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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 70
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is 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 added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.

Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we 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. This beer pairs extremely well with spicy foods and all kinds of seafood. And of course, it’s quite enjoyable all by itself.

(Beer added by: donniecuffs on 03-10-2010)
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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Zach136, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Maseitz
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Maseitz, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -9%

bacher468, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The very pale golden look, hazy body, and two finger thick, foamy head, made this pour look more like a Saison than a DIPA. The smell was floral hops and some honeydew melons and lemon. The taste was bready like a biscuit dusted with flour, and the hops were low in bitterness, but high in citric character. There was a touch of lemon in the finish, and a bit of tobacco as well. The mouthfeel was very dry and the beer was very quenching. No this is how one uses rice. Budweiser, are you taking notes?

rajendra82, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

KevinGordon, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, some citrus, a touch of malts, well balanced and drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with fantastic clarity. This could easily be mistaken for a pilsner. The head is a two finger white color with nice retention. Quite a bit of lace is left on the glass, as well.

S: I notice a lot of pineapple, mango, apricot, pine, and coriander. Hell, I even pick up some of the wild rice used. Quite the impressive aroma in general. However, I can see how someone could pick up 'cat pee' from the Citra hops - thankfully it all works quite well in this one.

T: THIS is the kind of IPA I like. Light, citrusy, crisp, and refreshing - without any overdone maltiness or hop harshness to spoil things. The citrusy character on this is particularly well done - chock full of mango, passion fruit, apricot, grapefruit, and guava. A slight 'green' flavor comes through in the midtaste as well, but it's hardly what I'd call "piny." Neither is it remotely bitter. Maybe it could use a little more complexity...when the few flavors it presents are so incredible, though, who really cares?

M: Completely bone dry and crisp, just as advertised. If the flavors weren't so joyous to savor, this would go down spectacularly easy. Honestly, though, the ultra-dry finish somehow fits this beer. It's one of those offerings that I like to keep swishing around in my mouth because I want to savor every last drop. The hop resins linger nicely without providing much bitterness.

O: I hardly ever go this high with my ratings. But this one I feel deserves it. The only other Flying Fish beer I had was the extremely meh Winter Reserve - so who would have ever thought they would come through with such a fantastic DIPA? In retrospect, $16 for a 6-pack is kind of a bargain, really.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of OneEyedJack
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

OneEyedJack, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color, with 1 finger of a thin white head.

S - The hop character really shines in the aroma. Big citrus aroma of pineapple and apricot. Really hope the smell translates over to the taste...

T/M - The taste falls a little short of what the smell leads on to. The taste starts off dry and malty, but does end with a nice residual hop resin for the aftertaste. There is a slight note of alcohol, not much but it's there. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - It's a decent DIPA, but not one I would jump over my own mother to get my hands on again. So good, but not great.

Rizalini, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

weaselchew, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -2.9%

jriggins6, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of rankandfile
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

rankandfile, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Joe Canal's. Pours medium yellow with lots of retained lace. Citra hop aroma, smelling well contained and slightly fruity. Slightly acidic, despite a cushioning of malt, and sweet rice. Decent drinkability. A little tropical fruit. Decent and off-centered DIPA.

Sammy, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jkane101, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Hazy pale gold with 3 fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Nose
Papaya, pineapple, mango, lemon, pine and sugary caramel.

Taste
A blast of sugar coated tropical fruits. Papaya, mango and pineapple along with drops of lemon juice. Notes of sweet caramel and candy sugar. A good dose of Pilsner malt. Finishes with pine sap, a speckle of lemon zest and a slice of tangerine.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, juicy, oily and slightly dry.

Overall
Tons of tropical and citrus fruits doused in candy sugars. Bold and balanced. Very easy drinking. This has surpassed my expectations tremendously.

justintcoons, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

RoryOMoore, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of klkatz
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

yep... that's the smell... you'd expect this from Bear Republic, Stone or Greenflash... but Flying Fish did it well... go jersey...

appearance - clear and crisp like a pilsner... impressive for the smell...

taste - all around well hopped... slight bitterness... sticks a bit..

overall this is my kind of beer... I would buy this in cases all year...

klkatz, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium yellow-hued body with a small, brief, white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and mango notes atop the subtler pilsner maltiness ahead of the (to my surprise that it's even present) clean-cut scent of rice.

