Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines
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American Imperial IPA
3.68 | pDev: 13.04%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky gold hue.

White head; strong lace.

Strong orange citrus nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Refreshing citrus summer bliss here. Nice!

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Photo of Quackershnoc
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: apple juice colored; thin white head that rims around the glass

Aroma: floral; lemon; orange; pine; hops; honey; caramel malt

Taste: very nice; starts with a little honey sweetness and the lemon/orange citrus flavors; moves into some nice caramel malt notes with a hint of the floral earthiness coming through; ends on some more pronounced floral notes with a bit of pine and a nice hop bite on the back; aftertaste is hoppy, and dry

Mouthfeel: frothy; a little juicy; smooth; light carbonation

Overall Impression: boy, this is an incredibly well balanced beer; very good; the art that went into making this is something to behold…the way the sweetness plays off of the hops and the citrus is excellent

From notes taken on 4/11/2013

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Auburn beer with dope clarity, full on inch of head. Lacing and retention were pretty good for whatwas advertised as a hop forward beer.

The aroma wasn't so much hoppy as it led with its sweet malt that prolly give this beer its color. Taste also incorporated this sweet aspect over the hops. Interesting. Grassy, spice cabinet stuff. Not worth $15 a bottle. Not even worth $10/6pack.

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Photo of ScotB260
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful color with an amazing head that lasted through the entire beer. Now the smell...a combination of socks that have been worn for three months straight and extremely bitter hops. The taste was not that far off. I had high hopes for this collaboration, but it feel disappointingly short.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely golden color, an impressive half a finger length head dissipates into a swirly lace that retains throughout. Impressive malty, fruity and gentle hops aroma. Taste is quite malty sweet with hints of caramel. Taste also has lots of fruit flavors particularly apple. Balanced by hops. It is a full bodied, syrupy and almost chewy feel. I had it with lunch and imagine it would go great with most meals.
Another delightful and outstanding brew from Dogfish Head!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Rhizing Bines is a collaborative IPA using the best of both coasts: Carolina-grown red fife wheat and Dogfish Head's continual-hopping from the East and Sierra Nevada's estate-grown caramel malt and Torpedo dry-hopping from the west." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Pale Ale with two experimental hops, Bravo and #644. A one-off collaboration between Dogfish head and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, this beer was released in early 2013 and available in 750 ml. bottles.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed cream white head over a hazy orange amber body with moderate pulpy sediment. Retention is excellent, lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Hop aromas of tropical fruit and pineapple with undertones of floral herbal notes over a light cracker and pale malt body with a touch of grainy caramel sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Despite the clear aroma, the flavor of this beer has tanked significantly. Grainy pale and caramel malt body up front with slightly metallic and medicinal undertones are joined in the finish by a musty, peppery puff of hop flavor. The flavor did not hold up well. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, light, slightly grainy. Carbonation is bold and spritely forming a crisp, zippy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. The alcohol presence is moderate and some oxidation has occurred, if not entirely due to the age of this beer. 3.25

(Overall) Don't forget about your IPAs, otherwise you might not like them as much as you had hoped. From what remains of Rhizing Bines, the malt profile is nice and light allowing for the hop profile to shine, but unfortunately I was late for the show, so there's not much to comment on in that factor. I found it drinkable, but that's not the most promising comment coming from me. I hope to get to try this in a future reincarnation. 3.25

Dogfish Head Brewery's
Life And Limb Rhizing Bines

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Photo of utfiero
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color- apricot gold and hazy. Full head.

Aroma- Hoppy yet gentle with an earthy apple basket aroma.

Taste- A rich buttery delight! Starts with a buttery hoppiness hint of pluat (plum-apricot hybrid) finishing with a smooth as silk citrus hop medley.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 4/6/2013.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(on tap at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits - served in a fat tulip glass - apparently the keg is from the original run of this beer, Feb 2013, and had been stored in their cooler the whole time)

A: thick, creme-colored foam with a krausen-like texture and build - took awhile to pour because of it... fairly clear, lightly-orange gold hue... sudsy bands of lace... quite attractive altogether

S: lightly cinnamon-spicy, clementine, earthy floral undertone, vaguely rosé vinous-ness... quite interesting - not typical IPA aromas

T: mild leafy, tea-like hop flavor and similar lightly-tannic bitterness up front... smooth, rounded, wort-ish malt in the middle... wondering how much the hops have tamed down over time... I do get the (honeydew) melon rind Sam mentions highlighting the edges... but this beer, though balanced, is mostly malt here with uncommon herbal hop flourishes... it's nice

M: relatively thickish, dextrinous body - but not crazy viscous or anything of the sort... reading now that it contains a portion of wheat, I'm wondering what % of the total bill and how much it plays into the texture - the hop resins could have some influence as well... in other words, this was not the least bit crisp or light

O: definitely something a bit different... the earthy, leafy flavors are something I really dig - in that respect, perhaps I could view this as sort of a creative variation on or rich, stronger version of a British bitter

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Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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".

