Tired Hands Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #176
Ranked #717
4.37 | pDev: 10.3%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Progressively hopped with the all-mighty Simcoe. Conditioned on heaps of fresh mango.
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, almost orange color, substantial mouthfeel. On first sips, the mango flavor comes on strong. But then, Simcoe bite blends beautifully with tropical fruit, for an enjoyable if not complex New England style IPA. Tired Hands manages to keep the mango sweetness subliminal, but toward the end of the glass, the most brief sweetness becomes prominent, and magically disappears. Beautifully crafted!

Oct 20, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 9/28/16; drank 10/13/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull yellow/orange appearance.

Nice off-white head; decent lace.

Mango, vanilla, banana & apple notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango & banana flavors up front; dry, bitter orange rind notes on the finish.

This smelled good but was WAY too bitter to enjoy.

May 06, 2019
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on draft at the Brew Cafe.
L - Pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy white head.
S - Smells of mango.
T - Tastes of mango, pineapple and lime.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very enjoyable mango IPA.

Jun 10, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice and hoppy IPA with just about enough fruitiness to make it complex and refreshing. Smooth mouthfeel and a nice and long bitterness.

Jun 10, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the 2016 Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston, MA. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a hazy golden hue with a thin white head that faded somewhat quickly to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of muted hops, super super faint tropical notes and surprisingly light mango. Thought this would be far more assertive than it actually was.

T - Taste unfortunately is similar to the nose. The hops are solid enough albeit light. Little bit of generic tropical fruit, mango notes themselves are actually rather faint.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden well, slightly creamy.

O - Overall this was a somewhat disappointing beer. Really expected a much more aggressive beer here and this was not it.

Serving Type: On Tap

Sep 20, 2017
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the Brew Cafe into a pint glass.

L: A hazy light to medium golden color with a huge white head and huge glass lacing. Not super cloudy which sort of suprised me.

S: Tropical fruits and mango just come wafting out. Not picking up any sweetness on the nose.

T: Wow, loads of mango, guava, pineapple, tropical fruits along with some lemon and lime. Ever so slight candied sweetness that mixes with the huge fruit flavors. Finish is creamy smooth with a little bitterness. Dry finish as the fruit flavors linger. Nice.

F: Creamy, nice carbonation, no alcohol and a medium overall feel.

O: I heard the cans of this were not great, but on draft yersterday it was spectacular. I bought a growler so I'll revisit it in a few days but I expect to get the same opinion. Great beer.

Mar 06, 2017
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aquabears from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SUPER cloudy and golden/straw color, peachy whit head. Smell is mango and maybe a hint of pineapple, definitely ripe fruit. Sharp bubble up front followed by a smooth, creamy, luxurious texture. Taste is mango and juicy, a little bubblegum on the back, some rind bitterness. The bitterness gets sharper as you work your way through, it started out tasting better than it does at the end.

Jan 10, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - oh man, all I did was crack the can it it looks like liquid mangos. Can't wait to pour... wtf this is the yellowist I've ever seen beer! It looks like straight puréed mangos! Incredible! An absolute brick of solid milky hazy yellow. Sticky lacing dissipates quickly but desperately grabs at the sides of the glass.

S - what's the smell? Could it be...? Mangos, you say? Well I never! Sweet and earthy mangos. Syrupy watermelon almost like Tired Hands's milkshake. Bubblegum and sugar. Cotton candy.

T - juicy punch up front but it's fleeting. Creamy mango and orange with a hint of grassy pineapple. But then that all goes away. I'm honestly not sure what happened to this beer. All those delectable sweet flavors and it comes crashing down spectacularly into a rindy bitter mess. Acidic and downright abrasive. Violent, even. Dries out the back of my throat and leaves a grainy mealy bitter sensation like I just got finished chewing on raw spinach. If crabgrass could possibly be unripe it would taste like this beer. What happened. It's almost not even a flavor. Just a sensation. A very bitter sensation. I've chewed on lemon rinds that taste like mango candy compared to this. Wow. Novocaine city.

F - relatively smooth and creamy but I'm quickly distractes by the astringency. Not sure how to rate this category because I think it's good, but the aggressive twang is so up in my face that I can't properly analyze the feel.

O - the beer looks goddamn amazing. Smells like a dream. But the taste. Dear god the taste! What happened?!

