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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 PVMT
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House on 10/27/15. Hazy yellow pour with a foamy white head. Citrus nose, but flavor is bright pine and biscuity malts, leading to a clean, slightly sweet and bitter finish. Quite good.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap at the Pottstown Brew Festival on Oct. 4, 2015 into the tasting glass.

A: Super hazy light straw color with a nice one finger white head. Some glass lacing.

S: Wow, super juicy and fruity nose with some grassy tones. Slight candy malt sweetness. Great, great smelling beer.

T: Heavy citrus hops with tons of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and some mango. I get some grassy flavors as well that mix with the almost candy like sweetness. The sweetness never gets a chance to really take over as the citrus hops come back to dry the finish out nicely, but it does give the beer terrific depth and body. This is so juicy it's insane, but it's more than just hop juice and that's what makes it terrific.

M: Medium mouthfeel with nice body. Not really a bitter beer, but it's nice and dry on the finish. No alcohol and super drinkable!

O: I really, really loved this beer. Yes, it is super cloudy but I'm not sure why that would detract from the beer itself, I guess I don't understand. I go mostly on taste, and this beer tasted fantastic For me, this was the best beer at the beerfest, and that's saying something as there were a ton of great beers there. I will seek this one out for sure, loved it.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pale, love the look- cloudy and hazy. Smell is excellent, with grapefruit and pineapple being the most dominant to me. Wonderful juicy taste. Wait until they start canning this and it explodes. It is a dream to be able to crack a can of this open in the near future and enjoy it wherever the hell I want. I would implore the Bros to revisit this one, never saw a bigger disparity in reviews....

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fermentaria. Pours a hazy pale yellow with 2 inches of fluffy white head. Some lacing. The aroma is very fruity (I'm noticing a trend here). Kiwi, grapefruit and tangerines with some melon and pine. The taste is grapefruit, melon and some kiwi notes. Pine and honey as well as a nice malt backbone. Melon and kiwi finish. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Good amount of bitterness for a Pale Ale. Overall, worth having again.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap pours a slightly hazy golden, color with a frothy white head sturdy on top. Aroma is juicy hops, dank, citric, floral and slightly grassy. Light malt roast and smooth light-medium body makes this beer goes down so easy and yet the hops really shine in flavor of pine, tangerine, honeysuckle, grassy and fresh. Would easily have this beer again.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-08-30 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge on tap.

A - Hazy straw-yellow with a 1-finger white head and great lace.

S - Grapefruit flesh, cracker, pine, floral. Very inviting.

T - Follows the smell closely and finishes with a touch of malt and fruit sweetness to balance the moderate lingering bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbination. Dry and refreshing.

O - So simply satisfying you could have it for breakfast in lieu of a glass of grapefruit juice.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Local 44 in Philly

Nice hazy lemony color. The nose is a straight citrus bomb. The taste follows....tons of citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, and some dankness. A touch of bitterness. Super crushable! Not sure what's up with the 64 rating but this is a damn good pale ale. One of the better ones I've tasted actually. Cheers.

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Photo of citizencane
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemon citrus and grain taste. Appears an opaque yellow with minimal head. Mouthfeel is okay. An all around average session IPA with a perhaps a little more smoothness than average. Nothing remarkable here, but nothing bad.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a pale cloudy yellow color with a good white head that leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Lots of citrus juiciness

Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, light bitterness and maltiness, you primarily get a bouquet of citrus hops

Feel: Light body, good carb

Overall: This pale ale is a big wow for me. Been a while since I've gotten that from a Pale Ale. I love the cloudiness, who needs clear beer? I don't feel like filtering brings anything to the table anyways as long as you don't get chunky stuff.

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

Can poured into a chalice

Cloudy yellow in appearance

Aroma of citrus fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, whiff of pineapple

Taste of grapefruit hops

Good beer

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Photo of larryi86
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler, filled 6/5, poured into a pint glass

A- A hazy pale yellow with a two finger white head.

S- Melons, slightly dank/piney, hint of citrus, slightly grainy.

T- Piney, slightly dank, hints of melons/tropical fruits, hints of peppercorns and pale malts.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A nicely done take on a Pale Ale, pretty hoppy but not to a point were it feel like an IPA. I have made a lot of trips to Tired Hands and finally getting around to trying their house pale ale, I think I will be picking this up more often.

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Photo of Monktastic7
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this "house" pale...possibly one of the best sessions in the country. Super delicate mouthfeel, bursting with juicy hops and then a slightly dry pale finish.

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Photo of wedge
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@ Tired Hands

Cloudy juicy looking yellow-orange beneath a fat soapy head. Rings of lace all down the glass. Fresh, fruity aromas of kiwis, berries, peaches, apricots, and a little hop cone dankness. Unsurprisingly, the hop flavors are particularly fruity as well…berries, peaches, nectarines, and grapefruit – all oily and fresh. Crisp, easy drinking with low carbonation. Lots of juicy fruit flavors in a small package.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler thanks to drabmuh.

Hazy straw yellow body with an inch of pure white head. The nose brings oranges, lemons, fresh citrus hops. Lovely hop character. Bright citrus with some herbal and grassy notes. Medium bodied. Very glad that Tired Hands growlers are holding their carbonation now. Tasty beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not feeling it with this brew, extremely cloudy and a mess to say the least. Staff at the pub should not be pouring it. Milkshake beers are not a trend or acceptable with traditional or even modern styles... No excuses. Carbonation seemed off, a muddled mess.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%

32 oz growler poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Extra cloudy straw-yellow with a 1/2 finger of loose white head that dissipates quickly.

Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, candy sugar, and dank pine.

Grapefruit juice, sugar-coated tangerine, and pineapple juice. Bready backbone with nuances of candy sugar. Finishes with pine sap and dank greenery.

Medium-light bodied, silky, smooth, and juicy.

Juicy as all Hell with a very low bitterness. I could drink these all day long. Superb Pale Ale.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tired hands sampler glass, both of which I purchased a couple hours ago at the brewery!

Pours a very hazy, pineapple yellow body with a big, fluffy white head that reduces slowly to leave a chunky head and lacing.

Hugely aromatic with fresh citrus, tropical fruits and pine.

Not too aggressive on the palate, notes of citrus, pine, pale malt, tropical fruit.. Subtle but nice flavors. Ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly watery with medium carbonation.

A solid pale ale, extremely drinkable and aromatic. Sessionable definitely.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA.

Hazy, straw yellow in color with a large fluffy white head. Awesome lacing on the glass as it goes down. Bright citrus and pine aroma. Light bodied, even a little thin for me. Falls more in line with a Session IPA than a pale ale. Easy drinking and crushable.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow in color, a finger plus of a white foamy head with good retention and leaves behind strong legs and a lacing along the sides. Slightly hazy but still able to see through it.

Smell: hop varieties. ranges from citrus to pine and floral, spicy notes as well. Pretty juicy. malts are slightly sweet, mostly bread-like. some mineral content too.

Taste: opens with citrusy and floral hops. as the hops evolve more juice like and some spicy flavors come out. the taste is very juicy and low on resin. back end has a mix between pale malts, mineral water and some yeast character.

Mouthfeel: light, slight bitterness and very refreshing. a touch on the dry side but that just gets you ready for more.

Overall: a very well done take on the pale ale, exactly what I look for. good hoppy flavor and aroma, malt depth. refreshing qualities and great drinkability.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous American pale ale! Deep golden slightly pale yellow hue and slightly cloudy. Big rocky white head and great lacing on the glass. Big fruit notes on the nose, so tropical and juicy. Fantastic nose! Tastes of tangerines, Meyer lemons, pine and mango. Soft, creamy, light to medium body and a crisp drying finish. Loved this one!

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave a thin thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice wet, dank, sticky resinous hops. Nice citrus peels, earthy spicy, light resinous, faint malts. It is over ten days old though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice bitter citrus peels candy orange, pith, Clementine, light resinous notes, candy malts, alcohol hidden, nice bitterness on the finish too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, faintly crisp.

O - Overall this beer was a bit underwhelming but the taste is very nice. Pleasant beer to drink, solid.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled 2 days ago. Thanks John. Poured into a brandy glass today, 5/2/2014.

A- Hazy straw yellow body much like lemonade. Very effervescent two finger white head that quickly drops into a thick film that retains quite well, lacing abounds.

S- Bready sweet, yeasty (in a Belgian style), a bit of tropical fruit, some floral notes.

F- Bread, caramel and oats mixed in with yeasty spice; citrus hops complement this sweetness. Finish is more floral than citrusy. It almost has a distinct Belgian type flavour which is kind of odd.

M- Medium bodied, not particularly bitter and actually very drinkable. The finish is dry, refreshing but a bit odd with that mix of the yeast and malt.

O- A fairly solid pale ale that is quite different than the others, but didn't impress too much. Good for a year-round, but the finish is kind of odd. The best description I can come up with is: American-hopped Belgian-style pale ale due to the yeast.

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Photo of d5001986
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange with about 2 fingers of creamy, off-white head.

S: Tart lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango.

T: Tart lemon up front, followed by mango, pineapple, grass, and a bit of maltiness. Pungent and mildly bitter.

M: Slick med-light body with light carbonation. Refreshing.

O: This is a very good APA, definitely sessionable. The up front tartness was different, but pleasant. A total tropical hop-bomb as well.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour on tap at the brewery poured into their flute-like glass, unknown brewing/release date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - golden-off yellow coloration; low clarity (cannot read through) with intense hop haze; tight white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; initial frothy white head settles into a 1 finger head that persists throughout the drinking

S: 10/12 - moderate citrus and floral hop character - grapefruit, mango, lemograss and dandelions - with some biscuity bready malts and oats; no detectable alcohols; no flaws

T: 18/20 - taste profile immediately follows the nose but is subtle and gentle - this is a citrus delight with some mild pine; in the middle of the mouth, the citrus hop complexity continues with Centennial and Amarillo notes (less so Simcoe) and gentle oats, malts and alcohol; finishes dry and inviting

M: 5/5 - moderate-to-high carbonation; moderate hop oils that coat the tongue and instill a creaminess not typically found in this style; moderate alcohol presence

O: 9/10 - wow, this is a beautiful hop symphony that is one of the most balanced and inviting aromatic pale ales on the market; I could session this all night and still be a delight the following morning; highly recommended for all hop hands on deck! On my visit to the brewery on Sun., 3/23/14, the only beer that I had that I thought was better was the First Level NS IPA, but these beers are very different and this one is more balanced and delicate!

TOTAL - 44/50

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