Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA - Tenaya Creek Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-12-2014 23:07:50 | More by Moose90
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-04-2014 12:06:45 | More by lostinfla
3.66/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-05-2014 00:27:22 | More by biegaman
2.61/5 rDev -28.5%
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.
01-04-2014 18:37:10 | More by denver10
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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