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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 sweemzander
2.57/5  rDev -29%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 GreenKrusty101
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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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 Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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).

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Photo of imagese
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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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 Duke
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 DaftCaskBC
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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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Photo of Crass3000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of tbern007
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz dark brown bottle. Label has a sprig of hops buds, a rattlesnake, and a mountain bike gear/chain. And the obligatory "it'll bite you" remark.
A - hazy copper. Good, rich, thick head. Lasts a while and moderate lacing noted.
S - pine. Strong hops. Floral.
T - pine, hop, smooth, floral, citrus.
M - medium body and medium carbonation. Nice mix of flavors. Predominant hops and pine. A bit sour.
D - good overall. I think this is a good option as far as small operations go.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

625th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

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.

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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 nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a pretty solid off white head. Head becomes a thick layer of bubbles and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is pretty floral with a nice touch of piney hops. A bit of tropcial fruits and a touch of sweet malts to balance things out.

T- A solid amount of bitterness here. Quite a bit of piney hops come to front. A good amount of sweet malts balance things out.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- I found this one pretty easy to drink, but I've had better.

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Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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