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Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines - Dogfish Head Brewery

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

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 917
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 29.81%
Wants: 38
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 917
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a nice two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light stone and tropical fruit, only a hint of hops. Flavor is unusual, light stone fruit, light citrus, caramel malt, tropical fruit, piney hops. Very nice medium to heavy body with pleasant creaminess, surpising body for an IPA. Flavors are so well integrated that they are hard to identify, but blend together into a unique but distinctly IPA flavor. Finishes with the malt body fading away and revealing nice citrus and pine hops. Not as aromatically intense as a lot of west coast IIPAs, but still having an intense hops presence and hoppy finish. I enjoyed the hell out of this is an unusual and well integrated IIPA that is worthy of two great breweries. Not for IPA fans who prefer hops over malt; this is malty, but well balanced.

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Photo of rudzud
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to jlindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear honey hue with a one finger head that leaves very nice lacing and a nice halo.

S - Aromas of a pine sap resin dipa. Very unique aromas here good earthy notes and a solid malt back bone. Not bad.

T - Taste is more spruce tree than say, bubble gum but this is strange. The hop profile...I got nothing. Sweetness and some earth but the hop notes just confuse me greatly.

M - Mouthfeel is good for a dipa with nice carbonation. Lightly crisp.

O - Overall this beer confused me. The hop notes of fruity but not quite and Lindy but not tree just throws me for a curve. Do not want!

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Theseanlewis
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-light gold to bronze in color, thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves generous lacing on the glass
A- little aroma on opening, with warmth aroma gains a little maltiness but not the dry hop aroma expected
T-almost candy like character, heavy bubblegum and light cotton candy up front, followed by a slightly warm booziness, finishing with a sweet candy like maltiness
M-medium body with a smooth almost creamy mouthfeel
O- extremely drinkable with very unique hop flavor, sweet malts and candy like hop flavors make this a fun beer. It onlyleaves me wanting for that perfect dry hop aroma that would compliment thenhopmflavor so well.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to troegs strange glass

A: Orange in color and clean as can be, it is semi translucent but no cloudiness huge white head though.

S: there are some fresh hops in there and there is some malt in there (stronger then what I expect from an IPA). Not much else there

T: the taste is fresh hops upfront that seem to have a little bit of grassiness to them but it is nice. There is a malt backbone, but it is not very strong and doesn't seem to hold up to the abv though not off-putting.

M: First thing here is this thing is super oily, thin, and very watery which makes it go down easy for the abv that being said it does seem to take away the taste. Not much else to add here.

O: I was disappointed I was not expecting greatness but I like both dogfish head and Sierra Nevada but this really wasn't anything to write home about. I liked it but not great or worth the price might be worth a try, but wouldn't highly recommend.

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Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden copper with a huge white head into my glass. Great presentation all around. You can't really mess it up.

Hop aroma is hard to describe. Spicy, tangy with just a touch of citrus upfront. I didn't realize that this is a collaboration between DFH and Sierra Nevada.

The palate is dominated by red fife wheat with only a touch of spicy, light citrus upfront. Still very hard to describe. I like being thrown for a loop occasionally.

Finishes with a spicy note from the hops and plenty of wheat. Chewy. I wasn't sure what to expect.

An interesting take on the style that uses two relatively (new to me) hops, Bravo and #644. I'm sure that after both hops take off in usage, that one will be able to better discern the flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of SeanGC
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal Clear, Golden color. 1 finger thick, white head. some lacing. medium effervescence.

S: Grainy. Dry Hop aroma. Hops aren't as prominent as the grainy smell.

T: Dry, flowery hops. light sweet flavor in the back ground. Grainy + Hop flavors (grassy, too) compliment each other very well.

M: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation accents bitterness.

O: Interesting IPA. Bravo + #644 hops provides a unique flavor profile that isn't found in many IPAs. Grainy flavor provides subtle complexity.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cl

Pours clear gold, 1 inch pillowy head retains well.

Smells of piney dry hops and grassy malts. Hints of citrus.

Flavor is caramel and dry grassy malts with a mix of piney fruity hops and a dry hop bitterness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really nice flavorful ale with a unique balance of characteristics. Kind of like the best of DFH 60 and SN Pale. Works really well, a must try.

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Photo of Anker13
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/17/13 Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada Collaboration | Rizing Bines | 750mL Bottle

Appearance- Brilliant copper color, translucent, beading CO2, foamy white head

Aroma- Surprisingly light hop aroma, smells more like a pilsner than anything else. Subtle grassy and herbal hops, slight earthyness, not a lot of malt character, slight graininess

Mouthfeel- smooth and drinkable, medium bodied, light co2, well balanced

Taste- Simply amazing. Easily the most unique IPA I’ve come across. It’s light and refreshing in the best of ways. The hops are light, grassy, and flowery. The malt is subtle and grainy. They work outstandingly well together. Tastes like honeydew, maybe lemon and melon

Residual- Lingering melon and flowery flavor, not coating or drying at all

Overall- I’m a huge fan of this beer. Rhizing Bines is one of those “wow” beers for me, probably because I’ve never tasted anything like it. Extremely unique, highly recommended.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big ol' 750 just for me. bottled on 1/25/13.

A: very bright gold body. super clear as well, I can see plenty of carbonization ripping to the surface. bright white head made up of the standard density of bubbles. retention is good. plenty of fat chunks of lacing left behind.

