Wild Ride IPA | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Skidz on 09-30-2005

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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 132
Reviews by ccs:
Photo of ccs
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this one back from WI for my husband, he was kind enough to give me enough to write a review then promptly finished it off before I could have a little more. *grumble* I'll admit, I liked how this looked more than how it tastes--but I am not an IPA fan. It was a nice golden/copper color, slightly cloudy, with a lacy head. The glass was nicely laced by the time it was gone. It has the pine/citrus aroma of hops, very fresh, very big. I knew this wasn't my cup of tea as soon as I smelt it. Much more bitter than I like with a malty undertone, it had a nice mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated, in my opinion. Personally, though, I couldn't finish one, but hubby said he'd have another if he could.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been meaning to review this for nearly a year. Many thanks to Murrayswine for the reminder that got me off my duff to finally do it.

This beer is my staple at The Old Fashioned, a Madison restaurant that serves only products made in Wisconsin and has a beer list of over 40 beers made in this state. They sell this stuff for only 3 bucks a bottle. It’s a steal.

The hop load in Wild Ride is…well Wild. This can hardly be called an IPA. The hop level and bitterness are quite clearly that of a double IPA. The color is orange, some might call it copper or straw gold, but I’m sticking with the small box of Crayola and calling it orange. The head shrinks quick but leaves some nice lacing. The nose is like walking through the High Sierra a year or two after a forest fire when the sap from semi-burnt Bristlecone Pine is just seeping. Add to that a bushel of grapefruits and some nectarines and you got yourself one hell of a well hopped brew.

Taste is this toasty squash blend of citrus, again mainly grapefruit, and biscuit/toffee malts. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a ridiculously hoppy finish. In the front one can almost taste some dry roasted nuts too but those are really covered up by an unbalanced amount of hops. Bitter, wild, and fricking awesome.

This is in league with the ten best IPAs in the states and can hold its own with many of the doubles. At less than $6 a sixer in some places, namely Baraboo’s Pic and Save, one really can’t beat this stuff.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of sponberg
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lively SOB, this one - started to foam out a bit as soon as I popped the cap, but settled down quickly. Orangey-gold with a pillowy white head. Aroma is rather faint, but what there is of it is slightly toasty malt and piney hops.

Well named beer!!! This baby's all about the hops - piney, resiny, bitter, really tries to locate and smack down every bitterness taste bud in the mouth, and has a good time doing so. Behind the hoppiness is a restrained toasty maltiness, not in balance (it's like the piney slightly angry sister of Blue Point Hoptical Illusion) but damn if it doesn't taste good. Very effervescent mouthfeel, medium body - a no-doubt-about-it IPA that would take your thirst and unapologetically kick its ass on a hot day, then have you reaching for more.

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber pale with a buautiful lace and head
The aroma is grassy hops with a slight cystal malt buttery
The taste is bitter upfront. The carbonation fills the mouth and slowly reveals a hop bitter the bitter stays with a backing of malt

all and all a solid IPA bitter. Not a whole lot of hop flavor aside from the bitter

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

Many thanks to murrayswine for this one...
Pours a hazy, golden copper color with two full fingers of bright white head...most of which just sits on top like foam on an espresso, although the lacing is minimal.
Burst of hops in the nose...a blend of floral and fruity with a pleasant bready character.
Taste is very nice...more of the floral hop hits first with a nice carmelized malt backbone...earthy finish. The bitter bite lingers on the pallet for quite a while...no alcohol apparent.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick for the style and the carbonation is great. I would have no problem consuming this one all evening if given the opportunity.
Glad I got a sixer of this one...a couple to share and the rest for me.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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

Grabbed this one out of a Sand Creek mixed 12-pack my wife bought.

This is a really good IPA in my opnion. Poured a nice amber color with a good amount of dense head on it. Great hop flavor with a good balance. Medium feel and very drinkable. Nice hop aroma as well. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 47º this beer started out with a 1 finger head and left a small amount of lacing. There was no date information discovered anywhere on the bottle. A hazy amber coloring gives out an invitation for consumption along with the aroma.

Hops are definitely detected with the vigorous pour. A nice bouquet of hops when you intend to smell is predominant. I was not able to identify any other aromas due to the hoppiness.

As anticipated, the bitter hop taste came on strong. Lacing was left on the glass and the beer slid down the throat. It consisted of a nice balance between smooth and acidic.

Lot of things happening in the mouth with all those hops hopping around. Sticks to the back of the tongue and upper back of the mouth. Hangs in there for an extended stay.

Definitely an interesting beer and well worth another visit or two or three later on. Do not know how many of these I could consume in a session but more than two may be worth the try.

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Photo of Vicsvapo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A big fat three finger head rises above a glowing orange cloudy brew. The head is tinted lightly orange, and leaves a crap-load of sticky lace on the glass. The head shows good retention, and never dips below a solid half-finger cap.

S - I can smell sweet canned mandarin orange syrup as I pour this one! Up close, the mandarin orange intensifies and I can also smell pineapple juice, Sunny D, and a nice warm-biscuit malt backbone.

T - This is more acrid, sour, and tart than the sweet juicy nose. Really, almost all of the sweet mandarin in the nose has been replaced with a super bitter grapefruit flavor (nothing wrong with grapefruit, but this is really harsh).

M - Oily, acrid, tart, and moderately carbonated. This is medium bordering on full bodied and the finish is sandy, gritty, super hoppy, tart, and pucker-sour. I like it! The hoppy residue really sticks to your teeth and this has about one of the longest finishes of any beer I've tried.

D - An excellent IPA that's drinkability only suffers at the hands of what makes this beer so interesting...the ultra-hoppy sour grapefruit flavor. I like that taste, I just wouldn't really want two or three of these in one night.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy tawny orange, with a huge pillowy off white head. Takes me a couple of pours to get it all in the glass.

Citrus aroma dominates, and a bit of sweat bready malt underneath.

Taste is of ripe citrus, pleasantly bitter, but a little restrained. Good sweet malt comes through too. Mild floral, herbal flavors appear as the beer warms up a little bit. I would have to say, while this has a very nice flavor, it seems to be a little on the tame side. Still, a fine, drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Well that's not true exactly, it starts out fine, feels medium to full bodied, then there is just no finish. It just fades away. A little more body would do me fine.

Overall, a decent, tasty beer, maybe more suited to the APA label, but nevertheless, I would drink this as a session beer, just not under any false pretenses.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a deep golden amber with a finger or two of white creamy head that laces nicely throughout the pint. Wild Ride indeed, this baby has a juicy nose full of grapefruit, floral hops and earthy/grassy malt. Taste has a nice balance between the quite bitter grapefruit/floral hops and sweeter, earthy caramel-vanilla malts. Mouthfeel is medium, and the carbonation could be a little higher. A surprisingly tasty IPA from Sand Creek. Certainly sessionable and quite refreshing with its hop bouquet. Solid all around.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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 dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 tempest
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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