Taste: Pale and pils malts with ample sweetness of confectioner's sugar striking the tongue. Mango, white grapefruit, moderate resins strike the tongue, doling out a fair amount of hop bitterness as they ride along, like members of a parade tossing out cheap candy. All the while the rice mix dipping in and out of the taste. Dry, hoppy finish, not overly bitter, though, and with some low, lingering rich quality after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, the rice really helped to lighten this up; it's a nice change from some of the heavy, sticky DIPA's. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: While I am relieved to be enjoyed a 12 ounce bottle versus a hefty 750ml deal (as I would be with just about any beer), I will say I enjoyed it far more than anticipated. Rice is nice.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a perfectly clear pale yellow that is completely translucent in body and a nice half inch head of minuscule bubbles on the top. Minimal lacing

S: Aroma of juicy peach, mango and pine. Malts aroma is muted at best and very subtle.

T: this is a hop explosion without competition from the malt body being there to mute any of the flavors. Mango and peach are pronounced without any caramel flavors and. I found the Chinook to provide a piney bitterness that would probably not otherwise be there with the Citra hops alone.

M: Extremely light body similar to what one might expect to bud light without the slightly corny or pilsner yeast flavors. Highly carbonated

O: overall very good. This is similar to Kuhnhenns Double Rice iPa however emphasizes more of the Citra hop profile and is extremely enjoyable.

alpinebryant, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a Cigar City snifter; no bottling date visible anywhere on the bottle, but my understanding is that the store where this was purchased received this batch just about a week ago, so I’m assuming it’s about as fresh as it’ll get.

Appearance (3.0): Bit of an underwhelming appearance: maybe one finger of bone-white head that dies down relatively quickly, sitting atop a crystal-clear, sunshine-yellow body. Looks more like an AAL, to be honest, except for the lacing, which leaves spotty suds and a few broad legs and webs of thin film on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5): Heavily citrusy and with interesting fruit tones I’m not sure I’ve smelled before: some passionfruit and mango, some juicy tangerine, but also sweetened key lime juice with a touch of crushed pine needles underneath. There fruit also kind of adds up to papaya, with that oddly warm and rich undertone, which might come off as catty to those noses so inclined. Not getting much in terms of malt character, but that makes sense considering the composition (rice malts) of the beer.

Taste (4.5): Whoa, there’s a while lot of hop flavor without the usual caramel-dominated malt body to anchor it—but whatever is there DOES anchor it, somehow. The fruity citrus is different from the nose, though: more of that sweetened lime juice, some juicy grapefruit, and some acidic citrus peel but not much citric bitterness at all. The malt body is noticeable in its own way, though: a little sweetness (agave syrup, brown rice syrup) and a lightly bready character with a flavor that can only be the rice, especially brown rice. Very interesting. No alcohol detected, and the beer finishes a mix of that rice syrup sweetness and a limeade kind of citrus flavor. EDIT: second go-round, I'm getting a very nice, sweet herbal bitterness in the finish like wintermint. Adds a very nice further dimension to the hop character.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light body, soft carbonation that foams modestly on the way down; the finish is dry but not excessively so, and the hop oils leave a nice coating around your mouth. Weirdly drinkable, in that it’s easy to slug it back but doesn’t demand you to do so.

Overall (4.0): This is a pretty good beer, and I can honestly say this is a new (for me) take on the DIPA style. Two things stick out for me: first, this is remarkably hoppy without nearly the bitterness you’d expect from the ratio of hop flavor to malt thickness present in this beer. Second, the flavor profile’s mix of rice malts and interesting hop flavors makes the beer unique in its own way: even if you don’t love it, it sticks out from the rest. Personally, I really, really enjoyed this and considering the price point, I’m probably going to seek this out again to share with friends. Very cool stuff.

fmccormi, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale yellow with giant three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Tropical fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Grapefruit and orange. Nice toasted malt flavor too.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Great Double IPA. Looks fantastic in the glass, smells great and taste just as great.

SolipsismalCat, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of djcira
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

djcira, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of B00ZER
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.