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Wild Ride IPA - Sand Creek Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Wild Ride IPAWild Ride IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

131 Reviews
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Reviews: 131
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Skidz on 09-30-2005

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Reviews: 131 | Hads: 225
Photo of jrallen34
1.87/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass...There are so many things wrong with this beer I don't even know where to start. First of all who every thought a wheat ipa seemingly flavored with oak chips was a good idea, really needs to re-think things or try a new execution...The beer pours a super ugly light wood colored brown, totally murky, light tan head...The aroma is light giving off, wheat, wood and hops...The taste is so weird it almost shuts down your senses. You are attacked from so many sides, really harsh wood that tastes like they just dumped in chips, wheat, and a harsh bitter piney carbonated hop finish. Two sips was all I could make here.

This is a beer you should skip at all costs.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy medium amber with a nice thick head that falls in a minute or two leaving some nice lacing.

S - I smell grass and yeast

T - This is an unusually bitter IPA. Not too complex. Less malt and more hops would have been better. But it drinks ok as it is. If I were doing a blind taste test I would swear this was a pale ale.

M - Not overly carbonated and a hoppy bitterness aftertaste kicks in after a short while.

O - This beer is definitely not on my favorites list by any means. I am glad I tried it.


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Photo of ZAP
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I really was hoping this would be one of those hidden Wisconsin IPA gems but unfortunately this is not one of those.

Every bottle I poured had an excessive amount of carbonation. 2/3 glass beer, and 1/3 glass of foam....drinking straight from the bottle it felt like a fizzy alcaseltzer in the mouth...

The nose is probably the highlight...nice fresh piney aroma with some pink grapefruit rind....the aroma is fine.

Taste is unbalanced....a lot of piney hops with just a hint grapefruit rinds...solid bitterness but lacks depth.

Overall I would not purchase this one again. I'll stick with Tyranena Bitter Woman and New Glarus Hop Hearty any day...

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Photo of Winter
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange with yeast floaties suspended in the body. Off-white head. Hoppy aroma with hints of pine and malt. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Hops dominates with flavors of pine and citrus in the forefront. Sharp carbonation with hops produce an awkward grittiness. Biscuity malt with hints of caramel follow. Bitter, lingering finish.

I was somewhat underwhelmed by this. It seemed to lack a little depth in flavor. Obviously the hops are there, but the malt backbone is lacking somewhat. Ok, offering, just not as good as others I've had.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

hazy. grungy. copperish. has a head.

not much aroma. some hop resin. bit o' malt

solid bitterness but not enough hop flavor/aroma to go with it. maybe not fresh? no date info on the bottle so who knows (annoying). enough malt to be interesting if it had more hop flavor.

feels like a hoppy beer. a little oily. solid.

not mush else to say. i was not that impressed. i have 5 more bottles to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a fluffy, light-tan head that had good retention. The color was a very cloudy orangish-amber. The nose was lightly hoppy with an underlying sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was medium with a light tang on the palate. The finish was bitter, but not bitter enough. This seemed more like an APA than an IPA.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out with a darker amber color. The head was foamy, puffy, and plentiful.

S - Floral notes off the top with a light amount of hops hidden underneath.

T - The hops come in to play very crisply, and it develops lightly in the mouth. There is a slight taste of sweetness, but it's hardly noticeable beyond the hoppiness

M - It's a dry, mildly carbonated, and mostly smooth drinking experience.

O - The flavor is what you should expect from an IPA, but it doesn't go above and beyond. I'd definitely give it a try if you like the style, but don't hold your hopes up for something stellar.

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Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the twist off bottle a dirty, chunky, orange tinged copper colour, with a slight foamy head leaving sparse and spotty clinging lace. standard IPA aromas of citric hops, pine needles and a bit of toasted malt. taste follows suit; resinous hops, piney in nature and a bit herbal...slight citrus notes and a biscuity malt base make for a well received hop shot on my tongue. nice bitterness, never overwhelming yet lingering in nature. the body of this offering is medium; sturdy but simple. the overall mouthfeel is thinnish, a bit too crisp, and lacking in dexterity. drinkability is good. easy to quaff a few down quickly.

overall a run of the mill IPA. leans a bit towards the english style rather than american. nice hop bitterness, nice simple malt bill. worth a try if you can obtain it.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think i have manaryp to thank for this one. Thanks Paul.

