Alien Church
Tired Hands Brewing Company

Alien ChurchAlien Church
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #179
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #587
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 7.11%
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
749
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
96
World-Class
Alien ChurchAlien Church
Notes: 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)
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Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange with a finger of frothy white head leaving behind nice lacing. Aromas of dank tropicals and weed. Taste follows the nose and has an excellent pine/bitterness to it. The hop profile of the almighty Chinook, along with Centennial and Columbus is on full display. An excellent mix of citrus with a pine finish. Medium body perfect carbonation. This is a world class IPA, not much more to say.

Nov 02, 2021
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-oz can into pint glass in October 2021. There was a brewed date on the label of 10/18/2021. I bought this at the brewpub and drank this less about 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Medium gold color with huge white head. It is a bright and has a very hazy complexion, like other New England IPAs. Head is very thick, and it lasts a minute time, leaving a small covering. There is a medium amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma filled the room while the beer was being poured. Strong aroma of citrus, pine, and hops, as well as some sweetness like pineapple. Also, a little earthy or straw aroma. Overall, the citrus aroma dominates the other aromas.

Taste: Sweet taste with a strong bitter hops edge. There is also a nice malt sweetness as well, and also some berry flavors. There is a typical hops and citrus flavor, but with some sweetness as well. This is bitter like most other New England IPAs, but it is very well-balanced. Has a very nice after-taste that lasts a long time. Overall a nice balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Strong bodied, which makes this very drinkable. Medium-Strong alcohol, which matches the 7.0% listed.

This is a very good and interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of citrus, grapefruit, hops, malt, and other flavors, which makes it enjoyable. I like the overall balance, and that the citrus flavors are pronounced but do not dominate the flavor. It has more of a hop edge than many other IPAs. This would be a good IPA to drink often.

Alien Church is one of my favorite IPAs along with the Dogfish 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPAs, Victory's DirtWolf, Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum, and Troeg's Perpetual IPA. This is in my top 5 for IPAs, and I will definitely buy this again.

Oct 30, 2021
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fujindemon74 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- hazy golden orange

S- sweet orange, tangerine, guava, pineapple

T- follows the nose, bright sweet citrus notes, slight bitter finish, well balanced

F- medium, silky smooth

O- an outstanding IPA, will absolutely purchase whenever available

Sep 12, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a firm layer and laces beautifully.

S: Pine and citrus zest followed by a wave of tropical and stone fruit, peppery spice, faint herbal notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Tropical and stone fruit, mango, peach, apricot, a hint of passion fruit, and faint melon, resinous pine, citrus, orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit, slight herbal notes, a touch of peppery spice, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft on the palate, kinda chewy, very mild hop burn.

O: Really digging this one. Great balance and fantastic flavor combo.

May 15, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 4/5/21 into pint glass. Pours a murky gold with a brief off-white head. Initial impression is a well-balanced blend of citrus, pine, dankness, melon, and berry, with a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is clean, sharp, and juicy. I don't know how they do that, but there you go. Finish is clean and slightly dry, with a bit of lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. This is good - really really good. Get you some.

Apr 27, 2021
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Edit review: After having enough of these now, the only right thing to do is give it a higher score. It is just that good. As close to perfection in a beer style as I've experienced, and I've had many many different IPAs.

Mar 22, 2021
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tylerwigfield from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is phenomenal. One of my favs of all time. Like I wish I jusy always had this in my fridge for the casual weeknight beer, the casual golf course beer, the causal drink 9 on a Saturday type beer. It’s hazy. It’s light. It’s heavy. It’s flavorful, pungent; balanced, dank. The best.

Mar 09, 2021
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ericmurray93 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my go to’s from Tired Hands. It has everything that a fantastic IPA should have. Super juicy, but still has a little bitterness so it’s not a full juice bomb

Feb 14, 2021
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farrago from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Two to three finger of dense cream white foam, good retention, settles into a mottled surface web, displays long and wispy lacing. Bright yellow liquid, looks more like no pulp orange juice than anything else, opaque a few micro bubbles visible up close. Upon popping open the can, the nose burst further with citrus zest and floral dew, resolving into a tighter array of saline, pretzels, pepper and coal tar, close weave to the peach, melon, pear scents as well. Light to medium-bodied with nicely concentrated carbonation, no lack of punch and doesn’t feel gluey nor overly concentrated. The dank marijuana element in turn has focused thrust and seems determined to play nice with the rest. Tart white grapefruit pith, pine sap, tar, onion skin. The melon, pineapple, apricot fruit most noticeable through the finish. Fresh tingle at the end. Appreciate the balance and blend of enthusiasm and restraint. (Canned 1/5/21)

Feb 11, 2021
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy murky golden, soapy white head. Strawberry and mango on the nose. This is mango and Dole pineapple driven, it finishes with a drying oaty note with a touch of grassy bitterness. A solid house IPA that has benefitted from being brewed all the time in a world that seems to be fixated on that new new.

