Took me a while to figure out the the Kings County Brewers Collective was a brewery, not just a trade association. Quick first impression, Froot Loops! Well not over the top but really well-balanced. Dangerously drinkable at the 8.6%. Was a little understated but I still liked it enough for 92 points.
Singlecut Beersmiths Double Dry Hopped Is This the Real Life? Tasting: November 12, 2017 Style: Double Dry-Hopped American-style IPA ABV: 7.2% Beer #: 1,114
Juicy orange flesh and slightly bitter zest. Some pineapple and black tea. Double Dry Hopped Is This the Real Life? is the real deal. 94 points. Read my thoughts on Is This the Real Life? as well as my story on rat hair in candy bars.
Tired Hands Am I Okay? Tasting: November 11, 2017 Style: IPA ABV: 6.6% Beer #: 1,115
Label on this 16 ounce can says, “Single Oated, Single Lactosed, Single Fruited, Single Dry-Hopped.” The oats and lactose should help deliver a nice mouthfeel. They do. Very mellow flavor of citrus, lemon in particular and some stone fruit. Nice mouthfeel. I can see this as an excellent summer beer. Really enjoyed 93 points.
Tasting: October 8, 2017 Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 4.8% Beer #: 1,101
Advertised as Tired Hands’ exceedingly aromatic pale ale made with oats and hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial. The base beer is Hop Hands 89 points that has been double dry-hopped.
Galaxy hops provide such a nice orange citrus and mellow zest flavor. Remarkably drinkable and flavorful for only 4.8% ABV. I’ll put D2H3 Galaxy a couple of ticks ahead of Hop Hands at 91 points.
The brewery’s total operation is across three different locations. Each with their own purpose: The Brew Cafe is the brewery’s original location at 16 Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore. Currently serves food and beer. The Fermentaria is the brewery and tasting room located at 35 Cricket Terrace in Ardmore. They also serve an extensive menu of food. The General Store is located at 20 Ardmore Avenue and they sell cans to go and merchandise.
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.
Hop Hands Tasting: April 11, 2016 Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 4.8% Beer #:919
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.
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.