Wild Ride IPA - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Skidz on 09-30-2005

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Reviews by BlackAngus:
Photo of BlackAngus
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange, cloudy color. Off-white head that's nice and fluffy.

S - Nice big pine hop aroma. Maybe a hint of malt in there, but this thing is hop-loaded.

T - Nice big hop flavor without overwhelming bitterness. Citrusey and piney flavor, as well as some malt coming through here.

M - Medium body, clean and refreshing, carbonation is lively.

D - I won't ever see this beer again, I'm sure, but if I did, I would buy it. One of the better IPA's I've had.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been meaning to review this for nearly a year. Many thanks to Murrayswine for the reminder that got me off my duff to finally do it.

This beer is my staple at The Old Fashioned, a Madison restaurant that serves only products made in Wisconsin and has a beer list of over 40 beers made in this state. They sell this stuff for only 3 bucks a bottle. It’s a steal.

The hop load in Wild Ride is…well Wild. This can hardly be called an IPA. The hop level and bitterness are quite clearly that of a double IPA. The color is orange, some might call it copper or straw gold, but I’m sticking with the small box of Crayola and calling it orange. The head shrinks quick but leaves some nice lacing. The nose is like walking through the High Sierra a year or two after a forest fire when the sap from semi-burnt Bristlecone Pine is just seeping. Add to that a bushel of grapefruits and some nectarines and you got yourself one hell of a well hopped brew.

Taste is this toasty squash blend of citrus, again mainly grapefruit, and biscuit/toffee malts. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a ridiculously hoppy finish. In the front one can almost taste some dry roasted nuts too but those are really covered up by an unbalanced amount of hops. Bitter, wild, and fricking awesome.

This is in league with the ten best IPAs in the states and can hold its own with many of the doubles. At less than $6 a sixer in some places, namely Baraboo’s Pic and Save, one really can’t beat this stuff.

Photo of sponberg
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lively SOB, this one - started to foam out a bit as soon as I popped the cap, but settled down quickly. Orangey-gold with a pillowy white head. Aroma is rather faint, but what there is of it is slightly toasty malt and piney hops.

Well named beer!!! This baby's all about the hops - piney, resiny, bitter, really tries to locate and smack down every bitterness taste bud in the mouth, and has a good time doing so. Behind the hoppiness is a restrained toasty maltiness, not in balance (it's like the piney slightly angry sister of Blue Point Hoptical Illusion) but damn if it doesn't taste good. Very effervescent mouthfeel, medium body - a no-doubt-about-it IPA that would take your thirst and unapologetically kick its ass on a hot day, then have you reaching for more.

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber pale with a buautiful lace and head
The aroma is grassy hops with a slight cystal malt buttery
The taste is bitter upfront. The carbonation fills the mouth and slowly reveals a hop bitter the bitter stays with a backing of malt

all and all a solid IPA bitter. Not a whole lot of hop flavor aside from the bitter

Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to murrayswine for this one...
Pours a hazy, golden copper color with two full fingers of bright white head...most of which just sits on top like foam on an espresso, although the lacing is minimal.
Burst of hops in the nose...a blend of floral and fruity with a pleasant bready character.
Taste is very nice...more of the floral hop hits first with a nice carmelized malt backbone...earthy finish. The bitter bite lingers on the pallet for quite a while...no alcohol apparent.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick for the style and the carbonation is great. I would have no problem consuming this one all evening if given the opportunity.
Glad I got a sixer of this one...a couple to share and the rest for me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a weird mix of yellow and something much darker, not quite black and tan, but two discernably different colors. Aroma is negligible.

Taste, all about the bitterness, not a big hop profile like you'd like to see in an ipa, whatever hops were used taste exclusively in the boil, there is no detection of aroma or flavor hops really. Just a bitter ass beer. Not much in the body or mouthfeel to write about, bitter sums it up. Not a bad beer, just amazingly simplistic in what it offers.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a thin soapy head of off-white and a rapid carbonation of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom.

S- The perfumy juicy hop aroma has notes of citrus, green earthy hops and a note of catnip in the background. The slight sweet toasted malt aroma starts to come through as the beer warms and my nose goes numb from the hops.

T- The taste of pale malt with a light sweetness gives way to big juicy bitter hops with flavors of grapefruit, pine and some earthiness. It has good complexity and freshness in the taste that is wonderful.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-light with a chalkiness in the finish that is kind of nice.

D- This is a hop monster that hangs on the breath even after I exhale. There is a nice complexity in the hops and some good support from the malt. I prefer this beer over a lot of the big name West Coast hop monsters.

Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one out of a Sand Creek mixed 12-pack my wife bought.

