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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12oz bottle. Filtered golden-tan., big steady white head. Some mellow tropical hop aromas, very modern, nice. A pretty solid IIPA, the rice really adds some character to the body. Classic piny grapefruit NW hops tones, but also some nice tropical action as well. Quite an enjoyable, well executed beer. Nails it as far as I’m concerned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. Was pretty intrigued by this one. Not super hoppy or malty but still very flavorful. The hops were up front with a slight hint of rice and honey. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours gold, sticky white head. Aroma of tropical fruit hops, nice citrus, tangerine, light grain scent. Crisp flavor. Light grains, floral hops, medicinal notes, herbal flavors. Hops are the dominated character here, still well balanced. (3537) my first day on exit17.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours clear golden color with white head. Floral hop and grapefruit aroma with some biscuit malts. Grassy and citrus flavor with slight malt sweetness and moderate bitterness. Light body for a DIPA. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium yellow-hued body with a small, brief, white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and mango notes atop the subtler pilsner maltiness ahead of the (to my surprise that it’s even present) clean-cut scent of rice.

Taste: Pale and pils malts with ample sweetness of confectioner’s sugar striking the tongue. Mango, white grapefruit, moderate resins strike the tongue, doling out a fair amount of hop bitterness as they ride along, like members of a parade tossing out cheap candy. All the while the rice mix dipping in and out of the taste. Dry, hoppy finish, not overly bitter, though, and with some low, lingering rich quality after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, the rice really helped to lighten this up; it’s a nice change from some of the heavy, sticky DIPA’s. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: While I am relieved to be enjoyed a 12 ounce bottle versus a hefty 750ml deal (as I would be with just about any beer), I will say I enjoyed it far more than anticipated. Rice is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Golden color and crystal clear. Aroma is full of hops, fruity and floral, somewhat tropical. Flavor is hopy, but not overwhelmingly so. Finishes slightly bitter. This is a strange beer. It is well in balance, but I am not so sure about the flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RamyG4 (324) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle. Perfectly clear golden beer with a small white head. Aroma is almost nothing but hops, but complex. Lots of tropical fruit, peach, berry, and pine. Taste has some of the same fruityness, medium sweet and medium bitter, very nice. Finish is bitter but only mildly, crisp finish. Light-medium body, average carbonation. Very solid DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Hugely hoppy nose, pine and light oak and extremely heavy resin, the hop-fruits are mango, grapefruit, orange, faint lychee. Light clear yellow-golden with a lacing, rocky white head. Bitter taste but in no way extreme (more like a mild IPA), but big and bready (nee yeasty), dries out ad lets the resins ascend. Alcohol well hidden but with slight warming at the end. Crisp medium-full body is actually pretty interesting in texture. Light pine and -- very surprising for a big pale ale -- no signs of caramel! Impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Mmmm, Citra hops. Can really smell the Citra hops, though it isn't pungent enough. Crisp, clean, fresh hops. Middle is a tad watery, however, and doesn't have the depth of hop flavor found in the very best DIPAs. I suppose that's due to the rice? A solid, tasty, unoffensive, and highly drinkable DIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2113) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours dark gold with a fluffy white head which stuck around with nice lacing. Aroma is tropical citrus, resin and earthy. Taste is sweet with a nice lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied. Very nice and extremely deceiving that it is 8%, I could drink this fresh all the time.

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