Beer Wednesday – Rhizing Bines
Happy Beer Wednesday! This week I’m happy to be sharing a beer that I bought at Dogfish Head’s brewery when I went on their brewery tour. First, a little back story though:
What the heck is a “bine” anyway?
Well, according to the World English Dictionary, a bine is ” the climbing or twining stem of any of various plants, such as the woodbine or bindweed,” Do you know what every beer-drinker’s favorite bine is? Yup! it’s the hop! I mean, where would be all be without this twining, smiling biney flower?
Hence the name for this impressive PA: Rhizing Bines, but Dogfish Head
This IPA is actually a collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada (both great craft breweries, if I do so say so myself), and it goes beyond the simple “IPA” label. billed as “using the best of both coasts,” I was really impressed with this rich, smooth IPA. The “Carolina-grown red fife wheat” and the “estate-grown caramel malt” blend together to create a terrific and delicious version of an IPA.
Now, I tend to prefer my IPAs a little hoppier, but this one still had a bitter, citrusy flavor that you would hope for from an IPA. It was clear and a beautiful golden color, with a bright nose that hinted of hops, but with a sweetness that the flavor delivered. The sweetness may have been a bit strong, but I’m splitting hairs to complain.
Was it amazing? Not really. Was it really good? Well, yes, yes it was. I was really happy when I started drinking it. Rich, and flavorful, Rhizing Bines impressed me with its complexity. You could taste the malt, but it never competed with the hops, and with a fully drinkable ABV (8%) I went ahead and drank all 25 ounces (because, well, why not?).
Leaving that aside, the artwork on the label was suggestive of the usual Dogfish Head work, and the freshness reminded me of Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. On the down side, I do prefer my IPAs a little hoppier than this was, and I do wish that the beer had a bit more to separate it from other beers.
To rate this, I’d give it a 3.5/5. It’s a solid IPA, rich an flavorful, but it left me feeling just the tiniest bit flat.