S: aroma is actually milder than the palate implies. intriguing... definitely floral, hop resins, definitely fruity melon, mild watermelon aromas. huge grainy undertones, nothing descript, but certainly present. mild alcohol.

T: sooo muuuuchhhh melonnn. people talk about things tasting like candy when describing American hops, but these 644 hops take it up a notch. a chewy grain throughout, slightly rye-like at times. a little bit of booze, but pretty negligent considering all this tasty hop flavor.

M: ample carb without being overwhelming. medium/full body brew.

D: my only serious complaint here is the aroma. just not nearly as intense as I would have liked it to be. with all the tasty melon nose, I really wonder what/if something happened during the dry-hopping procedure cause this doesn't seem to add up....perhaps that's just the nature of the 644 hop, but that doesn't seem to make any sense. anyway, seems like I am spending too much time pondering over this, if you see this and you are a fan of American hops pick it up.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfectly clear molten gold. Lively carbonation produces a massive white head with ok retention. Head drops to a small, creamy cap after a minute or so. Solid notches of lacing with each sip.

Smell: Earthy and herbal. A small floral element running through the back. Nothing aggressive about the hops, follows the Sierra Nevada profile. A bit of a salty undercurrent. Malts are light, slightly toasted, some underlying sweetness. A bit of bread crust. Clean pale malts. A touch of wheat, but not as bright. Some citrus buried in the back as it warms. Crisp.

Taste: Nicely toasted. Layers of hops. Oily citrus, some pine, deeply floral and herbal. Nothing is dominant, must be that hopping method. Slight bitterness on the back. Very floral, like petals. Some sweet caramel malts. Bready. Snappy pale malts. Some wheat tang layered in the back. Oily and slick. A touch of apple and underripe tropical fruit (mango/tangerine). Grainy and a bit raw, but manages to balance itself out.

Mouthfeel: Slick and wet. Smooth with a medium body and carbonation that runs a bit over moderate. Finishes mostly clean with a lingering floral and earthy hit.

Overall: Half-chub.

I refuse to acknowledge this as a DIPA. It's a solid IPA. Crazy hop depth and complexity, but the overall profile seems a bit muddled. Has that fresh clean Sierra Nevada thing with some Dogfish influence. I wouldn't be sad to see this in 16oz cans as a yearly release. I'd drink the life out of it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a copper body is completely engulfed by a white head of fluffy foam. Very clear and vibrant with the copper colors

S- wow I can smell the torpedo attributes. Caramel malt and some piney scents involved. Very sweet malt presence that is also very clean. Not too much else going on

T- very sweet and piney but almost clean flavor. Slightly herbal but very well positioned with the caramel flavor and maybe some apples as well

M- smooth and good

O- interesting DIPA that is very drinkable but iwish this was life and limb 3

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, 1/25/13
DFH Glass

A: Crystal clear yellow orange color. Lots of marshmallow like off white head. Sticks around forever. Good carbonation. Tight tiny bubbles.

S: More sweet malts than I was planning on smelling. The hops are there but it's more earthy. Maybe some sweet orange or light citrus aromas.

T: Why is this drinking almost like a pilsner initially? Not getting a lot of hop bitterness up front. Really it's just sweetness. The wheat addition adds some body to the sip. The bitterness comes in at the close. Wonder if that different flavor is the #644 hop. It's certainly not as floral or fruity as they as planned.

M: Medium, but it's a bigger medium because of the wheat additions I think.

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Photo of shand
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rhizing Bines is a phenomenal looking IPA. It pours out golden with a massive, fluffy white head that retains forever. The aroma is interesting, there's some caramel malts for sure, but there's some strange hopping going on here. Fruity hops are probably the main hop flavor I get here, along with some bright fruits. There's also an interesting nutty aspect going on here. The taste is very good. It's not a traditional IPA at all because of the unique hop flavors. I can tell they're imparted by the hops, there's just a such a big bright fruit flavor that is unique and blends perfectly with the caramel malts. The nuttiness comes through big as well. There's also a bit of floral and citrus going on with the hops. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the drinkability is outstanding. Overall, Rhizing Bines is one of the most unique IPAs I've had in a while. It's a sincerely wonderful beer, just don't expect a hop onslaught. It's something completely different from that.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of AdamBear
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-dark gold with a sticky white head and a good amount of bubbles

S-fresh grains a fruity hoppiness, though the fruits are more berry like that citrusy like usual. Caramel sugars as well.

T-comes in with a very smooth flavor of grains and caramel malts with only a slight hint of hops. It's very thick and creamy and does have a slight berry flavor to it. The ending has a good bitterness. No off flavors.

M-super creamy and heavy. Creamy finish

O-this really isn't too impressive as a Double IPA, but it's an amazing beer. It really tastes like a really high quality ale. It's just a really tasty beer, like something for the man that is just craving a beer after a long day. This is my favorite so far from the duo. I'd like them to keep it going.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a huge fluffy head that goes on and on. Yeasty and earthy sort of aroma, almost an oak quality to it. Weird. Big hop bitterness right away. Not the hop and malt bomb I was waiting for though. Solid enough citrus and grassy flavors. Very "green" tasting. The longer I savor you can certainly taste the influence of the 2 breweries. Malt tends to come in the finish. Nice, soft mouthfeel for the amount of hops going on here. rather an "ok" beer for me. As great as Life and Limb was this is sort of lacking overall. Will definately try again no doubt there.

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Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.