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Wild Ride IPA - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Wild Ride IPAWild Ride IPA

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 09-30-2005)
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Photo of sraimondi


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I'm the first to admit that I'm not a huge IPA guy, I think this one is solid. Classic color, nice citrusy/piney aroma and a very nice spice hop taste, but not too over the top. I think in the end the taste is pretty balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still good. Drinkability seems ok. I got this as part of a beer of the month Xmas present from my colleagues at work. I would definitely have this one again. Pretty yummy.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 02:00:22 | More by sraimondi
Photo of beergynt


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice hazy color ranging from orange/copper to orange/yellow... One inch of eggshell head that leaves behind minute lacing...

S - Hops and hops... very little malty nose on this one... Grapefruit/pine stand out...

T - Even more pine than in the nose and while I was taking my first drink, I found that malt I was looking for... Always amazes me how the senses of smell and taste work together!

M - The lack of body was the only really unfortunate part of this pint... A little watery... Probably could have used some more malt...

D - Pretty drinkable beer. Good hop character that only slighty overbalances the malty sweetness... That said I think I'll go get another!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 20:03:44 | More by beergynt
Photo of Rennpferd


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appears golden and hazy with a 1 inch head. No sign of carbination or activity in the beer. After a few moments the head sinks down leaving a sticky lacing to the side of the glass.

The beverage smells heavily of hops.

It has a well balanced taste of roasted malt and bitter hops. The beverage has a light to medium body and goes down smooth.

I find it to be a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 03:54:56 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of umustdrink


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange color. Eighth inch head. Strong lacing.

S - Fragrant citrus hop aroma. Malty tones as well.

T - Very piney hop taste, faint malts attempt to be heard as well. Hop taste lingers for a good while after the swallow.

M - On the thin side but something about it makes me salivate.

D - A very satisfying, well done IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 07:23:46 | More by umustdrink
Photo of Winter


2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 03:23:55 | More by Winter
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTM...I'm not a fan of IPAs but this one is rather good.

Pours a light orange-amber with a thick foamy head and moderate lacing. Good carbonation. Smells of citrusy and grassy hops, nice and fresh smelling. Taste follows well with a good balance between hops and flavor, nothing too nasty at all. Good citrus and crispness balancing with floral and not skunky hops. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 01:27:22 | More by aquatonex
Photo of woodychandler


3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 23:12:41 | More by woodychandler
Photo of doerickson


4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, washed-out orange appearance with a silky one-finger head. Small but clearly visible sediment particles circulating within the glass.

Prominent floral and citrus hop in the nose.

Assertive grapefruit hop flavors. Trace of paper/cardboard. Dark-toasted and caramel malts provide some balance.

Smooth in the mouth; goes down as easy as you want.

I enjoyed this. Might not be as complex or challenging as some other IPAs, but I like mine to be more inviting. Thanks to a buddy of mine who got married last summer and got me 3 months of Beer of the Month Club as a groomsman gift; this beer came in my final installment.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 01:38:19 | More by doerickson
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright hazy orange with good head formation and retention. Aroma is of mild citrus notes and a great deal of fruitiness. It is pretty good. Taste is also mildly citrusy with a lot of somewhat complex fruit notes. I think this beer tastes very well, particularly compared to a number of rather mediocre IPAs I’ve tasted of late. Mouthfeel is marginally sticky, but generally pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 04:51:04 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of RBorsato


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 20:50:41 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 05:56:57 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of hanco005


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of my Beer of the Month club, 12 oz bottle with no freshness date that I could find, poured into a pint glass

A—pours light copper, slightly hazed with a 1 inch bone white cloud like head that slowly fades down to a thin sheet, laces thick and plentiful

S—citrus is dominate with a hint of sweetness, mild grapefruit and lemon in the nose

T—not as strong as the smell, the flavor is citrus, but really mild, some acidic taste that takes away from the enjoyment

M—a slight bit chalky, light bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad, but not great. It’ll do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 03:30:15 | More by hanco005
Photo of BlackAngus


4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 02:11:37 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of tgbljb


