HandFarm | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Pour is pale golden yellow, light haze, white head that dissipates quickly. Nose has some tart grape skin, light notes of sulfur, grassy hop, pepper and lemon. Taste has a bit less sulfer, a bit thin, light tart grape skin, faint grassy hop, moderate bitterness in the finish. Carb is very low, a bit buttery in the finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice wine barrel aged presence all around.

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Photo of Evahflow
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

* Not consumed on this date just finally posting my review

A- A bright straw color, minimal cap of head that clears out to a few bubbles very quickly
S-Chardonnay,Pear,white pepper, lactic tartness. All very restrained
T- Pear, minimal earthiness, a bit of spice, oak, lemon tartness
M- Light bodied, almost thin, soft
O- Saison hands is a top 5 beer for me but this bottle of Handfarm was anything but spectacular. Very soft but next to no brett development. I'd love some carbonation on this beer as well. This was so lightly carbed that it was almost still. Could be bottle variance but most of the bottles I've had from them have been the same.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy milky yellow. Nice white head with good retention.

Smell - Quite lactic acidity. Grainy malt. A little sweet. A little bit of that wine barrel, but not super strong. Oak, though.

Taste - Less tart than the nose implied. Hefty pale malt. Grainy behind the sweetness. Wine barrel blends in more than it's at the forefront.

Mouthfeel - A touch heavy. Very malty and medium carbonation.

Overall - Had this after Civil Disobedience #5, which put HandFarm on the back foot immediately. This is still very good.

Edit: Drank another batch 1 bottle in March 2014 and I don't know why I was complaining about heaviness. This is crisp and pleasantly tart. I don't get as much pale malt either. Grainy with a nice wine barrel character. Excellent. I have not changed my numbers to reflect this, though.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a matching Tired Hands oversized wine glass. The brew appears a clear golden straw yellow color with a frothy white finger. The cap fades leaving a curtain of spotty lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives a half finger back to the surface.

The aroma is lemony and lightly fruity with a very soft vinous touch that is almost tart feeling across the nose. Other notes of sulfur, cheese and mild footy funk are also noted. While not the most bold set of aromatics, it is a nice upgrade from the base.

The flavor is faintly lemony and fruity with a vinous edge. At times this has a feel of funk and cheese with sulfur and a solid backing of grainy quality. Wheat and bready character is there but without having any residual sweetness. Pretty nice.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very easily approachable and effortlessly drinkable. This is a very nice upgrade from the base but not something I would have stood in line for 3 hours for and felt good about. It's best atribute is how clean, snappy and easy drinking it is. Big thanks to my boy Ed for hooking me up with this. I am very appreciative of the chance to try it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 11.25.13

A - Pours a hazy, very light orange-yellow with a few white bubbles that move to the edge.

S - Pretty mild, wheat, rye, white wine, oak.

T - Subtle grains, then a tart citrus and saison mix.

D - Low carbonaitno with a light body.

O - Light, subtle, lacking a bit of an impact, but still good.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wine upfront in the smell and taste. A touch of funk and tartness. Slightly under carbed which directly attributes to the lack of refreshing character. Still pretty good.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared at a local tasting. Bought yesterday at the release, poured into a taster glass. Average of two pours, first and last from the bottle.

A - Both pours were a hazy gold with a small white head. Lots of bubbles coming off the bottom. Pretty looking beer.

S - White wine is defiantly there. Bright fruits and oak. Orange zest, green pepper and that wonderful saison yeast. Nothing overwhelming, but a good amount going on.

T - Very good, but the nose was great, and the taste doesn't quite live up. Very slight tartness, and a light citrus. The wine barrel is apparent in the finish. I wanted to say prominent, but nothing about the taste is really prominent. It's extremely well done, but perhaps overly light for me.

M - Light and bubbly. Dry but refreshing. Wish this was a 750..

O - This is a really great beer, but leaves something to be desired. Slight tartness and a bit fruity. It's a great beer. Try to drink a bunch..

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

500ml, 5.2% anv bottle split with JLindros and Rudzud.

