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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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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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Photo of pburland23
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into my Tired Hands teku.

Man, it's been a while since I reviewed a beer, but I'm sitting here on a warm, breezy Friday night with some good music on and some good beer in my glass.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow with ample head and a moderate coating of sticky lacing. The nose is all the way tropical fruit - pineapple, melon, orange, and guava. Very inviting. Taste is similar...loads of light, refreshing tropical fruit notes with nary a trace of any bitterness. It's light and inviting on the palette and oh so drinkable. My personal taste has pivoted away from IPAs lately, but Pineal continues to be the exception. An very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells a lot like fresh pineapple juice, with some notes of honeydew melon and lemon zest. There's a subtle touch of sweet honey as well which is very pleasant.

The taste is a juicy fruit bomb. I get loads of mangoes and pineapple, as well as grapefruit and orange zest. There's some light graininess as well from the oats.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves a sticky coating around the tongue as it goes down.

Overall, this is my favorite beer yet from Tired Hands. It's juicy and tropical, slightly bitter, and nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style. Just an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of GregA135
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fermentaria and poured from a 16oz can with a hazy golden yellow color with a white head
Smells of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus and orange
A great tasting IPA - Oats, tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, citrus and pine
Good amount of carbonation with a medium filled body - great aftertaste with a slight creamy aftertaste.
Another great beer from Tired Hands!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can purchased on release yesterday. Opaque tan/amber...cloudy as are many TH beers. Delicious citrus flavor on the nose and palate with a nice bitter IPA finish. Another excellent, hazy beer from TH.

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Photo of Morey
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Similar to Punge, although.....I found it to be slightly more juicy with notes of freshly sliced peaches, nectarine, and melon. I've had 2 different cans, and one was pretty hazy, and the other was fairly clear. Both were excellent though!

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Photo of LordSMAF
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful IPA. Hazy and dank, there are tons of juicy citrus in this one. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and a little bit of honey. Just a little twinge of piney bitterness on the end to separate it from their pales.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands Brewing Fermentaria in Ardmore, PA.

This pours a bright translucent yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells intensely of citrus and heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit and orange and pineapple, honey, and grain.

This is crazy good. The oats gave this is crazy smooth taste and mouthfeel, with a big citrus kick to the teeth- bitter grapefruit rind, orange, pine and zesty grass, with a bit of graininess. Unbelievable amount of drinkability.

This has an unparalleled mouthfeel, smooth creamy and rich, with a slightly low but not detrimental level of carbonation.


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Photo of tylerdurden01
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just picked up today at brewery release. Fresh as a mofo. This reminds me of Hillfarm's double citra. This is a cloudy creamy smooth hop bomb. Can't put my finger on the back end taste I'm getting. Maybe dried fruit of some sort. No idea. Overall: I'll be trading very little of this case.

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Photo of BullDoza
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a swing top growler in to tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden, straw color. Can't see through the beer in the glass, and I like it. Looks like a diluted OJ; think mimosas. Finger of soapy, white head. Airy bubbles on top.

S: This one is juicy. The nose is filled with big tropical and citrus aromas. Orange, lemon zest, pineapple. Faint pine. A dry sweetness peaks through. I swear there is an almost honey like sweetness to it. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose. More citrus than tropical. Lemon zest. Citrus dominates the palate. The honey like character from the aroma shows up. Orange pops back in late to reassert itself. An easy, subtle bitterness on the back. The slight sweetness from the malt balances this very well. Clean finish.

F: Basically, perfect for me. Good carbonation. Creamy and soft. Coats the palate and then effortlessly slides down my gullet. So smooth with a clean finish. Love it. I'm not sure what else I'd want out of a beer of it's style and ABV.

O: Just an outstanding IPA. Juicy, citrus notes that shine through. Balanced, creamy, goes down easy, and finishes clean.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy sunshine yellow
S: fresh pineapple, pine, citrus zest, fresh cut grass.
T: same as nose with a touch of malty and honey sweetness, a white/pink peppery finish, and a clean, lingering citrus bitterness.
O: excellent, one of the best I've had from TH.

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Photo of Kbennett113
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a hazy yellow. A nice 3/4 inch head that left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was very intense and had strong notes of pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine. Mouth feels was extremely rounded , which i guess comes from the use of wheat in the mash. The initial flavor is of honey bell orange and pink grapefruit. The finish is long and has notes of pineapple and fresh cut grass. The bitter piney notes are pronounced but smooth. Maybe the best IPA I have had from a PA brewery!

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