Wild Ride IPA | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
231
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
17.51%
 
 
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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Elric for this extra in a trade!

A- Body is a nice golden amber color that pours with a giant thick, foamy, off-white (rust) colored head. Head slowly subsides to 1 finger and tons of lacing all the way down the glass. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic.

S-Nose is a nice balance of caramel malt and hops but smells sticky-sweet. Noticeable hop aromas include citrus and earthy.

T-Flavor is somewhat mild at first with a balance between caramel malt and herbal hop flavors. A hint of pine and citrus comes through for the finish along with the other flavors. All that lingers is a bit of caramel sweetness.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a smooth oily body.

D- A good, solid IPA from a brewery I didn't even know existed. Somewhat mild and definitely on the sweet side but still packed with hops. More of a balanced IPA than a hop bomb.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color. A large white head forms after the pour and has great retention. Sheets of lacing is left on the glass after consuming this beer.

Citrus hops is the first thing I smelled but there is an underlying musky, toffee malt aroma.

Nicely balanced flavor of a citrus hop rush at first but quickly kept in check with a firm malt base. Bitterness is moderate but not tiring on the palate.

Has a medium body with enough carbonation to lighten up the beer. Lacks a great texture.

This has 6% ABV and 60 IBUs so it sits on the more moderate side of American IPAs. I enjoy this beer and it's wonderful balance. The best compliment I can give this beer is that it reminds me of Masala Mama with its malt bill.

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

Wild Ride pours a slighty rusty, lightly hazed, deep orange, with a good lid of dirty off-white, creamy foam.

Nice nose of sweet flowery citric hops.

Taste brings some sweet caramel and fresh, sweet, orangey citrus. Flowery as well, and a whole lot of bitter citrus rind hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied and lightly oily-smooth, with fluffy-fizzy carbonation.

Pretty nice IPA. Not quite a "wild ride," but still quite tasty.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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 jwinship83
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- amber with a very small head. pretty average

S- centennial hops and not much else.

T- very nice, crisp, bitter hop aftertaste and balanced start

M- crisp, clean, and light. nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

D- i could have a couple of these before i got sick of it. it reminded me of founders centennial, but on a lesser scale.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Elric73 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a massive three-finger off-white head. Retention was excellent and left ample sheets of lacing. Aroma was big on light citrus with oranges and lemon zest dominating. Caramel malts are also present in the nose and a little bit of spices as well. The taste isn't quite as good as the nose with the lemon taking on a bit of a sour kick up front and in the finish. The malts are present again but there is a slight acidity throughout the taste. The mouthfeel is light to medium with very high carbonation and little hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very drinkable brew for the warm weather with the dominant lemony hops.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Gehrig
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy brown body with orange trim with a thin finger of white head atop, despite an aggressive pour. Yet the lacing on the Yanks pint glass is dense. The color is beautiful. Great aroma, flush with citrus hops--lots of grapefruit and orange peel, but some roasted malt as well. I'd like to get more malt for the balance, but this is already impressing me.

How delicious is this?!? Great flavor and terrific balance between fruit and spice. Hops a'plenty no doubt, but hints of pepper emerge, as well as some chocolate malt as it warms. Mouthfeel seals the deal with Wild Ride, ironically because as good and bold as this is, it's really quite smooth. There is great and fine balance between rich, rough hop texture and smooth, creamy malt-infused body, with each emerging in alternating sips. really one of the best IPAs I've tried in some time.

When I grabbed this today at the Savoy Friar Tuck, I didn't expect this to be so damn good. I hoped it would be, as I do with all beers but especially the IPAs, Belgians, Barleywines, and a couple other particular favorite styles. This did not disappoint. Tremendous find, and one I'll look for regularly. Part Wild Ride, part smooth landing, this is a gem from Sand Creek.

Outstanding.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Buckybeer. Thanks!
pours a gorgeous glowing orange color with a big fluffy, beige head. Smell is rich, fruity hops and tea. Taste is full of hop flavor, but mild on the bitterness and with a moderate to light malt backing. Still a solid IPA all around, and nice hop flavor, for sure. Definitely worth a try.

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

Hazy orange color with a spotty , foamy off white head. Spotted lace down entire side of glass.

Taste is sweet , orange , citrus , flowery , woody . The hops hit you and stay for entire beer. All the good characteristics of a
good IPA. You will notice the bite of the hops from the on start, seems to mellow as the beer warms.

nice mouth feel . A bit of a bite on the aftertaste but shouldn't scare you away.

overall a good IPA. Will get this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A huge thick billowy head fills the remainder of my pint glass upon pouring, but slowly recedes leaving a fluffy cloud of head on top of the orange/amber body. There is some noticeable sediment in the beer, which I like to see.

