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Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines - Dogfish Head Brewery

Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing BinesDogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%

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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-14-2013)
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Photo of TheBrouMaster


4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A clear golden brown color with huge amounts of carbonation. Even a proper pour gives it a huge white foamy head.

S - The nose on this one hits you with a sweet, crisp, citrusy aroma. Good smell, but a little musty on the backend. That could be my fault; it was bottled on 1/29/13 and I drank it 4/13/13. So not the freshest IPA I've ever had, but it still smells great.

T - A lot of bitter hoppy notes. Then a huge caramel maltiness that settles on the tongue. Good taste, but nothing too significant.

M - A thin, bubbly body. Leaves behind a little bit of a thick coating in the mouth.

O - A nice and easy to drink imperial IPA. Overall a good beer, but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again. Definitely not disappointed, as I love almost all DFH brews, but this one should be a "try it once".

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 23:56:25 | More by TheBrouMaster
Photo of Cresant


3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle, bottled on 1/28/13. The head was the color of a manilla folder and the body was a bright apricot. Moderate lace.

The smell was earthy and flowery hops. Citrus.

The taste was a bit creamy and sweat. A little peppery bite. Spicy and interesting.

The mouthfeel was medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Overall solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 13:28:33 | More by Cresant
Photo of Eisen


4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip glass: thick white, foamy head over a light cloudy, amber liquid. Smells amazing. A perfect balance of hoppy goodness and sweet malts. Exactly how an IPA should smell. Equivalent to Pliny in that regard. Tastes wonderful. Perfect citrus hops; little to no pine, which I like. Very good balance of alcohol spice, hops, and malt that resulted in a very delightful and drinkable beer. Mouthfeel as balanced, smooth, and a bit sticky; sweet and bitter as it should be. Overall, it was a bit pricy but besides that a very good beverage that was wonderfully enjoyable to consume.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:12:37 | More by Eisen
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful orangish hue with a big rocky off white head that caps this ale to the bottom of glass leaving ample sheets of lacing.

Sadly has a hint of oxidized hops, not bad though. Some faint herbal earthy citric qualities shine through. Some fine bready malt aromas are here as well.

While not huge, there seems to be plenty on the way of hop flavors here that are well balanced by a creamy bready toasty malt flavor. Hops- seems as an earthy herbal flavor fades to dare I say tangerine or mandarin orange hop finish. Very nice.

This brew has a nice creamy like feel yet finishes light and dry with a well balanced hop bitterness.

Would love to get a freshy of this. Great experience, enjoyed very much.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 13:49:21 | More by welldigger888
Photo of BMMillsy


3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty golden copperish color with nice big frothy head. Aroma is a bit stale, not what I like from my IPA. Must be the wheat. Hops are there and slightly piney and a little floral. Flavor is very floral with some bitterness up front. A little candy sweetness fades into a mix of dry wheaty funk and light fruits (pear? White grape? Light to medium mouthfeel with light to medium carbonation. Decent beer at best, and I was hoping for more from this collab.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:10:19 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of snaotheus


3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split between two pint glasses. Bottled on date was 1/28/2013.

Pours clear, amber-yellow, with a pretty big white head, and lots of apparent carbonation. Smell is unbelievably muted, almost no aroma. I get a faint whiff of pine, and that's about it.

Taste is interesting. Malt seems to take a much larger portion of the attention than I expected. Sweet, a little bready, straw, but with some clear lemon-rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pleasant. Overall, this is an upper mid range beer, I think.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:55:10 | More by snaotheus
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: a very sweet malt smell with a floral hop presence, grass, pine

T: sweet caramel malt mixed with grassy hops, well balanced and not over the top

M: full bodied, high carbonation, alcohol present

O: the minute series is better, good balance but conservative flavor wise

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:10:37 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AleBorland83 was kind enough to bring this up to Brooklyn for my birthday straight from the source in Delaware. We opened it in early August and poured it into two tulip glasses. It poured an amber/orange color with a thick head. The beer smelt exactly like a typical IPA, not that that is a bad thing. Some floral notes but mostly citruses like lemon and even lime. The taste unfortunately was average. It was like a flavor was missing. Decent, almost like a different version on 60 Min but with a creamy taste. Some malt backbone I guess.
Overall, I was wanting to love this beer from two great breweries but the beer was extremely tame. Decent, but expensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 18:00:46 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of smpeterson327


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very heavy beer with an orangish look to it. Very good retention with a lot left over on the sides after beer is gone.

