Alien Church
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #140
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #600
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 7.36%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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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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Reviews by troybeeramalau:
Photo of troybeeramalau
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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 jtodeasa
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Damian
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 grimey68
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Rastacola
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +7.1%
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 ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Canned 2/1/17. Served in a a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with about a half finger cap of dense foam. The head slowly dissipates to a modest veneer. The fluffy crown imparts some wide swaths of lace.

Luscious, wondrous citrus and tropical hops immediately greet my nostrils. A faint cakey sweetness wafts in the background but the orangey, melon, mango, passion fruit hops aromas are on full display, to enchanting effect.

There is some utterly delicious tropical juicy hop magic going on in the flavor. Passion fruit, berries, melons, citrus, papaya and a sweet hint of cakey malt. Despite the full pint format the nectar is gone all too soon.

Medium body, slightly resinous but smooth with modest carbonation. The long lasting, only minorly bitter finish bursts with juicy tropical hop notes and a faint malty sweetness.

I've had some tasty hop work from Tired Hands but nothing like this. Alien Church nails the very popular hazy, juicy "northeastern IPA". This was a real treat that I hope to experience again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew, as well.

Revist: 21 Jul 18
16 oz. Can
Canned On: 06/22/2018

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, mango, pineapple, lemon), with some nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, mango, pineapple, lemon), very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very very well, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Glad to have gotten another chance with it. Orange Julius! Addictive! Milk Shake! Thanks Larry!

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew, as well.

Revist: 18 Aug 17

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 8/02/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrusy complex (oranges, tangerines, mangoes, pineapple, lemon), with some nice diesel. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, mangoes, pineapple, lemon), very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very very well, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Compared to the other today, really no difference. This one had more carbonation, though. Thanks Larry!

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

Revist: 18 Aug 17

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 7/19/17

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrusy complex (oranges, tangerines, mangoes, pineapple, lemon), with some nice diesel. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, mangoes, pineapple, lemon), very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very very well, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Always a joy to drink! Addictive! Orange Julius! Would be awesome if something like this was brewed close by. Thanks Larry!

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew, again.

Revist: 27 Jun 17

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 6/21/17

Fuck! 6 days after release!

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, very citrusy (oranges, tangerines, mangoes, pineapple, lemon), with some nice diesel/dank. The taste is very nice hoppy, slight malt, very nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, mangoes, pineapple, lemon), very nice diesel. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive! Thanks Arthur!

Thanks goes out to thebeers via NBS BIF#5 for this brew.

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice hazy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, very citrusy, with some nice diesel/dank. The taste is very nice hoppy, slight malt, citrusy, very nice diesel. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive. My first Tired Hands! Thanks Arthur!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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 angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for the can.

Consumed 3/15/17

A: Pale gold to tangerine with some straw around the edges - hazy, turbid - pours with a medium size, off white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Bright citrus and tropical fruit - tangerine, orange, grapefruit zest - some dank and herbal notes - ripe peach, candied peach - very tropical with some mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit - Juicy Fruit gum - light sweetness at the base

T: The actual taste falls somewhat flat from the bright aroma - citrus, with some light hints of tangerine and grapefruit peel - hop pellets, some green, herbaceous flavors - lightly earthy - tropical, but muted, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit - bitter with a lingering bitterness -chlorine - very light, pale malts at the base, lacks attenuation, seems under-fermented, honestly

M: On the light side of medium, carbonation on the low side, smooth

O: Take me to church

Alien Church marks the first time I have ever been able to sit down with my own can of Tired Hands and give an honest review. And... it's not their best effort. It has a lovely aroma. Perhaps it is just the batch, but the punch of the hops is lacking. The overall taste seems muddled and unfinished. I may need to revisit this one.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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 CayseyW
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Kadonny
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a can release a few months ago.

Poured from a can into my DFH IPA glass shortly after the can release.

L: A medium orange with some golden hints. Nice one finger white head with nice full lacing.

S: Tropical fruits with mango, melon, pineapple and some citrus. I pick up some nice candy sweetness.

T: The tropical fruits jump with mango, pineapple and guava that mix with a fairly heavy dose of citrus hops. The sweetness is candy like and is pretty hefty. Just as you think the sweetness will linger, the piney bitterness comes in to make the beer dry out in the end. A pretty decent alcohol bite finishes it out. The brewery lists blueberry in the flaovr, but I didn't detect any. Still, a really good beer.

F: Prickly, coating, full with some alcohol.

O: Another very good beer from TH, but I'll be honest and say it's was not my favorite. Would I drink it all day every day, you betcha. But when you are up against the Milkshakes and Hop Hands (which is still an absolute favorite of mine) it's hard to match up. Still, a really good beer that I enjoyed a few times (scored 2 four packs). Another winner.

Edit: After having this now a few times, I've come to truly appreciate how good this is...espeically fresh. It's really, really good and has turned into one of my favorite non-milshake beers. Tremendous time in and time out. Upping scores.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Prevelige
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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 twizzard
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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 WorldWideStout
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Anywho...

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 Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
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 cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 8/10:
Pours a cloudy light yellow, with a nice fluffy head on an aggressive pour. After the head settles and few swirls to bring out the nose, there is a thin surface-covering white sheath that thickens at the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing left after a sip from the glass.

Nose is muted, but I seem to get classic American IPA notes - grapefruit pith and pine. The pine note is a tad woody, and I after a few sips, I also get a reedy grass note in the nose. Warmth brings a little tropical indication, but still shrouded in a bitterness - like the rinds unripe tropical fruits.

The taste basically followed the nose. I got a pine wood resin note early, but eventually mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit rind notes started to shine through. Nice balance of sweetness against the hop notes that still leaves this quite bitter. There is a stickiness to the beer as it passes my tongue, like it wants to hold onto my tongue longer than most beverages. Yet, it stays fairly soft at the edges, like quite a few cloudy IPAs I have had in the past tend to be. The sweeter tropical fruit notes grow in strength with each sip. A woody to even a slightly coconut flavor hold the back of the taste throughout, though.

My initial thoughts on this beer was that it was not as vibrant as I expected. Compared to the D2:H3 Galaxy I had just had, I was thinking I liked the other better, even though this gave me some of the malt sweetness I looked for in the other. But given time to open up, this began to grab my favor more and more. Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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 SawDog505
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this canned on 3/14/18 into my Tired Hands Teku glass. Pours like a glass of pineapple juice, with a big 2 plus finger head that leaves fantastic gobs of lace behind, with excellent retention.

Smell is guava, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, and some grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical front to back ripe guava, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, and just a slight tickle of grapefruit in the very balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, soft but not too soft carbonation, not dry but a little sticky fresh the insane amount of fresh hops, and this is as drinkable as any beer I have ever had.

Overall this thing is perfect, I wouldn’t change anything, I have had so many great NEIPA/DIPA and none have been better. Thanks THEIPAHunter for this incredible beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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 Dolphinsmarlins1
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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 timothycl13
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 680 ratings