Tired Hands Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #246
Ranked #1,076
4.33 | pDev: 8.31%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Double IPA that we brew with gobs of spelt and oats. Hopped into oblivion with Citra and Amarillo. Featuring absolutely beautiful artwork by @mikeillustrated. Creamy, pungent, and extremely citrusy. Welcome back you old, creepy, weird, bio-corpse thing.
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Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque, pulpy, dark orange body. Big head production, with nearly 3 fingers of snow white head from a moderate pour. Retention and lacing are equally impressive. No visible floaties.

Big, bright, and juicy hop-forward nose. Mandarin orange, Italian herbs, mango, and pineapple. Minimal pungent dankness, surprising for this hop blend. Very mild but flavorful nose.

Surprisingly low sweetness, with the hop profile coming across more leafy and green, along with accents of citrus and mango. Peppered cracker and white bread.

Creamy and lively; very smooth. Fantastic presentation of a sky-high ABV.

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Photo of EMH73
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque golden-orange color with a massive, incredibly well retained off white head that left awesome lacing. Smells of orange, tropical fruit, sweet malt and a slight earthy note. Tastes of sweet orange, orange zest, tangerine, mango, peach, sweet malts and a slight earthy presence. On the full side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouth fell with a dry finish, light bitterness.

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Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Active pour... Huge fluffy off-white colored head... Stellar retention... Hazy straw yellow color... She's a beauty... The nose is rather subtle... The palate dials it up a couple of notches... Mostly sweet juicy hops with a hint of floral tones... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Rich and creamy... Another excellent offering from Tired Hands, which should come as no surprise at this point...

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade. A can for myself and a can to hook JLindros up with.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden orange hue with a one finger white head that fades incredibly slowly leaving sticky lacing and a thick half finger blanket. the head just won't quit, lingers wonderfully.

S - Aromas of juicy orange creamsicles, orange marmalade, little zest bits, light mango, both fresh and jelly. Softer malt presence, as it warms the tropical notes pop slightly more.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice orange creamsicle flavour, not really juicy just an almost sweet dessert orange flavour. Reminds me of the creamy tangerine sherbet that was served in a hollowed out tangerine and topped with charred meringue I had at Joe Beef years ago. Sweet, creamy, decadent. A little bit of almost earthy spicy hops towards the finish before becoming rather generic tropical papaya and mango. Slight flash of alcohol heat on the finish mixed in with the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little creamy, good body, only knock is the 9.2% while hidden peeks out in a warming fashion.

O - Overall this was a rather solid New England IPA from Tired Hands. Excellent, excellent appearance and I really enjoyed the creamy orange flavour this had going on. Very enjoyable NEIPA the avoids the stylistic pitfalls of being green and papery.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/31/19
Pours a large fluffy dense foamy white head with great retention and lacing, hazy cloudy solid orange color

Nose loads of citrus and sweet malt, candied tangerine, orange marmalade, citrus zest, little guava and papaya tropical and a little melon, some peach and mango as it warms

Taste big sweet fluffy malt, creamy with flaked oats maybe wheat, and plenty of it, then fruits, fruity pebble cereal like, orange marmalade, candied dried mango, tangerine, little papaya and generic tropical notes, light stone fruit with mild peach, light bitterness, juicy, drier finish with a flash of alcohol late, and mild sticky but citrusy lingering

Mouth is med to fuller bod, very soft and juicy creamy, medium higher carb and flash of alcohol warmth

Overall not bad, a pretty nice double NEIPA, super soft juicy, lots of fruit, plenty of malt, good balance, not green and spicy

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Photo of colts9016
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am looking forward to sipping this beer. The label art on the beer is creepy but in a good way (if that is possible). I have heard this beer is marvelous. Let's get on with the review. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The beer produced a bright white two-finger head. The head is billowy and airy. The retention of the beer's head is rock steady. The head left a large amount of lacing of beer on the glass. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The beer appearance is excellent.

The aromas in the beer are mango, pineapple, oranges, pine, a touch of resin, lemon, a subtle hint of grapefruit, toasty malt, biscuit, and herbal.

The flavors in the beer are pineapple, oranges, bready, earthy, pine, lemons, a touch of grapefruit, malty sweetness, biscuit and a hint of floral.

