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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: 803
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%

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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 WVbeergeek


3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Keys...now the beer again keep it up both breweries are booming for a very good reason excellent products and marketing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 19:20:38 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:14:33 | More by jtierney89
Photo of ckollias


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace leaving a great trail all the way down the glass.

S: Slight hoppy aroma with a citrus background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a hoppy flavor with a decent malt and caramel background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Not my favorite DFH brew – but it was crisp and refreshing and went down without a fight – worthy of a try but not something I would grab again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:21:24 | More by ckollias
Photo of macrosmatic


3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Bright copper in color with some haziness (chill haze?) and a two-finger white head that lasts. Visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Rich maltiness, grassy/earthy hops...that's about it. Low aroma overall.

T: Bready and pilsner malts that give the beer an almost chewy aspect. Some fruitiness (banana? Yeast esters?) and clove near the end. Moderately bitter in the hang.

M: Slightly heavy body, good carbonation sensation, alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: This is in no sense of the word an IPA, let alone DIPA. A poor, poor example of style, but not an exceptionally objectionable beer. Not a drain-pour, but don't go in with high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 22:23:17 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a massive foamy 3 finger off white head that didn't move and faded extremely slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it goes down. Very bubby, the head had a ton of bubbles in it and there were bubbles racing up the middle imitating champagne.

Smells quite malty for a DIPA, with grains, caramel and some husk up front, followed by apple, orange peel, citrus hops, citrus fruits, light pine cones, bread and faint booze; I was shocked at how weak the hop aroma was in a DIPA made by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. This did not smell like a DIPA, or even an IPA for that matter; imperial lager perhaps, doppelbock maybe, as the malt profile, caramel and candy sugar sweetness were more like a malt liquor than a beer and certainly not what I expected.

Tastes was equally as puzzling, as the malt was not the backbone but the dominant flavor; even for an English IPA this would have missed the mark in my opinion. Flavor consists of malt, grains, honey, buttered wheat bread, caramel, tea leaf, herbs, brown sugar, syrup, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, light spices like coriander and pepper, peat moss, and some trailing oily hop bitterness like a Sorachi Ace hop blast. A really strange combo that seems like the compounds are out of order and could work, but just didn’t.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the slick side, with mild fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body that let’s off a fruit-bread flavor and a bitterness that reminds you that this was designed as an IPA; the hop flavors never get to where they should be, and while this contains the 8% ABV well, the beer is just a mess overall and not what you’d expect for an American IPA.

This was an expensive bomber, and sadly did not justify the price ($14). Not sure what Bravo or 644 hops should taste like, but this was not an impressive IPA; in fact, considering the collaboration of brewers that made this beer I’ll go as far as stating that this was a major disappointment. I kept waiting for it to pick up and get better, but it never did. IPA in this case stands for “I’m Plain Astounded”…and not in a good way. These are two of my favorite breweries, but this is not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:39:08 | More by CHickman
Photo of oN3xM


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

04-14-2013 02:44:38 | More by oN3xM
Photo of cvm4


3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden amber in color with a fluffy eggshell head.

S - Herbal, some citrus notes, sweet malts and caramel.

T - Malty and crisp sugary throughout. Lemon and citrus peak through at the end with a ho-hum bitter ending.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Really missing here. Seems like it should be tacky and the flavors persist, but it doesn't.

O - It's good if you like the DFH profile, which it seems to follow exactly, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 22:26:00 | More by cvm4
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +6.8%
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 TrappistJohnMD


3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with thick white head.

Smell is fruity with lots of citrus and hints of sweet malts. Alcohol presence as well.

Taste is very malty and sugary. Hint of almost a molasses character to it. Lot so bitterness throughout. Very musty bitterness too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this is good. Would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 00:04:53 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of weonfire


3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:52:33 | More by weonfire
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange gold body, topped by four fingers plus of snow white bubbly foam. Outstanding lace.

A fruit basket of citrus - grapefruit, lemon, oranges - mixed with some fresh pine to create an aroma which somehow says juicy.

Caramel core encircled by juicy fruits. Different fruit blend than your typical IPA. Pine. Bitterness lurks in the background. Very tasty. Non abrasive.

Creamy mouthfeel, a pleasant surprise in the style.

A different sort of IPA, different hops leading to different tastes, but highly enjoyable. Definitely worth trying one.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 04:30:12 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: caramel, lemon and graprefruit citrus, and some bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon, melon, some biscuit, and some moderate bitterness creates a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. The aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: This was an enjoyable brew that wasn't overly citric or bitter despite it is a DIPA. I found this to be very good and I am looking forward to more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:34:03 | More by Gavage
Photo of rcmooney


2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Served in 750ml bottle.

A- Bright, clear, amber-orange, resilient white head

A- Beautiful herbal, spicy, citrus hop presence bites the nose upfront awaking your senses in an addicting manner begging you lend the beer your nose for one more sniff.

T- Creamy beginning with a slightly hoppy ending, supported by a minimal representation of the aroma in between.

M- High carbonation, medium body, creamy, loosely dry.

F- Dry finish, but most of the beers flavor other than a slight presence of the grain rolls off the tongue.

If this beer tastes like it smelled it would be fantastic, unfortunately it does not. The Beer takes home the gold with smell and appearance, but dissapoints everywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:45:22 | More by rcmooney
Photo of StaveHooks


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with Hopswagger
Served in a SN IPA glass

A - Pours copper/amber some suspended specks. 2 fingers of rocky meringue head sit on top and sinks into a dense collar.

S - Doughy caramel malts, sweet lemon and grapefruit citrus, pungent floral hops show up when swirled.

T - Bright sweet citrus against a sweet and clean caramel malt. Hop oils coat the tongue with notes of orange blossom and leafy hops. Lemon and grapefruit pith bitterness comes strong on the finish. Grapefruit oil is left on the aftertaste.

