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HopHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by Rifugium on 05-11-2012

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +3.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -6.1%
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 +4.4%
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 +6.6%
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 -15.4%
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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Photo of pinyin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 64 ounce growler into a 16 ounce chalice at 38F. Purchased at a bottle shop in 11103.

Flaked oats. They vastly improve mouthfeel and color. Tired Hands seems to love using them, probably moreso than any other brewery out there. I really prefer the color and texture of flaked oats fermented in ale yeast. Hop Hands is fairly cloudy. Cloudy enough that I cannot see through the glass. And the coloring is light yellow, and kind of reminds me of Carton Boat, which has a similar ABV but a different hop blend. The look of this pale ale is really attractive to me, and I think that the coloring is by far it's best attribute.

Nose is piney and fruity. Resinous and bready. Also slightly yeasty.

Taste wise Hop Hands is good. No it's not great, as you will find many better North East Style pale ale's with similar ABV%. Singlecut, Other Half, Carton, Kane all have better tasting offerings with a similar alcohol by volume gravity. The dank Simcoe flavors just don't meld well with the fruity ketones in the Centennial hops in my opinion. This growler that I got also has a sort of funky yeasty component to it, which may be because of a dirty tap line or perhaps a keg that has sat for too long. Maybe even a bad pour? But overall there are some slight off flavors. slightly buttery, slightly banana. Most likely from too many temperature changes stressing the yeast out. My growler and glasses were sanitized with starsan and then rinsed with cold tap water prior to filling and drinking, so these off flavors that I am getting are going to be the result of the bottle shop or the distributor.

Mouth feel is good. Not too harsh, but I can still taste some slight alcohol on the back of the throat. Oat Overdose is much more smooth with a higher %ABV, but this is close. The lacing and carbonation on this ale is kind sloppy compared to Oat Overdose as well. Perhaps this has to do with Other Half's excellent carbonation characteristics.

Very pleased to find an actual Tired Hands product in NYC. The drive to the Northern suburbs of Philadelphia is certainly out of the question, even from Monroe County. I would be pleased if they could maybe start getting some of their kegs and cans up as far north as The Lehigh Valley so that I may try more of their supposed world class offerings, hopefully with a fresher timestamp and less distributor handling. I absolutely love oat mashed ipa's and pale ale's, but I am just not a huge fan of the hop blend in this particular offering.

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Photo of jhartley
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Belgian tulip glass.

Let me also say that I completely disagree with the low rating given by Jason; but to each his own I guess.

Look: Pours a hazy dark straw yellow, with some hints of green. Fluffy white soap bubble head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus, tangerines, spicy and tropical hops.

Taste: Delicious! Orange, mango, and some slight citrus. The oats leave a nice lightness to the back end.

Feel: Light mouth feel with a dry biscuit like finish. Really thin.

Overall: Very tasty and personally I like the cloudy look of this one. Very smooth and easy to drink. Can't wait to crack open the other can I have!

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Photo of LordSMAF
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully smooth APA. Hazy, juicy, citrus-y goodness with an incredible aroma and mouth feel. Pineapple, grapefruit, and some breadiness from the oats.

Poured from 16oz can into tulip glass.

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Photo of shaemmerle
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite local Pale Ales. Smells great, tastes great, everything you want from a pale ale. Lemony, hoppy, and easy to drink. When I am introducing someone to Tired Hands, I have them start with this one, before moving on to the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a CAN! Sent from back east, and received within days of canning. Yellow-ish color poured into a tulip, with plenty of carbonation. Great citrus notes - nothing over the top, but really a great APA.

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Photo of Tommo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes like an ultra dry hoped homebrew wheat beer

Pours very cloudy, smells of mosaic and citra, tastes similarly. Overall its nice, but tastes like 007 or 1056 with heavy citra dry hop. Would buy for 10, not 14

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy straw hue.

Smell - Tropical and citrus nose.

