Wild Ride IPA | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Skidz on 09-30-2005

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132
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231
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
17.51%
 
 
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Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 GrainDamaged
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tiny tornado of yeast dances in the spotlight focused through this mildly cloudy strawberry amber. Half a finger of foam subsides over time leaving tell tale traces.
Yeasty and earthy, almost grassy but undertoned by bountiful grains.
A quick bite of piney hops with little malt to carry it through. Definitely bitter but not abrasive. A good pucker near your sinus proclaims victory for the bine.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy dark honey colored with some nice slight orange hints. There is a nice .5 inch white head that is nice and fluffy with some good retention.

S - Slight citrus mixed with some nice pine. There is some nice peach and orange hints to this hop aroma as well. There is some slight biscuit malt to it with some bready notes but this is mostly covered by the nice flowery and tropical fruit characters.

T & M - Flavor lies mostly in the tropical fruit realm. Some slight peach and some nice tangerine. There is some nice citrus notes after the tropical fruits as well as sold pine notes. The malt and biscuit notes are pretty solid along the whole thing with some freshly baked bread notes and nice freshly toasted bread. Nice medium-light body with some great carbonation and a good dry bitter finish.

D - Refreshing and crisp with good ABV and solid flavors and aromas.

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Photo of samie85
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 8/02/10.

A-Pours a minimally hazy amber color with two fingers of light tan head. It has some yeast or hops particles suspended in the beer.

S-Floral and piny with some orange and caramel malt.

T-Caramel and bitter pine with a really dry and light bitter pine finish.

M-Prickly carbonated with a light body.

D-This beer is a pretty solid offering if somewhat underwhelming.

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Photo of jrallen34
1.87/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass...There are so many things wrong with this beer I don't even know where to start. First of all who every thought a wheat ipa seemingly flavored with oak chips was a good idea, really needs to re-think things or try a new execution...The beer pours a super ugly light wood colored brown, totally murky, light tan head...The aroma is light giving off, wheat, wood and hops...The taste is so weird it almost shuts down your senses. You are attacked from so many sides, really harsh wood that tastes like they just dumped in chips, wheat, and a harsh bitter piney carbonated hop finish. Two sips was all I could make here.

This is a beer you should skip at all costs.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent shade of caramel; dark for an IPA. Nice head, good lacing.

Hop profile is very similar to Alpha King, but the malt/yeast interplay isn't quite as well balanced.

Tastes good. Very nice hop profile is balanced decently against thick, bready malts that veer from white bread to biscuits to thick caramel. Hops are green and piney, malt is maybe a bit too dry. It's good, it really is, but what I recognized as a lack of balance in the aroma isn't so much that the hops overwhelm the malt as it is that the malt profile isn't as fantastic and the hop profile.

I was gonna say that this was the first beer I've ever had from Sand Creek, but actually I've sampled a couple of middling, forgettable beers already. Good thing I didn't remember those, because then I probably wouldn't have bothered to sample what turned out to be a damn solid AIPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Strix
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber, decent head and lacing.

Subtle but pleasant floral hop smell.

Floral hop notes with mint, toffee, a bit of pine and an aftertaste of pumpkin. Not like spiced pumpkin pie pumpkin, like you're carving a fresh pumpkin.

Mouthfeel pretty standard.

Passable, but didn't excite me.

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Photo of alexgash
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Some haze in a dusky apricot body. Solid finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Good lacing. Pine, citrus (lemon), and sage-y hop aromas. Sugary biscuit malt as well.

Slight metallic twang up front. Acidic citrus hop notes and bitterness follow. Slightly buttery toffee malt base. Minty, herbal hop flavors mix with a little tropical fruit in the creamy finish. Medium-bodied with a little too much carbonation. Not too bad, but there are better IPAs in the Midwest.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with a tall but whispy head, minimal lacing.

The smell is citrus hops and bready malts. The breads distract from the hop's scent but if they didn't, the hops are pleasant.

The hops are of the citrus variety with some lemon peel, and a little pine. The bready malts add a nice balance although I wish they were toned down just a little more.

Mouthfeel is watered down and moderately carbonated, a little too watered down.