Almost tastes a little skunky, not very IPA-y at all. The malt is too overpowering and I prefer a much crisper taste. It drinks much more like a belgian than an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:01:31 | More by smpeterson327
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finger plus of foam, frothy and dimpled, all kinds of bubble sizes yet dense overall, creamy white in color, excellent retention, the lacing is thick and covers the glass sides in sheets which pretty much refuse to budge. Faint dullness to the yellow to orange rust colored liquid, there’s some fine particulate floating about inside which may explain this, the bubbles are few and far between and tiny enough to perhaps miss, that said it does capture light within it well so there’s a warm glow. Thick and heavy nose dripping with pine sap, orange and grapefruit juice, molasses and caramelized brown sugar, peach, apricot to pineapple fruit and a substantial floral dimension, for interplay there’s a touch of pepper and lemongrass, clings more than extends. In the mouth it is full-bodied, sappy, viscous and resinous. Pine, molasses, caramel hard candy and challah bread combine with the more sweet than sour pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus for a friendly mouth entry. The carbonation tends to fluff and soften which takes some of the kick out of the pineapple, papaya, nectarine, peach fruit. Grassy but not green, the maltiness lacks clear character but anchors it in an undifferentiated, homogeneous fashion. Easy to drink even as it makes you think it is more complicated than it really is, this being part of the genius of Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:47:18 | More by farrago
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy orange color with a nice amount of off white head at the top that left a great amount lacing around the glass.

S: Very tropical nose on this one, lots of citrus, pineapple and other tropical fruit, slight notes of caramel.

T: Very much like the nose, a good amount of bitterness and warming from the malts and hops, a nice sweet taste on the tail end.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, not to much though, a little sticky.

O:A Sweeter DIPA than I am normaly used to but not to bad, was very surprised by this beer because I was expecting A lot more flavor from these two brewerys joining together, this brew is missing something that I cant put a finger on.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 17:56:50 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.) with bottled on date 01/28/2013 printed on the side. I wish I hadn't slept on trying this beer for almost 7 months, but oh well. Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields three thick fingers of doughy off-white head on top of a bright coppery orange colored body. Nice bunch of sediment floating around. Nice head retention and some decent wispy lacing.

S - Smell is nice: sweet caramel malts, white breadiness, dried lemongrass, twiggy earthiness, some graininess & must, and some tropical fruits like mangoes, apricots, papayas, & grapefruit. A pretty tame aroma, but it hits it's mark.

T - Taste is bitter, with some juicy tropical apricot / mango fruitiness, earthy grains, dried earthy hops, sweet caramel malts, white bread, must, and just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.

M - Feel is bitter, resinous, fruity, and dry. Some grains, must, and alcohol warmth lingering on the palate. Nice carbonation.

Overall, an inoffensive and drinkable DIPA, especially at 8.00% abv, but it is fairly tame and generic effort from Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. Definitely a tasty and delicious beer, and I'd say it has held up just fine, but it's probably not worth the $12.99 I paid for it. The nose was definitely better than the taste, but it would probably still be worthwhile to pick up a bottle if you haven't tried it yet.

Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:23:31 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of drpimento


4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a properly chilled bottle: Poured with a massive, cream-colored, foamy,frothy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass and good lacing. Color is a clear amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma at first reminded me of oxidized hops, but then other qualities, such as caramel malt, spice, grass, & peppers, come through and round things out. Flavor's like nose, bitter is in front, fairly dry except in the finish where some residual sweetness lies; carbonic tang is just right. Body/carbonation are perfect for this brew. Finish is as stated above, has a bit of alcohol warmth, and has some length. This is a welcome reminder of more traditional American IPAs with a sense of balance. Very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 03:13:07 | More by drpimento
Photo of Birdmarg741


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a frosted dimpled mug.

A: pours a light but deep golden yellow orange. Nice clarity. A thick head sits over the top of the liquid, though remaining for only a minute or so.

