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."

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Photo of dannydetox
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brought a 22 back from las vegas a couple of weeks ago, and finally getting around to opening it. color was a pleasing IPA orange/amber tone. minor head retention with a few spots of lacing on the pint glass. aromas disappoint: sweet malts, with something a bit smokey hiding in the back. there is a noticeable taste of tea as this one goes down. caramel malts are the dominant flavor, with the hops showing up only in the end. bitter on the finish, but not in a way that supports the beer. no, this isn't a winning IPA - especially given the abundance of great west coast brewers redefining the style.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light orange colour with a cloudy centre and a large, foamy white head at teh top that has great retention and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Strong pine aroma along with the storng hops. There is a sweet bitter aroma to it that is coupled with a lot of grapefruit. There is also some orange zest, a little citrus and a touch of mango.

Pine hops and some malts along with a combination of citrus and grapefruit flavours. There is a lot of bitterness to this one and some mango is thrown in for good measure. There is also a strong kick to it.

Medium in body with a sweet tang to it and lots of bitterness. The feel is a tangy smooth one with the finish hinting at some sourness.

A good IPA although not one of the best I'm afraid. I enjoyed this one and would have it again but it wasn't outstanding and it was a lot more bitter than I would have liked.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My pour started out average and got more aggressive as I went. Ended up with a finger and a half of foamy off white head over a murky light caramel/amber body. Head shrank down in a couple of minutes, no real lacing noted.

Grapefruit, mango, sweet caramel malt make the nose on this just delectable.

Pine and grapefruit square off on your tongue to dominate as the chosen flavor of this brew. Some bready malt with a hint of caramel and ending hints of ginger finish her off.

This beer is medium bodied but almost seems heavy at times. It is highly carbonated, but I still feel like it's not moving the way it should. It is not sticky, it does finish very very dry.

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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 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 teyuders
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

(poured from a 22oz bomber into a tall 1/2 L Spaten seidel)

A - Pours a somewhat hazy saffron color. Medium head dies down to a 5mm cap after the first sip, but dissipates slowly from there on. I'm not impressed by the lacing. All told, the appearance is nothing special, but doesn't detract from the drinking experience either.

S - Sweetness and herbal hoppiness hit the nose first, followed by a pleasant wave of deep malt aromas.

T - Modest piney hops on a bed of malt and citrus; above average sweetness. I gotta say, I was kind of expecting a more adventurous "hop ride" with plenty of bite as both the nose and the label art seem to indicate. I like the taste, but it's more of a lazy hop hayride if you ask me.

M - Medium carbonation, none too thick--Hop Ride is a winner in this department. This beer is VERY drinkable and goes down smoothly.

O - I'm not utterly impressed by this IPA, but I admit that my palate tends towards aggressive, bold, complex hop flavor. That said-- it's incredibly drinkable and a great medium-bodied ale. If they sold this in a 6 or 12 pack in my area, I could see myself buying it again.

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Photo of Duke
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From a tulip)

Appearance: Hop Ride pours a cloudy saffron, with bits of sediment, with a generous and fluffy white head which didn't last very long.

Smell: This IPA is respectably piney, and there are fresh citrusy notes in there - perhaps orange - and there's a slight ginger spice in there too.

Taste: The piney hops and the orange in the nose are true to the mouth, and the ginger at the back is now even more evident. There's a healthy dose of English malts here too. A nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Hop Ride has a medium body profile, with a low-to-medium level of carbonation. The ginger spice is part of the mouthfeel, so there's a bit of heat on the wings of one's tongue at the end.

Overall: This was a solid, non-offensive IPA. I thought the smell promised a little more than was offered in the taste.

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Photo of Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hop Ride made it all the way to the Elite Eight of the 2012 brewingnews.com National IPA Championship, a March Madness-style tasting tournament. Poured into a tulip.

Vegas is known for its neon, but outside the glow of the city lie some picturesque desert landscapes. Hop Ride is named for one of these spots, Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park, where rattlesnakes can turn a bike outing into a "hop ride." Find all the earthy tones of the dry wilderness in Hop Ride's color -- dusty sandstone, the soft tangerine of a sunset. Above the perfectly clear liquid, an inch of cream-colored froth rests like craggy mountains.

