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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Jblauvs (1358) - 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 (1197) - 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.

jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2010
@Kai Goes to China Sendoff-750ml bottle-pours a foamy white head and yellow/gold color. Aroma is dry hops-lemon, yeast. Taste is dry/spice hops-lemon, yeast.

sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
750->snifter: Pours a small, rocky, white head that exhibits some lacing atop a murky, carbonated, light yellow body. Aroma of soap and perfume. The body is thin, mouthfeel is alcoholic, being sweet, and finishing somewhat sweetly. I really like Flying Fish’s higher end craft brews and this one is definitely a good one, but not my particular favorite, claiming to be an IPA, There lacks the bitterness and floral notes that I would expect with an IPA varietal. All-in-all, it should be a beer connaisseur’s delight because it defies, and perhaps expands the style.

ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 10/24/10

Aroma: Its pretty aromatic, fruity, sweet, a bit resiny, pine, and some floral notes as well
Appearance: It pours a clearish golden-orange color with a small, frothy white head and a bit of lace
Flavor: The taste is both malty and fruity, some crackers, sweetness, grass, and medium bitterness
Palate: This one has a somewhat sticky and oily feel to it, clean enough, and medium-full bodied
Overall Impression: I’m drinking a beer that "celebrates" North Jersey while sitting in North Jersey. I’m sure this beer was better a little fresher, but I found it to be pretty good even at this point. One of the better beers I’ve tried from NJ, that is for sure. Enjoyable stuff.

HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Sampled at GABF 2010. Golden pour. Different, spicy nose. Lots of fruit and flowers too. Flavor is Grapefruit and resiny hops, some grass, mild sweetness. Pretty bitter, nice crisp carbonation. Lighter mouthfeel than most DIPAs. Definitely and Interesting take on the style. Cool to try, though not that special.

thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Pours a murky golden color. Decent head with a healthy amount of lacing. Has a grassy, earthy hop aroma. Sweet malty front with a good hop kick on the finish.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle, rated in April 2010: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a fresh grapefruity piny hop nose with nice sweet light caramel maltiness. Starts with good fullness and sweet pale maltiness with an enjoyable resiny hop flavor and bitterness before a crisp bittersweet finish, Has a touch of mild rye character throughout. An enjoyable hoppy IIPA.

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