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Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA - Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPATenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA

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51 Reviews

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbern007 on 11-22-2010

Our Hop Ride India Pale Ale is medium bodied and aggressively hopped using a technique called 'dry-hopping' which adds a nice delicate citrus aroma. Combine that with Magnum & Summit hops to kick up the bitterness, and Cascade hops for a floral boquet. You get a well balanced and very drinkable American IPA. We live in Las Vegas and enjoy the areas beyond the reach of the neon. Bootleg Canyon MTB Park is one of those places. Be Warned, the rattlers have just as much bite as this ale. If you want to ride there, its going to be a "hop ride."
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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 142
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- cloudy golden color, thin head, nice lacing
Smell- floral, citrus hops
Taste- floral, citrus hops, very good
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would love to have more but we don't get it where I live. I found it in Reno at Cost Plus.

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Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

Purchased for me by my girlfriend. The only bottled beer from a local brewery she could find in Las Vegas. (glad I don’t live there!).

A: Slightly hazy, golden yellow, 1.5 fingers width of of white colored head, good retention, lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Floral, soapy hops, citrus; firm sweet malty backbone. 3.75

T: Nice bitterness, citrus notes with grapefruit and orange, floral. Lots of malts, an almost smokey character. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavy end, dry on the finish, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: A good IPA, nothing really stands out, but a reasonable option if you are in Sin City and looking for a local brew. 3.75

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Photo of travolta
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very nice head with robust for and awesome retention. Nice ringed lacing. Beer is a clear and copper gold. Excellent head. This is a very nice beer to look at.

Nose: Brown sugar, citrus, resin, with a bit of pineapple and tropical fruit at the end.

Taste: Crisp with a malty backbone, some dry chemical-ness at the end. A little dry finish. Citrus and brown sugar.

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Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

This is a good, solid IPA.

Dark gold with smallish off-white head, steadily shrinking to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is resin, grass, hints of raisiny malt.

Aroma is pine resin, hints of grapefruit and grass,citurs rinds, raisiny sweetness with hop bitterness. It's more bitter at finish but pretty balanced, a lot like a lower grade interpretation of Russian River Blind Pig character.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite sweet, but has solid citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Moose90
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz On-Tap @ Ace's & Ales Tenaya 5/12/14

A – Looks good, although quite pale for the style, could have been the poor lighting inside, but this looked quite yellow and thin. Head was nice enough, bright white, left behind nice lacing with each gulp.

S – Smelled quite refreshing after a long day at the nearby golf course. Basic hop notes here, citrus, pine, lemon. Nothing remarkable, but solid nonetheless.

T – One word: approachable. Very straightforward IPA goodness here, pine, lemon, nice and crisp. Not one flavor dominates this one. Nice balance, easy drinker.

M – Carbonation level is spot on, medium-high carbonation level makes this one very refreshing. Medium ABV is hidden quite well.

O – Solid easy going IPA here. Would I ever seek it out? No. Will I order it again if I see it? Yes.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pub 1842 inside MGM Grand Las Vegas

Bright amber clear with a light head served in a pilsner flute.
Great pine hoppy scent and smooth mouthfeel.

Not usually a huge fan of dry hopped ales but this one was an example I really enjoyed.

Started off with a really bitter after taste that improved as the ale warmed in my glass.

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Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Ride looks very much as it smells: like pine sap. My glass is full of a seemingly sticky, honey-amber coloured nectar that is transparent but far from clear. It has no head and where there is bubbles they look like nothing more than air pockets (like you'd find in a syrup). It seriously does look like something you could spoon into your tea or drizzle over toast.

The folks at Tenaya Creek say this is "aggressively hopped using a technique called 'dry-hopping'". Sounds all well and good for a style supposed to be overtly, conspicuously hoppy. Thing is there's nothing "aggressive" about dry-hopping (the process of steeping hops in the beer after fermentation) because no boiling means no additional bitter alpha-acids are extracted.

And hence no additional aggressiveness. What dry-hopping does add is the opposite of aggressive: pleasant, cheerful, inviting aromas, which, in this case, are enchantingly pine-like. Each sniff places you square in the middle of a Pacific Northwest forest. It has the air of a freshly splintered branch; it smells like the green resins found in tree bark.

The taste is also forwardly pine-like but also manages tangerine, orange, and grapefruit notes too. The toasty, nutty, and biscuity flavours of the malt are far better appreciated on the palate, more so than any resiny bitterness, which, frankly, hardly factors into the framework. The prevalence of malt also helps temper nearly all of the 7.2% alcohol.