In the nose, Hop Ride's grainy, like handfuls of barley at the brewhouse. A combination of Magnum, Summit and Cascade hops and dry-hopping lend additional aromas of sugared orange slices, soft floral notes and just a little citrus peel. On the tongue, hop flavor takes a backseat to hop bitterness as acerbic resins settle into the tongue and don't let go. It exhibits the same grainy mustiness -- like very old, dry crackers -- in tandem with some grapefruit and a little bit of dankness. Tiny cactus barbs of carbonation prickle the tongue inside a body with the viscosity of simple syrup. After a suggestion of alcohol spice peppers the tongue and in throat, the brew finishes clean.

Overall, Hop Ride could use a little more balance. It's more hop bitter than hop flavorful, and the malt is both weird and unable to withstand the hop assault. But it's still tasty, and worth a try if you want a little taste of Vegas.

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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 DaftCaskBC
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Uli's Restaurant in White Rock, BC.

A: 3/4" tan coloured creamy head over amber coloured liquid.

S: Muted citrus, pine and carmel malt.

T: Grassy, earthy, orange and some pine hop flavours over a caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a low level of fine carbonation.

O: A decent IPA that tastes like English malt along with Belgian yeast and hops.

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Photo of Crass3000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes on 12/26/2011

4/5 Pours out ruby-red in color with a nice two-finger, white head with good retention.

3.5/5 Smell is fairly subdued but definately smell some citrus and pine along with some sweet malts to balance things out - caramel.

3.5/5 Taste is more piney with little citrus. There is a definate strong malt backbone that is almost too much for an IPA. This is almost malt forward.

4/5 Mouthefeel is medium and nice for the style. Great carbonation. Overall not a bad beer but not something I would seek out again.

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

Slightly cloudy amber with a nice white head. Very mellow scent - definite malt creaminess, light floral hoppiness, nice bitterness. Big malt taste, nice crisp hoppy presence. Well blended - the malt initially is dominant, and as this moves along the tongue, the hops kick in and leave nice, fresh hoppy aftertaste.

Carbonation seems a little low. I think a bit more carbonation would help this quite a bit. A good IPA overall.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a quarter inch head of white. A placid surface and zero lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with pine and grapefruit. Pretty resinous and earthy with a decent dose of hops.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Pine sap, grapefruit rind, and a solid bitterness start the palate. Light malt and a crisp, chaulky bite follow through.

Finishes with some lingering pine, grapefruit, and bitterness.

Tasty enough IPA and pretty fresh, but the hops are a bit one-dimensional and could use some tropical notes.

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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 hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz, "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy, copper/orange in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle toasted malt and citrus
Taste-Brown sugar covered pink grapefruit, toasted malt, citrus rind bitterness. Pretty well-balanced and tasty. A friendly, quite pleasant IPA from 'Vegas. More please.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, pale amber with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a thick blanket, leaving spotty lacing behind.

N- Sweet honey-soaked malt and bitter grapefruit rind with herbal, piney undertones. Just how I like it.

T- Similar to the nose. Toasted malt dipped in honey, with a smooth but firm bitterness of pine and citrus rind. Lots of herbal and floral hops going on here, with some juicy citrus accents. There's no date on the bottle, but it tastes incredibly fresh. Long bitter and lightly sweet finish consisting of herbs, pine, grass, and floral hop leaves. There is also a mild peppery heat on the finish.

M- Medium-light body, slightly slick and sticky, moderate carbonation, and a bittersweet finish.

D- I was really impressed with this one. Good example of a west coast IPA. I encourage you to seek it out if you can get it fresh.

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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 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 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 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 GreenKrusty101
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7.2% ABV bomber was poured into a room temp standard American pint glass (sic). Appearance was fairly standard, clear and straw colored with adequate lacing. Aroma was understated, but spicy, piney notes from Magnum and Summit hops quickly dispelled any notions of a Cascade citrus bomb. Taste was buttery, but not in an undesirable diacetyl way...more butterscotch and pinenut essence. Mouthfeel was splendidly round without overly viscous maltiness. All-in-all a surprisingly affordable ($4.49/bomber), quaffable elixir reminiscent of quality East AND West Coast IPAs.

1st review...favorite son from Nevada : )

2nd bottle purchased years later was diaceytl bomb

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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 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 imagese
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Vegas last month. No bottling date

A- hazy straw colored with a one finger head that retained nicely and left good lacing

S- vienna malts dominate followed by a faint spicy citrus hop

T- light citrus and roasted malt. Not was I was expecting from the color

M- great feel and carbonation. The dry hopping really has the bitterness linger

D- overall not all that bad. Would definitely like to try this fresh from the brewery

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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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