A: Bottle pours into a Treehouse tulip a very strange, very chardonnay type appearance. No head. Still, lifeless. Nothing going on here. This is a fairly clear brew with only a hint of haze.

S: Chardonnay! Very vinous, fruity, hints of barrel like vanilla. This smells so much like a glass of chardonnay that I had to reread the bottle and make sure I wasn't drinking a glass of wine.

T: Very tasty. Pleasantly surprised that this doesn't drink like a wine after the appearance and aroma because I was fooled. Tart upfront taste followed by mellow wine like undertones in the background. Very vinous, vanilla oakiness. Light funk. Right on the bottle it is flaunted that this is a four malt brew with Rye, Oats, Wheat, etc. Where are they? No noticeable spiciness from the rye, no creaminess from the oats, no straw or bready cereal flavor from the wheat. Just tastes like fermented grapes in a barrel with a little bit of infection causing some pleasant tart acidity.

M: Still. No carbonation at all. Mouth is very thin, very light.

O: I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this one and I'm glad that I didn't have any preconceived notions because no matter what I was expecting this would have been different. Very unique brew. This was solid, very tasty. It was all wine, slightly tart, vinous and pleasant. Would definitely drink again and would buy again to share with a white wine lover trying to get into beer.

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Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Batch 4. 500 ml bottle poured into a teku glass

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color. Pour yields less than a finger of a white head with nice retention and great lacing. Body is lightly hazy with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Looks really good.

Smell: White grape, lemon, funk, apple, solid grain backbone, very slight buttery character and a mild underlying peppery saison yeast.

Taste: Oaky white wine, wheat and other grains, decently strong lacto character, mild citrusy hops, green apple, funk, hay, saison yeast. Tart, but actual sourness is relatively low.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium/high carbonation. Finishes mostly dry with just a the slightest twinge of bitterness.

Overall: Tired hands knows how to do saisons and this one is no different. Well worth seeking out. Hopefully they keep cranking out more batches of this.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Waxed and capped 500ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Gentle pour yields a .5 finger fine white head with low retention. Beer is a clear yellow. Lacing is minimal with low stick. Average.

Nose is yeasty with hints of cove, coriander and lemon spritz. Sweet, light and refreshing. Moderately aromatic. Solid.

Opens yeast, peppercorn and clove. Light lemon tartness in the middle with coriander and other floral notes. Funk at the end with some spiciness and lemon at the finish. Aftertaste of yeast and a slight hop bitterness. Pretty enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down spritzy and sparkling. Goes down foamy with a clean finish and a soft, yeasty aftertaste. Really nice.

This beer's not quite there yet but I see a lot of potential. The body is great and the flavor just needs the slightest bit more tartness which could potentially develop with time. I'll certainly revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to kylep3...

Pours a hazed golden straw, moderate cap of white froth, some sticky lacing at the top of the glass. Delicate scent, light funk, vinous, fresh dried grain, woody, yeasty. Taste brings scent up a notch, a little more funk and booze than expected, wine grapes, oak, lots of dried grain, strong bready yeast, grassy, light citrus. Lighter side of medium bodied with some yeast chunkyness. Fantastically constructed, maybe a touch too delicate.

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to HanksBeard (reddit) for this rare-ish beer.

Pours no head, nooo head, hazy murky pear water colored.

Nose is amazing, mild tartness, big vinous wine barrel, tart mild lemon like, big white wine, effervescent floral fruity aromas, little grainy toasty saison coming through as the wine fades out. Touch of vanilla barrel and oak.

Taste brings more lemony tartness as first, fair vinous notes and more light white wine, nice tartness, little lemon, vanilla and buttery oak too, touch of grainy toasty malt, maybe creamy wheat. Creamy lactose like feel and funk. Finish is creamy sticky, not really dry, lingering tart lemony saison, little dry saison spices, little flemmy.

Mouth is lighter bod, very light carb.

Overall very mixed, great nose and pretty nice flavor beer, but almost no carb and a bit thin, hard to rate big despite the great characters.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL from Jim M. Thanks!