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Selection of the Beer-of-the-Month Club.
Poured a cloudy deep amber color with massive slightly off-white puffy head. Nice lacing.
Smell is citrusy and loaded with piney hops. Very impressive.
Taste is also loaded with hops, with only a mild malty presence noted.
Nice dry finish that beckons for another taste.
Great drinking beer. Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 21:16:13 | More by tgbljb
Photo of arizcards


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of my MicroBeer Club November shipment received at the end of November.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving a splotchy lacing behind. Nose is full of hops with a hint of malts. Taste starts a bit malty followed by a generous blast of grapefruit tinged hops. A must for IPA junkies to try. FInish is crisp. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Drinkability is very good. This is a nice interpretation of the IPA style!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 23:19:56 | More by arizcards
Photo of IntriqKen


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 22:17:29 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UncleRandy for this one.

A: Drab apricot juice colored brew, hazy as hell. Well carbonated, the beer was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. It produced a VERY nice rocky top head...I mean very nice and it lasted the entire beer. Great looking beer in my opinion.

S: Strong pine notes with intermingling grapefruit rind.

T: This is the driest IPA I've ever had. There is almost NO maltiness to it. Begins with a woody pine profile. Moves towards an earthy bitterness that reminds me of the forest floor. As it warms, a touch of sappy hop resin adds just a smidge of sweetness. Finishes extremely bitter and dry.

M: Medium body with good smoothness. Bit prickly at times.

D: This beer needs some sweetness to balance it out. I imagine hop heads love this one though. Reminds me a lot of the Hopsickle. Good but not totally up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 01:39:24 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of ZAP


2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 06:42:39 | More by ZAP
Photo of brewcrew76


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, cloudy golden, dirty orange with a 3 finger off white head. It has a huge rocky head that forms and hard crust on the side of the glass as the head dissipates.

S - Grassy, piney, citrus and grapefruit hops.

T - Bitter piney, earthy hops. I like piney hops but this one is a little too bitter and pungent for my liking. You definitely need to scrape the hop resin off your tongue with this one.

M - Medium bodied and slightly creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. The bitterness leaves a very dry finish.

D - I like piney/hoppy beers but this one is just way to unbalanced. It is like sucking on piney hop pellets (and I know what this taste like from homebrewing). A little balance to this one and it would be very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:45:23 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle picked up from the brewery on a trip from Minneapolis to Madison. (I would highly recommend stopping by this place if you're cruising through as we were.)

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a solid head that has good staying power.

An aggressive hop aroma that is citrus and some earthy or grass notes. I'd like to know the combination of hops they used.

Very nice fresh flavor that gives a noticable hop punch. Citrus, mainly. There is a good malt backbone supporting the hops and creating a nicely balanced beer.

Probably not the greatest IPA I've had, but I do really like the beer and I'd get another 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 04:54:11 | More by ncbrewerbun
Photo of Bighuge


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 19:45:19 | More by Bighuge
Photo of terrabyte


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 03:58:08 | More by terrabyte
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 22:20:16 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of maundythirsty


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery and clear under a white head that reaches but a finger and then heads in the other direction. Laces all the way around, though. Smells of grapefruit, but I had to stick my nose in the glass to find it.

Taste is all about the grapefruit, too, though you can feel the warm malt holding it up. Sours sharply in the aftertaste.

Light to medium mouthfeel. This goes in the file as a beer I can share with non-hop-heads. Uncomplicated quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 01:52:19 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Calm pouring yields a HUGE head. Gorgeous rocky fluffy head that holds really well. Loads of thick webby lacing down the glass. Hazy golden liquid that begs to be drank.

WONDERFUL nose. Delectable grapefruit hops in the nose balanced out by some pale malt.

After getting a whiff of the beer, I can't wait to dive in head first. Very sweet grapefruit lemony hops. Huge malt backbone that nicely balances out all of the delicious Centennial and Cascade hops.

Thanks to jj21 for sending this one... everyone else can feel free to send me more of this one as I absolutely love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 18:22:47 | More by timtheenchanta
Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.