Alien Church
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #164
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #606
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 7.13%
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
702
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
96
World-Class
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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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow in color with a milky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, dense, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Fruity melon, mellow citrus and light earthy pine hop aromas. Mellow dankness along with light boozy notes and a solid malty base. Medium bodied with medium light carbonatuon. Lush, smooth, creamy feel with pleasant boozy warmth through the middle. Sharp, dank, citrus flavors with hints of pine followed by fruity notes. Light, prickly booziness with medium bitterness. Fruity and malty flavors on the back end with expanding booziness. Finished semi-dryly with light pine bitterness and boozy notes. Fantastic look and feel. Fruity and malty flavors are nicely balanced by earthy pine hop, dank hops and mellow booziness. Complex aromas and flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought in to the hype.

AC starts out delicious.. and finishes better. Lots of tropical ..fruity flavors. Well balanced, smooth and refreshing. Very little bitterness.

They were right.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Love the artwork.

L: Hazed light golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and tropicals. Juice and hops.

T/F: Light grains and big juicy hops. Grapefruit, peach, and melon... lighter tangerine and pineapple. Big bold flavor... lighter pine and resin. Moderate bitterness. Smooth creamy carbonation... sticky/oily on the tongue. More citrus and pine at the finish.

O: An elite NEIPA. Just fantastic, and very glad that this is more readily available nowadays in cans at the General Store. One to seek out.

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Photo of Sprowt20
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrus fills the mouth and rolls over the back of the tongue. This nose on this beer is underwhelming, but the hazy, light yellow pour presents a moderately boozy and sufficiently hoppy IPA. Exceptionally soft.

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Photo of David-Bonz
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting this brew for some time. Visited tired hands for the first time last night and unfortunately it was kicked on tap so I grabbed a 4pack to go.
The art on the can is exceptionally badass. It poured a solid yellow color w a thin white head. Citrusy aromas, really that classic orange juic lookin NEIPA. The taste followed that citrusy aroma. Orangey and lemony notes. Very smooth and light on the bitterness. Super soft feel, nothing bad to say about this beer. Not the MOST interesting neipa but definitely delicious and well crafted.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
11/05/18

On tap at Isaac Newtons.

LOOK: Yellow, medium white head, good retention

AROMA: Hay, grass, grapefruit. Very nice.

TASTE: Lime, grapefruit, touch of sap.

FEEL: Light, refreshing, a bit flat, Touch of acidity.
**
02/01/20

On tap at Isaac Newtons.

**

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 9/14/16; drank 10/1/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dandelion appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; frothy lace.

Apple, banana & mild orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apple & banana flavors up front; mild orange citrus notes on the finish.

Balanced & fruity; very pleasant. I'd have another...

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a single can in a trade with TiredFootsies. Have heard of, but never tried before (no distributed to Massachusetts). Very solid brew, looking forward to MA distribution?

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Photo of npolachek
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours Golden Amber / the best of the Tired Hands I’ve had. Smells of. Iris and papaya with a solid earthiness to add balance to this excellent brew.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale golden amber coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smell is bright and hoppy, with juicy tropical and citrus fruit notes of pineapple, papaya and grapefruit and a light, grassy dankness. Taste is a great balance of sweet tropical notes of pineapple, mango and papaya and slightly zesty and bitter grapefruit. There's also a very nice grassy, herbal dankness to this. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some dankness lingering in the aftertaste. Soft, pillowy mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is my kind of NEIPA, with a great balance of sweet and juicy tropical, zesty and bitter citrus and herbal and dank green notes, plus a good bitterness that is actually rather strong for the style.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with soft, soapy head, about an inch thick.

Smell is juicy and tropical, with notes of pineapple, mango and honeydew melon. There is also something that I smell as Refreshers Candy, which I don’t know if they exist outside Europe... it’s a lemony, sweet and sour candy.

Taste is a little bit sweet as it hits the tongue, then morphs into a juice consisting of mango, pineapple and a little bit of summer strawberries and the Refreshers. Mellow bitterness, like that of a grapefruit follows, lingers and is in perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy and well carbonated.

Overall... I had pretty high hopes for this, and it manages to not only meet them but actually exceeds them.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good example of NEIPA and I'm quite picky with this style. Very fruit forward, tropical hops. Smooth taste, decent bitterness, no funny aftertaste. yb

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Jeremy for these awesome cans. Cheers!

