Pineal
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #349
ABV:
6%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,184
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.78%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
423
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Gots
  70
SCORE
95
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Notes: Brewed with oats and PA wildflower honey and hopped with Mosaic, Amarillo, and a bit of Simcoe.
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 423 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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reedap1 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can date 6/12/2019
Poured into a chilled Guinness tulip style glass. Head was mildly frothy about 3/4 inch high. Picked up a noticeable honey bouquet immediately. The color was cloudy orange-yellow. The first sip was very pleasant, clean and crisp as others have described. Moderate hops, slightly smooth and not typical of the IPAs I have had with lots of citruses, pine and sour. Purposely slowly sipped and savored the glass over about 45 minutes and found it to be an excellent brew, now one of my favorites especially since I live about 30 minutes from Tired Hands. Have yet to go to the brewery but will now do so in the next week. I rank this as one of the best IPAs I have had as a moderately experienced beer drinker.

Aug 05, 2019
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nbrady37 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 10/25/18. Poured into tulip.
Look is pale golden haze with a fluffy white head. Nose is big fruity hops, with notes of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and mango if I had to choose, plus lemon rind leading the way, along with some berry in the background. Taste starts with the tropical notes up front before adding in the lemon rind in the middle, then a bit of earthiness comes up as well toward the end before a semi bitter and dry finish, lingering light earthiness and lemon rind. Mouthfeel is light feeling but not thin, more fluffy as is typical of lots of tired hands IPAs in my experience. Overall nice light, fluffy, and dry IPA. Not a huge fan of earthy hop character in general but I think it works as well as possible here with the dryness and fruit forward nose.

Nov 07, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-07-07 at their Fermataria brewery and again on 2018-08-04 from a 16oz canned on 2018-06-28. On 2018-12-03 I had a can from this past June that's been in my fridge the whole time. It's held up very well and I'm enjoying it.

A - Hazy gold with a one-finger white head and very good lace

S - Plenty of pineapple, cracker, pine and hop bud

T - Pineapple, biscuit, apricot, earthy spice, pine, a taste of honey and mild-moderate hop bud dankness. Nice orange zest bitterness in the finish, which lingers pleasantly.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Soft at first then a little prickly in the drying finish. Really nice feel.

O - My kind of hazy IPA, which is juicy but the pine, citrus and reasonable bitterness are still there ala a West Coast IPA. Good stuff on draft and from the can.

Jul 07, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice light IPA, crisp and refreshing, honey comes through nicely. Almost a session IPA.

7/6/18
Draft at The Jeffery NYC
4.25 rating

Jul 06, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours hazy and with a thick three to about four fingers head. The aroma is pi ey, floral but also full of ripe fruit and sugar candy notes. Easy to drink due to the mellow yet relatively long lasting bitterness. Full mouthfeel.

Feb 18, 2018
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into my Tired Hands teku glass.

L: A medium cloudy hazy orange with a one finger off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Loads of citrus and tropical fruit with some grassy/vegetal notes and honey sweetness.

T: Citrus and fruit is really the show here with orange, lemon, pineapple and some tropical mango. A farily hefty grassy slight vegetal flavor mixes with the huge honey and sugar sweetness. Finish stays fairly sweet with some citrus returning. It does dry out in the end, but it's definitely sweeter than ohter TH IPAs.

F: Medium mouthfeel with some sweetness. Not nearly as smooth and creamy as some of their other IPAs and it's far sweeter. Slight alcohol and good carbonation.

O: A solid IPA, but far from my favorite. Definitely different, and that's ok. Solid yet unspectacular beer.

Sep 11, 2017
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jooler from California

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is hazy
Smell is fruity
Taste is slightly sweet. Looks and smells like a juice bomb but not really a juice bomb. Kind of throws me off.
Overall, good but alright

Sep 10, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 8/9/27.

pours out a burnt orange with white head, excellent lacing. getting some grapefruit, orange, lemon, pithy herbaceous note, some bready and mellow pine notes. solid mouthfeel. overall decent offering.

Sep 03, 2017
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a random trade in the Tree House parking lot; my first ever Tired Hands beer and I was mighty impressed; canned on 8/9/17, drank on 8/26/17

Aug 27, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 7/12/17

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice cloudy dark orangey color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a really nice citrus complex (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple), nice diesel like, some sweetness. The taste is really nice, hoppy, malty, with a really nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit), nice little sweetness, nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from TH. Always a joy to drink! Thanks Larry!

