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Gaverhopke/Tired Hands Bittersweet Symphony

Brewed by ’t Gaverhopke
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Stasegem-Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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A collaboration between Gaverhopke and Tired Hands Brewing Company, distributed in the US by Twelve Percent LLC, Brooklyn, NY.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4369) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
pours cloudy orange with a very nice and tall light beige-orange head, good retention and lacing. very fruity - oranges, tangerines, lo-fi phenols - bubblegum, very spicy belgian yeast, bitter herbs - mint, coriander and pepper, fresh spicy bready sweetish cereals, christmas peppery crackers, hint of sweetness - candi, candies and jujubes, woodsy grassiness. very boozy. bright belgian carbonation, medium body - oily and a bit foamy, offensive harsh earthy-grassy-citrusy-piney finish. very nice yeast job - but hop bill does not pair well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle at Kernel with Harry. Thanks to Phil Lowry. Hazy dark amber. Soap hop. Ok hop. Touch of pate. It’s fine. Not hugely interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mathieuc (1283) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a huge offwhite head that leaves intense lacing. Nose is of hops and pepper, almost exactly what you’d expect a double belgian IPA to be. Said hops are fruity, of maybe it is the yeast? Anyway, intriguing. Taste is moderately sweet and bitter but what I taste mostly is the alcohol. Peppery alcohol. Finishes dry, most likely it is the alcohol at work here. Body is quite full and carbonation really high. Overall this was good but nowhere mindblowing. I’m not recognizing Tired Hands’ style here at all, I just wish it was closer to that!

P.S. Opens up as it warms and the carbonation calms down, offers some pears and generic yellow fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWS9 (480) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Solid hop hit. Mild grassy tones. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Quite drinkable finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2014
Van alle bieren dat ik geprobeerd heb van Gaverhopke is dit de slechtste. Absoluut mijn smaak niet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
Collaboration brew described as ’Belgian ale / double IPA’, so apparently a deliberate attempt to joint the best of both worlds. Irregular, dirty yellowish, stable head and cloudy orange blonde colour with a haze of floating yeast particles. Powerful aroma of freshly cut orange, tonic water, candied pineapple, candi sugar, ginger, straw, tomato; taste begins with a fresh ’citrusness’ paired with a somewhat strange sweet touch (honey?), crispy and nicely rounded, smooth mouthfeel, strong carbonation even tiring the tongue a bit, leading to a herbal hop bitterness of an aromatic and floral nature, so not too agressive, while the orange-sweetness from the onset also lingers on way deep into the finish. Unfortunately the finish is also dominated by an astringent alcohol burn, practically ruining what would otherwise be a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2014
This was a bottle there was stored room temperature for a couple years and didn't fare so well. Aroma was okay with bread dough yeast and hops. Appearance is so so cloudy with a smallish thick head & a little lace. Flavor is where the problem lies as it seems to of been turning it's getting tart and it's not too bad but it's not the way it should be. Body would be just about average and it's not very easy drinking beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2014
23rd July 2014
Hazy amber beer, good pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and a little soft. Mild fine carbonation. Semi dry. Smooth airy malts with a trace of creamy caramel. Mild hop spice. Little floralness. Dry sweetish pine. Airy dry finish. Lacks a bit of cohesion but all right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours we’ll carbonated orange golden with clear white head. Aroma is butt stank, caramel, barley wine, wood, and rust. Grape juice, caramel corn, brittle, and sweet wood are the flavors. Not a fan of this but it’s ancient as fuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5061) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours murky golden brown with a white head. Aroma of fruity hops, weeds, grass, nettles, grapefruit and biscuity malt. Flavour is light moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

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