Tired Hands Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #81
Ranked #2,585
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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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Photo of SierraNevallagash
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of JRed
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.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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!

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Photo of Sprowt20
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.

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Photo of JA_26
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.

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Photo of strohme2
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.

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Photo of Billolick
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

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
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.

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

Poured from 16 oz can into 20 oz sauvin glass. Canned on 2/8/18.
Look: Hazy and unfiltered. Light yellow in color, resembling that of pineapple juice. Half inch head initially that dissipated within 5 minutes. Obvious lacing on glass.
Smell: Upfront hops and that typical smell you get when oats are present. Can says that it is made with simcoe, centennial and amarillo hops. From my experience, Simcoe takes the cake.
Taste: Light and hoppy flavor profiling, that seems to coat the tongue. Hoppy back finish, but not overly done. Very superb for a pale ale.
Feel: Light medium mouthfeel, which is funny cause it appears "heavier" than what it actually feels like. Extremely smooth and drinkable, with little to no carbonation.
Overall: This is unlike any other pale ales I have yet to have. I am liking the unfiltered hazy aspect to it. Really smooth and easy drinking. Well done Tired Hands.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the source. Bright hazy yellow color with a two finger white head. Decent retention and lacing. Bright fruity aroma with grapefruit and some earthy pine. The taste followed with strong tropical and citrus along with dank earthy notes. Silky feel and medium bodied. Overall a fantastic beer. Outstanding pale ale.

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Photo of Sir_DrinksAtHome
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received a couple of these beer's in a trade so I got right to it with this one. Tired hands has a good reputation for producing some outstanding brews so I was excited to see what the hype was all about.
Poured a nice hazy opaque light orange/amber. Smells of citrus and pine, maybe a little bit of straw? Holy carbonation! I definitely was not a fan of the carbonation, it came across like it was brewed with brettanomyces and had that tinge of funk/spice, but that's just my opinion. The ABV % was a total downer. I appreciate a good complex NEIPA that sneaks in a proper high ABV without you noticing so yeah, maybe I'm a little biased. I'm on the fence if I will drink the remaining cans or just use them in trades while they're fresh.

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

This is a delicious pale ale. Packed with flavor. The smell is ripe sweet orange, crisp grassiness, some dankness, and a hint of pineapple and apple. The taste follows with perfect bitterness and a lingering finish. yb

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a hazy light amber color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is pine, citrus, and grassy hops, with a slight but very balancing sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is clean and slightly bitter. Very refreshing, very enjoyable. One of Tired Hands' best offerings so far.

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Photo of gopens44
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's one of them there cloudy as oj looking critters. Head leaves town like a pole cat looking to scram, but not without leaving a perty decent lace mess behind. Too bad for the nose that this thing is muted like a mime. All I get from a good sniffin is a little orange juice, maybe. Taste comes alive like Frampton with a big earthy orange and floral taste. More bitter than most them Yankee NEIPA's so I'm downright thankful for that.

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Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale lemon yellow brew; shockingly hazy, opaque in all but the thinnest portions of the glass. Strong frothy snow white head with good retention and scattered lacing.

Dank, peppery, resinous aroma with hints of grapefruit and orange. Strongly leaning toward pine and vinous notes.

A true hoppy pale ale from the get go. Grainy, biscuity pale malts, along with a hop profile implying pine, resin, and grassy flavors. Really well balanced, with very restrained bitterness. Tempered sweetness implying honey crackers.

Smooth and lively; quite drinkable. Fits squarely in the APA category. The low ABV (4.8%) is actually a touch surprising, based on the full flavor. Very long oily finish.

Has the American Pale Ale gone the way of the dinosaur? Not if brews like this (or HF Edward) have anything to say about it. This is liquid proof that you can have a wonderfully hop-forward brew that still fits squarely into the APA category. This takes the standard set long ago by SNPA and updates it for the modern era of hops.

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Photo of digboy
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can traded with a friend (thanks!)

Pours a dusty yellow-gold color, very cloudy with a half finger fizzy head that settles to a film. Not much lacing.

Aroma is bright citrus - grapefruit and orange blossoms and lemon. Only moderately present though.

Taste follows the smell with grapefruit, orange peel and lemon. The beer finishes with lemon mostly as the light-moderate bitterness kicks in. Very low but sweet malt present so it is a crisp beer, maybe a little watery. It makes up for that with the wonderful citrus flavor.

Feel is smooth and creamy due to the flaked oats.

This is a just a fantastic, delicate beer that is really well crafted. Smooth and clean flavors with nothing weird going on. The creamy feel works great with the thin malt - almost enhances the flavor. Loving this one. Thanks Tim!!

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Photo of mkh012
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Bros are inherently anti-haze and don't like "juice bomb" beers. This is pretty hazy but the flavor profile is solid. Melon, grass, and kiwi. OJ and leafy green. Mouthfeel is medium+. Low to medium bitterness. Overall, juicy but balanced. 8+/10

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Photo of jooler
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slight haze
Smell is citrus with slight pine
Taste is just like bitter brothers citra IPA. Citrus but yet piney but not as hoppy.
Overall, this beer feels like a west coast IPA but less flavor.

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

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a finger of dense head, lots of fine lacing all the way down the glass.
Smells more citrusy than anything, lemon and orange dominate, maybe a little pine in the background.
Taste follows the lemon orange nose, a little bitter bite on the end.
Lighter body with low to medium carbonation.
Overall very tasty APA.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a milky and hazy bright orange. Pours with a finger of white fluffy head.

Aroma is definately citrus forward. Lemon, grapefruit and orange front and center and maybe some tropical fruit lingering in the background. It has a real nice aroma to it.

Taste follows nose. Grapefruit and lemon/orange upfront followed by some mango and other tropical fruit. Finishes with a nice little bitter kick.

Feel is smooth and creamy due to the oats and being unfiltered I would think.

Overall a really nice pale ale. It packs a punch for aroma and the taste isn't to far behind.

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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 990 ratings