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Hops On Rye - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

KevdoggNasty, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

Drinkerofales, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -1.5%

codynevels, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

KimenTshom, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of kdown
3/5  rDev -26.1%

kdown, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of joshwalt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

joshwalt, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

coldriver, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of ipa247
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ipa247, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of stevecooks
5/5  rDev +23.2%

stevecooks, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Chambic
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Chambic, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ThePorterSorter, Nov 20, 2011
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
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

StArnoldFest2010, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

gford217, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of adsomers
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

adsomers, Oct 17, 2011
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 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
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.

Zorro, Sep 11, 2011
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.

jeff1973, Sep 11, 2011
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.

Nugganooch, Sep 06, 2011
Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.