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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 78
Gots: 84 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: donniecuffs on 03-10-2010

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.
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Ratings: 709 | Reviews: 212
Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visiting family in New Jersey, and this brewery was near the top of my list to try. Sadly, little idea on how fresh this is, but it was refrigerated, so that gives me hope.

Pours a very pale straw yellow, looking more like a light lager than a DIPA. I'm sure that's intentional, but it's not doing it for me so much. One finger of white head, decent retention, good lacing. I'm attributing the color to the rice, and giving them a pass on it.

I can tell this wants to be big on the hops, but it's just not. What's there is delightful, but there ain't enough of it! Some pine, some tropical fruits. Just give me more of it. Find myself having to stretch, digging my nose deeper into the glass to pull out those faint aromas.

Mouthfeel is top-notch. Medium-light body, lighter than normal thanks to that rice, and dryer as well. A really crisp, quick dry finish, that sucks the moisture out, but leaves just enough for the flavor to stick. Medium-low carbonation, flaring up in the middle and then relaxing. Very nice.

Taste is good. Comes across very balanced, despite substantial hop flavors. There's bitterness, but there's some resinous pine too (or maybe that's the Christmas tree downstairs getting in my head?). Has a really soft touch, with the grains supporting it completely, but without really making themselves felt.

This is a darn good beer. I like it, and I'll happily finish the six-pack. I really like the lightness, crispness, and dryness that the rice adds, and that makes it a pretty unique beer. If I weren't from the land of Abrasive, which I consider the top DIPA bar none, I might be a little more impressed.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful clean golden yellow, half inch of white foamy head, lots of visible carbonation. smells of pine, grapefruit, sweet malt. a nice overall bitter pine flavor with a citrusy sweetness that goes back and forth.. nice grapefruit taste. i don't taste any difference in the grain bill from a regular 2row ipa, but it is definitely one of the tastiest ipa's i've had this year. medium in body, high carbonation.. slightly creamy on the lips.

this is an excellent ipa. i remember having this years ago, when i wasn't into ipa's yet and not really liking it, but now that i'm more familiar with the style, it's safe to say this is fantastic.

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Maseitz
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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?

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of OneEyedJack
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Rizalini
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rankandfile
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of klkatz
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
4.26/5  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.

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