RATINGS: 295   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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chibuck (3513) - 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 that’s 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. I’d drink but probably not again. Nothing special here.

Sledutah (7532) - Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric at Timbo and April’s 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.

douglas88 (9181) - 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 I’d like. Perhaps this was a bit too old, I didn’t see an age.

Drake (13737) - 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.

DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to psudrew for this one. 4.0 A: Hazy peach color. Two fingers of creamy white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing. 4.0 S: Pungent hops take over. Lots of pineapple, mango, and cat piss. Malts add just enough sweetness to add complexity. Rice is not apparent. 3.5 T: Definitely not what I expected. I expected the rice to lighten the body, but that isn’t the case. Noticeable bitterness, but hop flavor is much subdued compared with what I expected from the nose. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malts are moderately bready. Rice provides (at least I think) an extra earthy flavor. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. No problems here, but nothing special either. 3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing too great either. I’d drink it on occasion if I could get a sixer or something. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-14-2010 01:12:33

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
25 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a one finger fizzy white head that left some nice lacing. The nose is quite nice, a hefty dose of citra hops with some other lightly citrusy and tropical fruit hoppiness. Very light maltiness below the hops. The flavor is brightly bitter with a nice tropical fruitiness over a minimally intrusive malt base. Can’t say that I would ever be able to pick out that this was made with ’fancy’ rice, but there might be a slight earthy note in there that may be the result. Nice lingering bitterness on the finish. Light bodied and fairly airy for a Double IPA, but there’s a bit of resiny stickiness on the finish. Nice prickly fine carbonation brings out the bitterness well. Overall, a decent beer, but I can’t say that I would have been able to break it down and say that it’s good because of the rice used.

jgb9348 (6252) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Rich deep brown coloured body with a dense tan head. Aroma of potent hops, alcohol, malt (not really rice in my nose) and a heavy dose of piney, floral notes. Medium-bodied; Deep pungent malt bitterness with a good set of hops and a large spicey character that blends well with the potency. Aftertaste shows a good hop bitterness, some oak and drying notes and a bunch of alcohol warmth. Overall, a good beer - definitely a good beer to sample if you can get it! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 27-November-2010.

Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours a very light gold, just barely darker than a pilsner. Nice fluffy white head and a good ring of lacing as it goes down. S: Tropical fruits--mango, pineapple, and apricot alongside a little bit of citrus. Not malt sweetness. T: Similar to the nose, but the intensity is taken up a notch. The malt sweet is again decidedly lacking, making this very much West Coast in style. M: Dry and crisp. The rice really does wonders for drying this one out in addition to the lack of any noticeable malt presence. D: Very nice all around. At 8%, it’s not too big, although not necessarily sessionable either. Very nice hop profile and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Very glad I got to pick up a few bottles of this, and another one in a slew of great East Coast IPA’s that I’ve had lately. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-06-2010

robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Growler pours hazy yellow with full head. Aroma is very flural and aromas of alcohol. Flavor is bright and hoppy. Body is full with a bitter citrus peel finish

AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Pours with a full bodied cloudy tan hue. Light head. Slightly sweet aroma, the hoppy smell comes through. Solid taste with a slightly not so tasty aftertaste, slight sour hint. Good beer. Not the best, but good bang for your buck.

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