HopHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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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 Dinizioj31
2.3/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Awful. Smells like lemonade and taste like lemonade. Not even close to hoppy. I really don't understand anyone who rates this higher than a 3. It's really not good

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Photo of MickeyCass
2.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So I don't understand this beer. Color is a cloudy lemonade... First turn off for me. Not what I would expect from this type of beer. Smell is a decent hoppy-tropical scent. Definitely not bad but pretty run-of-the-mill. Tastes faintly hoppy and tropical fruity, but it's nothing more than a faint undertone. Main taste is nothing. I'll finish the 4-pack I have, but I most definitely won't be seeking this out in the future.

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Photo of Jason
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not feeling it with this brew, extremely cloudy and a mess to say the least. Staff at the pub should not be pouring it. Milkshake beers are not a trend or acceptable with traditional or even modern styles... No excuses. Carbonation seemed off, a muddled mess.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To say this pours cloudy would be an understatement. Looks exactly like store-bought pineapple juice. I'm not exactly an aesthete when it comes to beer, but it certainly isn't an inviting visual. Aroma was fairly muted, mostly just some citrus and floral hops, pretty straightforward. Taste is much the same. I appreciate it not being a hop bomb, but I felt it lacked depth. You get a nice dose of citrus upfront - mostly pineapples, papaya and starfruit - but there isn't much behind it. The base isn't really there. It's thin and a little watery. Not bad, but certainly dissapointing after all the attention Tired Hands gets around here.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tall white head that fades to a fizz on top, lots of lacing. VERY pale body - looks like a light beer.
Nice clean citrus hop aroma, but fades to be pretty faint given time. Taste is overwhelmed by sharp acidity with some messy hops at the back end, lingering dry and bitter. The acidity is felt more than the carbonation, leaving it somewhat astringent.
Disappointing overall. Tastes and feels like an extra-hopped light beer. I guess at 4.8% it sort of is one, but I still wouldn't choose it over any readily available pale ales.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pale, cloudy yellow, like lemonade, with a finger of soft white head.

On the nose is melon, peanut, and Colby cheese, with faint notes of lime leaf or cilantro.

HopHands tastes like a Hefe or Witbier. Light wheat, faint orange, lemon, and a little grass. Another person noted that this almost resembled a Gose, without the sour or saltiness. Now that I look back at my aroma notes...it sounds pretty similar to a Gose. How weird.

There are not a lot of distinct, standout attributes here. It is very light and quaffable, and finishes semi-dry, but I have to really ding this one for not being anything like the style it labels itself as.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a muddy orange color with a short lived white crackling head. Aroma is of stewed hops, resin and a bit of grapefruit. The taste was super acidic almost to the point one might think infection. Bright hops with some orange peel to them. Malt is nondescript and the carbonation is at a decent level. Too acidic for the style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells like urinal cake in the best possible way. Lime. Neutral pale malts. Exceedingly aromatic, indeed.

The taste follows the aroma, with a soapy bend. It's not my favourite hop profile, and amarillo isn't showcased particularly well. No oniony simcoe. Not particularly intricate.


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Photo of jakecattleco
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draught pour at the beer cafe. Definitely the most underwhelming of their beers I've had. All the others were good to great, but very surprised by the mediocrity of this Pale Ale. Won't revisit, nor recommend.

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Photo of IronLover
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dull pale yellow in color with a murky appearance. Poured with a short white foam that dissipated quickly. Low retention. Over-ripe fleshy tropical fruit aromas with a malty sweetness beneath. A bit of sugary estery sweetness. Possibly a bit under attenuated. Medium light bodied with a light creaminess and medium light carbonation. Floral and ripe citrus flavors are well balanced with the malt, but again there is a sweetness that tends to overwhelm the flavors. Finished semi-dryly with a light sweet aftertaste. Appearance was not very good. Hazy, unfiltererd appearance is pretty acceptable, but this appeared as though the trub went right to the canning line. Aromas were fairly well balanced for the style, tilting a little to the hoppy side. Sugary sweetness detracts a bit from the hop ans malt flavora. Feel was a bit on the thin side. Flavors were well balanced for the style, malty with dloral and tropicla notes and medium hop bitterness, but with too much sweetness. This was serves from a can, so no idea of the freshness. Fresh or not, this was way too sweet.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RetailL10 for the growler.

Pours pale yellow with a finger of white head. Good retention and a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma features citrus, a bit of pine and a lot of grassy/floral hops. Nose is muted as the faint hops are hardly all that's there.

Flavor starts out with the grassy hops. A little bit of orange rind and pine soon creep in. Just a bit of breadiness although hardly any malt in this puppy.

Light mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and carbonations pops. Light bitterness lingers on the tongue.

A nice APA and goes down very easily. I'd love a little more in the flavor/aroma department though. Looking forward to trying more stuff from Tired hands.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The look of this one almost reminds me of a Hefeweizen. Although it's a decent tasting beer, it's not one I'd trade for ever again. The highlight of this one is definitely the creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly cloudy, turbid straw colored yellow. White head fades quickly to barely a thin ring. Good lacing down the glass though. This is clearly a New England / Vermont / North East cloudy hoppy beer. If that offends you then you will not like it. It doesn't bother me at all. Nose is lemony citrus with a grainy and doughy background. Smells like freshly milled malt.

