Alien Church | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
tiredhands.com

Style: New England 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#725
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
638
pDev:
6.91%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
105
Trade:
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Ratings: 638 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +2.8%
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 +3.7%
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 knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srw
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -4.1%
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 Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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 JonB25
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eddiefl
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +4.8%
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 Trossi1980
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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 drds89
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

could drink all day, see why they sell through so quickly

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to thebeers for this one from a ninja box during NBS BIF #8. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a murky pale orange color with about an inch of white head that decent retention and light lacing.

The aroma was all fruity hops, no malt, grain, yeast or bitterness. Same on the tongue, but the carbonation did leave a slight tingle of bitterness at the back end.

The body was light, smooth, and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkabilty was fine, no issues, but no thrills either. Overall, a fairly typical example of the style. If you dig turbidity, this is for you.

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Alien Church from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 638 ratings