Pint can dated 9/26/18 "Bow Down"
Poured into a tulip at about 46F

Pours an ultra-pale whipped honey yellow, with a 3-finger rocky off-white head, slowly receding leaving huge peaks of lacing.

Nose: I can smell this a mile away! Big floral herbaceous notes of cilantro, chlorophyll, and passionfruit. Signature tired hands aroma. Bright, green, floral, fruity, juicy. Some.bright green apple maybe? Pear? A sauvignon blanc impression. Are there Nelson hops in here? Nose is killer. I'm excited now.

Palate: If Invasive 5 was a triple IPA. Like an Imperial Invasive 5. That grassy, floral, herby, tropical lush pop, with some cilantro in the mix. Finishes suprisingly bitter. A tiny bit more than I prefer, but it's still very tasty. There is huge flavor here. Citra, Chinook, Centennial, and Columbus are very evident here. Mosaic is more on the nose. Some good citrus character upfront, and big piney bitterness in the finish from those old school C hops. There's a cracker-y, almost savory malt character going on.

Mouthfeel is big and soft. A little fluffy. There is an excellent amount of carbonation, though, giving the body a lot of lift, up from those velvety oats. Due to the bubbles and the bitterness, overall, this is a drier one.

Overall: I've heard a lot of amazing things about this beer. I went in with big expectations. I have to say, it's not what I expected, but I cannot dock it for that. Everything about this was great. I just wish there was a little less bitterness, and a little more of the Mosaic and Citra character to round out those other big bittering hops. But not to worry. I still really enjoy this, and I'm very glad I got to get some.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to CanConPhilly for this gem.
NEIPA indeed. Hazy. Pours yellow, wet straw in hue. Huge frothy head rises3 fingers high. Recedes to a soapy, nearly 2 finger high cap. Moderate lacing.
Aroma varies in fruit. Citrus pushes through at first, then some peach and cantaloupe. Then a slightly spicy dankness comes in. Sativa meets basil maybe. Really complex. Really inviting.
Flavor follows loyally. But the most pronounced are a melange of the citrus upfront, followed by the slightly spiced piney weedy notes. Some grainy, malt comes through as well. Bitter lingering finish.
Mouthfeel is downright creamy, nearly frothy. Finishes a bit dry. This one really stays "alive" in the mouth.
Overall, Damn!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a pale yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is pithy citrus with an underlying malt sweetness.

Taste exactly matches aroma. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Completely pulpy, murky, opaque lemon yellow brew. Beautiful snow-white head of good size and retention.

Herbal and hoppy from nearly across the room. Oregano, orange, lemon, mint, pine, basil, melon, dank weed, pepper, grass, spruce, honey, flowers, berries, peach - the notes just keep on coming. Really remarkable hop profile.

If the flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose, that's only because it's an impossible task. This is a NE-style IPA truly on part with TreeHouse. Citrus peel, melon, mandarin orange, lemon, oregano, basil, mint, cracker, pine, peach, mango, pepper - really, the profile matches the aroma quite well, just not quite as juicy and sweet overall. Surprising bitterness.

Smooth up front, but very lively and effervescent, building in activity in the middle and finishing with quite a dry bite.

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Photo of strohme2
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can dated 9/12/18. Poured into tulip.
Pours a golden yellow, hazy,with a fingers worth of just off white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.
Fruitful nose of citrus, tangerine, pineapple, and overall brightness.
The taste is Oj, orange flesh, grapefruit and grapefruit pith. Tangerine. Pine forest, bit of grass. Everything I want in an IPA.
Clean drinking with only slight lingering bitterness. Lighter carbonation.
Up there as a world class hazy.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours hazy yellowish orange with huge soapy white head and tons of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Ripe citrus, pine, touch of oats nice balance of sweet and piney.

Taste - Nice grains, bitter citrus peel, tangerine sweetness is very light, great hop bite.

Feel - Medium bodied creamy really smooth with a great transition to a dry finish.

Overall - A very well executed IPA, very mild but flavorful no sign of alcohol and a wonderful mouthfeel.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CanConPhilly for this one.
Pours a hazy bright yellow orange with two fingers of white head.
Smells of pithy citrus, resinous pine lingers as well.
Taste is orange, a bit of pithy bitterness, dank motes lingering.
Light to medium bodied with good carb levels.
Overall an excellent IPA.

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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 702 ratings