HopHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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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

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114
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787
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
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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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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tired Hands

A- pours a hazy golden-.yellow color with a small creamy white head that reduces, leaving good lace behind.

S- nice mix of fruity hop aromas; pineapple, mango, guava, grapefruit and fresh cut grass

T- sweet and fruity hops give flavors of pineapple and mango with a hint of orange. Toasted malt kicks in to add good balance and drinkability. Slightly sweet on the finish with an emphasis on sweet guava fruit

M- medium body with moderate prickly carbonation produces a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, very drinkable

O - super drinkable pale ale , with nice fruity hop notes

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Photo of mothman
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. White head. Super hazy lemon color.

Onion and lemon flavors up front. Biscuit malts. Yeasty. Grassy hops.

Light to medium bodied. Light bitterness.

Decent beer but nothing crazy.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Tired Hands. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy yellowy/golden with a finger of white head. Film retention, good lace rings.

S - Zippy citrus, grass, lemon.

T - Oh ya, very pleasant mild malt and a nice complex hop profile of zippy lemon, grapefruit, and mango. Tasty.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, not that bitter.

O/D - Seemed fairly sessionable. Very nice and tasty with a great combo of hops. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. poured on tap into a pokal/pilsner sort of type glass of sorts at the bar.

Another one to one and a half finger creamy egg white whipped head presented, sitting on a body of lemon opaque yellow, with some faint orange tinge edges. Looks almost like apricot in a glass and ring laces tremendously down the sides of the glass while drinking.

Nose seems to have a light floral sense and lots of citrus juicy quality. The hops are aromatic and take over the malt presence it seems by design but it's not like I care at this point since the aroma is so pleasant and inviting. Some hints of sugar cane perhaps in there.

Once again with these beers it's the mouthfeel that always strikes me first. Lush and fully coating and incredibly hop juicy. Good tropical mango, and a faint dry pine bitterness on the swallow. Aftertaste and aroma has incredible large growing pith citrus bite and huge amounts of lemon and orange peel bitterness that explodes. I can nearly chomp into it long after the beer is finished.

Powerful, but it also makes me forget about the base malt which I would like for balance and to remind me that this is a pale ale after all, but it's a hop lovers dream and full of wonderful hop pleasantries that any beer lover who enjoys that sort of thing can get down with.

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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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