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Hops On Rye - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ibbjamin on 11-27-2009

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber golden body with moderate size white/cream head. Slightly hazed, but still fairly clear.

A- Grapefruit citrus with hints of pine poking through initially. With something slightly spicy poking through. As it warms a sweet malt aroma comes through more.

T- Sweet malt with a spicy finish. Bitter taste throughout, but not as much as I would like in the way of hop flavors.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth to the finish with a hit of spiciness there.

D- Enjoyable, rye could be a bit more forward and I would have enjoyed a bit more hop flavor. Bitterness and aroma were great.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikechance
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a recent addition to our local BevMo --- sold in 22 oz bottles. This is a really good beer! It has a nice deep orange color and lots of hoppy aromas including hints of pepper and grapefruit all topped off with a near perfect head. The beer has an excellent balance between the hops and Rye malt which adds a nice spicy taste and fullness to it. At 7.5% ABV it’s not a timid beer, but it goes down very easy and has a smooth aftertaste with makes it easy to consume too quickly. I will add this to my rotation of regular beers.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. I get a ton of different hop notes in the aroma. Included are grass, pine and floral notes as well as some candy notes and quite a bit of rye. The flavor is mainly made up of rye with some grass, bread and toffee notes mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange beer, nice start, just about perfect carbonation and off white head to this one. Aroma was good, no rye discernable, but hops, definitely, gotta like the way citra and amarillo play together, they shine here.

More hops in the taste, good job, so many newer breweries substitute high bitterness for hop mouthfeel, you get both here, thank you. This one is borderline dipa territory though, although thankfully this one does not overdo the bitterness, alcohol nor sweetness in the beer in attempts to find 'balance'. Nothing worse than something having 'hop' in the name and failing to taste like hops. You get the faint rye aspect of it, body stays relatively light, hops shine, citrus qualities come out (orange colored fruit - orange, tangerine, nectarine etc. . . ).

At only $5 a bottle, it easily surpasses a lot of brews that charge $6 + for the same size, but don't deliver in terms of quality.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle, thanks for sharing. Nice hops at 75 IBU listed, magnum, citra, and amarillo. Orange citrus taste. Hazy grapefuit body and lots of lace. Soapy 1 inch head. Nice rye flavour that is well integrated with the hops, and not too spicy. Great drinkability .

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of tight head on a hazy, dark straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is wonderful: big and bright lemon and orange with a background of rye.
The taste has a bold citrus bitterness beginning to end. The spicy rye comes through in the middle really nicely.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
It's a great IPA with the rye done really well.

Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright amber orange with a quick fading white head.

Nose of fresh oranges and pineapple with a light tart character.

Mouthfeel is medium full and nicely balanced and integrated. Tastes rich and "expensive."

Flavors are layered, big, bold and complex. A medium sweet front palate gives way to big nicely burned rye toast and the rye is present in a pleasant assertive rye flavor and character through all parts and layers of this beer. Bitter coffee, bitter toast and bitter burnt oranges.

Rich bitter rye toast gives way to a nice big bitter pine/grapefruit finish. A nice big IPA with really nice big rye flavors and character.

Photo of adsomers
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for rye beers with a lot of rye character such as Bruery Rugbrød and Founders Red's Rye PA. Hops On Rye to me does not dish out all that much rye character, but its influence is blended in perfectly with the over-the-top hop load in this beer. So my review of this beer is really that of an IPA, of which Hops On Rye is an excellent example. In addition to a masterful layering of hop flavors & aromas it delivers an assertively bitter and slightly spicy finish that really adds dimension to this beer. It's not often that I want a second round of the same beer, but this one really does it for me.

Photo of theopholis
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a schooner, which probably wasn't the best idea I've ever had. The body is a fairly clear, very deep amber with a nice two finger off-white creamy head. The beer is rather hazy. Very little head retention or lacing.

Smell - LOTS of citrus in the nose. A fair amount of rye malt, with pine notes. I'm even getting hints of honey.

Taste - Not bad!!!! This was like a 4 dollar bomber. I can only assume they are taking a loss to build up customer loyalty. This beer is easily worth 3 times the price. Well balanced between the malt, malt sweetness and hoppiness. Good rye presence. Hint of citrus and pineyness. Borders on being cloying, but still, quite nice..

Mouthfeel - Medium body with nice, tight carbonation. Dry finish. Good stickiness to give you a long, lingering after-taste.

D - Mmmm...beer...aurghghgh...

Photo of Andy1618
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very pretty clear copper. The head is smooth and creamy, but fairly small and dies down pretty quickly.

Smell: A clean grassy and pineapple hop aroma, followed by a little bit of graininess from the rye.

