HopHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
tiredhands.com

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
Ratings:
831
Reviews:
129
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
121
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Hoppy aroma. Grapefruit coloured and lacey. A little yeast, surprisingly. A big smooth mouthfeel. Citrus,fruity, complex and subtle tastes, a good pale. I would like to have a six pack in my fridge. Perhaps the best on tap tonight.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer was really good in my opinion, the blend of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops were awesome. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it had a moderate bitterness to it but not strong enough to make it an IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer was light bodied, very drinkable, refreshing as well. Overall this beer was possible one of the best I had all day. It really is a good brew. My only complaint is that it felt a little watery to me. Other than that it's worth trying.

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Photo of nmann08
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

C+

***
04/17/17:

B- / WORTHY

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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 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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mothman
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 nickfl
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to billquirk (Reddit) for this one, although took some time ot get here. Growler poured 7/19

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, hazy golden honey color.

Nose wafts out from far away, lots of nice citrus and tropical fruits, some dank resinous passion fruit, guava, candied orange peel, mild Clementine citrus, hint of grapefruit pith, little earthy note and touch of pine sap, fruits are muted mostly, some sweet toasty reddish malts. Hops turn a little earthy herbal. Started great, but started to fade as it turned to an earthy herbal thing.

Taste is nice, more tropical fruit notes, some resinous notes, little dank passion fruit and little guava, generic tropical fruit with citrus, pithy, orange peel, Clementine, etc. With a mild pine sap and touch of earthy forest floor. Faint hint if pineapple, mild to fair bitterness, mild sweet juicy malt base. Fluffy malt dries on the finish, little bitterness, nice mild tropical fruits and resinous citrus pithy rind notes lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lighter bit decent carb.

Overall pretty nice. Nose started great but ended meh, taste was pretty solid throughout, and I wonder what was lost in the two weeks or so it took to get here. Still enjoyable and hope I get to try the dry hopped versions.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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 nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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