S- What a great balance on the nose. I definitely detect some nice maltiness that is almost a caramel, but it is so delicately balance out by the hops. The hopiness is piney yet nice and fruity with grapefruit, and a bit of pear.

T- Nice hopiness, although a touch thin in the beginning, gives way to some notes of pine, grapefruit, a slight pear, and then finishes with a dryness of pine. A really nice balance here, and a bit more sessionable than other IPAS.

M- Mouthfeel was hit right on with on a slight tingling on the tongue that is far from cloying.

D- This is a good IPA, but doesn't beat out my stand by, Surly Furious. If you have a bottle available to purchase, I would recommend giving this one a shot.

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Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden color that leaves a thick, rocky head and wonderful lacing on the glass. Smells incredibly good. I can tell this one is perfectly balanced before I even taste it. I was right. What gorgeous balance between the hops (the 4 C's of American hops) and pale malts. The tag on the shelf said it also contained 6 different malts. I was sold! Great carbonation, medium bodied, good mouthfeel and is incredibly easy to drink. The ABV is relatively low, so this would make the ultimate IPA session beer. Nice work by a good WI company.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle.

Copper amber with a foamy, two-finger head. Moderate carbonation with prominent, sticky lacing. Incredible head retention.

Hopped-up aroma with notes of pine and citrus.

Sturdy hop bitterness that lingers throughout. Astringent, alcohol presence. Dry mouthfeel with a puckeringly bitter finish.

Could have used a slight infusion of malt, but otherwise a decent IPA.

Enjoy the ride.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint.

Appearance is coppery with a slight cloud. Particulates through give a rough caske type characteristic.

Smell is of hops with a slight fresh cut grass in the background. Smells like...well hops.

Taste is nice with a hop bite on the tongue which is predominate. Not much here but hops with a small yeasty biscuit type flavor. Mild citrus (grapefruit?). A little bit of soap on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very thin and crisp, not very full bodied, not bad, but pretty watery.

Would make a good heavy drinking beer, I could put away more than six of these and not complain.

Pretty good IPA. Could be a little more balance to the hops, but at least they come through and shout their presence. I would pick it up again and recommend it to try.

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Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the twist off bottle a dirty, chunky, orange tinged copper colour, with a slight foamy head leaving sparse and spotty clinging lace. standard IPA aromas of citric hops, pine needles and a bit of toasted malt. taste follows suit; resinous hops, piney in nature and a bit herbal...slight citrus notes and a biscuity malt base make for a well received hop shot on my tongue. nice bitterness, never overwhelming yet lingering in nature. the body of this offering is medium; sturdy but simple. the overall mouthfeel is thinnish, a bit too crisp, and lacking in dexterity. drinkability is good. easy to quaff a few down quickly.

overall a run of the mill IPA. leans a bit towards the english style rather than american. nice hop bitterness, nice simple malt bill. worth a try if you can obtain it.

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

thanks to thefatkid13 for this sample, they have been very appreciated.

the beer pours a coppery reddish with a nice antique white head, the beer is very carbonated, little to much for my tastes in an ipa.
the aroma is a hopsack right in yor face like any american ipa should be, followed by a little bit of malt.
the flavor is up front hops, citrus, resinous, bitter, dropping off with a drying effect on the palette, followed by a quick burst of malt the is then accompanied by a lingering grassiness.
a good ipa but not that i am going to throw a fit that i can not get that easy. not like that uff-da that was also in this trade and i am throwing a temper tantrum over its availability in michigan; which is zilch.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours very cloudy light orange color with lots of sediment floating around. big white cloudy head, that laces quite a bit.

smells like piney hops, very strong hop oder, makes me salivate just smelling it.

taste is a very bitter strong hop taste, alcohol is present but not overpowering. has a neat sweetness at the end of each sip

easy drinking IPA, and a darn good one at that, recommended

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Photo of SMark
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 47ยบ 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 mnstorm99
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In short a pretty standard IPA. Aroma is of hops and carmel maltiness. Taste is first the hops with a nice malt flavor to balance it out. Well carbonated, but nothing very memorable in this beer as a basic, but solid IPA. I would definately drink this one again, but I would look for a better offering first.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 orangemoustache
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -15.1%
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 -16.2%
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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Wild Ride IPA from Sand Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.
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