Milkshake IPA - Extra Vanilla
Tired Hands Brewing Company

Milkshake IPA - Extra VanillaMilkshake IPA - Extra Vanilla
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IPA - New England
Ranked #353
Ranked #1,519
4.3 | pDev: 6.51%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Milkshake IPA - Extra VanillaMilkshake IPA - Extra Vanilla
Notes: Extra Vanilla Milkshake IPA is our newest over-the-top Culinary IPA. Brewed with a heavy amount of oats and lactose sugar. Hopped intensely with Mosaic and Citra and then conditioned atop almost twice the amount of luscious Madagascar vanilla beans. This batch is straight up vanilla ice cream sundae IPA and would make our sweet pals at @omnipollo proud. =)
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can at share. Hazy pale golden pour, small foamy white head. Aroma is tropical fruit and vanilla. Taste continues with a blended mix of the fruit and vanilla, creamsicle style. Smooth.

Mar 16, 2020
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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

Appearance - Pours dull yellowish color with a big dense white head great retention tons of lacing.

Aroma - Rich peach and mango balanced with a vanilla. Also getting some guava and a little lime??

Taste - The rich vanilla comes out well in the taste, nice mango and guava. the vanilla adds a very complimentary addition to the tropical fruit and slight bitterness.

Feel - Medium bodied really soft creamy feel with a nice dry finish.

Overall - Might be my favorite milkshake so far the vanilla really smooths it all out.

Aug 03, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy straw appearance with a significant white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a vanilla and mild citrus. Taste is also a mild vanilla citrus.

Jun 28, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever been to Johnny Rockets? Well, if you have this, you can skip dessert there since this reminded me of one of their milkshakes, minus the singing waitstaff. Yes, this can was old as it was dated 2/17/17 with "YO BRO" written beneath that but thankfully, this held up well over the last two years as there was enough to like about it without a ton of sediment getting in the way...

Of course, this had the typical look of an New England IPA as the muted goldenrod hue was topped off by a nice, fluffy head that last just long enough. Most of the lacing that was left as I worked my way through this was along the top of my pint glass as the rocky head seeped down like stalactites. Lots of vanilla, tangerine, and cream in the nose as this felt like a malted dessert with some orange juice thrown in for good measure. Lactose and sugar came through in the taste along with some grass and cabbage notes from the Mosaic. If it sounds odd, it was just a bit but somehow, it worked as the sweetness was just enough to hold everything together...

Enough alcohol was present here and the carbonation was light although that was probably because I let this sit for too long! The oats were noticeable in the taste and body as this was quite full and chewy but some cereal in the bite would have enhanced this a bit. As it was, this was fine but the appeal of these beers has worn off for me over the years as I've warmed up to other brewers and styles. If you like vanilla milkshakes, this would suffice but it's still not the real thing at two in the morning on the way home...

Apr 25, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

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

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head.
Citrus, orange, grapefruit, guava, a touch of vanilla.
Taste follows with the citrus and guava. A bit of peach and vanilla.
Medium bodied good carb.
Overall another excellent TH beer courtesy of CanConPhilly.

Sep 29, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

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

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of vanilla, coconut, lactose, and blueberries. It tastes of subtle vanilla, coconut, lactose, and blueberries. The feel is medium light. A good IPA from Tired Hands, but don’t understand the hype surrounding this beer. It’s a good mosaic beer with lactose, not really getting over the top milkshake flavors.

Jul 28, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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

Canned exactly a month ago.

L -- Straight NEIPA orange haze with a scant finger of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Orange creamsicle, passionfruit, mango, soft yeastiness, grape candy, vanilla, peach
T -- Exactly as advertised: primarily citrus (esp. orange and clementine) and jasmine from the hops, milkshake-like sweetness from the lactose, and a nice vanillin character to smooth things out. Tastes a lot like Julius. I don't think I'd agree with their description of "vanilla ice cream sundae", but it does have an intense orange creamsicle character
F -- Semi-sweet and soft. Medium- mouthfeel, medium carb. Practically no bitterness. Very easy drinking, I'd guess this was 5% ABV. Could be marginally fluffier
O -- This is one of my first of this sub-substyle and it seems pretty clear to me that this is the direction many hoppy breweries will be headed in coming years. Already many of the top players farther north are creating small-batch versions of this and they are being met with open arms


Jul 13, 2018
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pejohnson46 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredible mouthfeel. But, although the vanilla shined through there wasn't a ton of other flavors. Subtle grapefruit and mango but the vanilla dominated. ABV was not noticeable.