Because this drinks so light, it makes it a very drinkable beer. Overall, a decent IPA and a good bang for the buck. It's not one I'd go out of my way to try again, but it is an economically reasonable session IPA.

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Photo of EJNibs
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice amber tone with a good head. Holds the head quite well at first, though starts to fall after about 2 minutes.

S: Hop aroma is more subdued than I would like and not at all floral; do they dry hop this beer? I don't actually know, doesn't say anywhere on the bottle, but the rather lackluster nose would lead me to believe otherwise.

T: Hop bitterness is prevalent, but the herbal character of the hops comes through as well. I wish it was a bit more floral, though I do appreciate the hop herbal flavor beyond simply pure bitterness. Still, the bitterness predominates over other hop flavors. It's not the most complex IPA in the world...well, not even close.

M: It has a nice fullness in the mouthfeel, but it finishes a bit heavier than I would like for an IPA. It doesn't have tha kind of wet, lingering finish you sometimes get from English style IPAs, but is kind of halfway between that and a proper hopped up, dry hopped American IPA. Seems to fall short of both styles in my book.

D: The heavy-ish finish combined with hop-centric bitterness takes away from its sessionability, and I can session nice IPAs with the best of 'em.

Verdict: Not bad. Really, not bad at all. But that's about it. It isn't a bad IPA, but it's nothing to write home about either. If it's there, and you want a decent IPA, and there's nothing on the order of Two Hearted to be found, go for it. Don't need to drive to 'Sconnie for this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy amber with some fine grained sediment floating throughout. Pours with about a 1/2 inch of very white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Watered down citrus, particularly grapefruit with a slight resin note

T: Grapefruit and biscuity malts. Somewhat seltzery with an appreciable bitterness. Again some slight hop resins.

M: A little on the thin side. Medium carbonation. Bitterness is not overpowering.

D: For my tastes, this is an easy drinker. While there is a good amount of bitterness, I wish there was more of hop presence. However, I could easily see purchasing this one again. It's a nice, standard IPA.

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Photo of birchstick
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This was a gusher when I opened it. Pale orange in color with a huge head.

S - Smells of grapefruit, pine and citrus hops, and sweet malts. This is how I like my IPAs to smell.

T - The taste has some sweet, bready malts up front to it that some DIPAs have. However, it has a very piney, bitter finish to it. The bitterness took away from the taste for me. However, I enjoyed the balance between the sweetness and bitterness. One of the better IPAs I have tried based on its taste at first but the bitterness got to me after a while.

M - A little thin and overly carbonated. Otherwise, good mouthfeel.

D - This is one of the better IPAs I have tried. I really enjoyed the sweetness to it and thought it was pretty well balanced between the malt and hops, albeit it slightly too bitter. This is the first I have had from Sand Creek and I am excited to try the others in my fridge.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an extra in a trade. I can't recall who sent it, but thanks! I also noticed that a few of Sand creeks beers, namely the Lilja's line, just became registered here in PA. So, maybe I'll be sampling more from this brewery in the near future. Anyway, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker glass and appears a clear medium apricot color with about an inch of bone white head. The foam settles to a thin layer within minutes leaving a thin lace in it's wake. Smells and tastes of lightly toasted bread/grains, lemon peel, a nice helping of grapefruit, and sweet malts. About medium in body with adequate carbonation for the style. great drinkability as my glass was empty in no time.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Pint Glass
Purchased From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

My first Sand Creek, and it's a winner.

Appearance: Pours an amber orange color. Thick head with a long retention, and lots of lacing covering the glass from head to toe (not sure that I've seen this much lacing before actually). Sediment floating from top to bottom, but I don't really care that much. I just hope that they are hop chunks! (:

Smell: I actually don't get a very strong hop aroma from this. Smells mostly bready, with a hint of citrus hops.

Taste: A very nice hop character in this. Getting mostly citrusy flavors out of this. A nice blend of grapefruit and orange peel. Bitter aftertaste, but it's quite nice.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp carbonation, seems just right.

Drinkability: This is a great Wisconsin IPA and I'd definitely pick this up again. This one beats out the New Glarus IPA.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. No date.

A - The Wild Right provided a huge loose and lumpy off-white head which had very good retention and some heavy duty lacing. The color was a light amber that was slightly hazy.

