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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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of orangemoustache
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle pours a very cloudy orange,when held to the light it actually has visible particulates,like a snow globe.

The aromas are suttle but distinct grass comes to mind,very earthy

It starts like an fresh loaf of rye bread, with a hint of lime,and then is like a delicious salad with no dressing, just dry grassy goodness

On the tounge it is very dry (in an awesome way),I really enjoy the finish on this one- distinct and long...still goin(ahhhsooogoood)!

For me this one is a winner for sure, one is great but three would be even better.

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Photo of
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street in Chicago.

Poured a slightly hazy, dark gold color. Topped with a medium sized, creamy, off-white head. Decent lacing in the glass as I drank.

Mainly grass in the aroma, not much else. Pretty mild.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, again grass seemed dominant. Biscuity center, coupled with a slight fruitiness (sweet citrus).

Light to medium in body. Medium in carbonation. Dry.

Not too impressive, a rather tame ride. Not too shabby as a session beer, though.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think i have manaryp to thank for this one. Thanks Paul.

A nice, standard looking IPA. Nice tight offwhite head, got just over a fingers worth on a standard pour, decent retention. Hazy, amber body with some particulates and a fine, mild level of carbonation. Nicely laced with a moderate amount of intricate and sticky designed lacings.

Nice hop aroma greets the nose, citrus and pineapple resiny goodness. Decent malt backbone takes a backseat to the hops, but is noticeable with its biscuit, pale malts and touch of caramel character.

Dry biscuity malts, citrus zest and pine resin. Seems somewhat estery with apple and pear flavours as well that muddle things up slightly. Some caramel sweetness.

Nicely balanced IPA, big hops with a solid malt body. Medium bodied with a creamy yet almost resinous, astringent character, and mild carbonation make this brew what it should be.

This is pretty drinkable stuff. The hops almost cover up its one flaw, but it only becomes more evident with a few belches. A mild, almost plasticy cheesiness reveals itself and detracts from what this beer could have been. Not sure if this is just the result of the yeast or sanitation issues, but if dealt with this would be damn fine IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +7.9%
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 sweethome
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color...provided nice lacing as it was consumed.

Nose is of grapfruit primarily, a little bit of bready malt, a hint of yeast. Nice mouthfeel, fairly full, bitterness kicks in with a citrus/grapefruit flavor. The bitterness builds in intensity.

I had this last year, this version is not quite as bitter. A very tasty beer. A mineral, burton type of charachter. Not an over the top IPA, but flawless, aggressive and flavorful.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to nchrist13 for this one.

Pours a medium copper hue with a fluffy off-white two finger head that sloooowly dies down to a lacing that lasts throughout. Stickiness is spotty all over. Smell is of mild grapefruit blended with some pine, noting extraordinary. Very subtle caramel malt hidden well, but noticable. Flavor is lacking a bit. Very earthy hop tastes seem to dominate the tongue which leaves little room for any other flavor to surface. Aftertaste drys the tongue quite a bit, a bit too much. Too one dimensional in the taste department, needs to expand more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad. Could use some help, don't go out of your way to get this one.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in totally under the radar. I had not heard of it but am always open to trying new IPAs.

Poured from the bottle slightly hazy burnt orange with an off-white head and not much lacing to speak of.

Citrusy hops and a sweet caramel malt aroma dominate.

Nice malt presence to it with of course the grapefruit from the hops.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This beer is a damn fine IPA and one to definitely have again. Well done, Sand Creek.

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Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Alkey
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a dark gold color with some bits of stuff floating around and a large white head that leaves some spots sticky lace.

Smell - lots of citrusy hops.
Taste - a somewhat dry bitter grapefruit at first that gets washed away fairly quickly with a wet watery finish.
Feel - light with a slight stickiness to it.
Drinkability - an easy to drink IPA with a light feel but full of hop flavor and would make a nice sessionable brew.

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Photo of bashiba
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber/orange color with a light tan head, a bit of lacing and good retention.

Smell has a light green juniper hop odor.

Taste is completely dominated by the nice pine hops with a bit of mintyness. There are some light toasted malt flavors there, but is overpowered.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated with a touch of hop oilyness.

Overall a pretty standard IPA, good but nothing great.

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Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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 ncvbc
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jpm30 for the chance to try this one. I've noticed that this beer has had very mixed reviews, and understandably so. When poured it looks very promising, a light golden orange with an immaculate head. Small amount of sediment resting atop the fluffy off-white mountain that remained a little less than half an inch thick throughout. Definitely a damn good looking beer. Good smell of fresh, piney hops with little malty sweetness backing it up. The nose makes me believe this is one for the hop heads. Quite average in taste, however. Somewhat dry from the amount of hops used with a piney bitterness that wouldn't be helped by anything else. If you are into this style strictly for hoppy goodness, this is one for you. I couldn't find the balance that I enjoy in others, though. Tingly, prickly mouthfeel which I actually liked. While this one looked a little better than it performed in my opinion the drinkability was good. Not too heavy and very different compared to others I've tried. I had never heard of this brewery or beer before and am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was kind of surprised by how good this beer was. First of all, it's a little brewery I'd heard nothing about; second, it is in one of the cheapest price points for micro beers; and third, it just looks second rate based on the packaging. Don't judge this book by its cover, however, since it is a great medium between Alpha King and Two Hearted (two of my favorite IPAs) and a few dollars cheaper than both to boot!

