Hops On Rye - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 98
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 6.42%
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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 98
Photo of Celtics17
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  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. (744 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky dark orange and brown beer with a huge light tan head. The dense foam decorates the glass and stays until the bottom.

At first I smell tropical hops, but it seems fleeting, as a warm malt and rye scent takes over.

A bitter rye and hop flavor is the first part of the taste, with mild malt in the middle. The end has a flash of those tropical hops, and it has a very nice dry rye aftertaste. Bold and complex. Rye is present almost throughout, yet not overpowering.

A medium full bodied beer, combined with good carbonation that leaves a nice sticky bitter feeling.

A fine beer, my only complaint is the color and murkiness, but other than that, great flavor and good balance. Not overly rye, yet it's there in almost all components. (744 characters)

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a clear deep amber, sufficient head and lacing. Fruity citrus and pine with caramel aromas. Peppery grapefruit citrus and tart berries hop profile. Sweet mouthfeel, light carbonation with dry finish. A very good West Coast style IPA, rye is fairly subdued. (275 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Light cloudy amber color. Lots of carbonation. Huge head that hung around for awhile.
N: Citrus, hoppy, and rye were all blended nicely.
T: This had everything you look for in a well crafted IPA. What set it apart for me was the well balanced rye presence. It smoothed out the bitterness of the hops and gave it a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.
M: Refreshing and medium bodied. Not thick or heavy on the palate. I got through a 22oz bottle with no problem. (466 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from a generous Cali BA.

This is a really gorgeous pour with a clear amber body and a really creamy white head that leaves delicate lacing on the side and shows absurd retention. The head refuses to go away.

Aroma is light citrus with some lemongrass and orange zest. There is also a hint of the spicy rye and some white grapefruit.

Taste is even better with the citrus coming through even stronger, with the grapefruit featuring up front with some floral pine as well. The rye is more prevalent in the finish where there is a spiciness which compliments the sticks hops nicely.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with the rye smoothing out the bitterness a bit.

I'm definitely impressed by this one which is one of the better IPAs I've had recently. Love the combination of juicy citrus and spicy rye. (813 characters)

Photo of adsomers
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours a clear, reddish amber with beige head. Decent retention, with no lace down the sides of the pint glass.

S: Mild citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit, with a little graininess. I remember the bottle being more evocative, and I'm surprised by how muted the scent is. Surprisingly, it's not served super-cold, so it's not a temperature issue.

T: Like the nose, the taste is lacking. It goes down easily, leading with flavors of orange, grapefruit, and a touch of rye bite. The finish has a mild bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied. It's a little undercarbed, almost like it's on cask, except it's not, and it doesn't have the flavor to pass for cask conditioning.

O: I remember the bottle being better. The tap version (or at least this batch) is unremarkable. (800 characters)

Photo of jsled
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice grainy flavor like toasted cereal. Spicy and sharp. Big pine aroma. Very rich at first with a long malty flavor, followed by the spice and acidic tang, and then an endless increasing bitterness. Full of orange followed by an uncanny exact replica of grapefruit pith, only stronger and more bitter. Nice orange amber color, decent head.

A real flavor powerhouse but not very drinkable. If the rye accentuates the harshness it's not such a good choice with these hops. But for the hopoholic, it's one not to miss.

11-25-2012 - Had a bottle of this again, for some reason. The malt is just a slender thread, and I don't get any hint of rye for all the hops. slightly sweet followed by the acidic tongue buckler. This seems like an adequate but uninspired sort of IPA. Just plain bitter. Call me a hater. (807 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber with a short cap of yellow/beige foam. It looked viscous during the pour. Lots of clumpy lacing, good head retention. Toasty and caramel malts in the aroma, lots of citrus, tangerines, resinous, slight tropical fruitiness. Pine resin bitterness with more toasted bread and caramel sweetness in the flavour. Citrusy oranges and alcohol, a bit nutty, bread crust. Decent texture, medium bodied, a bit chewy with lowish carbonation, alcohol warmth. Pretty solid overall and the rye was a nice touch. (514 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from barfdiggs; thanks Ward!

Pours a nice, hazy gold color with some amber hues near the center of the glass. A small, centimeter high layer of tiny, cream-colored bubbles constitutes the head; they dissipate slowly and leave tiny patches of wet lacing in their wake. The smell is of earthy, piney hops in the front, some orange and lemon citrus notes, and a bit of faint spice (coriander?). Taste is of bitter, floral hops, some earthy grain and rye, ample orange citrus, some pine, and a noticeable spice finish. Mouth is bitter, but lighthearted and smooth underneath. Finish is great, not too dry and not at all sugary/sticky. Overall, a good rye IPA that I'd certainly wouldn't turn town in the future. (726 characters)

Photo of juhl31
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-a cream colored head sits atop the auburn hued body that paints a great picture of a beer from start to finish

-the nose is a bit lacking. there is some hops and spicyness in there, but it doesnt jump out at you by any stretch

-there is a nice lingering hop flavor that stays throughout the drink. along with this is a malt flavor that is like a spicy bread...a lot like rye bread really. there is a nice balance to this beer and it reminds me of hop rod a bit

-the body on this beer is right where it should be and there is a bit of a carb bite up front, but it settles in quickly

-this is a surprisingly solid beer for me. i have no problem putting away a bomber to myself on this one. this might be a good local "extra" bottle for future trade boxes (757 characters)

Photo of miadw3
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden orange with a thin amount of head. Good amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - Rye and citrus dominate the smell. Also notes of malt.

T - The taste is balanced between caramel and citrus (grapefruit, orange). Finishes with a nice rye (spicy) taste. Very drinkable and the ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied.

O - I didn't know what to expect from this beer but was surprised. Wow! It's a solid IPA and an excellent Rye IPA. (449 characters)

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Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
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