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Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA - Tenaya Creek Brewery

Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPATenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%


Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: tbern007 on 11-22-2010)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:27:22 | More by biegaman
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denver10

Colorado

2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 18:37:10 | More by denver10
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:21:45 | More by ThickNStout
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Wasatch

Utah

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:51:34 | More by Wasatch
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:11:16 | More by canucklehead
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BucannonXC5

California

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 07:21:25 | More by BucannonXC5
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:27:39 | More by leaddog
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 05:46:27 | More by biboergosum
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mactrail

California

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 05:16:56 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 06:04:49 | More by Halcyondays
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Tdizzle

California

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 07:34:20 | More by Tdizzle
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 18:42:42 | More by Rutager
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:46:05 | More by facundoCNB
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 15:16:26 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:20:39 | More by andrenaline
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dannydetox

California

2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:29:48 | More by dannydetox
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 15:04:57 | More by flyingpig
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:41:34 | More by CFHMagnet
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

easily the best beer i could find myself in las vegas, they shitty beer capital of the USA. i needed a good ipa real bad, and this one didnt let me down. it smelled like an english style ipa, very biscuity malt profile, some amber malts too. there was also a rather floral lightness in the hop profile. flavor was pretty good, not incredible, but satisfying. plenty of oily hop resins than were almost sugary for a second or two before assuming the usual bitter role. mouthfeel is a little heavy on the body, but the carbonation is good, and i could put a couple bombers of this juice down the hatch. it stood up well to a cheap cigar, and proved to me that craft beer can exist in the most artificial place on the planet. right on.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 18:06:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 01:02:35 | More by tobelerone
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teyuders

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:29:06 | More by teyuders
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Duke

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From a tulip)

Appearance: Hop Ride pours a cloudy saffron, with bits of sediment, with a generous and fluffy white head which didn't last very long.

Smell: This IPA is respectably piney, and there are fresh citrusy notes in there - perhaps orange - and there's a slight ginger spice in there too.

Taste: The piney hops and the orange in the nose are true to the mouth, and the ginger at the back is now even more evident. There's a healthy dose of English malts here too. A nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Hop Ride has a medium body profile, with a low-to-medium level of carbonation. The ginger spice is part of the mouthfeel, so there's a bit of heat on the wings of one's tongue at the end.

Overall: This was a solid, non-offensive IPA. I thought the smell promised a little more than was offered in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 05:58:19 | More by Duke
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Phelps

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:40:36 | More by Phelps
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elNopalero

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a hazy dark orange-yellow in appearance, with a fluffy cloud atop it.

It’s a very citrus-forward IPA, with an aroma reminiscent of orange zest. Nicely rounded flavor, with some orange peel, a little pine, and a bit of apricot to bring it together like, say, a rug in the living room. Real clean finish, solid hop profile, this one’s a winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 19:36:24 | More by elNopalero
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Uli's Restaurant in White Rock, BC.

A: 3/4" tan coloured creamy head over amber coloured liquid.

S: Muted citrus, pine and carmel malt.

T: Grassy, earthy, orange and some pine hop flavours over a caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a low level of fine carbonation.

O: A decent IPA that tastes like English malt along with Belgian yeast and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 07:02:31 | More by DaftCaskBC
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