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Hops On Rye - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 98
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
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

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Beer added by: ibbjamin on 11-27-2009

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 98
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 .

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with a half-finger of off-white creamy foam that has surprisingly good retention and eventually settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lace. Transparent golden body with some nice glow to it.

S - Sugary malt backbone, a hint of rye malt, and ripe orange hop character - guessing this is heavy with Centennial and Cascade. This is more malt-forward than I expect from the West Coast, but it still smelled pretty appealing.

T - There's more rye in the flavor, with that hard-to-describe zest character to it. It's complemented with candied citrus hop characters, and intense, yet enjoyable bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Slightly zesty carbonation that's a touch more than I prefer. Medium-bodied, and a touch grainy, with a dry finish.

D - This was pretty nice - reminded me of a poor man's version of Rye of the Tiger. I'd have it again if I saw it on-tap somewhere.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in the US, at K&L Wine in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable. Put side-by-side with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye (one of my favourite beers) for comparison.

Pours a pleasantly bright reddish orange colour, much like an IPA, with a full and firm head of yellow-white foam. Lacing is patchy, but sticky. Carbonation is insanely fine, and the body is very thick, meaning that these two elements play off each other wonderfully. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is crisp and citric, giving a very pronounced and very clear freshly rubbed lemon rind fragrance. There's a hint of sweetness to it as well, but no rye spice like the HRR gives off. It's a less complex, but more straight up, raw and unapologetically West Coast hoppy aroma.

Taste is crisp and sharp, with the grain balanced nicely with the malt to give a nutty ripe fragrance. Some greenness on the palate and a pronounced bitterness. The rye is very subdued here, giving not a lot of character, but maybe filling out the basis. Feel is clean, but very smooth.

I feel as though the rye just adds depth to the body of the beer, which helps it be a fine IPA, without really adding anything more and extending it to be a fine Rye IPA. The Hop Rod Rye was better for this reason, but this was still a very fine and very well made American IPA—certainly one I'd have again, and recommend to my friends.

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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.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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.

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


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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. I think I've tried this on tap at the Bistro's IPA fest, as well. It's a good beer but not the most exciting expression of Citra in the world (that award goes to KRBC Citra DIPA). However, Citra is still definitely present and lends plenty of wildflowers, peaches, tangerines, mangoes and other wonderful hop notes. The malt lends good caramel but also a touch of paint thinner. Not a lot of rye in the aroma. The taste kicks in more grain spice, but it's not a terribly strong presence. Good tangerine, lemon, mango hop notes in the taste. Relatively sweet for a West Coast DIPA. It's a pleasant beer and easy to drink, and I wouldn't mind another glass.

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Photo of gford217
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this purely on a whim at City Beer in San Francisco. The cases of it got delivered as I was in there. I had never heard of the brewery before, but I also hadn't tried a hoppy rye beer, so why not.

Pours a copper orange colour with a finger of white head. Smells of huge citrus hops the mesh nicely with mild spiciness of the rye. Nice carbonation level for an IPA. There were 3 of us at a tasting and this bomber seemed to go the quickest.

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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.

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Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.