HopHands
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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From:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #105
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,943
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 8.23%
Ratings:
1,023
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sunday at 11:35 PM
Added:
May 11, 2012
Wants:
  80
Gots:
  159
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Our exceedingly aromatic pale ale that is brewed with oats and hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial.
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4.02 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Sunday at 11:35 PM
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 16oz can into pint glass in February 2022. There was a canned date of 01/13/2022.

Appearance: Light gold color with 2-finger white head. It is a bright and has a very hazy complexion, like other American Pale Ales. Can barely see anything through hazy PA. Head is very thick, and it lasts a minute time, leaving a small covering. There is a medium amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma filled the room while the beer was being poured. Strong aroma of citrus like grapefruit, pine, and hops, as well as some sweetness like pineapple. Also, a little earthy or straw aroma. Overall, the citrus aroma dominates the other aromas.

Taste: Sweet and moderately hoppy taste. There is also a little malt sweetness as well. There is a typical hops and citrus flavor, but with some sweetness as well. This is bitter like most other pale ales, but it is very well-balanced and not too bitter. Has a very nice after-taste that lasts a long time. Overall a nice balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Thick feel with a medium-strong body, which makes this very drinkable. Medium alcohol, which matches the 5.5% listed.

This is a very good and interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of citrus, grapefruit, hops, malt, and other flavors, which makes it enjoyable. I like the overall balance, and that the citrus flavors are pronounced but do not dominate the flavor. It is smoother and better balanced than most other pale ales. A very good daily drinker. I will buy this again.

Feb 05, 2022
 
4.58 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2022
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 12/10/21, so not even 3 weeks old.

Looks good in the glass. Very hazy pineapple juice colored body. Decent bright white head shrinks to a fat collar and covering, nice lacing early on.

Good hoppy aroma, mors citrus than pine.

On tasting, pretty aggressive. Grapefruit wins out over pine notes. Malt may be there but I can't find it.

Mouth above medium, finish an odd mix of softness and bitterness.

Overall, I certainly like the beer. It's very "big" for a pale ale. Abv very sessionable though given the brash hop assault, I doubt I'd want a 4 pack at a time

Dec 27, 2021
 
4.07 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Sep 29, 2021
 
4.35 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2021
 
4.2 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania on Apr 09, 2021
 
4 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 08, 2021
 
4.08 by bret27 from California on Apr 03, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Lively zesty citrus dominates, a bit of pine, grassy, tropical fruit, slowly comes out of hiding, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, citrus zest, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and lime, subtle underlying fruity notes, passion fruit, peach, and apricot, a bit floral, biscuity malt, and just a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, a little softness on the palate.

O: My first taste of Tired Hands. Really solid pale ale.

Apr 02, 2021
 
4.43 by Lord_of_the_Rinks from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by farrago from New Jersey

Loosely knit head, about a finger’s worth, bright white, average retention, solid lacing. Light yellow color, however, manages to achieve opacity, a few tiny if active bubbles visible. Tightly would nose, kicks like a mule with pulped, dried lemons, iodine/salt, peppercorns, tar, cut grass to hay, almost smoky, fruit not the star here, mainly passion fruit, pineapple, apricot, got more of a marijuana scent as it warmed. Light-bodied, very crisp and dry. Carbonation seems rightsized and does not distract nor wimp out. Plenty of cracker, bread crust, unprocessed grains too. Citrus shades more to grapefruit. Elevation in the pine, the florality inconsistent. Seems minty now and then. Apricot to peach flavors as strong as any pineapple, papaya, likely due to the overall dryness. Really crushable. (Canned 12/31/20)

Feb 15, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ericmurray93 from Pennsylvania

Another staple in my fridge whenever I want something on the lighter side, but has a ton of great hope flavor and somewhat juicy. Mouthfeel is not overly thick and very crushable

Feb 14, 2021
 
3.93 by hoponit from New York on Dec 15, 2020
 
4.19 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sachin-Tendulkar from New York

Canned 10/16/20

Pours a cloudy orange with a half finger of head. On the nose I’m getting a nice malty and citrusy blend. Taste follows the nose nicely although it’s a bit more malty than citrusy. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Overall, a very enjoyable and crushable beer and one I would love to have again.

