HandFarm | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.3/5
341 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Knapp85 on 01-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#807
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
341
pDev:
7.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
58
Trade:
8
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tart edgy saison. white wine character kicks in substantially. lacy on cloudy light yellow. John's bottle. Good drinkability. Smoothly integrated.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolute rock stars at making farmhouse beer, the talented brewers at Tired Hands allow their dry, spicy and tart beer in used wine barrels for a extra tangy, extra fruity and musty taste that bridges the gap between sour ale and classic Belgian taste.

HandFarm pous a hazy canary yellow color that looks like lemon drop candies in color. A cottony white froth builds into an appetizing lather. A musty wood and wine scent applies an overlay of fragrance over the fruity, spicy and earthy ale underneath. Its taste is lightly sweetened with sourdough and honey before the spice and tartness steals the show.

With sweetness quickly dissolving, the beer's lemon, kiwi, melon and grape influence provides a bright fruity taste without much of its associated sweetness. the barrel complexity brings a nutty and musty aura that's of weathered attic wood, cellar-like funk and a lightness of balsa. Spicy with white pepper and delicate coriander and sage, the finish is pleasantly hoppy with nuances of straw and hay.

Light, crisp and clean, the beer's light creaminess soon transcends to a malty dry finish that's brisk and saline. As notions of the sea waft about the senses, its driftwood textures dry the finish and allow for an arid cloud of citrus, berry and wine to roll gently through a quick and spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice head of foam that caps the cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid; admirable lacing

Smell: Bready, with white wine, lemon, vanilla, oak and funk elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with the yeast adding an interesting tone; lemon, oak, vanilla and fruit tones add layers of flavor, with a touch of funk building

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer; I have tasted several good beers now from this brewery and this may well be my favorite so far

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Pours a moderately-hazy straw color with a nice white head. Good retention and some mild lacing. The nose begins with a bit of white wine and a bit of oak. Touch of tannin and light saison yeast. Mild sulfur in the background.

Flavor showcases the wine barrel fermentation. Great wine character carries through the base. Body is incredibly smooth, providing a nice wheat background underneath mild flavors of white wine and oak, plus a faint bit of lemon and slight tartness. Body is light with a very dry finish. Very slight bitterness. Super drinkable. Love it.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from the brewery

Batch 1. Poured into a TH stem glass, a golden-straw color, clearer at first, but increasingly hazy as it got towards the sediment on the bottom. A small white head receded to a ringlet, but left sheets of fine lacing on the glass right until the end. One damn attractive looking brew, that's for sure. Nose was mellow but complex, notes of fresh cut grass and light funk, lemon and white grapes. Taste was similar, crisp, clean, and amazingly balanced, fresh grass, bright lemon zest, white grapes, tannins were light and very soft, just a touch of tartness. The wine/vinous notes didn't come out too intensely, which I thought was a good thing. Mouthfeel was light, overall crisp and fresh, clean and refreshing, right down to the last drop, though the inevitable yeast presence lent a touch of chalkiness in the last couple sips; no harm. Very nice.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle at Tired Hands' 1st Anniversary Party, served in a stemmed pokal glass. Batch 2.

A very clear golden with thin white ring of very small beads with visible carbonation.
The aroma is enticing with a complex array of esters both from yeast and possibly the wine barrel with mild hints of fruit and tropical esters with a mild woody element. The feel is very dry with a good amount of carbonation and the tannic element is noticeable with a subtle astringency as it finishes with a tart yet refreshing aspect.

The taste is very intense from the first sip with some tangy white grape and light tinges of citrus with mild lemon quality and some nice earthy undertones of malt with gentle yeast dustiness as the saison finishes with vinous flavors, oak and tannins. It is a fantastic beer through and through I was really impressed with how expertly crafted this beer tasted from first taste to last.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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 orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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HandFarm from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 341 ratings
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