Hops On Rye | Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Hops On RyeHops On Rye

Brewed by:
Firehouse Grill & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ibbjamin on 11-27-2009

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of HipHop5
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubbled upon this one. Never heard of it or the brewery.
Pore one and half finger head with decent retention, living exceptional stain glass like lacing on the tulip sides.
Absolutely gorgeous dark orange amber color with murky red/copper tones.
Discreet citrus and Orang peel,pine aromas are quite sweet on the nose.
Medium carbonation and medium body work very well with the Rich Magnum and Amarillo hops bite up front. IBU linger in the back with earthy rye and caramel malt sweetness.
Very pleasant dry hop flavor finish.
Huge surprise about this super balanced and extremely drinkable IPA. Worth seeking. I will try to find more. It was the last one at BEVMO. Wish you all good luck finding this treasure of West coast IPA.
I am mesmerized about the cloudy orange copper color! It's better as it warms up a bit, but super refreshing and tasty at the same time.

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Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to nickd717 for this one. It pours a cloudy amber with orange highlights and a one finger bright white head. The foam dissipates quickly and laces the glass. It smells very sweet initially. It's pretty malty and is heavy on the citrus fruits, oranges, tangerines, and apricots. Those aromas aren't necessary hoppy though. The flavors are very sweet and laden with a ton of fruit. It features sweet citrus fruits, namely oranges, tangerines, and apricots with even more sweet malt. There's a little bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. It's medium in body and leaves a dry hop flavor behind. It's just ok. I'm thankful for the tick though.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored pour with an off-white foamy head with staying power. Great aroma. Orange, grapefruit, apple and more fruits. The taste consists of orange and other citrus fruits. Not overpowering. Very refreshing. Nice bittering hops on the swallow. Body is nice and full. Very easy drink. I've seen it in bottles now and am glad I have. Worthy of seeking out and experiencing this gem. Well done.

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Photo of jomo
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beers pours a cloudy orange with an nice initial head. The head dissipates rather quickly.

The smell is quite nice. Citrus hop & honey overtones. Really clear and fresh hop smell. I think this bottle is really fresh, but no bottle date.

Taste is similar to smell with considerable honey, malt sweetness. This is West Coast hoppy, but is more malt balanced than many San Diego IPAs. Definiately hit all areas of the palate.

Mouth feel is solid with fine carnbonation and medium viscocity.

I could drink this all day long.

I must say that I not expecting such a fine beer from such an unassuming bottle. Love it!

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great flavor, a little on the sweet side but well balanced. an oily astringent feel to the palate, nice malt backbone, good citrus hop flavors in the nose. the malt character is bready with sweet flavor. the ryeness rounds out the flavor profiles. color is a pinkish amber with a white foamy head.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was very citrusy alongside some caramel notes hints of hops, tangerine, and rye but had plenty of malty sweetness for sure.

T: the tangerine flavor was more prominent on the taste with other citric fruits but had caramel, rye, grassy hop accents and lots of malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy hoppy, and mild bitter finish.

D: really was easy to drink with faint rye characteristics but had a nice bitter quality.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orange-amber color with a small white head that diminishes rather quickly. Scent on this beer is magnificent! Intense citrus and hop aroma with great piney notes as well. Was not expecting this great of a nose from a Grill and Brewery that I had never heard of before. Taste is Outstanding as well! This, however could be very borderline Double IPA. The reason I say this is because the bitter, piney hops and citrus grapefruit flavors are so in your face, that this doesn't seem much like your average American IPA. It is definitely West Coast though I must say, although very light maltiness to it. Great tasting beer. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a tad bit on the sticky side. Drinkability is high. Was not expecting this, but I will definitely spread the word about Firehouse Grill and Brewery!

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $4.75 for a bomber from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review. I later found that I had already reviewed this beer as it was on draft at the brewpub. I gave it a B+ prior, so this must have been a better batch as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Half inch off white head consistent of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Not too cloudy and copper orange in color. Excellent lacing and a nice layer of retention.

Certainly a hop forward aroma of dank citrus grapefruit.

Very pleasant taste similar in character to the nose. Alcohol very well hidden. A nice west coast example of an IPA. Clean and refreshing. I don't detect much of the rye presence in either the taste or nose, which for me is a bonus I guess as it's a flavor I'm not particularly too fond of.

Medium body leaning towards the light side. This goes down very quickly. Nice creamy feel with a nice dose of oily hops. Medium length finish of slightly bitter grapefruit hops.

Very impressive, never expected this from my neighborhood brewpub. On top of that, the low price tag makes it even that much better. Cheers !!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with maybe an inch of head. The lacing is decent, it starts thick and creeps down the glass.
The smell is a bit light, but still complex enough. Citrus and spice combine up front with a bready background.
The taste follows suit. Plenty of citrus to go around, fresh squeezed grapefruit and some lemon zest. The malt profile is certainly a rich, spicy rye bread taste. A bit different, but very nice. The mouth is a little sticky which put me off just a little, but still, not bad.
A solid, spicy, hoppy IPA. My first beer from Firehouse and I'm impressed.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a very hazy one and is orange in color with an off-white head and some strings of lacing.

