I love traveling friends that like beer as much as I do. My friend Dan spent his spring break mostly in South Carolina and he and his family meandered their way back north. His wife is a Villanova alum and they made the campus one of their stops. I don’t think Dan minded the stop as he knew that Tired Hands Brewing Company was located just a few miles from the university. He stopped by my house with a couple of growlers in tow and we exchanged stories of our spring vacations over a couple of glasses of beer.
Tasting: April 11, 2016
Style: American Pale Ale
Description from the Brewery:
Our Exceedingly Aromatic Pale Ale. Brewed with oats and hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial.
Pale straw in color, cloudy for sure. I get white wine grapes and mellow bitterness of tangerine. Smooth mouthfeel. This is certainly an easy drinking well-balanced beer. It might lack the juiciness of other northeast pale ales but I’ll put Hop Hands at a respectable 89 points.
Tasting: April 10, 2016
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 920
Again from the brewery:
Double IPA brewed with a touch of high dried malt. Hopped aggressively with Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Simcoe. Conditioned on heaps of black berry purée and cracked black peppercorn. Deep and soul crushing.
If you didn’t tell me about the black berry puree I wouldn’t have noticed. Zeroing in you can pick it up. The spicy peppercorn mixes well with a earthy hop. All in all a nice Imperial IPA – 89 points.