RATINGS: 296   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

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TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Gold pour with a tall, foamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt, grains, rice and soft floral hops. Taste is floral hops, soft fruit notes, grains, rice and sweet malt. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more grains, rice notes, sweet malt, floral hops, light earthy hops and fruit notes.

Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Fresh bottle from Joe Canal’s. Pours medium yellow with lots of retained lace. Citra hop aroma, smelling well contained and slightly fruity. Slightly acidic, despite a cushioning of malt, and sweet rice. Decent drinkability. A little tropical fruit.

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick white head. Lightly carbonated. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is pine and resin hops. Flavor is a slight step down from the big aroma. Flavor is pine and citrus hops with a little malt sweetness in the background. Light to medium body. Finish is a little bitter, but not astringent. The alcohol is what makes this beer a 2IPA. I would say the flavor and aroma meets an IPA requirement. Still, a nice beer.

nuplastikk (6511) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12oz bottle. Filtered golden-tan., big steady white head. Some mellow tropical hop aromas, very modern, nice. A pretty solid IIPA, the rice really adds some character to the body. Classic piny grapefruit NW hops tones, but also some nice tropical action as well. Quite an enjoyable, well executed beer. Nails it as far as I’m concerned.

dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. Was pretty intrigued by this one. Not super hoppy or malty but still very flavorful. The hops were up front with a slight hint of rice and honey. I really enjoyed this one.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours gold, sticky white head. Aroma of tropical fruit hops, nice citrus, tangerine, light grain scent. Crisp flavor. Light grains, floral hops, medicinal notes, herbal flavors. Hops are the dominated character here, still well balanced. (3537) my first day on exit17.

smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours clear golden color with white head. Floral hop and grapefruit aroma with some biscuit malts. Grassy and citrus flavor with slight malt sweetness and moderate bitterness. Light body for a DIPA. Decent.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium yellow-hued body with a small, brief, white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and mango notes atop the subtler pilsner maltiness ahead of the (to my surprise that it’s even present) clean-cut scent of rice.

Taste: Pale and pils malts with ample sweetness of confectioner’s sugar striking the tongue. Mango, white grapefruit, moderate resins strike the tongue, doling out a fair amount of hop bitterness as they ride along, like members of a parade tossing out cheap candy. All the while the rice mix dipping in and out of the taste. Dry, hoppy finish, not overly bitter, though, and with some low, lingering rich quality after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, the rice really helped to lighten this up; it’s a nice change from some of the heavy, sticky DIPA’s. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: While I am relieved to be enjoyed a 12 ounce bottle versus a hefty 750ml deal (as I would be with just about any beer), I will say I enjoyed it far more than anticipated. Rice is nice.

pras (602) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Golden color and crystal clear. Aroma is full of hops, fruity and floral, somewhat tropical. Flavor is hopy, but not overwhelmingly so. Finishes slightly bitter. This is a strange beer. It is well in balance, but I am not so sure about the flavors.

RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle. Perfectly clear golden beer with a small white head. Aroma is almost nothing but hops, but complex. Lots of tropical fruit, peach, berry, and pine. Taste has some of the same fruityness, medium sweet and medium bitter, very nice. Finish is bitter but only mildly, crisp finish. Light-medium body, average carbonation. Very solid DIPA.

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