S - Floral and fruity hops on the nose with a lemony citrusy, powdery dry smell that very closely resembles opening a crystal light lemonade powder mix cup. Artificial sweetener and mineral smell finish it off.

T - Crisp and light hops that are very pungent. A controlled bitterness and an artificial sweetener and mineral flavor that doesn't work. Seems cheap.

M - Dry, hoppy, and bitter. Somewhat smooth.

D - This beer is alright. The flavor is off and not that fantastic. Appearance was really the shining part of this beer. I expected more from Sand Creek.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden orange brimming with carbonation and with a thick, persistent, frothy off-white head. Wow. Smells incredibly hoppy. A lot of vibrant pine and grapefruit. A wild ride indeed! The pine and grapefruit are definitely there...Oh! And the hops are too! Yeah. Definitely. A bit too much grapefruit for me! Sweetens as it warms, though, rounding out the bitterness a bit. Still, I'm a bit of a sissy when it comes to bitterness. Not highly drinkable to me, personally. What? You got a problem?

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was picked up from a friend's fridge on my last trip back to good ol' Wisconsin. It flew back with me along with many other tasties. I poured this loose 12 oz bottle into a pint glass to review.

A nice perfect pour leaves an inch of frothy white head. Some moderate head retention. Very thick, lasting lace. Extremely cloudy goldish orange color with sediment of all sizes quite present. Decent carbonation.

I can smell grapefruit hops from about a foot and a half away after the pour. Dank, citrus and grapefruit dominate the nose.

Taste is more balanced, but still dominated by the citrus hops. Ingredients used in proper quantity, but their quality could be improved.

Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Mouth is quite nice - not too thick, somewhat creamy/smooth and a nice finish leaves a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

A good beer by this small Wisconsin brewery. Are there better? Certainly, but that doesn't take away from the quality of this one.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep hazy gold, one finger head.

S- Citrusy hop aroma with a very light malt aroma.

T- Very hop dominate from start to finish. Clean crisp but otherwise bland malt backbone steps out of the way to let the hops do thier thing. Bitterness peaks at about midpoint and finishes relativley smooth.

M- Light and crisp.

D- Dispite bitterness levels, it goes down real easy.

This would be a great hot summer day IPA.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh soft hoppy character that's a nice mix of sweet, spicy, floral and citrus.
Pours a perfect glass into shaker glass with a full head that becomes rocky and bumpy and shows great persistence and spots of drippy lacing. Lots of yeast sediment floating around a dark amber (gold/brown).
Carbonation is very fine and very evident as take first drinks. Full hop flavors start to finish with sufficient bitterness and ample dryness on a longer than average finish. Malt balances nicely with hints of flavor in the foundation and specs of sweetness. The bitterness may prove too strong for some, pushing the harshness boundary as it takes on grapefruit skin flavors.
Body is where is should be.
This is pretty good. Drinkability down a notch with the bitterness, otherwise a fine drink.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden brown with a puffy two finger head that fades away very slowly. Pretty solid looking IPA.

S - Hops and a piney citrus all hit your noise. Again, pretty solid smelling IPA.

T - The hoppy citrus notes are all there as your drink this beer. The look and smell were solid indicators of this one. Lots of pine present in this one.

M - The citrus and hoppy notes hit you right away but there a slight bitterness towards the end that gives you an interesting throat feeling that prevents me from rating hit.

D - This is a pretty solid IPA. The bitterness is the only thing holding this back.

I can't believe this is same brewery that produced Woody's Wheat. Talk about a night and day difference.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Foamy pale tan head on top of a burnt orange-brown body. The head fades slowly leaving a hummocky topography and a nice lace residue.

S - Sweet hoppy goodness and allot of it!

T - The hop flavor isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma. It has a bitterness to it not recognizable in the scent. Each sip starts out mildly hoppy and moves fast to a bitter ending. Wild ride is right when it comes to the flavor.

M - The feel starts out watery. From there is moves to a slightly coarse texture across the front and middle of my tongue before finishing cold.

~ This is a drinkable brew, without a doubt. The flavor is potent as is the smell. I suggest anyone interested in enjoying a solid IPA give this Sand Creek Brewer a shot.

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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.
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