HopHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
713
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
Wants:
80
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92
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 713
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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Photo of TheWolf
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Dinizioj31
2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
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 -36.9%
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 -12.2%
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 -14.4%
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 -8.6%
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 -2.2%
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 +6.1%
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 -12%
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 +10.5%
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 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 Griffin2
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -8.3%
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 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 unclekeith
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a goblet

L: Pale very hazy yellow, small white head
A: Fresh cut grass, grapefruit
T: Citrusy hops, juicy, not much bitterness
F: Medium body, very smooth, very clean
O: I'm still getting used to these hazy beers, overall a very nice hoppy pale ale, easy drinker - falling into the "hop water" category

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

On tap at Haymarket in NYC.

Cloudy as a witbier or a gose. Froth and head aplenty.

Smells mineral-heavy, grapefruit pith and tropical fruit abound.

Flavor follows the nose. Very pulpy, thick, mineral-laden in feel. Juice-like qualities and the flavors of grapefruit and tropical notes enhance this.

This is impressive for my first Tired Hands experience.

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Rollzroyce21
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can; poured a fifth into Goose Island pint shaker glass, drank the rest out of can on 24-Feb-16.

A fine and unique twist to the style. Impressed by the bittering, grapefruit zest in the citrusy hop profile. This hit the spot after a hot, dry, and sunny (winter) day in SoCal.

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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 IronLover
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
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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