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Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing BinesDogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 01-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of kylehay2004
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two finger frothy head with excellent lacing and retention on a clear orange golden body. Aroma is a little understated likely due to covering but the foam with cinnamon, fruits mostly peach and orange peel, candy sugar and mint leaf. Flavors include tangy citrus, a lot of candy sugar, cinnamon, a lot of floral hops, and generic herbs . Medium body and moderate carbonation. A little strange, worth trying but wouldn't have again. I say that a lot with dogfish head large bottle releases.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a collaboration pair I really hope continue working together for a long time. this beer, while maybe less ambitious than the original life and limb, is still an excellent offering. it pours a golden honey color with a fluffy and lacy white head as high as the pour is aggressive. the nose is more balanced than expected for the style. the grain is fresh, lightly toasted, and semisweet, a nice contribution. the hops are on the fresh side, plenty bitter, but with some curious fruit undertones. the fruit is there in the flavor too, somewhere short of an orange, zesty and bright, and there is more of a pine flavor as it moves toward the finish. cereal grains and caramel back it all up, and balance the hops right through the last sip. the alcohol is also well hidden, and appreciably low for a joint work of these two breweries. id call this easy drinking, although many wouldn't. its right on medium in terms of body, a little light on the carbonation, and thoroughly conflicted in the finish. not sure this fits the double/imperial ipa bill too well, but it is a very fresh, very well made bottle of beer. probably even came in a little below my expectations, but its one I would gladly drink again. the hop profile and the sweeter malts work well together. best consumed cold though, it broke down a little in the hot sun, as is to be expected.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Sure glad I hadn't bought a bottle or even worse a case of this one. The beer poured out nice, with a clear golden color and a white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty solid on this beer, It's a good looking brew to say the least. The smell of the beer is a little on the weak side, I was trying to pick up some of the big hoppy aromas but I just wasn't really able too all that much. Very strange. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Hopped up version of Midas Touch. It's very sweet with a decent hop prifile but it doesn't taste much different than several other DfH beers that are on the market. The mouthfeel was smooth, kind of oily with a subtle carbonation to it. Overall just really not impressed with this beer. I wanted to like it but I just wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I had hoped too.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Riding both on the cusp of daring experimentaiton and embedded in proven technique in full IPA flavor- the heads, hearts, and hands of Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada have put together this racy imperial IPA that's as refreshing as it is packed with punch.

Bright with deep gold colors, the beer hinges on light amber as the light seems to make the beer glow. Zesty streams of carbonation build a frothy white head that keeps the beer looking bright, lively and almost champagne-like. Long-lasting retention and broken lace accompanies the beer through the bulk of the session.

Sharp and perfumy aromas, led by grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes are all strung together by light honey and caramel malt underpinnings for a scent that's hop-balanced ever so slightly. Light breadiness with a twangy-tart scent keeps the nose guessing at the subtle surprises here that's not in your ordinary IPA.

Soft caramel sweetness gives the fruity hop taste a candied taste that's similar to honey-dipped or light confectioner's sugar. Supporting bread tastes add a buffer to the hops to come. The ale's middle palate brings on the grapefruit and orange peels that's expected from highly hopped American ales. But the taste extends into the herbal and lemony world of Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops. Coming together, there's a sense of sassafras, saffron, ginger, white wine, and almost-gin that accompanies the citrus fruits with a lot of pizzazz! As the hops develop their resiny bitterness to finish, the new hop acidity and supportive wheat backdrop keeps the beer complex and just off-dry in taste.

Medium bodied, the malts never really try to balance the beer and cause a fuller effect, but instead favors a drier and lighter palate that offers up a sense of refreshment early on and only increases heading into finish. As the hop character takes hold, the malts continue to recede until the finish of hop dryness, alcohol warmth, and zesty herbal tartness ensures complete cleanliness, crispness, and refreshment to close the session.

Where the Sierra Nevada taste is grounded, simple, and pure; the excitement of Dogfish experimentation is alive and well- but without Dogfishing it up too much. The somber recklessness that's demonstrated here is nothing short of wonderful!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada "Life and Limb Rhizing Bines." An India Pale Ale brewed with Bravo & #644 hops. Cap is the Dogfish Head logo. Brewed & Bottled by Dogfish Head. 8% ABV confirmed. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on either brewery, but I'm in the mood for a good IPA. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired locally earlier tonight and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fluffy soft beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention for the high ABV. No real lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent somewhat pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot on for the style, but there's nothing particularly unique or special about it. The head's notable, and I'm excited to try it. So far so good. Average vibrance.

