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HopHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Exceedingly Aromatic Pale Ale. Brewed with oats and hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial.

Added by Rifugium on 05-11-2012

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Photo of templetom
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a hazy yellow, very murky.Greenish Yellow, it looked funky in the growler :)

Smell is Pineapple, orange, tangerine, Maybe some mints and very subtle mango. Nothing over powering at all.

Taste it is a tropical bomb with more grapefruit, lots of lemon zest. A litte sour

Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, thin bodied, easy drinker.

Overall I was kind of expecting to be blown away, My 1st tired hands experiment. I am a fan,

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy pale straw. Fluffy, foamy white head.

S: Grassy lemon drop. Pipovrts with berry balm. Pine, biscuit. Rustic sweet and tart.

M: Light, effervescent. Medium carbonation.
Pleasantly astringent.

T: Bright citrus, mild earth. Pine, juicy, gooseberry

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Photo of justintcoons
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%

32 oz growler poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Extra cloudy straw-yellow with a 1/2 finger of loose white head that dissipates quickly.

Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, candy sugar, and dank pine.

Grapefruit juice, sugar-coated tangerine, and pineapple juice. Bready backbone with nuances of candy sugar. Finishes with pine sap and dank greenery.

Medium-light bodied, silky, smooth, and juicy.

Juicy as all Hell with a very low bitterness. I could drink these all day long. Superb Pale Ale.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap at the Pottstown Brew Festival on Oct. 4, 2015 into the tasting glass.

A: Super hazy light straw color with a nice one finger white head. Some glass lacing.

S: Wow, super juicy and fruity nose with some grassy tones. Slight candy malt sweetness. Great, great smelling beer.

T: Heavy citrus hops with tons of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and some mango. I get some grassy flavors as well that mix with the almost candy like sweetness. The sweetness never gets a chance to really take over as the citrus hops come back to dry the finish out nicely, but it does give the beer terrific depth and body. This is so juicy it's insane, but it's more than just hop juice and that's what makes it terrific.

M: Medium mouthfeel with nice body. Not really a bitter beer, but it's nice and dry on the finish. No alcohol and super drinkable!

O: I really, really loved this beer. Yes, it is super cloudy but I'm not sure why that would detract from the beer itself, I guess I don't understand. I go mostly on taste, and this beer tasted fantastic For me, this was the best beer at the beerfest, and that's saying something as there were a ton of great beers there. I will seek this one out for sure, loved it.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour on tap at the brewery poured into their flute-like glass, unknown brewing/release date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - golden-off yellow coloration; low clarity (cannot read through) with intense hop haze; tight white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; initial frothy white head settles into a 1 finger head that persists throughout the drinking

S: 10/12 - moderate citrus and floral hop character - grapefruit, mango, lemograss and dandelions - with some biscuity bready malts and oats; no detectable alcohols; no flaws

T: 18/20 - taste profile immediately follows the nose but is subtle and gentle - this is a citrus delight with some mild pine; in the middle of the mouth, the citrus hop complexity continues with Centennial and Amarillo notes (less so Simcoe) and gentle oats, malts and alcohol; finishes dry and inviting

M: 5/5 - moderate-to-high carbonation; moderate hop oils that coat the tongue and instill a creaminess not typically found in this style; moderate alcohol presence

O: 9/10 - wow, this is a beautiful hop symphony that is one of the most balanced and inviting aromatic pale ales on the market; I could session this all night and still be a delight the following morning; highly recommended for all hop hands on deck! On my visit to the brewery on Sun., 3/23/14, the only beer that I had that I thought was better was the First Level NS IPA, but these beers are very different and this one is more balanced and delicate!

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of cavedave
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to one of the finest BA's around, Retail1LO

A finely clouded, dark straw pour holds a finger of white foam fleetingly, ends with bubble islands and a nice ring.

Wonderful wafting aromas of orange and lemon zest, sweet grapefruit, neutral sweet, melon form a bouquet that is indescribably delicious and enticing.

All the flavors of the nose combine into a balanced whole that also features the lightest bit of herbal drying at the end. Stupid delicious, I wish I were a better reviewer and could let you read this and know just how fucking good this is.

Nicely low carb, easy drinking, light body but full of lasting flavors that make a superb finish.

