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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5183) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4959) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5256) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2010
bottle thanks to swalden28. poured yellow with a white head. aroma was pine and fruity. flavor had the same profile as the nose. light body with high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
The aroma is sweet and fruity with muskiness. The bright citrus yellow color has a big creamy head, very light for a DIPA. The flavor hits you hard with hops and citrus, a very dry ending with big notes of grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oOJUXEOo (300) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle. To be honest, reading the bottle label, I wasn’t sure about this one. Rice in a craft brew is usually a no-no. The beer poured a brilliant golden orange. Head was about 1 finger. The smell is all citrus hops, Great first impression on the nose. The taste really reminds me of Pliny! A very up front hop explosion, but not bitter. Malt is in there, but subdued. This is a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
bottle pours dark gold with a medium white head. Strong pine aroma. Very well balanced double ipa with just enough biscuit and rice flavors to balance the pine and herbal hop notes that dry out the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13181) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle at DC local tasting, courtesy of Lenny and Dave, thank you gentlemen. Pale yellow color. Aroma of pepper and malt. Taste is bitter throughout, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice.

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