Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.81/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-11-2013 03:51:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
Appearance: The clear amber colored liquid is capped by a modest head that leaves some streaks of lacing behind
Smell: Honeydew melon and resinous hops, with a floral aspect; pith and pine in the background
Taste: Opens with a honeydew, toasted wheat and shortbread malt flavor that is quickly joined by the resinous, piney hops; after the swallow, there is an additional bit of honey which adds more sweetness; despite the malt forward character of this beer, there is plenty of bitterness that brings up the rear
Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost syrupy, with low carbonation
Overall: This is a very different beer but to think of it in DIPA terms really leads one down the wrong path; though I don't like many sweet DIPAs, I am finding this one to be rather interesting; not sure about the mouthfeel, however
04-23-2013 01:58:54 | More by brentk56
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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!
03-06-2013 19:15:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Two finger frothy head with excellent lacing and retention on a clear orange golden body. Aroma is a little understated likely due to covering but the foam with cinnamon, fruits mostly peach and orange peel, candy sugar and mint leaf. Flavors include tangy citrus, a lot of candy sugar, cinnamon, a lot of floral hops, and generic herbs . Medium body and moderate carbonation. A little strange, worth trying but wouldn't have again. I say that a lot with dogfish head large bottle releases.
03-18-2013 23:48:08 | More by kylehay2004
3.01/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
03-04-2013 18:07:30 | More by Knapp85
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-09-2013 19:37:29 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-15-2013 19:35:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, light copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.
S - Pine, lemon, and tropical fruit hop aromas with a touch of malt in the background.
T - Lots of pine hop character up front with bready malt and toffee in the middle. Finishes with an interesting lime character and moderate bitterness.
M - Medium body, moderately strong carbonation, and a balanced finish.
D - Not bad, it isn't as pungently hoppy as I hoped it might be but it still works nicely. The aroma is somewhat weak but the flavor is more robust. There is an odd limey note both in the flavor and aroma that helps it to stand out from the crowd.
03-18-2013 23:45:24 | More by nickfl
3.54/5 rDev -3.3%
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 Keys...now the beer again keep it up both breweries are booming for a very good reason excellent products and marketing.
04-19-2013 19:20:38 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
02-10-2013 17:55:56 | More by drabmuh
3.94/5 rDev +7.7%
I picked this up at Shady McGrady's enjoyed chilled from th 750ml in a goblet.
The color is deeply golden hued with good clarity and thick pale cream which clings as lace w/ fine bead. The smell of almost berry-like yeast ester with light herbal hop accent and gentle aroma of malt w/ low alcohol ester. The texture is semi-dry with mild bitterness and full malt cushion with moderately high carbonation and relatively dry finish.
This Imperial IPA has a taste that is fruity mixed with a floral and zesty herbal hop taste profile with flavors that lead to more of a yeast and malt juxtoposition mid palate with semi-sweet flavor which is lightly caramel tinged from the malt and nutty with a slight citrus element and bitter hop taste as it finishes w/ more pepper in the end.
Overall I was pleased with the taste considering how it was marketed which is a nice blend of East and West coast style iPA's w/ more body yet still finishes on the dry side w/out having an all out hop assault on your palate.
04-21-2013 18:52:58 | More by Slatetank
3.61/5 rDev -1.4%
Shared with rudzud.
Big foamy creamy almost 2 finger head fades slowly with lots of soapy lacing, big bubbles, clear honey orange color.
Nose interesting and unique hops, light musty resin, fairly grassy herbal leafy, light spicy and very light citrus and little fruity, candy sweet malts, caramel, earthy like almost saison earthy, little booze with hint of phenols, hint pine syrup and what almost seems like hop extract, earthy hops, has that typical various time hopped characteristics from dfh.
Taste syrupy and spruce tree pine to start. Pine resin, sap, etc, earthy hops, very light citrus bit fruity too. Big sweet malts, bit of caramel, candy malts and even candy hops, little oily, light grainy malts and wheat flavors, touch biscuit. Fairly bitter but not a lot, little salty from the hops too. Finish is sticky syrupy, long lingering fairly bitter but piney oily light citrus.
Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, very light booze, little oily.
Overall not very good, weird pine sap and oily but light citrus and sweet syrupy malts blend to a very meh flavor. Not a big winner in my book, just the wrong hop flavors and wrong overall combined characteristics, esp for a DFH and Sierra Nevada collab.
02-23-2013 15:10:58 | More by jlindros
3.91/5 rDev +6.8%
this is a collaboration pair I really hope continue working together for a long time. this beer, while maybe less ambitious than the original life and limb, is still an excellent offering. it pours a golden honey color with a fluffy and lacy white head as high as the pour is aggressive. the nose is more balanced than expected for the style. the grain is fresh, lightly toasted, and semisweet, a nice contribution. the hops are on the fresh side, plenty bitter, but with some curious fruit undertones. the fruit is there in the flavor too, somewhere short of an orange, zesty and bright, and there is more of a pine flavor as it moves toward the finish. cereal grains and caramel back it all up, and balance the hops right through the last sip. the alcohol is also well hidden, and appreciably low for a joint work of these two breweries. id call this easy drinking, although many wouldn't. its right on medium in terms of body, a little light on the carbonation, and thoroughly conflicted in the finish. not sure this fits the double/imperial ipa bill too well, but it is a very fresh, very well made bottle of beer. probably even came in a little below my expectations, but its one I would gladly drink again. the hop profile and the sweeter malts work well together. best consumed cold though, it broke down a little in the hot sun, as is to be expected.
04-30-2013 04:10:31 | More by StonedTrippin
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
03-06-2013 16:55:49 | More by Rifugium
Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines from Dogfish Head Brewery
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