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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 smcolw


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

Large white head that sticks around leaving streaky lace. Gold color and almost clear.

The smell is a nice balance mild pale malt and floral hop. Understated.

First impression is of the creaminess to the body and it gives a creamy flavor. This is from the malt obviously but it isn't too sweet. The hop is quite manageable as well. This could pass as a pale ale, but is very mild for a DIPA. A good quiet beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 17:46:55 | More by smcolw
Photo of NoleDoc


4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap to glass. Has a light yellow color, with a nice thick head of about to fingers height. Has a bitter hoppy taste at the first sip with a sweet tastes and a smooth clean finish. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel, the sweet taste and bitterness dissipates rather quickly. Overall pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 00:59:20 | More by NoleDoc
Photo of TMoney2591


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

It's taken me a while to do so, but I've finally gotten around to trying this stuff. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises greens, light grass, and very light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of honey, some light pine needle, and a touch of extra bitterness in the grass area. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid, if borderline boring, IPA. I'm not entirely sure if it's a proper representation of the merging between the hop notions of DFH and SN, but it's enjoyable enough.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 19:37:29 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lively herbal hop atop grainy sharp malts.

The taste consisted of an initial herbal element that was soon overtaken by a harsh jagged graininess. There was an agressive lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer that is unfortunately difficult to palate. A little too much going on I think. SN should steer clear of these types of projects.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 22:32:20 | More by plaid75
Photo of vkv822


3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass : from notes.

Clear, golden body with a foamy white head and spotty lacing.

Sweet, caramel, malty wheat notes blend wonderfully into fruity, melon, citric and floral hops.

Medium+ body with bubbly, foamy carbonation. Faint hop oil feel at times.

A unique beer, I would like another chance to try this again and do a more in depth review.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 06:17:35 | More by vkv822
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a subdued hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are a lot of other 2IPA’s out there that I would pick first.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 19:35:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 03:51:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BEERchitect


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Riding both on the cusp of daring experimentaiton and embedded in proven technique in full IPA flavor- the heads, hearts, and hands of Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada have put together this racy imperial IPA that's as refreshing as it is packed with punch.

Bright with deep gold colors, the beer hinges on light amber as the light seems to make the beer glow. Zesty streams of carbonation build a frothy white head that keeps the beer looking bright, lively and almost champagne-like. Long-lasting retention and broken lace accompanies the beer through the bulk of the session.

Sharp and perfumy aromas, led by grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes are all strung together by light honey and caramel malt underpinnings for a scent that's hop-balanced ever so slightly. Light breadiness with a twangy-tart scent keeps the nose guessing at the subtle surprises here that's not in your ordinary IPA.

Soft caramel sweetness gives the fruity hop taste a candied taste that's similar to honey-dipped or light confectioner's sugar. Supporting bread tastes add a buffer to the hops to come. The ale's middle palate brings on the grapefruit and orange peels that's expected from highly hopped American ales. But the taste extends into the herbal and lemony world of Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops. Coming together, there's a sense of sassafras, saffron, ginger, white wine, and almost-gin that accompanies the citrus fruits with a lot of pizzazz! As the hops develop their resiny bitterness to finish, the new hop acidity and supportive wheat backdrop keeps the beer complex and just off-dry in taste.

Medium bodied, the malts never really try to balance the beer and cause a fuller effect, but instead favors a drier and lighter palate that offers up a sense of refreshment early on and only increases heading into finish. As the hop character takes hold, the malts continue to recede until the finish of hop dryness, alcohol warmth, and zesty herbal tartness ensures complete cleanliness, crispness, and refreshment to close the session.

Where the Sierra Nevada taste is grounded, simple, and pure; the excitement of Dogfish experimentation is alive and well- but without Dogfishing it up too much. The somber recklessness that's demonstrated here is nothing short of wonderful!

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 19:15:34 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Rifugium


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy amber pour into a snifter, a small foamy white head topping it off; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of light herbal hops, a dash of spice, grass. Taste was a bit bland overall, light notes of piney and herbal hops, distant toasted grains, not much distinction here. Body was light-medium, crisp, easily drinkable, but just too lacking in flavor to reel me in.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 16:55:49 | More by Rifugium
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a bright honey-gold coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles and a bright, white, fluffy head that clings to everything. Nose of hoppy background with a fruit and honey sweetness in the overtone. Some herbal spicing in the aromas also. Flavors of herbal spice and tangy grains initially. Tangy and floral throughout, with a toasty overtone. Very crisp and dry in mouth, with a floral hops and herbal aftertaste. Very clean and spiced, remaining balanced throughout. Tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 02:50:05 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Knapp85


3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Sure glad I hadn't bought a bottle or even worse a case of this one. The beer poured out nice, with a clear golden color and a white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty solid on this beer, It's a good looking brew to say the least. The smell of the beer is a little on the weak side, I was trying to pick up some of the big hoppy aromas but I just wasn't really able too all that much. Very strange. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Hopped up version of Midas Touch. It's very sweet with a decent hop prifile but it doesn't taste much different than several other DfH beers that are on the market. The mouthfeel was smooth, kind of oily with a subtle carbonation to it. Overall just really not impressed with this beer. I wanted to like it but I just wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I had hoped too.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 18:07:30 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Vienna Whole Foods.

