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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bigda83 (879) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma of orange, tropical fruits, pine, sweet malts. Flavor had a sweet apple juice taste to it. Also got pine, orange, and mango. Body was medium and texture was thin. Average carbonation and smooth to finish. Easy drinking, but nothing world class.

OlyIPA (30) - - JUN 12, 2015
Familiar double IPA taste. Not sweet. Smokey to bitter hop profile. Mild ti medium bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Ratman197 (15632) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, grapefruit, earthiness and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, pine and light grapefruit with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle. Pretty smooth and rich yet, very drinkable. Strawberry aroma. Some orange and pine. Balanced. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light spice. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and earth lingers with pine.

jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Brian brought over a growler. Pretty standard stuff but good. Well balanced, well hidden alcohol, some light tropical notes, and standard big grapefruit. Thanks Brian!

Tonkun (1306) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Pine, resin, citrus. Medium full body. Bitter sweet grainy finish. Not bad

dlovell2 (2381) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2015
Pours a hazy, light golden color with a white head. Aroma is fruity citrus, mango, papya, and pine. Flavor is oranges, mango, pineapple, and candied papya. Finishes with a resiny pine. Light bodied. Interesting concept of using rice to accentuate the hops. With using the rice in place of malt there is no sweet caramel malt base usually used in this style.

knevison (1) - Hockessin, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2015 does not count
This is a very tasty, clean, strong beer that is a quite piney IPA. I was pretty impressed by the light colour to high ABV relationship, but overall it leaves a good, easy taste in your mouth and you’ll be left wanting more. This brewery is becoming one of my local favourites.

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
On tap at my hotel in Jersey. I asked the waiter what they had on draft. He ran through a very uninspiring list, and at the end said "and IPA." I ordered it, and asked him to tell me which one it was when he came back. To no surprise, he never told me which one it was, and just stared at me blankly when I asked what it was he had brought me. Sigh… In any case, poured a light gold, clear, slight head. Aroma was an exciting shot of tropical and citrus malts, tangerines baby. Flavor matched, with just enough light crackery malt to hold it together. Really good stuff. I had a second one, wandered up to the bar, and figured out by staring at the tap handle intently just what i had ordered. Now that I am rating it and see the ABV, I can see why I was feeling a bit like a lightweight that evening. Not exactly an IPA. But an enjoyable highlight in the beer wasteland I was in, not that far off the exit it is named after. The rice really does lighten it up and let the hops really shine through.

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