Entropic | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first in our Darwin Solera series. All Cascade pale ale fermented with two strains of Brettanomyces from Chad Yakobson at Crooked Stave.

Added by lovindahops on 02-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 1L flip-top growler (howler?) to, of course, a brand-new Tired Hands stempiece, courtesy of lovindahops (thanks again, man—unreal). Filled on Saturday, today is Monday.

Appearance (3.75): A very cloudy, pale, straw-yellow body the color of lemon juice is capped by just half a finger of bone-white head that doesn’t stick around, but leaves little patches of lace and suds all over the glass, almost like particulate matter is sticking to the glass.

Smell (4.5): Brett, light and funky, with a slightly musty and spicy character leads the way—smells like dried hay and lemon juice with some white pepper and water crackers underneath. Awesome, just crisp and fragrant and beautiful.

Taste (4.25): Again, the brett is most noticeable here but it’s just light and crisp and peppery with a moderate funk—but not dirty in any way. Just tart and pretty, with that chewy, rustic backbone that brett shows. The lemony character comes through again with a tart, citrus rind bitterness on the back end, which washes away most everything else and lingers for a long while. The malt base is so pale and dry, it’s like liquid common crackers mixed with lemon juice and that light, bright funk.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Crushable, if that’s a thing. Modestly carbonated (feels more like a cask beer), with a slightly starchy, lighter-weight body marked by a soft tingle here and there. The finish is fantastic, though—a crisp bitterness dries it out well, but not so much that it feels tacky or parched. Would be perfect if the carbonation was more like a good saison.

Overall (4.25): This is a sweet little number, that’s for sure. This is the kind of beer that you could (and I would) drink by the liter on a hot summer day. It’s so pale and lemony, with that nice “off” kind of funk that it’s hard not to guzzle. Really fun to drink, and very pleasing. Looking forward to more Tired Hands in my future!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tired Hands last weekend. Served in a wine glass. Pours a very hazy blonde straw color with a thick white head and good lacing. The nose carries nice lemon and straw plus mild funk. A bit of citrus rind. Flavor is nicely hoppy and a bit bitter. Some orange peel and lemon. Fruity and a bit of Brett in the background. Just a touch of funk. Light-medium body and good carbonation. Dry and quite drinkable. An excellent start to the series.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

This was interesting, mainly due to the appearance. I don't know if there was something up with the beer or the tap line, but I've never seen a beer that looked like this. It poured a completely opaque, milky-yellow color, like grapefruit juice mixed with milk--not an exaggeration--topped with a thick, creamy white head that made the glass resemble the top two layers of a Jell-O 1-2-3 (remember those?). After I got mine, the beer was pouring as practically unserveable mounds of thick foam, but I'm assuming they corrected the whatever the problem was eventually. Aroma was thick with Brett, grass, lemon zest, mild funk. Fairly zesty up front in the taste, with an obvious Brett character throughout, bready, crackery, grassy... This is labeled an APA here, but I don't really know why. If that's truly what it is, it bares nearly no resemblance whatsoever. Body was light-medium, and despite the awkwardness of the pour, it was still a nice and drinkable brew overall.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 64 oz. growler poured into a pint glass. Filled on 3/3/2013 and chilled since then. Big thanks to Centennial on getting me this gem.

Appearance: Clear light yellow in color. Not that cloudy at all. Pours a really nice light fluffy white head with good retention. Leaves a great lacing throughout.

Aroma: A pretty big fresh burst of brett upfront with some lemon zest and tart green apple. Really musty and with some great complex yeast tones.

Taste: Crisp lemon character upfront with a really aggressive and nice formed brett character. Lots of musty, barnyard tones. A touch of floral hop character as well. Really drinkable and crisp throughout. Not overly tart, but there certainly is a touch of sour in there.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and sharply carbonated. Light bodied and refreshing.

Overall, a really tasty, drinkable funky pale ale. Almost fits more into the saison category than the pale ale category. The wild yeast is really well done and complex. Another impressive and unique beer from Tired Hands.

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Entropic from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 56 ratings