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!
Beerman6686 (5281) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a hazy orange.color with a white head. Aroma was.of.mango, hops, and buttered popcorn. Flavor was nutty and mild diachronic., followed by mango and fruity hops.
jkwood04 (4666) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
32oz growler in a teku. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops, some light notes of mango, pale and light caramel malts, some dough, and light fruits. Flavor the same. Average texture. A good beer but it needs more balance and more hops.
pressboxjoe (282) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap in brewpub and in growler. Prettily unfiltered golden orange. In teku glass. Aroma is honey floral citrus, heaps of mango, pineapple. Flavor mango pineapple pine grapefruit - the kitchen sink, but not so muddled. One down note is diacetyl is clearly present in buttery butterscotch smell and flavor. Nevertheless this is a juicy super drinkable refreshing hopfest. Not a lot of beers could overcome diacetyl but this one can
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at James’ for the multi-K tasting. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Big mango and a bit of citrus. Medium bodied, a bit of tropical fruit, banana tones, sweet wheat. Gentle muskiness into the finish with some faint bitterness. Tasty. (notes from April 2014)
charule (1556) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Poured murky yellow orange with decent white head. Aroma is a little light on the mango with some citrus. Light carb med bod. Taste again light with mango tropical fruits and mild bitter.
Art (2209) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy tangerine color. White head. Aroma of very very light mango, tangerine. Taste is light bitterness. Very light airy mouthfeel. Nice IPA but not much mango.
yespr (34865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From tap. Pours murky yellow to green, small white head. Aroma is teaish, fruity, citrusy and grassy. Pine, soapy, grassy and citric. Dry and herbal. Pine and bitter dry finish. Herbal, pine and spiced dry finish.
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra fad, Mikkeller Bar. Uklar, lys gylden. Lav hvid skumkrone. Vidunderlig indkapslet, frisk, blød, eksotisk Simcoe-aroma! Heftig, men stadig ’blød’, næsten urtet bitterhed. Krautrock på fad!
Ungstrup (30255) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. A hazy yellow beer with a white head. The aroma has notes of lemons, straw, and yeast. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, lemons, straw, and yeast, leading to a dry finish.
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at MikkellerBar. Murkey yellow - no head. Green grassy and fruity citrus aroma. High zesty. Sourness. Harsh. Mango. Bitterness. Soapy. Lots of black pepper in the finish.