A nice, standard looking IPA. Nice tight offwhite head, got just over a fingers worth on a standard pour, decent retention. Hazy, amber body with some particulates and a fine, mild level of carbonation. Nicely laced with a moderate amount of intricate and sticky designed lacings.

Nice hop aroma greets the nose, citrus and pineapple resiny goodness. Decent malt backbone takes a backseat to the hops, but is noticeable with its biscuit, pale malts and touch of caramel character.

Dry biscuity malts, citrus zest and pine resin. Seems somewhat estery with apple and pear flavours as well that muddle things up slightly. Some caramel sweetness.

Nicely balanced IPA, big hops with a solid malt body. Medium bodied with a creamy yet almost resinous, astringent character, and mild carbonation make this brew what it should be.

This is pretty drinkable stuff. The hops almost cover up its one flaw, but it only becomes more evident with a few belches. A mild, almost plasticy cheesiness reveals itself and detracts from what this beer could have been. Not sure if this is just the result of the yeast or sanitation issues, but if dealt with this would be damn fine IPA.

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Photo of granger10
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours kind of a glowing hazy apricot color. Huge out of control head rises even though I'm pouring lightly. Head fades with only a touch of lacing. The color really is nice. Aroma is sharp, piney and a touch floral. Not a whole lot more that I'm getting. A touch biscuit as well. Flavor goes along the same lines. Hops aren't huge but sharp. Resiny flavor. It's just lacking the quality malt backing I'd like to see. Seems like crystal malt was used. Hop flavoring is decent at best. Not the most drinkable imo. I could see how some might really like this beer, but it's not my taste.

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Photo of samie85
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 8/02/10.

A-Pours a minimally hazy amber color with two fingers of light tan head. It has some yeast or hops particles suspended in the beer.

S-Floral and piny with some orange and caramel malt.

T-Caramel and bitter pine with a really dry and light bitter pine finish.

M-Prickly carbonated with a light body.

D-This beer is a pretty solid offering if somewhat underwhelming.

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Photo of
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street in Chicago.

Poured a slightly hazy, dark gold color. Topped with a medium sized, creamy, off-white head. Decent lacing in the glass as I drank.

Mainly grass in the aroma, not much else. Pretty mild.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, again grass seemed dominant. Biscuity center, coupled with a slight fruitiness (sweet citrus).

Light to medium in body. Medium in carbonation. Dry.

Not too impressive, a rather tame ride. Not too shabby as a session beer, though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of EJNibs
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice amber tone with a good head. Holds the head quite well at first, though starts to fall after about 2 minutes.

S: Hop aroma is more subdued than I would like and not at all floral; do they dry hop this beer? I don't actually know, doesn't say anywhere on the bottle, but the rather lackluster nose would lead me to believe otherwise.

T: Hop bitterness is prevalent, but the herbal character of the hops comes through as well. I wish it was a bit more floral, though I do appreciate the hop herbal flavor beyond simply pure bitterness. Still, the bitterness predominates over other hop flavors. It's not the most complex IPA in the world...well, not even close.

M: It has a nice fullness in the mouthfeel, but it finishes a bit heavier than I would like for an IPA. It doesn't have tha kind of wet, lingering finish you sometimes get from English style IPAs, but is kind of halfway between that and a proper hopped up, dry hopped American IPA. Seems to fall short of both styles in my book.

D: The heavy-ish finish combined with hop-centric bitterness takes away from its sessionability, and I can session nice IPAs with the best of 'em.

Verdict: Not bad. Really, not bad at all. But that's about it. It isn't a bad IPA, but it's nothing to write home about either. If it's there, and you want a decent IPA, and there's nothing on the order of Two Hearted to be found, go for it. Don't need to drive to 'Sconnie for this one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. No date.

A - The Wild Right provided a huge loose and lumpy off-white head which had very good retention and some heavy duty lacing. The color was a light amber that was slightly hazy.

S - Floral and fruity hops on the nose with a lemony citrusy, powdery dry smell that very closely resembles opening a crystal light lemonade powder mix cup. Artificial sweetener and mineral smell finish it off.

