Beergelden (4) - - MAR 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tired Hands Brewing Company is a small microbrew pub just outside of Philadelphia that was just rated as the #2 new brewery in the world by RateBeer.com. I had to check it out and give their lineup a try to see if it lived up to the hype. I was not disappointed! They don’t bottle and have little, if any distribution, so good luck getting your hands on some of this unless you get out to the pub. The beers were all well above average and the food, atmosphere and workers were great too. Check out their website, and I encourage a visit anytime you get out towards Philly.
This brew is an American IPA with mangos called Mago Tago, that was a brewpub only release, and it only lasted a couple of days. I just happened to stop in when it was available, and after trying it, I had to take some home! The brewer must be into obscure progressive rock, the name of this brew has to be an homage to the German rock group Can’s album Tago Mago. Here is my take on this glorious beer!
Apperance: It pours to a very cloudy, opaque straw yellow color with a bright white 1″ head, with tight bubbles that dropped down fairly quickly to about 1/4″ and stayed there through the rest of the beer, hanging on to the side of the glass, lacing like a quality Belgian Ale.
Aroma: It’s a full-on frontal assault with ripe mango and tropical hop aroma hitting hard in the beginning, some sweet candied orange, a slight alcohol warmth, a light breadiness and some sour notes that I can only attribute to the fruit or wheat used when brewing. It wasn’t off-putting at all, just minor background I picked up after swirling the beer a little.
Flavor:The sweet mango comes first again followed by a crisp tropical hop bite and a little sweet malt and wheat. A mild bitterness from the hops and low alcohol warmth hang on the back for just the right amount of time, creating a fantastic balanced finish. Finally, there is a pleasant tropical fruity tartness that stays on your tongue.
Mouthfeel: It has a very creamy mouthfeel from the wheat used in the brewing process, high carbonation and very dry finish. There is also a mild astringency caused by the fruit, but works perfectly with the medium body and dryness overall.
Overall: Tremendous balance in this brew, with the mango and tropical hops leading the way, the creamy texture and high carbonation brought it all together, toning down any bitterness and making this a special beer that I hope to see Tired Hands expand its production and maybe bottle for sale in the future. Think Zombie Dust or Alpha King by 3 Floyds Brewing Company with the perfect mix of mangos! Awesome Stuff!
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, tropical fruits, mango, toast, and citrus. Taste of citrus, mango, tropical fruits, and lighter bitterness in the finish.
craftycarl21 (2116) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 32 oz. growler, big thanks to Galen and Abi for bringing this back! Cloudy peach colored pour with a pretty white frothy head. Nose and flavor packs gorgeous mango flavor, peach, apricot, soft citric bitterness, hints of earthy yeast and fruit skin tang. Clean, not astringent even slightly. Absolutely lovely.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
not a fruit beer. split with james and his friends in NYC. pours a hazy golden with lots of head. awesome aroma gives citrus, mango, and floral hop aromas. taste is strikingly dry, no sticky hop linger. very refreshing, very earthy.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Big fruity hops, especially in the nose, lighter piney and floral notes. Light wheaty malty base, and more fruity sweetness in the finish, with medium bitterness in the finish as well. Good stuff.
lachrymalisis (374) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
citrus, earthy pine, dank grassy peaches and tropical fruit. medium bitter, mid-light mouth. huge aroma, phenomenal.
toxichop (273) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 64oz growler. S: Starts off with light mango but proceeds on having a heavy pineapple smell on the mix with biscuit malt, hay and grass. P: Hazy yellow with a nice inch white head that settles, tons of floaties towards the end of the growler. T: Well, the mangoes are there but are not very well presented, you get some earthy bittering hops, wheat, hay, rye bread, sugar and dry citrus. It ends with a touch of alchol. M: Pretty much medium/light all the way around. O: Seems to be a mediocre ipa to me, possibly better of the tap then a 8 day old grolwer.
alexsdad06 (4350) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by b3shine. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a small bubbly white head. Loved the nose on this. Big fruity notes that showcase mango and citrus, some dank hops, caramel, lightly floral. The flavor is more straight forward IPA. Mild fruity mango and citrus, some earthy qualities, grass with mild to moderate bitterness. Some toasted caramel malt as a base. Solid, but I hoped to see a larger fruit character in the flavor.
jcartamdg (1593) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a really hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of fruity tropical hops and a ton of mango. Taste follows, fruity and juicy. This is almost unbelievable. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty amazing
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DrSilverworm (4744) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by b3shine. Hazy white yellow color. Good, thin bubbly white head. Decent light spray of lace. Light spray of lace. Light mango-citrus soda in the nose. Flavor is light on the mango for me, more citrusy than mango, really. Nice zest and refreshing character, though. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Very drinkable. Nice zesty citrus peel flavor. Dry finish. Tasty, interesting, refreshing, fruity citrusy ale.
jredmond (4874) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of Ken! Pours a bright, murky cloudy whitish orange body with nice white lacing. Aroma is fresh mango, stems, almost a touch vegetable, and fresh bright citrus hops. Mouthfeel is soft and sessionable with wonderful notes of mango, citrus fruits, and light floral notes. The fruity mango flavor is perfectly balanced by the citric hop. One of the best Tired Hands beers I’ve tried.