The mouthfeel of the beer is coating and astringent.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is wicked good. Strong malt backbone in the beer to support the hop profile. The beer does come across a touch boozy, but I do not care. I love the flavors in the beer. Wish I had a few more to consume.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-golden tap pour with a slight haze. The aroma is a punch of tropical fruit and the flavor is rich with lemon, orange and pineapple without undue sweetness. The hop bitterness is moderate and welcome. The mouthfeel is smooth. This is a superb brew.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, but unsure as to when as the only visible portion of the date on the bottom of the can was the 17 for the year. Regardless of the age of this beer and the sediment at the bottom of the can, this was a wonderful beer that was lively, juicy, and easy to savor. Even with the morbid-looking label, this was a beer that was as bright as could be!

Good pour to this as the beer looked liked turbid orange juice with just a bit more haze to it. The head was sufficient and the lacing was mostly around the back of the collar with a few scattered splotches below that. Plenty of oats, spelt, cream, deep citrus, and dank hops in the strong and understated nose as the taste pungency of this beer really came through in the taste orange sherbet, sweet stone fruit, and vanilla cream came through on the palate as this was so easy to enjoy. The light carbonation and light, balanced mouthfeel added to the appeal of this beer as it felt like dessert without being overly sugary or crystalline!

Plenty of booze here but it was extremely well-hidden and overshadowed by the range of flavors that were present from start to finish. Not sticky or slick, this beer hit all of the notes without dwelling on any in particular. Well worth seeking out and easily one of the better offerings from Tired Hands.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in a tulip. Pours a milky orange with a turbid clarity and a 1.5 inch, bright white, creamy head embedded with pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a consistent, soapy slick. Swaths of lacing are evident during the tasting. Nose is surprising subdued. Some herbal notes and a hint of melon rind. Taste consistent with nose; however, cantaloupe pops in the flavor profile and finishes with a light, lingering, medicinal/herbal quality between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, solid; however, not as juicy as the style typically dictates.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours bright orange with a big fluffy white head excellent retention. Lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma - Ripe pineapple, orange, citrus peel, light floral hops, the alcohol is well hidden in the nose.

Taste - Ripe tropical fruit mango, and pineapple. Citrus peel, grapefruit add a good bit of bitterness. The alcohol comes out a little but not bad very light vanilla.

Feel - Medium bodied, slightly creamy feel pretty dry finish.

Overall - A very well done DIPA, alcohol is well hidden hops do a great job of adding a big tropical flavor.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out completely hazy and orange. It forms two fingers worth of tingy, creamy orange bubbles.

The nose carries notes of citrus, lemon and pine all backed by a huge floral background.

The taste brings a vanilla/orange creme type of presence; almost creamsicle related. It then morphs into floral, pine and lemon; a kind of dried out lemon, like you’re at the end of a lemon hard candy. Provides almost a chalkiness; kind of chewy tablet medicine like. Orange chewy tablet, almost cloyingly.

Overall, this is good and I like the layers that it brings but I would like it without that dry, chalkiness.

Layers of floral tangling with slight pine and lemon; lemon is reminiscent of the end of a hard lemon candy. Orange and vanilla mixing slightly to create an almost orange creamsicle presence, but before it gets there it turns to a dry chalkiness; that is reminiscent of a orange vitamin c chewy tablet. I really like the flavors and the way everything is mixing, but I think the chalkiness gets in the way of it doing so smoothly. It’s kind of interrupting. It wants to be creamy. I can feel it’s desire to be!!!, but before it can get to the place it desires, the chalkiness steps in and crushes the Cream dreams.

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Photo of Shantzak
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best double IPA I’ve ever had East or West Coast. Perfect balance, love the citrus cadence of notes, it has to be 9% to hold the flavor throughout and really just does it all right. Congrats to a wonderful brewery, I’ve been coming for years but this really just outdid everything else.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC

Hops: Citra, Amarillo

I was excited to try this one, but ultimately was let down. It came across way too sweet and the heat from the higher alcohol was noticeable.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Awesome artwork

L: Hazed light golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Stone fruit, citrus, and floral notes. Big time juicy hops.

T.F: Fruity juicy hops. Sweet up front. Peach and stone fruit... citrus, pineapple, and mango. Lighter floral notes and melon. Modest bitterness... creamy and sticky on the tongue. ABV hidden but will sneak up on you. More juice and cream at the finish.