Feb 19, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/30/17 date stamp
Pouring a cold 16 oz can into a snifter. The beer is a part of a recent trade with jeffmart22, thank you kindly my friend!
The beer pours a hazy goldenrod color with a bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up. The gentle pour keeps the bubbles low but what is there remains as a tight edge layer and some wispy clouds on the surface of my glass.
The aroma is sort of what I expected with a lot of citrus notes. I get orange, lemon, and a bit of tangerine, all on the sweeter side of citrus with no grapefruit. I also get faint vanilla buried in the nose, which is good, as I was a little worried it would be dominant front and center and take over the nose. Well balanced at its proportion.
First sip reveals a very tingly carbonated beer, even though the bubbles feel very small they pack a punch. The body is medium and the texture is slightly slick and coasts down my palate after each sip. Very easy drinker.
The flavor is more of the nose with orange and tangerine with some hints of vanilla. Fairly sweet with just a bit of green resin hop finish. I dont get any booze heat or bite on this beer.
I can see why folks chase these brews as this is super easy to drink, creamy and sweet. I dont think I would make an evening of them but I do enjoy this one can tonight.

Jan 12, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Featuring oats and lactose, Mosaic and Citra hops, and Madagascar vanilla beans... Well past its prime, it nonetheless is like an orange and lemon creamsicle beer - tangy citrus and creamy vanilla impressions throughout - smooth but lively with citrus notes, moderately sweet and mildly bitter... I stumbled upon a 5/25/17 canning, and I'm sure the vanilla has become somewhat subdued - canning definitely added some longevity though - this had to be nuts fresh...

Oct 28, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a BrewDog stemmed glass.

A: Pours a yellow mild matte to lively color. The head is basically non-existent.
S: This was canned back in May and of course, the time that has elapsed so far has taken some great features out of the beer. Expectingly, the aroma of vanilla is not very strong but is still present. The , a very light tone of citrus is present but in the right proportion to let such a weak & sweet profile of vanilla come through.
T: Taste started off with a really mild flavours of citrus, mango and pineapple. In the back, a small resinous profile of hoppiness. Only in the aftertaste vanilla was present.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol unnoticed.
O: Having this fresh must be amazing. The softness of the more citric and hoppy flavours show that the boils were taken to their minimum in order to let more vanilla come in.

Oct 01, 2017
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Danstaats from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

def the best milkshake I've had (raspberry is a close second) .. I had this beer 3 months old and it still kicked ass. the vanilla and the cream taste is awesome

Sep 04, 2017
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying tired hands. Acquired via trade.

Pours milky pale yellow with nice lacing. Color resembles grapefruit juice.

Smell- vanilla upfront, which is a little odd in an ipa, After initial aroma profile turns citrus

Taste is a little weird at first , but after vanilla the taste turns typical east coast ipa. Very solid.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Well done

I went in expecting a strange beer and to be honest at first I did not like this beer, but it grew on me the more I drank it. Not a beer I would want to session but a nice one off

Jul 05, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 5/24/17

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice cloudy golden pale yellowish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some really nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mangoes, some lemon), some vanilla, with some nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, very tasty citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mangoes, lemon), vanilla, some diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, I really like this one, very tasty. Looks more like a milkshake than tastes. Again, these, to me, NE Style IPAs/DIPAs are very addictive. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Larry!

Jun 17, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a full pale orange-straw in color with a half finger of white head that dissipates to nothing. Aroma is a bit restrained with stone fruits, tropical fruits, and some vanilla. Taste amps up the same notes from the aroma with peaches, smooth mango, and a good amount of vanilla. The finish has some lactose sweetness but it isn't overwhelming. Medium+ bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I kind of dig this, the vanilla is prominent but not overwhelming and helps the other flavors pop. I don't think I'd want a second straight pint but I wouldn't mind having one of these from time to time. My buddy recommended making a half and half with this and Only Void, I'll find out how well that works in a few minutes.

Jun 13, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can dated 5/24:
Pours like grapefruit juice if I'm just examining the body. A nice headthat leaves landscape lacing makes for a decent looking beer, for a cloudy offering.

Nose is mainly a vanilla-based perfume. I get a little old, dry citrus behind that. Searching, a little more grapefruit than tangerine, but these are disrupted by the vanilla.

Taste starts vanilla, and when cold, it is too dominant. With some warmth, it hits and fades better (though not completely), allowing a bitter white grapefruit pithy and tropical rind bitterness. Prickly carbonation gets with the citrus to give the impression of a quick sour bite. This battles with an oat-like thickness for the feel, the latter having longer effect.

