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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 dar482
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The beer is wonderfully hoppy of juicy citrus and tropical, bounds of grapefruit. The malt backbone is light with some graininess and the oat gives it some roundness. A significant bitterness on the end of green grass, slight pine, and floral.

At under 5%, this beer is absurdly tasty. One of the best of the "best" small brewery pale ales I've had (Trillium and Peekskill).

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came to me a hazy golden sunshine. The head on top wa white but thin and left little lacing.
The aroma was quite hoppy and smelled good and fresh. The bouquet had citrus notes as well as pine resin. I detect alittle bready malts and yeast too.
The taste mirrors the aroma with citrus notes and malts. Finishes clean with a tad bit of bitterness. Very good.

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Photo of dsal89
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from 8/24. Poured into TH oversized wine glass.

Pours from the growler a somewhat hazy gold/yellow with a 2 finger head that leaves nice soapy bubbles atop the beer. Nice retention and I think it will leave some very nice lacing. Really nice looking pale ale.

Im getting some nice citrus in there with a bit of peach (or at least what I always think is peach). A bit of pine in there as well. Im getting very little malt in the aroma but there is a touch of some sweet bread in there and it compliments the bright hop aromas very well. Also a very nice fresh grassy aroma throughout. Smells great!

Nice grassy/pine punch to start and then by mid palate it transforms into fresh citrus and orange juice. The finish is slightly bitter and hits with soft bread that was coated with orange jam. After letting it warm up a bit more the peach I was getting in the aroma is showing it's face just a wee bit. Hits very subtly up front and lasts throughout til the finish. great stuff and highly crushable.

Really nice mouthfeel. Soft but it feels full and makes it feel bigger than just 5 percent. As far as pale ales go this has got to be close to my favorite. My first Tired Hands beer so I had a lot of expectations for it because anything from them is a want of mine and this just hit the nail on the head. Great stuff

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very slightly hazy yellow. Quite pale. A small amount of lacing.

Smell: General hop bitterness, grapefruit, and strong notes of pine. A little breadiness is found deep within.

Taste: Grapefruit dominates, followed by a mixture of malty and piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with low-medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: A beautiful American Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is excellent and refreshing, and the flavors, while a little subdued compared to some of Tired Hand's other offerings (Perfect Hole in One, for example), are truly amazing. A great beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler, filled 2 days ago at the brewery, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color, topped with a finger of white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrus, tropical fruit, and a nice grassy and piney bitterness. Also some bready yeast and a bit of malt sweetness, but the fruit and grassy hops are definitely the most prominent.

T- Similar to the aroma, tropical fruit and citrus are right up front, along with some mild grassy bitterness. A bit of malty sweetness provides balance, along with bready, grainy flavors.

M- Light to medium bodied, smooth feel, very light and easy drinking.

O- A very good pale ale, the fruitiness is really great, and everything here is really smooth and restrained, making for great drinkability. Good growler material here.

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Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

32 oz. swing top growler served in a Hill Farmstead glass. Filled 5/5.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick collar that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Grassy, floral with a little bit of lemon citrus. Sweet cracker malts provides a nice backbone for this. Nicely balanced.

T: A ton of floral and grassy-like hops on the initial sip. The mid palate has a very light touch of bitterness. Light white grape with a clean finish. The malt body is like a honey covered croissant. Sweetened, but not over powering.

M: Incredibly light with a medium carbonation level. Very clean and smooth across the palate with a very drinkability. This goes down so easy.

O: A really easy drinking and nicely put together APA. This isn't going to knock your socks off with flavor, but it's well made. Balanced.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From 03/24/13 notes. Had this on tap at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA.

a - Pours a clear medium golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells or grains, citrus hops, wheat, light pine hops, yeast, floral hops, and light fruity malts. Pretty nice; hops are up front, though not super strong. Nice, plesant nose.

t - Tastes of grains,wheat, yeast, spice, citrus hops, floral hops, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Little less hops here than the nose but still quite nice.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy, and extremely easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice low ABV pale ale with an amazing mouthfeel; you could definitely drink a few of these and would want to. I enjoyed a few other beers on tap that night more, but this is a great staple beer and would love to have it again. A nice light hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tall white head that fades to a fizz on top, lots of lacing. VERY pale body - looks like a light beer.
Nice clean citrus hop aroma, but fades to be pretty faint given time. Taste is overwhelmed by sharp acidity with some messy hops at the back end, lingering dry and bitter. The acidity is felt more than the carbonation, leaving it somewhat astringent.
Disappointing overall. Tastes and feels like an extra-hopped light beer. I guess at 4.8% it sort of is one, but I still wouldn't choose it over any readily available pale ales.

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Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pale lemon color capped by a dense head of foam that leaves excellent lace patterns

Smell: CItrus and tropical fruit aromatics

Taste: The hops dominate the flavor profile from start to finish here, with the malt basically providing the backbone and nothing else; citrus and tropical fruit flavors build, though they never verge into overwhelming bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyed the well-attenuated character of this beer; the hop profile was just how I like it and stepped up to the border of IPA territory but never crossed the line

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 4 oz glass at the brewery.

The beer is cloudy with a good amount of off white carbonation. As the head fades it leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is light and hoppy with a citrus peel note balanced by the grain. The taste follows from the smell, this is a great session pale ale. The hops star and the light malt balances things out. Easy to drink with a light body, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale straw color, somewhat hazy. Bubbly bone white head that does not stay around very long.

