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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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 (6991) - 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 (6588) - 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 (5122) - , 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 (599) - 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.

Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pale yellow pour Aroma is fresh hop, dry and crisp, some light crackery malt in the background, but this one is definitely hopcentric. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, off dry. flavor is lemon grass, grassy, citrus hops are white grapefruit and a bit of lemon zest. Light and zippy. Barely any alcohol presence. This was great the warm late summer day I consumed it.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
In short: A superb sharp grapefruity/grassy refreshing blonde IPA.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed moderately fresh, one month after purchase but apparently about 4 months old
The look: Cloudy yellow-blonde body with lots of medium size particles. Medium white head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings.
In long: Nose is intensely hoppy with the typical Citra hops signature coming out strong as well as some grass and grapefruits. Taste has a discreet malt bill with a very neutral white bread character. The beer feels very bready in fact. White bread with no crust. Supposedly it uses rice. If they say so. Hops dominate but are not really aggressive. Flower juice, grass, mangos, grapefruits, lemon. A nice array of flavors. Bitterness level is medium and the finish has a nice tartness. The citra hops are not overwhelming so I didn’t get that little piss flavor I get from other intensely citra-hopped beers. No sweetness apparent. Body is pleasantly pillowy. If it wasn’t for a little alcohol bite at the end (at only 8.2%) this beer would be world-class. As it is, it is “only excellent”. I would have happily opened another 750ml as soon as I was finished drinking mine. If you come across a bottle of Flying Fish Exit 16 WE in a store then I have a good news and a bad news for you. The good news is that you have in front of you a superb IPA and you should buy it. The bad news, you might be in New-Jersey.

Jayb0 (1218) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Flying Fish keeps the exit series on a roll. This beers got great hops character and a very nice palate so I’m willing to believe that the rice did its job and the end result was worth the potential extra work of dealing with rice.

Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 6, 2010
THOUGHTS: Great beer. Very hoppy, but not overly bitter. A bit of a different type of fruity hop than most hoppy beers. It hid the alcohol fairly well. Great balance and even better transition. Sort of tropical. The rice must act like ry and make smoother DIPAs. It smoothed out even more as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a lightly hazy, dark, golden yellow with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. There were also tiny particles in the body of a thick density. The aroma was light caramel malt; heavy citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops and funky hops; light to moderate earthy and funky yeast, oranges, tangerines, pine, a little peach and a a little alcohol when it was warmer. The initial flavor was sweet to rather sweet, light to moderately bitter and slightly acidic; while the finish was rather sweet and rather bitter with an extremely long duration. There was caramel malt, citrus and funky hops, grapefruit and pine, lighter yeast, pineapple, tangerine peaches and apricot. The medium body was oily, but very sticky on the lips and then very dry with fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and extremely dry finish.

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