A: Pours a brilliant gold with 1/2 inch of foamy head. Head recedes to a thin whisp. Lots of bubbles running through this.

N: Lemon zest, yeast, and I’m getting what’s similar to a rubber eraser. Lavender and haystacks. Slight cheesine, some oak, and chardonnay grapes.

T: Sour lemons, floral elements, with a slight bitterness. Yeast is prevalent. Well-balanced with its elements; deft touch. A little vinegar adds an unpleasant sharpness at times.

M: Very dry - which is a good aspect - and it’s light. however, it gets a little watery which is both a positive and a negative.

O: A very well done beer with some minor flaws. Has a lot of reasons to recommend it, and I wish I had more.

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy golden color. I'm getting some white wine and a strong herbal presence in the taste. There is a slight hop bitterness in the finish along with the herbal notes and the wine. I thought this one was quite complex. There is just a hint of lemon.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My introduction to Tired Hands via HandFarm was somewhat underwhelming. This is the kind of beer you get as an extra and think nothing of, not the kind of beer you would wait in line to acquire. Barrel presence is clear but everything else is a bit weak for my palate.

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Photo of jhawth
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #3, released Jan. 19th, 2014.

Appearance: Poured from beautifully waxed 500ml bottle into Tired Hands wilibecher glass. Pours a very cloudy pale straw, with a finger-width head of fine foam.

Aroma: Funky yeast character and tart wine-y twinge, followed by notes of hay and citrus.

Taste: Sweet, grainy malt notes lead into yeasty funk, followed by lemon-y citrus hop notes and a pleasantly tart wine character. Slight woodiness in finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: One of the best funky saisons I've had. Tired Hands continues to knock it out of the park with me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of axeman pours a slightly hazed gold color with not much head or lace.

Nose is amazing, grape/wine tartness with a snappy wheat and funk.

Lots of brett on the flavor, not overly tart though. Dry and grainy. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit of carbo. Overall a damn solid saison that Id love to have again.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 500ml (1 pt 0.9 fl oz) waxed, pry-off bottle to my pretty, pretty Tired Hands stempiece; bottling date unknown, but this was a recent release. Thanks jzeilinger . . . seriously a dude.

Appearance (3.5): One good finger of bone-white, crackling, bubbling foam that collapses relatively quickly at a visible rate sits atop a pale, honey-hued straw-golden body that’s just the slightest bit hazy—it’s almost the color of a white peach. Retention is minimal, but there’s some interesting lacing going on: scattered suds on one side, and a thin, unbroken sheet on the other.

Smell (4.25): Lots of wine barrel: some mildly lactic acidity mixes very well with a strong, minerally vinous character. Pear juice and lemons, wet clay, and a very nicely musty funk. Lots of pinot grigio-type mineral character.

Taste (4.25): Overall this is very, very light and subtle in nature, but with some strong notes peppery funk, moderately phenolic band-aid stuff, and some lactic acidity (unsweetened yogurt and lemon juice). If you approach it from the subtle side, it’s nice in longer draughts, but you can also pick it apart, too. The grainy malt character is light and biscuity, with a spicy, rustic side (must be the rye) and a lot of dried straw. The Cascade hops are basically non-existant, but that’s okay. Lots of soft wheat and oat character—slightly fruity, silky smooth. The peppery brett and wine barrel blend in much better as it warms, mostly taming the phenolic notes until the finish, and turning the body of the beer into a modestly tart, somewhat fruity, bready, lovely little thing with restrained white and black pepper notes.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Very smooth and soft, with pillow-soft, plush carbonation that tingles all over without prickling and foams evenly and fully in due time; the body finishes dry, thanks to the tartness and pale grains, turning a lighter-than-medium-weight beer into something smooth and full of character (also thanks in part to the silky oats).

Overall (4.0): This is generally a very nice, subtle saison with a strong wine barrel profile after the aging it’s been through. Very nice, very pale, very rustic, and very refreshing. Definitely worth a try if you like saisons or pale, wine barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, January 2013
5oz mini tasting snifter

A: Pours out a hazy, bright yellow orange like color. Thin layer of bright white head that sticks around a while before dropping into a collar on the glass. Leaves some sticky lacing trails.

