Tired Hands Ergot

Awhile back, Val and I went to Tired Hands to hang out with some of her friends for dinner. We stopped by the General Store and I picked this up to take home.

ABV: 14%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tired Hands Brewing Company was born in the confines of Jean’s parent’s garage over eight years ago. He began brewing beer partly out of intrigue, but entirely out of passion. During his college years, his father had turned him on to the hoppy pale ales and IPAs of the West Coast, which eventually led to many months of beer exploration. During this time, he discovered the beautifully dry and expressive farmhouse ales of France and Belgium. After a few months of homebrewing, Jean entered his beer into a local homebrew competition (now one of the nation’s largest), and took first place in the Belgian category with his Saison. Upon obtaining a degree in Special Education (a skill set that has been instrumental throughout his brewing career!) from West Chester University, Jean set off to pursue his passion for beer professionally. He landed a job at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. Through Weyerbacher, Jean learned the ins and outs of brewery management (filtration, bottling, kegging, scrubbing mold, etc.) and made many great friends in the process. He even met his now-wife, Julie Foster, while representing Weyerbacher at a beer festival in Boston. She was a home-brewing college student who was volunteering at the fest. A deer skull adorned with greens hangs on the wall above the steps. After some time at Weyerbacher, Jean moved on to Iron Hill, where he worked as a brewer at their West Chester location for nearly five years. During this time Jean fell head-over-heels in love with the brewpub model of brewing. By creating beer in one room, and then serving it in another, he was able to connect to the people drinking his beer on a personal level daily; a perk previously unavailable to him while working in a production brewery. After many years of brewing professionally in different environments, much travel, careful consideration, and quite a few business classes from both Wharton and the Community College of Philadelphia, Jean built Tired Hands Brewing Company to be a concise rendition of his ideal brewing environment.”

Random: Tired Hands has some of the best brewery food I’ve had to date.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and murky. The nose was interesting. I initially picked up a lot of booze and a lot of cacao. Vanilla came through next, followed by mango. It was definitely an interesting nose. The taste started with a lot of booze. To me, it overwhelmed every flavor and was just too much to deal with. I picked up some mango and tangerine and pine, but I really could not get past the booze. The body was syrupy thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish as well. I don’t recall how much this beer was, but I wouldn’t have it again despite the price. It was just too boozy.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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