The beer pours to a nice pale golden color with only the slightest hint of an amber hue. Just the slightest bit of a chill haze going on. Has the perfect head that initially pours to an inch and stays at a couple centimeters for the duration of the drink. Nice shimmering carbonation and excellent fluffy lacing in strata. If only it were a little less hazy it would be exactly what I look for when I judge an IPA's appearance.

The smell is very good as well. Has a nice orange rind and grapefruit dry hopped aroma with only a light backbone of pale malt breaking through. Quite floral as well, with a hint of pine resin.

The taste is just as I would expect from the nose. As I said before, it seems like the perfect middle ground between the huge citric bitterness of Alpha King and the doughy malt backbone and well-balanced centennial floral hops of the Two Hearted. Sweet bready malt flavors up front with a great citric, pine resinous, and floral hops bitterness that lingers well into the finish.

The body is just about right for an IPA as well. The sharp carbonation really accentuates the hops. Just as much as an alcohol burn as you would expect for an IPA at roughly 6%. Very drinkable, and the price is right as well. Highly recommended. If you've seen it at the store but didn't buy it for the same reasons I mentioned in my intro paragraph, give it a shot. Admittedly, I probably would have never tried this gem if I wasn't offered a sample at the store I work at.

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Photo of sraimondi
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I'm the first to admit that I'm not a huge IPA guy, I think this one is solid. Classic color, nice citrusy/piney aroma and a very nice spice hop taste, but not too over the top. I think in the end the taste is pretty balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still good. Drinkability seems ok. I got this as part of a beer of the month Xmas present from my colleagues at work. I would definitely have this one again. Pretty yummy.

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Photo of beergynt
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice hazy color ranging from orange/copper to orange/yellow... One inch of eggshell head that leaves behind minute lacing...

S - Hops and hops... very little malty nose on this one... Grapefruit/pine stand out...

T - Even more pine than in the nose and while I was taking my first drink, I found that malt I was looking for... Always amazes me how the senses of smell and taste work together!

M - The lack of body was the only really unfortunate part of this pint... A little watery... Probably could have used some more malt...

D - Pretty drinkable beer. Good hop character that only slighty overbalances the malty sweetness... That said I think I'll go get another!

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

Appears golden and hazy with a 1 inch head. No sign of carbination or activity in the beer. After a few moments the head sinks down leaving a sticky lacing to the side of the glass.

The beverage smells heavily of hops.

It has a well balanced taste of roasted malt and bitter hops. The beverage has a light to medium body and goes down smooth.

I find it to be a drinkable beer.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange color. Eighth inch head. Strong lacing.

S - Fragrant citrus hop aroma. Malty tones as well.

T - Very piney hop taste, faint malts attempt to be heard as well. Hop taste lingers for a good while after the swallow.

M - On the thin side but something about it makes me salivate.

D - A very satisfying, well done IPA.

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Photo of Winter
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange with yeast floaties suspended in the body. Off-white head. Hoppy aroma with hints of pine and malt. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Hops dominates with flavors of pine and citrus in the forefront. Sharp carbonation with hops produce an awkward grittiness. Biscuity malt with hints of caramel follow. Bitter, lingering finish.

I was somewhat underwhelmed by this. It seemed to lack a little depth in flavor. Obviously the hops are there, but the malt backbone is lacking somewhat. Ok, offering, just not as good as others I've had.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTM...I'm not a fan of IPAs but this one is rather good.

Pours a light orange-amber with a thick foamy head and moderate lacing. Good carbonation. Smells of citrusy and grassy hops, nice and fresh smelling. Taste follows well with a good balance between hops and flavor, nothing too nasty at all. Good citrus and crispness balancing with floral and not skunky hops. Very nice.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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 doerickson
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, washed-out orange appearance with a silky one-finger head. Small but clearly visible sediment particles circulating within the glass.

Prominent floral and citrus hop in the nose.

Assertive grapefruit hop flavors. Trace of paper/cardboard. Dark-toasted and caramel malts provide some balance.

Smooth in the mouth; goes down as easy as you want.

I enjoyed this. Might not be as complex or challenging as some other IPAs, but I like mine to be more inviting. Thanks to a buddy of mine who got married last summer and got me 3 months of Beer of the Month Club as a groomsman gift; this beer came in my final installment.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright hazy orange with good head formation and retention. Aroma is of mild citrus notes and a great deal of fruitiness. It is pretty good. Taste is also mildly citrusy with a lot of somewhat complex fruit notes. I think this beer tastes very well, particularly compared to a number of rather mediocre IPAs I’ve tasted of late. Mouthfeel is marginally sticky, but generally pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another beer-o-the-month selection.

Pours a very light orange - would have liked a bit more color. interestingly, there were quite a bit of floaties in there, something i havent really seen in an IPA. huge head and about 1/8" stays with it. lots of hops, very little malts. citrus, lemon, grapefruit, etc. light-bodied.

a fine example of the style, but certainly not one of the best out there.

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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 235 ratings