FarmHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

very good
31 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 05-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 199
Photo of akorsak
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet during PBW 2011. These notes were transcribed the same day and held until Tired Hands was entered into the database. Two tulips in, I was enamored.

A: The saison is a light color, pale golden and maybe more of a yellow. Either way, it looks like a saison, replete with a snow white head that laces as it recedes.

S: The nose is musty and sweet, close to funky. Pears and fleshy apples, along with candi sugars, citrus and pepper all make appearances. The mustiness is refreshing. Seems like there is some tart wheat thrown into the mix as well. A very complex but approachable nose.

T: For a freshman offering, this is one heckuva saison. It combines musty yeast, sweet candi sugars, spices, wheat, and citrus into one package. Pears and apples lend soft sweetness, a result of both the yeast and candi sugars. Wheat, mid-sip I think (I hope) adds an airy presence that is mildly tart. Anise and pepper stand out, along with a pulpy citrus. The citrus is rindy and the pulpy feel adds heft to the ale. The abundance of spices leaves the ale very dry, the yeast has done all that it can do. I am floored by the combination of flavors, the refreshing qualities and the light punch of this saison, nearly as perfect as a saison can be.

M: The mouthfeel is complex, offering spices, fruits, wheat and a nice hop punch (more citrus). The mustiness adds a vital change-of-pace, coaxing out the anise. It's not a funky saison, but the mustiness certainly lends a similar feel.

O: Wow! Just wow. I wasn't expecting something this good; it is really, really good. This, hopefully, is the beginning of a great saison brewery. Check it out.

 1,675 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of yourefragile. Served in a snifter. Need to get a growler of this myself over the weekend so I can use m Tired Hands glass. Pours a clear straw color with a nice white head with good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries light hay plus a touch of pepper. Nice bit of stone fruits lingering in the background plus a touch of lemon. Flavor takes it up another notch with some really nice light fruit notes atop a touch of spice. Good grain body. Crisp and extremely refreshing. I could drink this all day. Most impressive.

On draft update: amazing mixture of grain with perfect body. A better version of De La Senne.

 660 characters

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's in Wayne. Server in a Victory pint.

Tired Hands' description: "FarmHands: Our four-grain saison. Brewed with rye, wheat, oats, and malted-barley in homage to the original farmers (not brewers) that originated this style. Suggestions of tropical fruit, citrus rind, and black pepper. 4.8% abv."

Pours a hazy straw golden color with a small foamy cap of white head. Nice retention, well carbonated and light lacing. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a mild hop finish. Pineapple, mango, grass, pepper, yeast, pear and lemon are all present and balanced in the nose and flavor. Body is dry, medium light, well carbonated and a strong grassy finish. There is a strong fruit sweetness in the flavor I can't quite place, it's not the typical citrus or tropic fruit flavors; reminds me of the Asian inspired Wachu saison TH made with Grassroots. Regardless, the flavors of fruit and saison yeast are balanced by some light pepper through the body and the grassy and hoppy dry finish. Very nice flavor and body for a low ABV saison. Very promising for a house beer from this new brewery.

 1,098 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color capped by a creamy head of froth that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Lemongrass, barnyard and citrus

Taste: Lemongrass and barnyard tones, up front, with the citrus filling out the profile in the back; nice yeasty complexity that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really like the combination of the classic Saison character with the Cascade hops, bringing an American twist

 484 characters

Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours pale yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of must - not overly funky - light fruity notes, dulled citrus, some candied sugar, some peppery spice and a good bit of bready wheat / grain. Nothing over the top here, just a solid saison nose.

T - The flavors closely follow the nose. Starts off with a mix of musty funk and chewy grains quickly giving way to hints of apples, pears and light citric fruit. A nice spice note comes through toward the end of each sip, making me want to come back for more.

M - Nice light flavors with a crisp feel. Some graininess toward the end of each sip but thats about it. Quite refreshing on these hot days we have been having.

