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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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Photo of dalahodson
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Beer poured into a 16oz pint glass, very small head of a cream color. Little to no lacing, beer is an amber/red color. On my first taste, it was like over ripe citrus, with a big conflict with all of the malt. The mouth feel was like oily. Any hop flavors were masked by the other overpowering tastes.

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Photo of drpimento
2.64/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This is an odd duck. Poured perhaps just a tad cool, with a medium sized, off- white, foamy, frothy, thick head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a few tiny bubble trails. Aroma is biscuit malt and hops with a little wet cardboard, and funk. Flavor's like nose, the cardboard sweetness isn't too good. Body's is corrupted by cloying sweetness; carbonation is ok. Finish is dominated by taste and I can't finish it; dumping the rest.

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Photo of cjacobsen
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(A) Some haze and a reddish orange color. Has a small white head but quickly diminishes.

(S) Grapefruit, light malts, sugars and a good amount of sweetness, and some hops.

(T) Sweet. Tastes like white Belgian sugars and residual sweetness. Grapefruit, honey, and hops. There's not a whole lot else going on in this one.

(M) It's very smooth and crisp. Has a refreshing quality to it. Oily and filling.

(O) Too sweet and not very balanced. Not like normal DIPAs that I've had. Of the stuff I've had from Tenaya, this was not quite the top tier. I might have sat on the bottle too long or something. I would like to give it another shot at some point, maybe fresh.

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Photo of kreg02
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of nrbw23
2.81/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice foamy white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Seems like the nose on this one is quite a bit malty. A touch of pine, herbal and a bit a metallic smell. A bit of the lighter side as well.

T- Not really digging the taste of this one. Quite a bit of ultra sweet malts. It almost has an asprin like taste to it. Bitterness is here.

M- Just a bit on the lighter side of medium in body and carbonation.

O- I'll be passing on this one. Good effort though.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some white froth.

(S)- Lots of ripe orange, lemon, and piney citrus.

(T)- Again, lots of orange and pine. Some musty caramel malt. A little too sharp in the fruit and malt area. Almost tastes old.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. A decent balance too, but a bit disjointed and funky.

(D)- Not bad, but either too old or just a little bit strange or disjointed.

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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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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Orange/amber and quite hazy. ~2 fingers of off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Fair amount of lacing left behind.

S- An citrus/floral/herbaceous hops mix...with a lot of fruity/malty caramel sweetness....

T- Tea hop flavors with an astringent, moderate bitterness. Toasty caramel malt sweetness. Not terrible, but not terribly interesting or palatable.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium-full feel.

O- OK. Drinkable, if not tremendously interesting or enjoyable.

Future outlook: Picked up just as an asinine homage to my upcoming trip to Nevada....not worth seeking here, or there...

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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