I had this fighting for an overall 3 initially. The vanilla thankfully lessened its influence to allow me to get the citrusy notes more prominently. Not a big fan, personally, of vanilla in IPAs. There've been few I enjoyed even if they hit the brewery's intention. This one I can easily bypass again.

Jun 12, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

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

16 oz can, dated 5/24/17, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw color with a three finger head.

S- Citrus, tropical fruits, guava, some mango, hints of peaches, vanilla, some lactose.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- Not the best milkshake but still solid. Shows how much the fruit helps the milkshakes.

Jun 12, 2017
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Tired Hands pint glass. Canned on 5/24/17. YO BRO! Double IPA brewed with oats and lactose sugar, boiled with Citra and Mosaic hops, fermented with Madagascar vanilla beans.

I have been spoiled being able to go to Tired Hands releases, but as of late they have been getting pretty crazy so I am glad for obligations. I mean, would you turn down a beer that is a Vanilla Milkshake IPA? Being in close proximity and able to avoid the PA Turnpike is always a plus.

L - usual schpeal, cloudy hazy goodness, but the foam head is much more refined than the usual beer. Really fine and tiny bubbles, very unusual

S - Candy-ness from the Mosaic and Citra, pastry bakery type aroma, vanilla is intertwined with the hops

T - vanilla hits the taste immediately and follows through the whole way. Citra is a bit of a mystery but the candy-like character of the Mosaic mixes well with the vanilla. Very hop forward for being a vanilla based beer

F - super smooth as always, boozy, soft texture, still some hop resin. Vanilla creates a dessert like mouthfeel. Oats add some texture along with the vanilla.

O - Heck of a beer. This would be outlawed in Germany for sure. This might be far and beyond from what the normal beer is but that is the cuinary creative aspect of Tired Hands. They can make a IPA that tastes like a vanilla milkshake and make it taste good! Cheers!

Jun 01, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Soft and velvety, drank side by side with the double vanilla milkshake, this one stile the show but I believe it's because this can is super fresh compared to the 2 + month old can! Vanilla + juicy hops all in check. Very solid!

Jun 01, 2017
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TPIR from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll try to keep it simple.

L: Looked great. Hazy and opaque, yellowish tint.

S: It smelled like a hint of vanilla, which was a bit unique and unexpected from beer, but not offputting.

T: It tasted great, better than I expected. Strong vanilla flavor but not overpowering. It was pleasantly sweet, but I don't see how I could drink more than one (maybe two) in a sitting.

F: Pleasant, smooth, creamy.

May 30, 2017
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DaveinFF from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a very light white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of tropical fruit and vanilla. Taste is a tropical fruit Creamsicle with just some light bitterness. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Vanilla and hops on the finish.

Mar 12, 2017
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Editing for the newest batch August 2018:

Poured from a TH can into a TH pint glass.

L: A super cloudy light yellow color with a two finger white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Loads of sweet fruit and massive amouts of vanilla. I get some bubble gum sweetness and guess what.......more vanilla! The smell on these vanillas is just awesome.

T: Tropical fruit gives way to loads of vanilla with some slight orange creamsickle like flavor. Tropical hops keep things dry and the sweetness was cotton candy and bubble gummy as the finish stayed super dry with the huge vanilla with a creamy finish. No alcohol in the regular version (compared to the Double) and the finish stays dry with that huge vanilla still sticking around. This batch is really good, I mean really good. A definite top 5 of shakes.

F: Smooth, creamy, no bitterness and no alcohol. Nice carbonation.

O: Over and over this is consistently one of their best shakes, this and the double. Although I thought I liked the double better, this batch of regular vanilla is killer. Loving every minute of it, one of the best.

Feb 20, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

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

Showed up for the can release to a line of 300+ people. Decided just to try it on tap.

Pours cloudy whitish-yellow, in line with the others in the Milkshake series. Hazy juice.

The nose is orange, tropical fruit, and vanilla. Really opens up nicely as it warms.

The taste follows, and wow this is good stuff. A lightly bitter tropical creamsicle. The vanilla smooths out the finish and ties things together. Mango, OJ, papaya, and vanilla ice cream.

The mouthfeel is medium. Simultaneously chewy and light.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try this. The lactose and vanilla work wonders with the fruity hops.

Feb 20, 2017
Milkshake IPA - Extra Vanilla from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 144 ratings