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Pineal | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
tiredhands.com

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.

Added by inlimbo77 on 05-17-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
296
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
32
For Trade:
3
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Reviews by inlimbo77:
Photo of inlimbo77
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4oz taster pour
5/16/13 at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA

A: Pours a cloudy light faded yellow. Bright white layer of head. Sticky lacing.

S: Smells like bubble gum. Lots of that Amarillo on the nose. Really fruity hop character along with traces of pine.

T: Bad ass. HT almost goodness here. Probably the best IPA Tired Hands has done IMO. Light bitterness up front. Leads to nice fruity hop character and a light malt bill. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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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 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 BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruit-centered and dry-bodied, the late additions of hops give Pineal a fruit cocktail-type of medley with all its vibrant, ripe and juicy glory but without much of its "Hawaiian Punch" type of sweetness.

Opening with a bright golden, light amber color, strands of peach and orange cast over its hazy gaze. As the glowing ale settles in the glass, it releases a rich lather of foam that hovers over the rim with strong retention and broken collars of lace.

Its aromas are busting with fruited candied scents- honey-dipped grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, passion fruit, goosenberry and peppery currant reminds the nose of fruit roll-ups, dried and concentrated pulp that's all wrapped in a lightly earthen chive and leaf cocoon.

What starts sweet to taste is laced with light caramel, honey and graham cracker but is quickly dissolved as the hops dominate its middle- All those fruit aromas manifests in a highly citrusy, tropical and orchard fruit character- equipped with tangy acidity, gripping yet smooth bitterness and a dry and fruity finish. Light grasses and herbs decorate the citrus like verbena, mint and sassafras all the while.

Light in body, the beer's tactile impressions are that of standard Pale Ale but without the caramel balance that normally accompanies those ales. In this, the hop drying and fleeting sweetness suits IPA well, even though there's a lightness to its finish that's remarkably refreshing yet lacking at the same time.

Pineal is simply a "show-off" of a beer: "Look what I can do with so much hop character and so little malt," but is a beer worth showing off as this superb balance is rarely seen.

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Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Photo of Mbo108
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jtladner
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of informaticsDoc
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Lots of grapefruit hops. Smells like simcoe, but with some citrus to balance it. A little bit of grain. No sweetness.

Taste - Aggresive hops again. Juicy grapefruit. More bright citrus than the simcoe elements. A touch of grain. Just enough malt sweetness keeps the bitterness at bay.

Mouthfeel - Dry and medium bodied. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - This is great. Simple, clean, and a total hop bomb.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shoretaxi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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