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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4206) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Pineypower thanks Dean. Poured lighter then I was expecting for a DIPA with a light gold body sitting underneath an ample bright white foamy head. Aroma has a nice initial burst of piney resin then some tropical fruits, apricot and tangerine kick in. As this beers warms the piney notes fade to the background and the fruity aromas dominate. Fuller bodied with average carbonation and a suprisingly light bitter finish. The flavor isn’t as great as the aroma but still very nice....notes of bitter hop flowers, citrus, apricot and grains. Yet another winner from the Flying Fish exit series, 3 for 4 not to shabby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
750ml Bottle (at 8.2%ABV): Aroma of hops, pine, grass, light citrus, and a hint of tropical fruit. Poured yellow/gold in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, grass, rice, and light citrus. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Bitter hop, citrus, pine, and grass finish. 8.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Lightly fogged straw with a meringue cap. Nose is toffee, pine, mango, brown rice and cat spray. Resiny medium body; kind of creamy with a tang. Taste is orange peel, pine and papaya. Spicy grapefruit finish. The rice adds an interseting but subtle dimension. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chalsk (1081) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Pours a pale yellow haze with a white soapy head. Has a very grapefruit forward aroma. Taste is the same. Sweet with some bitters on the back end. Very nice, but something is a pinch off kilter with this brew. Might be the mango. Still enjoyable. Follow up: On tap at Cloverleaf. Enjoyed it a bit more than the last time. The elements of the beer ran together better, than out of the bottle. The malts worked better with the mango, which was less dominant this time around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate bubbly head. Very nice aroma of pine, citrus notes, tropical fruit, mainly mango and slight pineapple. Taste is complex, pine hops, light citrus notes, mango, and a little bit of malt in there for balance, but the hops take the cake. Alcohol content is well masked. Very West Coastish, and that is not a bad thing, definitely the best from FF and best thing to come out of NJ beer-wise since the closing of Heavyweight. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
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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