RATINGS: 291   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. Its the place usually identified with landfills, pipelines, mob burials (alleged) and sports teams that say theyre 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, weve 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 weve 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Cask conditioned firkin at the Pourhouse. Very hazy golden pour almost as though a light shines from the center of the glass. Very little head as a result of the cask conditioning. Big citrusy aroma. Well-balanced citrus hops and sturdy malt in the flavor. Very soft mouthfeel and a long mildly bitter finish. Alcohol quite well hidden. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (1045) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
From notes: Pours slightly hazy pale amber with a 2-finger ivory-colored head. Sharp, piney hops aroma. Palate was light, but deep and slightly oily. Deep piney-hops flavor that lingers with a pepperyness on the tongue, but not as hop-heavy as a lot of double IPAs are. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsmerig (1523) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Pours a hazy yellow with a minimal head. Aroma is grassy and floral. Taste is briefly sweet at the start followed quickly by a torpedo of spicy tartness that goes to the back of your throat and finishes bitter. Crisp finish. Lingering Pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is nice peachy and citrusy hoppy. Smooth hops fruity and with a sweet impression. Ends citrusy and bitter. Smooth fruity and bitter hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2426) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Tap. Clear light yellowy orange with a white head. Dank hops really dominate, some grassy notes and grapefruit as well. Taste very much mirrors the aroma, and a nice gapefruity hoppy burn that rounds out with some passion fruit. Love that the body is a little lighter and slick, and its a pretty clean show of hops thats missing the sweetness from a lot of other East Coast DIPAs. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 26, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #106. Bright gold with an orange tint and a pretty nice white head with some pretty good lacing. Light clean hoppy aroma, really mild. A little bitter, but very mild with a bit bit of graininess. Pretty nice. (1682)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a cloudy light gold with good carbonation. At least three fingers of head good retention, ok retention. The aroma is light nice hops slightly pine, easy to smell, but thats about all there, a slight bit of rice on the end. The taste is ok, its really light, a little hops throughout but its not super smooth or totally appealing. Id drink but probably not again. Nothing special here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7198) - Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric at Timbo and Aprils going away party
Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with a small white head and light lacing
Aroma: Floral and fruity
Taste: Floral and citrus
Nice, not very hoppy for a DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a deep bronze color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet honey and fruity hops. The flavor is a decent fruity hop- some citrus for sure-, and grains sweet toast, a bit more mellow than Id like. Perhaps this was a bit too old, I didnt see an age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13147) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2011
750 mL bottle from Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD. Pours a hazy dark straw yellow with a medium frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of rice, citrus and floral hops, caramel. The taste is big citrus hops with a resinous finish and a bit of a tropical note. Fairly strong rice notes with some nuttiness. Medium bodied. Strong lingering bitterness. Nice beer.

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