Tired Hands Pineapple Milkshake – #30beersfor30years

So, my friends are starting to catch on to the 30 beers project, and my lovely friend Joel wanted to contribute the Tired Hands Pineapple Milkshake beer for the cause. As you should know, I am a pineapple enthusiast so this is right up my alley right? I mean, I guess it should be. It’s a pineapple beer and I love pineapple. But…

I’m going to come out and admit that I don’t understand these milkshake beers. I get the idea; a creamy, soft IPA often made with oats or lactose, sometimes with flour added, and usually a fruit for good measure. I just don’t understand why everyone is so crazy about them. Half of the time they don’t taste like the fruit they are supposed to taste like and are just these thick IPAs. I don’t get it. Please, in the comments, tell me why you all love these so much. I’m not here to rain on the milkshake parade, I just want to know why you all glorify them so much, that’s all.

So, the Pineapple Milkshake. Without even opening it, I’m expecting a creamy, soft IPA with pineapple flavor added. I get about 80% of that. The beer is soft meaning it doesn’t attack my palate with aggressive hop flavor, yet you know it’s a ‘hoppy beer’. I would compare the mouthfeel to a velvety stout, which is something I adore. And the addition of what I thought were oats, gives it a medium to thick body which I also like. The flavor is what is lacking, and what I often find lacking in these beers.

It’s called Pineapple Milkshake. Why doesn’t it taste like pineapple? I’m really confused. It even looks like hazy pineapple juice, so why doesn’t it taste like pineapple? The can gives me basically no information about the beer, and their website only focuses on what’s on tap now, so I have to rely on information from third-party sites. Untappd says it has lactose and pineapples. It’s not oats giving it the creaminess, it’s lactose, which is okay of course, just wanted to clarify. Maybe my can isn’t fresh?  I don’t know, but it’s lacking in the pineapple department. NEEDS. MORE. PINEAPPLE.

As I said, maybe I just don’t ‘get it’ when it comes to these brews. While mouthfeel and body are certainly important in a brew, flavor supercedes both. I have a big problem with beers saying they taste like something, and then there is none of that flavor discernable from first sip to finish.

Has anyone else had this beer and experienced a true pineapple flavor or are my expectations all wrong? I want this 30 beer project to be a learning opportunity: please do enlighten me!

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