Wild Ride IPA
Sand Creek Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #5,860
Ranked #33,718
3.72 | pDev: 13.44%
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A darker shade of yellow. Lacking hop aroma.

Taste kicks you some bitterness and not a whole lot more. Long boil hops. Really all around average stuff, doesn't do anything bad or good, its just there. It'll do in a pinch, but I can't imagine this being the best stuff on a shelf anywhere in the country.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper amber into a 19 oz. Spiegelau glass producing a dense, persistent 3” cream colored foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Big grassy hop nose with light biscuit.
T: Biscuity malt provides the backbons for spicy, fruity hops that hint at rootbeer to anise and culminate in a bitter, citrus rind finish with a hint of pepper.
F: Creamy, medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A very good big flavored IPA

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange golden color with off-white head. Tropical fruits, citrus, light fruits and a light pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice fruity hop note, not overly bitter either.

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Photo of vishneda
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There are a lot of amazing IPAs on the market and this beer does not challenge the top tier. However, it is a great representation of the style and worthy of honorable mention in the space. Wild River has a great flavor which is hop forward and light on malt -- solidly on the grapefruit/citrus side of the IPA crowd. The mouthfeel is good, not great; it's a bit light on the tongue. The bitterness is not massive but it is strong enough to support the beer and it ends with a solid finish. This is a very good beer and worthy of a try -- especially in Wisconsin.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of pweis909
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The paler side of orange, this beer is translucent but not transparent, with some chill haze and maybe even some particulate hop matter floating around. There is a soft, billowy, white cloud of foam that recedes, lacing the glass and ringing the beer surface,

American hops, all the way, in the nose. Pine and Citrus.

Taste: If you like chinook, this is going to register as a good balanced beer. If you find chinook a bit strong, maybe even obnoxious, this beer will not change your opinion.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium bronze with a thick head of white foam. Grassy pine nose. Oily. Lacing everywhere. Light bready malt flavor that builds into a peppery hop. Smooth bitter throughout. Good IPA, very drinkable.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance of this beer is a light golden color. It is very cloudy and has some sediment floating in it (little chunks mean big flavor!) It leaves no lacing against a frosted glass and has a very small head.

The smell is pungent and very hoppy with only a slight hint of caramel flavored malt. The hops are, and somehow are not, that classic pine and citrus, they have a different characteristic; very nice.

The taste is bitter beauty. Hints of grapefruit citrus behind the hops and then a slight, caramel flavored malt that teases the tongue just before the bitterness comes crashing down on your palette.

Mouthfeel is dictated by the bitterness. This beer leaves the mouth dry but with all of the flavor of the brew still present. Very nice.

Okay - I am a sucker for IPA's (my name should be a hint of this fact), but this beer is just different enough to set itself apart from the classic IPA taste. It is 6% ABV so it is easy to drink, bitter and tasty. Good one, try it, now...got it yet...no? Go get it!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head which leaves some good lacing.

S- It's a sweet smelling IPA. It is actually pretty interesting. I'm getting some nice piney hops up front but blended very well with fruitiness like citrus, and cantaloupe. Also biscuity.

T- Tastes almost exactly as it smells just with a bit more hop presence.

M- Very slick almost oily body with medium carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. It is one of the rare examples where taste is almost the same as the smell and both are very pleasant. I'm not sure how "wild" it is compared to a lot of the other IPAs I've had, but it is definitively a good beer to try regardless if you are an IPA fan or not.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
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 tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely yeasty. Bright orange-brown in hue with excellent foam and lacing. This really looks old school.

Smell: Pine hops with grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit and a hint of caramel. Nice balance in the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit watery in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: An old-school ale with excellent balance.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured orange amber and hazy with a creamy light tan head that persisted and left lacing.

Smell has elements of citrus, resin, and pineapple, but overall is very faint.

Taste..citrus, orange and tangerines. Light mango. Mandarin orange. Nice medium level of bitterness falls in somewhere behind the washing of flavors. Mouthfeel is a little bit loose and on the lighter side. Lingering bitterness. Clean finish.

This IPA has a lot of nice flavors within however my major complaint being that although the flavor is there, it's far too subtle. Good level of bitterness however. Quite drinkable. Needs a little more flavor.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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 Zachtheporter
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A- Pours a deep very musty and hazy looking orange. Has a small head that dissipates somewhat soon leaving just a slight lacing on the top of the beer and a slightly thicker ring around the edges of the glass. This beer is pretty hard to see through although there is some light penetration. There are quite a few slightly white floaters that are telling me it looks like this beer is unfiltered. interesting.

S- Has a hop character consisting of more citrusy and fruity notes. Some pineapple, coupled with a strong scent of mango with some lemon notes. Ends on a slight floral note.

