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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 39
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-14-2013

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Photo of MadScientist
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium amber with a light orange hue and good clarity. There is a good head stand of about two fingers of sticky and somewhat rocky off-white foam. Persistant head retention.

S: A moderately-strong citrus hops aroma with a light grassy, dry-hopped note. A moderately-light caramel malt aroma and a light hint of wheat. . The typical low ale yeast easter of light orange fruitiness.

T: Quiet a unique hops flavor up front being a strong floral and somewhat citrusy in flavor. There is a moderate malt sweetness against a moderately-strong hops bitterness giving a moderately bitter balance. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of hops lingering hops bitterness.

M: The wheat add a ton of body to a creamy mouthfeel. A very creamy, moderately-full bodied beer with moderately strong carbonation.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass. This beer was gold in color with a thick white head. There was a lot of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Some melon. Piney hops.

Great taste! Caramel and honey. Cantaloupe. Piney, resiney hops. Very flavorful.

This was a smooth beer, not at all a hop bomb. I liked it.

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rhizing Bines opens to a hoppy nose with bits of grain and fruit floating in the background. The hops bring sweet pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and somewhat lesser touches of pine resin, with faint hints of mint, eucalyptus, and lemon deep below. The grains add bits of biscuit and cracker, as well as touches of toast crust, but are mainly marked by fruit esters, including orange, berry, and apricot. Small touches of brown sugar and caramel add further sugary notes. The nose is, however, rather faint, and while there are enough sugars in here to make the bottle mouth sticky, they fade with surprising quickness, as do the hops. so that what was a very nice aroma upon immediate opening fades to a difficult-to-detect whimper after a very short while.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a double blast of hops and grains, the hops bringing more sweet pink grapefruit, with lesser notes of grapefruit rind, pine resin, and lemon, and the grains bringing a bevy of fruit esters and sugars, including bright orange, apricot, berry, and cherry, as well as loads of brown sugar, candi sugar, and caramel. There’s even a touch of raisin and plum in here, giving a dark sugary texture that plays well off of the bright berries and oranges. An additional layer of wet wheat, toast crust, biscuit, and a grassy, bitter vine-like note brings further complexity, the flavors mingling together well, being both sugary, and almost bitter-sour at the same time. The aftertaste is a continuation of these flavors, the bitter sourness that comes from the hops and the vine-like overtone lasting for an especially long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good beer, and very interesting, especially with the heavy bitter vine-like overtone that mingles nicely with the grapefruity hops and berry-laden fruit esters to give the impression of fresh-picked fruit with some of the stem still attached. The vine-like notes are actually needed here, as without them the beer would be perhaps overly sweet, needing quite a bit of bitter balance to avoid tasting like a Jolly Rancher candy. Still, this is one of the better Dogfish Head “big bottle” beers I’ve tasted in a while, and worth trying.

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

750ml. Capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 1/25/13 (~1 month old).

Pours out a clear fairly deep golden color with a slight orange hue. A nice full off white colored rocky head off the pour that eventually fades to a thick retentive layer leaving some good lacing behind.

Not quite the big hop aroma i was hoping for, but whats there is interesting to say the least. melon like fruits, grape juice, dry lemon citrus, some light bready malts and just a hint of alcohol comes through as it warms and accentuates the melon/ grape wine like hops nicely.

Hops again give off flavors of melon like fruits, grapes, white wine like, and maybe a bit floral. A bit of bready malt tries to balance, but the hops really dominate. Almost has a hoppy, resinous, tartness if that makes sense? Finishes with some nice dry lingering bitterness.

Medium bodies, good feeling carbonation, some hop resin, slightly drying.

A very interesting tasting hop, very unique. Maybe not the best IPA, there's definatly room for improvement, but much better than last years life and limb. DFH IMO really has some nice malt flavors in there IPAs that blend nicely with the hops, this is seen here to an extent. A worthy collab.

Photo of Mertzy81
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A medium amber with a light orange hue and good clarity. There is a good head stand of about two fingers of sticky and somewhat rocky off-white foam. Persistant head retention.