M - Full body, soft and smooth feel, oily at times, creamy carbonation.

Very bright flavors with clean bitterness, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Hops are showcased well. I'm very glad I git to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 16:40:22 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Slightly fragmented but clear golden copper body. Creamy wet head that laces the edges gracefully.

S: Fresh sun kist grains, wheat, barley, orange oil, lemon and lime leaves. Clean and crisp.

T/M: Toasted caramel malt forward, toast with honey, lime, lemon grass and fresh grains left in the sun. Bitterness presents itself in a stable citrus assortment creeping in toward the finish with an ever evolving profile. Timid persimmon bitters in the back of the throat. Creamy medium feel with a dash of perfected carbonation to create a creamy smooth pull.

O: The aroma is a powerful beast of beauty and grace. Smooth and relaxing flavors massage the palate and coax it into submission. The profile changes from sweet sunny malt to a assertive yet refined bitter dragon that creeps in towards the end. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 16:34:59 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/28/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, peach, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; very pleasant. Taste of orange zest, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, pineapple, floral, grass, biscuit, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light-moderate floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, peach, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of unique hop flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt sweetness profile; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA with unique hops. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Pretty tame for a DIPA, but I really enjoyed this one overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:07:06 | More by superspak
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a coppery color and a clear consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: An incredibly sweet and floral aroma, with some traces of hops as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a somewhat low amount for a DIPA), a citrus element, a floral quality and strong malt presence in the finish. Kind of unbalanced and unfocused. Too much malt and not enough hops for the style.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer. Some good qualities, but it doesn't quite make it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 02:44:57 | More by avalon07
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 16:53:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Samuel906


3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Glass like transparency slightly off hue golden with thick fluffy head that is glued to the glass. Looks clean and fresh. Smell is pretty mild, some hops and pineapple with lots of bread, cereal and grains. Taste is interesting, a little more herbal and spicy than most IPA with lots of cereal grains. Honey, pepper, and fruits add some nice details. Feels full and sticky in the mouth, leaves some lingering sweetness and resin from the hops. Overall solid, but a bit of a disappointing beer considering it is a collaboration from two of my favorite breweries. Tasty, good unique qualities, but not something I'm going to go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 04:13:10 | More by Samuel906
Photo of nova009


3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into my DFH signature glass

A- pours a crystal clear copper color with a slight orange tint, a fast stream of bubbles rises to the surface, a fluffy one finger white head appears on the pour and retains well, Spotty lacing

S- not getting a lot of hops here, kinda sweet, caramel, vanilla, bubblegum, almost smells like a wheat wine

T- hop bitterness comes through on the palate, caramel, some oak, still getting some spices like clove, odd combination of flavors

M- medium body, decent balance of carbonation, finishes dry, solid

O- this was okay, nothing special, the taste wasn't bad but not a good representation of a DIPA, not worth getting again

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:05:18 | More by nova009
Photo of hosehead83


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a huge, sturdy head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Faint floral hops, lemon zest
Taste-Toasted malt, honey, lemon essence. Hops roll in late but stay thru the finish to balance out an underlying sweetness. A nice, lower ABV (8.0) Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 21:34:22 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a hazed orange, white head forms and leaves plenty of lace rings going down the pint glass.

SMELL: Honey, herb, bubblegum, candy sugar.

TASTE: Well balanced wheat sweetness, fruity yeast, and bright, semi tropical citrus hops. Herbal and pine notes, fairly resinous. Strong bitterness fights the sweet. Dig it. Medium bodied feel, decent carbonation. Light bodied for its strength, an there is little to no hint of booze.

OVERALL: A nice beer from Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. Split with my family and was enjoyed by all. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 20:23:47 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of biga7346


2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - Firm, copper, lots of soapy foamy head, lots of lacing.

N - Bubblegum, wheat, old banana, medicinal, estery; nose definitely points toward a hefeweizen, orange peel, vinous, grape skin.

T/M - honey, molasses, bright and aggressive hopping, peaches, astringent, soap, table salt; thin, oily mouthfeel, there's this unwanted bitterness in the finish, kind of a mess.

Feels like competing styles between a wheat beer and a IPA are colliding together in not a good way here, too much astringency.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:22:31 | More by biga7346
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium amber color golden color with a nice one finger pure white head. The head has very good retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was not all the heavy but consisted of a nice blend of fruity aromas as well as some other lighter hop smells . The fruit was a mix of melon and some tropical notes of tangerine and mango with the hoppy notes being mostly of a nice mix of grapefruit, floral, pine and herbal smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a mild hop flavor of a grapefruit nature and a fruity flavor. The fruit flavors are mainly of a melon nature creating a rather sweet and lightly hopped flavor. As the taste advances other hop flavors begin coming to the tongue as well the melon lightening to a small extent. The hop flavors that begin taking over are of a more herbal like nature with the melon now being replaced by some flavors of honey and a light tropical fruit flavor. Toward the end, more hop flavors of an herbal and grassy nature dominate the hop taste to leave a moderately sweet and “green” flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the more syrupy and thick side with a carbonation level that was rather average to just above average. The syrupy feel actually complemented the melon flavors quite nicely in my opinion giving it a more chewy yet slick fruit watery fruit like feel of a melon. The carbonation being on the average to just above average side was furthermore both nice of the melon as well as made for a quite easily drinkable beer. While the carbonation was nice for the melon flavor, it did hide some of the hop flavors, so… it is sorta a toss up on the mouthfeel.

Overall – A fairly melon sweet but overall quite drinkable brew with a good hop blend. While I would have liked a little more hoppiness, it was overall a quite enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:14:40 | More by Darkmagus82
Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.