Taste is a very assertive bitter with more of the citrus coming through as grapefruit and lemon peel. Mouthfeel counterbalances the bitterness more than any residual malt sweetness. I imagine that's the oats and maybe some yeast creating the mouthfeel.

Good beer. The review is from a can that was packaged within the past week. Carbonation is lower than when I had it on tap at the fermenteria.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy lemonade color with a creamy pure white head. Ok retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty well balanced but not a lot going on. I get lots of grainy malt, some lemon and a touch of spice.

Flavor follows the nose. Grainy yet slightly bitter from the hops. Good balance, just not much going on.

Feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry and bitter on the finish.

Overall a solid pale ale. Not much stands out about it, but it's well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of citizencane
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemon citrus and grain taste. Appears an opaque yellow with minimal head. Mouthfeel is okay. An all around average session IPA with a perhaps a little more smoothness than average. Nothing remarkable here, but nothing bad.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a hazy yellow, very murky. Almost has a greenish tint to it. Interesting.

Smell is nectarine and honey. Maybe some mints and very subtle mango. Nothing over powering at all.

Taste follows the nose pretty well, with more grapefruit, subtle lemon zest.

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

Overall I was kind of expecting to be blown away, considering I had a few of tired hands milkshakes and it was amazing. Pretty one dimensional beer, still good though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can. Very pale yellow hazy body. Smell is tropical fruits, lemon, and some spicy hops. Taste is more aggressive and biting. Some tropical fruits, but more of the pine and spicy hops. Yeasty for a pale ale. Bitter without much of a malt character. Light body. Drinkable and pretty nice, but not an astonishing hop profile in the day and age of HF, TG, and TH pales.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA.

Hazy, straw yellow in color with a large fluffy white head. Awesome lacing on the glass as it goes down. Bright citrus and pine aroma. Light bodied, even a little thin for me. Falls more in line with a Session IPA than a pale ale. Easy drinking and crushable.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tired Hands.

Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo
ABV: 5.5%

Cloudy golden haze. Clearly unfiltered. I can smell the beer from a few feet away. Loads of citrus, earth and grass. Hardly any bitterness. This thing is right up my alley. So good I ordered a growler to go. This is a beer I wish I could drink everyday.

Update: I've had this in DC a few times over the past several months, and it's just not the same beer anymore. A damn shame.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super cloudy light straw color with a finger of head. The nose is pure citrus and fresh hops. The hoppy finish is the focus of the flavor profile.

Like other Tired Hands offerings that I have sampled, this beer is light-bodied for the style and light on the malt presence.

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler pour into a Teku glass.

A- Hazy yellow gold. Great half inch pad of dense white head. Great lacing.

S- Earthy, citrus, grassy, piney. Lots of complexity. Oaty, grainy malt character.

T- Sweet citrus, with a bit of pith. Earthy and oaty.

M- Medium light body. Mildly bitter. Dry finish.

O- This is a good flagship, but Tired Hands definitely has some more noteworthy beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA
Review updated: 12/2013

First time having this at Teresa's, I thought, "Interesting look for an APA; did I get the saison by accident?" But now, after drinking this beer since opening day, I know that Tired Hands has pretty much broken all stereotypes and they are in effect capable of redefining even the simplest of beer styles. Pale, straw-yellow color, slightly hazy, with a thin layer of foamy bubbles for a head. Aroma is hop-forward, notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Crisp taste is hop-forward as well, quite lemony, with some grassy funk--again, somewhat reminiscent of a saison, or even a Belgian IPA--pine needles, bready malts in the background. I wasn't too sold on this one at first...I suppose just because it didn't seem quite conventional as an APA. But now I respect it much more, and recognize its diverse nature (see: cask varieties). Light-bodied and easily drinkable. A good selection to have year-round.

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Photo of mothman
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. White head. Super hazy lemon color.

Onion and lemon flavors up front. Biscuit malts. Yeasty. Grassy hops.

Light to medium bodied. Light bitterness.

Decent beer but nothing crazy.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering at Tired Hands. The brew appears a pale light copper color with a white sudsy head. The capnretains very well and as it fades, leaves a full wall of lace sticking all over the glassware.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a bright hip character smelling fruity, floral and citrusy. There is a faint malt backing to this but the hops are rich and inviting without getting excessive. Nicely done.

The taste is hoppy but its a hoppiness that is full of flavor without getting excessively bitter. Fruit, floral and citris hop notes run the whole gauntlet across your tongue. It displays a dry finish thats crisp with hints of earth and almost something along the lines of peppers goes into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Crisp as stated previously thats easy drinking with a low alcohol impact. The faint peppery quality was strange but overall this was a clean and well executed brew.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a CAN! Sent from back east, and received within days of canning. Yellow-ish color poured into a tulip, with plenty of carbonation. Great citrus notes - nothing over the top, but really a great APA.

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