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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Wild Rice Double IPA. The fourth stop on our multi-year trip to explore New Jersey takes us to one of the most maligned places in the state- the Hackensack Meadowlands. It’s the place usually identified with landfills, pipelines, mob burials (alleged) and sports teams that say they’re from New York.

Although no longer home to forests of giant cedars and salt hay marshes teeming with aquatic life, the Meadowlands is still an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, we’ve brewed this beer with wild rice. We also used brown and white rice, as well as two malts.

Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we’ve added. Lots and lots of them. We then dry-hopped this Double IPA with even more-generous additions of Chinook and Citra hops to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine.

Malts: MFB pilsner malt
Hops: City, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe and Chinook
Wild Rice, Brown rice
Yeast: Chico
Original Gravity: 6.6 Plato

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/14/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A: Pours a lighter straw color with fantastic clarity. This could easily be mistaken for a pilsner. The head is a two finger white color with nice retention. Quite a bit of lace is left on the glass, as well. S: I notice a lot of pineapple, mango, apricot, pine, and coriander. Hell, I even pick up some of the wild rice used. Quite the impressive aroma in general. However, I can see how someone could pick up ’cat pee’ from the Citra hops - thankfully it all works quite well in this one. T: THIS is the kind of IPA I like. Light, citrusy, crisp, and refreshing - without any overdone maltiness or hop harshness to spoil things. The citrusy character on this is particularly well done - chock full of mango, passion fruit, apricot, grapefruit, and guava. A slight ’green’ flavor comes through in the midtaste as well, but it’s hardly what I’d call "piny." Neither is it remotely bitter. Maybe it could use a little more complexity...when the few flavors it presents are so incredible, though, who really cares? M: Completely bone dry and crisp, just as advertised. If the flavors weren’t so joyous to savor, this would go down spectacularly easy. Honestly, though, the ultra-dry finish somehow fits this beer. It’s one of those offerings that I like to keep swishing around in my mouth because I want to savor every last drop. The hop resins linger nicely without providing much bitterness. O: I hardly ever go this high with my ratings. But this one I feel deserves it. The only other Flying Fish beer I had was the extremely meh Winter Reserve - so who would have ever thought they would come through with such a fantastic DIPA? In retrospect, $16 for a 6-pack is kind of a bargain, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (514) - Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Poured from 3 bottles of of a mixed six, pours cloudy amber with a hint of orange and a few champagne bubbles at the start. Taste is spicy hops, some fruit, citrus, is the grittiness coming from the rice? great. Good and strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6305) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 27, 2016
12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 12/7/2016. Clear in color gold with slow steady carbonation. Aroma is similar to sake mixed with light pine and mild fruit.

Interesting flavor; mango in the center followed by rice with a lightly piney, lingering bitterness. Bitterness is moderate to strong with a lasting effect. Body is medium with a decent mouthfeel. I definitely appreciate the substitution of the yeast for the rice. Creative.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4335) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle in Las Vegas. Clear golden pour, thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops, citrus, spicy and some sake. Flavor is quite bitter, fruity and with citrus. Nice body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7432) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Daytona Beach, Fl - Total Wine & More - 12 oz bottle. Slight haze to the medium golden pour, bubbly white head that sticks around a while. Aroma has some light saffron spiciness, a hint of spruce. Full bodied flavor, solid citrus bitterness, some rice-like sweetness, a brief hint of caramel sweetness. Thickish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Larry_Duffman (387) - - MAY 9, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. The aroma was floral hops, citrus, and tropical fruit. The taste was hops, grapefruit, other citrus, mango, and rice. It was dry and bitter on the palate. Considering the alcohol content, it was very refreshing and drinkable. It doesn’t drink like a beer with over eight percent alcohol at all. This is very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyScallywag (307) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2016
The aroma is enticing and the initial taste excites the tastebuds. Hops and malts explode in the mouth, but as the hops build, everything almost just disappears. The alcohols burn is left and a slight bitterness. Easy to drink, but I expected more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (10261) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Citrus and pine/resin forward in nose and flavor, though also maltier than I like in the style. Perhaps starting to be past it’s prime. Chewy feel is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
demannu (380) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Slightly hazy yet transparent golden head with a sizeable foamy white head. Aroma is citrus fruits and mild pine. Palate is very dry (in a good way for me at least), light and crisp. Taste is slightly bitter/piney with nice citrus notes. I’m a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5775) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from Bethesda Food & Beverage. Nice copper body with sizeable fluffy head. Nose is hoppy, some spicy and honey. Taste is great, hops, caramel and various flavours. Strong rice and hoppy and fruity finish. Great ABV that is well-hidden. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
boisebeerguy (204) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2015
12 oz can. Was not a big fan of this, it was a little malty for my taste but not a bad beer. Would not seek out again

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