S: A moderately-strong citrus hops aroma with a light grassy, dry-hopped note. A moderately-light caramel malt aroma and a light hint of wheat. . The typical low ale yeast easter of light orange fruitiness.

T: Quiet a unique hops flavor up front being a strong floral and somewhat citrusy in flavor. There is a moderate malt sweetness against a moderately-strong hops bitterness giving a moderately bitter balance. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of hops lingering hops bitterness.

M: The wheat add a ton of body to a creamy mouthfeel. A very creamy, moderately-full bodied beer with moderately strong carbonation.

Photo of geoffpm
2.32/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clearly was expecting something more from this collaboration. Admittedly, I am not a huge Dogfish fan and find their hop characteristics as oniony and not that pleasant but I admire their chutzpah. I am much more of a Sierra Nevada fan.

Since I am color blind, I can't comment on color . Seems golden to me. Not a large head and very little carbonation from the bottom of the glass

Smell - The malt hits me first with a little hops in the background . Am I not getting this beer ?

Taste - Simple, bland, a little bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is ok .

Overall - For $15 I would run away from ever having this beer again. I did taste this beer along with a Sucks and and Enjoy by and they clearly are the better Dipas.

Sorry this collab was not better.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer, nice almost perfect 1" of head on it, has above average retention for something with upper degree hopping. Aroma was far sweeter than I was expecting. Don't know if it was the malt additions or the hopping, who knows, this experimental hop stuff, I have no frame of reference for, so hey, it was sweet, from where, I dunno at this time. Aromatically, it just didn't deliver what an excellent dipa should in the nose.

Taste was again, sweet, there was an herbalness to it as well. I'm already thinking, hey, this is a lot more DFH than it is SN at this point. As far as hoppy beers (well almost all beers), that is kind of a bummer, I'd rather have a bigger SN footprint all over this. Minimal citrus inclusions. There's some spice aspect (coriander?) that doesn't need to be there either. Grassy, herbal, floral, but lacking hop punch quality. Sometimes, trying to go unique and reinvent the wheel isn't as impressive as just making something reliable and predictable that gets the job done.

12.99 a bottle? No way. Not gonna happen, I wouldn't pay $12.99 for a 6 pack of this.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again a glowing orange brew from the united forces of Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada, Rhizing Bines is where the hops meet two different hops Bravo and #644...full thicket of creamy textured head billowing with a great intricate lacing as it settles down a bit. Aroma has intense citric hops with sweetness glowing from the basis of the beer, it feels so right in the beer realm something I can't complain about when these two breweries come together. Each one has their strengths...together the force is that much stronger. A whisping collision of hops and alcohol with complex grains, really brings it together a bit of harshness when the collision occurs. I'm getting soft complex wheat with the estate caramel malts character shining thru, mind you these hopes aren't the freshest varietals this was bottled on 1/25/13, which indicates some time has passed I would have loved to try I the first week in distribution. I just lit up a Camacho Diploma cigar with these hops they are a perfect marriage, the malts and hops that are starting to fade blend well with the spicy peppery sweet Honduran tobacco. Mouthfeel finishes with trace alcohol burn and bittering hops all day, it's a true hophead marriage goes great with both the cigar and the Dr. John New Orleans Native Son album I'm listening to. Overall I'm glad I was able to try hopefully next time a bit fresher, the production on this album is great the Black Keys got involved with Dr. John how can he get any better add in some Black the beer again keep it up both breweries are booming for a very good reason excellent products and marketing.

Photo of weonfire
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Opaque, clear as can be, golden, 2" inch white fluffy head, amazing lacing right up to the high beer mark

S - carmel, citrus, milder hop

T - initial: carmel, honey, lemon grass. finish: orange, grapefruit, bitter level (4/10)

M - real frothy, creamy, high viscosity

O - A bit disappointed. Taste is too mellow, nose is more grassy than anything. Appearance is awesome, mouth has everything you'd hope for in an IPA. But, didn't taste the wheat at all tho.

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in Pilsner glass.