O - This is a great classic saison. Unlike others, there is no need to add things to distract from the base when the base is this good. I can tell that this is going to be one of my go to beers at the brewery.

 990 characters

Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw, cap of prickly bubbles. Scent brings good amounts of fresh grain, dried hay, musty hay, and watery fruit, kiss of grassy and lemony hops, nice peppery spice. Solid flavor all around, fresh grain, dried grain and musty grain, earthy funkyness, solid spice, good lemony and fruity component. Medium bodied, bubbly, dry. Fantastic saison which balances the multiple components with a solid, earthy, farmhouse musty funk.

 436 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Tired Hands.

A- Farmhands has a yellow glow with some tangerine color mixed in. Some white specs of sediment were seen. A 1/2 inch semi loose white head faded into a scattered cap with minimum lacing.

S- This is a sweet smelling saison with fresh orange slices and torn citrus rind. Faint pale malt with some earthy farm flavors. A big floral hop presense fresh off the tap. Some clemintine freshness with big yeast and spices rounding it out.

T- Farmhands delivers with flavor both sweet and hoppy. The flavor starts sweet with fruit such as apple and pear mixed with some malt. With that a big dose of somewhat bitter earthy hops follows. After that some Belgian yeast with spices such as coriander.

M- The spices and yeast really stay with you, the aftertaste is long & somewhat bitter, I like it. The finish is on the dry side and medium bodied with high carb, perhaps a bit much. One of the fuller bodied american saisons I've had recently, it's a treat.

D- The 5.0% is low and not present in the taste at all so this one is a easy one to tackle. While I could down a whole bottle of this, I would rather share it. The freshness off the tap really shows the array of flavors in this, a great treat during the summer.

 1,238 characters

Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the brewpub into a tulip glass, review entered from notes. The beer comes a hazy pale yellow in color, topped with a bone-white carbonation that retains well and leaves clingy lace. A delightful saison that spreads a crisp, pale, flavorfully grainy malt base with nuances of yeast, pepper, lemon, and fresh cut straw.. Bright and sunny and absolutely balanced. Crisp, lively but delicate carbonation on a lighter body. The diverse grain bill does good things to this one, adding a nice depth to the base, and the yeast follows through wonderfully. A great, well constructed saison.

 590 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the brew cafe. Poured into stemmed flute. Pours a golden straw with a half finger white head gone quick. Bright grainy aroma with a hint of hop and barnyard notes. Flavor is ever so slight hops with hints of wheat and funky barnyard. Super well balanced and smooth. A superb example of a saison. Highly recommend this one.

 341 characters

Photo of WillCarrera
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Tired Hands.

A- Pours a very hazy, light yellow color, topped with some white head, nice lacing.

S- Light, bready malt, hay, some floral, earthy funk and mild spice, and a bit of mild sourness, which I love and which gives this an extra dimension of complexity. The tartness and funk on this are both great.

T- Solid saison flavors, yeast, light bready grain, mild spice, earthy, hay-like funk. The tartness is still there but is more subtle.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to low carbonation, smooth feel.

O- A really nice saison, very tasty and highly drinkable, the hint of sourness makes for an especially interesting beer.

 638 characters

Photo of KMcG
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour from a growler about 3 days old that has been kept in the frig. The color is a nice mellow straw yellow with some haze. The head is a light fine foam that dissipates to a fine lace.  There is lemon grass, yeast, a little white grape, and black pepper in the nose. The grains come through full on, particularly rye.  The taste more or less follows the aroma, but the funky barnyard yeast is more present.  Pear and fresh cut hay are noticeable and the finish has an earthy quality.  It is dry and quite refreshing with good carbonation and light body. A great saison!

 585 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, beer is light yellow, mostly clear with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is earthy, hops, some grass, citrus and lemon. Nice.

Light in body very refreshing, a nice little beer here. Easy drinking, nice flavors on the palate, definitely a repeat for me. Not too dry not watery, mild citrus in the midpalate, flowers and earth in the late mid to finish. Really enjoyable.