S: Plenty of grapefruit hops on the front end with a bit of a tangerine note. The rye is very obviously here and provides a bit of a spice note which goes nicely with the bread forward aroma.

T: The grapefruit is again the star of the show and there is a bit of pineapple to it. Quite bitter with plenty of piney hops. The rye and bread are strong in their flavor as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a dry and bitter finish.

D: Surprisingly good and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying this one out.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Passion fruit sunset. Very cloudy and a half finger head and a bit of lacing

S - Rye, Sweet malt, nice hop, Floral, Pine, Melon, Mango, Pineapple, grapefuit, a bit grassy the zest you'd find in an Australian or New Zealand sauvignon blanc. This thing has some serious smell. So lovely

T - Good but not as good as the smell. The rye, malt and hop are so prevalent. The mango, pineapple, grass and grapefruit are still there. There is a bit of an oak for sure

M - Fizzy, heavy lingering of malt, rye and hops. Sticks around for a while. VERY HOPPy finish

D - I could drink this everyday if it came in a 6 pack.

Final thought - $5? Noice. Love this beer

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now, this is what I'm talkin' about. I was in the mood for a nice, aggressive IPA, and this one out of Sunnyvale's Firehouse Grill & Brewery hit the spot. It pours a truly gorgeous honey orange and throws some serious pine and florals up front.

A nice, inch-deep head with good retention is powered by a combination of Magnum, Amarillo, and Citra hops--not a ground-breaking combination for this style, true, but what gives this brew a nice, distinctive character is the grain bill.

Firehouse has gone with a base of rye malt that gives the beer a heated spice note that complements the hops very well. At 75 IBUs, this is by no means a tongue shredder, but that extra kick from the rye gives your mouth something to think about until the next sip.

This is a fairly hazy beer with a lot of suspended matter which belies how ultimately quaffable and refreshing it is.

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Photo of theopholis
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a schooner, which probably wasn't the best idea I've ever had. The body is a fairly clear, very deep amber with a nice two finger off-white creamy head. The beer is rather hazy. Very little head retention or lacing.

Smell - LOTS of citrus in the nose. A fair amount of rye malt, with pine notes. I'm even getting hints of honey.

Taste - Not bad!!!! This was like a 4 dollar bomber. I can only assume they are taking a loss to build up customer loyalty. This beer is easily worth 3 times the price. Well balanced between the malt, malt sweetness and hoppiness. Good rye presence. Hint of citrus and pineyness. Borders on being cloying, but still, quite nice..

Mouthfeel - Medium body with nice, tight carbonation. Dry finish. Good stickiness to give you a long, lingering after-taste.

D - Mmmm...beer...aurghghgh...

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Photo of peensteen
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

kwjd's bomber. reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy orangeish colour, nice 1/2" head, nice lacing too. Nice citrusy hop smell, grapefruit, lemony scent accompanied by great spicy notes from the rye. Tastes hop forward, great oily slick presence, great bitterness, big citra hop taste is brought out further by the firm spice of the rye. Nice medium mouthfeel, coats the palate with a great hop oil presence. Great stuff here, very drinkable.

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Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this purely on a whim at City Beer in San Francisco. The cases of it got delivered as I was in there. I had never heard of the brewery before, but I also hadn't tried a hoppy rye beer, so why not.

Pours a copper orange colour with a finger of white head. Smells of huge citrus hops the mesh nicely with mild spiciness of the rye. Nice carbonation level for an IPA. There were 3 of us at a tasting and this bomber seemed to go the quickest.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle, thanks for sharing. Nice hops at 75 IBU listed, magnum, citra, and amarillo. Orange citrus taste. Hazy grapefuit body and lots of lace. Soapy 1 inch head. Nice rye flavour that is well integrated with the hops, and not too spicy. Great drinkability .

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mlaroche for this on.

No bottle date.

Pours a light amber/orange color, hardly any head, few small bubbles on top, not much lacing either.

Smell has a wonderfully piney hop aroma with a dash of fruity citrus, it isn't harshly hoppy but I also can't pick up much malt in the nose to balance it, I guess it's just appropriately hopped.

Taste starts out with a resiny pine flavor, followed by citrus, aftertaste is a light bitterness cut with some caramel malt, while the rye isn't as heavy as some other beers that feature it, it does add a bit of heaviness to this beer, the soft but active carbonation to this beer is almost spot on and lends some creaminess.

For a beer I just randomly asked for, I'm pleasantly surprised. I'll have to keep my eye out for more from this place.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright amber orange with a quick fading white head.

Nose of fresh oranges and pineapple with a light tart character.

