Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA | Tenaya Creek Brewery

Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPATenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA
BA SCORE
49.1%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 169 ratings
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPATenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States
tenayacreekbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,519
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
169
Liked:
83
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
10.35%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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 nmann08
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 dmorgan310
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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 wethorseblanket
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap a hazy light orangish yellow under a 1/2" thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves some spotty lace. Aroma is citrusy and pine forward. Flavors are citrus and malt. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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 GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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 dwagner003
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +21.3%
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 sweemzander
2.57/5  rDev -30%
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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Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 49.1% out of 100 with 169 ratings
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