropical orange note I got in the nose, no surprises here. That woody note comes right along and brings balancing bitterness, bringing a coconut flavor with it that adds to the tropical smoothy impression I am getting with this beer. Very smooth and soft, the feel of this beer fools me into ignoring the bitterness that is definitely there until I feel it building upon my tongue later into the glass. There is a little hint of the alcohol in the very back.

I really enjoy how this beer is constructed. It could use a little stronger bitterness in the back to really get into a profile I would really like. But do a degree, I am splitting hairs in levels of really good beers.

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Technicolor Splendor from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 170 ratings