T - Crisp and light hops that are very pungent. A controlled bitterness and an artificial sweetener and mineral flavor that doesn't work. Seems cheap.

M - Dry, hoppy, and bitter. Somewhat smooth.

D - This beer is alright. The flavor is off and not that fantastic. Appearance was really the shining part of this beer. I expected more from Sand Creek.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to nchrist13 for this one.

Pours a medium copper hue with a fluffy off-white two finger head that sloooowly dies down to a lacing that lasts throughout. Stickiness is spotty all over. Smell is of mild grapefruit blended with some pine, noting extraordinary. Very subtle caramel malt hidden well, but noticable. Flavor is lacking a bit. Very earthy hop tastes seem to dominate the tongue which leaves little room for any other flavor to surface. Aftertaste drys the tongue quite a bit, a bit too much. Too one dimensional in the taste department, needs to expand more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad. Could use some help, don't go out of your way to get this one.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: nice clear amber color with mild, creamy head
S: well-balanced between hops and malt with malt definitely prominent
T: good balance of malt and hops in forefront with strong metallic bitter finish that's somewhat offensive (to me) in the finish
M: well-balanced up front with strong metallic bite in finish
O: nose is great and would like to see a bit more balance of malt in taste and finish

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Photo of Bighuge
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavily clouded and muddled, this beer shows a dirty orange appearance with a dirty white head. Lace is adequate. Aroma is sharp and piney. Very piney. Almost too piney even for me. The taste is pine cone and pine sap all the way too. It's a little sharp and unbalanced. Not as much resinous character or pungency for my liking, but it's decent enough. Malts are average in there backing ability. This isn't one I'd need to revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of alexgash
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Some haze in a dusky apricot body. Solid finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Good lacing. Pine, citrus (lemon), and sage-y hop aromas. Sugary biscuit malt as well.

Slight metallic twang up front. Acidic citrus hop notes and bitterness follow. Slightly buttery toffee malt base. Minty, herbal hop flavors mix with a little tropical fruit in the creamy finish. Medium-bodied with a little too much carbonation. Not too bad, but there are better IPAs in the Midwest.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a cloudy orange-tan with a large foamy head.

Smells like strong piney hops with a hint of grapefruit. Quite floral.

The taste is very tart grapefruit. The aftertaste is at least twice as powerful. There you get the same tartness you would from an actual grapfruit, with a nice bite of bitterness.

IPA's are not my favorite kind of beer, so I can't comment on drinkability. I appreciate the party in my mouth these strong flavors give, but I dig a different experience.

Edit: Had one on tap at a bar. It's a wild ride, all right. The aftertaste stuck to my mouth 10 minutes after I left!

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Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber, decent head and lacing.

Subtle but pleasant floral hop smell.

Floral hop notes with mint, toffee, a bit of pine and an aftertaste of pumpkin. Not like spiced pumpkin pie pumpkin, like you're carving a fresh pumpkin.

Mouthfeel pretty standard.

Passable, but didn't excite me.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jpm30 for the chance to try this one. I've noticed that this beer has had very mixed reviews, and understandably so. When poured it looks very promising, a light golden orange with an immaculate head. Small amount of sediment resting atop the fluffy off-white mountain that remained a little less than half an inch thick throughout. Definitely a damn good looking beer. Good smell of fresh, piney hops with little malty sweetness backing it up. The nose makes me believe this is one for the hop heads. Quite average in taste, however. Somewhat dry from the amount of hops used with a piney bitterness that wouldn't be helped by anything else. If you are into this style strictly for hoppy goodness, this is one for you. I couldn't find the balance that I enjoy in others, though. Tingly, prickly mouthfeel which I actually liked. While this one looked a little better than it performed in my opinion the drinkability was good. Not too heavy and very different compared to others I've tried. I had never heard of this brewery or beer before and am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Cresant
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass. Body was the colored of dried apricots. Huge off white head spilled over the glass. The frothy head left abundant lace down the glass.

The smell was fantastic. Strong piney hops and woody resin.

Unfortunately the taste did not mirror the smell. The taste was a little thin. Mildly fruity with a hint of walnut skin bitterness at the end. The bottom fell out of this one.

Mouthfeel was thin and light bodied. I would not turn this one down due to the wonderful nose.

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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.