S- Lots of grassy notes, some fruity aromas including peach and mango, nice citrus quality, slight breadiness.

T- Big fruity hops come through with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Lots of hop flavor packed into this one, especially for such a light and drinkable beer.

M- Light and drinkable, some bitterness lingers on the tongue, medium carbonation.

O- Very enjoyable pale ale. Great flavor range for a more approachable APA.

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

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Hoppy aroma. Grapefruit coloured and lacey. A little yeast, surprisingly. A big smooth mouthfeel. Citrus,fruity, complex and subtle tastes, a good pale. I would like to have a six pack in my fridge. Perhaps the best on tap tonight.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RetailL10 for the growler.

Pours pale yellow with a finger of white head. Good retention and a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma features citrus, a bit of pine and a lot of grassy/floral hops. Nose is muted as the faint hops are hardly all that's there.

Flavor starts out with the grassy hops. A little bit of orange rind and pine soon creep in. Just a bit of breadiness although hardly any malt in this puppy.

Light mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and carbonations pops. Light bitterness lingers on the tongue.

A nice APA and goes down very easily. I'd love a little more in the flavor/aroma department though. Looking forward to trying more stuff from Tired hands.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer was really good in my opinion, the blend of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops were awesome. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it had a moderate bitterness to it but not strong enough to make it an IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer was light bodied, very drinkable, refreshing as well. Overall this beer was possible one of the best I had all day. It really is a good brew. My only complaint is that it felt a little watery to me. Other than that it's worth trying.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering at Tired Hands. The brew appears a pale light copper color with a white sudsy head. The capnretains very well and as it fades, leaves a full wall of lace sticking all over the glassware.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a bright hip character smelling fruity, floral and citrusy. There is a faint malt backing to this but the hops are rich and inviting without getting excessive. Nicely done.

The taste is hoppy but its a hoppiness that is full of flavor without getting excessively bitter. Fruit, floral and citris hop notes run the whole gauntlet across your tongue. It displays a dry finish thats crisp with hints of earth and almost something along the lines of peppers goes into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Crisp as stated previously thats easy drinking with a low alcohol impact. The faint peppery quality was strange but overall this was a clean and well executed brew.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed golden color with some straw hues. Thick crop of white head rests on top, leaving rings of spotty lacing around the glass.

Fragrant, powerful nose filled with citrusy hops and floral accents. Punchy and bitter with some citrus peel. Light biscuit malt hints with grain and soft sweetness.

Bitter and citrusy up front, plenty of hop character with orange and tangerine. The hops balance nicely with some soft fruit sweetness and biscuit malts. Finishes bitter and dry with lasting hops.

Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth and refreshing on the tongue. This is an extremely well crafted APA - plenty of hop character with just enough balance. I could drink this by the growler, no problem.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, 8oz pour

A bright golden orange body with a foamy bone white cap. Strong retention with mild lace.

The nose is bright and well-rounded. Floral, grassy, citrus, and pine all poking through. This is billed as wonderfully aromatic, and it definitely is. Clean and bright hop aromatics are a big winner here.

On the palate, things are a little more balanced. A lightly sweet malt bill pulls these hops back a bit. Notes of undercooked biscuits, fresh flowers, pine needles, juicy white grapefruit, apricots, and pineapple.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, soft carbonation. Finish is mainly a floral bitterness.

A damn good APA. I'd like the imbalance of the nose to translate better on the palate, but honestly I'd be nitpicking at this point.

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Photo of cavedave
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to one of the finest BA's around, Retail1LO

A finely clouded, dark straw pour holds a finger of white foam fleetingly, ends with bubble islands and a nice ring.

Wonderful wafting aromas of orange and lemon zest, sweet grapefruit, neutral sweet, melon form a bouquet that is indescribably delicious and enticing.

All the flavors of the nose combine into a balanced whole that also features the lightest bit of herbal drying at the end. Stupid delicious, I wish I were a better reviewer and could let you read this and know just how fucking good this is.

Nicely low carb, easy drinking, light body but full of lasting flavors that make a superb finish.

Tired Hands, huh? In the words of no one in particular I shall give worthy advice: "Get yo ass some of this beer, y'all gone like it fo sho!" Highest recommendation.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 7/25/12 served in an 8oz tulip.

Pour: a great hazy golden yellow with a finger of white fluffy head.

Smell: Wonder juicy grapefruit, with some lemon zest and pne.

Taste: Follows the nose with juicy grapefruit and lemon citrus. Bready malt balances. Finishes with a clean pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Carbonation gives it an almost velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Wow, what a start to my Tired Hands experience. This pale ale tussles with the giants, and is up there with Edward in my opinion. Definitely get this if you can!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. A nearly clear, very light gold color with a small, slowly settling head that becomes a thin band on top. Superb lacing. Assertive citrus in the nose, with lime coming through prominently as well as pine resins and a gentle maltiness.

Drinks like an Ipa light; very much hop forward; restrained pale malt sweetness; lots of citrusy lime, pine, resins, grass, a subtle oniony note from the Amarillo.

Smooth and light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp and dry. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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%
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%
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 +10.8%
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 +7.4%
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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HopHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 735 ratings.
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