 458 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 03/24/13 notes. Had this on tap at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA.

a - Pours a murky, medium yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like hop hands did, but murky instead of clear.

s - Smells of spice, yeast, earthy notes, brett-like notes, pepper, and some banana. As it warms up I get more fruit in the nose, and it is lightly sour, which improves it even more. Really liking the nose.

t - Tastes of yeast, bananas, wheat, grains, bready malts, spices, pepper, fruity malts, earthy notes, and some floral hops. Nice, though I liked the nose a little bit better.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and very drinkable; much like hop hands, the mouthfeel is fantastic and you feel like you could have a few of them.

o - Overall I liked this one even more than hop hands. I liked the lightly sour notes and brett like notes in the nose, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Would love to have this one again and again great staple beer.

 1,009 characters

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks, YaKnowBrady!

Clear light golden and yellow. Small white head. Not a lot of retention, but a small ring of thin bubbles is left at the top of the liquid. Some lacing, but not a lot.

Classic saison aroma: dried grass and hay, just a bit of lemon, the mildest black pepper hint. There's a bit of a lemon rind character as well. Classic and very inviting.

The flavor, as with the aroma, is classic saison. Straightforward but defined and incredibly drinkable. Grass and hay, slight lemon flesh and zest, some pepper, low bitterness, grain, and complementing, very mild funk yeast.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp. Flavorful. Disappearing.

Fantastic, yet simple and straightforward, saison. I like this a lot.

 760 characters

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, 8oz pour

A light yellow, straw color with a bubbly bone white cap. Some lines of lace.

The aroma is grassy, earthy, and grainy with a burst of lemons. Pepper and candied sugar round out the nose.

Follows the nose. A burst of lemons up front with an earthy graininess and some damp grass. A touch of sugar and pepper in the finish.

Crisp and fairly light. Easy drinking. Moderate carbonation that works well for the style.

A nice saison that is different than most. Multiple grains yield an interesting profile that works extremely well with the delicate, rustic flavors of lemon, spice, and sugar.

 610 characters

Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery

A- light, yellow, and hefty with a white head of foam. Excellent lacing on edges

S- musty, citric, with a sweet bready scent. Very lively and inviting

T- light, tart, citric, with some sweet corn meal flavors. So crisp and tasty.

M- smooth yet crisp

O- for my first tired hands brew, this was very refreshing and enjoyable

 345 characters

Photo of Florida9
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a smallish white head, but there is good retention to what does form. Eventually reduces to a thick, but patchy surface coating. Moderate lacing. Visibly effervescent. In the end this looks surprisingly like a BMC beer.

S: Aroma is bready, with some lightly earthy notes. Straw, haw, green peppercorns, and a touch of spice and I swear there is a just a touch of brett in the aroma.

T: Taste is similar, but a bit different. Bready, with a mildly sweet apple juice quality. There is a bit of spice, a bit of black pepper, but both are mild. Then again, this is a fairly nuanced beer, so aside from the sweetness, nothing really sticks out. Finishes quick, crisp, and then just a faint touch of brett.

M: Light bodied. Heavier carbonation. Crisp on the finish. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice farmhouse beer. Made more in the traditional European style than the modern American style, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Easy to drink. Mild, yet still complex enough to enjoy.

 1,021 characters

Photo of cfrances33
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 7/25/12. Served in a 4oz taster.

Pour: Completely hazy pale straw yellow with a finger of white bubbly head.

Smell: Belgian spice, biscuity yeast, little bit of lemon.

Taste: Same as the nose, with the biscuit and yeast really being quite powerful. Lemon zest is really the only fruit flavor I take out of this one.

Mouthfeel: Really, really light. Almost watery. Great carbonation though, and very refreshing.

Overall: Good, but not their best offering in my opinion. Still, a textbook saison, and I'l definitely be getting it again.

