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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
750ml bottle via trade thanks to mikey711 on BA, shared at a tasting. Clear golden in color with a large lasting white head and great lacing. Looks excellent. Great hop aroma - citrusy and a little floral - with sweet malt in the background to back it up. Flavor is also very nice, especially for an east coast DIPA. Sweet malt and wild rice (I swear I can taste it!) with loads of hops - citrusy (orange mainly), floral, tropical (pineapple), and resinous. Medium-bodied and crisp and well-carbonated. Some hop resins attack your palate. Overall, very impressive for an east coast DIPA. The California beer snobs I drank this with almost all approved, and that’s saying something. Nice job, Flying Fish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9550) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle… Murky yellow ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aromatics are of spicy, musky hops. Medium to full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor offers bitter, earthy, flavorful hops, but not much else. Finishes bitter and is somewhat drying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, glowing, yellowish-orange golden hue. A small, patchy, off-white head leaves behind minimal lacing spots and skinny flares. The aroma is based in dry pale malt and distinct rice grain, hopped generously with notes of clean citrus, bright grasses, and hints of tropical fruit. It’s quite resinous and perfumy, and the rice really does a nice job of drying things out. Flavors are crisp, bright, and lemony, hinting at grapefruit rind, bitter green grass, and zesty white pepper. There’s a little toffee sweetness in the background, but the rice comes across distinctly and changes the profile considerably. Medium-light bodied and nearly bone dry, the palate sports a moderate carbonation and crispness that suits this brew well. Good stuff. Totally unique.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5035) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2010
750ml Bomber – Trade - Hbmason
Big Flavor and aroma, this golden goddess was terrific. Loved the citrus notes along with the bitterness this was a big IPA great drinking.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3822) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Draft @ Copper Mine. Orange pour with some white head. Aroma is full of citrus, pineapple, and light earthy pine notes. Flavor start with plenty of those hop notes and mellows in the aftertaste. Best exit beer yet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1024) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Poured from big bottle. Exit 16 - right by my house. Big hit of hops in aroma. Lighter color and clearer than most IPAs. Lots of hops, as expected - grapefruit and pine. Only notice the alcohol after swallowing. Rice adds to the balance very well. Finished well. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
750ml into sam adams perfect pint. Pours a dark straw yellow with medium white head. Beautiful aroma of fruits, mangos in particular. rich body with excellent carbonation. Flavor of sweet malts and fruity hops. Very impressed with this IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Hazy golden w thin white head... big citrus, not much malt... moderately lively, dry... citrusy... very excellent....

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8944) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow. Nose is citrus, tangerine, golden wheats and floral hops. Taste is citrus and dry hopped rice.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Made the mistake of drinking this after a real DIPA this afternoon, Moylans. The difference was AMAZING! Even my Glissade swillin buddys were in shock. Cute little light colored brew with some floral hop flavors and aromas and a genteel spicey bite in the finish. Not sure how FF can call this a DIPA? The Moylans made it look like a rookie play. Nice but a tad tame?? Oh well.


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