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Hops On Rye - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Arbitrator, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of rowbow
3/5  rDev -26.1%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of kdown
3/5  rDev -26.1%

kdown, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

mactrail, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

aasher, Mar 06, 2011
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.

flexabull, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of alexhahn82
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

alexhahn82, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of nothingdoing
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I saw it in Bevmo, so I thought I'd try it.

Appearance: Great golden copper color. Not too much head and less retention.

Smell: Nice grassy, citrus hop aroma and rye spice.

Taste: Parallels the smell, the rye grass/spice taste is up front with a citrus middle with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light mouthfeel. Not too syrupy. Would have preferred a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink more than one of this beer. Smooth drinking beer, without overwhelming spice.

Overall: I'm a big fan of Alpine's Nelson which feels more refined than this beer. This beer held its own though and I thought was very tasty at the $5 pricepoint.

nothingdoing, Dec 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

flayedandskinned, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

LoFiDave, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

JorSince88, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

oldvines, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, red-tinged amber colour with very enjoyable beige head, dense and pleasant. Dissipates to leave a pleasant sheet of sticky lace. Looks great.

Smell is very pleasantly hoppy. Lots of citrus, but tangy and floral with a big rosewater and musky aroma blending with the citrus undertones. Marshmallow, sherbet, all combine to produce one damn fine, complex and sweet/bitter hop fragrance.

Taste is...less good. Very enjoyable mind you, with rich caramel malt upfront that descends quickly into hop territory. Lots of lemon zest, with a touch of rose/lavender floralness and then finish is all bitterness - bitter grapefuit with resins and mediciney notes. Not all unwelcome but less overall pleasant than I would have liked, could use more lift.

Fairly full body but a bit of a sizzly texture, maybe a touch too puckering as well.

Good beer, lot of character and lot of oomph. Can't say it's tickling my emotional chain though.

laituegonflable, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Centennial
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Centennial, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of gpogo
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

gpogo, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, rye, spices, and light pine hops.

t - Taste is again rye, citrus hops, and a little spice. Light pine, and light bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - A nice IPA. Some definite rye coming out, especially in the taste, which adds some spice to it. Would have again.

mdfb79, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of juhl31
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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

juhl31, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Fatehunter, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a pint glass.

A - A medium orange pour with a cream colored head that fades to the edges. Some lacing left on the glass.

S - Hops, malts, and honey.

T - Slight hop-pine flavor followed by bitter malt flavors.

D - Thicker thann most IPAs. A touch bitter aftertaste.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber.

Pours a cloudy caramel tinged amber hue. An inch of light beige foam on top.

I get a lot of grain, bread, and caramel malt on the nose, I suppose from the Rye. Also get the expected blend of citrusy hops. Most of the citrus aroma I get is orange.

Taste brings on the sweetness from the nose, but quickly introduces some bitter but flavorful oily hops. More balanced than the nose. Spicy and bitter finish. Overall a bold and enjoyable flavor without being a big punch in the mouth.

Medium-Full bodied and pleasant mouthfeel. ABV is on the high end for an IPA, but stays below DIPA territory. Alcohol is blended well into the flavor.

brotherloco, May 06, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was very citrusy alongside some caramel notes hints of hops, tangerine, and rye but had plenty of malty sweetness for sure.

T: the tangerine flavor was more prominent on the taste with other citric fruits but had caramel, rye, grassy hop accents and lots of malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy hoppy, and mild bitter finish.

D: really was easy to drink with faint rye characteristics but had a nice bitter quality.

Gobzilla, Feb 14, 2011
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 .

Sammy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of jsled
3.95/5  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.

jsled, Sep 19, 2011
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Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.