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.

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Photo of bmrattay
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemony hay, with bubbly head. Very hazy and definitely has a "stirred up" look to it. Probably one of the ugliest good beers out there.

Lemon and grapefruit on the nose, faint resinous pine.

Bitterness hits up front and quickly fades into the citrus hops. Lemon, lemongrass, very light malt backbone, grapefruit, carbonation on the top of the tongue, light pine.

Maybe a little thicker mouthfeel than I'm used to in a pale ale, but still has a nice dry bite at the end that leaves the tongue scrunched for more.

I can see why some people have issues with this beer, but in my opinion its one of the best of the style. The taste is great, I don't get any overbearing astringency and I think it has just enough citrus and pine hops to keep it on the right side of the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

so much more than a normal pale ale, a great beer, and in some ways a new standard in the style for me, they should all be this good! its wonderfully hoppy, impressively aromatic, and with a fantastic grain base that to me really enhances it, malty in a way that isnt crystal or sweet or anything, a different kind of grainy pale, rustic like their other stuff, oaty and pale, earthy and bigger feeling, dry as can be still, i dont know why more brewers dont incorporate oats into pale and ipa types. there is also a fun yeast element to this, not quite saison, but it sure isnt flavorless either, playing delicately with the fruity and citrusy hop notes, and drying this out beautifully, there is a nice almost white wine note to it that makes this quite unique as pale ales go. some bitterness, vegetal and fresh, but also delicate, southern hemisphere tasting, and appealing beyond what i think more conventional hop profile can attract. carbonated better than almost every other beer we had on tap here too, a real beautiful beer, sessionable for miles on miles, and a beer i cant believe nobody talks about...

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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours Bright yellow hazy, looks like pineapple juice.
Aroma is hoppy with tropical fruits.
Taste is moderate hoppy, hints of mango, papaya and pineapple.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, murky pale orange with two and a half fingers of white head. Head retention is good with great lacing. Aroma is citrus, peach, pineapple, and flower. Flavor profile has more of a peachy/citrus opening before it works its way into a flowery, resiny hop profile. The flavor profile really gets wonderfully bigger as the beer warms just a little (served straight out of the fridge at around 38*F). Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a little grain to it, but otherwise completely smooth. It nears a crisp, refreshing feel. Overall, a flavorful IPA that doesn't absolutely blast the tongue with notes, and yet provides a good array of flavors.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


16 oz can (canned 3/22/17) from dc, to snifter.

LOOK: hazy, dull yellow, small white head that lasts all the way through the 16 oz.
AROMA: lots of fruity hoppy goodness. pineapple, grapefruit.
TASTE: lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit. The freshness probably helps. I rarely have beer canned so recently. A lot of flavor for so low of an ABV.
FEEL: great carbonation. There is a smooth, but silty feel that makes it almost creamy, but more like a thick grapefruit soda.

Very nice. Tired Hands has new fan. I may have to stand in line myself next time.


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

Tired Hands HopHands, my first TH brew ever! Canned two weeks ago so pretty fresh especially considering I acquired this in a trade and it took 4 or 5 days to ship here to Idaho. This beer pours beautiful a hazy yellow/orange almost like a combo of Pinnaple juice and OJ. The nose is of fresh pinnaple and other light tropical fruits like mangos. A bit citrus in there too. Taste is very smooth and packed with Pinnaple, mangos, lemon and grapefruit rinds. Some light grass there too with a very small but yet still discernible malt presence. Medium silky creamy body that coats your mouth. Finishes fairly dry with a nice crisp citrus pith like bitterness. I really enjoyed this and was surprised to see the Bros' gave it a 64? To each their own I suppose.

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Photo of tiredofbuyingbeer
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly is cloudy. Reminds me of orange juice. True to the NEIPA trend, at least, even though this isn't an IPA.

The taste doesn't knock my socks off, and the head tends to be thin when I order it on tap. It has a good texture, and is well put together overall, though.

Would order again.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice cloudy pineapple juice like color with thick head poured from a growler from the brew pub (thanks Amy). Citrus scent with grapefruit and orange, slight malt background. Flavor a bit muted but decent watery citrus with very mild bitterness lingering, slight piney finish. Not very carbonated (at least from the tap) and really easy to drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
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 aquabears
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy and straw-colored with a fluffy head. Smell is piney, fruity, and floral. Taste is citrus! Nice bitterness and some pineapple and fruits. Light body, creamy and smooth. Very refreshing. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of peensteen
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed bright golden yellow colour, ring of white head and some lace. Smell is fruity and citrusy, tropical fruit with orange, mango and pineapple at the forefront. Taste is fruity with big bitter hops, pineapple and orange, fruity, moderate bitterness throughout, finishes fruity and quite dry. Medium carbonation and medium body. Very nice pale ale, flavourful and bitter, something I would drink lots of if available locally.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tired Hands Hop Hands

A: The flagship pale ale of the progenitors of the "milkshake" branch of NE IPAs pours a very pale yellow with just tinges of orange. True to substyle, it is cloudy, but not ridiculous, "milkshake" levels. The two fingers of snow white, meringue-like head linger seemingly forever, and lacing is excellent. 4.75/5

A: Grapefruit, peach, and lemongrass are the most prominent aromas, but there are also backing scents of grass, light pine, and herbs, plus maybe a little juicy orange and some citrus pith. Doughy yeast and crackery malt play entirely supporting roles. This is a nice-smelling pale ale with not too much going on, but positively it avoids the pitfall of being simply a low ABV IPA by not being overly intensely hopped. 4/5

T: Again, props must be given for Tired Hands crafting a true pale ale, and a very tasty one at that. The hoppiness is prominent with mainly grapefruit, some lemongrass, herbaceousness, lemon candy, some pine, and just a little peach. There is a mild, pithy bitterness that never becomes overbearing and serves as brilliant balance. The malts remain crackery and dry, and the yeast contributes a doughiness that may be divisive. The balance here is excellent, and this drinks like a very nice take on the somewhat lost pale ale style. Some of it does come across a little muted, unfortunately. 4.25/5

M: Here is where the true genius of this beer shines. The body is creamy and full on account of the oats, yet the finish is pleasantly dry and fully attenuated. Carbonation is soft and perfect. Flavor-wise it does drink fairly close to its 4.8%, but the mouthfeel is of that a beer double its strength, yet somehow it still remains amazingly drinkable as well. 5/5

O: This is a beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. Despite the very different styles of brewing, this actually drinks a lot like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but much fuller and a tad more complex. That is a complement of the highest order, especially since this is a lower ABV than that legendary, archetypal beer. It is a very complete, well-crafted product from start to finish, and some may even interpret the muted aromas and flavors as "subtle" rather than "weak." It is nice to still see genuine pale ales of this caliber being made. Pair with Bad Rabbits acoustic EP "Dusted." 4.5/5

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really bright, hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has citrusy, floral hops and dough. Taste starts citrusy and bright, a bit yeasty, not very bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Quite good but a bit too yeasty.

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Photo of htown_engineer
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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%
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 +5.9%
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.

12 Mar 17
Last evening with dinner out I had a second glass of this and enjoyed it as much as the first. However, I'm still not used to cloudy appearance given how much of my life has been spent with beers that are relatively clear.

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Photo of Myotus
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +16.6%
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 VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +6.4%
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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Photo of jakecattleco
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
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 -2.2%
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 -26.2%
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 +3.9%
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%
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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