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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 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 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.

DrJay, Aug 22, 2011
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 eclipse54
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

eclipse54, Aug 16, 2011
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 miadw3
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

miadw3, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of mikechance
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a recent addition to our local BevMo --- sold in 22 oz bottles. This is a really good beer! It has a nice deep orange color and lots of hoppy aromas including hints of pepper and grapefruit all topped off with a near perfect head. The beer has an excellent balance between the hops and Rye malt which adds a nice spicy taste and fullness to it. At 7.5% ABV it’s not a timid beer, but it goes down very easy and has a smooth aftertaste with makes it easy to consume too quickly. I will add this to my rotation of regular beers.

mikechance, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice beer here -- well made. true to its' name it is an IPA with a dose of rye and plentiful hops. at 7.5%ABV it is pushing into IIPA territory.

pours a nice golden orange with excellent frothy carbonation. the aroma is good and floral but not overpowering -- zero citrus, slight pine -- light fresh hop smell.

the taste is dry dry dry and bitter. it is very pleasant and the rye makes its' presence known -- lending the distinct spicyness... i would not say sour like rye bread, but more hot like in whiskey. the rye really kicks up the dryness of the drink -- the HOPS provide mostly bitter, i don't get a ton of flavor from them.

leaves nice lacing on the glass and i do get a hit of sweetness as it warms up a bit, on the back of the tongue. the hops open up as the beer warms as well -- providing a good thick piney bite swallow.

this is an easy drinker -- i would buy it again. borderline beer -- A- IPA, B+ IIPA.

colforbin73, Jun 24, 2011
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 lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright hazy orange color with a half finger of white head. Some decent lacing and good head retention.

S: The rye is actually detectable in the nose which is a win for a RIPA. Very bready with only a touch of spiciness to it. The hops do not dominate which is always something that ruins this style.

T: Again a nice RIPA with enough rye to keep it real. The hops are soft and nice. Very much an earthy flavor. It finished with a pleasant bitterness.

M: Very nice medium body. Carbonation was a little sharp at times.

O: One of the better examples of the style I have had. Wish I could get this but this bottle was lugged back from the west coast. Really nice beer.

aerozeppl, Jun 01, 2011
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 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.

Mora2000, May 20, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. This is the rye beer for Rye lovers - the rye-e-ist rye beer I have had yet. It has the sharp, sour sting of a good rye bread.

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head. The aroma is sweet and sharp and zippy, with the spicy, slightly peppery bite of rye and what seem to be some flowery hops. The flavor is sweet and very peppery and rye-like, to a degree that grabs the tongue and holds it. It is so strong it comes out with an almost briny saltiness. There is toasted nut, bread, and a little earthy leather behind the rye sting. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and hangs on the tongue, but it feels a little heavier than I like - I wish they could achieve this level of flavor with a less pulpy mouthfeel.

Seanibus, May 08, 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 spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber

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.

spinrsx, Apr 21, 2011
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear amber with 1/2 inch of fluffy eggshell white head. Leaves rings of lacing with each sip.

S-Spicy rye malt, citric hops, earthy bitterness.

T/M-This IPA is all about Citra hops. Grapefruit and tangerine play well against subtly spicy rye malt. Vibrant carbonation prickles against the tongue, bringing out peppery spice. The finish is citric and a bit sweet.

O-I dig it. First beer I've had from Firehouse. If this is any indication of what they can do, I look forward to their future releases.

DaveHS, Apr 10, 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 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 HipHop5
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubbled upon this one. Never heard of it or the brewery.
Pore one and half finger head with decent retention, living exceptional stain glass like lacing on the tulip sides.
Absolutely gorgeous dark orange amber color with murky red/copper tones.
Discreet citrus and Orang peel,pine aromas are quite sweet on the nose.
Medium carbonation and medium body work very well with the Rich Magnum and Amarillo hops bite up front. IBU linger in the back with earthy rye and caramel malt sweetness.
Very pleasant dry hop flavor finish.
Huge surprise about this super balanced and extremely drinkable IPA. Worth seeking. I will try to find more. It was the last one at BEVMO. Wish you all good luck finding this treasure of West coast IPA.
I am mesmerized about the cloudy orange copper color! It's better as it warms up a bit, but super refreshing and tasty at the same time.
Enjoy.

HipHop5, Mar 19, 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 kaseydad
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored pour with an off-white foamy head with staying power. Great aroma. Orange, grapefruit, apple and more fruits. The taste consists of orange and other citrus fruits. Not overpowering. Very refreshing. Nice bittering hops on the swallow. Body is nice and full. Very easy drink. I've seen it in bottles now and am glad I have. Worthy of seeking out and experiencing this gem. Well done.

kaseydad, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of jomo
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beers pours a cloudy orange with an nice initial head. The head dissipates rather quickly.

The smell is quite nice. Citrus hop & honey overtones. Really clear and fresh hop smell. I think this bottle is really fresh, but no bottle date.

Taste is similar to smell with considerable honey, malt sweetness. This is West Coast hoppy, but is more malt balanced than many San Diego IPAs. Definiately hit all areas of the palate.

Mouth feel is solid with fine carnbonation and medium viscocity.

I could drink this all day long.

I must say that I not expecting such a fine beer from such an unassuming bottle. Love it!

jomo, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of NorCalYeti
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great flavor, a little on the sweet side but well balanced. an oily astringent feel to the palate, nice malt backbone, good citrus hop flavors in the nose. the malt character is bready with sweet flavor. the ryeness rounds out the flavor profiles. color is a pinkish amber with a white foamy head.

NorCalYeti, Feb 15, 2011
Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.