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Alien Church | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPA Brewed with oats. Hopped with Mosaic, Citra, Chinook, Centennial and Columbus. An otherworldly IPA. Bow down before the ALien Church! Notes of blueberries, fresh orange slices, dank, deep pine, honeydew melons.

(The first 2 batches were hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Chinook)

Added by Rifugium on 02-16-2014

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 331
Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow with a finger of dense white head. Strong aroma of pineapple and papaya. This carries to the taste with a somewhat watery backend. Medium bodied and slightly pulpy mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

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Photo of timothycl13
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what my personal taste buds love in an IPA. East coast style is killing it these days. No malt flavor detected. Some sweetness from it. And just pure hoppy goodness. Hop flavor not a ton of bitter. Nailed it

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression, this is the lightest in color and haziest pour that I have seen from an IPA. The color is mostly a light yellow to straw, and almost gives the impression of lemonade in the glass. A huge head forms, retains, and laces like a champ. On the nose, moderately bitter and lightly fruity hops are first and foremost. The bitterness morphs into a light, lemony scent, followed by a light spiciness at the back end of the smell.

As the beer hits the tongue, the hops bitterness is again the first on the scene. A mildly spicy bitterness ramps up before the hops transform into a moderately strong pine bitterness. There is just a touch of the lemon from the scent, but there are more grassy notes in the taste. The back end of the drink sees a turn toward more herbal and dank flavors, with just a touch of funk showing up as the drink ends. As for feel, this is a fairly thick and somewhat chewy beer on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate to high, but it is still pretty easy to drink.

Overall, this is a mildly interesting IPA. There isn't an overpowering hop bitterness, yet it is still there. There also isn't an abundance of malts in the backbone, as this one drinks much lighter as far as IPA's go. In the end, this somewhat light, grassy, and lightly fruity IPA is fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy yellow unfiltered and hazy. Smells of citrus, tropical fruits and hops. Taste follows the nose, hoppy, citrusy and balanced. Light bodied, somewhat watery. Still a really great first impression of Tired Hands. Would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only tasted a "handful" of Tired Hands beers, but this one has been my favorite to date. It's got an awesome aroma. Unfortunately, the taste is just slightly above average. Tree House has ruined my appreciation for other IPAs.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer. Nice lemon yellow with lacing and a frothy head. Good melon and citrus in the nose. I do get some blueberry and honeydew here, love the pine combined with this NE style, adding a solid bitterness. Very, very delicious and clean.

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Photo of mdlb44
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just Wow! East Coast Style IPA at its absolute best. Perfectly balanced and unreal flavor. Not too fruity like other east coast IPAs can be. Just amazing!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow straw color with a huge pure white head. Leaves an asinine amount of soapy lacing.

The aroma is piney with lots of lemony citrus. Some grapefruit and a good amount of bready yeast.

From the aroma and the look, I'd have guessed this was a hoppy Saison. However the flavor is very tropical. Lots of melon accompanied by a touch of mango. Also get some lemon and orange citrus notes. Subtly grainy. The back end leaves a lingering taste similar to a fruit cocktail. Pineapple, melon, and strawberries.

The feel is medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Aftertaste is sweet and faintly bitter.

Overall, a great IPA. If I did a blind taste test with this, I'd have been certain it was a light pale ale, not a 7% IPA. It's so smooth and so drinkable it's ridiculous. The flavors are well balanced and quietly complex. It's sweet and tropical yet still retains that piney bitterness we all love in a good IPA.

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Photo of GregA135
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy yellow with a nice white head
Smells of pine, hops, orange and citrus
Definitely could taste the hops, citrus and melon flavors. Hints of pineapple and vanilla cream for the aftertaste
Was caught off guard with the sweet aftertaste, but was damn good!
Good amount of carbonation, full mouth feel and a very refreshing IPA.
Tired Hands makes some great beer!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy shade of yellow, some floaters. Pure white foam that leaves miles of lacing
S: Bitter rind touch of pine. Some lemon and tangerine
T: Bitter rind followed by more bitterness. Followed up by some sweet citrus.
MF: bitter to the point that it feels like biting a grapefruit rind.
O: excellent IPA. A must have if you like the rind side of IPAs

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow orange with a white head that stays frothy most of the time. Dank hop aroma with fruity notes of mango, melon and lots of pine. Light cereal sweetness in nose. Flavor is tropical fruit, pine, hop resin, and light honey on grains. Flavors nicely balanced and very fresh tasting. Not much lingering sweetness or bitterness just so clean and medium light body. So tasty!!

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Photo of KevBot89
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great nose. Dank pine, herbs, touch of grass, lots of tropical fruits. Lingering bitterness and flavor, stinging carbonation. The mouthfeel is amazing is an ipa!

