Alien Church
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #138
Ranked #599
4.35 | pDev: 7.36%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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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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 ajm5108
2.46/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, like most unfiltered beers. Color is a hazy yellow, like pineapple juice. I was surprised how little of an aroma this gives off. I got as much oat as I got hops, which is more of the resinous variety, maybe a little citrus but it's all very muted. It is more vine-like on the taste, raw hop flavor being the most prominent note. Not much else flavor to speak of, sadly. Bitter finish. The oats give it a nice, full body and a smooth mouthfeel, which helps, but it is a one-note beer, and not a particularly great note, either. The raw root / vine flavor just isn't for me I guess

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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 Tonyjenlasc
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
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 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 jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the brewery

hazy, pale yellow in color, bone white head. nice hop aroma and flavor that dominates since there is not much malt flavor at all. thin bodied.

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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 an orange julius.
Dank, piney smell
Taste is otherwordly..

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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 mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 09/13/15 notes. 8 oz. pour in a tulip at the Fermentaria in Ardmore, PA.

Pours a murky, bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Oats, bready malts, citrus hops, oranges, pine, resin, melon. Tastes is more bitter citrus and grapefruit than the nose but not too bad. Medium body low carbonation and super smooth body. Super easy to drink.

Overall super easy to drink and a great IPA; more pine and hoppy than TLTSOTSOYH, really a toss up.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler, just shy of 24 hours into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Murky, and turbid dull lemon body. Sits with a lemon chiffon like appearance and a slight glow at least, but like pineapple juice in a glass. Head is a real nice vanilla cream looking at least, manages a bit of merringue like appearance and settles to a thin puck, and somewhat large collar. Doesn't really look good unfortunately.

Aroma manages to give some very nice hop impressions. A mix of tropical mango and sugar icing but not as sweet. Hints of juiced grapefruit come out a bit as well. Sugars after awhile tend to dominate up front though.

Base beer comes out relatively unscathed though. Sharp mid palate of biting hops with tea and aftertaste of herbal leaf like bitterness. First sip seems to fill with a bit of tropics through a decent but if lighter malt body. Hints of mild mint and green herbs come in a bit, with a touch of juiced citrus grapefruit oils as well. Slight candy but very controlled sweetness which turns to good balanced oils of hop and almost juiced citrus.

Decent brew, looks a bit unappealing though, with other IPAs abounding aplenty that I would pick over this though. But drinking it isn't torture that's for sure.

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Photo of citizencane
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with minimal head, but very cloudy. Tastes thin and juicy; reminiscent of bitter pineapple and orange juice. That said, I probably wouldn't recommend drinking this for breakfast..

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Photo of gopens44
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the growler to my glass, 5 days after the pour that left ZERO room on top for oxidation produces a magnificent glass filler that gains a nearly instant white, frothy, lace inducing head atop this bright yet murky goldenrod ale.

Nose does not warn the mouth much as even an agitated release brings about limited sharp pine, grapefruit and perhaps moist melon.

Taste follows along but allows a few more attributes to present themselves. The new players? Green onion and a touch of salt.

Nothing cloying in the dry finish despite a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste dies off very quickly.

This was the only beer I truly "needed" from Tired Hands and I can now sit truly satisfied that I made the run to get this!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden color with some orange highlights, hazy, small white head, and decent spotty lacing. Tropical fruit medley consumes your nose, tons of fruit and hoppy dank notes. Taste follows, tropical fruit and melon. Underlying bitterness gets more prominent towards the end and cuts through the sweetness, light malts and crisp. Soft feel, low carbonation and light medium body. This is a fantastic fruity IPA, another winner from Tired Hands.

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 Monktastic7
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try this one from TiredHands. Super juicy and a gorgeous punch of hops that is balanced perfectly. The hazy color which is so common with TH is there and I love it. This was so awesome.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives a cloudy goldenstraw capped by an impressive mound of foam that leaves a web of lacing behind

Smell: Dank and tropical, with mango, papaya and passion fruit

Taste: All about the hops, here, with the tropical tones of mango, papaya and passion fruit joined by stone fruit flavors as well; the finish is bright and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Truly a top flight IPA; very refreshing, dank and fruity

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

Looks like white grapefruit juice, with a sticky white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, pine, dank grass. Taste is much of the same, big hop presence. Feel is medium bodied, sticky, lingering resin. Really great offering from tired hands.

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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 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.


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 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 inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Alien Church

A: Pours hazy bright yellow color. Thin loose bubbles of bright white. No lacing. Somewhat still.

S: Cat piss. Grapefruit. Resin. Juicy fruit.

T: Nice fruity grapefruit. Really light for 7%. Juicy resin hops. Dry finish. Lingering bitterness.

M: Light medium bodied.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange body. Small white head, if anything. Large, disparate bubbles.

Smell - Peach and tropical fruits. Grapefruit pungency. An herbal component too. A bit of pale malt sweetness.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit hops are more dominant, but some tropical peachiness. Herbal character comes back in the back. Sweetness is stronger, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body. Low bitterness.

Overall - Excellent. Just a shame that Tired Hands growlers travel so poorly.

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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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Alien Church from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 680 ratings