Alien Church
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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From:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #225
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #833
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 7.13%
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
613
Status:
Active
Rated:
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Added:
Feb 16, 2014
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Gots:
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SCORE
96
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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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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'BOW DOWN 10/13/2022'.
Murky, straw colored body. Two fingers of white head, which quickly fades to an interrupted cap with islands and thick ring. Partial rings and webs of lacing are left behind.
Aroma is sweet pineapple and orange, and oat malt.
Taste is still sweet initially but then gets a bitter note. Flavors of pineapple and orange, then melon and finally a quick note of strawberry. Minor pine notes introduce some bitterness to the profile. The oats have an appearance in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very soft and fuller than medium. Slight but noticeable hop burn on the tongue (the softness is a mitigating factor). Excellent carbonation.
Sweeter hop expression, with a slight bitter touch, and a very soft mouthfeel. Avoids any onion notes and is certainly well balanced in its presentation.
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Rated: 4.59 by Mack2012 from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A hazy orange color. White head that retains well. Some lace.
Aroma of tropical fruit and citrus fruit. Pine arrives later.
Taste of melon, mango, and orange, giving way to pine.
Noticeably hoppy
Oct 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Sep 23, 2022
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Rated by Dionysus from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Incredible character nice mouth feel insane beer looking into the rest of there catalogue. H
Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
a: hazy, creamy straw yellow color with some golden notes. 2-3 finger frothy off-white head

s: big tropical notes here. sharp pineapple, mango, peach, dragonfruit. papaya and loads of kiwi and strawberry. some crackery notes and orange juice and zest. a hint of pepper spice with an herbal undertone. faint creamsicle notes and tangerines

t: mango, pineapple, peach juice and grapefruit upfront. some immediate bitterness from the grapefruit and a bit of resin as well. crackery backbone behind that as well as big papaya notes. citrus rind bitterness at the back as well

m: fluffy, medium mouthfeel with low-moderate carbonation

o: quite a tasty beer here. nose is very tropical, but the taste is quite bitter. good balance, and it's nice to see some bitterness in a beer with the NEIPA mouthfeel
Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.55 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by Taenim from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by Budlum from Maryland

May 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.87 by Holderness from Massachusetts

May 18, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
It shouldn't get much better than this. A clear pint glass filled from the tap, right here in Ardmore, in the brew house. At happy hour, no less, so it's half priced. The brew is a dense straw-amber with a modest white head. It brings a great piney aroma, backed with a little malt. This is one exceptional beer, not too far off of what you'd expect from one of the great Vermont brewers. The hop inclusion is piney and although it bitters during the finish, it never gets close to being astringent. It also manages to do this without getting resinously sticky. The malt body and balance are superb. Truly one of the smoothest, yet full tasting NEIPAs you'll ever have. Everything about this beer works, including some nice glass lacing. Ridiculously drinkable, with a legitimate ABV, this is world class, for sure.
Mar 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Lelampp from Ohio

Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
BOW DOWN
2/22/22

Or so is stamped the bottom of the can. Pours that banana taffy hazy yellow that I don't particularly care for, but the two fingers of head are quite the sight. So there's that at least. It eventually thins out to a frothy cap that never fully vanishes. Smells hoppy and juicy and, yes, I can see you barking "no shit" at your screen. So, to be more specific, I'm picking up mango and just green, nostril singing hop. That dreaded onion-y note I often find in NEIPAs is buried in there, but they're masking it really well. Ultimately smells decent enough. A little hop burn on the tongue, with a little onion as well, but there's enough pine and citrus and other assorted fruit-y notes to distract you. Finishes with a lingering citrus bitterness. Drinks awful smooth, though, with a pillowy-soft mouthfeel. I don't know; this hasn't exactly changed my mind on the style as a whole, but it's certainly better than most NEIPAs I've tried.
Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Feb 13, 2022
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Rated by BigWheelz from New York

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a really nice unfiltered IPA. I ranks up there with some of the Tree House IPA's
Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by Khaack from New York

Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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
 
Rated: 4.19 by crobinso from Colorado

Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by fujindemon74 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.04 by prototypic from Ohio

Jun 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.44 by Alecmedeiros from Florida

Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Rated by gluckbrandon from New York

4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Insane flavor, really well rounded.
Golden haze, great carbonation, citra/galaxy haze bomb.
Apr 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.07 by cambabeer from New York

Apr 18, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.61 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania

Apr 09, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can courtesy of M-Fox24.
Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.77 by Lord_of_the_Rinks from Pennsylvania

Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by tylerwigfield from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.67 by imanidiot777 from Pennsylvania

Feb 22, 2021
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Reviewed by ericmurray93 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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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