Taste: The rye character is assertive, but not overwhelming. The rye spiciness mixes quite well with a strong punch of citrusy (and slightly earthy) hops. It's balanced by a lingering caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A slightly syrupy feel helps this beer stick to your palate, making the flavors linger.

Drinkability: Overall a very tasty beer. The rye adds a unique character that sets this beer apart from a lot of other IPAs. Goes down smooth and doesn't disappoint.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mlaroche for this on.

No bottle date.

Pours a light amber/orange color, hardly any head, few small bubbles on top, not much lacing either.

Smell has a wonderfully piney hop aroma with a dash of fruity citrus, it isn't harshly hoppy but I also can't pick up much malt in the nose to balance it, I guess it's just appropriately hopped.

Taste starts out with a resiny pine flavor, followed by citrus, aftertaste is a light bitterness cut with some caramel malt, while the rye isn't as heavy as some other beers that feature it, it does add a bit of heaviness to this beer, the soft but active carbonation to this beer is almost spot on and lends some creaminess.

For a beer I just randomly asked for, I'm pleasantly surprised. I'll have to keep my eye out for more from this place.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed dark orange colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head. On the dark end of the IPA Orange spectrum.

Smell is strong hops more grapefruit and eucalyptus than pine. Spicy sandalwood smell. Some malt does squeak by the hop load.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong hop flavor. Tastes a bit savory. Bitter citrus oils on a wooden tongue depressor taste. Slight sour rye taste but honestly this is all about the hops. Not a lot of subtle flavors here, just straight in your face AIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good IPA I would order if I ever saw it on bar tap. Only downside is that it has no subtly to it, just balls to the wall IPA.

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber

Appearance - Hazy orange colour with a fairly large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation, and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, rye

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice full bodied taste. I can pick up on lots of malts and hops mixed with caramel. There is some orange juice flavour along with some grapefruit zest. At the end I could taste some underlying rye flavours.

Overall – I’m happy I gave this one a try. There aren’t a whole lot of reviews for it, so it must be relatively new to the market. It’s definitely worth checking out if you happen to see it on the shelves.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $4.75 for a bomber from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review. I later found that I had already reviewed this beer as it was on draft at the brewpub. I gave it a B+ prior, so this must have been a better batch as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Half inch off white head consistent of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Not too cloudy and copper orange in color. Excellent lacing and a nice layer of retention.

Certainly a hop forward aroma of dank citrus grapefruit.

Very pleasant taste similar in character to the nose. Alcohol very well hidden. A nice west coast example of an IPA. Clean and refreshing. I don't detect much of the rye presence in either the taste or nose, which for me is a bonus I guess as it's a flavor I'm not particularly too fond of.

Medium body leaning towards the light side. This goes down very quickly. Nice creamy feel with a nice dose of oily hops. Medium length finish of slightly bitter grapefruit hops.

Very impressive, never expected this from my neighborhood brewpub. On top of that, the low price tag makes it even that much better. Cheers !!

Photo of jsled
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 3/5. cloudy light straw with a huge pillowy just-off-white head and tons of carbonation.

A: 4/5. light spicy citrus. some pine/resin. some herbal notes.

F: 8/10. light, bright, sweet. bubblegum. a bit cloying. light citrus-y bitterness. residual spicyness.

M: 4/5. good. residual without being overwhelming.

O: 8/10. very good beer. great flavors, in good balance, and uncommon.

Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice beer here -- well made. true to its' name it is an IPA with a dose of rye and plentiful hops. at 7.5%ABV it is pushing into IIPA territory.

pours a nice golden orange with excellent frothy carbonation. the aroma is good and floral but not overpowering -- zero citrus, slight pine -- light fresh hop smell.

the taste is dry dry dry and bitter. it is very pleasant and the rye makes its' presence known -- lending the distinct spicyness... i would not say sour like rye bread, but more hot like in whiskey. the rye really kicks up the dryness of the drink -- the HOPS provide mostly bitter, i don't get a ton of flavor from them.

leaves nice lacing on the glass and i do get a hit of sweetness as it warms up a bit, on the back of the tongue. the hops open up as the beer warms as well -- providing a good thick piney bite swallow.

this is an easy drinker -- i would buy it again. borderline beer -- A- IPA, B+ IIPA.

Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to nickd717 for this one. It pours a cloudy amber with orange highlights and a one finger bright white head. The foam dissipates quickly and laces the glass. It smells very sweet initially. It's pretty malty and is heavy on the citrus fruits, oranges, tangerines, and apricots. Those aromas aren't necessary hoppy though. The flavors are very sweet and laden with a ton of fruit. It features sweet citrus fruits, namely oranges, tangerines, and apricots with even more sweet malt. There's a little bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. It's medium in body and leaves a dry hop flavor behind. It's just ok. I'm thankful for the tick though.