S: the smell is pretty light. The hops mostly smell of pine and earth, with only slight hints of grapefruit and also hemp.

T: spiciness hits tongue from the start- first the tip and center, then smoothly moving to the sides straight to the back at first gulp. A lovely and surprisingly elegant overall awakening of the taste buds. With the swallow, the spiciness mellows out to a gentle bitterness that turns only the slightest bit sweet at the end of the experience. The finish is almost creamy - almost. The taste of hemp arises as an aftertaste to the sip.

M: medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It stimulates the mouth evenly with each gulp, peaking and falling quickly after swallow.

O: in comparison to other double IPAs, this beer is certainly less aggressive than others. Though i appreciate it for this- and feel it has a lot going on that can be missed in some of the more aggressively hoppy competitors. As a beer, this brew is highly drinkable, balanced, and continuously entertaining in a friendly way- certainly enjoyable all by itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:07:44 | More by Birdmarg741
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted after a bottle pour into goblets--consumed over 40 minutes.
Pours an exact auto-light amber that pales and becomes nearly translucent in white light. Just a fine haze remains. A puffy, fairly generous head fades fast, but leaves bubbly-plump lacing to linger.
The nose is fresh and nicely balanced with pleasiong components. There's a pink rock candy essence right up front, and, overall a more bready air than I would have expected. Mild toasted pine, soft citrus, and a genuine note of spiced berry combine nicely. Some tropical fruits emerge with time.
Unfortunately, the taste is a bit of a letdown after rolling out the tapestry of tempting smells. It's surprising how little hoptitude this brew has--honestly has flavor more suggestive of a blond lager than a pale ale, until the bitter aftertaste and more sprucy roundness lingers for the finish...and it warms up some more. The bready nose ushers forward a little grassy flavor, and an acetone scent combines with booze with higher temps. None of this is particularly compelling.
The feel is pleasant and superior to the taste. Medium to thick in body with a nice buzz of carbonation.
This is not a bad creation, and I did my best to let it be what it is, rather than be let down from a starting set of expectations. I'd have it again, but don't find its difference from the norm as exciting as others have.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:45:13 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small presence of mellow hops. In the taste, mellow hops and a small presence of dryer citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus note in the aftertaste. A nice beer, but mellow hops and nothing really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 15:44:02 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of puckinright


3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/23/13. Wish I hadn't sat on this one for almost 6 months. Golden hazy pour w/ a 2-3 finger creamy white head in an IPA friendly glass. Nose of light pine and malt. Carbonation is on point as the mouth feel is smooth and not at all sticky as sometimes is the case w/ double IPAs. Strong malt backbone keeps it from being overwhelmingly 'piney'. Very well balanced. Not the typical citrus you would expect, much more piney w/ a grapefruit, tart finish.

Sometimes collaborations feel more like marketing ploys, this one certainly isn't. Seek it out & give it a try. Not what you would expect from a double IPA - in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:23:02 | More by puckinright
Photo of TBoneJones


3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass and it shows a slightly hazy golden body with an off-white full foamy head. Appears medium-thin.
I smell mostly bread and malts, but what little hoppage creeps through certainly seems non-descript to me, like a berry/ boozy Belgium type of scent.
Going in for the sip I see the head remains creamy in appearance as it settles a bit. This beer has an interesting approach as far as the hops used; based on the variety as described on the bottle, I don't recall trying such hops before. They blend with the malts and the ale takes on its own character unlike any other DIPA I've tried, however nothing about the sum of its parts blows me away. It doesn't finish really dry, and the hops come across almost berry-like, near elixir-like (similar to how it smelled to me). It still reminds me of a Belgium style for some reason (like a wheaty tripel of some sort). The caramel malt flavor is there, and where Im reminded of red wine is where i think that caramel is coming across. I guess it's a nice idea for an experiment with east and west coast hops from the 2 brewerys involved. End impression is that the hops were soaked up by both the wheat and malts provided by each respective brewer, leaving the otherwise unique hops to be buried under the additional "specialty ingredients". I can dig it, but I'm not sure I'd seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:52:33 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of roundthewaygirls


3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into a pint glass

A: copper, honey colored. 2 fingers of frothy, white head.

S: caramel malts, bready. smells like a red ale. hops only in the background.

