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 donít 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 Canís 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: Itís 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 wasnít 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!
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to Phil. Pours a hazy yellow with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong tropical fruit and mango. Medium mouthfeel with strong mango juice and simcoe with light dryness. Very good.
orangesol (681) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at the pub.
A - Pours super hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky rings of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of strong Simcoe hops, bit of pine resin, lots of mango pulp and pale malts and grain.
T - Starts off with a beautiful mix of mango juice and sticky Simcoe hops slowly being joined by the pine sap, pale malt and chewy wheat. Finish is a little chewy with a good amount of fruity bitterness, lingering long after the finish.
M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Fruity, resinous feel with a bit of grain backing it up. No booze is present.
O - This has always been one of their best beers and this batch is no different, it just has never been as good as everyone makes it seem. Worth seeking out but letís not go overboard.
MikeLuke23 (69) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler pour. It appeared that there was some fruit/yeast/hops had settled in the bottom of the growler. First pour was no where the same as the last pour. First pour had some butterscotch and fresh hops in the flavor and aroma. The mango became more prevalent as the bottom of the growler was reached. Pretty cool experience. good beer, I would rather just drink this on tap at Tired Hands.
jtclockwork (8050) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours cloudy grapefruit gold. White head. Nose and taste of mango, tropical fruit, orange peel, light resin and light malt. Lighter medium body.
Godofthecellar (666) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler, poured a hazy apricot, no head, fine bubbles
Smell and taste of mango, hops, stone fruit. Ridiculously crushable
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Golden hazy pour white head. Mango, citrus and clean grassy hop flavors. Mango and citrus hop aromas come through on the nose.
Damico (2524) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully thick like a mango juice in Costa Rica with a decent creamy white head. Gentle mango in the nose, then refreshing citrus and orange to accompany it nicely. There are big mango and juicy citrus Simcoe hop notes on a zesty full body. Well done.
egajdzis (5277) - 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 (2208) - 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.