Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA - Tenaya Creek Brewery

Not Rated.
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPATenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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."
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Magnum and Summit hops to bitter and Cascade to dry hop, the brewery notes that this is aggressive. Hazed golden color, tight crowning of lace on the glass. Citric herbal hops nose, vaguely catty and certainly fruity. Decent malt base, big enough to hold the hop character. Smooth. Palate gets slapped around with citric flavor of juice and rind. Bitterness is very forward, but does not totally dominate. Quick taste of malt, Grape-Nuts and fresh sliced bread. Alcohol peeks out with a quick fume from the mouth and some tropical fruit. Hops stay with the palate for a good while in the semidry finish. A solid run at the style, great to see more flavorful beer in Vegas.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PizzaFreak
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good piney smell And taste. Good brewery too.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper pour, average head, decent lacing and retention. Mild floral hop aroma.

Ample bitterness, hop flavor leans to the pine side of things. Average carbonation. Straight forward flavors, pine, slight caramel, then maybe some pear or apple even. Malt seems a little lighter, which is nice, hoppiness is allowed to be the dominant characteristic.

Later on downbottle, takes on kind of a mettalic pineapple twist, pine cedes to pineapple flavors. Alcohol was slightly warming, as it should be at this level.

All in all, one of the better ipa's out of Nevada (not saying much). Probably still prefer a Silver Peak to this, but barely. Like the good price point on these. (Under $5).

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of dannydetox
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of Crass3000
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes on 12/26/2011

4/5 Pours out ruby-red in color with a nice two-finger, white head with good retention.

3.5/5 Smell is fairly subdued but definately smell some citrus and pine along with some sweet malts to balance things out - caramel.

3.5/5 Taste is more piney with little citrus. There is a definate strong malt backbone that is almost too much for an IPA. This is almost malt forward.

4/5 Mouthefeel is medium and nice for the style. Great carbonation. Overall not a bad beer but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of Rutager
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of Tdizzle
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of teyuders
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

(poured from a 22oz bomber into a tall 1/2 L Spaten seidel)

A - Pours a somewhat hazy saffron color. Medium head dies down to a 5mm cap after the first sip, but dissipates slowly from there on. I'm not impressed by the lacing. All told, the appearance is nothing special, but doesn't detract from the drinking experience either.

S - Sweetness and herbal hoppiness hit the nose first, followed by a pleasant wave of deep malt aromas.

T - Modest piney hops on a bed of malt and citrus; above average sweetness. I gotta say, I was kind of expecting a more adventurous "hop ride" with plenty of bite as both the nose and the label art seem to indicate. I like the taste, but it's more of a lazy hop hayride if you ask me.

M - Medium carbonation, none too thick--Hop Ride is a winner in this department. This beer is VERY drinkable and goes down smoothly.

O - I'm not utterly impressed by this IPA, but I admit that my palate tends towards aggressive, bold, complex hop flavor. That said-- it's incredibly drinkable and a great medium-bodied ale. If they sold this in a 6 or 12 pack in my area, I could see myself buying it again.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Holstein's at the New Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. I tried this because it was local, I always try new things and I can't resist and IPA on any menu. Overall it was an ok ipa but nothing to write home about.

Appearance is a hazy orange with a thick head.

Aroma is of citrus and a little pine with a slight about of malt in the background.

Taste was not as bitter as I wanted but pretty good overall. Maybe more like a hoppy pale ale.

Overall a good drinking beer but there are many IPA's out there that I would order before this one.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of sweemzander
2.57/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a minimal white head. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Lots of citrus: pineapple, peach, and lemon with hints of sweetness.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A bit metallic tasting on the flavor, but has some nice citrus. A weird nutty aspect as well.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit metallic and plastic tasting with bitter citrus.

(D)- An alright IPA, but definitely needs some improvement. Not a fan of that metallic characteristic and flavor.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was served from a 22oz bomber. It pours with almost no head, leaving a light yellow, lager-ish color instead of the typical darker, copperish colors of most IPAs. There was a pleasant fresh-hop flavor, with a light sour aftertaste. The beer was light and unremarkable in the mouth.