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Photo of Cresant
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle, bottled on 1/28/13. The head was the color of a manilla folder and the body was a bright apricot. Moderate lace.

The smell was earthy and flowery hops. Citrus.

The taste was a bit creamy and sweat. A little peppery bite. Spicy and interesting.

The mouthfeel was medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Overall solid.

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Photo of Eisen
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip glass: thick white, foamy head over a light cloudy, amber liquid. Smells amazing. A perfect balance of hoppy goodness and sweet malts. Exactly how an IPA should smell. Equivalent to Pliny in that regard. Tastes wonderful. Perfect citrus hops; little to no pine, which I like. Very good balance of alcohol spice, hops, and malt that resulted in a very delightful and drinkable beer. Mouthfeel as balanced, smooth, and a bit sticky; sweet and bitter as it should be. Overall, it was a bit pricy but besides that a very good beverage that was wonderfully enjoyable to consume.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful orangish hue with a big rocky off white head that caps this ale to the bottom of glass leaving ample sheets of lacing.

Sadly has a hint of oxidized hops, not bad though. Some faint herbal earthy citric qualities shine through. Some fine bready malt aromas are here as well.

While not huge, there seems to be plenty on the way of hop flavors here that are well balanced by a creamy bready toasty malt flavor. Hops- seems as an earthy herbal flavor fades to dare I say tangerine or mandarin orange hop finish. Very nice.

This brew has a nice creamy like feel yet finishes light and dry with a well balanced hop bitterness.

Would love to get a freshy of this. Great experience, enjoyed very much.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty golden copperish color with nice big frothy head. Aroma is a bit stale, not what I like from my IPA. Must be the wheat. Hops are there and slightly piney and a little floral. Flavor is very floral with some bitterness up front. A little candy sweetness fades into a mix of dry wheaty funk and light fruits (pear? White grape? Light to medium mouthfeel with light to medium carbonation. Decent beer at best, and I was hoping for more from this collab.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split between two pint glasses. Bottled on date was 1/28/2013.

Pours clear, amber-yellow, with a pretty big white head, and lots of apparent carbonation. Smell is unbelievably muted, almost no aroma. I get a faint whiff of pine, and that's about it.

Taste is interesting. Malt seems to take a much larger portion of the attention than I expected. Sweet, a little bready, straw, but with some clear lemon-rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pleasant. Overall, this is an upper mid range beer, I think.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: a very sweet malt smell with a floral hop presence, grass, pine

T: sweet caramel malt mixed with grassy hops, well balanced and not over the top

M: full bodied, high carbonation, alcohol present

O: the minute series is better, good balance but conservative flavor wise

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AleBorland83 was kind enough to bring this up to Brooklyn for my birthday straight from the source in Delaware. We opened it in early August and poured it into two tulip glasses. It poured an amber/orange color with a thick head. The beer smelt exactly like a typical IPA, not that that is a bad thing. Some floral notes but mostly citruses like lemon and even lime. The taste unfortunately was average. It was like a flavor was missing. Decent, almost like a different version on 60 Min but with a creamy taste. Some malt backbone I guess.
Overall, I was wanting to love this beer from two great breweries but the beer was extremely tame. Decent, but expensive.

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Photo of smpeterson327
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very heavy beer with an orangish look to it. Very good retention with a lot left over on the sides after beer is gone.

Almost tastes a little skunky, not very IPA-y at all. The malt is too overpowering and I prefer a much crisper taste. It drinks much more like a belgian than an IPA.

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Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finger plus of foam, frothy and dimpled, all kinds of bubble sizes yet dense overall, creamy white in color, excellent retention, the lacing is thick and covers the glass sides in sheets which pretty much refuse to budge. Faint dullness to the yellow to orange rust colored liquid, there’s some fine particulate floating about inside which may explain this, the bubbles are few and far between and tiny enough to perhaps miss, that said it does capture light within it well so there’s a warm glow. Thick and heavy nose dripping with pine sap, orange and grapefruit juice, molasses and caramelized brown sugar, peach, apricot to pineapple fruit and a substantial floral dimension, for interplay there’s a touch of pepper and lemongrass, clings more than extends. In the mouth it is full-bodied, sappy, viscous and resinous. Pine, molasses, caramel hard candy and challah bread combine with the more sweet than sour pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus for a friendly mouth entry. The carbonation tends to fluff and soften which takes some of the kick out of the pineapple, papaya, nectarine, peach fruit. Grassy but not green, the maltiness lacks clear character but anchors it in an undifferentiated, homogeneous fashion. Easy to drink even as it makes you think it is more complicated than it really is, this being part of the genius of Dogfish Head.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy orange color with a nice amount of off white head at the top that left a great amount lacing around the glass.

S: Very tropical nose on this one, lots of citrus, pineapple and other tropical fruit, slight notes of caramel.

T: Very much like the nose, a good amount of bitterness and warming from the malts and hops, a nice sweet taste on the tail end.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, not to much though, a little sticky.

