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Hops On Rye - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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90
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firehouse Grill & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ibbjamin on 11-27-2009)
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Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
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monkeylovebeer

California

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

Now, this is what I'm talkin' about. I was in the mood for a nice, aggressive IPA, and this one out of Sunnyvale's Firehouse Grill & Brewery hit the spot. It pours a truly gorgeous honey orange and throws some serious pine and florals up front.

A nice, inch-deep head with good retention is powered by a combination of Magnum, Amarillo, and Citra hops--not a ground-breaking combination for this style, true, but what gives this brew a nice, distinctive character is the grain bill.

Firehouse has gone with a base of rye malt that gives the beer a heated spice note that complements the hops very well. At 75 IBUs, this is by no means a tongue shredder, but that extra kick from the rye gives your mouth something to think about until the next sip.

This is a fairly hazy beer with a lot of suspended matter which belies how ultimately quaffable and refreshing it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 21:38:05 | More by monkeylovebeer
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-03-2014 04:25:39 | More by GClarkage
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rowbow

California

3/5  rDev -26.1%

06-06-2014 16:57:56 | More by rowbow
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jsanmarco

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-01-2014 03:53:48 | More by jsanmarco
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vma

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-04-2014 18:47:07 | More by vma
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Celtics17

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 08:03:33 | More by Celtics17
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rawfish

California

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a trip up to the bay. Pour is a ruddy orange, nice and opaque with a small half finger high head. Retention is decent and a film of lacing sticks around.

The aroma of the rye malt is off the charts, a pungent mix of spicy rye, red berries, orange marmalade sweetness and herbal hops. Slight alcohol presence.

Rye malt adds a spice note and red fruit and vineous flavors to a solid bready base. Hops are hard pressed to push back with herbal, dark citrus and pine notes in the flavor. Finish is dry with a bready aftertaste. Bitterness is matched with the sweetness of the malts.

Balanced but also on the hefty side. Appropriate carbonation and dries well. Alcohol is also kept in check.

If only all beers highlighted their specialty ingredients like this one. The rye malt is powerful on all fronts and I am no longer left guessing what rye adds to a beer, the question is whether I like it or not. This beer is very tasty and also on heavy and more balanced end of the IPA spectrum, there are some DIPAs that have less malt presence than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:08:05 | More by rawfish
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JorSince88

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-25-2013 04:11:24 | More by JorSince88
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:23:45 | More by Fatehunter
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LoFiDave

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-13-2013 01:02:36 | More by LoFiDave
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to kyle2k10 who violated my doorstep today with a marvelous box of beer full of barrel, hops, and...rye. Knocking off 7 wants. Yes, 7. This is the first to go down, 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is an Razorback cousin of orange marmalade, with lighter orange on the top & deeper orange in the middle of the pint glass - freaky. Swirl, swirl, & stick in your schnazz. Mild earth, citrus, pine, orange, but not a lot of any of them.

Hops on Rye just touched me in a good place. Wooow. Bitter & sweet launch simultaneously at the point of impact on my tongue. Bitterness complemented by tropical fruit is mixed liberally with a sweet dollop of malt, sugary orange Sunkist. Rye wallop follows, a spicy whack to the back of the tongue. Earthy bitterness reasserts itself on the swallow, & it has a long, lingering finish. Ridiculously, over half my beer is gone in the few minutes I've been typing. I could drink this until I slid to the floor.

I think I'm in love. Best rye I've had since Rye of the Tiger, & the orange in this beer kicks it up a notch on the uniqueness scale. An absolute work of art.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:42:39 | More by maximum12
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flexabull

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 06:47:43 | More by flexabull
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flayedandskinned

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-14-2012 05:23:55 | More by flayedandskinned
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-05-2012 14:22:18 | More by Texasfan549
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-04-2012 14:50:04 | More by jheezee
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-26-2012 22:46:55 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small trails of lace form down the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some earthy, peppery, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a pretty high amount of herbal and vegetal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the bitterness is pretty intense.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:24:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mattknueven

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-08-2012 23:37:41 | More by mattknueven
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

This is definitely a west coast ipa. Big and bold and in your face. Lots of citrus. And even though the beer comes off as kind of boozy, all of the character still comes together and works fairly nicely. I like this beer. If Firehouse came out with more releases, I'd be willing to try them based on this alone.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 16:36:48 | More by RblWthACoz
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oldvines

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-19-2012 21:13:42 | More by oldvines
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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-09-2012 18:46:33 | More by virinow
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-07-2012 04:36:04 | More by Centennial
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InfernoBoss

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-29-2012 04:58:27 | More by InfernoBoss
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-26-2012 01:08:49 | More by Schlais
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and pine hips with some nice rye alongside. There is a touch of caramel malts in the background as well.

T - Starts off with some pine and grapefruit hops with some nice bitterness and some spiciness from the rye. Through the middle a bit more bitterness comes through with a bit more sweet caramel malt. Finish is a mix of rye and grapefruit hops with a bit of earthy hops as well that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice dry and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. The rye works really nicely alongside the hops. Really nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 19:29:29 | More by ngeunit1
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Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.