T- Starts of slightly sweet and floaraly before moving into a more citrusy body and finally ending on some more piney and bitter notes. Leaves a decent piny and then slightly earthy bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Has a very nice complex finish. Underneath the hops their is a slight hint of caramelly biscuityness from the malts. This is actually a very nice and balanced IPA in terms of hop and malt ratio, there are some good caramally malt notes underlying the whole flavor.

M- Has a medium complex body feel to it with high carbonation. Somewhat of a slightly thicker feel, yet without the smoothness or syrupyness like in a low abv stout or porter. Has a body somewhat similar to that of a weizenbock or heavier dunkleweizen.

O- If there was ever a time to take a grade school lesson to heart it would be with this beer: Don't judge this book by it's cover. Although it definitely seemed less inviting and somewhat unattractive at first this IPA actually turned out to be pretty good. While I probably wouldn't buy this again just because their are so many other better looking IPA's that taste just as good, if not better, I wouldn't be opposed to drinking this anywhere if It were to be one of my few craft options or if I found it on tap somewhere. It's actually a very decent IPA, very nice and flavorful and complex for the style hop wise. I just feel like there is a nice amount of depth to the hop profile that many people probably don't take the time to appreciate since they are probably to busy focusing on how unattractive this unfiltered IPA is. Although I have tried MANY IPA's so far this is the first one I can think of that was unfiltered to my knowledge. Worth the try for any Hop heads here in Wisconsin.

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Photo of copslovebeer
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color, poured a solid finger of head that dissapated quickly. Good citrus/pine scent. Very malty IPA, balances okay with the hops used. Smooth mouth feel, semi sweet middle with a very bitter end. A good IPA, in my opinion. A little maltier than I prefer, but nevertheless a good beer

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Photo of scottwestphall
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a beer that confounds me. Not like any I recall. Appearance is incredible. Clouded with yeast, amazing head, Super sticky lacing. Just beautiful.   Nice aroma with a spicy note. Butte flavor is bitter followed by bitter...  But it's good. Really good. It finishes dry and lacks the citrus I normally relate to an IPA but still intrigues me. Not sure I could down a lot in a siting, but I like the one sample I got. I can't say all would like this, but really do. 

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orangish amber into a pint, almost a perfect looking IPA.

Smells of bitter hope, pine and a little citrus.

The taste is a big grapefruit bite with a pine and malt backbone. After it goes down you are left with a huge bitter aftertaste. Unbelievable flavor.

Mouthfeel is a smooth and what you would expect for the style.

Overall this is one to seek out. I can not believe I lived in Wisconsin all this time and have not had it untill now. This will be my go to IPA from now on and at 6.99 a 6 it should be everyone in Wisconsins.

If like me you do not believe an IPA has to be balanced and malty then this is the great bitter bomb with still nice malt back bone you are looking for.

Reminds me of Dark Horse Crooked Tree on Steroids.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Slyjoker87
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
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 TheSarge
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produces three fingers thick of pillowy off white head, and has a slightly hazy body that is copper in color.

The aroma is grapefruit, floral, and spruce.

Taste up front is toffee sweetness and then the hops come in to rule the roost with citrus kick.

Mildly carbonated, oily, and slightly warm to the palate.

This is a well balanced brew, and would definitely buy again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange body, finger head, little lacing

S: mild floral scent, pine, light citrus

T: sweet citrus, malt, pine, maybe caramel, muted bitter long finish

M: med/light body, carbonation prickly on tongue,
a little semi-dry mouth

D: I may visit this beer again.
Might be good place for hop newbie to start,
very subtle flavors and aromas.
Could have more than a few.


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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, bottle not dated.
Pours a one finger head that has a yellowish tint to it, which is fairly interesting. Color is a burnt orange and is cloudy.
For such a strong tasting beer the aromas are difficult to pick up. Mostly what I get for a smell is a malty sweetness.
First off is a nice bitter hop, more piney and resinous than citrusy. Some malty notes in the finish but this seems to be all about the hops. The malts taste a little burnt, I like it.
This is a medium bodied IPA. The pungent hop flavor followed by the burnt malts leaves a strong lingering aftertaste. This will have to be my last beer of the night as I don't think I'd be ablet to taste any others.
Overall this is beer that hop lovers will enjoy. I do like the taste of this one but don't like how it has wrecked my palate for the rest of the evening. Worth a try for those who like strong hop flavors but wait till the end of your lineup to take down, it's potent.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes are grassy field hops, peppermint, catmint flower pedals, pills, fructose, fruit, interesting yeast, mannitol, gardens, going bad grapefruits, sink water, hidden booze, fsandwiches and or-school pepperjack (back in the day), boiled sauce and cheese.

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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 238 ratings