Aug 20, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can stamped 8/09/17

Pours a murky deep orange color with a fat, lumpy off-white head. Aromas of smooth, fruity hop dankness drizzled with honey. Mixed berries, peppery grapefruit, oily herbal spice, mango, and light grass. Honey plays a bigger part in the flavor mingling with biscuity malts and serving as a nice balance to the smooth fruity hoppiness. Orange, grapefruit, peach, pine resin, mild grassy greenness. Creamy, medium-light feel with a nice dry finish. The honey was more prominent than expected, but it works well with the hop character.

Aug 20, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid hazy straw yellow to orange with a full frothy white head. Nose is of citrus pith and grass. Taste of honeydew melon and cantaloupe with a bit of grapefruit and orange pith/skin added in. A bit of that light grass to taste as well as faint pale malt. Then comes the raw honey. I'm not the biggest fan of honey in beer, I think it puts off a odd flavor for whatever reason and I am picking it up on this one as well but I still like the beer. Mouthfeel is fat, super creamy and thick from all those oats. Love the can art of course also.

Jul 01, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Most of the beers that I've had from Tired Hands have been outstanding but this one had something missing to it. I couldn't feel the oats and the odd combination of honey and grass didn't quite cut it for me. This was a smooth, slick, and sweet beer that went down *too* easily without leaving a strong impression on me and given who brewed this, I expected just a bit more!

This poured a faded banana with just a bit of light coming through around the edges. The fluffy head lasted for the duration as part of it stuck around in the form of a thin, rocky ring of lacing at the top and the rest of it staying with the beer as I took my sips. The bottom half of this beer had solid lacing along the side of my pint glass as this was a first for me out of all the beers that I've ever had! Grass and honey were in the nose along with Mosaic hops that were stronger in the taste. Lots of melon, honeydew, and stone fruit pith in the taste but the floral mouthfeel didn't quite fit in with those. To be fair, this was an old can (7/26 of last year) but this poured nicely without much of any sediment in it or any skunk or burn in the aftertaste.

Thankfully, the alcohol was light in this as the odd range of flavors were allowed to fully emerge. As this warmed up, I could taste more orchid and hibiscus as the sweet, resin slickness from the honey coated my teeth and mouth. While not a bad beer, this had a lot more potential to it. It's a serviceable IPA but with so many others out there, why reach for this first? It's worth a go once for anyone like me who has a hard time getting their hands on a beer with hands on the label...

Jun 21, 2017
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can Date: 2/24/17
Palate Contaminants: other beer

It's super-thick looking. I'm not exactly sure how to concisely describe the color. It's orange and totally opaque, but slightly darker than a pure orange and it can be illuminated. Plenty of head and a fair amount of lacing.

The main scents are pineapple, pine sap, and powdered sugar. As it warms up, there's some sort of sweet dairy cream. It just smells delicious.

The taste does't have a lot of fruit, yet it's still mildly sweet. Does sweet pine bark make sense? It also has a little pine nut flavor. I suppose it does have some white grapefruit, but everything else leads the way. Any bitterness is mild. The longer I swish it around (warming it up), the more the sweet lactic part displays itself. Delicious.

It's pretty smooth. The aftertaste is everything that's on the palette. The weight is slightly heavier than par for the type.

Apr 09, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy, murky deep peachy orange with two fingers of buttery-yellow head forming on top. Easily more head to be had if the pour was any more aggressive (started aggressive, but quickly tapered off). Lacing is great. A tasty citrus crew of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit form right at the onset of the aroma, and linger well throughout the aroma. Additional notes of raw grain and biscuit malts round out the smell. Flavor profile is peaches, orange, tangerine, with a little bit of a tart, grapefruit finish. Biscuit malts keep the hops from running amok, although the hops do remain well balanced despite their flamboyant and boisterous display of flavors. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a little bit of a watery, thin edge to it. The fullest peak of this beer has a little bit of a grainy edge, with a pleasant fullness. Overall, a flavorful IPA that drinks smooth and steady with plenty of big notes in the flavor. Hop bitterness is no where to be found.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Mar 28, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pineal pours a light golden, almost straw color. A half finger of head appears up top, but quickly dissipated into the glass. The beer is certainly hazy, but not to the level of some east coast IPA.

