Fripp
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #19
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,180
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 7.97%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
44
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: American Bitter. Brewed with a plethora of specialty malts. Hopped with Cascade.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 44
Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On cask at brewery:
Pours an amber copper, maybe a little hazy, with a creamy white head. Nice ghostly lacing early in the taste.

Nose is toasty caramel malt with a lovely counterbalance of grassy bitterness.

Taste follows with no surprises. Toasty to coppery (typical on ESBs for me) with a hint of bitterness first. Grassy bitterness grows as the beer gains a dry tea-like flavor. Bitterness never quite wins, but lingers slightly in the end.

Save for needing a little more bitterness by the end, I thought this was a nicely made ESB.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From draft at Tired Hands. From the tap list: "American ESB. 4.7% A throwback to the opening tap list of our BrewCafé. Brewed with a touch of rye malt and a blend of caramel malts, and hopped with the reliable Cascade. Notes of rich black tea, buckwheat honey, biscuit, and light toffee." Very nice English-style bitter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tired Hands Brewing Co. "Fripp"
gravity poured cask @ the Yards Real Ale Invitational on 30 April 2017

Notes: Hazy amber-copper body. No head, but the thin collar is white. Nothing more than spotty lacing is left behind even when coaxed. Unusual aroma that's hard to peg ~ kind of earthy, vegetal, musky, leafy. There's some grainy malt as well. The flavor is more grainy and caramelish and softly nutty than the aroma suggests with some leafy and earthy hops and a hint of pine. Moderately bitter, dry lingering finish. Medium-light body with a very low carbonation that leaves it silky smooth.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."

Served in a shaker pint, a hazy darker amber color with a firm half inch of ivory head that retained and laced well. Aroma of toasted grains, bready malts, light hops. Taste reflected the nose well, toasted grains, caramel, hints of citrus zest and orange blossom, slightly piney, mildly hopped. Smooth, light-medium body, and went down delightfully easily. Very nice overall. Extra points for naming an English bitter after one of my favorite bitter Englishmen! Cheers!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Station Taproom 2nd Anniv. party. Cask of their Special bitter dry hopped with Cascade.

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a fluffy khaki head that fades to a thin collar and a few thick rings of lace. Nutty and pine nose, biscuit malt and mild sweetness. Medium flavor, nutty malt, dry and resin body and a strong hoppy pine finish. Medium thick body, creamy and smooth with light carbonation. A refreshing, hoppy bitter, infinitely drinkable. Boom.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-21 in Downingtown, PA at the Station Taproom 2nd Anniversary. Had this again on 2015-07-03 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge on tap.

A - Cloudy orange with a 1-finger white head with good lacing.

S - Orange marmelade, spice, grain, very pleasant. There were a lot of food smells in the bar, which impacted my ability to distinguish more aromas if they were present in the beer.

T - Light-medium roasted grain, orange citrus, nice amount of hop bitterness. Very fresh and flavorful.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Refreshing.

O - A delicious session brew with tons of flavor. I would look for it again.

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Fripp from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 44 ratings