O:A Sweeter DIPA than I am normaly used to but not to bad, was very surprised by this beer because I was expecting A lot more flavor from these two brewerys joining together, this brew is missing something that I cant put a finger on.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.) with bottled on date 01/28/2013 printed on the side. I wish I hadn't slept on trying this beer for almost 7 months, but oh well. Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields three thick fingers of doughy off-white head on top of a bright coppery orange colored body. Nice bunch of sediment floating around. Nice head retention and some decent wispy lacing.

S - Smell is nice: sweet caramel malts, white breadiness, dried lemongrass, twiggy earthiness, some graininess & must, and some tropical fruits like mangoes, apricots, papayas, & grapefruit. A pretty tame aroma, but it hits it's mark.

T - Taste is bitter, with some juicy tropical apricot / mango fruitiness, earthy grains, dried earthy hops, sweet caramel malts, white bread, must, and just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.

M - Feel is bitter, resinous, fruity, and dry. Some grains, must, and alcohol warmth lingering on the palate. Nice carbonation.

Overall, an inoffensive and drinkable DIPA, especially at 8.00% abv, but it is fairly tame and generic effort from Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. Definitely a tasty and delicious beer, and I'd say it has held up just fine, but it's probably not worth the $12.99 I paid for it. The nose was definitely better than the taste, but it would probably still be worthwhile to pick up a bottle if you haven't tried it yet.

Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines ---4/5.

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Photo of drpimento
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a properly chilled bottle: Poured with a massive, cream-colored, foamy,frothy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass and good lacing. Color is a clear amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma at first reminded me of oxidized hops, but then other qualities, such as caramel malt, spice, grass, & peppers, come through and round things out. Flavor's like nose, bitter is in front, fairly dry except in the finish where some residual sweetness lies; carbonic tang is just right. Body/carbonation are perfect for this brew. Finish is as stated above, has a bit of alcohol warmth, and has some length. This is a welcome reminder of more traditional American IPAs with a sense of balance. Very quaffable.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a frosted dimpled mug.

A: pours a light but deep golden yellow orange. Nice clarity. A thick head sits over the top of the liquid, though remaining for only a minute or so.

S: the smell is pretty light. The hops mostly smell of pine and earth, with only slight hints of grapefruit and also hemp.

T: spiciness hits tongue from the start- first the tip and center, then smoothly moving to the sides straight to the back at first gulp. A lovely and surprisingly elegant overall awakening of the taste buds. With the swallow, the spiciness mellows out to a gentle bitterness that turns only the slightest bit sweet at the end of the experience. The finish is almost creamy - almost. The taste of hemp arises as an aftertaste to the sip.

M: medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It stimulates the mouth evenly with each gulp, peaking and falling quickly after swallow.

O: in comparison to other double IPAs, this beer is certainly less aggressive than others. Though i appreciate it for this- and feel it has a lot going on that can be missed in some of the more aggressively hoppy competitors. As a beer, this brew is highly drinkable, balanced, and continuously entertaining in a friendly way- certainly enjoyable all by itself.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted after a bottle pour into goblets--consumed over 40 minutes.
Pours an exact auto-light amber that pales and becomes nearly translucent in white light. Just a fine haze remains. A puffy, fairly generous head fades fast, but leaves bubbly-plump lacing to linger.
The nose is fresh and nicely balanced with pleasiong components. There's a pink rock candy essence right up front, and, overall a more bready air than I would have expected. Mild toasted pine, soft citrus, and a genuine note of spiced berry combine nicely. Some tropical fruits emerge with time.
Unfortunately, the taste is a bit of a letdown after rolling out the tapestry of tempting smells. It's surprising how little hoptitude this brew has--honestly has flavor more suggestive of a blond lager than a pale ale, until the bitter aftertaste and more sprucy roundness lingers for the finish...and it warms up some more. The bready nose ushers forward a little grassy flavor, and an acetone scent combines with booze with higher temps. None of this is particularly compelling.
The feel is pleasant and superior to the taste. Medium to thick in body with a nice buzz of carbonation.
This is not a bad creation, and I did my best to let it be what it is, rather than be let down from a starting set of expectations. I'd have it again, but don't find its difference from the norm as exciting as others have.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small presence of mellow hops. In the taste, mellow hops and a small presence of dryer citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus note in the aftertaste. A nice beer, but mellow hops and nothing really stands out.

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Photo of puckinright
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/23/13. Wish I hadn't sat on this one for almost 6 months. Golden hazy pour w/ a 2-3 finger creamy white head in an IPA friendly glass. Nose of light pine and malt. Carbonation is on point as the mouth feel is smooth and not at all sticky as sometimes is the case w/ double IPAs. Strong malt backbone keeps it from being overwhelmingly 'piney'. Very well balanced. Not the typical citrus you would expect, much more piney w/ a grapefruit, tart finish.

Sometimes collaborations feel more like marketing ploys, this one certainly isn't. Seek it out & give it a try. Not what you would expect from a double IPA - in a good way.

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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 922 ratings