Nov 07, 2020
 
4 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very hazy and a bit pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with hints of pine.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of orange citrus with hints of pine towards the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale is quite flavorful and exceptionally easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Sep 29, 2020
 
4.17 by EMH73 from New York on Sep 20, 2020
 
3 by kcc from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2020
 
4.46 by Justincredble from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Single bought at Al's of Hamden. Nice hoppy, fruity smell. Taste matches the smell well. Very much grapefruit. Nice and bright, overall! Color is a very light straw. The weekend of Andy and Joy's wedding!

Jul 26, 2020
 
4.09 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by kevanb from Illinois

16oz can, dated 06.11.2020, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a very hazy and cloudy pale golden color, straw hues with a frothy white head that has good retention, stands about two fingers tall and leaves nice swatches of soapy lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, soft earthy hops, modest pine, a little herbal with some lemongrass, grapefruit peel, wildflower and lots of hearty cereal grains. The flavors are good, more bitter and grassy than the nose, which is more delicate and softer, assertive biscuit and cereal grains up front with grapefruit peel, pine, dank weediness with some light and bright fruitiness with a more herbal finish. The mouthfeel is great, coating, creamy but with just enough liveliness and a crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice pale ale from Tired Hands. Despite appearances, this couldn't be further from the sweet hazy trend beers that are available left and right these days. It's bright but really well balanced with assertive bitterness and explores the earthier side of the hop spectrum.

Jul 08, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Canned in late April, poured into a Teku. Pours a straw colored yellow with an inch of sea foam like head. Pleasant appearance. Smell is the highlight of the beer, which isn't a huge surprise given the hops used (Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo). Nice, hoppy taste with hints of grass & some lingering background citrus. Feels just a hair thin, but that's a nit. Overall a very solid beer.

Jun 14, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lucius10 from California

Hint of malty sweetness, tropical hoppy, and faint hint of dank nose on this one! Taste follows exactly with the maltiness and hoppy bitterness as standouts. The notes are subtle though...and are well-balanced/play well together. This is a nice crushable pale ale! Good!

Jun 11, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

From a crowler purchased on April 30 at Dominion Wine & Beer. Poured into a small nonic glass.

At 5.5% ABV this is a contender for best session IPA but not quite up to the task. The taste just seems flat and I am not talking about my concerns over the carbonation. A good beer but not has highly rated as many others. Categorized as an APA and rated to that standard. 4.0

A – Pours a cloudy (I’m sick) piss yellow with a huge four-finger frothy white head (soap suds). Good lacing. 3.5

S – Aromas of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango followed by some spiciness and even some flower blossom. 4.25

T – Herbal hoppiness and crackery malts. Nicely but not overly bitter finish. 4.0

MF – Medium light body with a dry finish. The carbonation seemed a bit low, a bit flat, which affected my impression of the beer. 3.5

May 06, 2020
 
4.28 by Franko from Pennsylvania on Apr 16, 2020
 
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 03, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by 2beerdogs from California

Blessings upon larryi86 for this lovely. Received in NBS BIF #11 Smeared can stamp shows either Feb. or March...
A rather opaque apricot tinged straw hued temptation. Fluffy white head asserts 2+ fingers in height, slowly recedes to rocky finger deep cap. Clumpy lacing, great retention.
Smell begins with citrus kissed grainy notes.Then a quick pivot to grass, then back to lemon zest, wet hay, tangerine, honey, and a slightly spicy herbal note. Again, all of this is followed by a sweet grainy presence.
Taste is a smooth ride of citrus notes, a tad herbaceous, with lingering dry bitterness that closes slightly greenwich a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel is on the light side, yet fluffy. Carbonation is present throughout.
Overall, the nose led me into expecting a tad more in the flavor, but a fine APA indeed.

Apr 01, 2020
 
4 by MeganandDana from Pennsylvania on Mar 07, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MacMalt from New Jersey

Canned on 2/5/2020. Poured into a Willi Becher glass. It pours a pale, grassy golden-yellow color with a big, fluffy, bright white head and thick lacing. On the nose there is lemon peel, tangerine, honey, sour malt, grass, and lite floral hops. The taste opens with a nice balance of tart lemon, lime, and grapefruit rind courtesy of the Centennial hops, soft tangerine/orange, and dry cracker-y malt. There is also pepper and earthy, herbal, spicy notes. As it warms I'm also tasting some red berry. The flavors are big and really compliment each other nicely and it keeps tasting better the longer I sip it. The mouth feel is dry, lite, and very crisp with a pleasant level of carbonation, and at 5.5% ABV it's positively crushable. Overall, Hop Hands is highly flavorful and drinkable. It's a top tier American Pale Ale.

