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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Added by Knapp85 on 01-14-2013

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A- Pours a hazy yellow color, thin white head, nice retention.

S- The aroma is absolutely amazing. Mildly sour, lots of dry must and hay, grass, as well as some great notes of white wine, oak and a bit of citrus.

T- Very dry, great yeasty, dry mustiness. There's a prominent white wine, grape skin and oak character. Light lemony citrus and hay. Finishes with vinous flavors, oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, soft feel, finishes very dry.

O- This is really awesome, one of the best saisons I've had in quite a while. TH has been consistently killing it with this style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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 Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma offers tropical fruit, floral hops, simply amazing. Wow. I could smell this all day. The flavor does not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. That said, this is a very good beer. Light and refreshing. I could drink a crazy amount of this.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to Nick for this

pours a hazy straw pale yellow. little to no head, a thin ring of lacing. a hint of brightness.

nose blew me away, smells like a belgian gueuze. lemon, apples, funky, oak. just brilliant.

taste is no way resembles a gueuze though. a very light saison. starts out funky and spicy with a light fruit aspect. starts to fade and thin in flavor through the finish. subtle white wine and oak on the finish.

light with some bite that builds then fades. fairly dry.

quite good but such a bigger bolder nose than the flavor. wish this had a bit more to match the nose. easy drinker, very good.

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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 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 AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice and subtle saison/sour. Lots of dry white wine grape, maybe hints of other fruit, mild tartness and brett. Very soft and gentle in both flavor and mouthfeel, pretty light in flavor, pretty dry too though not bitter and not incredibly sour. This is on par with most of the Hill Farmstead saisons for quality, though it has its own personality. I wish beers like this were shelf beers you could get all the time and not just special bottles you have to save for tastings.


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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 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 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 ColForbinBC
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a tulip

The body is a light yellow color, almost golden in spots, with a haziness throughout. A firm one+ finger of paper white foam rose and stuck to the glass as it retreated. Spider web lacing coating the glass.

Notes of fresh grass, earth, white wine, musty oak, pepper, lemons, damp wheat, and a little bit of funky cheese. This is a complex little number. The barrel aging imparts a nice roundness to the profile.

On the palate, this guy is soft and delicate, but well-rounded and complex. Soft damp wheat and grass up front before some barrel notes come in through the middle. Musty wood, dry wine, pepper, lemons, and a subtle dose of earthy/cheesy funk. The finish is dry, but not overly so. Some lingering barnyard notes with a touch of pepper and wine.

Smooth and lush. The carb levels were perfect. Slides in nice and easy.

A damn fine barrel aged saison. The characteristics from the barrel aging are not overpowering or too subtle, they are dead on as to not overpower such a delicate base beer. A well crafted beer on all fronts.

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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 cfrances33
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Mostly clear pale yellow with a finger and a half white creamy head. Leaves moderate lacing. The body has a nice effervescence.

Smell: Big white wine notes and oak up front. A very light funk comes through. Some lemons and a definitely wheat aspect.

Taste: Big white wine presence. Pretty much dominates the palate. Lots of oak gives this a very mellow taste. Lightly tart lemons and white grapes. A touch of bready sweetness. Finishes bone dry with chardonnay and oak.

Mouthfeel: Rather watery, which is a disappointment. Otherwise, nice creamy mouthfeel. Bone dry on the finish.

Overall: This is definitely good, but not as good as I hoped for. Flavors are definitely more relaxed, and I wish it had a tad more body. I would drink this again.

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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 Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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 xnicknj
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into teku

Hazy golden straw color with yellow tones. Bubbly crop of white head dissolves, leaving a few spots of lacing and a collar of retention.

Pleasant blend of white wine, grape skins and oak in the nose. Soft funky tartness with citrus peel and fresh cut grass. I can't wait to dive in!

Snap of citrusy tartness backed by white wine and oak character. Straw and grainy backbone with bretty yeast and wet hay funk. Grape skins and soft fruit sweetness, vinous tones and grass. Finishes tart and dry.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, delicate and bubbly on the tongue. Another well-crafted wine barrel saison that takes their flagship FarmHands beer to new levels. So far, I haven't been disappointed by any of their barrel-aged offerings. This was worth standing out in the cold for.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Michael for sharing this one.

Beer pours a hazy very light yellow with a small white head. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! It smells sour with a nice bit of wine as well as some citrus fruit. It all comes together quite nicely. Flavor isn't quite as incredible as the nose, but it's still pretty impressive, it's a little tart with some nice white wine characteristics which meld nicely with the fruity saison base. It's a little on the sweet side, but far from overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is oddly thick for the style, but it doesn't really detract too much from the experience. Overall, this is a really nice wine BA saison.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 mL, green waxed bottle. Served in TH stemware.

Pours a chilled hazy gold with a small white head and soft lacing. Remarkable, delicate balance of fruit, yeast and wine in nose and flavor. White wine, oak, orange peel, faint earthiness on the nose. Ok, I'm about to say something crazy but flavor initially hit me like the first time I had Ann (fresh). The base, Farmhands, is a bright, refreshing grassy and lemon saison and the barrel aging has turned this into a beautiful beer that transcends what I expect from the style. Loads of lemon, sweet tropical citrus, white wine and mild oak tannin and grassy hops provide balance in the finish. Medium body, effervescent and crisp with light acidity. I will happily drink the rest of my bottles, and soon.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml poured into Tired Hands Stemware

A: HandFarm is straw/light golden, in color. The initial pour yielded a fluffy two finger head that quickly receded into about a cm of white film.

S: Really nice aroma on this. Notes of chardonnay, oak, tangy funk and spicy yeast.

T: Every aspect of the taste is balanced, yet very subtle. The taste opens up with a beautiful lemon character that flows into a soft tartness; ever-present are subtle notes of chardonnay and oak.

M: Light bodied with a soft carbonation. Dry finish.

O: I would describe this to be a very delicate take on the style. Everything that you would except from a wine barrel aged saison is present, but in a very soft, yet nuanced way. Very balanced, and too drinkable. This beer is nearly perfect, at least I think so.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500ml green-waxed bottle, graciously shared at our weekly tasting.

A: Slightly hazy golden colored body with a rich, sudsy and soapy white head. Good carbonation, minor lacing and a nice retention cap on-top. A very "pretty" looking beer.

S: Nice amounts of oak and faint white wine. You can tell the barrel influence is here. A bit of funk, bready pale malts and a crisp note I get with many of their saison yeasts.

T: Funk, oak, extremely subtle white wine qualities, pale malts and lemon.

M: Extremely crisp, lower end of medium bodied, perfect carbonation. The experience on the palate is absolutely perfect. Amazing craftsmanship here.

This beer is just a work of a true craft brewer. It's such a well made, straightforward wine barrel aged saison. That said, it's not a game changer, a mind-blower or anything like that. If you get the chance to try this, lucky you; but don't give up the stars for it.

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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 Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
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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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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HandFarm from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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