Photo of Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark yellow color with a 3" head that lasts a while. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: light floral aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: light caramel, some mild grapefruit, floral bitterness, and pears.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish with some mild drying late. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness and citrus stick to the tongue.

Drinkability: decent drinking IPA, and the flavors are overall pretty standard for an American IPA. Not great but not bad either.

Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

625th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

Lee's Discount Liquor, Las Vegas, NV

App- A medium colored orange with a very nice puffy two finger head with a lot of cling and leg in the glass. A little bit of pocket head on the top of the beer.

Smell- A nice subdued hop aroma with a generous citrus and sweetness. A tamed backend aroma of malt kicks in as well.

Taste- At first it started out way to bitter for me, then as I let it sit it mellowed out to be a decent enough IPA with nice bittering and some citrusy backend flavors. Not too malty or bready, more on citrus/hop side.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A bitter flavor remains with some malt/citrus as well.

Drink- Pretty above average IPA bordering on being a lot better if the hops were taken down just a notch. Glad I brought some new stuff home from Vegas.

Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh bomber picked up at Lee's in Mesquite, Nevada.

Good looking beer. Hazy orange body with a fluffy cream colored head. Retention and lace are both exceptional.

Aroma is good but not particularly vividly with mostly citrusy hops noticed. A touch of sweet malt appears underneath. The flavor is a little more vivid. Good bitterness that doesn't obscure the citrus hop notes, plenty of grapefruit and orange. Very much in the west coast style, with minimal sweetness and malt presence beyond a subtle backbone propping the hops up.

Good mouthfeel; medium full body with medium carbonation that's just the slightest bit prickly. A little bit sticky and creamy with a lingering bitter and subtly fruity aftertaste. Nice introduction to this brewery for me.

Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of imagese
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Vegas last month. No bottling date

A- hazy straw colored with a one finger head that retained nicely and left good lacing

S- vienna malts dominate followed by a faint spicy citrus hop

T- light citrus and roasted malt. Not was I was expecting from the color

M- great feel and carbonation. The dry hopping really has the bitterness linger

D- overall not all that bad. Would definitely like to try this fresh from the brewery

Photo of GreenKrusty101
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7.2% ABV bomber was poured into a room temp standard American pint glass (sic). Appearance was fairly standard, clear and straw colored with adequate lacing. Aroma was understated, but spicy, piney notes from Magnum and Summit hops quickly dispelled any notions of a Cascade citrus bomb. Taste was buttery, but not in an undesirable diacetyl way...more butterscotch and pinenut essence. Mouthfeel was splendidly round without overly viscous maltiness. All-in-all a surprisingly affordable ($4.49/bomber), quaffable elixir reminiscent of quality East AND West Coast IPAs.

1st review...favorite son from Nevada : )

2nd bottle purchased years later was diaceytl bomb

Photo of travolta
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hop Ride made it all the way to the Elite Eight of the 2012 brewingnews.com National IPA Championship, a March Madness-style tasting tournament. Poured into a tulip.

Vegas is known for its neon, but outside the glow of the city lie some picturesque desert landscapes. Hop Ride is named for one of these spots, Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park, where rattlesnakes can turn a bike outing into a "hop ride." Find all the earthy tones of the dry wilderness in Hop Ride's color -- dusty sandstone, the soft tangerine of a sunset. Above the perfectly clear liquid, an inch of cream-colored froth rests like craggy mountains.

In the nose, Hop Ride's grainy, like handfuls of barley at the brewhouse. A combination of Magnum, Summit and Cascade hops and dry-hopping lend additional aromas of sugared orange slices, soft floral notes and just a little citrus peel. On the tongue, hop flavor takes a backseat to hop bitterness as acerbic resins settle into the tongue and don't let go. It exhibits the same grainy mustiness -- like very old, dry crackers -- in tandem with some grapefruit and a little bit of dankness. Tiny cactus barbs of carbonation prickle the tongue inside a body with the viscosity of simple syrup. After a suggestion of alcohol spice peppers the tongue and in throat, the brew finishes clean.

Overall, Hop Ride could use a little more balance. It's more hop bitter than hop flavorful, and the malt is both weird and unable to withstand the hop assault. But it's still tasty, and worth a try if you want a little taste of Vegas.

to view more.
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.