RATINGS: 291   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3204) - 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 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Thin head of very fine bubbles. Recedes quickly but with good carbonation. Lots of fruity aromas with some orange, lemon, pine and some herbal notes. Also a bit of cat urine. Color is a clear golden orange. Flavor is more fruit and a hint of tartness. Some sweet tarts, pine sap, sawdust, dry flowers. Grainy and dry palate with a noticable alcohol presence. Finishes dry and pasty. An interesting brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2811) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Hazy apple juice yellow, small white head, very little lacing. Nose of sweet malts and north American hops. Moderate mouthfeel, I suspect that the rice contributes a significant loss of head, but sweet, sake-like grass and fruit notes. American hops predominate. Long, long, bitter finish. Like, half hour bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4049) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7051) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1514) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Aroma is tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple. Pale malts. Nothing but sweet citrus with not a touch of bitterness. Dynamite. Appearance is radiant golden yellow. Sediment and huge white head. Brilliant. Flavor is more citrus fruits. Blood orange and pineapple first. Grapefruit bitterness on the palate. All the flavors are bright and sweet, just a little bitter bite at the end. As it warms up, its more bitter. The palate is a tad watery, but fine. Not so thick as to make it challenging. A superior, sweet IPA. Tremendous and chock full of sweet citrus flavors. Like a fruit cocktail.

   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 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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