HopHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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4.12 w/ 859 ratings

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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Ratings: 859 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mashak87
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tarheel219
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LAp
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip. Pours a far more hazy lemon-yellow than I would have expected. Nose is savory hop, citrus, and tropical, but more toned down than many TH beers. The palate has a great, subtle savory hop character accented with a small backend bitter bite. There's a certain prominent grassy note to the palate too that works well. A hint of lagery malt on the backend however detracts somewhat from what is otherwise an exceptional pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium/medium light.
It's an exceptional beer, and one that compares favorably to most pale ales, but not to the many tremendous IPAs and DIPAs that TH puts out.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wvsabbath
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerbully
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler

L-Light straw color, moderate head, fairly thick lacing, hazy

S-Tropical fruits mixed with slight citrus...........mango, pineapple, orange, lemon

T-not as tropical as the nose and slightly more bitter...........grapefruit, lemon, grains, orange, pineapple

F-crisp carbonation, soft mouthfeel

O-first and only from Tired Hands but look forward to trying others

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Photo of dtm426
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burkbom23
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beer_lover101
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmrattay
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemony hay, with bubbly head. Very hazy and definitely has a "stirred up" look to it. Probably one of the ugliest good beers out there.

Lemon and grapefruit on the nose, faint resinous pine.

Bitterness hits up front and quickly fades into the citrus hops. Lemon, lemongrass, very light malt backbone, grapefruit, carbonation on the top of the tongue, light pine.

Maybe a little thicker mouthfeel than I'm used to in a pale ale, but still has a nice dry bite at the end that leaves the tongue scrunched for more.

I can see why some people have issues with this beer, but in my opinion its one of the best of the style. The taste is great, I don't get any overbearing astringency and I think it has just enough citrus and pine hops to keep it on the right side of the style.

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Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinylrooster
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 junaman
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours Bright yellow hazy, looks like pineapple juice.
Aroma is hoppy with tropical fruits.
Taste is moderate hoppy, hints of mango, papaya and pineapple.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, murky pale orange with two and a half fingers of white head. Head retention is good with great lacing. Aroma is citrus, peach, pineapple, and flower. Flavor profile has more of a peachy/citrus opening before it works its way into a flowery, resiny hop profile. The flavor profile really gets wonderfully bigger as the beer warms just a little (served straight out of the fridge at around 38*F). Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a little grain to it, but otherwise completely smooth. It nears a crisp, refreshing feel. Overall, a flavorful IPA that doesn't absolutely blast the tongue with notes, and yet provides a good array of flavors.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Photo of q33jeff
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


16 oz can (canned 3/22/17) from dc, to snifter.

LOOK: hazy, dull yellow, small white head that lasts all the way through the 16 oz.
AROMA: lots of fruity hoppy goodness. pineapple, grapefruit.
TASTE: lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit. The freshness probably helps. I rarely have beer canned so recently. A lot of flavor for so low of an ABV.
FEEL: great carbonation. There is a smooth, but silty feel that makes it almost creamy, but more like a thick grapefruit soda.

Very nice. Tired Hands has new fan. I may have to stand in line myself next time.


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Photo of TravisMason
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MFMB
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tired Hands HopHands, my first TH brew ever! Canned two weeks ago so pretty fresh especially considering I acquired this in a trade and it took 4 or 5 days to ship here to Idaho. This beer pours beautiful a hazy yellow/orange almost like a combo of Pinnaple juice and OJ. The nose is of fresh pinnaple and other light tropical fruits like mangos. A bit citrus in there too. Taste is very smooth and packed with Pinnaple, mangos, lemon and grapefruit rinds. Some light grass there too with a very small but yet still discernible malt presence. Medium silky creamy body that coats your mouth. Finishes fairly dry with a nice crisp citrus pith like bitterness. I really enjoyed this and was surprised to see the Bros' gave it a 64? To each their own I suppose.

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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.7% out of 100 with 859 ratings
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