Tired Hands, huh? In the words of no one in particular I shall give worthy advice: "Get yo ass some of this beer, y'all gone like it fo sho!" Highest recommendation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands. Pours a light yellow-straw color with a good head. Nice lacing. The nose is exceedingly complex and strong for a beer of this size with fantastic citrus rind, light pine, and hints of tropical fruit. Flavor has a malty dryness to accompany the hop bitterness. Flavor packs in fresh citrus peel along with a light dosing on pine needles and a faint earthy dankness, which must be the Columbus speaking. Body is light and crisp. Uber drinkable. I see many growlers of this in my future.

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Photo of pkalix
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

milkshake beer? is that what they call it?
very delicious! creamy. lemon-y. citrus-y. another person said "sugar-coated tangerine"..... absolutely!
i can drink this all day!!

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Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pale lemon color capped by a dense head of foam that leaves excellent lace patterns

Smell: CItrus and tropical fruit aromatics

Taste: The hops dominate the flavor profile from start to finish here, with the malt basically providing the backbone and nothing else; citrus and tropical fruit flavors build, though they never verge into overwhelming bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyed the well-attenuated character of this beer; the hop profile was just how I like it and stepped up to the border of IPA territory but never crossed the line

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a pale cloudy yellow color with a good white head that leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Lots of citrus juiciness

Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, light bitterness and maltiness, you primarily get a bouquet of citrus hops

Feel: Light body, good carb

Overall: This pale ale is a big wow for me. Been a while since I've gotten that from a Pale Ale. I love the cloudiness, who needs clear beer? I don't feel like filtering brings anything to the table anyways as long as you don't get chunky stuff.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Local 44 in Philly

Nice hazy lemony color. The nose is a straight citrus bomb. The taste follows....tons of citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, and some dankness. A touch of bitterness. Super crushable! Not sure what's up with the 64 rating but this is a damn good pale ale. One of the better ones I've tasted actually. Cheers.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The beer is wonderfully hoppy of juicy citrus and tropical, bounds of grapefruit. The malt backbone is light with some graininess and the oat gives it some roundness. A significant bitterness on the end of green grass, slight pine, and floral.

At under 5%, this beer is absurdly tasty. One of the best of the "best" small brewery pale ales I've had (Trillium and Peekskill).

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous American pale ale! Deep golden slightly pale yellow hue and slightly cloudy. Big rocky white head and great lacing on the glass. Big fruit notes on the nose, so tropical and juicy. Fantastic nose! Tastes of tangerines, Meyer lemons, pine and mango. Soft, creamy, light to medium body and a crisp drying finish. Loved this one!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into speigelau glass no date on can

A: murky ugly looking body not much head

S: very fruity great beer very dirty citrus and pineapple and some light mango

T: huge amounts of gritty citrus and big oaty flavors

M: splendidly thick nice creamy feel great beer

O: The unfiltered quality of the beers give them a juicier and a little gritty texture. It also makes the flavor really pop.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed golden color with some straw hues. Thick crop of white head rests on top, leaving rings of spotty lacing around the glass.

Fragrant, powerful nose filled with citrusy hops and floral accents. Punchy and bitter with some citrus peel. Light biscuit malt hints with grain and soft sweetness.

Bitter and citrusy up front, plenty of hop character with orange and tangerine. The hops balance nicely with some soft fruit sweetness and biscuit malts. Finishes bitter and dry with lasting hops.

Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth and refreshing on the tongue. This is an extremely well crafted APA - plenty of hop character with just enough balance. I could drink this by the growler, no problem.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy straw hue.

Smell - Tropical and citrus nose.

Taste - Citrus and candied tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Pretty thick and chewy.

Overall - I really enjoyed this take on a hazy tropical Pale Ale. Worthy a try.

Grade (A-)

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow in color, a finger plus of a white foamy head with good retention and leaves behind strong legs and a lacing along the sides. Slightly hazy but still able to see through it.

Smell: hop varieties. ranges from citrus to pine and floral, spicy notes as well. Pretty juicy. malts are slightly sweet, mostly bread-like. some mineral content too.

Taste: opens with citrusy and floral hops. as the hops evolve more juice like and some spicy flavors come out. the taste is very juicy and low on resin. back end has a mix between pale malts, mineral water and some yeast character.