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Photo of TheWolf
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw look. Beautiful smell of grapefruit lemon grass. Wonderfully hoppy and juicy taste. Dry finish. No discernible malt presence. Fluffy thin feel. Like a mouthful of clouds. Can't tell if the lack of body and malt adds to or detracts from the experience. Solid nonetheless.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow, cloudy -- like many Tired Hands beers -- but utterly delicious. Citrus and pine notes on the nose and palate. Maybe the best IPA that Tired Hands makes?

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Photo of Beers-es
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh growler into a Tired Hands teku, pours a straw yellow, like a very hazy wheat beer. Nice finger of bright white foam with good lacing. I could smell oranges while I was still pouring. Underneath are layers of ripe melon and spicy pine.

Taste is the same, with a tart almost lemon flavor developing in the middle, before a resinous pine flavor that mixes with oranges in the finish. Moderate lingering bitterness. Feel is on the thin side of medium, with a good carbonation level.

Overall an excellent, juicy and flavorful beer!

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Photo of pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

milky hazy.... sum.... bitch! it DOES smell like blueberries!!!! WTH???
very interesting flavors..... undefinable but truly an enjoyable experience.... and the blueberries......
others are saying "creamy", "soft, sweet malty".... "pineapple"? "silky"? "bubble gum"..... wow. all true. unique, for certain! does the oat do this to the beer?

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Photo of Griffin2
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Fermentaria.
L - Poured a lemon yellow with a thick white head. Very opaque beer.
S - Very dank
T - Delicious hoppy IPA.
F - Very creamy beer.
O - This was my favorite beer at Tired Hands. Highly recommended. I had to bring a growler home.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this beer is as good as it is! I had moderate expectations but I am totally blown away by this beer.

L: Somewhat cloudy yellow body with a bright white creamy head that features a sticky lacing. It looks very inviting to me, but it's not technically sound.

S: Big bright tropical and citrus notes pop right away. There is a subtle tartness in the nose that I love.

T: Pineapple orange juice is my first impression. But then I pick up more melon notes as I drink it. The finish is sticky and dank resin.

F: Super soft with a really tight carb. Body is a touch thin but nice. No booziness. Perfect bitterness.

O: This is a world-class IPA. It definitely has a New England style, but it stands on its own as unique. I am very impressed.

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Photo of Prevelige
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live near and drink a ton of Trillium and Tree House IPAs. This is every bit as good as anything I've had from any brewery. A very light yellow color, not golden at all. Great nose, perfect balance and mouth feel. A good bit or orange, and quite juicy, Exceptional!

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Photo of deaddear
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from 3/4/16 release poured into IPA glass.

A: Fluffy, four-fingered head, very hazy, sort of a light apple cider or papaya color. About 1/8" head remains with nice lacing.

S: Juicy fruit, bubblegum, vanilla. Cream soda.

T: Soft, sweet maltiness with pine and grapefruit.

M: Really silky, assume the oats didn't hurt.

O: Another turgid, beautifully hopped winner from TH. Oats give it a luxurious smoothness.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 3-4-16 can batch. Juicy, bright citrus hops from start to finish, with a little bitter grapefruit in the finish. One of my favorite regularly tapped IPAs at Tired Hands.

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Photo of jtodeasa
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra-light, cloudy yellow. Appears thin upon inspection.

Aromawise, this beer is the dog's bollocks. Blueberries, melon, lemon, but mostly blueberries, explode in the olfactory senses.

Tasting, the thinness is rounded out by oats which contribute to mouthfeel and aroma. Silky without being cloying, this beer slides across the palate, the hops coating the mouth, offset by just a touch of residual sugar from the malt.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like bubble gum and tastes like strawberry shortcake. Very cloudy lemon yellow colored body. Crisp bitterness balanced with a very fruity hop presence.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Curran last night, thanks man.

This one pours a peculiar hazy light orange, it's really hard to describe the color, there's almost a green-ish tint to it. There's a small head and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like melon, clean pine, lime, orange, and grapefruit. Smells really delicious.

This is another bangin' Tired Hands IPA. It's just so drinkable and approachable, with a great melon-y hop character, with some lime, tangerine, and grapefruit as well, and a nice clean piney bitterness at the end.

This has a great mouthfeel, like many Tired Hands IPAs do, with a creamy and full mouthfeel from the oats, and a normal level of carbonation.

This was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mothman
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. White head. Super hazy pale golden yellow.

The oats show right away. This one is a bit odd. Honey due melon and biscuit malts. Oranges. Earthy and floral. A fair amount of weedy hops. Resiny.

Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Not too bitter.

A very unique IPA. A lot of flavors that I normally don't get out of the style.

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