O: Another outstanding Tired Hands IPA. Superb.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer makes Raul more content than gunning down a newb at third base trying to go first to third on a single. Wapaow! Got you, sucka! Hella melon, hella juice like Mrs. Piggy going straight HAM at her wedding. Kermit, watch out!

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Photo of JA_26
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Piney and citrusy, both in smell and taste, balanced with some nice bitterness. Soft and chewy mouthfeel. The flavor of this brew really hides the alcohol, at least to me. Great stuff.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands Fermentaria.

Pours a hazy yellow with soft, thick foam.

Smell is very, very citrusy, with the whole gamut from lemon to oranges to grapefruit represented. A hint of pine as well.

Taste is powerful and tongue-coating. Oranges, grapefruit, tangerina as well as some mango and pineapple leads into a soft, but potent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and chewy. Well carbonated.

Overall, a great DIPA, powerful but not unbalanced.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/21/18 (14 days ago)

L - massive yellow head atop a dark yellow body.

S - lots of pine, orange, sugar, herb, melon.

T - tons of melon. Dank orange follows. Piney middle, with some sweet cotton candy. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - A little too sweet, but enjoyable in the summer heat.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head.
S - Smells of citrus.
T - Taste matches the smell, lots of citrus.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very enjoyable for the ABV.

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Photo of yossle
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Hazy orange, basically like orange juice with a small head.

Smell - Strong aroma of pineapple, mango and a little citrus.

Taste - taste follows the smell, leaning toward the stone and tropical fruit. Low bitterness and a bit of sweetness toward the end.

Feel - medium carbonation, full bodied.

Overall - very enjoyable and extremely easy drinking for >9%. I don’t taste the booze at all.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler.

A - Pours a hazy/opaque orange tan color with a white soapy lacing ring, low carbonation.

S - Tropical fruit/citrus is all over the nose on this one! Papaya, mango, tangerine, juicy red grapefruit, spicy, and peppery aroma.

T - Follows the nose - full of pungent tropical fruit, mango, papaya, nectarine, red grapefruit, and a bitter, piney finish that lingers.

M - Medium body with very minimal/gentle carbonation.

O - The ABV is pretty well hidden in this beer.

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Photo of ProperGlassesNeeded
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very opaque, pineapple-orange-banana juice color, with a hint of milky white gradually settling to bottom
Smell: Smells good, but kind of lacks a bit in aroma compared to how flavorful the liquor is
Taste: Very solid, I don't get as many fruit or tropical flavors as you think, just very powerful hoppiness with
a creamy milky danked-out hit of pine. Sooooo delicious. Fresh!
Feel: Tired Hands DIPAs are usually such a solid mouthfeel experience. This one shines in texture smooth buttery yum
Overall: Can someone get me some more please! Wonderful DIPA. That spelt and oats really feathers this one to another level. Hops milk

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Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque tan-yellow with a massive white foam that slowly recedes leaving thin heart rhythm layers of foam on the glass.

Smell is Orange Julius...pineapple-orange creme cut short by some spicy dank herb, chive and pine with a little shortcake at the end of a whiff.

Taste begins with herbal, piney and slightly dank qualities consisting of a crisp frothy start but a dry chewy finish. Pineapple, peach and mango follow after, with a bit of onion. It's bitter overall but enjoyably so, reminding me of some of the rarer, once a year releases from the likes of Tree House or Trillium, but with less hype. With such a ridiculous embarrassment of riches on the hop front, this beer is just as big a deal as The Streets, Headroom, Very Green, etc.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is quite potent with hop aromas, it's very inviting. The taste of the beer is well hopped, some subtle sweetness on the front end but nice and bitter in the finish. The feel of the beer is very smooth, very drinkable. Overall this beer was excellent.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 4/12/17. Poured into Teku glass.

L: 2F+ foamy head with good retention, leaving sheets of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a hazy yellow orange.

S: A noseful of tropical and citrus, a blast of malty goodness, and plenty of dank earthiness.

T: Mixed citrus and tropical, like grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and orange. Fair amount of malt between the oats and spelt, but it provides a very good backbone. Finish is earthy, but less so than nose would indicate.

F: Medium bodied between the maltiness and ABV. Not a fast drinker. Light to moderate carbonation. Construction and balance are very, very good.

O: A very good DIPA and proof it's not all in the hops.

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