RATINGS: 294   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 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3022) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2010
750 ml bottle from buy rite in JC. Still mostly fresh - picked out of the fridge just yesterday from the store. Pours a hazed medium golden yellow with a nice wispy bright white head- mostly lasting with solid sticky lace. Aroma is pretty intense with resinous juicy sticky sappy hops- grapefruit, lots of resin, pine, citrus, Ha- I guessed Citra and Chinook resins without looking at the bottle or description! Reminds me of taking my fresh chinook cones off the vines, and crushing them in my fingers then smelling- the resinous pine oils are exactly like the aroma of this beer! Flavor is a very light crackery malt and I like the dryness of the malt and body due to the rice, gets lemon zest, light grass, some slight mineral and toast on the mid palate, more citrus zest, oils, pine sap, and a good bitterness in the end. I really liked this one, but I wish I had it when it first came out. Still awesome. We needed a solid west coast IPA in NJ!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (3021) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Excellent citrus-pine aroma. Glows a golden color with a soft white head; smooth, thick appearence. Flovor is citrus-piney with a great hoppy finish. Smooth yet light with an excellent body. Perhaps I have been starved for hops here in Belgium, but this is an incredible IPA to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Near clear yellow pour with bright white head. Nice grapefruit citrusy hop nose. Sweet citrus hops flavor is mildly bitter but very delicious. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Pours a dark hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is floral, a bit pine/citrus hoppy, caught a whiff of patchouli oil that wouldnt go away and kind of killed the smell for me. Flavor was a bit more floral than hoppy but there were some citrus notes. Something almost jasmine? Crisp and clean on the finish. Not heavy on the sweet or the hops. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2010
750mL Bottle at Stuff Yer Face - New Brunswick, NJ. Pours in a hazy dingy mid-golden orange with a nice fluffy whitish head. Aroma is strongly of rich tropical fruits, tense pine and grasses, and a bit of rice hull. Flavors have a great stretch of hop juice and the resulting bitterness. I love the dryness that the wild rice enforces, not that it lends much if any flavor, but often beers of this style are much too sweet for me, regardless of how much bitterness is put into to counteract it. This beer, with dryness given through rice, comes across as airy, aloof, fluffy and drinkable. Really a nice show of finesse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Very floral hops on the nose, with spicy notes and hints of olives. Pours pale gold with a thick white head. Very floral with an earthy bitterness and pine notes in the finish. Solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7135) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of an TheEpeeist trade. Thanks as always, Chris. Pours a lively golden hazed hue, glowing, some straw, lighter and bright with a decent eggshell white head, thicker bubbles stays at a decent layer, laces ok. Aromas are citrusy grapefruit and lemon, a light spiciness with bread and pale malts, a touch of rice, biscuits, florals and a touch of nice bitter resinous pine. Overall, nice aromas.. Would have liked it as a bit more juicy fruitiness. Initial is medium bodied, pine and florals match with grapefruit, decent juiciness, light Citra hop and lemon, with a touch of gumball feel. Pale malts, rice, bread beneath with a decent body, lighter for sure for a DIPA, but florals and a touch of metallic bitterness, pine on the finish, pretty dry with that sweeter gumball like feel on the palate. Not bad at all, a touch of melon. A bit of that "straight bitterness" feel I sometimes preach against, but the flavors are there. A pretty good DIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Dank hoppy nose, lots of citrus. Taste is light to moderate sweetness, pale doughy malts and honey, lots of citrus, decent clean bitterness. Really nice actually.

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