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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
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
757
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22.98%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
96
For Trade:
6
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 757
Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours pale golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of plenty of grassy hops, pine resin, citric rind and just the faintest hint of sweetness. Nothing too over the top here, pretty solid.

T - Starts off with plenty of grassy hops and slightly dulled citric rind giving way to hints of pine resin, pale malt and just the faintest bit of sweetness. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Nice light feel with a crisp body and moderate carbonation. Bitter but not overpowering, this is very easy going down.

O - All things considered a really nice APA. I personally prefer Leaflet to this one but I wouldn't turn this down in the future.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden amber color, moderate cap of dense white bubbles, some sticky lacing. Good notes of zesty citrus rind wth some tropical notes, crackery and faintly sweet malts. Clean, flavorful but not too "in your face" taste - solid fresh and refreshing citrus zest, tropical fruit, good bitterness and solid, lightly sweet malt backbone. All around solid and flavorful pale.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After 10 years of chasing down everything, I am embracing the pale movement and now to have fresh pale brewed in smaller batches, I could not be merrier. I'll admit after a decade of beer guzzling, nit picking, trading, analyzing, and salivating, I just want a beer to drink that wont kill me, the lighter the better i say.

HopHands is a step in that direction, served to me in a 16oz portion the liquid was a bright gold color with some bright white foam up top, it managed a cap and stuck around, no lace on this one. Smell is bright with semi citrus and forward florals with a backing of pale malt and pine. The taste is light and comes and goes in an instant. The bitterness is not all that big, I get pine with some pale malt and some mango and orange flavor. IT's light bodied beer and something you will want to drink a ton of in late August. All hail the light.

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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 drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared my Moll, thanks. Beer is yellow and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, some carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is hoppy and mild with a nice little sweetness / yeast character.

As far as an APA goes, this is a little nice one. It is moderately bitter, has a nice floral hop presence and a good finish. The overall beer is nicely balanced and finishes not too dry with a little IBUs from the hops on the end. The hops are a little citrus and a little piny, I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's. Served in a Victory pint.

Brewer's description: "Our exceedingly aromatic American Pale Ale. Hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, and Columbus. Nuances of tangelo, under-ripe kiwi, and pine needles. 5.2% abv."

Appearance is pale cloudy golden with light orange hue. Large frothy off white head slowly fades to a thin collar and thin webs of lace. Aroma of resin, floral, grass, earthy hops; mild unripe fruit. Crisp body, medium full, fluffy carbonation, light crisp finish. Slightly peppery and spicy from the start with a light fruit sweetness through the body and an excessively bitter and dry finish. Not much subtlety here for a sub 5% ABV APA, but enjoyable for a hop fix.

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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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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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