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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3913) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. The smell is hops, pine, grapefruits, and other fruits. The look is clear, golden in color, with a white head. The taste is hops, fruits, pine, and grapefruits.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
A: The pour is a pale golden color with a light haze and a very fluffy white head on top. S: A very intense citrus aroma which is primarily grapefruit, along with a touch of tropical fruits such as pineapple. A light sweetness and perhaps a bit of pine. T: I was a bit disappointed that the flavors did not quite live up to the nose, but the components were quite similar. The bitterness was more pronounced than I would expect with the pine and grapefruit being the primary hop contributions. M: Fairly light in body, which is likely due to the rice used in the brewing of the beer. A nice crisp and moderate level of carbonation. D: A really nice IPA from the side of the country that I generally shy away from in regards to the style. A really excellent nose and a nice beer to try.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Thanks Michael for this in a trade! A- Body is a translucent light orange hue-very foggy. The fogginess is dynamic as it whirls around the glass. Pours with a 1 finger foamy white head which has great retention at 1/2 finger. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass. S-Huge grapefruit presence as well as other citrus fruit juice and a hint of earthy and grassy hops. T- Taste upfront is pretty balanced with a good dose of grapefruit hoppy goodness and a nice, subtle pale rice background that compliments the hops well. The finish is pretty consistent with the initial flavor and a moderate strength, in-check hop bitterness lingers. P-High carbonation and lightweight body-drinkable but somewhat thin. O- This is a nice fruity citrus IPA. Its really good, really drinkable, and very well balanced. Its certainly no hop bomb but it is a different and interesting IPA in its own right. This is an awesome Jersey Beer! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-07-2010 04:25:18

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3046) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Serving: 75 cl. bottle from State Line. It pours a pale yellow with a slight, foamy, white head. The nose is light and notes of grain, kitty litter, light piney hops, and cereals. The flavor has a different kind of bitterness that is hard to describe. There are notes of cat piss, grain, grass, and slight pine notes. Light to medium body with medium, fine carbonation and a mediumb to long, bitter finish. A very different take on a double IPA but very tasty as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Taste thanks to SSKD814!
Transparent off gold with a puffy white head. Nose of heavy grapefruit, light earth, clay. Rather watery nose. Bitter, astringent flavor, heavily sweet rice, more grapefruit, then some pine. Thin body lacking the traditionally oily palate, leaving a similarly bitter note lasting through the soapy finish. Could use more nuance and less straightforward bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4758) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2010
750ml bottle at the DC Local tasting. Pours a transparent, yellow gold with a creamy, thin head. Big C hop aroma, centennial hops, pine, lemons, citrus fruits. Flavor is bitter but with a clean sweetness, pine, lemons, pine tar, spicy. The rice adds a clean sweetness. Full bodied but smooth with a lasting hop bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle from Craft. Pours turbid dark straw with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is sweet, with huge orange zest, hops, black pepper, apricot, honeydew, mango. Tastes rich, very hoppy, semi-sweet, with a gorgeous medley of tangerine, apricot, mango, honeydew, and hops. Some mild late heat, wt some late notes of sake, and more dry floral hoppiness. This one is outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4807) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
bottle thanks to swalden28. poured gold with a white head. dry hops, piney bitterness and esters on the nose. decent palate, flavor is piney bitter hops, smooth esters, and a good finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5126) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Trade from michael-pollack. I iked this one a lot. Very crisp for a DIPA, and not nearly as sweet. I suppose if you want to split hairs, it was closer to an IPA in taste and palate. Very dry and woodsy, with a nod grainy flavor - I suppose that’s the rice. Likable and easy to drink. Nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle via shared trade with ericandersnavy. Pours a murky yellow with white fizzy head. Aroma is very hoppy with nice citrus notes. Flavor has very hoppy piny dirt and malt. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with medium-high carbonation. I liked it.


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