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Tenaya Creek Monsoon IPA | Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Monsoon IPATenaya Creek Monsoon IPA
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Tenaya Creek Monsoon IPATenaya Creek Monsoon IPA

Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You aren't seeing things. Yes, this is a dancer ridin' a white tiger through the flooded streets of Las Vegas. No this hasn't happened. Or has it? trust us, its Possible. Enjoy the Monsoon while it last. FYI, for all of you Hop-Heads out there: Hopped with Tim Etter’s home grown Mt. Hood and Cascade hops.

Added by womencantsail on 12-04-2010

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with small creamy head. Hops prevail throughout, some floral notes as well, lingering bitter finish. Nice malt profile sits underneath.

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Photo of nmann08
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mr-jj
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Reviewed 3/20/14.

Color is amber, decent head. Smell is herbal hops and booze. Taste is bitter without much complexity. Boozy and bitter, that's the best description. Finish is piney bitterness. Body is medium, with some hop oils that coat the mouth.

Overall, it's an amazing label and an okay beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ScubaSteve00
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TTAmod
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle with pretty badass artwork. No bottling date visible. Poured into pint glass.

A: Clear, medium orange color. Large column of carbonation forms a pretty thick head which sticks around for awhile. Good lacing along the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

S: Leafy hops on the nose along with a bit of alcohol. There's also a bit of citrus along the lines of orange zest and grapefruit rind. Can sense a bit of caramel melt, as well.

T: Taste is better than the smell. This is a good bitter DIPA as far as the taste goes. Resinous pine hops, pure hop flower, and spicy, earthy hops are all present. Crackery, but not too sweet malt is layered underneath the hops. Bitterness and alcohol on the back end. Very tasty.

M: Nice, soft, medium body. Carbonation isn't as abrasive as it looks. Alcohol presence makes drinkability a slight factor, but that's the only issue with the mouthfeel.

O: Overall, this is my style of IPA...bitter, not too sweet, but still a nice hop presence. It could be better at hiding the alcohol, but it is an 8.5% beer. Wish I could get this out here. Thanks, Amy!

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. They are right - the label couldn't be more ridiculously Las Vegas if it tried (even harder).

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some rather pleasant honeycomb lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of crackery, bready pale and caramel malt, a touch of hot breakfast cereal, orange, grapefruit, and pineapple fruit rind, a mild gritty flintiness, warm lemon, and floral perfumed hops. The taste is more somewhat acrid citrus pith (orange, lime, and underripe pineapple), grainy caramel malt, a soft leafy pine astringency, lemon oil, and spicy, floral booze.

The bubbles are nicely low-key and pleasantly frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and equitably smooth, with a small tint of creaminess, all amongst a strangely disengaged hoppiness. It finishes with a sharp twin barrel of dryly bitter citrus, and warming alcohol.

A sort of middle-ground between a standard IPA and a DIPA, with only the ABV brought to bear - the malt and hops are steadfastly squared in the former's paradigm. A little too hot and edgy for repeat and/or extended consumption, but I'm certainly OK with this one, as Christmas festivities finally fade to a near null.

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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/12/13

A golden yellow with plenty of bubbles moving some sediment around the glass, three fingers of foam quickly falls to a finger and then sits there leaving lots of random lace

S tangerine, pineapple, lots of floral hops and perfume, Flintstones vitamins and some lemon vodka, a fair amount of booze for 8.5%, some hard toffee and dry cereal round things out

T some pine and lemon rind I didn't really smell, a little boozy but some tropical notes help its cause, a little better then the nose

M medium bodied, fluffs up then flattens out, a little heat on the way down, lots of rind on the finish

O decent but nothing to set it apart from the rest, the booze keeps popping up here and there and hints of lemon vodka is a little hard to shake

I can't see myself buying this one again, its OK beer but I can think of better IPA's for less money in my part of the world

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jmick28
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

after a whole lot of BMC drinking in vegas, I was dying for an ipa, and this is what I scrounged up. the pink label made it look a little gimmicky to me, but its an ipa right? right. its got a copper color to it, a little redder than I expected, and a decent white head that doesn't last as long as it should. the nose is bitter hops with some freshly juiced orchard fruits. a really nice complexion for an ipa, with a minimalist sort of grain bill veering in the amberish direction. the flavor isn't quite as good as the smell, it has a sort of coiny mineral heavy twang that ruins the finish a little bit. good bitterness throughout, although the fruity side of that is more lively in the nose. I will say that the alcohol is extremely well hidden here. it can be tasted only in the finish, and still then its subtle. it does pack a good kick though, especially next to some coors original, so lookout for that. fine carbonation, a little thick on the body, and a slightly off aftertaste. overall this will satisfy your ipa spot on the strip, and im thankful for that, but this is not a beer id recommend you sit down and gamble with, could lead to some poor financial decisions.

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3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orangey dark amber in the Duvel tulip. Plenty of suds and a nice foam. It's even quite well carbonated opening the bottle again the second evening. A little hazy but no trace of sediment.

Nothing hidden about the alcohol. It's hot and spicy. Very warm and malty with a sharp tang. Dark cracker flavors with some roasted grains and plenty of malt. The hops are more on the fruity side, with pineapple and mango. Some resins but more spicy than dank. Bitter enough so you don't forget it's in the IPA family, but civilized in its bitterness.

Certainly drinkable even though it should be called a Double IPA. Warm malt, hot booze, and fruity. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a clear amber with a light white head, good retention, hints of spotty lace.

S: Light on the aromatics, but some nice grapefruit and citrus.

T: White grapefruit and melon rind with some lemon. A more direct bitter IPA than the Hop Ride, with a bit of ethanol in the finish, you know you're drinking a bigger beer.

M: Medium-bodied, oily, slick, soft feel on the palate.

O: A solid 2IPA, this is categorized wrong, if this is priced well, it could be a go to when I see it in bottles.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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