This is a really good IPA in my opnion. Poured a nice amber color with a good amount of dense head on it. Great hop flavor with a good balance. Medium feel and very drinkable. Nice hop aroma as well. I'll definitely look for this one again.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jpm30 for the opportunity.
This is an interesting IPA
Pours a typical apricot yellow/orange IPA but with the most massive off white head I have ever seen in a beer. You really have to pay attention and take your time making a multi-part pour with this one.
Aromas are definately all piney-grapefruit peel hops.
Flavor is also all about the hops. No malt to speak of. Fresh, refreshing, clean, pink grapefruit peel and piney hops. Very dry which means it is also very refreshing.
Mouth is left dry with flavors of the citrus peel hops afterwards.

Photo of SMark
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 47º this beer started out with a 1 finger head and left a small amount of lacing. There was no date information discovered anywhere on the bottle. A hazy amber coloring gives out an invitation for consumption along with the aroma.

Hops are definitely detected with the vigorous pour. A nice bouquet of hops when you intend to smell is predominant. I was not able to identify any other aromas due to the hoppiness.

As anticipated, the bitter hop taste came on strong. Lacing was left on the glass and the beer slid down the throat. It consisted of a nice balance between smooth and acidic.

Lot of things happening in the mouth with all those hops hopping around. Sticks to the back of the tongue and upper back of the mouth. Hangs in there for an extended stay.

Definitely an interesting beer and well worth another visit or two or three later on. Do not know how many of these I could consume in a session but more than two may be worth the try.

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

Enormous white head and lace(I pour like a spaz) on golden body. Good citrus floral aroma. Easy drinking though above average bitterness finishing in a bit of astringency and malt, overall though a citrus treat. A serviceable IPA if not more, thanks Taliskar for the hitchhiker.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A big fat three finger head rises above a glowing orange cloudy brew. The head is tinted lightly orange, and leaves a crap-load of sticky lace on the glass. The head shows good retention, and never dips below a solid half-finger cap.

S - I can smell sweet canned mandarin orange syrup as I pour this one! Up close, the mandarin orange intensifies and I can also smell pineapple juice, Sunny D, and a nice warm-biscuit malt backbone.

T - This is more acrid, sour, and tart than the sweet juicy nose. Really, almost all of the sweet mandarin in the nose has been replaced with a super bitter grapefruit flavor (nothing wrong with grapefruit, but this is really harsh).

M - Oily, acrid, tart, and moderately carbonated. This is medium bordering on full bodied and the finish is sandy, gritty, super hoppy, tart, and pucker-sour. I like it! The hoppy residue really sticks to your teeth and this has about one of the longest finishes of any beer I've tried.

D - An excellent IPA that's drinkability only suffers at the hands of what makes this beer so interesting...the ultra-hoppy sour grapefruit flavor. I like that taste, I just wouldn't really want two or three of these in one night.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy tawny orange, with a huge pillowy off white head. Takes me a couple of pours to get it all in the glass.

Citrus aroma dominates, and a bit of sweat bready malt underneath.

Taste is of ripe citrus, pleasantly bitter, but a little restrained. Good sweet malt comes through too. Mild floral, herbal flavors appear as the beer warms up a little bit. I would have to say, while this has a very nice flavor, it seems to be a little on the tame side. Still, a fine, drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Well that's not true exactly, it starts out fine, feels medium to full bodied, then there is just no finish. It just fades away. A little more body would do me fine.

Overall, a decent, tasty beer, maybe more suited to the APA label, but nevertheless, I would drink this as a session beer, just not under any false pretenses.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a deep golden amber with a finger or two of white creamy head that laces nicely throughout the pint. Wild Ride indeed, this baby has a juicy nose full of grapefruit, floral hops and earthy/grassy malt. Taste has a nice balance between the quite bitter grapefruit/floral hops and sweeter, earthy caramel-vanilla malts. Mouthfeel is medium, and the carbonation could be a little higher. A surprisingly tasty IPA from Sand Creek. Certainly sessionable and quite refreshing with its hop bouquet. Solid all around.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely yeasty. Bright orange-brown in hue with excellent foam and lacing. This really looks old school.

Smell: Pine hops with grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit and a hint of caramel. Nice balance in the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit watery in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: An old-school ale with excellent balance.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, $1.39, Steve's University

appearance: pours a clear dark orange-copper, 1/3" fluffy head, decent lacing left throughout

smell: huge floral hop aroma, flowery, pungent grapefruit, orange, pulpy, pine, juicy and wonderful smelling

taste: a hop explosion...I definitely did not get the full effect on draft so I had to review it again...pulpy grapefruit, orange, strong pine, nice bitterness, light bubblegum...a Great ipa

mouthfeel: lots of bitterness, medium body

drinkability: pretty high

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a bottle of Wild Ride IPA in the bargin bin at Binny's and jumped at the chance to buy a single to taste. The appearance is a copper and slightly cloudy. There is a thin white head that is lacing well. The smell is very nie with fresh hop mixed with a sublte citrus and pine. The start is where a simple slight pine flavor starts and then the taste turns bitter towards the end and lingers on teh pallet. The mouthfeel is good, the flavor covers the higher abv and makes for a nice tasting pale ale. The lingering bitter/grapefruit after taste would keep me from drinking more than a couple per sitting.

Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dare I say it’s a session IPA? I’m always searching for a more perfect IPA and damn this one is good in so many ways. For starters, there’s great head and lacing. The flavor is a rich mix of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon zest with a hint of grains in the background. The hops are just right while so many IPA’s are either lacking, or have too much (yes, it’s possible and it ruins subtle hops flavors). The bitterness is good, but might leave some beer geek wanting more, but it makes it all the more drinkable. The aroma does have a slight plastic off-scent, but everything is so good, you wont notice. Find this beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a finger or so of bright-white frothy head. This retains with a very rich ½ finger that leaves a good bit of robust and sticky lacing behind. The aroma smells of grass and earth, with some citric tropical fruit and toasted grains coming out underneath. There's a little kiss of alcohol here on the tail end of the nose.

The taste is bitter with fruit and citrus peel but I'm also picking up a bit of a dirty and green raw veggie feel here as well. Malts are a little smoother here, offering some balance, and being helped along by soft tropical fruit notes and herbal tones. The finish on this is spicy with some dry earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft prickly creaminess, along with some easy slickness in the body that helps that raw feeling finish go down. Just a smidge of alcohol is felt but it isn't overly noticeable.

Thumb in the middle for this IPA, as I liked the balance and body on this but that earthy vegetable taste took me out of this one pretty quickly and never did quite recover. Maybe I had an off bottle? I'd be willing to check this out again down the road at some point.

Photo of scottwestphall
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a beer that confounds me. Not like any I recall. Appearance is incredible. Clouded with yeast, amazing head, Super sticky lacing. Just beautiful.   Nice aroma with a spicy note. Butte flavor is bitter followed by bitter...  But it's good. Really good. It finishes dry and lacks the citrus I normally relate to an IPA but still intrigues me. Not sure I could down a lot in a siting, but I like the one sample I got. I can't say all would like this, but really do. 

Photo of chiapete
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a spotty , foamy off white head. Spotted lace down entire side of glass.

Taste is sweet , orange , citrus , flowery , woody . The hops hit you and stay for entire beer. All the good characteristics of a
good IPA. You will notice the bite of the hops from the on start, seems to mellow as the beer warms.

nice mouth feel . A bit of a bite on the aftertaste but shouldn't scare you away.

overall a good IPA. Will get this one again.

Photo of bashiba
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber/orange color with a light tan head, a bit of lacing and good retention.

Smell has a light green juniper hop odor.

Taste is completely dominated by the nice pine hops with a bit of mintyness. There are some light toasted malt flavors there, but is overpowered.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated with a touch of hop oilyness.

Overall a pretty standard IPA, good but nothing great.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with a tall but whispy head, minimal lacing.

The smell is citrus hops and bready malts. The breads distract from the hop's scent but if they didn't, the hops are pleasant.

The hops are of the citrus variety with some lemon peel, and a little pine. The bready malts add a nice balance although I wish they were toned down just a little more.

Mouthfeel is watered down and moderately carbonated, a little too watered down.

Because this drinks so light, it makes it a very drinkable beer. Overall, a decent IPA and a good bang for the buck. It's not one I'd go out of my way to try again, but it is an economically reasonable session IPA.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another beer-o-the-month selection.

Pours a very light orange - would have liked a bit more color. interestingly, there were quite a bit of floaties in there, something i havent really seen in an IPA. huge head and about 1/8" stays with it. lots of hops, very little malts. citrus, lemon, grapefruit, etc. light-bodied.

a fine example of the style, but certainly not one of the best out there.

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color. A large white head forms after the pour and has great retention. Sheets of lacing is left on the glass after consuming this beer.

Citrus hops is the first thing I smelled but there is an underlying musky, toffee malt aroma.

Nicely balanced flavor of a citrus hop rush at first but quickly kept in check with a firm malt base. Bitterness is moderate but not tiring on the palate.

Has a medium body with enough carbonation to lighten up the beer. Lacks a great texture.

This has 6% ABV and 60 IBUs so it sits on the more moderate side of American IPAs. I enjoy this beer and it's wonderful balance. The best compliment I can give this beer is that it reminds me of Masala Mama with its malt bill.

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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.