Nov 11, 2016
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mattmarch from Tennessee

1.84/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very cloudy yellow. Grapefruit Mango juice. Minimal head and lacing.
Smell was pleasant enough I guess, lot of bitterness like grapefruit juice.
Tasted awful, astringent highly bitter green pine sap, very green fruit perhaps. Hardly and fruit or sweet mango to be found. Also left a wonderful numb feeling on my tongue like I just left the dentist.

Nov 07, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a teku glass. Pours a smoothie-like yellow-orange. Nose is strongly mango, with a faint underripe mango, almost chemical, background on the nose. The palate is at first, somewhat Julius-like: lots of tropical fruit (predominantly mango) resting in a smoothie-like mouthfeel. The backend of the palate (for this batch particularly) has been causing controversy, with this release having been dubbed "MagoTagoGate". There's a strong, chemical burn, like a way-underripe mango on steroids. This Campden-tablet like flavor mars what would otherwise be an extraordinary beer. So much so, in fact, that Tired Hands offered a refund on this batch (the cost of the can + 50c). Given that, and given that Paperhouse - the release of MagoTago aimed at correcting this - was a homerun, I don't feel I can adequately review this beer based on having tried an off iteration. As such, I will be reviewing this similarly to Paperhouse, to be more consistent with the flavor that has represented the majority of this beer's existence.

Oct 30, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16 oz can into snifter. Looks like a glass of pulp-less OJ with a 1.5 white head. Thin collar and small beads of lacing. Aroma is very mango with some grapefruit and citrus notes. The flavor is good mango and some grapefruit. It kinds loses me on the finish with very green bitter hops and pine sap (classic Simco). Feel is medium with good carbonation and a dry finish. A true hop head that enjoys mango should love this beer. I would have enjoyed it even more if it was sweeter and less bitter.

Oct 11, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aside from a slight burn at the end of the sip, this is an exceptional brew.

Hazy, milkshaky, dense. Sweet, fruity, odd.

Smells like diving in a case of freshly-picked fruit somewhere with a tropical climate. Eminently drinkable and enjoyable, it left me craving more.

All the fuss around the late September 2016 release of Mago Tago cans strikes me as overzealous.

Oct 01, 2016
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 16oz can purchased at today's release at Fermentaria. Pours a dense, opaque yellow and looks, well, like a glass of mango juice. Delightful fruit-driven nose, but a very bitter finish which detracts from an otherwise pleasant brew. Perhaps too high an ABV for this style? Under-ripe mangoes used? Too hyper-fresh in terms of hops? Maybe this will mellow with some age. Possibly also just a poor batch.

Sep 29, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vegetal fruitiness, pungent hop bitterness. Clean, long finish. Dry, earthy, not much sweetness. This is good, but I'm looking for a touch more sweetness.

Sep 04, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler, chilled well and opened less than 3 hours from being tapped into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Bright brassy, very clear and nearly straw colored. Lemon bright yellow body, almost lager adjunct looking, but with a nice amount of pin head carbonation rising slowly in clumps and chunks through the middle. Head is very little retention and makes barely a finger of white bleach presence. Settles to a soapy bubbled collar rather shortly.

Excellent hop aroma. Citrus but with candy like oils, and perfume aromas. Orange and mint, lemon and passion fruit like qualities, tropical and juicy to go along with it. Smells almost like those powdered lemon candy drops with perhaps a touch of tropical mango added in with them as well that starts to take over. Fantastic aroma.

Palate comes with a big impressive controlled hop flavor. Juicy front, almost bursting on first sip. Flavors of mango and tropical notes take off but with a very candy sweetness follows as well. Juicy finish takes it from there as well, but leaves just a little bit of lacking malt oomph to carry and make it take off. fruity finish with very little bitterness, but an almost sucrose like Belgian character that comes off like a bit of bubbled champagne Chardonnay like grape quality but far sweeter. Weird oily finish, and aroma seems to bring out a weird dominant candy like smell that takes over.

This is really impressive, but it's also just a bit far too sweet strangely for my tastes. If that was dialed down and given just a little more body this has the making of something really impressive.

Aug 31, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Monks Café in Philly
Poured into a pint glass.

HUGE mango on the nose. Some underlining dankness from the simcoe. The taste follows. Mango, sweet orange, dank, pine, and a little hit of bitterness on the back end. An extremely good tasting IPA. No hint what-so-ever of the 7.8%. Tired Hands continues to impress.

Aug 28, 2015
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes with help from a growler of Mosiac Mago Tago.