A - yellow/orange, 2 inch creamy, foamy head and lots of lacing.

S - Lemon, floral hops, grapes, piney, bread, caramel.

T - Orange and pine. floral hop, malty flavor, dry finish.

M - Hops and malts, light body, mild carbonation. Aftertaste is malty and sweet.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. Very drinkible and smooth. Not as good as the original Life and Limb but still an awesome beer!

Photo of BKotch
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I don't know how to rate this beer. Said to be a DIPA, it seemed more like a saison to me. Nice deep gold color with a fluffy white head, it smelled of Belgian yeast. Tasted like a pretty good saison, too. DIPA? Seriously? Maybe the fact the it's almost three months old is responsible, but I can't imagine this beer ever having the requisite strong hop character. It just arrived in Houston about 10 days ago. Medium body and quite drinkable. As a saison. Go figure.

Photo of Gmann
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a toasted grain color with some honey highlights. The cream colored head is pillowy and rocky and leaves fantastic chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite sweet and grainy. The smell is all malt, don't pick up any hops. It has an adjunctly type of aroma and not much else. Nothing in the aroma is telling me this is anything that resembles a DIPA.

The flavor is quite bready and does have a strong grain presence. There is a strange flavor to the beer that might be attributed to the different hops that the brew is made with. It is a fruity type of flavor, a bit sour and bitter; perhaps green mango?? Definitely grassy with some hay. Tough to pinpoint the exact flavor. It has a tin type of flavor and unripe fruit. Some honey and flowery (lavender?) flavors round everything out.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate and a bit chewy but finishes with a strong grassy bitterness. Balances out well.

Way too grainy for my liking and the hops are a tad strange, though it does grow on you a bit as you drink it.

Photo of nimrod979
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Very excited to try the new collab between two classic breweries.

Appearance: Bright copper in color with a two finger White head. Very nice, thick retention and lacing.

Aroma: A floral hop aroma. Bready, an a slight lemon zest. Subtle.

Taste: Crisp malt with a lemony zest and floral hop bitterness. Not overly hopped or in your face for a DIPA, Nor really all that exciting. Well-balanced between the hops and malts but not knocking my socks off.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick with a oily hop mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation., Bitterness is kept in check.

Average. Was actually kind of disappointed by this brew. Nothing really stands out and it was $14.99. Bummer.

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Semi hazed orange glow with an extremely clingy 2 finger white head. Smells extremely malty. Butter and toffe covered rolls come to mind. A strange hoppy scent comes in from underneath this of tropical fruits. When combined with the malty nose it almost has a citric fruit marmalade type of scent.

Very delicate tasting brew. Medium bodied but thick feeling in the mouth. Malt extremely prevalent throughout the beer with flavors of toffee caramel and caramelized sugar. Finishes with a bright citric and floral hop character and a big dose of alcohol. Alcohol and malt flavors linger in the mouth. Lots of dried sugared fruit tastes and lots of pineapple but overall very malty for a beer that used two different hopping techniques.

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

a: translucent copper. two finger frothy white head.

s: predominantly grainy malts. bit of banana. floral and earthy hops

t: caramel malts up front. some sweetness throughout that is reminiscent of honey dew melon. some bitterness towards the end

m: medium body, bit sticky.

o: More sweet than I had expected. Very drinkable. Not sure if the melon flavored fruitiness is coming from these styles of hops. Something different which I appreciate but I don't think it's worthy of the price tag (~12.99).

Photo of GuyIncognito
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

EXTREMELY disappointed in this beer. It tastes exactly like a DFH 90 min. If you blind tasted the two next to each other, there is no way you could tell them apart. DFH and Sierra Nevada are two of my favorite breweries, but this beer falls flat. I have been burned way too many times by large format DFH beers. Obviously 90 min is a good beer, but disguised in a bomber for $13.99?!? What a ripoff, taking advantage of loyal fans. Just had a Palate Wrecker bomber for $9, and it blows Rhizing Bines away. I am always defending DFH against the haters, but they really let me down with this fraud of a beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottled on 1/25/13. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a clear amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is on the light side, it smells like herbal, pine and citrusy hops, grainy malt, nuts and an earthy aroma. I had to let this brew sit out a while for the aroma to open up more. It tastes like herbal/grassy hops, wheat/grainy malt, nuts, light citrusy hops, sweet malt and some melon (honeydew). Finish is more sweet than bitter. It's an interesting tasting beer, and I'm liking it more the longer I drink it. There's good balance between the hops and malt in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, I think it's definitely worth trying. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of Rutager
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a clear yellow gold with 3 fingers of off-white head that leaves some decent lace behind.