Hop Ride drives the speed limit (and is apparently a moped). It is a very mild and approachable IPA, a characteristic that simultaneously works for and against it; while casual and novice drinkers will enjoy being able to appreciate hops without any of their bitter "bite", true hop-heads are sure to be underwhelmed by its level of restraint. That was my sentiment.

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Photo of denver10
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is floral and even touching upon perfumey, some marmalade, and toffee. Aroma is floral, orange marmalade, toffee, and a touch of pine. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, my first beer from Tenaya Creek did not impress me.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Albertson's (Las Vegas, NV). 4.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a small wine glass.

Pours a light orange gold with a quarter finger pale head. Maintains a thin cap of froth that laces well.

Smells of floral and mildlt earthy hops with bready malt.

Bitter earthy and floral hops with lots of cracker, biscuit and bread. Almost balanced more like a red or amber than an IPA.

Slick medium light body with moderate carbonation. Long bitter biscuity finish.

Not really bad but I found this average at best. Much more malty than I prefer my IPAs. This bottle makes me kinda glad that I didn't take the time to go all the way to the brewery.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Lee's Discount Liquour in LV.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with TONS of thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with a nice blend of malts, with some citrus notes. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, with a nice malt blend. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter/dry. Overall a very tasty IPA, would definitely buy again and also other brew's this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We see a lot of Tenaya Creek in BC at the private stores but they seem to be small players and quite regional . That being said this is a pretty decent IPA with enough hops to make it interesting but a smoothness to the mouthfeel. Great nose and colour ( mid to dark gold) with the right mouthfeel for the over 7% beer. I enjoyed this beer even with the slightly sweet finish ( I usually like dryer finishes). I will try more beer from these guys.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Hotel glass (~1/3 pint)
From: A Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: May 16, 2013
Consumed: May 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a copper, clear color with 1-2 fingers of f-white head. Heavy lacing on the sides, good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled lime, pine, caramel, wet Cascade hops, clean and refreshing.

Tasted similar to the nose. Pine, malty, wet Cascade hops and lime. Pretty smooth.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Watery finish.

Pretty good overall. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d have it again for sure.

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Photo of leaddog
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a slightly foggy amber with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Piney hops, caramalts, tropical fruit.

Taste - Moderate bitterness from Cascade hops, along with caramalt and tropical fruit flavours. Hits all the key notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An enjoyable American IPA by Tenaya Creek. Hits all the key flavour points for the style. Wishing that the hops were more predominant in the aroma, but it did come through in flavour.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. The label blurb has an unintended, yet amusing non sequitur, which describes a hop-dosage technique called 'dry-hoping'. I'm certainly sure that it is.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, meaty, and cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves a low storm cloud front pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharply bitter grapefruit pith and pine needles, a bit of mango and pineapple fruitiness, bready, sort of grainy caramel malt, a twinge of dry alcohol, and a further herbal, leafy hoppiness. The taste is lessened fruity bitter tropical notes, more grapefruit rind and forest-floor pine tree droppings, cereal grain malt, a growing musty earthiness, and a not-so-subtle herbal liqueur warmth.

The carbonation is adequately supportive, the body a pleasant medium weight, and generally smooth, the lingering hops having a wee bit of fun at its expense. It finishes off-dry, the pithy fruit of the tropics hoppiness melding with the residual bled-out caramel malt.

An agreeable enough Yankee IPA, once you accept the fact that typical west-coast bitterness is not in the cards here, though the local tropical fruitiness does well to recommend itself. Nice to see this brewery's offerings on the shelf way up north here in Alberta - the last time I was in Sin City, I thought 1-dollar tall-boys of Tecate were the shit. How far we have both come since.

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Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orangey amber color with a nice foam in the Duvel tulip. A brief aroma of malt and some flowery hops. Plenty carbonated in the mouth. Light bodied. A fair amount of malt. Slightly sweet. This actually tastes like all three Tenaya Creek beers I've tried. Earthy flavors, sweet plain malt, and murky overall.

The hops are the dank sort with a very low aromatic profile. Brewer says this is brewed with Magnum and Summit hops. Some bitter aftertaste and a gummy feel in the mouth. I'd have to say this is the kind of IPA favored by low-rent breweries and brewpubs that hope to offend no one. Maybe it's the Sunbelt IPA style. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head, some nice rings of lace.

