HopHands
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #83
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,880
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
1,018
From:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  79
Gots
  158
SCORE
92
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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.
Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 1,018 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RyanK252 from California

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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farrago from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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ericmurray93 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Sachin-Tendulkar from New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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kevanb from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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lucius10 from California

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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2beerdogs from California

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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JRed from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden body with everlasting white head. Aroma of lemon, mango, papaya, pine, honey. Tastes of mango, papaya, lemon, honey, light pine, sugary. Thick bodied with light carbonation.

Sep 13, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours lemon/orange in color. Light head, nice lacing that hangs in well. Fruit based.. orange and a bit of lemon, GF, plus some tropical and earthy background aromas. Taste is very well balanced, and mirrors the smell. Lite bitterness that melds well, and doesn't overpower anything. MF is medium, mild carbonation, very smooth for 5.5%.

Excellent APA from TH. I've had this many times and it's always fresh, always delicious. It's worth the hour+ drive.

Aug 13, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to believe that I never reviewed this, given how many beers from Tired Hands I've had over the years both here at home and while in line at Other Half. This should have been a given and nearly a standard, since it has the most ratings of any of their offerings on here, but this came up a bit short for me when all was said and done. Some of it had to be due to it's age, as the bottom of the can read 5/17/17 with "CANNED" written underneath that, though that didn't seem to be the reason why this was a bit underwhelming to me...

The pour to this was a muted goldenrod with a decent amount of haze to it. Tons of soft, spongy foam topped this off as there was plenty of lacing left behind as well. Much of that was along the top third of my pint glass but there were visible rings underneath that as well. Lots of melon, soft hops, and dewy forest in the nose as the taste contained all of those to the same extent. White wine, grape, light wood, dank forest, and some pine came through in the taste as this was quite outdoorsy, rustic, and reminiscent of fresh-cut grass. Lots of slickness here as this could have used a bit more carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy. The malt was basic and the floral-like impression that this left on me wasn't quite what I expected when I cracked the can open...

This felt quite stronger than it was the alcohol was light and this came across as a session beer, even if it didn't technically qualify as one. While not bad, this was underwhelming, odd, and not quite sure of what it wanted to be. Worth a go once to experience but this left me wanting more, or another beer at the least, once I finished it off.

Jun 03, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/21/16; drank 9/29/16 @ the Palace.

Opaque yellow/orange appearance.

Minimal bright white head; decent lace.

Apple, cane sugar, banana & mild orange citrus notes in the nose. Appealing!

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild banana & mild orange citrus flavors.

Pleasant taste with a great nose; ultimately a bit boring. Too bad!

Apr 07, 2019
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Sprowt20 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the hops of an IPA, but in a lighter pale ale body. Clean and citrus, this deep yellow cloudy beer offers a nice mouth coating. However, with a lower ABV and mildly bitter finish, this goes down easy many times over.

Mar 18, 2019
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JA_26 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow into a standard pint glass with about an inch of pillowy white head. Lots of citrus in the nose and on the tongue, with a crisp, dry finish. Outstanding beer.

Feb 04, 2019
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can dated 9/05/18, poured into Lexan tulip. Thanks to canconphilly!
Pours a hazy, lemon yellow with about a finger of finely bubbled head. Amazing curtains of lace on the glass. Oh yeah, big citrus nose of grapefruit, lemon, slight mango, a bit of armpit (in a good way!). Lemon peel, white grapefruit, cut grass, cracker, soft perfume at the end. Also some dank too. Crisp drying finish. Huge amounts of flavor for a pale. Awesome beer, full of flavor with a light body.

Oct 11, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can purchased at the source.

Canned 7-10-18.

Nicely hazed brew, moderate head leaves some light and fine scattered lacing and a ringed collar over a thin film.

Over ripe pineapple juice nose...yum

Overly flavorful NEIPA, juicy, hazy, ripe pineapple abounding, simply delicious.....go get some

Aug 01, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed dull golden pour with 2+ fingers of foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Citrus/grapefruit and juice. Very grapefruit forward.

T/F: Light grains and juicy hops. Loads of grapefruit, just like the nose indicates... mild melon and fruit. Modest bitterness and super balanced. Smooth/creamy mouthfeel... possibly from the oats. Gives it a little more oomph to the body as well. The finish is sticky and citrus.

O: A fantastic American Pale, and one of their 'trademark' brews... love that they now have it readily available in cans. This works as both an everyday beer and a special occasion share depending on how easily you can get it. Super stuff.

Jun 19, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy--almost opaque--translucent, pale straw with a big soapy white head. Excellent retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: White grapefruit, honeydew melon, white grape, raw dough, pine needles.

T: White grapefruit flesh upfront, with some bitterness of peel and pith. Immediately followed by honeydew melon, green grape, and unripe pineapple. There is a white bread/raw dough malt backbone, with hints of oats. Soapy floral character. Soft pine on the back end. Finishes crisp, clean, and lightly dry; with a slight lingering bitterness of white grapefruit pith.

F: Medium-light, with a slightly creamy roundness. Well carbonated.

O: An immensely flavorful and hop-forward pale ale. One of the best I've ever had.

Jun 09, 2018
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