T: pretty mild. caramel, pale malts. hop bitterness without the flavor.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated, clean.

O: crisp and refreshing, but dogfish head and sierra nevada totally missed their mark. i was expecting this collaboration to be totally epic. it was not. especially the hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:43:19 | More by roundthewaygirls
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml into IPA favorable glassware at about 40-45 degrees. Warming to room temp thru review.

Pours with a large, healthy, off-white head that takes a while to cascade down, and leaves a strong lacing on the glass. Deep golden (nearly amber) color body with a fair/light amt of carbonation flowing up the middle.

Aromas are full of earth, wheat/bread, and a background of rich floral hops. Not your typical over-the-hop DIPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich - not unlike many in this style. Flavors feature floral hops, along with citrus quality ... oranges, mostly. Sweet bread. The caramel malt is big, and keeps this sweet and drinkable (not too bitter). The carbonation is nicely done, and keeps it from being to sticky.

A good, fun collaboration that represents from both coasts. Reminded me a bit of Myrcenary, w/out being quite as sweet and sticky.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 22:25:00 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Oakenator


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice copper color with a finger or so of head. Lots of small chunks of head are present on the glass through consumption. Decent retention on the top of the beer.

S: Pine hop and malt aroma.

T: A subtle hop flavor present from front to back. Hops are more subdued than a typical fresh Dogfish (or Sierra for that matter), but have a very balanced and pleasant citrus flavor. Bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and good feel on the tongue.

O: Again, nicely balanced and a change of pace if you were expecting the typical from DFH but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:46:46 | More by Oakenator
Photo of funkymonks


3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper pale and reddish with a large white head

Aroma: caramel with earthy grassy notes

taste: buttery, not overly bitter, earthy and grassy in the front with some citrus notes in the backend.

palate: creamy pale malt mouthfeel.

overall: a very smooth and malty ipa that is hop forward without being too bitter, great variety of hop and malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:13:53 | More by funkymonks
Photo of elNopalero


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a clear caramel-amber color. There’s an earthy orange straw aroma of what I’d describe as faded hops with some spice (pepper) to it—accomplished without adding any sort of spicing, I imagine, or being the result of faded hops as I consumed this beer not long after it came out. The flavor has a piney chew followed by some sweetness and a caramely, dry finish.

I am glad I had a chance to try this, but at $12-$15 a bottle I can’t say it’s worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 06:20:33 | More by elNopalero
Photo of philbe311


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Two fingers worth of slanted and lopsided velvety lush slightly off-white colored frothy goodness... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to a full veil of lacing... The color is a muted pale amber with strong straw notes when back lit... A moderate bit of carbonation with a bit of a quick pace to it... Gobs of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - An enticing slightly restrained malt forward aroma... Caramel... Buttery richness... Graham crackers... Loaves of sweet desert breads... A lightly overly ripened fruit component as well... A minor wheat presence... A very subtle earthiness lies beneath the surface... Quite appealing, but not really what I look for in the style...

T - Interesting... All of the malty goodness alluded to by the nose is present, but it is joined by a very subtle hop presence... Crackers... Desert breads... Caramel... Mandarin oranges... Very light, not quite ripened citrus notes... A subtle earthiness...

M - Medium bodied... Rather sturdy... A bit stiff... Light carbonation... Juicy to start and quickly turning dry... The finish is a bit chalky... A bit different and unusual, but very appealing...

D - An interesting beer that is rather unlike anything I've previously experience in close to 1,100 reviews... That is the DFH originality cutting through... However, there is a strong enjoyable American IPA locked beneath the surface which is reminiscent of other SN offerings... I would drink this on occasion if this were a year round offering... Definitely worth a try for the curious...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:27:59 | More by philbe311
Photo of Pencible


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh oranges and faint grapefruit, with some honey and milky caramel and rye barrels.
T: It tasted like rye bread and citrus hops, with some sweet caramel and wild honey and fresh cedar. It had a clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Decent slick body.
D: This was a nice beer, but not really what I was expecting. The scent and taste weren't anything special as an IPA, but they had an intriguing character. The body was ok, and the alcohol was well hidden with a very smooth finish, so it was really easy to drink. Nice to try once.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 14:58:59 | More by Pencible
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Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.