Feb 17, 2020
 
3.98 by jjboesen from Maryland on Feb 04, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Big thanks to Bhubbard32 for sending these.

Pint can - dated 12/11/19 - poured into a tulip at 42F.

Pours a hazy ultra-pale straw yellow with just a touch of translucency. Two large fingers of webby bone-white head sit atop the beer, slowly deflating, leaving some sticky lacing behind.

Nose: A very pale grainy makt base with a touch of oat forms the foundation, with lots of fresh, green hoppy notes woven in. While there isn't any Mosaic in here, I get the strong impression of the green, grassy, herbaceous character generally associated with it. Fresh pear, honeydew, key lime, starfruit, and lychee notes add a fresh juicy vibe, with Centennial providing some supporting floral notes, with Simcoe and Amarillo adding a miniscule amount of dankness. I can't stand dry-hopped Simcoe, and this doesn't bother me whatsoever. Really unique aroma, with some fresh green, unripe, and tropical notes.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a neutral grainy malt base - providing essentially zero sweetness. The Simcoe does in fact add some classic Simcoe mustiness, but it remains restrained and blends quite well with the overall flavour profile. Like the nose, there's some lime juice, unripe honeydew, fresh cut grass, and some alphonso mango establishing the main flavour, before shifting into fresh leafy hops and a bit of pine and citrus pith that carry into the finish, which is quite pithy and resinous, though that bitterness is short-lived. A green resinous aftertaste lingers on.

Mouthfeel/Body: In today's world of hoppy beers, I often find many representations of American pale ales that are indistinguishable from IPAs. This is not one of those. There's just enough malt to call it beer, but the addition of oats lends some softness, and while it's light, it isn't weak or watery. With such a high degree of hopping, there's a lot of oils that cling to the palate, and cause a pithy, tight, chalky dryness in the finish. Effervescence is very lively and even a bit aggressive, but the bubbles are rather fine, so it is perfectly fine. Certainly an incredibly crisp, drinkable beer. Definitely a hot summer day thirst-quencher.

Overall: This is just a fantastic beer. I've been curious about this for a long time, and I'm not disappointed in the slightest. It's a prime example of a top quality, original new age/New England style American pale ale. There are about 5 core examples that everyone should try, and this sits proudly on that list.

Dec 30, 2019
 
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

Consumed 11/26/19

A: Pale tangerine in color with some milky yellow - hazy - pours with a medium sized white head, retains a small cap, leaves some nice webs of lacing

S: Hops in abundance, but not in an aggressive way - floral tangerine, orange, and grapefruit, some citrus flesh - some soft, lightly leafy hops and just a hint of pine - herbal hops - very pale, very neutral malt base, lightly bready sweetness

T: Hoppy but in a delicate enough way that I can accept that this is considered a pale ale and not an IPA - soft tangerine and orange juice notes - floral citrus with some grapefruit, touch of citrus peel - hint of lemon, maybe lime - herbal notes, leafy notes, some raw hop pellet flavors (subtle enough that it's not necessarily an issue) - low bitterness - pale malts are basically nonexistent in the taste, and the oats are barely there - clean and fresh tasting overall

M: On the light side of medium, smooth only thanks to the oats, finishes with some bite from the hops (presumably the massive amount of dry-hopping)

O: Good hands

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Tired Hands in PA. I had a few beers that impressed me, but the beer that made the biggest impression on me was Hophands. It's very well balanced, has a lovely blend of hops, and it basically drinks itself.

Nov 26, 2019
 
4.25 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Nov 23, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

This is a nice aromatic and fruity APA

Look: hazy yellow with an inch thick white head

Aroma: nice aroma, orange, grapefruit, pine

Taste: orange, mango, some grapefruit, and pine at the end.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

Nov 10, 2019
 
4.44 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Oct 13, 2019
 
4.25 by BallsDeep from Florida on Sep 20, 2019
HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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