Feb 06, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can dated 11/30/2020. Can message: Bow down.

Pours an opaque orangish yellow with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smells mainly of orange citrus: oranges, tangerines. Some nectarine, grapefruit and pineapple in there too.

Taste follows. Some citrus but also a piney bitterness on the back end of the sip.

Fells denser than a lot of other NEIPAs-full bodied. Nice bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. My first Tired Hands experience does not disappoint.

Dec 13, 2020
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Sachin-Tendulkar from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Canned 10/26/20

Pours a deep turbid orange. On the nose I’m getting deep citrus - the classics of pineapple, orange, and mango. Palate follows the nose with an emphasis on mango and orange and a tinge of biscuit. While the smell and taste of the beer are phenomenal I feel as if I’ve been spoiled by Treehouse when it comes to mouthfeel - it is good here but nothing special. Overall, an excellent beer - one that I thoroughly enjoyed and would be excited to get again.

Nov 07, 2020
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Blogjackets from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Alien Church by Tired Hands. Pint can filled with 7% ABV delicious New England IPA. My first pour has a yellow-orange body and a small foamy head, but good lacing during the drinking. Could be my pouring. I’m no @beergoot. Nose is an inviting citrus, especially noticeable was orange notes. Taste is citrusy and danky with a nice backend bitterness. Excellent beer.

Nov 05, 2020
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. A couple of weeks old.

Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus

Pretty much a perfect NE IPA. Smell is to die for. Mango, citrus, dank ass weed. Taste is just about as good. Chewy mouthfeel. None of that hop or yeast bun at all. These guys know what the fuck they're doing.

Nov 01, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, matte yellow-orange color. Nice tight, velvety white head dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of tropical fruits, grassy hoppy notes, orange, peach and mango.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, peach, mango grassy, piney bitter hops on the back end. Its mildly sweet, but quite bitter on the back end making it seem less sweet. Really it finds a perfect balance between the NE style while still retaining a pleasant bitterness.

Feel is smooth, bright carbonation.

This was a delicious IPA. Worth seeking out and drinking again and again.

Oct 17, 2020
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reedap1 from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer was a gift from my awesome beer-loving daughter in early October 2020. We both live pretty close to the brewery and will have to make the trip someday when the world settles a bit more. Poured into a Guinness tulip chilled glass and the beer was kept well chilled. Neat can artwork... appropriate for an October Halloween theme though it got scarier as the evening progressed!. I find it interesting that Tired Hands beers do not list alcohol content...then again maybe I just can't see it after drinking the beer...

L: Cloudy hazy almost orange juice like pour. Nice gold color and lots of head, was easy to get a nice frosty one-inch heady topper making the pour a nice experience. Immediately got lots of oranges, grapefruit, and overall citrus bouquet before it got to my lips.

S: Citrus orange and some tropical fruit with balanced hops. It kept the smell throughout the drink

T/F: Clean and fresh to my palate. Medium body and mouthfeel with the clean back of throat finish. Got some sweet taste as the glass progressed. Lots of bold hoppy flavor but unline many IPAs not heavy on the pine smell. Moderately bitter which made it a nice drink.

O: A superb IPA certainly in the world-class category. So far my favorite Tired Hands selection.

Oct 11, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 6/23/20; consumed on 7/22/20

Pours a deeply hazy sunflower gold body topped with multiple fingers of dense, soapy, white foam; excellent head retention yields a finger of still-thick, rocky cap, a large, upward-trending collar, and a moderate spread of webby gobs of lacing strewn around the walls of the glass.

Aroma bursts with pure, dank resin, steadily welcoming orange cream and hints of blueberry to form the front of the bouquet; mango proceeds through the middle as delicate touches of herbal lemon oils disperse throughout the background and an incense-infused honeydew melon (possibly one of the most uniquely earthy-fruity tones I've encountered) is intermittent; guava and citrus rind on the close.

Taste opens with spiced orange slices and an underlying vanilla before a tinge of perfectly attenuated blueberry welcomes in an overarching, bright resin along the mid-palate; pine features softly on the back end as mango and grapefruit pith develop into a balanced finish.