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear amber with 1/2 inch of fluffy eggshell white head. Leaves rings of lacing with each sip.

S-Spicy rye malt, citric hops, earthy bitterness.

T/M-This IPA is all about Citra hops. Grapefruit and tangerine play well against subtly spicy rye malt. Vibrant carbonation prickles against the tongue, bringing out peppery spice. The finish is citric and a bit sweet.

O-I dig it. First beer I've had from Firehouse. If this is any indication of what they can do, I look forward to their future releases.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate golden color with a good white head and a nice bit of retention time. Some sticky lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a large amount of piney and citrus hops along with just a touch of spicy rye in the background. Flavor adds the rye in nicely and the hop flavor is well integrated with a good amount of bitterness. Medium body and a nice, dry finish. Solid brew. Glad I got to try this; hadn't heard of this place prior to the tasting.

Photo of Nugganooch
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New purchase from BevMo - Bomber to pint glass
*Notes from 08/31/11

A: Hops on Rye pours a darker amber caramel color with a slight haze to it and a great 2 finger toasted khaki head. Decent retention. Curtains of lace flow down my glass with each sip.

S: Citrus, pine and spice hopped nose with a bit of bready caramel malt that follows. Hops are real fresh and leafy.

T: Nice juicy hop bitterness. Citrus & pine mostly. Sweet caramel toffee malt base. Lots of rum spiced barrell notes from the Rye. Gives a spiced rum cake with raisens flav. Pine is just sticky-icky. Definite cottonmouth effect. Light crisp finish. Slight chest warmth.

M: Very smooth with a nice creamy texture and lighter bodied base. Dry crisp finish.

D: Pretty darn tasty brew. One I enjoyed and will definitely purchase again.

Could have used just a bit more Citra punch to it IMO. I think that would have really sealed the deal for me. Rye is a bit forward here. All in all very quaffable.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden almost orange like amber.

S - Insane upfront hop smell, plenty of dry hopping on the finish for this one.

T/M - Taste upfront hits you with some sweetness and a little bit of hops, amazingly not a lot rye that hits, oh its there, mid range and fading fast. Still an incredible flavor for a single IPA.

O - Would like to have a little bit more Rye flavor for that dry bite that you can get. But still a hard hitter thats hard to believe its only 75IBU's, well, they know how to put them to work!

PP (Price Point) - $6 for a 22oz bomber is well worth it, I am a big fan of Firehouse G&B, well worth it.

Photo of jeff1973
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A - Nice dark burnt orange. Nice full eggshell colored head. Leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Citrus, pineapple, mango, spicy rye. This smells really good.

T - Citrus, pineapple, mango, then a nice spicey rye malt middle, with a nice drying bitterness to finish.

M - Medium heavy. This is a dense beer. More like a big DIPA than a IPA. Medium low carbonation gives it a nice silky mouthfeel.

D - Medium. The heavy consistency doesn't let you drink it fast, but the taste and silky mouthfeel makes you wish you could.

Great beer from (at least for me) an unknown brewery. Great value too.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a very hazy one and is orange in color with an off-white head and some strings of lacing.

S: Plenty of grapefruit hops on the front end with a bit of a tangerine note. The rye is very obviously here and provides a bit of a spice note which goes nicely with the bread forward aroma.

T: The grapefruit is again the star of the show and there is a bit of pineapple to it. Quite bitter with plenty of piney hops. The rye and bread are strong in their flavor as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a dry and bitter finish.

D: Surprisingly good and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying this one out.

Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bbothen, thanks again!

Pours a hazy amber color with a pretty nice head.

Aromas are on the spicy side. Floral, grainy, and with some rye notes.

Taste is much like the nose. Grainy, and spicy with notes of rye bread. Finish is crisp and dry, with some general bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, with some decent carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good beer. But it seems one note, and lacks balance, all I really get is rye spiciness and bitter hops. Decent, but could use improvement, specifically a better malt backbone.

Photo of Celtics17
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the highest beer's that I have rated. It wasn't one of my favorites, but I respect what they've done with this one. It's good by all means, and they nail the rye malt with this one. I rated this high, because the malt wasn't overly sweet, and the rye with the bitter pine notes played perfect.

A - Served a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy with head atop. Fades fairly slowly leaving behind quite a bit of lace. Murky looking on the pour.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and pine hips with some nice rye alongside. There is a sweetness there, not like caramel, but in that family.

T - Starts off with some pine and grapefruit hops with some nice bitterness and some spiciness from the rye. The taste is there, full of rye, more so in any rye beer. I'm a big fan of Ruthless Rye from Sierra Nevada, but this one takes the cake.

Overall- This is solid all around, and for the price, it was top quality.

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Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.