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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 htown_engineer
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass a light yellow color with a little haze. The smell and taste pretty much followed the same, grapefruit and citrus, but not bitter at all like an IPA. It was a nice easy drinking beer. Can't wait to crack open another.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into snifter. A cloudy dirty dark yellow color with a 2.5 finger white head. White cap with good amount of foamy lacing coating the glass. Light hops of grass and citrus. Notes of grapefruit, orange, and hints of lemon. Not much for the malts. Flavors of citrus include grapefruit, orange, and a bit of lemon. Lacks much of a malt presence, some caramel sweetness. A bit of bitterness on the finish to keep you interested. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. A little dryness. Fits the profile of an APA nicely and is enjoyable.

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The grapefruit juicy, cloudy looking beer is served in a nonic glass with minimal white head and no visible lacing.

The aromas are complex and include lots of grapefruit and some tropical fruits, but the grapefruit runs the show.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with the addition of some definite but not overly intense hop bitterness that comes accross as being grapefruit pith and zest with a bit of tropical fruit malt sweetness to keep it under control.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the grapefruit flavors begin to fade allowing things to end with some dry bitterness that invites another sip.

Overall, once I got past the appearance creating the idea that I'd been served some pulpless grapefruit juice rather than a beer, I quite liked this one and see why Tired Hands has been creating such a stir locally. A well made beer that I'd be happy to have again. Very drinkable and well worth trying.

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Photo of Myotus
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 44°F from a 16oz can (13Jul16) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 04Aug16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of lemongrass, grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines encounter mild aromas of sweet bread, mangos, papayas, apricots, peaches, earthy hops, floral hops, and hints of bitter hops.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A strong explosion of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and lemon grass initially strikes the palate. A mild floral hop balance quickly follows as the lemongrass flavors are somewhat heightened. The sweetness of the brew is subtly augmented as flavors of sweet bread, mangos, peaches, apricots, and guava make their debut while subtle earthy hop flavors further expand the resinous hop profile. A balancing and subtle hop bitterness finishes off the flavor display while the sweet bread flavors grows slightly stronger and all other flavors maintain.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: One of the most citrus forward beers that I have had. This was an extremely refreshing brew that also took my taste buds on a worthy ride. I greatly appreciated the low bitterness. If I could change one aspect, I would make the tropical fruit flavors as prominent as they were in the smell.

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Photo of templetom
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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 VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have wanted to try this for a bit. Had it at the Coppenhagen Beer Fest Boston. Hoppy Pale Ale with lost of that fresh citrus. It blends elements of East and West Coast hoppiness. I would like more, for sure.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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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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 tigg924
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is lemon, orange rind, and some tangerine. Slightly bitter, light bodied and fruity. Very good pale ale. First beer from the brewery and it has me curious for more.

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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 cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned about a week ago on 6/16, this is a really nice pale ale. it has a soft hop that evens out the malt backbone bit not aggressive where I would confuse this for an IPA. tasty pale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, opaque, pale yellow coloring with a clingy, filmy, low profile, white head that coats every inch of the glass as you drink. Aromas of herbal and grassy notes forward, tart lemon and lime, subtle tropical notes, and a toasted grain backbone. There's a solid funk in the nose, too. Flavors are tart and sweet forward, loaded on the key lime, lemon, melon, and pineapple. There's a solid toasty backbone, and highlights throughout of herbal characteristics, including pepper, basil, and oregano. Smooth, low carbonation body, with a citrus and tropical aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and with a solid bitter hops and pepper linger. Interesting take on the APA, and it is damn tasty.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good feel.
Not as pungent on aroma or taste as I had expected.
I've had many of their iPas and they have all exceeded my expectations.
However this might be the first that fell short. Maybe I expected more considering it's their flagship beer.
An enjoyable beer nonetheless.

Edit - 9/16/16 - I've grown to really admire this beer over time. The smell is in fact fantastic. If I had the ability to drink this beer everyday I think I would. It's has unprecedented drinkability. Not too sweet. Good hop flavor aroma snd the mouthfeel is wonderful. A little inconstant from batch to batch but on point more times than not and the last few have been stellar. I upgraded aroma, taste and overall a quarter point from by initial review. Not the best beer I've ever had but it might be my favorite now.

I don't understand anyone who rates this lower than a 3. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

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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 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 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 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 SawDog505
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure when it was canned, but I trust where it came from it is fresh. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy 2 inch sticky white head that leaves behind plentiful lace.

Smell is mango, papaya, clove, mint, lemon, and some faint grapefruit.

Taste follows tropical flavors, lead to some clove spicy ness, and finishes with lemon and grapefruit that hits the palate pretty hard.

Mouthfeel is fairly lite, with moderate carbonation not a complaint, maybe a touch dry, and drinkability is very good.

Overall this is a unusual Pale Ale, because it has a Belgian flavor to it, but I do really like it. Thanks @Mcballz13 for this unusual, but tasty brew.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated can. Got it from a good source so I know it is fresh.

A: Hazy cloudy yellow with a finger worth of white foam
S: Lemon tangerine sugar
T: much more bitterness than the smell would lead you to expect. Some sweetness throughout
MF: Crisp and bitter. Bitterness lingers but the sweetness remains
O: Very good pale ale. Overall it is mich better than the sum of its parts

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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 pkalix
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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 SlothB77
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Griffin2
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Fermentaria.
L - Poured a bright lemon yellow with a white head.
S - Smell of citrus.
T - Just like the smell very citrusy.
F- Nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
O - Really enjoyable pale ale.

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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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