Smell: The aroma seems faint, but what I can get comes out as tropical fruit, possibly melon, and guava.

Taste: Hops up front with some tropical notes, fruit punch, but the hops fade away toward a more malt forward finish, and sweet. I imagine this is because of the honey.

Feel: Mouthfeel is probably the best part about this beer. Medium full bodied, Pineal really fills the mouth, and leaves little bitterness hanging around. There's some drying element in the finish, but it's all quite pleasant.

Overall: The aroma and flavor of this was pretty underwhelming, considering how good Tired Hands IPA can be, but it's still better than most breweries local to me.

Mar 20, 2017
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DaveinFF from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that lasted a few minutes leaving a lacing as the head dissipated. Aroma is mostly citrus maybe grass and some honey too, especially as I neared to bottom of the glass. Taste is citrus and hop bitterness with a nice full medium body. Didn't pick up much taste wise from the honey. Really clean finish with not much of an aftertaste at all just some lingering bitterness. Good well balanced IPA.

Mar 08, 2017
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Gwally5 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time this beer is caned I can never get enough this it is an oat based IPA that is only topped in my opinion by tired hands oblivex an amazing doubleI IPA. I highly recommend this beer.

Feb 23, 2017
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Eeustace from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant hop nose, not a huge IPA nose. Get the initial taste of oats, followed by the hop bitterness with a malty and oat finish. Surprised by the BA rating

Jan 15, 2017
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange Juice appearance. Thin, dense head of white bubbles. Lots of honey and hops on the nose. A weird combo. No trace of oats on the nose, but the density makes it relatively evident. Big honey, biscuit malt, and hop character on the taste, albeit a bit flat. Not bad but not great.

Dec 29, 2016
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

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

Looks like peach juice with a slight head. Smells of peach and orange. Taste is same with some slight bitterness. At the end, brief aftertaste of prickly citrus hops acidity. Mouthfeel is juicy but not sticky or syrupy at all. Another damn good beer from Tired Hands. Would love to do a side-by-side comparison with Alien Church.

Dec 23, 2016
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Canned 6/28/18 (11 days ago)

L - 2-finger fluffy bright white head atop an opaque dirty orange body.

S - caramel, grapefruit, pine.

T - sweet caramel and honey. Bitter grapefruit washes away the initial sweetness. Bread. A tinge of sourness mid-palate, and a slight earthiness. Moderate bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full, creamy body with medium carb.

O - it’s no longer the beer I loved 3 years ago. Either I’ve changed or this beer has changed. Probably me.

Dec 23, 2016
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barsonthetrak from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another lovely lupulin bomb from Tired Hands. This is as delicate as you will find within the style. Luscious, soft, dry. What else can you really say about an IPA this well made? Looks like mango juice. Wildflower honey addition really puts this over the edge on the nose and in the sip. World class without question.

Dec 17, 2016
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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can in a Veil stemmed teku hybrid

L: golden orange haze. Haze is thickest at the head and gets more clear moving down. had abt a pinky's worth of head that quickly disapated.

S: Banging citrus as soon as you crack the can. overwhelming citrus on the nose. some green lurking in the background. herbs and grass almost like lemongrass (see what I did there). Also slightly sweet on the nose like orange creamsicle.

T: Delicious. Damn good. Taste absolutely follows the nose. there is a nice bitter note that you'd except in an IPA. It's obviously a juice bomb. I do taste the honey subtly in the flavor where I missed it on the nose. It definitely has the wildflower honey herby taste to it.

F: Body is 100% solid nice medium approaching full.

O: Great IPA from a brewery I have not had alot of. Beer was also super fresh which with these hop juice bombs you gotta drink em fresh. Mine was canned 12-7 and here I am drinking it 5 days later. I think its a great offering to the NE IPA style. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dec 13, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach color with slightly off-white head. Aroma is milky sweet with floral hops. Taste is really hoppy but not bitter. It's fruity, floral, juicy, really nice. Medium body, quite smooth and also well carbonated. Overall it's a really good example of a New England IPA.

Dec 06, 2016
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 423 ratings