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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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of tbone1384
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ryannosaurus
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz poured to pint shaker.

Pours a very hazy medium gold. Light on head, maybe 1/2 finger, but nicely persistent.

Aroma is very malty, with maybe a note of orange liqueur.

Taste follows the aroma: very malty. Some hop bitterness balances it, but not a lot of distinctive hop flavor. A little grapefruit and black pepper lurking in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is a little slick and heavy

Overall: had high hopes for this one, I've liked everything else I've tried from Tenaya Creek much better. Haze seems a bit excessive, even for a bottle conditioned brew (I'm guessing this is the case from the sediment. Head seems too light to me, other reviewers report the opposite: perhaps a consistency issue or this one needed more aging. Aroma/flavor/mouth feel combine to lead me to a barley wine style vibe, but muddled and indistinct. Seems shy on hops for a DIPA, particularly in the aroma. I don't dislike this brew, but I can't say I like it enough I see myself buying it again, I expect more from the hops in a DIPA, particularly when the label is highlighting that aspect. Not flawed, I'm sure there is a person for this beer... just not a great beer for this person.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of biboergosum
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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3.66/5  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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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Tenaya Creek Tandem Double IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 45 ratings