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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Copper Mine. Pours a golden body with a white head. Sweet fruity hop tones that fair a bit tropical in origin. Papaya, citrus, tangerines, and marmalade. Very piney and citrus with a bitter sweet hop resinous body. Not sure how the rice portion exactly goes into play as this was a freaking awesome dipa, maybe it made the mouth feel a bit more bread y but it was hard to tell with the abundance of hoppiness (someone should call a beer that), great!
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