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Alien Church | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Alien ChurchAlien Church

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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: 63 | Ratings: 387
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Photo of jtodeasa
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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 grimey68
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of their best. So smooth, little to no malt taste, hopped with Citra and Mosiac, and Centennial. This is loaded with grapefruit, mangos, and even some peach it seems. IPAs don't get much better than this one. If it's still on tap, do yourself a favor and get a growler filled.

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Photo of Damian
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler purchased at Tired Hands Brewing Company, Ardmore, PA
Served in a pint glass
Big thanks to our friend Sarah for picking this up on her recent visit to Pennsylvania.

Super cloudy, glowing straw yellow appearance. One of the most opaque looking IPAs I have ever seen. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall crown of bright white, soapy looking bubbles that quickly faded to a thin film. Odd shaped patches of drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was mesmerizing. Super dank and fruity. Incredibly weed-like. Mango, passion fruit and papaya came through strong. Intense peach and apricot notes were also apparent. Candy dipped oranges were noticeable as well. The combination of a stiff, pale malt backbone and intense fruity hop notes lent the beer a pleasant sweetness.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was outstanding. Again, mango and papaya notes were in full effect. Fairly sweet overall and amazingly well balanced. Strong peach and apricot notes. Hints of orange peel and some lemony tartness were also detectible. Maybe it was the appearance influencing my taste buds but I swore I picked up some wheat beer-like characteristics as well. Touch of sweetened grapefruit and rind-like pith came through on the finish.

The mouthfeel was the only somewhat disappointing aspect of this beer. Although moderately creamy, the lack of carbonation was a letdown. I might be tempted to blame the growler but, at only four days old, this swing top should have kept the beer in near optimal shape.

I love my IPAs super hazy, dank and fruity, and Alien Church met my expectations and then some. Amazingly complex yet extraordinarily well balanced, this beer is dangerously drinkable. I can only imagine how fantastic this might be fresh from the tap.

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Photo of Rastacola
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I usually have a fridge full of fresh Heady, SOS and SF but I still head to TH and drink this instead. Arguable the greatest beer I have ever tasted. It seems that it keeps changing slightly each time it's brewed and I am okay with that. Keep exploring, but never abandon this beers roots.

Bright yellow / light orange.
Mouth feel is creamy, light citrus ..like an orange julius.
Dank, piney smell
Taste is otherwordly..

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Photo of larryi86
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler fill poured into a teku

A- A hazy bright orange with a two finger white head.

S- Mangos and more mangos, tropical fruits, slightly dank, some pine, citrus, one of the best smelling IPAs I have tried.

T- Mangos, tropical fruits, oranges, dank, piney finish, citrus, slightly sweet malt backbone, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, slightly creamy.

O- Best IPAs I have tried from Tired Hands. Hard to believe this is a regular IPA, I love what Tired Hand is doing and the haven't brewed a bad IPA, but this takes things to another level!

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Photo of troybeeramalau
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can review.

Cans are going to be a game changer for Tired Hands. Both this and Hop hands out of a can are World Class

They got this right the first time.

One of the better IPA's I have out of a can. Good Job

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Photo of twizzard
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've seen folks raving about Tired Hands for a while now so I was psyched to learn that they canned this IPA. Pours a very pale yellow, almost straw colored with beautiful white creamy lacing. The nose is a solid 5. I think I inhaled it for a solid 5 minutes before tasting it. Candied fruit and tangerines. Mouth feel a bit on the thin side but not too bad. Overall an incredibly solid IPA.

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Photo of citizencane
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Straw yellow with minimal head, but very cloudy. Tastes damn good. I love the mouthfeel combined with the citrus taste...this is so citrusy it feels as much like a juice as it does a beer. That said, I probably wouldn't recommend drinking his for breakfast, at 7%. Or maybe I would...if it's a weekend, why not?

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 32 oz growler into teku.

A: Cloudy pale yellow with two finger white head with decent retention and leaving nice chunky lacing. Reminds me of pineapple juice.

S: Mix of dank and tropical hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and orange peel. Subtle pine aromas.

T: Very nice hop blend. Juicy citrus with mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges. Light piney and grassy touches.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing IPA.

O: Outstanding IPA. This one brings the aromas and flavors that you normally only find in DIPA's. Looks like I need to track down some more Tired Hands in the future. Thanks again to @larryi86 for giving me a chance to try it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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 PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Fermentaria. Pours a hazy bright pale yellow with an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. The aroma is melon, honey, orange and pine. The taste is honey and melon followed by large amount of pine and dank hops. Peppery with some notes of blueberries at the end. Light toasted malt notes. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Very little alcohol presence. Overall, an IPA I would have again.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Cloudy yellow-orange pour, half inch of foamy white head, good retention, soapy lacing. Fruity aroma, citrus and sweet stone fruits, perfume-like undertones. The taste was similar, bright and fruity, orange juice, peach, honey, herbal notes, underlying toffee-like malt sweetness balancing out the gentle hop bitterness, but still tame enough to make this an IPA. Medium body, fresh mouthfeel, pulpy and good. Nice overall.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Griffin2
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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 dar482
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a hint sweet with loads of tropical of honeydew, pineapple, a hint of blueberry, grapefruit peel, pine, perfumey floral with a light bready malt. The beer offers a medium piney bitterness to contrast the light and clean finish on HopHands.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to my brother for sharin this with me, enjoyed from the growler chilled.

The color is golden hazed with light amber hue with white head and lace that sticks ok. The smell is a lot of hop aromas colliding in a nice herbal dank scent. The feel is tangy fruity and moderately bitter with a dry finish.

The flavor is great -lush with a mix of hop flavors that have a fruity citrus and dank herbal quality with low malt in the taste and light yeast with gentle lemony astringent aspect and long dry bitter finish with a subtle alcohol influence. This is a quality hoppy ale, so glad I got to try it -thanks Tim!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Cloudy yellow-orange color, finger white head slowly fades and coats the glass. Big juicy orange aroma with some hop notes evident. Bright citrusy taste, verging on juicy but then the hops step in, dank and earthy with grapefruit peel and pine there as well. Finishes dry with just the right amount of bitterness. Thin to medium silky feel. Overall excellent IPA by Tired Hands, glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of timothycl13
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Tonyjenlasc
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From the can, into a snifter

Look - Cloudy, murky, hazy orange type color. Orange/grapefruit juice in the glass. Super cool looking.
Smell - Absolutely phenomenal nose on this beer. Passion fruit for days. Grapefruit, dank and citrus as well.
Taste - Follows the nose. Passion fruit, stone fruit, pineapple, orange, citrus, pithy grapefruit type bitterness, melon
Feel - Nice body, smooth, semi creamy

Overall - So excited Tired Hands is canning now. This IPA is world class, period. Smooth out some of the rough edges, and this is Treehouse/Trillium level. Way to go Tired Hands!!!

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't usually like IPAs, as I don't like bitterness. This has a bit of bitterness, but I think less than your standard IPA, and it is juicy and delicious. I'm done going through each of the categories unless I think they're particularly important to a specific beer, as I don't give a hoot what it looks like, and really not too concerned with what it feels like either. Texture has never been big for me.


Smell is of ripe mangoes (my favorite fruit) with some pine in the background. The taste is more balanced, with the juicy, sweet, delicious mangoes on the front half, and the pine notes taking over towards the back end. There is a mild to medium amount of bitterness on the after taste, and it lingers for awhile. My new favorite IPA (not that I try many)!!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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 CayseyW
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +16%
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 CavemanRamblin
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcorn
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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