Pineal | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with oats and PA wildflower honey and hopped with Mosaic, Amarillo, and a bit of Simcoe.

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 331
Photo of Cfred371
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of DaveinFF
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Gwally5
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Eeustace
3.24/5  rDev -24.8%
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

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Photo of do_ob
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of citizencane
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Gumbo_gravy
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of aquabears
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark apricot/gold, smells fruity, slightly alcoholic. Taste is sweet, and soft - can definitely sense the mosaic hops, mellow sweetness, tropical, honey and biscuit on the back end. Low carbonation and light/medium body. Sticky from the oats... Very smooth, complex, good...

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Photo of Furlinator
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 10/26/16.

Pours hazy pale gold with a half-inch cream head that remains as a thick ring and leaves strands of lace. The smell is of pineapple and mango with faint floral accents. The taste is two parts bitter grapefruit, one part orange juice and a twist of pine. Medium texture with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Ri0
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Whoa look out, it is lively. Cloudy dull yellow with a hue 3 finger soapy white head that will keep expanding even on a gentle pour. Soap bubble globs of lacing all over my glass. The aroma is filled with bright hops that bring grapefruit and lime peel. The flavor is packed with juicy notes of orange, grapefruit, with a tropical blend and spritz of lime. Feel is medium, very carbonated with a dry bitter finish. I really enjoy this hop combination and it is a stellar IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a khaki, foamy 2-3 finger head.

Lots of herbal aroma perfumes the nose, almost potpourri-like, but not disgusting. It's actually really pleasing. Vanilla cream and dragonfruit blossom, and that honey-hop combo is slightly reminiscent of Hopslam, but not as harsh or hot.

Taste is dragonfruit, peach, and that herbal, perfumey quality again. The vanilla cream translates well from the nose, and some graham emerges. Again, a honey pine flavor similar to Hopslam runs along the background--I didn't realize that was an identifiable taste but it is becoming more recognizable in hoppy ales with honey.

Feel is soft, frothy, with a tingly sting and some bitterness, but all out smooth and tasty. I like this better than Alien Church and maybe as much as or more than Grassman.

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Photo of hgw605
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Relatively hazy golden orange. Minimal head after aggressive pour.
S: Stands out. Sweet fruits, citrus, mango. Little pine. Sweet.
T: Definite mango with sparkling pine. Little bitter.
F: Good. Dig the soft carbonation but this seems almost too soft.
O: Pretty great beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into an IPA glass. Comes in a 4-pack. Bought at a can release this summer.

L - golden yellow color; deep yellow clouds (clouds, not haze); small amount of lacing around the top of the glass; two finger head but no visible bubbles rising

S - grapefruit/citrus hops, coriander, orange peel, sweetness from the honey, hint of pine

T - sweet, juicy, piney. Juicy piney hops, soft wheat taste, toasted honey, grapefruit aftertaste. Citrus outweighs the pine

F - no carbonation, tiny hop stain, soft and watery with no alcohol presence.

O - great balanced IPA. Tastes great with bitter hops and a hint of honey. Almost like Hoegaarden IPA. I would be careful of buying cans as I have bought a few that have no retained pressure. This might have been one of them but the carbonation was plenty to think otherwise.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - nice glowing darkly orange haze. A bit of radioactivity going on here!

S - sweet candied apricots, and a whole lot of em'! Banana, mangos, and hop juice. Really nice. Perfect mixture of fresh and dank.

T - more banana! Reminiscent of Grassman. Has that sweet, sticky, rainforest tropical vibe. Like, these aren't your average fruits, they're juiced-up, ripened-up, hanging out on the equator fruits. The kind fruit flies would go crazy over. More of the oat creaminess. Adds a subtle yeasty breadiness. Earthy and raw. Tingling bitterness in the end to snap you back to reality.

F - oats, what more is there to love? This one has some more bite and extra carb. Young and hip, compared to TH older and more relaxed (D)IPAs.

O - the flavors here are my jam. Love the sweaty dankness. Feels like a more naive Grassman, which makes it feel like it's holding back on flavor, but for the ABV, it's damn tasty.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in DC at Churchkey

It's dark as hell in here but looks like the typical hazy TH juicebomb IPA. Smells so damn good. Mango. Actually surprised there isn't any actual mango in this thing. Incredibly drinkable. One of the best TH IPAs i've had, and that's saying something.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated CANNED 8/24/16 into a tumbler. Pours a murky copper yellow with a finger of white variable density head that left ringed lacing. Nose has mucho pine and citrus with tropical undertones. Taste follows the nose for the most part, with perhaps more equitable amounts of tropical contributions. Finish is light, clean, nothing lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is clean, light body, easy drinking and medium carbonation. Great beer, that I'd say rivals their Alien Church as my favorite of their offerings that I've been fortunate to taste. Almost a mix of traditional West Coast flavor attribute with the NE-style of hop aromatics and mouthfeel. Loved it!

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku.

Looks like a hazy juice bomb. Orange and thick, nice lacing that sticks.

Smells like citrus notes and slight hops. Really nice nose.

Taste follows the nose. Really good brew,. Unfiltered juice bomb that delivers, but enough hops to make it stand out if hazy IPAs aren't your style. Tropical is a good description.

Feel is medium, but thick. Hangs in the tongue, which is great.

Overall a damn good beer. My second tired hands beer and they don't disappoint. Solid. I need more in my life.

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Photo of tlema1
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: hazy light orange, lacing white head
A: citrus dominates, mango and peaches follow
T: follow s the nose
F: juicy, low bitterness
O: this beer is delicious

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Photo of Griffin2
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.
L - Poured a hazy medium orange with a frothy white head.
S - Smells of citrus.
T - Tastes of peaches and citrus with some honey on the back end.
F - Nice soft feel with a citrus bite.
O - Really enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of pkalix
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

evolution of the IPA in progress!!! juicy, yummy, sweet and bitter... awesome flavors, great aromas.... even the 'local' stuff in california is getting in on the action now. finally.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like orange juice in the glass, thick, opaque, and a hazy, bright orange. The head is thick with great retention and lacing, while being about a half inch in size. Really a pretty pour in the glass.

S- Pine and citrus notes greet the nose first and are mild to moderate in strength. The pine on the front end morphs into more of an orange scent as the smell progresses.

T- Of course, pine is the prominent flavor that hits the tongue first. Cedar and pine wood notes are on the front end of the drink and are backed up by a pretty solid malt backbone. The malts add some sweetness to balance the moderately bitter hops and make the drink rather quaffable. The hops ramp back up at the end of the drink a little bit and are the lingering note on the tongue.

M- Thick and a little chewy on the palate, this one drinks a tad heavier that the typical IPA. The alcohol is a non issue and goes unnoticed. Because of the relative thickness of the drink, it does sit just a bit heavy in the stomach.

Overall, this wasn't really a standout IPA, just in the solid, everyday drinker category. There was a somewhat surprising amount of malts present in the flavor for the brewery reputation for the style. Still, this is a solid overall IPA.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is ideal and it has a nice bright hop profile. Looks great. Not much nose. The perfect amount of biscuity malt. It's hard to believe there's actually alcohol in here. Nice job on this one.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy orange with a medium head that retains a nice cap and laces the glass really well. Notes of grapefruit rind, fresh cut grass, light flowers, honey dipped grapefruit pulps and pith, and a soft husky graininess. Crisp, clean, light, super crushable and a touch dry. This IPA is a bit more bitter and in your face than I'm used to from them. I don't get tons of fruit other than a strong note of grapefruit. The honey and the oat bill manage to balance this hop onslaught ever so slightly. It's a middle of the road IPA for them but that's still fantastic.

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