Wild Ride IPA - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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86
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Reviews: 131
Hads: 222
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Clark Street Ale House in Chicago

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a nice head that webs the pint glass with a complex design

Smell: Bitter citrus, almost kumquat, plays off against the caramel malt

Taste: Balanced, up front, with the bitter grapefruit flavors tantalizing the taste buds against the backdrop of sweet caramel; plenty of hoppy bitterness springs forward, after the swallow, and it also has a floral character peeking through the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: From a brewery with which I was unfamiliar, a very nice IPA with a few distinguishing characteristics

Thanks, joshuaseresse, for the chance to re-visit in the bottle (723 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sunset golden orange chock full of fine particulates; just the kind of junked up IPA look that I love. The head is the color of oyster shells (with a pale yellow tint) and is so finely bubbled that it looks like a flat-topped sand dune as it falls. The quantity and the stickiness of the lace lead me to think that the hop load will be on the high side.

The nose is fantastic! I just got off the phone with the head brewer and he informed me that this beer is only about two months old right now. And it smells like it! Explosive scents of juicy white grapefruit, orange, lemon and candied pineapple are exiting the glass. I just know that I'm gonna love this one.

Wow. My twelve ounce interactions with Sand Creek's APA and Golden Ale did not prepare me for the magnificence that is Wild Ride. I feel pretty safe in saying that this is the most hoppy, most delicious IPA that no one has ever heard of (outside of a few Wisconsin BAs, that is). Tyranena's Bitter Woman has some serious competition in the Badger State.

The secret--other than the skill of the brewers--is in the hop bill. The very best aspects of the tremendous trio of Cascade, Chinook and Centennial are on display and saturate each and every taste bud with each and every mouthful. This is a tongue destroyer par excellence, but there's enough sweet pale malt underneath all the hop resinousness to take the rough edges off and make me think that I could drain more than a couple of these in rapid succession.

I simply have no choice but to bump the appearance score. My glass is absolutely caked with crusty lace which, along with the cluttered look of the beer, puts Wild Ride in select company. It's amazing to me as I approach the final few ounces how effortlessly drinkable this beer is. I really wish that it came in bombers rather than this woefully inadequate twelve ounce bottle.

The body/mouthfeel is fully onboard and ready to rock 'n roll. I'll credit what must be a substantial quantity of pale malt (no intrusive caramel flavors here) for the thoroughly enjoyable 'IPA medium' body that displays no shortage of lightly silky lushness. I've had bigger and I've had better, but I wouldn't change a thing about this one.

Wild Ride IPA may turn out to be the best beer that I brought back from Wisconsin. I know one thing... I'll be sure to pick up much, much more of it the next time I have the chance. It looks like I won't have to travel all the way to Madison to have that chance since my brewery contact said that it's going to be in Iowa City soon. Lucky me.

[The Jan 04 on the label is actually meant to be a 'best by' date and is supposed to read Jan 07. The brewery's new stamps hadn't yet been delivered so they were unable to stamp it correctly. As noted above, beer stamped Jan 04 was brewed in May of this year]. (2,825 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a orange/yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left a little thin lace.

S - It smelled of strong pine aromas and floral notes. Some nice roasted caramel malt smells, too.

T - It tasted of light caramel malt. The hop bitterness was very mellow.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a medium-body.

D - This is an okay IPA. It was a little too mellow, but easy drinking. (392 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (1,189 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a creamy head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of citric fruits - especially grapefruit - with herbal notes. Robust hop aroma.

The taste is of citric fruits and herbal notes, balanced by a touch of caramel. It has a bitter, dry finish. Hops linger through aftertaste.

It has a chewy, smooth body.

This is a hop delight! Just enough malt to give it a backbone, the hops truly shine here! A very well-made American IPA! (444 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/06/07- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info given. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange in color. Semi-murk with small micro chunks of yeasties. Nice 3/4 inch head on pour that settles at a small creamy rim. Leaves behind light trails and streaks of lace.

Smell- Nice scent of pine needles, earthy dirt, clay and grapefruit hops. Maybe a touch of roasted caramel malt as well.

Taste- Much more hoppier than malted. Pine hops are fairly harsh, in a good way. Very very light touch of darker burnt malt backing it. No sweetness in this IPA.

