Nigel | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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89
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56 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
4
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a large snifter.

Nigel pours black with dark brown highlights when held to light. Pale, sudsy tan head was about two fingers worth and is doing a great job sticking all over the glass. The head drops to a thin lacing on top after a minute or two.

The hop aroma on this beer is super fresh. Clearly dominated by piney, resinous hops that smell spicy, earthy and citrusy all at the same time. Notes of honeydew, pine, floral bouquet, spiced tea and chicory.

On the first sip, the bitterness gently takes a bite towards the swallow....nothing up front. There is a spiciness to the hop profile, reminiscent of HopDevil a little. Piney hops lead the way, followed by an aftertaste of toasted malts. The bitterness is not very intense at all (maybe like 60 IBUs?) but it certainly is lingering, and tastes like straight pine needles when you burp. I am enjoying the lack of acridness from heavy dosing of black malt. Tired Hands seemed to go easy on the malt bill to let the hops shine, but also didn't shoot to kill your tastebuds, allowing the hops to just taste fresh and allow a subtler bitterness to dominate.

This Black IPA is medium-bodied, with a semi-dry finish. Very smooth beer, with active carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. Not over the top, but certainly just right for the style.

This may be my favorite beer in this style so far! Most of the time, it feels like the dark malts and hops are battling it out for domination, and this one drinks much more easily and feels like both are toned down for the sake of creating a cohesive dark IPA. Really well done and one of my favorites from Tired Hands so far!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.72/5  rDev -11%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Nigel from Tired Hands Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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