Sm: Pleasant and welcoming. Bright fruit - maybe apricot. Pale malts. Delightful clean floral hopping. Some light pine hop character as well. Light and a bit grassy. A hint of caramel and malty sweetness. Clove from the yeast. Light citrus zest. A light to mild strength aroma. No alcohol is detectable. Fresh. Refreshing.

T/Mf: Great evocative floral character, light nectary notes. First thing that really interests me is its soft, refreshing, light mouthfeel. It's smooth and wet. A bunch of malty sweetness and caramel malt hits on the climax, really overwhelming the hops and tearing down the balance. Way too sweet, almost cloying. Approaches candi sugar. Boy, I wish it were much lighter on the malt content. No yeast or alcohol character is detectable. Finish is heavy candi; it's really cloying and off-putting. I liked the first sip of this the best; the more I'm having the worse it's getting. Horrid presence on the palate, really overwhelming for no good reason. There isn't a lot of flavour here; it's a bit of a mess. I will say the hopping itself was well executed; the floral character and light nectary character is great. I'd like to see more gushing bright fruit, a much lighter body, and far far far less sweetness. There's a good beer to be made by revising this recipe. Lots of wasted potential here. Not big on this beer, but it's far from bad. Average.

I do get some alcohol heat in the stomach as I drink.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A pricey beer considering its unimpressive quality. Many will like this, but I am not one of them. If you value balance in an IPA, this is not for you. Doesn't really scratch my IPA itch, actually. Feels like more of a heavily malted pale ale, to be honest. Won't be getting this one again.

Low C+

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/28/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, peach, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; very pleasant. Taste of orange zest, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, pineapple, floral, grass, biscuit, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light-moderate floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, peach, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of unique hop flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt sweetness profile; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA with unique hops. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Pretty tame for a DIPA, but I really enjoyed this one overall.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The clear amber colored liquid is capped by a modest head that leaves some streaks of lacing behind

Smell: Honeydew melon and resinous hops, with a floral aspect; pith and pine in the background

Taste: Opens with a honeydew, toasted wheat and shortbread malt flavor that is quickly joined by the resinous, piney hops; after the swallow, there is an additional bit of honey which adds more sweetness; despite the malt forward character of this beer, there is plenty of bitterness that brings up the rear

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost syrupy, with low carbonation

Overall: This is a very different beer but to think of it in DIPA terms really leads one down the wrong path; though I don't like many sweet DIPAs, I am finding this one to be rather interesting; not sure about the mouthfeel, however

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium patches of thin film including some medium sized bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a sweetness to the overall aroma of this beer with some moderate caramel malts and floral notes. Moderate aromas of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit rind hops are also present.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet malts with caramel and honey sweetness. There are some moderate flavors of floral, pine/resin, and citrus/grapefruit rind hops that impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky and syrupy.

O: I thought this beer was interesting but is really just a little too malty and too sweet for a DIPA in my opinion. There is an oddness to the mouthfeel that I did not really enjoy.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud.

Big foamy creamy almost 2 finger head fades slowly with lots of soapy lacing, big bubbles, clear honey orange color.

Nose interesting and unique hops, light musty resin, fairly grassy herbal leafy, light spicy and very light citrus and little fruity, candy sweet malts, caramel, earthy like almost saison earthy, little booze with hint of phenols, hint pine syrup and what almost seems like hop extract, earthy hops, has that typical various time hopped characteristics from dfh.

Taste syrupy and spruce tree pine to start. Pine resin, sap, etc, earthy hops, very light citrus bit fruity too. Big sweet malts, bit of caramel, candy malts and even candy hops, little oily, light grainy malts and wheat flavors, touch biscuit. Fairly bitter but not a lot, little salty from the hops too. Finish is sticky syrupy, long lingering fairly bitter but piney oily light citrus.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, very light booze, little oily.

Overall not very good, weird pine sap and oily but light citrus and sweet syrupy malts blend to a very meh flavor. Not a big winner in my book, just the wrong hop flavors and wrong overall combined characteristics, esp for a DFH and Sierra Nevada collab.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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