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Nigel | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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4.19/5
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56 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
tiredhands.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our India Black Ale, brewed with debittered black wheat and hopped intensely with Amarillo and Simcoe.

Added by stephenjmoore on 01-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,790
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
56
pDev:
7.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
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0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color, not quite as dark as I was expecting it to be. The head was a light brown color. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this beer. The smell of the beer gave off a pungent aroma of citrusy hops and some roasted malts. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with the hops and the roasted malts coming together. The mouthfeel is sharp, it's crisp and leaves a prickly feeling on the tounge. Overall it's a pretty sold Black IPA and I could see myself ordering it again in the future.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a creamy head capping the dark brown liquid; squiggles of lace are left behind

Smell: A bit of a toasty aspect but that is just a backdrop for the grapefruity hops

Taste: Just a bit of toasty brown bread, up front, and then the grapefruity hops kick in; a dry finish that just contains a hint of the malt with the hop flavors lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Unlike a lot of ABAs, this beer doesn't have the need to make a malt statement that battles the hops; another nicely attenuated beer from Tired Hands that is full of subtlety and balance

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Photo of oline73
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Pours a very dark brown color with a layer of creamy off white head. The smell is full of citrus peel hops with some roast chiming in as well. The taste is more of the same. Citrus peel hops along with roasted malt. There is a nice level of sweetness in the finish. The carbonation is fluffy and smooth and the finish is dry.

This is one of the better black IPAs I've ever had. Very well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at the brewpub

We've got, you know, amarillos in our trousers.
But seriously, folks...

Dark brown-black pour, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet, leaving spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was a bit distant, with notes of dark malts and light citrusy hops coming through. Taste was fairly mild compared to other beers of the style, which is actually not a bad thing. Taste of grapefruity hops, dark malts, fairly roasty, dark bread, some piney bitterness in the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, and a nice drink overall.

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3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate tenderbranson69 for sharing this -enjoyed from the growler in a willybecker.

The color is practically black with thin medium tan head with fine bead and lace sticks clarity is opaque. The smell has a slight char note up front with a moderately pine-like hop scent and subtle yeast aroma. The feel has a nice roast quality with more hop dominant with mild sweetness level and medium bitterness with medium carbonation and moderately dry finish.

The taste is lightly roasted with mildly bitter entry and slight pine in the flavor with a dark roast coffee and dry cocoa-like accent with yeast fruitiness in the middle w/ chalky quality and lightly bitter malt aspect in the finish with yeast tang and citrus hop flavors lingering. Overall this is good with very nice drinkability for the style with earthy element and fairly balanced just a little chalky

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of drabmuh
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Black IPAs I've ever had. Served in a Tired Hands glass. At the time of this review, this is #10 on the "Top Beers - American Black Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. This beer is a great cascade bomb, I love cascade so this was a winner to me

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate head, some retention.

Aroma is all hops, mild malt, no roast.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice cascade on the midpalate, nice bitterness from the hops on the finish and some bittering from mild roast. It plays well together and I would have this again for sure. One of my favorites from this place thus far.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mltobin
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewpub

A dark brown, almost black pour with a tight, creamy off-white cap. Some good retention as it never truly faded, settling to a thin layer of foam with some spotty lace.

Piney hops with some mild citrus over top. Lightly roasted malt with a bit of cocoa powder laying low. Nicely hopped, vibrant aroma.

Nigel slides onto the palate. Piney hops greet you first. Resiny notes. Mild roast and cocoa powder through the middle. The finish is a moderate bitterness of pine resin and mild grapefruit.

Medium bodied and smooth. A tad below creamy. Dry finish, with a bit of resiny stickiness left behind.

A damn fine dark IPA. Solid hop presence with malt bill that isn't too roasty and stays out of the way.

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

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub

Clouded deep opaque black color with a two-finger tanned head resting on top. Fades out slowly, leaving patchy, spotty lacing littered around the glass.

Piny hoppiness in the nose with a few citrus notes. Dark malts with warmer roasted tones, a dash of cocoa and chocolate. Soft alcohol warmth.

Formidable bitterness up front, pine hops with a touch of resin. Notes of citrus peel and light sweetness resting on the thicker dark malt backbone. Roasted tones, chocolate and cocoa lurk underneath. Finishes with pine hop bitterness and a kiss of alcohol.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and sticky on the tongue. Quality hop-forward ale for the season, although this wasn't quite as memorable as some of their other recent brews (attn Light That Spills...)

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, almost black body with a frothy tan. Good lacing, nice appearance.

S- Tropical fruits, roasted malt. Grapefruit and citrus come through a lot.

T- An extremely tropical black IPA. Huge fruity hop flavors with some roasted malt and chocolate malt coming through as it warms.

M- Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, really drinkable.

O- A great beer. Roasted malt, huge hops, great.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Nigel from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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