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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. Itís the place usually identified with landfills, pipelines, mob burials (alleged) and sports teams that say theyíre 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, weíve 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 weíve 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is nice peachy and citrusy hoppy. Smooth hops fruity and with a sweet impression. Ends citrusy and bitter. Smooth fruity and bitter hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Tap. Clear light yellowy orange with a white head. Dank hops really dominate, some grassy notes and grapefruit as well. Taste very much mirrors the aroma, and a nice gapefruity hoppy burn that rounds out with some passion fruit. Love that the body is a little lighter and slick, and itís a pretty clean show of hops thatís missing the sweetness from a lot of other East Coast DIPAs. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 26, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #106. Bright gold with an orange tint and a pretty nice white head with some pretty good lacing. Light clean hoppy aroma, really mild. A little bitter, but very mild with a bit bit of graininess. Pretty nice. (1682)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a cloudy light gold with good carbonation. At least three fingers of head good retention, ok retention. The aroma is light nice hops slightly pine, easy to smell, but thatís about all there, a slight bit of rice on the end. The taste is ok, its really light, a little hops throughout but its not super smooth or totally appealing. Iíd drink but probably not again. Nothing special here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric at Timbo and Aprilís going away party
Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with a small white head and light lacing
Aroma: Floral and fruity
Taste: Floral and citrus
Nice, not very hoppy for a DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a deep bronze color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet honey and fruity hops. The flavor is a decent fruity hop- some citrus for sure-, and grains sweet toast, a bit more mellow than Iíd like. Perhaps this was a bit too old, I didnít see an age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2011
750 mL bottle from Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD. Pours a hazy dark straw yellow with a medium frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of rice, citrus and floral hops, caramel. The taste is big citrus hops with a resinous finish and a bit of a tropical note. Fairly strong rice notes with some nuttiness. Medium bodied. Strong lingering bitterness. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to psudrew for this one. 4.0 A: Hazy peach color. Two fingers of creamy white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing. 4.0 S: Pungent hops take over. Lots of pineapple, mango, and cat piss. Malts add just enough sweetness to add complexity. Rice is not apparent. 3.5 T: Definitely not what I expected. I expected the rice to lighten the body, but that isnít the case. Noticeable bitterness, but hop flavor is much subdued compared with what I expected from the nose. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malts are moderately bready. Rice provides (at least I think) an extra earthy flavor. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. No problems here, but nothing special either. 3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing too great either. Iíd drink it on occasion if I could get a sixer or something. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-14-2010 01:12:33

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
25 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a one finger fizzy white head that left some nice lacing. The nose is quite nice, a hefty dose of citra hops with some other lightly citrusy and tropical fruit hoppiness. Very light maltiness below the hops. The flavor is brightly bitter with a nice tropical fruitiness over a minimally intrusive malt base. Canít say that I would ever be able to pick out that this was made with ífancyí rice, but there might be a slight earthy note in there that may be the result. Nice lingering bitterness on the finish. Light bodied and fairly airy for a Double IPA, but thereís a bit of resiny stickiness on the finish. Nice prickly fine carbonation brings out the bitterness well. Overall, a decent beer, but I canít say that I would have been able to break it down and say that itís good because of the rice used.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5729) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Rich deep brown coloured body with a dense tan head. Aroma of potent hops, alcohol, malt (not really rice in my nose) and a heavy dose of piney, floral notes. Medium-bodied; Deep pungent malt bitterness with a good set of hops and a large spicey character that blends well with the potency. Aftertaste shows a good hop bitterness, some oak and drying notes and a bunch of alcohol warmth. Overall, a good beer - definitely a good beer to sample if you can get it! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 27-November-2010.

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