Smell. Sweet citrus fruits, floral hops, some peach and pineapple and grainy, lightly toasted malts.

Taste. Floral hops, dried citrus rinds, light grainy malts, a bit of pineapple and some bitter grass and herbs.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Not my style of ipa, a bit too sweet and hops that I just don't dig. Probably more a personal preference thing than a statement on the quality of this beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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...

Photo of ocelot2500
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight, frothy white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops with a fruit undertone.

Tastes of sweet malts upfront layered on top of some underlying hops. Malts lead off with some caramel and fruit notes that has a little syrupy feel to it. Malts fade into some hops with pine, citrus, and some tropical fruits. Ends with a little bit of wheat coming through and adding some sharp notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is all over the place, and I wish they didn't try to do so much with it. Add in the price ($13.70 for a 750 mL) and we get an average beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on Jan 25/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium yellow; translucent. Two fingers of thick cream coloured head.

S - A big malt sweetness up front and only a moderate bitterness present. Caramel, pine and a peppery spice profile are present.

T - Very balanced overall for a DIPA. A big caramel malt sweetness is accompanied by a moderate bitterness with pine, spice/pepper and a big musty/dank profile. Fairly unpleasant overall.

M - Medium body with some stickiness. Moderate carbonation.

O - I didn't enjoy this one at all and I am not sure I could have finished the bomber had I forced myself to. Very disappointing.

Photo of MrJolly
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from a bomber. Darker than straw. I get a couple inches of head that lingers through the experience.

Smell: Malt dominates the smell. Sweet and wet hay.

Taste: The hops come through, here, especially as the beer warms, and these appear particularly in the aftertaste. I wish that the hops were more present in the first taste.

Mouthfeel: oily and thick. I like this, especially.

Overall: a good beer, but I paid fourteen bucks and I don't think it lives up to the sticker price. Maybe my expectations were too high given the breweries involved and the price.

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into an official Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice super bronze and super crystal clear body, with some large cola like bubbles sticking to the edges of the glass. Head makes an easy four finger with an off white color, and a soapy like retention. As it settles, slow rising carbonation comes up just a little bit, lots of scattered like lacing, real nice looking beer.

An incredibly soft bouquet, and this very soft aromatic citrus grapefruit. It's pillow, toned down and very subtle. Herbal tea like action mixing in with the hop front.

Never had an Ipa taste like this before. Toned down juicy fruit, with an interesting crisp malt sense. Hop hits of orange and marmalade and citrus. Finish has an interesting toasty quality. Very controlled mix of bitterness and sweetness on the finish.

Overall it's a real interesting take on an IPA, with a real sort of mish mash of Enligsh herbality, and a hint of citrus American hop profiles. Very light and toasty crisp too. Very easy drinking, and also memorable.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a nonic pint: clear medium amber beer with a full fluffy off-white head ; good retention and lacing

S: sweet malts, floral hops, some citrus

T: caramel malts up front make this beer sweet, then layers of resinous hops, pine and mild grapefruit; mild bitterness on the back-end

M: chewy, creamy, smooth, and coating; slightly sticky

O: sweeter than I expected, real caramel flavors are apparent; hops are mild and blend seamlessly into the malt base - great drinkability. Trouble is, there are so many good DIPAs out there, its hard to really stand out. I felt that this beer was distinct for its rich malty sugars moreso than its hops. I'd buy it again, but I'd be just as likely to buy any number of equally good DIPAs.

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Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.