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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
Ranking:
#1,952
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
885
pDev:
8.5%
Bros Score:
2.74
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
131
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 885 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of mmorris15
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peensteen
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Barleycorn
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pritchyk
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 SveNss0N
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amturnm7
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregSemenza
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevehagy
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of luke12345
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rvt5007
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of htown_engineer
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Duncian
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCimpi
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjohns73
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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 +3.6%
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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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 885 ratings
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