 564 characters

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Hazy, very pale gold bodied beer; almost white, really. Smallish head nonetheless has good retention and lacing. Spicy, yeasty aroma; lots of pepper and citrus; grainy wheat and a distinct rye note.

Flavor combines nuanced grains; wheat and that spicy, vaguely metallic rye note are easily discerned; restrained sweetness; black pepper and clove; gentle citrusy hops and accompanying bitterness.

Moderately light bodied with crisp carbonation, a dry finish, and tremendous drinkability. Puts me in mind of the better witbiers; but with added complexity and cloves dialed back a bit.

 607 characters

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly hazy pale yellow, with minor lacing.

Smell: Slight banana, wheat, little bit of hops. Like a hoppy hefeweizen mixed with the yeast from a Wit. This is promising.

Taste: Slight hop flavor, very light banana. Wheat, a little funky yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with light-medium carbonation. Definitely refreshing.

Overall: A tasty refreshing Saison! Would drink this regularly.

 408 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewpub

Clouded golden yellow color with a two-finger crop of creamy, soapy white head. Lasting retention, sticky lacing and foamy collar.

Floral hoppy notes, touches of lemon peel and yeasty funk. Faint tartness with straw and hay.

Peppery hoppiness up front with floral hints. Citrus peel, white grapes and a soft tartness. Mellow bready backbone with wet hay and straw. Soft sweetness with a dry, tart finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and lasting on the tongue. This is a great place to start with Tired Hands beers for those who haven't experienced them before - a benchmark brew serving as a launch pad for their more inventive and creative offerings.

 689 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with four grains: rye, wheat, oats and malted barley.

FarmHands pours a brilliant burnished gold color with a soapy, frothy white head that gently fades away. Attractive beer, and I'm sure that the growler has as much to do with the poor head on the beer than the beer itself.

Their house saison yeast does a remarkable job producing a beautiful rustic aroma. There are some sweet notes which are reminiscent of ripe Asian pears, kiwi and ripe bananas. With short inhales there is a mild "funk" aroma, but that quickly fades and becomes replaced by a peppercorn aroma and spiciness.

Up front there is a light fruitiness to the flavor. Just a soft sweet citrusy note, which is quickly followed by a mid-palate tartness. The finish and aftertaste have stronger notes of peppercorn, which plays well into the dry body.

Light bodied, low carbonation, and a dry finish all make for a refreshing saison. I'm afraid that the growler is the culprit for the stylistically low carbonation level. It really should have more effervescence in my opinion if it is to hit that Belgian style dead on.

I think this is a fantastic flagship beer! I am excited to make my mom try this beer since she is such a wine person and I think there are many similarities between this beer and a nice white wine. I do wish there was more carbonation, but them's the brakes with growlers. I will be buying this beer again!

I'm not sure what I would pair this beer with...I think it would probably be great with some cheese, but specifically, I'm not sure which kind. I think it would overpower even a sharp cheddar, but it might go well with a really flavorful aged gouda.

 1,655 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Cloudy and deep yellow, with a small head A lace sheet as I drain the cup. A farmhouse aroma. A good malting, that makes so drinkable this four grain saison. Smooth drinker, a thick mouthfeel. A little rye edge. A good orange hop. Very drinkable.

 277 characters

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Served in a Victory shaker, hazy, pale, lightest yellow you can get, with a small foamy cap of white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of light fruit esters, some grassy funk. Taste augments what was in the aroma, bready yeast, wet grass funk, light spice, apple skins, chewy pulp, and hints of white wine. Pretty much everything a good saison should be, yet light-bodied and mild enough to be somewhat more drinkable than a good number of its contemporaries. Very nice overall.

 529 characters

Photo of oline73
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice layer of white head. The head leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is light and full of grain, a bit pils like. The taste is light as well, lots of yeast. The pils bitterness is here as well. Just enough grain to balance it. Nice session ale. Not much spice here.

 309 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
FarmHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.