The Brew Scale
APPEARANCE - 9
AROMA - 9.5
TASTE - 9.7
10 is perfection, and is almost unattainable. Anything below a 6 is undrinkable.
There is nothing like having a fresh beer. Fresh beer for some is going to the distributor and buying a six-pack or a case or maybe going to the bar and having one from the tap. For others, it’s going right to the source and visiting the brewery and picking it up a day after it was canned. I had a can or Alien Church from Tired Hands Brewing Company that was a few days from when it was canned and experience was grand.
Poured from the can into the glass, the brew has a light-orange body color that is murky in clarity. The head was white in color, fizzy in appearance and left a nice lacing on the side of the glass.
The aroma of Alien Church is wonderful. It has a fruity hop aroma along with that of apricot and citrus. I could smell this beer all day. Taking a sip of this brew, I get a quick peppery hop introduction, that is quickly followed by juicy citrus and apricot flavors. There are some grassy notes and pale malt flavors in the background. There is a wonderful hop presence that you have throughout this beer whether you are smelling it or drinking it.
The thing about Alien Church that you should take note of, is that this is an IPA that brings the fruity/citrus characteristics of hops to the forefront in a well-crafted way. This is a true celebration of hops that is a pure joy to drink and is a beer that I plan on having again and again.
ABV = 7.0%