S: Pungent tropical hops with definite citrus layers, hint of watermelon.

T: Lemon, pink grapefruit, citrus zest and papaya. Lots of great fruit character from the hops. Delicious and very West Coast in style.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, yet fairly clean on the finish. Crisp carbonation.

O: A stellar IPA, this can stand up to the best of CA, loved this beer.

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Photo of Tdizzle
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle brought back to southern California by my girlfriend's parents and given to me to try. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Pours golden amber with a slightly off-white, soapy head. Great retention from start to finish. A thick cap of foam leaves some patchy lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is somewhat spicy and peppery up front. You really have to stick your nose in the glass to get some of the details. Herbal, floral, earthy pine, tropical and citrus fruit hop aromas are balanced by under-ripe melon and a prominent sweetness with a bready, cracker-like malt profile.

T - A fairly intense bitterness blankets the sides of the tongue, but it's quickly cut by a nice wave of malty, bready sweetness. The hops resurface, leaving that bitter-sweet melon aspect that the aroma promises. The flavor sticks around on the palate long after each sip.

M - The mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick. The carbonation is just right.

O - Very enjoyable. Lots of thick hop bitterness, but it's all nicely balanced by a malty sweetness that perfectly compliments the assertive hop profile.

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Photo of Rutager
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother in law for this one!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy gold-amber with 1.5 fingers of white head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Some floral and fruity hops, but not a ton. Plenty of sweet caramel and some grainy malts along with some strange fruit smells including apples and grape juice (?).

Taste. Floral hops with a little citrus, lots of sweet grainy caramel and some herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium amount of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. Not really what I look for in an IPA, but was nice to try.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean light amber pour with copious amounts of head, lots of nice looking lacing.
scents of caramel, grassy hops, 2 row, and a slight passion fruit scent.
an earthy bitter flavor up front followed by sweet caramel, bready malt, and lots of citrus.
a medium body pour with creamy mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

a really nice ipa. very earthy and bitter but at the same time sweet and citrusy, which makes this a pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a yellow orange
S: Pineapple, lemon
T: Slight iron or metallic, peppery, tootsie roll, hops and malts are balanced, but I prefer the hops to dominate.
M: moist and refreshing

Good but not my favorite type of IPA. Overall, I have been pleased with Tenaya Creek.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my bro for scoring this...

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, floral citrus notes, some buttered bread notes.

T - Nice sweet citrus hop off te top, lemon iced tea, lingering leafiness, solid caramel backbone. Nice sour citrus lingers alongside a hint of oily resin.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dry.

O - A tasty IPA and super glad I got to try it. I could drink this for days.

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Photo of dannydetox
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brought a 22 back from las vegas a couple of weeks ago, and finally getting around to opening it. color was a pleasing IPA orange/amber tone. minor head retention with a few spots of lacing on the pint glass. aromas disappoint: sweet malts, with something a bit smokey hiding in the back. there is a noticeable taste of tea as this one goes down. caramel malts are the dominant flavor, with the hops showing up only in the end. bitter on the finish, but not in a way that supports the beer. no, this isn't a winning IPA - especially given the abundance of great west coast brewers redefining the style.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light orange colour with a cloudy centre and a large, foamy white head at teh top that has great retention and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Strong pine aroma along with the storng hops. There is a sweet bitter aroma to it that is coupled with a lot of grapefruit. There is also some orange zest, a little citrus and a touch of mango.

Pine hops and some malts along with a combination of citrus and grapefruit flavours. There is a lot of bitterness to this one and some mango is thrown in for good measure. There is also a strong kick to it.

Medium in body with a sweet tang to it and lots of bitterness. The feel is a tangy smooth one with the finish hinting at some sourness.

A good IPA although not one of the best I'm afraid. I enjoyed this one and would have it again but it wasn't outstanding and it was a lot more bitter than I would have liked.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My pour started out average and got more aggressive as I went. Ended up with a finger and a half of foamy off white head over a murky light caramel/amber body. Head shrank down in a couple of minutes, no real lacing noted.

Grapefruit, mango, sweet caramel malt make the nose on this just delectable.

Pine and grapefruit square off on your tongue to dominate as the chosen flavor of this brew. Some bready malt with a hint of caramel and ending hints of ginger finish her off.

This beer is medium bodied but almost seems heavy at times. It is highly carbonated, but I still feel like it's not moving the way it should. It is not sticky, it does finish very very dry.

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Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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