RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12298) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 Fishs 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 connaisseurs delight because it defies, and perhaps expands the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6023) - 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: Im drinking a beer that "celebrates" North Jersey while sitting in North Jersey. Im 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 Ive tried from NJ, that is for sure. Enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2010
pours a really nice gold producing an off white finger thick head that was a little frothy and fell at a slow rate. the body is a beautiful hazy yellow that just glows. the aromas are a little spicy and has some orange hints in it as well, pale mlats, lemonade, some pine and a slight touch of bitter hops. it is light to medium bodied and has a really nice balanced amount of hops and malts. i taste the noted aromas and it finishes really clean and crisp. the aftertaste is bitter but slightly bitter sweet and only lasts for a short while. pretty good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled @ GABF! Light 10 karat pour that produced a nice ivory head. Pretty juicy aroma with a solid amount of resin...fairly sweet and sticky. Flavor is lemon grass, caramel, grapefruit, and pine. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/18/2010. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy light gold color from the tap. The aroma is fruity and sweet, floral hops. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and floral. Nice carbonation. Crisp and clean with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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