I hear a lot of different things about Tired Hands Brewing Company out of Ardmore, Pa: “they suck,” “they’re awesome,” “their beers are bizarre,” “their beers are delicious,” etc. I haven’t had a chance to make it out to their brewery yet, but they are probably my next trip. A brewery so polarizing has to be worth the drive. I was recently able to acquire a can of their peach milkshake (which I’m very much looking forward to trying) along with this little beast…the aptly named Intensely Juicy Dank Beautiful (Copy & Paste).
The rather bland commercial description:
Intensely juicy, dank, beautiful Pale Ale/IPA/existential crisis brewed with our great friend Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead. Hopped at a rate of ~8lbs per barrel with Galaxy, Amarillo, Crystal, and Simcoe.
First let me mention the artwork on these Tired Hands cans, they seem to be all very strange or even whimsical, which tends to fit with what I hear about this brewery’s image. Intensely pours a sort of rich, deep, dark orange color with a fairly thick white head that dissipated quickly. The color kind of reminded me of leaving a half full glass of OJ in the sink and throughout the day other drinks get dumped into it. Kind of a murky color that the picture doesn’t really do justice to.
Now we’re talking. There is a ton of tropical citrus on the aroma. I am probably not skilled enough to pick it all out but for sure you get orange, mango, some grapefruit, and maybe just a touch of pineapple. There is also strong aromas of what could be considered a traditional IPA: a little floral and definite pine come through. There is also a touch of something else….maybe vanilla or something similar to vanilla…..I’m going to say vanilla. The smell is pretty awesome.
I will say Intensely tastes like nothing I’ve ever had before. Before I tasted it, I dismissed it as another juicy IPA, but there’s more to it. There’s a creamy mouthfeel and nice carbonation. I suck at determining mouthfeel but others have said “medium” so medium it is. The citrus flavors are there in force and they are tropical. Orange, mango, some lemon, not as much grapefruit or pineapple as on the aroma. There’s also a fruitiness that I can’t figure out, some say guava, others say stonefruit. I can’t tell you the last time I tasted anything guava and I’ve never had a stonefruit so I can’t say. Beyond all the tropical fruitiness is some dankness for sure. It’s like someone walked by and mixed up your fruit juice with a big bag of weed and kept it moving. The first couple sips I wasn’t really into it but by the end of the glass I was looking for another can.
What can I say about Intensely Juicy Dank Beautiful (Copy & Paste) by Tired Hands Brewing? I’m not so sure it’s beautiful, but it is juicy and dank for sure. This beer masquerades as just another “juice bomb” but has so much more to it. The juiciness and dankness is very well balanced and combines to make an easy drinking and memorable IPA. Like I said, I wasn’t 100% convinced when I first tried it, but when I was done I was bummed that I didn’t have more. This beer is something I will absolutely seek out again and for me it’s a solid 8.5/10.