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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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118 Ratings

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
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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Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev 0%

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.

biegaman, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of midnitesun11
4/5  rDev +9.3%

midnitesun11, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of denver10
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

denver10, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Nunya
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Nunya, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Kmat10, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hilgart1, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

gmendez1122, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

ThickNStout, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TonyT013, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

azdback, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Wasatch, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Mebuzzard, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

LXIXME, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

sooner961, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jpd7374, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Profchaos20, May 26, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

canucklehead, May 25, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

BucannonXC5, May 21, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev +9.3%

dwagner003, May 12, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

leaddog, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

MidwestBA, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

biboergosum, Apr 14, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

mactrail, Apr 14, 2013
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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