Mouthfeel- Pretty dry with a medium carbonation level. Very bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit too much bitterness with a lack of some pairing malt make this one good, but not quite breaking into the quality zone. Still a pretty fair IPA that I would try again if in the mood for a pine tongue lashing. (935 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sand Creek Wild Ride

Pours a light orange color. Aroma of bready malts and big doses of pine and citrus. In the taste, more pine, grapefruit juice, bready malt undertones and a herbaceous bitterness. Lots of hop flavor on a light bodied ale. Finishes crisp and clean. Overall, this is a nice little ipa I could definitely drink again. (335 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a finger and a half creamy dense white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong oily hop with a lush juicy orange aroma. Nice biscuity malt aroma as well.

The taste was upfront spicy hop, with highlights of grapefruit and sweet orange and a long lingering white pepper. Light doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a spice tingle and dry finish. Lingering peppery hop.

Overall a multi-tiered hop experience. A very spirited AIPA and excellent example of the style. (566 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness associated with this brew. Tastes of strong hops up front, pine, sweet malt in the background, and some citrus. Overall, a really great beer - I'd highly recommend this beer. (488 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber-copper with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, minerals, toffee, bubblegum fruity esters, nectarine, tangerine. Incredible depth, but it's not a huge nose.

T: Pine, grapefruit, nectarine, toffee, biscuity malt, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation has some hop acidity.

D: Quite drinkable. (343 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
1.87/5  rDev -51%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
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... (660 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Misty medium golden hay. Firm finger high off-white foam grows up vastly to the top as its poured. Keeps a thin skim present and the lacing is in a thinny placed sheeting staying close to home nearer the edge of the liquid.

Aroma is clean and hoppy with a nice oily, lemon, grapefruit, orangey blow of aromatic hoppyness. Nice fresh floral ascents within its fruity strength. A decent whiffer.

Taste is solid, firm, and lenghty. Slimming sourness of tropical fruityness ensues across the palate with a delightful surge of a wonderfully played sense of paled orange, lemon, and grapefruit. The citrusy realm of this is quite nice. Mild, yet intense in length with a nicely balanced play of malty, background sweetness and pithy-like bitterness. Very well rounded in flavor, tone, and body. Simple, but somehow intriguingly powerful with its longevity and upfront hoppyness. Mind you, this isn't a bittering hoppyness. More about the flavor then the bite, and its nice.

Feel is about a medium body; smooth, clean, wet, slippery, and well-rounded, with a certain crispened tang of sweetness to go with the hoppy, mild citric toned bite.

A humungously easy drinkin' IPA from the cheesiest of cheese states; Wisconsin. Bold, calming, and well crafted. A true treat of the Midwest IPA nature. (1,300 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark gold / bronze color with lots of tiny suspended sediment and a low-moderate tan head. Nice pine and citrus hop flavors with pine standing out the most. Definitely balanced to the bitter side with piney hops dominating through to the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and a strong bitter hop finish.

Per BOM notes:
70 IBU
6.2% ABV
Malts: Pale Ale, Caramel, Carapils
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Centennial

'5220' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 12/19/06 (473 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Elric73 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a massive three-finger off-white head. Retention was excellent and left ample sheets of lacing. Aroma was big on light citrus with oranges and lemon zest dominating. Caramel malts are also present in the nose and a little bit of spices as well. The taste isn't quite as good as the nose with the lemon taking on a bit of a sour kick up front and in the finish. The malts are present again but there is a slight acidity throughout the taste. The mouthfeel is light to medium with very high carbonation and little hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very drinkable brew for the warm weather with the dominant lemony hops. (711 characters)

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent shade of caramel; dark for an IPA. Nice head, good lacing.

Hop profile is very similar to Alpha King, but the malt/yeast interplay isn't quite as well balanced.

Tastes good. Very nice hop profile is balanced decently against thick, bready malts that veer from white bread to biscuits to thick caramel. Hops are green and piney, malt is maybe a bit too dry. It's good, it really is, but what I recognized as a lack of balance in the aroma isn't so much that the hops overwhelm the malt as it is that the malt profile isn't as fantastic and the hop profile.

I was gonna say that this was the first beer I've ever had from Sand Creek, but actually I've sampled a couple of middling, forgettable beers already. Good thing I didn't remember those, because then I probably wouldn't have bothered to sample what turned out to be a damn solid AIPA. (865 characters)

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