Taste - Citrus and candied tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Pretty thick and chewy.

Overall - I really enjoyed this take on a hazy tropical Pale Ale. Worthy a try.

Grade (A-)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased at Tired Hands in Ardmore, PA.

This one pours a pale hazy yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pine, peach, grass, nectarine and honey like malt.

This is pretty tasty and crushable. There's a nice soft fruit flavor, nectarine and grapefruit mostly, with some herb like grassiness and pine. There's a bit of honey like flavor, but not much in the way of malt.

This is light bodied, with a crisp level of carbonation and mouthfeel.

Another great hoppy beer from Tired Hands.

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Photo of Jusskahbox
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer scratches every itch the creamy IPA lover is looking for. It is as hazy as fresh squeezed lemonade with a delicate head (about a quarter inch). Glows a beautiful dandelion gold. The nose is floral and hoppy but delicate. Flavor profile followed suit. Citrus, floral, simple. It did't punch me in the pallet with flavor but was certainly present and juicy. The mouthfeel is really the most satisfying component of this brew. As one would expect with a brew so hazy, it really followed through with a clean, creamy mouthfeel. Next to no alcohol burn, understandably so considering the ABV. Overall, a very sessionable brew.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can, nice cloudy white peach color, aroma and taste of piney, resin-y hops; faint lemon; and passion-fruit.... nice oily mouthfeel with good carbonation... a touch more malt than I like... not an absolute standout---especially because my house brew is TreeHouse-- the king of beer--- but I like the trend of making these unfiltered, low malt brews! Well-Done!

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Photo of ajm5108
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To say this pours cloudy would be an understatement. Looks exactly like store-bought pineapple juice. I'm not exactly an aesthete when it comes to beer, but it certainly isn't an inviting visual. Aroma was fairly muted, mostly just some citrus and floral hops, pretty straightforward. Taste is much the same. I appreciate it not being a hop bomb, but I felt it lacked depth. You get a nice dose of citrus upfront - mostly pineapples, papaya and starfruit - but there isn't much behind it. The base isn't really there. It's thin and a little watery. Not bad, but certainly dissapointing after all the attention Tired Hands gets around here.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely feeling it. Loving the very acceptable trend of cloudy/hazy brews. Glad New England modernized the style, and excited to see it expand! Keep pouring them Tired Hands!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
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.


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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

growler into pint glass
extremely cloudy pale yellow color, not much head. aroma is nice fruity hop aroma. taste is dominated by that same flavor - no bitterness, just hop flavor. not much malt body, but it still is tasty. medium bodied, lower carbonation.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tired Hands.

Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo
ABV: 5.5%

Cloudy golden haze. Clearly unfiltered. I can smell the beer from a few feet away. Loads of citrus, earth and grass. Hardly any bitterness. This thing is right up my alley. So good I ordered a growler to go. This is a beer I wish I could drink everyday.

Update: I've had this in DC a few times over the past several months, and it's just not the same beer anymore. A damn shame.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy pale straw. Fluffy, foamy white head.

S: Grassy lemon drop. Pipovrts with berry balm. Pine, biscuit. Rustic sweet and tart.

M: Light, effervescent. Medium carbonation.
Pleasantly astringent.

T: Bright citrus, mild earth. Pine, juicy, gooseberry

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Photo of GregA135
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Bros may want to reconsider changing their rating, because this APA was great! Then again to each their own right?
Had this brew at their Fermentaria. Poured a hazy orange/lemon color with a white head. Smell and taste basically followed each other - citrus, fruit notes, a bit of pine. A nice juicy APA with medium carbonation and very refreshing too. Ended up taking a growler of this home. Can't wait to come back to Tired Hands!

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super cloudy light straw color with a finger of head. The nose is pure citrus and fresh hops. The hoppy finish is the focus of the flavor profile.

Like other Tired Hands offerings that I have sampled, this beer is light-bodied for the style and light on the malt presence.

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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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