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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

Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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."

Added by tbern007 on 11-22-2010

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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 StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 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 drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH signature glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little citrusy, a little piny. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied with some bitterness at the back. The beer overall is light on the hop flavor but there is a piny earthiness to the whole thing that makes it a really drinkable and pleasurable IPA.

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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 Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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 Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into pint glass 24/8/11

A hazy golden orange with loads of tiny particles, just a few slowly raising bubbles that feed a two finger head that slowly falls to a thick film leaving partial rings of lace well down the glass

S big pine and grapefruit with some tangerine, pineapple and just a little toffee, smells great

T somehow there's even more pine then I could smell but the tropical fruits toned down a bit

M quite the bitter bite to it taking some enamel off my teeth, just a little burn from the booze but pretty mild

O I liked this one much more then some others on this site it would seem, I drank a few of these in Vegas and would drink it again

being the first hoppy beer I've had access to after 5 weeks in South America perhaps I may have got overexcited. you will need too judge for yourself and I recommend you do

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored beer, off white, smallish 1/4" head. Average in the lace/retention department. Real mild hop aroma, especially for an ipa.

One of those old school 90s ipas, lots of bitterness, not much hop flavor, lots of crystal malt with plenty of caramel. Some metallic feels. The summit hops don't impart much garlic here, more bitterness. Bomber format is stupid.

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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 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 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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Magnum and Summit hops to bitter and Cascade to dry hop, the brewery notes that this is aggressive. Hazed golden color, tight crowning of lace on the glass. Citric herbal hops nose, vaguely catty and certainly fruity. Decent malt base, big enough to hold the hop character. Smooth. Palate gets slapped around with citric flavor of juice and rind. Bitterness is very forward, but does not totally dominate. Quick taste of malt, Grape-Nuts and fresh sliced bread. Alcohol peeks out with a quick fume from the mouth and some tropical fruit. Hops stay with the palate for a good while in the semidry finish. A solid run at the style, great to see more flavorful beer in Vegas.

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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 canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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 elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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