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Tenaya Creek Tandem Double IPATenaya Creek Tandem Double IPA
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Tenaya Creek Tandem Double IPATenaya Creek Tandem Double IPA

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Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tandem DIPA (Double India Pale Ale) Are you riding Tandem? Look down. Are your feet on the pedals? Yes? Is there someone else in front of you? No? Is there someone behind you? Yes? CONGRATULATIONS! You are riding tandem. Now put this ale to your lips and savor the citrus and grapefruit draw that the hops give it. Then love it.

Added by FosterJM on 10-07-2011

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright and slightly hazy orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin blanket, leaving stretches of lacing down the glass.

N- Soft resinous hops with accents of pineapple and melon. There is a distinct damp earthiness to it that I enjoy, kind of like the forest after a good rain. Caramel and toasted malt come through in intermittent whiffs. No alcohol in the nose, despite being 9%.

T- The first thing that hits you is a concentrated tea taste that lets you know this is loaded with late hop additions. Some herbs and flowers in with the tea. Big toasted malt backbone that sits well under the wave of hop oils. The bitterness is actually fairly mild, with a little grass and citrus rind. Spicy hops with a pleasantly warming peppery alcohol come through in the middle. Fairly long finish of herbal tea, fresh-cut grass, and flowers, with some toasted malt in the background.

M- Thick and chewy, sticky, moderate-to-low carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, if I lived in Vegas, I would drink this beer fairly often. It satisfies the hop tooth, and it's not overly sweet, which can tend to happen with IIPAs.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Why does a label with a hot chick riding on the back of a tandem bicycle, drinking a beer called, well, 'Tandem', while the dude pedals away (sans beer, of course) kind of piss me off?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and silkily foamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky touching-down tornado lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bittersweet grapefruit, orange, and some further muddled tropical fruitiness, a subdued grainy caramel malt, some pithy children's rock candy, and soft hints of warming alcohol. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee malt, candied citrus and soft pine needle car freshener 'bitterness', field honey, and some mildly musty herbal, leafy hops. The big booze is deftly obscured, it would seem.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a wee prickliness here and there, the body a pleasant enough medium weight, kind of sugary in its smoothness, and even a smidge creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, a tad weird for a DIPA, as the hops continue to represent in a fruity manner, if not a bitter one, the alcohol getting more aggressive at it warms.

Not a bad tasting, if perhaps more than a bit unbalanced version of the style. A DIPA for those beholden to their sweet tooth, I suppose, as I duly reserve my private biases towards the stereotypical predilections of the audience catered to here. And, um, good price, too.

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3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber color, relatively clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of cream-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – hoppy, with a bit of a backbone of citrus and an herbal quality.

Taste – much like the smell, but with more bite from the hops than I would have expected. The bite comes in during the middle, after which there’s not much else that I discern from the taste except for the bitter finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the creamy side.

Overall – not a bad brew. Good-tasting, although not terribly intriguing to think about.

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3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 12/12/13

A clear dark golden yellow liquid with a tornado of bubbles for the first minute that feed a well sustained three finger foam that leaves thick rings deep down the glass and I still have a layer of foam at the bottom. lots of tiny suspended particles upon close inspection, sexy looking brew

S not a whole lot going on, floral pine and pineapple, a little bubblegum seem out of place, some citrus and cereal with a hint of booze, not bad but basic

T more of the same with some lemon and lime rind added to the mix, lots of citrus peel, almost too much, booze is well concealed

M leaning towards full, slick on the palate, creamy from the bubbles, bitter with just a hint of booze and plenty of rind on the finish

O looks sexy, feels good but there's room for improvement in the most important areas, nothings wrong with it but nothing about it excites me either

I'm not in love with this brew and I don't see myself buying it again but the average score seems pretty low, perhaps some off bottles floating around?

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3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with an inch off-white head. The head retention is good, and there's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and caramel malt. The brew tastes like citrusy hops, caramel malt, and some earthy/herbal flavors are noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick, and it's well carbonated. I think this is a solid overall brew, but with all the great Double/Imperial IPA's out there this one doesn't stand out. For $5.99, I thought it was worth trying. Tenaya Creek just recently started distributing to Ohio, so I'll have to look out for some of their other brews in the future.

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3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber body with one finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice DIPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and mango, tangerine flesh and a warm alcohol presence with a bit of a berry-like fruity presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a very hop forward DIPA that showcases the hop character of the beer quite nicely with an appealing profile. Flavor begins intensely hoppy, with medium-high bitterness and flavors of pineapple, mango and tangerine, with a warming alcohol presence underneath and flavors of dank hops in the background. Middle gains in alcohol presence, becoming quite pronounced with the same tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Finish is lightly dry with notes of tropical fruit and citrus and a high level of burning alcohol. Aftertaste is alcohol and tropical fruit. Overall impression of flavor is of a very hoppy DIPA that gives very pronounced tropical fruit flavors mingling with a high level of alcohol. This brings down the hop profile and makes it a less well done DIPA. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a burning feel from alcohol. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very strong DIPA, perhaps a bit too strong. Overall this is a decent DIPA that showcases the hops wonderfully, but falters due to the high level of alcohol perceivable in the flavor. It stops just shy of great and could do with being less boozy.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

848th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22 oz

Purchased from Aloha Liquors, Carson City, NV

App- A light light caramel brown with a hazy orange and some streaking yellow. A big two finger slow receding head falls to a thin pond water like head. A lot of lace and cling in this glass.

Smell- This is a very malty aromatic beer. A little one sided without a bittering hop profile. Seems a bit contrary to what is on label. No citrus notes open but it's a bit damp but doesn't retain a earthy quality. For the ABV% no booze on the the nose either.

Taste- The 9% is well hidden in this one. Damp malts come first in the glass and the nose semi continues but a little more hops come in. A bit spicy, citrus with just a touch of bitter. You know this profile from most DIPAs, A bit thick, malty a touch of bitter, a touch of citrus.

Mouth- A medium thick body with a medium low carbonation. A bit slick and thick malty aftertaste with maybe a few flavor burst of citrus remain.

Drink- This was a pretty run of the mill double IPA. With much more focus being on a malt backbone, I felt the hops were drowned out a bit too much. Some would like this for being 9% and having a big double IPA. Ill try to give Tenaya a go when I see there beers while on my travels but this was just an eh for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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