A- A fairly hazy golden straw color with a two finger head.

S- Mangos, dank, citrus.

T- Mango, tropical fruits, slightly dank finish, faint citrus, hint of wheat.

M- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.

O- A very well done mango IPA, definitely agree with the amount of hype around this beer. Had this along side regular Mago and the only real difference is the aroma, mosaic is a little fruitier and less dank but they are flavor wise the same beer. Worth picking up if you are in the area.

Aug 23, 2015
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium straw-colored body with a slight bit of haze, but mostly transparent. Bone white head that settles quickly and leaves a thin ring of bubbles. Aroma is tropical fruit, unripe mangoes, citrus, fresh grass. Mango comes through very nicely in the flavor. Big juicy mango and tropical fruit, citrus in the middle and finished with some citrus and danky hop flavor. Feel is medium carbonation, very juicy, sticky lingering juiciness on the tongue. A really solid fruited IPA. I was expecting a little more "in your face" mango, but this one has get flavor and a really great hop profile.

Aug 17, 2015
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12tb from Iowa

4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, which I understand has more mosaic hops than Simcoe. Poured from a 750 swingtop into a Tired Hands taster.

Appearance is cloudy, slight milkiness. Great orange/sunset color. Very little head, and what is there dissolves quickly. No lacing.

Huge nose of tropical fruits and mango, balanced by slight piney hops and a noticeable but mellow malt backbone. Taste follows. Huge flavors of mango, pineapple, slight citrus zest. Quite sweet relative to TH's other IPAs, but in a very pleasant way, although I think maybe there is slightly more residual sugar than intended. Very low carbonation, the mouthfeel is what really gets me with this one. Thick and full, slight creaminess, but still light enough to be refreshing. Lingering mango hops in the finish, with just barely a hint of oxidation (probably from it being a 10-day old growler).

One of the best IPAs/DIPAs I've ever had, maybe THE best.

Jun 09, 2015
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Monktastic7 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arugably top 5 DIPAs ever. Bursting with juicy mango and intense hops that leave you begging for me of this perfectly composed beer. Absolutely perfect, super hazy and dripping with fruit.

May 05, 2015
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saulgoodyo from Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful light Orange juice color with Mild carbonation. Nose of fresh mangos. Very easy to drink. I wouldn't change a thing about this brew! Lots of mangos!

Mar 07, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Almost yellow. Medium white head. Leggy. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of mango. Some citrus hops. Doughy pale malt. And diacetyl. Took a while for it to show itself, but as the beer warms, it's strong.

Taste - Mango flavor up front. Diacetyl immediately also. Citrus hops. Orange peel. Sweet pale malt. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Sweet. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Tastes great except for the diacetyl. Good while it was cold, but the diacetyl began to overwhelm.

Jul 15, 2014
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into a Tired Hands teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange color with 2 fingers of a white head that eventually settles to a thick collar. Decent head retention and lacing. Body is extremely cloudy, to the point of being nearly opaque.

Smell: Mango, pine, dank hops, slightly grassy, tropical fruit, orange.

Taste: Piney, dank hops hit the palate first before yielding to mango, citrus and tropical fruit in the finish. Overall very dry, but with a slight sweetness and astringency. Aftertaste is almost all mango and citrus and lingers long after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of gently carbonation.

Overall: Really good beer, but still ranks behind Such Passion for the spot as my favorite Tired Hands IPA. Still well worth seeking out though.

Jul 03, 2014
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at the pub.

A - Pours super hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong Simcoe hops, bit of pine resin, lots of mango pulp and pale malts and grain.

T - Starts off with a beautiful mix of mango juice and sticky Simcoe hops slowly being joined by the pine sap, pale malt and chewy wheat. Finish is a little chewy with a good amount of fruity bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Fruity, resinous feel with a bit of grain backing it up. No booze is present.

O - This has always been one of their best beers and this batch is no different, it just has never been as good as everyone makes it seem. Worth seeking out but let's not go overboard.

Mar 24, 2014
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange. Loose bubbled bright white head. Lingers. No real lacing.

S: Tons of mango. Fruity grapefruit hops. Some pine. No real malt at all which I like.

T: Not overall blast of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Good amount of mango. Bitterness kicks in mid palate. Fairly dry finish. Getting some of that juicy mango fruit, sticking with you.

M: Lighter medium.

Mar 14, 2014
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