Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
flyingfish.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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.

Added by donniecuffs on 03-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,371
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
847
Liked:
754
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
9.8%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
151
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 847 |  Reviews: 242
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this in Totowa last week, having never tried this before. I liked the other beers from the Exit Series and didn't know what to expect with this, given the Wild Rice bend that this beer had. Amazingly, this as NOT as strong as other Doubles and Imperial IPAs and this did not go the "arms race" route that so many other beers of this style have taken. It was strong but the balance is so strong here that the alcohol took a back seat, much to my delight.

The pour to this was lighter than I expected, with a crisp, golden hue that would have seemed more in line with a Pilsener. Not a lot of head here and the lacing was nearly nowhere to be seen but that was about the only drawback to this. The bottle said that this had notes of papaya, pine, tangerine, and mango and even though all of these were present, the wild rice gave this a very grassy and dry bent that hid these flavors for the most part. The tropical flavors were more easily discernible in the nose while the wild rice came out in the taste, giving this a dual nature that reminded me of the Southern Tier Hop Sun. The brightness and crisp aspects of a Lager were certainly present but the wet, tropical flavors that subtly re-emerged in the aftertaste helped remind me what style of beer this was.

To be sure, this was strong but I didn't even notice it until I finished the bottle off. Big-time props to Flying Fish to making the Turnpike cool again and not the punch line of a bunch of jokes told by out-of-staters. This was an IPA in every sense but unlike the offerings from Troegs, Lagunitas, or Green Flash, had enough body, lack of carbonation, and overt booziness to show me that a more earthy take on this style was possible. I rip my state enough but if I were to praise it, this would be one of the reasons why. Flying Fish really impressed me with this one, even if my Devils no longer call 16W home.

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Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What? A "Wild Rice?"Double IPA? From Flying Fish? Forget-ta-bout-it! DO NOT forget-ta-bout this one!

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a very light pale yellow with a a half finger bone white head atop,one of the lighter colored beers of the style I have come across.Grassy notes mainly in the notes along with some mild toasted grain,the hops don't really jump out.Leafy and citric hops at the onset of the palate with some firm toasted grain,not nearly as sweet as many of the stylejust mainly alcohol sweetness in the finish.A little different take on the DIPA here,not in your face alcohol and sharp hops,a little more dry and subtle.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I forgot who gave me this one as an extra, but thanks to whomever it was. I think this'll only be the second double "rice" IPA that I've ever had... the first being Kuhnhenn's DRIPA. Those are some big shoes to fill. Cloudy, opaque gold with some tangerine peel acting as an outline. The huge, bright white cloudy head is chunky and sticky, lasting forever and leaving behind some damn good lacing on the glass.

Peppery hops, mild phenol alcohol, mint, and almost a menthol-like omnipresence to the whole thing. Not what I expected at first, but the following few sniffs bring out more of the fruity bouquet; bright citrus, grapefruit, tropical mango, pineapple, and dense pine trees. The abundance of spice on the front end is blunting the Citra more than I'd like, but I guess you can't always get what you want, right?

The first sip is a little bit watered down; not to the extreme, but kind of vapid for an 8.2% ABV double IPA. Nevertheless, it's still endlessly hoppy, just not to the ends of the earth. White pepper, vibrant citrus, grapefruit peel, mild mango. Not as fruity as the back-half of the nose, but the front-end isn't as peppery-spicy, either, so that's where the line is drawn.

Bitterness hits hard around mid-palate, but again - nothing too high or heavy for the style and size of the beer... It's actually quite mild for a DIPA. A nice, crisp, dry finish certainly helps the drinkability, and when coupled with the relatively lighter flavors and body, this is probably one of the more drinkable DIPAs out there, in the sense that you can throw it back without much hesitation between sips. Heavily carbonated, stingy mouth feel.

Decent. Not bad at all, really. I guess I just wanted a little more from it. A little more citrus or tropical fruit. A little more pine, a little more resin. Without being told, I might assume this is somewhere around a 6-7% ABV, regular IPA. It drinks like it, anyway. Definitely something I can vibe to, although there are some better shelf choices out there. Still a nice way to expand your catalog of rice IPAs, though.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Afroman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TTripp725
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle..."use by" 7-3-16...so,,,sadly this beer is out of date...OK, I'll review but go easy...give it the benefit of the doubt if necessary....

Pours lighter amber, off white mini cap, leaves some fine lacing

Resiny hop nose...on the pungent side...

More resin infused hops on the palate, crisp and tasty...

Solidly flavorful DIPA, pungent hops in full effect here ...worth a try

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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is a combination of pine, pineapple, tangerine, and oranges. Very citrusy IPA The Chinook hops really stick out. I have other IPAs that I prefer, but this one is a treat.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops and not too much else. The flavor is more of the same. This is definitely a DIPA with an emphasis on resiny hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with an inch of densely packed beige head. Light lacing. The aroma is of grassy to earthy and faint pine with a grainy rice note. I'm tasting earthy to piney hops with grainy rice and light malt in the mix. The mouth is very dry and lightly sticky.

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Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of boatshoes
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle as an extra from jkane101 in a recent trade. Thanks man!

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw golden that is on the lighter side of a DIPA out of the bottle with about a finger and a half of nice creamy white head. Active beading and mild lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Very fruity. It's interesting but the last two DIPA I've had I've been getting strong lemon citrus notes, which I hadn't really noticed before in many DIPA I've had. This one's included though, get a lot of lemon and grapefruit out of the nose along with a little bit of pine needles.

Taste- Again, starts of with very fruity, lemony and grapefruit oriented hops. A pretty strong dose of piney resins follows that up. Finishes off with a slightly interesting spiciness and a nice drying bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and substantial with good levels of carbonation to keep the beer moving. Drinkability is decent as well, though the beer sweetened up fairly substantially as it warmed I felt.

Overall, very solid DIPA. Wouldn't go a long ways out of my way to get it again but definitely worth a shot if you've got it in your area.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at the brewery on 7/9, pours a darker gold color but staying completely clear. Big fizzy head rises up and leaves behind a rocky formation.

Smell is a balanced mixture of malts and hops. Bitter, dank, pine, and grapefruit hops with a pretty noticeable malt bill. Flavorwise is pretty similar, it's definitely a balanced DIPA. Honey, lemon, and doughy sweetness from the malts, bitter pine and grapefruit from the hops.

It's a bigger beer than takes awhile to drink. Overall I thought this was a solid DIPA, but if you're hunting for hops the Daylight Savings IPA was better.

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Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%

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