Served in a pint.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy golden color, with about a half finger white head. Fine.

S: Clean linen/cotton. A bit of hops and tons of sugar.

T: Did I mention this contained sugar? That's the understatement of 2013. Not good. The sugar hit the hops over the head, making this an unpleasant experience.

M: The carbonation was fine as was the lacing. Still, if the flavor isn't there, why would I care.

O: My favorite Whole Foods guy, Kevin, said it best: "And to think, Ken Grossman's name is one this." Not a repeat... no definitely not!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 22:52:34 | More by Chaney
Photo of Omnium


2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on draft - 13oz tulip glass.
A - Golden orange color, about 1 finger head, fades very fast, light airy lacing.
S - Smells of very sweet malt, big oily resin hops, very earthy grass and pine, and kind of a skunky undertone.
T - Very bitter and dry earthy hop flavors with an extremely weird burnt buttery biscuit malt flavor, very offsetting.
M - Has that really long lingering oily hop flavor, not enjoyable to me by any means. Its a moderate hop and carbonization feel, but the flavors that resonate on your palate arent to my liking.
O - OK at best, that weird flavor and smell that smells like someone left some grands biscuits in the oven too long soaked in hop oils. Its unusual and not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 19:30:12 | More by Omnium
Photo of 57md


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is copper with less than a finger of head that left some lacing behind. The nose is probably the best part of this offering - floral and citrus notes are present. There is a mildly sweet malt component to the flavor and a rather muted hop profile. This offering is awful bland for a DIPA, particularly one from two of the best breweries in the country.

This beer is incredibly ok, but I am disappointed because I expected more from a DFH/SN collaboration.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 01:14:12 | More by 57md
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at The Local Miami. Poured into the newly designed Spiegelau glass.

A- Pours a medium amber with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains quite a while before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Nice sheet of resilient lacing.

S- Sweet, almost cotton candy like aroma with some hops trickling in at the end. Can't figure out if the sweetness is coming from the malt or what.

T- More sweetness of the honey variety with some hop bitterness in the finish that's mild but lingers. Decently balanced but that honey sweetness is out of place. Alcohol is nicely hidden but there could be more hop flavor

M- A bit sharp with medium carbonation and a middle-of-the-road body.

O- So I guess every new beer DFH puts out is gonna have some amount of this honey/white grape sweetness just like Midas Touch, Chateau Jiahu, Noble Rot, etc. That's fine if you enjoy it, but I say keep it out of the IPAs. I'm not as let down as I thought I'd be based on other reviews, but I'm also not having it again or recommending it. I will say the glass is pretty neat though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 00:19:29 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tavern On Liberty in PA...
For the appearance, it's a brilliantly clear golden color, with a fluffy, white head of foam. Superb lacing throughout the drinking experience. The aroma took me by surprise slightly with the level of maltiness and fruit esters. Upon tasting, I picked out what seemed to be a Concord grape flavor, as well as a very grainy/doughy aspect. The beer almost struck me as an APA at first, to be honest. That's not to imply that anything is wrong here. It's initial mouth feel is very full & juicy, but then it gives way to a very crisp, dry , and bitter finish. That's where the hops truly kick in and shine. Overall, this is an excellent and unique East-Coast style IPA. Looking forward to finding out more about this new hop variety as well. For fans of Two-Hearted and Resin.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 17:31:20 | More by Neorebel
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man (review taken from notes).

The bar served this in a smaller snifter glass.

There was no real foam on this one over a light brown coloring.

The smell is pretty light. I get a little fruitiness, and that is about it.

The flavor is bitter up front. The flavor is a lot like an english pale. Overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 01:48:13 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a clear golden body. Aroma includes tangerine, tangelo, mango, papaya, some sweetness...like a fruity, pulpy, mongoey sweetness. Taste includes much of the same, with a nice bitterness and background sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Not really picking up the wheat but picking up notes of a lavender of sorts. Is this an flavor from a new hop? Not sure. Interesting flavors and quite tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 07:08:17 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/10/13 notes. Had this on tap at Picco's in Boston, MA. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright orange color with high carbonation and two inches of fluffy white head.

s - Smells of fruity malts, sticky sweet fruits, citrus hops, tropical fruits, caramel malts, light alcohol. Much maltier than I was expecting and not a lot of hops, though nice.

t - Taste follows the nose; very malty. Tastes of fruity malts, sweet molasses, tropical fruits, light citrus hops, caramel malts. Nice and fruity, but not very hoppy.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Light alcohol presence but not bad at all.

o - Overall a nice beer, though I was a bit disappointed. It is not very hoppy at all; lots of fruit and malts to it, and some light alcohol. Worth checking out but don't expect a hop bomb or something like 60 or 90 minute.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 18:17:42 | More by mdfb79
Photo of drabmuh


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

On tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth beach, served in a DFH IPA glass, the new weird looking one.

Beer is yellow clear with steady carbonation and a nice white head of small and medium bubbles. Some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is a little grainy, mildly hoppy, a decent smelling beer for sure.

Beer is light to medium in body, mildly bitter on the finish, sweet but not overly sweet, it seems like an imperial pale ale but light on the hops overall. Interesting beer, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 17:55:56 | More by drabmuh
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
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Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.