Mouthfeel features a clean and juicy medium body accompanied with a semi-prickly/semi-pillowy, moderate carbonation; over time a slickly resinous texture takes over into the mid-palate, making way for a subtle bitterness and mild grit encroaching into the back end; returns to where it started for a clean, almost effortless swallow.

A seamless flow of indulgent yet so perfectly leveled hops, tropically juicy, eclectically earthy, and classically bitter all enmeshed; comprehensive and detailed, this is an addictive NEIPA with near-universal merit and a pinnacle of approachability in the style.

Jul 23, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an attractive, hazy yellow with a good amount of fluffy pillowy head with good head retention and tons of lacing. Smells really nice, with lots of citrus coming through. Taste largely follows the nose, with nice citrus notes and a really nice aftertaste. Very nice, full mouthfeel. This is a well done beer.

Jul 10, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden body with white head that dissipates. Aroma of citrus, vanilla, lemon sorbet, papaya, grass, and pine. Tastes of vanilla, papaya, citrus with rind, lemon sorbet, grass, pine. Thick bodied with medium carbonation.

Mar 21, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1/29/2020 Poured into a Tired Hands Willi Becher pint glass. It pours a hazy, dirty golden-tangerine color with a half finger of creamy, bright white head and thin sheen of lacing. There is visible floating detritus inside the glass. It boasts a delightful nose of lemon, grapefruit, resinous pine, and hints of melon, pineapple, caramel, cannabis, and grassy wheat cracker. The taste is superb! Dank and pungent with tart, bitter lemon and grapefruit, balanced by honeydew melon, tangerine, and berry. There is an underlying crackery malt. There are notes of pepper and spice and the Chinook hops provide a clean bitterness. The mouthfeel is delightfully soft and pillowy with moderate carbonation. And it so easily at 7% Overall, Alien Church is both highly flavorful and understated. It's simply superb and truly deserves its World-Class rating.

Feb 16, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy straw color, this NEIPA features maybe the most beautiful head I’ve seen on a beer, with an ever-so-slightly off-white head that is dense and billowy and fluffy all at once. When I saw it, I thought, “this is the kind of cumulus cloud pilots avoid because it’ll bounce you around.”

And it does bounce you around as it emits aromas both dank and fruity - ripe, juicy oranges followed by bright berry aromas and earthy melon notes. Lovely stuff indeed.

The taste features the aforementioned ripe oranges and berries and earthy melon, and I’m also picking up a peppery flavor (that I’ve found before in Idaho 7 hops, no idea if that varietal is included in this beer) that is traveshamockery good.

The mouthfeel is a bit soft, per the style, but not watery. This is a long-time “Want” of mine, and it was worth the wait. Exceptionally well-executed, IMHO.

Nov 10, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full pulp orange juice appearance with light brown highlights. A frothy off white head leaves decent rings of lace.

Aroma not quite as intense as I was expecting, but very nice. A mortar and pestal blend of tropical fruits and berries.

What a wonderful blend of hop contributions. Blueberry, orange, and melon, with touches of pine, sweet onion and mango juice. A little burnt rubber deep in the finish.

Very well balanced and creamy, but not too thick of a feel. Starts sweet, ends a little bitter and a tad earthy.

As mentioned above, this really seems to extract the signatures of each hop profile. Berries from Mosaic, orange from Citrus, onion from Centennial, pine from Columbus, and burnt rubber from Chinook. Perhaps that's just my historical experiences from these hops, but we'll played here in my opinion. Very nice.

Cheers and thanks again Arthur!

Nov 07, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with larryi86. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/21/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an amazing NEIPA. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshingly with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; fantastic soft feel. Amazing Mosaic, Citra, Chinook, Centennial and Columbus profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a perfectly balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

Oct 15, 2019
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into an IPA glass.

Look: Pours an opaque, hazy yellow/orange. A foamy white head with good retention leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell: Tons of tropical fruit and citrus. Pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit, papaya, melon, and a grassy hop note underneath it all.
Taste: Much like the aroma, bursting with citrus and tropical fruit. With a piney, resinous finish.
Feel: Soft mouthfeel, with small velvety bubbles.
Overall: A prime example of all that the NEIPA should be.

Oct 05, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy, juicy looking orange color. 3 finger head. The head is so fluffy, and frothy looking. The head just clings to the side of the glass as the head dissipates, slowly.
The nose is, citrus. Pineapple, grapefruit. Quite juicy smelling.
Taste - The citrus is less than the nose, but I get tons of pineapple. There's also a bit of a pine to the hops.
I love the body. It is pretty solid. Some creaminess to it. The hops linger in my throat for a bit.
A solid IPA from Tired Hands.

Oct 03, 2019
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