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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.

Malts: MFB pilsner malt
Hops: City, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe and Chinook
Wild Rice, Brown rice
Yeast: Chico
Original Gravity: 6.6 Plato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle. Pretty smooth and rich yet, very drinkable. Strawberry aroma. Some orange and pine. Balanced. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light spice. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and earth lingers with pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2964) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Brian brought over a growler. Pretty standard stuff but good. Well balanced, well hidden alcohol, some light tropical notes, and standard big grapefruit. Thanks Brian!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Pine, resin, citrus. Medium full body. Bitter sweet grainy finish. Not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1802) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2015
Pours a hazy, light golden color with a white head. Aroma is fruity citrus, mango, papya, and pine. Flavor is oranges, mango, pineapple, and candied papya. Finishes with a resiny pine. Light bodied. Interesting concept of using rice to accentuate the hops. With using the rice in place of malt there is no sweet caramel malt base usually used in this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knevison (1) - Hockessin, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2015 does not count
This is a very tasty, clean, strong beer that is a quite piney IPA. I was pretty impressed by the light colour to high ABV relationship, but overall it leaves a good, easy taste in your mouth and you’ll be left wanting more. This brewery is becoming one of my local favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
On tap at my hotel in Jersey. I asked the waiter what they had on draft. He ran through a very uninspiring list, and at the end said "and IPA." I ordered it, and asked him to tell me which one it was when he came back. To no surprise, he never told me which one it was, and just stared at me blankly when I asked what it was he had brought me. Sigh… In any case, poured a light gold, clear, slight head. Aroma was an exciting shot of tropical and citrus malts, tangerines baby. Flavor matched, with just enough light crackery malt to hold it together. Really good stuff. I had a second one, wandered up to the bar, and figured out by staring at the tap handle intently just what i had ordered. Now that I am rating it and see the ABV, I can see why I was feeling a bit like a lightweight that evening. Not exactly an IPA. But an enjoyable highlight in the beer wasteland I was in, not that far off the exit it is named after. The rice really does lighten it up and let the hops really shine through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Pours clear light amber with a fairly thick and frothy eggshell head. Aroma is mainly hoppy with hay and woody notes, and a fruity undertone that is mainly citrus. Hoppy flavor is somewhat bitter, with weak fruity notes and a hint of - is that wild rice? Not impressive, but refreshing. Texture is thin but fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy finish. An interesting ex-beer-iment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2015
BBD 3/6/15. Pours a clear golden with an excellent head volume and retention. Lacing is World Class. Excellent nose of citrus hops over a light biscuit sweetness. Grapefruit and tropicals (tangerine, mango) over a subtle spruce element yield a World Class aroma similar to Sculpin, but not as intense. Light medium body with a smooth texture that also has a nice oily aspect. Normal carbonation with effervescence in the finish. Like the nose, the flavor profile is similar to Sculpin, but is not quite as intense. It is complex and expertly balanced. It begins with a blend of hop flavors that separate into a slightly bitter grapefruit that flows into the sweeter tropicals, with a mild balancing biscuit sweetness. The middle is slightly bitter and has an orange rind note. The finish is a slow fade of mild bitterness inducing a subtle puckering effect that is slightly dry. The 8.2% alcohol is totally hidden and represents a brewing masterpiece.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2382) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2015
12 oz bottle courtesy of mikeq215. Thanks. Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a medium white head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild and indistinct with straw and pine. The taste is a bit better with mangos, melons, pine and a somewhat spicy biscuit malt base. The plate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finished dry. Overall: Tasty stuff.

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