Mouthfeel: light, slight bitterness and very refreshing. a touch on the dry side but that just gets you ready for more.

Overall: a very well done take on the pale ale, exactly what I look for. good hoppy flavor and aroma, malt depth. refreshing qualities and great drinkability.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 7/25/12 served in an 8oz tulip.

Pour: a great hazy golden yellow with a finger of white fluffy head.

Smell: Wonder juicy grapefruit, with some lemon zest and pne.

Taste: Follows the nose with juicy grapefruit and lemon citrus. Bready malt balances. Finishes with a clean pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Carbonation gives it an almost velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Wow, what a start to my Tired Hands experience. This pale ale tussles with the giants, and is up there with Edward in my opinion. Definitely get this if you can!

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 4 oz glass at the brewery.

The beer is cloudy with a good amount of off white carbonation. As the head fades it leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is light and hoppy with a citrus peel note balanced by the grain. The taste follows from the smell, this is a great session pale ale. The hops star and the light malt balances things out. Easy to drink with a light body, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared my Moll, thanks. Beer is yellow and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, some carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is hoppy and mild with a nice little sweetness / yeast character.

As far as an APA goes, this is a little nice one. It is moderately bitter, has a nice floral hop presence and a good finish. The overall beer is nicely balanced and finishes not too dry with a little IBUs from the hops on the end. The hops are a little citrus and a little piny, I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So, first of all this is a hazy juice bomb. This is much more lemonade colored than orange juice. Much lighter shade. Smell and taste is butter and lemon. The buttery taste may come from lactose, or possibly vanilla, though I got more of a buttery taste than either of those. I wouldn't say this beer reminded me of a milkshake, like I think the Shilkmake would, but I think juice bomb IPAs with vanilla and lactose - milkshake ipas - are the next big thing and I want more of them. Strawberry milkshake beers. Orange creamsicle beers. These make me salivate. And breweries like Tired Hands are on the cutting edge of that. I hope Tired Hands continues to deliver on this style.

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Photo of Jusskahbox
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer scratches every itch the creamy IPA lover is looking for. It is as hazy as fresh squeezed lemonade with a delicate head (about a quarter inch). Glows a beautiful dandelion gold. The nose is floral and hoppy but delicate. Flavor profile followed suit. Citrus, floral, simple. It did't punch me in the pallet with flavor but was certainly present and juicy. The mouthfeel is really the most satisfying component of this brew. As one would expect with a brew so hazy, it really followed through with a clean, creamy mouthfeel. Next to no alcohol burn, understandably so considering the ABV. Overall, a very sessionable brew.

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Photo of PVMT
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House on 10/27/15. Hazy yellow pour with a foamy white head. Citrus nose, but flavor is bright pine and biscuity malts, leading to a clean, slightly sweet and bitter finish. Quite good.

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Photo of Sad_Larry
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a Tired Hands teku:

Look - Pours a hazy gold color with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of lacing as you drink, as well.

Smell - Nothing but tropical fruits and citrus.

Taste - Same as the smell with just a touch of hops, and a bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thick, smooth, and creamy. Fantastic!

Overall - I really like what Tired Hands is doing with their beers. HopHands is extremely drinkable, and the fact that they started canning has given their beers a much longer shelf life. If you happen to live near the Ardmore area, and you've yet to try anything by these guys, I have one thing to ask...What are you doing!?

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Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - now that's a lot of haze for a pale ale! My lanta! Brick of yeasty yellow color with a vibrant and sticky head.

S - oats, pineapple, and orange peel. Full-bodied aroma. Fresh, earthy hops. Like the can says "exceedingly aromatic" is right!

T - pale malts and hints of rindy fruit. Flavor is subdued compared to the nose. Lemongrass and pithy orange. Finishes with a strong, bready, oatiness. Pure grapefruit rind at the end.

F - smooth and creamy, thanks to the oats, but has a youthful innocence to it. Drinkable. Love oats.

O - I like this beer. I'm a sucker for easy-drinking, lightly juicy, mildly pithy, creamy oat type brews. At such a low ABV, this is a beer I could find myself drinking a lot of. Goes down smooth, has rich flavor, and is right up my alley.

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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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