Mouthfeel is medium full and nicely balanced and integrated. Tastes rich and "expensive."

Flavors are layered, big, bold and complex. A medium sweet front palate gives way to big nicely burned rye toast and the rye is present in a pleasant assertive rye flavor and character through all parts and layers of this beer. Bitter coffee, bitter toast and bitter burnt oranges.

Rich bitter rye toast gives way to a nice big bitter pine/grapefruit finish. A nice big IPA with really nice big rye flavors and character.

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Photo of nothingdoing
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I saw it in Bevmo, so I thought I'd try it.

Appearance: Great golden copper color. Not too much head and less retention.

Smell: Nice grassy, citrus hop aroma and rye spice.

Taste: Parallels the smell, the rye grass/spice taste is up front with a citrus middle with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light mouthfeel. Not too syrupy. Would have preferred a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink more than one of this beer. Smooth drinking beer, without overwhelming spice.

Overall: I'm a big fan of Alpine's Nelson which feels more refined than this beer. This beer held its own though and I thought was very tasty at the $5 pricepoint.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this bomber at Bev-Mo and decided to take a gamble. Glad a did! The label was enticing and who doesn't love Hops and Rye.

A - Poured a great rusty amber with a nice two finer off white creamy head. The beer is rather hazy with some bits of yeast floating.Retention was very good eventually setting to a thin cap leaving some great lacing.

S - Very present Rye malt, with tones of citrus, pine resin and ripe orange. I'm even getting hints of honey. This smells like it will be extremely balanced.

T - This is a really surprising beer from a brewery i have never heard of till now. Great rye presence with huge hops on the front and back. Im tasting some citrus zest that i cant quite describe, and a great hop bitterness which is piney and citrusy.

M - Medium body with nice, tight carbonation. Dry finish.

D - This is a rally drinkable beer. I was surprised to see that a small brewery close to my hometown makes a great beer such as this. I will definitely try this again.

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Photo of Andy1618
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very pretty clear copper. The head is smooth and creamy, but fairly small and dies down pretty quickly.

Smell: A clean grassy and pineapple hop aroma, followed by a little bit of graininess from the rye.

Taste: The rye character is assertive, but not overwhelming. The rye spiciness mixes quite well with a strong punch of citrusy (and slightly earthy) hops. It's balanced by a lingering caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A slightly syrupy feel helps this beer stick to your palate, making the flavors linger.

Drinkability: Overall a very tasty beer. The rye adds a unique character that sets this beer apart from a lot of other IPAs. Goes down smooth and doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of berebrando
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a late night bottle on tofurkey day, 2010, cracked this 22 open at hotel durant in berkeley. an off white head with variable sized bubbles. some gunk is floating around in the amber orange beer. smells like amarillo. the citra and centennial take a back seat, in fact rye and amarillo complement eachother nicely. taste is spicy citrus. it is very drinksble and feels good in my mouth.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. I think I've tried this on tap at the Bistro's IPA fest, as well. It's a good beer but not the most exciting expression of Citra in the world (that award goes to KRBC Citra DIPA). However, Citra is still definitely present and lends plenty of wildflowers, peaches, tangerines, mangoes and other wonderful hop notes. The malt lends good caramel but also a touch of paint thinner. Not a lot of rye in the aroma. The taste kicks in more grain spice, but it's not a terribly strong presence. Good tangerine, lemon, mango hop notes in the taste. Relatively sweet for a West Coast DIPA. It's a pleasant beer and easy to drink, and I wouldn't mind another glass.

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Photo of thekoz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 bottle purchase at Willow Market (~$5).

The beer poured a cloudy amber with almost no head. (I guess this is due to the rye?)

The aroma lacked the strong hopiness I expect from an IPA.

The flavor was good. The beer was really smooth with some nice citrus favor. Nice hop flavor, but well balanced with the malty backbone.

Really look forward to having this beer again.

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Photo of 100floods
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super murky, apple cider hue. This might be one of the darkest, haziest IPAs I've ever seen. Sweet. Clean, citrus, the rinds of an orange or grapefruit come to mind. Definitely some chewiness in the aroma. Medium, juicy body. A noticeable and pleasant sweetness hits the pallet, followed by some hops. There's a very gentle mixing on the hops and malt. This beer isn't too malty and the hops play a big role but do not bombard my taste buds. I think the rye and citra hops were good choices. Orange peel and hops come to mind, bitter-sweet flavors. Do I sense of milky caramel too? Something that reminds me of it. It effects the texture for sure, in a great way. The word 'melt' comes to mind as a theme for this beer. Definitely a great sense of coalescence going on. At least, it stands out in this beer more than others. This was a very well thought out beer. It combines a lot of things together I wouldn't expect. I'm not quite getting the spicy finish the description on the bottle speaks off, but i'm not complaining. Definitely a great pairing for spicy foods.

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Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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