S: You certainly still get the saison character on the nose. That barnyard funkiness. That peppery spice and some hoppy notes too. But that Chard barrel is there as well. It's pretty pronounced, but works well with the base beer.

T: Flavor on this is quite nice. Up front getting that saison spice and the hops on the tip of the tongue. As it progresses to the middle of the mouth, it's some of that vinous wine character meshing with the base beer funk. It's still a saison through and through, but that wine barrel oak helps to soften it up a little bit. Round the flavors. Almost creamy like. Dry white wine close.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a very pale and hazy yellow color. The head is white and fizzy, not much lacing or retention on this beer. The smell of the beer is really nice, the oak aromas give off a very nice sour wooden aroma with a subtle wine-like sweetness. The taste has a very subtle tartness of some lemon in there followed but the chardonnay in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated, light bodied, insanely drinkable and finishes dry. Overall one of the more drinkable/sessionable barrel aged Saison's out there. It's very nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a vibrant, bright lemon gold color with a solid but thin white lacing ring.

S - White grapes, oak, vanilla, lemon.

T - Some earthiness, lemon, oak tannin, tart sourness, white grapes.

M - Light medium body with delicate carbonation.

O - The tartness factor faded somewhat since when this was released but overall, still very enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade. This is Batch 2 and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear very light gold hue, moreso straw than anything. Nice one finger white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of coriander, white wine, nice lemons, oak, subtle funk. Quite nice.

T - Taste is pleasant tart with some nice sweetness from the white wine. Fun. The peppercorns are almost overpowered (which is nice), faint cloves and coriander. Actually, almost a little banana in here. Funky horse blankets are restrained some by the vinous white wine notes. The wood/barrel is faint. The white wine kind of drifts across the pallet at different points. Quite fun and tasty the flavours here are very, very nicely balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is the weakest point here carbonation is super, super light resulting in a rather thin feel.

O - Overall this beer was delicious and smelled incredible. Carbonation really is lacking though. With a spot on carbonation this would be an very, very good saison. Delicious.

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Photo of AltBock
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle that was dipped in green wax. Awesome label. Cool but creepy drawing of 5 crazy looking hands coming out of the ground. You need to see it for yourself. To the right of the hands in big bold letters is "A Wine Barrel Fermented Four Grain Saison" and a small Government warning. To the left of the hands is a brief history of Tired Hands and a description of the beer. No date anywhere on the bottle.

When poured into an Ommegang Tulip, this wine barrel aged beer poured an extremely hazy yet solid lemon meringue color. It was a very bright color. It was so hazy that I couldn't even see a fraction of the silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. On top of this beer was a creamy pearl white 1/4 of an inch head of foam. It had pretty good retention that left behind a tiny white film and a small number of white streaks of lace. Loved that bright lemon meringue color.

Not only does it look like lemon meringue, but it smells a little like it. I took a big whiff of this beer and I got a lot of tart lemons. Waiting patiently behind the lemons was some white wine and oak. I could detect a slight farmyard Saison funkiness in the back. The lemon ruled this aroma.

The lemon took a back seat in the taste. The first taste I got was the white wine. Directly behind the white wine was the oak barrel. After all that, in comes the lemon and other subtle citrus fruits. The taste then finishes up with a slight peppery yeast taste. The taste was basically tart and slightly funky.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with soft carbonation and with a dry white wine based aftertaste. There was very little funkiness in the mouthfeel. I would like to thank my good friend Del who waited in line for 50 minutes to get this beer for me. I'm not a big fan of white wine, but this is a great beer. They didn't let the lemon or the white wine totally take control of this beer. I would drink it again if I had the chance.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color wit a small white head and little lacing

S-lemon, white wine, funk, oak, nice aroma

T-lemon, tart grapes, oak, white wine, grains, nice funky Brett, hint of spice

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-enjoyable sour with nice range of flavors, wish it were more easily available

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