Tenaya Creek Monsoon IPA | Tenaya Creek Brewery

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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone brought a bottle of this to The Attic a few nights ago for a tasting. I had no idea there were so few reviews. I don't know how difficult it is to come by, so I'm glad to have a chance at it.

The color is a moderately hazed yellow-gold. A white head settles nicely to about a finger and retention is good, as most of it remains for a good, long time. Some lacing is left in a mixture of spotting and patching upon the beer's recession.
Hops aromas are a mixture of pine and floral with just a touch of citrus peerking through. Eventually the floral note takes the lead. Malts pull through with more sweetness than I'd expect, primarily caramel but with something a bit like candied fruits.
In the flavor, things shift a little as hops show more of a raw, earthy edge. The sweetness pulls through strong again. A bit of alcohol slightly distracts as it moves into the finish.
The feel is pretty good, but alcohol draws out a touch of astringency. Otherwise a crisp bite is there as well as smoothness in a medium body, and it's pretty bright.
Overall, the alcohol kick shows up in the flavor but without it I'd be hard pressed to push this from IPA to DIPA territory. I like it and for me, unlike some, a B is a B/ It's good beer.

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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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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Tdizzle
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle brought back to southern California by my girlfriend's parents and given to me to try. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-ish amber with a thick off-white head of foam that leaves some spotty blankets of lacing as it clings to the glass. Nice retention from start to finish.

S - Pithy aromas of melon, citrus rind, and tropical fruit. Red candy and malty sweetness provide a nice balance. The fairly high alcohol presence adds a nice boozy quality to the mix.

T - A thick hop profile blankets the palate upon first sip. There's an underlying candy-like sweetness throughout, but the deliciously sticky hop bitterness prevails.

M - Perfect amount of carbonation with a full-bodied, oily, and slick feel.

O - Very enjoyable. All of the sweet and bitter flavors combine wonderfully to create a memorable IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of jageraholic
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you Rizalini for the bottle! Loving this trading stuff and trying local to other people beer.

A - Poured into my Founders tulip. Murky golden orange. Some hops floating around in the bottom. Is this homebrew?

S - Nice hoppy scent of deep citrus, mild pine. Sweet malt backbone follows.

T - Deep citrus taste like mango and papaya. Not your typical grapefruit taste. Loving it. Malt backbone hits in the middle. Sweet hoppy wet finish. Loved it.

M - Full bodied as expected from the murkyness of the beer. Good mouthfeel.

O - Interesting hop taste, not the normal citrus. Some fruits that I don't normally eat. Followed by a sweeter wet finish. Really enjoyed this.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served out of a 22oz bomber, the beer pours with a thick and foamy head. The beer is a very pleasant copper-gold color. There was a disappointing lack of aroma on smell of the fresh pour. The flavor of the beer was hop-forward on the tongue, but it was an over-bitter hop flavor. It tasted "green", if that makes sense. Typical IPA aftertaste, but the bitterness and alcohol make this beer one to enjoy slowly, and in moderation. It would be difficult for me to consume more than 2 or 3 in a sitting.

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

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with an off-white head, bit of retention, nice lacing.

Nice leafy, hoppy aroma, plenty of pine, some rind, tropical fruit, sponge toffee & candied pineapple.

Pine, grapefruit rind, mango, papaya, candied pineapple, sponge toffee, biscuit, good bitterness (gentle, but it lingers), alcohol is subtle.

Light residual sweetness, slightly creamy, with plenty of hop acidity, alcohol dries the finish a bit.

A fairly easy drinker for the style... could use a little more 'punch'.

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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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Photo of mactrail
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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