Wild Ride IPA | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Wild Ride IPAWild Ride IPA

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Clark Street Ale House in Chicago

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a nice head that webs the pint glass with a complex design

Smell: Bitter citrus, almost kumquat, plays off against the caramel malt

Taste: Balanced, up front, with the bitter grapefruit flavors tantalizing the taste buds against the backdrop of sweet caramel; plenty of hoppy bitterness springs forward, after the swallow, and it also has a floral character peeking through the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: From a brewery with which I was unfamiliar, a very nice IPA with a few distinguishing characteristics

Thanks, joshuaseresse, for the chance to re-visit in the bottle

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a orange/yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left a little thin lace.

S - It smelled of strong pine aromas and floral notes. Some nice roasted caramel malt smells, too.

T - It tasted of light caramel malt. The hop bitterness was very mellow.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a medium-body.

D - This is an okay IPA. It was a little too mellow, but easy drinking.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a finger or so of bright-white frothy head. This retains with a very rich ½ finger that leaves a good bit of robust and sticky lacing behind. The aroma smells of grass and earth, with some citric tropical fruit and toasted grains coming out underneath. There's a little kiss of alcohol here on the tail end of the nose.

The taste is bitter with fruit and citrus peel but I'm also picking up a bit of a dirty and green raw veggie feel here as well. Malts are a little smoother here, offering some balance, and being helped along by soft tropical fruit notes and herbal tones. The finish on this is spicy with some dry earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft prickly creaminess, along with some easy slickness in the body that helps that raw feeling finish go down. Just a smidge of alcohol is felt but it isn't overly noticeable.

Thumb in the middle for this IPA, as I liked the balance and body on this but that earthy vegetable taste took me out of this one pretty quickly and never did quite recover. Maybe I had an off bottle? I'd be willing to check this out again down the road at some point.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sunset golden orange chock full of fine particulates; just the kind of junked up IPA look that I love. The head is the color of oyster shells (with a pale yellow tint) and is so finely bubbled that it looks like a flat-topped sand dune as it falls. The quantity and the stickiness of the lace lead me to think that the hop load will be on the high side.

The nose is fantastic! I just got off the phone with the head brewer and he informed me that this beer is only about two months old right now. And it smells like it! Explosive scents of juicy white grapefruit, orange, lemon and candied pineapple are exiting the glass. I just know that I'm gonna love this one.

Wow. My twelve ounce interactions with Sand Creek's APA and Golden Ale did not prepare me for the magnificence that is Wild Ride. I feel pretty safe in saying that this is the most hoppy, most delicious IPA that no one has ever heard of (outside of a few Wisconsin BAs, that is). Tyranena's Bitter Woman has some serious competition in the Badger State.

The secret--other than the skill of the brewers--is in the hop bill. The very best aspects of the tremendous trio of Cascade, Chinook and Centennial are on display and saturate each and every taste bud with each and every mouthful. This is a tongue destroyer par excellence, but there's enough sweet pale malt underneath all the hop resinousness to take the rough edges off and make me think that I could drain more than a couple of these in rapid succession.

I simply have no choice but to bump the appearance score. My glass is absolutely caked with crusty lace which, along with the cluttered look of the beer, puts Wild Ride in select company. It's amazing to me as I approach the final few ounces how effortlessly drinkable this beer is. I really wish that it came in bombers rather than this woefully inadequate twelve ounce bottle.

The body/mouthfeel is fully onboard and ready to rock 'n roll. I'll credit what must be a substantial quantity of pale malt (no intrusive caramel flavors here) for the thoroughly enjoyable 'IPA medium' body that displays no shortage of lightly silky lushness. I've had bigger and I've had better, but I wouldn't change a thing about this one.

Wild Ride IPA may turn out to be the best beer that I brought back from Wisconsin. I know one thing... I'll be sure to pick up much, much more of it the next time I have the chance. It looks like I won't have to travel all the way to Madison to have that chance since my brewery contact said that it's going to be in Iowa City soon. Lucky me.

[The Jan 04 on the label is actually meant to be a 'best by' date and is supposed to read Jan 07. The brewery's new stamps hadn't yet been delivered so they were unable to stamp it correctly. As noted above, beer stamped Jan 04 was brewed in May of this year].

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Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness associated with this brew. Tastes of strong hops up front, pine, sweet malt in the background, and some citrus. Overall, a really great beer - I'd highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/06/07- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info given. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange in color. Semi-murk with small micro chunks of yeasties. Nice 3/4 inch head on pour that settles at a small creamy rim. Leaves behind light trails and streaks of lace.

Smell- Nice scent of pine needles, earthy dirt, clay and grapefruit hops. Maybe a touch of roasted caramel malt as well.

Taste- Much more hoppier than malted. Pine hops are fairly harsh, in a good way. Very very light touch of darker burnt malt backing it. No sweetness in this IPA.

Mouthfeel- Pretty dry with a medium carbonation level. Very bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit too much bitterness with a lack of some pairing malt make this one good, but not quite breaking into the quality zone. Still a pretty fair IPA that I would try again if in the mood for a pine tongue lashing.

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Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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 brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a finger and a half creamy dense white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong oily hop with a lush juicy orange aroma. Nice biscuity malt aroma as well.

The taste was upfront spicy hop, with highlights of grapefruit and sweet orange and a long lingering white pepper. Light doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a spice tingle and dry finish. Lingering peppery hop.

Overall a multi-tiered hop experience. A very spirited AIPA and excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Derek
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber-copper with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, minerals, toffee, bubblegum fruity esters, nectarine, tangerine. Incredible depth, but it's not a huge nose.

T: Pine, grapefruit, nectarine, toffee, biscuity malt, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation has some hop acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
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 RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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